Bayom Hahu: Judaism in an Uncertain World

OHALAH 2018 conference (Sunday, January 7 thru Wednesday evening, January 10, 2018)
 – Pre-conference Shabbaton (Friday, January 5 thru Sunday, January 7, 2018)
 – Aleph Smicha/Ordination Ceremony (Sunday, January 7)

Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, CO


Drawing on both traditional and emergent ideas, practices and models, we will explore together the many ways in which Judaism helps us navigate uncertainty, for ourselves and for the people and organizations we serve.

Jewish identity and the kinds of communities that bring Jews together are evolving at a faster rate than ever before, leaving us challenged, inspired, and at times uncertain of how best to meet the needs of those we may serve.


Important Dates for workshop proposers:

  • July 10: Completed proposals are due.
  • August 10: Accepted workshop leaders will be notified.
  • August 15: Imagine what you want, need; submit your room requirements (“I need a projector” “I want a white board” “I’d love the chairs set up in a circle”).


We invite proposals for workshops (60 or 90 minutes) on relevant topics. The following categories are examples of pertinent topics that address our theme. You are welcome to come up with your own presentation in these categories or others of your choosing, including, but not limited to:

  • Jewish Text: Traditional and non-traditional texts addressing issues of uncertainty as a theme that runs through Jewish history, including specific times, places, and events.
  • Theology: Exile and displacement form key aspects of our theology. How does this speak to our current state, for us as Jews, for us as global citizens and for everyone.
  • Community: Novel models or long-established ones—approaches.
  • Ritual: Creating rituals for rallies, multi-faith services and dialogue.
  • Arts: Using music, art, movement, storytelling, etc. and more to support individuals and communities in their work as change makers.
  • Pastoral Care: Supporting diverse groups through these uncertain times.
  • Professional Development: How do we preach about politics without fear of losing certain tax status for our organization or alienating members of the Kahal? Creating effective partnerships with other Jewish and not Jewish groups to work for social justice? How do I do this and not lose my job?
  • Tikkun Olam: Vigilance of and Response Responding to current events through organizational action and development.
  • Self-Care: Tachlis for stress reduction in uncertain times.
  • Israel-Palestine: Facilitating conversations in your community on Israel and Palestine relations

We invite workshop proposals from all members of OHALAH and the RPA. However, all workshops proposed must be led or co-led by ordained OHALAH members. The program committee selects from submitted proposals only, aiming to create an excellent program that balances topics, new and returning teachers, different learning modalities, and teachers with different kinds of smicha.

Questions? Please contact Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder, 2018 Program Co-Chair,