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Friday, February 15
 

12:00pm

Friday Lunch 12:00-1:30

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Friday February 15, 2013 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Ballrooms D & E ballroom level

12:30pm

Camp Limmud NY 12:30-3:30 pm Friday
Friday February 15, 2013 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Carlyle's concourse level

12:45pm

Beit Midrash in Motion: Acher vs. Elisha b. Abuya - Movement, Meditation, and a Tale of Otherness
The Talmud teaches that Rabbi Elisha ben Abuya was renamed Acher, “Other”, and excluded from mainstream Jewish society. However, the text leaves us wondering why Acher considered himself so harshly excluded and raises the question: What is “otherness” in Judaism? How do we identify “the other” and who receives special treatment? This workshop explores such questions through movement, meditation, and Jewish text study.

Presenters
avatar for Dalia Davis

Dalia Davis

DALIA DAVIS is the director of Beit Midrash in Motion, an approach to Jewish text study incorporating movement and meditation for a fully embodied learning experience. She also explores Jewish ideas through dance as Artistic Director of La'ad Dance Company (Learn, Analyze, Ask, Dance). Degrees in dance, Jewish Education and Talmud have allowed her to lead workshop for the Foundation for Jewish Camp, teach for Florence Melton Adult School, and... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Monroe concourse level

12:45pm

Christian Midrash: Medieval English Bible Plays as Midrash
Medieval English Theatre mostly consisted of shows in church courtyards depicting biblical stories. Some of our best known Torah stories are reimagined -- Isaac keen to be sacrificed, commandments delivered directly from burning bushes, and an altogether human villain -- Cain ruthlessly slaughtering an impossibly perfect Abel.  Let us see how these plays can deepen our connection to our own versions of the stories, can challenge how we learn midrash, and can teach us about ourselves in the process.

Presenters
avatar for Alma Smith

Alma Smith

Alma chaired Shabbat Limmud in England this winter. She specialises in demonstrating how Christian literature can deepen our relationship to key ideas and texts within Judaism. In her London hometown she is the co-convener of Keshet UK, the forum promoting LGBT inclusion in the British Jewish community, she is involved in various grass-roots minyanim and works as a trainee social worker. She studied English at Cambridge and Judaism at Pardes... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Brunswick C ballroom level

12:45pm

The Seventy Sparks of Targum
From the Septuagint to Artscroll, the impact of translation upon theology is undeniable. In this workshop/talk, David Solomon will discuss some of the challenges and pitfalls facing those translating sacred Jewish literature today - from Tanakh to 21st century texts - into English; and the audience will be invited to participate in an exercise of translation to illustrate a number of points. This talk will be informative for anyone interested in the topic, though it will assume knowledge of some basic Hebrew.

Presenters
avatar for David Solomon

David Solomon

David Solomon is a globally roaming scholar, teacher, writer and translator. Currently based in Sydney, Australia, as Neshama Life scholar-in-residence, he is writing the first-ever English translation of Tiqunei HaZohar. David teaches Jewish History, Tanach, Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew, and Kabbalah. However, he is perhaps best known for his dynamic presentation of The Whole of Jewish History in One Hour. To listen to his talks online, visit... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Trenton concourse level

12:45pm

Asking Forgiveness from One's Fellow: A Complex Human Drama

Asking forgiveness of people we may have aggrieved is a core principle in Judaism, and is central to a developmentally useful process leading up to Yom Kippur. But interpersonal issues and squabbles are complex. We will study two Talmudic texts that present a basic framework, and analyze the motives and circumstances of the Talmud’s Biblical proof text about Joseph’s brothers asking him for ‘forgiveness.’ This will help us to better understand the process and what we can hope to achieve through it.

 


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 alum, & loves analyzing Rabbinic & Biblical texts. Joe is married to Renee. They are blessed with four pairs of amazing children & in-law children, & ten... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

12:45pm

Chosen for What?: The Mission of the Jewish People
Jews have long been referred to as "the chosen people." But why did God choose us? What exactly are we chosen for? And, most importantly, how should this impact the way we live our lives? During this interactive text study session, we will look at chosenness and covenant in the book of Genesis and explore how this concept lies at the very core of Jewish purpose and meaning.

Presenters
avatar for Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand is Director of JHub, a program of the Pears Foundation. Previously, she was the CEO of the UK Movement for Reform Judaism and Vice President of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. Shoshana received rabbinical ordination in 1993 from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She writes a monthly column for the London Jewish Chronicle and also appears regularly on BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought. Her first children’s book, The... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

12:45pm

Daf Yomi
Every day (yomi) people across the Jewish world learn a page of Talmud (daf) with the goal of completng the entire Talmud in seven years.  This global movement began in 1923 and has captured the imaginations of thousands around the world.  Everyone is encouraged to attend, from first timers to those following the current Daf Yomi cycle.  Today is Tractate Shabbat, daf (page) 135.  

Presenters
avatar for Sivya Twersky

Sivya Twersky

Sivya is a life long learner and assumed learning daf yomi (a daily page of Talmud) this cycle as a personal challenge to herself and in memory of her father, Pesach Levovitz, of blessed memory, who studied the daily page of Talmud for as long as she can remember. Join her in this adventure. On the side, she is president of Limmud NY, and a clinical geneticist, wife, mother and grandmother.


Friday February 15, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Bridgewater main hotel 5th floor conference level

12:45pm

Limmud Chavruta: Prosperity
In this interactive session, we will explore, debate and discuss the concept of prosperity. What has value? Should we live in a material world? Who creates wealth? What is Utopia? Ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics and more will be used. Everyone is welcome, whether you have studied Jewish texts before or not, and knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Part of the new Limmud Chavruta series on the theme of Money. Come to one session; or even better, come to all four!

Presenters
avatar for Karen Radkowsky

Karen Radkowsky

Trustee, Limmud
Karen Radkowsky first discovered her passion for all things Limmud in 2000. Since then, she has participated in over 50 Limmud events on three continents and advised Limmud teams around the globe. A founder and past president of Limmud NY, she is currently a trustee of the global Limmud organization (headquartered in the UK). In her professional life, Karen heads new business and innovation for Ketchum Global Research and Analytics in NYC.
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 email.


Friday February 15, 2013 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Piscataway ballroom level

12:45pm

'Israel Inside,' a Documentary Film and Discussion: The Tiny Country That Makes a Big Difference

Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference is a 37-minute film exploring the triumph of the human spirit. Surrounded by enemies, Israelis have turned a desert into a flourishing, productive society. Hosted by former Harvard lecturer Tal Ben-Shahar, the film examines the core character strengths of the Israeli people. Following the film, there will be a discussion about Israel's history and accomplishments with Naomi Vilko, board member of JerusalemOnlineU.com and creator of the film.


Presenters
avatar for Naomi Vilko

Naomi Vilko

Psychiatrist and Board member of JerusalemonlineU.com and Shalomtv.com, Naomi Vilko MD and Vilko Corporate Consulting
Naomi Vilko is passionate about Israel advocacy. She is on the Board of Directors of JerusalemonlineU.com (JOU) and has presented the film "Israel Inside" and JOU courses at various venues. She is also on the Board of Directors of Shalom TV. She is a psychiatrist in private practice in Princeton since 1985 and has had a variety of administrative and teaching positions at medical schools since 1978.  


Friday February 15, 2013 12:45pm - 3:30pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

2:15pm

Limmud NY 9.0: The Vlog (Part 1)

Look around you: how many things do you see that record images, video, or sound? Most of us carry phones that record video. Let's take advantage of that by capturing the wonderfully rich world of Limmud NY. After a brief discussion of video blogging tips & tricks, participants will be set free to record any part of the Limmud NY experience that catches their interest. We will reunite on Sunday to share experiences & footage, which will be edited into a brief video shared with Limmud NY.


Presenters
avatar for Naomi Adland

Naomi Adland

Naomi was delighted to serve as Marketing Team Co-Chair for Limmud NY this year. A Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar, she is currently studying at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service in a dual MPA/MA program in Jewish Professional Leadership. Outside of school, Naomi can be found exploring the city via bicycle, systematically baking her way through the Smitten Kitchen, and reading anything she can get her hands... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

2:15pm

Social Justice Photography and the Jews

From Roman Vishniac to Diane Arbus, Jews have long been a major force in the world of photography, particularly in the genres of documentary and photojournalism. In this session, we will look at the work of several 20th-century and contemporary photographers through the lens of Tikkun Olam to explore how they used image making in pursuing this central Jewish value. Please bring your smartphone or a camera.


Presenters
avatar for Shulamit Seidler-Feller

Shulamit Seidler-Feller

Shulamit Seidler-Feller is a photographer and educator in New York City. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Reed College and an MFA in Photography from NYU. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Jerusalem Post, amNew York, & the Forward. Her teaching experience includes work for SAR High School, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Brandeis Collegiate Institute, The Jewish Lens, Camp Ramah, & the Center for Alternative... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Trenton concourse level

2:15pm

Camp Limmud NY 12:30-3:30 pm Friday
Friday February 15, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Carlyle's concourse level

2:15pm

Garden of Eden Fabulous Fabric Banner: Leaves
Welcome to ARTspace, the place where creation happens. Picture yourself in the garden of Eden, the place where the trees of knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life came to be. The alluring tree of knowledge of good and evil has all the information, all the channels, all the access. You are invited to put yourself into this Limmud community banner project by creating leaves for our tree.

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 Manhattan. To see her mixed media art and community projects, visit: www.ellenaltjudaic.com, www.ellenalt.com, and www.ellenaltcommunity.com.


Friday February 15, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Edison ballroom level

2:15pm

Caring Across Generations
Come learn about and get involved in a national grassroots movement both to improve how we care for elders and people with disabilities in the U.S., and also to improve conditions for the workers who provide that care. America’s 1.7 million home care workers are not yet protected by minimum wage and overtime guarantees. In this workshop, we will examine the issue through a Jewish lens, and we will have a chance to talk about what is at stake for us, our community, and the country.

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Ackoff

Rachel Ackoff

Rachel Ackoff is pursuing a dual degree in Nonprofit Management and Jewish Studies at NYU. Previously, Rachel served as the Associate Washington Representative for the Sierra Club’s Labor and Trade Program, and as the Electoral Project Director at United States Student Association. She currently works with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice on the Caring Across Generations campaign to improve job quality for home care workers... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Brunswick C ballroom level

2:15pm

The Talmud's Psychotherapy: A Psychotherapist Shares Ancient Methods of Therapy
We are all bound by many constrictions, conventions and fixations, 'inner-oaths' made unconsciously over many decades, that disable and disempower us in many ways. The Talmud describes the methods used by the Talmud Sages to free those who turned to them for help. In this session Yehoshua will share echoes of various psychotherapeutic systems and inspiration for his own therapy-beliefs.

Presenters
avatar for Yehoshua Engelman

Yehoshua Engelman

Yehoshua Engelman is the co-founder and former rabbi and director of Yakar Tel-Aviv community. He taught at HaKotel and Othniel Hesder Yeshivot, and at Hebrew University Beit Midrash, Maaleh Film School, Kolot, and many other adult-education programs. Yehoshua is also an accomplished and widely heard composer of music to Jewish-Israeli texts and is a practicing psychotherapist. His book of Torah essays, informed by his psychoanalytic experience... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Piscataway ballroom level

2:15pm

Soulful Education in Our Spiritual Lives: Especially for Rabbis, Educators, and Parents

Every year, people go for a physical checkup. We get our teeth and cars checked annually. But when was the last time you went for a “spiritual checkup”? This session is the cornerstone workshop of Ayeka (Center for Soulful Education) and demonstrates the new paradigm of Soulful Education by focusing on sources from the Torah and Rav Kook and using our minds, hearts, and experiential exercises.


Presenters
avatar for Aryeh Ben David

Aryeh Ben David

Aryeh Ben David taught at the Pardes Institute for 20 years and served as the Director of Spiritual Education. He founded Ayeka: Soulful Jewish Education in 2008. Through its online program, Ayeka educates rabbis, teachers, and professionals how to bring Jewish wisdom from our minds to our hearts, to our souls, and to our lives. Ayeka has developed more than 2 years of curriculum devoted to promoting personal and spiritual growth. Aryeh lives... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

2:15pm

'Flexigidity': The Secret of Jewish Adaptability
Mark Twain famously asked: "what is the secret of Jewish immortality?" Charles Darwin famously observed that it is the most adaptable of species that survives. This talk will explore the idea of flexigidity, a merger between the words 'flexibility' and 'rigidity', which captures the secret of Jewish adaptability.

Presenters
avatar for Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein is the founder and president of the Reut Institute, whose mission is to impact Israel and the Jewish world, making an indelibly Jewish, Israeli contribution. He is writing a book titled Flexigidity: On the Secret and Mechanisms of Jewish Survival, Security, Prosperity and Leadership in the Diaspora and Israel. A graduate of Tel-Aviv University Schools of Law & Economics, he was a Wexner Israel Fellow at Harvard’s... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

2:15pm

What Your Name Reveals About You: Your Personality, Your Character, Your Future
Based on my best-selling book, "Your Name Is Your Blessing: The Mystical Meaning Of Hebrew Names," you will discover how your given Hebrew name at birth contains the potential for your “road-map” to life. Names, in Jewish tradition, are given by parents by way of prophetic inspiration: those names represent your neshamah (your soul). Learn how to tell who you really are as you find out how names should be correctly interpreted.

Presenters
avatar for Benjamin Blech

Benjamin Blech

Benjamin Blech is an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. He is the author of twelve highly acclaimed and best-selling books, with combined sales of close to half a million copies. Blech’s most recent book, The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican, was the subject of an ABC News 20/20 special. A recipient of the American Educator of the Year Award, he... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Princeton concourse level

2:15pm

Yoga - Embodying Middot: Emet (Truth)
Our Truth is our highest possible individual potential. When we follow our Truth, not only of words but of actions and thoughts as well, we stand in the light of our higher consciousness, our God-Self. In this practice we will work to reveal the hidden truths of our bodies, minds, and most importantly hearts through asana (postures) and pranayama (breath). There are NO yoga props available – please bring your own mat and anything else you need. All levels are welcome.

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Dewan

Rachel Dewan

YogaTova


Friday February 15, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Somerville main hotel 5th floor conference level

4:00pm

Likrat Limmud: Welcome to Limmud NY 2013!

The entire Limmud NY 2013 community will join together for the first time at this not-to-be-missed welcoming event. Discover who is at Limmud NY this year; learn, laugh, raise your voices and be ready to challenge yourself as we embark on this four-day journey together. At the close of the program, everyone who wishes to will have the opportunity to light Shabbat candles in front of Ballrooms C and D.


Presenters
avatar for Shlomit & RebbeSoul

Shlomit & RebbeSoul

Shlomit Levi, the golden voice of Orphaned Land and other renowned Israeli artists, returns to the sounds of her Yemenite ancestors with dramatic musical elements. | RebbeSoul has been featured on CNN International, was the cover story in Billboard magazine and achieved the #1 position on the CMJ world music charts in the USA and Canada. Known for his unique production, and signature balalaika and guitar playing, he created the Jewish Roots... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Ballrooms A, B & C ballroom level

4:45pm

Candlelighting
Welcome Shabbat with warmth and light! Lighting candles is a tangible and spiritual way to mark the work week’s end and Shabbat’s beginning. Not sure how? We will show you! Drop by and join us. The latest time for candlelighting is 4:29PM. Note: Candles may NOT be lit anywhere other than at this session for fire safety reasons.

Friday February 15, 2013 4:45pm - 5:10pm
In Front Of Ballrooms C and D ballroom level

4:50pm

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat: Welcoming Shabbat With Music and Song

Join Brian as he leads an inspiring Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) service complete with melodies everyone can enjoy, from the most traditional to Shabbat songs of today. Brian will accompany the service with piano and percussion. Suitable for ages 7 and up.


Presenters
avatar for Brian Gelfand

Brian Gelfand

Brian is a multi-faceted pianist,vocalist, composer and arranger. Aside from being an accomplished jazz and classical pianist, Brian has been composing and arranging Jewish music for settings as varied as cabaret, choral, and musical theater performances. He is feature actor and musician with the Storahtelling Theatre Company, and is a choral conductor at The Yeshivah of Flatbush and the Kinneret Day School. 


Friday February 15, 2013 4:50pm - 6:20pm
Ballroom B ballroom level

4:50pm

Carlebach Style Kabbalat Shabbat with Mincha and Maariv (Afternoon and Evening Services): Mechitza Service Led by Men

We will pray the Friday night Shabbat Service filled with the melodies of Shlomo Carlebach. Aaron Leibowitz will teach, connecting our hearts, minds and souls to the prayers. Note: Seating is separate by gender.


Presenters
avatar for Aaron Leibowitz

Aaron Leibowitz

Sulam Yaakov
Aaron Leibowitz is a rabbi and the Dean of Sulam Yaakov – the Beit Midrash for Community Leadership Development in Nachlaot, Jerusalem. A Jewish educator in Israel for over two decades, Aaron spent six years as the rabbi of Kol Rina, the famous Miklat (Bomb Shelter) shul in Nachlaot. He is a community and social activist, was involved in the tent protests in the summer of 2011, and is at the core of a grassroots subversive Kashrut... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 4:50pm - 6:20pm
Woodbridge & Piscataway ballroom level

4:50pm

Contemplative Shabbat Service
Inspired by Parshat (Torah Portion) Terumah, this service will incorporate singing, meditation and light movement. We will move through the service together leaving space to daven (pray) the traditional words, or to draw on our own inner voice and prayers. The focus of this service will be to discover how each of us is a sanctuary for the divine presence.

Presenters
avatar for Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
RRC is a progressive rabbinical school for students of all backgrounds. We offer in-depth study of Jewish texts, thought and practice, preparing students to lead in a variety of roles. RRC offers a transformative, supportive community.


Friday February 15, 2013 4:50pm - 6:20pm
Princeton concourse level

4:50pm

Renewal Kabbalat Shabbat/ Maariv Service

Come join us in a joyful celebration of Shabbat. Based in music, meditation, and teachings, this Carlebach-style service will be accessible to all. Note: There will be mixed gender seating and instruments will be used.


Presenters
avatar for David Ingber

David Ingber

Romemu
David Ingber is a rabbi and is the founder and Spiritual Director of Romemu, NYC's Jewish Renewal Community. David studied in Orthodox yeshivot before receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. David is a sought after national and international leader and educator. His unique, open-hearted and embodied approach to Jewish teaching has taken him from lecturing all along the East Coast, to communities in London, Jerusalem, Aspen... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 4:50pm - 6:20pm
Trenton & Monroe concourse level

4:50pm

Traditional Egalitarian Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv: Friday Evening Services (Led by Men and Women)
The traditional egalitarian service, for Friday afternoon and welcoming Shabbat, 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.

Friday February 15, 2013 4:50pm - 6:20pm
Brunswick A, B, & C ballroom level

6:30pm

Shabbat Dinner 6:30-8:30
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 (blessing over wine) followed by hand washing and Ha'motzei (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 15, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Ballrooms C, D, & E ballroom level

8:45pm

The Therapy of Improv: Add An “E” and You Have Improved

More than just a laugh, improvisation is about living life with an open mind, listening to your partner, and going for the opportunity. Got a problem that needs solving? Why not try improv instead of those pills or affirmations? Grab a couch and let’s listen, improvise, apply and breathe. Improve with improv.


Presenters
avatar for Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

"I'm not an inventor. I'm an improver. I improve things that are broken," Larry David once said. The word "improver" is also someone that improvises, Molly’s art form. Through her English-speaking comedy troupe, Hahafuch, based in Jerusalem, Molly spreads the message that Israel is funny. As well as performing sketches, videos, and improvisation, Molly also teaches improv workshops with an Israeli twist. Molly believes that comedy is the... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Brunswick C ballroom level

8:45pm

Ger Toshav? On Non-Jews in Jewish Communities
An exploration of classical and contemporary sources help us to think through the increasingly widespread, emotionally vexing question of the place and role of non-Jews in Jewish communities. We will consider some historical precedents to the present condition and theorize options from within the tradition to grapple with the set of questions that inevitably arise. Sources are provided in translation.

Presenters
avatar for Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. The author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past and a fellow in the Institute’s iEngage Project, Yehuda writes and teaches widely on the central challenges facing Jewish life in both America and Israel, and how new Jewish thinking can help us stand up to these challenges. He lives in Riverdale with his wife, Stephanie Ives, and their three children.


Friday February 15, 2013 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

8:45pm

The Promise of Israel and Its Underappreciated Message to Humankind
We are often so focused on Israel’s success and challenges, domestic and foreign, that we neglect to ask, “Do the Jews really need a state, and why?” We’ll look at writers as diverse as Jean Jacques Rousseau, George Elliot, Golda Meir, and John Lennon to uncover one of Israel’s central messages to humankind, a claim about the importance of roots and the sanctity of distinctiveness. That message, we’ll see, might just allow the Jewish people to recover a prophetic role in the world.

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, in print and on-line. Gordis’ latest book, The Promise of Israel, was released in August. A recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, he has been called “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.” Gordis... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Woodbridge & Piscataway ballroom level

8:45pm

Women & Men of the Wall and the Future of Jewish Peoplehood
The debate about Women of the Wall is raging throughout the Jewish world and is debated at the highest levels of the Israeli government, raising core questions: Who should have authority at the Wall? Should women be able to pray as a minyan and read from the Torah at the Kotel? Is Robinson's Arch acceptable?  Are there other options? Why should Diaspora Jews care? What does it all mean for religious freedom and the soul of Israel? 

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Sabath Beit Halachmi

Rachel Sabath Beit Halachmi

Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, PhD is a rabbi and a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and directs its Christian Leadership Initiative. She writes a monthly column in the Jerusalem Post and her articles have also appeared in the Jewish Week, the Jewish Journal and Sh'ma. Rachel teaches and mentors students of HUC-JIR and JTS and speaks throughout N. America. For two decades she directed leadership programs for lay leaders and rabbis... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Monroe concourse level

8:45pm

From Marx to Moses: The Personal Odyssey of a Refusenik

Leonid Feldman was a passionate leader in the Communist Youth movement – Komsomol. He was a patriot of his country who wanted to spread communism all over the world and destroy American imperialism. During his college studies, he received an “A” in Scientific Atheism – a mandatory subject in every Soviet university. Today, Feldman is the first and only Soviet-born Conservative Rabbi in America, serving a pulpit in West Palm Beach, Florida. This session will explore this remarkable transformation.


Presenters
avatar for Leonid Feldman

Leonid Feldman

Leonid Feldman is a living example of the drama of modern Jewish history. He has experienced total assimilation, Jewish rebirth, violent anti-Semitism, imprisonment in Russia as a Zionist activist, and freedom in the West. The spiritual leader of Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach, he is the first and only Soviet-born Conservative rabbi in America. His emotional return to his hometown of Kishinev was featured on the NBC TODAY Show, and the Israeli... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Boardroom II ballroom level

8:45pm

History on Trial: Facing a Holocaust Denier in the Courtroom

In 2000, I was sued for libel in the UK by Holocaust denier David Irving. The trial lasted 12 weeks and demonstrated how deniers twist and fabricate history. London’s Daily Telegraph wrote that the trial did “for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations." The New York Times wrote that the trial "put an end to the pretense that Mr. Irving is anything but a self-promoting apologist for Hitler." We will explore this legal battle from forensic, historical, and personal perspectives.


Presenters
avatar for Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt

Emory University
Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her latest book, The Eichmann Trial, was published in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the trial’s start. Her 2006 book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the story of her libel trial against David Irving, is currently being developed into a movie. At Emory, she directs Holocaust Denial on Trial, a website... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Trenton concourse level

8:45pm

Shemittah: The Fruits of Biblical Agricultural Laws Sweetening Contemporary Life - Shemittah Series Part I

How might the Biblical laws of shemittah (sabbatical year) bring meaning to our lives today? Join young Jewish farmers to delve into ancient texts that prescribe a year of rest for the land and for those who care for it. Learn about the Jewish Environmental movement's project to combat climate change while supporting sustainable communities. Presented through the Green Hevra: A New Coalition of Jewish Eco-Projects.


Presenters
avatar for Sarah Chandler

Sarah Chandler

Sarah Chandler serves as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for Hazon's Adamah Farm at Isabella Freedman. She is a Jewish experiential educator, community activist, and spiritual leader. She has her M.A. in Jewish Communal and Experiential Education and Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Sarah is a student of Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Institute, IJS's Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training, and serves on the Green... Read More →
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Naftali Ejdelman

A grandson of the late Yiddish professor Dr. Mordkhe Schaechter, Naftali has taught Yiddish in a variety of formal and informal contexts. He received a Masters Degree in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Naftali helped found Yiddish Farm in 2010 and was selected to participate in the ROI Global Community of Jewish Innovators in 2011 and the PresenTense Community Entrepeneur Partnership in 2012. Before founding Yiddish Farm, Naftali... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Princeton concourse level

8:45pm

TalkSpace: Friday Night Connections

Interested in good company and stimulating conversation? Welcome to Friday Night Connections. With several themed conversations to choose from, facilitated by some of our top presenters, this is a GREAT way to  end your Shabbat meal while meeting new people. 


Presenters
avatar for Yehoshua Engelman

Yehoshua Engelman

Yehoshua Engelman is the co-founder and former rabbi and director of Yakar Tel-Aviv community. He taught at HaKotel and Othniel Hesder Yeshivot, and at Hebrew University Beit Midrash, Maaleh Film School, Kolot, and many other adult-education programs. Yehoshua is also an accomplished and widely heard composer of music to Jewish-Israeli texts and is a practicing psychotherapist. His book of Torah essays, informed by his psychoanalytic experience... Read More →
avatar for Samuel Klein

Samuel Klein

Samuel Klein is a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Passionate about leadership innovation, he is on the board of American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS program and is a connector for LEAD: Inspiring Jewish Leaders, UK, where he establishes strategic partnerships with other leadership organizations. A writer on religion and the arts, Samuel is a Five Rhythms dancer, has an interest in gestalt psychotherapy and art of movement... Read More →
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Esther Kustanowitz

Editor / Contributing Writer, GrokNation / The Jewish Journal
​Esther D. Kustanowitz is a Los Angeles-based writer and consultant specializing in social media, pop culture​ and ​Jewish community​ conversation. She is the Editor of GrokNation.com, a blog and web community founded by actress, neuroscientist and mom Mayim Bialik. Esther is also a Contributing Writer at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, where she writes on topics including comedy, grief, Jewish leadership and social media... Read More →
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Clive Lawton

Clive is a founder of Limmud and is now its Senior Consultant worldwide. He is formerly a high school principal, Director of Liverpool municipality education services, chair of a state hospital board, and a governor of London's police. He currently is a magistrate and educator of international reach. Clive broadcasts and writes widely on moral, religious, social and historical subjects  


Friday February 15, 2013 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Ballroom E ballroom level

8:45pm

Friends of Bill W.
Friday February 15, 2013 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Raritan main hotel 5th floor conference level

10:15pm

The Black-Jew Dialogues
What's so funny about two American minorities that have slavery, the KKK, and chicken livers in common? You’ll find out in this hilarious two-actor play on the history and absurdity of prejudice and racism. This fast-paced show combines sketches, improvisations, puppets, a game show, and audience participation. We are touring the United States and Canada. The Jewish Advocate calls us “entertaining and enlightening.” The Courant wrote, "Matzah and Motown meet Avenue Q!”

Presenters
avatar for Ron Jones

Ron Jones

Ron has been an actor, director, and trainer developing socially relevant theatre for over twenty-five years. He co-created/wrote and tours the award-winning social-justice comedy The Black-Jew Dialogues with co-creator/writer Larry Jay Tish. Ron co-founded the Emmy award-winning program Urban Improv - a theatre organization which uses improvisation to help young people deal with real life issues. He has been an instructor or guest lecturer at... Read More →
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Larry Jay Tish

Larry is a playwright, actor, improviser, poet, copywriter, short story, TV and travel writer as well as educator. He co-created/wrote and tours the award-winning social-justice comedy The Black-Jew Dialogues with co-creator/writer Ron Jones. Larry was a freelance copywriter for ten years in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, and Boston. Larry’s acting credits include work in theater, film, TV and radio. His latest play The Last Jews... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Woodbridge & Piscataway ballroom level

10:15pm

The Tobolowsky Files: Limmud NY Edition (1 of 2)

Stephen Tobolowsky performs true stories from his book The Dangerous Animals Club and from his podcast and radio program. These are frequently hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, always thought-provoking stories that often center around Jewish principles and thought. Beginning with a short story, he will then tell his story The Afflictions of Love.


Presenters
avatar for Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in over 200 movies and television shows which include playing Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, Sammy Jankis in Memento and Mr. Bates in Freaky Friday. TV roles include characters on Seinfeld, Deadwood, Glee & Californication. He has written and performed true stories from his life – told from a unique Jewish perspective – in The Tobolowsky Files. His book, The Dangerous Animals Club, was just... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

10:15pm

Purim Drives You to Drink

Purim is probably the most absurd event in the Jewish calendar—a tale of pimping and drunkenness, assimilation and improbability. The book on which it’s based hardly sounds biblical, God does not get a mention, and the hero and heroine are not really people we would want to recommend to our children. So, given its implausibility what, if anything, can it teach us?


Presenters
avatar for Clive Lawton

Clive Lawton

Clive is a founder of Limmud and is now its Senior Consultant worldwide. He is formerly a high school principal, Director of Liverpool municipality education services, chair of a state hospital board, and a governor of London's police. He currently is a magistrate and educator of international reach. Clive broadcasts and writes widely on moral, religious, social and historical subjects  


Friday February 15, 2013 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Ballroom E ballroom level

10:15pm

Spoken Word & NYC Stories with The Hebrew Mamita!
Vanessa Hidary, a.k.a. The Hebrew Mamita, will perform dynamic spoken word and short stories from her book The Last Kaiser Roll In The Bodega. Expect tales of a nice Jewish girl gone awry, love gone wrong, and a woman's search to find her identity and cultural pride in the multi-cultural landscape of her native New York City.

Presenters
avatar for Vanessa Hidary

Vanessa Hidary

Vanessa Hidary, aka “The Hebrew Mamita,” is a solo performer/ spoken word artist and native New Yorker. She has appeared on “Def Poetry Jam” on HBO, and was featured in the short film “The Tribe.” Vanessa recently published her first book, “The Last Kaiser Roll in the Bodega.”


Friday February 15, 2013 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Trenton & Monroe concourse level

10:15pm

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: Alcohol will be available at the Tisch for participants who are 21 years of age and older.


