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KNOWLEDGE KABBALAH KA CHING

Saul Djanogly

While Saul Djanogly makes his living as the owner of a successful wealth management business, his passion is educating others on bringing truth and values to the world of money. “The Wealth Rabbi” combines a deep academic knowledge of Torah with 30 years of experience in the world of the financial markets. Discover the Kabbalah of money with the man who, by his own admission, calls his two biggest teachers “Mr Trial and Mr Error”. While Saul Djanogly makes his living as the owner of a successful wealth management business, his passion is educating others on how to bring truth and values to the world of money. “The Wealth Rabbi” combines a deep academic knowledge of Torah together with 30 years of practical experience in the precarious world of the financial markets. Wealth Ethics From the rabbi who earns his very successful living as the owner of a wealth management business, Saul Djanogly discusses the ethics of money and its temptations. Why would G-d create a world where making a profit is so important? Come find out from him as he sets out the Jewish, spiritual approach to the pursuit of wealth and how to build a healthy relationship with money. If I Were a Rich Man In a world dictated by the money we make and the things we have, knowing when to be happy with our lot seems almost impossible. In this talk by the Wealth Rabbi and financial market expert, Saul Djanogly presents a fresh answer to the question: ‘Is my glass half full or half empty?’ And by reframing the question: ‘To have, or to be?’ Djanogly offers a new way of thinking about our material possessions.


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Rabbi Laibl Wolf

With over 35 years’ experience in the ancient mystical realm that is Kabbalah, as well as in contemporary psychology, Laibl Wolf is a master in the laws of spiritual energy and mental/physical well-being. Wolf’s meditation sessions are relatable to everyone, focusing on personal growth and emotional mastery, giving people the skills to apply in everyday life. With over 35 years’ experience in the ancient mystical realm that is Kabbalah, as well as in contemporary psychology, Laibl Wolf is a master in the laws of spiritual energy and mental/physical well-being. A mentor who devotes himself to helping others reap the rewards of meditation and mindfulness, he demonstrates that with just a basic understanding of a few key concepts, our lives can be immensely enriched. Wolf’s meditation sessions are relatable to everyone, focusing on personal growth and emotional mastery, giving people the skills to apply in everyday life. Mindfulness Over Matter Laibl Wolf invites you to join him in a mindfulness meditation session. Discover what it truly means to bring your attention to experiences occurring in the present moment. Alongside this spiritual mentor with over 35 years’ experience, learn how to utilise mindfulness in order to live smarter and develop the self-knowledge and wisdom to achieve conscious living and enlightenment. Yes: A Meditation Workshop Join Laibl Wolf as he takes you on a spiritual journey that will ultimately change your life forever. In a world filled with pessimism and distraction at every turn, learn how to kick the habit of negative thoughts and emotions, and live a positive, fulfilled existence. Through the sacred texts of Kabbalah coupled with positive psychology, Rabbi Dr Wolf will teach you how to change your brain to change your mind. The Optimism Bias Strategies for living optimistically by some of the most successful and extraordinary people out there.


