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Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM

Lunch

Sunday 12:00 PM–2:00 PM Ballroom A

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

Community Tree: Anafim (Branches)

Branching Out (Kindergarten through Second Graders)

Ellen Alt

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:30 PM Bentley's

Children & Families, Interactive

Children in grades K–2 will make and decorate branches for the community tree. They will use wire mesh, tissue paper, construction paper, glue, ribbons, and yarn to create their branches.

How to Make Israel Relevant to the Next Generation

Nina Woldin

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Empire Lounge

How-To, Israel

Engage, energize, and educate the next generation with interactive and fun activities for students in grades pre-K through high school. Discover user-friendly educational programs from Jewish National Fund on topics ranging from Jewish holidays to Israel and the environment.

Imagined Community

Mark Golub, Sally Gottesman, Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, Mark Pearlman, Gary Rosenblatt, Adam Smolyar

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM The View

Identity & Responsibility, Interactive

No looking backward to cast blame on how we had arrived at this fragile state, but rather help come up with ideas for modeling our future community. This uniquely interactive session will amplify the whole process of visioning to share thoughts on what it would take to create a more effective, stable and inspiring community with which larger numbers of Jews would want to be involved. Share your thoughts on how to alleviate our communal problems. Host and panelist still to be finalized but will include journalists (Gary Rosenblatt, Editor of The Jewish Week) and community leaders (TBD). Please note: this session may be filmed.

Jewish Law

Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going

Mimi Feigelson, Sara Hurwitz, Leon Morris, Ethan Tucker

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Columbia
The past 150 years have seen many struggles over Jewish law, its interpretation, and its application. In a globalized world of diminishing local community, Jews have more choice than ever before as to who their rabbinic authority should be and whether they choose one at all. This dynamic invites us to explore anew what role halakhah (Jewish law) should play in Jewish discourse, and how, if at all, halakhic authorities can and should shape Jewish life. Is halakhah a system of authority and obedience? Is it a language that can be used by pluralistic communities? Would Judaism today be better off without a discussion of halakhah at all? Come explore these questions and your own in a thought-provoking exchange with panelists who represent creative approaches to thinking about the application of Jewish law in our day.

Just Us Girls

Andrea Fallick, Rachel Gershman

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM The View lobby

Identity & Responsibility, Interactive

This workshop is for middle school girls only. If friendships and your peers are important to you, you definitely don’t want to miss this workshop. The workshop will be interactive and cover topics such as being excluded, gossiping, name calling and cyberbullying.

Learn Talmud with Adin Steinsaltz

Adin Steinsaltz

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Dutchess

Text & Thought

It is not since the illustrious sage Rashi (b.1040) that one single individual has written a comprehensive commentary on the entire Talmud. But in our generation, Adin Steinsaltz of Jerusalem has done just that. In 2010, in cities around the world, groups of Jews will be celebrating the completion of Steinsaltz’s masterpiece, "The Talmud—The Steinsaltz Edition," described by many as a true work of genius. In this session, join Steinsaltz himself, as he offers a look into a passage from the Talmud. No previous background is necessary. The texts will be in English. Do not miss this rare opportunity.

Mapping: Kabbalah and the Body

An In-Depth Art Workshop

Rachel Katz

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Hudson I

Arts & Performance, Identity & Responsibility, Interactive, Spirituality & Mindfulness

Inspired by the Kabbalistic (Jewish mystical) idea of mapping the body, this art workshop integrates creative process and discussion in order to explore the connection between the Tree of Life and the human figure. In this art-making experience, you will have the opportunity to create your own “body map” using fabric, paint, and a variety of collage materials in order to represent your personal discoveries. PLEASE NOTE: This session is limited to 18 participants.

Place and Space in Rabbinic Literature II

Narrative Traditions

Yehuda Kurtzer

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Ulster

Advanced, Text & Thought

In this advanced text-based class, we will consider the role of place and regional geography as a criterion in the formation of rabbinic law and lore. What are the boundaries to the environments that produce rabbinic texts? Do the boundaries imagined by the texts match ancient political boundaries, or do they reflect a different ethos about place and space? Part I considered legal texts. This session, Part II, considers stories.

Slumbering Prophets and the Escape from Self

How Jonah Mines & Undermines the Story of Noah

Judy Klitsner

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Columbia

Text & Thought

Two prophets, Noah and Jonah, seek to escape their responsiblities to help rescue humanity. As a result, both run the risk of losing themselves—one in alcoholic oblivion, the other by falling into a coma-like slumber. After a close reading and literary comparison of these two stories, we will address the question of humanity's potential for genuine and enduring self-transformation.

Songleading 101

Sing a New Song and We'll All Sing Along

Michelle Citrin

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Manhattan Theater

Arts & Performance, How-To, Interactive

Michelle invites educators, lay leaders, camp counselors, singers and musicians to come learn techniques, methods and practical tips to help everyone become a better songleader. From t'filah (prayer) to shira (song), Michelle will help you hone in on your songleading skills. Bring along your enthusiasm, voices, instruments and a song to share.

Transportation of Holocaust Survivors to the Emerging State of Israel

A DVD and Slide Presentation

Martin Silver

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Hudson III

Global History & Culture, Israel

In this session, Martin Silver, an American who has been to Israel more than 55 times since 1948, will share his historical perspective on the story of Holocaust survivors coming to Israel and on the role that these new Israeli citizens played in the early development of the State of Israel.

Why the Rabbis Threw Out the Book of Joshua

David Elcott

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Orange

Text & Thought

The symmetry is too perfect to be coincidence: Moses and Joshua both meet angels with their shoes off; the Israelites cross the Red Sea and the Jordan River. Yet when the Bible as we know it was finalized, Joshua was not included in the Torah. We will explore the parallels and then try to explain why the Rabbis chose to exclude entry into the land of Israel as the Torah’s culmination.

Write On! Creative Experiential Writing for All Ages

Aliya Cheskis-Cotel

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Outside library

Arts & Performance, Interactive, Text & Thought

Travel through the holiday cycle with creative writing to experience history with selected exercises from the presenter's book. Write Ha Lachma Anya (the traditional start to the Passover seder, which means "this is the bread of affliction") from the perspective of a foodless child. Write a Tu B'Shevat (new year for trees) piece as if you were a tree about to be destroyed. Write a report of a resistance fighter in the Maccabee caves. Renew creative learning energy for all ages, making Jewish history come alive!

The Yiddish Bakers’ Union is My Eternal Monument

Culinary Resistance to Mortality in Jewish Practice

Eve Jochnowitz

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • 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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