Presenters
avatar for Sarah Chandler

Sarah Chandler

Sarah Chandler serves as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for Hazon's Adamah Farm at Isabella Freedman. She is a Jewish experiential educator, community activist, and spiritual leader. She has her M.A. in Jewish Communal and Experiential Education and Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Sarah is a student of Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Institute, IJS's Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training, and serves on the Green... Read More →
avatar for Yehoshua Engelman

Yehoshua Engelman

Yehoshua Engelman is the co-founder and former rabbi and director of Yakar Tel-Aviv community. He taught at HaKotel and Othniel Hesder Yeshivot, and at Hebrew University Beit Midrash, Maaleh Film School, Kolot, and many other adult-education programs. Yehoshua is also an accomplished and widely heard composer of music to Jewish-Israeli texts and is a practicing psychotherapist. His book of Torah essays, informed by his psychoanalytic experience... Read More →
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as... Read More →
avatar for Ezra Weinberg

Ezra Weinberg

Ezra Weinberg is identified through his work as a rabbi, teacher, song leader, dance instructor, peace-builder, and environmental activist. He is a musician and skilled leader of prayer in a variety of denominational settings. He is a teacher of multifaith education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. As a teacher of conflict transformation, Ezra draws upon an experiential model of learning infused with the ancient wisdom of the Jewish calendar... Read More →


Friday February 15, 2013 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Ballroom A ballroom level

10:15pm

TalkSpace: Artists Connections

If your clothes are frequently spattered with paint, this meetup is for you. Art amateurs, professionals, enthusiasts, and everyone in between is invited to meet each other here and to continue on to the Tisch as a group.



Friday February 15, 2013 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Princeton concourse level

10:15pm

TalkSpace: College Connections

Meet other college students while (hopefully) avoiding all talk of midterm stress!  Socialize and explore what Limmud has to offer you, then continue on to the Tisch together as a group.



Friday February 15, 2013 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

10:15pm

TalkSpace: Interfaith Connections
Meet fellow interfaith couples who are attending the conference. A chance to socialize, discuss common interests, and explore what Limmud NY has to offer you. Continue on to the Tisch, together as a group.


Friday February 15, 2013 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Boardroom II ballroom level

10:15pm

TalkSpace: LGBT Connections
Meet fellow members of the LGBT community who are attending Limmud NY. This session is a chance to meet new people, socialize and explore common interests. Continue on to the Tisch together as a group.


Friday February 15, 2013 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Bridgewater main hotel 5th floor conference level

10:15pm

TalkSpace: Social Justice Connections

Advocates for causes Jewish and not are invited to connect informally during this session. Explore what Limmud has to offer you, then continue on to the Tisch as a group.



Friday February 15, 2013 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Brunswick C ballroom level

10:15pm

TalkSpace: Teen Connections
Here with the family? Come meet other teens. Shmooze, compare experiences and explore which Limmud NY sessions and activities you're interested in attending together.


Friday February 15, 2013 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

10:15pm

TalkSpace: Writers Connections

Current and aspiring writers, bloggers, and beat poets are invited to socialize and meet in this session. Discuss your favorite thesaurus, then continue on to the Tisch together as a group.



Friday February 15, 2013 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Princeton concourse level
 
Saturday, February 16
 

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. Remember to come to the lobby at 11:15AM for the communal kiddush! Note: Seating is separate by gender.


Saturday February 16, 2013 7:30am - 8:45am
Princeton concourse level

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 pf thousands.  Everyone is encouraged to attend, from first timers to those following the current Daf Yomi cycle.  Today is Tractate Shabbat, daf (page) 136.  


Presenters
avatar for Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker is co-founder and Rosh Yeshiva at Mechon Hadar and chair in Jewish Law. He was faculty at the Drisha Institute, teaching in the Scholars Circle. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, earned a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from JTS and a B.A. from Harvard. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he co-founded Kehilat Hadar and was a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. He was named... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 8:00am - 8:45am
Ballroom C

8:00am

Saturday Breakfast 8:00-10:00

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


Saturday February 16, 2013 8:00am - 10:00am
Ballrooms C, D, & E ballroom level

8:45am

Slow Down Shacharit

A slow and selective 90 minute service, including meditation, study, and conversation, this service will meet minimal Halachic (legal) requirements, making allowances for study and tefilah (prayer) enhancement. At the conclusion, participants are invited to join a minyan (prayer group) of their choosing for the Torah service and musaf (conclusion of Shabbat services).  Separate seating with no mechitza (divider). 


Presenters
avatar for Aaron Leibowitz

Aaron Leibowitz

Sulam Yaakov
Aaron Leibowitz is a rabbi and the Dean of Sulam Yaakov – the Beit Midrash for Community Leadership Development in Nachlaot, Jerusalem. A Jewish educator in Israel for over two decades, Aaron spent six years as the rabbi of Kol Rina, the famous Miklat (Bomb Shelter) shul in Nachlaot. He is a community and social activist, was involved in the tent protests in the summer of 2011, and is at the core of a grassroots subversive Kashrut... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 8:45am - 10:15am
Ballroom B ballroom level

8:45am

Mechitza 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 16, 2013 8:45am - 11:15am
Monroe concourse level

8:45am

Mechitza 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 mechitzah (partition). Both men and women will lead parts of this joyous and spirited service in the "Carlebach" style. Note: No amplification or musical instruments will be used in this service, and seating is separate by gender.


Saturday February 16, 2013 8:45am - 11:15am
Trenton concourse level

8:45am

Traditional Egalitarian Shacharit/Torah Service/Musaf: Shabbat Morning Services Led by Men and Women
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 16, 2013 8:45am - 11:15am
Brunswick A, B, & C ballroom level

9:00am

Tot Shabbat

Join NYC educators Saul Kaiserman, Matt Check & Emily Walsh for Tot Shabbat! Tot Shabbat is geared for the “pre-k” population.  The interactive service includes Shabbat songs, dancing, prayers, interactive storytelling and more!  All are welcome to join in! Parents should accompany their children. 


Presenters
avatar for Saul Kaiserman

Saul Kaiserman

Saul Kaiserman is Director of Lifelong Learning for Congregation Emanu-El and editor of the weblog New Jewish Education. He is an innovative leader in youth, travel, music & media education and has lectured & performed internationally for over 20 years. He is on the faculty of the Leadership Institute as a mentor in Jewish education & the clinical faculty for the School of Education at Hebrew Union College. He lives in... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 9:00am - 9:45am
Carlyle's concourse level

9:00am

Back to Our Roots: A Reform Service in (Mostly) English with Musical Instruments

Our sages teach us to pray in a language we understand. The original Reform service was in the vernacular, but over the years it has incorporated more & more Hebrew, even when many congregants do not understand the words they are praying. 

In this service, we will use mainly the English portions of “Mishkan T’Filah,” the Reform prayer book. Torah and Haftarah will also be read in English.  Afterward, there will be time to discuss the experience of a service conducted in English. Seating will be mixed gender, and both men and women will lead. 


Presenters
avatar for Harold Levine

Harold Levine

Harold Levine is a member of Central Synagogue and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah and studies Torah, Talmud, Hebrew and the structure of Jewish worship. He is a regular leader of the Morning Minyan at Central Synagogue, has rewritten the siddur (prayer book) for their services, and has worked to make services more welcoming and understandable to new members. He also works to promote Jewish genetic disease screening, working with the Jewish... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 9:00am - 11:15am
Woodbridge & Piscataway ballroom level

10:00am

Yoga - Embodying Middot: Anavah (Humility)
To have humility is to really know yourself: to know your place in the universe and to take it with pride. Often we are out of balance in our self-assessment and lose our sense of self-worth. In this practice we will rise to our fullest potential without getting bogged down by our ego. Through asana (postures) and pranayama (breath) we will balance our individual and universal selves. There are no yoga props available – please bring your own mat and anything else you need. All levels welcome.

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Dewan

Rachel Dewan

YogaTova


Saturday February 16, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Somerville main hotel 5th floor conference level

10:00am

Limmud Chavruta: Work
In this interactive session we will explore, debate and discuss the concept of work. Is it a blessing or a curse? What are the duties of employers and employees? Why earn rather than learn? Ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics and more will be used. Everyone is welcome, whether you have studied Jewish texts before or not, and knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Part of the new Limmud Chavruta series on the theme of Money. Come to one session; or even better, come to all four!

Presenters
avatar for Karen Radkowsky

Karen Radkowsky

Trustee, Limmud
Karen Radkowsky first discovered her passion for all things Limmud in 2000. Since then, she has participated in over 50 Limmud events on three continents and advised Limmud teams around the globe. A founder and past president of Limmud NY, she is currently a trustee of the global Limmud organization (headquartered in the UK). In her professional life, Karen heads new business and innovation for Ketchum Global Research and Analytics in NYC.
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 email.


Saturday February 16, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Boardroom II ballroom level

11:15am

Kiddush and Shabbat Drinking Meditation

"Religious experiences" don't always occur in religious spaces. They only require love, awe, intensity, and wonder. Epiphanies occur everywhere, whether you are in a mountaintop monastery or holding a tiny plastic cup in a hotel lobby at a Shabbat drinking meditation. Meditation is being firmly in the present, paying attention, and allowing yourself to plug in to your source. This meditation is for any child or adult who's looking for a way to playfully infuse holiness & intention into Shabbat.


Presenters
avatar for Alison Laichter

Alison Laichter

Alison Laichter is a meditation teacher, urban planner, community organizer and founding director of the Jewish Meditation Center. She’s a recipient of the Joshua Venture Group $100k fellowship and one of the Jewish Week’s Visionary 36 Under 36. She studied engineering at The Cooper Union and urban planning at Columbia University. She’s been meditating since she was 15, including in the Himalayan, Santa Cruz, and San Miguel... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 11:15am - 11:45am
In Front Of Ballrooms C and D ballroom level

11:45am

Shabbat Lunch 11:45-1:45 NEW SPLIT SHIFT: Eat lunch BEFORE a 12:15 session or AFTER a 12:00 session.

NEW THIS YEAR: two-shift lunch. Eat lunch first and go to a 12:15 session OR go to a 12:00 session and eat lunch at 1:15.  There will be fresh food put out for the second shift at 1:15.  You are also welcome to take a boxed lunch to any session.


Saturday February 16, 2013 11:45am - 1:45pm
Ballrooms C, D, & E ballroom level

12:00pm

Innovation: Text and Context

Jewish Innovation: widely discussed, but little understood. In this session we will explore both halves of the phrase both conceptually and practically: What has it meant to innovate in Jewish history and tradition? Which models of innovation are portable to the present? How does innovation work in practice? And how is the contemporary Jewish community true to these past paradigms?


Presenters
avatar for Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. The author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past and a fellow in the Institute’s iEngage Project, Yehuda writes and teaches widely on the central challenges facing Jewish life in both America and Israel, and how new Jewish thinking can help us stand up to these challenges. He lives in Riverdale with his wife, Stephanie Ives, and their three children.
avatar for Shawn Landres

Shawn Landres

Co-founder & CEO, Jumpstart
Connecting people, ideas, and resources, Jumpstart co-founder & CEO Shawn Landres, PhD, models networked leadership for social good. In 2008 he co-founded Jumpstart, a research & design lab that the Jerusalem Post says has “changed the global conversation about Jewish innovation." Shawn's work at Jumpstart and elsewhere has earned wide recognition, from the White House to TIME, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Chronicle of... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

12:00pm

You Are Cordially Uninvited: The Elimination of Bar/Bat Mitzvah

At first consideration, it seems nearly impossible and unimaginable to contemplate eliminating the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony as a milestone event in the Jewish lifecycle. However, with some exploration of the history of the ceremony, an examination of the current crisis in post-B’nei Mitzvah drop-out, and consideration of how Jewish education could be drastically better without it, you too will understand why eliminating this ritual might be good for the Jewish people.


Presenters
avatar for JewishGPS

JewishGPS

JewishGPS
Robyn Faintich has over 18 years of Jewish communal professional experience in areas that include youth movements, day schools, community teen initiatives, early childhood education, congregational family education, and adult education. In August 2010, Robyn launched JewishGPS, LLC in an effort to help guide Jewish organizations in a variety of aspects of Jewish education. She currently serves as the national education consultant for The Good... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Brunswick C ballroom level

12:00pm

From Heinz Baked Beans to Nabisco Oreos: How the OU Made America Kosher

How did a small organization of Orthodox synagogues dominate the kosher food industry? And how did kashrut, to which only a minority of Jews in the US even adhered, become a multi-billion dollar business? The OU played an important role in shaping the new industry, beginning with placing its heksher on the first can of Heinz baked beans in 1923. This session explores how eating as a Jew in the US has radically changed from the turn of the 20th century to the turn of the 21st.


Presenters
avatar for Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Jeffrey Yoskowitz is a writer, pickler and food entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of The Gefilteria, a purveyor of Old World Jewish foods in Brooklyn, NY whose products are available throughout the New York City area (gefilteria.com). He worked as a pickler for the Adamah Jewish Organic Farm and spreads pickling love around the world through workshops and demos. He has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Tablet and many other... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Trenton concourse level

12:00pm

Judaism and Christianity, Not What You Thought: The Jewish Trinity, Original Sin and Son of God
Jews are taught that unbridgeable chasms separate them from other religions, particularly Christianity. Such teachings are often based on a selective reading of the tradition, a rationalist version of Judaism that only became dominant in the 19th century. Drawing particularly on texts from the Zohar we will challenge key elements of this “Jewish exceptionalism.” If you are willing to abandon some clichés, you will learn that the Jewish religious imagination is far richer than you thought.

Presenters
avatar for Nathaniel Berman

Nathaniel Berman

Nathaniel Berman is the Rahel Varnhagen Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Modern Culture at Brown University. He co-directs Brown’s Religion and Internationalism Project. He has taught widely on kabbalah in the New York area, as well as at Brown. His teaching on kabbalah focuses on the relationship between the divine and the demonic (the “Sitra Aḥra”). Nathaniel holds a doctorate in Jewish Studies from University... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

12:00pm

Law or Literature in the Talmud? Emotional Sensitivity and Legal Discourse

In this session we will read some well known Talmudic stories including the famous "Oven of Akhnai." Through close-reading we will explore the emotional lives of the Rabbis described, and ask what the Talmud (rabbinic writings) may be imparting by presenting us with such complex personalities.


Presenters
avatar for Shira Hecht-Koller

Shira Hecht-Koller

Shira Hecht-Koller teaches Talmud at SAR High School. She received her B.A. in Biology from Yeshiva University, and was a Golding Scholar at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she received her J.D. and was an Associate Editor of the Cardozo Law Review. She is a founding member of the Orthodox Leadership Project, and a past board member of Uri L'Tzedek. Prior to embarking on her career in Jewish Education, she was an associate in the IP... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Somerville main hotel 5th floor conference level

12:00pm

Putting the Brit in BDSM: An Intimate Look at Ezekiel 16

Feminist scholars and readers alike are often appalled by the violence directed toward the wanton wife, Israel, for her misconduct against her beloved, loyal husband, G-d, in Ezekiel 16. In this session we will examine the problematic husband/wife metaphor with an eye for the sadomasochistic trope used by Ezekiel. How do contract and covenant bind G-d to Israel? Is the power play gender-essentialist? Is it a part of the exchange of trust at the core of Jewish theology? Come and see.


Presenters
avatar for Bronwen Mullin

Bronwen Mullin

Bronwen Mullin is a playwright, composer, educator and rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. With performance artist Jesse Freedman, Bronwen co-founded MetaPhys-Ed, a multi-disciplinary performance based collaborative which asserts and exercises the relationship between spirituality and human creativity. In 2012 they premiered Chalom: A Dream Opera in the NYC Fringe Festival. For more information, check out... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Monroe concourse level

12:15pm

Becoming a Better Parent One Story at a Time: Using Stories and Memories to Raise Our Little Mentsches

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 www.kveller.com. In addition, he serves as a volunteer fundraiser for Lone Soldiers in the IDF. He lives in NYC with his wife, Julie, and two sons, Joseph and... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Boardroom II ballroom level

12:15pm

The 9th of Adar/February 19th: The Day Peaceful Constructive Conflict Became Violently Destructive
Roughly 2000 years ago, on the 9th of Adar (this year February 19), the initially peaceful, constructive conflict between two dominant Jewish schools of thought, Beit Hillel & Beit Shammai, erupted into a violent and destructive conflict leading to the death of many. Come learn about the history, texts and traditions relevant to this day, why it became a fast day and how we can turn this day into one of constructive conflict - to better ourselves & the world. Texts available in Hebrew and English.

Presenters
avatar for Alana Alpert

Alana Alpert

Rabbi, Congregation T'chiyah
Alana Alpert, a California native, is excited to be reclaiming the roots her grandmother left behind in Detroit. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Community Studies, where she studied resistance and social movements, exploring the then burgeoning Jewish Social Justice Movement. She is a graduate of AVODAH: the Jewish Service Corps and ACTIVATE! The Community Organizing Fellowship of Social Justice Leadership. Rabbi Alpert has worked... Read More →
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as... Read More →
avatar for Dasi Fruchter

Dasi Fruchter

Student, Yeshivat Maharat
Dasi Fruchter, a student at Yeshivat Maharat, thrives on spiritual leadership, community building, and faith-driven social justice work. In addition to her seminary studies, Dasi is a student at NYU and a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar, pursuing an MPA at the Wagner School for Public Service and an MA in Judaic Studies. Dasi, who has organized for economic justice in New York, Washington D.C., London, and Israel, is a presenter on... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Piscataway ballroom level

12:15pm

Rhapsody in Blue: The Meaning of Tekhelet
Tekhelet, the recently rediscovered biblical blue dye, was among the most precious commodities in the ancient world. Moreover, it was and is infused with significance and spirituality. Explore the meaning behind the mitzvah the sages maintain "is equivalent to all the other commandments," from the plain meaning of the text to Hasidic, existential, psychological, and aesthetic interpretations.

Presenters
avatar for Baruch Sterman

Baruch Sterman

Baruch received his doctorate in physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and specializes in telecommunications and computer security. He is co-founder of the Ptil Tekhelet Association, which has succeeded in restoring the ancient biblical blue dye, and has published The Rarest Blue, which details the history and science of tekhelet. He has lectured throughout the world on that subject and on science and religion in general. He lives in... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Princeton concourse level

12:15pm

Hagar in the Wilderness
This session explores the story of Hagar in Genesis. An Egyptian woman, she moves to become the slave of Sarah, the wife of Abraham and the mother of Ishmael, all before being banished with her son to the wilderness.  Distinctive portraits of her as the first woman in the Bible to receive an annunciation, to be banished, to be a divorced woman and single mother and make a future for herself link her to contemporary concerns among Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Presenters
avatar for Phyllis Trible

Phyllis Trible

Phyllis Trible is an internationally-known biblical scholar and leader in text-based exploration of women and gender in scripture. She is currently University Professor at Wake Forest School of Divinity and was formerly Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature at Union Theological Seminary. The author of several books, as well as numerous articles, Trible lectures extensively around the globe. She provided expert commentary for Bill Moyers&rsquo... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

1:00pm

Camp Limmud NY 1:00-5:00 pm Saturday
Saturday February 16, 2013 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Carlyle's concourse level

1:30pm

Story Time with Amy Meltzer

Children's book author Amy Meltzer will read aloud from her two pictures books, The Shabbat Princess and A Mezuzah on the Door (a selection of the PJ Library). She will be delighted to answer questions about how a story becomes a book and the many steps along the way.


Presenters
avatar for Amy Meltzer

Amy Meltzer

Amy Meltzer is the author of two children's books, A Mezuzah on the Door and The Shabbat Princess, and the blog Homeshuling. A teacher at the Lander-Grinspoon Academy, she was a fellow at the Drisha Institute and the winner of JESNA’s (Jewish Education Service of North America) Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award. She served on the PJ Library book selection committee and writes book reviews for the Washington Jewish Week. Amy is especially proud... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Carlyle's concourse level

1:45pm

Improvisation with an Israeli Twist: A Workshop of Life, Improv and Israel

Shed your inhibitions, bond, reflect and laugh. This Improv workshop focuses on Israel with an honest and hilarious way to discuss all those hard to reach issues. You’ll be stimulated, transformed and laugh all the way through it. Learn about yourself, the rules of improv and Jewish Peoplehood.


Presenters
avatar for Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

"I'm not an inventor. I'm an improver. I improve things that are broken," Larry David once said. The word "improver" is also someone that improvises, Molly’s art form. Through her English-speaking comedy troupe, Hahafuch, based in Jerusalem, Molly spreads the message that Israel is funny. As well as performing sketches, videos, and improvisation, Molly also teaches improv workshops with an Israeli twist. Molly believes that comedy is the... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

1:45pm

Zemirot Are for Everyone™ : Invitation to the Songs That Adorn the Shabbat Meal

The zemirot are our folk music, yet their allusions--from the depths of our tradition and experience--are lost on many lay Jews. Jonathan is writing an English commentary on zemirot (above title) to unlock the secrets understood by their original audiences. Come and learn, and get “turned on” to enjoying these zemirot at your Shabbat meals!


Presenters
avatar for Jonathan D Zimet

Jonathan D Zimet

Jonathan Zimet, rabbi and musician, has led programs at National Havurah Committee Institutes, synagogues, Hillels, and more. He draws on his background to make music and folk cultures come alive: making nusach (melodies) accessible to lay people; opening our Zemirot’s (traditional songs) rich allegories to the wider public with an English commentary he is writing. His choral programs, featuring diverse music, led to annual Shir Hashirim... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom B ballroom level

1:45pm

GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation
Military service in World War II transformed a generation of American Jews, taking them out of familiar homes into the armed forces. Although they wore a uniform identical with their fellow soldiers, Jews experienced aspects of the war differently. This session explores some of those points of difference—in politics, religion, culture—and the relevance of antisemitism and the Judeo-Christian tradition in shaping a postwar world. It also looks at how Jews in uniform responded to the Holocaust.

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Dash Moore

Deborah Dash Moore

Deborah Dash Moore is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History at the University of Michigan and the Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. A historian of American Jews, she focuses on the twentieth century experience. She is the author of a trilogy: At Home in America (1981), GI Jews (2004), and To the Golden Cities (1994). Most recently, she served as the general editor for City of Promises: A History of the... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Trenton concourse level

1:45pm

Shemittah Outside of the Land of Israel - Shemittah Series Part II

The next sabbatical year, or shemittah, comes in 2014. This biblical-era practice has always been focused on the land of Israel, with no formal application in the Diaspora. But as the Jewish food movement has taken off in recent years, everyone from farmers to sustainable consumers have turned to shemittah as a model for a more humble, sustainable agricultural practice. We will look at a range of sources concerning the application of laws specific to the Land of Israel to the lands of the Diaspora.


Presenters
avatar for Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker is co-founder and Rosh Yeshiva at Mechon Hadar and chair in Jewish Law. He was faculty at the Drisha Institute, teaching in the Scholars Circle. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, earned a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from JTS and a B.A. from Harvard. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he co-founded Kehilat Hadar and was a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. He was named... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Edison ballroom level

1:45pm

Jewish Meditation for Educators

This session will focus on using meditation as a tool for personal wellbeing and connecting or reconnecting Jewish educators with their own Jewish spiritual practice, which often (and ironically) gets lost while working in Jewish education. This session will also explore possibilities for adapting Jewish meditation exercises and practices for the classroom. Taught by leading Jewish meditation teacher, Alison Laichter, who loves teaching kids, tweens, and teens how to meditate, especially in a Jewish context, and whose favorite testimonial comes from Josh, a twelve-year-old hebrew school student: “This is a revolution!”


Presenters
avatar for Alison Laichter

Alison Laichter

Alison Laichter is a meditation teacher, urban planner, community organizer and founding director of the Jewish Meditation Center. She’s a recipient of the Joshua Venture Group $100k fellowship and one of the Jewish Week’s Visionary 36 Under 36. She studied engineering at The Cooper Union and urban planning at Columbia University. She’s been meditating since she was 15, including in the Himalayan, Santa Cruz, and San Miguel... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Somerville main hotel 5th floor conference level

1:45pm

Friends of Bill W.
This is a 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 or drugs may attend.

Saturday February 16, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Raritan main hotel 5th floor conference level

1:45pm

My Father Was Liberal, His Father Was Liberal: Why the Jewish Majority (Still) Votes Left
Despite annual predictions of a major shift, the majority of American Jewish voters still take liberal positions and vote for Democratic candidates. Has liberalism superseded Judaism, or is progressivism an expression of Jewish ideals?

Presenters
avatar for Andrew Silow-Carroll

Andrew Silow-Carroll

Andrew Silow-Carroll is editor in chief of the New Jersey Jewish News. He was previously the managing editor of the Forward. From 1996-1998 he lived in Israel as a Jerusalem Fellow, an international program in Jewish education. He was a Spielberg Fellow and director of communications of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He is a fellow of Leadership New Jersey, a program for emerging state leaders. He lives in Teaneck... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Monroe concourse level

1:45pm

The Holy Jewish Treasures in the Vatican: A Miracle on a Mission to Rome
Learn the details of an as-yet unpublicized meeting with the Pope, the head of the Vatican Library and leading Cardinals of the Church, revealing fascinating details of the fate of many precious Jewish items. Included is the story of a miracle with reference to an important manuscript of Maimonides.

Presenters
avatar for Benjamin Blech

Benjamin Blech

Benjamin Blech is an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. He is the author of twelve highly acclaimed and best-selling books, with combined sales of close to half a million copies. Blech’s most recent book, The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican, was the subject of an ABC News 20/20 special. A recipient of the American Educator of the Year Award, he... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Piscataway ballroom level

1:45pm

Nothing Helps (But This Might): Community Comfort in the Social Media Age

The loss of a loved one throws the world into chaos, for mourners and for the people who surround them. Whether you've been through a loss in your family, or you've recently tried to comfort someone who has, come for some open, honest talk about what may help, finding humor in unexpected places, and how today’s Jewish community (and you) can use technology and personal interactions to support those who grieve. (In memory of my mother, Shulamith z”l.)


Presenters
avatar for Esther Kustanowitz

Esther Kustanowitz

Editor / Contributing Writer, GrokNation / The Jewish Journal
​Esther D. Kustanowitz is a Los Angeles-based writer and consultant specializing in social media, pop culture​ and ​Jewish community​ conversation. She is the Editor of GrokNation.com, a blog and web community founded by actress, neuroscientist and mom Mayim Bialik. Esther is also a Contributing Writer at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, where she writes on topics including comedy, grief, Jewish leadership and social media... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Princeton concourse level

1:45pm

Gender and Sexuality in Religion Today: Thoughts from a Rabbi, a Priest and an Imam

Doesn't it seem like religious beliefs are always playing 'catch up' when it comes to human sexuality, sexual orientation and gender? Perhaps you have discussed these topics with your local rabbi, but when was the last time you learned about them from a rabbi, a priest and an imam? Join these three educators and faith practitioners in a serious conversation about where religious education meets human instinct. These three teach together regularly at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.



Presenters
avatar for Jack Baron

Jack Baron

John B. Baron of Avalon, NJ, is a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ. He was ordained in 1973, and is currently serving as Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck. He holds a Ph.D from Drew University (1994) in Theological and Religious Studies and specializes in inter-faith courses from the three monotheistic traditions of the West.  
avatar for Ibrahim Abdul Malik

Ibrahim Abdul Malik

Ibrahim Abdul-Malik, Ed.D., Ph.D. earned his first doctoral degree in Science and Education at Harvard University in 1971, and his second in Islamic Studies from Graduate Theological Foundation in 2007. An adjunct faculty member at Fairleigh Dickinson University for ten years, he co-teaches their signature course, “One God, Three Paths,” with a priest and a rabbi.  
avatar for Ezra Weinberg

Ezra Weinberg

Ezra Weinberg is identified through his work as a rabbi, teacher, song leader, dance instructor, peace-builder, and environmental activist. He is a musician and skilled leader of prayer in a variety of denominational settings. He is a teacher of multifaith education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. As a teacher of conflict transformation, Ezra draws upon an experiential model of learning infused with the ancient wisdom of the Jewish calendar... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Brunswick A, B, & C ballroom level

1:45pm

Creating Community Through Sustainable Food Systems
How does the American Jewish community address issues of food access, their own and that of the needy? What can we learn from the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model when considering systems for global food justice? Hear from leaders in the Jewish Food Movement, working both locally and globally, on how these parallel projects address global hunger, local economies, farmers across the world and food justice everywhere.

Presenters
avatar for Karin Fleisch

Karin Fleisch

Karin Fleisch is an independent food security consultant and a Dean's Scholar at NYU Wagner, where she is pursuing a master's degree in public administration. A Kol Tzedek Fellow with American Jewish World Service, Karin teaches/learns about the intersection of Judaism and justice. She also serves on the board of Uri L'Tzedek and on the Steering Committee of the Brooklyn Food Coalition.  
avatar for Alexa Weitzman

Alexa Weitzman

Alexa Weitzman is a co-chair of Tuv Ha’aretz Forest Hills, a Hazon-affiliated CSA in Central Queens. Together with other concerned Forest Hillers, she organized to open a Greenmarket in her neighborhood and has seen the emergence of a more food-conscious community since it opened last summer. She writes about local, seasonal and healing foods on her blog: SustainablePantry.com


Saturday February 16, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

3:00pm

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 16, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

3:00pm

Mechitza Service Led by Men: Mincha (Afternoon Service) with Torah Service

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 16, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

3:30pm

D'var Slam: How Much Learning Can We Fit Into a Session?

Do you have a favorite teaching? Something that hit you like a ton of bricks when you heard it? Became the lens through which you see the world? Maybe you have a personal take on a piece of text or tradition that you want to share with others but just never had the chance. This session is open to all. Torah, prayer, traditions and values are all on the table for this session of short (3-5 minutes), dynamic teachings. Show up, sign up and teach or come to hear fellow Limmudnyks share words of wisdom.


Presenters
avatar for Akiko Yonekawa

Akiko Yonekawa

Aki has realized her dream of making camp life "real life.” She lives and works at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University, home of Camp Alonim and Brandeis Collegiate Institute, where she helps groups have the best and most educational stay possible. She is pursuing an MBA in non-profit management and an MAEd at AJU. In her free time, she teaches religious school, leads a monthly children's service and volunteers. If you... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom B ballroom level

3:30pm

Liberated Beit Midrash
This Shabbat afternoon, immerse yourself in a hub of learning, teaching and connecting through the art of chavruta (study partnership), where individuals will form meaningful relationships through text. As study pairs explore the notion of "relationship" in the Garden of Eden through traditional and not-so-traditional texts, they will reflect on themes of their own relationships with others in their community, such as themes of love, desire, betrayal and yearning.

