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Friday, February 14
 

12:00pm

Friday Lunch
Your nametag will indicate if you have purchased a lunch. Welcome to Limmud NY!

Friday February 14, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom I

12:30pm

Camp Limmud NY 12:30-3:45 Friday
Friday February 14, 2014 12:30pm - 3:45pm
Elm

1:00pm

Make Your Own Illuminated Manuscript Letter

You may be aware of illuminated manuscripts-gloriously decorated and written Bibles created in the Middle Ages in France and Germany and Spain. You may have seen the decorated pages of Persian manuscripts with their tiny, detailed paintings. The Jews also have a tradition of illuminated manuscripts. We will learn about our own styles and create our own illuminated letter, in particular the "grotesque," a style of the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry.

This is a hands on workshop.

Limited to 15


Presenters
DU

Deborah Ugoretz

Deborah was born in Milwaukee. In the 1970s, she became fascinated with Jewish Paper cutting and has been cutting ever since. She makes Jewish marriage contracts (Ketubot) and paints and designs synagogue art. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Biblical Art at Hebrew Union College... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Alder

1:00pm

Active Listening for Social Justice
How can we actively communicate abstract ideas like B'tzelem Elohim, the concept that all people are created in the image of God? Active listening offers a set of powerful strategies that can help us infuse our values into our daily interactions. At this workshop, you'll learn concrete verbal and non-verbal techniques which enable you to communicate to others that you value them as human beings. This communication plays a central role in building strong relationships, powerful collaborations, and equitable communities.

Presenters
PK

Pippi Kessler

Pippi Kessler is the Program Director at Ma'yan, at the JCC in Manhattan, where she designs programs for teen girls and conducts professional training seminars. She is also Director of Rowe Young People's Camp, a summer program for 8- to 11-year-olds in western Massachusetts, and... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Glen III

1:00pm

Try a Talmud: Introduction to Talmud
Have you ever been curious about the Talmud, but did not know where to begin?  Leave this session with some Talmud under your belt.  This introduction to Talmud class is geared towards those who have no experience with Talmud, have negative associations with it, or don't think they can do it.  It only requires being able to identify the Hebrew alphabet.

Presenters
avatar for Eli Steier

Eli Steier

Eli is an avid fan of the often-libeled bird, the pigeon. This may have been the natural result of being born and raised in Queens. A graduate of SUNY Stony Brook, he has studied at Pardes in Israel, and is a former board member of the Wandering Jews of Astoria. He currently runs... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Glenbrook

1:00pm

Cartoonists against the Holocaust
Discuss a surprising new way to teach about the Nazi genocide--through the eyes of American political cartoonists.

Presenters
RM

Rafael Medoff

Rafael Medoff is founding director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, which focuses on America's response to Nazism and the Holocaust. He is the author of 15 books about the Holocaust, Zionism, and Jewish history.


Friday February 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Springdale I & II

1:00pm

Jews & Judaism in Science Fiction: Judaism in the 21st, 22nd, 23rd Century & Beyond
In this session we will study and view text and video science fiction which talks or shows the role of Jews in the future. What role will we play? How will we act as Jews? If Jews were part of the Star Trek or Star Wars (or other) Sci fi world what would it look like. Come an explore together in chevruta, study and discussion.

Presenters
MR

Michael Rand

Student/Consultant, Rand Consulting
Michael Rand has taught technology and Media studies in Jewish Day Schools; Ramaz and Heschel, and to adults as a computer and technology consultant. His academic background includes an MA in Computers and Education from Columbia University, an MBA at Baruch CUNY, and studied at Machon... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Cove I & II

1:00pm

The Noble, the Executioner, and the Prostitute: Surprising Talmudic Roads to Redemption
To explore variations of this theme, I will teach three texts from the Talmudic tractate Avodah Zarah. "What a Way to Get to Heaven!" found in 10b, "The Executioner," 18a, and "The Prostitute," 17a.

Presenters
SF

Simon Firestone

Simon Firestone is an economist. He has also studied at the Conservative Yeshiva.


Friday February 14, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Long Ridge

2:30pm

Chai Mitzvah: A Global Initiative- A Turnkey, Cost-Effective, Out-of-the-Box Program
Over 1,000 people have participated in Chai Mitzvah. Throughout North America in Canada and Israel, Chai Mitzvah groups are reinvigorating individual Jewish journeys. Come take a mini-class and learn how to create Chai Mitzvah groups with your friends or in your community.

Presenters
AL

Audrey Lichter

Audrey Lichter is Executive Director of Chai Mitzvah, a global initiative that engages individuals and groups in a Jewish journey of learning, social action, and ritual. Audrey has run Jewish community high schools for 20 years, built day schools, and studied at the Academy for Jewish... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Springdale I & II

2:30pm

Anti-Zionism: The Jewish Narrative Against Sovereignty
Zionism has become normative and dominant as a central feature of modern Jewish identity, so much so that we forget the profound tensions about its emergence as a Jewish ideology. We will explore the conceptual foundations of anti-Zionism as a theological, historical, and political phenomenon; and ask what it means for Jewish life today to see this ideology growing again in the presence of a vibrant state of Israel.

Presenters
YK

Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, overseeing its educational initiatives for Jewish communal leaders. He taught at Brandeis as the inaugural Chair of Jewish Communal Innovation. His book Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, offers new thinking... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Grove I

2:30pm

Unpack Your Life: A Spiritual Memoir Workshop
How do you tell the story of the long, winding, crazy road you've taken? How can you make sense of your life in a narrative arc? What's the deeper truth of your story? How can you write responsibly about the people in your life? How can memoir-writing be a spiritual practice in itself? This session on writing spiritual memoir will combine concrete writing exercises with a more theoretical conversation. For writers and non-writers alike!

Presenters
DR

Danya Ruttenberg

Danya Ruttenberg was ordained at the Ziegler School and wrote the Sami Rohr Prize-nominated "Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion." She has also edited five anthologies, including "The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism." She was named by Newsweek as one... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Alder

2:30pm

Disney Confronts Auschwitz
"Messenger from Hell," the new animated short from Disney Educational Productions about how news of the Holocaust reached America will be screened. Stay after the film for a Q & A with the film's writer, Rafael Medoff (Ph.D; director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies).

Presenters
RM

Rafael Medoff

Rafael Medoff is founding director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, which focuses on America's response to Nazism and the Holocaust. He is the author of 15 books about the Holocaust, Zionism, and Jewish history.


Friday February 14, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Glenbrook

2:30pm

The Tree of Knowledge and Plato's Olive Tree: Science and Judaism—Beyond Conflict and Reconciliation
Torah and science, Greek philosophy and Jewish thought, Athens and Jerusalem—for centuries these concepts have been living in conflict along with attempts to reconcile them.  But as we look deeper at the roots and philosophy of science, alongside various Jewish sources, a new approach of integration and mutual-fertilization can be revealed.  In this session we will delve into these worlds of thought and offer a new analysis of the relationships between Jewish thought, philosophy and science.

Presenters
AA

Aharon Ariel Lavi

Aharon Ariel Lavi is the founder and director of the Nettiot Network, which reengages Haredi Ba'alei Teshuva (Returnees) into Israeli society. He is also founder of Garin Shuva in the Negev and co-founder of the National Council of Mission-Driven Communities. Aharon is pursuing a... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Grove II

2:30pm

Developing Jewish Leaders
How do people develop into capable leaders of Jewish organizations and initiatives? In this session we'll examine some of the key principles, processes and practices of effective leadership development. Subsequently, we'll consider how these practices might apply in different settings (start-ups, federations, synagogues, etc.), populations (staff, volunteers, rabbis, etc.) and career stages.

Presenters
avatar for Linda Rich

Linda Rich

Linda Rich is a consultant and executive coach specializing in leadership development. Now focused on the Jewish world after years in the corporate sector, Linda has delivered workshops for CLAL, Hazon, JTS Rabbinical Training Institute, Rockland Jewish Initiative, and UJA-Federation... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Glen II

2:30pm

Transform Your Life in 75 Minutes with Kabbalistic Energy Healing
Join the more than 3,000 worldwide participants in these Experiential Kabbalistic Energy workshops who have experienced life changing breakthroughs in romance, finances, shalom bayit, family issues, opening of spiritual gifts, and clearing lifelong blocks in minutes. All Torah based work. 

Presenters
CD

Chaim David (Eric) Targan

Kabbalistic energy healer, intuitive, speaker, and author, Chaim David Targan has helped more than 3000 with intuitive Torah-based work. He is a US native living in Jerusalem who studies Kabbalah and is writing a guide to Jewish Healing. Chaim is a Wharton and Bain trained entrepreneur... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Glen I

2:30pm

What Is the Place of This Prayer? Expanding the Horizons of Prayer
We will explore the tension between spontaneity and structure in our religious lives by closely considering several classic rabbinic texts on the origin and form of prayer.

Presenters
AW

Andy Warmflash

Andrew Warmflash is the spiritual leader of the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre. Widely regarded as a dynamic and inspiring educator, he has taught adult classes in NY, NJ, and Boston in conjunction with Melton and Hebrew College. He is a graduate of UPenn and JTS.


Friday February 14, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Waterside

2:30pm

Limmud Chavruta: Thanks and Praise
In this interactive session, we will explore, debate and discuss the Jewish perspective on thanks and praise. What might we be grateful for? Why learn blessings? Should we thank God for evil? Does praise have a purpose? Ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics and more will be used. Everyone is welcome; prior knowledge of Jewish texts or Hebrew is not required. Part of the new Limmud Chavruta series on the theme of Prayer. Come to one session; or even better, come to all four!

Presenters
avatar for Mikhael Reuven

Mikhael Reuven

Graduate Student, Brandeis University
Mikhael Reuven is a graduate student in the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University, studying Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and Jewish Professional Leadership. He holds a degree in Philosophy & Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and is an alumnus of the Conservative Yeshiva... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Westover

2:30pm

Queen Esther: Her Quest for Empowerment through Food
Explore the Purim story through the lens of Esther's empowerment and her relationship to food. In this close reading of the book of Esther, we will examine a different view of Esther as we understand her role in saving the Jewish people. Watch her develop from unempowered object to one who finds inner strength and power. Esther's relationship to food is the key to understanding her journey from object to hero.

Presenters
MZ

Mary Zamore

Rabbi Mary L. Zamore was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of | Religion in 1997. A graduate of Columbia College, New York, she has also studied at Yad  | Vashem and Machon Pardes. An active writer, Rabbi Zamore is the editor of and a contributing author to... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
High Ridge

4:30pm

Candlelighting
Friday February 14, 2014 4:30pm - 5:08pm
Mezzanine Pre-Function

4:50pm

Bim Bam Shabbat! Pre-Shabbat Celebration for Ages 0-5
Come join your friends from Camp Ramah and get excited to celebrate Shabbat! Through singing, dancing, and movement this pre-Shabbat session is geared towards newborns up to 5-year-olds and their grown-ups.

Presenters
AH

Ami Hersh

Ami Hersh is the assistant director of the Ramah Day Camp in Nyack. He also serves as the Family Life Coordinator at the Orangetown Jewish Center. He was ordained as a rabbi at The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2012 with an M.A. in Jewish non-profit management and a second M.A. in... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Springdale I & II

4:50pm

Exquisite Risk: A Kabbalat Shabbat-Inspired Meditation Program
Using meditation, prayer, and contemplation, and drawing on themes from the Kabbalat Shabbat service, Torah, psychology, mindfulness, and everyday life, we will explore what Mark Nepo calls "the Exquisite Risk" of living an authentic and open-hearted life. No experience necessary.

Presenters
YS

Yael Shy

Yael Shy is the Director of the New York University Center for Spiritual Life and the Founder and Director of the Mindfulness Project at NYU. She is a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program and on the Board of Directors of the... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 4:50pm - 5:50pm
Belltown

4:50pm

Welcome Shabbat Tel Aviv-Style
Unwind from the busy workweek the way they do in Tel Aviv - over coffee and conversation in the cafe. Join us to relax, reflect, unplug and meet other Limmudnyks.

Presenters
avatar for Benji Lovitt

Benji Lovitt

Benji Lovitt
Since making aliyah in 2006, comedian Benji Lovitt has performed for audiences throughout North America and Israel including Hillels, Birthright Israel and Jewish Federations. His perspectives on life in Israel have been featured on Israeli television and radio and in publications... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 4:50pm - 6:20pm
Mezzanine Pre-Function

4:50pm

Bluegrass Kabbalat Shabbat
Welcome Shabbat with a new sound! We will worship and sing along with banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin. Together with Park Avenue Synagogue’s Young Family Education Director Matt Check, cantorial soloist Rachel Brook and the acclaimed Astrograss, we will bring in Shabbat with a joyous mix of Jewish melody and Bluegrass harmony.

Presenters
A

Astrograss

Astrograss, formed in 2003, performs high-energy bluegrass music for all occasions. Since its inception, Astrograss has moved to the forefront of New York's lively acoustic music and bluegrass scene. The band has also been recognized on a national level, performing at the legendary... Read More →
RB

Rachel Brook

Rachel Brook, a Jewish musician, educator and service leader, is the conductor of Shir Chadash: The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus and the Westchester chapter of HaZamir:The International Jewish High School Choir. She teaches and leads services at several congregations throughout... Read More →
MC

Matt Check

Matt Check is Director of Young Family Education at Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan. He is also an accomplished singer/songwriter of Jewish kids' music and bluegrass.


Friday February 14, 2014 4:50pm - 6:20pm
Grove I

4:50pm

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/ Maariv: Mehitza Service Led by Men
Traditional Kabbalat Shabbat with Mincha and Maariv (Afternoon and Evening Services): Mehitza service Led by Men

Friday February 14, 2014 4:50pm - 6:20pm
Glen I, II, & III

4:50pm

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv: Mehitza Service Led by Men and Women
Modeled after Kehilat Shira Chadasha in Jerusalem and Darkhei Noam in Manhattan, this service aims to provide opportunities for women to participate within a traditional service with a mehitza (partition). Men and women will lead parts of this joyous and spirited service. Note: No amplification or musical instruments will be used in this service and seating is separated by gender.

Friday February 14, 2014 4:50pm - 6:20pm
Cove I & II

4:50pm

Renewal Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv Service
Come join us in a joyful celebration of Shabbat. Based in music, meditation, and teachings, this service will be accessible to all. Note: There will be mixed gender seating and instruments will be used.

Presenters
DI

David Ingber

David Ingber is the founder and spiritual director of the Romemu community in NYC. He has been named one of the top 50 rabbis in America by Newsweek and was named one of the Forward 50 this year. David is a widely sought-after speaker and prayer leader who blends the depth of Jewish... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Less

Naomi Less

Naomi Less (Lab/Shul Founding Worship Leader and Associate Director) in an internationally celebrated singer/musician, composer, ritualist, activist/educator, and radio host (Jewish Rock Radio's "Jewish Women Rock Show"). Musical, educational and spiritual training from JTS Davidson... Read More →
GM

George Mordecai

Born in Sydney, Australia to Iraqi & Indian Jews, George Mordecai weaves his cultural heritage into his work as a performer and cantor. George has performed Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Middle Eastern liturgical music in Australia, England, Paris, Israel, and throughout the U.S. He... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 4:50pm - 6:20pm
Elm

4:50pm

Traditional Egalitarian Service Led by Men and Women: Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv
The traditional egalitarian service, for Friday afternoon and welcoming Shabbat, features spirited singing of the traditional liturgy with leadership and full participation by both men and women. Note: No amplification or musical instruments will be used in this service. There will be mixed-gender seating.

Friday February 14, 2014 4:50pm - 6:20pm
Aspen I & II

6:30pm

Shabbat Dinner
Spirit, spice, and song. Shabbat dinner is a time to enjoy nourishment for our bodies and souls. We will come together as one community. Dinner will begin with a communal Kiddush followed by hand washing and Hamotzi (blessing over bread) by table. The meal will include full seated service, so please be prompt. Help us create community by welcoming people you do not yet know to your table. If you would like to participate in Zmirot (songs) look for a table designated as a Zmirot Table.

Friday February 14, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Ballrooms I, II & III

8:45pm

Theology in God’s Created World of Predator & Prey: Deriving Life Lessons from God’s World of Conflict
We will explore the questions: Who is the god who chooses to perpetuate the created world based on the harsh principles of survival of the fittest, predator & prey, winner & loser. What life values does that god expect me to pursue & cherish; what does that god expect of me? Our choices are informed by the nature of the world that God has presented to us & the mechanics hard wired into creation. We will study Biblical, Rabbinic, & modern texts, and possibly alter a few pre-conceived notions.

Presenters
DI

David Ingber

David Ingber is the founder and spiritual director of the Romemu community in NYC. He has been named one of the top 50 rabbis in America by Newsweek and was named one of the Forward 50 this year. David is a widely sought-after speaker and prayer leader who blends the depth of Jewish... Read More →
avatar for Joe Septimus

Joe Septimus

Joe Septimus is CFO of a NYC based mortgage bank, teaches Torah at various adult education venues including Darkhei Noam, Central Synagogue, the JCC Tikkun, & Limmud NY. Joe has an MBA from NYU, a BA in Philosophy, studied at Yeshiva Chaim Berlin & Kerem B’Yavneh, is a Wexner Heritage... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Grove II

8:45pm

A Rabbi Walks into a Poem: Poetry, Humor, Judaism, and You
An established rabbi, comedian, and poet presents reflections, lessons, perspective, and free samples of his award-winning comedy routines and poems.

Presenters
NF

Neil Fleischmann

Neil Fleischmann has been teaching and counseling at The Frisch School for the past eighteen years. He is the author of In the Field: A Collection of Haiku. He writes regularly on the Torah portion of the week for the Jewish Week and the Jewish Standard. He regularly performs stand... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm
Glenbrook

8:45pm

Family Ruach: Festive Shabbat Song Session
Enjoy fun Shabbat songs and games just for families and children. Join staff from Camp Ramah and be transported back to a summer Friday night in the Dining Hall.

Presenters

Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm
Elm

8:45pm

21st-Century Shoah (Holocaust) Storytelling
Drawing from her own experience and stories, internationally renowned storyteller and educator Caren Schnur Neile (Ph.D; directs the South Florida Storytelling Project at Florida Atlantic University), will discuss the importance of Jewish storytelling and the need for, and benefits of, programs such as Witness Theater, which, by bringing together young people and survivors, preserves and transmits the unique stories survivors share.

Presenters
CS

Caren Schnur Neile

Caren Schnur Neile, Ph.D., MFA, is an affiliate professor at Florida Atlantic University, teaching storytelling studies. A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, she performs, teaches, and publishes worldwide and is a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Jerusalem. She is founding... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm
Cove I & II

8:45pm

Jews and Hebrew: Past, Present, Future
Language is tied to identity in cultures around the world. The Jews have had a greater than 3,000-year history with the Hebrew language, but not always as a spoken language. This session will discuss some of that history, and some of the ways in which the Hebrew language can be part of the Jewish future around the world.

Presenters
avatar for Aaron Koller

Aaron Koller

Associate Professor, Yeshiva University
Aaron Koller is teaches Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, and coordinates adult and collegiate programs at the Drisha Institute. His most recent book is Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge UP, 2014). Aaron has served as a visiting professor at the Hebrew... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm
Glen III

8:45pm

Hearing All the Voices: How Feminism Can Build Bigger-Tent Judaism
Inclusivity means hearing—and amplifying—all voices, particularly those of people who have not felt fully included so far: Jews of color; people with cognitive or physical disabilities (and their families); Jews by choice; poor Jews; Jews who are no longer part of any nuclear family; LGBTQ Jews; Jews of non-Ashkenazi backgrounds; to name only a few. How can we hear these voices more clearly—and why should we? And what’s gender got to do with it?

Presenters
SW

Susan Weidman Schneider

Susan Weidman Schneider is Editor in Chief of Lilith, and one of the magazine's founding mothers. Her writing in Lilith  includes innovative reports on women and philanthropy, the Jewish stake in reproductive rights, and the persistent stereotypes of Jewish women. She is the author of three acclaimed books, including the groundbreaking... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm
Waterside

8:45pm

Judaism Unbound: Love
Blending genetic differences is biologically healthy, and fostering cultural differences is important for many families. Yet Judaism, like other religions, has sought to limit intermarriage in order to preserve group identity and our distinctive religious norms. As the percentage of Jews with at least one non-Jewish parent continues to climb, how do we understand the blending of religious identities? What are the best strategies for promoting a vibrant and robust Jewish identity?

Presenters
DN

Danny Nevins

Danny Nevins is Dean of the JTS Division of Religious Leadership, including its Rabbinical School, Cantorial School and Center for Pastoral Education. He serves on the Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards and has written numerous legal opinions for the Conservative... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm
Glen II

8:45pm

Truth to Power: The Carter Book Controversy
In 2006, after 23 years at the Carter Center of Emory University, Ken Stein, an adviser to the former president, publicly resigned from his position because of Jimmy Carter's just published Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. 14 board members of the Carter Center also resigned after the book was published. The controversy received widespread media coverage from The New York Times to Fox News and NPR. Come and hear exactly what Ken responded to and why he took such definitive action.

Presenters
KW

Kenneth W. Stein

Kenneth W. Stein is professor of modern Middle Eastern History at Emory University. Author of five books, including History Politics & Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, a comprehensive source book, and Israel@65, he is the founding Director of the Emory Institute for t... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm
Glen I

8:45pm

Who Says What the Torah Says? Who Gets to Interpret Judaism (Hint: You Do, Too)
Drawing on the work of JTS scholar Benjamin Sommer, this interactive text study will push back at those who say "It says so in the Torah" with the much better (!) statement, "We learn that it says in the Torah..." Written Torah? Oral Torah? We'll try to pin down some questions of the authority of text and authoritative interpretations in Judaism. We'll also share a few choice words about that hobgoblin called literalism.

Presenters
avatar for Joel Alter

Joel Alter

Joel Alter is Director of Admissions for JTS's Rabbinical and Cantorial schools, where he shepherds new leaders of the Jewish people. During his 16 years in Jewish day schools as a teacher, rabbi, and administrator, Joel helped articulate pluralistic school culture. A commitment to... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm
Alder

8:45pm

Ki Tissa: Parashat HaShavua
This parasha is rich, containing instructions for the census, the appointment of Bezalel to oversee the work of creating the wilderness Tabernacle, rules for Shabbat, the episode of the Golden Calf, and its aftermath. As well, it is in this parasha that the rabbis find cause to assign Rosh Chodesh especially to women. We will read the text closely, exploring its explicit and implicit messages, and will seek to apply what we learn to our own spiritual lives today.

Presenters
avatar for Molly Karp

Molly Karp

Molly Karp is a passionate teacher of many facets of Judaism. She serves as the rabbi of Temple Beth El in Oneonta, NY, and is the Director of Student Life at the Ivry Prozdor High School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her training in Mindfulness Practice and Jewish Spirituality... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm
Springdale I & II

8:45pm

Jews and Booze: Beyond Manischewitz, Scotch and the L'chaim
Wine is a part of nearly every Jewish ritual, crucial to Friday night Shabbat dinners, and making a l'chaim is practically a rite of passage. There is also a more recent story about Jews and drinking--the popularity of kosher Moscato, the infusion of Mediterranean flavors in cocktails and also the arrival of high-quality mixed drinks in Israel. In this session, we will explore some Jewish roots of alcohol and mix up new and old flavors for uniquely Jewish combinations and cocktails.

Presenters
SS

Shannon Sarna

Shannon Sarna is an avid baker, blogger and all around food-lover. Born to an Italian mother who loved to bake, a Jewish father who loved to experiment, and a food chemist grandfather, loving and experimenting with diverse foods is simply in her blood. When she isn't tweeting, eating... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm
High Ridge

8:45pm

Where There is a Rabbinic Will, There is a Halachic Way
BLU:  Making the Case for the Connection of Will and Way            

YITZ: What Is the Religious Authority in Our Generation? Why Aren't the Rabbis Using It?

