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SOUL Conference

Past Sessions
Monday, February 21, 2022 20 Adar I 5782 - 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM - CBT
Sunday, February 20, 2022 19 Adar I 5782 - 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM - CBT

Back by popular demand
Rabbi Simon Jacobson
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Rabbi Simon Jacobson is a pioneering speaker, educator, mentor to thousands. He is the author of the best-selling book “Toward a Meaningful Life,” a William Morrow publication that has sold over 400,000 copies to date and has been translated into Hebrew, French, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, German, Hungarian, Czech, and Georgian.  

Rabbi Jacobson heads The Meaningful Life Center, called a “Spiritual Starbucks” by the New York Times, which bridges the secular and the spiritual through a wide variety of live and online programming, presenting the universal teachings of Torah as a blueprint for life to people of all backgrounds. With his keen insight into the human condition, he has the unique ability to offer clarity and direction especially in difficult times. Rabbi Jacobson and the MLC have been lauded for creating non-stop programming nourishing people’s hearts and souls. 

Special Guest
Mrs. Shaindy Jacobson,
wife of Rabbi Jacobson!
Learn more about Shaindy HERE

Shaindy Jacobson is the director of JLI’s women’s studies division, The Rosh Chodesh society. Mrs. Jacobson has been involved in the field of Jewish education for over twenty five years, teaching at the Bais Rivkah Teacher’s Seminary and serving as a community liaison and counselor for Operation Survival – a substance abuse prevention program. Shaindy lectures around the world, educating women about their Jewish heritage and its practical application to their daily lives. She is also an accomplished musician and composer and frequently accompanies her lectures with song and music.

Global Musical Inspiration
Alex Clare
Learn about Alex HERE

Alex Clare, who emerged from the same scene as his former girlfriend Amy Winehouse and Bastille, recently pulled out of a spring tour with superstar Adele, because some of the gigs fell around the Jewish holiday Passover, as well as on the Sabbath. 
Adele had recognized him for his rare musical abilities, and after he had composed many songs for superstars including Amy Winehouse, DJ Don Diablo, and many others. 
Following his refusal to perform with Adele due to the Sabbath, Alex’s record company dropped him. Until several months later, when the newly label-less singer suddenly found himself with a hit on his hands. “Too Close,” his friend zone anthem from his debut album, - which today has over 400 million hits on YouTube - quickly climbed to radio playlists and up near the top of the UK singles chart in April 2012, thanks largely to an appearance on a Microsoft advert.
At the 2013 Brit Awards the song was nominated for best single, a category which was won by, you guessed it, Adele with Skyfall.
"We have a saying in Hebrew called Gam Zu L'Tovah, which means 'This too is good'," says Clare. ""And in my case it really worked out that way. I got dropped by the label but months later I had a top 10 hit all over the world, selling [double] platinum, and obviously got a much bigger record deal second time.
Today, Clare is the proud producer of many more hits, with tens of millions of views and followers across the world. 
Alex plays is a rare talent who plays bass, guitar, and drums, as well as delivers his usual soulful vocal. 
"While Judaism has 'a huge influence on my worldview,'" he notes, "my songs themselves are not traditional Jewish songs - they are slow-burning sad bangers, told from personal experience."
"As a songwriter, you've got to channel your emotion or your empathy or your pathos, whatever it's going to be, without a filter," he says. "The song is the filter."
Clare's "scary" comeback, as he puts it, has of course coincided with that of his nearly old tour mate Adele.
"I hope people are more sensitive today,” Alex says. “Everyone really just wants to have their sense of oneness and sameness - that's what people relate to and what people connect to. And the more that we can see our similarities with each other, as opposed to all the divisions and things that separate us, the better. Hopefully we are making a better world."