WRITE IT ROCK IT UNLOCK IT

Peter Himmelman

When a bona fide rockstar comes to town, you put down the remote and you buy a ticket. Peter Himmelman, an American singer/songwriter and film and television composer, has been nominated for an Emmy and a Grammy. Nowadays, Himmelman’s company Big Muse unlocks the creativity of corporate behemoths such as McDonald’s, Boeing, Adobe and Gap, to name a few. This award-winning musician turned creativity expert will give you the tools and resilience to unlock professional and personal success. When a bona fide rockstar comes to town, you put down the remote and you buy a ticket. Peter Himmelman, an American singer/songwriter and film and television composer, formerly played in the hugely successful indie rock band Sussman Lawrence, before pursuing an extensive solo career. While having been nominated for an Emmy and a Grammy, Himmelman takes it all in his brilliant, spiritual and creative stride. Nowadays, in addition to composing new music and touring in promotion of his latest release, There Is No Calamity, Himmelman’s company Big Muse, which he formed in 2011, has been unlocking creativity of corporate behemoths such as McDonald’s, Boeing, Adobe and Gap, to name a few. This award-winning musician turned creativity expert will give you the tools and resilience to unlock professional and personal success. Caught Between Rock and a Hard Place The life story of Peter Himmelman – Grammy and Emmy nominated singer/songwriter and film and television composer. Himmelman was formerly leader of the successful indie rock band Sussman Lawrence, before he left to pursue an extensive solo career. Hear what happens when you juggle family time, Judaism and a successful rock career. Let Me Out: A Creativity Workshop From award-winning musician turned communications expert Peter Himmelman, this workshop will force you to stop listening to the negative thoughts that hold you back, and achieve the professional and personal success you deserve. Stop procrastinating and start creating, communicate more effectively and create more fearlessly. Perfect for anyone in a mental rut, Let Me Out will give you the means and the confidence to harness your fear and take steps to make your goals a reality. As Himmelman says: “Creativity is what happens when we are deeply engaged in the things we believe in.” Let Me Out: A Creativity Workshop (Continued) From award-winning musician turned communications expert Peter Himmelman, this workshop will force you to stop listening to the negative thoughts that hold you back, and achieve the professional and personal success you deserve. Stop procrastinating and start creating, communicate more effectively and create more fearlessly. Perfect for anyone in a mental rut, Let Me Out will give you the means and the confidence to harness your fear and take steps to make your goals a reality. As Himmelman says: “Creativity is what happens when we are deeply engaged in the things we believe in.” The Optimism Bias Strategies for living optimistically by some of the most successful and extraordinary people out there.


YOU LIVE YOU PRAY YOUTUBE

Rivka Malka Perlman

Life coach and YouTube sensation Rivka Malka Perlman spends some of her time vlogging (video blogging) to her thousands of fans online, and travelling the world as a transformation coach and educator, helping others discover their personal connection to G-d’s unconditional love. Perlman is all about fun, authenticity and inspiration, and her mission is to bring every woman on a powerful healing journey. A life coach, a YouTube sensation, a mother of eight, a survivor of a near-death experience. These are just some of the many things that describe the powerhouse that is Rivka Malka Perlman. When she’s not vlogging (video blogging) to her thousands of fans online, Perlman spends her time travelling the world as a transformation coach and educator, helping others discover their personal connection to G-d’s unconditional love. Perlman is all about fun, authenticity and inspiration and her mission is to bring every woman on a powerful healing journey. Her workshops connect us to our inner selves, to each other and to G-d's love. Transcend: A Breakfast/Workshop for Women From the powerhouse who had a near-death experience and went on to inspire millions from both the digital and physical stage, Rivka Malka Perlman brings you a 50-minute retreat. Join her as she helps you to understand how everything negative that comes your way is a healing opportunity. Learn how to face these experiences head on, find the light and ultimately reach transcendence. Trust in G-d (Women Only) Stepping into a raging and furious sea – believing without a doubt that it would split – took complete and absolute faith in Hashem. Rivka Malka Perlman helps us understand that it is the power of prayer that creates such a connection with Hashem, and how it can “break through” nature itself to the point of turning it on its head. We need to relearn how to get back to that place in our history, where we trust in Hashem beyond what we know and understand about nature in order to awaken such undeserving gifts.


RETHINK REBUILD RECONNECT

Dr David Ribner

Dr Ribner is one of Israel’s leading sex therapists. With over 40 years in the field, he is the founder of the Sex Therapy programme at Bar Ilan University. With Ribner’s uniquely Jewish perspective on this important subject, Dr Ribner is one of Israel’s leading sex therapists. With over 40 years in the field, he is the founder of the Sex Therapy programme at Bar Ilan University. With Ribner’s uniquely Jewish perspective on this important subject, he explains how rewarding it can be for a Jewish couple to invest in the emotional and physical relationship, and how important it is to focus on this in the course of our lifetimes. Raising a Moral Child in a Promiscuous World From Jerusalem’s very own sexologist comes a talk that is vital for every parent to attend. Discussing the genuine challenge of raising your kids in today’s sexually explicit world, Dr David Ribner speaks about how bringing up a child with morals, respect and healthy priorities is not just a goal, it’s non-negotiable. Jewish Sensuality (Adults Only) Unlike other religions, Judaism has always maintained a sexually positive and progressive philosophy. Based on the twin pillars of procreation and pleasure, in this fascinating talk by Jerusalem’s leading sexual therapist, Dr Ribner will explore the Jewish perspectives on mutuality, sanctity and time as guidelines for creating and maintaining satisfaction and fulfilment in marriage.


