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Friday, February 13
 

1:00pm EST

The Art of Transformational Leadership: The Jewish Way
This session will explore the art of transformational leadership, which begins with identifying fundamental gaps and ends with orchestrating change. We will discuss the unique way in which Jews undergo transformations.

Presenters
GG

Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein is the founder and president of The Reut Institute and the author of Flexigidity: The Invisible Hand of Jewish Adaptability. He served as secretary and coordinator of the Israeli delegation to the negotiations with the PLO between 1999-2001 under Ehud Barak. Gidi is... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Grove

2:30pm EST

Passover Origins: How We Got to the Seder
The Seder Plate didn't always look the way it does today. Neither did Matzah. Discover some of the origins of the Passover Seder and the foods associated with it. From Greek and Talmudic roots to American history, these have influenced the development of one of the central rituals of the Jewish calendar as well as its cuisine. Learn about customs from around the world that you include in your Passover celebrations.

Presenters
SC

Shelley Cohney

Shelly Cohney is an Australian lecturer and tour guide with specialities in food, history, Israel, and Jewish customs. She is a tour guide in Australia and Israel and lectures at the Jewish Museum of Australia as well as at culinary colleges and various charities. Her time is split... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm EST
Aspen

8:45pm EST

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

Presenters
RB

Rachel Berger

Rachel Berger has background in non-profit management, philanthropy, and Jewish communal work. She holds an MSW from Columbia University. Rachel is the Director of Community Engagement at Footsteps where she creates community building events, leadership development programs, and public... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 8:45pm - 10:00pm EST
Elm

8:45pm EST

Yiddish as a Language of the Future
Before World War II, Yiddish language and culture were shared by more than 80% of the Jewish population. After the genocide in Europe, repression in the Soviet Union and Israel, and assimilation in the United States, only a fraction of today's Jews know the language. Despite these challenges, Yiddish is used today by a surprisingly wide variety of people. This session will explore the current landscape of Yiddish sociolinguistics, with an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Presenters
NE

Naftali Ejdelman

A native Yiddish speaker and lifelong Yiddish teacher, Naftali Ejdelman is the founder and president of the Yiddish Farm Education Center, an educational organic farm that teaches Yiddish through language immersion programs. He has appeared in the Jewish Week's 36 Under 36 and participated... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 8:45pm - 10:00pm EST
Waterside

8:45pm EST

Being a Mensch in Marriage: Nurturing Long-Term Love
Falling in love is easy, but nurturing love over the long haul takes work. This session proposes a proactive approach to loving, highlighting key findings from neuroscience and relationship science about love and its challenges over time. We will explore ways in which partners can take co-responsibility for nurturing each other and their relationship.

Presenters
MF

Mona Fishbane

Mona Fishbane, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the director of couple therapy training at the Chicago Center for Family Health. She lectures nationally and internationally and writes articles on couples, intergenerational family dynamics, and the neurobiology of love and relationships... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 8:45pm - 10:00pm EST
Grove

10:15pm EST

Scrabble Cafe
Playing Scrabble on Friday night is a time-honored pastime in many Jewish homes. Lifelong Scrabble players Shira Dicker and Ari Goldman, authors of last year's Wall Street Journal article, "How Scrabble Keeps Us Together," invite you to join them for a unique, fun community event—the Shabbat Scrabble Cafe! Learn to play Scrabble the Shabbat-friendly way, including keeping score with books and bookmarks. Bring your love for words, for meeting new people and for conversation!



Presenters
SD

Shira Dicker

Shira Dicker is a restless writer-at-large, astute social observer, cultural critic, strategic thinker, master networker, activist, and entrepreneur. Her literary and often irreverent blog, Bungalow Babe in the Big City, enjoys a global readership. Captivated by contemporary culture... Read More →
AG

Ari Goldman

Ari Goldman is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and the author of four books, including the best-seller The Search for God at Harvard. His latest book is The Late Starters Orchestra. He and his wife Shira Dicker are the parents of three children. Ari is also a cellist... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 10:15pm - 11:30pm EST
Belltown

10:15pm EST

The Nature of Eating Jewishly
The Jewish people has a set of food traditions that spans 3,000 years—not only "keeping kosher," but also history, culture, brachot (blessings), and ethics—to say nothing of bagels and lox, chopped liver, and (newly-revived?) schmaltz. But what—if anything—can we say about the nature of eating Jewishly? Join Nigel Savage as we study a range of texts which together seek to shed fresh light on the nature of Jewish eating.

Presenters
NS

Nigel Savage

Nigel Savage launched Hazon in 2000 with a Jewish bike ride across the USA. Today Hazon has more than 60 staff in seven locations, working to renew Jewish life and create a more sustainable world for all through food, the outdoors and the environment. Nigel has been listed in the... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 10:15pm - 11:30pm EST
Aspen
 
Saturday, February 14
 

10:00am EST

Chesed: What Does Judaism Have to Say?
What is chesed (kindness/mercy) and why is it such a fundamental part of Judaism? Choosing to feel and/or hear another person’s hurt or pain and then choosing to act to heal their hurt or pain without any expectation of reward or calculation is exceptionally difficult to do in a genuine way (especially if fear gets in the way). Come explore chesed with the creator, writer, and animator of Jewish Food For Thought: The Animated Series.

Please note that this session will use a projector. 

Presenters
HH

Hanan Harchol

Hanan Harchol is the creator, writer and animator of Jewish Food For Thought, a free online animated series that teaches Jewish ethics through thought-provoking conversations between Harchol and his parents. His work has been broadcast on Channel 13, Jewish Life TV, Shalom TV, and... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Springdale

12:15pm EST

What Will Happen When the Messiah Comes? Learn a Yiddish Folksong
This crash course in Yiddish will show you how much Yiddish you already know and how easily you could learn it should you wish to. After this session, you will understand some basic Yiddish grammar and syntax and be able to sing and understand a beautiful old Yiddish folksong about the messianic era.

