GMR Spring convention

Joining us from Dublin, Ireland is Magician & Mentalist Jamie Skelton. Jamie was the first Magician to receive 4 yeses on ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’ and has been entertaining audiences across Ireland for the past 13 years. Usually performing at live Corporate events, he has now taken his show online, blending magic, psychology, technology & illusion to create a mind-blowing experience. He is with us Friday Night to perform his virtual show ‘Digital Deceptions’!

Hanoch Piven is an award winning Israeli portrait illustrator, artist and educator. Since 1992, his work has been published internationally in most major print magazines from Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and London Times to Der Spiegel and Israel's daily Haaretz. Piven is also the author of a series of award winning children's books and apps, TV shows, interactive exhibitions and high profile advertising campaigns. Piven is joining the Innovate Track to talk about creativity and its application to various aspects of life in diverse platforms across the world. Participants will be inspired to use Piven’s method to explore and visualize their identity, values and emotions.

Noah Shufutinsky, AKA Westside Gravy, is a student and musician from San Diego, California. As a recent graduate of the George Washington University in Washington DC, he majored in Judaic Studies. He hopes to take his passion for Jewish history and culture into the field of education. Westside Gravy is his pseudonym for his musical endeavors. As a rapper/producer, his art reflects important aspects of his life, from lighthearted songs about Southern California culture to conscious tracks about his identity. His 2019 song Diaspora has gained significant attention. He wrote it to express pride in his Jewish identity and emphasize the importance of maintaining a connection to homeland. Participants of the Creativity Track will explore how hip hop can be used to communicate stories and advocate for change. We will listen to Westside Gravy's 2019 song Diaspora and reflect on it as a group, identifying the main themes and learning how hip hop can be used to tell personal and collective Jewish stories. Teens will have a chance to work together in groups to craft their own “feature” verses that connect with main themes of the song that resonate with them!

Justine Siegal is the first woman to coach for a Major League Baseball organization (Oakland Athletics, 2015) and to throw batting practice to a MLB team (2011). In 2016, Justine coached with Team Israel at the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Brooklyn, NY.  She founded the national nonprofit, Baseball For All, to provide opportunities for girls to play, coach, and lead in baseball. USA Today named her one of the top 100 most powerful people in baseball (2017). In recognition of her historical achievements, Justine’s Oakland Athletic’s jersey is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and her Cleveland Indian’s jersey was on display at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The Women’s Sport Museum honored Justine with the Trailblazer Visionary Award and espnW named her an Everyday Hero. Movement Track participants will learn about Justine's story and be able to ask Justine about her amazing work in sports and empowerment.