2012 Conference
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Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM

Monday Lunch

Monday 11:15 AM–12:45 PM Ballroom A

Your nametag will indicate if you have purchased a lunch. Enjoy your last meal at Limmud NY. See you next year!

Delegitimization; Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions; and, "Lawfare"

Current Trends and Strategies

Anne Herzberg

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Orange

Israel, Social Justice

Fighting delegitimization has become a key priority for the Jewish community and the Israeli government. The lecture will discuss the current trends in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) and “Lawfare” movements. We will also look at the different approaches taken by pro-Israel activists to combat these campaigns and what strategies are the most effective.

Digging Up Our Roots—Finding Ancestors and Origins

Discover That Your Best Friend Is Also Your Third Cousin!

Dick Goldman

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM The View

Jewish History

We are going to hear a story that takes us from the shtetls (villages) of Eastern Europe to the teeming shores of America. This will be a very personal story; yours and mine. It is one of discovery, surprise, disappointment and encouragement. It is the story of our roots; our ancestors' hopes, dreams, passions and disappointments. Today we'll learn how to recover our own stories and those of the generations that came before us, and to identify those who left their indelible mark on our lives.

Esau's Blessing:

The Bible Through the Lens of Special Education

Ora Prouser

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Bentley's fireside

Sacred Text & Thought

We often think of special needs as a modern construction. In reading the Bible, however, we find many characters who can be understood as individuals with special needs. In this session we will look at several of these biblical characters. We will then draw implications for our reading of the Bible, for our understanding of God, and for our use of the Bible in the classroom.

Jewish Diversity in Contemporary Hungary

Gabor Balazs

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Dutchess

Identity & Global Culture, Jewish History

Learn about Jewish streams, institutions, and ideologies in contemporary Hungary. This session will explore the connection between Hungarian Jewish past and the present hostilities and alliances among the different Jewish groups; and consider the connection between the various Jewish groups and the political parties in Hungary.

My Heart Transplant vs. Your Clean Water

Allocating Scarce Tzedakah Resources

Meesh Hammer-Kossoy

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Columbia

Sacred Text & Thought, Social Justice

Clearly, we have an obligation to feed the hungry, but with so much hunger in the world, how can we budget resources for cancer research and our own heart transplants. We will examine the Talmudic model of allocation of scarce resources with an eye to creating a personal tzedakah giving plan.

Mystic Stories of the Jewish Soul


Carole Forman

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Ulster

Arts & Performance

An immersion into the world of Jewish Spiritual story as told by a Baal Misaper Ruchani (Master Spiritual Storyteller). This is a chance to hear some great stories drawn from the mystic of our tradition: enlivening, entertaining, and deep. Come, let down your guard and see your spirit soar. There will be time to reflect and laugh as well. (Plus: Special guest appearance.)

V'nahafochu (Flip it Upside Down)

Demons, Angels, & Shapeshifters in the Purim Story

Stereo Sinai

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Empire Lounge

Arts & Performance, Sacred Text & Thought

The mystical, hyperbolic power of Stereo Sinai's music to dispel demons will be put to the test... Take an unexpected look at the midrashic works which fill in the gaps in the Megillah with an intriguing cast of characters. Our learning will also be accompanied by a few thumpin' Stereo Sinai songs to ward off demons, honor Esther, and celebrate Purim.

What is Experiential Learning in a Jewish Context?

Marc Fein, Mark Young

Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Bentley's

Arts & Performance, Spiritual Practice

Jewish experiential learning, What is it? Jewish camp? The Hillel spring break trip? Birthright? Can experiential learning happen in the classroom? What makes me an excellent Jewish educator whether working with young kids, adolescents or adults? These questions and more will be discussed as we explore Jewish education utilzing experiential learning techniques and the background and skills needed to be an excellent Jewish educator. Join us for this interactive, dynamic and engaging experience!


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