Relational Engagement with Rabbi Lydia Medwin


Join Rabbi Lydia Medwin to discuss how to connect with teenagers by understanding their lives first, so that we can create the right context for their Jewish experiences. She'll share theory and practice through interactive exercises from her book, The Relational Judaism Handbook, being implemented at The Temple to engage their community for a lifetime of learning and loving Judaism.

For many years, our flagship institutions have thrived through offering great programming, education, and meaningful lifecycle events. But in today’s world of the internet, multiple pulls on attention, and thin relationships among community members, our institutions must evolve.

Join us as we learn to prioritize people over the programming, emphasizing relationships between leaders and lay people, to create a more inspiring and transformational experience for those seeking deeper connections and an antidote to anonymity inside Jewish life.

Presented by JumpSpark and Federation Innovation.


The Temple
1589 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Professional Coworking

JumpSpark, as an Innovation Initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, is exploring Professional Coworking Days as an investment in relationship building within the professional community and teen ecosystem. With a full day of skill building, professional development programming and opportunities to connect, you're invited to drop in for as little or as long as you're able. We invite you to network, participate, or find a quiet corner and work as needed.

Schedule (approximate times for 2019-20 dates):
9:00 - 10:00 AM: Coffee and networking
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Professional development workshop
12:00 - 1:30 PM: Community lunch- bring a bag lunch!
1:30-3:00 PM: Open coworking
2:00-3:00 PM: Beit midrash for Jewish professionals

About the Speaker

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Lydia attended the University of Texas in Austin (hook 'em) and Hebrew University for undergraduate studies, earning degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Honors Humanities. Between undergraduate and graduate studies, she worked as the education director for a synagogue in Jackson, Mississippi, and traveled to places as varied as South Africa, Peru, and Greece.

Rabbi Lydia Medwin was ordained on the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College in May of 2010. While there, she received a Masters of Hebrew Letters and a Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School. She had formative experiences traveling to El Salvador with other student rabbis from across the denominations with American Jewish World Service, leading UCLA Hillel students on service trips to the Appalachian mountains and Yosemite, and engaging in an intensive course on community organizing. While in school, Lydia feels blessed to have worked with synagogue B’nai David in Visalia, synagogue Or Ami in Calabasas, the Hillel at UCLA, and as a teacher’s assistant at USC in Jewish history. She interned and later served for four years as a pulpit rabbi at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles.

While in rabbinic school, Lydia met her husband, Dan Medwin, and they and their three children, Zimra, Gavi and Jasmine, are thrilled to be a part of The Temple community for the past five years. Lydia is a co-Author with Dr. Ron Wolfson and Rabbi Nicole Auerbach on The Relational Judaism Handbook: How to Create a Relational Engagement Campaign to Build and Deepen Relationships in Your Community (Kripke Institute). Purpose and people are at the center of what Rabbi Medwin believes a community should be about - she's excited to learn and create with you.