Welcome to the Online Fall Shabbaton

Featuring Deborah Sacks Mintz of the Hadar Rising Song Institute

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Schedule + Session Descriptions

Saturday, November 7

7 p.m. Community Havdalah and Concert with Deborah Sacks Mintz

Bring your own havdalah candle and spices and join us for a spirited welcome to the new week together in community.

Sunday, November 8

10 a.m. Inside and Out: Racial Equity in Today’s Jewish Community with Yoshi Silverstein

Among the many challenges of the past year, 2020 has cracked open even wider the national conversation on racial equity in our country. Many in the Jewish community are similarly asking questions about how we push forward racial equity work as Jewish individuals and communities, both in the sense of external relationships to other communities, and of internal discourse and learning around the racial make-up of our own community. In this session, we’ll learn about Jews of Color and what our American Jewish community really looks like now and moving into the future from the lenses of both statistics and personal story. We’ll discuss what it means to be “anti-racist” in our Jewish work, lives, and community-building.

11:30 a.m. All Wrapped Up Together with Daniel Heinrich

Global Jewry is connected in a thousand different ways: through shared culture, tradition, language, religion and more. But few ties bind us closer together than our shared penchant for eating stuffed vegetables. Halushkes, Seboya Reynadas, Dolmas, Mechshie, Memualim; Cabbage, Onions, Grape Leaves, Peppers, Artichokes – you name it, we’ve stuffed it full of rice or meat. While it may seem difficult, you’ll find that with a little bit of guidance it’s much easier than you think. In our session, we’ll explore three options for vegetarian rice-stuffed veggies for you to follow along at home: Onion (Sephardic Seboya Reynadas), Cabbage (Ashkenazi Halushkes), and Grape Leaf (Kurdish-style Dolmas). You’re invited to try just one or follow along for all three.

1 p.m. Imagining Post-Pandemic Jewish Life: A Discussion with the Center’s Rabbinical Student Fellows

It’s hard these days to imagine the future, but even so it’s wonderful to dream and, like it or not, we can’t wait until the pandemic is over to start planning for what comes next. Rabbinical students Sara Blumenthal, Madeline Cooper, and Frankie Sandmel will discuss the questions and the opportunities they see as they prepare for leadership roles in the Jewish community. We look forward to your thoughts about post-pandemic Jewish life as well.

1 p.m. Kids’ Fun and Learning with Mel Weiss and Student Leadership Fellows

Join Mel Weiss and fellows from the Center for Small Town Jewish Life to enjoy some songs, some games, and some books during the Shabbaton! This kids’ programming is available to any family registered for the Shabbaton. Open to all; recommended for kids 4 – 10. You’ll receive a Zoom link just for kids’ programming with the general Shabbaton information.

2 p.m. Music as a Source of Comfort and Strength with Deborah Sacks Mintz

How has music been an expression of both power and privilege, joy and suffering throughout the Jewish people’s narrative? Where do we see our own experiences embedded within these stories? In this text-based class, we’ll explore classical texts, punctuating our learning with mindful song.

Presenter and Artist Bios


Deborah Sacks Mintz

A transformative prayer leader and musician, Deborah Sacks Mintz has served innovative institutions around the country as a teacher of Torah and communal Jewish music. As the Community Singing Consultant of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, Deborah serves as a resource to those seeking to cultivate the grassroots musical and spiritual creativity of the Jewish people. In addition to composing new Jewish music, Deborah can be found regularly performing and recording with a myriad of musicians and ensembles. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Deborah is pursuing rabbinical ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Click here to listen to Min Ha-Meitzar by Deborah Sacks Mintz with the Hadar Ensemble


Yoshi Silverstein

Yoshi is the Founder & Executive Director of Mitsui Collective. He serves as a member of the Grants Advisory Group for the Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, is an alumnus of Selah (Cohort 14, Jewish Leaders of Color) and current member of the Selah Advisory Council, was a founding member of the Repair the World NYC Advisory Board, and has been a cast member of Kaleidoscope Project’s “What Does Jewish Look Like to You” monologue series and an ELI Talks speaker. Yoshi holds certificates in Spiritual Entrepreneurship (Columbia Business School through GLEAN Network), social entrepreneurship (PresenTense NYC), permaculture design, ecovillage design, and environmental education; and has a masters degree in landscape architecture from University of Maryland with a thesis exploring Jewish frameworks, concepts, and vocabularies for landscape design and outdoor learning. Also a CrossFit coach and movement teacher, 2nd-degree blackbelt, and aficionado of Chinese Roast Duck, Yoshi lives in the Cleveland area with his wife, daughter, and pup.


Daniel Heinrich

Daniel Heinrich is now a second-year student at Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership on the Social Impact MBA track. Originally from Royal Oak, Michigan, he graduated from Brandeis University with a major in Near East and Judaic Studies before launching a career as a chef and baker. In 2015, he moved to Portland, Maine with his wife and was working as the Sous Chef of EVO Kitchen and Bar when an injury sidelined him from the kitchen. He then found work at Temple Beth El where he spent 3 years as the Administrative Coordinator and then Assistant Director. A dedicated Beth El-nik, Daniel co-chaired TBE’s Keshet committee, baked nearly 2000 loaves of challah, taught cooking classes, and cooked for community dinners – all while falling in love with the Maine Jewish Community. He currently lives in Waltham, MA with his wife, Alex, and two cats.