Avram Mandell

Avram Mandell has been the Director of Education at Leo Baeck Temple since 2004. He holds a Master's degree in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR Rhea Hirsch School of Education. Prior to his tenure at Leo Baeck Temple, he worked in San Antonio at Temple Beth-El and at the URJ's Greene Family Camp and Camp Harlam. Avram currently serves on the board of the North American Temple Educators. Additionally, he was the first recipient of the URJ "Technology Award" for creating a radio station at his synagogue, and has a chapter entitled "Funny Man," in the book "Still Small Voice: Reflections on Being a Jewish Man" (URJ Press, 2007).

The Power of Smell: The Nose Knows the Path to the Spiritual World

Smell is a powerful scent and connects us to our memories and makes us aware of our present surroundings. During this session, you will connect to the memories of your childhood and past family gatherings. We will learn what Judaism has to say about the power of smells and the power of the nose. Come share, learn, and nosh -- or whatever the Jewish equivalent of nosh is for smelling. Judaism has a lot to say about common scents.

Appetite for Disruption: Cocktails for Innovators

Joshua Avedon, Will Deutsch, Tera "Nova Jade* Greene, Esther Kustanowitz, Avram Mandell, Elai Shine, Laura Silver

Delightful. Diverse. Disruptive. This tribute to Jewish creativity, tradition and innovation features free-form schmoozing and fast-paced, entertaining multimedia presentations where connectors, innovators, educators, tech experts, creative thinkers, funders, media moguls, and enthusiastic consumers of Jewish content can all mingle. First 50 attendees get a free drink -- cash bar thereafter, snacks available throughout, courtesy of Jumpstart and the ROI community. Let the drinks, conversations and ideas flow! DJ beats provided by Bad/Wolf.