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Saturday 3:15 PM–4:30 PM

"Just" Giving

A Panel Discussion

Sam "Bodi" Bodenheimer, Simon Greer, Shai Held, Elizabeth Richman

Saturday 3:15 PM–4:30 PM Columbia

Identity & Responsibility, Interactive, Social Justice

This panel will address the question of priorities in giving, especially in relation to Jews and non-Jews. In the current economic climate, people are experiencing a greater strain on their resources and there is a more intense sense of need. Should Jews prioritize Jewish causes? What about the trend, especially among younger Jews, to direct much of their money and attention to non-sectarian causes? Does this trend reflect disintegrating bonds of peoplehood, or something else? Join us to consider how contemporary Jews should respond to these realities and what role Jewish texts should play in guiding our response.

A Rough Neighborhood

Israel’s National Security

Barry Mark Spielman

Saturday 3:15 PM–4:30 PM The View

College/University Student Recommended, High School Student Recommended, Israel

Israel continues to face numerous security challenges and opportunities. From the stagnating peace process to the Iranian threat, from Hezbollah to Hamas. This session will discuss the various issues on Israel's national security agenda from the perspective of a reserve lieutenant colonel in the Israel Defense Force (IDF). This workshop will give you basic facts and a crash course from an IDF Spokesman’s Office veteran on how Israel represents itself. (Please note that the session is not an official representation of the IDF.)

Destruction and Reconstruction

Exploring the Thought of Rabbi Natan Tzvi Finkel

Ethan Tucker

Saturday 3:15 PM–4:30 PM Bentley's

Advanced, College/University Student Recommended, Text & Thought

The natural world, Jewish history and human experience are full of cycles of destruction and repair. How does human free will respond to these challenges and how can our free will serve as a force for drawing us closer to God? In this session, we will examine the thought of one of the leading thinkers and teachers of the world of 19th century musar (Jewish Literary Tradition), working through a text in the original. The session will not feature translations, though the broader discussion will be accessible to all.

How To Successfully Promote a Jewish Book

The Nuts and Bolts of Publicity in the Jewish World

Abigail Pogrebin

Saturday 3:15 PM–4:30 PM Empire Lounge

Arts & Performance, How-To

I had no idea of the power, reach and impact of specifically Jewish book events and readers until I spent two years on the Jewish book circuit for "Stars of David." The fact that my first book had a healthy life can be credited entirely to its Jewish audience, and the experience taught me many lessons I am happy to share—about media pitches, connections, speeches, strategies, and pitfalls.

Limmud Chavruta: My Time

EJ Cohen, Karen Radkowsky

Saturday 3:15 PM–4:30 PM Bentley's fireside

Chavruta, Text & Thought

In this interactive session, we will explore the concept of personal time: How do we spend our time? Should we be studying? Praying? Helping others? Looking after ourselves? All of the above? What does 'personal time' mean? Ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics and more will be used. Everyone is welcome, whether you have studied texts before or not, and knowledge of Hebrew is not required.

Madness and Emancipation in Rabbi Nachman's Tales

Yitzhak Lewis

Saturday 3:15 PM–4:30 PM Orange

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

We will follow the themes of madness and emancipation through a few of the tales of Rabbi Nachman of Braslav. We will consider the way both these themes illuminate each other—the psychological aspect of emancipation and the political aspect of madness—in Rabbi Nachman's thought. As a Jewish mystic writing during the Napoleonic wars, his unique understanding of these elements finds timeless expression in his literary work.

Management and Leadership

Lessons from Moses

Marc Wolf

Saturday 3:15 PM–4:30 PM Ulster

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

There are a number of paradigms of leadership presented in the Tanakh. Each stresses different aspects of leadership – and by example illustrates various leadership models. Moses himself tries a number of approaches to leading. In this session, we will study two passages and compare and contrast the leadership styles of Moses, exploring both for contemporary relevance.

Musical Seudah Shlishit

The Third Shabbat Meal

Mattisyahu Brown, Rachel Ravitz

Saturday 3:15 PM–4:30 PM Ballroom C

College/University Student Recommended, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Shabbat, Social Justice

As Shabbat afternoon wanes, we enter one of the most spiritual times of the week. The last hours are the most holy, and we mark this taste of the world to come with singing contemplative Carlebach melodies, telling inspirational stories, and having a little nosh (small meal). Note: No amplification or musical instruments will be used in this session.

The Dramatic Dual Romance of Parshat Chayei Sarah

Jennifer Gersch

Saturday 3:15 PM–4:30 PM Dutchess

Text & Thought

The Torah portion Chayei Sarah is one of the most beautiful and romantic stories in the Bible, one in which G-d’s hand is seen through every step of the journey. We will examine this parsha, focusing on the relationships between G-d and Eliezer and Isaac and Rebecca. Knowledge of Hebrew and Torah trop (cantillation marks) helpful, though not required.

Tikkun Olam from the Inside Out

Jewish Meditation

Alison Laichter

Saturday 3:15 PM–4:30 PM Indoor Pool Lounge Area

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Social Justice

Agents of change must have an understanding of their emotional landscape and a deep sense of interconnection in order to make lasting change, avoid burnout, truly become their best selves, and create a better world. This workshop weaves together the practice of Jewish meditation and social justice. The program will include meditation instruction, practice, and discussion on how contemplative practice can support our work in repairing the world.

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