2010 Conference
Site and Transportation
Shabbat at Limmud NY


Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM


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.

Adin Steinsaltz: An Open Conversation

Moderated by Arthur Kurzweil

Arthur Kurzweil, Adin Steinsaltz

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Dutchess


Adin Steinsaltz is one of the leaders of our generation. Through his network of exceptional schools in Israel, his many programs in the former Soviet Union, his commentary on the Talmud as well as his many books of Kabbalah (mysticism), Jewish thought, practice and life, Steinsaltz is one of the most influential Jewish teachers today. Join Steinsaltz for a moderated question-and-answer session, where he will entertain questions on a wide variety of subjects and topics.

Comix, Judaism and the Mending of the Golden Calf

JT Waldman

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Orange

Arts & Performance, Text & Thought

This workshop will examine the transgressive nature of comix and the unique place of imagination and the visual arts within Jewish history. Using Geoffrey Hartman's article, "On the Jewish Imagination," as a springboard, we will explore the role of creativity within Jewish religion and tradition using examples from contemporary comix.

Community Tree: Alim (Leaves)

Leaf Me Alone (Third through Fifth Graders)

Ellen Alt

Sunday 1:15 PM–2:15 PM Bentley's

Children & Families, Interactive

Children in grades 3–5 will make leaves for the community tree. They will use construction paper, crayons, and paint to create their leaves, and then hang them from the tree.

Find Your Creative Spirit!

An Interactive Journey

Michelle Citrin

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM The View

Arts & Performance, How-To, Interactive

As children, we played with our imagination all the time. Just as children need nurturing for growth, so does our creative spirit! Join singer/songwriter, Michelle Citrin as she leads a workshop to help invite that inner child to come out and play. We will be doing some dramatic warm up exercises, play improvisational games and learn how to tune in to our energy and those around us.

The Fruit Uneaten

Fresh Approaches to the Knowledge of Good and Bad

Anne Lapidus Lerner

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Empire Lounge

College/University Student Recommended, Text & Thought

The terse telling of what happened in the Garden of Eden is more a conundrum than a straightforward description. We will carefully examine the biblical texts focusing on what they say, as well as on what they do not, using both classical rabbinic and modern poetic midrash (commentary) as means to expand our understandings of the story. Traditional readings often vilify the woman as a seductress and death-bringer, but we will explore many different readings of these texts.

Jewish Law

Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going

Mimi Feigelson, Sara Hurwitz, Leon Morris, Ethan Tucker

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.

Russian-Jewish Community in New York: Economy, Politics, and Religion

Sam Kliger

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

Advanced, Identity & Responsibility

This presentation is concentrated on analyzing the current state of the Russian-Jewish immigrant community in New York, with emphasis on its economic achievements, political preferences, and religious attitudes. Results of sociological data from a project conducted by the presenter at American Jewish Committee (AJC) will be presented.

Slumbering Prophets and the Escape from Self

How Jonah Mines & Undermines the Story of Noah

Judy Klitsner

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • 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.

"Steal a Pencil for Me"

A Film Screening, with Question-and-Answer Session

Ina Polak, Jack Polak, Erica Sigmon

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:55 PM Hudson III

College/University Student Recommended, Film

A story of love amidst the horrors of the Holocaust, the film documents Jack and Ina Polak, Dutch Jews from Amsterdam who met in 1943 and were soon thereafter sent to Westerbork, a transit camp in Holland, and Bergen-Belsen. After they were liberated in 1945, Ina and Jack reconnected in Holland where they subsequently married and started a family before emigrating to the US. The film is a story of faith, support and, as Jack often says, luck. A question-and-answer session with the couple will follow the screening.

Ve’heyeh Bracha

Being Blessing, Becoming Blessers

David Ingber

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Ulster

Spirituality & Mindfulness, Text & Thought

The Talmud teaches that all who make 100 blessings every day are assured of life in the world to come, or, in the language of the Zohar (Kabbalist book), the world ‘that is constantly coming, arriving right here, right now.’ Blessings help us arrive in the present moment, opening us to the miraculous mundane. This session will explore the power of having a blessing practice in our everyday lives. We will explore the concept of blessing using texts culled from the Bible, Talmud, Kabbalistic and Chassidic literature. This exploration will then be grounded by the experience of blessing as we chant and meditate, articulating the hidden pattern embedded in each and every blessing we say. Please join us for a journey into the most basic and possibly most transformative of all Jewish practices.

Where Do You Limmud?

A Panel Discussion

Sissy Block, Nadia Oshry, Marla Shainberg, David Stern, David Wilensky

Sunday 1:00 PM–2:15 PM Hudson I

One of the most remarkable things about Limmud is that it is done all over the world and the movement keeps expanding. What is it about Limmud that makes people want to get involved where they live, volunteer to create their own, or travel far from home just to experience it? Come listen to a panel discussion from people connected to Limmud Atlanta-Southeast, Limmud Colorado, Limmud Philadelphia, Limmud NY, Limmud South Africa, and the original Limmud in the UK that got this all started.


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