Saturday 11:00 AM–12:15 PM

Back to the "Jewish" Future (For Teens Only)

Sara Brandes, David Cygielman, Jessie Mallor, Russel Neiss

Saturday 11:00 AM–12:15 PM Laguna Beach III

No crystal ball, bag of bones or Mayan prophecies at this session! Open only for our Teens@LimmudLA participants. The future of Judaism and Jewish life can only be told by the visionaries, trendsetters and innovators working in the here and now. Get one on one with some of greatest thinkers and doers at LimmudLA as they share their vision in a conversation with you.

From Story to Stage: The Nuts and Bolts

Ronda Spinak

Saturday 11:00 AM–12:15 PM Emerald Bay III

This instructive workshop will give you the tools to write your story (or the story of others) for the stage. Learn to ask meaningful questions to draw out stories that touch the heart. Learn to construct material in a format that is stage-worthy. Real examples will be drawn from the new play, "Stories From the Fringe" (performed on Sunday), in which stories from women rabbis were collected and adapted to the stage.

Inclusion Program: Personal Narratives in the Jewish Community

Sarah Bassin, Asher Gellis

Saturday 11:00 AM–12:15 PM Fountain Terrace

The LimmudLA Inclusion participants will share personal stories about experiences of inclusion and exclusion in the Jewish community. In identifying points of strength and weakness, we will also generate ideas for how to make inclusion central to the Jewish communal experience.

Laughter Resources for a Stressed Out World

Diane Roosth

Saturday 11:00 AM–12:15 PM Huntington Beach I & II

Based on principles of positive psychology and Mind Body Medicine, Laughter Clubs and Groups are part of a worldwide movement of exercises and lifestyle changes to promote health and wellness. Jewish texts and tradition also address these concerns. This session will identify some Jewish texts connected to laughter, educate participants regarding the potential health benefits of laughter, and involve them in a series of laughter exercises. For all ages. Please wear comfortable shoes.

The Power of Persuasion

Bentzion Kravitz

Saturday 11:00 AM–12:15 PM Emerald Bay II

What do cults, telemarketers, and terrorists have in common? This session explores the techniques used by everyone from telemarketers, cult recruiters, and terrorists to influence thinking and behavior. Through a series of interactive demonstrations, you will become aware of why our instinctual defenses sometimes fail us and how our critical thinking can be derailed.

The Power of Smell: The Nose Knows the Path to the Spiritual World

Avram Mandell

Saturday 11:00 AM–12:15 PM Laguna Beach I

Smell is a powerful scent and connects us to our memories and makes us aware of our present surroundings. During this session, you will connect to the memories of your childhood and past family gatherings. We will learn what Judaism has to say about the power of smells and the power of the nose. Come share, learn, and nosh -- or whatever the Jewish equivalent of nosh is for smelling. Judaism has a lot to say about common scents.

Reimagining Tzedakah for the 21st Century

Julie Gersten, Stephanie Ives

Saturday 11:00 AM–12:15 PM Emerald Bay I

In our increasingly interconnected world, tzedakah, or charity, is no longer bound by geographic, ethnic or religious parameters. Today, we are making unprecedented choices about where we give, to whom and why. Join us to explore Jewish texts on giving and learn about a national design competition to reimagine the traditional tzedekah box. This "Where Do You Give?" approach will challenge designers, artists and conceptual thinkers to create a 21st century model inspired by the values and imagery of the tzedakah box.

The Relationship Between One's Faith and One's Politics

Michael Broyde

Saturday 11:00 AM–12:15 PM Catalina II

This class will ask basic questions about Jewish values, focusing on whether Jews ought to be conservative or liberal and why.

The Samson Cycle

Everett Fox

Saturday 11:00 AM–12:15 PM Balboa Bay I, II

The last named hero in the book of Judges, Samson bizarrely leads no army and breaks all the rules. His story involves a disappearing angel, a lion, several women, and 300 foxes. How can we understand this strange character, whom Martin Buber called a "berserker"? What does his story have to do with Israel's?

Torah and Social Equality

Yitz (Y-Love) Jordan

Saturday 11:00 AM–12:15 PM Catalina I

Is the Torah anti-racist? Feminist? What does the Torah say about the "other?" Y-love, a Yeshiva instructor for many years, will shed some light on many of the political, religious and spiritual aspects of the the Torah's understanding of such hot topics as racism, feminism, and other "isms."