Judaism is one of the world’s oldest religions, and for that and other reasons there are those whom consider it irrelevant in todays modern society. Those people need only attend Limmud NY to be convinced otherwise.
Bringing together multi-generational and multi-denominational Jews, Limmud NY is a learning conference that provides an overwhelming abundance of opportunities to engage with the religion in both innovative and traditional ways. During each time slot there were nearly 20 different options that could range from sessions on traditional texts, Judaic values, or Zionism to culture, Jewish arts, and social action.
Thanks to the ROI Community (see earlier post), I was able to experience this conference first hand with fellow members. At Limmud NY I was able to continue to build relationships with new members and old friends, all while engage in my Judaism in an authentic bespoken way. Speaking of ROI, there were nearly 20 different members in attendance, the majority of whom taught or participated in panels, not to mention that the Executive Director of Limmud NY, David Wolkin, is also a member.
Limmud NY helped remind me of the many reasons why I love being Jewish and inspired me to try to impart that same enthusiasm with friends and family.
I almost forgot- Stephen Tobolowsky even presented some of his own personal inspirational stories, and what’s better than meeting Ned Ryerson?? #groundhogday #iwishthatdayneverended
in an attempt to engage consumers in their natural habitat (pun intended), Shell (the Oil and Gas magnate) employed a social media contest to create taglines for their soon-to-be-released new advertising campaign. what they probably did not anticipate is how the public would use this ploy to criticize the company on their own website. hilarity ensues.
some of my favorites:
“Your ignition is my extinction.”
“Why go solar when you can drill polar?”
“End polar bear attacks in our lifetime.”
here is one of the original lipdub videos- done by Clark Retirement Community. absolutely amazing marketing tool, providing a unique virtual tour highlighting all of the home’s special features. so simple, effective and fun. if i ever end up in a home, i’m moving here.
as an event producer, it’s not often i’m on the other end- attending. but as mentioned earlier, this week i’m privileged enough to be attending the ROI Summit 2012. this evening’s setting for dinner was incredibly unique, stumbling through the Jerusalem vineyards to a private BBQ followed by dance party. between the mini floor torches lining the pathway to the uplighting down the rows of grapes themselves, it was a gorgeous environment for engaging conversations. and more importantly- dancing.
well done, ROI, well done.
i’m honored to have recently been accepted to the ROI Community, a community connecting young Jewish movers and shakers from around the world providing them with a platform and an infrastructure to collaborate together… and we’ve officially convened this evening in Jerusalem, kicking off the 2012 ROI Summit.
looking around the room tonight, i was surrounded by truly remarkable people with an energy about them that would inspire confidence in the greatest nay-sayer. it is an intriguing and daunting task that lay ahead of us, to work together creating innovative solutions to challenges new and old. building an international community of
the ROI Summit and community sets out to nurture the Jewish people’s most sustainable resource: our mind.
while i’m not going to be able to do justice to the incredible work of these people that i’m privileged to call my peers, i anxiously await what the next few days will bring… stay tuned for some quotes, thoughts, pictures and ideas; hopefully paving the way to a bright future.
super interesting and brief read about those attributes and circumstances that prevent us from maximizing our potential. acknowledgement is the first step in avoidance. read this and ask yourself how many of them are applicable to you, then challenge yourself to rise above them- one by one, and see where you land.