Presenters
NE

Naftali Ejdelman

A native Yiddish speaker and lifelong Yiddish teacher, Naftali Ejdelman is the founder and president of the Yiddish Farm Education Center, an educational organic farm that teaches Yiddish through language immersion programs. He has appeared in the Jewish Week's 36 Under 36 and participated... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 12:15pm - 1:30pm EST
Long Ridge

12:15pm EST

The Scholar, the Techie and the Artist
Time magazine once referred to Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz as a “once-in-a-millennium scholar." Mix his wisdom with a team of tech-savvy translators and graphic designers along with top researchers in various fields and you will experience the Talmud with synergistic power. Get a taste of this creative approach to Talmud learning.

Presenters
AM

Avishai Magence

Avishai Magence is an editor and content curator of the Koren Talmud Bavli. He oversees translation issues, curates the realia and graphics, and is involved in developing tools for the project. After finishing his army service in the hesder yeshiva program, he served as a JLIC (Jewish... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 12:15pm - 1:30pm EST
Waterside

1:45pm EST

Book Club: A Post-Zionist Tale in 1947?
Come read and discuss a powerful short story by the best Hebrew language author you've never heard of. We will use an English translation of the text.

Presenters
JA

Jenn Altman

Jenn Altman fell in love with Limmud NY at first sight, during the craziness that was check in "the cold year." She has been an active volunteer, conference and programming chair, and is a current member of the Board and the Executive Committee. Her favorite parts of Limmud NY are... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm EST
Westover

1:45pm EST

Scrabbleogamy: How to Play Together to Stay Together
Lifelong Scrabble players Shira Dicker and Ari Goldman, who will lead the Shabbat Scrabble Cafe, will present a lively public conversation on the utility of this board game as a marriage counselor and manual, and will also discuss what it means to have an inter-denominational marriage.

Presenters
SD

Shira Dicker

Shira Dicker is a restless writer-at-large, astute social observer, cultural critic, strategic thinker, master networker, activist, and entrepreneur. Her literary and often irreverent blog, Bungalow Babe in the Big City, enjoys a global readership. Captivated by contemporary culture... Read More →
AG

Ari Goldman

Ari Goldman is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and the author of four books, including the best-seller The Search for God at Harvard. His latest book is The Late Starters Orchestra. He and his wife Shira Dicker are the parents of three children. Ari is also a cellist... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm EST
Elm

1:45pm EST

Lethal Wives and Impure Widows
This session examines the widow marriage taboo in Jewish and Hindu law and lore through the lens of two religio-legal scholars and reformers who sought to alleviate the plight of widows who were made to suffer by lore being imposed as law. Our discussion will revolve around close text study—translated into English—from both traditions.

Presenters
SR

Shoshana Razel Gordon Guedalia

Shoshana Razel Gordon Guedalia is mother-writer-lecturer-sermonizer-activist-aspiring rabbi-student. Her “A Hike” on terror in Israel is a Pushcart nominee. Her work appears in lit reviews, Jewish journals, Keren journal & Dharma & Halacha. She taught soldiers who did not complete... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm EST
Waterside

1:45pm EST

Models of Shared Leadership: Miriam, Moses and Aaron
When we think of the Exodus story, we often conjure up dramatic images of Moses leading the people to freedom: Moses bringing plagues upon Egypt, splitting the Red Sea, and guiding the Jewish people through the desert. This session will challenge the “single-hero” narrative of the Exodus story and explore the many types of leaders that contribute to a leadership team—both in the Torah and in our world today—and which leadership qualities can be found in each of us.

Presenters
DF

Dasi Fruchter

Dasi Fruchter is working towards ordination as an Orthodox clergy member at Yeshivat Maharat and is also a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar, pursuing masters’ degrees in Public Administration and Judaic Studies at NYU. A strong believer in the power of both ritual and community... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm EST
Cove

3:45pm EST

Yiddish Translation Matters
Very few Yiddish literary texts have ever been translated into English, yet a handful have been translated several times. Interpretations of these stories and poems change over time, revealing a great deal about transformations in Jewish American culture and the changing status of Yiddish.

Presenters
AN

Anita Norich

Anita Norich is the Tikva Frymer-Kensky Collegiate Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Her books include Writing in Tongues: Yiddish Translation in the Twentieth Century; Discovering Exile: Yiddish and Jewish American Literature in America During... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm EST
Willow

3:45pm EST

Honoring Your Father and Mother: Psychological Challenges
Fulfilling the fifth commandment to honor parents can be challenging, especially if we harbor old grudges from childhood. Carrying these resentments can be damaging to our relationships with our partners or our children. We will explore ways to “grow up” our relationship with aging parents, as we come to see them with adult eyes and let go of old grievances.

Presenters
MF

Mona Fishbane

Mona Fishbane, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the director of couple therapy training at the Chicago Center for Family Health. She lectures nationally and internationally and writes articles on couples, intergenerational family dynamics, and the neurobiology of love and relationships... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm EST
Aspen

3:45pm EST

Mikvah: Personal Moment or Communal Infrastructure?
The Mikvah is a place that generates strong emotions from individuals and from the community. This session will explore who really does or should own the mikvah and what can be done to be empowered in one's mikvah experience.

Presenters
SW

Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

Sharon is the executive director of JOFA (the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance). She has taught in a variety of schools and synagogues; served as the Orthodox adviser of Orthodox Union's Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (OU JLIC) at Harvard Hillel; and was the Rosh Moshava (Head... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm EST
Cove

3:45pm EST

For Grandparents Only!
What can our tradition and secular writings teach us about being Jewish grandparents? How might we understand them in ways that are nonjudgmental, welcoming, and appropriate to our individual families? We will go from peshat (what the words mean) to drash (what we can learn from them), examining sources and suggestions. We will also examine the Jewish perspectives on time and celebration and how they can inform vibrant, meaningful, intergenerational Jewish family activities for holidays and every day!

Presenters
SH

Sharon Halper

Sharon Halper has served as a Jewish educator for over three decades in informal, congregational and communal settings. Her work has been published by the URJ Press, Torah Aura Productions and Behrman House. She has written for the Ziv Tzedakah Fund, socialaction.com, grandparentsforsocialaction.org... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm EST
Belltown

5:15pm EST

Personal and Spiritual Stories of Individual Women Who Have Converted (Some A Few Times)

Conversion Experiences, a Conversation.
Come hear the personal stories of three brave, searching, and honest women who have converted (some a few times).

