2010 Conference
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Shabbat at Limmud NY


Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM

Action and Feeling: Rav Soloveitchik

Menachem Schrader

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Columbia

Text & Thought

The session will penetrate the symbiotic relationship between action and feeling in halachah (Jewish law). It will rely heavily on Rav Soloveitchik's halachic and philosophical writings to portray the true Jewish approach to this complicated issue.

Billy Jonas Family Concert II

Billy Jonas

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM 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 for camp. Parents are encouraged to join their children for this session.

Breaking Out - Creating Welcoming Music Worship

Arnie Davidson

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Ulster

Ritual & Prayer, Shabbat

Discover ways to re-think Shabbat worship in your liberal worship community. Arnie has recently formed a music worship community in the Hartford, Connecticut area, bringing in guest musicians and speakers to a continually-evolving music-based worship experience that challenges and excites the spirit and mind in new ways on Shabbat each month.

Eve in the Real World

From Expulsion to Celebration to Eradication

Anne Lapidus Lerner

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Dutchess

Text & Thought

The entrance of the first humans into the world outside Eden brings in its wake, not the end of human life, but its beginning. The apogee of Eve’s trajectory takes place outside the Garden when she births and names Cain. Women’s roles as namers and birthers signify their importance in biblical narratives. Although this first natural birth represents Eve’s crowning achievement, it also heralds her slide from prominence in the biblical text.

I Know You Are in There

Tools for Caring for Patients with Dementia

Kalman Winnick

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Hudson I

Identity & Responsibility

It can be a struggle to feel connected to someone who is unable to communicate with us in the ways to which we are accustomed. This session, led by an experienced hospital/hospice chaplain, will address the frustration and pain of family/caregivers of dementia patients. Those who give care often feel that they have “lost” the ones they love. This session will explore suggestions for how not only to retain a real bond, but perhaps even to connect on new and closer levels than ever before.

Jews of India

The History of Four Communities

Carlos Zarur

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Orange

Global History & Culture, Identity & Responsibility

The amazing world of the Indian Jewry is composed of four different communities, each with different origins, backgrounds, and folklore. We will discuss their origins, customs, and beliefs, how the communities interact each other, and where they are now. Our discussion will include: The Bene Israel, who are part of the lost tribes, and their path to be recognized as full Jews; Paradeshi Jews, a mix of Sephardic Jews, Middle East Jews, and converted slaves; The Black Jews, a faction of the Paradeshi Jews, but older than them in Hindu lands; and, Bagdadi Jews, whose origin is mostly in Iraq, but also traces to Iran, Syria, Yemen, and Turkey.

The Journey from Modern to Progressive Orthodoxy

Shira Ben Sasson-Furstenberg

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Outside library

Identity & Responsibility, Interactive, Israel

An open discussion on our identity, our "red lines" and borders. Which goals do we wish to achieve as an Orthodox community and as individuals? Did you have a hard time choosing a denomination on Limmud NY's registration form? Do you have an opinion about the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem? How about egalitarian tefillah (prayer)? Can Progressive Orthodox Jews from the U.S. and Israel come together to promote shared values? Come share your thoughts and learn from others.

Mechitza Musings

David Stern

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Manhattan Theater

Identity & Responsibility, Interactive, Ritual & Prayer

How does the mechitza (partition or division) and the role of men and women in your Jewish community interact with 21st century cultural and societal norms? Whichever side of the mechitza you sit on, please come and share your thoughts. During this session, the presenter will share research and screen clips from his upcoming documentary film on egalitarian and non-egalitarian Jewish communities.

Movement for Children

Children ages 3-4

Rachel Dor

Monday 9:45 AM–10:15 AM Sullivan

Children & Families, Movement

In this movement workshop, children ages 3 to 4 will crawl, run, jump, skip, gallop, dance and explore through both structured movement activities, dramatic stories and creative expression.

Selected Short Films from Other Israel Film Festivals

A Film Screening

Isaac Zablocki

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Hudson III


Three short films from The Other Israel Film Festival are shown. Founded in 2007, the festival uses film to foster social awareness and cultural understanding. The festival presents dramatic and documentary features and shorts, as well as engaging panels about the history, culture, and identity of Arab citizens of Israel. These Arabs make up twenty percent of Israel’s population and are rarely seen outside the context of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

Taking Back God

American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality

Leora Tanenbaum

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Empire Lounge

Global History & Culture, Identity & Responsibility

In this presentation, Tanenbaum discusses the phenomenon of millions of women in this country—observant Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, evangelical Protestant, and mainline Protestant—who are demanding religious equality. She reviews the ongoing activism in each group. These women love their religion and do not want to abandon it, but they are sick and tired of their second-class status.

Three Akedot: Isaac, Ishmael, and the Children of Job

Judy Klitsner

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM The View

Text & Thought

Before the Akeda, Abraham 'sacrifices' another child, Ishmael. We will compare Genesis 21 and 22, highlighting Abraham's role in the process of relinquishing his children. We will then explore how the book of Job plays on themes from both of these disturbing stories.


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