Presenters
BG

Blu Greenberg

Blu Greenberg has long been active in Jewish feminism and is the founder of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. She serves on several Jewish organizational boards and is deeply involved in interfaith dialogue. Her books include On Women and Judaism, How to Run A Traditional... Read More →
YG

Yitz Greenberg

Irving (Yitz) is a rabbi, theologian, educator, activist, and writer.  He was President of Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation for 10 years, and was one of the founders of its initiated partnerships with programs such as birthright Israel, as well as having involvement in other Jewish organizations. He has written extensively on theology after the holocaust, the theory and practice of pluralism, and on J... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm
Aspen I & II

8:45pm

Friends of Bill W.
This is a closed 12-step meeting for people who are in a 12-step recovery program of any kind. It is also for anyone who has a concern about a friend or family member with any type of addiction. Anyone who is concerned about their own possible addiction to anything such as food, gambling, alcohol, drugs, etc. may attend.

Presenters

Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm
Westover

8:45pm

Kabbalat Shabbat and the Talking Cows: A Textual Study of the Friday Night Service
How are the prayers of Friday Night woven together to form a particular approach to prayer, the Temple and Shabbat? A closer look reveals quite a few surprises.

This session made possible by a grant from the Covenant Foundation. 

Presenters
RP

Rivy Poupko Kletenik

Rivy Poupko Kletenik is in her eighth year as Head of School at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. A 2002 recipient of the Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators, she comes to Limmud NY through the generosity of the Covenant Foundation. Rivy lectures nationwide and writes a... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm
Long Ridge

10:25pm

Limmud 101
Interested in finding out more about Limmud NY and 'Limmud Culture'? Come meet other first time (or long lost) Limmud NYers to learn about Limmud NY and find kindred spirits in your Limmud NY journey

Friday February 14, 2014 10:25pm - 11:40pm
Cove I & II

10:25pm

Find the Funny: Late-Night Improv!
Shabbat Improv -- Let go of the week that was and celebrate Shabbat and the leap year phenom known as "Purim Katan" a whole new way, through the creative spirit of improvisational play! Let loose, express yourself and have fun as you join friends new and old with improvisational games led by humorist Lisa Alcalay Klug, author of the bestselling pop culture books, Hot Mamalah and Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guides for Every Member of the Tribe. Everyone? Welcome! Super powers? To be discovered! Laughs? A sure thing! 

Presenters
LA

Lisa Alcalay Klug

Award-winning journalist Lisa Alcalay Klug is author of the bestselling pop culture humor books, Cool Jew and Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guides for Every Member of the Tribe. Lisa has presented at 100-plus venues, including 12 Limmud conferences worldwide. Her work has appeared in... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 10:25pm - 11:40pm
Glen I

10:25pm

Another World Is Possible: Preparing for Shmita: Spiritual, Environmental and Practical Dimensions
The Shmita year is coming, look busy! Preparing for the agricultural Sabbatical year, which happens to begin this coming Rosh HaShana, is going to take more than looking busy, because allowing the Earth, the economic system, and yourself to rest actually takes some work. In this session, we will learn spiritual, environmental and practical techniques to create a true year of rest.

Presenters
MC

Matt Carl

Matt Carl is a rabbi who serves as the Director of Community Engagement for Hazon, America's largest Jewish environmental organization. Hazon's goal of "creating healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond" pretty much sums up what he wants out of li... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 10:25pm - 11:40pm
Waterside

10:25pm

Originality and Conservatism: The Price You Pay for Going Your Own Way
Yochanan ben Zakkai had two main disciples, described in the following ways: “A plastered cistern which loses not a drop," characterized by an exceptional memory, a keen eye, and conservatism and “a spring that ever gathers force,” characterized by creativity, kindness, and originality.  Both represent extreme attitudes regarding learning, friendship and equity.  Were they right to conduct their lives with absolute loyalty to their beliefs?  When is it the right time to surrender and compromise?

Presenters
RR

Renana Ravitsky Pilzer

Renana Ravitzky Pilzer is the Head of the Beit Midrash at the Hartman High School for Girls, where she is developing the Midrashiya's Orthodox feminist curriculum. She previously served as co-director of the Melamdim School for Teacher Training, which is run in partnership with Tel... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 10:25pm - 11:40pm
High Ridge

10:25pm

Sexual Repression and Obsession: Examining the Classical Jewish Sources
Although the Jewish tradition is generally open-minded regarding sexual behavior within marriage, certain repressive ideas have gained currency over the centuries and have determined sexual attitudes within segments of the Orthodox community. This workshop will claim that the Kitzur Shulkhan Arukh, a popular 19th century halakhic (Jewish legal) work read broadly by Yeshiva High School students, is largely responsible for the dissemination of these ideas.

Presenters
CS

Chaim Seidler-Feller

Chaim Seidler-Feller recently celebrated his fortieth year of working with students and faculty as the Executive Director of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA, and is currently the Director Emeritus. He was ordained in 1971 at Yeshiva University, and has been... Read More →
DS

Doreen Seidler-Feller

Doreen Seidler-Feller earned her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in Clinical Psychology in 1980. She serves as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she teaches courses to medical students and residents in Systems Based Healthcare... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 10:25pm - 11:40pm
Grove I

10:25pm

Friday Night Tisch!
Tisch (Yiddish for "table") is the Hasidic custom of gathering around a table to share songs, words and drinks - all of the kind that warm up the inside. Prepare yourself to experience the best of Shabbat and Limmud NY all wrapped up in one joyous and uplifting session. Note: Some alcohol will be available for participants who are 21 years of age and older. 

Presenters
avatar for Naomi Less

Naomi Less

Naomi Less (Lab/Shul Founding Worship Leader and Associate Director) in an internationally celebrated singer/musician, composer, ritualist, activist/educator, and radio host (Jewish Rock Radio's "Jewish Women Rock Show"). Musical, educational and spiritual training from JTS Davidson... Read More →
GM

George Mordecai

Born in Sydney, Australia to Iraqi & Indian Jews, George Mordecai weaves his cultural heritage into his work as a performer and cantor. George has performed Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Middle Eastern liturgical music in Australia, England, Paris, Israel, and throughout the U.S. He... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 10:25pm - 11:40pm
Ballroom III

10:25pm

Rabbis Behaving Badly: The R-Rated Talmud
Although often idealized, the rabbis of the Talmud misbehave just like anyone else. From prostitutes to drunkenness and theft to betrayal, the rabbis are far from perfect. We will look at some of these stories and think about why the authors of the Talmud would choose to portray themselves in such a light.

Presenters
RR

Rachel Rosenthal

Rachel Rosenthal is a member of the faculty at the Drisha Institute and a PhD candidate in Rabbinic Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary . A graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle, she has served as an American Jewish World Service Kol Tzedek Fellow and taught at the 92nd... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 10:25pm - 11:40pm
Glenbrook

10:25pm

The Grown-Up Midrash Says...: Five Radical Midrashim They Don't Teach in School
Did God lust after the Matriarchs? Did Jacob think he was Divine? Did Mordechai breastfeed Esther? The Midrash (the rabbinic expansion on Biblical stories) is too often read as a set of fables or children's stories. But in truth, the Midrash contains some of the most twisted, radical, dirty, imaginative, and philosophically astute readings of the Bible in our Tradition. Together we will explore five midrashim that have yet to enter the popular Jewish conscience, but probably should.

Presenters
BG

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield is a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and former Tikvah Fellow, whose presentation is based on funded research at Oxford's Bodleian Library.


Friday February 14, 2014 10:25pm - 11:40pm
Long Ridge

11:55pm

Kabbalistic Midnight Journey
It's Midnight on Shabbat - the ultimate time to delve into the deepest part of our neshamas (souls) and understand why I am here, what is my mission, what are my tikkuns  - what I am here to fix. Join 3,000+ participants in these Experiential Kabbalistic Energy Healing workshops who have had life changing breakthroughs in romance, finances, spiritual openings & clearing lifelong blocks. Torah based work.

Presenters
CD

Chaim David (Eric) Targan

Kabbalistic energy healer, intuitive, speaker, and author, Chaim David Targan has helped more than 3000 with intuitive Torah-based work. He is a US native living in Jerusalem who studies Kabbalah and is writing a guide to Jewish Healing. Chaim is a Wharton and Bain trained entrepreneur... Read More →


Friday February 14, 2014 11:55pm - Saturday February 15, 2014 1:10am
Glen I
 
Saturday, February 15
 

7:30am

A Time of Desire: A Shacharit-Inspired Meditation Workshop
Shabbat morning is an amazing opportunity to calm your mind, find your center, and open your heart. Using Shabbat Shacharit as our guide, we will engage in meditation, prayer, and reflection suitable for beginners, advanced practitioners, non-hebrew speakers, non-morning people, and everyone else! Session will end in time to make another minyan's torah service.

Presenters
YS

Yael Shy

Yael Shy is the Director of the New York University Center for Spiritual Life and the Founder and Director of the Mindfulness Project at NYU. She is a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program and on the Board of Directors of the... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 7:30am - 8:30am
Belltown

7:30am

Hashkama (Early) Minyan Led by Men: Early Risers' Shabbat Morning Service
This traditional minyan with mechitzah is for the early risers among us who want a quick, straightforward service, so that we can spend the rest of the day learning, napping, or spending time with family and friends. Note: Seating is separate by gender.

Saturday February 15, 2014 7:30am - 8:45am
High Ridge

7:30am

Saturday Breakfast
Sit with someone new! Breakfast is a great time to meet new people at Limmud NY!

Saturday February 15, 2014 7:30am - 9:30am
Ballrooms I & II

8:00am

Daf Yomi
Every day (yomi) people across the Jewish world are learning a page of Talmud (daf) with the aim of completng the entire Talmud in seven years.  This global movement started in 1923 and has captured the imaginations of thousands.  Everyone is encouraged to attend, from first timers to those following the current Daf Yomi cycle.  Today is Sukkah 12. 

Presenters
KB

Kenneth Brander

Kenneth Brander is Yeshiva University's vice president for university and community life and dean of The Center for the Jewish Future. He is also the Rabbi Emeritus of the Boca Raton Synagogue and founder of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School. He received ordination from YU where he... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 8:00am - 8:45am
Ballroom I

8:45am

Learners Minyan
Join us as we explore the siddur (prayer book) and discuss various Jewish conceptions of prayer. This session will be discussion based, and will navigate divergent conceptions and articulation a of Tfilah (prayer). We will look at traditional Jewish and various other sources. All levels are invited; all opinions are encouraged.

Presenters
JS

Jordan Soffer

Jordan Soffer is a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and is also pursuing an MA in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University. He is originally from New City, NY and attended the University of Wisconsin where he majored in Jewish Education, Religious Studies, and Hebrew... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 8:45am - 10:00am
Alder

8:45am

Mehitza Service Led by Men: Shacharit/Torah Service/Musaf (Shabbat Morning Services)
This traditional minyan (prayer group) will provide an inspiring prayer service with traditional liturgy and Carlebach Melodies. Men will lead services and women and men will pray together in a traditional and spirited environment. Note: No amplification or musical instruments will be used in this service. Seating will be separate by gender and with a mechitza (partition).

Saturday February 15, 2014 8:45am - 11:15am
Glen I, II, & III

8:45am

Mehitza Service Led by Women and Men: Shacharit/Torah Service/Musaf (Shabbat Morning Services)
Modeled after Kehilat Shira Chadasha in Jerusalem and Darkhei Noam in Manhattan, this service aims to provide opportunities for women to participate within a traditional service with a mehitza (partition). Both men and women will lead parts of this joyous and spirited service. Note: No amplification or musical instruments will be used in this service and seating is separated by gender.

Saturday February 15, 2014 8:45am - 11:15am
Cove I & II

8:45am

Renewal Shacharit (Morning Service)
Come join us in a joyful celebration of Shabbat. Based in music, meditation, and teachings, this service will be accessible to all. Note: There will be mixed gender seating and instruments will be used.

Presenters
DI

David Ingber

David Ingber is the founder and spiritual director of the Romemu community in NYC. He has been named one of the top 50 rabbis in America by Newsweek and was named one of the Forward 50 this year. David is a widely sought-after speaker and prayer leader who blends the depth of Jewish... Read More →
GM

George Mordecai

Born in Sydney, Australia to Iraqi & Indian Jews, George Mordecai weaves his cultural heritage into his work as a performer and cantor. George has performed Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Middle Eastern liturgical music in Australia, England, Paris, Israel, and throughout the U.S. He... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 8:45am - 11:15am
Grove I

8:45am

Traditional Egalitarian Service Led by Men and Women: Shacharit/Torah Service/Musaf (Shabbat Morning Services)
The traditional egalitarian service features spirited singing of the traditional liturgy with leadership and participation by both men and women. Note: No amplification or musical instruments will be used in this service. There will be mixed-gender seating.

Saturday February 15, 2014 8:45am - 11:15am
Aspen I & II

9:45am

Family Service
Join Naomi Less, renowned facilitator, musician and educator, for a service perfect for the whole family! The interactive service includes Shabbat songs, dancing, prayers, interactive storytelling and more! All are welcome to join! Parents should accompany their children.

Presenters
avatar for Naomi Less

Naomi Less

Naomi Less (Lab/Shul Founding Worship Leader and Associate Director) in an internationally celebrated singer/musician, composer, ritualist, activist/educator, and radio host (Jewish Rock Radio's "Jewish Women Rock Show"). Musical, educational and spiritual training from JTS Davidson... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Elm

10:00am

Yoga Class - Vijñāna Yoga: Stems from the Yogic Tradition of Northern India
Tal is a student of Orit Sen-Gupta who founded Vijñāna Yoga. It is based on seven vital principles: relaxing the body, quieting the mind, focusing through intent, rooting, connecting, awareness of breath, expanding/ elongating and widening. Join other Limmud NY participants in exploring this practice. Bring your own yoga or exercise mat or towel.

Presenters
TG

Tal Grunspan

Tal Grunspan was born and raised in Tel Aviv. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination catapulted his journey towards social change and political involvement in Israel. Throughout his 18 years of activism, Tal has taken part in many organizations and public campaigns, worked in... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Belltown

10:00am

Limmud Chavruta: Requests and Repentance
In this interactive session, we will explore, debate and discuss the Jewish perspective on requests and repentance. What should/shouldn't we ask for? Is a bad apology better than none? Does prayer actually work? Does repentance? Ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics and more will be used. Everyone is welcome; prior knowledge of Jewish texts or Hebrew is not required. Part of the new Limmud Chavruta series on the theme of Prayer. Come to one session; or even better, come to all four!

Presenters
avatar for Mikhael Reuven

Mikhael Reuven

Graduate Student, Brandeis University
Mikhael Reuven is a graduate student in the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University, studying Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and Jewish Professional Leadership. He holds a degree in Philosophy & Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and is an alumnus of the Conservative Yeshiva... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Glenbrook

11:45am

Jewish Artists: A Brainstorming Forum for Artists and Presenters
If you are serious about making (or promoting) Jewish art of any discipline, this is a great session for you. We will use opportunity to engage each other around a number of business and creativity issues, with the hope of making connections and fostering greater communication within the larger world of art-makers. Rebecca Joy Fletcher is a touring Jewish theater artist, experiential educator, and cantor, and she is always eager to connect with fellow travelers across the Jewish arts world!

Presenters
RJ

Rebecca Joy Fletcher

Rebecca is an internationally recognized playwright, actress, cantor, and educator. Recent highlights of her work include a hit off Broadway production of Kleynkunst! and countless performance of Cities of Lights at synagogues, JCCs in North America, as well as venues all over the... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 11:45am - 1:00pm
Westover

11:45am

Waiting Eight Years for a Drink: The Bizarre Notion of 13-Year-Old Jewish Adults
Getting a driver's license, voting, serving in the army, drinking, (usually?) having sex: What significant milestone in our lives doesn't happen after bar or bat mitzvah?  What's wrong with Judaism that it has the same young age threshold as Facebook?  In this interactive study and discussion, we'll take a close look at taking responsibility in Judaism, drawing from classical Jewish sources.  When, really, do we take charge of our Jewish lives, and who are our Jewish lives to be lived for?

Presenters
avatar for Joel Alter

Joel Alter

Joel Alter is Director of Admissions for JTS's Rabbinical and Cantorial schools, where he shepherds new leaders of the Jewish people. During his 16 years in Jewish day schools as a teacher, rabbi, and administrator, Joel helped articulate pluralistic school culture. A commitment to... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 11:45am - 1:00pm
Glen III

11:45am

The Case of the Handicapped Kohen: How to Think about Halakhah (Jewish Law)
Do we submit to halakhah, even and especially when it conflicts with our ethical and religious instincts?  Is halakhah only a default set of rules that must be overridden "to do what is right" in situations of moral crisis and tremendous personal pain?  We will explore one specific halakhic example and suggest a third approach: halakhah must shape us while simultaneously cultivating our capacity to articulate ethical and religious instincts in its specialized terminology.

Presenters
ET

Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker is co-founder, rosh yeshiva, and chair in Jewish Law at Mechon Hadar. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Harvard College. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 11:45am - 1:00pm
Grove I

11:45am

Why a Vibrant Diaspora is a Zionist Imperative
The early Zionist movement sought for all of the world's Jews to re-congregate in our ancestral homeland. Come learn why that perspective has passed its time and why vibrant Jewish communities around the world are integral for Israel's future. 

Presenters
GG

Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein is the Founder and President of The Reut Institute and author of Flexigidity: The Secret of Jewish Adaptability. Gidi previously served as Secretary and Coordinator of the Israeli Delegation for the Negotiations with the PLO between 1999-01 under Prime Minister... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 11:45am - 1:00pm
Glen II

11:45am

Can We End the Age-Old Problem of the Agunah in Our Time?
We will discuss three systemic halakhic solutions to the problem and the formidable resistance to their use, the power of community to help generate rabbinic will to apply halakhic solutions, and how the new International Beit Din will be both same and different.

Presenters
BG

Blu Greenberg

Blu Greenberg has long been active in Jewish feminism and is the founder of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. She serves on several Jewish organizational boards and is deeply involved in interfaith dialogue. Her books include On Women and Judaism, How to Run A Traditional... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 11:45am - 1:00pm
Aspen I & II

11:45am

My Egg, My Husband, Her Womb, Whose Child?
Science can fulfill the dream of becoming parents even for those for whom it would have been a biological impossibility a generation ago. Let us explore how Jewish law deals with the categorization of paternity (even posthumously) and maternity (is the mother the egg donor or gestational carrier?). Are there any religious limitations on these new scientific technologies? For example, is it permissible to choose fertilized eggs based on sex of the child? 

Presenters
KB

Kenneth Brander

Kenneth Brander is Yeshiva University's vice president for university and community life and dean of The Center for the Jewish Future. He is also the Rabbi Emeritus of the Boca Raton Synagogue and founder of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School. He received ordination from YU where he... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 11:45am - 1:00pm
Long Ridge

11:45am

Between the Gods and the Devils: Kabbalah as a Guide to Living on the Edge

Although often thought of as solely concerned with spiritual uplift, the kabbalistic tradition is actually focused on the inextricable relationship between darkness and light, evil and goodness, the holy side and the “other side,” the Gods and the Devils, or, in more modern terms, between Eros and Thanatos.  In this session, we will explore this tradition through study of texts from the Zohar, kabbalah’s central work, as well as experientially through exercises drawn from the tradition.  


Presenters
avatar for Nathaniel Berman

Nathaniel Berman

Nathaniel is the Rahel Varnhagen Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Modern Culture at Brown University. He also teaches kabbalah in a wide range of settings in NYC. He is currently completing a book, entitled, The 'Other Side' of Kabbalah: Divine and Demonic in the Zohar... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 11:45am - 1:00pm
Springdale I

11:45am

Shabbat Lunch
We've staggered the start times of sessions over lunch to give you choice and avoid long lines. We suggest you either enjoy an earlier lunch and then go to a 12:30 session or go to an 11:45 session and eat after! Please sit relax and enjoy your lunch with other participants in the dining rooms.  

Saturday February 15, 2014 11:45am - 1:45pm
Ballrooms I & II

12:30pm

Book Club: A.B. Yehoshua's 'Three Days and a Child'
A.B. Yehoshua is one of Israel's most prominent writers. Read his "Three Days and a Child" (a novella within "The Continuing Silence of a Poet," available on Amazon), a story of young man who is suddenly and almost inexplicably forced to care for his former love's young son in Jerusalem, causing him to relive the pain of their separation. Bring your book and come ready for a lively, facilitated discussion.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Altman

Jennifer Altman

Jenn Altman fell in love with Limmud NY at first sight, helping with registration in a frozen hotel and eventually becoming a member of the board. She holds graduate degrees in Jewish Literature and in English Education, from NYU and Columbia. She taught high school English in Westchester... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
High Ridge

12:30pm

Soul Slam: Jewish Expression and Spoken Word
Since the Temple era, poetry has been a central facet of our tradition. Spoken word, which synthesizes poetry and performance, is akin to prayer in form, and often in content. Both the worshiper and the poet seek connection: to self, community, and even a higher consciousness. This session explores the intersection of spoken word and prayer as part of a growing, global oral tradition. Share or simply enjoy the "word paintings" of others, each with a unique rhythm and style all their own.

Presenters
JD

Jina Davidovich

Jina Davidovich holds a BA in Literature, with focuses in Poetry and Women's Studies from Yeshiva University, where she is now pursuing her MA in Bible. In 2012, Jina was selected to participate in the Drisha Arts Fellowship. She has presented her spoken word poetry at various NYC... Read More →
LA

Lisa Alcalay Klug

Award-winning journalist Lisa Alcalay Klug is author of the bestselling pop culture humor books, Cool Jew and Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guides for Every Member of the Tribe. Lisa has presented at 100-plus venues, including 12 Limmud conferences worldwide. Her work has appeared in... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Glenbrook

12:30pm

Doing Unto Others: Judaism and Sex in the 21st Century
How is a couple supposed to interact in the bedroom, and what surprising insights does the tradition offer about what they might do there? What might Judaism have to offer folks who are not ready to settle down? How does/can sexuality impact our relationships with God? With ourselves? How does traditional Judaism intersect with sex- and queer-positive feminism? What does it mean to move through the world with a 21st-century Jewish sexual ethic? This session will address these questions and more!

Presenters
DR

Danya Ruttenberg

Danya Ruttenberg was ordained at the Ziegler School and wrote the Sami Rohr Prize-nominated "Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion." She has also edited five anthologies, including "The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism." She was named by Newsweek as one... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Cove I & II

12:30pm

Mussar: A Deep Spiritual Practice for Parents
The 24/7 nature of parenting can be overwhelming. Developing a spiritual practice with the centuries-old tradition of Mussar can help parents cultivate essential traits like patience and humility, honor and gratitude and can transform our inner experience of parenthood so that we can approach the joys and frustrations of caring for children (of all ages) in a deeper way. Come learn about the approaches of Mussar and develop a Mussar practice of your own.

Presenters
DB

Dasee Berkowitz

Dasee Berkowitz is a Jewish educator, Jewish community builder and founder of JLife Consulting. She currently lives in Sag Harbor, NY in which she and her husband are serving the Jewish community there. She has been a proud board member of Limmud NY and an even prouder wife of Leon... Read More →
LS

Lisa Sacks

Lisa Sacks has been studying with the Mussar Institute for the past three years, having been introduced to Mussar at a prior Limmud NY conference. She now facilitates a Mussar group at her synagogue in Westchester, NY. A former Limmud NY board member and conference chair (2006 conference... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Alder

12:30pm

Children of the Holocaust Revealed
Three survivors of the Holocaust will offer short, first-hand testimonies of a brief moment of their childhood experiences. Each survivor will bring to life one vivid moment, one indelible memory of those years. Following these testimonies, each survivor will meet with audience members in small groups to continue to share reflections and respond to individual questions.
Consider what it means to witness those who witnessed the Holocaust.