 


Presenters
AA

Angie Atkins

Angie Atkins is Director, Heritage Alumni at The Wexner Foundation. She serves on the Board of Romemu, also representing them on a UJA-Federation council which helps NYC shuls share ideas to improve synagogue life. Angie and her husband Norman regularly host Shabbat cross-denomenational... Read More →
LS

Liz Savage

Elizabeth Savage is a writer and personal organizer in NYC. She's converted to Judaism- twice.www.savageorganizing.com @savageorganizer
KV

Katja Vehlow

Katja Vehlow lives in New York and teaches Jewish and Religious Studies at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests are pre-modern Jewish identities, inter-religious polemics, and gender issues. She is also a mean speed knitter.


Saturday February 14, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EST
Aspen

5:15pm EST

What's in a Name? A Storytelling Session on Names
Our names carry many meanings and blessings in various traditions. Names can shape our lives and our personalities. In this session, we will explore sources, meanings, and connections to our names – and how they have influenced us. Peninnah Schram will also tell her own name stories and introduce the concept of a person’s name pasuk. There will be participatory exercises that will help retrieve the stories of our names.

Presenters
PS

Peninnah Schram

Storyteller Peninnah Schram is a professor of Speech and Drama at Yeshiva University. She has authored twelve books of Jewish folktales, including Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another. The book Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning was published in her honor... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EST
High Ridge

5:15pm EST

Modern Orthodoxy and the Boundaries of Pluralism
Can a denomination that stakes out exclusive theological claims genuinely learn from those who believe differently? In this session we will examine Jewish thought from the 19th century to the present day that attempts to balance exclusive faith claims with an openness to learn the wisdom offered by others who do not share those beliefs and/or practices. Come and explore what Karaites bottling wine and horse riding on Shabbat have to teach us about pluralistic Jewish learning.

Presenters
BG

Ben Greenberg

Ben Greenberg was ordained by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and is the Planning Executive for Synergy Manhattan of UJA-Federation of New York as well as the Founding Director of OpenSinai.com. He has worked in a variety of capacities in settings ranging from campus to... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EST
Willow

5:15pm EST

Corporate Compliance and Jewish Ethics
Can today's corporations be a force for social good? Are they out for themselves, their customers, or society? And what do our Jewish ethical teachings have to say on the subject? Hear from Carole Basri, whose corporate compliance podcast was the Carnegie Council’s most popular resource in 2014.

Presenters
CB

Carole Basri

Carole Basri is a filmmaker and lawyer of Iraqi Jewish descent. Her films provide a historical and personal view of the persecution, torture, escape and flight of over 160,000 Jews from Iraq between 1940- 2003. A graduate of Barnard College and NYU School of Law, Carole is an... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EST
Cove

7:30pm EST

FlaSh'ma: 30-Minute Flashtalk with Sh'ma Journal
Quiet. It’s something we all need, but never seem to have enough of. Be it work, friends and family, or general FOMO (fear of missing out), there are far too few opportunities to take a moment and reflect. Enter FlaSh’ma: two short, 30-minute conversations run by fellow LimmudNYks, designed to help you process and make sense of what you’ve experienced so far through a Jewish lens of “Pause.” In the words of Lisa Goldstein in Sh'ma, "Learn how to peel away the noise so you can listen to your soul.”

Presenters

Saturday February 14, 2015 7:30pm - 8:00pm EST
Cove

7:30pm EST

Aseh L'cha Rav (Find Yourself a Teacher): Models of Leadership and Followership in Contemporary Jewish Life
The Jewish community is interested in - some might say, obsessed with - "leadership." But is there such a thing as "followership" - and, if so, what does it look like? In this session, we will explore a quite well-known text from Pirkei Avot (The Ethics of Our Fathers). We'll seek both to understand it in multiple ways, and to reflect on its contemporary salience.

Presenters
NS

Nigel Savage

Nigel Savage launched Hazon in 2000 with a Jewish bike ride across the USA. Today Hazon has more than 60 staff in seven locations, working to renew Jewish life and create a more sustainable world for all through food, the outdoors and the environment. Nigel has been listed in the... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 7:30pm - 8:45pm EST
High Ridge

7:30pm EST

Speaking of Names...
What's in a name? People consider changing names for marriage, but also sometimes to outrun bad luck, or to conceal Jewish identity. Converts to Judaism are often "given" a Hebrew name. There is tremendous power in naming, and sometimes our names reveal more about ourselves than we would like. Come to a facilitated Lilith salon to talk about it all.

Presenters
SW

Susan Weidman Schneider

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


Saturday February 14, 2015 7:30pm - 8:45pm EST
Willow

9:45pm EST

Peoplehood with Purpose
There is a drastic need for a paradigm shift in planning for a strong Jewish future. Jewish Peoplehood – and its universalistic, noble purpose – must replace the eroding definition of Jews as essentially a faith community.

Made possible by funds from The Covenant Foundation. 

Presenters
YA

Yosef Abramowitz

One of CNN's top six Green Pioneers worldwide, Yosef Abramowitz is a co-founder of the solar industries in Israel and East Africa. A candidate for Israel’s presidency, he was named by the Jerusalem Post the 21st most influential Jew in the world and is a Covenant Award winner. He... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 9:45pm - 11:00pm EST
Aspen

9:45pm EST

The Great Jewish Paradox of Our Time: Power and Vulnerability
Jews have never been more powerful, prosperous and influential. At the same time, we have rarely been as vulnerable. Come and explore this great paradox of our time, and discuss the kind of leadership the Jewish People needs at this point in time.

Presenters
GG

Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein is the founder and president of The Reut Institute and the author of Flexigidity: The Invisible Hand of Jewish Adaptability. He served as secretary and coordinator of the Israeli delegation to the negotiations with the PLO between 1999-2001 under Ehud Barak. Gidi is... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 9:45pm - 11:00pm EST
Elm
 
Sunday, February 15
 

8:30am EST

Empowering Parents as Educators: PJ Library as Part of a Toolkit
Through a study of Jewish texts we will discover the importance of finding our own voice and our own understanding as necessary prerequisites to transmitting and teaching Jewish values to our children. This session will explore the primacy of the parent-child relationship as a vehicle for the transmission of Jewish tradition. We will also discuss how the PJ Library model, with its emphasis on parents telling stories to their children in the home, fits into this tradition.


