2010 Conference
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Shabbat at Limmud NY


Sunday 4:00 PM–5:15 PM

The 188th Crybaby Brigade

A Year in the Israeli Army

Joel Chasnoff

Sunday 4:00 PM–5:15 PM Manhattan Theater

Book Club, Israel

An entertaining and interactive talk about Joel Chasnoff's year in the IDF, complete with pictures and video clips. He will discuss the challenges of being a 24-year-old American in a platoon of 18-year-old Israelis. He will also talk about how today's IDF soldiers differ from those of previous generations, and the implications of this difference for Israel's future.

2010 Chavruta Project: One People

Limmud NY Chavruta Project Team, Hannah Kaye, Karen Radkowsky

Sunday 4:00 PM–5:15 PM Hudson I

College/University Student Recommended, Text & Thought

Chavruta means "partnership" and involves two people with similar levels of ability and knowledge exploring texts together. We will examine ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics, and more—all centered on the theme of peoplehood. Everyone is welcome, whether you have studied texts before or not. Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Bring a study partner, or we’ll find one for you.

Angels in America—The Story of the Malachim

A Break-Away Movement from Chabad Lubavitch

David Kalb

Sunday 4:00 PM–5:15 PM Ballroom C

Text & Thought

In this session, we will examine the story of the Malach, Rabbi Chaim Avraham Dov Ber Levine HaCohen, who led a break-away movement from Chabad Lubavitch in the early 1900s. What were the issues? What were the ramifications? What can we learn from the story of the Malach about the issues of messianism and Rebbe-worship in Chabad today?

Avodah She'ba'lev

Tilling the Heart Field

David Ingber

Canceled, sorry

Spirituality & Mindfulness

Avodah she'ba'lev means service of the heart. Meditation and contemplation are ancient practices that have had a renaissance in the last decades. Jewish meditation too has become an important tool for spiritual awakening. We will explore the territory various schools of Jewish meditation offer, from the Talmud and Abulafia, the Baal Shem Tov, and the contemporary Buddhist-flavored approach. This session will explore how meditation works, how it was practiced, and how we can practice today. This session will offer a 20-minute silent practice—so be prepared to practice and please dress comfortably.

Billy Jonas Family Concert I

Billy Jonas

Sunday 4:45 PM–5:45 PM Bentley's

Arts & Performance, Children & Families

Come prepared to participate! You will be the orchestra, as Billy sings, strums, and percusses on his “industrial re-percussion” instruments made from found, foraged, and recycled objects. Truly an all-ages concert, with a focus on including the young folks present. This session will be held just after camp ends on Sunday. Parents are encouraged to pick up their kids from camp and take them to the concert. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Conversion in Jewish Law and Lore

Stephen Lerner

Canceled, sorry

Text & Thought

Frequently one hears the notion that Judaism does not seek converts and has not welcomed them. Is this the position of our tradition? How did the sages view conversion and converts? We will look at relevant selections from the Talmud, Midrash and Shulhan Arukh.

Egalitarian Service: Minchah/Ma'ariv

Evening Service Led by Men and Women

Sunday 4:00 PM–5:15 PM Dutchess

Ritual & Prayer

Join Yeshivat Hadar faculty and students in a participatory evening service. The traditional egalitarian service features spirited singing of the traditional liturgy with leadership and participation by both men and women. Note: No amplification or musical instruments will be used in this service. There will be mixed gender seating.

Football Game: Jews for the Jets

Sunday 4:00 PM–6:00 PM Limmud NY Cafe

Freedom to Love: The Song of Songs in Biblical, Rabbinic, Mystical, and Modern Perspectives III

Session 3: The Song of Songs in the Medieval Jewish Mystical Tradition

Jonah Chanan Steinberg

Sunday 4:00 PM–5:15 PM Orange

Text & Thought

Once the allegorical reading of the Song of Songs in classical rabbinic sources was widely accepted by rabbinic interpreters as the meaning of the book, passion, sensuality, and even eroticism emerged anew in the interpretation of the Song of Songs by Jewish mystics. We explore the theme of spiritual passion as inspired by the Song of Songs, and we also consider the ways in which such mystical experience relates to the world of physicality and to actual relationships of male and female. Take this one session or the whole series.

Kabbalah Yoga

Gabrielle Casper, Jeff Casper

Sunday 4:00 PM–5:15 PM Aerobics Room

Movement, Spirituality & Mindfulness, Text & Thought

Kabbalah and Yoga share similar insights into the nature of reality and how best to attune oneself with the flow of Life. In these sessions, we will combine simple yoga asanas with essential breath work, Kabbalistic chants and meditations. We will also focus on “sutras” from the core Kabbalistic texts in order to deepen the unifying effect of the practice in our bodies, minds and hearts.

Kol Limmud: The Limmud NY 2010 Instant Choir

Putting it all together for Limmud NY's Sunday Night Variety Show

Benjamin Gruder

Sunday 4:00 PM–5:15 PM Exhibit Hall

Arts & Performance, How-To

Sunday's session pulls it all together for Kol Limmud's performance at Limmud NY Sunday Night Variety Show. Building on the music covered in the Shabbat learning sessions, we will polish things up, unleash the ruach, and incorporate some props and moves to amaze and delight your fellow Limmudnyks.

Mechitza Service: Minchah/Ma'ariv

Afternoon Service Led by Men

Sunday 4:00 PM–5:15 PM Columbia

Ritual & Prayer

The traditional minyan (prayer group) with mechitzah (divider) will provide a prayer service with a traditional liturgy, with services led by men, and women and men praying together in a traditional and spirited environment. (Seating is separate by gender.)

Responding to the Earthquake in Haiti

Jewish Perspectives and What We Can Do

Lisa Exler, Rebecca Stone

Sunday 4:00 PM–5:15 PM The View

On Tuesday, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake, which has left thousands dead and the Haitian population of approximately three million people in need of relief. This session will be an opportunity to mark this tragedy as a Limmud NY community, explore our Jewish obligation to respond to humanitarian crises and learn about the efforts currently underway to provide support to those affected by the disaster.

Why Be Jewish? Or, Why Is It an Honor to be Jewish?

Mark Golub, Mark Pearlman

Sunday 4:00 PM–5:15 PM Hudson III

Identity & Responsibility, Interactive, Spirituality & Mindfulness

Why does being Jewish matter? Why bother? Share your personal story in a professionally lead open forum discussing personal connections with Judaism. The session features: 1. Rough-cut film excerpts from "I’m a Jew," showcasing everyday Jews revealing why being Jewish is important. To view a sample of videos, please visit the "I’m a Jew" video series. 2.A town meeting moderated by TV host Mark Golub, during which participants may freely discuss the question, “Why be Jewish,” and explain why Judaism is important on a personal level. Please note: this session may be filmed.


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