Presenters
MG

Myra Genn

Myra Herbst Genn, a psychotherapist, was among very few children from her town in Poland to survive the Holocaust. Together with her mother and an aunt, she fled from the ghetto to a neighboring farm where they were hidden by a Catholic family for nearly a year. In 1948, she and her... Read More →
MM

Manny Mandel

Emanuel "Manny" was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1936. As a five-year-old Manny witnessed his first Holocaust experience, and has never forgotten the events of that day. After six months in Bergen-Belsen, Manny was taken to a displaced children’s home in Switzerland. After over a year... Read More →
YS

Yechiel Shaffer

Yechiel Shaffer is a communal rabbi, educator and innovator. His work has included creating a forum for online teaching, implementing extensive adult educational/cultural programming for a synagogue, and consulting with Jewish day schools about their marketing and fundraising campaigns... Read More →
RS

Rosa Sirota

Rosa Sirota was born in Poland. She and her mother escaped from the ghetto and went into hiding under assumed names with Christian Ukranian peasants, who did not now that they were Jewish. Rosa and her mother were the only survivors in her family. Rosa, a retired high school teacher... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Glen I

12:30pm

Searching for God in Judaism: A Rational Quest for a Mystical Presence
This discussion constitutes a personal effort at articulating a meaningful notion of God that is both spiritually fulfilling and intellectually uncompromising. The search ranges across Jewish tradition from the fundamentals of Biblical monotheism to Maimonides' rationalism and  Hasidic mysticism. The result is a contemporary notion of God that is both inspiring and humbling.

Presenters
CS

Chaim Seidler-Feller

Chaim Seidler-Feller recently celebrated his fortieth year of working with students and faculty as the Executive Director of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA, and is currently the Director Emeritus. He was ordained in 1971 at Yeshiva University, and has been... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Grove II

12:30pm

Open, Shut Them...Rabbinic Legal Loopholes Re-Examined
Talmudic logic has a penchant for legal loopholes. This session explores whether the Talmudic rabbis saw themselves as closing loopholes or opening new ones; what makes a loophole legitimate, and what makes it out of bounds? We take a trip through history and across disciplines to offer insight into these questions.

Presenters
ES

Elana Stein Hain

Elana Stein Hain is the Community Scholar at Lincoln Square Synagogue and a PhD candidate in Religion at Columbia University. She has a passion for interdisciplinary Torah study and the fusion of traditional and academic Jewish learning. She lives with her husband Yonah and son Azzan... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Springdale II

1:00pm

Camp Limmud NY 1:00-5:15 pm Saturday
Please note that camp begins AFTER SERVICES, AT 1 PM.

Saturday February 15, 2014 1:00pm - 5:15pm
Elm

2:00pm

Koshersoul: Creating an African American Jewish Identity with Food
Join culinary historian Michael W. Twitty for a fascinating journey through the dual struggles and triumphs of the African and Jewish Diasporas as expressed through their cuisines.  As an African-American Jew, Michael uses this history to create his own unique food voice and culinary expression.  We will be preparing black-eyed pea hummus during the discussion.

Presenters
MT

Michael Twitty

Michael W. Twitty is a culinary historian and Jewish educator focusing on both African-American and Jewish food and their relationships to their respective folk cultures.  His website is the first blog devoted to preserving historic African-American foods and foodways, and chronicles... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Ballroom III

2:00pm

Becoming a Better Parent One Story at a Time: Using Stories to Raise Our Little Mensches
Our family stories do more than remind us of special moments in our children's lives; they help us understand the choices we make as parents.  In addition, being parents connects us to our own childhood experiences.  Join us for a reflective conversation about the moments that make us laugh, cry and take our breath away.

Presenters
avatar for Charlie Savenor

Charlie Savenor

Charles E. Savenor serves as the Director of Kehilla (Congregational) Enrichment for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ). He also served as the lead programmer for the Centennial Celebration in October 2013. Charlie blogs on parenting at www.familyinorbit.com and at... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Springdale II

2:00pm

Getting Dressed in the Morning: A Lilith Salon with Susan Weidman Schneider
Can a smart woman also look good? Should she? Come mull over a Lilith story on "Fashioning Feminist Identity." Two decades ago Naomi Wolf declared in "The Beauty Myth" that if you care about appearances you are buying into a corporate scam. Nonetheless, we will discuss first-person narratives in Lilith which cover the fun of fashion, why we care about the way we look, if dressing should be like setting a beautiful Shabbat table, and the endorphin effect of it all. Lively conversation will ensue!

Presenters
SW

Susan Weidman Schneider

Susan Weidman Schneider is Editor in Chief of Lilith, and one of the magazine's founding mothers. Her writing in Lilith  includes innovative reports on women and philanthropy, the Jewish stake in reproductive rights, and the persistent stereotypes of Jewish women. She is the author of three acclaimed books, including the groundbreaking... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Glen III

2:00pm

Judaism Unbound: Prayer
How do we reconcile the inclusive and exclusive strands of our liturgical tradition? When a Jew attends a non-Jewish worship service, or a non-Jew worships with Jews, what should be the boundaries for participation? Does it matter which faiths are involved?

Presenters
DN

Danny Nevins

Danny Nevins is Dean of the JTS Division of Religious Leadership, including its Rabbinical School, Cantorial School and Center for Pastoral Education. He serves on the Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards and has written numerous legal opinions for the Conservative... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Glen II

2:00pm

Israel before the State: Jewish Nation-Building: Let the Documents Tell the Story
Most discussions of Israel's origins cite the Holocaust as a central reason for Israel's establishment. However, documentary evidence paints a far more complex picture of local social, economic and political factors that directly influenced the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine in 1939. Come, stand inside the map of the boundaries of Israel, and examine the evidence for yourself. This highly interacive session is open to all, but is especially recommended for educators.

Presenters
KW

Kenneth W. Stein

Kenneth W. Stein is professor of modern Middle Eastern History at Emory University. Author of five books, including History Politics & Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, a comprehensive source book, and Israel@65, he is the founding Director of the Emory Institute for t... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Aspen I & II

2:00pm

Outdoors or Out of Their Minds? Hasidic Teachings on Wilderness/Nature
The Rebbe's Tish (meal/gathering,) the Mitzvah Tantz (wedding dance,) and other Hasidic innovations are primarily (or even by definition) practiced indoors. But in many ways, the early Hasidic masters were equally oriented toward a spirituality of the outdoors. We will learn about meditative, contemplative and other Hasidic practices and views associated with nature and wilderness.

Presenters
MC

Matt Carl

Matt Carl is a rabbi who serves as the Director of Community Engagement for Hazon, America's largest Jewish environmental organization. Hazon's goal of "creating healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond" pretty much sums up what he wants out of li... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Alder

2:00pm

The Book of Esther: Purim Torah, Fairy Tale, Satire or History?
Setting the stage for rollicking Purim fun, the Book of Esther can be taken at face value, but also has many layers of hidden meanings waiting to be revealed. Beloved by the people yet reviled by the rabbis, Esther almost did not make it into the canon of the Hebrew Bible, for reasons that we will explore together. We will read Esther closely, focusing on the words on the page to see what they say, what they might mean, and what they can mean to us. For the open-minded only.

Presenters
avatar for Molly Karp

Molly Karp

Molly Karp is a passionate teacher of many facets of Judaism. She serves as the rabbi of Temple Beth El in Oneonta, NY, and is the Director of Student Life at the Ivry Prozdor High School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her training in Mindfulness Practice and Jewish Spirituality... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Glenbrook

2:00pm

From Anne Frank to the St. Louis: Why America Closed Its Doors
America's quotas weren't full and jobs would not have been endangered.  So why were Anne Frank's family, the passengers on the St. Louis, and other European Jews turned away?  Rafael Medoff tackles an enduring historical controversy.

Presenters
RM

Rafael Medoff

Rafael Medoff is founding director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, which focuses on America's response to Nazism and the Holocaust. He is the author of 15 books about the Holocaust, Zionism, and Jewish history.


Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Cove I & II

2:00pm

Why is Jewish Peoplehood Failing?
It's been called both the biggest challenge and the biggest failure of modern-day Judaism: How do you get a new generation of Jews to feel loyalty to their "tribe" in a politically-correct world where most of them feel more loyal to the "human" tribe? In this session, L.A. columnist David Suissa will identify the #1 factor in instilling a sense of Jewish peoplehood in Jews everywhere.

Presenters
DS

David Suissa

David Suissa is a weekly columnist and president of Tribe Media Corporation, which owns The Jewish Journal, Tribe Magazine, Hollywood Journal, JJ Branding and the news site Jewishjournal.com. His expertise spans the fields of executive management, marketing, Jewish advocacy, fundraising... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Glen I

2:00pm

Panel Discussion: A Search for Spirituality as Defined (or Not Defined) by Jewish Law
How do you enhance traditional prayer services within the boundaries of the Jewish legal system? We will discuss independent and partnership services from egalitarian minyanim (prayer groups) to “Shira Hadasha,” and consider what it means to invest in service learning/Tikun-Olam (repair the world) programs to create a more ethical society.

Moderators
NT

Nahum Twersky

Nahum Twersky is a marketing executive for fortune 100 companies. He is a board member and advisor to many Jewish non profits in America and Israel. His education includes an MBA, MS in Jewish philosophy, and Rabbinical Ordination from Rav Soloveitchik at Yeshiva University.

Presenters
KB

Kenneth Brander

Kenneth Brander is Yeshiva University's vice president for university and community life and dean of The Center for the Jewish Future. He is also the Rabbi Emeritus of the Boca Raton Synagogue and founder of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School. He received ordination from YU where he... Read More →
RR

Renana Ravitsky Pilzer

Renana Ravitzky Pilzer is the Head of the Beit Midrash at the Hartman High School for Girls, where she is developing the Midrashiya's Orthodox feminist curriculum. She previously served as co-director of the Melamdim School for Teacher Training, which is run in partnership with Tel... Read More →
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Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker is co-founder, rosh yeshiva, and chair in Jewish Law at Mechon Hadar. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Harvard College. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder... Read More →
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Mary Zamore

Rabbi Mary L. Zamore was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of | Religion in 1997. A graduate of Columbia College, New York, she has also studied at Yad  | Vashem and Machon Pardes. An active writer, Rabbi Zamore is the editor of and a contributing author to... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Grove I

2:00pm

Seven Wells: Where Spirituality and Sexuality Meet
Seven Wells is a unique Jewish education program that understands sexuality as an integral part of a healthy, dynamic spiritual life. Join us as we use Jewish texts and values as a conceptual framework to explore our spiritual and sexual selves. As a participant you will heighten your physical and spiritual “intimacy awareness,” and leave the session better able to articulate who you are, and what you want (and don’t want) from your relationships.

Presenters
JM

Jessica Minnen

Jessica Minnen is the founding director of Seven Wells and the assistant director of the Jewish Journey Project. She is an alumna of Washington University in St. Louis, the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Paideia: The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, Baltimore... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Long Ridge

2:00pm

Friends of Bill W.
This is a closed 12-step meeting for people who are in a 12-step recovery program of any kind. It is also for anyone who has a concern about a friend or family member with any type of addiction. Anyone who is concerned about their own possible addiction to anything such as food, gambling, alcohol, drugs, etc. may attend.

Presenters

Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Westover

2:00pm

God Talk
A topic all too often left off the discussion table in our Jewish world. This session will explore some understandings of God, and encourage participants to give voice to their own thinking about God. This conversation will be conducted in a very hands-on, practical and accessible way.

Presenters
AH

Ami Hersh

Ami Hersh is the assistant director of the Ramah Day Camp in Nyack. He also serves as the Family Life Coordinator at the Orangetown Jewish Center. He was ordained as a rabbi at The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2012 with an M.A. in Jewish non-profit management and a second M.A. in... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Springdale I

2:00pm

The Magic Number: Why Do We Need Ten to Make a Minyan?
Why do we need ten Jews to make a minyan (the required quorum for public prayer)? Rabbinic sources derive the number from two significant stories in the Torah when the people Israel committed their worst collective sins. What do these derivations tell us about the religious significance of the minyan requirement and the role of public prayer in Jewish spiritual life?

Presenters
BP

Bill Plevan

Bill Plevan holds rabbinic ordination from JTS and recently completed his doctorate in Religion at Princeton University on the thought of German-Jewish philosopher Martin Buber. He currently teaches Jewish thought at HUC and JTS. Bill also served as President of the Board of Matan... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 2:00pm - 3:15pm
High Ridge

3:15pm

Mehitza Service Led by Men: Mincha (Afternoon Service) with Torah Reading
This traditional minyan (prayer group) will provide an inspiring prayer service with traditional liturgy. Men will lead services, and women and men will pray together in a traditional and spirited environment. Note: No amplification or musical instruments will be used in this service. Seating will be separate by gender.

Saturday February 15, 2014 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Glen I

3:15pm

Traditional Egalitarian Service Led by Men and Women: Mincha (Shabbat Afternoon Service) with Torah Reading
The traditional egalitarian service features spirited singing of the traditional liturgy with leadership and participation by both men and women. Note: No amplification or musical instruments will be used in this service. There will be mixed-gender seating.

Saturday February 15, 2014 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Aspen I & II

3:45pm

Evolving Interpretation of Eve: Examining Eve in Literature and Poetry
The first woman, Eve, is a Biblical character wrought with complexity: is she a feminist who seeks knowledge or a silly girl who cannot do what she is told? Poets and authors continue to portray iterations of the first woman in many of their works, from "Paradise Lost" to "East of Eden." How does interpreting Eve affect the way in which we relate to this Biblical character, and the way in which we conceive of women in the Bible, and in literature, in general?

Presenters
JD

Jina Davidovich

Jina Davidovich holds a BA in Literature, with focuses in Poetry and Women's Studies from Yeshiva University, where she is now pursuing her MA in Bible. In 2012, Jina was selected to participate in the Drisha Arts Fellowship. She has presented her spoken word poetry at various NYC... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Westover

3:45pm

Cupcake Decorating Wars: Shabbat Edition FOR FAMILIES
Think your cupcakes bring all the boys to the yard? Are you up to the challenge of creating a beautiful, delicious and uniquely flavored cupcake all within the boundaries of observing Shabbat? Show us what you've got and participate in this sweet, creative cupcake challenge.

This is a family session.

Presenters
SS

Shannon Sarna

Shannon Sarna is an avid baker, blogger and all around food-lover. Born to an Italian mother who loved to bake, a Jewish father who loved to experiment, and a food chemist grandfather, loving and experimenting with diverse foods is simply in her blood. When she isn't tweeting, eating... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Elm

3:45pm

Intro/Different Roles of Music in the Holocaust
In this session, participants will learn about the value in and purpose of studying the Holocaust through music. We will examine the different roles of music including as propaganda: Entartete Musik ("degenerate music"); and as spiritual resistance/therapy: Terezin: various stories of musical resistance.

Presenters
DB

David Block

David Block is a Doctoral Fellow at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, a rabbinical student, and a curriculum developer at Aleph Beta Academy. Prior to his educational studies, David received an M.A. in Jewish History and served as Director of the Maccabeats. David's... Read More →
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Yechiel Shaffer

Yechiel Shaffer is a communal rabbi, educator and innovator. His work has included creating a forum for online teaching, implementing extensive adult educational/cultural programming for a synagogue, and consulting with Jewish day schools about their marketing and fundraising campaigns... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Glenbrook

3:45pm

Feminist Religious Education: How Should We Do It?
How do we educate girls to be religious feminists?  Is there a conflict between these two worlds and their values?  Should feminism be a conscious choice made by adults, or is it possible to teach feminism and thus inculcate students as an educational establishment's agenda?  Hartman Orthodox High School for girls is a laboratory experiment in religious feminism.  You are invited to hear about our original programs, our successes and challenges, and our questions and hopes.

Presenters
RR

Renana Ravitsky Pilzer

Renana Ravitzky Pilzer is the Head of the Beit Midrash at the Hartman High School for Girls, where she is developing the Midrashiya's Orthodox feminist curriculum. She previously served as co-director of the Melamdim School for Teacher Training, which is run in partnership with Tel... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Alder

3:45pm

The Most Important Jewish Idea
Complexity reigns, and we are supposed to be skeptical of "essentialists" and those who would try to reduce Judaism to its "core" or "essence." Yet many classical Jewish sources appear comfortable describing some ideas as more important than others, or some features of Torah as more central. We will study these texts to try to tease out how and why the rabbis needed this essentialism, and try to consider what it means to emulate that approach today.

Presenters
YK

Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, overseeing its educational initiatives for Jewish communal leaders. He taught at Brandeis as the inaugural Chair of Jewish Communal Innovation. His book Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, offers new thinking... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Grove I

3:45pm

Liberal Jews & Kashrut: Really? Yes! Ritual, Ethics, Food & Choice
Navigate through the choices of eating and food production, while creating a rich dialogue about the intersection of Judaism, food and food production. The definition of Kashrut, the historic Jewish approach to eating, is explored and broadened to include not only ritual practice, but also as a multifaceted Jewish relationship with food and its production, integrating values such as ethics, community, and spirituality into our dietary practice.

Presenters
MZ

Mary Zamore

Rabbi Mary L. Zamore was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of | Religion in 1997. A graduate of Columbia College, New York, she has also studied at Yad  | Vashem and Machon Pardes. An active writer, Rabbi Zamore is the editor of and a contributing author to... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Cove I & II

3:45pm

Bombing Auschwitz: American Responses to Genocide, Then and Now
Why didn't the Allies bomb Auschwitz? Should the U.S. use military force to stop human rights abuses abroad today? Rafael Medoff (Ph.D; director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies) discusses a historical question with powerful contemporary implications.

Presenters
RM

Rafael Medoff

Rafael Medoff is founding director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, which focuses on America's response to Nazism and the Holocaust. He is the author of 15 books about the Holocaust, Zionism, and Jewish history.


Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
High Ridge

3:45pm

Why Jews Intermarry: Notes on a Transgressive Subject of Discussion
A conversation about what we see in ourselves and one another, how we feel about what we see and how these mutual perceptions of male and female drive many of us to look outside the Jewish community for love and relationships. We need a psychological way of thinking about all of this so that the value of Jews' maintaining their distinctiveness as a civilization across future generations is not lost in the Diaspora.

Presenters
DS

Doreen Seidler-Feller

Doreen Seidler-Feller earned her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in Clinical Psychology in 1980. She serves as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she teaches courses to medical students and residents in Systems Based Healthcare... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Grove II

3:45pm

Responding to the Inner Human Struggle: Intentional Communities in a Jewish Context
Intentional communities are the deepest response to the inner psychological human struggles, and a substantial component of the social fabric. Judaism has a long theoretical and practical tradition regarding such communities, and this session will explore this issue intellectually, while telling the story of the movement of Mission-Driven Communities in Israel, transforming Israeli society as a second wave of pioneering, and offering potential connection to the emerging movement in America.

Presenters
AA

Aharon Ariel Lavi

Aharon Ariel Lavi is the founder and director of the Nettiot Network, which reengages Haredi Ba'alei Teshuva (Returnees) into Israeli society. He is also founder of Garin Shuva in the Negev and co-founder of the National Council of Mission-Driven Communities. Aharon is pursuing a... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Waterside

3:45pm

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic: The Witch in the Rabbinic Mind
In the Torah, it says a witch must be burned to death. However, women with magical powers appear frequently in the Talmud. We will look at some of these stories to try to understand how the rabbis understand the magical, and the feminine, in relation to their world.

Presenters
RR

Rachel Rosenthal

Rachel Rosenthal is a member of the faculty at the Drisha Institute and a PhD candidate in Rabbinic Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary . A graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle, she has served as an American Jewish World Service Kol Tzedek Fellow and taught at the 92nd... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Long Ridge

3:45pm

Frum but Not Frumpy: An Analysis of the Jewish Sexual Ethic
The rabbis were not prudish about the role of sex in developing and enhancing the communication between husband and wife. Let us journey through the Kabbalistic, Talmudic and legal sources which focus on a Jewish sexual ethic.

Presenters
KB

Kenneth Brander

Kenneth Brander is Yeshiva University's vice president for university and community life and dean of The Center for the Jewish Future. He is also the Rabbi Emeritus of the Boca Raton Synagogue and founder of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School. He received ordination from YU where he... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Springdale I

3:45pm

Introduction to Karaite Judaism
The Karaite Jews reject rabbinic Judaism and the Talmud, yet are profoundly influenced by it. Although vilified by the rabbis, their liturgy, calendar and observance of Jewish law are based closely on the written Tanakh (Bible.)

Presenters
NH

Norman H. Green

Norman H. Green is a California tax, trusts and estates lawyer.  He has participated in the Limmud Los Angeles conference since 2008 and has taught on Karaite Judaism, enhancing the Passover seder, and religious requirements in wills and trusts.


Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Springdale II

3:45pm

Getting To Know 'You': Praying To A Personal G-d
For many of us suffering from "Post-Traumatic G-d Disorder" addressing the Divine as "Other" can be problematic and painful. This class will examine various ways of approaching and working with the great "You" found in classical Jewish liturgy and text. Through the lens of "Process Theology"  and the writings of mystical theologians like Rav Kook, R' Art Green and Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, we will attempt to re-construct (Kaplan?) and renew the potency available in the encounter with the Divine "Other." 

Presenters
DI

David Ingber

David Ingber is the founder and spiritual director of the Romemu community in NYC. He has been named one of the top 50 rabbis in America by Newsweek and was named one of the Forward 50 this year. David is a widely sought-after speaker and prayer leader who blends the depth of Jewish... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Glen III

5:15pm

Rediscover Your Creativity: The Artist's Way
Whether you are an aspiring or accomplished dancer or doctor, stock broker or sculptor, the Artist's Way provides profound tools help discover and recover your creative self on the spiritual path to higher creativity. Inspired by the legendary Julia Cameron's bestselling book and expert workshops, this session is infused with Torah teachings and Jewish wisdom, and designed for creative people in all walks of life, to spur imagination and capture new ideas.

Presenters
LA

Lisa Alcalay Klug

Award-winning journalist Lisa Alcalay Klug is author of the bestselling pop culture humor books, Cool Jew and Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guides for Every Member of the Tribe. Lisa has presented at 100-plus venues, including 12 Limmud conferences worldwide. Her work has appeared in... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Cove I & II

5:15pm

Telling the Shoah (Holocaust): Witness Theater Three-Workshop Series, Part 1
Part 1 of three storytelling/theater workshops will help survivors and non-survivors alike express the stories of the Shoah through imaginative theatrical techniques. The workshops are based on the Israeli Witness Theater project, which has been reproduced across this country. PLEASE NOTE: This is a series that requires participation in all three workshops. Absolutely no acting experience is necessary!

Presenters
KB

Keith Breiman

Keith Breiman is a clinical supervisor in the Montclair Public Schools. A psychiatric social worker with a Ph.D. in educational administration, he has post-graduate credentials in working with Holocaust survivors and the second generation. He was an interviewer for the Jerome Riker... Read More →
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Caren Schnur Neile

Caren Schnur Neile, Ph.D., MFA, is an affiliate professor at Florida Atlantic University, teaching storytelling studies. A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, she performs, teaches, and publishes worldwide and is a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Jerusalem. She is founding... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Long Ridge

5:15pm

Freedom of Marriage in Israel: Blessing or Curse? The Right to Marry in Israel and Its Consquences
This session will examine:
-The right to marry in Israel and around the world (using Hiddush's unique online map)
-The divergent religious Jewish treatment of the status and legitimacy of civil marriages (including growing Orthodox support for civil and non-Orthodox marriage in Israel)
-The current proposals for freedom of marriage in Israel; civil marriage vs. civil unions
-The right to marry in Israel and its impact on Israelis, Jewish peoplehood, and world Jewry

Presenters
UR

Uri Regev

Uri Regev is one of Israel's most prominent rabbinic advocates for religious pluralism.  He serves as president of Hiddush: Freedom of Religion for Israel, a non-partisan, trans-denominational Israel-Diaspora partnership for religious freedom and equality.  He has led many of the... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Glen II

5:15pm

Of Converts and Kohanim (Priests): A Spiritual Case Study of Apple and Coca-Cola
Perhaps the two most recognizable brands in the world are Apple and Coca Cola. Explore the management principles behind these prolific companies and how they can illuminate our understanding of the historical role of converts and kohanim in the evolution of Jewish community and practice.

