Taste of Limmud

Join us for Taste of Limmud AZ

The evening will be comprised of a keynote speaker and three congruent presentations from our local Limmud community.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Temple Solel
6805 E McDonald Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. VIP Tickets $54 per person

VIP Pre-Tasting Event with Keynote Speaker and Limmud AZ Fundraiser (to keep Limmud AZ reasonably priced for all who want to attend).

Includes appetizers, wine, program and dessert reception along with a copy of

Good Trouble, Lessons of the Civil Rights Playbook by Christopher Noxon.


7 p.m. to 9 p.m. General Admission $18 per person

Includes choice of one breakout session, the keynote speaker, and dessert reception.

General Sessions - 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Choose from one of three special sessions with our local Limmud AZ community:

  • Spirituality and Migration with Eddie Chavez, Campaign Organizer of Arizona Jews for Justice - A conversation about immigration through two unique modes: a text study of Biblical and Talmudic teachings on immigrants, as well as personal stories about life as an immigrant.
  • Bad Girls of the Talmud with Rabbi Elana Kanter, of the Women’s Jewish Learning Center and The New Shul - Meet Yalta, wife of Rav Nahman, and meet Jewish Jane Doe (we don't know her name), a maidservant to one of the sages. We'll study their stories and watch them as they challenge existing structures of power and authority.
  • Expanding our Sacred Canon with Rabbi John A. Linder of Temple Solel. Strengthening Jewish identity and bonds of solidarity by re-imaging our justice narrative and expanding what we consider sacred canon. We will explore David H. Aaron’s essay, Engaging Literary Voices to see the Universal in the Particular (CCAR Journal, Summer 2019); it will bring into focus the essence of being a Jew.

Keynote - 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Christopher Noxon author of Good Trouble, Lessons of the Civil Rights Playbook.

Good Trou­ble is a graph­ic non­fic­tion guide­book offer­ing sto­ries and lessons from the civ­il rights move­ment. In words and vivid pen-and-water­col­or draw­ings, Nox­on high­lights lessons mod­ern-day activists and the civi­cal­ly mind­ed can embrace to move for­ward and cre­ate change. With inter­views with with key fig­ures includ­ing US Con­gress­man John Lewis, and strate­gist Rev James Law­son, Good Trou­ble under­scores the impor­tance of con­fronta­tion, joy, and faith in the move­ment, includ­ing a dis­cus­sion of how lead­ers from a vari­ety of faiths, includ­ing Jew­ish the­olo­gian Abra­ham Hes­chel. With a fresh look at notable fig­ures includ­ing Bayard Rustin, Fan­nie Lou Hamer, and Ella Bak­er, Good Trou­ble gleans essen­tial wis­dom and hard-won tac­tics and cre­ates an urgent­ly need­ed roadmap for com­mu­ni­ties seek­ing inspi­ra­tion and guid­ance in trou­bled times.

The Keynote session is for ALL attendees.

About Our Presenters:

Christopher NoxonChristopher Noxon is a writer and illustrator. He’s the author of Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook, Plus One and Rejuvenile: Kickball Cartoons Cupcakes and the Reinvention of the American Grown Up. As a journalist, he has written for the New Yorker, Details, the New York Times Magazine and Salon. His illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, Tablet and the Hollywood Reporter. He's a co-founder of East Side Jews and a current board member of Reboot, an arts and culture nonprofit that reimagines and reinforces Jewish thought and traditions.

Eddie Chavez CalderonSince he was a teenager, Eddie Chavez Calderon has been deeply involved in social justice work. From the trenches to the coasts and everywhere in between, Eddie fights for a progressive movement that works towards a more inclusive, diverse America. Despite having many obstacles in his way, nothing has deterred Eddie from continuing to fight for the Latino community as well as LGBTQ+ acceptance and inclusion, women's rights, economic justice, workers’ rights, citizenship and civic engagement, voter equality, and much more! He is excited to be a part of an interfaith coalition to continue to advocate for the dignity of every person no matter their creed or national origin.

Rabbi Elana KanterRabbi Elana Kanter serves as the Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute. Rabbi Kanter received her B.A. in English Literature from Barnard College in 1982. She was a member of the first class of women of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Rabbinical School, where she was ordained in 1989. Before devoting herself full-time to women’s learning and leadership, Rabbi Kanter worked with Jewish day schools across the United States for 25 years, as a teacher, administrator and consultant. In 1998, Rabbi Kanter received the Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators. In addition to her work with The Women’s Leadership Institute, Rabbi Kanter serves as co-Rabbi of The New Shul in Scottsdale.

Rabbi John LinderRabbi John Linder grew up in Buffalo, New York and considers himself a lifelong Buffalo-booster. Though, having lived in the Valley of the Sun since 2008, he really doesn’t miss shoveling snow! Before coming to Temple Solel, Rabbi Linder served as a rabbi at Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Glenview, Illinois. Rabbi Linder received a Masters in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 2003. A 1980 Cum Laude graduate of Amherst College, Rabbi Linder became a rabbi at age 46 after earlier careers as a community and labor organizer and as an executive in his family’s scrap-metal recycling business in Buffalo. Rabbi Linder’s bride of 30 years is Nancy Levy Linder, and their son, David Joel, is a recent graduate of ASU with a Master’s in the Science of Healthcare Delivery and is working for a local healthcare consulting company.