2010 Conference
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Shabbat at Limmud NY


Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM


Sunday 7:30 AM–9:30 AM Ballroom A

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

Controversy for the Sake of Heaven

Open Dialogue on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Rebecca Ennen

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Empire Lounge

Interactive, Israel

Would you like to have a constructive, respectful conversation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Are you interested in talking about your experiences, feelings, convictions, and questions in an environment that promotes mutual learning rather than debate and attack? We invite people of all perspectives to a facilitated dialogue. In this gathering you will talk in a small group about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with both like-minded people and people whose views differ from your own.

The Evolution of the Jewish Calendar

Raziel Haimi-Cohen

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM The View

Advanced, Text & Thought

How does the Jewish calendar work? Why is it so complex? How did it develop to become what it is? The answer is a fascinating story which spans nearly two millennia and involves piety and politics, science and mysticism. In this session, we will review this history of our calendar by studying relevant texts; understand its sophisticated inner working and computational aspects; and, discuss its significance in our time.

From Swastika to Jim Crow

A Film Screening

Erica Sigmon

Canceled, sorry

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

When Hitler seized power in1933, Jewish intellectuals at German universities were targeted for expulsion. After fleeing to the US, many continued their academic careers teaching at historically all-Black colleges in the South, including Howard University, Hampton Institute and Talladega College. While the refugee scholars provided great talent to the schools’ faculty, the colleges offered the professors a new home, students eager to learn, and an inside look at an America that few ever saw.

The Hidden Star

A Film About The Passionate Stories of Crypto-Jews in Brazil

Carlos Zarur

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Sunday 10:45 PM–Monday 12:00 AM Hudson III

Film, Identity & Responsibility

This documentary chronicles Brazil's Jewish past and the fascinating stories of descendants of the Marranos-Conversos-New Christians. They were forced to convert to Christianity and were persecuted during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions. Despite publicly practicing Catholicism, they still maintained Jewish customs, traditions, and beliefs in secret. The film chronicles their battle to be recognized as full Jews in the mainstream Jewish community.

Hollywood and the Holocaust

Isaac Zablocki

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Dutchess


Take a journey through the evolution of Holocaust portrayal in film. Examine some of the most powerful films made on this topic in the last 60 years, and the ways in which cinematic expressions of this sensitive subject have changed and continue to evolve over the years. Learn how these movies reflect America's ever-evolving relationship to the atrocities of Nazi Germany; engage with the past, but also focus on new directions and the future.

Israel at the Dawn of a New Decade

A Panel Discussion

Shira Ben Sasson-Furstenberg, Marc Rosenberg, Moshe Shapoff, Miri Talmon Bohm

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Ulster


Come visit your old friend Israel through the eyes of Israelis from diverse backgrounds. Hear first hand what's happening now in Israel - and what you may find to be unexpected, unprecedented, unusual, inspiring, or new and different. The panelists will also share their hopes for Israel future - in the immediate and long-term. A short Q&A session will take place at the end of the session.

Jewish Creative Writing


Pamela Wax

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Outside library

Interactive, Ritual & Prayer, Text & Thought

We will study contemporary midrashim (stories) on the parashat hashavua (weekly Torah reading) before receiving prompts for our own writing. Experience the excitement of fleshing out an idea gleaned from the text. No writing experience is necessary.

Major Themes of the Passover Haggadah

David Silber

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Hudson I

Advanced, Ritual & Prayer

A careful study of the major themes of the seder through an analysis of the classical haggadah.

On The Cusp of Life—From Scared to Sacred III

L'chayim! A Celebration of Life

Mimi Feigelson

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Manhattan Theater

Ritual & Prayer, Spirituality & Mindfulness, Text & Thought

Imagine walking away with “party favors” from a funeral! With gratitude, I always carry with me the ones that I was given a year ago. The Chernobler Rebbe and Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev will assist us in looking at this possibility. The Dalai Lama, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Amma (an Indian spiritual leader known as the hugging saint), and Anna will lead us to their last moments. These sessions, while thematically related, are not a series. You may to attend any or all as you are inclined.

The Personal Narrative post Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Alana Joblin Ain

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Orange

Interactive, Text & Thought

Has writing your own story become increasing challenging since your bar or bat mitzvah speech? Looking at the work of Jewish writers, we will discuss how, as adults, we approach creative nonfiction, drawing on our own life experience to produce meaningful narratives.

Stories, Their Origins, and Their Locations

On the Books of Daniel and Shimon bar Yohai

Aaron Koller

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Columbia

College/University Student Recommended, Text & Thought

For some stories, we have enough evidence to describe how the story developed into its current form. In this session we will explore two Jewish story cycles: that of biblical Daniel and that of rabbinic Shimon bar Yohai. For each, we will see what can be discovered about the forerunners to these stories, and explore how they were made into the well-known stories transmitted to us.


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