October 22 - 28, 2017
All events will be held at Congregation Beth Torah
We are very excited to present an enriching week of thought and education.

Speakers will explore the concept of social responsibility in Judaism. Lectures and other media will ask: "to what length is a Jewish community obligated to improve the lives of those outside the community and in the Gentile world?"
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Brunch with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

11:00 a.m.
Mr. Judah Cattan
President, Congregation Beth Torah
Opening Remarks

11:05 a.m.
Mr. Hymie Shamah
President, Sephardic Community Alliance
Introduction of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

11:15 a.m.
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is an international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice.  He was awarded the 2016 Templeton Prize in recognition of his "exceptional contributions to affirming life's spiritual dimension."
Jewish Responsibility

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Monday, October 23, 2017

8:00 p.m.
Mr. Eli Beer
Founder of United Hatzalah of Israel and President of U.S.-Based Friends of United Hatzalah, Participant in TED Talks

Sharing United Hatzalah - Around the World!

8:30 p.m.
Rabbi Naftali Besser
Teacher and Dean of Students, Yeshivah of Flatbush High School

The "Hesed Mission" and What it Takes to Give

Tues day, October 24, 2017

8:00 p.m.
Dr. Sara Labaton
Sara Labaton received her PhD in Jewish Studies from NYU and has taught in a wide range of Jewish settings.

"I reject your offerings." The Revolutionary Prophecies of Amos [and Whether Ritual Can Lead Us Astray]

8:45 p.m.
Rabbi Jamie Cowland
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, JUSTIFI
Adventure with Purpose. Justifi is a Jewish activism program, organizing trips around the world and working with grassroots organizations in impoverished and endangered communities to drive long term social change.

A multimedia presentation and Q&A about the

work of JUSTIFI

9:15 p.m.
Ms. Sari Cattan, Mr. Ezra Doueck, Mr. Daniel Cohanpour
Ms. Cattan went on a two-week program
in Nicaragua during summer of 2015 with JUSTIFI. Messrs. Doueck and Cohanpour traveled to Thailand in 2014. All three speakers will share their experiences as well as their thoughts on global volunteering.

One of the Most Meaningful Life Experiences I've Had Traveling and Giving Back

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

8:00 p.m.
Mrs. Esther Hidary
Assistant Principal, Yeshivah of Flatbush High School

Judaism: An Empathetic Way of Life

8:30 p.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam and Nancy Sutton, Ralph J. Sutton, Esq.

How a NY Times article motivated us to visit Senegal with AJWS and explore first hand capacity building and other forms of hands on tzedaqa.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

8:00 p.m.
Rabbi Dr. Richard Hidary
Associate Professor, YU; Rabbi of Hayil Minyan, Sephardic Synagogue

Human Rights. The Rest is Commentary.

8:45 p.m.
Ms. Morag Neill
Africa Programs Associate, Innovation: Africa

How Innovation: Africa uses Israeli technology to bring clean water and electricity to African Villages
Innovation: Africa

9:00 p.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam and Vicky Sultan

Our trip to Uganda to bring clean water to the Kayango Orphanage

Shabbat Morning October 28

9:00 a.m. - First Minyan Kiddush
Rabbi Daniel Kahana
Director of Judaic Studies Curriculum
Development and Instructor of Judaic Studies, North Shore Hebrew Academy High School

Religious Humanism and Sephardic Responsa

11:00 a.m. - High School Kiddush; Open to High School Students
Mr. Joseph Kattan and Mr. Harry Tawil
Juniors, Yeshivah of Flatbush High School,
and North Shore Hebrew Academy High School; Kol Hanearim Volunteers, Summer 2017.

My Summer with Kol HaNearim: I Never Really Knew the Difference One Person Can Make

Every summer, Kol HaNearim brings high school students (over 130 volunteers from 6 countries spending a summer with over 600 Israeli children) to volunteer in Israeli children's homes that care for children who cannot live with their parents due to physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or unstable living conditions, hoping to provide positive influences and lead them to establish their own happy families and successful lives.

Mossaie Shabbat
Saturday Night, October 28, 2017 

8:00 p.m.
Mr. Hayeem Rudy
Third Year Medical Student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

The Gains of Giving: A Two-Month Immersive Experience in a Mumbai Slum as a Fellow with Gabriel Project Mumbai

Gabriel Project Mumbai
A Jewish volunteer-based initiative caring for vulnerable children living in India by
providing hunger relief, literacy support, health and empowerment to children living in the Mumbai slums

8:15 p.m.
Rabbi Avi Harari
Head Rabbi, Shaare Shalom; Teacher, Yeshivah of Flatbush High School

What About Needs Closer to Home?

8:45 p.m.
Brief Video Presentation and Recognition of Israel Defense Forces Humanitarian Missions

9:00 p.m.
Mr. Yotam Polizer
Co-Chief Executive Officer, IsraAid

A presentation and Q&A about the worldwide work of IsraAID and its Most Recent Relief Efforts

IsraAid is a non-profit, non- governmental organization commit- ted to providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support. Their teams of professional medics, search & rescue squads, post-trauma experts and community mobilizers, have been first on the front lines of nearly every major humanitarian response in the 21st century; Helping people all over the world overcome extreme crises and providing millions with the vital support needed to move from destruction to reconstruction, and eventually, to sustainable living. Most recently, IsraAid has been doing its work in Mexico (following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake), Germany (to discuss refugees), LIberia, Sierra Leone (emergency mudslide relief), South Sudan and Philippines among many other places worldwide.