For more info on Alex Clare, CLICK HERE. To listen to Alex Clare's songs on YouTube, which have tens of millions of views, CLICK HERE

Rinat Erlichman

Rinat Erlichman who is just 25 years old, is Israel’s rising star-violinist. She was recognized as an “outstanding musician” in the IDF where she served, and she has played with some of the world’s best violinists, including Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Miriam Fried, and many others.
Rinat began studying violin at the age of seven at the Merhavim Conservatory, and she hasn’t left her violin ever since. She has performed as a soloist and concert-master in many Orchestras, including in the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Heifetz International Music Institute, and Orchestra of the Americas.
Rinat has also performed recitals in Paris, in Des Invalides Hall, in London at Mr. Murray Perahia’s home, at the Israeli President House, at the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and as a soloist in the Neue Galerie New York as part of the Perlman Music Program.
In Israel, Rinat also volunteers to perform at the Mental Medical Center in Be’er Sheva City. Rinat took part in a special project to integrate disadvantaged children from the Ethiopian community in Israel with the classical music world.
Rinat received her B.M degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin. Rinat is now pursuing her M.M degree under the tutelage of Paul Kantor at The Shepherd School of Music (Rice University).
Rinat is playing on a violin made by Goffredo Cappa, generously loaned to her by Mr. Yehuda Zisapel.

Gali Knaani

Gali Knaani is Israel's rising star cellist. He began his cello studies, in 2004, at the age of 9, with Mr. Uri Chen and continued with Prof. Hillel Zori at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. 
Gali has performed as a soloist with different orchestras across the world, including the Jerusalem Academy Symphony Orchestra, The Netanya-Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, Tel-Aviv Soloists ensemble, Astona International-summer music academy”, “Keshet Eilon master course”, "Jerusalem Music Festival", "Zeist music days", "Kol Hamusica chamber music festival", "Garda lake music festival" and "The Evolution of the String Quartet" at the Banff Centre of the Arts.
Gali has also won many awards, such as 1st place in Israel's Music Institute competition, and the "Dina Turjeman" chamber music competition. 
Gali has also played alongside some of the world's most acclaimed cellists, such as Gary Hoffman, Richard Aaron, Valentin Erben, Melissa Phelps, Antonio Menesses, and Francis Goutton, as well in chamber music master class with the Artemis, Dover, Casals, Emerson, Parker, Jack and Eybler string Quartets. 
Gali is an active chamber music musician and he has participated in the David-Goldmann program of the Jerusalem music center, the Nazarian excellence chamber music program of the Jerusalem Acadeny and Musethica program.
Between 2016-2019, Gali was member of GAYA quartet- the student quartet in residence of the Israel-Musethica program, and worked under the instruction of the Jerusalem quartet. As a chamber musician, he performed with some remarkable musicians such as Guy Braunstein, Zvi Plesser, Hillel Zori, Avri Levitan, Alexander Pavlovsky and others. 
As an orchestra musician, Gali consistently served as a principal cellist of both the Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem academies symphony orchestras, and played in different orchestras such as the Israel chamber orchestra, Shanghai international youth orchestra and the Israel young philharmonic orchestra, including practicum with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Between 2013-2016, 
Gali served as an outstanding musician in Israel Defence Forces and is currently studies a Master's degree at the Shepherd School of Music in Rice University with Prof. Norman Fischer. In addition Gali is the artistic director and Co-founder of Ensemble Finale – an Israeli chamber music program that gives performance opportunities to young professional Israeli musicians.

Leah (Leikie) Glick

Leah (Leikie) Glick is Israel's rising star violist and a passionate and versatile young Israeli - American musician. She has performed worldwide as both a chamber player and soloist. She currently is based in NYC and is the ‘Arts Leadership Intern’ at the non-profit organization Project: Music Heals Us. 

