Call for Speakers


Have inspiration to share? An idea that could change the Jewish community as we know it? ELI Talks is looking for "inspired Jewish ideas" to capture at its next round of production (set to be held in Chicago in May, 2016 - exact dates are TBD) and share with the world.


If you think your idea fits the bill, submit it here! Submissions will be accepted through January 22nd, 2016 (extended from Jan. 15th). Late submissions will be considered at the discretion of the ELI Talks team. Speakers will be notified by early February as to the status of their submissions.


Here are a few tips to help your submission stand out:

  • a ELI stands for Jewish religious engagement (E), Jewish literacy (L), and Jewish identity with Israel and peoplehood at the core (I). An ELI idea should help the viewer deepen or renew their connection to one or more of these themes.
  • ELI is most interested in sharing new ideas that have not been shared elsewhere, especially on video. This is not the place to submit your "stump speech." Be adventurous!
  • ELI is all about "inspired Jewish ideas," not "inspired ideas for Jews." We're looking for speakers who can demonstrate that their idea emerges from within Judaism, as opposed to being layered on top.
  • We do encourage you to submit a 1-minute video of yourself presenting the core of your idea. This is not required, but it helps us get a sense of who you are as a speaker, how you present yourself, and your ability to convey an idea in a limited time frame.

If you have any questions about your idea or submission, please contact ELI Talks Program Director Miriam Brosseau:


Click here to download PDF of the submission form for your review.