Sample Speaking Topics & Courses Taught

I work with event organizers to design topics for individual speaking engagements. Below are some sample topics from past engagements, organized by category and a list of subjects I have taught. Please contact me for more information on topics and programs.  

Jewish History & Jewish Education

  • Everything You Never Learned about the History of Bais Yaakov

  • Raising Expectations and Lowering Hemlines: The Revolutionary Shift in American Girls' Education

  • Learning from Our Past, Building Our Future: How Jewish history teaches us to create a positive, healthy community for tomorrow

  • Before Dear Abby There Was Dear Abraham: Solving the Problems of the Jewish Immigrant Generation

 

  • "A Time for Modesty, A Time for Action": Sarah Schenirer, Bais Yaakov, and the Establishment of Jewish Education for Women

 

  • Tradition and Innovative Change: Sarah Schenirer’s Life and Legacy

  • A Pesach Seder in the Civil War: Celebrating Jewish Freedom on the Battlefield

  • Shidduchim, Shandas and Shaping the Future: Being Jewish in Colonial America

  • Links in a Chain: American Bais Yaakov Schools and the Mesorah (Legacy) of Sarah Schenirer

  • “Steadfast in her religion and loyal to American ideals": Making Orthodox Day School Education American

  • “Understand Your Lofty Calling”: Sarah Schenirer as a Model for Women’s Leadership Today

  • The Bais Yaakov Movement at 100: The Myths and the Facts

  • The Recife 23: Founding the First Jewish Community in America

  • Learning History Through Portraits – A Study of Colonial Jewish Women

  • Outside Ideologies in an Insular Community: Gender Expectations and Orthodox Girls’ Schooling in the Post War Era

 

  • Educated, but Not College Educated: The Orthodox Jewish Community and Higher Education for Women in Postwar America

 

  • Good Bais Yaakov Girls: The Culture of Orthodox Girls in America

 

  • Becoming Orthodox Women: Rites of Passage in the Orthodox Community

 

  • Defining and Defending American Orthodox Girlhood in the Postwar America

 

  • Little Shul on the Prairie: The Untold Story of the Jewish Homesteaders

 

  • Not Another Modest Proposal: Rethinking How We Talk About and Teach about Tznius

Jewish Holidays

  • Not a Chance: The Battle between Yisrael and Amalek, Then and Now

  • The Latke vs. the Hamentashen: The Meaning of Chanukah in Israel & in the Diaspora

  • Spiritual Adrenaline: The Supernatural Powers of Pesach

  • A Pesach Seder in the Civil War: Celebrating Jewish Freedom on the Battlefield

  • Tapping into the Secret Powers of Teshuva

Jewish Perspectives on Leadership

 

  • Standing Up with Strength: Learning Courage and Integrity from the Leaders of Tanach

  • Finding Your Voice: The Courageous, Respectful and Effective Leadership of Bnot Tzelafchad

  • “Understand Your Lofty Calling”: Sarah Schenirer as a Model for Women’s Leadership Today

  • Life and Leadership Lessons from the Smart Women of Tanach

  • Fighting the Good Fight: Preventing and Resolving Conflicts in Personal & Professional Life 

  • What Makes a Great Leader? How the Leaders of Tanach and Jewish History Can Teach us to be Better Leaders Today

  • Wrestling, Negotiating and Communicating: Biblical Models of Leadership for the 21st Century

 

Tanach & Jewish Studies

  •  Keeping Calm & Carrying On: Wise Women and the Quest for Peace in the Days of Dovid HaMelech

  • Standing Up with Strength: Learning Courage and Integrity from the Leaders of Tanach

 

  • Life and Leadership Lessons from the Smart Women of Tanach

 

  • What's with All the Arguing? A Jewish Guide to Resolving Conflict​

  • Refresher Course in the Study of Rashi

  • Fighting the Good Fight and Keeping the Peace: Life Lessons from Women in Tanach

 

Communication & Presentation

  • Reconnecting and Reinventing: Creating Cures for Zoom Fatigue

  • Rule #1- Don't Be Boring: Essential Tips for Effective Public Speaking

 

  • Building Strong Communications and Presentation Skills

  • Noble Disputes: Preventing & Resolving Conflict in Your Team

Courses Taught

  • American Jewish History

  • Ancient and Medieval Jewish History

  • Fundamentals of Communication

  • The History of Palestine and Modern Israel

  • The Jewish Immigrant Experience in America

  • Jewish Women in American Social Movements

  • Modern Jewish History: 1492-Present

  • Modern United States History: 1941-Present

  • Smart Women & Social Change: Leadership Lesson from the Women of Jewish History 

  • Teaching Historical and Cultural Studies in General and Special Education

  • Textual Analysis Pentateuch: Breisheit I and II

  • Trees, Intrigues, Matzah & Mysteries: The Holiday in Jewish Thought

  • Twentieth Century United States History

  • Western Civilization

  • Women and Jewish History