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Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM

Catfights and Competition Among Jewish Women

From the Torah to Twenty-First Century America

Leora Tanenbaum

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Columbia

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

Competition is not a bad thing. In fact, it can motivate us toward excellence. But it is destructive when it is sneaky and underhanded. Several women in the Torah—Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah, and Miriam—communicated in sneaky and competitive ways, often at the expense of another woman. How can Jewish women living in modern America transcend this dynamic and strengthen sisterhood?

The Disputation of Barcelona, 1263

Judaism on Trial

Charles Stein

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Ballroom C

Global History & Culture

The Disputation of Barcelona in 1263 was a dramatic event in Jewish history, involving Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman (the Ramban), one of Judaism's greatest scholars. During a period when Jews were forced to convert to Christianity, the King of Aragon and the Catholic Church directed Ramban to defend the basic principles of Judaism. His adversary was the Jewish apostate, Pablo Christiani. Learn how Ramban used his intellect and diplomatic skills in an effort to preserve the faith of the Jewish nation.

The Escape to Japan During the Holocaust

The Fugu Plan

Marvin Tokayer

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM The View

Global History & Culture

During the Holocaust, when doors across the world were closed to Jews, 25,000 Jews escaped to Japan and China in what the New York Times calls the last secret of the war. Come hear about a plan to save all the Jews of Europe that was turned down by American Jewish leadership.

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.

The Holocaust and Israeli Consciousness

A Cinematic Perspective

Miri Talmon Bohm

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Hudson III

Film, Israel

This session traces fundamental contradictions in Israeli-Jewish collective consciousness which link national anxieties and militant attitudes to the trauma of the Holocaust. We will explore this theme as articulated in Israeli films through images of potent masculine fighters and terror victims, through the relationship between the Israeli native Sabra and the Diaspora Jew/Holocaust survivor, and through attitudes to war, terror, and Germany.

"I Am Joseph, Is My Father Still Alive?"

Joseph Revealed

David Kalb

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Empire Lounge

Text & Thought

When Joseph reveals himself, he says, “I am Joseph, is my father still alive?” It is a strange question to ask his brothers upon revealing himself. Joseph has been separated from his family for 22 years. For nine of those years, he has been the Viceroy of Egypt with almost unlimited power. He had every resource in the world to contact his father and yet he did not. Why now? What is he really asking?

Judaic Papercutting Workshop

Elana Weinberg

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Orange

Arts & Performance, How-To

The art of papercutting has been adopted by Jewish craftspeople since medieval times. This art form is used to enhance Judaic art from ketubot (marriage contracts) to sukkah decorations. This workshop will take a look at a number of samples of Jewish papercutting. Then, you will have an opportunity to learn the basics of the craft! This is a hands-on workshop, and each participant will learn how to design and execute a papercut of their own. Come prepared to work!

Ma Rabu Ma'secha

How Magnificent Are Your Works

Elana Fine

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Help Desk

Children & Families, How-To, Interactive

We are going for a walk—part meditation, part observation—during which we will open our eyes and our hearts to look and see what is around us. Limited to the first 25 participants. Children welcome.

Storytelling Workshop

The Art of Telling a Good Story

Carl Gussin

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Ulster

Arts & Performance, How-To

The workshop will present a number of Jewish stories—including how to tell them or read them well, and how to "sell" the story to the audience. We will look at ways to use Jewish stories within the classroom or youth program setting. Learn how to plumb the stories for values, how to use them as motivational tools, and how to have kids (and adults) think about the stories and what they mean—inside and outside the box. Attendees will leave with a bibliography of stories and places to find others.

The Talmud: An Introduction

Adin Steinsaltz

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Dutchess

Text & Thought

Few scholars of the last millennium have had a knowledge of the Talmud as broad and deep as that of Adin Steinsaltz, whose seminal translation and commentary on the entire Babylonian Talmud will be completed in November 2010. Join Adin Steinsaltz as he examines the Talmud, its nature, the myths that have sprung up around it, and its role in the development of the psyche of the Jewish people.

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Sunday 10:00 AM–11:30 AM Hudson I

The Yiddish Bakers’ Union is My Eternal Monument

Culinary Resistance to Mortality in Jewish Practice

Eve Jochnowitz

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Manhattan Theater

Global History & Culture

Food, cooking, and recipes are inextricably linked with life and vitality. The dead do not praise the Lord, said the psalmist, and they certainly do not eat or cook, but traditional and improvised Jewish practices related to eating and cooking bring a special awareness and immediacy to the rituals and processes associated with the end of life. We will explore some of the more surprising, including food-related inscriptions on Yiddish and Hebrew tombstones.

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