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Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM

Sunday Breakfast

Sunday 7:30 AM–9:30 AM Ballrooms A, B

Sit with someone new! Breakfast is a great time to meet new people at Limmud NY!

Healing in 7 days *FAMILY SESSION*

Elizabeth Yaari

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:30 AM Sullivan

Children & Families

Using biblical text, Bibliodrama, shadow theater, paper tearing and drumming we will explore the process of healing during the times of the desert wanderings of the children of Israel.

"Love Thy Neighbor" Jewish Tai Chi

Andrew Hahn

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Bentley's

Spiritual Practice

It is a k'lal gadol (a great principle) of the Torah: to love our neighbors as ourselves. But is it always so easy, given the stress and traffic of day-to-day life? Utilizing gentle, easy movements and breathing exercises, we will learn concrete, repeatable tools to practice maintaining big love—especially while walking down crowded streets or driving on busy freeways. The session includes a brief text study in accord with the theme, and is done standing or sitting on chairs. This session is not suitable for children.

Earth is a Verb: Eco-consciousness & Spirituality

How We Align Our Values and Our Practices

Sarah Chandler, Adam Sher

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM The View

Social Justice, Spiritual Practice

This workshop & text study will give you tools to raise awareness of your level of eco-consciousness, examining how it affects you and helping you understand the benefits of the spiritual dimensions of eco-consciousness. Specifically, we will explore how it improves other aspects of our lives, and how to approach it in an empowered rather than overwhelmed way.

Googling God

How the Internet influences our image of God

Michael Weis

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Dutchess

Identity & Global Culture

Our culture regularly bombards us with images of God whether we know it or not. In this session we'll examine some of the most common images of God in our culture using the world's most popular and powerful Internet search engine: Google. We'll put together a "profile" of God and discuss ways in which we may alter that "profile" to enhance our personal relationship with the Holy.

The Israel Independence Day Controversy

Yom Ha'atzmaut in a Pluralistic Rabbinical School

Ebn Leader

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Hudson III

Israel, Spiritual Practice

Students and faculty of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School engaged in a year-long process to enable this politically diverse Jewish community to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day together. Echoes of the resulting celebration led Daniel Gordis to write that he fears for the future of the Jewish people, which sparked a controversy online and in the press. What really happened? What was the process? What might other Jewish communities committed to unity and diversity learn from our process?

The Life and Times of Damesek Eliezer

Judaism

Isaac Shalev

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Ulster

Identity & Global Culture, Sacred Text & Thought

Eliezer. A mighty warrior who led Abraham's men against four kings. A sage counselor who stood to inherit Abraham's temporal and spiritual kingdoms. A man who entered Gan Eden alive. Eliezer. Abraham's slave. A man Abraham describes as cursed and untouchable. The king of one of Israel's oldest foes. Explore the diverse Midrashic stories and interpretations about Eliezer, and learn how Storahtelling's Mavens craft memorable characters out of this tapestry of interpretive possibilities.

Limmud Chavruta: Ruach (Air)

Karen Radkowsky

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Empire Lounge corner

Sacred Text & Thought

In this interactive session, we will explore the spirit of God, levels of the soul, breath of life, whirlwinds and the still small voice. Ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics and more will be used. Everyone is welcome, whether you have studied Jewish texts before or not, and knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Part of the new Limmud Chavruta Series: ‘Elements.’ Come to one session; or even better, come to all four!

Making Peace with Your Future

The Challenge of the Work-Life Balance

William Berkson

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Hudson II

Identity & Global Culture, Spiritual Practice

Aside from love and family, our careers have the biggest impact on our emotions and happiness. Jewish tradition contains some healthy values to manage the stresses of school and work. We need new ideas to link them to today’s world. Come learn about how Jewish values can be combined with new insights to help us achieve both career success and peace of mind.

Organ Donation: Can We? Should We?

A Jewish Approach to Organ Donation

Melissa Meyers

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Orange

Social and Communal, Social Justice

Organ donation rates among Jews have traditionally been lower than counterparts from other religious and cultural groups. Community educational efforts over the past two decades have addressed many concerns raised by the Jewish community yet donation rates remain low. Join us in exploring the roots of the issue, current strategies to improve donation rates, and novel programming that allows living organ donation to those in need of life-saving treatment. Be a part of pikuach nefesh (saving a life)!

Shalva Yoga

Sara Shalva

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Bentley's fireside

Sacred Text & Thought, Spiritual Practice

Torah is the wisdom and tradition of the Jewish people. Yoga is focused breath, movement and meditation. Shalva yoga is a one hour experience that includes meditation, stretching, text study, and traditional yoga postures.

Torah from the Mountain, Torah from the Well

Sam Feinsmith

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Columbia

Sacred Text & Thought, Spiritual Practice

What does it mean to really receive the Torah? From where does it emerge? Classical Jewish texts present us with two complimentary yet sometimes conflicting models — Torah from the Mountain, Torah from the well; the Torah of Moses and the Torah of the Patriarchs. Both models will be used to explore our own relationship with the manifold nature of Divine wisdom, and to illuminate the nature of our quest to harmonize our textual tradition with our personal intuition.

We Sing Shabbat, but Can You Dance Shabbat?

Dances of Shabbat a la the Great Israeli Choreographers

Aliya Cheskis-Cotel

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Manhattan Theater

Arts & Performance, Shabbat

Shabbat is both energetic and restful. The great Israeli dance choreographies of Shabbat are both expressive and fun! Come kick up your heels and dance rhythmic, simple, and fun folk dances to Shabbat liturgy and Hallel (Psalms of Praise). Guaranteed to get adults and children on their feet with enthusiasm. Use for teaching or for pure enjoyment!

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