ELI Talks will be recorded the week of June 18 in Detroit, MI.

Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison, Lehrhaus’ executive director, was one of 16 individuals chosen to ELI Talks’ spring cohort of its Speaker Fellowship. The group, selected from a competitive pool of 150 applicants, will complete 3 months of training around Jewish idea development, storytelling, and stage presence.

Speakers will deliver their talks to a live studio audience in Detroit from June 18-20, and the Fellowship will culminate in the release of the filmed and edited videos this summer. The cohort includes Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox rabbis, cantors, teachers, Jewish professionals, film directors, authors, writers, chefs, dating coaches, and more.

The selected speakers for this season’s cohort are:

Rabbi Jeremy S. Morrison – Executive Director of Lehrhaus Judaica, Rabbi Morrison lives in Berkeley, CA.

Abi Taylor-Abt – Education Director the Yachad Religious School, Taylor-Abt lives in Oak Park, MI, although she is originally from London.

Aryeh Bernstein – Director of the Avodah Justice Fellowship in Chicago, Bernstein is from Chicago, IL.

Aleeza Ben Shalom – An author, speaker, and dating coach, Ben Shalom lives in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

Cantor Melanie Fine – A cantor and high school teacher, Fine lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Rabbi Amitai Fraiman – Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) graduate and founder of Interwoven, Rabbi Fraiman lives in Riverdale, NY.

Merissa Nathan Gerson – A freelance writer and speaker, Gerson lives in Chilmark, MA.

Rabbi Lisa Greene – Rabbi of North Shore Congregation Israel, Rabbi Greene lives in Glencoe, IL.

Rabbi Hayim Herring – A rabbi and author, Herring is from Minneapolis, MN.

Dana Hirt – A parenting coach, Hirt lives in Chicago, IL.

Rabbi Dan Horwitz – Founding Director of The Well, Rabbi Horwitz is from Huntington Woods, MI.

Daniel Kaufman  - A director and film writer, Kaufman is from Sherman Oaks, CA.

Melanie Nezer – Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at HIAS, Nezer lives in Silver Spring, MD.

Jonathan Posner – Founder and Chef of Wandering Food Productions and rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), Posner is from Chicago, IL.

Dr. Jane Shapiro – Co-founder of Orot and partnership minyan Kol Sasson, Shapiro lives in Evanston, IL.

Sarah Waxman – Founder of At The Well, Waxman lives in San Francisco, CA.

ELI Talks works with organizations and individuals to cultivate, raise up, and transmit inspired Jewish ideas.  Its premiere program, the Speaker Fellowship, runs twice annually with approximately 30 ELI talks a year.  Speakers come from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds, providing a snapshot of Judaism today and building a bridge across denominations of Judaism to serve as a beacon of discourse and civility in today’s world.

ELI Talks has, to-date, captured over 150 inspired Jewish ideas on video with over 600,000 collective views on topics ranging from parenting and comedy to disability inclusion and Israel. ELI videos have been used as homework in graduate programs such as the masters in Experiential Education at the Davidson School, the Pardes Institute Retreat, and Wexner fellowship gatherings; they appear in monthly adult Jewish education courses such as those taught by Chai Mitzvah; they emerge as cornerstones of debate around boardroom tables such as that of Big Tent Judaism and are used as the foundation for new strategic plans for synagogues. Talks have been featured in a multitude of publications including The Jewish Standard, eJewishPhilanthropy, Forbes, Kveller, The Huffington Post, The Jewish Week, and others.

For more information about ELI Talks, visit www.elitalks.org.