Sunday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM


Amir Magal

Sunday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Fountain Terrace

Additional schedule

  • Friday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Fountain Terrace
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art dance. We will begin with warming up the body and exploring ranges of tribal movement in a group setting. Some drumming and singing will be introduced as well as movements such as cartwheels handstands and kicks. All levels welcome!

Elisha ben Avuyah: The Making of a Heretic

Rori Picker Neiss

Sunday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Catalina I

Elisha ben Avuyah was one of the greatest rabbis of the Mishnaic period, and yet his name has essentially been erased from the tradition. How does one of a generation's greatest sages become Judaism's most famous apostate? Join us as we study the few stories that have been preserved of Elisha ben Avuyah and attempt to understand the life and times of this controversial figure and, perhaps more importantly, explore how the rabbis grapple with questions of faith, community, and doubt.

FILM: Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean

Curt Fissel

Sunday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Huntington Beach I & II

Additional schedule

  • Sunday 7:30 PM–8:45 PM Huntington Beach I & II
Living in the lingering wake of the Idi Amin regime of terror and intolerance, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Ugandan coffee farmers challenged historical and economic hurdles by forming the "Delicious Peace" Cooperative. Their mission was to build harmonious relationships and economic development, and they are succeeding. Partnering with a Fair Trade US roaster, the farmers' standard of living is improving, peace is flourishing, and their messages of peace and fair wages are spreading to their coffee customers in the US. (40 min) The film is followed by a discussion with filmmakers Ellen Friedland and Curt Fissel.

The Future Is Now: Out-of-the-Box Approaches to Jewish Education

Hyim Brandes, Batsheva Frankel, Yechiel Hoffman, Russel Neiss

Sunday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Newport Beach I, II, III

Come discuss the challenges of traditional Jewish education, explore current innovations changing the nature of Jewish education, brainstorm ideas and set goals for the future. In a session featuring the innovative creators of Launch Box, the Online Jewish Academy, and Media Midrash, participants will get a chance to hear about and experience some of the most exciting new approaches to ensuring our Jewish future, and then help create more!

Getting Down and Dirty with AJWS

Noah Farkas, Adam Greenwald, Stephanie Ives, Scott Perlo, Alyson Solomon

Sunday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Balboa Bay I, II

Join us for a roundtable discussion about the challenges and complexities of global service. Presenters will speak about their experiences in developing countries and what it's like to confront poverty firsthand; community leaders will tell stories of their on-the-ground experience getting their hands dirty to make a change in the world. Take this opportunity to find out what led them to take this journey and how it has affected their lives and careers.

I Am Taking Off My Kippah

Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Sunday 12:00 PM–2:30 PM Catalina II

We will explore the question of what it means to be religious and how to address the following sentiment: "I no longer want to be 'observant,' I want to be authentically religious. Judaism has nearly become passe." There is no longer any future to Judaism, nor is there a need for it unless we rebuild it. To be religious is to doubt and wage war. NOTE: This is a double session and continues through two timeslots.

Israel: Changing the Conversation

Consul General David Siegel

Sunday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Emerald Bay III

What was the last discussion you had about Israel? Did it involve politics, religion or regional conflict? More than likely, the answer is yes, but the conversation is now changing. Don't miss this session and hear ideas and a unique perspective that journalists, rabbis, and community leaders are calling inspirational, eye-opening, and vital to Israel's future.

Notes from the Tribe: A Hands-On Workshop and Presentation

Will Deutsch, Josh Feldman

Sunday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Laguna Beach I

This session -- part lecture, part storytelling, part stand-up comedy-- will look at how personal experiences and American Jewish art from the last century shaped an illustrator's practice. In addition, participants will enjoy a 'guided art making experience.' They will receive art materials and be prompted with a particular topic. These pieces will be used to spark conversation and may be presented in future issues of the 'Notes From The Tribe' quarterly periodical.

Thrown for a Curve: A Biblical Soap Opera

Savannah Levin, Hannah Reinhard, Rebecca Sable, Bennet Segelman

Sunday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Laguna Beach III

As the finest soap opera Jewry has ever produced, the scroll of Esther is rich with intrigue, debauchery, hedonism, scandal, licentiousness, trickery, lust --and the list continues. Come join Tarbut V'Torah high schoolers to discover just how deep these layers of twisted narrative penetrate.

Vanquishing Sadness and Guilt: Practical Methods

Sara Yoheved Rigler

Sunday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Emerald Bay II

Guilt is not the proper Jewish response to wrong-doing; Teshuvah is! This lecture draws on teachings of the Maharal and the Ba'al HaTanya to outline concrete methods for eliminating dissatisfaction, sadness, guilt, and negative thinking. It includes a guided meditation in which the participant learns the proper method for dealing with wrong-doing by actually doing the process taught by Maimonides.

Yiddish Is Young! New Beginnings, New Prospects

Norm Kachuck, Rhoda Kachuck

Sunday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Emerald Bay I

Yiddish belongs at Limmud! It's relevant, as is the culture it continues to project. Recall its history, its speakers, its songs of social and political protest, young and old love, family, education, immigration, courage and heartache in times of oppression and triumph. Sing along to spirited piano rhythms and celebrate the growing numbers of new Yiddish learners in universities, grade schools, and orthodox communities. Help keep Yiddish young!