Sunday February 15, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am EST
Cove

10:00am EST

Jewhooing the Sixties
Based on the book of the same title, this session will describe the phenomenon of "Jewhooing"—that is, Jewish celebrity consciousness. Everyone knows Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song," but rarely do we think more seriously about "people who are Jewish, just like you and me." Using four case studies of Jewish celebrity—Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand—we will further explore the dynamics of Jewish identity, expressed by our persistent desire to identify famous Jews.

Presenters
DK

David Kaufman

David Kaufman is a lifelong Jewish educator, with an MA in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a PhD in American Jewish history from Brandeis. He has taught at the Hebrew Union College and Hofstra University and is the author of Shul with a Pool: The Synagogue-Center... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Elm

10:00am EST

Portraits of Jewish Bulgaria
You are invited to a visually breathtaking journey through contemporary Jewish life in Bulgaria. Images by one of the country’s leading photographers and the fascinating new documentary The Ladino Ladies' Club will grant you a tangible sense of the rich past and vibrant present of this unique Jewish community.

Presenters
JB

Joseph Benatov

Joseph Benatov holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Hebrew. He has translated fiction, poetry, and drama, including several plays which were staged to wide acclaim in Bulgaria. Benatov lectures regularly on the history of Jewish... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Cove

10:00am EST

Forgiveness: Whom Is It For? A session for teens and parents
Why would you want to forgive someone who has wronged you? Is there any benefit to forgiving? Is there a “right” time to forgive? And what does Judaism have to teach us? Come explore forgiveness with Hanan Harchol, the creator of Jewish Food For Thought, a collection of animated shorts that teach Jewish ethics to adults and teens using thought-provoking and funny conversations between animated versions of Hanan and his parents. This session is for teens. Adults and parents welcome. Created with generous funding by The Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
HH

Hanan Harchol

Hanan Harchol is the creator, writer and animator of Jewish Food For Thought, a free online animated series that teaches Jewish ethics through thought-provoking conversations between Harchol and his parents. His work has been broadcast on Channel 13, Jewish Life TV, Shalom TV, and... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Alder

10:00am EST

Innovation and Jewish Organizations
Presenters
GG

Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein is the founder and president of The Reut Institute and the author of Flexigidity: The Invisible Hand of Jewish Adaptability. He served as secretary and coordinator of the Israeli delegation to the negotiations with the PLO between 1999-2001 under Ehud Barak. Gidi is... Read More →
DI

David Ingber

David was named by Newsweek as one of the top 50 most influential rabbis in the US and by the Forward as one of the 50 most notable US Jews. He promotes a renewed Jewish mysticism that integrates meditative mindfulness and physical awareness into mainstream, post-modern Judaism. His... Read More →
SI

Stephanie Ives

Stephanie Ives is the NY/Tri-State Director of the New Israel Fund. She has a deep passion for Israel, human rights and the American Jewish community's power to effect change. She is a former director of American Jewish World Service, and previously worked as an attorney, first clerking... Read More →
EU

Elisheva Urbas

Elisheva Urbas is the Director of Makom Hadash, Hazon’s hub for second-stage Jewish organizations; a Schechter Manhattan trustee; and an editor for more than 25 years. She has worked with authors including David Hartman, John McPhee, Anne Fadiman, David Grossman, and David Ellenson... Read More →
JW

Jonathan Woocher

Jonathan Woocher is the president of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, which promotes efforts to connect Jews and others to Jewish wisdom, sensibilities, and experiences that help them to lead more purposeful and fulfilling lives and to shape a better world. Previously... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Aspen

10:00am EST

The Making of Tefillin
This session will explain how Tefillin are made, the different types of Tefillin housings, and all the structural aspects of Tefillin as well as the parchments that go into making them.

Presenters
ZG

Zerach Greenfield

Born in the United States, Zerach moved to Israel in 1980. He has served as a Shaliach (emissary) for the Jewish Agency. For the last thirty years he has been active as a Sofer STAM (scribe), writing, teaching, restoring and evaluating Sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls), tefillin and other... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Westover

10:00am EST

Jewish Travel in Asia
Whether writing a Lonely Planet guidebook or just exploring on my own, wherever he travels Robinson tries to connect with the local Jewish community, if there is one, or at least find some evidence of a Jewish presence, past or present. This session will mix historical background on the Jewish communities of places such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Mumbai (Bombay) and Tokyo with practical information on establishing contact with local Jewish institutions. 

Presenters
DR

Daniel Robinson

After twenty-five years in Israel, Daniel came back to the US when his wife began Conservative rabbinical studies in Los Angeles. She is now the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in New London, CT. Daniel has been writing travel guidebooks for Lonely Planet for 25 years, including guides... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Willow

10:00am EST

NEW, CHANGED SESSION: Reflections on Copenhagen and Paris
The session on shemitta has been replaced with a discussion of what has happened in Paris and Copenhagen, and the world in general.  What's going on in the world?  How can or should we react?

Presenters
AL

Amichai Lau Lavie

Amichai Lau-Lavie is the founding director of Storahtelling, Inc. and the spiritual leader of Lab/Shul. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performer, he is currently a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Amichai was a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership... Read More →
NS

Nigel Savage

Nigel Savage launched Hazon in 2000 with a Jewish bike ride across the USA. Today Hazon has more than 60 staff in seven locations, working to renew Jewish life and create a more sustainable world for all through food, the outdoors and the environment. Nigel has been listed in the... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Grove

11:30am EST

Hakovesh Et Yitzro (Mastering Your Instincts): Neurobiology Meets Rabbinic Wisdom
Emotional reactivity and dysregulation are sources of personal and interpersonal suffering. This session will explore ways to regulate our emotions, informed by cutting-edge research in neurobiology. We will consider the rabbinic dictum, "Who is mighty? The one who conquers his(/her) impulses" in light of current thinking about social and emotional intelligence.