Presenters
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David Bashevkin

Director of Education, OU/NCSY
Dovid Bashevkin is the Director of Education for NCSY. He has studied at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College and Yeshiva University, and has completed a Masters Degree in Polish Hassidut under the guidance of Dr. Yaakov Elman. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Management and Public... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Glenbrook

5:15pm

Happy Happy Joy Joy: A Few Thoughts on Some Powerful Emotions
What are joy and happiness?  Are they the same thing?  What, if anything, can we learn about the way that Judaism talks about, and sometimes even commands, these emotional states?  We'll discuss a few traditional texts in light of our understandings of contemporary American culture and our own understandings of happiness and joy.  Hopefully, we'll gain some insights into what it is to be happy, and how a person might go about arriving at that state.

Presenters
DR

Danya Ruttenberg

Danya Ruttenberg was ordained at the Ziegler School and wrote the Sami Rohr Prize-nominated "Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion." She has also edited five anthologies, including "The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism." She was named by Newsweek as one... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Grove II

5:15pm

Can Journalism Save Judaism?
What is it about journalism that upsets so many people? Can gossip co-exist with holiness? Can a story on gay marriage live next to a story on a Chassidic rebbe? Can Heschel live next to Madoff? In this session, L.A. columnist David Suissa will make the case that the Jewish world has ignored the secret sauce to its revival.

Presenters
DS

David Suissa

David Suissa is a weekly columnist and president of Tribe Media Corporation, which owns The Jewish Journal, Tribe Magazine, Hollywood Journal, JJ Branding and the news site Jewishjournal.com. His expertise spans the fields of executive management, marketing, Jewish advocacy, fundraising... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Glen I

5:15pm

Hebrew in Colonial America: The Jewish Language in a Christian Land
We will encounter some colorful characters teaching Hebrew at places such as Harvard in the 18th century. We will explore questions such as who studied Hebrew, who taught Hebrew, whether a Jew could get a job at a Christian college, and why anyone wanted to study Hebrew anyway. This period also provides the background for some of the thought of our Founding Fathers.

Presenters
avatar for Aaron Koller

Aaron Koller

Associate Professor, Yeshiva University
Aaron Koller is teaches Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, and coordinates adult and collegiate programs at the Drisha Institute. His most recent book is Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge UP, 2014). Aaron has served as a visiting professor at the Hebrew... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Alder

5:15pm

U.S. Foreign Policy, Israel, and the Regional Landscape: Has Yesterday Informed Us about Tomorrow?
Regardless of the political parties in office, what are essential American national interests? Where do they overlap with Middle Eastern regional allies and where do they dramatically differ? From Truman to Obama and from Ben-Gurion to Netanyahu, what are the essentials in the US-Israeli relationship? In whose interest is a Palestinian state? Should the U.S. seek more regime changes in the region? What of Iran and tomorrow's Arab states?

Presenters
KW

Kenneth W. Stein

Kenneth W. Stein is professor of modern Middle Eastern History at Emory University. Author of five books, including History Politics & Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, a comprehensive source book, and Israel@65, he is the founding Director of the Emory Institute for t... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Glen III

5:15pm

Seudah Shlishit (The Third Meal)
The Shabbat experience wouldn't be complete without the mellow and meditative "Third Meal" made popular by the Kabbalists. Join us for a melodious, spirit-filled gathering and light meal.

Saturday February 15, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Ballroom III

5:15pm

How to Repair the World: Reconciling Messianism and Covenant
Judaism yokes a vision of revolutionary transformation (=to turn the Earth into a paradise) with a method of incremental change (=covenant/partnership).In this secular age, what is God's role? What is humans' role? Can you combine radical and conservative elements in one vital,functioning system? Why tikkun olam is not just a liberal/left understanding of Judaism.

Presenters
YG

Yitz Greenberg

Irving (Yitz) is a rabbi, theologian, educator, activist, and writer.  He was President of Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation for 10 years, and was one of the founders of its initiated partnerships with programs such as birthright Israel, as well as having involvement in other Jewish organizations. He has written extensively on theology after the holocaust, the theory and practice of pluralism, and on J... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Aspen I & II

5:15pm

Soul Searching: What Do We Mean When We Say Soul?
A lively journey through Jewish texts from Torah to Agnon. We are on a mission to answer the question: How do our texts understand the notion of soul?

This session made possible by a grant from the Covenant Foundation. 

Presenters
RP

Rivy Poupko Kletenik

Rivy Poupko Kletenik is in her eighth year as Head of School at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. A 2002 recipient of the Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators, she comes to Limmud NY through the generosity of the Covenant Foundation. Rivy lectures nationwide and writes a... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Springdale II

5:30pm

Family Early Dinner
A special time just for families with young children who wish to eat a little earlier.

Presenters

Saturday February 15, 2014 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Ballroom I

6:20pm

Mehitza Service Led by Men: Maariv (Evening service) with Havdalah
This traditional minyan (prayer group) will provide an inspiring prayer service with traditional liturgy. Men will lead services, and women and men will pray together in a traditional and spirited environment. Note: No amplification or musical instruments will be used in this service. Seating will be separate by gender.

Saturday February 15, 2014 6:20pm - 6:35pm
Glen I

6:20pm

Traditional Egalitarian Service Led by Men and Women: Maariv (Evening service) with Havdalah
The traditional egalitarian service features spirited singing of the traditional liturgy with leadership and participation by both men and women. Note: No amplification or musical instruments will be used in this service. There will be mixed-gender seating.

Saturday February 15, 2014 6:20pm - 6:35pm
Aspen I & II

6:45pm

Community Havdalah
Warm your body and soul at this sweet and lively Havdalah (closing Shabbat) event. We will celebrate the community we have built together over this Shabbat and transition into the second half of Limmud NY – and a new week!

Presenters
DI

David Ingber

David Ingber is the founder and spiritual director of the Romemu community in NYC. He has been named one of the top 50 rabbis in America by Newsweek and was named one of the Forward 50 this year. David is a widely sought-after speaker and prayer leader who blends the depth of Jewish... Read More →
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Naomi Less

Naomi Less (Lab/Shul Founding Worship Leader and Associate Director) in an internationally celebrated singer/musician, composer, ritualist, activist/educator, and radio host (Jewish Rock Radio's "Jewish Women Rock Show"). Musical, educational and spiritual training from JTS Davidson... Read More →
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George Mordecai

Born in Sydney, Australia to Iraqi & Indian Jews, George Mordecai weaves his cultural heritage into his work as a performer and cantor. George has performed Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Middle Eastern liturgical music in Australia, England, Paris, Israel, and throughout the U.S. He... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 6:45pm - 7:35pm
Grove I

7:45pm

Naomi Less in Concert
Presenters
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Naomi Less

Naomi Less (Lab/Shul Founding Worship Leader and Associate Director) in an internationally celebrated singer/musician, composer, ritualist, activist/educator, and radio host (Jewish Rock Radio's "Jewish Women Rock Show"). Musical, educational and spiritual training from JTS Davidson... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Grove I

7:45pm

Jewish Film Festival Favorites: Anita
This award-winning film from Argentina tells the story of a terrorist bombing in Buenos Aires that upends the life of a young woman with Down syndrome.   The director chose an actress with Down syndrome to portray Anita in her poignant and moving journey to find her missing mother.  104 minutes.  Spanish with subtitles.  Drama.

Presenters
EF

Elliot Fix

Consultant/Coordinator/Instructor, Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester, NY
Elliot Fix is a longstanding member and past Chair of the JCC Jewish International Film Festival Committee in Rochester, NY. He also curates the Jewish Film Series at the Everett Jewish Life Center at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY. He has worked professionally in the... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Cove I & II

7:45pm

Musical Responses to the Holocaust
In this session, participants will experience various forms of musical responses to the Holocaust. They will begin to consider what makes a musical or lyrical composition meaningful and appropriate as an expression of a given feeling or emotion. (Examples include tempo, dynamics, major vs. minor, instrumentation.) Bring your instruments. They will enhance the sessions but are not required!

Presenters
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David Block

David Block is a Doctoral Fellow at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, a rabbinical student, and a curriculum developer at Aleph Beta Academy. Prior to his educational studies, David received an M.A. in Jewish History and served as Director of the Maccabeats. David's... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Glenbrook

7:45pm

Responding to the Holocaust through Art
Participants are invited to express their reactions to learning about children in the Holocaust by creating a personal keepsake work of art. We will also explore the use of art as a medium for Holocaust education for all ages. You need not be an artist to attend this workshop!
Prerequisite: Hearing the panel discussion by the Hidden Children.

Presenters
SG

Shira Greenspan

Shira has been teaching Judaic studies at Yeshivat Noam in New Jersey for three years. Shira received her Masters as part of the accelerated fellowship program at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. She has taught English and art to Israeli children as part of the Center... Read More →
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Yechiel Shaffer

Yechiel Shaffer is a communal rabbi, educator and innovator. His work has included creating a forum for online teaching, implementing extensive adult educational/cultural programming for a synagogue, and consulting with Jewish day schools about their marketing and fundraising campaigns... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Westover

7:45pm

Dialogues and Monologues: The Relationship between Law and Narrative in the Torah
The Five Books of Moses contain narrative and legal threads. How do these different genres dialogue with one another, if at all? Our modest hope is that this session will transform the way you read the Chumash (Five Books)!

Presenters
ES

Elana Stein Hain

Elana Stein Hain is the Community Scholar at Lincoln Square Synagogue and a PhD candidate in Religion at Columbia University. She has a passion for interdisciplinary Torah study and the fusion of traditional and academic Jewish learning. She lives with her husband Yonah and son Azzan... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Springdale II

7:45pm

Auschwitz or Sinai? Metaphor and the Meaning of Modern Israel
David Hartman wrote in 1982 of two metaphors for how we are to relate to Israel: "Auschwitz" demands vigilance against external threats, prioritizing the value of Jewish survival; "Sinai" sees Jewish sovereignty guided by the aspiration to achieve the covenant with God. Three decades later, this tension remains in our communal conversation. Which metaphor is more accurate in understanding the state of Israel, and what does it mean to hold onto such metaphors in our relationship to it?

Presenters
YK

Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, overseeing its educational initiatives for Jewish communal leaders. He taught at Brandeis as the inaugural Chair of Jewish Communal Innovation. His book Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, offers new thinking... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Glen I

7:45pm

Jewish Journalism Today: How the Forward Does It
What lies ahead for journalism—a race for clicks with the most trendy stories and eye-catching photos? Or enterprise journalism on gender and Judaism, the decline of institution-centered Judaism, and sexual abuse in Jewish institutions? Forward publisher Samuel Norich explains how the Forward steers a middle course, pursuing serious reporting while serving a broad audience.



Presenters
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Sam Norich

Samuel Norich is the president and publisher of The Forward and The Forverts. Born in Germany in 1947, he immigrated to the United States in 1957. He attended Columbia as an undergraduate, and did his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Hebrew Unive... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Glen III

7:45pm

Wall Street vs. Start-Up Nation: Culture Clash: A Look at Cultural Differences in the Workplace
Do you interact as a business or an organization with colleagues or customers abroad? Do you feel that even though you are speaking the same language, you are not speaking the same language? This fun and interactive session will examine values and expectations and help break down cultural differences between Israelis and Americans to create better communication, teamwork, and success. A must for Jewish professionals with international staffs.

Presenters
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Benji Lovitt

Benji Lovitt
Since making aliyah in 2006, comedian Benji Lovitt has performed for audiences throughout North America and Israel including Hillels, Birthright Israel and Jewish Federations. His perspectives on life in Israel have been featured on Israeli television and radio and in publications... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Aspen I & II

7:45pm

Pajama Party Movie Night!
Join all of your friends from camp for an exciting kids-only night of fun! Wear your favorite pajamas and get ready for a delicious special kids dinner, snack and awesome movie. All Camp LimmudNY campers aged K-5 are invited to join in on the fun!


Saturday February 15, 2014 7:45pm - 9:15pm
Elm

7:45pm

Saturday Dinner
Shavua Tov! (A Great Week!) Start a great week by making new friends at Saturday evening dinner. We've staggered the start times of sessions over dinner to give you choice and avoid long lines. We suggest you either enjoy an earlier dinner and then go to a 8:15 session or go to a 7:45 session and eat after!  

Saturday February 15, 2014 7:45pm - 9:45pm
Ballrooms I & II

8:15pm

Telling the Shoah (Holocaust): Witness Theater Three-Workshop Series, Part 2
Part 2 of three storytelling/theater workshops will help survivors and non-survivors alike express the stories of the Shoah through imaginative theatrical techniques. The workshops are based on the Israeli Witness Theater project, which has been reproduced across this country. PLEASE NOTE: This is a series that requires participation in all three workshops. Absolutely no acting experience is necessary!

Presenters
KB

Keith Breiman

Keith Breiman is a clinical supervisor in the Montclair Public Schools. A psychiatric social worker with a Ph.D. in educational administration, he has post-graduate credentials in working with Holocaust survivors and the second generation. He was an interviewer for the Jerome Riker... Read More →
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Caren Schnur Neile

Caren Schnur Neile, Ph.D., MFA, is an affiliate professor at Florida Atlantic University, teaching storytelling studies. A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, she performs, teaches, and publishes worldwide and is a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Jerusalem. She is founding... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm
High Ridge

8:15pm

A Biblical Cover-Up: A Sad Case of Torah That Never Gets Transmitted
The Book of Judges is often neglected because it represents one of the most dysfunctional and painful chapters in Jewish history.  Found within this confusing and perplexing text is a cover-up of epic proportions to conceal what happens when a people loses their way.  This session contains applicable and vital lessons not just for today, but also our children's Jewish community of the future.

Presenters
avatar for Charlie Savenor

Charlie Savenor

Charles E. Savenor serves as the Director of Kehilla (Congregational) Enrichment for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ). He also served as the lead programmer for the Centennial Celebration in October 2013. Charlie blogs on parenting at www.familyinorbit.com and at... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Glen II

8:15pm

“Remember What Amalek Did to You!” Now Reconcile? Reconciling Identity Conflicts in Text and Society
Next month, Jews around the world will mark the holiday of Purim and remember what Amalek did to us and the subsequent eternal commandment to annihilate Amalekites. This conflict represents a significant case study of an intractable identity conflict. This session will explore how through the integration of in-depth text study and contemporary reconciliation theory, we can consider how this ancient identity conflict, and similar such conflicts facing the Jewish world today, can be reconciled.

Presenters
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Daniel Roth

Daniel Roth is director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, where he also teaches courses that integrate text study with conflict resolution. He holds a PhD from Bar Ilan University's Program for Conflict Resolution, where he is on the faculty, writing about... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Waterside

8:15pm

The Leg in the Bible: An Insight into the Human Condition
When is a leg not just a leg? Setting aside any Freudian euphemism, we will attempt to uncover some deeper meaning in the seemingly bland biblical prose about the human leg, which appears over 250 times in the Hebrew Bible. Through a close structural examination, we will come to what I believe may be the Bible's depiction of the paradox of the human condition.

Presenters
MR

Michael Rubin

Michael majored in ancient History with a focus on Bible at the University of Pennsylvania, after a year of study in the Israeli yeshiva Maale Gilboa. For the two years since then he has been teaching Jewish Studies in the sixth grade at SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY. He is especially... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Springdale I

8:15pm

The Playful Collage Life: How Play Can Be Used to Construct a Serious Life
Starting from the axiom that PLAY is an essential component of any creative endeavor, Piven presents in a heart-warming, humorous way, his own journey of adaptation, from failed cartoonist, to international innovative illustrator and more recently, lecturer and a teacher of creativity. Piven argues that play is a great aid to create educational environments of flexibility and honest introspection. This lecture is based on the lecture Piven presented at TedX Jerusalem.

Presenters
HP

Hanoch Piven

The colorful and witty collage portraits of Israeli artist Hanoch Piven have appeared in most major American magazines, such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker. In Israel, Piven has gained great visibility due to his collaboration with the daily Haaretz and through... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Alder

8:15pm

Israeli Dance for Everyone!
Experience Israeli dance and connect with Israel!  Enjoy middle eastern music.  All ages are welcome, no prior experience necessary.
Those who have danced before, relive the wonderful memories. Learn a mixture of traditional, modern, circle and line dances!

Presenters
LT

Leng Tan

Israeli dance instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience. Leng offers Israeli dance classes in Fort Lee, NJ, Stamford & New Haven, CT as well as in Brooklyn, Nyack and New City, NY. Leng teaches at Solomon Schechter High School in Hartsdale, NY in addition to other Hebrew... Read More →
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Yigal Asayag Tan

Yigal has been teaching lsraeli dance with Leng at sessions in New Haven and Stamford, Connecticut in addition to Solomon Schechter High School and at Yale University. Yigal favors line dances and does live drumming at their dance sessions.


Saturday February 15, 2014 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Ballroom III

8:15pm

Cool Jew and Hot Mamalah: A Cultural Ride for Every Member of the Tribe
With a high-octane multimedia presentation, musical out-takes, plenty of laughs and great storytelling, this standing room-only session at Limmud NY 2010, 2011 and 2012 now also features Lisa's latest book. Humorous and compelling images, poignant personal anecdotes, fascinating genealogical discoveries, and telling insights reveal everything you may not yet know about Jewish pop culture. In this feel-good experience, discover the true secret of every truly Cool Jew and Hot Mamalah.

Presenters
LA

Lisa Alcalay Klug

Award-winning journalist Lisa Alcalay Klug is author of the bestselling pop culture humor books, Cool Jew and Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guides for Every Member of the Tribe. Lisa has presented at 100-plus venues, including 12 Limmud conferences worldwide. Her work has appeared in... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Long Ridge

9:30pm

Israeli Dance for Experienced Dancers!
We will dance popular, traditional Israeli folk dances in addition to new, modern dances. We encourage you to bring your dance requests - circle, lines & partner dances! Intermediate-level Israeli dancing. 

Presenters
LT

Leng Tan

Israeli dance instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience. Leng offers Israeli dance classes in Fort Lee, NJ, Stamford & New Haven, CT as well as in Brooklyn, Nyack and New City, NY. Leng teaches at Solomon Schechter High School in Hartsdale, NY in addition to other Hebrew... Read More →
YA

Yigal Asayag Tan

Yigal has been teaching lsraeli dance with Leng at sessions in New Haven and Stamford, Connecticut in addition to Solomon Schechter High School and at Yale University. Yigal favors line dances and does live drumming at their dance sessions.


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Ballroom III

9:30pm

Scott Stein Performance
Join pianist, singer and songwriter Scott Stein for an intimate solo performance.  Scott is a mainstay of the downtown Manhattan music scene and an engaging performer whose melodies often invite comparisons to Randy Newman and Elton John.  "Mr. Stein plays the kind of dirty blues that might help you shed some blues of your own." -TimeOut NY

Presenters
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Scott Stein

Scott Stein is a NY-based pianist, songwriter, composer, arranger and conductor.  He has served as the accompanist and music director for numerous cantorial concerts and musical theater productions, and is the conductor of the Manhattan chapter of HaZamir International Jewish High... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Grove I

9:30pm

What Am I Made Of: An Exploration of Identity through Play and Art
Learn Israeli artist Hanoch Piven's method of collaging re-used objects to create portraits.  This is an invitation to explore your identity through intuition, serendipity, trial and error, and right-brain thinking, and above all, to have a healthy amount of fun. Prerequisite: attend the first session at 8:30.

Presenters
HP

Hanoch Piven

The colorful and witty collage portraits of Israeli artist Hanoch Piven have appeared in most major American magazines, such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker. In Israel, Piven has gained great visibility due to his collaboration with the daily Haaretz and through... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Alder

9:30pm

Kaddish: Eloquent Meditation on Human Vulnerability and Loss
Kaddish is a one-man show based on Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz's novel, Kaddish for an Unborn Child. Featuring Jake Goodman and directed by directed by Barbara Lanciers, Kaddish is an exploration of ritual and loss. It looks at one man's torment over the child he never had in his failed marriage. A Holocaust surivivor, he refused to bring a child into a wolrd such atrocities can occur.

Presenters
MJ

Mr. Jake Goodman

Executive Director, The Opportunity Fund
Jake Goodman is a performer, educator and activist. Acting throughout the U.S. and abroad, he is currently touring his one-man show Kaddish. Jake has taught, spoken and served as scholar-in-residence at seminaries, synagogues, churches, JCC’s, and camps in the U.S. and Israel... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Glen III

9:30pm

The Five Texts of Jewish Food
Join culinary historian and Jewish educator Michael W. Twitty for an interactive and engaging discussion on Jewish food with a snack at the end!  What are the five texts of Jewish food and what does their interplay have to teach us about the definition of "Jewish food"?  We will prepare Tea Cake Hamantaschen with Southern-style fillings to bring the discussion to life.

Presenters
MT

Michael Twitty

Michael W. Twitty is a culinary historian and Jewish educator focusing on both African-American and Jewish food and their relationships to their respective folk cultures.  His website is the first blog devoted to preserving historic African-American foods and foodways, and chronicles... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Grove II

9:30pm

Three Avot Walk into a Bar: A Humorous Look at Testosterone in the Torah
A stand-up comedy routine with a no-holds barred look at the impact of testosterone on key figures in the Book of Genesis. Be prepared to laugh, pause, think... and laugh again. No sacred cows - even the Big G-uy is fair game.

Presenters
WB

William (Bill) Liss-Levinson

William Liss-Levinson, PhD, is VP, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer for Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a health information & publishing company. Bill is a member of the Boards of CenterLight Health System and the Jewish Book Council. A lifelong student of Jewish theology and philosophy... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Glenbrook

9:30pm

The Comedy of Conflict
Comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Ben Stiller and Jack Black will make you laugh until you have tears in your eyes and knots in your stomach. But if you look beyond the obvious entertainment, comedies are actually complex works of art - with deep plot lines and character development. And the most surprising element of all is that the humor in comedy is usually built around experiences of conflict and pain. Why would comedy be juxtaposed with conflict? Discover the Jewish perspective on pain and suffering while unraveling the mysteries of the conflict of comedy.

Presenters
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Naomi Vilko

President, Vilko Corporate Consulting
Dr. Naomi Vilko is a Psychiatrist who maintains a private practice in Princeton, NJ and offers consultation to companies on organizational and occupational Psychiatric issues.  Trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center, she received her M.D. from New York Medical College and her B.A... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Cove I & II

9:30pm

Twenty Profound Ideas from Kabbalah: The Spiritual Priorities I Taught my Children
A 75-minute Limmud session divided by 20 profound ideas comes to less than four minutes per profound idea. Sounds like a bargain.

Presenters
AK

Arthur Kurzweil

Arthur Kurzweil is a writer, teacher and publisher. He is also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians (founded by Harry Houdini).


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Long Ridge

9:30pm

The Hunger Games and Jewish Philosophy
Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games triology takes us to a dystopian world where children are pitted against each other in a fight to the death, people in the Capitol region live a life of luxury with plenty of everything while people in every other part of Panem are violently oppressed and are starving.  We will look at some of the classics of Jewish philosophy especially Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Mordechai Kaplan.  Where is God in the Hunger Games?  Does faith have a role in that society?  Be ready to discuss and debate!  (No background necessary)

Presenters
RB

Russell Braman

Russell Braman is the principal of The Ivry Prozdor High School program at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He has worked in public high schools, supplementary schools, and Jewish summer camp. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (2002) and the American Jewish University... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Aspen I & II

9:30pm

Cocktails 101
Have you ever dreamed of standing behind the bar, creating delicious cocktails? Then you must   join us for the activity that will get the night started. Come let your creative juices flow and help    create that amazing cocktail, yet to be discovered. We will provide spirits, delicious ingredients,    ice, and then its all you! If you think you may need an additional secret ingredient we may not      offer, feel free to bring it along. 

*Alcohol will be served. 

Presenters

Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
High Ridge

9:30pm

Why Anti-Zionism is as Integral to Judaism as Zionism
Just as the Karaites were an inevitable reaction to the rise of Rabbinic Judaism and Modern Orthodoxy was bound to contend with Reform, Zionism was also bound to face opposition from within the Jewish world. Come discuss the role of this opposition and its place in the Jewish world.