Presenters
avatar for Dasi Fruchter

Dasi Fruchter

Student, Yeshivat Maharat
Dasi Fruchter, a student at Yeshivat Maharat, thrives on spiritual leadership, community building, and faith-driven social justice work. In addition to her seminary studies, Dasi is a student at NYU and a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar, pursuing an MPA at the Wagner School for Public Service and an MA in Judaic Studies. Dasi, who has organized for economic justice in New York, Washington D.C., London, and Israel, is a presenter on... Read More →
avatar for Ora Fruchter

Ora Fruchter

Ora Fruchter is a Brooklyn based puppeteer, performer, director and educator. She collaborates with other musicians, clowns, and puppeteers to create highly visual theater, finding humor and lightness in dark themes and incorporating live music and actors along with puppets and objects. She performs with her companies Yellow Sneaker, Doppelskope and Creatures Teach Torah. The Famous Violinist, in progress, uses puppetry and music to explore... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Edison ballroom level

3:30pm

We Can Only Bless What Is: An Uncomplicated Take on Blessing

For all that is hard about prayer, blessing is remarkably easy. Fundamentally, blessing is about seeing and responding.  Mostly, it requires just the rudiments of spirituality: wonder, humility and gratitude. This interactive text study session draws from both more and less familiar passages in Torah, Midrash and the Siddur (prayerbook). All texts will be provided in Hebrew and English. We’ll learn about a little insight that’s also a big idea.


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 mission-driven institutions informs his work. Joel also serves on the board of Nehirim, a community of LGBT Jews. He loves Shabbat, Torah, Hebrew, hiking, good friends... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Princeton concourse level

3:30pm

Blood Sisters: An Exploration of Jewish and Muslim Menstrual Rituals
It should come as no surprise that Jewish women and Muslim women, distant cousins of one another, share many rituals surrounding menstruation. Yet little has been discussed about these personal and private practices. Together, we will learn more about Jewish customs and Muslim customs during and around the menstrual cycle.

Presenters
avatar for Rori Picker Neiss

Rori Picker Neiss

Rori Picker Neiss is a student at Yeshivat Maharat and serves as the rabbinic intern at Beit Chaverim Synagogue of Westport/Norwalk and the Hillels at NYU and CUNY Hunter College. Rori is the North American Representative to the Religions for Peace Global Youth Network, a member of the board of the Young Leadership Council of the International Council of Christians and Jews, and co-editor of InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Monroe concourse level

3:30pm

Matisyahu's Beard and Miriam's Skirts: The Self-Presentation of Newly Orthodox Jews
Based on Sarah Benor’s book, Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism. Ba’alei Teshuva (newly Orthodox Jews) have various strategies for adopting Orthodox culture. Some take on as much as they can as fast as they can. Others avoid certain practices or come up with hybrid self-presentations, like a black hat with trendy sunglasses, gefilte fish with Indian spices, or Yiddishisms combined with American slang.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Benor

Sarah Benor

Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies, Hebrew Union College
Sarah Bunin Benor is Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles) and Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Southern California Linguistics Department. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Linguistics in 2004. She is the author of Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism (Rutgers University Press, 2012... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Trenton concourse level

3:30pm

Hebrew and Hellenism, America and Assimilation
Do American Jews need Hebrew? A number of major thinkers have argued recently that the lack of language literacy is a signal of American Jewish failure and portends its decline. The example of the Alexandrian Jewish community, in contrast, suggests the possibility of a vibrant community entirely in translation. We will study classical and rabbinic sources about this extraordinary Jewish story and ask: what is the relationship between language and legitimacy?

Presenters
avatar for Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. The author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past and a fellow in the Institute’s iEngage Project, Yehuda writes and teaches widely on the central challenges facing Jewish life in both America and Israel, and how new Jewish thinking can help us stand up to these challenges. He lives in Riverdale with his wife, Stephanie Ives, and their three children.


Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Piscataway ballroom level

3:30pm

Reason & Faith: Contemporary Biblical Criticism and Its Impact Upon Traditional Belief
The challenge of contemporary biblical scholarship to traditional faith is serious. Can one believe that a canonized text is divinely inspired given apparent errors of history, chronology, etc.? Several recent books have addressed this question. This session will look at these writings as efforts by diverse Jewish thinkers to assert traditional faith without rejecting contemporary scholarship.

Presenters
avatar for Steven Bayme

Steven Bayme

Steven Bayme serves as Director of Contemporary Jewish Life Department at AJC and its Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations.  He served as a visiting professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His publications include Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentary, on the Jewish historical experience, and Jewish Arguments and Counter-Arguments, on contemporary Jewish life. His most recent volume is... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Boardroom II ballroom level

3:30pm

Youth Empowerment in Jewish Education
There is a long tradition in Judaism of encouraging young people to do amazing things that go above and beyond what is typically asked of youth. This session will explore the Jewish historical context for education through youth empowerment and explore some of the methods used in Habonim Dror North America, the Progressive Labor Zionist Youth Movement, to empower our young people to do amazing work in their communities.

Presenters
avatar for Elliot Shriner-Cahn

Elliot Shriner-Cahn

Elliot Shriner-Cahn is a youth educator from Habonim Dror North America, a progressive labor Zionist Youth Movement. He is currently a member on the Mazkirut Artzit (National Secretariat) of Habonim Dror. He has been a member of Habonim Dror since 1999 and has worked as a madrich (youth educator) for Habonim Dror since 2005, including working as the Regional Program Director for New York City in 2010 and the Director of Camp Na’aleh... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Brunswick B ballroom level

3:30pm

Broken Tablets: When Dementia Steals Those We Love

We will explore how Jewish tradition, from the Rabbinic period onward, has grappled with the issue of dementia and how we respond to it, for better or worse.


Presenters
avatar for Anne Pettit

Anne Pettit

Anne Pettit, a Jewish educator, is in her final year of the Drisha Institute’s Scholars Circle program and is a graduate of its Beit Midrash program. She teaches classes in gemara (Talmud) and halacha (Jewish law) at Drisha and local synagogues, and writes bi-weekly Torah commentary for R. Dov Peretz Elkins’ DOV-ray Torah, a resource for synagogue community leaders. She holds a JD from Fordham Law School. She and her husband live in... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Brunswick C ballroom level

3:30pm

Eve and Adam in the Garden
This literary reading of Genesis 2-3, inspired by a feminist perspective, offers interpretations of Eve and Adam that run counter to traditional views. The reading challenges the common assertions that woman tempted man, woman is subordinate to him, and that he has license to rule over her. To the contrary, the story presents the human couple as equal in creation, responsibility and outcome.

Presenters
avatar for Phyllis Trible

Phyllis Trible

Phyllis Trible is an internationally-known biblical scholar and leader in text-based exploration of women and gender in scripture. She is currently University Professor at Wake Forest School of Divinity and was formerly Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature at Union Theological Seminary. The author of several books, as well as numerous articles, Trible lectures extensively around the globe. She provided expert commentary for Bill Moyers&rsquo... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

3:30pm

Kaddish For Fido or Fluffy: Judaism and Pets

For many Jews, your pet is like a member of the family. So can you sit shiva for Fluffy or Fido? We'll explore what Jewish sources say about our relationship with companion animals. Pet-free types, as well as animal lovers, are encouraged to attend.


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.


Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

3:30pm

Queen Esther: Feminist Heroine or Just Another Pretty Face?

Queen Esther is often held up as the most powerful of Jewish women, for, after all, she was a Queen! But what were Esther's tools in becoming queen? What tools were at a woman's disposal in Biblical time and are these tools positive or negative? We'll look at some of the Biblical and Rabbinic sources on Queen Esther and attempt to understand if and how Esther can be a positive role model for us today. The session is open to all, and sources will be available in both English and Hebrew.


Presenters
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Ballroom E ballroom level

3:30pm

Twelve Angry Men
Who are the 12 Minor Prophets? This session is an overview of the historical contexts in which they preached and the major themes of their messages to the people. Nothing against Isaiah or Ezekiel, but there are some beautiful pearls of wisdom and inspiration in these books, alongside a great deal of angst and frustration with the stiff-necked people.

Presenters
avatar for Sara Rich

Sara Rich

Sara Rich is a Jewish Educator at the Center for Jewish Life – Hillel at Princeton University. Sara works with the CJL’s educational team to teach classes that bridge Jewish learning with the academic, professional, and personal interests of the students. She also collaborates with students to build Jewish community on campus and to support their individual initiatives. Sara received rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Brunswick A ballroom level

3:30pm

Camp Limmud NY 1:00-5:00 pm Saturday
Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Carlyle's concourse level

5:00pm

Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: What Does Conversion to Judaism Really Represent?

What is a person pledging when s/he converts to Judaism? How is it possible that even among Orthodox authorities, all of whom base their rulings on the same texts, debates rage about what makes a conversion valid? The reason, we’ll see, is that in ruling on conversion, rabbis are actually defining not only “WHO is a Jew?” but “WHAT is a Jew?” We’ll look at several Orthodox responsa to see that even Orthodox authorities disagree about the fundamental question: what does it mean to be a Jew?


Presenters
avatar for Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, in print and on-line. Gordis’ latest book, The Promise of Israel, was released in August. A recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, he has been called “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.” Gordis... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Princeton concourse level

5:00pm

Seudah Shlishit with Yehoshua Engelman

The Shabbat experience wouldn't be complete without the mellow and meditative "Third Meal" made popular by the Kabbalists. Join composer and story teller Rabbi Yehoshua Engleman for a melodious, spirit filled gathering and light meal.


Presenters
avatar for Yehoshua Engelman

Yehoshua Engelman

Yehoshua Engelman is the co-founder and former rabbi and director of Yakar Tel-Aviv community. He taught at HaKotel and Othniel Hesder Yeshivot, and at Hebrew University Beit Midrash, Maaleh Film School, Kolot, and many other adult-education programs. Yehoshua is also an accomplished and widely heard composer of music to Jewish-Israeli texts and is a practicing psychotherapist. His book of Torah essays, informed by his psychoanalytic experience... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom D ballroom level

5:00pm

Israel and America: A Shabbat Comics Hevruta

As the relationship between Israel and America -- and between Israeli and American Jews -- has shown recent signs of strain, Eli Valley's comics have explored the conflicting goals, priorities and value systems of the two communities.  In this session, we will read several of Eli's comics in hevruta style (in partnership) and discuss the issues they raise about Zionism, diaspora life, Jewish values and the meaning of Jewish pride and Jewish sovereignty today. Note: we’re using the term “hevruta” very loosely.


Presenters
avatar for Eli Valley

Eli Valley

Eli Valley, Artist in Residence at The Jewish Daily Forward, is a writer and artist whose work has been published in New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Gawker, Saveur, Ha’aretz and elsewhere. His art has been labeled “ferociously repugnant” by Commentary and “hilarious” by The Comics Journal. A 2012-2013 LABA Fellow, Eli is the author of The Great Jewish Cities of Central and Eastern Europe and is currently... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Ballroom C

5:00pm

Martin Luther King and the Bible
Martin Luther King, Jr. often quoted the Bible in his speeches. We'll look at which biblical texts moved him, why, and how these biblical texts - and other sources - contributed to his theological views and activism.

Presenters
avatar for Aaron Koller

Aaron Koller

Aaron Koller is an associate professor of Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, where he studies the ancient world of the Bible and rabbinic literature, especially material culture, language, and intellectual history. His most recent book is Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge UP). Aaron also as a longstanding involvement in the Drisha Institute, where he teaches Talmud and biblical interpretation. He lives in Queens with... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

5:00pm

Inclusive Growth and Vibrant Communities: Bridging the Societal Challenge of Our Time

The 99% versus the 1% in the USA. Mass social protests in Israel. Greece and Spain in deep crisis. All developed nations are facing the challenge of inclusive growth, in an era of growing social gaps between the haves and the have-nots. The remedy for this crisis depends on having resilient, vibrant and prosperous communities. This is where the Jewish legacy of community and institution-building has a unique value proposition to Israel and the world.


Presenters
avatar for Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein is the founder and president of the Reut Institute, whose mission is to impact Israel and the Jewish world, making an indelibly Jewish, Israeli contribution. He is writing a book titled Flexigidity: On the Secret and Mechanisms of Jewish Survival, Security, Prosperity and Leadership in the Diaspora and Israel. A graduate of Tel-Aviv University Schools of Law & Economics, he was a Wexner Israel Fellow at Harvard’s... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Piscataway ballroom level

5:00pm

Is Yiddish Dying, Growing or Changing? The Most Widely Spoken Language in Jewish History

Although Yiddish has been designated an endangered language by UNESCO, Orthodox Yiddish-speaking communities have multiplied at unprecedented rates, and Yiddish classes have spread world-wide. In recent years, the media has painted Yiddish as a language breathing its last, but also notes its current revival. This session will give a brief history of the Yiddish language since World War II, an overview of who is using Yiddish today, and ideas for keeping it vibrant well into the future.


Presenters
avatar for Naftali Ejdelman

Naftali Ejdelman

A grandson of the late Yiddish professor Dr. Mordkhe Schaechter, Naftali has taught Yiddish in a variety of formal and informal contexts. He received a Masters Degree in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Naftali helped found Yiddish Farm in 2010 and was selected to participate in the ROI Global Community of Jewish Innovators in 2011 and the PresenTense Community Entrepeneur Partnership in 2012. Before founding Yiddish Farm, Naftali... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Raritan main hotel 5th floor conference level

5:00pm

Do We Need Each Other? Christians, Jews, and Israel

In this decisive hour for Jewish-Christian relations each community is also struggling with its complex relationship to Israel. What do current initiatives contribute to this new reality and where are we lost? The Jewish thinkers Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Emil Fackenheim all argued --in different ways-- for the significance and possibility of a mutually redemptive relationship through text study. What is needed in our time?  


Presenters
avatar for Rachel Sabath Beit Halachmi

Rachel Sabath Beit Halachmi

Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, PhD is a rabbi and a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and directs its Christian Leadership Initiative. She writes a monthly column in the Jerusalem Post and her articles have also appeared in the Jewish Week, the Jewish Journal and Sh'ma. Rachel teaches and mentors students of HUC-JIR and JTS and speaks throughout N. America. For two decades she directed leadership programs for lay leaders and rabbis... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Monroe concourse level

5:00pm

Jewish Approaches to Parenting and Nurturing
Many of us have heard the famous teaching that a father has several obligations toward his son. Among them, he must find a spouse for his son and must teach him Torah, a trade, and even the skill of swimming. What else can Jewish texts teach us about the responsibilities and techniques of parenting? We will explore biblical and rabbinic texts as well as contemporary approaches to nurturing in order to determine what is useful for both parents and non-parents in this 21st century.

Presenters
avatar for Abby Eisenberg

Abby Eisenberg

Abby is fascinated by the plethora of approaches to Jewish life and learning. Abby played a leadership role on the first Limmud NY programming committee, which led to her work as the CAJE Associate Director of Conferences. For the past four years, Abby has served as the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Director of Admissions for the pluralistic William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and the non-sectarian Graduate School for... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Brunswick C ballroom level

5:00pm

In Russia They Called Us Jews, Here They Call Us Russians

The Soviet Jewry movement is considered by most experts to have been the most successful accomplishment of the American Jewish community. It resulted in arguably the largest migration of Jews in history, as Russian Jews became Israeli, American, and German citizens. The cry “Let My People Go!” was victorious. This session will deal with the second part of that famous demand of Moses: while Jews from the former Soviet Union have become good Americans, have they become good Jews?


Presenters
avatar for Leonid Feldman

Leonid Feldman

Leonid Feldman is a living example of the drama of modern Jewish history. He has experienced total assimilation, Jewish rebirth, violent anti-Semitism, imprisonment in Russia as a Zionist activist, and freedom in the West. The spiritual leader of Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach, he is the first and only Soviet-born Conservative rabbi in America. His emotional return to his hometown of Kishinev was featured on the NBC TODAY Show, and the Israeli... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Trenton concourse level

5:00pm

Post-WWII Austria in Contemporary Society: When Can a Country Re-Enter the Community of Nations?

Austria has come a long way in recognizing its moral and historical responsibilities during World War II, and has a growing interest in emphasizing the Vienna’s Jewish heritage. Reflecting on a recent trip to Vienna, this session will explore the importance of Jews engaging in an active dialogue about the country’s difficult and historic issues and their contemporary resonance in today’s political landscape. 

 


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avatar for Abby Mayerhoff

Abby Mayerhoff

Abby Mayerhoff works at the American Jewish Committee in Interreligious and Intergroup Relations. Her passion for interactive education and engagement comes, in part, from experiences as a Grinspoon Israel advocacy intern at Muhlenberg College, a counselor at B'nai B'rith Perlman Camp, and a volunteer at Limmud NY.


Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

5:00pm

Na'aseh V'nishmah: Exceeding Our Grasp-For Heaven's Sake

This class will serve as an introduction and a compliment to the class I'll be teaching with Joe Septimus on R' Kook's 'Fourfold Son'. 
We will learn a remarkable text from R' Nachman of Breslov on the meaning of 'Na'aseh V'nishma'/We will do and listen'. This classic expression of obedience and covenantal commitment, is read by R' Nachman as broad rule governing life in general and the spiritual life in particular. 'Na'aseh V'nishma' is for R' Nachman a call to spiritual humility and ambition simultaneously; an invitation to a life of seeking and continual growth. We will augment this Hassidic master with texts from other philosophers to support R' Nachman. No prior text knowledge required. Bring an open heart and an open mind. 


Presenters
avatar for David Ingber

David Ingber

Romemu
David Ingber is a rabbi and is the founder and Spiritual Director of Romemu, NYC's Jewish Renewal Community. David studied in Orthodox yeshivot before receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. David is a sought after national and international leader and educator. His unique, open-hearted and embodied approach to Jewish teaching has taken him from lecturing all along the East Coast, to communities in London, Jerusalem, Aspen... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

5:00pm

Jewish Meditation 101

Judaism has a long history of meditation and contemplative practice as a way to cultivate compassion, personal transformation, and connection. We will cover the basics of Jewish meditation with instruction, exercises & discussion. The session is open to people with all levels of experience, and is designed to offer a broad introduction to Jewish meditation, teachings, & contemplative practice. Come if you are interested in deepening your practice, Jew-ing it up, or finally learning how to sit still.


Presenters
avatar for Alison Laichter

Alison Laichter

Alison Laichter is a meditation teacher, urban planner, community organizer and founding director of the Jewish Meditation Center. She’s a recipient of the Joshua Venture Group $100k fellowship and one of the Jewish Week’s Visionary 36 Under 36. She studied engineering at The Cooper Union and urban planning at Columbia University. She’s been meditating since she was 15, including in the Himalayan, Santa Cruz, and San Miguel... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Somerville main hotel 5th floor conference level

5:30pm

Family Early Dinner 5:30-6:15 pm

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


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Saturday February 16, 2013 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Ballroom E ballroom level

6:20pm

Mechitza 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 16, 2013 6:20pm - 6:35pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

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 16, 2013 6:20pm - 6:35pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

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
avatar for Joel Berkowitz

Joel Berkowitz

Joel is a well-established musician over from the UK. He is a drummer at Limmud Conference UK and has played with many of the artists and musicians who have performed at the event. Joel is really excited to be back at Limmud NY so look out for him playing this weekend!      
avatar for David Ingber

David Ingber

Romemu
David Ingber is a rabbi and is the founder and Spiritual Director of Romemu, NYC's Jewish Renewal Community. David studied in Orthodox yeshivot before receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. David is a sought after national and international leader and educator. His unique, open-hearted and embodied approach to Jewish teaching has taken him from lecturing all along the East Coast, to communities in London, Jerusalem, Aspen... Read More →
avatar for Shlomit & RebbeSoul

Shlomit & RebbeSoul

Shlomit Levi, the golden voice of Orphaned Land and other renowned Israeli artists, returns to the sounds of her Yemenite ancestors with dramatic musical elements. | RebbeSoul has been featured on CNN International, was the cover story in Billboard magazine and achieved the #1 position on the CMJ world music charts in the USA and Canada. Known for his unique production, and signature balalaika and guitar playing, he created the Jewish Roots... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 6:45pm - 7:35pm
Ballrooms A & B ballroom level

7:35pm

Saturday Dinner 7:35-9:30
Shavua Tov! (A Great Week!) Start a great week by making new friends at Saturday evening dinner.

Saturday February 16, 2013 7:35pm - 9:30pm
Ballrooms C, D, & E ballroom level

7:45pm

Old School Israeli Dances: For Beginners

Have a blast with old-time Israeli folk dances. We will remember what it feels like to dance all night on kibbutz with dances from that era. Beginners especially encouraged. We will teach most of the dances before we dance them.


Presenters
avatar for Ezra Weinberg

Ezra Weinberg

Ezra Weinberg is identified through his work as a rabbi, teacher, song leader, dance instructor, peace-builder, and environmental activist. He is a musician and skilled leader of prayer in a variety of denominational settings. He is a teacher of multifaith education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. As a teacher of conflict transformation, Ezra draws upon an experiential model of learning infused with the ancient wisdom of the Jewish calendar... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Ballroom A ballroom level

7:45pm

Garden of Eden Fabulous Fabric Banner: Flora
We are making a large Limmud community banner and you are invited! Cut and paste your way into the Garden of Eden, a beautiful place to be. This session will concentrate on grasses and flowers made out of felt. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience.

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 Manhattan. To see her mixed media art and community projects, visit: www.ellenaltjudaic.com, www.ellenalt.com, and www.ellenaltcommunity.com.


Saturday February 16, 2013 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Edison ballroom level

7:45pm

Yehoshua Unplugged: Love Songs from Canticles and Modern Hebrew Poetry

Yehoshua Engelman’s concerts are “inspiriting food for the soul and heart.” He is a rabbi, teacher, psychotherapist and composer, and to date has produced 4 albums of original musical compositions for Bible verses, Jewish liturgy, and modern Israeli poetry. His music is sung widely by adults and youth in homes, synagogues and schools, and has opened avenues to a new generation of composers of Jewish music. 

 


Presenters
avatar for Yehoshua Engelman

Yehoshua Engelman

Yehoshua Engelman is the co-founder and former rabbi and director of Yakar Tel-Aviv community. He taught at HaKotel and Othniel Hesder Yeshivot, and at Hebrew University Beit Midrash, Maaleh Film School, Kolot, and many other adult-education programs. Yehoshua is also an accomplished and widely heard composer of music to Jewish-Israeli texts and is a practicing psychotherapist. His book of Torah essays, informed by his psychoanalytic experience... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Brunswick A, B, & C ballroom level

7:45pm

Walkers in the City: Jewish Women Photographers Picture New York

Starting in the late 1930s young Jewish women picked up cameras and began to walk the streets of New York, providing us with vivid images of the city from their own gendered perspective. This illustrated lecture takes us back to mid-20th century when a camera gave women a license to stare. What they saw and pictured presents a very different version of New York City than the popular versions in the press and on the silver screen. Please bring your smartphone or a camera.


Presenters
avatar for Deborah Dash Moore

Deborah Dash Moore

Deborah Dash Moore is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History at the University of Michigan and the Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. A historian of American Jews, she focuses on the twentieth century experience. She is the author of a trilogy: At Home in America (1981), GI Jews (2004), and To the Golden Cities (1994). Most recently, she served as the general editor for City of Promises: A History of the... Read More →
avatar for Shulamit Seidler-Feller

Shulamit Seidler-Feller

Shulamit Seidler-Feller is a photographer and educator in New York City. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Reed College and an MFA in Photography from NYU. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Jerusalem Post, amNew York, & the Forward. Her teaching experience includes work for SAR High School, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Brandeis Collegiate Institute, The Jewish Lens, Camp Ramah, & the Center for Alternative... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

7:45pm

Movie Night Pajama Party
All campers from K-6th grade are invited to join Camp Limmud for a movie night. Get on your PJ's and get ready to enjoy dinner and ice cream sundaes with your new Limmud friends.

Presenters

Saturday February 16, 2013 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Carlyle's concourse level

7:45pm

The Uncle Bob Variety Show

This year, YOU are invited to be one of Uncle Bob’s “extraordinary everybodys” on Uncle Bob’s Limmud New York Variety Show. Come with your beloved talents, or those that have previously been unknown. Bring your animals, kazoos, casseroles, comic book collection, musical instruments, and yoga poses. On The Uncle Bob Variety Show, you will be welcomed heartily and join a proud lineage of guests who have been Bob’s cutie-pies since 2008!


Presenters
avatar for Danielle Abrams

Danielle Abrams

From Danielle Abrams’ legacy of Jewish bubbies and tummlers, and black Southern matriarchs, emerge a hybrid blend of personae and performances that reshuffle the quandaries about gender, race, and legacy. Abrams has performed for 20 years in many spaces including the Queens Museum, Jewish Museum, Detroit Institute of the Arts. She has received support from the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and the New York... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Princeton concourse level

7:45pm

Peoplehood in Crisis: What Do Jews in Israel and the U.S. Owe One Another?

Recent events in Israel, and ensuing mixed responses by North American Jewish leaders, have raised the question of whether there remains any Jewish consensus on major political issues. In the absence of such a consensus, a polarizing communal conversation has emerged. In this session we will ask: what are the core values that might govern a conversation between Jews in North America and Israel? What do Jews around the world 'owe' each other? Does a time of crisis change things? And how can we create a more ethical communal conversation?


Presenters
avatar for Steven Bayme

Steven Bayme

Steven Bayme serves as Director of Contemporary Jewish Life Department at AJC and its Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations.  He served as a visiting professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His publications include Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentary, on the Jewish historical experience, and Jewish Arguments and Counter-Arguments, on contemporary Jewish life. His most recent volume is... Read More →
avatar for Jane Eisner

Jane Eisner

Jane Eisner is Editor-in-Chief of the Forward, the authoritative news source for the American Jewish community for over a century. Under her leadership, the Forward has won numerous journalism awards and her work has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists. Previously, she worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years.  She has taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania. She authored Taking... Read More →
avatar for Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein is the founder and president of the Reut Institute, whose mission is to impact Israel and the Jewish world, making an indelibly Jewish, Israeli contribution. He is writing a book titled Flexigidity: On the Secret and Mechanisms of Jewish Survival, Security, Prosperity and Leadership in the Diaspora and Israel. A graduate of Tel-Aviv University Schools of Law & Economics, he was a Wexner Israel Fellow at Harvard’s... Read More →
avatar for Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. The author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past and a fellow in the Institute’s iEngage Project, Yehuda writes and teaches widely on the central challenges facing Jewish life in both America and Israel, and how new Jewish thinking can help us stand up to these challenges. He lives in Riverdale with his wife, Stephanie Ives, and their three children.
avatar for Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt

Emory University
Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her latest book, The Eichmann Trial, was published in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the trial’s start. Her 2006 book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the story of her libel trial against David Irving, is currently being developed into a movie. At Emory, she directs Holocaust Denial on Trial, a website... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Trenton & Monroe concourse level

7:45pm

Exile of the Divine: Explorations in Tiqunei HaZohar

The later strata of the Zohar contain remarkable texts that have greatly impacted Jewish mysticism. In this talk, David Solomon, who is working on a first English translation of Tiqunei HaZohar, will contextualize and review some of the major themes of this influential book, and discuss the challenges of its deciphering. This is a talk for those interested in understanding deep-level kabbalistic perspectives—on exile, redemption, history and how to restore humanity—through a primary source. 

 


Presenters
avatar for David Solomon

David Solomon

David Solomon is a globally roaming scholar, teacher, writer and translator. Currently based in Sydney, Australia, as Neshama Life scholar-in-residence, he is writing the first-ever English translation of Tiqunei HaZohar. David teaches Jewish History, Tanach, Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew, and Kabbalah. However, he is perhaps best known for his dynamic presentation of The Whole of Jewish History in One Hour. To listen to his talks online, visit... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Piscataway ballroom level

7:45pm

Israel Film Center Presents 'Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi' (Hebrew with subtitles)
Sixteen year old Shlomi lives with his restless mother, his soldier brother and his ill grandfather. Although Shlomi is not doing well in school, he is a gifted cook and takes care of most household chores. One day, the school's principal finds out Shlomi is actually a genius and tries to provide a more suitable curriculum. However, Shlomi is more interested in taking care of his family and his new love interest, the beautiful girl next door.

Presenters
avatar for Isaac Zablocki

Isaac Zablocki

Isaac Zablocki is the Director of the Israel Film Center at the Manhattan JCC. He was born in New York, and grew up in Israel. He programs over seven film festivals a year including The Other Israel Film Festival and Reelabilites: NY Disabilities Film Festival. As Director of the Israel Film Center, he is the leading programmer of Israeli films in the U.S,  developed the largest on-line database of Israeli films and the Israel Film Center... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 7:45pm - 9:15pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

9:15pm

Garden of Eden Fabulous Fabric Banner: Fauna

Picture yourself in the Garden of Eden, the source for all things organic: fruits, vegetables and plants, plants, plants. Welcome to ARTspace, the place where creation happens. Come create your part of this Limmud NY community banner project. All are welcome. Truly.


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 Manhattan. To see her mixed media art and community projects, visit: www.ellenaltjudaic.com, www.ellenalt.com, and www.ellenaltcommunity.com.


Saturday February 16, 2013 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Edison ballroom level

9:15pm

Jewish Choral Singing

Have you always enjoyed listening to voices singing in harmony? Now you can join the choir yourself! Join Brian as he helps to create an instant chorus to sing Jewish songs in 2, 3, and 4-part harmony. Some experience reading music is recommended but not required. For ages 14 and up.


Presenters
avatar for Brian Gelfand

Brian Gelfand

Brian is a multi-faceted pianist,vocalist, composer and arranger. Aside from being an accomplished jazz and classical pianist, Brian has been composing and arranging Jewish music for settings as varied as cabaret, choral, and musical theater performances. He is feature actor and musician with the Storahtelling Theatre Company, and is a choral conductor at The Yeshivah of Flatbush and the Kinneret Day School. 


Saturday February 16, 2013 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Trenton concourse level

9:15pm

The Heroic Quest To Make Coca-Cola Kosher: How One Rabbi Truly Made Coke 'The Real Thing'

In the 1930’s, Coca Cola was becoming a national phenomenon. While it was not certified kosher, it was being consumed by the Jewish community. Coke desperately wanted to be available to all, so they contacted Rabbi Tobias Geffen, the rabbinic authority of the South. Discovering that Coke wasn’t kosher, he took a creative and heroic approach to resolve the situation. 

 


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 www.kveller.com. In addition, he serves as a volunteer fundraiser for Lone Soldiers in the IDF. He lives in NYC with his wife, Julie, and two sons, Joseph and... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Princeton concourse level

9:15pm

Values & Vision: A Hands-On Innovation Workshop

This session will review some of the foundations of successful innovation and connect aspiring innovators with one another and peer mentors developing their own and joint initiatives. In this workshop, we will discuss how to leverage Jewish innovation and social entrepreneurship in your work. We will explore how your values and vision relate to the global landscape of Jewish innovation today, and then use them to clarify your mission, outcomes, and strategies, both individually and collectively.


