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Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM

The Bar is Open!

Saturday 9:00 PM–Sunday 2:00 AM Lobby bar

Additional schedule

  • Sunday 9:15 PM–Monday 2:15 AM Lobby bar

Arnie Davidson in Concert

Arnie Davidson

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Sunday 9:15 PM–10:30 PM Empire Lounge

Arts & Performance, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Arnie Davidson is a Connecticut songwriter, singer and performer of contemporary music that reflects our lives. His contagious melodies and honest lyrics include his sought after prayer-based music as well as songs that capture the essence of Jewish living in a secular world. Let Arnie draw you into his unique world of rhythmic song that feeds the spirit.

Beware the False Prophet

A Glimpse at Early Jewish-Christian Polemics

Rori Picker Neiss

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Manhattan Theater

Text & Thought

During the past two millennia, Jews and Christians have labored to establish themselves as distinct and separate religions. Nowhere is this felt more palpably than in the character of Jesus. Is he God, Messiah, sorcerer, or false prophet? Before Christianity, there was Jesus, a religious Jew with committed Jewish followers. Together we will study a censored Rabbinic passage and explore a small piece of the early Jewish-Christian tensions that arose in the first years following Jesus' death.

Cool Jew

A Cultural Ride for Every Member of the Tribe

Lisa Alcalay Klug

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Orange

Arts & Performance, Identity & Responsibility

This fun-filled romp across the contemporary Jewish cultural landscape includes musical samplings, slides, poignant personal anecdotes and humorous escapades fresh from presentations at Limmud UK, Limmud Germany, Limmud Holland, Limmud Budapest and the massive tour that launched the award-winning book "Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe," the first humor book honored in the 50-year history of the National Jewish Book Awards.

Cosmic Separation: Lost Versions of Havdalah

Elie Kaunfer

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Hudson III

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

The Talmud records a number of alternative versions of Havdalah, many of which appeared in ancient prayerbooks lost to history. We will examine these texts, their Biblical sources, and the ways in which they complicate the theological implications of Havdalah.

House of Wine

A Spiritually Intoxicating Melave Malka (Escorting the Queen)

Mattisyahu Brown, Rachel Ravitz

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Bentley's

Arts & Performance, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Join us as we ‘escort the Shabbat Queen’ with Havdala and a deep drink of holy song and storytelling. Rachel & Matti will share warm, ecstatic music from their new CD, drawn from the love-drunk words of Song of Songs and Psalms. And “when wine goes in, the secret comes out:” Rachel will share Rav Shlomo Carlebach’s stories of the ‘hidden tzadik’—the secret tzadik (righteous person) hidden within each of us. Together we will sing until our inner light shines.

Is There Collective Guilt - Polish Case

Do Nations Feel Guilty for Their Past Crimes

Patrycja Slawuta

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Ulster

Global Culture & History, Identity & Responsibility

This session will explore the area of collective responsibility. We will focus on Poland as a case study but other examples will be discussed as well. The question—what happens when nations are reminded about their reprehensible past?—will be answered. The case of Poland is especially important as it used to be a home to over three million Jews before the war. Nowadays, Jews and Poles share the same emotions toward each other—love and hate.

Kabbalah and Sound

Enter into the Inner World of Kabbalah

DovBer Pinson

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Hudson II

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Enter into the magical world of sounds and the wisdom of Tziruf/combinations used by the great Kabbalists from R. Abulafiah, R. Avraham Azulai, till the Baal Shem Tov. Discovering the mystery of the Aleph Bet, the Vowels, Letters transmutations and the various authentic meditations using sounds to create an expansive mind and an access to Magid-like consciousness. With source text from Sefer Yetzira—The Rokeach—R. Avraham Abulafia - R. Yoseph Gikatalia – the Baal Shem Tov and more.

Kabbalah and Sound

Enter into the Inner World of Kabbalah

DovBer Pinson

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Hudson II

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Enter into the magical world of sounds and the wisdom of Tziruf/combinations used by the great Kabbalists from R. Abulafiah, R. Avraham Azulai, till the Baal Shem Tov. Discovering the mystery of the Aleph Bet, the Vowels, Letters transmutations and the various authentic meditations using sounds to create an expansive mind and an access to Magid-like consciousness. With source text from Sefer Yetzira—The Rokeach—R. Avraham Abulafia - R. Yoseph Gikatalia – the Baal Shem Tov and more.

Middle School Saturday Night Pool Party

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Pool

Children & Families

Come have a blast in the pool with the Middle School participants and music!

My Down Syndrome Son became My Rabbi

Refael "Rafi" Feuerstein

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Columbia

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

This session describes personal/Jewish/spiritual change after birth of a Down Syndrome son. Concepts like 'Image of God,' 'being late,' 'change,' 'faith,' and 'revelation' took on moving, different meanings. A trip with a story, study, and an invitation to participants to create their own. The deep philosophical, always abstract, question of 'What is Man?' became palpable and impacts the family's daily life. Concepts like 'study,' 'rectification' became important to the issue of veritable existence.

The "Unfire"

An Indoor Campfire Tribute to Debbie Friedman

Sissy Block

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Ballroom C

Interactive, Social Programming

What a better way to start the new week than to sit around the campfire with new and old friends singing songs - English songs, Hebrew songs, or songs in any other language you want to teach us. Bring your musical instruments, voices, camp songbooks and ruach (spirit) with you! At tonight's "Unfire" we welcome your stories, songs and memories of Debbie Friedman, one of the most influential American Jewish songwriters of the 20th and 21st centuries. Friedman passed away last week, on January 9.

The Love and Lure of Chocolate

Kosher Chocolate Tasting

Marla Alt

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM The View

Interactive, Social Programming

What is the connection between chocolate and Judaism? Come take part in an international chocolate tasting session. Together we will learn more about the varying uses, origins, and customs associated with this rich and tasty delicacy. Limited to 25 participants.

What Makes This Machzor Different?

"Machzor Eit Ratzon"

Joseph Rosenstein

Saturday 9:00 PM–10:15 PM Dutchess

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

This sessions presents an overview of the presenter's recently published "Machzor Eit Ratzon," a traditional yet nonconventional prayerbook for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, designed for those seeking spirituality and meaning in prayer and for those who experience the usual machzor as an obstacle to prayer. "Machzor Eit Ratzon," like the previously published "Siddur Eit Ratzon," features new translations and commentaries, new prayers and meditations, and a complete transliteration of the Hebrew text. (See www.newsiddur.org).

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