Joshua Maroof, Rabbi of the Orthodox Magen David Sephardic Congregation in Maryland, has spoken out in support of women in Torah leadership roles in the Orthodox community. His teachings model the application of traditional Jewish methods of critical thought and moral analysis to matters of public policy.
Tirtsah Levie Bernfeld is a historian in Amsterdam specializing in European Jewish history of the early modern period. She focuses in particular on social aspects of the Sephardi community of early modern Amsterdam.
Irwin Keller is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ner Shalom in Sonoma County, California. His challenging, humorous and poignant drashot speak to issues of Torah, Israel, queerness, hope and the Divine.
Aviva Chernick is an award-winning singer based in Toronto, who has brought her voice in music and prayer to communities and congregations around the globe. Singing in Hebrew, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Yiddish and English, she has had the pleasure of making music with many wonderful musicians.
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