Sunday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM

The 21st Century (Jewish) School

Jason Ablin

Sunday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Emerald Bay III

The current challenge for day schools is discovering the balance and tension between age old traditions and values in Jewish education and the ever-changing landscape in the age of technology and innovation. How do these institutions look and feel moving forward? What ideas work well to create inspired opportunities for strong Jewish identity formation and success and confidence in our children? The session will focus on several tools, skills, and ideas that meet the needs of our day schools.

Better Together: A Presentation and Panel With Teens Who Have Autism and Other Special Needs

Elaine Hall

Sunday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Laguna Beach III

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a child with special needs to raise the consciousness of a village. Come hear from teens who have autism about their vision to create a fully inclusive Jewish community. Panelists include students who were featured in the Emmy-award winning HBO documentary Autism the Musical and currently participate in the Miracle Project and Vista Del Mar's Nes Gadol program.

Concert With Alisa Fineman

Alisa Fineman

Sunday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Catalina I

Award-winning singer-songwriter and cantorial soloist from Congregation Beth Israel in Carmel, CA, Alisa Fineman delivers a concert of her original compositions in Hebrew and English.

The Conversion Opportunity: Requirements and Acceptance in Halacha and in Israel

Zvi Block

Sunday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Emerald Bay II

This session focuses on the process of conversion in Halacha as per the Code of Jewish Law, the Shulchan Aruch, including (a) acceptance of the candidate, (b) process of learning, (c) procedure of ceremony, and (d) acceptance of the conversion in Los Angeles, the United States, and Israel.

FILM: The Green Dumpster Mystery

Sunday 3:30 PM–4:20 PM Huntington Beach I & II

Traveling on his scooter through Tel Aviv, filmmaker Tal Haim Yoffe finds a discarded box of old photographs in a green dumpster. This docu-detective film, slowly unwinds a family history, beginning in Lodz, Poland, and traveling through the Siberian Gulag, a Samarkand sugar plant, a Ha'apala ship, and the battlefields of the Sinai Peninsula. Like Daniel Mendelsohn's bestseller "The Lost" and David Ofek's film "No. 17 is Anonymous," this tightly-paced tour de force vividly evokes the now-extinguished lives of an anonymous but typical Israeli family. (50 min)

LimmudLA Art Therapy

Daria Hoffman

Sunday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Laguna Beach II

You've been intensely studying ancient texts, debating politics and culture, and having meaning-of-life conversation with your fellow Limmudniks all weekend. Come process your experiences through the visual arts and let loose with form and color. No previous experience necessary, just bring an open mind and leave with a clear head.

Mama, Let Your Daughters Grow Up to Be Rabbis: A Talk-Back for the Play "Stories From the Fringe"

Lynne Kern, Ronda Spinak

Sunday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Emerald Bay I

After interviewing over 100 rabbis over the course of two-and-a-half years, the thought-provoking play, "Stories From the Fringe," came about as a result of their words. Join us for a Q & A post show and offer your thoughts, ask burning questions, and discuss what you’ve just seen with the writers, director, actors AND women rabbis whose lives provided the inspiration.

Nothing Helps (But This Might Help)

Esther Kustanowitz

Sunday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Newport Beach III

The loss of a loved one throws the world into chaos, for mourners and for the people who surround them trying to help. Whether you've been through a loss in your family, or tried to comfort someone who has, come for some open, honest talk about what may help, how humor comes from unexpected places, and how the modern Jewish community can help to support those who grieve. Esther will be conducting this session in memory of her mother, Shulamit E. Kustanowitz, z"l.

WWJD: The Jewishness of Jesus and the 'Synagogue Problem' in 4th Century Antioch

Joshua Garroway

Sunday 3:00 PM–4:15 PM Laguna Beach I

In cosmopolitan Antioch, Christians of the late fourth century were drawn to the synagogue on Jewish holidays. One of their motivations, it seems, was the desire to 'do what Jesus did.' Learn how priest (and eventual archbishop of Constantinople) John the 'Golden Mouth' dissuaded his flock through his series of sermons against the Judaizers.