Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM

Breakdowns and Breakthroughs: Muslim-Jewish Relations

Sarah Bassin

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Emerald Bay II

Muslim-Jewish relations in the United States have experienced highs and lows. To understand how to move beyond episodic ups and downs to attain a consistent and productive partnership, we first need to understand the cycle of breakdowns and breakthroughs. Together we will identify key events in the interfaith relationship in LA and examine how the two communities experienced them. Join the lively discussion about the challenges and opportunities for Muslim-Jewish relations in LA and beyond.

Crochet a Kippah - Intermediate

Sharon McCauley

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Laguna Beach II

Already know how to crochet? Get pointers on more advanced techniques and/or designs. Limited to 10 people.

Embracing Wholiness: Exploring a Whole Self-Image

Alisha Pedowitz

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Emerald Bay I

How do we empower youth to create communities that promote a whole, healthy self image? Why is a communal approach necessary to addressing issues of body image, self image and insecurity? How does Judaism offer a unique approach for doing so? For youth educators or anyone interested in these questions, we will explore a uniquely Jewish and communally-based approach to addressing these issues and creating a community that promotes a whole, healthy self-image.

Esther: Revealed and Hidden in Jewish Visual Tradition

Marc Michael Epstein

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Laguna Beach I

We all feel we are familiar with the story of Esther. And it is acknowledged that visual culture -- from illustrated megillot to creative costuming -- is an essential part of the holiday of Purim. But how does Jewish art transform the image of Esther as it appears in Christian art? And how does contemporary Jewish art -- not of the feminist neo-midrashic variety, but of the ultra-Orthodox type -- cope with the image of this important woman, so prominent in midrash and rabbinic sources? The answers are surprising.

FILM: The Beetle

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Huntington Beach I & II

Yishai Orian, the director of the movie and the owner of an old Volkswagen Beetle, is about to become a father. His mechanic says that the car will not last long, while his wife complains that the car is unsuitable for a baby. Attempting to keep his beloved car, Yishai goes on a journey that begins with the previous owners of the Beetle, continues to Jordan to renovate the old car, and ends with the birth of his first child. The exciting, funny, sad, and intimate memories of the Beetle's previous owners blend with the director's personal story. (70 min)

Jews in Poland Today

Konstanty Gebert

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Emerald Bay III

In the more than twenty years that followed the end of Communism, the Jewish community in Poland has experienced a spectacular revival. Although numerically very small, it has developed institutions and cultural manifestations way beyond its numbers. This movement has been actively encouraged by a declared philosemitism on the part of society at large. Antisemitism, however, remains an issue.

Kosher Jesus

Shmuley Boteach

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Catalina II

A radically new perspective on the world's most famous personality. We'll discuss how the Jews did not kill Jesus, and why the New Testament editors made the Jews culpable as the story took shape. The hope is that these realizations will strengthen Jewish-Christian ties and values, with Jesus (historically the barrier separating the two peoples) serving as the bridge between the two faiths.

Krav Maga for Beginners (II)

Glenn Gottlieb

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Fountain Terrace

Join us for another session in Krav Maga, the hand-to-hand combat and self-defense system used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Learn more simple, practical techniques to defend yourself against an attack. (You do NOT need to have attended Session I to participate.) 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!

Peering Into the Jewish Future

Joshua Avedon, Sarah Benor, David Cygielman

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Balboa Bay I, II

If the 20th century was all about proving Jews are just like everyone else, the challenge for the 21st is how to make Jewish life relevant and compelling. But the communal institutions of Jewish life were mostly constructed for the old paradigm. So what are the trends, shifts in identity, and emerging ideas that are feeding the changes? And how can the Jewish community adapt, and ultimately thrive, in the new environment? Join us for a facilitated discussion to figure it all out.

Reaching the Tipping Point…Shifting the Conversation

Consul General David Siegel

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Catalina I

Headlines, tweets, and Facebook posts bombard us constantly with the latest crises from Israel. But the headlines cannot dictate the narrative and we are not tapping into the important, yet little-known transformative stories about Israel. In this session, we will engage in what is sure to be a lively discussion on ways to "tip" the conversation.

Torah in Modern Music: A Workshop

Yitz (Y-Love) Jordan

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Newport Beach II

What does that song mean? Where did those lyrics come from? I know I have heard that thought somewhere before. If these questions and thoughts come to mind as you are listening to your favorite song on iTunes, this session is for you. This session is an exploration of meaning and connection. Many songs contain references to passages from the Torah. Join in a musical journey of finding Torah allusions in modern pop songs.