2011 Conference
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Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM


Sunday 7:30 AM–9:30 AM Ballroom A

Additional schedule

  • Monday 7:30 AM–9:30 AM Ballroom A
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Beyond the Microfilm: Genealogy in a Modern Age

Genealogy in a Modern Age

Naomi Barth

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Orange

Global Culture & History

The word “genealogist” typically evokes images of researchers relegated to the dusty basement archive as they search for their family records. With new technology, the creation of databases allows the family historian to conduct more productive searches, while also creating an online genealogy community. Through coordinating such a names' database for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the presenter built a database, a community of volunteers, and a relationship to her past.

Do We Really Do Tzedakah?

Modern Philanthropy and Jewish Values

Marc Wolf

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Dutchess

Identity & Responsibility, Social Justice, Text & Thought

Jewish communities use the term tzedakah to define all sorts of philanthropic giving. Is our support of the litany of causes that cross our in-boxes really tzedakah? Through a study of the classical sources on Jewish giving, we will explore what it means to give tzedakah—and maybe learn something about how we give.

Drum Circle for Children

Shoshana Jedwab

Sunday 9:00 AM–9:50 AM Sullivan

Arts & Performance, Children & Families, Interactive

Our hearts beat in time while our cells open and shut in synchronous rhythm and motion. Drumming in a group reveals the miracle of the life force in our bodies. Join in the miracle as we entrain together in spontaneous rhythm making. We will have a lot of fun being helplessly connected to one another as the beat goes round and around. This is a great nonverbal, interactive activity that helps us connect with others and with the power of music planted inside us all. This session is open to the whole family!

Halachah & Psychology: The Rabbi as a Caregiver

Refael "Rafi" Feuerstein

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Empire Lounge

Social Justice, Text & Thought

Twenty-five year old single Rachel lives at home with her parents and family. Cramped living conditions and her personal and professional state cause much friction. At times she has fits of anger that disrupt the home. She investigated the halakhah (Jewish law) - Before the blind do not put a stumbling-block. We will attempt to understand who are the blind and the stumbling-block and who is responsible. Mainly we will study how halakah functions in psychology no less than in the spiritual area.

Limmud Chavruta: Our Time

EJ Cohen, Karen Radkowsky

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Hudson II

Chavruta, Text & Thought

In this interactive session, we will explore the concept of communal time: our connections to Jewish and Secular calendars, and their impact on our lives. How important are they for the cohesion and survival of communities? 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.


Relax & Rejuvinate

Becca Rosen

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Indoor Pool Lounge Area

Additional schedules

  • Saturday 9:00 AM–10:15 AM Indoor Pool Lounge Area
  • Monday 8:15 AM–9:30 AM Indoor Pool Lounge Area

Movement, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Give yourself the gift of a session 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.

Raising Good Jewish Boys and Girls

Andrea Fallick, Rachel Gershman

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Columbia

Identity & Responsibility, Interactive

There was a time when parents inculcated the values of society into their children; today we need to protect our children from many of the values and beliefs of our society. The Internet, television, movies, and music provide both wonderful opportunities for learning and entertainment, as well as some risks. Learn how to give your children what they need to take advantage of today's culture safely. Give them the tools they need have patience and to "think" before they act in the midst of a culture in which instant gratification is too long to wait.

Rebooting the Diaspora Mentality

Marc Rosenberg

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Ulster

Identity & Responsibility, Israel

As the population center of world Jewry continues to shift to Israel, creating a new reality where Israel is home to the majority of the world's Jews, how can we characterise the Diaspora minority. We will examine the role of Diaspora in Israeli political and cultural affairs and the influence of Israeli leaders on Diaspora communities. This session highlights Israel's role and responsibility in redefining Jewish Identity.

Shacharit Sababa with Siddur Sababa

Creative Shacharit (Morning Service) for Kids and Educators

Sara Stave

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM The View lobby

Children & Families, How-To, Interactive, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Come see Siddur Sababa in action! Jewish educators are invited to observe a creative Shacharit (morning service) with participants in the middle school track of Camp Limmud NY. After Shacharit, participants will discuss and explore sections of the Siddur Sababa Teachers' Guide. We will engage the power of art, music, and Iyun Tfillah in making prayer meaningful. All participating educators will learn helpful tips for establishing and leading a spiritual, meaningful prayer community at their educational institution.

Zionism and Messianism: A Passion for Waiting

Chaim Seidler-Feller

Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM The View

Global Culture & History, Identity & Responsibility

The Jewish community is currently experiencing an explosion of messianic fever, some of it orchestrated by a Brooklyn-based Hasidic sect while another manifestation of Jewish messianism bears on the religious significance of the state of Israel and on future peace with the Palestinians. What then is the Jewish messianic doctrine? How is it transformed and envisioned by Maimonides? Is there to be a personal messiah or a messianic era? Will only the Jews be redeemed, or all of humanity? How does the messianic idea inform and shape contemporary Zionism? Remember, an Israeli prime minister was assassinated by a Zionist/Messianist.


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