Friday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM

Bring on the Bling! (Back by Popular Demand)

Tobi Kaufman

Friday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Lobby Restaurant

Additional schedule

  • Friday 3:00 PM–4:15 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.

Challah Baking, with Challah for Hunger

Shari Rosenman, Eli Winkelman

Friday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Catalina II

Come learn how to bake a challah before Shabbat begins. Learn the basics or get some tips to add to your baking repertoire. Bring a fresh-baked challah to the Shabbat table on the first night of Conference and share it with new and old friends. This year, bake Challah for a chance to give back through Challah for Hunger. Challah for Hunger chapters bring people together on a regular basis to bake and sell challah bread, to raise money and awareness for social justice issues. The kids will sell challah before Shabbat, and will educate and engage people in advocacy. Half of the profits from our selling challah to other participants will go to AJWS with the other half of the profits supporting LimmudLA. This activity is suitable for all ages. Children are especially encouraged to attend as long as those younger than 8 bring a parent to help supervise.

Drum Circle

Amir Magal

Friday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Fountain Terrace

Learn drum circle etiquette as well as drumming patterns. This workshop will teach you how to use drumming as a method of meditation and how to express yourself with dance and chanting.

FILM: Orthodox Relationships

Friday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Huntington Beach I & II

In this double bill from the Ma'Aleh Film School in Jerusalem come stories of dating and marriage in Orthodox Judaism. "The Orthodox Way" is a romantic comedy about dating the orthodox way. Eli, who is single, goes out on a blind date to please his aunt. But everything that could possibly go wrong, does, and Eli and his date spend a bizarre evening driving around the streets of Jerusalem. (25 min) "Shira" is the story of Shira, the mother of five children, who lives in a religious community. Her husband's expectation is that she will continue to bring children into the world. Shira begins to collapse under the stress of her responsibilities and tries to take matters into her own hands. (29 min)

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.

Jewelry Making

Stephanie Avedon

Friday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Laguna Beach II

Create a beautiful LimmudLA memento to wear for Shabbat and beyond. We will each create a piece of jewelry together that you will be able to wear straight from the class. Come let your creativity run wild. All experience levels welcome to make their artistic vision come to life.

The Secret Language of Jewish Art

Marc Michael Epstein

Friday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Laguna Beach I

Jewish visual tradition is extensive and diverse. But "Jewish art" speaks a secret and often subversive language of its own although it appears to be deceptively similar to the art of the cultures in which it emerges. In this extensively and beautifully illustrated lecture, we will learn to "read" Jewish art in a very different way than that to which we may have been previously accustomed.

Tisha b’Av, Evolution, and Jewish Consciousness

Norm Kachuck

Friday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Newport Beach III

The fast day of Tisha b'Av hides an incredible blessing. A radical transformation of our relationship with God occurred as political institutions and their religion were lost in the destruction of Herod's Temple. Moving from theophanies to epiphanies marked radical changes in how we establish truth and fact, while moving from revelation to consensus established biological and archetypal changes in the sense of self. On the societal level, these changes ultimately affected civilization's embrace of altruism and empathy. Is this the true "Gift of the Jews"?