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Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM

The Art of Micrography: In History and in Practice

Elana Weinberg

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Columbia

Arts & Performance

A uniquely Jewish craft, micrography utilizes minute Hebrew letters to form representational, geometric and abstract designs. What started as doodles developed into extensive and often elaborate works of art. We will explore samples of micrography from the Middle Ages to the present time and then will learn the basics of the craft. This is a hands-on workshop. Each participant will learn how to design & execute a piece of micrography of their own. Come prepared to work! Knowledge of Hebrew is helpful but not essential

The Culinary Interpretation of Haman’s Physical Features and How to Devour Them!

Full Participation/Hands-on Cooking Class

Tina Wasserman

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Sunday 5:45 PM–7:00 PM Ballroom C

Identity & Global Culture, Jewish History

Come and cook some traditional Sephardi and Ashkenazi foods for Purim and find out why we really have prune filling in Hamantashen!

Esther: Revealed and Hidden in Jewish Art

Marc Michael Epstein

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Dutchess

Arts & Performance, Sacred Text & Thought

We all feel we are familiar with the story of Esther. And it is acknowledged that visual culture— from illustrated megillot (scrolls) to creative costuming— is an essential part of the holiday of Purim. But how does Jewish art transform the image of Esther as it appears in Christian art? And how does contemporary ultra-Orthodox art cope with the image of this important woman, so prominent in midrash (commentary) and rabbinic sources? The answers are surprising!

Jeuromancer

Transhumanism and the Dystopian Jewish Future

Daniel Sieradski

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Orange

Identity & Global Culture

Technological disruptions have, in the last decade, upended countless industries – most notably entertainment and news media – leaving business leaders scrambling to preserve their dying models. Could the same be in store for religion as well? Learn how advancements in neuroscience and neurotheology could render Judaism obsolete in the coming future.

Limmud Chavruta: Eish (Fire)

Karen Radkowsky

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Bentley's

Sacred Text & Thought

In this interactive session, we will explore the burning bush, strange fire, God’s miracles and the fire of Torah. 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!

Move Over Willy Wonka, the Jews Were Here First!

The History of Jews and the Chocolate Industry

Tina Wasserman

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Ballroom C

Identity & Global Culture, Jewish History

Come learn about the origins of cocoa processing and the involvement the Portuguese Jews had in developing and refining European chocolate consumption. Plus, you will get a chance to make and eat four different chocolate treats!

The Path of the Maggid

Yitzhak Buxbaum

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Manhattan Theater

Spiritual Practice

When the Jewish people needed an infusion of new life, a great maggid, the Baal Shem Tov, blazed a path to spiritual renewal and inspired others to become maggidim and continue his holy work. Now, in our generation, the maggid’s role of inspirational speaker and storyteller is being revived. Do you want to draw the Jewish people back to their Source? Do you yearn to share your inspiration with others and spread God’s light? Find out if the path of the maggid is for you.

Roaming in the Garden of Delights

Samuel Klein

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Bentley's fireside

Sacred Text & Thought

"Four entered the Pardes—Ben Azzai, Ben Zoma, Acher, and Akiba … " (Babylonian Talmud, Haggigah 14b). Discover multivalent meanings in the powerful allegory of the Pardes through an exploration in Gestalt awareness practice, bodywork technique, and art of movement developed at the Esalen Institute, California.

Sh'ma Yisrael! ("Hear o Israel!")

Hear the Missing Voices in our Most Famous Tales

Isaac Shalev

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Friday 8:45 PM–10:00 PM Hudson II

Arts & Performance, Sacred Text & Thought

Sh'ma - listening - is at the heart of the Jewish experience. But what should we listen to? Use Sotrahtelling's Maven Method to listen to the still, small, hidden and forgotten voices in our most famous texts and stories. We'll learn to find voices that have too often been ignored and bring them to life. Together we'll see how their perspectives can enrich our own experience of the text and its relevance to our contemporary lives and choices.

The Story of Hebrew

3,000 Years of Continuity as Seen through Hebrew

Joel Hoffman

Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Empire Lounge

Jewish History, Sacred Text & Thought

The story of Hebrew mirrors the epic of the continuity of the Jewish people, starting 3,000 years ago when an early experiment in writing led to the first written Hebrew. Then, two dialects were used for the Bible, a third dialect for our liturgy, and after over 1,000 years of not being spoken, a fourth dialect arose in modern Israel. Come learn how Hebrew began, how it has changed, and how it is still the same.

Teach Me If You Can—Making Education Special

What Really Works for Special (and Regular) Needs!

David Lazerson

Canceled, sorry

Arts & Performance

This session will focus on several classroom and life-tested strategies that have proved beneficial for both students and children with special (and regular) needs. The presenter has taught full time in special education for 34 years. The problems of the student population have ranged from mild issues, such as learning and behavioral problems, to autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and even medically fragile conditions. These techniques include expressive arts, peer tutoring, outdoor education, and more.

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