Sunday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM

"Stories From the Fringe" -- A New Play

Ronda Spinak

Sunday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Emerald Bay I

Experience this thought-provoking, inspiring play. Peek into the lives of 18 of Los Angeles’ most prominent women rabbis and hear their stories about holy moments, love, God, and a fabulous pair of shoes! The performance features Abby Freeman, Bari Hochwald, Robert Trebor, and Kate Zentall, is directed by Eve Brandstein and was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Rabbi Lynne A. Kern, and Artistic Director of the Jewish Women's Theatre, Ronda Spinak.

Beginners Rikudei Am

Lonny Moses

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

Rikudei Am are folk dances or "dances of the people." Created in the first half of the 20th century, Rikudei Am were a new way to renew Jewish culture. Since Rikudei Am were first developed, choreographers in Israel and around the world have continued to adapt new Israeli music for these dances to greater and greater degrees of complexity. We'll go over the basic steps of Israeli dancing and learn 2-3 simple circle dances. Intended for people with no background in Israeli Dance.

Comedy Writing Workshop

Monica Piper

Sunday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Laguna Beach III

Several Limmudniks will have the chance to perform stand-up comedy and open for the headliner at the LimmuLA comedy show on Sunday night. All those interested in performing should attend this supportive laugh-filled joke writing workshop, and everyone else is welcome too! Bring any and all ideas of what you think is funny.

The Conflict Between Peace and Truth

Zvi Hirschfield

Sunday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Emerald Bay II

Why is it so difficult for different Jews to build community and Jewish life together? This session looks at some fascinating texts that expose the tensions between a commitment to truth and a desire for peace. We will use this sources as an opportunity to explore how this tension is manifest today and how our conception of this struggle effects our ability to create a passionate and inclusive Jewish community.

FILM: The Matchmaker

Sunday 1:30 PM–3:25 PM Huntington Beach I & II

Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theater that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port. Yankele introduces Arik to a new world, built on the ruins of an old one. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, he falls in love with Tamara, his friend Beni's cousin. Tamara has just returned from America and is full of talk of women's rights, free love, and rock and roll. The disparate parts of Arik's life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever. Avi Nesher's latest film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before. (115 min)(NOTE: This session continues into the next timeslot.)

Insert Your Topic Here...

Joshua Avedon, David Cygielman, Zack Lodmer

Sunday 1:30 PM–4:15 PM Balboa Bay I, II

LimmudLA puts you in the driver's seat in this session sponsored by Jumpstart. We all know that sometimes the best conversations at conference happen spontaneously in hallways or at the bar, so we're giving you the chance to bring your best ideas to a session with no panels, predetermined topics, or agendas. Using "Open Space Technology," participants gather to create a marketplace of ideas -- each of which gets a chance to find an audience. Come with your ideas, openness, and curiosity -- you never know what might unfold.

Jewish and American Law on Employees' Rights

Joel Grossman

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

Join a mediator and former labor and employment attorney for a discussion focused on Jewish law -- from the Torah and the Talmud -- on workers' and employers' rights, and compare these laws to modern American employment law.

Reproductive Medicine and Jewish Law

Michael Feinman, Jason Weiner

Sunday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Catalina I

Despite its ancient origins and strict rules, Jewish Law has been able to accommodate most recent advances in assisted reproduction to allow observant couples to use this technology within the boundaries of halacha. Join us for a discussion on the medical and halachic issues of assisted reproduction.

T'fillah Kehilah Institute: Students Designing and Leading T'fillot

Aaron Abosch, Andrew Gerson, Yonatan Rosner

Sunday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Laguna Beach I

Re-invigorate your prayer experience with the T'fillah Kehilah Institute (TKI), a student-led group that designs and executes new and exciting models of T'fillah. Music, meditation, art, and discussions are a few of the modalities being used in this engaging and spiritual process of community building. Accompanied by their teacher, the TKI students of New Community Jewish High School will walk you through the process of creating a personal T'fillah component for the community of LimmudLA.

YAD: Leading in the 21st Century

Yechiel Hoffman, Alisha Pedowitz, Eli Winkelman

Sunday 1:30 PM–2:45 PM Emerald Bay III

What models of leadership can we utilize for ourselves and our endeavors in the 21st century Jewish world. Eli presents a model of distributed leadership and shares how it plays out at Challah for Hunger. Yechiel talks about LimmudLA, its values, and how distributed leadership is essential to its model. What is your role in distributing leadership?

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