2011 Conference
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Saturday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM


Saturday 12:00 PM–2:00 PM Ballroom A

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  • Sunday 12:00 PM–2:00 PM Ballroom A
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Become a Deep Torah Reader in Translation

Adam Tilove

Saturday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Bentley's fireside

How-To, Text & Thought

In this session, we will use several different translations of the Torah to find subtle and fascinating variances that create huge differences in understanding. You will be be taught a protocol for engaging the text, primarily in English, which you will immediately put to use with a chevruta (study partner). We will be examining several fascinating narratives: Cain and Abel, the expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael, and several examples from the first two chapters of Exodus.

Beyond Maimonides’ 8 Levels of Charity

Complex Jewish Texts on Giving

Elie Kaunfer

Canceled, sorry

Social Justice, Text & Thought

What does the Jewish tradition have to say about the levels of giving charity beyond Maimonides’ famous 8 levels? How might these other approaches to giving challenge the way we raise and distribute communal funds? Join us as we learn selections from the Talmud and responsa about giving charity and discuss their important implications for today.

Can We Talk?

Robbie Gringras

Canceled, sorry


It’s allowed! We can finally say what we hate about Israel. So does this mean that full-on Israeli critique of the Diaspora is back in fashion, too? Over 50 years ago Haim Hazaz wrote the classic “negation of the Diaspora” monologue: The Sermon. We’ll be reading what he said (in English translation), and exploring where he hits the spot, where he misses entirely, and where time has come to bite him on the ass…

How A Non-Amharic Anthem Changed My Life

Building Community With 3-Part Songs

Chana Rothman

Saturday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Orange

Even though the wildly popular participatory song "Kum Kum Lei Lei" is not, as I was told, an anthem that Ethiopian Jewish people sang while being airlifted to Israel, it has still played a tremendous role in creating meaningful memories at camps across the country. After I taught this song at the Union for Reform Judaism's Kutz Camp, it spread like wildfire through summer camps and youth groups because of the catchy yet complex interplay between the parts. Songs with three parts have a magical way of bonding groups of all sizes. In short, 3-part songs rock! We shall intersperse songs with stories, and you will walk away with an arsenal of catchy, group-building tunes. Warning—these songs may get stuck in your head for a long while. And then, you will have to spread them!

Independent. Jewish, Frankly Feminist.

Where Do We Go from Here?

Susan Weidman Schneider

Saturday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM The View

Identity & Responsibility, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Social Justice

We shall take a bold look at what is on the minds of Jewish women right now—from work, money, and philanthropy to power politics in the living room and the boardroom, from our bodies to our spiritual lives—and how Lilith magazine tries to sort it all out.

Israel @ College...and After

An Open Conversation

Eliav Rodman

Saturday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Columbia

College/University Student Recommended, Israel

Israel is a heated topic on college campuses today, and the Millennial Generation's relationship with the Jewish State is not like that of its parents. Come share your thoughts on where we've gone wrong, what we've done right and where we should be going to ensure Israel remains a part of the lives of young Jews everywhere.

Israel 2011

The Economic Miracle

Barry Mark Spielman

Saturday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Dutchess


Israel's economy is rolling. Even as most Western countries continue to struggle with the recession, Israel (officially the first Western country to exit the crisis) has an economy that continues to expand. Nowhere is this more true than in the technology sector. This session will discuss Israel as a "start-up nation," analyzing Israel's success and delving into the unique circumstances that got Israel to where it is today.

Jewish Meditation 101

Alison Laichter

Saturday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Indoor Pool Lounge Area

101, Interactive, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Judaism has a very long history of meditation and contemplative practice as a way to cultivate compassion, personal transformation, and connection. This session will cover the basics of Jewish meditation with instruction, short exercises, Q & (maybe) A, and discussion. The workshop is open to people of all levels of experience and backgrounds, and is designed to offer a broad introduction to Jewish meditation, teachings, and contemplative practice.

One-Foot Kabbalah

A Panel Discussion

Nathaniel Berman, Arthur Kurzweil, Mark Pearlman, DovBer Pinson

Saturday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Ulster

101, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Topics considered in this session include the Soul, Purpose, Prayer, Reincarnation, Spirituality and Mindfulness, Text and Philosophy. This guaranteed quick-paced yet transformative program—inspired by the question asked to Hillel, "Teach me the Torah while I stand on one foot"—will tackle top-of-mind and questions on Kabbalah. No strings attached.

Romance or Respect? Understanding Rabbi Akiva

Yaffa Epstein

Saturday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Empire Lounge

College/University Student Recommended, Text & Thought

Akiva, a poor shepherd, and Rachel, a wealthy heiress, seem like an unlikely match! Yet their story is one of the most romantic of all stories in the Talmud. This session will examine their life together, their life apart from each other, and what lessons we can learn from them.

The Spiritual Roots of Zionism in Torah

Are Yom Ha'atzma'ut and Yom Yerushalayim For Real?

Eli Gordon

Saturday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Bentley's

Advanced, Israel, Text & Thought

In this session, we will delve into the spiritual roots of Zionism in the Torah. We will uncover the connections between the festivals and Yom Ha’atzma’ut (Israel Independence Day) and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), and develop a unique, fascinating hypothesis connecting all of them. This session is at a slightly more advanced level and requires a certain degree of background knowledge.


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