Limmud eFestival 2022 Limmud eFestival 2022
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What Will We Hold On To?

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Erica Frankel is the Executive Director of OOI, an innovation laboratory which launches, catalyzes, and scales new projects to advance Jewish life. She is also the Founder of IYUN, a project which helps organizations build community through the study of Torah. Erica previously served as Associate Vice President and Director of the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience for Hillel International, where she grew the Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) from one campus to more than 300, making it the largest pluralistic adult Jewish educational program on campus, with over 20,000 alumni. She has spent over a decade training and coaching hundreds of rabbis and Jewish educators in spiritual leadership, experiential education, and community building. Erica lives in Harlem with her husband Dimitry and daughter Maayan, where she is the Co-Founder of Kehillat Harlem and Senior Educator of Based in Harlem.

Let’s imagine that one day we get out of all this crazy. The pandemic recedes, life is stable again, and we find our footing. Beyond social distance and sourdough, have we learned anything from this wild experience? If we have, what is it, and will it remain with us? What do we hope to forget about this time and what do we hope to remember? The question of remembering and then forgetting the lessons of greatest importance is one that the rabbis of the Talmud wrestled with. In this session we will look at some of the texts they wrote about remembering and forgetting Torah. (Let’s remember here that when they use the word Torah, it's not just ‘the book of the Torah’ but something more like ‘the deepest spiritual lessons of how to live.’) This session is brought to you by the team behind IYUN (, a project which helps folks build community through the study of Torah. Come get a taste of IYUN with us!