20/20

Judaism

A Collaborative Convention

December 6-10, 2019
Boston, MA

At 20/20 Judaism, thought provoking speakers from within and outside the Jewish world will address the ways that our movement approaches Israel, the Jewish family, spirituality, hatred and systemic injustice, and the myriad of other topics that will shape the Jewish future.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham is the Senior Rabbi at Congregation Agudas Achim in San Antonio, Texas. He was recently named one of the San Antonio Business Journal's 40 Under 40, the first clergy to receive the award. His congregation has grown by over 150 member units in the... View Bio

A native New Englander, Rabbi Seth Adelson is the Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh. Rabbi Adelson has worked to re-fashion Beth Shalom as an open, inclusive community that focuses on connecting Jews with their tradition and helping them to... View Bio

Rabbi Julia Andelman is JTS’s Director of Community Engagement, overseeing adult learning programs across North America, digital learning, and continuing rabbinic education. She was previously rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zedek in Manhattan... View Bio

Rav Na'ama Levitz Applbaum is currently the Director of Ramah Israel Seminar. She is a passionate educator and activist. Na'ama was ordained by Rabbi Daniel Landes in Jerusalem and has worked and taught in various educational institutions...View Bio

Janet Krasner Aronson. PhD is the associate director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University. She earned her PhD in social policy at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis where she examined the impact of... View Bio

Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson (www.bradartson.com) holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean's Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and is Vice President of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Rabbi Artson has long been a passionate advocate for social justice...View Bio

Hazzan Matthew Austerklein is the Cantor and co-spiritual leader of Beth El Congregation in Akron, OH. He is the co-founder of the Cantors Assembly's Ilu Finu Jewish Songwriting Competition and editor of the new volume...View Bio

Daniel Bahner is the National Director of Education and Training at Keshet. brings experience in program development, community building and social-justice education to Keshet. Daniel grew up in a Conservative synagogue in... View Bio

Rachel Beck is a youth educator at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia. She has been active in community organizing over the past 15 years, and is currently active in the global movement against the Climate Crisis. Her current focus is engaging more Jews to be active in this movement...View Bio

Rachel Beck is a youth educator at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia. She has been active in community organizing over the past 15 years, and is currently active in the global movement against the Climate Crisis. Her current focus is engaging more Jews to be active in this movement...View Bio

Originally from Rochester, NY, Cantor Berke received her MA in Jewish Education, MA in Sacred Music and Diploma of Hazzan from JTS in 1994.  Her Education thesis was an examination of conversion programs across the United States, with an emphasis on the... View Bio

Mel Berwin is the Director of Congregational Learning at Congregation Neveh Shalom in Portland, Oregon, where she champions Hebrew language learning, a fully inclusive education program, and a strong teen leadership track. ... View Bio

Phyllis Blumberg is president of Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania. She has attended religious life committee meetings for years at this Kehilla and at her previous congregations because she thinks important issues about Jewish practice and the future of ... View Bio

Jacob Blumenthal is the Chief Executive of the Rabbinical Assembly. He served for 20 years as founding rabbi of Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg, Maryland since ordination by JTS in 1999.  Jacob also served in various lay leadership capacities within the Rabbinical Assembly... View Bio

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin is a rabbi at Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto. Previous to this appointment, Rabbi Fryer Bodzin served for ten years as Rabbi and mara d’atra of the Israel Center of Conservative Judaism in Queens, New York. Prior to that, Rabbi Fryer Bodzin ... View Bio

Officially ordained in 2000 at the University of Judaism with a master’s degree in Rabbinic Literature, Rabbi Mark Borovitz combined his knowledge of Torah and street smarts to shape his calling: helping recovering addicts find their way in the world... View Bio

Harvey currently serves as the executive director of Congregation Bnai Israel, Millburn NJ and Senior VP of NAASE, The North American Association of Synagogue Executives.  He holds both “Fellow in Synagogue Administration” and “Fellow in Temple Administration” ... View Bio

InterfaithFamily CEO Jodi Bromberg has written for numerous publications, and spoken at conferences, synagogues and Jewish institutions around the country about the importance of creating inclusive spaces for interfaith families in Jewish life. Previously an attorney... View Bio

Sharon Bromberg is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary with a Bachelor of Arts from List College and a Masters of Arts in Jewish Education. She is currently a Chaplain Intern at Einstein Medical Center. She lives with her husband, a Conservative Rabbi... View Bio

Rabbi Sharon Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country... View Bio

Rabbi Aaron Brusso is the rabbi of Bet Torah in Mt Kisco. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly and the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet. He is married to Hana Gruenberg and together they have three children Sari, Zoe, and Ilan... View Bio

Dr. David Bryfman is the CEO at The Jewish Education Project. David completed his PhD in Education and Jewish Studies at NYU, focusing on the identity development of Jewish adolescents. David was the prime researcher of 2016 study “Generation Now: Understanding and Engaging... View Bio

Sarrae G. Crane is Executive Director of MERCAZ USA and is a member of the MERCAZ USA Movement-wide Election Steering Committee.. She has attended many Zionist Congresses, worked on many prior election campaigns has a great deal... View Bio

Rabbi Cantor Hillary Chorny is the Cantor at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, California.  She completed her cantorial investiture, rabbinical ordination, and a Masterʼs degree in Sacred Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary before joining the staff of Temple Beth Am in August, 2014...View Bio

Aimee Close has been with USCJ since 2011, and currently works as a synagogue consultant specializing in strategic planning and in serving small congregations.  Over the last three decades, Aimee has worked in synagogue management and Jewish education...View Bio

