Friday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM

Blood Sisters: Exploring Jewish and Muslim Menstruation Rituals

Rori Picker Neiss

Friday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Newport Beach II

It should come as no surprise that Jewish women and Muslim women, distant cousins of one another, share many rituals surrounding menstruation. Yet so 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.

Bring on the Bling! (Back by Popular Demand)

Tobi Kaufman

Friday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Lobby Restaurant

Additional schedule

  • Friday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Lobby Restaurant
Make your Jewish mommela kvell as you strut around Conference with the brightest name badge on the corridor! We'll bring the bling, you bring your plain, undecorated name tag and creativity! Be ready to make some new friends as you fight over the colored sharpies and stickers. This session runs through two timeslots so you can drop by at any time.


Amir Magal

Friday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Fountain Terrace

Additional schedule

  • Sunday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Fountain Terrace
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art dance. We will begin with warming up the body and exploring ranges of tribal movement in a group setting. Some drumming and singing will be introduced as well as movements such as cartwheels handstands and kicks. All levels welcome!

Crochet a Kippah - Beginners

Sharon McCauley

Friday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Laguna Beach II

Learn how to crochet a kippah. Materials will be provided, or bring your own. Limited to 10 people.

FILM: A Matter of Size

Friday 3:00 PM–4:30 PM Huntington Beach I & II

A hilarious and heart-warming tale about a coming out of a different kind: four overweight guys who learn to love themselves through the Japanese sport of sumo wrestling! Herzl has been struggling with his weight ever since he was young, and his overbearing mother made it no easier on him. His friends Aharon and Gidi struggle with the issue of weight in their personal lives as well; from fear of losing a spouse to a "thinner" man, to coming out as a gay bear. When Herzl loses his job as a cook and starts washing dishes in a Japanese restaurant, he discovers the world of Sumo, where large people such as himself are honored and appreciated. Through the restaurant owner Kitano, a former Japanese Sumo coach (supposedly hiding from the Yakuza in Israel), Herzl and his friends fall in love with a sport involving "two fatsos in diapers and girly hairdos." However, Herzl's dedication to this demanding men-only sport threatens his budding relationship with Zehava, a plus-size social worker. (90 min) (NOTE: This session continues into the next timeslot.)

If Only Cain and Abel Could've Talked: Removing Violence From Your Conversations

Shep Rosenman

Friday 1:30 PM–4:00 PM Emerald Bay I

Too often, we go to extremes when having a difficult conversation -- we yell at someone or we avoid the conversation if someone keeps leaving up the toilet seat, your spouse spends money you don't have, your rabbi's speeches are off-color, your employee or board member doesn't do what s/he is supposed to do. In this workshop, we will learn strategies for communication and having crucial conversations. We will explore both what contemporary secular thinkers and what our rabbinic tradition has to say on the subject.

The Kabbalah of Love

David Eliezrie

Friday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Laguna Beach I

What does Jewish mysticism say about finding our bashert (intended one), love, and relationships? This presentation will illuminate these topics with a particular emphasis on Chassidic teachings.

Krav Maga for Beginners

Glenn Gottlieb

Friday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Newport Beach III

Join us for an introductory session in Krav Maga, the hand-to-hand combat and self-defense system used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Learn simple, practical techniques to defend yourself against an attack. Krav Maga is designed to be effective for men and women, regardless of physical size, strength or athletic ability. Participants should come dressed in workout clothes, including long pants (such as sweat pants), t-shirt, and sturdy tennis shoes, and be prepared for an active workout!

Orientation: Camp Gilboa@LimmudLA (Ages 9-14)

Camp Gilboa

Friday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Bristol I

Come check out Camp Gilboa @ LimmudLA! Meet the Madrichim (counselors) from Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa who will be running programming for Limmudniks aged 9-14 and get a sense of what kind of meaningful Jewish educational activities are in store for your kids!

Orientation: Camp LimmudLA & Camp LimmudLA Kattan (Ages 0-8)

Friday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Bristol III

Come and learn about what to expect at Camp LimmudLA. This is a required session for all parents/guardians with children up to age 8 who are registered in LimmudLA Kattan and Camp LimmudLA.

Orientation: Teens@LimmudLA

Friday 3:30 PM–4:15 PM Private Dining Room

Attention teens: now is your time to learn about the amazing programming set up for you (and that you helped to build!) at the Conference.