Presenters
MF

Mona Fishbane

Mona Fishbane, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the director of couple therapy training at the Chicago Center for Family Health. She lectures nationally and internationally and writes articles on couples, intergenerational family dynamics, and the neurobiology of love and relationships... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EST
Aspen

12:00pm EST

Jewish Food History
Of the many lenses through which to gain a greater perspective on history, food is too often neglected. The story of Jewish food is the story of the Jewish people told more tastily. If you are hungry to know what manna really was or how cholent saved the Jews of Spain, prepare your palates for a culinary adventure through the space and time of Jewish experience. We will cover what Jewish foods are, where they came from, and why they are important.

Presenters
SC

Shelley Cohney

Shelly Cohney is an Australian lecturer and tour guide with specialities in food, history, Israel, and Jewish customs. She is a tour guide in Australia and Israel and lectures at the Jewish Museum of Australia as well as at culinary colleges and various charities. Her time is split... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 12:00pm - 1:15pm EST
Springdale

12:00pm EST

The Four Founding Stories of Judaism: Why They Matter Separately and Together
This session will explore not only the four founding stories of Judaism—about peoplehood, nationhood, being a light unto the nations, and faith and covenant—but also their crucial role in ensuring Jewish survival, security, prosperity, and leadership.

Presenters
GG

Gidi Grinstein

Gidi Grinstein is the founder and president of The Reut Institute and the author of Flexigidity: The Invisible Hand of Jewish Adaptability. He served as secretary and coordinator of the Israeli delegation to the negotiations with the PLO between 1999-2001 under Ehud Barak. Gidi is... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 12:00pm - 1:15pm EST
High Ridge

12:00pm EST

Subconscious Yiddish Issues
A close reading of articles about Yiddish from the American media reveals a deeper subtext about the complex psychological relationship of Jews to their past. Join us as we explore recurring themes in various articles about Yiddish and what they tell us about unresolved issues in the modern Jewish psyche. This session includes chavrusa (Jewish peer learning), a moderated discussion, and frontal instruction.

Presenters
NE

Naftali Ejdelman

A native Yiddish speaker and lifelong Yiddish teacher, Naftali Ejdelman is the founder and president of the Yiddish Farm Education Center, an educational organic farm that teaches Yiddish through language immersion programs. He has appeared in the Jewish Week's 36 Under 36 and participated... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 12:00pm - 1:15pm EST
Glenbrook

1:30pm EST

The Sturgeon Queens (Film)
A documentary tracing the 100-year history, including sometimes hilarious ups and downs, of iconic Lower East Side lox emporium Russ & Daughters. Starring two of the original daughters, Anne and Hattie, as well as younger generations of the family, and including interviews with prominent customers such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Mario Batali. Screening will be followed by a Q&A with fourth-generation owners Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper, and with filmmaker Julie Cohen.

Presenters
JC

Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen has directed, produced and written eleven documentaries for NY PBS and other outlets on topics ranging from South African opera singers to World War II veterans to smoked fish on the Lower East Side. Three of her films have won New York Emmy Awards since 2012. After years... Read More →
NR

Niki Russ Federman

In 2009 Niki Russ Federman became an owner of Russ & Daughters, the appetizing shop on East Houston Street, with her cousin Josh Russ Tupper. In 2014 they opened Russ & Daughters Cafe on Orchard Street, near where their great grandfather founded the business with a herring barrel... Read More →
JR

Josh Russ Tupper

In 2009 Josh Russ Tupper became an owner of Russ & Daughters with his cousin Niki Russ Federman. In 2014 they opened Russ & Daughters Cafe near the site where their great grandfather founded the business with a herring barrel and pushcart a century ago. Josh began his career as an... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm EST
Cove

1:30pm EST

Abomination: Jewish Legal Responses to LGBT Legitimacy
The past decade marked a massive shift in American and Jewish attitudes towards LGBT acceptance and legitimacy, often as test case for other issues of changing social norms. How does Jewish law reflect these changes and how does modernity meet, mirror and mould evolving Jewish law? Amichai Lau-Lavie shares his personal story and Miryam Kabakov joins him to examine three contemporary Jewish legal views on the definition of abomination. 

Presenters
MK

Miryam Kabakov

Miryam Kabakov is an Executive Director of Eshel and the editor of Keep Your Wives Away From Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires (North Atlantic Books, May 2010), a collection of writings about the challenges and joys of LGBT Orthodox Jews. She attended the Ramaz Upper School... Read More →
AL

Amichai Lau Lavie

Amichai Lau-Lavie is the founding director of Storahtelling, Inc. and the spiritual leader of Lab/Shul. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performer, he is currently a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Amichai was a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm EST
Aspen

1:30pm EST

Fusing Ancient with Modern: The Art of Translating the Talmud with Cutting-Edge Technology
Translating any text poses numerous challenges. Imagine a 1,500-year-old text written in a language on the cusp of extinction. Come discover how modern technology is enabling a broad team of scholars to conquer these challenges. You will get a behind-the-scenes look at the innovations of the Koren Talmud Bavli, the 21st-century Talmud. Attendees at this session will receive a free gift from Koren Publishers!

Presenters
AM

Avishai Magence

Avishai Magence is an editor and content curator of the Koren Talmud Bavli. He oversees translation issues, curates the realia and graphics, and is involved in developing tools for the project. After finishing his army service in the hesder yeshiva program, he served as a JLIC (Jewish... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm EST
High Ridge

1:30pm EST

Who is Judaism For, Anyway? Universalism and Particularism in a New Key
Demographic and social changes have brought down many of the barriers separating Jews and others. Some see this as a threat to Jewish continuity; others see it as an opportunity for Jewish teachings to speak to new audiences. Does Judaism have something distinctive to say to the world today – and to Jews who participate actively in a global culture? We’ll explore this question through the lens of “Jewish sensibilities”: approaches to life embedded in Jewish stories, texts and practices.

Presenters
JW

Jonathan Woocher

Jonathan Woocher is the president of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, which promotes efforts to connect Jews and others to Jewish wisdom, sensibilities, and experiences that help them to lead more purposeful and fulfilling lives and to shape a better world. Previously... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm EST
Waterside

3:00pm EST

American Jewry, Beyond Boundaries
The Jewish community in America is engaged in an unprecedented experiment in communal realignment—in institutional transformation, political shifts, and most radically in the changing face of the "ethnic" makeup of what it means to be a Jew. This session will consist of some conceptual framing of these issues, followed by an extended interactive discussion on the ramifications of these changes for categories like "community" and "people" that have been static for a long time.

