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Arthur Kurzweil

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Arthur Kurzweil is a writer, teacher, and member of the Society of American Magicians (founded by Houdini). His books include "On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz," "From Generation to Generation: How to Trace Your Jewish Genealogy," "Kabbalah for Dummies," "The Torah for Dummies," and "Pebbles of Wisdom from Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz." Arthur performs and teaches for synagogues and Jewish groups across the U.S.

How To Climb Your Jewish Family Tree

How-To, Identity & Responsibility

Have you ever been curious about the history of your Jewish family? Would you like to find information about your ancestors? Are you interesting in discovering the names and fate of those people in your family who were murdered during the Holocaust? Arthur Kurzweil is the author of "From Generation to Generation," the classic, best-selling guidebook to the field of Jewish genealogical research. In this class you will learn how to do Jewish genealogical research successfully—and why.

One-Foot Kabbalah

A Panel Discussion

Nathaniel Berman, Arthur Kurzweil, Mark Pearlman, DovBer Pinson

101, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Topics considered in this session include the Soul, Purpose, Prayer, Reincarnation, Spirituality and Mindfulness, Text and Philosophy. This guaranteed quick-paced yet transformative program—inspired by the question asked to Hillel, "Teach me the Torah while I stand on one foot"—will tackle top-of-mind and questions on Kabbalah. No strings attached.

Talmud for the Absolute Novice

(And for Teachers Whose Students Are Beginners)

101, How-To, Text & Thought

If you have never had any experience with the Talmud and would like a basic introduction in a non-intimidating, friendly, non-judgmental, English speaking atmosphere, join us as we learn about the Talmud while studying some of its most controversial and inspiring pages. No previous knowledge or experience required. Leave your preconceptions behind and discover the Talmud.

Seeing Through Illusions

A Kabbalistic Discourse on Magic Tricks

Arts & Performance, Text & Thought

Arthur Kurzweil, a member of the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians, spends much of his life studying and teaching the profound ideas of Kabbalah, studying and teaching Talmud, as well as designing, teaching and performing magic tricks. These topics—Kabbalah, Talmud and magical illusions—all intersect in Arthur's entertaining and challenging presentation about the search for God and for the Jewish way of faith.

Talking with My Children about Death and Dying

18 Essential Jewish Teachings I've Shared

How-To, Text & Thought

Not wanting the subject of death to be a taboo, I made a deliberate effort as a father to speak about death and dying with my children, and to study Jewish texts and ideas about this profound and ultimate subject with them. My children are all in their 20s now and we have been talking about death since they were young. Join this session where we will look at some of the texts and discuss some ideas from Jewish tradition that can spiritually nourish a growing child and, in fact, all of us.

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