Presenters
GG

Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein is the Founder and President of The Reut Institute and author of Flexigidity: The Secret of Jewish Adaptability. Gidi previously served as Secretary and Coordinator of the Israeli Delegation for the Negotiations with the PLO between 1999-01 under Prime Minister... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Springdale I

9:30pm

Jews Wrestling with Meat: Ritual, Ethics and the Marketplace
How can Jews navigate the marketplace of ideas and consumer choices concerning meat eating? Not only delve into our tradition to understand the rituals and ethics addressing meat consumption, but also explore the complicated issues of our modern food chain. We will discuss these issues from both Halakhic and liberal frameworks. Omnivores and vegetarians welcomed. Join Rabbi Mary Zamore, editor of The Sacred Table, and Devora Kimelman-Block, CEO and Founder KOL Foods.

Presenters
DK

Devora Kimelman-Block

Devora is the founder and CEO of KOL Foods, a sustainable, grassfed, kosher meat business. Before founding KOL Foods, Devora had a vegetarian kitchen for 14 years. Devora, her husband Jason, and four children are founding members of Eastern Village Cohousing, an award winning LEED... Read More →
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Mary Zamore

Rabbi Mary L. Zamore was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of | Religion in 1997. A graduate of Columbia College, New York, she has also studied at Yad  | Vashem and Machon Pardes. An active writer, Rabbi Zamore is the editor of and a contributing author to... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Glen II

9:30pm

Forging a Contemporary Jewish Sex Ethic
Classical Jewish teachings regarding sexuality, including homosexuality and pre-martial sex, generate personal conflicts and social consequences that demand our attention. So long as these tensions are not addressed, community members are confronted with a choice between the restrictions of the tradition and the permissive orientation of contemporary culture. This session intends to step into that breach by proposing a contemporary sexual ethic.

Presenters
CS

Chaim Seidler-Feller

Chaim Seidler-Feller recently celebrated his fortieth year of working with students and faculty as the Executive Director of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA, and is currently the Director Emeritus. He was ordained in 1971 at Yeshiva University, and has been... Read More →
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Doreen Seidler-Feller

Doreen Seidler-Feller earned her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in Clinical Psychology in 1980. She serves as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she teaches courses to medical students and residents in Systems Based Healthcare... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Glen I

9:30pm

Middle School Extravaganza!
A Scavenger Hunt! A Talent Show! And More! All 7th and 8th graders are invited to join in for an exciting and awesome evening just for middle schoolers.


Saturday February 15, 2014 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Westover

11:00pm

The 'Unfire': Campfire Singalong with Peter Kashin and Friends
What a better way to start the new week than to sit around the “campfire” with new and old friends singing songs — English songs, Hebrew songs, or songs in any other language you want to teach us. Bring your musical instruments, voices, camp songbooks and ruach (spirit) with you!

Presenters

Saturday February 15, 2014 11:00pm - Sunday February 16, 2014 12:15am
Mezzanine Pre-Function

11:00pm

What Judaism Means to Me: Exploring Jewish Identity with Performance Poetry
Spoken word artists Joseph D. Robbins and Aaron Samuels come together to perform pieces relating to Jewish Identity and how they view themselves as Jews in the context of an ever-changing Jewish world. This energetic performance will showcase the artists' diverse backgrounds and artistic styles as they explain what being Jewish means to them. The show will include established pieces about Judaism and Israel, as well as new pieces the duo have written specifically for this session.

Presenters
JD

Joseph D. Robbins

Joseph D. Robbins is a poet and educator in NYC. Robbins travels the nation teaching about the Holocaust, body image and other issues. He has a B.A. in Creative Writing and Judaic Studies from the University of Arizona and an M.A. in teaching English from Columbia Teachers College... Read More →
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Aaron Samuels

Aaron Samuels was raised in Providence, Rhode Island, by a Jewish mother and a Black father. He is a Cave Canem Fellow and a nationally acclaimed performer. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, featured on TV’s One’s Verses & Flow, and has appeared in many journals... Read More →


Saturday February 15, 2014 11:00pm - Sunday February 16, 2014 12:15am
Aspen I & II

11:00pm

Dance Party
Come find your groove at this very popular annual event. Join fellow LimmudNYks and celebrate a fabulous conference by letting go on the dance floor. Dance the night away to the best tunes, past and present. Requests encouraged. No age limits!

Saturday February 15, 2014 11:00pm - Sunday February 16, 2014 2:00am
Cove I & II

12:15am

Kabbalistic Midnight Date with the Soul Mate of Your Dreams
Join us and connect to the mystically powerful experiential  & life changing work of Kabbalistic Energy Healing to break through your deepest issues and finally get married to the right one. And we will each actually meet the soul of our soul-mate tonight... and who knows... maybe even in person... 3,000+ participants to date.

Presenters
CD

Chaim David (Eric) Targan

Kabbalistic energy healer, intuitive, speaker, and author, Chaim David Targan has helped more than 3000 with intuitive Torah-based work. He is a US native living in Jerusalem who studies Kabbalah and is writing a guide to Jewish Healing. Chaim is a Wharton and Bain trained entrepreneur... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 12:15am - 1:15am
Glen I
 
Sunday, February 16
 

7:30am

Traditional Egalitarian Service Led by Men and Women: Shacharit (Morning Service)
The traditional egalitarian service features spirited singing of the traditional liturgy with leadership and participation by both men and women. Note: There will be mixed-gender seating.

Sunday February 16, 2014 7:30am - 8:15am
Aspen I & II

7:30am

Traditional Mehitza Service Led by Men: Shacharit (Morning Service)
This traditional minyan (prayer group) with mechitza (divider) will provide a prayer service with a traditional liturgy. Men will lead services, and women and men will pray together in a traditional and spirited environment. Note: Seating is separate by gender.

Sunday February 16, 2014 7:30am - 8:15am
Glen I

7:30am

Sunday Breakfast
Sit with someone new! Breakfast is a great time to meet new people at Limmud NY!

Sunday February 16, 2014 7:30am - 9:30am
Ballrooms I & II

8:30am

Morning Meditation
Join us for some lightly-guided morning breath and awareness meditation that will start your day with expansiveness and clarity. Beginners and non-beginners are welcomed.

Presenters
YS

Yael Shy

Yael Shy is the Director of the New York University Center for Spiritual Life and the Founder and Director of the Mindfulness Project at NYU. She is a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program and on the Board of Directors of the... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 8:30am - 9:00am
Long Ridge

8:30am

Torah Tips from Sherlock Holmes: From Observations to Connections
Sherlock Holmes is well known for solving cases with logic, deduction and observation. These same skills can help us unlock the mysteries of Torah and crack the case for creating stronger Jewish communities today. Join us and see "It's Elementary!":

Presenters
avatar for Charlie Savenor

Charlie Savenor

Charles E. Savenor serves as the Director of Kehilla (Congregational) Enrichment for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ). He also served as the lead programmer for the Centennial Celebration in October 2013. Charlie blogs on parenting at www.familyinorbit.com and at... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 8:30am - 9:45am
Springdale I

8:30am

Judaism Unbound: Food
It has become easier than ever to keep kosher, even while eating with non-Jewish friends, yet the Torah (Lev. 20:26) describes these laws as a way of separating Israel from other nations. The Talmud adds many other food prohibitions on sharing wine, bread and oil with non-Jews. Some of these restrictions have been retained, and others mostly abandoned. What is gained and what is lost?

Presenters
DN

Danny Nevins

Danny Nevins is Dean of the JTS Division of Religious Leadership, including its Rabbinical School, Cantorial School and Center for Pastoral Education. He serves on the Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards and has written numerous legal opinions for the Conservative... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 8:30am - 9:45am
Glen I

8:30am

Judah Halevi on the Hebrew Language: Sacred in Secular Context
Ironically, one of the most skilled and celebrated poets of the Middle Ages, Judah Halevi (c. 1075-1141), was also one of the most outspoken denouncers of the craft. The fervor of his polemic against Arabic-style Hebrew poetry in The Kuzari is quite striking, but so is the passion with which he defends and praises the Hebrew language. This session will explore the relationship between these two aspects of Halevi's poetic and linguistic theory in religious and historical context.

Presenters
SN

Sharon Naveh

Sharon Naveh holds two Masters Degrees: one in Hebrew Literature from JTS and one in English from Villanova. She has studied Arabic, Spanish, and Comparative Literature. Her research specialty is Medieval Hebrew Literature, and she has delivered papers at a number of conferences on... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 8:30am - 9:45am
High Ridge

8:30am

Not Your Bubby's Bubby: Grandparenting in the Age of Facebook and Pokemon
Being a grandparent throws us into the nexus of memory, dream and legacy. Share our celebrations and conundrums. Learn about possibilities such as the Grandparent/Grandchild Tzedakah Club, Intergenerational Tikkun Olam, and Family Heritage trips.

Presenters
avatar for Nechama Liss-Levinson

Nechama Liss-Levinson

Nechama Liss-Levinson loved watching people and their families as a child, so it’s not surprising she grew up to be a psychologist and a writer. Nechama’s clinical practice and writing has focused on developmental milestones in the Jewish family. She has taught, blogged, written... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 8:30am - 9:45am
Springdale II

8:30am

Friends of Bill W.
This is a closed 12-step meeting for people who are in a 12-step recovery program of any kind. It is also for anyone who has a concern about a friend or family member with any type of addiction. Anyone who is concerned about their own possible addiction to anything such as food, gambling, alcohol, drugs, etc. may attend.

Presenters

Sunday February 16, 2014 8:30am - 9:45am
Westover

8:30am

Yoga Class - Vijñāna Yoga: Stems from the Yogic Tradition of Northern India
Tal is a student of Orit Sen-Gupta who founded Vijñāna Yoga. It is based on seven vital principles: relaxing the body, quieting the mind, focusing through intent, rooting, connecting, awareness of breath, expanding/ elongating and widening. Join other Limmud NY participants in exploring this practice. Bring your own yoga or exercise mat or towel.

Presenters
TG

Tal Grunspan

Tal Grunspan was born and raised in Tel Aviv. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination catapulted his journey towards social change and political involvement in Israel. Throughout his 18 years of activism, Tal has taken part in many organizations and public campaigns, worked in... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 8:30am - 9:45am
Belltown

8:30am

Not Adding Insult to Injury: A Closer Look at the Partial Hallel
Have you ever wondered why on Pesach (Passover) and Rosh Chodesh (the new month) we omit certain passages from the recitation of the Hallel prayer (known as chatzi-Hallel, or partial Hallel)? And why are those passages omitted? Together we will explore the Talmud's explanation and explore the text of Hallel itself to understand the rabbinic teaching to limit our joy and praise of God in the face of the downfall of others.

Presenters
BP

Bill Plevan

Bill Plevan holds rabbinic ordination from JTS and recently completed his doctorate in Religion at Princeton University on the thought of German-Jewish philosopher Martin Buber. He currently teaches Jewish thought at HUC and JTS. Bill also served as President of the Board of Matan... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 8:30am - 9:45am
Aspen I & II

8:30am

Daf Yomi
Every day (yomi) people across the Jewish world are learning a page of Talmud (daf) with the aim of completng the entire Talmud in seven years.  This global movement started in 1923 and has captured the imaginations pf thousands.  Everyone is encouraged to attend, from first timers to those following the current Daf Yomi cycle.  Today is Sukkah 13.

Presenters
ES

Elana Stein Hain

Elana Stein Hain is the Community Scholar at Lincoln Square Synagogue and a PhD candidate in Religion at Columbia University. She has a passion for interdisciplinary Torah study and the fusion of traditional and academic Jewish learning. She lives with her husband Yonah and son Azzan... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 8:30am - 9:45am
Ballroom I

9:45am

Camp Limmud NY 9:45am-4:30pm Sunday
Sunday February 16, 2014 9:45am - 4:30pm
Elm

10:00am

Collage as a Communication Tool in School and at Work

Collage with everyday objects is a playful and inclusive method of art creation. You don't need to be an artist to do it or to have any special talent. Every object has meaning and brings a set of metaphors, associations, and inspirations to a group discussion. The color, humor and playful silliness of creating art from very mundane objects foster free, honest and flexible dialogue.

In this session we will work in groups making collages and then discussing possible uses of collage in the educational and professional worlds.


Presenters
HP

Hanoch Piven

The colorful and witty collage portraits of Israeli artist Hanoch Piven have appeared in most major American magazines, such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker. In Israel, Piven has gained great visibility due to his collaboration with the daily Haaretz and through... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Aspen I & II

10:00am

Israeli Dance for Everyone!
Experience Israeli dance and connect with Israel!  Enjoy middle eastern music.  All ages are welcome, no prior experience necessary.
Those who have danced before, relive the wonderful memories. Learn a mixture of traditional, modern, circle and line dances!

Presenters
LT

Leng Tan

Israeli dance instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience. Leng offers Israeli dance classes in Fort Lee, NJ, Stamford & New Haven, CT as well as in Brooklyn, Nyack and New City, NY. Leng teaches at Solomon Schechter High School in Hartsdale, NY in addition to other Hebrew... Read More →
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Yigal Asayag Tan

Yigal has been teaching lsraeli dance with Leng at sessions in New Haven and Stamford, Connecticut in addition to Solomon Schechter High School and at Yale University. Yigal favors line dances and does live drumming at their dance sessions.


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Belltown

10:00am

Midrash Manicures
Join Midrash Manicures for an exploration of the Torah portion through nail art. We will be studying themes from Parashat Vayakhel and applying what we learn to our fingertips! We will make our designs using the latest nail art techniques so that you will leave sporting your very own Midrash Manicures. No prior Midrash Manicures experience necessary. To see the latest Midrash Manicures, visit MidrashManicures.com.  



Presenters
TA

Tali Adler

Tali Adler, a Midrash Manicures Educator, is an Education Fellow at Mechon Hadar. Tali is a recent graduate of Stern College for Women where she majored in political science and Jewish studies. Tali facilitates Midrash Manicures Jewish educational workshops in the tri-state area... Read More →
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Yael Buechler

Rabbi Yael Buechler is the founder of Midrash Manicures, where Torah meets nail art. MidrashManicures.com features weekly manicures for the Torah portion and Jewish holidays as well as the first-ever line of Jewish nail decals for Hanukkah, Israel, the High Holidays, and the Ten Plagues... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Elm

10:00am

Myths and Magic of Early Tel Aviv: A Musical, Historical, Madcap Overview
Come and learn about the early days of the world's "first modern Hebrew city." Rebecca Joy Fletcher has become a bit of an expert on the subject, and has fallen in love with early Tel Aviv in the process. She wants to share that love with you! Archival photos and recordings will be explored, together with anecdotes, jokes, poems, and stories. If you think Jerusalem is Israel's only really Jewish city, this workshop is particularly for you!

Presenters
RJ

Rebecca Joy Fletcher

Rebecca is an internationally recognized playwright, actress, cantor, and educator. Recent highlights of her work include a hit off Broadway production of Kleynkunst! and countless performance of Cities of Lights at synagogues, JCCs in North America, as well as venues all over the... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
High Ridge

10:00am

Guided Workshops: Creating a Musical Response
In this session, participants will experience various forms of musical responses to the Holocaust. They will begin to consider what makes a musical or lyrical composition meaningful and appropriate as an expression of a given feeling or emotion. (Examples include tempo, dynamics, major vs. minor, instrumentation.) Bring your instruments. They will enhance the sessions but are not required!

Presenters
DB

David Block

David Block is a Doctoral Fellow at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, a rabbinical student, and a curriculum developer at Aleph Beta Academy. Prior to his educational studies, David received an M.A. in Jewish History and served as Director of the Maccabeats. David's... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Glenbrook

10:00am

Responding to the Holocaust through Art: Part 2
Participants are invited to express their reactions to learning about children in the Holocaust by creating a personal keepsake work of art. We will also explore the use of art as a medium for Holocaust education for all ages. You need not be an artist to attend this workshop!
Prerequisite: Hearing the panel discussion by the Hidden Children.

Presenters
SG

Shira Greenspan

Shira has been teaching Judaic studies at Yeshivat Noam in New Jersey for three years. Shira received her Masters as part of the accelerated fellowship program at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. She has taught English and art to Israeli children as part of the Center... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Alder

10:00am

Building Blocks: The Future of Jewish Studies: Creating Curriculum for Masters' Students
Do you have a vision for the future of Israel & Jewish studies? If you could build a program from the ground up, what would it include? What topics are essential to advancing Jewish professionals? What areas of focus are high priority? Help your own institution (& Columbia's) in this interactive session as we brainstorm the best ways to build a program that suits a wide variety of Jewish educators and educations, & discover what could be possible for the next generation of trained professionals.

Presenters
SG

Sheridan Gayer

Sheridan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Israel & Jewish Studies at Columbia University. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her love of "hands-on" education stems from a background with USY and Ramah, both organizations for... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Westover

10:00am

The Food Panel: Fusion Foodies Talk

Join three professional foodies from very diverse backgrounds talking about what drew them to the field; the intersection of food, religion, culture and identity; food and spirituality; and the extremely controversial question of bacon-wrapped matzoh balls.

 


Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Altman

Jennifer Altman

Jenn Altman fell in love with Limmud NY at first sight, helping with registration in a frozen hotel and eventually becoming a member of the board. She holds graduate degrees in Jewish Literature and in English Education, from NYU and Columbia. She taught high school English in Westchester... Read More →

Presenters
SS

Shannon Sarna

Shannon Sarna is an avid baker, blogger and all around food-lover. Born to an Italian mother who loved to bake, a Jewish father who loved to experiment, and a food chemist grandfather, loving and experimenting with diverse foods is simply in her blood. When she isn't tweeting, eating... Read More →
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Michael Twitty

Michael W. Twitty is a culinary historian and Jewish educator focusing on both African-American and Jewish food and their relationships to their respective folk cultures.  His website is the first blog devoted to preserving historic African-American foods and foodways, and chronicles... Read More →
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Mary Zamore

Rabbi Mary L. Zamore was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of | Religion in 1997. A graduate of Columbia College, New York, she has also studied at Yad  | Vashem and Machon Pardes. An active writer, Rabbi Zamore is the editor of and a contributing author to... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Grove II

10:00am

Israel’s First Coins and the Stories They Tell
Israel today is a country that is 64 years old.  The first coins she minted  tell of Jewish traditions and history from present times to events that happened more than 3,000 years ago. These coins give an insight into Jewish holidays, implements used in the Temple, verses from the Torah, and Jewish history throughout the ages.   This presentation will discuss these early coins and their fascinating messages.

Presenters
avatar for Robert Messing

Robert Messing

Robert Messing graduated from Clark University with a BA in Philosophy and has MBAs from NYU and CUNY. Professionally, Bob spent fifty years in the computer automation industry. Bob has gone on numerous archeological digs in Israel where he found ancient coins, mosaics and Roman glass... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Springdale I

10:00am

Where Have All the 'Pursuers of Peace' Gone!? Bringing the Rodef Shalom Back, from Text to Today
Throughout Jewish history, there were individuals known in their communities as rodfei shalom (pursuers of peace) who modeled themselves after ˜Aaron Rodef Shalom" by loving and pursuing peace between individuals, families and communities. This session will explore what it meant to be a rodef shalom in Jewish text and history, as well as what the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution is doing to bring these rodfei shalom back into Jewish identity and communities today.

Presenters
DR

Daniel Roth

Daniel Roth is director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, where he also teaches courses that integrate text study with conflict resolution. He holds a PhD from Bar Ilan University's Program for Conflict Resolution, where he is on the faculty, writing about... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Glen II

10:00am

The Dalai Lama, Pope, and a Rabbi Walk into a Bar: Insights on the Other through World Leaders' Eyes
Richard Marker has been chair of two international boards addressing the leadership of other world religions. His experiences and insights will illustrate how one can find deep meaning within Judaism. However, true self-understanding is only possible through the "other."

Presenters
avatar for Richard Marker

Richard Marker

co-Principal, WisePhilanthropy.com
While Richard Marker comes from a fully assimilated background, he became a leader in the Jewish world, and is now an internationally-recognized leader in the non-Jewish secular world of philanthropy. The founder of the NYU Academy for Funder Education, he has lectured in 39 countries... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Springdale II

10:00am

The End of Liturgical Reform as We Have Known It
More than a century ago, Reform Jews changed the classic prayer book, inspired by their commitment to reason and universalism. In the 21st century, many of the underlying assumptions that guided Reform liturgy have radically changed. Must we literally believe the words we pray? Are we prepared to say with certainty what we do and don't believe? What does this mean for the future of Reform prayer books?

Presenters
LA

Leon A. Morris

Leon A. Morris is a rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor and was the founding director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El.  He writes essays frequently for a variety of publications and is one of four editors of Mishkan HaNefesh, the forthcoming... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Glen I

10:00am

The Israeli Condition 2014
A unique opportunity to hear Haaretz columnist, NYT best selling author and political commentator Ari Shavit give an update on where he sees Israel  heading in 2014 including the future of the Kerry peace talks, the Iranian nuclear threat, relations with the USA and other topics.

Presenters
AS

Ari Shavit

Born in Rehovot, Israel, in 1957, Shavit served as a paratrooper in the IDF and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In the early 1990s, he was Chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and in 1995 he joined Haaretz. Ari is well known for his... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Grove I

10:00am

Hebrew and Greek Esther: The Megillah in the Hebrew Bible and the Apocrypha
The Greek version of the Book of Esther contains both many omissions and many additions when compared with the Hebrew text.  The author of the Greek Esther seems to have tried to resolve issues in the original story that troubled him, and composed these verses to achieve that goal. What troubled him and how he transformed Esther are questions that we will explore while gazing through this fascinating window into the world of Greek-speaking Jews of the period.  Participants should be familiar with the Book of Esther as it appears in the Hebrew Bible.

Presenters
avatar for Molly Karp

Molly Karp

Molly Karp is a passionate teacher of many facets of Judaism. She serves as the rabbi of Temple Beth El in Oneonta, NY, and is the Director of Student Life at the Ivry Prozdor High School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her training in Mindfulness Practice and Jewish Spirituality... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Glen III

10:00am

Limmud Chavruta: Words and Rituals
In this interactive session, we will explore, debate and discuss the Jewish perspective on words and rituals in prayer. Is prayer greater than sacrifice? Should our liturgy be flexible? Can Jews pray without words? What makes prayer meaningful? Ancient sources, modern scholarship and more will be used. All are welcome; prior knowledge of Jewish texts or Hebrew is not required. Part of the new Limmud Chavruta series on the theme of Prayer. Come to one session; or even better, come to all four!

Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Tabick

Jeremy Tabick

Mechon Hadar
Jeremy Tabick studies at and works for Mechon Hadar, America's only egalitarian yeshiva. He is also a long-time Limmudnik, who has chaired the Limmud Chavruta Project three times, piloted the new Beit Midrash at UK Conference 2013 and coordinates Limmud On One Leg, a weekly parasha... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Long Ridge

10:00am

Mar Ukba in the Oven: A Talmudic Counter-Narrative
Why did the rabbis tell stories? What is the role of the narrative in our understanding of the Talmud? How do we understand the parts we call 'aggada' legends whether they read like simple biographies or fantastical tales of supernatural intrigue? New approaches to Talmud are yielding fascinating answers to these questions. We will explore one text in the Talmud that serves to illustrate the application of some of these techniques to open up aggada to contemporary readers.

Presenters
avatar for Dov Kahane

Dov Kahane

Dov Kahane recently completed a Master's degree in Jewish Studies at Columbia University, where he focused on narratives in the Talmud. He is also a practicing dentist, father and grandfather. He lives in New York City.


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 11:15am
Waterside

10:00am

The Soap Myth
In this double session, participants will view the provocative, original film The Soap Myth by Jeff Cohen and are invited to join a facilitated discussion with him on the essential questions raised by the film. Who will determine Holocaust history—and who should?

Presenters
JC

Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen is an award-winning playwright and theater director. His play The Soap Myth explores the conflict that can exist between survivors’ memories and the evidentiary standards required by scholars and raises the question of who is responsible for Holocaust history. Other... Read More →
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Yechiel Shaffer

Yechiel Shaffer is a communal rabbi, educator and innovator. His work has included creating a forum for online teaching, implementing extensive adult educational/cultural programming for a synagogue, and consulting with Jewish day schools about their marketing and fundraising campaigns... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:00am - 12:45pm
Cove I & II

11:00am

Organizational Shuk
Check out all of the organizations and vendors here today at our Organizational Shuk—a marketplace of Jewish institutions and organizations. Shmooze, network, and meet the faces behind interesting Jewish causes!