Presenters
YK

Yehuda Kurtzer

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


Sunday February 15, 2015 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST
High Ridge

3:00pm EST

An Appetizing Tradition: Talking with the 4th Generation About 100 Years of Russ & Daughters
Less than one percent of family businesses in America endure for four generations. Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper are the fourth generation owners of Russ & Daughters, a landmark appetizing shop on the Lower East Side. Learn about the evolution of the business from their great grandfather’s herring barrel and pushcart. Hear family stories and personal anecdotes, about opening a critically acclaimed restaurant, and the values of tradition and history in the Jewish food world.

Presenters
NR

Niki Russ Federman

In 2009 Niki Russ Federman became an owner of Russ & Daughters, the appetizing shop on East Houston Street, with her cousin Josh Russ Tupper. In 2014 they opened Russ & Daughters Cafe on Orchard Street, near where their great grandfather founded the business with a herring barrel... Read More →
JR

Josh Russ Tupper

In 2009 Josh Russ Tupper became an owner of Russ & Daughters with his cousin Niki Russ Federman. In 2014 they opened Russ & Daughters Cafe near the site where their great grandfather founded the business with a herring barrel and pushcart a century ago. Josh began his career as an... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST
Cove

6:00pm EST

FlaSh'ma: 30-Minute Flashtalk with Sh'ma Journal
Quiet. It’s something we all need, but never seem to have enough of. Be it work, friends and family, or general FOMO (fear of missing out), there are far too few opportunities to take a moment and reflect. Enter FlaSh’ma: two short, 30-minute conversations run by fellow LimmudNYks, designed to help you process and make sense of what you’ve experienced so far through a Jewish lens of “Pause.” In the words of Lisa Goldstein in Sh'ma, "Learn how to peel away the noise so you can listen to your soul.”

Presenters

Sunday February 15, 2015 6:00pm - 6:30pm EST
Cove

6:00pm EST

The Jewish Brain on Music: What I Learned When I Picked up My Cello in Middle Age
Many of us put aside some of our dreams to accommodate family obligations and careers. But it's never too late to recapture the dreams of your youth. That's the message of Ari Goldman's new book, The Late Starters Orchestra. Goldman had a long-standing flirtation with the cello for most of his adult life, but he didn't embrace it fully until he was about to turn sixty. In this session he will talk about how the music of the synagogue helped him achieve his goal. He will also play cello.

Presenters
AG

Ari Goldman

Ari Goldman is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and the author of four books, including the best-seller The Search for God at Harvard. His latest book is The Late Starters Orchestra. He and his wife Shira Dicker are the parents of three children. Ari is also a cellist... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 6:00pm - 7:15pm EST
Springdale

6:45pm EST

The Pious Ones: Who Are the Hasidim?
In this session we will look at the roots of the Hasidic movement, what makes Hasidim different from Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews beyond their dress, why they have become embroiled in so many clashes with so-called American values, and how they have become ever-more politically powerful and socially significant. Joseph Berger is the author of a recent book on the subject.

Presenters
JB

Joseph Berger

Joseph Berger has been a reporter with the New York Times for thirty years, writing about religion, education, neighborhoods and issues in the Jewish world. He won the 2011 Peter Kihss Award for a career’s work. He is the author of Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 6:45pm - 8:00pm EST
Willow

6:45pm EST

What about My (Jewish) Genes in Twenty-Fifteen? Advances in Hereditary Cancers
The field of cancer genetics is evolving rapidly. We will discuss and explore advances in the study of hereditary breast, ovarian, and colon cancer, some of which are specifically connected to Ashkenazi Jews and based on research by Israeli scientists. Who should consider genetic testing?  What new tests are available, and what risk reduction options are there for individuals with a genetic mutation?  A must for anyone with a personal or family history of breast, ovarian, or colon cancer.

Presenters
RB

Rachel Barnett

Rachel E. Barnett is a Certified Genetic Counselor with extensive experience in hereditary cancers and genetic counseling. A Cancer Genetic Counselor at Yale University for over ten years, she now works with Informed DNA, a network of independent genetic experts offering genetic... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 6:45pm - 8:00pm EST
High Ridge

6:45pm EST

Shiva, Shabbos Candles, and Mikveh: Innovation and Creativity in Jewish Ritual
Rituals help us to mark important moments in our lives—times of transition, celebration and grief. Is there room to adapt, grow, and change the rituals that exist within our tradition? This session will ask participants to examine more closely their practice of existing rituals, and to explore some of the possibilities around creative rituals.

Presenters
DF

Dasi Fruchter

Dasi Fruchter is working towards ordination as an Orthodox clergy member at Yeshivat Maharat and is also a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar, pursuing masters’ degrees in Public Administration and Judaic Studies at NYU. A strong believer in the power of both ritual and community... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 6:45pm - 8:00pm EST
Cove

8:15pm EST

Punk Jews (Film)
This documentary profiles stereotype-smashing Hassidic punk rockers, Yiddish street performers, African-American Jewish activists and others who are defying norms and expressing their Jewish identities in unconventional ways. Punk Jews explores an emerging movement of provocateurs and committed Jews who are asking, each in his or her own way, what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century. Followed by Q&A with co-producer Saul Sudin.

Presenters
SS

Saul Sudin

Saul Sudin is a writer and filmmaker advocating a new voice for Judaism in visual media. His production Punk Jews is in distribution through the National Center for Jewish Film and he is the co-founder of Jewish Art Now, a resource for contemporary Jewish visual art and design. He... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 8:15pm - 9:30pm EST
Springdale

8:15pm EST

Tevye: The Milkman and the Fiddler

Sholem Aleichem's "Tevye" is known throughout the world, but the Yiddish milkman has become an English fiddler (on a roof). We'll consider this transformation by looking at excerpts from films from different cultures and in different languages: Yiddish, English, Hebrew and Russian. (We'll also take a passing glance at some others, including Japanese and Hindi!)  What happens to Sholem Aleichem's story in these different contexts?


