What's the shape of Torah? What has it been and what will it be? The Jewish people have scrolls, books and oral traditions. Now we also have laptops, smartphones and Sefaria
—a nonprofit that has been busy for the last five years building what's next.
is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Sefaria. He developed a self-identity as a secular Jew by spending a year in an ultra-orthodox yeshiva. He doesn't believe in religion, but he does believe that the Torah tradition of the Jewish people is one of the great jewels of human culture and wisdom. Since he started Sefaria with Joshua Foer, Brett has devoted his professional life to the thriving of Torah in a connected, digital world. Brett's story highlights the ways in which any person with an interest in Torah—observant, secular, novice or pro—can participate in creating the future of the living Torah.
In this session, Brett will give a demo of the technologies, experiences and experiments that Sefaria's team of 18 has created. You will have the chance to familiarize yourself with the website and its technologies, all guided by the guru himself! Brett will also tell the story of Sefaria's origin, growth and future goals.
Brett studied symbolic systems at Stanford University and began in technology as a Product Manager at Google where he led the team that created the Google News Archives. After leaving Google, Brett worked with a number of startups and nonprofits in the Bay Area, creating web applications such as KAPSUL, a tool for curatorial collaboration. Brett and Joshua founded Sefaria after realizing how few of the basic possibilities for Torah and technology had yet been realized. Sefaria is bringing the entire Jewish textual tradition into a new, digital form: free, open source, beautifully designed, interactive and interconnected.
Part of the Architects of the Jewish Future Series. More details
Sunday, January 13
Freidenrich Conference Center, Room F-401
$18 General Public | $15 Members and J-Pass holders
Scholarship support is available
Contact: Tova Birnbaum | (650) 223-8694 | [email protected]