In the first of what are sure to be a string of exciting updates, we are proud to officially announce our first three featured presenters for LimmudFest 2018: Rabbi Dayna Ruttenberg and Joel Dinerstein.
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is a lecturer and author who has been named by Newsweek and The Daily Beast as one of ten “rabbis to watch,” and one of the top 50 most influential women rabbis. Her most recent book, Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting (Flatiron Books), was a finalist for the 2016 National Jewish Book Award. She is Rabbi-in-Residence at Avodah and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and has been featured on Upworthy.
Joel Dinerstein is the author of four books on race, cool, music, and American culture, including The Origins of Cool in Postwar America (2017), Coach: A Study of NY Cool (Rizzoli 2016), and a cultural history of big-band jazz, Swinging the Machine: Modernity, Technology, and African-American Culture (2003). He was the curator of American Cool (2014), an acclaimed exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, and the author of its exhibit catalogue. He has served as a consultant for jazz and popular music for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities), and Putumayo Records. He is Professor of English and American Studies at Tulane University.