JED no star thumbnail - Copy - CopyOverview

We are thrilled to present an all star line up for our JED Talk this Sept. Join us for insight and inspiration as we glean new meaning from the High Holidays.

Thurs. Sep. 17th

Reception 7:00 pm

Awesome 15 min. Talks from 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Cost: FREE*

74 Corey Rd, Brighton, MA 02135

* Sponsored by Jason & Elizabeth Plawner.

Click here to see some past talks.


“Connectivity and Diversity: Learning From Disaster Resilience” w Rabbi Dr. Daniel Aldrich

Rabbi Dr. Aldrich will be focusing on experiences during Hurricane Katrina and his research on resilience can be applied to our own lives. Specifically, he’ll be looking at two characteristics of a resilient system – horizontal and vertical ties and diversity – to think through what we can do to make ourselves and our communities better able to bounce back from crises. Rabbi Dr. Daniel Aldrich is Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Co-Director Masters Program in Security and Resilience at Northeastern Univeristy. He received his PhD and MA from Harvard University, another MA from UC Berkeley, and his BA from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has served as a consultant for disaster resilience the U.S. State Department, the governments of Japan and New Zealand, and numerous NGOs. As an ordained rabbi, he has published four books, more than 30 peer reviewed articles, and has contributed OpEds to the New York Times, the Washington Post, Hamodia, and CNN, among other outlets.

“Happiness: Balancing Work Life and Personal Life” w Jacob Freedman, MD

Dr. Freedman will be speaking about his experiences as a psychotherapist and the importance of achieving balance between one’s work and their personal life.  He will not be speaking about your relationship with your mother, analyzing your dreams, or discussing what a cigar may or may not symbolize. Dr. Freedman will be reflecting on his vast experience helping people through psychiatry and a hollistic approach to living happier more meaningful lives. Dr. Freedman is an accomplished  board-certified psychiatrist practicing in Boston, Massachusetts and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine.

“Keeping Your Edge in Life” w Rabbi Carter Schwartz

Whether one is dealing in matters of love, war, or the soul, there are strategies by which one can get ahead of the game and stay ahead. We’ll discuss a few of these approaches as they relate to various aspects of life and particularly to the High Holidays. Rabbi Carter Schwartz received his BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania and his rabbinic ordination from top scholars at the Great Mir Yeshiva.

“The Common Thread” w Rabbi Mati Miller

What is the connection between Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succot? Judaism views time as more than two dimensional. The month of Tishrei has a special energy and experiential opportunity. What is the common thread between all of this months holidays and how can we tap into new opportunities. Rabbi Miller brings more than a decade of intensive Talmudic study at top rabbinic institutions in Israel including Rav Tzvi Kushelevsky and received rabbinic ordination from Rav Yitzchak Berkowitz.