2012 Conference
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Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM

Sunday Lunch

Sunday 12:00 PM–2:00 PM Ballrooms A, B

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

Shalom Kids Yoga (SKY) Tools for Torah and Hebrew

For Parents, Early Childhood & Elementary Teachers

Jory Stillman

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Bentley's fireside

Children & Families, Spiritual Practice

Learn yoga-based postures, sequences and activities designed for the home, Early Childhood and Elementary Jewish classroom. All trainings are participatory and teach the parent or Jewish educator to incorporate yoga, breath, visualization and games into the Jewish home or classroom.

Al Regel Achat

Judaism on One Foot, Your most Pressing Questions about Jewish Life Answered

Dasee Berkowitz, Roni Handler, David Ingber, Lori Koffman

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Empire Lounge

Identity & Global Culture, Sacred Text & Thought, Spiritual Practice

While they might not literally be standing on one foot, this great group of Rabbis will follow in the line of Rabbi Hillel who shared the essence of Torah to an inquisitive pupil “on one foot” (that is, briefly). Here’s your chance to ask any pressing question you have about Jewish life from the ordinary to the extraordinary and our distinguished panel will offer up some thoughtful answers.

Be a Drisha Arts Fellow for an Hour!

Create Song/Poetry through Aggadic Exegesis

Lori Leifer

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Ballroom C

Arts & Performance

Participants will decipher various aggadic stories and explore potential meaning behind the mysterious tales. Verses, choruses, and phrases will be created individually or in pairs and put together to form a collective song/poem. Also, for entertainment and inspiration, attendees will have the opportunity to see a live performance of songs created in previous Drisha arts fellowships.

Cain and Abel

Sibling Rivalry and the Human Condition

Shira Hecht-Koller

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Hudson I

Identity & Global Culture, Sacred Text & Thought

We will discuss the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4 and its connection to the human condition. The session will include a close textual analysis of the biblical text, interpretations from antiquity to contemporary scholars, as well as a review of the different views on the key questions raised by the story: Was Cain inherently bad? Why did God not accept Cain’s sacrifice? What was the nature of the conflict between the brothers? What does the story have to teach us about competition and human nature?

Hip Hop Kaballah: The Calendar in Verse

A Journey through the Jewish Year in Poetry/Rap

Daniel Silverstein

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Bentley's

Arts & Performance, Sacred Text & Thought

Daniel's inspiring a capella poetry brings to life the spiritual and psychological journey of the Hebrew calendar, and shows it for what it is: a dramatic roller-coaster ride through the constant process of change. Come and share the spiralling story of a year condensed into less than an hour as the presenter delivers a series of raps and poems inspired by Kabbalah that evokes the personal, tribal, human and universal lessons gifted to us by our relationship with time.

Israel and Her Neighbors

Ido Aharoni

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Manhattan Theater


This session will explore Israel's quest for peace, in the face of raging regional changes, from the perspective of a 20-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service. As a former negotiator in the peace process with the Palestinians, Ido Aharoni will provide an insider's view of the current geo-political map. He will address the implications of the current wave of social-political-economic unrest and its dramatic impact on the entire Arab world.

Jerusalem Unfiltered

Liz Nord

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Dutchess

Arts & Performance, Israel

Meet some of the young movers and shakers involved in Jerusalem’s burgeoning cultural renaissance through first-hand tales and exclusive videos created by filmmaker Liz Nord, who has been documenting the phenomenon for the past two years. Learn about the innovative ways that Jerusalemite artists, activists, and entrepreneurs are keeping the city vibrant in tough economic times.

Jewish Film Festival Favorites

Strangers No More

Elliot Fix

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Orange

Arts & Performance, Identity & Global Culture

This Academy Award-winning documentary is about the lives of immigrant children in an exceptional school in Tel Aviv.

Meet the Maven

Amichai Lau-Lavie

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Ulster

Arts & Performance, Sacred Text & Thought

In Meet the Maven, learners will be exposed to the oldest Jewish educational methodology and its exciting application for modern times. This interactive study session features an exploration of Talmudic, rabbinic and legal sources tracing the history of the tradition of live oral biblical translation.

Meetings on the Road from Frankfurt

Jonathan Wittenberg

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Columbia

Identity & Global Culture

Walking from his grandfather’s former synagogue in Frankfurt back to his own community in London, the presenter encountered many figures, contemporary and historical: the family of Adam von Trott, killed by the Nazis after the July plot; Karl Immer, who read the Ten Commandments in Hebrew in his church after Kristallnacht; the children of hidden children in Holland; the spirit of Heinrich Heine, Franz Rosenzweig…What have these encounters meant to the presenter, and what might they mean for us?

The Tablets of the Law in the Spirit of the Outlaw:

Subversion in the Early Life of Moses

Jonathan Rosenblatt

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM The View

Sacred Text & Thought, Social Justice

A textual exploration of the antinomian (faith-driven) elements in the formative experience of Israel’s greatest lawgiver.


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