Reboot Rabbinical Educator Kendell Pinkney sits down with his friend and colleague, Tony-winning actor Ari’el Stachel to discuss the “intersections of race, mental health, and survival” from the stage of Stachel’s new show at Berkeley Rep, Out of Character. The program will be held immediately following the 7:00 p.m. performance on July 12 of Out of Character at Berkeley Rep. Available for streaming after. Hosted by Reboot in partnership with Berkeley Rep and The Workshop with support from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Buy tickets to the show here.
Photographer Gillian Laub, whose exhibition Family Matters, is currently on view at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, joined curator Maya Benton on March 12 to explore two decades of Laub’s work and what it means to be an artist in this moment of increasingly polarizing politics. Gillian and Maya examined what’s at stake and what we can do to ensure a thriving future for Jewish voices and perspectives. This program is supported by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. This conversation is the first in a 2023 Reboot Ideas series of three events in the San Francisco Bay Area, supported by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. The series, “Art as Counterpoint to Antisemitism” foregrounds the role of arts and culture as acts of resistance to a rising tide of antisemitism. Watch the event here.
Speaking about his new book The Future is Analog: How to Create a More Human World, bestselling author and journalist David Sax takes us back into the heart of our digital saturated pandemic lives, and examines the reality it unearthed, about the technological future we were promised, but ultimately failed us, and the one we actually realized we want to build. David will be in conversation with Srinivas Rao, the host and founder of the podcast, The Unmistakable Creative.
A Family Matters Reflection and Response Space
Share your family stories with us! Reboot and Silver Screen Studios are partnering with the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco around Reboot Network member Gillian Laub’s new photo exhibition Family Matters. The project offers a space for people to reflect on family – biological or chosen – and how our connections with loved ones influence our lives. You can participate in person or from afar. Find out more here and visit at the CJM until April 9, 2023.
Bestselling author Rebecca Soffer (Modern Loss) joined renowned music journalist Pete Paphides (Broken Greek) Oct. 19 for a candid, warm, and even humorous conversation exploring Rebecca’s new book, “The Modern Loss Handbook,” and the global movement to destigmatize the universal experience of grief while encouraging people to find meaning and live richly. This program united two best sellers from opposite sides of the pond to explore the common themes of loss, renewal and transformation during this high holiday season. Recording available soon. Subscribe to Reboot’s YouTube page to be notified when the video is available.
Reboot Ideas has invited our technology experts, award-winning journalist Laurie Segall, co-founder of D3, Dot Dot Dot Media and author of Special Characters, and tech entrepreneur and artist Aza Raskin, subject and architect of Netflix’s Emmy-Award winning documentary The Social Dilemma and founder of The Earth Species Project and the Center for Humane Technology, to decipher Web3, its seemingly secret corners, how it is informing and transforming our lives and how it might impact our interactions. RSVP Here.
Join Amy Spitalnick, executive director of Integrity First for America, which successfully sued the Charlottesville neo-Nazis with Ilyse Hogue, author of bestselling book The Lie That Binds, President of Purpose, former President of NARAL Pro-Choice America for “Five Years Since Charlottesville: Democracy at Stake,” August 10, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PT // 8:00 p.m. ET. Together, they will uncover and connect the dots between the assault on our democracy and our rights, how we can fight back, and what it means to live as both Americans and Jews. RSVP for the free online program here.
Sloane Crosley’s fifth book and second novel, Cult Classic, is a mysterious comedy, bringing metaphysics, modern love and mind control to New York City’s Lower East Side. Andrew Goldberg is a writer, producer and co-creator of Netflix’s Big Mouth, which teems with hormone monsters, pre-teen angst, and Bat Mitzvah drama. These two writers (who graduated high school together) can trace their origins to the suburbs of New York and many of their stories to their suburban Jewish upbringings. The two joined Reboot Ideas for a discussion of comedy, cultural irreverence and the ways in which personal identity creeps into public art. The conversation was held in Person at The Wyman Bar at Neuehouse Bradbury in Downtown Los Angeles June 29. The recording will be available here shortly.
Song of Songs at The Fisher Center at Bard
Original Dance by Pam Tanowitz Dance, Music by David Lang
Conversation with Rabbi Kendell Pinkney
Join Reboot Sunday, July 3 at 1 p.m. ET for a special in-person performance of Pam Tanowitz Dance’s latest piece, Song of Songs at The Fisher Center at Bard in Upstate New York. Tanowitz Dance’s first formal encounter with Jewish identity within her work, Song of Songs will begin with a conversation with Rabbi Kendell Pinkney. Read more about the piece here.
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One of Jazz composer and pianist Thelonious Monk’s most revered ballads, ‘Round Midnight was interpreted in spectacular style by Bay Area guitarist and composer John Schott and an all-star group of musicians in a continuous eight-hour exegesis, June 4, 2022 from 9:30 p.m. – 5:30 a.m. PT. The concert was performed live in San Francisco at Light Rail Studios and streamed online as the centerpiece of DAWN, a bold reimagining of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot by Reboot. Learn more and watch the full show here.
Reboot Ideas hosted British/Persian, writer, actor, activist and show creator Sarah Solemani (credits include Barry and Bridget Jones’s Baby) in conversation with Jessica Yellin, the Peabody, Gracie and Emmy award-winning political journalist and founder of News Not Noise, about the U.S. premiere of Solemani’s critically acclaimed Ridley Road on PBS Masterpiece Theatre May 1. The two held a candid conversation about the toxic and simmering antisemitism, racism, fascism and the complicated work of activism then and now. Recording available soon.
Love Thy Neighbor is an original five-part narrative series about the Crown Heights riot in Brooklyn from Audacy’s Pineapple Street Studios. On the series, Emmy-award winning journalist Collier Meyerson explores the lasting impact those four days of violence had on Crown Heights residents and the future of New York City. Listen here. Reboot Ideas is partnering with Pineapple Street Studios and Collier Meyerson to bring you an exclusive conversation about the podcast. Sign up here to receive more information as it becomes available.
Too often the fights for equity and justice ignite surprising and new altercations. Why are long-held allies fracturing? What are we not seeing? With Eric K. Ward, nationally recognized expert on authoritarian movements, and movement pioneer, Ilyse Hogue, Reboot Ideas illuminated the cracks where white supremacy, antisemitism and misogyny jeopardize our social fabric and help shape the multiracial, inclusive democracy that we strive for. This conversation was introduced by Reboot board member and strategy consultant, Brina Milikowsky. Taped on December 1, 2021 – Watch here.
See below for recaps of our past events.