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Finding Meaning in Shabbat
A Panel Discussion

Dasee Berkowitz, David Ingber, Marc Katz, Malya Kurzweil Levin, DovBer Pinson, Karina Zilberman

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Shabbat

As Shabbat begins, so does an exploration of its significance. The diverse observances throughout the Jewish community are a reflection of individuals’ varied meanings of Shabbat. How, as a community, do we respect each others’ Shabbat observances while at the same time exploring a renewed, deeper meaning in our own practices? To explore this and other questions, the panelists will share the rituals and ideas that are most important to them in their observance of Shabbat.

Dasee Berkowitz

Dasee Berkowitz is a Jewish educational consultant in New York and founder of JLife Consulting, a service that offers educational workshops to couples and families planning Jewish life-cycle events. Dasee is a proud member of the Limmud NY board and an even prouder wife of Leon Morris and mother of Tamir and Yael.

David Ingber

David Ingber is a rabbi, explorer, and integrator. His experience spans from training in the Orthodox world to Renewal Judaism, from teaching pilates and gyrotonics to meditating under the guidance of great Zen teachers, from tai chi and yoga to astrology, from great Jewish mystics to western philosophy. He recently founded Romemu in NYC.

Marc Katz

Marc Katz is the Revson Rabbinical intern at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn and is a fourth year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Originally from Barrington RI, Marc received a B.A. from Tufts University. At Tufts, he studied Comparative Religion while serving as the captain of his college swim team. Before entering rabbinical school, Marc worked as a Legislative Assistant for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. At Congregation Beth Elohim, Marc runs a weekly introduction to Judaism class, adult Torah study on Shabbat, a monthly “alternative” service, and a host of other Brooklyn Jews activities.

Malya Kurzweil Levin

Malya Kurzweil Levin is a second year student at Brooklyn Law School and has held internships in the areas of asylum and human rights law, as well as elder and health care law. Before going back to school, Malya worked in the world of Jewish education for four years. She has studied Torah at Midreshet Harova in the Old City of Jerusalem, Machon Alte in Tzfat, as well as Drisha and the Hadar Beit Midrash on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She lives with her husband in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

DovBer Pinson

Iyyun Center for Jewish Spirituality

DovBer Pinson is a world-renowned rabbi, scholar, author, thinker, and beloved spiritual teacher. Through his books, lectures he has touched and inspired the lives of thousands. Pinson is an internationally acclaimed speaker and has lectured in both scholarly and lay settings throughout the globe. DovBer Pinson is the Rosh (Head) Yeshiva of the IYYUN Yeshiva and heads the IYYUN Center in Brownstone Brooklyn.

Karina Zilberman

92nd Street Y

Karina Zilberman is the Director of Jewish Family Life and Culture at the 92nd Street Y. An Argentinean born performer, educator and cantorial soloist, Karina creates and leads the 92Y Shababa Community. Through her inclusive and creative multigenerational programs, she engages all generations in interactive, joyful, and spiritual experiences.

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