Sunday February 16, 2014 11:00am - 5:00pm
Mezzanine Pre-Function

11:30am

The Jewish Women's Talent Agency: Empowering Women through Performance
As an Orthodox dancer, I struggled to find my place in the secular dance world. Artistic expression through performance is an intimate expression of one's soul. JeWTA is a community that provides a nurturing and safe space for developing artists. Join us in an interactive discussion and workshop while we explore JeWTA's inspiring mission, and empower women through performance. www.jewta.com

Presenters
AB

Adena Blickstein

Adena Blickstein is passionate about the Jewish community and women's empowerment. In 2006, Adena established the Professional Women's Theater. Adena has studied dance under the auspices of master teachers of ballet and modern dance, and trained at Joffery Ballet and Tisch NYU. A... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 11:30am - 12:45am
Glen III

11:30am

Cake Sculpture: Ten Layers for Ten Years of Limmud
Help celebrate a decade of learning by building a sculpture in the form of a cake. Each layer represents a different kind of learning experience. We will be building with styrofoam layers and decorating with tissue paper, wires, and other materials.

Presenters
avatar for Ellen Alt

Ellen Alt

Ellen Alt is an artist, educator and community art facilitator. She is a faculty member in the Education Department at Brandeis University, the Artist-in-Residence at the Park Avenue Synagogue, an instructor at the 92nd St and the art coordinator at the Solomon Schechter School of... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
Belltown

11:30am

Everything is Saved in You: Exploring the Legacy of the Second Generation
This literature-based session will examine the particular set of circumstances and expectations that surrounded the birth of the first children of Holocaust survivors. The discussion will focus on the interpersonal and psychological dilemmas survivors faced as they began to create new families in postwar American society and will explore the idea that, for these children, their defining moments happened before they were born (Hoffman, 2004). Grandchildren of Holocaust survivors also welcome.

Presenters
KB

Keith Breiman

Keith Breiman is a clinical supervisor in the Montclair Public Schools. A psychiatric social worker with a Ph.D. in educational administration, he has post-graduate credentials in working with Holocaust survivors and the second generation. He was an interviewer for the Jerome Riker... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
High Ridge

11:30am

Breaking Up Over Food
Food is a powerful signifier of our identity. What we eat, how we prepare it, serve it, and eat it -- all these are practices that evolve out of decisions we make, sometimes at every meal. Kashrut? Veganism? Raw food? Each choice can represent an ideological or spiritual position. What happens when there is a clash between two people's ideas about eating, cooking and hospitality? Come to a Lilith salon to talk about it all.

Presenters
SW

Susan Weidman Schneider

Susan Weidman Schneider is Editor in Chief of Lilith, and one of the magazine's founding mothers. Her writing in Lilith  includes innovative reports on women and philanthropy, the Jewish stake in reproductive rights, and the persistent stereotypes of Jewish women. She is the author of three acclaimed books, including the groundbreaking... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
Glen I

11:30am

Searching For My Parents’ Lost Homeland
Wall Street Journal reporter Lucette Lagnado was born in Cairo, Egypt’s once majestic and glamorous capital. With Nasser’s nationalization of Egyptian industry, her family lost all they had and were forced to flee. In this session, the award-winning author of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suitand The Arrogant Years details her family's generally blissful existence in Cairo, their shattering emigration to New York via Paris, and her childhood in Brooklyn’s immigrant Sephardic community.

Presenters
LL

Lucette Lagnado

Lucette Lagnado is an investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Lagnado’s family left Egypt as refugees when she was a small child—an experience that helped shape both her memoirs, The Arrogant Years and The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit for which she received the... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
Glen III

11:30am

Panel Discussion: Spiritual Seeking in the Contemporary World--Why Judaism?

In an age when choosing an identity is as simple as putting on a mask, how do we create an identity that is meaningful? "Why Judaism" addresses that and other questions. What is special that we offer and how exclusive is our offering, both for ourselves and for non-Jews? How are we different from Buddhism or other theologies? If part of our exclusivity is ethnicity, does this make our Jewish journey more special or more burdensome? Are mitzvot (commandments) personal enrichment or commanded by God?


Presenters
avatar for Shai Held

Shai Held

Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought, Mechon Hadar
Shai Held, a leading Jewish theologian, scholar, and educator, is Co-Founder and Dean of Mechon Hadar. He is a 2011 recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education. Rabbi Held's first book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, was hailed... Read More →
DI

David Ingber

David Ingber is the founder and spiritual director of the Romemu community in NYC. He has been named one of the top 50 rabbis in America by Newsweek and was named one of the Forward 50 this year. David is a widely sought-after speaker and prayer leader who blends the depth of Jewish... Read More →
AL

Asher Lopatin

Asher Lopatin is the President of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, the leading modern and open Orthodox rabbinical school. He received his ordination from Rav Ahron Soloveichik and Yeshivas Brisk, and from Yeshiva University, as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. As a Rhodes Scholar... Read More →
DR

Danya Ruttenberg

Danya Ruttenberg was ordained at the Ziegler School and wrote the Sami Rohr Prize-nominated "Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion." She has also edited five anthologies, including "The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism." She was named by Newsweek as one... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
Grove I

11:30am

Israel's Religion/State Clash: Is It My Problem? An Asset or Liability to Jewish Peoplehood?
American Jewry can no longer sit on the sidelines! Despite a founding vision of religious freedom and equality, Jews in Israel are denied these rights more than in any other democracy. Come to learn more about this global Jewish concern and the role that American Jews may play in effecting change. Read more at http://bit.ly/1gxy4uB.

Presenters
UR

Uri Regev

Uri Regev is one of Israel's most prominent rabbinic advocates for religious pluralism.  He serves as president of Hiddush: Freedom of Religion for Israel, a non-partisan, trans-denominational Israel-Diaspora partnership for religious freedom and equality.  He has led many of the... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
Long Ridge

11:30am

Torah: Human and Divine
The Human Dimension of the Divine Revelation
Utilizing both classical sources (Talmudic and medieval) and modern scholarly analysis, we will establish that the Torah has a human history. At the same time we will argue that the Torah is Divine and that we are bound by its teachings. This session is an effort to demonstrate how to integrate critical, historical, and textual scholarship with traditional learning and to affirm a contemporary notion of God that is both inspiring and humbling.

Presenters
CS

Chaim Seidler-Feller

Chaim Seidler-Feller recently celebrated his fortieth year of working with students and faculty as the Executive Director of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA, and is currently the Director Emeritus. He was ordained in 1971 at Yeshiva University, and has been... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
Glen II

11:30am

Green Your Community for the Sabbatical Year
You don't have any land to allow to lay fallow for Shmita? Think again. Give the land - and air and water too - a chance to rest and recover by using this year to reduce the impact of your organization on the local and global environment. Get practical advice, and tools, created by the Jewish Greening Fellowship of Hazon, which you can use to engage your community. You will return home prepared to take concrete steps to become more energy-efficient, reduce waste, and protect health - all while building community.

Presenters
MB

Mirele B. Goldsmith

Mirele B. Goldsmith, director of the Jewish Greening Fellowship at Hazon, is an environmental psychologist, program evaluator, educator, and activist. Mirele created the Tikkun Mayim, a ceremony of repair for our relationship with water, and is the founder of Jews Against Hydrofracking... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
Springdale I

11:30am

Being Chassidic in the Twenty-First Century: Wisdom, Light, and the Spiritual Search
The essence of Chassidut, from the text to the heart. This session will cover basic concepts through the writings of Chassidic masters and explore their relevance in a modern world.

Presenters
MG

Miriam Gonczarska

Miriam grew up in Poland and lived in Warsaw. She was involved in the revival of Jewish life in Poland beginning in the early 1990s. She has studied in Israel at Nishmat, Matan, and Pardes. She is currently studying at Yeshivat Maharat and works for the Jewish Community of Warsaw... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 11:30am - 12:45pm
Westover

11:30am

Group Photo Session
Attention community, school, agency and synagogue groups: If you are attending this year's conference as part of a group, come and have your photo taken. Sign up on Sunday at the Help Desk for a specific time slot or just drop by the Mezzanine pre-function area during this session. Limmud NY will email you a group photo soon after the conference so that you can use to help spread the word about what a great time you had this year.

Presenters

Sunday February 16, 2014 11:30am - 1:30pm
Mezzanine Pre-Function

11:30am

Sunday Lunch
Sit with someone new! Lunch is a great time to meet new people at Limmud NY. We've staggered the start times of sessions over lunch to give you choice and avoid long lines. We suggest you either enjoy an earlier lunch and then go to a 12:15 session or go to an 11:30 session and eat after! Please sit relax and enjoy your lunch with other participants in the dining rooms.  

Sunday February 16, 2014 11:30am - 1:30pm
Ballrooms I & II

12:15pm

Pardes Lunchtime Schmooze
Whether you’re an alum, a friend, or are hearing about Pardes for the first time, come sit with us, reconnect with old friends and learn more about the unique Pardes community and various opportunities to study with us. 
Pardes brings together men and women of all backgrounds to study classic Jewish texts and current Jewish issues in an open, warm, and challenging learning environment.

Presenters
DR

Daniel Roth

Daniel Roth is director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, where he also teaches courses that integrate text study with conflict resolution. He holds a PhD from Bar Ilan University's Program for Conflict Resolution, where he is on the faculty, writing about... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30am
Ballroom I

12:15pm

Jewish Choral Singing
Calling all singers! Scott will lead an 'instant ensemble' through 2, 3 and 4-part arrangements of fun Jewish tunes. Some experience reading music is helpful, but not a requirement. For ages 14 and up.

Presenters
SS

Scott Stein

Scott Stein is a NY-based pianist, songwriter, composer, arranger and conductor.  He has served as the accompanist and music director for numerous cantorial concerts and musical theater productions, and is the conductor of the Manhattan chapter of HaZamir International Jewish High... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Glenbrook

12:15pm

The Art of Jewish Papercutting: Part 1
The Jewish people have a rich tradition of creating folk art in the service of celebrations, rituals and Hiddur Mitzvah - sanctifying the everyday. Creating cut paper artworks is one way by which Jews elevated their traditions. This session is an exploration of Jewish papercutting with an emphasis on the history, symbols, inscriptions, motivation and uses of paper cuts among the Jewish communities of Europe and North Africa. Slide lecture and discussion.

Presenters
DU

Deborah Ugoretz

Deborah was born in Milwaukee. In the 1970s, she became fascinated with Jewish Paper cutting and has been cutting ever since. She makes Jewish marriage contracts (Ketubot) and paints and designs synagogue art. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Biblical Art at Hebrew Union College... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Alder

12:15pm

Limmud-Paideia Cafe of Ideas: What Ideas are Most Compelling About Judaism?
What ideas are most compelling about Judaism? Four different answers to this question were recently given by four contemporary Jewish thinkers at Paideia, The European Institute for Jewish Studies, in Stockholm. Come hear their (very different!) answers, and share your own perceptions, over lunch. Look for our reserved tables in Ballroom I.

Presenters
AR

Anneli Rådestad

Anneli Rådestad is from Stockholm, Sweden where she currently coordinates the One Year Program for Paideia: The European Institute for Jewish Studies. She is also part of the team developing the Paideia Paradigm Program a new avenue of access into the Jewish thought tradition. In... Read More →
DS

Dave Siegel

Rabbi Dave Siegel is the Executive Director of Hofstra University Hillel and a doctoral student in Hofstra’s program for Educational and Policy Leadership. He has received masters degrees from both New York University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. During his time in Rabbinical... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom I

12:15pm

A Social Teshuva: A New Approach to the Israeli-Haredi Challenge
Most efforts to address the national challenge of integrating the Haredi public use outsiders whose efforts are not well received. This session will explore a different emerging strategy, one that is working from within the Haredi public and uses Mission-Driven Communities as a solution, while recognizing Ba'aley Teshuvah (approximately 20% of the Haredi world) as a rising leading force, whose ideals of Tikkun Olam lead them to assume a role as bridge between the secular and the Haredi public.

Presenters
AA

Aharon Ariel Lavi

Aharon Ariel Lavi is the founder and director of the Nettiot Network, which reengages Haredi Ba'alei Teshuva (Returnees) into Israeli society. He is also founder of Garin Shuva in the Negev and co-founder of the National Council of Mission-Driven Communities. Aharon is pursuing a... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Aspen I & II

12:15pm

Ari Shavit in Conversation with David Suissa
 It’s one of the most talked-about books of the year. Writing in The New York Times, Leon Wieseltier called “My Promised Land” an “important and powerful book” about “the entirety of the Israeli experience.” Come hear the acclaimed author, Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit, discuss “the triumph and tragedy of Israel” in conversation with Jewish Journal President and weekly columnist David Suissa.

Presenters
AS

Ari Shavit

Born in Rehovot, Israel, in 1957, Shavit served as a paratrooper in the IDF and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In the early 1990s, he was Chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and in 1995 he joined Haaretz. Ari is well known for his... Read More →
DS

David Suissa

David Suissa is a weekly columnist and president of Tribe Media Corporation, which owns The Jewish Journal, Tribe Magazine, Hollywood Journal, JJ Branding and the news site Jewishjournal.com. His expertise spans the fields of executive management, marketing, Jewish advocacy, fundraising... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Grove II

12:15pm

Releasing Ourselves from Debt: Shmittat Kessafim
Come learn about one of the Torah's most radical and least well-known ideas–shmittat kessafim. Find out the Torah's vision for an economic society, how this concept has played out over time, and exciting initiatives happening in the next Jewish year on debt that might change your life and the world.

Presenters
AH

Ari Hart

Ari Hart serves as Associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale and Director of Recruitment and Admissions at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. A co-founder of Uri L'Tzedek (Awaken to Justice): The Orthodox Social Justice Movement and the Jewish-Muslim Volunteer Alliance, Rabbi Hart... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Springdale II

12:15pm

Anger and Letting Go in 5 Jewish Spiritual Steps: Using Mussar to Transform our Lives
If anger or forgiveness is your issue, come and learn how the Jewish spiritual practice of Mussar can help you use anger well, and let it go when it's harmful. We will study texts and share spiritual practices. No prior knowledge is needed.

Presenters
MP

Marcia Plumb

Marcia Plumb founded Neshamah for the Soul. She directed spiritual formation for Leo Baeck College in London UK, and now teaches Mussar in Boston. She is also a congregational rabbi and chaplain.


Sunday February 16, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Waterside

1:45pm

Organizing Your Big Jewish Life: How to Keep Yourself and Your Jewish Life Organized
Being organized is extremely valuable. It makes you more efficient and productive. This session is a great way to learn how to be more organized in your life, enabling you to find what you need when you need it. Less is more, and Marla welcomes the opportunity to teach you how to be more organized with inspirational tips and systems that she shares with her many 123organize clients.

Presenters
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Marla Alt

CEO & Founder, 123 Organize
Marla Alt is a world-class professional organizer also known as "The Moving Whisperer." She is an expert in helping people move, organize, and stage homes. This is truly her passion. For over 10 years, her website, 123organize.com, has helped hundreds of clients to simplify their... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Westover

1:45pm

Cake Sculpture: Ten Layers for Ten Years of Limmud
Help celebrate a decade of learning by building a sculpture in the form of a cake.  Each layer represents a different kind of learning experience.  We will be building with styrofoam layers and decorating with tissue paper, wires, and other materials.

Presenters
avatar for Ellen Alt

Ellen Alt

Ellen Alt is an artist, educator and community art facilitator. She is a faculty member in the Education Department at Brandeis University, the Artist-in-Residence at the Park Avenue Synagogue, an instructor at the 92nd St and the art coordinator at the Solomon Schechter School of... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Belltown

1:45pm

The Art of Jewish Papercutting: Part 2
A hands-on workshop where participants will have the opportunity to create a work in cut paper, using instructions presented during the first part of the session.
You will be provided with design templates, pen knives and a cutting surface, beautiful background papers for ornamentation and the techniques that will enable you to continue the art of the papercutting back home.
Limited to 12 participants.
Attendance during the first part of the session is recommended, but not mandatory.

Presenters
DU

Deborah Ugoretz

Deborah was born in Milwaukee. In the 1970s, she became fascinated with Jewish Paper cutting and has been cutting ever since. She makes Jewish marriage contracts (Ketubot) and paints and designs synagogue art. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Biblical Art at Hebrew Union College... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Alder

1:45pm

Undoing the 'Un': Former Ultra-Orthodox Jews Reclaiming Culture
Individuals who leave ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities often face tremendous stereotypes, whether feeling "un"Orthodox or being labeled lazy, undisciplined, or "at- risk." Those who leave face a romanticization of their community of origin, or its vilification. Our panel will introduce individuals who are working to counter these narratives by creating cultural capital, utilizing artistic channels to say something very new about individuality, Jewish community and Jewish culture.

Presenters
ER

Eli Reiter

Eli Reiter is a two-time winning Moth StorySlam storyteller living in New York. He is also the host and producer of Long Story Long, a monthly storytelling show near Times Square. An undergraduate student at Hunter College, Eli teachers underprivileged youth the art of storytelling... Read More →
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Lani Santo

Lani Santo has served as Executive Director of Footsteps since August 2010. Lani has dedicated her career to social justice, community building, and supporting individuals through transformative experiences within the Jewish community and beyond. Prior to joining Footsteps, Lani served... Read More →
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Leah Vincent

Leah Vincent is a writer and activist. The first person in her family to go to college, she went on to earn a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition to writing for various publications, she is an advocate for reform within ultra-Orthodoxy and for... Read More →
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Frieda Vizel

Frieda Vizel researches Hasidic women's history as a graduate student at Sarah Lawrence College where she is also pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. Frieda brings the insight of an insider and the objectivity of an educator to her research and essays that explore Hasidic history... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Glen I

1:45pm

Yarmulkes and Fitted Caps: A Field Guide to Being Black and Jewish
Growing up in a Black-Jewish household in Providence, Rhode Island taught Aaron some hard lessons about survival, fitting in, and finding his voice. In this workshop, Aaron discusses the complexities of his own Black Jewish Identity through poetry and performance art. Come prepared to participate and join Aaron as he uses poetry to catalyze a series of guided identity dialogues that spark tough conversations about ethnicity, religion, gender, and privilege.

Presenters
AS

Aaron Samuels

Aaron Samuels was raised in Providence, Rhode Island, by a Jewish mother and a Black father. He is a Cave Canem Fellow and a nationally acclaimed performer. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, featured on TV’s One’s Verses & Flow, and has appeared in many journals... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Cove I & II

1:45pm

Telling the Shoah (Holocaust): Witness Theater Three-Workshop Series, Part 3
Part 3 of three storytelling/theater workshops will help survivors and non-survivors alike express the stories of the Shoah through imaginative theatrical techniques. The workshops are based on the Israeli Witness Theater project, which has been reproduced across this country. PLEASE NOTE: This is a series that requires participation in all three workshops. Absolutely no acting experience is necessary!

Presenters
KB

Keith Breiman

Keith Breiman is a clinical supervisor in the Montclair Public Schools. A psychiatric social worker with a Ph.D. in educational administration, he has post-graduate credentials in working with Holocaust survivors and the second generation. He was an interviewer for the Jerome Riker... Read More →
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Caren Schnur Neile

Caren Schnur Neile, Ph.D., MFA, is an affiliate professor at Florida Atlantic University, teaching storytelling studies. A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, she performs, teaches, and publishes worldwide and is a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Jerusalem. She is founding... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
High Ridge

1:45pm

Shamor and Zakhor in Stereo: Making Sense of Shabbat
Shabbat is one of the most basic experiences of Jewish observance and one of Judaism's most distinctive contributions to the world. And yet, Jews often disagree deeply over its essence: Is it a day of rest from work? A day to be with God? A day focused on restrictions or enjoyment? We will explore a wealth of Biblical, rabbinic and non-rabbinic sources on Shabbat and see that these questions are not new, as we emerge with a clearer understanding of what the rabbinic Shabbat means today.

Presenters
ET

Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker is co-founder, rosh yeshiva, and chair in Jewish Law at Mechon Hadar. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Harvard College. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Long Ridge

1:45pm

1:45pm

Rediscovering Ahad Ha'am and His Zionism of Values
The establishment of the State of Israel constitutes only a partial fulfillment of the goals of Zionism. Zionism also aimed at renewing the Jewish people and propelling them to constitute a model society. Yet, Zionist discourse has, over the past decades, been stuck in a political mode and has become largely irrelevant, even to those who are passionate supporters of Israel. This seminar proposes to reinvigorate that discourse.

Presenters
CS

Chaim Seidler-Feller

Chaim Seidler-Feller recently celebrated his fortieth year of working with students and faculty as the Executive Director of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA, and is currently the Director Emeritus. He was ordained in 1971 at Yeshiva University, and has been... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Glen II

1:45pm

Hidden Gems of Israel: An Insider’s Guide
El Al pilots and flight attendants from diverse Israeli communities and cultures will share insider tips and personal anecdotes about the special, off-the-beaten-track places in Israel they know and love. They will provide a virtual tour of their favorite neighborhoods, historical sites, museums, restaurants and hangouts across the country. Come see Israel through their eyes!

Moderators
avatar for Mikhael Reuven

Mikhael Reuven

Graduate Student, Brandeis University
Mikhael Reuven is a graduate student in the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University, studying Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and Jewish Professional Leadership. He holds a degree in Philosophy & Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and is an alumnus of the Conservative Yeshiva... Read More →

Presenters
EA

El Al Ambassadors

The El Al Ambassadors are pilots and flight attendants for El Al (Israel’s national airline) who volunteer to create discussions about Israel and non-conflict related issues during their time between flights in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong. This unique program... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Aspen I & II

1:45pm

Telling Israel's Story: What Is History and What Is Narrative?
History is the study of facts and evidence; narratives cull these facts and present them to illustrate a given perspective. Using the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict as a case study, we shall try to look at why and how narrative choices are made to include, exclude, magnify, and diminish realities to suit contemporary purposes. Why is it so difficult to identify objective reality when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict and its actors? 

Presenters
KW

Kenneth W. Stein

Kenneth W. Stein is professor of modern Middle Eastern History at Emory University. Author of five books, including History Politics & Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, a comprehensive source book, and Israel@65, he is the founding Director of the Emory Institute for t... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Grove I

1:45pm

Dror Yikra: Dunash and the Beach Boys
Travel through Jewish history as we explore the making of a traditional Shabbat zemer (song) Dror Yikra, from its untraditional inception in medieval Spain to its current use at the Shabbat table. With the discovery of the Cairo Geniza we can now uncover the roots of what makes this song unique and its author, Dunash ibn Labrat, a groundbreaker. We will look at a few poems by Dunash and solve the mystery of the fractured love letter that perplexed scholars for 50 years.

Presenters
avatar for Dov Kahane

Dov Kahane

Dov Kahane recently completed a Master's degree in Jewish Studies at Columbia University, where he focused on narratives in the Talmud. He is also a practicing dentist, father and grandfather. He lives in New York City.


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Glenbrook

1:45pm

Is the Kindle Kosher?
Are we morphing from the People of the Book to the People of the Byte? A look at some of the Jewish issues surrounding the use of e-readers, particularly their use on Shabbat.

Presenters
avatar for Ellen Flax

Ellen Flax

Ellen Flax is a longtime member of Limmud's International Chavruta team and directs the Hadassah Foundation, which invests in social change for girls and women in Israel and the US. She received her rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Springdale I

1:45pm

Is There Torah under Your Teacher's Bed? Respect, Authority and the Dogged Pursuit of Torah
We often think of Torah as something that is separate from the dirty realities of daily life. However, a closer look at the rabbinic tradition shows that there is room for Torah everywhere, from the bedroom to the bathroom. This session will consider the implications of having such a lack of boundaries, and begin to reshape the ways in which we consider the limits and space of Torah.

