2012 Conference
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Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM

Beyond Brisket and Bagels

Jewish Culinary History and its Impact on World Cuisine since 1492

Tina Wasserman

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Dutchess

Identity & Global Culture

What makes food Jewish? How do traditional foods served at Jewish celebrations reflect the religious and cultural history of Jewish cooks throughout the world? The recipes are stories and the stories are recipes. Come and explore your own culinary roots.

Creating Intergenerational Experiences

A Workshop on the Difference Between a Program and an Experience

Karina Zilberman

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Bentley's fireside

College/University, Shabbat

There is a huge difference between creating a Jewish program or a class and facilitating a transformative experience. This workshop is for educators, clergy and lay leaders who would like to be in contact with their own creative juices. The workshop will include an interactive musical activity and time for debrief and questions. No teaching experience is required. Recommended for College/University/High School with interest in education.

Creating New Ritual Art

Rachel Kanter

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Lobby left corner

Arts & Performance

What is an “apron tallit'” a “spiritual mikveh,” a “community wimple”? Find the answers as you look at artwork and hear the stories, inspirations, and Jewish sources that help the artist create her work. Participants will be encouraged to roll up their sleeves and begin creating a Limmud NY Community Wimple. No art experience is needed, just an open mind.

Entering The Dark Cloud:

Dealing With Obstacles in Spiritual Practice

David Ingber

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Bentley's

Sacred Text & Thought

This class will work with a stunningly beautiful and relevant teaching from Reb Nachman of Breslov on the nature of obstacles that we encounter in our lives. Reb Nachman offers a counter-intuitive assertion that has great significance if we are to navigate our way through these difficult moments and situations. No prior text knowledge is necessary.

Four Exiles and Four Spiritual Revolutions

From the Ancient Prophets to Modern America

Joel Hoffman

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Empire Lounge

Jewish History, Spiritual Practice

We will take a whirlwind tour of 3,000 years of Judaism, stopping to look at three historical spiritual revolutions and the exiles that led to each, and then examining the final spiritual revolution that is modern Judaism. This is an engaging and uplifting look at how we live our lives today as Jews in the context of all that has come before us.

Greed and Insatiability – Why Enough is Never Enough

Shmuley Boteach

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:00 AM Columbia

Identity & Global Culture, Spiritual Practice

The Western economies are collapsing due to overspending. Greed and material insatiability has crept into the human soul. The focus on objects bringing us happiness is leading to a generation characterized by existential emptiness. Examine the spiritual root of the West’s chronic greed and the story of Adam and Eve to discover what went wrong and why enough never seems enough. Finally, Boteach offers a profound spiritual and practical remedy to lead a more holistic, spiritual and fulfilling life.

Hungary: A Return Home After 60 Years

Jennifer Gersch, Marianna Gersch

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Ulster

Identity & Global Culture, Jewish History

Hear from a first and second generation survivor, a mother and daughter, who recently ventured back to the mother’s birthplace after a 60-year absence. Hear how their different upbringings affected their perspectives, their relationships to Hungary and to the past.

Israeli Folk Dancing: All Levels

Michal Richardson

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Manhattan Theater


A crash course in Israeli folk dancing for all – whether you’re a dance floor veteran or have two left feet. Beginning with the hora, touching on your old summer camp favorites, and culminating in dances set to current popular tunes enjoyed in Israel in the present day, this class will cultivate a repertoire of folk dances from the classic to the contemporary.

The Jewish Body in Art

Marc Michael Epstein

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Orange

Arts & Performance, Sacred Text & Thought

Twin taboos—Jewish reticence regarding a focus on the body, and the apparent prohibition on visual representation—will be discussed and dismantled as we consider the fact that visual culture produced by and for Jews was very much involved with the portrayal of the body. How is the Jewish body represented by Jews and non-Jews? What is the relationship between body, soul and spirit in art and how are these connections reflected back into the culture in complicated and fascinating ways?

Organizing (With Teeth) For Social Change, 101

How to Plan an Effective and Fierce Direct Action

Jake Goodman

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM The View

Social Justice

Emma Goldman. Abraham Joshua Heschel. Andrew Goodman. Bella Abzug. Larry Kramer. Naomi Wolf. Abbie Hoffman. Stuart Appelbaum. YOU? Jewish people have long been at the forefront of almost every social and human rights movement—and now it is your turn. Attend this workshop to learn the basic practical skills of organizing for social change, so that you can organize with confidence, act with impact, and include yourself in this part of our heritage’s proud history.

The Teachings of Gerson D. Cohen

A Grateful Student's Appreciation 20 Years Later

Gordon Tucker

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Hudson I

Jewish History, Sacred Text & Thought

Gerson Cohen was the fifth Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary: a rabbi, historian, elegant Hebraist and theologian. His scholarship had a range that was extraordinary and breathtaking, and although meticulously objective, was always directed toward important issues in Jewish and human life. Now, twenty years after his death, we will revisit the import of some of his scholarly papers and addresses, and examine the still-relevant theological concerns of his later years.

The Words, the Music and the Soul: The Sacred Song of Yossele Rosenblatt

Jonathan Rosenblatt

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Ballroom C

Arts & Performance, Spiritual Practice

An exploration of the work of the greatest Cantor of the Golden Age of Chazzanut, standing at the critical meeting point of tradition and modernity.


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