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Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM

Breast Cancer and Jewish Genes

Judith Offman

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Monday 11:15 AM–12:30 PM Orange

101, Identity & Responsibility

How and why does breast cancer develop, and what is the involvement of Jewish genes? A basic introduction to breast cancer development, the genetics of genes commonly mutated in Jewish women, and how this knowledge has led to the development of exciting new treatments.

Bringing Limmud to Your Community

Getting Started

Karen Radkowsky

Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM Bentley's fireside


Since its founding in Britain 30 years ago, Limmud has grown into a global movement reaching over 50 communities on 6 continents. This orientation session is designed specifically for those exploring the feasibility of creating a Limmud conference in another community outside the NYC area. Topics include the core principles of Limmud, an overview of the organizational structure, and key questions to be asking as you are deciding whether to move forward.

Can We Get Serious about Meditation Practice?

How to Do It, Why to Do It, Where You Can Go with It

Jay Michaelson

Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM Ulster

How-To, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

What should a "Jewish" meditation practice look like? Should you do it with a tallis on? Have bagels afterward? Can you do it in a hectic life? With a skeptical mind? Do you have to be "spiritual" to meditate? How is meditation understood by contemporary cognitive neuroscience? And what can we expect of meditation practice? How does practice deepen? Are we allowed to talk about goals—if so, what might they be? All this and more, plus silence.

Give Me Wonder: Heschel, Nachman, and Rumi

Shelly Fredman

Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM Bentley's

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Nachman's brand of prayer focused on hitbodedut (the act of creating personal prayer) or talking to God--out loud--in an open field. Heschel tells us prayer is not about petition, but is an act of responding, receiving and awakening. What should our prayer life look like today? How might our theological heroes' approaches to prayer enrich, challenge and ignite our own relationship with the Divine? Using a new technique of "writing into text," we will explore these seeker's ideas and our own.

How Do We Obtain Forgiveness on Yom Kippur?

The Machzor's Three Answers

Joseph Rosenstein

Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM Orange

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

The machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur offers different answers to the question of how we obtain God’s forgiveness. In this session, I will discuss three answers and how they are reflected in the liturgy. The session will conclude with a discussion of what to do about an anomalous answer—that offered by Un’taneh Tokef. Issues like this are raised in the presenter’s recently published "Machzor Eit Ratzon," a traditional yet nonconventional prayerbook. (See www.newsiddur.org).

Jewish Global Justice

Senegal & the Global South

Leah Jordan

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Dutchess

Social Justice, Text & Thought

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism's imperative to pursue justice. As an ambassador for AJWS, the presenter will share stories and thoughts about my recent service-learning trip to Senegal this past summer, and together we'll study a few texts that expand or challenge our notions of social justice obligation as Jews and as global citizens.


Relax and Rejuvinate

Becca Rosen

Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM Indoor Pool Lounge Area

Movement, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Give yourself the gift of a complete hour dedicated to melting into your heart and the depths of your nefesh (soul), with this Restorative Yoga class. We activate our bodies as receptive vessels through chanting, mudras (sanskrit for hand gestures), meditation, and visualization. The gentle physical partner exercises taught in our classes provide a tremendous internal workout and serve as a powerful means to elevating your sacred self and your perfect human, Jewish spirit. No partner or yoga experience required. You are welcome to come to any or all of the Yoga sessions.

Prophet Moses & Freud Meet at Limmud NY 2011

Refael "Rafi" Feuerstein

Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM Empire Lounge

Global Culture & History, Identity & Responsibility

How to educate for values? Do they simply emerge or must they be imposed as indisputible laws? The relationship between the Torah of Moses and psychologist/educator Reuven Feuerstein's theory that premises that intelligence stems from our entourage is our innate ability. Modern culture includes a contradiction between high cognitive skills and the masses' culture level. What do we need to turn us into sophisticated people, not just professionally but also ethically, ideologically and culturally?

Relationships and Sexuality Consumerist Culture

Creating a Contemporary Sexual Ethic

Doreen Seidler-Feller

Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM Columbia

Identity & Responsibility

How do we reconcile needs for eroticism, intimacy, independence, and dependence? And how can these psychological needs be fulfilled in consumerist environments skeptical about long term relationships? This workshop will consider dilemmas for young adults as they negotiate meaningful relationships. We will also consider conflicts for middle-aged and older men and women. We will explore the teachings of contemporary psychology alongside the Jewish ethical tradition regarding intimate relationships for couples of any age.

Zionism 101

Marc Rosenberg

Friday 1:55 PM–2:55 PM The View

101, Israel

"To be a free nation in our land!" Come for a quick but intense 75 minutes on the history of Zionist ideas. This session highlights Israel's dynamic role in redefining Jewish Identity today and the challenges it faces in the decades to come.


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