Rabbi Tamara Cohen, Vice-President and Chief of Innovation at Moving Traditions, oversees the development of new programmatic initiatives including Moving Traditions Jewish values based sexuality curriculum and training, Prior to Moving Traditions, Tamara worked....View Bio

Leah Conley is Director of Early Childhood Education at Congregation Neveh Shalom in Portland, Oregon. She believes that we can teach children with joy, love and Judaism, what it means to engage in civil dialogue to change the course...View Bio

Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD, is the Senior Rabbi of Park Avenue Synagogue. A leading voice in the Conservative Movement, he follows a tradition of distinguished rabbinical predecessors on the pulpit at Park Avenue Synagogue, including Rabbi Milton Steinberg, Rabbi Judah Nadich... View Bio

Rabbi Braham David has proudly served as Director of the Jewish Discovery Institute (JDI) since 2007, expanding innovative interfaith outreach and conversion programming on behalf of the Conservative Movement in Boston. Since 2003, Rabbi David has also served as Rabbi of... View Bio

Justin David has been the Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel in Northampton, MA since 2002. He is the author of Longing: Jewish Meditations on a Hidden God (Cascade Books) and received the 2018 Human Rights Hero award from T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights... View Bio

Shirley Davidoff is President of Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas, Texas. She is the immediate past Board Chair of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and former Chair of the JCRC of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. Professionally, Davidoff is a Nurse Practitioner ... View Bio

Rabbi Aderet Drucker is a spiritual leader, entrepreneur, educator & community organizer. She is Co-Director for The Den Collective, creating a Judaism that is relevant, accessible, and deeply rooted in tradition throughout the greater DC area. Prior to this role, she served as... View Bio

Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world’s foremost authorities on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary. Since taking office in 2007, Chancellor Eisen has transformed the education of religious, pedagogical, professional... View Bio

Dr. Shira D. Epstein is Dean of William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS, where she has served on faculty since 2005. She has authored curricula on healthy relationship building, was director of Evaded Issues in Jewish Education, and is completing a book... View Bio

Rabbi Danielle Eskow is the founder/CEO of Online Jewish Learning which provides one-on-one and small group synchronous classes online. OJL's provides Jewish individuals, families, and congregations with innovative and meaningful Jewish learning online... View Bio

Robert Evans is founder and president of the Evans Consulting Group, a pre-eminent full-service firm that helps nonprofits address their strategic and fundraising goals. Now in its 28th year, Evans Consulting leads fundraising campaigns, facilitates strategic planning... View Bio

Rabbi Jacob Fine serves as the Director of Jewish Life and Director of Abundance Farm at Congregation B'nai Israel in Northampton, MA. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Jacob has authored widely used Jewish food justice curriculum and served as a rabbi and educator for a number of ... View Bio

Rabbi Abe Friedman is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel (BZBI) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rabbi Abe found his love of Jewish community as a camper, counselor, and Rosh Edah (Division Head) at Camp Ramah in Palmer, Massachusetts... View Bio

Rabbi Sarah Freidson serves the religious, educational, and pastoral needs of Temple Beth Shalom in Mahopac, NY. She creates innovative learning opportunities, prayer experiences, and holiday celebrations. A lover of the sacred and the fun...View Bio

Leo Fuhrman is the Education Director at Congregation Beth Am Israel near Philadelphia where he leads the Hebrew school, and early childhood program. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education and English Linguistics from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and an MBA and... View Bio

Rabbi Ilana Garber is the Rabbinic Director of Lifelong Learning & Community Engagement at Beth El Temple, West Hartford, CT, where she has served since 2005. A graduate of JTS and Barnard, she is co-chair of the Rabbinical Assembly Women’s Committee... View Bio

Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel in Newton, Massachusetts.   Rabbi Gardenswartz grew up in Denver, Colorado, the youngest of six children and the son of the late Rosyne and Nathan Gardenswartz, owners of a small kosher grocery store.... View Bio

Stacie is the Chief Program Officer at InterfaithFamily and is in an interfaith marriage. She has been working on interfaith issues for 6 years and diversity and inclusion for 20. She has a passion for bringing people together around issues they care about... View Bio

Yossi has been working with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and Nativ for more than 19 years beginning as a madrich for Nativ 16 (1996-1997), the Assistant Director of Nativ from 1998 till 2000 and as the Director of the program since 2005... View Bio

Jennifer’s professional education experiences range from classroom instruction to leading system-wide initiatives for large and progressive school districts. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, school administration, and... View Bio

Deborah Glassman is a physician, yoga teacher and actor. She created Shabbhakti: Prayer in Motion to create new ways to connect with God, each other and most profoundly ourselves. Raised in the Conservative tradition she has deepened her spirituality through the physical... View Bio

Rabbi Michael Gold serves as spiritual leader of Temple Beth Torah Sha'aray Tzedek in Tamarac, Florida. In 2016 he received his Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University with a dissertation on process philosophy and Jewish mysticism. He is an adjunct professor of philosophy... View Bio

Marcie Goldstein was the founding Board Member of two Centers for Independent Living in NYC and was President of the Endependence Living Center of Northern Virginia. She's been a member of the National Council on Independent Living since the early 80’s and an advocate on... View Bio

Rabbi David Golinkin was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia. He made aliyah in 1972, earning a B.A. in Jewish History and two teaching certificates from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received an M.A. in Rabbinics and a Ph.D. in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary... View Bio