Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM

AIPAC: America's Pro-Israel Lobby

Laura Wasserman

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Newport Beach I, II

Learn about the developments in the Middle East, the challenges Israel faces in the region, and the current political situation in Washington. Explore AIPAC's role in making sure the alliance between the US and Israel is strong and what the pro-Israel community can do to get involved.

Appetite for Disruption: Cocktails for Innovators

Joshua Avedon, Will Deutsch, Tera "Nova Jade* Greene, Esther Kustanowitz, Avram Mandell, Elai Shine, Laura Silver

Saturday 9:00 PM–11:45 PM Fountain Terrace

Delightful. Diverse. Disruptive. This tribute to Jewish creativity, tradition and innovation features free-form schmoozing and fast-paced, entertaining multimedia presentations where connectors, innovators, educators, tech experts, creative thinkers, funders, media moguls, and enthusiastic consumers of Jewish content can all mingle. First 50 attendees get a free drink -- cash bar thereafter, snacks available throughout, courtesy of Jumpstart and the ROI community. Let the drinks, conversations and ideas flow! DJ beats provided by Bad/Wolf.

The Comedy of Monica Piper

Monica Piper

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Catalina I

Emmy award-winning comedy writer and comedian Monica Piper brings her laugh-out-loud comedy to the LimmudLA stage for an evening of humor and fun for the whole family!

FILM: Family Matters

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Huntington Beach I & II

In this double bill from the Ma'Aleh Film School in Israel comes two stories about family dynamics. In "Persian Lullaby," Dafna, the 40-year old single mother of a newborn boy, arrives at her parents' home a few days before her baby's brit (circumcision). Her father, an elderly Persian Jew, repeatedly snubs Dafna, noting coldly that "a baby needs a father." In the week leading up to the brit, past conflicts between Dafna and her father are revisited, and new tensions are heightened. Will Dafna's father agree to be the sandak (godfather) of his first grandson? (25 min) "71 Square Meters" tells how sometimes you have to leave in order to come back and forget in order to remember. Chezi goes to his deceased parents' house the day before the bulldozers will raze it to the ground. It is the last 24 hours: 24 hours to remember his mother, his father, Bjorn Borg, an old Mezuza. (28 min)

Mensch/Bentsh/Balagan: Jewish Language + Identity

Sarah Benor

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Newport Beach III

This interactive talk describes the range of Jewish American English -- from the addition of a few Yiddish words among Jews with weak connections with organized Jewish life to the "Yeshivish" of strictly Orthodox Jews, which is filled with words and grammatical influences from Yiddish, Hebrew, and Aramaic. Jews use subtle variation in language to signal their textual knowledge, religious denomination, generation from immigration, and other aspects of their Jewish identities.

Occupy Judaism

Lonny Moses

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Laguna Beach I

As a Socialist-Zionist living in New York, I have been intimately involved in both the Tent Protests in Israel and the Occupy Wall Street movement. I helped organize a solidarity protest in New York, and attended Kol Nidre and helped construct a Sukkah in Zucotti Park. Using multimedia -- including videos, posters and text -- we will explore the differences and similarities between the Israeli and American protest movements, as we seek to clarify how they relate to Jewish discourse.

Priceless: Writing an Ethical Will

Paulette Benson

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Laguna Beach III

A "priceless" document is what you will bequeath to your great, great grandchildren based on taking this class. You will leave this workshop with a record of your beliefs, values and goals in the form of your own individual Ethical Will. What could be of greater worth to future generations? We will learn about the history associated with this special custom and learn the Jewish basis for many ethical positions. Study of texts included in both English and in Hebrew.

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