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The Commandments: The Idolatry of a Modern Age

May 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


“Idolatry” sounds like an outdated concept, but perhaps the idols have simply changed. Have we found new false gods in consumer culture? Has our unprecedented access to new technology hindered our interpersonal sensitivity and provided us with new avenues of excess and impropriety? Tiffany Shlain and Nigel Savage, joined by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, talk idolatry in the age of the iPhone. Presented in partnership with Limmud NY.

Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and author. She is the founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of two global initiatives, Character Day and 50/50 Day–unified days of film and discussion about important issues shaping our lives that unite over 100,000 live events.  Her films included her feature documentary Connected, The Tribe, which explores American Jewish identity through the history of the Barbie doll and The Making of Mensch​​.​ ​She serves on the Leadership Board of The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute.​ ​Tiffany and her husband​ ​and​ two children have turned off all screens for one day a week for what they call their “Tech Shabbats​”​ for the past 8 years​ which she ​is currently writing a book about and has explored in her films.

Nigel Savage founded Hazon in 2000, with a mission to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for everyone. Nigel has spoken, taught, or written for a wide and significant range of audiences. He has twice been named a member of the Forward 50, the annual list of the 50 most influential Jewish people in the United States, and is a recipient of the Bernard Reisman Award. He was a founder of Limmud NY, and serves on the board of Romemu. He is believed to be the first English Jew to have cycled across South Dakota on a recumbent bike.

Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is the Founding Spiritual Leader of Lab/Shul NYC and the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performance artist, he received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2016. Rabbi Amichai is a member of the Global Justice Fellowship of the American Jewish World Service, a founding member of the Jewish Emergent Network, a consultant to the Reboot Network, a member of the URJ Faculty Team and the Advisory Council of ORAM, an LGBT focused organization for refugees, asylum and migration. He has been hailed as “an iconoclastic mystic” by Time Out New York and a “rock star” by the New York Times. In 2016 The Forward named him one of the thirty-two “Most Inspiring Rabbis” in America.


May 23, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002 United States


Museum at Eldridge Street