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Saturday 10:30 PM–11:45 PM

The Bar is Open!

Saturday 9:00 PM–2:00 AM Lobby bar

Additional schedule

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

Friends of Bill W.

Saturday 10:30 PM–11:45 PM Orange

This is a closed 12-step meeting for people who are already in any 12-step program, or who think they have an addiction problem, or have a friend or family member with an addiction of any kind.

It's Not In Heaven: The Comedy of Yisrael Campbell (Film)

a.k.a. Circumcise Me

Paul Weinberg

Saturday 10:30 PM–11:45 PM Dutchess

Film, Identity & Responsibility

How do you combine standup comedy, conversion to Orthodox Judaism (having previously converted to Reform and Conservative Judaism), and aliyah to Israel in one film? Easy! You watch Yisrael (a.k.a. "Chris") Campbell, formerly of Philadelphia and now a resident of Jerusalem, guide you on a journey filled with humor and genuine pathos, from his upbringing in the United States to his life today as a standup comedian living in Jerusalem. Although a convert, Yisrael Campbell has a genuine Jewish "tam" (flavor, sensibility) to his take on the world, and particularly on the world of Israel today. His humor bridges the gap between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jew, and the American and Israeli Jew. Talking about everyday life in Israel— with its joys and tragedies—both reverently and humorously, and at the same time commenting on the underlying important concepts of Judaism, Campbell gives us a unique must-watch film about Judaism and Israel today.

Karaoke!!!!!

So, You Think You Can Sing?

Saturday 11:00 PM–Sunday 1:30 AM Bentley's

Social Programming

Share your voice, enthusiasm, and have fun at Karaoke, a LimmudNY Saturday Night tradition. Sing and dance with your fellow LimmudNYks during this friendly and exciting way to end Saturday Night. Belt out your favorite tunes, or just sing along with the crowd.

Lights Ignite Change in Concert

Sarah Aroeste, Naomi Less, Chana Rothman

Saturday 10:30 PM–11:45 PM Empire Lounge

Arts & Performance

Lights Ignite Change, a traveling concert fronted by women - and a total paradigm shift in what music can accomplish - brightens up the night at Limmud NY. Lights Ignite Change works with communities around the country and globe to produce concerts that serve a higher purpose: granting exposure to grassroots community initiatives working towards social justice; igniting people’s interest in service for change by connecting them with engaged activists in their communities; providing meaningful, quality live music; and highlighting a platform for local female musicians. Activate your ears, heart, soul and hands at this truly unique showcase of music for a purpose!

Olam, Shanah, Nefesh (Space, Time, and Consciousness)

Avraham Sutton

Canceled, sorry

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Kabbalistic View of Reality 1. Space: The Cosmological Teachings of the Kabbalah; the Spiritual History of the World 2. Time: The Cosmic Clock; what is special about our time? 3. Consciousness: The Collective Drama of the Souls; who are we? Why have we born at this time?

Ruth as a Model for Conversion

Marc Katz

Saturday 10:30 PM–11:45 PM Hudson II

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

What does it mean to convert to Judaism? How did our three-fold ritual of circumcision, mikveh (ritual bath) immersion, and beit din (rabbinic court) come about? In this course, we will look closely at the book of Ruth and it's midrashim (interpretive stories) and examine how these biblical and rabbinic notions of conversion made their way into later law codes (Shulkan Aruch) and responsa.

You Never Know (Film)

Paul Weinberg

Canceled, sorry

Film

Shlomo Carlebach's career as the leading singer and songwriter of Orthodox Judaism spanned 40 years. He recorded more than 25 albums and performed in countless concerts, and his musical legacy continues even to this day. Carlebach was also an ordained rabbi with roots both in Misnaged (Lithuanian) Judaism at the Lakewood Yeshiva, as well as in Hasidic Judaism at the Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Brooklyn. He combined this eclectic grounding in Orthodox Judaism to help disenchanted Jewish youth to re-embrace their Jewish heritage. This outreach, eventually known as the Baal Teshuva Movement, has had a wide and salutary effect on Jewish life today. In You Never Know, Shlomo Carlebach's life and religious influence are retold by his friends and followers.

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