Let's Get Wild! What to Expect from Wild Card Sessions
By Shira Moskowitz
The ISJL Education Conference brings some of the most innovative and dynamic speakers to Jackson, Mississippi. While we invite many of these presenters to the conference to share insight into a specific subject such as Hebrew or the arts, each of brings a unique set of skills, experience, and passion that we strive to highlight. This is why we offer a set of Wild Card sessions.
For these sessions, we give our speakers, presenters, vendors, and entertainers full reign. The Wild Card sessions are a chance for conference attendees to learn about a wide range of topics from passionate experts. Last year, I had the opportunity to attend the session by Batsheva, a singer and songwriter who performs in English, Yiddish, and Ladino’s. Batsheva came to the conference as a performer and put on an amazing concert; however, her Wild Card was not about music, it was about Sephardic heritage and her experience teaching children about Sephardic Judaism. The session was titled “Qu’en Supiesse y Entendiesse” - La Llave d’Espana/The Key to Spain: Who Knew?” It was awesome to learn about Batsheva’s other interests!
Based on the overwhelmingly positive responses that I heard from other conference participants, it sounds as though people really enjoyed learning about Sephardic Judaism too. For example, although Rabbi Kerry Olitzky’s Track series focused on models for synagogue dues, he is incredibly knowledgeable about the issues interfaith couples face within the Jewish community. Thus, his Wild Card session focused on “Intermarriage: Separating Fact from Fiction.”
We are so excited to host incredible presenters at this year’s Education Conference. We won’t spoil the surprise of what this year’s wildcard sessions will be, but after last year’s Wild Card classes like “Gay? Gezunterhayt!” and “Jewish Texts You’ve Never Heard Of: Not Your Bubbe’s Jewish Text,” you can be sure that these sessions will be wild!