Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM

The 4-Letter Word Missing From Jewish Education

Robyn Farber, Daniel Petter-Lipstein, Sarah Waldhorn

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Newport Beach I, II

The Jewish Montessori Society (JMS) believes that there is a four-letter word that we need to be using a lot more when we talk about and do Jewish Education. Hear from the co-founder of JMS and SoCal Jewish Montessorians who are making this vital 4-letter word kosher again every day for Jewish children in SoCal and around the world.

Bibliyoga for the Heart & Soul, with Special Musical Guest

Marcus J Freed

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Fountain Terrace

Join a Bibliyoga session that will stretch your body, mind, heart and soul. Bring yoga gear for a asana/vinyasa session that will take you on a deep yogic experience that looks into tuning our body and soul for the months ahead. The Bibliyoga approach infuses powerful Jewish wisdom into a yoga session that is suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced yogi. We'll be joined by special musical guest: the Kirtan Rabbi!

The Changing Faces of David

Everett Fox

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Laguna Beach I

The character in the Bible who occupies more space than any other human being, David is referenced throughout Jewish and Christian tradition as the Great King and the Sweet Singer of Israel. How did later interpreters, including some in our own time, change the biblical portrait to suit themselves? We will look at stories, commentaries, visual arts, and film clips.

Fate vs. Free Will: An Ancient and Modern Approach

Batsheva Frankel

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Balboa Bay I, II

In this interactive class, we will take a novel approach to this classic paradox. Using the text of The Book of Esther and the children’s game of “cootie catcher” fortune tellers (remember those?), we will explore a deeper understanding of how fate and free will work in the world.

Knish and Tell

Laura Silver

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Huntington Beach I & II

All hail the knish. The wrapped pastry stands for eternal life, cultural continuity and co-existence. Born in the Pale of Settlement, the stuffed dough arrived in the US as immigrant food. Today, it's a catalyst for community. Baked or fried, round or square, sweet or savory, the knish serves as fodder for stories and memories. Please bring yours. And come hungry for legends from the Midwest, New York's Lower East Side, and our speaker's ancestral town of Knyszyn, Poland.

Limmud Chavruta: Mayim (Water)

Karen Radkowsky

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Laguna Beach III

In this interactive session, we will explore Miriam's merit, Jonah's responsibility, Isaac's wells, and the importance of swimming lessons. Ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics, and more will be used. Everyone is welcome, whether you have studied texts before or not, and knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Part of the new Limmud Chavruta Series: 'Elements.' Come to one session; or even better, come to two!

Occupy Me: Where Does the Jew Fit Into Occupy?

Joshua Corber

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Newport Beach III

Explore the possible Jewish reasons to follow/support/participate in the Occupy movement (enduring relevance pending, though posterity never hurts) as well as Jewish reasons not to. We'll use Rabbinic texts discussing government and social action, as well as historical memoirs from revolutionary movements (Communist, Zionist, Anarchist) of Jews who lived through them; their opinions and experiences. Come willing to spark an interesting discussion.

Quests, Ladders, Rivers, and Beads

Marc Porter Zasada

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Emerald Bay III

What exactly is "human success"? Does such a thing exist? Does it come at the middle or end of life? How does G-d remember us? Does He think of us as "successes" or "failures"? The well-known author and commentator (The Urban Man) from NPR, LA Times, and HuffPost, is writing a book about the origins and meaning of the four basic metaphors that drive our lives and provide our "story arc." You can help by joining an interactive discussion and workshop. Prepare to be shaken up.

Sexuality and Power in Teen Culture (and What the Jewish Community Is Doing about it)

Sara Brandes

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Emerald Bay II

Come scratch below the surface of mainstream media. Together, we will overcome troubling messages about sex and power by using Jewish text and values to respond. We will share curricular samples from Moving Traditions' ground-breaking programs, Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing and Shevet Achim:The Brotherhood, which offer teens a safe space to navigate these matters.

Some Thoughts on Gay Rights and Jewish Law

Michael Broyde

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Emerald Bay I

What is the relationship between Jewish law and civil rights? Using the issue of gay rights as a backdrop, we will ask whether and when one needs to vote one's religion or one's faith.