Presenters
avatar for Shawn Landres

Shawn Landres

Co-founder & CEO, Jumpstart
Connecting people, ideas, and resources, Jumpstart co-founder & CEO Shawn Landres, PhD, models networked leadership for social good. In 2008 he co-founded Jumpstart, a research & design lab that the Jerusalem Post says has “changed the global conversation about Jewish innovation." Shawn's work at Jumpstart and elsewhere has earned wide recognition, from the White House to TIME, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Chronicle of... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Monroe concourse level

9:15pm

Euro + Trash: Kafka, Comics & Collisions of Culture

Using his 'Trial' comic as springboard, Eli will share the inspiration for much of his work: a romanticizing of pre-war European Jewish culture as embodied in the fantasies of Franz Kafka. Eli will provide commentary on several of his comics in light of those idealized eras: the absurdist hallucinations, the wellsprings of noir, and the recurring urge to capture an authentic Jewish cultural tradition.


Presenters
avatar for Eli Valley

Eli Valley

Eli Valley, Artist in Residence at The Jewish Daily Forward, is a writer and artist whose work has been published in New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Gawker, Saveur, Ha’aretz and elsewhere. His art has been labeled “ferociously repugnant” by Commentary and “hilarious” by The Comics Journal. A 2012-2013 LABA Fellow, Eli is the author of The Great Jewish Cities of Central and Eastern Europe and is currently... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 9:15pm - Sunday February 17, 2013 10:30pm
Brunswick A, B, & C ballroom level

9:25pm

Israel Film Center Presents: Israel in Short
Beyond feature films, Israel produces great short films that are bursting with dramatic topics that inspire conversation. Join for three groundbreaking short films followed by engaging debates.

Presenters
avatar for Isaac Zablocki

Isaac Zablocki

Isaac Zablocki is the Director of the Israel Film Center at the Manhattan JCC. He was born in New York, and grew up in Israel. He programs over seven film festivals a year including The Other Israel Film Festival and Reelabilites: NY Disabilities Film Festival. As Director of the Israel Film Center, he is the leading programmer of Israeli films in the U.S,  developed the largest on-line database of Israeli films and the Israel Film Center... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 9:25pm - 10:45pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

9:30pm

Girls in Trouble Concert: Indie-Folk Midrashim About the Complicated Lives of Biblical Women

Alicia Jo Rabins (voice, violin, looping pedal, guitar) and Aaron Hartman (bass) bring the ladies of Torah to life with original indie-folk songs in the voices of Miriam, Judith, Lilith, Tamar, and other women from Jewish texts. Alicia's classical violin training, love of folk and indie music, and background as a poet combine with her years of Jewish text study to offer an intimate and lyrical window onto the surprisingly relevant lives of these ancient women.

This session was made possible by funds from The Covenant Foundation.


Presenters
avatar for Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer and Torah teacher. She tours internationally with Girls in Trouble, with whom she has released two albums to critical acclaim, performing her song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women. In addition to numerous fellowships and awards, Alicia holds a MA in Jewish Studies from JTS and a MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson. She recently moved from Brooklyn to Portland, OR with her husband... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Ballrooms A & B ballroom level

9:30pm

JDOV Talks: Danielle Abrams, Sarah Benor, Yehuda Kurtzer & Larry Smith

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud NY with TED (the popular conference which brings inspiring speakers together to give "the talk of their life" in 18 minutes or less)? Here is your chance to find out! Launched at Limmud Conference UK last year, JDOV has now come to this side of the pond. Join us as Shoshana Boyd Gelfand hosts four inspiring speakers to each give the Jewish talk of their life. Previous talks can be found at www.jhub.org.uk/jdov.


Presenters
avatar for Danielle Abrams

Danielle Abrams

From Danielle Abrams’ legacy of Jewish bubbies and tummlers, and black Southern matriarchs, emerge a hybrid blend of personae and performances that reshuffle the quandaries about gender, race, and legacy. Abrams has performed for 20 years in many spaces including the Queens Museum, Jewish Museum, Detroit Institute of the Arts. She has received support from the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and the New York... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Benor

Sarah Benor

Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies, Hebrew Union College
Sarah Bunin Benor is Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles) and Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Southern California Linguistics Department. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Linguistics in 2004. She is the author of Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism (Rutgers University Press, 2012... Read More →
avatar for Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand is Director of JHub, a program of the Pears Foundation. Previously, she was the CEO of the UK Movement for Reform Judaism and Vice President of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. Shoshana received rabbinical ordination in 1993 from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She writes a monthly column for the London Jewish Chronicle and also appears regularly on BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought. Her first children’s book, The... Read More →
avatar for Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. The author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past and a fellow in the Institute’s iEngage Project, Yehuda writes and teaches widely on the central challenges facing Jewish life in both America and Israel, and how new Jewish thinking can help us stand up to these challenges. He lives in Riverdale with his wife, Stephanie Ives, and their three children.
avatar for Larry Smith

Larry Smith

Larry Smith is the founder of SMITH Magazine and SMITHTeens, homes of the Six-Word Memoir® project, now a bestselling book series, board game, and catalyst for personal expression across the world. SMITH Mag’s most recent book is Oy! Only Six? Why Not More? Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life. Larry has spoken about mission building and storytelling at companies such as Twitter, Dell, Shutterfly, ESPN and Google, as well as... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Woodbridge & Piscataway ballroom level

10:45pm

A New Immigrant in Israel: Improvisation As A Way of Life

Moving to a new country is not just different scenery or people: it means starting over. From La La Land LA to Holyland Jerusalem, a new immigrant explores her trials and tribulations through storytelling, comedy sketches and improvisation. The path not taken is just the beginning. Learning how to step out of line, fake an accent, and grab bureaucracy by the balls is where this story continues.


Presenters
avatar for Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

"I'm not an inventor. I'm an improver. I improve things that are broken," Larry David once said. The word "improver" is also someone that improvises, Molly’s art form. Through her English-speaking comedy troupe, Hahafuch, based in Jerusalem, Molly spreads the message that Israel is funny. As well as performing sketches, videos, and improvisation, Molly also teaches improv workshops with an Israeli twist. Molly believes that comedy is the... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 10:45pm - Sunday February 17, 2013 12:00am
Brunswick A, B, & C ballroom level

10:45pm

The Chosen Quiz: Learn Facts, Drink Beer, Make New Friends
Are you a trivia lover? Are you excited to learn more facts? Join us in teams of six over beer or sodas as we tackle the funny and the extraordinary in Jewish history.


Saturday February 16, 2013 10:45pm - Sunday February 17, 2013 12:00am
Bar concourse level

10:45pm

A Zmir-In: Sharing Many Melodies for Shabbat Table Songs

Bring your tape recorders, smartphones, and musical instruments. Together we will sing through all of the Shabbat Zmirot (table songs), sharing and recording as many different melodies for each of them as any of us can conjure.  At Limmud NY last year, we made it through the hymns for Friday night.  This time we will begin with the Shabbat lunchtime zmirot. Come chant, recollect, and learn!


Presenters
avatar for Jonathan D Zimet

Jonathan D Zimet

Jonathan Zimet, rabbi and musician, has led programs at National Havurah Committee Institutes, synagogues, Hillels, and more. He draws on his background to make music and folk cultures come alive: making nusach (melodies) accessible to lay people; opening our Zemirot’s (traditional songs) rich allegories to the wider public with an English commentary he is writing. His choral programs, featuring diverse music, led to annual Shir Hashirim... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 10:45pm - Sunday February 17, 2013 12:00pm
Monroe concourse level

11:00pm

A Bridge Across the River Sambatyon: Magic Jews in Modern and Medieval Western Fantasy

Jews in the Western fantasy tradition have a complicated yichus (pedigree). In this session, we'll learn about the character of the Magic Jew in the Medieval Fantasy tradition, and how the master project of redeeming the monster in the Modern Fantasy traditions has never satisfactorily come to terms with these eldritch motifs, even as they've been invoked by the master storytellers of Tolkien and Rowling. Will it ever be possible to bridge the Yiddish and Christian fantasy traditions?


Presenters
avatar for Aharon Varady

Aharon Varady

Founding Director, the Open Siddur Project
Founding director of the Open Siddur Project, the open-source digital humanities project sharing the texts and art of Jewish spiritual practice, Aharon Varady is an environmental planner and Jewish educator working to improve stewardship of the Public Domain, be it the physical and natural commons of urban park systems or the creative and cultural commons of Torah study. He currently studies the intersection of theurgy, experiential education... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 11:00pm - Sunday February 17, 2013 12:15am
Woodbridge ballroom level

11:15pm

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: Dance Party

Everybody dance now. 


Presenters
avatar for Joel Berkowitz

Joel Berkowitz

Joel is a well-established musician over from the UK. He is a drummer at Limmud Conference UK and has played with many of the artists and musicians who have performed at the event. Joel is really excited to be back at Limmud NY so look out for him playing this weekend!      


Saturday February 16, 2013 11:15pm - Sunday February 17, 2013 1:15am
Ballrooms A & B ballroom level
 
Sunday, February 17
 

7:30am

Mechitza 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 17, 2013 7:30am - 8:15am
Woodbridge ballroom level

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 17, 2013 7:30am - 8:15am
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

8:00am

Sunday Breakfast 8:00-10:00

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


Sunday February 17, 2013 8:00am - 10:00am
Ballrooms C, D, & E ballroom level

8:30am

Shaharit Sababa: For Educators, Teens and Late Risers

The centerpiece of this late Shaharit at 8:30 am will be a creative and collaborative Amidah prayer. You will explore the themes of this daily 19-part prayer before inserting your own personalized requests. This inspirational service will use a full-color Siddur lined with color photos, illustrations and diagrams of the service. It will feature discussion and a debrief for educators. Participate at your comfort level or come just to observe! (Open to middle schoolers through adults.)


Presenters
avatar for Sara Stave Beckerman

Sara Stave Beckerman

Sara Stave Beckerman is a Jewish educator, consultant and the Creative Director of Siddur Sababa, a full-color Iyun Tfillah  (prayer) curriculum that teaches learners about weekday Shaharit and Tikkun Olam. She also distributes and teaches Pathways in Torah, a curriculum for adults teaching access skills for learning Torah and Talmud. She holds an MA from the Davidson School at JTS. Sara teaches at the Solomon Schechter in Bergen County... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 8:30am - 9:45am
Piscataway ballroom level

8:30am

Friends of Bill W.
This is a 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.

Sunday February 17, 2013 8:30am - 9:45am
Raritan main hotel 5th floor conference level

8:30am

Judaism and Urbanism : Jewish Communities React to Suburbanization
"I thought Jews were an urban people." "I thought Jews all lived in the suburbs." Both of these generalizations are true in some cities but not others. In this presentation, I'd like to take you on a tour through American metro areas, showing how Jews have maintained a strong urban presence in some cities and suburbanized in others.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Lewyn

Michael Lewyn

Michael Lewyn is an Associate Professor at Touro Law Center, where he teaches courses in property and environmental law. Most of Lewyn's scholarship focuses on urban and suburban development, and in particular the question of "sprawl": why some cities and towns are walkable and full of vitality, while others have been overshadowed by suburban areas where car ownership is a necessity.  


Sunday February 17, 2013 8:30am - 9:45am
Hopatcong 15th floor conference center

8:30am

Beyond The Bris (Circumcision Ceremony): Creating Innovative Ceremonies for Welcoming Children
We have welcomed baby boys into the covenant with the ceremony of brit milah (ritual circumcision) for thousands of years. For those who decide not to circumcise or not to do so publicly, those welcoming baby girls, and those looking for non-sex-based rituals, how can we create meaningful ceremonies to mark this moment? Come explore new and renewed traditions, including ritual foot washing and a 5-senses ritual. By examining our traditions and values, we will create our own rituals.

Presenters
avatar for Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
RRC is a progressive rabbinical school for students of all backgrounds. We offer in-depth study of Jewish texts, thought and practice, preparing students to lead in a variety of roles. RRC offers a transformative, supportive community.


Sunday February 17, 2013 8:30am - 9:45am
Navesink 15th floor conference center

8:30am

The Story They Didn't Teach You in Hebrew School: The Story of Judah and Tamar
Most stories in Genesis are very famous and even children know them very well. Except for one! Chapter 38 is never taught in Hebrew Schools or in Christian Sunday Schools, and not many rabbis or ministers speak about it from the pulpit. The reason is very simple - that chapter is clearly rated R. Yet, it is a very important story if we want to understand our ancestor Judah.

Presenters
avatar for Leonid Feldman

Leonid Feldman

Leonid Feldman is a living example of the drama of modern Jewish history. He has experienced total assimilation, Jewish rebirth, violent anti-Semitism, imprisonment in Russia as a Zionist activist, and freedom in the West. The spiritual leader of Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach, he is the first and only Soviet-born Conservative rabbi in America. His emotional return to his hometown of Kishinev was featured on the NBC TODAY Show, and the Israeli... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 8:30am - 9:45am
Millstone 15th floor conference center

8:30am

Inspiring Morning Service with Elements of Yoga and Tai Chi

Chanting, breathing, stretching, movement, body tapping… We will stand in a circle and follow the sequence of weekday morning service, focusing on the body, emotion, and intention, up to the climax of individual silent prayer.

No Yoga experience or fitness is necessary. Transliterations will be provided for those who want to follow the chant but do not know the Hebrew.


Presenters
avatar for Sasha Malamud

Sasha Malamud

Sasha Malamud grew up in Soviet Ukraine. She went a long way from being a materialist and atheist to practicing Yoga and Tai Chi, following Chasidic commentary, and being an active member of The New Shul – a progressive synagogue in Greenwich Village. Sasha believes that all traditions represent the same spiritual reality. Sasha is a proud mother of three grown daughters, a computer programmer, a volunteer Yoga instructor, and a birth... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 8:30am - 9:45am
Somerville main hotel 5th floor conference level

8:30am

Daf Yomi

Every day (yomi) people across the Jewish world learn a page of Talmud (daf) with the goal of completng the entire Talmud in seven years.  This global movement began in 1923 and has captured the imaginations of thousands around the world.  Everyone is encouraged to attend, from first timers to those following the current Daf Yomi cycle.  Today is Tractate Shabbat, daf (page) 137.  


Presenters
avatar for Aaron Leibowitz

Aaron Leibowitz

Sulam Yaakov
Aaron Leibowitz is a rabbi and the Dean of Sulam Yaakov – the Beit Midrash for Community Leadership Development in Nachlaot, Jerusalem. A Jewish educator in Israel for over two decades, Aaron spent six years as the rabbi of Kol Rina, the famous Miklat (Bomb Shelter) shul in Nachlaot. He is a community and social activist, was involved in the tent protests in the summer of 2011, and is at the core of a grassroots subversive Kashrut... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 8:30am - 9:45am
Ballroom C

8:30am

If God Is Good, Why Is The World So Bad?
Based on my best-selling book with this title, you’ll learn why Jews shouldn’t accept the views of Harold Kushner in his famous work When Bad Things Happen to Good People (a book that has sold over 9 million copies) as an honest representation of Jewish faith.

Presenters
avatar for Benjamin Blech

Benjamin Blech

Benjamin Blech is an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. He is the author of twelve highly acclaimed and best-selling books, with combined sales of close to half a million copies. Blech’s most recent book, The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican, was the subject of an ABC News 20/20 special. A recipient of the American Educator of the Year Award, he... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 8:30am - 9:45am
Oswego 15th floor conference center

9:45am

Camp Limmud NY 9:45am-4:00pm Sunday
Sunday February 17, 2013 9:45am - 4:00pm
Carlyle's concourse level

10:00am

Ensemble Puppet Creation
"And God formed man of the dust of the ground."
Using simple supplies like paper and tape, participants will create living and breathing creatures. In this puppet building workshop, learn the skills to create and manipulate an ensemble Tabletop puppet.

Presenters
avatar for Ora Fruchter

Ora Fruchter

Ora Fruchter is a Brooklyn based puppeteer, performer, director and educator. She collaborates with other musicians, clowns, and puppeteers to create highly visual theater, finding humor and lightness in dark themes and incorporating live music and actors along with puppets and objects. She performs with her companies Yellow Sneaker, Doppelskope and Creatures Teach Torah. The Famous Violinist, in progress, uses puppetry and music to explore... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Edison ballroom level

10:00am

Teaching Talmud Through the Arts: Can Circus Arts Help You Teach and Learn Talmud?

We will demonstrate use of the arts in deciphering Talmudic passages by teaching the structure of the Talmudic argument through the arts. Understanding that structure is the key to enabling students become active participants in Talmud study rather than passive recipients. Various artistic modes, such as visual arts and circus arts, will be used to demonstrate the extensive possibilities available. Come make a mural, build a pyramid, build up your pedagogical toolbox, and learn Talmud.


Presenters
avatar for Jeff Hoffman

Jeff Hoffman

Jeff Hoffman is Rabbi-In-Residence and Professor of Liturgy at The Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical/cantorial seminary in Yonkers, NY. He holds rabbinic ordination and a doctorate in Liturgy from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is the co-author of Karov L’Chol Korav, For All Who Call: A Manual For Enhancing the Teaching of Prayer, Editor of Siddur Tisha B’Av for The Rabbinical Assembly, and... Read More →
avatar for Eleni Litt

Eleni Litt

Eleni is an artist and teacher combining art making with Jewish Studies and anthropology. A member of Tobi Kahn’s Artists' Beit Midrash, she teaches at the National Havurah Committee Summer Institute. Her artwork has been shown at the Arts Council of Princeton, New School, Jewish Theological Seminary, Temple Emanu-El, and Beth Torah. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology and certificates in Fine Arts (Parsons), and Creative Arts Therapies... Read More →
avatar for Ayal Prouser

Ayal Prouser

Ayal Prouser has (figuratively and literally) been bouncing around the circus and Jewish world his whole life. An alumnus of Solomon Schechter and Nativ, USCJ’s Israel gap year program, he is a student at Clark University, where he has enjoyed studying with Everett Fox. Ayal performs in the tri-state area, and has toured with Circus Smirkus, a traveling youth circus, While in Israel he coached at Kirkas Galil, a youth circus which strives... Read More →
avatar for Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser is the Executive Vice President and Academic Dean at The Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical, cantorial, and graduate school located in Yonkers, NY. She has worked with various educational institutions to develop curricula and approaches to Bible pedagogy for all levels and learning styles. Her book, Esau’s Blessing: How the Bible Embraces Those with Special Needs, was recognized as a National Jewish... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Ballroom B ballroom level

10:00am

Mishpacha in Motion Family Dance Class: Fully EMBODIED Jewish Learning for Children & Families

Jump into rhythm and motion! Parents and grandparents, tots and preteens, it’s Mishpacha in Motion family dance. Explore a Jewish tale through dance, music, and creative interpretation. This lively class blends creative movement with Jewish themes to produce an energetic alternative Jewish learning experience. Mishpacha in Motion is about families learning, grooving, and making new friends together.

 


Presenters
avatar for Dalia Davis

Dalia Davis

DALIA DAVIS is the director of Beit Midrash in Motion, an approach to Jewish text study incorporating movement and meditation for a fully embodied learning experience. She also explores Jewish ideas through dance as Artistic Director of La'ad Dance Company (Learn, Analyze, Ask, Dance). Degrees in dance, Jewish Education and Talmud have allowed her to lead workshop for the Foundation for Jewish Camp, teach for Florence Melton Adult School, and... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Carlyle's concourse level

10:00am

American Jewish Identity Politics

The coming of age of Jewish baby boomers initiated an era of Jewish identity politics that intersected with, and occasionally diverged from, those convulsing American society. We will discuss how feminism, Israel and Zionism, the Soviet Jewry movement, the Holocaust, intermarriage, multiculturalism, and debates on sexuality and gender, shattered a consensus that had taken hold in the postwar decades. We will look at a number of key texts from these decades. 

 


Presenters
avatar for Deborah Dash Moore

Deborah Dash Moore

Deborah Dash Moore is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History at the University of Michigan and the Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. A historian of American Jews, she focuses on the twentieth century experience. She is the author of a trilogy: At Home in America (1981), GI Jews (2004), and To the Golden Cities (1994). Most recently, she served as the general editor for City of Promises: A History of the... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Passaic A 15th floor conference center

10:00am

Judaism's Great Debates

This session is based on my new book, ten classic debates in Jewish history, Judaism's Great Debates:  Timeless Controversies from Abraham to Herzl.  We will examine the case study of the debate between Geiger, Hirsch and Frankel that gave rise to modern denominational Judaism.


Presenters
avatar for Barry L. Schwartz

Barry L. Schwartz

Barry Schwartz is the director of The Jewish Pubication Society in Philadelphia and rabbi of Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia, NJ. He is the author of four books, most recently Judaism's Great Debates (2012).


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Brunswick C ballroom level

10:00am

The Lost Tribe and the Jewish Community: Including People with Special Needs & Their Families
What makes the People of the Book so uncomfortable when it comes to disability, be it physical, intellectual or emotional? What’s gotten lost in the drive to succeed and send our kids to Harvard? Move past the talk, and learn how to include and be part of a process of including, integrating, and accepting each member of your community and the greater Jewish community. It’s the next big idea.

Presenters
avatar for Beth Steinberg

Beth Steinberg

Founder & Executive Director, Shutaf
Beth Steinberg is the executive director and co-founder of Shutaf Inclusion Programs, offering year-round, informal-education programs for children, teens and young people with disabilities in Jerusalem. Shutaf is committed to an inclusive teaching model that welcomes all participants - with and without disabilities - regardless of religious, cultural and socioeconomic differences. Beth, her husband, and three sons, moved to Israel from... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Hopatcong 15th floor conference center

10:00am

20 Ideas from Kabbalah I Made Sure to Teach My Children

Arthur Kurzweil, author of Kabbalah for Dummies and The Torah for Dummies, offers twenty essential Kabbalistic principles that can make a huge difference in a person's life. These abstract spiritual ideas at the core of Jewish belief are embedded within Judaism. Learn what they are and how you can embed them in your own soul and in the souls of your children.


Presenters
avatar for Arthur Kurzweil

Arthur Kurzweil

Arthur Kurzweil is a writer, teacher, and magician. He is a Jewish Heir Locator, dedicated to finding and informing members of the Jewish family about our extraordinary inheritance. He is the author of several books, including On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz and From Generation to Generation: How To Trace Your Jewish Genealogy.  Arthur is a member of the Society of American Magicians (founded by Harry Houdini) and the International... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Piscataway ballroom level

10:00am

7 Weeks of Labor and the Birth of Responsibility: Based on the Writings of Jonathan Sacks
From servitude to Pharoah to servitude to G-d, the Jewish people have journeyed through the desert to become a nation and fulfill the Jewish mission in the world. How do we know what this mission is? What makes our slavery to Pharaoh any different than this list of rules and regulations given to us by G-d and “held over our heads” at Mount Sinai? Join for a textual study of Sefer Bereishit (the Book of Genesis) to learn about true freedom and the quintessential role of a Jew in this world.

Presenters
avatar for Chavi Kaufman

Chavi Kaufman

Chavi Kaufman is currently studying at Stern College and attending the Limmud NY conference as a part of Yeshiva University. She attended Oakland Hebrew Day School, Bais Yaakov Los Angeles, and Michlalah Seminary in Jerusalem. She is originally from Northern California and is now living in Crown Heights, pursuing a major in Biochemistry, coaching gymnastics, and teaching dance. She is passionate about learning and teaching Torah, dancing... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Millstone 15th floor conference center

10:00am

What is the Torah? Jewish Approaches to a Central Question

In this session, we will address a fundamental question: what kind of book is the book we call the Torah? Is it a storybook or a legal text? Is it to be read like any other text, or does it have its own set of rules? And did it apply to a particular time and place, or does it apply to every time and place, including ours? We will look at different approaches to these questions from within Jewish thought.


Presenters
avatar for Aaron Koller

Aaron Koller

Aaron Koller is an associate professor of Near Eastern and Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, where he studies the ancient world of the Bible and rabbinic literature, especially material culture, language, and intellectual history. His most recent book is Esther in Ancient Jewish Thought (Cambridge UP). Aaron also as a longstanding involvement in the Drisha Institute, where he teaches Talmud and biblical interpretation. He lives in Queens with... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

10:00am

JDOV Talks: Jane Eisner, Daniel Gordis, Ruth Messinger & Eli Valley

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud NY with TED, (the popular conference which brings inspiring speakers together to give "the talk of their life" in 18 minutes or less)? Here is your chance to find out! Launched at Limmud Conference UK last year, JDOV has now come to this side of the pond. Join us as Shoshana Boyd Gelfand hosts four inspiring speakers to each give the Jewish talk of their life. Previous talks can be found at www.jhub.org.uk/jdov.


Presenters
avatar for Jane Eisner

Jane Eisner

Jane Eisner is Editor-in-Chief of the Forward, the authoritative news source for the American Jewish community for over a century. Under her leadership, the Forward has won numerous journalism awards and her work has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists. Previously, she worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 25 years.  She has taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania. She authored Taking... Read More →
avatar for Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand is Director of JHub, a program of the Pears Foundation. Previously, she was the CEO of the UK Movement for Reform Judaism and Vice President of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. Shoshana received rabbinical ordination in 1993 from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She writes a monthly column for the London Jewish Chronicle and also appears regularly on BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought. Her first children’s book, The... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, in print and on-line. Gordis’ latest book, The Promise of Israel, was released in August. A recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, he has been called “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.” Gordis... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is the executive director of American Jewish World Service, a humanitarian organization providing support to grassroots social change projects throughout the world. Prior to assuming this role in 1998, Ms. Messinger was in public service in New York City for 20 years, including having served as Manhattan borough president.
avatar for Eli Valley

Eli Valley

Eli Valley, Artist in Residence at The Jewish Daily Forward, is a writer and artist whose work has been published in New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Gawker, Saveur, Ha’aretz and elsewhere. His art has been labeled “ferociously repugnant” by Commentary and “hilarious” by The Comics Journal. A 2012-2013 LABA Fellow, Eli is the author of The Great Jewish Cities of Central and Eastern Europe and is currently... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Trenton & Monroe concourse level

10:00am

My Life Is a Game Show: Tanach and 'Jeopardy'!

I discuss my experience on the game show Jeopardy, and how learning Tanach helped me be a two-day winner.

This session was made possible by funds from The Covenant Foundation.


Presenters
avatar for Gitta Jaroslawicz-Neufeld

Gitta Jaroslawicz-Neufeld

Gitta Neufeld received the 2012 Covenant Foundation Award for Excellence in Education. As Director of the Allegra Franco School of Educational Leadership, she spearheads an innovative program that provides teacher training and adult education for woman of the Syrian community. She also lectures frequently across the metropolitan area. A graduate of Queens College and Pace University, she is completing her doctorate, focusing on the Syrian... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Passaic B 15th floor conference center

10:00am

There's an App for That: The Unbundling of American Jewish Life
From iTunes playlists to Google News, we have become curators of...well, almost everything. And it's no different with the range of Jewish religious, educational, cultural, social, and political choices available today. Join Sarah Benor and Shawn Landres to discuss what they're learning about how the technology revolutions reshaping music, news, and the rest of our lives are continuing to transform Jewish life in America and beyond.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Benor

Sarah Benor

Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies, Hebrew Union College
Sarah Bunin Benor is Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles) and Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Southern California Linguistics Department. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Linguistics in 2004. She is the author of Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism (Rutgers University Press, 2012... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Landres

Shawn Landres

Co-founder & CEO, Jumpstart
Connecting people, ideas, and resources, Jumpstart co-founder & CEO Shawn Landres, PhD, models networked leadership for social good. In 2008 he co-founded Jumpstart, a research & design lab that the Jerusalem Post says has “changed the global conversation about Jewish innovation." Shawn's work at Jumpstart and elsewhere has earned wide recognition, from the White House to TIME, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Chronicle of... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Ambrose 15th floor conference center

10:00am

Your Next Great Entrepreneurial Opportunity: How to Identify Market White Space

Learn how to: figure out which nonprofit (or business) you should start; identify and learn from potential customers at zero or minimal cost; learn from the parallel experiments that your competitors run; and learn how to run experiments at a minimum cost to yourself. Video and slides from a recent similar presentation at http://www.teten.com/market-research/.

 

 

 


Presenters
avatar for David Teten

David Teten

David Teten (teten.com) is a Partner with ff Venture Capital, Founder and Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York, and a published author. David is a frequent keynote speaker; he has received the highest ratings of any speaker at three different conferences. David has studied at Aish HaTorah and Ohr Somayach and is a former investment banker. He holds a Harvard MBA and Yale BA.


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Navesink 15th floor conference center

10:00am

Chai Mitzvah: Grow Your Judaism
An alternative to monthly book groups, classes, & gatherings, appropriate for organizations & independent groups. Chai Mitzvah is a turn-key, affordable, individualized, nationally recognized framework for personal growth and deepening engagement with Judaism & community. There are 5 simple steps to becoming a Chai Mitzvah. It is appropriate for all ages and all levels of Jewish knowledge and practice. Scheduling is flexible. Experience a Chai Mitzvah class & receive sample materials for your own groups.

Presenters
avatar for Wendy Pein

Wendy Pein

Wendy Pein is the Westchester Community Coordinator and Educator for Chai Mitzvah, an adult Jewish engagement initiative to help renew synagogue and Jewish communal life. She is also the Jewish chaplain at Manhattanville College, and co-author of the multi-media guide The Jewish Path. She previously served as rabbi in Plano, TX and in Westchester, NY. Wendy lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and two children and lives by the Chai Mitzvah... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

10:00am

The Truth About Europe
American Jews love to tell themselves how grim life is for Jews in Europe today. Repeatedly, I’m assailed by Americans telling me how scary it is in France, Hungary, Poland, my own back yard. They tell me too of how scared European Jews are, unlike the out and proud American Jews who never fail to fight the good fight as soon as necessary, while we cringing Europeans creep around the corridors of power asking – and rarely getting – favours. Why do Americans believe so readily in such stories? Survivor guilt? Come and hear the truth from a European Jew who knows!

Presenters
avatar for Clive Lawton

Clive Lawton

Clive is a founder of Limmud and is now its Senior Consultant worldwide. He is formerly a high school principal, Director of Liverpool municipality education services, chair of a state hospital board, and a governor of London's police. He currently is a magistrate and educator of international reach. Clive broadcasts and writes widely on moral, religious, social and historical subjects  


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Oswego 15th floor conference center

10:00am

Radical Pickling: Reviving Old World Jewish Food Traditions

Pickling and fermenting is at the heart of Old World Jewish food, whether through the wine we drink on Shabbat, the pickles we eat with our pastrami sandwiches or the borscht we enjoy. Come learn about vegetable preservation’s critical role in Eastern European Judaism and why continuing the tradition is so important. You’ll learn how to make your own pickles and will take away a jar of soon-to-be sour dills. DIY pickling is not just practical; it can be a radical act of cultural reclamation.