Presenters
RR

Rachel Rosenthal

Rachel Rosenthal is a member of the faculty at the Drisha Institute and a PhD candidate in Rabbinic Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary . A graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle, she has served as an American Jewish World Service Kol Tzedek Fellow and taught at the 92nd... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Waterside

1:45pm

Jewish Parenting Workshop
Parenting can be challenging. Raising children instilled with Jewish values can be mind-boggling. This conversation will bring together like-minded people to explore and share our collective best practices as Jewish parents and our children's most important Jewish educators.

Presenters
AH

Ami Hersh

Ami Hersh is the assistant director of the Ramah Day Camp in Nyack. He also serves as the Family Life Coordinator at the Orangetown Jewish Center. He was ordained as a rabbi at The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2012 with an M.A. in Jewish non-profit management and a second M.A. in... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Springdale II

1:45pm

Casual Conversations: Identity
Casual Conversations is an interactive station that allows our community to answer questions about our own cultural identity. Alina and Jeff ask that each participant think about their identity and write descriptive and defining words of their choosing on the white boards and the artist will take their photograph. These portraits will be collected and used by the Bliumises in a culminating book that will incorporate all of the instances of these public, documented “conversations."


Presenters
AJ

Alina & Jeff Bliumis

Alina and Jeff Bliumis are New York-based conceptual artists who use artistic initiatives to start public dialogues about the politics of community, cultural displacement, migration and national identity. They have exhibited internationally and their works are in various private... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 1:45pm - 5:00pm
Mezzanine Pre-Function

3:15pm

Writing Using Your Jewish Food Voice
Food blogger Michael W. Twitty will lead a workshop about how to write your own personal food memoirs and how to use this as a means of opening the mouths and minds of learners in your community, from teenagers to seniors.  This is an idea take-away class!  Drawing on his unique insider/outsider approach to Jewish food, Michael will read examples from some of his essays and will encourage participants to share a paragraph of their own personal food writing.

Presenters
MT

Michael Twitty

Michael W. Twitty is a culinary historian and Jewish educator focusing on both African-American and Jewish food and their relationships to their respective folk cultures.  His website is the first blog devoted to preserving historic African-American foods and foodways, and chronicles... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Glen II

3:15pm

Sixty-Six Years of Laughter: Explore Israeli Society through Its Comedy
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin says that throughout history Jews have laughed to keep from crying. In a country known for its decades of turmoil, humor has given Israelis a reliable outlet. How does this humor differ from American Jewish humor and what does it say about the Israeli people? Come and examine Israeli humor through classic movies, television, and comedy clips.

Presenters
avatar for Benji Lovitt

Benji Lovitt

Benji Lovitt
Since making aliyah in 2006, comedian Benji Lovitt has performed for audiences throughout North America and Israel including Hillels, Birthright Israel and Jewish Federations. His perspectives on life in Israel have been featured on Israeli television and radio and in publications... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Aspen I & II

3:15pm

Falling Down and Getting Up: Letting our Bodies Teach our Hearts to Pray
Rebecca Joy Fletcher leads workshops and classes which are at the intersection of theater arts, Jewish tradition, spirituality, and creativity. In this workshop, we will explore (on our feet, in chevrutah, and through personal exploration) ways to help wake up our prayer lives. Let's experience the falling and rising of our bodies--and our lives--through prayer.

Presenters
RJ

Rebecca Joy Fletcher

Rebecca is an internationally recognized playwright, actress, cantor, and educator. Recent highlights of her work include a hit off Broadway production of Kleynkunst! and countless performance of Cities of Lights at synagogues, JCCs in North America, as well as venues all over the... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Belltown

3:15pm

Tikkun Mayim Ceremony: Drink Up! A New Relationship with Water
Rain dances? Water-drawing ceremonies? Sacred pools? We Jews have them all! The world is facing a water crisis. Billions lack access to clean water. Climate change will be felt in great part through changes in the water cycle. But do you know where your water comes from? How much you pay for it? Participate in a fun and inspiring new ritual that draws on ancient Jewish teachings to teach the value of water.

Presenters
MB

Mirele B. Goldsmith

Mirele B. Goldsmith, director of the Jewish Greening Fellowship at Hazon, is an environmental psychologist, program evaluator, educator, and activist. Mirele created the Tikkun Mayim, a ceremony of repair for our relationship with water, and is the founder of Jews Against Hydrofracking... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Springdale II

3:15pm

Family Chavruta Project
A Limmud NY first!  Inspired by the model of Limmud's Chavruta Project, the Family Chavruta Project is an opportunity for families with children in grades 1-5 to participate in a joint voyage of discovery. In this session, children learn from parents, parents learn from children, and siblings learn from one another, through a variety of games, activities, stories and more on the theme of Prayer.

Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Tabick

Jeremy Tabick

Mechon Hadar
Jeremy Tabick studies at and works for Mechon Hadar, America's only egalitarian yeshiva. He is also a long-time Limmudnik, who has chaired the Limmud Chavruta Project three times, piloted the new Beit Midrash at UK Conference 2013 and coordinates Limmud On One Leg, a weekly parasha... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Ballroom II

3:15pm

Responding to the Holocaust through Art: Part 3
Participants are invited to express their reactions to learning about children in the Holocaust by creating a personal keepsake work of art. We will also explore the use of art as a medium for Holocaust education for all ages. You need not be an artist to attend this workshop!
Prerequisite: Hearing the panel discussion by the Hidden Children.

Presenters
SG

Shira Greenspan

Shira has been teaching Judaic studies at Yeshivat Noam in New Jersey for three years. Shira received her Masters as part of the accelerated fellowship program at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education. She has taught English and art to Israeli children as part of the Center... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Alder

3:15pm

Tensions between Erotic and Companionate Needs
Each of us faces the internal contradiction between the need for the erotic and the need for security in relationships. This workshop seeks to define each impulse and its requisites. In this session, we will consider the solutions raised in the Jewish tradition and ask what Orthodoxy, in particular, has to teach us in this domain. Similarly, we will consider what secular wisdom and clinical psychology can contribute to our sexual and relationship educations.

Presenters
DS

Doreen Seidler-Feller

Doreen Seidler-Feller earned her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in Clinical Psychology in 1980. She serves as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she teaches courses to medical students and residents in Systems Based Healthcare... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Grove II

3:15pm

Why Jewish Communities are Similar, Yet No Two Are Alike
Every Jewish community has certain integral components such as synagogues, schools, and cemeteries. However, no two communities are identical. Come explore the mechanism that can allow for such unity without uniformity. 

Presenters
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Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein is the Founder and President of The Reut Institute and author of Flexigidity: The Secret of Jewish Adaptability. Gidi previously served as Secretary and Coordinator of the Israeli Delegation for the Negotiations with the PLO between 1999-01 under Prime Minister... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Glenbrook

3:15pm

Using the Media for Israel Education
Learn how to create sophisticated, cost-effective educational programs that build community and foster contextual understanding and bring them to your synagogues, JCCs, and other groups and organizations. Dr. Naomi Vilko shares her path to Israel advocacy, using short educational films and programs that explore the beauty of the Land of Israel, the history of the Jewish people, and our shared Western values. Topics include educational resources, sponsorship, and partners, including JNF, AJC, StandWithUs, Shalom TV, and JerusalemU.com.

Presenters
avatar for Naomi Vilko

Naomi Vilko

President, Vilko Corporate Consulting
Dr. Naomi Vilko is a Psychiatrist who maintains a private practice in Princeton, NJ and offers consultation to companies on organizational and occupational Psychiatric issues.  Trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center, she received her M.D. from New York Medical College and her B.A... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Springdale I

3:15pm

Berlin to Barcelona on a Bicycle and a Couch
After traveling twice to India, practicing yoga, meditation and Vipassana courses, and being heavily involved with the Israeli politics and social justice movement, I decided to take time for myself and tour Europe with a bike, meeting people by surfing their couches. I would like to take you with me on the journey and to share some insights from it.

Presenters
TG

Tal Grunspan

Tal Grunspan was born and raised in Tel Aviv. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination catapulted his journey towards social change and political involvement in Israel. Throughout his 18 years of activism, Tal has taken part in many organizations and public campaigns, worked in... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Long Ridge

3:15pm

What in the World is a Cultural B'nai Mitsve? New Possibilities Beyond the Bima
Jewish cultural b'nai mitsve are uplifting family- and community-based coming-of-age ceremonies which combine new and traditional Jewish rituals to welcome 12 and 13-year-olds as responsible citizens of the Jewish community and of the world. Preparation demands rigorous engagement with Jewish culture, family history, identity development, and social justice activism. Joyous celebration follows! Using media and group activities, we'll explore this novel model and how it might register in your community.

Presenters
avatar for Kate O'Brien

Kate O'Brien

The Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring
Kate O’Brien, MA, is the Director of Education, Innovation, and Organizing at The Workmen’s Circle. Building on her vision of three pillars of Jewish education (Imagination. Relationships. Action.), Kate’s mission is to build intergenerational Jewish cultural schools that connect... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
High Ridge

3:15pm

The Great Train Robbery and the Peace Process
How can you negotiate peace if the other side believes you're a thief? In this session, expert analyst David Suissa will expose Israel's biggest conceptual failure in the peace process and the most overlooked obstacle to peace.

Presenters
DS

David Suissa

David Suissa is a weekly columnist and president of Tribe Media Corporation, which owns The Jewish Journal, Tribe Magazine, Hollywood Journal, JJ Branding and the news site Jewishjournal.com. His expertise spans the fields of executive management, marketing, Jewish advocacy, fundraising... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Cove I & II

3:15pm

Kaddish, Women's Voices
Kaddish, Women's Voices is a groundbreaking new book that explores what the recitation of Kaddish has meant specifically to women. With courage and generosity, 52 authors from around the world reflect upon their experiences of mourning. Join editors Michal Smart and Barbara Ashkenas to learn more and to be part of the conversation!

Presenters
MS

Michal Smart

Michal Smart is the Director of Judaic Studies at Bi-Cultural Day School and Editor of Kaddish, Women's Voices (Urim, 2013). A Fulbright scholar in Jewish Thought, Michal received her A.B. from Princeton and an M.S. from Cornell. She is also an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Grove I

3:15pm

Bugs, Eruv and Nighttime Prayer: Using Non-Torah Ideas in Understanding Jewish Law
Can Jewish law come out of looking at the sources with an agenda from the outside world? Asher Lopatin will demonstrate how two great 19th-century rabbis, the Netziv and the Aruch HaShulchan, guide us in using the world of human behavior and thought to help us understand what the Divinely revealed law really means, and how in determining Jewish law it may be as important to pay attention to what is outside of the Torah as what is inside the Torah.

Presenters
AL

Asher Lopatin

Asher Lopatin is the President of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, the leading modern and open Orthodox rabbinical school. He received his ordination from Rav Ahron Soloveichik and Yeshivas Brisk, and from Yeshiva University, as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. As a Rhodes Scholar... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Glen III

3:15pm

Artificial Intelligence and the Psychology of Self: A Search for a Torah Perspective on Selfhood
What makes humans unique? Daniel Gilbert, the noted Harvard psychologist, proposed that every great psychologist must complete the following sentence: "The human being is the only animal that _____." Explore Torah texts and the history behind the search for the unique self.

Presenters
avatar for David Bashevkin

David Bashevkin

Director of Education, OU/NCSY
Dovid Bashevkin is the Director of Education for NCSY. He has studied at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College and Yeshiva University, and has completed a Masters Degree in Polish Hassidut under the guidance of Dr. Yaakov Elman. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Management and Public... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Westover

3:15pm

Spiritual Physics: Correlating the Rhythms of Life to Laws of Physics
The term "Spiritual Physics" suggests that many developmental aspects of our human and spiritual relationships with people, nature and beyond are parallel to the laws of physics, e.g. gravity, action and reaction, vacuums, etc. Knowing the laws enable us to live more fully as humans and as Jews. We will explore Biblical, Rabbinic & modern texts to identify how laws of physics correlate with Jewish notions of freedom, redemption, teshuva (return, repentance), and yetzer harah in a unified universe.

Presenters
avatar for Joe Septimus

Joe Septimus

Joe Septimus is CFO of a NYC based mortgage bank, teaches Torah at various adult education venues including Darkhei Noam, Central Synagogue, the JCC Tikkun, & Limmud NY. Joe has an MBA from NYU, a BA in Philosophy, studied at Yeshiva Chaim Berlin & Kerem B’Yavneh, is a Wexner Heritage... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Waterside

4:35pm

Traditional Egalitarian Service Led by Men and Women: Mincha (Afternoon Service)
The traditional egalitarian service features spirited singing of the traditional liturgy with leadership and participation by both men and women. Note: There will be mixed-gender seating.

Sunday February 16, 2014 4:35pm - 4:50pm
Aspen I & II

4:35pm

Traditional Mehitza Service Led by Men: Mincha (Afternoon Service)
This traditional minyan (prayer group) with mechitza (divider) will provide a prayer service with a traditional liturgy. Men will lead services, and women and men will pray together in a traditional and spirited environment. Note: Seating is separate by gender.

Sunday February 16, 2014 4:35pm - 4:50pm
Glen I

4:45pm

Killing Kasztner

Come join us for a screening and discussion of the film Killing Kasztner. Please note that this session will start eariy due to the film's lenth.

Rezso Kasztner, known as the Jewish Schindler, negotiated face to face with Adolf Eichmann, rescuing 1,700 Jews on a train to Switzerland, and may have saved tens of thousands more lives. Yet Kasztner was condemned as a traitor in his adopted country of Israel; accused as a collaborator in a trial and verdict that divided a nation and forever stamped him as the "man who sold his soul to the devil." It was a verdict overturned by Israel's Supreme Court but too late for Kasztner. He was ultimately assassinated by Jewish right wing extremists in Tel Aviv in 1957. 

Presenters
MM

Manny Mandel

Emanuel "Manny" was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1936. As a five-year-old Manny witnessed his first Holocaust experience, and has never forgotten the events of that day. After six months in Bergen-Belsen, Manny was taken to a displaced children’s home in Switzerland. After over a year... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Vilko

Naomi Vilko

President, Vilko Corporate Consulting
Dr. Naomi Vilko is a Psychiatrist who maintains a private practice in Princeton, NJ and offers consultation to companies on organizational and occupational Psychiatric issues.  Trained at Mount Sinai Medical Center, she received her M.D. from New York Medical College and her B.A... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 4:45pm - 6:30pm
Cove I & II

5:00pm

Celebrate Limmud NY's Volunteers!
The Limmud NY Board requests your company in recognition and appreciation of Limmud NY volunteers. Volunteers devote their time and energy to making this conference a reality and deserve a toast along with our gratitude. This reception is open to conference volunteers, friends, family and anyone who wants to celebrate and emulate them! Come by to find out about volunteer opportunities for the future too.

Presenters
SG

Sheridan Gayer

Sheridan is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Israel & Jewish Studies at Columbia University. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Her love of "hands-on" education stems from a background with USY and Ramah, both organizations for... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Westover

5:00pm

Jewish Chronicles
An ever-evolving collection of stories in song: tales of immigrants, of feuding tailors, of a Jewish woman who joins a Christian cult and of a cocaine-addicted rabbi as well as other hilarious and moving observations of Jewish life. Winner of the 2013 Editor's Award at the Edinburgh Fringe. You'll laugh, you'll cry, what's not to like? "A comedian, a spinner of tales, a philosopher" -Theo Bikel; "Shaggy-dog storytelling about a people full of paradox" -Time Out; "Genius" -Three Weeks Edinburgh.

Presenters
DC

Daniel Cainer

Daniel Cainer is a London-based award-winning songwriter, performer and broadcaster with unique style of storytelling in song. He has composed for the West End stage, written music for broadcast on all major UK TV networks and performs regularly on BBC London radio. The UK Jewish... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Aspen I & II

5:00pm

Writing Yourself into the Poem: How to Write about Identity
From Hillel to rapper Drake, artists have used their respective mediums to express the complexities and nuances of identity. Jews are no exception. In this workshop, Aaron uses poems as writing prompts; participants will then write their own poems discussing aspects of their complex identity. Participants do not need to come to the workshop with writing prepared, but should come ready to write!

Presenters
AS

Aaron Samuels

Aaron Samuels was raised in Providence, Rhode Island, by a Jewish mother and a Black father. He is a Cave Canem Fellow and a nationally acclaimed performer. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, featured on TV’s One’s Verses & Flow, and has appeared in many journals... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Alder

5:00pm

Rock out and Rikud! Camp Israeli Dancing Favorites
Join staff from Camp Ramah for great Israeli dancing. Get ready for old classics and new favorites. Fun for families and children!

Presenters

Sunday February 16, 2014 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Mezzanine Pre-Function

5:00pm

Halichot Olam: Judaism and Sustainability
We will examine the roots of environmental concepts in Jewish thought and compare them with other prevalent perceptions on the environment and focusing on the innovation the Jewish perception offers and its relevance to our times. This session is based on a study conducted at the "Halichot Olam" center for Judaism and environmentalism, as well as on dozens of published articles in the field.

Presenters
AA

Aharon Ariel Lavi

Aharon Ariel Lavi is the founder and director of the Nettiot Network, which reengages Haredi Ba'alei Teshuva (Returnees) into Israeli society. He is also founder of Garin Shuva in the Negev and co-founder of the National Council of Mission-Driven Communities. Aharon is pursuing a... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Long Ridge

5:00pm

Why Amazement Matters: A.J. Heschel's Vision of Theology and Spirituality
According to R. Abraham Joshua Heschel, the spiritual life begins with wonder. In fact, Heschel argues that the greatest danger the modern world faces is our loss of wonder. Why is that? Why is amazement so important, and why does Heschel think it has the power to save us?

Presenters
avatar for Shai Held

Shai Held

Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought, Mechon Hadar
Shai Held, a leading Jewish theologian, scholar, and educator, is Co-Founder and Dean of Mechon Hadar. He is a 2011 recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education. Rabbi Held's first book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, was hailed... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Springdale I

5:00pm

Graphic Art in the Forward
Cartoons have amused and provoked newspaper readers for over a century. Forward publisher Samuel Norich talks about the singular contribution that graphic artists have made to the Forward, including work by Ben Katchor, Liana Finck, Eli Valley, Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman, and the “confessional comics by Jewish women” known collectively as Graphic Details.

Presenters
SN

Sam Norich

Samuel Norich is the president and publisher of The Forward and The Forverts. Born in Germany in 1947, he immigrated to the United States in 1957. He attended Columbia as an undergraduate, and did his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Hebrew Unive... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Glen I

5:30pm

Sunday Dinner
Dinner is served! It's the last night of Limmud NY so sit down and enjoy dinner with your new Limmud NY friends. We've staggered the start times of sessions over dinner to give you choice and avoid long lines. Please sit relax and enjoy your meal with other participants in the dining rooms.  

Sunday February 16, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ballrooms I & II

5:45pm

Bible Players Adult Comedy Show
(Relatively clean, but rife with innuendos, high school age +)
Aaron Friedman, named "Funniest Jew in NY" by  The Jewish Week, performs award-winning stand-up comedy. And he is joined by Andrew Davies, playing whacky songs, characters and hilarious Hebrew mistranslation! See more at www.TheBiblePlayers.com 

Presenters
BP

Bible Players

Aaron Friedman and Andrew Davies, both products of Solomon Schechter Day Schools and Ramah Summer camps, formed the Bible Players in 2011 in NYC. Through comedic scenes and improv games, this Torah Comedy Troupe brings mitzvot and ancient stories to life, with hilarious results! They... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Glen II

5:45pm

Aleph-Bet Yoga: Learning the Hebrew Alphabet through Movement
The class will include stretching, and each yoga posture will correspond to a Hebrew letter.  Participants of all ages are welcome.  Movement of the body helps a person to remember "better."  Whether you already know the Hebrew alphabet or are new to it, you will benefit from this class. Please wear loose clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel. 

Presenters
BG

Binnie Goldhirsch

Binnie Goldhirsch is a retired high school physical education teacher who taught in the NYC public school system for 30 years. During her career she taught yoga to high school students and is currently teaching two yoga classes: one private, and one at her synagogue, using postures... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Belltown

5:45pm

Searching for God in a Magic Shop
Arthur will be discussing some of the most difficult and profound theological notions in Jewish tradition while performing some rather cool magic tricks (including four new illusions)!

Presenters
AK

Arthur Kurzweil

Arthur Kurzweil is a writer, teacher and publisher. He is also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians (founded by Harry Houdini).


Sunday February 16, 2014 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Waterside

5:45pm

Why Jews Are the Ever-Dying People
This session will explore the secret of Jewish resilience and the different ways in which Judaism ensures its survival and prosperity.

Presenters
GG

Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein is the Founder and President of The Reut Institute and author of Flexigidity: The Secret of Jewish Adaptability. Gidi previously served as Secretary and Coordinator of the Israeli Delegation for the Negotiations with the PLO between 1999-01 under Prime Minister... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 5:45pm - 7:00pm
High Ridge

5:45pm

Jewish Philanthropy from the Outside: What I Learned from the Gates Foundation
Richard Marker began his philanthropy career within the Jewish sphere. He will share his perspective on what Jewish philanthropy looks like from the outside, and what the community might learn from the broader world of philanthropy.

Presenters
avatar for Richard Marker

Richard Marker

co-Principal, WisePhilanthropy.com
While Richard Marker comes from a fully assimilated background, he became a leader in the Jewish world, and is now an internationally-recognized leader in the non-Jewish secular world of philanthropy. The founder of the NYU Academy for Funder Education, he has lectured in 39 countries... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Springdale II

5:45pm

Voices from Heaven: Two Incidents of Bat Kol, A Heavenly Voice
What to do when the voice from Heaven interferes with the deliberations of the House of Study -- one well known passage compared to a lesser known one - sheds some light on both!

This session made possible by a grant from the Covenant Foundation. 

Presenters
RP

Rivy Poupko Kletenik

Rivy Poupko Kletenik is in her eighth year as Head of School at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. A 2002 recipient of the Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators, she comes to Limmud NY through the generosity of the Covenant Foundation. Rivy lectures nationwide and writes a... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Glenbrook

7:10pm

Traditional Egalitarian Service Led by Men and Women: Maariv (Evening Service)
The traditional egalitarian service features spirited singing of the traditional liturgy with leadership and participation by both men and women. Note: There will be mixed-gender seating.

Sunday February 16, 2014 7:10pm - 7:25pm
Aspen I & II

7:10pm

Traditional Mehitza Service Led by Men: Maariv (Evening Service)
This traditional minyan (prayer group) with mechitza (divider) will provide a prayer service with a traditional liturgy. Men will lead services, and women and men will pray together in a traditional and spirited environment. Note: Seating is separate by gender.

Sunday February 16, 2014 7:10pm - 7:25pm
Glen I

7:30pm

Limmudapalooza
Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of Limmud NY with the entire community. Jake Goodman and Naomi Less will co-host this amazing event featuring musical performances by Scott Stein and Six13. Stick around to help blow out the candles of our 10th Birthday cake with a little help from Camp Limmud. Look around and see and hear why so many people consider Limmud NY an essential part of their lives. Limmud NY can take you to places far away, intellectually and spiritually and thanks to El Al: physically too. 

Presenters
MJ

Mr. Jake Goodman

Executive Director, The Opportunity Fund
Jake Goodman is a performer, educator and activist. Acting throughout the U.S. and abroad, he is currently touring his one-man show Kaddish. Jake has taught, spoken and served as scholar-in-residence at seminaries, synagogues, churches, JCC’s, and camps in the U.S. and Israel... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Less

Naomi Less

Naomi Less (Lab/Shul Founding Worship Leader and Associate Director) in an internationally celebrated singer/musician, composer, ritualist, activist/educator, and radio host (Jewish Rock Radio's "Jewish Women Rock Show"). Musical, educational and spiritual training from JTS Davidson... Read More →
S

Six13

Six13 is a six-man vocal group that brings an unprecedented style of Jewish music to the stage. Anchored by a thumping beatbox, intricate arrangements, and soulful harmonies, they are an a cappella group that sounds like a full band. They’re driven by a mission to connect Jews around t... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Grove I

9:15pm

Cities of Light: A One-Woman Show with Music
Are you familiar with the musical Cabaret? Cities of Light offers a richly different perspective. Celebrating a community of brilliant, forgotten artists, Cities takes you on a journey through the cabarets of 1920s Berlin, Yiddish Warsaw, Paris, and, finally, pre-state Tel Aviv. We follow a satiric, optimistic cabaret performer as she flees to places where Judaism and creativity can still thrive. Cities has delighted audiences around the world with its unique story and songs.

