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Avivah Zornberg has been teaching Torah for the past 30 years at Matan, Yakar, Pardes, the Jerusalem College for Adults, and at Jewish, academic, and psychoanalytic settings around the world. She is the author of five acclaimed books on Tanach, most recently "Moses: A Human Life."
Yisrael Campbell is just your average Irish, Italian, Catholic, Reform, Conservative, Unorthodox, Orthodox Jew, who was born to be funny. (The Jewish part came later.) A spiritual journey stretching across four decades, two continents, and three circumcisions. From the wildly successful off-Broadway play. Yisrael is hilarious.
Judy Klitsner is a senior lecturer at Pardes Jerusalem and at JTS’s rabbinical program in Israel. A student of the great Bible teacher Nechama Leibowitz, Judy weaves together traditional exegesis, modern scholarship and her own original interpretation informed by close readings of the text. Judy is the author of Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other.
Tova Hartman lectures widely on Judaism and feminism, synagogue and religious innovation, prayer, and marginalization of the other in Jewish tradition. She is a founder of Shira Hadasha, a model for dozens of similar congregations on three continents. She has led interfaith workshops around the world, including at the Vatican.
Until now, booking speakers for programs has been, for most synagogues, Federations, and JCCs, somewhat haphazard. You might hear about a good speaker, but you can't always locate them easily. You might book them, but they're not always as good as you'd hoped. There hasn't been anyone systematically vetting professional Jewish speakers for programs, and that's affected the quality of your programs.
The Jewish Speakers Bureau aims to change that. Contact us and we'll let you know who's available, who's in your area, and who fills the niche. Need a special speaker for Yom HaShoah, Shavuot, or July 4th? We have some suggestions. Want to book someone who can dissect text or really connect to teens? We'll recommend someone. Have a limited budget? Good speakers aren't free, but we'll work with you to find someone at your price point. All of our speakers are vetted, professional, and very, very good. You won't be disappointed.
As you know, booking a speaking tour is an enormous amount of work. Traditional speakers bureaus aren't a good solution for most of us — they only represent speakers who make $10,000 per speech (which disqualifies most synagogue and JCC events); they represent speakers only passively (if someone comes to them they'll book the program, but they don't go seeking venues for their speakers); and they take a full 30% of the gross. Trying to book a speaking tour without a speakers bureau is even worse. And until now, no one has really specialized in professional paid speakers in the Jewish niche.
The Jewish Speakers Bureau aims to change that. We'll announce your availability to synagogues, JCCs, federations, and other venues. We represent the top Jewish-interest speakers in the world. Plus you'll be featured in the company of other well-known and well-respected speakers — which can only be good for your visibility and career.