LEARN LAUGH LEAD

Rabbi YY Rubinstein

Scottish born and world-renowned (or as Her Majesty, the Queen of England put it: “Awfully good”), Rabbi YY Rubinstein has travelled many countries inspiring thousands with his sharp wit and even sharper intellect. With a talent for combining serious issues with belly-aching laughter, Rubinstein is a master in bringing a Jewish perspective to topics that affect everyone and leave them challishing for more. Scottish born and world-renowned (or as Her Majesty, the Queen of England put it: “Awfully good”), Rabbi YY Rubinstein has travelled many countries inspiring thousands with his sharp wit and even sharper intellect. A familiar figure on both National BBC TV and Radio, his media work is widely diverse and thought-provoking. With a talent for combining serious issues with belly-aching laughter, Rubinstein is a master in bringing a Jewish perspective to topics that affect everyone and leave them challishing for more. If laughter is the best medicine, then we Jews clearly have connections to the most generous pharmacists around. Many are amazed that, given our history, Jews can still laugh. But we do laugh and always have, even through the toughest of times. Join the hilarious Rabbi YY Rubinstein as he explores why laughing is such an essential part of who we are as a nation, and how to utilise laughter individually in our everyday lives. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Easily the most popular series ever written, Harry Potter pulled us in and gave us hours of delight and distraction, as we followed Harry and Ron’s adventures in the wonderful world of muggles and magic. In this enchanting talk by Rabbi YY Rubinstein, we explore Judaism's approach to magic and its place in our world today. Bring your wands and finally find the answers to this chamber of secrets… The Guilt Trip While Jewish guilt has become a cliche, it remains something we all relate to. It is the central theme to many novels and films, but, most importantly, plays a role in our everyday lives. Most of us regret our mistakes and our missed opportunities, and replay them over and over again in our minds. If any of this sounds familiar, come and hear as Rabbi YY Rubinstein explains how the Torah invites us to rather use guilt as a positive force. You’ll never feel bad about it if you do...


STAND UP STAND TALL STANDWITHUS

Michael Dickson

Inspired by his love for Israel and the belief in properly educating people about the Holy Land, Michael Dickson, executive director of StandWithUs Israel office, fights to combat anti-Semitism and extremism. With his extensive knowledge and understanding of the facts, Dickson helps correct common prejudices about the Arab-Israeli conflict, and aims to promote discussion and policies that can help promote peace in the region. To have the title of one of the most influential Jews on Twitter bestowed on you is no small feat. And to be named as one of the 30 “Israelis Making a Difference” on top of that is simply remarkable. Inspired by his love for Israel and the belief in properly educating people about the Holy Land, Michael Dickson, executive director of StandWithUs Israel office, helps to combat the anti-Semitism and extremism that often distorts these issues. With his extensive knowledge and understanding of the facts, Dickson helps correct common prejudices about the Arab-Israeli conflict, and aims to promote discussions and policies that can help promote peace in the region. Can You Tell Israel’s Story? From Woolworths protests to thousands marching in the street, anti-Israel groups are spreading misinformation about our beloved land, and their voices have never been louder. It’s vital, now more than ever, that we are able to tell Israel’s story, in a compelling and informative way… but do we know how to? In this session by Israeli educator, Michael Dickson, we look at who speaks for Israel and how to tell the story of the world’s only Jewish country. Israel: Looking Good for 70 At 3 000 years old, but 70 years young, this is a momentous year for Israel. Dare we even begin to contemplate where we would be without Israel? No stranger to challenge, from security to geopolitical, we thought Israel had faced it all. But now, Israel faces a newly intensified threat in the form of boycotts and defamation. In this eye-opening talk by Israel’s leading man, Michael Dickson teaches us how we can join the modern-day fight for the Jewish State. The Optimism Bias Strategies for living optimistically by some of the most successful and extraordinary people out there.


