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Friday 10:15 PM–11:30 PM

Interfaith Meet Up

Friday 10:15 PM–10:35 PM Statue of Liberty

Social and Communal

Meet fellow interfaith couples who are attending the conference. A chance to socialize, discuss common interests, and explore what Limmud NY has to offer you. Continue on to the Tisch, together as a group.

LGBT Meet Up

Shmooze Space

Friday 10:15 PM–10:35 PM The View

Social and Communal

Meet fellow members of the LGBT community who are attending Limmud NY. A chance to meet new people, socialize and explore common interests. Continue on to the Tisch, together as a group.

Singles Meet Up

Friday 10:15 PM–10:35 PM The View Lobby

Social and Communal

Are you here on your own? Meet other single conference participants, for a chance to socialize, discuss common interests, and explore what Limmud NY can offer you. Form a group and continue on to the Tisch!

Teen Meet Up

Space to Shmooze

Friday 10:15 PM–10:35 PM Limmud NY Cafe

Social and Communal

Here with the family? Come meet other teens. Shmooze, compare experiences, and explore which Limmud NY sessions and activities you're interested in attending together.

Apologies: What Does Judaism Have to Say?

Jewish Food for Thought: The Animated Series

Hanan Harchol

Friday 10:15 PM–11:30 PM Ulster

Arts & Performance, Sacred Text & Thought

When is the last time you genuinely apologized to someone for something you did? What makes an apology worthwhile? What steps do people need to take in order for an apology to be sincere? Do you think Judaism’s ‘opinion’ will agree with yours? Find out in the funny, engaging, and thought-provoking animated short, “Repair,” part of the innovative new animated series on Jewish wisdom: “Jewish Food For Thought.” Hanan Harchol, creator of the series, will discuss the impetus behind this exciting project and the tremendous impact it is having across the country and beyond. Come to one session in the series; or even better, come to all three! Note: this session will include the use of audio-visual equipment. (This session was made possible by funds from The Covenant Foundation.)

Friday Night Tisch!

A Table of Shabbat Singing and Storytelling

David Ingber, Claudia Kreiman, Shmuel Skaist

Friday 10:15 PM–11:30 PM Ballroom C


Tisch (Yiddish for table) is the Hasidic custom of gathering around a table to share songs, words, and drinks. Come with your whole self and be moved into the full Shabbat experience with your fellow brothers and sisters. Note: Alcohol will be available at the Tisch (only for participants who are 21 years of age and older).

Jewish Mysticism & Indian Mysticism

A Comparison and Conversation

Marianna Shekhtman

Friday 10:15 PM–11:30 PM Orange

Spiritual Practice

What is Mysticism? Explore the Jewish Kaballah movement, Indian mystical traditions, self-realization, and spirituality. Join the presenter to compare spiritual practices from various parts of the world, and discuss the goals of these practices. This will be lecture format followed by a discussion, where participation, questions, and comments are welcome.

Kosher Sex, Kosher Adultery, and the Kosher Sutra

Shmuley Boteach

Friday 10:15 PM–11:30 PM Columbia

Identity & Global Culture, Modern Jewish Literature

Adults only. Come and discuss a revolutionary approach to sex, marriage, and personal relationships, drawing on traditional Jewish wisdom. Based on Rabbi Shmuley’s blockbuster international best-selling books on love, sex, and eroticism, as well as his experience of counseling individuals and couples, we will break down sexual taboos and openly, yet respectfully, discuss the meanings, emotions, and the hidden power of sex.

People of the Book, the Letter, and the Font

William Berkson

Friday 10:15 PM–11:30 PM Dutchess

Arts & Performance, Sacred Text & Thought

According to the Mishnah, God created writing during the twilight before the first Shabbat. The great tradition of letters, carried on by scribes, was transformed by the invention of printing. The latest chapter in the saga of letters has been new styles of type for Israel, and the recent invention of digital type. Come hear about the romance of letters, both roman and Hebrew, from a type designer whose font was recently recognized by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Tzedakah in Law and Lore

Sharon Halper

Friday 10:15 PM–11:30 PM Hudson I

Sacred Text & Thought, Social Justice

In this session we will examine texts related to tzedakah (righteous practice or giving) from the time of the Tanakh (books of Torah, Prophets and Writings) until today. These will range from legal texts to narratives and poetry—each contributing to who we are as a people and how our texts reflect the challenges and opportunities of their time.


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