Colloquium 2013: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood
Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)
Farmington Hills, MI
Are we one people?
Is cultural Judaism enough?
How can we thrive in a multicultural world?
What must change for the next 50 years?
“A Jew is a person of Jewish descent or any person who declares himself or herself to be a Jew and who identifies with the history, ethical values, culture, civilization, community, and fate of the Jewish people.”
On Sunday, November 17, the Global Day of Jewish Learning, the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism will host a morning of learning, debate and discussion on The Future of Jewish Peoplehood. Colloquium 2013 will be held in suburban Detroit at The Birmingham Temple, 28611 West Twelve Mile Road in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Colloquium 2013 is part of an exciting weekend celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Birmingham Temple, which was the world’s first Humanistic Jewish congregation. From the Fiftieth Anniversary Shabbat celebration on Friday, November 15, to the seventh IISHJ Rabbinic ordination/Havdallah ceremony on Saturday, November 16, to Colloquium 2013, we anticipate a fascinating, thought-provoking weekend.
COLLOQUIUM 2013 ALSO WILL BE LIVE WEBCAST
(all times Eastern US)
Friday, November 15
7:30pm Birmingham Temple Fiftieth Anniversary Shabbat led by Rabbi Jeffrey Falick
Saturday, November 16
9:30am Humanistic Bible Study Hour with Madrikh Natan Fuchs
5:30pm Havdala Celebration/IISHJ Rabbinic Ordination for Denise Handlarski
7:00pm Gala Dinner for Birmingham Temple Fiftieth Anniversary - contact the Birmingham Temple at email@example.com or (248) 477-1410 for more information.
Sunday, November 17 - Colloquium 2013
9:00am Knowledge Table Opens
9:30am Session I – “Are We One People?”
Secular Humanistic Jewish Leaders/Rabbis from Israel & N. America (facilitated by Rabbi Sivan Maas)
10:45am Session II – “A Cultural Judaism for a Multicultural World”
Rabbi Denise Handlarski and panel discussion
11:40am Conclusion – "Jewish Futures"
Rabbi Adam Chalom
Noon Shalom! (Knowledge Table remains open until 12:30pm).
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COLLOQUIUM 2013 PRESENTERS
Rabbi Adam Chalom
Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism and Rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in north suburban Chicago, IL. Editor of Jews and the Muslim World: Solving the Puzzle, Rabbi Chalom is one of the leaders of world-wide Secular Humanistic Judaism. He currently blogs at hjrabbi.wordpress.com.
Rabbi Denise Handlarski
Rabbi Denise Handlarski will be ordained at Colloquium 2013. She serves as the Assistant Rabbi at Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Toronto, Canada. Rabbi Handlarski has a Ph.D. in English literature and a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies from York University, and has also earned degrees in literature, gender studies, and education.
Rabbi Sivan Malkin Maas
The first Israeli rabbi ordained by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. She is Dean of Tmura-IISHJ in Jerusalem and director of "The Secular Library," publishing works on Judaism as culture. She has previously run a kibbutz educational system and served as a Jewish Agency emissary to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
Participation in the Colloquium is free and open to the public with advance reservations. To reserve your place, register above! Donations to support Colloquium 2013 are very welcome.
Out-of-town participants in Colloquium 2013 and the weekend’s celebrations are encouraged to arrange hotel space close to the Birmingham Temple (28611 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI) through online portals such as www.hotels.com, www.orbitz.com or www.travelocity.com. Air travelers should plan to fly to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). Please note that public transportation options in suburban Detroit are practically non-existent, so rental cars or shared rides are strongly recommended.
COLLOQUIUM 2013 ALSO WILL BE LIVE WEBCAST THROUGH WWW.IISHJ.ORG
LOOKING FORWARD TO LEARNING TOGETHER!
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International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism
Secular Humanistic Judaism celebrates cultural Jewish identity through a human-focused philosophy of life. The International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism offers professional training for Secular and Humanistic Jewish Spokespersons, Leaders, Educators, and Rabbis. It also provides general adult education through seminars, Colloquia, and publications. For more information, visit www.iishj.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-383-6330.