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Saturday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM

Lunch

Saturday 12:00 PM–2:00 PM Ballroom A

Sit with someone new! Lunch is a great time to meet new people at Limmud NY.

Digging for David

Or "What I Did on my Summer Vacation"

Joyce Weissman

Saturday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Hudson I

Israel

Let me guide you through the “agony and the ecstasy” of digging at the “Old City of David”. I came out of it with a slightly skinned knee, a great tan and a multiplicity of exciting memories. We will begin with my arrival at the excavation site behind the Dung Gate armed with trowel and gardening gloves. The day began at 6:00 am with a cannon booming in the distance (details will be supplied). Come hear about my adventure, through the last day when I received a certificate from the late Dr Yigal Shiloh.

Experiences of the Holocaust

Ina Polak, Jack Polak

Saturday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Manhattan Theater

College/University Student Recommended, Global History & Culture, High School, Identity & Responsibility

Dutch Jewish Holocaust survivors Jack and Ina Polak were inmates at Westerbork labor camp in Holland and Bergen Belsen concentration camp in Germany. They will share their experiences and discuss an array of topics on the Holocaust, such as social life and holidays in the camps; comparison of different types of camps—labor, concentration, extermination and other camps; resistance in Germany; religion and the Holocaust; and Holocaust survivors and their children. PLEASE NOTE: Amplified sound will be used in this session.

Freedom to Love: The Song of Songs in Biblical, Rabbinic, Mystical, and Modern Perspectives II

Session 2: Rabbinic Interpretation

Jonah Chanan Steinberg

Saturday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM The View

Text & Thought

We explore the classical midrashic tradition surrounding the Song of Songs. We see how rabbinic tradition reinvents the Song of Songs as poetry of religious covenant, celebrating Jewish endurance and even martyrdom as expressions of spiritual love. We see that rabbinic interpretation of the Song of Songs creates its own distinctive poetry, inspired by the biblical book—and on the other hand, is quite prosaic and much less romantic in speaking about physicality. Take this one session or the whole series.

Grappling with Difficult Texts

Universalism and Particularism

Ethan Tucker

Saturday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Hudson III

Advanced, Text & Thought

In the passage we will examine, R. Yisrael Lifshitz, a prominent 19th century rabbi and commentator, grapples with Talmudic statements that appear to speak disparagingly about Gentiles. Through his approach, we will explore what it means to take ownership of a tradition that does not, at least at first glance, always match our religious and ethical instincts. The Hebrew text will be learned in the original, without translation, though the discussion will be accessible to all.

Kol Limmud: The Limmud NY 2010 Instant Choir

Learning Session Section 1

Benjamin Gruder

Saturday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Exhibit Hall

Arts & Performance, How-To

Do you like to sing in harmony? Come out and get your choral groove on! Learn and perform music from Uganda and other locations around the world, in three and four voice parts (mixed singing). We will work up two or three a cappella arrangements and then sing them for the entire conference at the Limmud NY Sunday Night Variety Show. Participants need to attend only one of the learning sessions on Shabbat (either section 1 or section 2) plus the getting-it-all-together rehearsal on Sunday.

Memoirs of a Jewminicana: A One-Woman Show!

Aliza Hausman

Saturday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Ulster

Arts & Performance, Identity & Responsibility

I’m Jewish. I’m Latina. They tell me, I have to choose! What’s a self-described Jewminicana to do? I’ll tell you a story that begins in New York City—specifically, Washington Heights, on the Dominican side—and circles back (and around Israel) to the Orthodox Jewish side. There is some running away from nightmarish situations, kidnappings, cool Holocaust survivors, wars in Israel, racism in strange places, ducking kugel recipes, and even some combat boots as favored synagogue attire.

Real World Jewish American Activism

Ari Gershman

Saturday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Columbia

College/University Student Recommended, How-To, Identity & Responsibility

In this workshop, we will first explore the motivations for activism from a Jewish perspective. We will then discuss the role that Jews have played in social justice movements and how we think that might change in the future. Finally, we will share practical information about how to change the world, with special emphasis on racial discrimination, socioeconomic inequality, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues.

The Sabbath Dress and Other Tales from the Jewish Tradition

A storytelling performance for families & children ages 4 and up

Noa Baum

Saturday 1:30 PM–2:15 PM Bentley's, Sullivan

Arts & Performance, Children & Families, Interactive

Jewish folktales, rich with warmth and humor, told with interactive audience participation. Come hear tales of wonder, magic and joy from Israel and around the world

Shift Happens: Space, Quantity, Intentionality

Using The Kabbalistic Paradigm: Olam, Shana, Nefesh

David Ingber, Joe Septimus

Saturday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Dutchess

Spirituality & Mindfulness, Text & Thought

The kabbalist’s (Jewish mystic's) reality consists of three dimensions: space (infinity), time (quantity) and intentionality (consciousness), all of which are potentially holy. We will learn traditional applications of this concept and explore new frontiers of applicability. We will study rabbinic texts and their practical application in ritual (such as Chanukah candle lighting), prayer relationships, and life planning. We will explore the dynamic relationships and conflicts that arise among the three dimensions.

Stories from the Talmud's Couple Counseling Clinic

Juggling our Personal Lives and Professional Loves

Mishael Zion

Saturday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Orange

Text & Thought

Rabbi Rehumei loved studying Torah so much, he would come home only once a year. Then one year he forgot! Studying this short and painful Talmudic story opens a doorway into the Talmud's unique style of storytelling, and into a discussion about the meaning of Torah study, the art of relationships, and the challenge of balancing our jobs and our homes. It is not just a story about Talmudic rabbis and wives—it is about letting a story from our tradition reverberate into a our lives today.

Tradition and Text as Poetic Inspiration

Alana Joblin Ain

Saturday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Outside library

Interactive, Text & Thought

How do modern poets re-envision something as ancient as the story of Creation? Or grapple with a subject as complex as the Akedah (the binding of Isaac)? We will look at the work of poets, who draw inspiration from our oldest stories, and infuse them with contemporary meaning.

The Weather

or perhaps, "de veddur" ?

Avi Fox-Rosen

Saturday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Empire Lounge

Interactive, Social Programming

Carrying on a glorious Catskills tradition from years gone by, Avi Fox-Rosen will host a schmooze primarily focused on the weather. There will be coffee. The weather will be our starting and ending point, though the conversation(s) will necessarily include many topics. Come with your opinions and gossip.

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