Presenters
RJ

Rebecca Joy Fletcher

Rebecca is an internationally recognized playwright, actress, cantor, and educator. Recent highlights of her work include a hit off Broadway production of Kleynkunst! and countless performance of Cities of Lights at synagogues, JCCs in North America, as well as venues all over the... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Aspen I & II

9:15pm

Creating Visual Midrash: Responding to the Prayers of Chana, Jonah & Moses
We will compare and explore through text study and discussion three biblical prayers. Then using collage and mixed media we will create an original artwork inspired by our investigations. No previous art background necessary.

Presenters
BH

Beth Heit

Beth Heit received a BA in Humanities with a concentration in Fine Arts from Hofstra University and studied architectural ceramics at Harvard University. She also received an MA in Art Education from Teachers College. She has had a one-woman show at the Hewlett -Woodmere Library and... Read More →
AW

Andy Warmflash

Andrew Warmflash is the spiritual leader of the Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre. Widely regarded as a dynamic and inspiring educator, he has taught adult classes in NY, NJ, and Boston in conjunction with Melton and Hebrew College. He is a graduate of UPenn and JTS.


Sunday February 16, 2014 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Alder

9:15pm

Film: They Spoke Out: American Voices Against the Holocaust
In the tradition of WWII graphic novels such as Maus, five remarkable motion comics tell the dramatic stories of the brave people who raised their voices to advocate for Jewish refugees victimized by the Nazis.  Produced in collaboration with comic book artist Neal Adams and the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. Appropriate for ages 12-Adult.

Sunday February 16, 2014 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Springdale I

9:15pm

No Bars: When Jewish Prayer Is Like a Dropped Call: Poems, Songs, and Texts on Prayer That Connects
Drawing on poetry, Israeli songs, and insightful texts from Tanakh, Talmud, and the Siddur, this interactive session will look at prayer from the perspective of what we seek when we pray, recognizing how hard it can be to feel connected. We'll pay attention to the emotional postures that can set us up for connected prayer.

Presenters
avatar for Joel Alter

Joel Alter

Joel Alter is Director of Admissions for JTS's Rabbinical and Cantorial schools, where he shepherds new leaders of the Jewish people. During his 16 years in Jewish day schools as a teacher, rabbi, and administrator, Joel helped articulate pluralistic school culture. A commitment to... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Glen II

9:15pm

From Protest to Community to Movement: The Untold Story of the Tent Protests
The tent protests in Israel in the summer of 2011 is well know, but the story of the "National Assembly of the Tents" and the way the field leaders worked to organize the protests, create communities and fight for a more democratic political system is yet to be told. This story is part of a growing world movement that demands more political influence to the people, a more open government and which is trying to create sustainable social change on the way the systems work.

Presenters
TG

Tal Grunspan

Tal Grunspan was born and raised in Tel Aviv. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination catapulted his journey towards social change and political involvement in Israel. Throughout his 18 years of activism, Tal has taken part in many organizations and public campaigns, worked in... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 9:15pm - 10:30pm
High Ridge

9:15pm

Middle School Movie Night
Middle Schoolers (Grades 6-8) are invited to come enjoy an exciting movie and great snacks with all your friends from Camp.


Sunday February 16, 2014 9:15pm - 11:00pm
Elm

9:15pm

Jewish Film Festival Favorites: Torn
Jakub Weksler is a Catholic priest who was born to Jewish parents during the Holocaust, but given as an infant to a Polish family who raised him as their own. Having discovered the truth as an adult, he wishes to make Aliyah and live as a Jew on a religious Kibbutz while maintaining his Catholic faith. How the State of Israel and the people around him respond to this identity dilemma is the focus of this fascinating film.  72 minutes. Hebrew, Polish, English, French with subtitles. Documentary.

Presenters
EF

Elliot Fix

Consultant/Coordinator/Instructor, Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester, NY
Elliot Fix is a longstanding member and past Chair of the JCC Jewish International Film Festival Committee in Rochester, NY. He also curates the Jewish Film Series at the Everett Jewish Life Center at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY. He has worked professionally in the... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 9:15pm - Monday February 17, 2014 10:30pm
Glen I

9:45pm

Tavche Gravche in Concert with George Mordecai
Enjoy this concert of music from the Sephardic world, which will draw from Jewish liturgical and Ladino traditions. The performers hail from Macedonia, Israel and Australia, creating a unique blend of sounds, cultures, rhythms, and colors from the Balkan, North African and Iraqi worlds. 

Presenters
GM

George Mordecai

Born in Sydney, Australia to Iraqi & Indian Jews, George Mordecai weaves his cultural heritage into his work as a performer and cantor. George has performed Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Middle Eastern liturgical music in Australia, England, Paris, Israel, and throughout the U.S. He... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Grove I

10:45pm

Because the Middle East is Funny: Stand-Up Comedy and Discussion
Benji Lovitt’s stand-up comedy about life in Israel is a must-have user guide for anyone considering a visit to the Holy Land. By deconstructing the details of Israeli culture from an American immigrant’s perspective, Benji’s enthusiasm will make you laugh out loud as he sheds light on El Al security, Jewish holidays, and what makes North American and Israeli Jews different from one other. The show will be followed by an interactive discussion about cultural differences and Israeli society.

Presenters
avatar for Benji Lovitt

Benji Lovitt

Benji Lovitt
Since making aliyah in 2006, comedian Benji Lovitt has performed for audiences throughout North America and Israel including Hillels, Birthright Israel and Jewish Federations. His perspectives on life in Israel have been featured on Israeli television and radio and in publications... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:45pm - Monday February 17, 2014 12:00am
Aspen I & II

10:45pm

Kabbalistic Secrets to Manifesting Abundance in Your Business / Organization
Use the power of Kabbalah to grow your business or organization in this Experiential Kabbalistic Energy workshop – run by Chaim David Targan - a Wharton and Bain trained serial entrepreneur turned mystic. Join the more than 3,000 worldwide participants who have experienced immediate breakthroughs in all areas including exponential business and organizational growth. All Torah based work.

Presenters
CD

Chaim David (Eric) Targan

Kabbalistic energy healer, intuitive, speaker, and author, Chaim David Targan has helped more than 3000 with intuitive Torah-based work. He is a US native living in Jerusalem who studies Kabbalah and is writing a guide to Jewish Healing. Chaim is a Wharton and Bain trained entrepreneur... Read More →


Sunday February 16, 2014 10:45pm - Monday February 17, 2014 12:00am
Glen III

10:45pm

Karaoke
Anyone can be a star at LimmudNY! Share your voice, enthusiasm and flair at Karaoke, a LimmudNY tradition. Sing and dance with your fellow LimmudNYks. Choose your favorites tunes or just sing along with the crowd. Fun for all ages!! We have all types of music! And NEW for this year -- LIMMUD IDOL! Be a contestant or a judge. Come to Karaoke and discover the details.

Sunday February 16, 2014 10:45pm - Monday February 17, 2014 2:00am
Cove I & II
 
Monday, February 17
 

7:00am

Traditional Egalitarian Service Led by Men and Women: Shacharit (Morning Service)
The traditional egalitarian service features spirited singing of the traditional liturgy with leadership and participation by both men and women. Note: There will be mixed-gender seating.

Monday February 17, 2014 7:00am - 8:00am
Aspen I & II

7:00am

Traditional Mehitza Service Led by Men: Shacharit (Morning Service)
This traditional minyan (prayer group) with mechitza (divider) will provide a prayer service with a traditional liturgy. Men will lead services, and women and men will pray together in a traditional and spirited environment. Note: Seating is separate by gender.

Monday February 17, 2014 7:00am - 8:00am
Glen I

7:30am

Monday Breakfast
Sit with someone new! Breakfast is a great time to meet new people at Limmud NY!

Monday February 17, 2014 7:30am - 9:30am
Ballrooms I & II

8:15am

Yoga Class - Vijñāna Yoga: Stems from the Yogic Tradition of Northern India
Tal is a student of Orit Sen-Gupta who founded Vijñāna Yoga. It is based on seven vital principles: relaxing the body, quieting the mind, focusing through intent, rooting, connecting, awareness of breath, expanding/ elongating and widening. Join other Limmud NY participants in exploring this practice. Bring your own yoga or exercise mat or towel.

Presenters
TG

Tal Grunspan

Tal Grunspan was born and raised in Tel Aviv. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination catapulted his journey towards social change and political involvement in Israel. Throughout his 18 years of activism, Tal has taken part in many organizations and public campaigns, worked in... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 8:15am - 9:30am
Belltown

8:15am

Daf Yomi
Every day (yomi) people across the Jewish world are learning a page of Talmud (daf) with the aim of completng the entire Talmud in seven years.  This global movement started in 1923 and has captured the imaginations pf thousands.  Everyone is encouraged to attend, from first timers to those following the current Daf Yomi cycle.  Today is Sukkah 14.

Presenters
DN

Danny Nevins

Danny Nevins is Dean of the JTS Division of Religious Leadership, including its Rabbinical School, Cantorial School and Center for Pastoral Education. He serves on the Rabbinical Assembly's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards and has written numerous legal opinions for the Conservative... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 8:15am - 9:30am
Ballroom I

9:30am

Camp Limmud NY Monday 9:30am - 12:45pm
Monday February 17, 2014 9:30am - 12:45pm
Elm

9:45am

Hack the University: How to Squeeze Maximum Value from Your Education
How can you maximize the benefits of the years and the dollars you are investing in your education? David Teten will discuss: career acceleration, the myths of the university, time optimization, and how to get a free education and free travel from a wide range of sources.  You can see a preview of this presentation and read his book on the topic (free!) at http://teten.com/education/ .  This is based on the author's research with his classmates from Yale and Harvard Business School.

Presenters
avatar for David Teten

David Teten

Partner, ff Venture Capital
David Teten (teten.com) is a Partner with ff Venture Capital (ffvc.com). David has advised clients such as Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group and Icahn Enterprises, LLR Partners. David led or co-led the first studies on disruption of the investing industry; private equity and venture capital deal origination; and how VCs create portfolio company val... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Springdale I

9:45am

I Haven't Checked a Bag in 20 Years
The presenter, a frequent flyer and a packing "maven," has managed to avoid checking a bag at the airport for 20+ years. If you have always wanted to travel light(er) and pack smarter--or at the very least, avoid checked-baggage fees--this is the session for you.  

Presenters
avatar for Ellen Flax

Ellen Flax

Ellen Flax is a longtime member of Limmud's International Chavruta team and directs the Hadassah Foundation, which invests in social change for girls and women in Israel and the US. She received her rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.


Monday February 17, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Glen I

9:45am

Exploring Torah through Art
This class will explore the use of art as a tool for enhancing our understanding of Jewish texts. Participants in this group will together study a text from the book of Genesis and then explore several contemporary paintings representing that text to see what new insights and questions we can discover.

Presenters
avatar for PETER STEIN

PETER STEIN

Chair,Bible Department, Frankel Jewish Academy, West Bloomfield, MI
Pete, a Rabbi, serves as Chair of the Bible Department at the Frankel Jewish Academy where he teaches Bible, Personal Theology and Jewish Text & Art. In his spare time, Pete enjoys painting, quilting and exploring new artistic media.<peterdstein at yahoo.com>


Monday February 17, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
High Ridge

9:45am

Gender and Rebellion, Texts and Thoughts: Gluttony, Sexuality and Control
This session seeks to explore models of adolescent rebellion as they appear in Biblical thought and Talmudic interpretation. Does the Bible anticipate different models of rebellion that are gender-specific? If so, do these hold up to modern notions of what is considered rebellious behavior for men and women? Is it true that men rebel through indulgent and excessive behavior and women through their sexuality? We will look at the key Biblical texts for insight and analysis.

Presenters
avatar for Shira Hecht-Koller

Shira Hecht-Koller

Director of Communal Engagement, Drisha
Shira Hecht-Koller is the Director of Communal Engagement at Drisha. She has taught Talmud and Jewish Identity, most recently at SARHS. She was a Fellow at Paideia Institute in Stockholm and is currently a Fellow in the Senior Educators Cohort of M² The Institute for Experiential... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Long Ridge

9:45am

How (Not) to Talk about God: Heschel and Maimonides in Conversation
What do we mean when we say "God"? Are we talking about an abstract, distant, unknowable being? A personal God who loves and cares about us? Something else entirely? In this session, we'll explore the very different ways two of Judaism's greatest thinkers-- Maimonides and Abraham Joshua Heschel--thought about God, and ask what we might learn for our own spiritual and religious quests.

Presenters
avatar for Shai Held

Shai Held

Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought, Mechon Hadar
Shai Held, a leading Jewish theologian, scholar, and educator, is Co-Founder and Dean of Mechon Hadar. He is a 2011 recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education. Rabbi Held's first book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, was hailed... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Grove II

9:45am

Do Blogs Still Matter? The Changing Landscape of the J-Blogosphere
This moderated discussion group for bloggers and blog readers will focus on the massive impact of Jewish blogs over the last decade, the ways they have changed, and their symbiotic relationships with one another. We will also discuss declining readership and whether the conversation has moved to Twitter and Facebook, and if so, what the ramifications are. This will be a forum for bloggers and readers to express their thoughts and ideas.

Presenters
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David Staum

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David Staum has been blogging on Jewish topics for 7 years (evolvingjew.blogspot.com). He has also spoken on topics such as The Code of Hammurabi, The Origins of Nittel Nacht (Christmas Eve), and How Yom Nikanor (celebrating the death of Greek general Nikanor) became Ta'anit Esther... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Springdale II

9:45am

The Pew Study: A Portrait of Jewish Americans: Central Elements in Jewish Identity Today
Most American Jews, when asked, indicate that their ancestry, culture, and values are their primary connections to their Jewish identity. How do we take the Pew findings and develop meaningful connections to American Jews today and in the future?

Presenters
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Steven M. Cohen

Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner; co-author of The Jew Within and Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experiences; President of the Association for... Read More →
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Cheryl Cook

Cheryl Cook is Chief Operating Officer at Hazon, where she has helped to grow the organization from 6 staff and a $650k budget to 50 staff and a $7 million budget. Cheryl came to Hazon as a ride participant in 2002. Early experiences with Habonim Dror and Hillel Day School fostered... Read More →
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Ana Empremashvili

Ana Empremashvili is the owner and general manager of Marani, a Georgian Glatt Kosher restaurant in Rego Park, Queens. Marani is unique in that it has two kitchens: the bakery downstairs serves dairy and the famous Georgian dish, khachapuri. While upstairs, the kitchen prepares meats... Read More →
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Sam Norich

Samuel Norich is the president and publisher of The Forward and The Forverts. Born in Germany in 1947, he immigrated to the United States in 1957. He attended Columbia as an undergraduate, and did his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Hebrew Unive... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Aspen I & II

9:45am

Limmud Chavruta: Individual vs. Community
In this interactive session, we will explore, debate and discuss the Jewish perspective on the individual vs. community. Is prayer essentially individual? Why go to synagogue? How does prayer unite or divide the Jewish people? Ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics and more will be used. Everyone is welcome; prior knowledge of Jewish texts or Hebrew is not required. Part of the new Limmud Chavruta series on the theme of Prayer. Come to one session; or even better, come to all four!

Presenters
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Mikhael Reuven

Graduate Student, Brandeis University
Mikhael Reuven is a graduate student in the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University, studying Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and Jewish Professional Leadership. He holds a degree in Philosophy & Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and is an alumnus of the Conservative Yeshiva... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Westover

9:45am

It's Not Right, but It's Okay: A Characterization of Wisdom and Halakha
What happens when our vision for an ethical world conflicts with Jewish law? We will explore the stories of Yehuda and Tamar and of Ploni Almoni (from the Book of Ruth) to see how the Jewish tradition reconciles these challenges.

Presenters
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Rachel Rosenthal

Rachel Rosenthal is a member of the faculty at the Drisha Institute and a PhD candidate in Rabbinic Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary . A graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle, she has served as an American Jewish World Service Kol Tzedek Fellow and taught at the 92nd... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 9:45am - 11:00am
Glen II

10:00am

Morning Meditation
Join us for some lightly-guided morning breath and awareness meditation that will start your day with expansiveness and clarity. Beginners and non-beginners are welcomed.

Presenters
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Yael Shy

Yael Shy is the Director of the New York University Center for Spiritual Life and the Founder and Director of the Mindfulness Project at NYU. She is a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality's Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program and on the Board of Directors of the... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
Belltown

11:15am

Exciting Writing: A Jewish Writing Workshop
This session will feature original writing exercises including, “Picture Writing,” “5 Words” and “Line Analysis,” which can be adapted to cover an array of Jewish topics.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in writing activities, while learning techniques that can be used to educate others or for their own enjoyment.  This session is meant for learners of all ages and will be fun for clergy & laypeople, educators & students, adults & adolescents alike.

Presenters
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Joseph D. Robbins

Joseph D. Robbins is a poet and educator in NYC. Robbins travels the nation teaching about the Holocaust, body image and other issues. He has a B.A. in Creative Writing and Judaic Studies from the University of Arizona and an M.A. in teaching English from Columbia Teachers College... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Springdale I

11:15am

Join in [Re]Creating 9 Adar!, The International Jewish Day of Constructive Conflict
Never heard of it? You are not alone! 9 Adar (this year Feb. 9th) is the day approximately 2000 years ago on which the initially constructive conflict between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai erupted into a violent conflict, leading to the death of 3000 students. Join the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, together with its institutional partners from around the world, in transforming this tragic and forgotten day into the new international Jewish Day of Constructive Conflict.

Presenters
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Daniel Roth

Daniel Roth is director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, where he also teaches courses that integrate text study with conflict resolution. He holds a PhD from Bar Ilan University's Program for Conflict Resolution, where he is on the faculty, writing about... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Glen I

11:15am

Who Is a Jew? A Multi-Dimensional Study: A Biblical, Halachic, Legal, and Political Survey
In this text-based session, we will trace the explosive question of "Who is a Jew" from its Biblical origins all the way through recent conversion battles in Israel's Knesset. This question has yielded complex legal and political dilemmas in Israel, and has been a divisive force in Israel-Diaspora relations. Learn about the issue from someone who has been on the front line of this battle.

Presenters
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Uri Regev

Uri Regev is one of Israel's most prominent rabbinic advocates for religious pluralism.  He serves as president of Hiddush: Freedom of Religion for Israel, a non-partisan, trans-denominational Israel-Diaspora partnership for religious freedom and equality.  He has led many of the... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Glen II

11:15am

The Study of Torah: A Labor of Love or a Battlefield?
Our Sages do not simply study Torah but also discuss and analyze the act of learning. Sometimes they describe it as a battlefield where warriors struggle for victory, and sometimes as an act of closeness and intimacy between lovers. Through the stories of our Sages we will examine the various metaphors for study, select our preferred form of study, and learn the messages about harmony and dispute which we can benefit from in our contemporary Batei Midrash (Houses of Study).

Presenters
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Renana Ravitsky Pilzer

Renana Ravitzky Pilzer is the Head of the Beit Midrash at the Hartman High School for Girls, where she is developing the Midrashiya's Orthodox feminist curriculum. She previously served as co-director of the Melamdim School for Teacher Training, which is run in partnership with Tel... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
Long Ridge

11:15am

Let's Share Polish: Jewish Stories and Connections: Sharing Central European Stories and Memories
Is it important when and from where our families come? If so, what do our stories teach us? Let's meet, connect, and learn more about living Jewish communities all over the world. I will begin with a short introduction about Jewish life in Poland and all the existing options for networking in that community.

Presenters
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Miriam Gonczarska

Miriam grew up in Poland and lived in Warsaw. She was involved in the revival of Jewish life in Poland beginning in the early 1990s. She has studied in Israel at Nishmat, Matan, and Pardes. She is currently studying at Yeshivat Maharat and works for the Jewish Community of Warsaw... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 11:15am - 12:30pm
High Ridge

11:30am

Monday Lunch
Your nametag will indicate if you have purchased a lunch. Enjoy your last meal at Limmud NY. See you next year!

Monday February 17, 2014 11:30am - 1:00pm
Ballroom I

12:45pm

Jewish Music of Emily Rose: Classical and Musical Theatre Pieces
Fresh from the UK, Emily Rose presents her "After Dinner Suite for Solo Soprano", a couple of her comedy songs, such as "Bimah Boy", and excerpts from her musical Confessions of a Rabbi's Daughter, which will be making its US debut in New York later this month at Roy Arias studios.

Presenters
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Emily Rose

London born composer, singer-songstress, musical theatre writer, and comedienne, Emily began composing Jewish choral music while studying at the University of Bristol. She started writing her first musical "Confessions of a Rabbis Daughters" and gigging as a comedienne upon finishing... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Cove I & II

12:45pm

Writing and Publishing in the Modern World: So You've Written a Book. Now What?
As a late-blooming author whose first novel, Lily Steps Out, took five years to write and another seven years to publish, I know something about getting a book into print. This talk will include my meeting with Joyce Carol Oates, the query letter, and finding an agent, editor, and cover artist. My twelve-year journey to publication led Newsday's Act II section to write a feature called "Published and Proud" in July 2012. "Rita Steps Out" was featured in the Times Ledger in August 2012.

Presenters
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Rita Plush

Rita Plush holds a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing from Queens College. Her novel, Lily Steps Out, is the story of empty-nester, Lily Gold, who, sick of making beds and cooking dinners, steps out of the comfortable life she knows, into the business world, much to the mocking... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Springdale II

12:45pm

Talmudic Mind, Beginner's Mind: No Talmud Experience Required
Does this mean participants need no previous experience studying Talmud? Or perhaps punctuation was left out and it should read, No: Talmud Experience Required! Others say it is always required to have no experience. This is a learning for its own sake session. Come late, leave early.

Presenters
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Arthur Kurzweil

Arthur Kurzweil is a writer, teacher and publisher. He is also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians (founded by Harry Houdini).


Monday February 17, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Long Ridge

12:45pm

Analyzing the Pew Study
The Pew report rocked the Jewish world. Close analysis of the study reveals both the rise of Jews who do not identify as having any religion and an increasingly vibrant Orthodox population in America. What is the role of Reform Judaism in this new American Jewish landscape? How will the Reform movement allow American Jews to define what Judaism means to them and also articulate a Judaism that is centered on study, ritual and ethics?

Presenters
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Steven M. Cohen

Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner; co-author of The Jew Within and Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experiences; President of the Association for... Read More →
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Leon A. Morris

Leon A. Morris is a rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor and was the founding director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El.  He writes essays frequently for a variety of publications and is one of four editors of Mishkan HaNefesh, the forthcoming... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Grove I

12:45pm

On the Economy and Sustenance: Judaism, Society and Economics
We will get to know and study various fundamental economic issues, the principles of modern economic theory, and welfare policy and social justice issues in light of the Jewish sources in directions which have mostly not yet been studied. Based on the anthology, "On the Economy and On the Sustenance", edited by Itamar Brenner and Aharon Ariel Lavi, Reuven Mass House (2008).

Presenters
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Aharon Ariel Lavi

Aharon Ariel Lavi is the founder and director of the Nettiot Network, which reengages Haredi Ba'alei Teshuva (Returnees) into Israeli society. He is also founder of Garin Shuva in the Negev and co-founder of the National Council of Mission-Driven Communities. Aharon is pursuing a... Read More →


Monday February 17, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Grove II

2:00pm

Traditional Egalitarian Service Led by Men and Women: Mincha (Afternoon Service)
The traditional egalitarian service features spirited singing of the traditional liturgy with leadership and participation by both men and women. Note: There will be mixed-gender seating.

Monday February 17, 2014 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Aspen I & II

2:00pm

Traditional Mehitza Service Led by Men: Mincha (Afternoon Service)
This traditional minyan (prayer group) with mechitza (divider) will provide a prayer service with a traditional liturgy. Men will lead services, and women and men will pray together in a traditional and spirited environment. Note: Seating is separate by gender.

Monday February 17, 2014 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Glen I