Presenters
AN

Anita Norich

Anita Norich is the Tikva Frymer-Kensky Collegiate Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Her books include Writing in Tongues: Yiddish Translation in the Twentieth Century; Discovering Exile: Yiddish and Jewish American Literature in America During... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 8:15pm - 9:30pm EST
Aspen

8:15pm EST

The Practice of Good Men in Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, and Canon Law
In all four religio-legal traditions--Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, and Catholic--observed praxis serves as a source of law alongside scripture and canonized tradition. In this session we will examine the parameters of this mechanism in each tradition and discuss how religio-legal systems choose to absorb or reject "new" practice.

Presenters
SR

Shoshana Razel Gordon Guedalia

Shoshana Razel Gordon Guedalia is mother-writer-lecturer-sermonizer-activist-aspiring rabbi-student. Her “A Hike” on terror in Israel is a Pushcart nominee. Her work appears in lit reviews, Jewish journals, Keren journal & Dharma & Halacha. She taught soldiers who did not complete... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 8:15pm - 9:30pm EST
Waterside

8:15pm EST

Models of Jewish Leadership: Women in America
We will consider questions of avocation and vocation, a sense of calling versus that of profession, by looking into the lives and accomplishments of a number of trailblazing Jewish women. They were performance artists, educators, academics, political figures, and much, much more. What can we learn from these American leaders, each of whom had the courage and conviction to create a more just and equitable world?

Presenters
SG

Sheridan Gayer

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


Sunday February 15, 2015 8:15pm - 9:30pm EST
Belltown

8:15pm EST

The Modern Kosher Meat Industry
How delicious was tonight's dinner? Join Naftali Hanau, shochet (kosher butcher) and owner of Grow and Behold Foods, which provided the chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs at dinner tonight, for a discussion of the inner-workings of the kosher meat business. Topics include conventional animal production vs small-scale production, economics, kosher supervision, and social justice ramifications of meat production.

Presenters
NH

Naftali Hanau

Naftali Hanau is a founder and CEO of Grow and Behold Foods: Kosher Pastured Meats. He is passionate about producing and supplying kosher, sustainable, and ethical meat to the Jewish community. He is an Adamah alum and a trained shochet, and has a degree in Professional Horticulture... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 8:15pm - 9:30pm EST
Willow

9:45pm EST

Envy: What Does Judaism Have to Say?
Where does envy originate? Does it always have to be bad? Is there anything you can learn about yourself from being envious of others? What is the key to understanding Judaism’s seemingly contradictory response to feelings of envy? Come explore envy with the creator, writer, and animator of Jewish Food For Thought: The Animated Series.

Presenters
HH

Hanan Harchol

Hanan Harchol is the creator, writer and animator of Jewish Food For Thought, a free online animated series that teaches Jewish ethics through thought-provoking conversations between Harchol and his parents. His work has been broadcast on Channel 13, Jewish Life TV, Shalom TV, and... Read More →


Sunday February 15, 2015 9:45pm - 11:00pm EST
Springdale
 
Monday, February 16
 

8:30am EST

Jewish Fundraising Workshop
Are you interested in fundraising for your synagogue? Are you considering becoming a fundraising professional yourself? In this session we will explore ways to infuse fundraising with Jewish values and learn useful fundraising skills. We will make use of role-playing to learn ways to overcome objections and secure gifts. Topics covered will include annual, capital, and planned gifts.

Presenters
EK

Eric Kaplan

Eric is thrilled to be attending his third Limmud NY conference and serving on the programming team with his best friend, David Schaum. He is a development officer for UJA-Federation of New York, and is completing master's degrees in management and Jewish studies at NYU. He previously... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am EST
Waterside

10:00am EST

Love and Fear: What Does Judaism Have to Say?
What is love really all about? Are there different kinds of love? How much does giving have to do with love? How much of love is about yourself, how much is about others, and what do fish have to do with it?! Come explore love and fear with the creator, writer, and animator of Jewish Food For Thought: The Animated Series.

Presenters
HH

Hanan Harchol

Hanan Harchol is the creator, writer and animator of Jewish Food For Thought, a free online animated series that teaches Jewish ethics through thought-provoking conversations between Harchol and his parents. His work has been broadcast on Channel 13, Jewish Life TV, Shalom TV, and... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Elm

10:00am EST

Pondering Yovel and 50 Years Since the Six Day War
The Jubilee/Yovel is the year at the end of seven cycles of shmita (Sabbatical years). Yovel has some special laws: all slaves were set free and all sales of land were returned to the original owner or their heirs in the 50th year. June 2016 will mark the beginning of the 50th year since the Six Day War (June 1967). In this session we’ll explore the practice of yovel and in doing so create an authentic Jewish language to discuss the approaching 50th anniversary of the Six Day War.

Presenters
SG

Sally Gottesman

Sally Gottesman is at Limmud with her three children, her partner, and her parents... and feels very lucky! For 15 years she was a consultant to non-profit organizations following working for the Israel Women’s Network and New Israel Fund and receiving an MBA from Yale. Co-founder... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Belltown

10:00am EST

A Rabbi on the Ganges: A Jewish-Hindu Encounter
Heschel once asked: What would Judaism have looked like on the Ganges? Jews know little of Hinduism except to ask about its monotheism. This talk will start to answer the question of looking at the two faiths differently after the encounter. Brill recently spent a Fulbright Sabbatical year in India encountering Hinduism from within the Brahmin world. Explore the commonalities in priestly rituals, dietary restrictions, and purity, as well as tantra, meditation, and text study.

Presenters
AB

Alan Brill

Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University. Brill’s books include Judaism and Other Religions (2010) and Judaism and World Religions (2012). Last year, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Varanasi, India. He is currently... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Willow

10:00am EST

The Neuroscience of Teshuva: Neuroplasticity and Personal Change
Teshuva (repentance) is a core value in Judaism. But can we really change in the deep ways that teshuva requires? This session explores the neurobiology of habits and of change. Why is change so hard? We will discuss ways to harness the power of neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to change—throughout life.

