Speakers

Productivity and Efficiency Coach Diana Bloom travels throughout the United States teaching take-away actionable systems to achieve higher productivity and efficiency in all areas of an organization.
Diana spends her summers as Head Counselor at URJ Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia supervising 7 unit heads who oversee 80+ bunk staff and over 400 campers per session.
Participants around the country have gained knowledge and tools during her seminars, conference workshops, and executive coaching sessions that have enabled them to immediately implement permanent changes in their personal and professional lives. Her techniques are presented in a manner that can be quickly understood with measurable results.
Diana’s humorous, engaging and straightforward training style has assisted thousands of people achieve dramatic change in their lives. Her workshops and executive coaching sharpen delegation, improve project management, strengthen communication and eliminate mistakes, while creating a Totally Accountable culture.
Diana grew up in Rockville Centre, Long Island and graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in Judaic Studies. Diana earned her Master of Arts degree in Jewish History from NYU where she attended as a Fellow of the Skirball Center. Diana is a frequent conference speaker for various organizations, including NATA, NAASE, WRJ, ACA TriState, FJC and JCCA.

What people are saying about Diana’s workshops and consulting:
“Diana did a fabulous job with our Staff! She met with our entire senior team for two days and helped us rethink our inefficiencies. We have all implemented many of her ideas and it has changed the way we operate. Congratulations Diana and Mike Scott Associates! I will never look at meetings and emails the same. Managers.... this is the best gift you can give to your team (and to yourself)!”                                                  - Rabbi Peter Berg, The Temple
“Diana's training session about accountability, teamwork, and communication strategies was a truly inspiring experience. Her strategies are simple to understand, well thought out, and not difficult to implement. Her training was inspiring on a personal level, and would be transformational on an organizational level. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”                                                                                             
-Rabbi Andrew Terkel, Director of Year Round Programs, Greene Family Camp
“Diana Bloom is an engaging and dynamic speaker. Her professionalism and knowledge are readily apparent, but it's her quick wit and sense of humor that distinguishes her from other coaches and trainers. She definitely keeps her audience connected. Diana's ability to quickly process information and provide meaningful feedback is a key differentiator. She makes the effort to really know her customers and to focus on their needs. She is amazing! I enjoy Diana! She is committed to her customers and will quickly become part of your team!”  
             - Jess Harris, CSP, ARM, CXLT , CHUBB

“I feel like I am fighting a battle that I can never win with email and to do's and Diana's methods are practical, simple and understandable. Diana also has a knack for getting the info across in a light tone that everyone is receptive to! Many of her simple examples of things going awry simply because someone forgot to write it down, made me laugh because it was so relate-able. Diana is a wonderful facilitator.”                               - Greg Kellner, Director URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy
Louis Newman has been thinking, teaching, and writing about Jewish ideas for over 30 years.  One of the country’s leading scholars of Jewish ethics, his most recent book is Repentance:  the Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah (Jewish Lights 2010).  

He is also the author of Past Imperatives:  Studies in the History and Theory of Jewish Ethics (SUNY Press, 1998) and of An Introduction to Jewish Ethics (Prentice Hall, 2005).  He has also co-edited, with Elliot Dorff, two anthologies, Contemporary Jewish  Ethics and Morality (Oxford University Press, 1995) and Contemporary Jewish Theology (Oxford University Press, 1999).   He is co-editor (with Elliot Dorff) of three volumes in the Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series (Jewish Publication Society, 2008/09) that address contemporary moral issues from a range of Jewish perspectives.

Louis Newman is Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of Undergraduate Advising and Research at Stanford University.  He is also the John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus at Carleton College, where he taught for more than thirty years.  Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, he received his B.A. in philosophy and Hebrew and his M.A. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota.  He received his Ph.D. in Judaic Studies from Brown University.

He was the first president of the Society of Jewish Ethics, an organization he helped found.  He has also been actively involved in the educational programs of several community organizations.   He serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund.  He served as president of the board of directors of the St. Paul Talmud Torah from 1994-96, and as president of the board of trustees of Beth Jacob Congregation (Conservative) from 2009-11.  He also serves as a consultant on issues of teaching, learning and academic advising in higher education.

Louis Newman is married to Rabbi Amy Eilberg.  Together they have three children with whom he loves to travel.  He still gets his fingers dirty reading the New York Times print edition every morning.
Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Professor of Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University.  Dr. Wolpe is also the Senior Bioethicist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr. Wolpe’s scholarly work focuses on the social, religious, and ideological impact of technology and biotechnology on the human condition.  He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, and sits on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals. He is a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, President-Elect of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest medical society. He is the Co-Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Ethics Processes and sits on many national and international committees, such as Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence Selection Committee and DARPA’s Neuroscience ELSI Panel.

Dr. Wolpe also writes and teaches in Jewish Bioethics, and speaks internationally on topics in the field.  He is a founder of the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics and the Society for Jewish Ethics, and sits on a number of Jewish Boards and Advisory groups.  He is the bioethics advisor to JScreen, the program to promote preconception genetic carrier screening among Ashkenazi Jews in the United States. Dr. Wolpe co-authored the guide to Jewish end-of-life issues, Behoref Hayamim: In the Winter of Life.

Dr. Wolpe won the 2011 World Technology Network Award in Ethics, has recorded a TED Talk, was named one of Trust Across America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior, and was profiled in the November, 2011 Atlantic Magazine as a “Brave Thinker of 2011.” Chosen by The Teaching Company as a "Superstar Teacher of America," Dr. Wolpe is a frequent contributor and commentator in both the broadcast and print media, appearing on shows like 60 Minutes and on PBS, and featured with a personal profile in the Science Times of the New York Times.
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Schedule

ETHICS KICKOFF PROGRAM
While we often debate or discuss ethical dilemmas, we less often think deeply about what ethics itself is.  Drawing on over thirty years studying ethics, Dr. Wolpe will explore six assumptions that people have about ethics that are, in his opinion, either wrong or incompletely understood. In so doing he will show why these insights help us resolve ethical challenges, and will include some special bonus insights such as why ethics is not actually about right and wrong; why it is good to be ethically inconsistent; and the true reason why Jews eat Chinese food.

Keter Torah: 1.5 hours for each session
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We often imagine that forgiveness is a largely Christian value, in contrast to a Jewish emphasis on justice. A great many traditional sources belie this sharp contrast. How do Jewish sources understand the value of forgiveness? What might we gain by retrieving these often-overlooked Jewish perspectives as we address the moral dilemmas we face in today’s world?
Our tradition has rich resources for helping us overcome our inevitable moral failings, both step-by-step guidelines and inspirational teachings. Yet most Jews today aren’t familiar with the path of repentance and don’t appreciate its transformative power. Drawing on classical and contemporary sources, we’ll explore the dynamics of repentance and reimagine how congregations could facilitate Jewish moral development.