Presenters
avatar for Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Jeffrey Yoskowitz is a writer, pickler and food entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of The Gefilteria, a purveyor of Old World Jewish foods in Brooklyn, NY whose products are available throughout the New York City area (gefilteria.com). He worked as a pickler for the Adamah Jewish Organic Farm and spreads pickling love around the world through workshops and demos. He has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Tablet and many other... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Rockaway 15th floor conference center

10:00am

The Rediscovery of Tekhelet, Ancient Biblical Blue: Archeology, Chemistry and Torah in Collaboration
The blue string affixed to the tzitztit (prayer fringes) and worn by the Kohen Gadol (high priest) serves as a reminder of all the mitzvot (commandments). The secret of the blue dye and the mysterious sea creature that produced it were lost over 1,300 years ago. The improbable events that led to the rediscovery and the revival of this mitzvah today weave together Torah and science, research and adventure, and fascinating personalities.

Presenters
avatar for Baruch Sterman

Baruch Sterman

Baruch received his doctorate in physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and specializes in telecommunications and computer security. He is co-founder of the Ptil Tekhelet Association, which has succeeded in restoring the ancient biblical blue dye, and has published The Rarest Blue, which details the history and science of tekhelet. He has lectured throughout the world on that subject and on science and religion in general. He lives in... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Woodbridge ballroom level

10:00am

Yoga - Embodying Middot (Soul Traits): Menuchat Ha’nefesh (Rest for the Soul - Equanimity)
Middot, or soul-traits, give us specialized paths to realizing our highest potential. In this yoga practice we will cultivate equanimity – mental calmness, poise and grace regardless of challenges in our lives. As Jon Kabat Zinn says “You can’t stop the waves, you can only earn to surf.” Through asana (postures) and pranayama (breath) we will surf our way to calmness of the soul. There are NO yoga props available – please bring your own mat and anything else you need. All levels welcome.

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Dewan

Rachel Dewan

YogaTova


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Somerville main hotel 5th floor conference level

10:00am

Too Many Words! Why the Siddur is Broken, and How We Can Fix It

It is often assumed that a Halachic approach to prayer need fully embrace the traditional liturgy. The reality is that for most people this is not working. Rav Aaron will share experimental liturgical formats he has been playing with that may offer a solution. Discussion and experiential workshop.


Presenters
avatar for Aaron Leibowitz

Aaron Leibowitz

Sulam Yaakov
Aaron Leibowitz is a rabbi and the Dean of Sulam Yaakov – the Beit Midrash for Community Leadership Development in Nachlaot, Jerusalem. A Jewish educator in Israel for over two decades, Aaron spent six years as the rabbi of Kol Rina, the famous Miklat (Bomb Shelter) shul in Nachlaot. He is a community and social activist, was involved in the tent protests in the summer of 2011, and is at the core of a grassroots subversive Kashrut... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:00am - 11:15am
Princeton concourse level

11:00am

Organizational Shuk 11:00-5:00
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 17, 2013 11:00am - 5:00pm
In Front Of Ballrooms C and D ballroom level

11:30am

Garden of Eden Fabulous Fabric Banner: Growth

Last chance to contribute to our Garden of Eden community felt banner. We will be wrapping it up with the birds and the bees. And the fleurs and the leaves. And the yous and the mees. All are welcome.


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 Manhattan. To see her mixed media art and community projects, visit: www.ellenaltjudaic.com, www.ellenalt.com, and www.ellenaltcommunity.com.


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Edison ballroom level

11:30am

Six Words to Say It All: For Teens

Can you tell the story of your Jewish life in six words? Since 2006, Larry Smith has been asking people to submit life stories in exactly six words on SMITHmag.net & SMITHteens.com—and millions have. Larry will tell the story of how Six-Word Memoirs became an accidental internet phenomenon and bestselling books series and invite you to take the Six-Word challenge yourself. We’ll share Six-Word Memoirs and enjoy game-like six-word challenges, with prizes for the best short-form scribes.


Presenters
avatar for Larry Smith

Larry Smith

Larry Smith is the founder of SMITH Magazine and SMITHTeens, homes of the Six-Word Memoir® project, now a bestselling book series, board game, and catalyst for personal expression across the world. SMITH Mag’s most recent book is Oy! Only Six? Why Not More? Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life. Larry has spoken about mission building and storytelling at companies such as Twitter, Dell, Shutterfly, ESPN and Google, as well as... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Hopatcong 15th floor conference center

11:30am

Teaching Talmud Through the Arts: Can Circus Arts Help You Teach and Learn Talmud?

Come make a mural, build a pyramid, build up your pedagogical toolbox, and learn Talmud! We will use the arts to decipher the structure of the Talmudic argument. Understanding that structure is the key to enabling students become active participants in Talmud study rather than passive recipients. Various artistic modes, such as visual arts and circus arts, will be used to demonstrate some of the many possibilities.


Presenters
avatar for Jeff Hoffman

Jeff Hoffman

Jeff Hoffman is Rabbi-In-Residence and Professor of Liturgy at The Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical/cantorial seminary in Yonkers, NY. He holds rabbinic ordination and a doctorate in Liturgy from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is the co-author of Karov L’Chol Korav, For All Who Call: A Manual For Enhancing the Teaching of Prayer, Editor of Siddur Tisha B’Av for The Rabbinical Assembly, and... Read More →
avatar for Eleni Litt

Eleni Litt

Eleni is an artist and teacher combining art making with Jewish Studies and anthropology. A member of Tobi Kahn’s Artists' Beit Midrash, she teaches at the National Havurah Committee Summer Institute. Her artwork has been shown at the Arts Council of Princeton, New School, Jewish Theological Seminary, Temple Emanu-El, and Beth Torah. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology and certificates in Fine Arts (Parsons), and Creative Arts Therapies... Read More →
avatar for Ayal Prouser

Ayal Prouser

Ayal Prouser has (figuratively and literally) been bouncing around the circus and Jewish world his whole life. An alumnus of Solomon Schechter and Nativ, USCJ’s Israel gap year program, he is a student at Clark University, where he has enjoyed studying with Everett Fox. Ayal performs in the tri-state area, and has toured with Circus Smirkus, a traveling youth circus, While in Israel he coached at Kirkas Galil, a youth circus which strives... Read More →
avatar for Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser is the Executive Vice President and Academic Dean at The Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical, cantorial, and graduate school located in Yonkers, NY. She has worked with various educational institutions to develop curricula and approaches to Bible pedagogy for all levels and learning styles. Her book, Esau’s Blessing: How the Bible Embraces Those with Special Needs, was recognized as a National Jewish... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Ballroom B ballroom level

11:30am

Lobbying for the Public Good
Come learn time-tested techniques for persuading decision-makers at the local, state, or federal levels. Whatever social justice issue you are passionate about, this training will offer concrete skills for you to put to use to make change. Rachel Ackoff has trained hundreds of folks on lobbying skills over the past decade since she first lobbied herself as a high school student. Most recently, she has worked for the Sierra Club as a lobbyist on environmental issues in Washington, DC.

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Ackoff

Rachel Ackoff

Rachel Ackoff is pursuing a dual degree in Nonprofit Management and Jewish Studies at NYU. Previously, Rachel served as the Associate Washington Representative for the Sierra Club’s Labor and Trade Program, and as the Electoral Project Director at United States Student Association. She currently works with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice on the Caring Across Generations campaign to improve job quality for home care workers... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Navesink 15th floor conference center

11:30am

The True Story of Why Jewish Education Fails, and What We Need to Do About It

People cite the high costs, the lack of time, the inadequacy of the teachers … and all of these may be true, and yet: Were we to solve all these problems, we still would not be addressing the real dilemmas intrinsic to the endeavor of Jewish education. We will look together at sociological research and philosophical theories from the past century leading to one inescapable conclusion: Jewish education can and does work, when we aren't afraid to let it!


Presenters
avatar for Saul Kaiserman

Saul Kaiserman

Saul Kaiserman is Director of Lifelong Learning for Congregation Emanu-El and editor of the weblog New Jewish Education. He is an innovative leader in youth, travel, music & media education and has lectured & performed internationally for over 20 years. He is on the faculty of the Leadership Institute as a mentor in Jewish education & the clinical faculty for the School of Education at Hebrew Union College. He lives in... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Rockaway 15th floor conference center

11:30am

Instant Yiddish! 50 Words in 50 Minutes
Do you love the sound of Yiddish, but never learned to speak it? Do you speak a bisl, but wish you spoke a sakh? Do you want to make your mispokhe kvel? Join Yiddish Master Teacher Nikolai “Kolya” Borodulin of The Workmen’s Circle and go from bupkes to bilingual! This engaging and dynamic workshop makes Yiddish accessible for students of all ages through vocabulary, conversation, and poetry. No prior Yiddish knowledge necessary. Even complete beginners will be able to follow!

Presenters
avatar for Nikolai “Kolya” Borodulin

Nikolai “Kolya” Borodulin

Nikolai Borodulin is the Coordinator of Yiddish Learning and a Master Teacher at the Workmen’s Circle, where he directs intergenerational Yiddish education. A recognized scholar and published author in several Slavic, Germanic, and Jewish languages, he is launching the first extensive national and international online program for Yiddish learning in real-time. Credited with giving hundreds of Yiddishists their foundation in the language, he... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

11:30am

Intermarriage: The Facts and the Fictions
If you are interested in learning about intermarriage from one of the leading experts in the field--and one of most vocal advocates for inclusion in Big Tent Judaism--then this session is for you. Come and learn how to discern fact from fiction and how to open your heart to those already in our community who come from different faith backgrounds.

Presenters
avatar for Kerry Olitzky

Kerry Olitzky

Kerry M. Olitzky is a rabbi and Executive Director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, a national independent organization bringing Judaism to interfaith families and the unaffiliated. Recently named one of Newsweek’s 50 Leading Rabbis in North America, he served as vice president of the Wexner Foundation and Dean of Adult Jewish Learning & Living at Hebrew Union College, where he taught for 15 years. He has shaped training... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Passaic A 15th floor conference center

11:30am

Survive, Revive, Thrive: The Evolution of New Jewish Organizations

While many startups dream of scaling up through growth, others find balance in mergers or downsizing. Hear the stories of four very different 21st-century Jewish startups - Hazon, Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn, JewishGPS, & Haggadot.com. How are they sustaining themselves? What programs and projects have supported them along the way? How have their organizational structures changed? What advice do they have for new startups considering growing, merging, reorganizing, or even sunsetting?


Moderators
avatar for Shawn Landres

Shawn Landres

Co-founder & CEO, Jumpstart
Connecting people, ideas, and resources, Jumpstart co-founder & CEO Shawn Landres, PhD, models networked leadership for social good. In 2008 he co-founded Jumpstart, a research & design lab that the Jerusalem Post says has “changed the global conversation about Jewish innovation." Shawn's work at Jumpstart and elsewhere has earned wide recognition, from the White House to TIME, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Chronicle of... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for JewishGPS

JewishGPS

JewishGPS
Robyn Faintich has over 18 years of Jewish communal professional experience in areas that include youth movements, day schools, community teen initiatives, early childhood education, congregational family education, and adult education. In August 2010, Robyn launched JewishGPS, LLC in an effort to help guide Jewish organizations in a variety of aspects of Jewish education. She currently serves as the national education consultant for The Good... Read More →
avatar for Alison Laichter

Alison Laichter

Alison Laichter is a meditation teacher, urban planner, community organizer and founding director of the Jewish Meditation Center. She’s a recipient of the Joshua Venture Group $100k fellowship and one of the Jewish Week’s Visionary 36 Under 36. She studied engineering at The Cooper Union and urban planning at Columbia University. She’s been meditating since she was 15, including in the Himalayan, Santa Cruz, and San Miguel... Read More →
avatar for Eileen Levinson

Eileen Levinson

Founder & Executive Creative Director, Custom and Craft (and Haggadot.com)
Eileen Levinson is a designer & artist based in Los Angeles. Her work reimagines Jewish ritual for contemporary audiences. In 2011, she created Haggadot.com, a website for Jews exchange and personalize content for the Passover Haggadah. The site has received attention on NPR's All Things Considered, The Jerusalem Post , Ha'aretz, the Wall Street Journal & the Huffington Post. This summer, her team launched Custom & Craft, a similar... Read More →
avatar for David Weisberg

David Weisberg

David Weisberg has served as Executive Director of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center since 2011, and will soon become the CEO of Hazon following Isabella Freedman and Hazon's merger. At Isabella Freedman, he implemented a turnaround plan, stabilizing the organization’s business model while reaching new constituencies, from baseball fanatics to Grateful Dead fans. Previously, David served as Executive Director of Friends of the... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Monroe concourse level

11:30am

What’s So Funny? Trends and Taboos in Jewish Humor

Jewish comedy used to rely on some reliable themes: overbearing mothers, henpecked fathers, thrifty businessmen, gullible gentiles, and spoiled daughters. But what happens to humor when Jews become less distinctive as a community and lose their “outsider” status? Join us for a panel conversation with some keen observers and commentators on the state of Jewish humor.


Presenters
avatar for Danielle Abrams

Danielle Abrams

From Danielle Abrams’ legacy of Jewish bubbies and tummlers, and black Southern matriarchs, emerge a hybrid blend of personae and performances that reshuffle the quandaries about gender, race, and legacy. Abrams has performed for 20 years in many spaces including the Queens Museum, Jewish Museum, Detroit Institute of the Arts. She has received support from the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and the New York... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan  Horowitz

Jonathan Horowitz

Jonathan Horowitz serves as a philanthropic advisor at J.P. Morgan Private Bank where he manages the grantmaking programs for foundations working across a diverse range of issues areas and advises nonprofits on capacity building. Before coming to J.P. Morgan, he worked for the Jewish Funders Network and Hillel. He serves on the boards of Hillel at Brandeis, Joshua Venture Group, and the NYC Workforce Funders. Jonathan graduated from... Read More →
avatar for Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

"I'm not an inventor. I'm an improver. I improve things that are broken," Larry David once said. The word "improver" is also someone that improvises, Molly’s art form. Through her English-speaking comedy troupe, Hahafuch, based in Jerusalem, Molly spreads the message that Israel is funny. As well as performing sketches, videos, and improvisation, Molly also teaches improv workshops with an Israeli twist. Molly believes that comedy is the... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Silow-Carroll

Andrew Silow-Carroll

Andrew Silow-Carroll is editor in chief of the New Jersey Jewish News. He was previously the managing editor of the Forward. From 1996-1998 he lived in Israel as a Jerusalem Fellow, an international program in Jewish education. He was a Spielberg Fellow and director of communications of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He is a fellow of Leadership New Jersey, a program for emerging state leaders. He lives in Teaneck... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Trenton concourse level

11:30am

You Don't Know me and I Don't Know you, But We are the Jewish People: Towards a Future Picture of Jewish Peoplehood

Through a short text study of Yehuda Amichai's poem "The Jews," we will look at the ideas that are central to the Peoplehood concept. We will then try to create a future picture for the Jewish People as we want and hope to see it, reflecting the diversity of ideas that will be represented in the room, and also taking into consideration the Israeli perspective, which I have been studying and am interested to receive feedback on.

 


Presenters
avatar for Michal Ben-Dov

Michal Ben-Dov

Michal Ben-Dov is a fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute. She founded and directed Camp USA, an organization that sends young Israelis to Jewish summer camps in North America with the goal of fostering a connection between the two largest Jewish communities in the world. She was involved with Maccabi World Union, and directed the Junior Maccabiah in 2005. Her areas of interest include Jewish Peoplehood and the encounter between Israel and... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Millstone 15th floor conference center

11:30am

The Food of the Jews of France
Inspired by her own family history, Joan set off to learn more about the often hidden history and foods of French Jews. In writing she came to understand that within this rich agricultural country, Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Provençal Jewish food developed side-by-side and often melded with French regional cooking. Joan will discuss the people she met throughout her journey and the French Jewish dishes she has come to love.

Presenters
avatar for Joan Nathan

Joan Nathan

Joan Nathan regularly contributes to The New York Times, Food Arts Magazine, and Tablet Magazine and is the author of ten award-winning cookbooks, including Jewish Cooking in America. Her most recent book is Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, which was named one of the 10 best cookbooks of 2010 by NPR, Food and Wine, and Bon Appétit magazines. For more information, visit her website at joannathan.com.


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Oswego 15th floor conference center

11:30am

If It Be Your Will: Spirituality Education in the Songs of Leonard Cohen

Is it possible to “teach” spirituality? What are the ingredients that nurture spiritual growth? How can one access and exercise spiritual intelligence? This session will explore these questions through an in-depth reflective observation in the writings of poet, singer, songwriter and author Leonard Cohen, and uncover creative pedagogues that help access the world of spiritual development.


Presenters
avatar for Shuki Taylor

Shuki Taylor

Shuki, Director of the Center for the Jewish Future’s Jewish Service Learning and Experiential Education Programs, previously served as the CJF’s Israel liaison. In his roles at CJF he founded the program in Experiential Jewish Education, the Yeshiva University Innovators Circle, the Counterpoint Israel Initiatives, and Midrashiya: an advanced leadership-training program for women. He has overseen the growth of YU Service Learning... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Brunswick C ballroom level

11:30am

Small Nation in Stormy Waters: Israel and the Challenges of the New Middle East

How should Israel treat Gaza? Should Israel recognize Palestinian statehood? How should Israel view the so-called 'Arab Spring' and what about Iran? Israel is now facing unprecedented adversity and extreme volatility, as it comes to shape in the national security outlook. This session will offer a bird's-eye view of some of Israel's key challenges and will discuss possible courses of action. No simple questions. No simple answers.


Presenters
avatar for Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein is the founder and president of the Reut Institute, whose mission is to impact Israel and the Jewish world, making an indelibly Jewish, Israeli contribution. He is writing a book titled Flexigidity: On the Secret and Mechanisms of Jewish Survival, Security, Prosperity and Leadership in the Diaspora and Israel. A graduate of Tel-Aviv University Schools of Law & Economics, he was a Wexner Israel Fellow at Harvard’s... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Passaic B 15th floor conference center

11:30am

Lightning Round Case Studies

It's all about you - for 15 minutes anyway! This session will provide a dedicated space for participants in small groups to present a challenge they are experiencing and for the Limmud NY support network of peers to offer advice. As seen at ROI Community events, each person present will have a chance to focus on his/her challenge and to offer advice to others.


Presenters
JK

Jen Keys

ROI Community
Jen Keys is an ROI Community Program Manager based in Washington, DC. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School with a BFA in Dance. As a member of the Schusterman Insight Fellowship, Jen worked at three organizations– BBYO, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and Hillel international. She has organized gatherings for the Schusterman Foundation, including NetWORKS in Boulder, CO, and the South African Young Jewish Innovators Gathering. Jen has also... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

11:30am

The Whole of Jewish History in One Hour
In one continuous narrative, David will literally map out the unique scale and amazing contours of Jewish History around the audience, providing a framework that is accessible to people with any level of knowledge. The internationally acclaimed Whole of Jewish History in One Hour covers everything from the origins of the Jewish People up to the present day and beyond.

Presenters
avatar for David Solomon

David Solomon

David Solomon is a globally roaming scholar, teacher, writer and translator. Currently based in Sydney, Australia, as Neshama Life scholar-in-residence, he is writing the first-ever English translation of Tiqunei HaZohar. David teaches Jewish History, Tanach, Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew, and Kabbalah. However, he is perhaps best known for his dynamic presentation of The Whole of Jewish History in One Hour. To listen to his talks online, visit... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Woodbridge & Piscataway ballroom level

11:30am

Creative (and Simple) Ideas for Family Seders: Making Everyone at the Table a Teller of Our Story

This session will begin with a look at some traditional (and surprising) commentaries on the Seder with an eye towards the emphasis on children. We will then look at a series of engaging ideas to make even the youngest participants tellers of the story. From stick puppets to Elvis Presley we will look at ideas that will keep them from asking “When do we eat?” No artistic or musical ability necessary... just a desire to make Seder memories for future generations!


Presenters
avatar for Sharon Halper

Sharon Halper

Sharon Halper has been a Jewish educator in a variety of communal and congregational settings for the past thirty years. She is the author of numerous publications for Behrman House, the URJ, Torah Aura and the JDC (www.morim-madrichim.org). Her greatest interest - and pleasure! - is enabling families to share Jewish celebrations and make them both an expression of received tradition and personal creativity.


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Ambrose 15th floor conference center

11:30am

How Do We Make Pleasing Odors for God?

We will look at the least studied pre-temple sacrifice of the Bible: Noach’s sacrifice upon disembarking on dry land (Gen 8:20). We will use the pathos of Noah’s post-traumatic behavior and God’s reaction to his sacrifice as a prism through which to consider our own most intimate moments with, and offerings to, God.


Presenters
avatar for Angie Atkins

Angie Atkins

Angie Atkins is the Director of the Wexner Heritage Alumni program. Previously, she founded and ran Angie Olami, Inc. an international wholesale jewelry business manufacturing in Israel. Angie hosts transdenominational minyanim (prayer groups), tisches (yiddish for tables), and study sessions in her home, with husband Norman Atkins. Angie is a lifetime lay learner studying regularly at Mechon Hadar with David Ingber & Nathaniel Berman... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Princeton concourse level

11:30am

Limmud Chavruta: Consumerism
In this interactive session, we will explore, debate and discuss the concept of consumerism. What distinguishes wants from needs? Is Fair Trade Jewish? Is comparison shopping ethical? Are lavish celebrations unethical? Ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics and more will be used. Everyone is welcome, whether you have studied Jewish texts before or not, and knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Part of the new Limmud Chavruta series on the theme of Money. Come to one session; or even better, come to all four!

Presenters
avatar for Karen Radkowsky

Karen Radkowsky

Trustee, Limmud
Karen Radkowsky first discovered her passion for all things Limmud in 2000. Since then, she has participated in over 50 Limmud events on three continents and advised Limmud teams around the globe. A founder and past president of Limmud NY, she is currently a trustee of the global Limmud organization (headquartered in the UK). In her professional life, Karen heads new business and innovation for Ketchum Global Research and Analytics in NYC.
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 email.


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 12:45pm
Boardroom II ballroom level

11:30am

Camp Limmud NY 9:45am-4:00pm Sunday
Sunday February 17, 2013 11:30am - 4:00pm
Carlyle's concourse level

12:00pm

Sunday Lunch 12:00-2:00

Sit with someone new! Lunch is a great time to meet new people at Limmud NY.


Sunday February 17, 2013 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballrooms C, D, & E ballroom level

1:00pm

Comedy Workshop for Young People and Families

In this unique improvisation comedy workshop with an Israeli twist, participants will learn the rules of improv through dynamic games and acting methods. The workshop will foster creativity and boost confidence while allowing students to discuss Israel, Judaism and everything in-between in an honest and hilarious way.

 


Presenters
avatar for Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

"I'm not an inventor. I'm an improver. I improve things that are broken," Larry David once said. The word "improver" is also someone that improvises, Molly’s art form. Through her English-speaking comedy troupe, Hahafuch, based in Jerusalem, Molly spreads the message that Israel is funny. As well as performing sketches, videos, and improvisation, Molly also teaches improv workshops with an Israeli twist. Molly believes that comedy is the... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Carlyle's concourse level

1:00pm

Sundays in June: A Cabaret by a Jewish Wedding Singer

Most Jewish musicians play the Jewish wedding circuit sometime in their career. Some never escape. In this presentation of a work-in-progress, Brian Gelfand presents songs and stories inspired by his experiences playing Jewish weddings. He uses these experiences as metaphors to explore what it means to be an artist in the Jewish community, and how one balances the joys and pressures of belonging to this community with the urge to be a unique and creative individual.


Presenters
avatar for Brian Gelfand

Brian Gelfand

Brian is a multi-faceted pianist,vocalist, composer and arranger. Aside from being an accomplished jazz and classical pianist, Brian has been composing and arranging Jewish music for settings as varied as cabaret, choral, and musical theater performances. He is feature actor and musician with the Storahtelling Theatre Company, and is a choral conductor at The Yeshivah of Flatbush and the Kinneret Day School. 


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Ballroom B ballroom level

1:00pm

Animating Ensemble Puppets
And God breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. With a little bit of breath and focus, a puppet can communicate ancient stories and deep emotion. In this puppetry manipulation workshop for adults, participants will learn basic ensemble puppetry techniques, including exercises that focus on breath, movement and ensemble.

Presenters
avatar for Ora Fruchter

Ora Fruchter

Ora Fruchter is a Brooklyn based puppeteer, performer, director and educator. She collaborates with other musicians, clowns, and puppeteers to create highly visual theater, finding humor and lightness in dark themes and incorporating live music and actors along with puppets and objects. She performs with her companies Yellow Sneaker, Doppelskope and Creatures Teach Torah. The Famous Violinist, in progress, uses puppetry and music to explore... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Edison ballroom level

1:00pm

What the Kids Are Dancing These Days: Israeli Line Dances

Whether at Jewish summer camp or a bar mitzvah party, don't you wish you knew the steps to some of those fun looking Israeli dances like "Zodiak" and the "Turkish Kiss?" Well now is your chance to learn some of the most fun line dances around. All levels welcomed.


Presenters
avatar for Ezra Weinberg

Ezra Weinberg

Ezra Weinberg is identified through his work as a rabbi, teacher, song leader, dance instructor, peace-builder, and environmental activist. He is a musician and skilled leader of prayer in a variety of denominational settings. He is a teacher of multifaith education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. As a teacher of conflict transformation, Ezra draws upon an experiential model of learning infused with the ancient wisdom of the Jewish calendar... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Ballroom A ballroom level

1:00pm

Writing the Women of Torah: Text Study and Midrash-Making

Midrash, classically defined as brief texts that fill in the Torah’s narrative gaps, can also be understood as a creative interface between Torah stories and our lives. In this text study and writing session, we will encounter stories of women from the Torah together and then spend some time alone, finding the relevance of these ancient tales and bringing them to life in our own voices. Bring a pen and paper (or guitar, colored pencils or any other artistic medium you choose)!

This session was made possible by funds from The Covenant Foundation.


Presenters
avatar for Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer and Torah teacher. She tours internationally with Girls in Trouble, with whom she has released two albums to critical acclaim, performing her song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women. In addition to numerous fellowships and awards, Alicia holds a MA in Jewish Studies from JTS and a MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson. She recently moved from Brooklyn to Portland, OR with her husband... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Trenton concourse level

1:00pm

The Eichmann Trial: A 50-Year Retrospective
In 1960, Israel shocked the world when it announced that it had apprehended Adolf Eichmann, one of the primary organizers of the Final Solution. His trial in Jerusalem, the first ever to be televised, is considered to have substantially changed the world's awareness of the Holocaust. It had important implications for Israelis and Jews worldwide. The trial was subjected to withering criticism by Hannah Arendt. We shall look at the impact of the trial and assess Arendt's criticism.

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt

Emory University
Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her latest book, The Eichmann Trial, was published in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the trial’s start. Her 2006 book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the story of her libel trial against David Irving, is currently being developed into a movie. At Emory, she directs Holocaust Denial on Trial, a website... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Passaic B 15th floor conference center

1:00pm

Mensch, Bentsh, and Balagan: Language as Marker of Jewish Identity

Jews of various stripes use subtle variation in language to signal their textual knowledge, denomination, ancestral origin, and orientation toward Israel. This talk describes the range of Jewish American English – from the addition of a few Yiddish words among Jews with weak connections to organized Jewish life to the “Yeshivish” of strictly Orthodox Jews, filled with Yiddish, Hebrew, and Aramaic words and Yiddish grammatical influences.


Presenters
avatar for Sarah Benor

Sarah Benor

Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies, Hebrew Union College
Sarah Bunin Benor is Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles) and Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Southern California Linguistics Department. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Linguistics in 2004. She is the author of Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism (Rutgers University Press, 2012... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Piscataway ballroom level

1:00pm

Dealing with Child Molestation in Our Schools and Communities

This session will explore the halakhic (Jewish legal) and hashkafic (ideological) considerations regarding the handling and reporting of incidents of child molestation in camps, schools and other community settings, and the steps that need to be put into place in order to prevent and address this issue in the future.


Presenters
avatar for Yona Reiss

Yona Reiss

Yona Reiss is a rabbi and the dean of Yeshiva University's affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). He is a graduate of Yale Law School. He previously served as Director of the Beth Din of America, and worked as an associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Passaic A 15th floor conference center

1:00pm

Seven Wells: Sex Education Redrawn

Welcome to sex ed for grown-ups. Seven Wells reframes sex education for adults as a spiritual practice, a culture of conversation and action inspired by reflection, discussion, and engagement with the Jewish wisdom tradition. Join us as we explore the program, share in a model workshop, and learn more about becoming Seven Wells participants or facilitators in your community. Please note: This session is a safe space for learners 18 years of age or older.


Presenters
avatar for Jessica Minnen

Jessica Minnen

Jessica Minnen is the Resident Rabbi at OneTable, and the founder of Seven Wells, a workshop series for couples, and Ecstatic Mincha, a monthly Shabbat dance party. Jessica 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 Hebrew University, and the Jewish Theological Seminary.


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

1:00pm

American Jewry Post WWII: A Golden Age for American Jews?
This session will provide an overview of trends in American Jewry by decade since WWII. Many would describe this as a golden age because of the decline of anti-Semitism. Others worry about the internal threats of erosion and assimilation. This session will trace both historical trends and the contemporary debate about where American Jewry is heading.

Presenters
avatar for Steven Bayme

Steven Bayme

Steven Bayme serves as Director of Contemporary Jewish Life Department at AJC and its Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations.  He served as a visiting professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His publications include Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentary, on the Jewish historical experience, and Jewish Arguments and Counter-Arguments, on contemporary Jewish life. His most recent volume is... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Cooper 15th floor conference center

1:00pm

When Did Israel Become a Dirty Word? Join the Dialogue
Israel has become an increasingly polarizing topic, to the point where many feel uncomfortable talking about Israel at all. Recent events, such as the attack on B'nai Jeshrun’s leadership after publicly congratulating Palestine on its elevated status at the UN, shed light on the tense atmosphere around the discourse on Israel in the American Jewish community. Join us for an open and highly interactive discussion about why so many of us run away when the Israel conversation begins.

Presenters
avatar for Joseph Skop Richter

Joseph Skop Richter

Joseph alternates between educating, comforting and terrorizing children, parents, and medical students in his Washington Heights office (www.hudsonheightspediatrics.com) and Columbia University. He enjoys biking and hopeless debates. It is through Limmud NY that he met his wife Naomi, a fact he will offer gratuitously to anyone who might listen. Joseph is also a former co-chair of the new generations steering committee of the New Israel... Read More →
avatar for Jenna Weinberg

Jenna Weinberg

Jenna is the Special Assistant to the COO at the New Israel Fund. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and Judaic Studies. There, she co-founded MuJew, a Muslim/Jewish collaboration group and was active in interfaith dialogue. Jenna has interned for the American Jewish World Service in New York and ACCESS: Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services in Dearborn, MI. Jenna spent her... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Rockaway 15th floor conference center

1:00pm

Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story (film)
Based on her memoir, Love in A World of Sorrow, Fanya Gottesfeld Heller shares her unique story of survival during the Holocaust with inner city teenagers in this film, Teenage Witness. They relate to the choices she was faced with in the midst of horror and chaos, and find inspiration and hope in her story of survival. Hidden beneath a chicken coop with her parents and brother for two and a half years, Fanya’s story depicts the extremes of fear, starvation and a remarkable tenacity of spirit.