Leikie received her Bachelor of Music from the Jerusalem Academy of Music under Michael Gaisler, followed by a Masters degree from the Mannes School of Music under Daniel Panner. She received her Graduate Diploma from the Juilliard School with Roger Tapping and her Professional Studies Diploma at the Manhattan School of Music under Patinka Kopec. 
Currently, Leikie is studying privately under the violist Molly Carr. Leikie has participated in several music festivals such as the Young Israel Philharmonic Summer Course, Orford Music Festival, Classical Tahoe, Keshet Eilon Mastercourse and more. 
She has performed worldwide in major concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Menuhin Hall, to name only a few. Leikie has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony, and was the principal of the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes School of Music orchestras. 
She is a recipient of the America - Israel Cultural Foundation, the Ronen Foundation, and the President Scholarship. 
She has won first prize at the Rudolf Barshai International Competition and at the Fuchs Chamber Music Competition at the Manhattan School of Music. 
In summer 2022 Leikie will make her soloist debut with the Israel Chamber Orchestra playing Mozart Sinfonia Concertante. 
Leikie is the founder, Artistic Director and violist of the Ensemble Finale, an up and coming Israeli ensemble performing throughout Israel and the world. She is also an avid music educator, teaching privately and most recently at the Ghetto Classics program in Nairobi, Kenya. 
Leikie performs on a viola made by Jonathan Hai generously loaned to her by Mr. Yehuda Zisapel.

Shmuel Allouche

Shmuel Allouche 25, is Israel's rising star flutist. He has been playing the flute since the age of 11, and ever since, he has shared his rare talent worldwide on the most distinguished stages of the globe.

Shmuel has performed as a soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, the Israeli Camerata, the Beer Sheva Symphony, and the Holon Stage Orchestra, and in concert tours across the world, including Toronto, Canada, London, England, New York, USA, Paris, France, Moscow, Russia, Bangkok, Thailand, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Brussels, Belgium where he performed at the Beaux-Arts Hall.
Shmuel has also gained recognition on Israel's biggest national stages, and he has performed for Israel's TV channels, including Channel 1, and in the Intermezzo program with Eric Vardi, in the Knesset, and at a private performance for Israel's president at his Jerusalem residence. 
Shmuel has also won many acclaimed competitions and prizes, including first place in the national flute competition in Raanana, and in the competitions of the Chamber Orchestra of the Conservatory Workshop at the Jerusalem Music Center and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
 In 2017, Shmuel was chosen, among many other talented musicians, to perform a solo performance at the World Chabad Kinus Delegation in New York, attended by more than 6,000 people.

Sunday February 20th:
4:30pm Registration
4:30pm - 5:30pm Heavy Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails
5:30pm - 5:45pm Opening Remarks
5:45pm - 6:30pm Learning Session 1
6:30pm - 7:30 pm Learning Session 2 Niggunim and classical musical performance
(Dessert Buffet & cocktails)
7:30pm First Day Learning Concludes

Monday February 21st:
8:00am - 9:00am Registration with breakfast buffet
9:00am - 9:15am Welcome Remarks - Rabbi Allouche
9:15am - 10:15am Learning Session 3
10:15am - 11:15am Learning Session 4
11:15am - Noon Lunch Buffet
12:00pm - 1:00pm Learning Session 5
1:00pm - 2:00pm Learning Session 6
2:00pm - 2:30pm Break
2:30pm - 3:30pm Learning Session 7 
3:30 - 4:30pm Learning Session 8
4:30pm - 5:00pm musical performance 
5:00pm - 6:00pm Formal Dinner & Closing Remarks

6:30pm Doors open to Alex Clare Closing Concert
Reserved Seating and complimentary cocktails served to Soul Conference Attendees.


Registration includes:
Full Conference Learning
All Conference Materials
Collection of Books
All Meals
Open Bar
Reserved Seating & Closing Concert Tickets Included.

Seats are limited!
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Full Conference Registration:  $500
(CBT Members receive complimentary gifts throughout the event.)

Concert Only Tickets:
$25/per person
$18/per person 30 & under
$10/ Children 10 and under

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