A Valley connection to ELI talks

Two Valley residents – Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz and Marcia Fine – recently presented ELI talks, highly produced 12-minute presentations that “explore central themes of Jewish literacy, religious engagement and identity, presented in light of their presenter’s own work, personal experiences or Jewish or secular texts,” according to elitalks.org. They presented their talks in Chicago in November 2015 and their videos recently became available online.

In “How Far Will You Go to Give? Judaism and Organ Donation,” Yanklowitz, president and dean of Valley Beit Midrash, talks about how his experience volunteering in a small village in Ghana almost 15 years ago led to his recent decision to donate one of his kidneys to a complete stranger.

Author Fine,  of Scottsdale, discusses the connections among trauma, Torah and the science of genetics in her ELI talk, “Against the Traumatic Tide: Epigenetics and Positive Jewish Identity.”

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