Presenters
avatar for Fanya Gottesfeld Heller

Fanya Gottesfeld Heller

Fanya Gottesfeld Heller was born in a small Ukrainian village. She and her family hid from the Nazis for two years with the help of righteous gentiles. Her book, Love in a World of Sorrow, documents her wartime existence and complex relationships with her rescuers. A film version of her memoir, Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story, has aired on PBS. Fanya serves on the boards of numerous institutions and charitable organizations. She has 3... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

1:00pm

An Intergenerational Talmud Sandwich: Learn to See the Talmud in Historical Layers

Talmud for beginners. In this session, you will receive a crash-course on how the Talmud was assembled over time and became an intergenerational dialogue. We will then learn a sugya (discussion) on the development of the Hillel’s Sandwich step in the Pesach (Passover) Seder as we apply our new skills. If time allows, participants can choose other short discussions on Pesach to explore in hevruta (partners) with word lists, charts of rabbis and study aids.


Presenters
avatar for Sara Stave Beckerman

Sara Stave Beckerman

Sara Stave Beckerman is a Jewish educator, consultant and the Creative Director of Siddur Sababa, a full-color Iyun Tfillah  (prayer) curriculum that teaches learners about weekday Shaharit and Tikkun Olam. She also distributes and teaches Pathways in Torah, a curriculum for adults teaching access skills for learning Torah and Talmud. She holds an MA from the Davidson School at JTS. Sara teaches at the Solomon Schechter in Bergen County... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Navesink 15th floor conference center

1:00pm

Empowering Women for Global Change
How does Jewish feminism inform our commitments to advancing women’s rights around the world? What are the core issues facing women who are leaders in our local, national, and global communities? How can we deepen and strengthen a faith-based movement for elevating the status of women in the United States and in the developing world? Join Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities for women’s leadership for social change.

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is the executive director of American Jewish World Service, a humanitarian organization providing support to grassroots social change projects throughout the world. Prior to assuming this role in 1998, Ms. Messinger was in public service in New York City for 20 years, including having served as Manhattan borough president.


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Oswego 15th floor conference center

1:00pm

Particular to Universal? Progression or Betrayal? Unpacking Rav Kook’s Fourfold Song ‘Shir HaMiruba’
This inspiring text transports us from the song of Self, to Nation, to Humanity, to Created Universe. Who are we in our world? Rooted in familiar relationships and rituals that define our self and truths, we also expand to engage in human relationships and the universe beyond our backyard. Yet moving from particular to universal can be at once an endless and wondrous revelation, and a betrayal of our roots. We will analyze Rav Kook’s poem and relevant rabbinic, kabalistic and contemporary texts and issues.

Presenters
avatar for David Ingber

David Ingber

Romemu
David Ingber is a rabbi and is the founder and Spiritual Director of Romemu, NYC's Jewish Renewal Community. David studied in Orthodox yeshivot before receiving ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. David is a sought after national and international leader and educator. His unique, open-hearted and embodied approach to Jewish teaching has taken him from lecturing all along the East Coast, to communities in London, Jerusalem, Aspen... 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 alum, & loves analyzing Rabbinic & Biblical texts. Joe is married to Renee. They are blessed with four pairs of amazing children & in-law children, & ten... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Millstone 15th floor conference center

1:00pm

Reading Between the Lines: An Exploration of Intertexuality
Understanding the meaning of a Biblical story often depends on understanding the rich and intricate web of allusions the text is making to other parts of the Bible. These references often go undetected but when recognized can add new layers of meaning to texts we thought we understood. This session will explore the ways the Bible brings texts into dialogue with each other, allowing one text to draw meaning from another to create a more complex narrative than may initially meet the eye.

Presenters
avatar for Peter Stein

Peter Stein

Peter Stein teaches Bible and Rabbinics at the Frankel Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit, helping teens discover the beauty of Jewish texts. Peter uses art and games in his classroom to help students see texts in a new light and enjoys exploring his own creativity through quilting and writing. Peter served previously as Sho'el uMeishiv at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and holds rabbinic ordination and an MA in Talmud from the Jewish... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Ambrose 15th floor conference center

1:00pm

The Ancestors of the Messiah: Pushing the Boundaries Towards Redemption
Ruth takes enormous risk in choosing Judaism, and she is rewarded. Her descendants are among the most powerful figures in Jewish history: King David and the Messiah. This interactive text session will look at the ancestors of Ruth and Boaz, namely Lot’s daughters, Judah and Tamar. We will explore texts showing how they pushed boundaries and took risks, and how their personality traits were passed down to Ruth - and perhaps even to her descendant, the Messiah.

Presenters
avatar for Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand is Director of JHub, a program of the Pears Foundation. Previously, she was the CEO of the UK Movement for Reform Judaism and Vice President of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. Shoshana received rabbinical ordination in 1993 from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She writes a monthly column for the London Jewish Chronicle and also appears regularly on BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought. Her first children’s book, The... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Princeton concourse level

1:00pm

The Jewish Afterlife… and Getting There Gently

Most of us prefer not to contemplate our own mortality. We do, however, like to laugh about it, listen to music about it, and watch movies that do it for us. There is no issue that stirs up as much emotion as death and dying. At this stimulating presentation you will laugh, cry, and ponder the meaning of life…and death. Come take a multi-cultural, multi-media romp through Olam Haba (the next world) with Bruce Birnberg, a medical educator who heads Stein Hospice in New Jersey.


Presenters
avatar for Bruce Birnberg

Bruce Birnberg

Bruce Birnberg joined Stein Hospice as Executive Director in November 2009. He served for 17 years as Associate Director at JFK Family Medicine Residency Program in Edison, New Jersey. In that faculty position, he taught physicians a curriculum which included end-of-life issues. He has published on this and other subjects in professional journals. Mr. Birnberg is active in Jewish communal pursuits and is thrilled to be providing hospice... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

1:00pm

Camp Limmud NY 9:45am-4:00pm Sunday
Sunday February 17, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Carlyle's concourse level

2:00pm

Jewish Professional Leadership Coffee Break

Join us for this Coffee Break to learn more about career options in the rabbinate, Jewish education, Jewish studies, the cantorate, and in general, careers in the Jewish non-profit sector. Joel Alter and Abby Eisenberg, JTS Admissions directors and alumni, will be on hand to share with you all the details about JTS study and career training in these incredible and rewarding fields.


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 mission-driven institutions informs his work. Joel also serves on the board of Nehirim, a community of LGBT Jews. He loves Shabbat, Torah, Hebrew, hiking, good friends... Read More →
avatar for Abby Eisenberg

Abby Eisenberg

Abby is fascinated by the plethora of approaches to Jewish life and learning. Abby played a leadership role on the first Limmud NY programming committee, which led to her work as the CAJE Associate Director of Conferences. For the past four years, Abby has served as the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Director of Admissions for the pluralistic William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and the non-sectarian Graduate School for... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Limmud NY Cafe

2:30pm

Adam Kadmon: The Body as a Sacred Vessel

Describing the human form as a 'sacred vessel' was pivotal to the development of Kabbalah. Using photography, we will create an installation in ArtSpace, focusing on the relationship of Adam Kadmon (primordial man) to the Tree of Life at the center of the Garden. Please bring your smartphone or a camera.


Presenters
avatar for Shulamit Seidler-Feller

Shulamit Seidler-Feller

Shulamit Seidler-Feller is a photographer and educator in New York City. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Reed College and an MFA in Photography from NYU. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Jerusalem Post, amNew York, & the Forward. Her teaching experience includes work for SAR High School, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Brandeis Collegiate Institute, The Jewish Lens, Camp Ramah, & the Center for Alternative... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Edison ballroom level

2:30pm

Klezmer Tanz: Tsu fil Duvids Featuring Yiddish Dance Master Steve Weintraub

Lively klezmer music by leading local (Middlesex County, Central NJ) klezmer ensemble with dancing led by internationally-renowned Yiddish dance master Steve Weintraub. Tsu fil Duvids (Yiddish for "Too many Daves") klezmer ensemble consists of Dave Goldfarb, Dave Schiff, Dave Schlossberg, Rob Lowe, Asher Siebert, Bill Selden, Beverly Novick, and Jill Bloom.


Presenters
avatar for David Goldfarb

David Goldfarb

Tsu Fil Duvids (Yiddish for "Too Many Daves") is a klezmer ensemble based in central NJ comprised of clarinetist Dave Goldfarb, pianist Dave Schlossberg, bassist Dave Schiff, violinist Rob (Dave) Lowe, trumpeter Asher (Dave) Siebert , accordionist Bill (Dave) Selden, drummer Beverly (Davida) Novick, and Jill (Davida) Bloom on flute. The group will be featuring internationally-renowned Yiddish dance master Steve Weintraub. The ensemble has been... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Ballroom B ballroom level

2:30pm

Our Jewish Journey—Six Words at a Time: Get to the Essence of Everything (Even Judaism)

Can you tell the story of your Jewish life in six words? Since 2006, Larry Smith has been asking people to submit a Six-Word Memoir on SMITHmag.net and SMITHteens.com—and millions have. Six-Word Memoirs have become a teaching tool, a powerful way to spur self-expression, ease communication and break the ice. Larry will explain how short storytelling can be help get to the essence of anything—and invite everyone to share their six words on Jewish life.


Presenters
avatar for Larry Smith

Larry Smith

Larry Smith is the founder of SMITH Magazine and SMITHTeens, homes of the Six-Word Memoir® project, now a bestselling book series, board game, and catalyst for personal expression across the world. SMITH Mag’s most recent book is Oy! Only Six? Why Not More? Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life. Larry has spoken about mission building and storytelling at companies such as Twitter, Dell, Shutterfly, ESPN and Google, as well as... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Hopatcong 15th floor conference center

2:30pm

Sexuality and Spirituality: A Curricular Model
In this session we will discuss how sexuality can be presented to high school students as being religiously meaningful and how this relates to popular conceptions of sex. We will look at portions of the SAR High School curriculum as a model to guide our discussion.

Presenters
avatar for Shira Hecht-Koller

Shira Hecht-Koller

Shira Hecht-Koller teaches Talmud at SAR High School. She received her B.A. in Biology from Yeshiva University, and was a Golding Scholar at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she received her J.D. and was an Associate Editor of the Cardozo Law Review. She is a founding member of the Orthodox Leadership Project, and a past board member of Uri L'Tzedek. Prior to embarking on her career in Jewish Education, she was an associate in the IP... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Brunswick C ballroom level

2:30pm

Meafeilah LeOrah (From Darkness to Light): A Text Study of Emotional Turbulence in the Bible
Each year 13,000,000 Americans contemplate suicide, resulting in 1,000,000 suicide attempts and nearly 40,000 lives lost. What can we learn from the emotional struggles of Moses, Hannah, Elijah and Jonah and how can their narratives help us in contemporary times?

Presenters
avatar for Efrem Epstein

Efrem Epstein

Efrem Epstein is the founder of Elijah’s Journey (www.elijahsjourney.net), a non-profit organization committed to suicide awareness and prevention in the Jewish community. He has spent years listening to friends rave about Limmud NY and is very excited to finally have the experience to learn with the entire community!  


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Princeton concourse level

2:30pm

Soulful Education in Our Prayer Life: Tumbling into the Presence of God

Why should I ask God for something? Doesn’t God already know? Is prayer all about being a nudge? The goal is not to pray or lead the prayers–but to become a prayerful personality. Personally, this approach transformed my praying and, more importantly, myself. We will use the Soulful Education paradigm for bringing spontaneity into formal prayer by studying a beautiful writing from Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Berkovitz.


Presenters
avatar for Aryeh Ben David

Aryeh Ben David

Aryeh Ben David taught at the Pardes Institute for 20 years and served as the Director of Spiritual Education. He founded Ayeka: Soulful Jewish Education in 2008. Through its online program, Ayeka educates rabbis, teachers, and professionals how to bring Jewish wisdom from our minds to our hearts, to our souls, and to our lives. Ayeka has developed more than 2 years of curriculum devoted to promoting personal and spiritual growth. Aryeh lives... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

2:30pm

Preserved Lemons to Brighten your Pantry: Recipe and Demonstration

Food historians believe that people have been preserving lemons since the first century. Joan Nathan will share the history of this citrus pickle, discuss the cultures that treasure them, and provide tips on how to incorporate this ancient ingredient into your modern kitchen. She will also teach you to make your own, surprisingly simple preserved lemons at home.


Presenters
avatar for Joan Nathan

Joan Nathan

Joan Nathan regularly contributes to The New York Times, Food Arts Magazine, and Tablet Magazine and is the author of ten award-winning cookbooks, including Jewish Cooking in America. Her most recent book is Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France, which was named one of the 10 best cookbooks of 2010 by NPR, Food and Wine, and Bon Appétit magazines. For more information, visit her website at joannathan.com.


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Rockaway 15th floor conference center

2:30pm

When the Hurricane Came: Building Jewish Kids’ Resilience in Difficult Times

Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East coast last fall and millions of lives were upended and thousands of Jewish children faced changed realities in the aftermath of the storm. This workshop will use Gertie, the feisty 9-year-old Jewish heroine of the novel When the Hurricane Came, to uncover both Jewish and psychological truths about developing resilience, including the importance of family, faith, friends, and the magic of tikkun olam, striving to make the world a better place.


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, and presented on issues concerning birth, death, and the complicated stuff that happens in the middle. Her books include When a Grandparent Dies and When the... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Ambrose 15th floor conference center

2:30pm

Stalin’s Forgotten Zion: Experiments with Yiddish Culture in Birobidzhan

Created as an agricultural settlement in far east Russia in 1928, Birobidzhan, the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region, was intended as a viable Soviet Jewish homeland. Jews the world over supported this project. Yiddish (with Russian) was designated the official language. But Jewish religious observance was discouraged; Jewish identity radically diminished. Born and raised there, Nikolai Borodulin brings the story of Birobidzhan to life with memories, rare video footage, and photographs.


Presenters
avatar for Nikolai “Kolya” Borodulin

Nikolai “Kolya” Borodulin

Nikolai Borodulin is the Coordinator of Yiddish Learning and a Master Teacher at the Workmen’s Circle, where he directs intergenerational Yiddish education. A recognized scholar and published author in several Slavic, Germanic, and Jewish languages, he is launching the first extensive national and international online program for Yiddish learning in real-time. Credited with giving hundreds of Yiddishists their foundation in the language, he... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Cooper 15th floor conference center

2:30pm

The Modern Day Esther: A Day to Commemorate Chained Women (Agunot)

Ta'anit Esther, the fast on the 13th day of Adar to commemorate Queen Esther's fast in the Bible, has recently been reclaimed as Yom Ha'agunah, The Day of the Agunah (Chained Woman). An “agunah” is a woman who wants to divorce her husband but is trapped in her marriage because he denies her permission; she is unable to remarry. This session will explore the ramifications of Jewish divorce in both civil & Jewish law, and how we can help Jewish women who are trapped.  Sources will be available in both English and Hebrew.


Presenters
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Piscataway ballroom level

2:30pm

Investment Banking in the Marriage Market: How to Source, Due Diligence, and Sign Your Future Spouse

David will present a systematic and efficient method to optimize yourself and find, evaluate, and sign the deal with the person you are going to marry. If it worked for him, it will work for you. His process is based on two models: the biblical story of how Isaac met Rivka, and the search process used by investment bankers and institutional investors to find attractive investments. You can see a detailed preview of this talk at http://www.teten.com/marriage/.


Presenters
avatar for David Teten

David Teten

David Teten (teten.com) is a Partner with ff Venture Capital, Founder and Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York, and a published author. David is a frequent keynote speaker; he has received the highest ratings of any speaker at three different conferences. David has studied at Aish HaTorah and Ohr Somayach and is a former investment banker. He holds a Harvard MBA and Yale BA.


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Passaic B 15th floor conference center

2:30pm

We Totally Accept You (Almost): Ritual and Leadership Roles in Synagogues
Some members of the Jewish community face restrictions on the roles they can play in religious life. These include leadership roles on committees and boards, and honors during services, such as having an aliyah (reciting blessings over the Torah), leading prayers, or opening the ark. Why do these restrictions exist? We will look at the historic implications by examining halacha (Jewish law) and explore the ways in which some synagogues are including those in their communities who are not Jewish.

Presenters
avatar for Benjamin Maron

Benjamin Maron

Benjamin Maron, Director of Content and Educational Resources at InterfaithFamily, is known online as @thewanderingjew. A Canadian nomad of North America currently residing in Brookline, MA, he's an educator, editor, writer, community organizer, advocate, chef, Scrabble player, and baby whisperer.


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Millstone 15th floor conference center

2:30pm

Diversity Within Unity: Israel 2013 as a Multicultural Society
Since its founding, Israel has absorbed around 3 million immigrants from around the globe, more than half of them from Sephardic and Arab countries. Almost 30% of the Jews in Israel today were born abroad, including recent waves of immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia. How does this diversity impact on the way today’s Israelis view themselves, their country and their culture? First and second generation young Israeli professionals share their thoughts and their personal stories.

Presenters
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El Al Ambassadors

The El Al Ambassadors are pilots and flight attendants on 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 is a partnership El Al Israel Airlines, Stand With Us, The Jewish Agency for Israel, and Israel’s Foreign Ministry.
avatar for Audrey Jacobs

Audrey Jacobs

For 24 years Audrey Jacobs has helped non-profits achieve their goals of effective fundraising, impactful public relations and transformative marketing. Jacobs is the Public Relations Director for Stand With Us, a global Israel education organization. Formerly she worked for 18 years in strategic communications consulting with Jewish non-profits, foundations and educators. A graduate of LEAD and a Nahum Goldmann Fellow, Jacobs has held leadership... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Passaic A 15th floor conference center

2:30pm

A Teenage Girl's Holocaust Memoirs

As a teenager, Fanya Heller spent 2½ years hidden beneath a chicken coop with her parents and brother. Only through the kindness of a Polish peasant did she and her family survive the Holocaust. In this conversation with journalist Nadine Epstein, Fanya will share personal reflection on her experiences and how they have influenced her decision to dedicate her life to sharing a message of tolerance and hope. She will also entertain questions about her film, Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story (being shown at 1pm today).


Presenters
avatar for Nadine Epstein

Nadine Epstein

Nadine Epstein is the editor and publisher of Moment Magazine and founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Change. A longtime journalist, her work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers and other publications. She has co-written three books, contributed to anthology collections and co-written a documentary film. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a University fellow in... Read More →
avatar for Fanya Gottesfeld Heller

Fanya Gottesfeld Heller

Fanya Gottesfeld Heller was born in a small Ukrainian village. She and her family hid from the Nazis for two years with the help of righteous gentiles. Her book, Love in a World of Sorrow, documents her wartime existence and complex relationships with her rescuers. A film version of her memoir, Teenage Witness: The Fanya Heller Story, has aired on PBS. Fanya serves on the boards of numerous institutions and charitable organizations. She has 3... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

2:30pm

It is About Time
Calendars reveal a huge amount about what makes cultures and societies tick. In this session, Clive will glance briefly at the calendars of the other world religions, before exploring what the Jewish calendar can tell us about ourselves. It may be true that we know better how many shopping days to Christmas than we know exactly when Pesach falls this year. Are our own clocks set to Jewish or secular time? And if we do not tick right, how can we expect to know when our time has come?

Presenters
avatar for Clive Lawton

Clive Lawton

Clive is a founder of Limmud and is now its Senior Consultant worldwide. He is formerly a high school principal, Director of Liverpool municipality education services, chair of a state hospital board, and a governor of London's police. He currently is a magistrate and educator of international reach. Clive broadcasts and writes widely on moral, religious, social and historical subjects  


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Oswego 15th floor conference center

2:30pm

Meditating on the Torah: Bringing Inspiring Texts into Practice

Do not just talk about it! Join an open exploration of profoundly radical Kabalistic and Chasidic texts on this week's Torah reading, Terumah. We will discuss how the texts impact us as individuals, and as members of our many communities. We will then quiet our minds and meditate to internalize these profound teachings. The meditation will be sufficiently guided so that no previous meditation experience is necessary. Those with such experience will be free to practice as they like.


Presenters
avatar for Daniel Silverstein

Daniel Silverstein

Daniel is a trainee rabbi currently studying at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He also works as an inter-faith activist and an artist-educator with Jewish and other communities all over the world. Previously, Daniel studied Literature and Social & Political Sciences at Cambridge, International Relations at Warwick and Torah at Ein Tzurim. He co-founded Moishe House London, a Muslim-Jewish hip hop and poetry collective called Lines of Faith, and... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Navesink 15th floor conference center

2:30pm

TalkSpace: How Can We Take Limmud NY One Step Further?

Want more from Limmud than three days in East Brunswick? We’re looking to nurture and develop the experience of Limmud NY into a year-round learning community, fostering meaningful Jewish conversations around issues that matter as a way to cultivate a stronger and deeper sense of Jewish identity. If you’re interested in being a part of this journey, and having fun with fabulous coloured markers, join us for a dynamic ActionStorm (a bit like a brainstorm, but focussed on action!).


Presenters
avatar for Sheridan Gayer

Sheridan Gayer

Sheridan Gayer is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University. A graduate of Columbia and the Jewish Theological Seminary, her love of "hands-on" education stems from USY, Ramah, and JCCA, organizations for which she has also worked. A longtime Limmud NY volunteer and former conference co-chair, she is currently a board member. She loves to cook, write, and find creative ways to explore our... Read More →
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Samuel Klein

Samuel Klein is a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Passionate about leadership innovation, he is on the board of American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS program and is a connector for LEAD: Inspiring Jewish Leaders, UK, where he establishes strategic partnerships with other leadership organizations. A writer on religion and the arts, Samuel is a Five Rhythms dancer, has an interest in gestalt psychotherapy and art of movement... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

2:30pm

Radical Niddah (Separation Laws): Workshopping 21st Century Niddah Practices

Join in a lively facilitated conversation where participants will hear the experiences of one another and explore new rituals and practices connected to niddah (separation laws). After the workshop, participants will have added one more ritual into their niddah practice, and will have explored other contemporary models.


Presenters
avatar for Dasi Fruchter

Dasi Fruchter

Student, Yeshivat Maharat
Dasi Fruchter, a student at Yeshivat Maharat, thrives on spiritual leadership, community building, and faith-driven social justice work. In addition to her seminary studies, Dasi is a student at NYU and a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar, pursuing an MPA at the Wagner School for Public Service and an MA in Judaic Studies. Dasi, who has organized for economic justice in New York, Washington D.C., London, and Israel, is a presenter on... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Trenton concourse level

2:30pm

Deep Things Out of Darkness: The Meaning of Suffering in the Book of Job

The biblical book of Job grapples with the question of questions: why do we suffer? This session will explore how understanding Job's story empowers us to use our experiences of adversity to grow toward more meaningful relationships with God, others and ourselves. Its original perspective is based on classical midrashim, logotherapy (a psychology of man’s search for meaning, developed by Viktor Frankl) and the visual interpretations of the book of Job, by William Blake. 


Presenters
avatar for Ariel Goldberg

Ariel Goldberg

Ariel Goldberg, is a rabbi, Jewish educator, writer and G-d wrestler. He studied at Yeshivat HaMivtar, a modern-orthodox Yeshiva in Efrat, Israel and currently is pursuing a Masters in Jewish education and chaplaincy training at the Jewish Theological Seminary. A native of Ottawa, Canada, he was a founder and director of programming for the Ottawa College of Jewish Studies, a center for pluralistic Jewish learning.


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Monroe concourse level

2:30pm

Camp Limmud NY 9:45am-4:00pm Sunday
Sunday February 17, 2013 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Carlyle's concourse level

3:50pm

Mechitza Service Led by Men: Mincha (Afternoon Service)
The traditional minyan (prayer group) with mechitzah (divider) will provide a prayer service with a traditional liturgy, with services led by men, and women and men praying together in a traditional and spirited environment. Note: Seating is separate by gender.

Sunday February 17, 2013 3:50pm - 4:05pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

3:50pm

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 17, 2013 3:50pm - 4:05pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

4:15pm

Teen/Middle School Yoga

In chapter 2 of B'reishit we learn that humans are created b'tzelem elohim - in the image of God. But what does that really mean? Join Rachel to find out! In this yoga class we will work to recognize our own unique and divine home in this world - our bodies - and through poses, breath work ad quiet contemplation we will reveal that beauty more fully. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a yoga mat if you have one, an open mind, and an adventurous spirit. All levels including beginners welcome!



Presenters
avatar for Rachel Dewan

Rachel Dewan

YogaTova


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Somerville main hotel 5th floor conference level

4:15pm

When the Sky Falls in: The Journey of Grief

A powerfully honest and intimate look at one woman's poignant and enlightening journey through grief and how she is surviving with the help of a cat and a cycle helmet. With the realization that grief and loss of any kind is so difficult to discuss and to address, the session will be full of challenging and thought provoking situations and observations and will give the opportunity to hear and share how it is possible to journey through and survive life changing events with growth, insight and humour.


Presenters
avatar for Janet Gershlick

Janet Gershlick

Janet is a presenter, broadcaster and author. She has worked in both radio and television, and has travelled and worked in many countries. As a daughter that has recently lost both parents she has been writing scripts about the journey of grief. It is a powerful, uplifting, and often humorous, honest look at the impact of loss on our lives and how we can survive the journey. She has realised how it is possible to survive and move... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

4:15pm

Mapping Personal & Collective Jewish Histories

Personal storytelling is a powerful tool for understanding one's place in Jewish history. Writing is the traditional approach, but drawing maps often liberates the storyteller to think more creatively, especially when the plot is not linear. We will begin by looking at creative artist maps, both Jewish and non-Jewish, and draw our own Jewish journey maps. Afterward, we will come together for discussion, and combine individual maps into a larger, collective narrative of our shared Jewish history.


Presenters
avatar for Eileen Levinson

Eileen Levinson

Founder & Executive Creative Director, Custom and Craft (and Haggadot.com)
Eileen Levinson is a designer & artist based in Los Angeles. Her work reimagines Jewish ritual for contemporary audiences. In 2011, she created Haggadot.com, a website for Jews exchange and personalize content for the Passover Haggadah. The site has received attention on NPR's All Things Considered, The Jerusalem Post , Ha'aretz, the Wall Street Journal & the Huffington Post. This summer, her team launched Custom & Craft, a similar... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Hopatcong 15th floor conference center

4:15pm

Beit Midrash in Motion: Movement, Meditation, and a Drunken Talmudic Tale
Does a little schnapps pump up your Purim fun, or do you believe drinking drags down the holiday spirit? Explore a provocative Talmudic tale about Purim celebrations gone awry, and discover how the rabbis weigh in on this issue. We will discuss the role of alcohol in Jewish communal settings and its use as a celebration enhancer and detractor. And, try your hand (or head) at a traditional bottle dance. This workshop explores such themes through movement, meditation, and Jewish text study.

Presenters
avatar for Dalia Davis

Dalia Davis

DALIA DAVIS is the director of Beit Midrash in Motion, an approach to Jewish text study incorporating movement and meditation for a fully embodied learning experience. She also explores Jewish ideas through dance as Artistic Director of La'ad Dance Company (Learn, Analyze, Ask, Dance). Degrees in dance, Jewish Education and Talmud have allowed her to lead workshop for the Foundation for Jewish Camp, teach for Florence Melton Adult School, and... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Monroe concourse level

4:15pm

Jewish Punk: Oy Oy Oy Gevalt
Although Jews played a leading role in the early punk scene, the last two decades have seen punk bands with a significant Jewish focus. Some invoke Jewish culture just for comic shtick, such as drinking Manischewitz out of a shofar, and others use punk rock as a familiar medium for expressing genuine Jewish identity and religious elements. We will trace the roots of Jews in punk and focus on punk bands whose Jewish identity is central to their music, like Yidcore, Moshiach Oi!, and The Groggers.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Croland

Michael Croland

Michael Croland ran the blog heebnvegan (http://heebnvegan.blogspot.com) from 2005 to 2010, where he frequently wrote about Judaism, animal protection, and punk rock. He has also written for the Forward, New Voices, and the New Vilna Review. Croland has hosted a Jewish punk band at his apartment, been thanked in the liner notes to a Torah hardcore band's album, and received a signed kippah that was previously on top of one punk rocker's... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Oswego 15th floor conference center

4:15pm

Gender Dualism and the Jewish Self Image

What does it mean to be created in God's image? Come to this interactive session prepared to explore gender dualism in the biblical and kabbalistic accounts of the creation of Adam and Eve through photography. Please bring your smartphone or a camera.


Presenters
avatar for Shulamit Seidler-Feller

Shulamit Seidler-Feller

Shulamit Seidler-Feller is a photographer and educator in New York City. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Reed College and an MFA in Photography from NYU. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Jerusalem Post, amNew York, & the Forward. Her teaching experience includes work for SAR High School, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Brandeis Collegiate Institute, The Jewish Lens, Camp Ramah, & the Center for Alternative... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Edison ballroom level

4:15pm

Klezmer for Kids: Klezmer Music and Dancing for Kids of All Ages

Introduction to Yiddish, Klezmer rhythms, modes, and dance, all presented in a fun, engaging style. Ensemble consists of Dave Goldfarb, Dave Schiff, Dave Schlossberg, Rob Lowe, Asher Siebert, Bill Selden, and Jill Bloom. Dancing will be led by internationally-renowned Yiddish dance master Steve Weintraub.


Presenters
avatar for David Goldfarb

David Goldfarb

Tsu Fil Duvids (Yiddish for "Too Many Daves") is a klezmer ensemble based in central NJ comprised of clarinetist Dave Goldfarb, pianist Dave Schlossberg, bassist Dave Schiff, violinist Rob (Dave) Lowe, trumpeter Asher (Dave) Siebert , accordionist Bill (Dave) Selden, drummer Beverly (Davida) Novick, and Jill (Davida) Bloom on flute. The group will be featuring internationally-renowned Yiddish dance master Steve Weintraub. The ensemble has been... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Carlyle's concourse level

4:15pm

Playlist Judaism and Other Trends That Will Affect the Shape of the American Jewish Future

When historians write about this period of American Jewish history, they will name it the era of transition. This session will explore the various mega and micro trends that are defining the contemporary American Jewish community and what we can expect in the future.


