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Reboot Ideas Conversations

Reboot Ideas hosts the critical conversations evolving the Jewish experience and transforming society.

The world is an ever-complicated place and will be even more complicated in the coming years. For 20 years, Reboot has been gathering and catalyzing some of the best and brightest change-agents for off-the-record conversations about Jewish identity and meaning, and has seen first-hand the power of imagination and uncensored dialogue to translate and transform the big issues of our time. We are now amplifying these vital ideas and bringing in wider perspectives to identify and carve new pathways for wandering Jews and the world we live in.

Reboot Ideas Presents: Jewish Resistance – 1960’s London and Beyond with Sarah Solemani and Jessica Yellin

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.

Reboot Ideas Presents: The Survivor

Join Reboot and USC Shoah Foundation for a special inside look at the powerful new film The Survivor, from HBO and HBO Max. Our Reboot Ideas conversation features director Barry Levinson, actor Ben Foster and producer Matti Leshem, moderated by Sami Sage, co-founder of Betches Media. Watch this deeply reflective discussion about the nature of survival, PTSD, and generational trauma on Reboot’s YouTube channel. Learn more here.

Reboot Ideas: Democracy Thrives in Light

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. Watch here.

Reboot Ideas: Ancient Psalms Meet Contemporary Folk

Reboot Ideas presents a conversation with musician Nathan Salsburg and Reboot CEO David Katznelson, a Grammy-nominated producer in his own right, and also no stranger to the power of the tincture of history and sound to propel us forward. The two dig into Salsburg’s Psalms, the process, his impetus and the impact on him personally of deeply investigating his Judaism now. You will be treated to a musical and thoughtful conversation about the value of listening to the sounds of our past to imagine our future. Watch here.

Reboot Ideas Presents: Gillian Laub and Dr. Orna Guralnik on “Family Matters”

Photographer and filmmaker Gillian Laub and Dr. Orna Guralnik, therapist of the Showtime series Couples Therapy, explore the edges of love and tolerance, family, privilege, wealth and mortality in the highlights from this Reboot Ideas Conversation

Reboot Ideas: Can We Talk About Israel?

In his highly-anticipated book, Can We Talk About Israel? Daniel Sokatch breaks down the hot button issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that are tearing up dinner tables, political parties and college campuses. Sokatch sat down with homeland security expert and Harvard Kennedy School professor, Juliette Kayyem for a frank discussion about the conflict and how we might move forward with the humanity and imagination this moment requires. Watch the replay here.

Reboot Ideas: The Lost Art of Connecting

Journalist and founder of Dot Dot Dot, Laurie Segall, interviews Susan McPherson about her book and what it means to connect in the time of COVID.

Reboot Ideas: Forgiveness

In honor of Yom Kippur, Reboot premiered the short and powerful visual poem Forgiveness with a post-film talkback between the filmmaker, poet and Blavity co-founder Aaron Samuels, and Mahogany L. Browne, executive director of Just Media and Poet-in-Residence at Lincoln Center. Forgiveness interrogates the Jewish community’s collective atonement journey, grappling with the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racism. Watch it here.

Reboot Ideas: The Ten Commandments – A Film Rescored

For Passover Reboot released a modern-day score to Cecil B. Demille’s 1923 silent film The Ten Commandments featuring Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips) and Scott Amendola. They are in conversation with Reboot CEO, David Katznelson, facilitated by filmmaker Liz Nord.

Reboot Ideas: The Future Perceived, The Future Manifested

Laurie Segall (60 Minutes) and Aza Raskin (The Social Dilemma) discuss the ever-changing landscape of technology and social media, and the ways in which they affect our perceptions of the future, and thus the future itself.

Reboot Ideas: Behind the Scenes with Creators of Saturday Night Seder

Saturday Night Seder premiered to an audience of more than 1 million viewers, and has raised more than $3.5 million for the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund. Rooted in tradition but rewritten to include comedy, music, and sketches, Saturday Night Seder was a grassroots effort put together at the start of the pandemic by a small team working remotely around the country, including Benj Pasek, Adam Kantor, Jen Snow, Alex Edelman and Michael Mitnick.

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Reboot Ideas: Plastover – An Exodus from Plastic Waste

Reboot hosted Jonathan Bines, social change consultant Jessy Tolkan and Plastic Pollution Coalition CEO and Co-Founder Dianna Cohen for a conversation that leverages Passover’s power of symbology and transformation to use plastic to spark a sustained climate intervention. This conversation kicked off our Plastover project, a commitment to eliminating single-use plastics during Passover this year! This conversation was a part of The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest.

Reboot Ideas: Anti-Semantics – Sifting Through Whiteness and Jewish Identities

Our latest Reboot Ideas Conversation explores identity, race and religion featuring authors Adam Mansbach and Kevin Coval.

Reboot Ideas: The Interplay of Science and Ritual in a Time of Flux

Over the eons, our relationship to science and ritual has been inextricably linked to our understanding of our place in the universe. Join Emmy Award-winning writer, director, producer Ann Druyan and her daughter, author Sasha Sagan, in conversation with Boing Boing co-founder David Pescovitz to talk about emerging philosophies that can provide hope as we struggle to adjust to our new normal on Earth.

Reboot Ideas: Technology in a time of Covid-19 (and Beyond)

Hear from acclaimed tech correspondent Laurie Segall and internet visionary Aza Raskin, as they unpack the present paradox of our unprecedented technological enslavement and forecast its implications on the future. Segall joined Raskin, co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology to examine the power of technological connection to enslave or liberate us.

Reboot Ideas: Liberation Through Music

A special Passover live music event featuring: Nicki Bluhm, Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), Jeremiah Lockwood (The Sway Machinery) & Zack Rogue (Rogue Wave). The four came together to record this moving version of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” that fits so perfectly in this moment

Reboot Ideas: What Plagues Us? What Liberates Us?

Reboot Ideas hosted Rabbi Sharon Brous (founding Rabbi of IKAR and Reboot faculty member) and Dr. David Agus (USC’s Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine) for an impassioned conversation that explored the spiritual and scientific dynamics of our current moment.