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Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM

An Intro to Sephardic History and Culture Through Ladino Secular Folksongs

Sarah Aroeste

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM The View

Arts & Performance, Global Culture & History, Interactive

Sarah Aroeste, inspired by her Sephardic roots from Spain and Greece, works to help bring Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) music back to life for a new generation. In her interactive workshops, Aroeste presents an introduction to Sephardic history and culture by examining a series of Ladino secular folksongs, rhythms, proverbs, and more to get a window into the rich vibrancy of Ladino music and culture through the ages and today.

Change from the Inside Out

Becoming the Change You Seek in the World

Simon Greer

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Orange

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Social Justice

Too often there is a divide between those who "work on themeselves" and those who work to change the world. In the complex world we live, it is increasingly clear that we must do both at the same time - change ourselves as we change the world. How to do both these things in service of each other begins to integrate parts of each of us and parts of our larger community that are too often held apart. Come explore how we can create this integrated approach to change and to life.

From Krakow to Krypton

Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero

Simcha Weinstein

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Ulster

Arts & Performance, Global Culture & History, Identity & Responsibility

Not only do comic book superheroes like Batman and Superman disguise themselves to save the world, but they also disguise their Jewish heritage and values. Centering on questions of Jewish identity; learn valuable insights into the fantasies that fuel our imagination and entertainment.

Get Up, Stand Up!

Jon Adam Ross

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Indoor Pool Lounge Area

Arts & Performance, Interactive, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Participants will experience a theatrical journey that explores prayer through a physical and emotional creative process. They will learn how to gain access to Jewish prayer and spirituality without the intimidation that can come from reciting a foreign language by rote.

Hide and Seek: Finding the Afikoman, Finding Ourselves

Revealing the Broken and Hidden

David Ingber, Joe Septimus

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Empire Lounge

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

The Pesach seder’s ritual dessert of matzah is called the afikomen. The ritual of breaking, hiding, finding, and revealing that piece of matzah is not just a child’s game but also a profound sequence in the process of exile, slavery, and redemption/healing; and, of human development writ large. We all experience brokenness, hiding in pain or shame, and when we are able, we reveal our true selves. We will analyze texts from Talmud, Chasidus (Chasidic thought), kabalah (Jewish mysticism), psychology, and contemporary Jewish thinkers to illuminate the profound lessons of this ancient ritual of the afikomen.

Is It Rational to Believe in a Personal God?

Scott Shay

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Manhattan Theater

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Modernity casts into question the nature of God as has been traditionally described in Jewish thought. In this session we will discuss if it is possible to embrace all the secular world has to offer in terms of science and critical thinking and to still remain a believing Jew. Many Jews simply live in two different worlds and do not try to reconcile them. We will attempt to do so in our time alloted. Come with an open mind.

It's Grim Up North

Robbie Gringras

Canceled, sorry

Arts & Performance, Israel

The occupation/Jewish settlement of Judea and Samaria take up so much of our attention that it sometimes feels that Israel’s issues began in 1967. Up in the Misgav area of Israel, we have a feeling that the more thorny date is 1948. Robbie Gringras shares personal stories of the break-down of co-existence between Arabs and Jews: stories that challenge all we hold dear.

Jewish Global Justice

Senegal & the Global South

Leah Jordan

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Dutchess

Social Justice, Text & Thought

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism's imperative to pursue justice. As an ambassador for AJWS, the presenter will share stories and thoughts about my recent service-learning trip to Senegal this past summer, and together we'll study a few texts that expand or challenge our notions of social justice obligation as Jews and as global citizens.

Kabbalah and Imagery

Enter into the Inner World of Kabbalah

DovBer Pinson

Canceled, sorry

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Life is a tension between the Word and the Image, between the right hemisphere of the brain and the left. In the West, we focus on the word, the analytical approach for self transformation. The Kabbalists teach that redemption begins with redeeming our imagination. Using creative Visualizations, awareness meditations and other ancient techniques to unlock the inner resources of our psyche and inspire a genuine transformation of self. With source text from Zohar, R. Elizer Ezkari, The Ramak, Reishis Chachmah Noam Elimelech and more.

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.

Limmud NY Community Mural

Jonathan Baron

Sunday 10:00 AM–4:00 PM Lobby side

Explore your creativity and enhance your artistic achievements! Come, get involved, and contribute to this collective work of art under the direction of Jonathan Baron. Meet fellow LimmudNYks and have fun designing and painting a mural to be displayed throughout the conference. All levels of experience and abilities are welcome.

Organizational Shuk (Marketplace)

Sunday 11:00 AM–5:30 PM Lobby center

Check out all of the organizations and vendors here today at our Organizational Shuk—a marketplace of Jewish institutions and organizations. Shmooze, network, and meet the faces behind interesting Jewish causes!

Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Thanks for the Grub!

Jewish Food Appreciation

Daniel Infeld

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Sullivan Lobby

Identity & Responsibility, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

The Torah commands us to make blessings before and after we eat. but what does it really mean? What is a good land? And how do we know how to give thanks? Explore the text of Birkat Hamazon (the traditional blessing after the meal) and Torah sources, as a way to connect with and appreciate the connections between land -- in general and the land of Israel in particular -- God and what's on your plate.

Shacharit Sababa with Siddur Sababa

Creative Shacharit (Morning Service) for Kids and Educators

Sara Stave

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.

The Many Voices of Israel

David Kalb

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Bentley's

Identity & Responsibility, Israel

We in the diaspora often view Israel as a place of extremes. Religious, secular, right wing and left wing. A closer look will reveal a more complex, more diverse society. In this class we will explore the many different voices that make up the Israel of today.

The Shema: Historical and Spiritual Meaning

Deepening Our Worship Experience

Jeffrey Hoffman

Sunday 10:00 AM–11:15 AM Columbia

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

The Shema is arguably the most important prayer in Jewish Liturgy. It is also among the oldest. It has acquired many, many interpretations over the centuries. We will share some of the most insightful and inspirational of these commentaries with the aim of deepening our worship experience of this crucial prayer.

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