Presenters
avatar for Kerry Olitzky

Kerry Olitzky

Kerry M. Olitzky is a rabbi and Executive Director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, a national independent organization bringing Judaism to interfaith families and the unaffiliated. Recently named one of Newsweek’s 50 Leading Rabbis in North America, he served as vice president of the Wexner Foundation and Dean of Adult Jewish Learning & Living at Hebrew Union College, where he taught for 15 years. He has shaped training... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

4:15pm

City of Promises: A New History of New York Jews
The largest Jewish city in history, New York’s Jewish population exceeds that of all Western European countries. New York’s Jewish history, however, has eluded historians until now. This session explores some of the insights gleaned from City of Promises, a three-volume history of New York Jews covering the years 1654–2010. Explore how Jews made New York their city and how the city transformed Jewish culture, politics, and religion.

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Dash Moore

Deborah Dash Moore

Deborah Dash Moore is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History at the University of Michigan and the Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. A historian of American Jews, she focuses on the twentieth century experience. She is the author of a trilogy: At Home in America (1981), GI Jews (2004), and To the Golden Cities (1994). Most recently, she served as the general editor for City of Promises: A History of the... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Passaic B 15th floor conference center

4:15pm

Suicide Awareness/Prevention in the Jewish Community: with a Sneak-Peek from the Film 'Following Boruch'

There are nearly 1 million suicide attempts in America each year, yet the issue is still taboo in some communities. What can we do to increase awareness and prevention in our places of worship and learning? In this session we will view scenes from the forthcoming documentary Following Boruch, about a Chasid who battles bipolar disorder, depression and suicidal thoughts. We will also have a discussion with members of the Jewish community who have been personally affected by suicide.


Presenters
avatar for Paula Eiselt

Paula Eiselt

Paula Eiselt is currently in post-production on her documentary Following Boruch. The film is intended for wide release and will be the center of an outreach campaign to de-stigmatize mental illness and addiction, especially in the Jewish community. www.followingboruch.com. Previous credits include assistant producer on PBS’s Bronx Princess and researcher on the upcoming documentary, The Undocumented. Paula is a graduate of NYU where... Read More →
avatar for Efrem Epstein

Efrem Epstein

Efrem Epstein is the founder of Elijah’s Journey (www.elijahsjourney.net), a non-profit organization committed to suicide awareness and prevention in the Jewish community. He has spent years listening to friends rave about Limmud NY and is very excited to finally have the experience to learn with the entire community!  
avatar for Josh Rivedal

Josh Rivedal

In 2009 Josh Rivedal wrote and developed the play, The Gospel According to Josh for the commercial stage and in May of 2011 at Baruch College in New York City, Josh launched a second version of The Gospel According to Josh accompanied by youth suicide prevention advocacy and education currently touring the United States and Canada. www.gospeljosh.com. Josh also serves on the board of the New York City chapter of The American Foundation for... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Vilko

Naomi Vilko

Psychiatrist and Board member of JerusalemonlineU.com and Shalomtv.com, Naomi Vilko MD and Vilko Corporate Consulting
Naomi Vilko is passionate about Israel advocacy. She is on the Board of Directors of JerusalemonlineU.com (JOU) and has presented the film "Israel Inside" and JOU courses at various venues. She is also on the Board of Directors of Shalom TV. She is a psychiatrist in private practice in Princeton since 1985 and has had a variety of administrative and teaching positions at medical schools since 1978.  


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Cooper 15th floor conference center

4:15pm

Core Dilemmas for the (Jewish) Educational Reformer: How to Be a Change Agent, Whatever your Position

Whether you work inside or outside of an institution, you can be an effective leader of innovation. This workshop will offer practical resources for building shared agendas and common practices among a broad constituency with varied (generally unarticulated, and sometimes incompatible) needs and goals.


Presenters
avatar for Saul Kaiserman

Saul Kaiserman

Saul Kaiserman is Director of Lifelong Learning for Congregation Emanu-El and editor of the weblog New Jewish Education. He is an innovative leader in youth, travel, music & media education and has lectured & performed internationally for over 20 years. He is on the faculty of the Leadership Institute as a mentor in Jewish education & the clinical faculty for the School of Education at Hebrew Union College. He lives in... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Boardroom II ballroom level

4:15pm

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 2014 conference.


Presenters
avatar for Sheridan Gayer

Sheridan Gayer

Sheridan Gayer is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University. A graduate of Columbia and the Jewish Theological Seminary, her love of "hands-on" education stems from USY, Ramah, and JCCA, organizations for which she has also worked. A longtime Limmud NY volunteer and former conference co-chair, she is currently a board member. She loves to cook, write, and find creative ways to explore our... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Princeton concourse level

4:15pm

Stories with Purpose: Raise Money, Get Press & Members
For anyone who is working with a non-profit cause, the ancient art of storytelling and story gathering is the most powerful tool to inspire donors to give, get the press to cover your story and to attract members to your organization. How do you solicit, refine and then re-share stories that will move others to tears and motivate them to action? Hear and see stories of successful campaigns in the non-profit world and learn to identify, articulate and profit from your own powerful stories.

Presenters
avatar for Audrey Jacobs

Audrey Jacobs

For 24 years Audrey Jacobs has helped non-profits achieve their goals of effective fundraising, impactful public relations and transformative marketing. Jacobs is the Public Relations Director for Stand With Us, a global Israel education organization. Formerly she worked for 18 years in strategic communications consulting with Jewish non-profits, foundations and educators. A graduate of LEAD and a Nahum Goldmann Fellow, Jacobs has held leadership... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Ambrose 15th floor conference center

4:15pm

Strategic Hebrew Soiree: An Event for Hebrew Lovers in America (All Levels)

Dust off your Hebrew skills and play a game, shoot the breeze or make new friends at this fun and informal Hebrew mixer! We will start with a 15 minute "crash course" for those who want a quick refresher of basic social vocabulary. Be prepared to make mistakes–we will salute your efforts, help you regain your footing, and emerge enriched! Note: all Hebrew levels are welcome as long as you are committed to preserving a safe space for Hebrew learners to experiment and grow.


Presenters
avatar for Amy Fechter

Amy Fechter

Amy Fechter is the founder of Strategic Hebrew, Inc., an activity based language program offering high impact Hebrew lessons in fun and relevant settings. Amy brings over a decade of experience in formal and informal Jewish education across the religious spectrum. In addition to teaching general studies, Hebrew language and learning center support, she has spent more than 20 years studying and learning Hebrew with a focus on developing strategies... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Rockaway 15th floor conference center

4:15pm

The Stranger Among You: African Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel

Recent headlines of violence and incitement against African asylum seekers have highlighted the plight of this community and the complexity of the issues at hand. Since 2005, more than 60,000 African asylum seekers have crossed into Israel. With a broken asylum process and exploitation of the issue by ultra-nationalist politicians, the asylum seekers are caught in political cross-hairs. Join the New Israel Fund and the Right Now Coalition for an issue briefing and to advocate for the rights of this population.

 


Presenters
avatar for Stephen Slater

Stephen Slater

Stephen spent four years in Jerusalem, learning at the Hebrew University and the Hartman Institute. He has a BA in Philosophy, and a MA in Second Temple History and Literature. He speaks fluent Hebrew and has lived and traveled extensively in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Stephen began working with African asylum seekers in 2007 and is now a campaign organizer for Right Now: Advocates for African Asylum Seekers in Israel.
avatar for Jenna Weinberg

Jenna Weinberg

Jenna is the Special Assistant to the COO at the New Israel Fund. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and Judaic Studies. There, she co-founded MuJew, a Muslim/Jewish collaboration group and was active in interfaith dialogue. Jenna has interned for the American Jewish World Service in New York and ACCESS: Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services in Dearborn, MI. Jenna spent her... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Woodbridge & Piscataway ballroom level

4:15pm

A Talmudic Glimpse at Early Jewish-Christian Polemics
In the past two millennia, both Jews and Christians have labored to establish themselves as distinct and separate religions. Nowhere is this felt more potently than in the character of Jesus. Is he God, Messiah, sorcerer, or false prophet? Before Christianity there was Jesus, a religious Jew with committed Jewish followers. Together we will study a censored Rabbinic passage and explore a small piece of the early Jewish-Christian tensions that arose in the first years following Jesus' death.

Presenters
avatar for Rori Picker Neiss

Rori Picker Neiss

Rori Picker Neiss is a student at Yeshivat Maharat and serves as the rabbinic intern at Beit Chaverim Synagogue of Westport/Norwalk and the Hillels at NYU and CUNY Hunter College. Rori is the North American Representative to the Religions for Peace Global Youth Network, a member of the board of the Young Leadership Council of the International Council of Christians and Jews, and co-editor of InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Trenton concourse level

4:15pm

Jewish Advocacy for Global Justice
President of American Jewish World Service, Ruth Messinger, will discuss the role of "Jews as Global Citizens." She will propose how American Jews, who enjoy greater affluence and influence than ever before, can do their part to alleviate poverty and promote human rights by advocating for just government policies. Sharing the words of dedicated Jews from communities across the United States, she will tell of the transformative impact of advocacy in the modern era.

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is the executive director of American Jewish World Service, a humanitarian organization providing support to grassroots social change projects throughout the world. Prior to assuming this role in 1998, Ms. Messinger was in public service in New York City for 20 years, including having served as Manhattan borough president.


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Passaic A 15th floor conference center

4:15pm

Children's Books as Midrash: How do We Present Torah to Our Youngest Children?

How many of us were first introduced to the Torah through children's Bible stories? Do we help our children understand the Torah by reading these simplified versions, or do we undermine their ability to draw their own conclusions? We will examine several children's versions of the story of Esau and Yaakov and compare them to the original text. We will identify the ways in which the authors interpret this story and discuss how their choices influence children's understanding of the Torah.


Presenters
avatar for Amy Meltzer

Amy Meltzer

Amy Meltzer is the author of two children's books, A Mezuzah on the Door and The Shabbat Princess, and the blog Homeshuling. A teacher at the Lander-Grinspoon Academy, she was a fellow at the Drisha Institute and the winner of JESNA’s (Jewish Education Service of North America) Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award. She served on the PJ Library book selection committee and writes book reviews for the Washington Jewish Week. Amy is especially proud... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Millstone 15th floor conference center

4:15pm

Potiphar's Desperate Housewife Seduces Joseph: Through Midrash and Commentary
As with most Bible "stories," the seduction of Yosef by Potiphar's wife — the original Desperate Housewife — leaves the reader with many puzzling questions and gaps in the story. Fortunately, the Midrash and Meforshim (commentators and exegetes) come to the rescue and make the story complete. Somewhat surprisingly, the end result is quite different that what one would have thought from the Torah passages. Come, learn and enjoy a tale with plot twists, great lessons and a surprise ending!

Presenters
avatar for Beryl Phillips

Beryl Phillips

(David) Beryl Phillips is an attorney, accountant, and computer support consultant and trainer, having practiced criminal defense and forensic accounting, among other things. He is currently the Controller of a major mortgage firm. An amateur standup comic, he has lectured all over the world in numerous fields, including Chumash (Bible) studies, in which he led a weekly study group in West Hempstead (L.I.) for over 3 years. He now resides in... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Navesink 15th floor conference center

5:30pm

Sunday Dinner 5:30-7:30

Dinner is served! It's the last night of Limmud NY so sit down and enjoy dinner with your new Limmud NY friends.


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Ballrooms C, D, & E ballroom level

5:45pm

Jewish Sing-Along!

Come sing your favorite Jewish and Israeli songs! Brian will lead a sing-along from his piano. Song sheets will provided, and requests will be taken. Come sing or just listen! Both old and new tunes will be represented. Suitable for all ages.


Presenters
avatar for Brian Gelfand

Brian Gelfand

Brian is a multi-faceted pianist,vocalist, composer and arranger. Aside from being an accomplished jazz and classical pianist, Brian has been composing and arranging Jewish music for settings as varied as cabaret, choral, and musical theater performances. He is feature actor and musician with the Storahtelling Theatre Company, and is a choral conductor at The Yeshivah of Flatbush and the Kinneret Day School. 


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Rockaway 15th floor conference center

5:45pm

Jewish Stand Up Comedy Show!
Aaron Friedman, "The Funniest Jew in NY" (according to The Jewish Week), will make you laugh about holidays, summer camps, Hebrew school, living in Israel, being married to a rabbi and all things Jewish! This session is rated PG (no cursing, but some adult innuendo).

Presenters
avatar for Aaron Friedman

Aaron Friedman

Artistic Director, The Bible Players
Aaron Friedman was recently named “Funniest Jew in New York” by The Jewish Week (see clips at  www.AaronFriedmanComedy.com). Aaron also co-founded The Bible Players, a Torah Comedy Troupe that is fun and funny for the whole family.


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Oswego 15th floor conference center

5:45pm

Devising/Improvising with Puppets
"And God said, It is not good that the man should be alone."
Participants will work together to create an ensemble puppetry piece inspired by texts from Bereishit (Genesis). Using themes from the text, we will create a visual theater piece using Tabletop puppetry, simple objects, movement and music to communicate our ensemble perspective on the text.

Presenters
avatar for Ora Fruchter

Ora Fruchter

Ora Fruchter is a Brooklyn based puppeteer, performer, director and educator. She collaborates with other musicians, clowns, and puppeteers to create highly visual theater, finding humor and lightness in dark themes and incorporating live music and actors along with puppets and objects. She performs with her companies Yellow Sneaker, Doppelskope and Creatures Teach Torah. The Famous Violinist, in progress, uses puppetry and music to explore... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Edison ballroom level

5:45pm

Jewish Professional or Professional Jew? How Can We Have the Material and Spiritual?
The rabbis debated: To remain within the sanctity and safety of the Beit Midrash or to pursue opportunities that lay outside? Through a Talmudic tale we will discuss the tension in our own lives between the need for financial security and the search for spiritual sustenance; the need for parnasa (livelihood) and the desire to learn, and whether to be Jewish professionals or, perhaps, lay-leader-philanthropists?

Presenters
avatar for Noga Brenner Samia

Noga Brenner Samia

Noga was raised in New York and Netanya, served as a sergeant in the Israeli Defense Force, and attained an engineering degree and an MBA. She is the past Executive Director of KolDor. Currently, she is the Director of External Relations and Program Development at the BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture, and a teacher at the Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv. She is the founder of the Jewish renewal community in Tel-Mond, where she lives... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Millstone 15th floor conference center

5:45pm

Menachem Begin: The Prime Minister of the Jews
One of Israel’s most controversial figures is Menachem Begin. He was head of Beitar in Europe, imprisoned by the Soviets, Britain’s “Wanted Terrorist #1” and won the Nobel Peace Prize. He adored the public and was loved in return, but spent the last decade of his life in virtually total seclusion. Yet when he died, tens of thousands of people turned out to mourn him. What did Begin represent that so captivated the Jewish world? And what ought his legacy be for people like us?

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, in print and on-line. Gordis’ latest book, The Promise of Israel, was released in August. A recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, he has been called “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.” Gordis... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Passaic A 15th floor conference center

5:45pm

Center and Diaspora, an Age-Old Conversation: Ha'amek Davar on the Israel-Diaspora Relationship
Contemporary Jewish arguments about the proper roles of Israel and the Diaspora often feel like a zero-sum game. Some dismiss Jewish life in the Diaspora as meaningless, while others champion a Diasporic theory of Jewish life that denies the age-old dream of returning to Zion. We will explore the 19th century Torah commentary Ha’amek Davar for an alternate theory of the Israel-Diaspora relationship as we try to determine its usefulness for our contemporary struggles and debates.

Presenters
avatar for Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker is co-founder and Rosh Yeshiva at Mechon Hadar and chair in Jewish Law. He was faculty at the Drisha Institute, teaching in the Scholars Circle. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, earned a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from JTS and a B.A. from Harvard. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he co-founded Kehilat Hadar and was a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. He was named... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

5:45pm

Down with Dividers: Exploring Pluralism Beyond Denominationalism
Recent studies indicate that Jews, increasingly, don’t want to be identified with one specific movement and are attracted to programs that cross boundaries. These programs often advertise themselves as “Pluralistic,” “Post-Denominational” or “Non-Denominational,” terms which have different meanings. Come be a part of the struggle and join a conversation on how to build pluralism in a communal program. Explore what post-denominationalism and non-denominationalism mean to you.

Presenters
avatar for JewishGPS

JewishGPS

JewishGPS
Robyn Faintich has over 18 years of Jewish communal professional experience in areas that include youth movements, day schools, community teen initiatives, early childhood education, congregational family education, and adult education. In August 2010, Robyn launched JewishGPS, LLC in an effort to help guide Jewish organizations in a variety of aspects of Jewish education. She currently serves as the national education consultant for The Good... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Ambrose 15th floor conference center

5:45pm

The 'Jewish' Sistine Chapel: The Hidden Jewish Messages of Michelangelo
This session is based on my book The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages In The Heart Of The Vatican which was translated into 16 other languages and is soon to be a documentary movie. It proves that Michelangelo incorporated many teachings of Jewish Midrash and Kabbalah into the Sistine Chapel–daring ideas unknown to its 4 million annual visitors. And unlike the DaVinci Code, this book is not fiction but fact. Reproductions of all frescoes discussed will be visible.

Presenters
avatar for Benjamin Blech

Benjamin Blech

Benjamin Blech is an internationally recognized educator, religious leader, author, and lecturer. He is the author of twelve highly acclaimed and best-selling books, with combined sales of close to half a million copies. Blech’s most recent book, The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican, was the subject of an ABC News 20/20 special. A recipient of the American Educator of the Year Award, he... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

5:45pm

Can I trust you? Kashrut, Social Dynamics and Jewish Unity
Every Halachic statement and standard has a value behind it. We will study classic halachic texts and responsa on the subject of kashrut, unpacking the underlying values and exploring how they affect us today. An alternative Halachic application being pioneered in Jerusalem today will be presented and offered for discussion.

Presenters
avatar for Aaron Leibowitz

Aaron Leibowitz

Sulam Yaakov
Aaron Leibowitz is a rabbi and the Dean of Sulam Yaakov – the Beit Midrash for Community Leadership Development in Nachlaot, Jerusalem. A Jewish educator in Israel for over two decades, Aaron spent six years as the rabbi of Kol Rina, the famous Miklat (Bomb Shelter) shul in Nachlaot. He is a community and social activist, was involved in the tent protests in the summer of 2011, and is at the core of a grassroots subversive Kashrut... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Brunswick C ballroom level

5:45pm

Holocaust Denial: A Clear and Present Danger?
Holocaust deniers have become more sophisticated in their techniques in recent years. We will explore how they disseminate their ideologies, compare "hardcore" denial to "softcore" denial, and ask what is the best way of responding to this. We shall also ask: how real is the threat of denial?

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt

Emory University
Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her latest book, The Eichmann Trial, was published in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the trial’s start. Her 2006 book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the story of her libel trial against David Irving, is currently being developed into a movie. At Emory, she directs Holocaust Denial on Trial, a website... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Passaic B 15th floor conference center

5:45pm

Beyond Obligation: Designing Your Own Siddur with Intention

Jewish prayer offers daily opportunities for personal maintenance and creative and emotional development. The only ingredients needed are time, commitment, openness, structure, and intention. The siddur (prayer book) was invented as a tool providing individual access to an arrangement of liturgies, a lattice for the expression of our ancestors' wisdom and worldview. How can we design siddurim to better express and share the insights that we have derived through our own practice of Judaism?


Presenters
avatar for Aharon Varady

Aharon Varady

Founding Director, the Open Siddur Project
Founding director of the Open Siddur Project, the open-source digital humanities project sharing the texts and art of Jewish spiritual practice, Aharon Varady is an environmental planner and Jewish educator working to improve stewardship of the Public Domain, be it the physical and natural commons of urban park systems or the creative and cultural commons of Torah study. He currently studies the intersection of theurgy, experiential education... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Hopatcong 15th floor conference center

5:45pm

To Eat or Not to Eat: Should We Fast in a Time of Partial Redemption?
There are six communal-wide fast days on the Jewish calendar, ranging from the biblically-mandated Yom Kippur to the rabbinically-enacted Taanit Esther. While we still observe the minor fast days today, it is not so clear that we are obligated to do so. In this session we will study the Gemara in Rosh HaShanah that questions what it means to mourn in a time of freedom, and explore how rabbis have understood the answers throughout history.

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Balinsky Friedman

Ruth Balinsky Friedman

Ruth Balinsky Friedman is a member of the inaugural class of Yeshivat Maharat. Ruth graduated from Barnard College in 2007, and then studied at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Originally from Chicago, Ruth served as rabbinic fellow for Or Tzedek, as Rosh Beit Midrash of Uri L'Tzedek, and has taught at Drisha, Congregation Shearith Israel, and a variety of other locations in New York and Chicago. Ruth serves as the Congregational Intern... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Princeton concourse level

5:45pm

A Theodicy Odyssey: How Do You Feel About God?

Harold Kushner asked: "Why do bad things happen to good people?" "I don't know," replied Sara Beth, but I'm really sick of it. Judaism has structures set up in prayer and through community for when you find yourself in the midst of intense theological struggles. How you choose to use the resources given to you is another story. It is complicated. Join the upsetting, intense, and interesting experience of talking about Theodicy with someone who claims to be an expert on, at the very least, suffering.


Presenters
avatar for Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman

Sara Beth Berman, proud to have two first names, received a BS in Psychology (University of Florida) and an MA in Jewish Education (Davidson School at JTS). She’s currently the Nadiv Educator at URJ Camp Coleman and the Davis Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s worked at Storahtelling, the Foundation for Jewish Camp, and Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Her summers were spent working at Camp Interlaken JCC, Camp Ramah Darom, and with... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Piscataway ballroom level

5:45pm

Four Entered the Pardes: The Self Engaged in the Search for God and Meaning

Our Rabbis have taught that four entered into the Pardes: Ben Azai,  Ben Zoma, “Acher” (Elisha Ben Avuyah) and Akiba. Ben Azai gazed and died. Ben Zoma gazed, and went insane. Acher became an apostate. Rabbi Akiba entered, and exited in peace. Explore this story of the four rabbis as a metaphor for the processes each of us may go through, often simultaneously, in our spiritual journeys and theological struggles. An opportunity to share, learn, be supported and to support others.


Presenters
avatar for Bill  Liss-Levinson

Bill Liss-Levinson

William Liss-Levinson, Ph.D., is Vice President, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a health research and publishing company.  A member of the Board of the Jewish Book Council, he also reviews books about theology, philosophy and Hasidism. Bill has a Ph.D. in Education and has been exposed to a wide range of formal and informal Jewish education over the course of his life. |  


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Monroe concourse level

5:45pm

Cousin Rivalry: Does it Ever End?

A close reading of Megilat Esther reveals the roots of rivalry between Haman and Mordechai, tracing back to Esav and Yaakov. We will explore the textual and conceptual links between the two, and the role of the women involved: Esther and Rivka. If possible, bring highlighters. All texts will be in both Hebrew and English.

This session was made possible by funds from The Covenant Foundation.


Presenters
avatar for Gitta Jaroslawicz-Neufeld

Gitta Jaroslawicz-Neufeld

Gitta Neufeld received the 2012 Covenant Foundation Award for Excellence in Education. As Director of the Allegra Franco School of Educational Leadership, she spearheads an innovative program that provides teacher training and adult education for woman of the Syrian community. She also lectures frequently across the metropolitan area. A graduate of Queens College and Pace University, she is completing her doctorate, focusing on the Syrian... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Navesink 15th floor conference center

6:00pm

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff: The Intersection of Finance and Mysticism

"A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff" is a chamber-rock opera written and performed by Alicia Jo Rabins with a live band. The piece explores Madoff's infamous scam through personal stories, interviews with people who played a part in the story, and the lens of Jewish and Buddhist thought. In this session, Alicia will perform live songs from the piece, screen excerpts from its sold-out premiere at Joe's Pub in November 2012, and lead a discussion about where finance, ethics, and mysticism intersect.

This session was made possible by funds from The Covenant Foundation.


Presenters
avatar for Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer and Torah teacher. She tours internationally with Girls in Trouble, with whom she has released two albums to critical acclaim, performing her song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women. In addition to numerous fellowships and awards, Alicia holds a MA in Jewish Studies from JTS and a MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson. She recently moved from Brooklyn to Portland, OR with her husband... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Cooper 15th floor conference center

7:00pm

Mechitza Service Led by Men: Maariv (Evening Service)
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: Seating will be separate by gender.

Sunday February 17, 2013 7:00pm - 7:20pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

7:00pm

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 17, 2013 7:00pm - 7:20pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

7:30pm

Limmud NY 2013: Sunday Night Showcase

Come together to celebrate the great talent at Limmud NY 2013! Don't miss this chance to enjoy some fabulous entertainment with our unforgettable musicians, artists, and performers. We'll also honor the people who make Limmud NY such an unforgettable adventure. 


Presenters
avatar for Ora Fruchter

Ora Fruchter

Ora Fruchter is a Brooklyn based puppeteer, performer, director and educator. She collaborates with other musicians, clowns, and puppeteers to create highly visual theater, finding humor and lightness in dark themes and incorporating live music and actors along with puppets and objects. She performs with her companies Yellow Sneaker, Doppelskope and Creatures Teach Torah. The Famous Violinist, in progress, uses puppetry and music to explore... Read More →
avatar for Brian Gelfand

Brian Gelfand

Brian is a multi-faceted pianist,vocalist, composer and arranger. Aside from being an accomplished jazz and classical pianist, Brian has been composing and arranging Jewish music for settings as varied as cabaret, choral, and musical theater performances. He is feature actor and musician with the Storahtelling Theatre Company, and is a choral conductor at The Yeshivah of Flatbush and the Kinneret Day School. 
avatar for Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

"I'm not an inventor. I'm an improver. I improve things that are broken," Larry David once said. The word "improver" is also someone that improvises, Molly’s art form. Through her English-speaking comedy troupe, Hahafuch, based in Jerusalem, Molly spreads the message that Israel is funny. As well as performing sketches, videos, and improvisation, Molly also teaches improv workshops with an Israeli twist. Molly believes that comedy is the... Read More →
avatar for Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer and Torah teacher. She tours internationally with Girls in Trouble, with whom she has released two albums to critical acclaim, performing her song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women. In addition to numerous fellowships and awards, Alicia holds a MA in Jewish Studies from JTS and a MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson. She recently moved from Brooklyn to Portland, OR with her husband... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in over 200 movies and television shows which include playing Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, Sammy Jankis in Memento and Mr. Bates in Freaky Friday. TV roles include characters on Seinfeld, Deadwood, Glee & Californication. He has written and performed true stories from his life – told from a unique Jewish perspective – in The Tobolowsky Files. His book, The Dangerous Animals Club, was just... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Ballrooms A, B & C ballroom level

9:00pm

Israel Film Center Premieres 'Off White Lies': Screening Followed by a Conversation

After years of living apart from her quirky dad, Shaul, Libby is sent to live with him in Israel at the outbreak of the second Lebanon war. Shaul comes up with a plan to put a roof over their heads - they pose as refugees from the bombarded North and are taken in by a well-off family in Jerusalem. Finally in a "normal" household, Shaul and Libby begin to build their father-daughter relationship while trying to maintain their false identities.


Presenters
avatar for Isaac Zablocki

Isaac Zablocki

Isaac Zablocki is the Director of the Israel Film Center at the Manhattan JCC. He was born in New York, and grew up in Israel. He programs over seven film festivals a year including The Other Israel Film Festival and Reelabilites: NY Disabilities Film Festival. As Director of the Israel Film Center, he is the leading programmer of Israeli films in the U.S,  developed the largest on-line database of Israeli films and the Israel Film Center... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Ambrose 15th floor conference center

9:00pm

The Limmud NY StorySlam
8 stories. 6 minutes each. 1 champion. Join us for the first ever Limmud NY StorySlam featuring a line-up of storytellers, performers, writers and Jewish educators sharing tales of uncommon connections, community, faith, wonder, friendship and love. You'll laugh, you might even cry, and then you'll vote for the winner.

Presenters
avatar for Sissy Block

Sissy Block

After missing last year’s conference, Sissy Block is excited to be back at Limmud NY, the capital of her Jewish world. Sissy serves on the Limmud NY board and is also a proud member of Romemu. When she’s not talking about Limmud NY or bringing people to Romemu, Sissy is a storyteller and the recent winner of the 2012 Sephardic Music Festival StorySlam. By day, she loves Israel for a living as the Associate Director for... Read More →
avatar for Sivan Hadari

Sivan Hadari

Sivan Hadari is an Isramerican actress, singer, publicist, producer and television host. She is also the president and founder of ISRAMERICA; a nonprofit organization that supports Israeli and Jewish American artists, projecting a positive image of Israel through art. Her one woman show, The Emancipation of the Sassy Jewish Woman won the award for best solo debut at The United Solo Festival at Theatre Row. Her latest... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Rockaway 15th floor conference center

9:00pm

The Tobolowsky Files: Limmud NY Edition (2 of 2)

Stephen Tobolowsky performs true stories from his book The Dangerous Animals Club and from his podcast and radio program. These are often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, always thought-provoking stories that often center around Jewish principles and thought. Beginning with a short story, he will then tell his story The Alchemist.



Presenters
avatar for Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in over 200 movies and television shows which include playing Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, Sammy Jankis in Memento and Mr. Bates in Freaky Friday. TV roles include characters on Seinfeld, Deadwood, Glee & Californication. He has written and performed true stories from his life – told from a unique Jewish perspective – in The Tobolowsky Files. His book, The Dangerous Animals Club, was just... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Trenton concourse level

9:00pm

What's Your Story? Self Creation with Instagram

In today's world, many of us choose to represent who we are using social media as a platform. How do we tell our stories? In this session, we will draw inspiration from the creation narrative in Genesis and photograph our own creation stories using smartphone apps. Please bring your smartphone or a camera.


Presenters
avatar for Shulamit Seidler-Feller

Shulamit Seidler-Feller

Shulamit Seidler-Feller is a photographer and educator in New York City. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Reed College and an MFA in Photography from NYU. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Jerusalem Post, amNew York, & the Forward. Her teaching experience includes work for SAR High School, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Brandeis Collegiate Institute, The Jewish Lens, Camp Ramah, & the Center for Alternative... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Edison ballroom level

9:00pm

Searching for God in a Magic Shop: A Magic Show for Grown-ups
Arthur Kurzweil has been performing as a magician since he was in the third grade. Over the years, Arthur has discovered how some profound ideas from Jewish theology can be explained and illustrated through the performance of magic tricks. While Arthur’s magic tricks are quite amazing, the Jewish spiritual ideas he explores can truly be transformative. This session is appropriate for adults, bar/bat mitzvah age and up.

