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Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM

Challah Braiding and Baking

Fun for Families and Children

Tina Wasserman

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Ballroom C

Children & Families

The history and tradition of braiding challah will be discussed while kids braid a real challah to be baked and eaten later on!

The (Ideal) Future for Jewish Education

Community, Technology, and Spirit

David Ingber, Saul Kaiserman, Ari Wallach

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Bentley's

Identity & Global Culture

Join us as a leading Jewish educator, innovative thought-leader, and rabbi of a fast-growing start-up temple—all of whom are parents—discuss the kind of education they dream about for their own families as well as for the Jewish community at large. As a workshop, panelists will share their visions for the future and their concerns about getting there—and then, all assembled will help construct, ideate, challenge, and/or debate what an ideal Jewish education could and should be in the future.

The Bible Players- Torah Comedy & Improv Show!

Andrew Davies, Aaron Friedman

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM The View

Arts & Performance, Children & Families

The Torah was never this much fun, funny AND educational! The Bible Players weave morals like Shalom Bayit (peace in the home) and (avoiding) Lashon Ha-Ra (negative speech) into interactive, hilarious scenes from the entire Tanakh! Plus, they play Improv Comedy games with kids (and adults!) that leave everyone laughing and learning! Moses & the Burning Bush! Bala'am & the Donkey! David & Abigail! See clips at www.TheBiblePlayers.com.

Carrying the Light

Jonathan Wittenberg

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Dutchess

Identity & Global Culture

'A thoroughly inspiring documentary following Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and his dog, Mitzpah, when they took to the road in October 2010 walking over 250 miles from Frankfurt to Hook van Holland on a very personal journey.' Judy Ironside The purpose of the walk was to bring a flame from the Eternal Lamp in Frankfurt's Westend-Synagogue where Wittenberg's grandfather was rabbi until 1939, to light the new Ner tammid (eternal flame) in the presenter's congregation's new building. Followed by discussion.

Color War In the Catskills

I had the Time of my Life....

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Exhibit Hall

Social and Communal

Remember color war at camp? Did you love it? Come to the LimmudNY's version, and revisit the inner child/camper in you. Great athletic skills are not required- just an open mind and great team spirit! Wear sneakers and be ready to laugh! Join us in the exhibition hall for relay races (three legs anyone?), team songs, tug of war and more!

George Washington's Letter to the Touro Synagogue

Presented by The Forward

Paul Berger

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Empire Lounge

Jewish History

Reporter Paul Berger revealed in the Forward this past summer that one of the most important documents concerning religious liberty in America — George Washington's celebrated 1790 letter to the Jews of Newport, RI — has been locked away in a storage facility for almost a decade. Paul will explain how the letter was separated from the Newport congregation, how it fell into the hands of a New York philanthropist, and about the present-day struggle for the letter between the philanthropist's heirs and institutions such as the Library of Congress and the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Greed: Is It Good?

Lori Koffman

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Columbia

Sacred Text & Thought

Gordon Gekko, in the movie "Wall Street," famously stated that “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works … .” Come and see what the Jewish tradition might have to say about Gordon Gekko’s words.

Israel: Broadening the Conversation

Ido Aharoni

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Manhattan Theater

Israel

Historically, Israel successfully positioned itself as an integral and critical component of the intense and never-ending geo-political conversation about the Middle East. New groundbreaking research points to the fact that the traditional conversation has failed to produce real and concrete dividends for Israel. Now, there is a new narrative about Israel that is far more relevant to younger audiences. This session will discuss the emerging new conversation about Israel, its impact on Israel’s performance, and its relevance to Jewish life in America. During the session, fresh data about Israel’s image in the USA will be presented.

My Big Fat Glatt Kosher Gay Jewish Wedding

Claudia Kreiman, Amichai Lau-Lavie

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Ulster

Identity & Global Culture, Spiritual Practice

With New York as the newest state to legalize LGBT weddings, the Jewish community is faced with a growing creative challenge: creating wedding rituals that celebrate same sex couples and exist within normative and halachic (jewish legal) frameworks. How different or similar to the heterosexual model can these new rituals be? What is at stake? What are some successful models? Join Claudia Kreiman, Amichai Lau-Lavie, and guest teachers to grapple with these questions at an interactive study session focusing on core texts and sample ketubot (marriage contracts).

Put On A Happy Face!

Creating Positive, Healthy Home/School Environments

David Lazerson

Canceled, sorry

Arts & Performance

Learn several techniques to build healthy, positive-oriented classrooms and home environments. Good teachers often make and/or become good, effective parents. And the reverse is also true. What are the important, shared ingredients between these two demanding occupations? And, how can we incorporate them into our daily lives to positively impact our children, families, and students? Sub-topics include strategies for motivation, management, and moving from frowns to smiles.

Sacred Text or Fairytale?

Those Hard-to-Swallow Midrashim

Simi Peters

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Bentley's fireside

Sacred Text & Thought, Spiritual Practice

Noah, Elijah and the Talking Raven — Genesis Rabbah, an ancient rabbinical homiletic interpretation of Genesis, describes a conversation between Noah and a raven in the aftermath of the Flood. Why did the Rabbis tell stories of this kind and what do they mean? To answer these questions, we will analyze this midrash (commentary) and its relationship to the biblical text and rabbinic thought.

The Making Of Pioneers For A Cure

A Model for Artist Driven Philanthropy

Greg Wall

Sunday 2:30 PM–3:45 PM Orange

Arts & Performance, Social Justice

Join producer Greg Wall as he tells the story in words, music and images of the making of Pioneers For A Cure's Postcard Project, which brings new life to the songs that built Israel, with brilliant new recordings by today's top Jewish artists, in the name of saving existing lives.

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