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Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM

Anti-Fascist Sing Along!

Stickin' it to the man, set to music

Avi Fox-Rosen

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Hudson I

Arts & Performance, Interactive

Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King for advocating for equality! We celebrate with an Anti-Fascist Sing Along. We sing songs celebrating freedom, and stickin' it to the man. Sing of the American Civil Rights movement, Yiddish Bundists, World War II Partisans, early Zionists, U.S. pop, and revolutionaries. Tongue will at times be firmly planted in cheek. At other times, we will remove from cheek.

Can Orthodox Women Be Rabbis?

Sara Hurwitz

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM The View

Identity & Responsibility

Does the job of a rabbi preclude women from being religious leaders in the Orthodox community? What title should female Orthodox spiritual leaders be given? What are, if any, the halakhic (legal) barriers that would limit women from functioning as rabbis?

Community Tree: Shorashim (Roots)

Rooting Around (Three and Four Year Olds)

Ellen Alt

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:00 PM Sullivan

Children & Families, Interactive

Children ages 3–4 will make the roots of the community tree using pipe cleaners and other sculptural elements.

CONVICTION - a play about the Spanish Inquisition

Award Winning Israeli Play opening Off Broadway

Ami Dayan

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:50 PM Manhattan Theater

Arts & Performance, Global History & Culture

Conviction is an award-winning Israeli play based on a true story of the Spanish-Inquisition. It played for 5 years at Habimah (National theatre of Israel) and will have its Off Broadway debut in February 2010 at the esteemed 59E59 Theaters. In Franco’s Spain, an Israeli scholar is caught stealing a confidential Inquisition file. An interrogation follows, reviving the 15th Century story of a Catholic priest whose faith is tested when he finds himself in love with a Jewish woman.

From Memory to History—and Back Again

On Making Meaning of the Jewish Past

Yehuda Kurtzer

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Dutchess

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

It is argued that whereas Jews used to interpret their past through the lens of collective memory, modernity rejected this mode in favor of the more scientific historical method. Modern Jews seem to be questioning this turn. Is a rejection of collective memory necessary? Is it useful in constructing Jewish identity? Using texts and contemporary examples, we ask: What is the future of the past?

God, Gender, and I: A Prose Reading

Joy Ladin

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Columbia

Arts & Performance, Identity & Responsibility

Transsexuals often have a very intense relationship with God. God, who created our gender suffering, is also the only one who truly knows us, and the only who can set us free. This reading will offer some of the stories of my relationship with God, and hopefully open up questions that resonate beyond my peculiar circumstances. Question-and-answer session and discussion will follow.

Hate the Rabbinate?

Avram Sand

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Ballroom C

Text & Thought

In Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Fathers), Shemaya taught that one should "hate the rabbinate." This session will review selected texts and personalities from the rabbinic canon in order to better appreciate those rare voices that are ambivalent about the existence of a Rabbinic class. We will also discuss the contemporary implications of these voices in an increasingly lay-led Jewish world.

The Intermarriage Diaries

Julie Wiener

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Orange

Identity & Responsibility

Julie will share what she has learned from her 16 years in an interfaith relationship and from almost four years of writing "In the Mix," a controversial column that appears monthly in "The New York Jewish Week."

My Father's Compass

Howard Goldenberg

Canceled, sorry

Howard Goldenberg’s memoir, My Father’s Compass (Hybrid Publishers, 2007), is a moving tribute to his father Myer, who was a rare combination of dinkum Aussie and devout Jew. In this session, the author will use his magical story-telling skills to record and celebrate the long and fruitful life of a man with too many roles: healing the sick, growing olives, sailing the seas, harvesting foreskins, serving synagogues and raising his brood of difficult children.

Neither Are You Free To Desist From It

Adventures in Tikkun Olam

Lisa Alcalay Klug

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Limmud NY Cafe

Identity & Responsibility, Interactive

Explore what the world needs now, and what you can do to make a difference. Participate in a spirited discussion and a deeply personal and private exercise that build on the themes of social justice and Jewish values, as highlighted in "Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe." An added bonus: you will receive a surprise from the universe months after Limmud NY!

“New” Kabbalistic Poetry

A Lost Text of Lekha Dodi

Elie Kaunfer

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Ulster

Ritual & Prayer, Text & Thought

Lekha Dodi is the high point of the Kabbalistic (Jewish mystical) Friday night service, Kabbalat Shabbat. But the version we sing is only one of many drafts of the poem known to kabbalists. Come discover an earlier version of the poem, and explore the deeper kabbalistic meanings encoded in these texts.

Pastoral counseling with rabbis

What works, what doesn't work, and how to make it better

Michelle Friedman

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Empire Lounge

In this session we will first look at the difference between consultation with a mental health professional and a rabbi. We will then discuss what people look for in seeking counseling with a rabbi and then explore the counterpart - what goes on from the clergy point of view. I will discuss my program at YCT Rabbinical School and what I have learned from students in the yeshiva and from rabbis in the field. I hope that people attending this session will share their own experiences and perspectives.

A Seder in Winter?!

Experiential Tu BiShvat Seder from JNF

Nina Woldin

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:30 PM Bentley's

Children & Families, Interactive

Celebrate the rebirth of nature and the rebirth of our homeland, Israel with an interactive Tu BiShvat seder, which is a celebration of the New Year of the Trees. Play games, blow bubbles, solve riddles, write poetry, sing, dance, and plant seeds of thought.

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