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Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM

Lunch

Sunday 12:00 PM–2:00 PM Ballroom A

Additional schedule

  • Saturday 12:00 PM–2:00 PM Ballroom A
Sit with someone new! Lunch is a great time to meet new people at Limmud NY.

"God of our Fathers"

Jon Adam Ross

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:30 PM Bentley's

Arts & Performance, Identity & Responsibility

Under the direction of Chantal Pavageaux, "God of Our Fathers" follows all the members of an American Jewish family as they live through a generation of assimilation. This is tale of love and family, and the role that religion plays in defining who we are as people. At times hilarious and touching, it is a life cycle piece, but also a close-up examination of modern, religious life in America.

Can You Spare a Dime?

Sources on Spontaneous Tzedakah

Elizabeth Richman

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Friday 12:50 PM–1:50 PM Orange

Social Justice, Text & Thought

You are walking down Broadway, and someone on the street asks you for money. What do you do? Modern urban Jews face this question nearly every day, but so did the rabbis of the Talmud. We'll explore a variety of Talmudic and Midrashic texts on this theme and discuss our own responses in light of these potentially surprising ancient sources.

Jewish Community Organizing

Strengthening Institutions and Building Community

Elizabeth Richman

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Orange

How-To, Interactive

The ideas and techniques of community organizing are particularly effective for Jewish organizations seeking to build community, develop strong new leaders, and identify areas of shared passion or concern. We will talk briefly about organizing from a Jewish perspective and then focus specifically on the technique of relational meetings, the fundamental building block of community organizing. We will learn how to do a relational meeting, watch a model meeting, and then practice with each other.

Just Breathe

A Musical/Meditative Prayerful Break in the Day

Naomi Less

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Indoor Pool Lounge Area

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Limmud NY, while super fun, can deplete your energy and even be a little stress-evoking because of how much there is to do, to learn, and to explore. Take a time out and join Jewish Chick Rocker Naomi Less for a light movement/meditation/musical exploration through prayer—explore prayers that deal with the body, breathing, and song.

Letters of Light

A Mystical Journey Through The Alef-Beis

Aaron L. Raskin

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Exhibit Hall

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

A kabbalistic look at the Hebrew letters and the meanings behind the letters. Each letter will be examined in terms of design, gematria, and Hebrew meaning through the lenses of Midrash, Talmud, Kabbalah and Chassidic philosophy. We will illustrate how the letters continue to be a source of creation, reflection, prayer and inspiration in our everyday lives. No prior experience of Hebrew is required.

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.

Navigating Your Jewish Job Search

Planning the Road Ahead for 2011

Sissy Block

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM The View

Identity & Responsibility, Interactive

We LimmudNYks have an amazing set of skills transferable to any career. In this hands-on, reflective session, learn how to bring your Jewish values and work/volunteer experience to the corporate world, your current job, a new job in the Jewish world, or other settings. Take this opportunity to look back on the routes that transported you to where you are today. We’ll also use a series of interactive exercises to help each other get on the fast track to our ideal destinations in 2011 and beyond.

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!

Praying with a Full Heart: Machzor Lev Shalem

Encountering the “Next-Gen” Prayerbook

Robert Scheinberg

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Columbia foyer

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Machzor Lev Shalem, the new High Holy Day prayerbook published this spring by the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, has already sold a record-breaking 120,000-plus copies. From the Wall Street Journal to the blogosphere, from American synagogues to Tel Aviv minyanim to solo daveners, the book has met with rave reviews. Find out what the sensation is all about, and what this first of a new generation of prayerbooks teaches us about the High Holy Days, the nature of prayer, and Judaism.

Sketching with Dorrie

Dorrie Rifkin

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Ballroom C

Arts & Performance, Interactive

Explore your artistic sensibilities and faculties in the big tent that is Limmud. Bring sketchbooks, pencils, markers, or any media you enjoy working in. Dorrie will provide instruction and guidance per her credo: “When I paint, my mind is an open canvas, so in turn the canvas becomes self-expression from my inner soul.” All levels welcome.

Soaringwords Tzedeka Project

Lisa Buksbaum

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Dutchess

Arts & Performance, Interactive, Social Justice

Join LimmudNYks to decorate SoaringQuilts and Pillows for hospitalized kids in New Orleans and Israel. Together, we will inspire hospitalized kids to “Never give up.” This activity will be an emotional highlight of Limmud NY 2011 and a hands-on team-building experience for all ages. The inspirational messages and artwork on the quilts and pillows motivate ill children and families to heal. No sewing. Photos of participants with decorated quilts and pillows will be shared with the hospitalized children.

Soaringwords Tzedeka Project

Lisa Buksbaum

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Dutchess

Arts & Performance, Interactive, Social Justice

Join LimmudNYks to decorate SoaringQuilts and Pillows for hospitalized kids in New Orleans and Israel. Together, we will inspire hospitalized kids to “Never give up.” This activity will be an emotional highlight of Limmud NY 2011 and a hands-on team-building experience for all ages. The inspirational messages and artwork on the quilts and pillows motivate ill children and families to heal. No sewing. Photos of participants with decorated quilts and pillows will be shared with the hospitalized children.

Talmud for the Absolute Novice

(And for Teachers Whose Students Are Beginners)

Arthur Kurzweil

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM Dutchess

101, How-To, Text & Thought

If you have never had any experience with the Talmud and would like a basic introduction in a non-intimidating, friendly, non-judgmental, English speaking atmosphere, join us as we learn about the Talmud while studying some of its most controversial and inspiring pages. No previous knowledge or experience required. Leave your preconceptions behind and discover the Talmud.

The Conversion Crisis in Israel

Shlomo Riskin

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Manhattan Theater

Identity & Responsibility, Israel

This session will ask the following questions: Is Judaism a messianizing religion? To what extent are we interested in reaching out to the Gentile world? How do we see alternative forms of conversion within Orthodox traditions?

The Religious Case for Gay Rights

Jay Michaelson

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Columbia

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

You read that right: FOR gay rights. While two verses in the Torah may have something to say about male homosexual behavior, hundreds of verses offer much more important teachings about partnership, love, justice, and compassion. Combined with what we understand about sexuality and the extent of LGBT teen suicide, our fundamental religious values compel us not merely to tolerate or accept but to celebrate and agitate for full equality of sexual and gender diversity. Help take God back from the extreme Right!

Two Stories of Moshe and the Rock

Moving Beyond Biblical Criticism

Ethan Tucker

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Empire Lounge

College/University Student Recommended, Text & Thought

The Torah tells two stories about Moshe striking a rock and providing water for the people in the desert. They are strikingly similar. In one, Moshe seems obedient and triumphant, while in the other he is consigned to death on a barren mountaintop. In this session, we will engage the texts closely with two goals: to emerge with a deeper understanding of this material and to develop a broader reading strategy for engaging in critical scholarship on the Bible from a religious perspective.

Whose Life Should I Save?

Ethical Dilemmas in Giving Tzedakah

Lisa Exler

Sunday 11:30 AM–12:45 PM Ulster

Interactive, Social Justice

We are faced with numerous opportunities to help others: our friends ask us to support their participation in walkathons; organizations solicit us via mail and email; strangers on the street approach us with outstretched hands. Because we frequently make choices, often unconsciously, about whom to help, this session will help us analyze why we make the choices we do. Using this analysis and Jewish texts, we will become better able to navigate difficult moral choices about helping others.

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