PROPHETS PERSPECTIVE PURPOSE

Esther Wein

Esther Wein fervently encourages her students to think outside of the box. With a strong text base and philosophical, Kabbalistic emphasis, she is a master in applying eternal truths to our modern reality. From founding the 5 Towns Kesher Yehudi – an organisation that aims to embrace the secular Israeli community living in the area – to hosting student groups from around the world, Wein is relatable, brilliant and not to be missed. As a teacher to both women and girls for more than 30 years, Esther Wein fervently encourages her students to think outside of the box. With a strong text base and philosophical, Kabbalistic emphasis, she is a master in applying eternal truths to our modern day reality. From founding the 5 Towns Kesher Yehudi – an organisation that aims to embrace the secular Israeli community living in the area – to hosting many student groups from around the world, Wein is relatable, brilliant and definitely not one to be missed. How Not to Act When Your Friends Are Suffering Unfortunately, we all currently know someone who is suffering, and as their friends, we strive to do and say the right thing. But, sometimes we struggle to know exactly what that is. It has never been more pertinent than now to look to the Navi, at Iyov’s friends, who blamed him for his “punishment” and told him to do teshuva. And for this they were called sinners. In this talk, Esther Wein explores this important question: How do we approach someone who is suffering? The Soulmate Search They say that 40 days before a foetus is formed, it is announced who its soulmate will be. A concept that seems truly out of this world – yet the Rambam states that marriage is NOT in the hands of heaven. So, how can we better understand this concept of soulmates and the partnership between which soul is paired with which body? The Optimism Bias Strategies for living optimistically by some of the most successful and extraordinary people out there.


NEW YORK LONDON PARIS

Alexandra Elicha

If you look up the word cool in the dictionary, there – dressed all in black – sits a picture of Alexandre Elicha. Along with his brothers, Elicha is the founder and creative force behind one of Europe's most iconic fashion labels – The Kooples – a brand that effortlessly fuses Parisian chic with London rock ‘n roll. With his black tzitzis and leather pants, Elicha is as comfortable in the front row of Fashion Weeks worldwide as he is at his local beis medrash. If you look up the word cool in the dictionary, there – dressed all in black – sits a picture of Alexandre Elicha. Along with his brothers, Elicha is the founder and creative force behind one of Europe's most iconic fashion labels – The Kooples – a brand that effortlessly fuses Parisian chic with London rock ‘n roll on the cutting edge of global fashion and has emerged as a retail giant with hundreds of stores across Europe and the US. And when you see the man behind it, you can understand why. With his black tzitzis and leather pants, Alexandre Elicha is as comfortable in the front row of Fashion Weeks worldwide as he is at his local beis medrash. Black Magic Hear the incredible life story of The Kooples founder and creative director Alexandre Elicha. Discover how an encounter with an Israeli Kabbalist led him to form of one of Europe’s most iconic and successful contemporary fashion labels, and how an experience in Ibiza brought him to the beauty of Shabbat, and how tefillin have a magnetic rock ‘n roll aesthetic for him. From growing up with the Jackson Five to eating kosher falafel with Paris’s top fashion journos – Elicha will keep you riveted as he tells the incredible story of his synchronised rise to fashion celebrity and Jewish spirituality. The Optimism Bias Strategies for living optimistically by some of the most successful and extraordinary people out there.


ENQUIRE INSPIRE ACQUIRE

Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein’s writing has appeared everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to the Los Angeles Times. He is an expert in Jewish philosophy, and is co-founder of “Crosscurrents”, an online journal that confronts modern societal issues and current affairs from a Torah perspective. Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi Adlerstein’s writing has appeared everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to the Los Angeles Times. He has authored many books, and is an expert in Jewish philosophy, including the writings of the Maharal, Rav Kook and Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch. Rabbi Adlerstein is co-founder of “Crosscurrents”, an online journal that confronts our modern societal issues and current affairs from a Torah perspective. Beyond the Jewniverse As a Jewish community living in a multicultural diverse society, it’s vital that we understand the Torah’s perspective on how to live and engage with the people around us. In this relevant and insightful talk by the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, we look at some classic Torah sources to help us engage with people from other religions and cultures in the way that Torah values and ethics have guided us since the beginning of time. Unlocking the Secret Code of the Talmud The Talmud contains a whole dimension of spiritual content that deals with life, wisdom, ethics and philosophy, called the Aggadah. Yet it has a code in how this wisdom is presented. Using the incredible insights of one of our great philosophers – the Maharal of Prague – Rabbi Adlerstein invites you to join him as he unlocks it and provides us with a satisfying way of accessing this depth of rabbinic wisdom.


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