Presenters
avatar for Arthur Kurzweil

Arthur Kurzweil

Arthur Kurzweil is a writer, teacher, and magician. He is a Jewish Heir Locator, dedicated to finding and informing members of the Jewish family about our extraordinary inheritance. He is the author of several books, including On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz and From Generation to Generation: How To Trace Your Jewish Genealogy.  Arthur is a member of the Society of American Magicians (founded by Harry Houdini) and the International... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

9:00pm

Slow Simmerin’ Quadroon: Artist Presentation and Discussion
Danielle acts, taking on a variety of autobiographical personae ranging from her African-American grandmother from Harlem to her Jewish grandfather, a ballroom dance teacher and tummler. Her embodiments of family members elicit family memories, and challenge social anxieties about mixing race, religion, culture and gender.

Presenters
avatar for Danielle Abrams

Danielle Abrams

From Danielle Abrams’ legacy of Jewish bubbies and tummlers, and black Southern matriarchs, emerge a hybrid blend of personae and performances that reshuffle the quandaries about gender, race, and legacy. Abrams has performed for 20 years in many spaces including the Queens Museum, Jewish Museum, Detroit Institute of the Arts. She has received support from the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and the New York... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Passaic B 15th floor conference center

9:00pm

Eli Valley's Temple of Self-Hatred

In an interactive slide show smorgasbord, the Jewish Daily Forward's Artist in Residence will lead an evening of neurotic superheroes, xenophobic Jedi, paranoid turtles, memories and mayhem. Eli will recount the influences and inspiration for his satirical fantasies, interweaving personal history, American culture and contemporary Jewish life in an exploration of the limits of communal self-criticism and the meaning of Jewish pride. Probably not appropriate for children. Alcohol recommended.


Presenters
avatar for Eli Valley

Eli Valley

Eli Valley, Artist in Residence at The Jewish Daily Forward, is a writer and artist whose work has been published in New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Gawker, Saveur, Ha’aretz and elsewhere. His art has been labeled “ferociously repugnant” by Commentary and “hilarious” by The Comics Journal. A 2012-2013 LABA Fellow, Eli is the author of The Great Jewish Cities of Central and Eastern Europe and is currently... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Cooper 15th floor conference center

9:00pm

Create Your Own: Write a Prayer, Midrash (Commentary), Poem or Song

Yes, you can do it! No, you don't need any previous experience or "talent", just curiosity for finding out what lies within yourself. The presenter will expertly guide you through the process of finding inspiration and channeling it to create your very own masterpiece of verse, prose or music (folk, hip hop, gospel, soul, funk...). You creation can be based on existing prayers or completely original, in any language and format. The presenter facilitates, you create.


Presenters
avatar for Daniel Silverstein

Daniel Silverstein

Daniel is a trainee rabbi currently studying at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He also works as an inter-faith activist and an artist-educator with Jewish and other communities all over the world. Previously, Daniel studied Literature and Social & Political Sciences at Cambridge, International Relations at Warwick and Torah at Ein Tzurim. He co-founded Moishe House London, a Muslim-Jewish hip hop and poetry collective called Lines of Faith, and... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Hopatcong 15th floor conference center

9:00pm

Middle School Movie Night
Middle schoolers are invited to come watch a great movie and enjoy snacks with all your friends.

Presenters

Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

9:00pm

If I Am Not for Myself, Blah Blah Blah: Balancing Peoplehood and Tikkun Olam

We’ll explore the tension between Jewish “peoplehood” – supporting Israel and rallying around Jewish crises – and Jewish activism in universal causes like hunger and poverty. Are groups like American Jewish World Service and phenomena like “Eco-Torah Tours of Costa Rica” signs of a healthy Jewish community or symptoms of its decline?


Presenters
avatar for Andrew Silow-Carroll

Andrew Silow-Carroll

Andrew Silow-Carroll is editor in chief of the New Jersey Jewish News. He was previously the managing editor of the Forward. From 1996-1998 he lived in Israel as a Jerusalem Fellow, an international program in Jewish education. He was a Spielberg Fellow and director of communications of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He is a fellow of Leadership New Jersey, a program for emerging state leaders. He lives in Teaneck... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Monroe concourse level

9:00pm

The Complicated Relationship Between Jews & Pigs: A Cultural History

A staple protein for a majority of the world, pork is frustratingly taboo for the Jews. Why is pork the most well-known and adhered-to Jewish food prohibition? The meat has played a central role in American and European cuisine, alienating Jews for centuries. Yet recently, Jewish chefs have found bacon to be an object of culinary inspiration. This session explores the relationship between Jews and pork, and the fixation among contemporary Jewish gourmands and thinkers on the “other white meat.”


Presenters
avatar for Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Jeffrey Yoskowitz

Jeffrey Yoskowitz is a writer, pickler and food entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of The Gefilteria, a purveyor of Old World Jewish foods in Brooklyn, NY whose products are available throughout the New York City area (gefilteria.com). He worked as a pickler for the Adamah Jewish Organic Farm and spreads pickling love around the world through workshops and demos. He has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Tablet and many other... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Passaic A 15th floor conference center

9:00pm

Why are Holocaust Jokes So Funny in Israel? A Look Inside Israeli Humor

What’s funny in Israel? What makes an Israeli laugh and why? Do you think it’s funny too? Explore the world of present-day Israeli comedy through videos of top Israeli comic writers, Israeli citizens, and comedy sketches from the Israeli English-speaking comedy troupe, Hahafuch. 


Presenters
avatar for Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

"I'm not an inventor. I'm an improver. I improve things that are broken," Larry David once said. The word "improver" is also someone that improvises, Molly’s art form. Through her English-speaking comedy troupe, Hahafuch, based in Jerusalem, Molly spreads the message that Israel is funny. As well as performing sketches, videos, and improvisation, Molly also teaches improv workshops with an Israeli twist. Molly believes that comedy is the... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Woodbridge & Piscataway ballroom level

9:00pm

Hectic at Work and at Life: Theology on Hold
A rabbinical student and corporate executive discuss themes such as the efficacy of prayer, the suspension of critical judgment and whether organized religion is more likely than not to lead to a psychotic breakdown. Come prepared for controversial debate.

Presenters
avatar for Samuel Klein

Samuel Klein

Samuel Klein is a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Passionate about leadership innovation, he is on the board of American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS program and is a connector for LEAD: Inspiring Jewish Leaders, UK, where he establishes strategic partnerships with other leadership organizations. A writer on religion and the arts, Samuel is a Five Rhythms dancer, has an interest in gestalt psychotherapy and art of movement... Read More →
avatar for Bill  Liss-Levinson

Bill Liss-Levinson

William Liss-Levinson, Ph.D., is Vice President, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a health research and publishing company.  A member of the Board of the Jewish Book Council, he also reviews books about theology, philosophy and Hasidism. Bill has a Ph.D. in Education and has been exposed to a wide range of formal and informal Jewish education over the course of his life. |  


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Navesink 15th floor conference center

9:00pm

Jacob Dreams About Ladders & Makes a Deal with God: But What Exactly is the Deal?

In this session we will review the Chumash (Bible) text of Jacob's ladder dream and the deal he makes with God after he wakes up the next morning. We will attempt to answer the following questions: In Jacob's dream, what are the conditions he asks God to achieve and what does he offer in return? Why does Jacob strike this deal when God promised him everything in the dream? What does the Midrash (commentary) teach us about Jacob? We will also compare two variant texts of Midrash.


Presenters
avatar for Beryl Phillips

Beryl Phillips

(David) Beryl Phillips is an attorney, accountant, and computer support consultant and trainer, having practiced criminal defense and forensic accounting, among other things. He is currently the Controller of a major mortgage firm. An amateur standup comic, he has lectured all over the world in numerous fields, including Chumash (Bible) studies, in which he led a weekly study group in West Hempstead (L.I.) for over 3 years. He now resides in... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Princeton concourse level

10:30pm

Questioning Questions: A Make-Your-Own Session in the Garden

Judaism is a religion and culture of questions. They populate our ancient texts and modern thought. In this session we will explore this culture of questions by generating our own for visitors to the garden. Learn how to make something interactive, the secret to drawing people in, and leave your own mark on our wild and growing garden of Eden. 


Presenters
avatar for Amanda Gelb

Amanda Gelb

Amanda Gelb likes information. But more than that, she likes finding ways to design it for others in dynamic and thought-provoking ways. Her passion is linking experiential Jewish learning and the best of contemporary museum education. Amanda is the creator of the Million Museum Project, a learning process that lets anyone create their own interactive museum exhibit. She is grateful to be a freelance experience designer, museum consultant, and... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:30pm - 11:45pm
Edison ballroom level

10:30pm

The Seal of Solomon: The New Wave of Jewish World Music

Acclaimed heavy metal and pop singer Shlomit Levi returns to her Yemenite roots, with American producer RebbeSoul on balalaika and guitar. They will take you on a musical and spiritual journey through space and time. Hear about Shlomit’s journey from the pop music world to her new version of traditional Yemenite music, and how RebbeSoul blazed a new trail for Jewish world music. Experience this unique performance of ancient Yemenite melodies and rhythms from around the world. It rocks!


Presenters
avatar for Shlomit & RebbeSoul

Shlomit & RebbeSoul

Shlomit Levi, the golden voice of Orphaned Land and other renowned Israeli artists, returns to the sounds of her Yemenite ancestors with dramatic musical elements. | RebbeSoul has been featured on CNN International, was the cover story in Billboard magazine and achieved the #1 position on the CMJ world music charts in the USA and Canada. Known for his unique production, and signature balalaika and guitar playing, he created the Jewish Roots... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:30pm - 11:45pm
Ballrooms A & B ballroom level

10:30pm

The Hebrew Mamita Live
Vanessa Hidary a.k.a The Hebrew Mamita will read her new piece Ten Days In The Life Of the Hebrew Mamita, along with excerpts from her solo show Culture Bandit. Expect tales of a nice Jewish girl gone awry, love gone wrong, and a woman's search to find her identity and cultural pride in the multi-cultural landscape of her Native New York City.

Presenters
avatar for Vanessa Hidary

Vanessa Hidary

Vanessa Hidary, aka “The Hebrew Mamita,” is a solo performer/ spoken word artist and native New Yorker. She has appeared on “Def Poetry Jam” on HBO, and was featured in the short film “The Tribe.” Vanessa recently published her first book, “The Last Kaiser Roll in the Bodega.”


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:30pm - 11:45pm
Passaic A 15th floor conference center

10:30pm

Yaffa & Esther's Excellent Limmudventure: A Judeo-Cultural Odyssey
Jewish comedy is a tradition as old as the Talmud. But don't take our word for it - join us for a conversational, potentially controversial collision of pop culture, tradition, text, feminism, technology and Jewish identity, reflected through re-enacted scenes (or YouTube clips) of movie dialogue and their Talmudic parallels. Most sources and YouTube clips will be in English (unless we find a really awesome one in Hebrew). Some Talmud sources and movie dialogue may not be rated PG.

Presenters
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as... Read More →
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Esther Kustanowitz

Editor / Contributing Writer, GrokNation / The Jewish Journal
​Esther D. Kustanowitz is a Los Angeles-based writer and consultant specializing in social media, pop culture​ and ​Jewish community​ conversation. She is the Editor of GrokNation.com, a blog and web community founded by actress, neuroscientist and mom Mayim Bialik. Esther is also a Contributing Writer at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, where she writes on topics including comedy, grief, Jewish leadership and social media... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:30pm - 11:45pm
Passaic B 15th floor conference center

10:30pm

Wails to the Chiefs: Singing Together the Songs of U.S. Presidents, Their Parties, Movements, and Popular Cultures

In honor of Presidents' Weekend, we will join together in anthems and folks songs from the eras of George, Abe, Teddy, Franklin, Jack, and Barack (and others). Happy days are here again, as are melodies from the labor, suffrage, peace, and civil rights movements, traditional spirituals, campaign ditties, and political show tunes. Bring instruments, iPhones (to search for songs and lyrics), ideas for songs you want to sing, and your sonorous voices.


Presenters
avatar for Jonathan D Zimet

Jonathan D Zimet

Jonathan Zimet, rabbi and musician, has led programs at National Havurah Committee Institutes, synagogues, Hillels, and more. He draws on his background to make music and folk cultures come alive: making nusach (melodies) accessible to lay people; opening our Zemirot’s (traditional songs) rich allegories to the wider public with an English commentary he is writing. His choral programs, featuring diverse music, led to annual Shir Hashirim... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:30pm - 11:45pm
Princeton concourse level

10:30pm

Abram the Barbarian: What is a Jewish Hero?

Between the time when nephilim walked the earth and the rise of the sons of Israel, there were days of such adventure. In the midst of this was Abram, destined to be the father of nations. We'll watch scenes from the classic fantasy film Conan the Barbarian (Arnie version) and see how it compares to Genesis's idea of what makes a true hero in Abraham.


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 email.


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:30pm - 11:45pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

10:45pm

Karaoke

Anyone can be a star at LimmudNY! Share your voice, enthusiasm, and flair at Karaoke, a Limmud NY tradition. Sing and dance with your fellow LimmudNYks. Belt out your favorite tunes or just sing along with the crowd. Fun for all ages!


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:45pm - 11:59pm
Trenton & Monroe concourse level

11:59pm

More Karaoke

Anyone can be a star at LimmudNY! Share your voice, enthusiasm, and flair at Karaoke, a Limmud NY tradition. Sing and dance with your fellow LimmudNYks. Belt out your favorite tunes or just sing along with the crowd. Fun for all ages!


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:59pm - Monday February 18, 2013 1:15am
Trenton & Monroe concourse level
 
Monday, February 18
 

7:00am

Mechitza Service Led by Men: Shacharit (Monday Morning Service)

The traditional minyan (prayer group) with mechitza (partition) will provide a prayer service with a traditional liturgy. Men will lead services, and read from the Torah, and women and men will pray together in a traditional and spirited environment. Note: Seating is separated by gender.


Monday February 18, 2013 7:00am - 8:00am
Woodbridge ballroom level

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 18, 2013 7:00am - 8:00am
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

7:30am

Monday Breakfast 7:30-9:30
Sit with someone new! Breakfast is a great time to meet new people at Limmud NY!

Monday February 18, 2013 7:30am - 9:30am
Ballrooms C, D, & E ballroom level

8:15am

Can You Do a Quick Transgression For Me?

Can you commit a transgression to prevent someone else from committing a greater transgression? Should I commit a minor violation of Shabbat to prevent someone else from committing an even graver violation? Should rabbis authorize conversions that make them uncomfortable to avoid intermarriages? What is the line between religious concern for others and compromising one’s own religious integrity? When does the system lower its sights to deal with the reality of non-observance and when does it hold firm?


Presenters
avatar for Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker is co-founder and Rosh Yeshiva at Mechon Hadar and chair in Jewish Law. He was faculty at the Drisha Institute, teaching in the Scholars Circle. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, earned a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from JTS and a B.A. from Harvard. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he co-founded Kehilat Hadar and was a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. He was named... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 8:15am - 9:30am
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

8:15am

A Culinary Journey Back to Hungary
Food is an integral part of our lives. Food became especially important after the starvation during the Holocaust. Everyday, Shabbat and holidays had their special foods and customs. Take a journey back to Hungary to explore the traditional foods and customs of post Holocaust Hungary.

Presenters
avatar for Marianna Gersch

Marianna Gersch

Marianna Gersch was born in Debrecen, Hungary and returned there for the first time in more than 50 years in 2011. A New Yorker since 1957, she loves to cook and bake Hungarian foods. She is currently a member of the Hungarian Hidden Children of New York and the New York Jewish Historical Society. She is a contributing writer of the book Remember Us. She is a Limmud NY volunteer for the eleventh year and is looking forward to presenting. Marianna... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 8:15am - 9:30am
Piscataway ballroom level

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 Tractate Shabbat, daf (page) 138.  


Presenters
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 8:15am - 9:30am
Ballroom C

9:30am

Camp Limmud NY 9:30am-12:30pm Monday
Monday February 18, 2013 9:30am - 12:30pm
Carlyle's concourse level

9:45am

When the Hurricane Came: What Can YOU Do to Make the World a Better Place?

This past year, many kids in New York and New Jersey met Hurricane Sandy, who brought dark houses, destruction and big trouble to many people.  In this session, we will talk about what you can do and who you can turn to when it feels like you’ve lost everything because a storm or because of other bad things that can happen.  We’ll hear from 9-year-old Gertie, the feisty Jewish heroine of my book, When the Hurricane Cameand find out some secrets she discovered about how to cope after Hurricane Katrina came to New Orleans.


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, and presented on issues concerning birth, death, and the complicated stuff that happens in the middle. Her books include When a Grandparent Dies and When the... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am
Carlyle's concourse level

9:45am

The Rambam's Guide to College
The Rambam (Rabbi Moses Maimonides, Spain, 1135-1204) knew all about the experience of trying to integrate his intellectual pursuits with his religious identity. Physics majors, do you question the parting of the Red Sea? Philosophy majors, wonder how the world could be created from nothing? Discover how the uber-intellectual Rambam tackled these questions and others while remaining a religious authority in his community and in our communities today.

Presenters
avatar for Sara Rich

Sara Rich

Sara Rich is a Jewish Educator at the Center for Jewish Life – Hillel at Princeton University. Sara works with the CJL’s educational team to teach classes that bridge Jewish learning with the academic, professional, and personal interests of the students. She also collaborates with students to build Jewish community on campus and to support their individual initiatives. Sara received rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 9:45am - 11:00am
Trenton concourse level

9:45am

Soulful Education in Our Relationships: The Most Critical Question for Personal Growth Is?

Recently I bet twenty experienced rabbis that they had never asked the most basic question in Judaism or been asked it by others. Unfortunately, I won the bet. Tragically, the most important conversations of our lives will probably never take place. In this session we will discuss exactly why we have gotten off-track, what the most important questions are, and even have a quality conversation. This takes place in the paradigm of Soulful Education, with sources and reflection.


Presenters
avatar for Aryeh Ben David

Aryeh Ben David

Aryeh Ben David taught at the Pardes Institute for 20 years and served as the Director of Spiritual Education. He founded Ayeka: Soulful Jewish Education in 2008. Through its online program, Ayeka educates rabbis, teachers, and professionals how to bring Jewish wisdom from our minds to our hearts, to our souls, and to our lives. Ayeka has developed more than 2 years of curriculum devoted to promoting personal and spiritual growth. Aryeh lives... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 9:45am - 11:00am
Brunswick A & B ballroom level

9:45am

How to Build the Curriculum of a Secular Yeshiva: How to Be Jewish and Sexy at the Same Time

In this session Ariel Levinson will introduce the Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva, which has been running for two years.  He will also share some dilemmas and insights on the challenge of the developing the right curriculum.


Presenters
avatar for Ariel Levinson

Ariel Levinson

Ariel Levinson is a literary critic, a PhD candidate in the Hebrew Literature Department at Hebrew University and a founder of the Jerusalem Secular Yeshiva. He was born in 1979, raised in Jerusalem and is now a married father of two.


Monday February 18, 2013 9:45am - 11:00am
Monroe concourse level

9:45am

‘Wear Black, Leave Town’: The Problem with Being Passion’s Slave

Rabbi Ila'i said: “If a person senses themselves overpowered by their urges, they should go to a city where they are not known, dress in black clothes, cover their head in black, and do what their heart desires, but let them not desecrate God’s name in public” (B. Talmud Moed Katan 17a). With reference to artists and writers from Michelangelo and Bernini to Bakhtin and Bataille, we will explore the religious struggle with transgression through the lens of several Talmudic texts.


Presenters
avatar for Samuel Klein

Samuel Klein

Samuel Klein is a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Passionate about leadership innovation, he is on the board of American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS program and is a connector for LEAD: Inspiring Jewish Leaders, UK, where he establishes strategic partnerships with other leadership organizations. A writer on religion and the arts, Samuel is a Five Rhythms dancer, has an interest in gestalt psychotherapy and art of movement... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 9:45am - 11:00am
Princeton concourse level

9:45am

Shemittah as Life: Envisioning Sabbatical Culture - Shemittah Series Part III

As we approach the upcoming shemittah year (observed starting Rosh Hashanah 2014/5775), we ask: How might the ancient laws of shemittah (sabbatical year) guide us toward sustainability? In this practical workshop, participants will learn about the Jewish environmental movement's project to combat climate change while supporting sustainable communities. This session is presented through Hazon, 7Seeds and the Green Hevra: A New Coalition of Jewish Eco-Projects.


Presenters
avatar for Sarah Chandler

Sarah Chandler

Sarah Chandler serves as the Director of Earth Based Spiritual Practice for Hazon's Adamah Farm at Isabella Freedman. She is a Jewish experiential educator, community activist, and spiritual leader. She has her M.A. in Jewish Communal and Experiential Education and Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Sarah is a student of Kohenet: The Hebrew Priestess Institute, IJS's Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training, and serves on the Green... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 9:45am - 11:00am
Hillsborough main hotel 5th floor conference level

9:45am

Yoga - Embodying Middot: Shevil Ha’zahov (Moderation)
We live in a world of extremes –- from overeating to undereating, couch potatoes to triathaletes -- but where we live most comfortably is in the middle ground of moderation. Both overindulging and denying ourselves pull us equally from our path. In this practice we will use poses and counterposes to create balance and find the peaceful, happy middle ground between effort and surrender. There are NO yoga props available –- please bring your own mat and anything else you need. All levels welcome.

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Dewan

Rachel Dewan

YogaTova


Monday February 18, 2013 9:45am - 11:00am
Somerville main hotel 5th floor conference level

9:45am

Anchoring Your Soul to the Text: Personalizing the Jewish Prayerbook
"Why is prayer so boring?" If you've ever asked this question, this session is for you. We'll put pen to paper and learn practical techniques to make words which were written centuries ago feel relevant to our lives today. You'll come away from this session with tried and true methods that you can apply immediately to your prayer experience. Whether you know Hebrew or not, in only 75 minutes, you'll learn how to "drop anchors" of your own life experiences into the sacred words of the siddur, and bring them alive.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Weis

Michael Weis

Michael Weis is a recent graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary's H.L. Miller Cantorial School and Davidson School of Education. Both a cantor and educator, he currently serves as the cantor of The Brotherhood Synagogue in Manhattan. 


Monday February 18, 2013 9:45am - 11:00am
Woodbridge ballroom level

9:45am

Was Moses a Good Father? Why Can't Most Jews Name His Children?

Most Jews know the names of Jesus' mother and father, but few know the names of Moshe's parents. Even fewer know the names of his children.

He is called "Moses, our Teacher." What can he teach us about parenting?


Presenters
avatar for Leonid Feldman

Leonid Feldman

Leonid Feldman is a living example of the drama of modern Jewish history. He has experienced total assimilation, Jewish rebirth, violent anti-Semitism, imprisonment in Russia as a Zionist activist, and freedom in the West. The spiritual leader of Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach, he is the first and only Soviet-born Conservative rabbi in America. His emotional return to his hometown of Kishinev was featured on the NBC TODAY Show, and the Israeli... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 9:45am - 11:00am
Piscataway ballroom level

9:45am

Limmud Chavruta: Tzedakah
In this interactive session, we will explore, debate, and discuss the concept of tzedakah. Is there a minimum we should give to charity?  Is there a maximum?  What if the receivers are actually deceivers? Ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics and more will be used.  Everyone is welcome, whether you have studied Jewish texts before or not. Knowledge of Hebrew is not required.  Part of the new Limmud Chavruta series on the theme of Money.  Come to one session; or even better, come to all four!

Presenters
avatar for Karen Radkowsky

Karen Radkowsky

Trustee, Limmud
Karen Radkowsky first discovered her passion for all things Limmud in 2000. Since then, she has participated in over 50 Limmud events on three continents and advised Limmud teams around the globe. A founder and past president of Limmud NY, she is currently a trustee of the global Limmud organization (headquartered in the UK). In her professional life, Karen heads new business and innovation for Ketchum Global Research and Analytics in NYC.
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 email.


Monday February 18, 2013 9:45am - 11:00am
Boardroom II ballroom level

9:45am

Open Space Learning

As seen at ROI Community events, Open Space Learning is an “unconference within a conference,” a place where anyone can host a Jewish conversation of their choice. Unlike the rest of Limmud, Open Space Learning has no pre-set agenda -- all of the content is generated by you, and you can participate in as many conversations as you want. If there are ideas that have been brewing in your mind that you need to share in a challenging community, then bring them here. This is your place for unrestricted discussion, reflection, and exploration.


Presenters
avatar for David Wolkin

David Wolkin

Executive Director, Limmud NY
David Wolkin is the Executive Director of Limmud NY, having stepped into the role after years as a dedicated volunteer. Over the past ten years, he has worked across the denominational spectrum in a diverse range of settings, specializing in engaging learners of all ages through informal and experiential Jewish education. David received an M.A. in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2007 and has been a member of Storahtelling... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 9:45am - 12:30pm
Ballroom A ballroom level

11:15am

Israeli Dancing for Children and Families

Here's an introduction to Israeli dancing for young children. Learn to dance the Hora and a few other basic fun dances that anyone can learn. All dances will be taught first.


Presenters
avatar for Ezra Weinberg

Ezra Weinberg

Ezra Weinberg is identified through his work as a rabbi, teacher, song leader, dance instructor, peace-builder, and environmental activist. He is a musician and skilled leader of prayer in a variety of denominational settings. He is a teacher of multifaith education at Fairleigh Dickinson University. As a teacher of conflict transformation, Ezra draws upon an experiential model of learning infused with the ancient wisdom of the Jewish calendar... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 11:15am - 12:15pm
Carlyle's concourse level

11:15am

ArtSpace: Voices and Visions™

All around Limmud NY this weekend, we've hung posters donated from the new Voices & Visions™ program from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation about the many voices and visions that make up our Jewish community. Come to our hands-on session where we will go on a scavenger hunt to find that one special quote or image which we can bring back to ArtSpace. We'll use these quotes to inspire creation of art that puts the finishing touches to our Garden of Eden. 


Presenters
avatar for Amanda Gelb

Amanda Gelb

Amanda Gelb likes information. But more than that, she likes finding ways to design it for others in dynamic and thought-provoking ways. Her passion is linking experiential Jewish learning and the best of contemporary museum education. Amanda is the creator of the Million Museum Project, a learning process that lets anyone create their own interactive museum exhibit. She is grateful to be a freelance experience designer, museum consultant, and... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 11:15am - 12:30pm
Edison ballroom level

11:15am

Creative Passover Experiences

The session will explore three activities for personalizing the Passover story. We will start with tips for writing your own Haggadah, using examples of text and artwork from Haggadot.com.  Next, we will imagine possibilities for an alternate seder plate, replacing traditional items on the seder plate with objects or symbols that represent Passover in our current lives. Finally, we’ll tell our own stories by drawing "maps" (or timelines, diagrams, illustrations) of our personal Passover journeys.


Presenters
avatar for Eileen Levinson

Eileen Levinson

Founder & Executive Creative Director, Custom and Craft (and Haggadot.com)
Eileen Levinson is a designer & artist based in Los Angeles. Her work reimagines Jewish ritual for contemporary audiences. In 2011, she created Haggadot.com, a website for Jews exchange and personalize content for the Passover Haggadah. The site has received attention on NPR's All Things Considered, The Jerusalem Post , Ha'aretz, the Wall Street Journal & the Huffington Post. This summer, her team launched Custom & Craft, a similar... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 11:15am - 12:30pm
Ballroom B ballroom level

11:15am

Tabletop Torah: Object Theater Creative Text Study
While the cast of an object theater show can fit in a suitcase, within minutes they will fill a room with discovery, discussion, and excitement. With objects stepping in to play the parts of the characters, a tabletop becomes a miniature theater, and participants are charged with the task of discovering why each object has been chosen to play each part. Learn the basic skills to create and perform an object theater piece.​ For adults and students in 5th grade and up.

Presenters
avatar for Ora Fruchter

Ora Fruchter

Ora Fruchter is a Brooklyn based puppeteer, performer, director and educator. She collaborates with other musicians, clowns, and puppeteers to create highly visual theater, finding humor and lightness in dark themes and incorporating live music and actors along with puppets and objects. She performs with her companies Yellow Sneaker, Doppelskope and Creatures Teach Torah. The Famous Violinist, in progress, uses puppetry and music to explore... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 11:15am - 12:30pm
Princeton concourse level

11:15am

What Sparks the Art?

Three creative types share the texts that have got their arty juices flowing. Ever wondered how creativity and Jewish identity interact? Get inspired by these masters of their crafts.

This session was made possible by funds from The Covenant Foundation.


Presenters
avatar for Vanessa Hidary

Vanessa Hidary

Vanessa Hidary, aka “The Hebrew Mamita,” is a solo performer/ spoken word artist and native New Yorker. She has appeared on “Def Poetry Jam” on HBO, and was featured in the short film “The Tribe.” Vanessa recently published her first book, “The Last Kaiser Roll in the Bodega.”
avatar for Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer and Torah teacher. She tours internationally with Girls in Trouble, with whom she has released two albums to critical acclaim, performing her song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women. In addition to numerous fellowships and awards, Alicia holds a MA in Jewish Studies from JTS and a MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson. She recently moved from Brooklyn to Portland, OR with her husband... Read More →
avatar for Eli Valley

Eli Valley

Eli Valley, Artist in Residence at The Jewish Daily Forward, is a writer and artist whose work has been published in New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Gawker, Saveur, Ha’aretz and elsewhere. His art has been labeled “ferociously repugnant” by Commentary and “hilarious” by The Comics Journal. A 2012-2013 LABA Fellow, Eli is the author of The Great Jewish Cities of Central and Eastern Europe and is currently... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 11:15am - 12:30pm
Woodbridge ballroom level

11:15am

Animating Elkanah
Biblical texts are “deliciously” terse. While it can be frustrating not to know what a character’s intentions are “supposed to be,” it can be tremendously liberating, as well. As readers, we are charged with visualizing how a character speaks, what s/he looks like, and ultimately, what is going on. Join us for a short text study, discussion, and some interpretive drawing as we explore Elkanah's response to Hannah's barrenness in the book of Shmuel.

Presenters
avatar for Russel Neiss

Russel Neiss

Equally fluent in Yiddish and Javascript, Russel Neiss is a Jewish educator, technologist and coder. Russel began his career as an itinerant Jewish educator in the deep South and has worked in a variety of educational settings including day schools, supplemental schools, museums and archives. He is the Director of Educational Technology for G-dcast where he develops apps and other interactive content to raise Jewish literacy and help educators... Read More →


Monday February 18, 2013 11:15am - 12:30pm
Boardroom II ballroom level

11:15am

Camp Limmud NY 9:30am-12:30pm Monday
Monday February 18, 2013 11:15am - 12:30pm
Carlyle's concourse level

11:15am

Leading in a Wiki World
[Jewish] Organizations strive to pump up volunteers, build teams, turn participants