A huge thanks to our friend Jay Michaelson—someone who has long been pushing the Jewish community to recognize, rethink, and expand its boundaries on issues of inclusion, sexuality and spirituality—for coming to our Judaism2030 Conference this past week with microphone in hand to extract some of the thoughts and ideas of our presenters and participants. Check out his recap on Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, which includes quotes from JOI’s own Senior Director of Training Eva Stern; Adam Segulah Sher, Program Manager at Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT; Rabbi Olivier Ben Haim of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue in Seattle, WA; and Daniel Sieradski, Director of Digital Strategy at Repair The World.
Speaking of Daniel Sieradski, he was kind enough to upload his fantastic presentation “Jeuromancer: Transhumanism, Bioethics & the Dystopian Jewish Future,” which, perhaps more than any other at our conference, directly utilized futurism projections and related it to Jewish concerns. Be sure to click the tab under the slide that says “Speaker Notes on Slide 1” to follow along with his notes, it’s really quite a mind-expanding experience.
And today eJewishPhilanthropy.com completed their week-long series of thought pieces written by presenters at our conference, which you can see collected onto one page of their site. We hope these resources begin to give a taste of the topics and issues we at JOI encourage the entire community to grapple with in order to proactively address a positive Jewish future.