2010 Conference
Site and Transportation
Shabbat at Limmud NY


Sunday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM


Sunday 5:30 PM–7:30 PM Ballroom A

Dinner is served! It's the last night of Limmud NY so sit down and enjoy dinner with your new Limmud NY friends.

300 Ways to Enhance the Seder

Fun and Educational Tools to Spice Up Your Seder

Murray Spiegel

Sunday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Orange

How-To, Ritual & Prayer

Obtain tools for novel and educational seders! Musical parodies, themed seders, other traditions, foreign chants, and fun "Four Questions" activities will be discussed and taught during this session. Fascinating and funny stories from "300 Ways to Ask the Four Questions" will be told, as well as cultural nuggets from other lands, exotic Jewish languages, and connections to the world at large. Some memorable seders: our house was a Bedouin tent; a jumbo jet taking the Israelites out of Egypt; an ancient Egyptian tomb and more. Learn why we were featured in The New York Times and on PBS!

An Angel on My Right: Can It Be?

Adin Steinsaltz

Sunday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Columbia

Ritual & Prayer, Text & Thought

“In the name of the Lord, God of Israel: May Michael be at my right, Gabriel at my left, Uriel before me, and Raphael behind me; and above my head the Presence of God.” These words recited in the final moments before sleep proclaim a belief in angelic intermediaries to God. Join Adin Steinsaltz as he delves into this powerful passage and its meaning and relevance to our lives.

"As Seen Through These Eyes"

A Film Screening

Sunday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Dutchess

College/University Student Recommended, Film, Global History & Culture, High School, Identity & Responsibility

Narrated by Maya Angelou, this feature documentary tells the story of a brave group of people who fought against Hitler and his reign of destruction by using the only weapon they had—the expression of the human spirit.

Dinner With Jack

Jack Polak on the Importance of Anne Frank

Jack Polak

Sunday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Ballrooms A, B

Children & Families, High School, Identity & Responsibility

Dutch Jewish Holocaust survivor Jack Polak is chairman emeritus of the Anne Frank Center in New York City where he speaks to children of all ages. He estimates that he has spoken with 300,000 children. Jack will speak about Anne Frank’s diary and why it is important for Jews and non-Jews alike; about righteous gentiles during the Holocaust; and, about issues of tolerance. He will also talk about the Anne Frank Center in New York City and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

Family Pool Time

Sunday 5:30 PM–6:15 PM Pool

Children & Families

Come join other families for a relaxing family-and-children swim time with a lifeguard. IMPORTANT NOTE: Children under 13 may not be at the pool unless they have a parent or designated adult present. No exceptions—the parent or designated adult must be present even during lifeguard times. Children between 13 and 18 must have a parent or designated adult present only during times when no lifeguard is at the pool.

Jewish Law—Its Process and Development

Parrt II: May I drink the bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux?

Nahum Twersky

Sunday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM The View

Advanced, Text & Thought

Have you ever been to the Baron Herzog winery and then gone on to another Napa Valley winery? Is there really a difference between the process in producing each wine? If not, what makes wine kosher? Join us in studying the origins of this restriction from talmudic times to twentieth century rabbinic research.

The Jews of China and Japan

Pepper, Silk, and Ivory

Marvin Tokayer

Sunday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Ulster

Global History & Culture, Interactive

I will introduce the unknown Jewish experience in China and Japan, including the discovery of Chinese Jews, and the role of Jews in modern Japan. Come get to know your breathren from the Far East.

Reflections on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Lessons I Learned About Them from Making a Machzor (High Holiday Prayerbook)

Joseph Rosenstein

Sunday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Empire Lounge

Ritual & Prayer, Spirituality & Mindfulness

During the past three years, Joseph Rosenstein has prepared materials for a new High Holiday Prayerbook that will be available this summer. Machzor Eit Ratzon (The Right Time for Prayer), like the previously published Siddur Eit Ratzon, is in many ways unconventional, although it does contain the traditional liturgy. Joseph will share some of the lessons that he learned about the liturgy and practices of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and discuss how these lessons are reflected in this new machzor and how they may be reflected in our practices.

Revealed and Concealed: The Silence in Our Narrative

The Presence of the Silent, Absent, Empty, and Lost

Joe Septimus

Sunday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Manhattan Theater

Spirituality & Mindfulness, Text & Thought

Our personal and classical narratives, the stories of our lives, possess more than we are willing or able to show or speak. We will explore the presence of silence, absence, the hidden, emptiness and loss in Torah, Talmud, Kabbalah (mysticism), psychotherapy, art, architecture, education, and business. We will use Talmud, siddur (prayer book), painting, photography, narrative, and audited financial statements as text.

Seven Generations

Avishai Mekonen

Sunday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Hudson III

Identity & Responsibility

Seven Generations explores the assimilation of the Jewish Ethiopian population in Israel and the loss of traditions integral to their identity. At the crux of the project is the ancient tradition of counting, in which the elders of the community name seven generations of an individual’s ancestors. Because the elders are dying, the counting tradition is being lost. The session will include a Power Point presentation, discussion, and a question-and-answer opportunity with Avishai.

Understanding the West Bank

Josh Nason

Sunday 5:30 PM–6:30 PM The View lobby

College/University Student Recommended, High School, Israel

Jewish settlements in the West Bank have become a major focus this year. This session explores the history of Jewish life in Judea/Samaria (the West Bank), looks at some of the legal arguments for Jewish settlements in the area and evaluates some of the important geographic, demographic and security issues in this area. This session is primarily meant for High School and College students.


Sunday 5:30 PM–6:45 PM Hudson I



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