Presenters
MF

Mona Fishbane

Mona Fishbane, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the director of couple therapy training at the Chicago Center for Family Health. She lectures nationally and internationally and writes articles on couples, intergenerational family dynamics, and the neurobiology of love and relationships... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am EST
Aspen

11:30am EST

Conservative Judaism for Today and Tomorrow: Rethinking a Movement and Tradition
A personal and passionate exposition of the major challenges facing Judaism in our time, and how the distinctive way of learning and practicing Torah that we call "Conservative" can best address those challenges. How can Judaism reach more Jews in North America and elsewhere with rituals and wisdom that are both joyful and profound? How can age-old patterns of commitment be updated in a way that is both compelling and authentic? How can we speak about God to Jews who are not drawn to militant secularism on the one hand or fundamentalist Orthodoxy on the other? A candid look by the Chancellor of JTS at the mitzvot, ideas and institutions that animate and direct his life.

Presenters
AE

Arnold Eisen

Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world’s foremost authorities on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Since taking office in 2007, he has transformed the education of religious, pedagogical, professional, and lay leaders for Conservative Judaism... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EST
Aspen

11:30am EST

Inmarriage as Policy, Inclusion as Practice
A vital Jewish future can be assured by achieving two goals that are seemingly in tension with each other. We need to support policies that promote inmarriage, and we need to engage and include our non-Jewish family members and bring them into Jewish life. Doing both is not only possible, but absolutely necessary if we are to have many engaged Jews in coming generations.

Presenters
SM

Steven M. Cohen

Steven M. Cohen is a professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College, director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and president of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. He co-authored The Jew Within... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EST
Cove

11:30am EST

Who Are These Orthodox Lesbians and Why Do They Keep Following Me?
In the Mishnah Torah, Maimonides warned his male readers to "keep their wives away" from women known to sleep with other women.  Miryam Kabakov, editor of Keep Your Wives Away From Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desireswill discuss the subterranean communities of Orthodox Jewish lesbians with whom she has worked during the past two decades and what the future holds for Orthodox LGBT people.

Presenters
MK

Miryam Kabakov

Miryam Kabakov is an Executive Director of Eshel and the editor of Keep Your Wives Away From Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires (North Atlantic Books, May 2010), a collection of writings about the challenges and joys of LGBT Orthodox Jews. She attended the Ramaz Upper School... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EST
Belltown

11:30am EST

Creating Family: Infertility Then and Now
Ancient wisdom can help with a modern problem! Judaism places a strong emphasis on families, but building a family is not always easy. Stories from our tradition can provide a source of comfort, strength, and inspiration as we struggle to have and raise children.

Presenters
SB

Suzanne Brody

Suzanne Brody creates innovative, dynamic programming for Jews of all ages. She currently oversees education and programming for children and teens at Temple Beth El in Ithaca, NY. When leading prayers—whether from the bima in the main sanctuary, on the floor surrounded by a circle... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EST
Glenbrook

11:30am EST

Spirituality and Leadership
Does God work at my non-profit or firm? In this highly interactive session, participants will look at a case study from the field of management and respond to it using a set of biblical and rabbinic texts. Participants will explore new perspectives from scholars who are currently thinking about spirituality in relationship to the workplace.

Presenters
DF

Dasi Fruchter

Dasi Fruchter is working towards ordination as an Orthodox clergy member at Yeshivat Maharat and is also a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar, pursuing masters’ degrees in Public Administration and Judaic Studies at NYU. A strong believer in the power of both ritual and community... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EST
Springdale

1:00pm EST

Baby Boomer Blues?
With so much attention paid to Next Gen and engaging young adult families with our Jewish communities, we have lost sight of the power and importance of the Baby Boomer generation. Learn about new research, including the B3 Baby Boomer Platform, showing how and why the Jewish world needs to fund and create exciting opportunities for this age cohort. Take away some practical suggestions and learn about Chai Mitzvah and other interesting adult engagement programs.

Presenters
AL

Audrey Lichter

Audrey Lichter has been to Limmud for the past two years. Professionally, she was a Principal of Jewish Teen programs for over 20 years, and now is the Director of Chai Mitzvah, a Jewish engagement program for adults. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 36 years... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Westover

1:00pm EST

Secrets of an Intrepid Limmud Traveler: How to Fly for Less (or Free)
For those looking to attend a Limmud conference abroad, the cost of the flight can sometimes be more than the actual conference fees! In this interactive session, you will learn practical tips that will enable you to snag a discounted (or frequent-flier) ticket for your next Limmud conference or vacation.

Presenters
KR

Karen Radkowsky

A founder of Limmud NY and a trustee of Limmud in the UK, Karen Radkowsky has participated in over 50 Limmud events worldwide since 2000. A three-time alumna of Frequent Traveler University, her air miles have taken her across Europe, Asia and Africa. In her professional life, Karen... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Springdale

1:00pm EST

Jewish Education is Dead. Long Live Jewish Education.
The approaches to Jewish education that were developed in the 20th century served us reasonably well in that era. But the world has changed, and Jewish education needs to change with it. Join a no-holds-barred discussion about Jewish education’s future. We’ll ask: What should Jewish education’s goals be in a time of permeable boundaries, personal meaning-making, learner empowerment and prosumerism? What paradigm shifts are needed for Jewish education to thrive in a rapidly changing world?

Presenters
JW

Jonathan Woocher

Jonathan Woocher is the president of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, which promotes efforts to connect Jews and others to Jewish wisdom, sensibilities, and experiences that help them to lead more purposeful and fulfilling lives and to shape a better world. Previously... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Cove

1:00pm EST

Jewish Jonah and Islamic Yunus
Jonah/Yunus, the prophet, is depicted both in the Tanach and in the Quran and their mefarshim/tafsir, their commentaries. By examining these depiction in each text--translated into English--we will discuss theological differences illuminated by each portrayal.

Presenters
SR

Shoshana Razel Gordon Guedalia

Shoshana Razel Gordon Guedalia is mother-writer-lecturer-sermonizer-activist-aspiring rabbi-student. Her “A Hike” on terror in Israel is a Pushcart nominee. Her work appears in lit reviews, Jewish journals, Keren journal & Dharma & Halacha. She taught soldiers who did not complete... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Long Ridge