2011 Conference
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Sunday 1:15 PM–2:30 PM


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.

Between Anger and Apologetics

Understanding Hilchot Niddah (the Laws of Menstrual Purity)

Ruth Balinsky

Sunday 1:15 PM–2:30 PM Columbia foyer

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

The Laws of Niddah, or Menstrual Purity, are often approached as either a malicious attempt to control and punish women, or as a beautiful system that maintains the sanctity of a Jewish marriage. In this session we will explore a variety of rabbinic texts on the topic that will help us understand Hilchot Niddah as a rabbinic attempt to grapple with the unknown, and enable us to establish a middle-ground perspective.

Circle Dance and the Experience of Oneness

Mattisyahu Brown, Rachel Ravitz

Sunday 1:15 PM–2:30 PM Exhibit Hall

Movement, Text & Thought

Through both textual learning and simple movement experiments, we will explore the kavanot (intentions) that the Chasidic masters used in their spiritual dancing. When divine unity is our group focus, the circle dance can give us a vivid taste of higher consciousness. Mattisyahu Brown brings to this workshop his life-experience as a meditator and as a professional choreographer.

Creating a Community of Young Families

What Makes a Family Experience?

Karina Zilberman

Canceled, sorry

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Shabbat

This is a workshop to discuss and learn how to create a community of families with young children in the 21st Century. Join us for a conversation about spirituality and the young child, and about how to connect through music, prayer, and art in order to create meaningful intergenerational experiences. Parents, educators, artists and community leaders are welcome.

Follow-up Discussion with the Actor: "God of Our Fathers"

Jon Adam Ross

Sunday 1:15 PM–2:30 PM Bentley's

Arts & Performance

The session is an opportunity to spend time following the show discussing "God of Our Fathers" with the actor. The performance, which precedes it, is a life cycle piece, but also a close-up examination of modern, religious life in America.

From Altneuland to Tel Aviv

A Journey with Herzl

David Breakstone

Sunday 1:15 PM–2:30 PM The View


Herzl's Zionism was not only about creating a refuge for the Jewish people, but also about forging an exemplary society that would be a "light onto the nations." What we have created until now falls far short of that. On this journey in pursuit of the Zionist vision, we will contemplate how to relate to an Israel that has not met the expectations of its founding fathers, particularly against the background of a growing campaign to delegitimize the very essence of the Zionist idea.

Introducing Shalom Sesame!

Screening and Q&A

William Levin

Sunday 1:15 PM–2:30 PM Dutchess


William Levin, a writer for "Shalom Sesame," will present clips from the newly released series, followed by a Q&A with William and other members of the "Shalom Sesame" production team.

Isaac Encounters Ishmael

On the Relationship between Judaism and Islam

Chaim Seidler-Feller

Sunday 1:15 PM–2:30 PM Columbia

Global Culture & History, Identity & Responsibility

In a world riveted by a renascent Islam, this seminar offers a framework to better understand Islam’s contemporary confrontation with Judaism. Through an analysis of Islamic teachings the following issues will be addressed: the myth of a perpetual ‘Golden Age’; are anti-Judaism and violence essential to Islam?; the centrality of Jerusalem to both Islam and Judaism; commonalities and divergences between the two religious traditions and their respective openness to criticism.

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!

PaRDeS in Practice

Shir Yaakov Feinstein-Feit, Eden Pearlstein

Sunday 1:15 PM–2:30 PM Manhattan Theater

Arts & Performance, Text & Thought

This is a golden oppurtunity to join an artist/musician/poet on a journey through the creative process. Hear from the artists themselves how a song is conceived and completed. Dive into the archetypal world of free-associative symbolic juxtapositions and textual references. We will deconstruct the lyrics and music of two of Darshan's songs and reveal what goes on behind the scenes of the creation.

Reinventing Judaism

Post Second Temple and Today

David Kalb

Sunday 1:15 PM–2:30 PM Empire Lounge

Text & Thought

Judaism reinvented itself following the destruction of the Second Temple and a paradigm shift occurred. Are we currently in the midst of a new transformation of Judaism, a new paradigm shift? If so, how, what is the nature of this change? What are the causes of these changes? And what lies ahead?

The Binding of Isaac—An Alternative Reading

Raziel Haimi-Cohen

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM Columbia foyer

Text & Thought

Do you find the story of the Binding of Isaac troubling? In this session we will investigate our understanding of this story, how the midrash has shaped it, and why that point of view was widely adopted. A careful study of the Biblical text will reveal an alternative reading, which is nuanced, thought-provoking, and sheds new light on Abraham’s faith.

The Tree of Days

The Jewish Calendar and the Earth

Jill Hammer

Sunday 1:15 PM–2:30 PM Ulster

Identity & Responsibility, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Jill Hammer’s book, "The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons," is a journey through the Jewish year, exploring how each Jewish festival and minor holiday intertwines with the cycles of nature and the stories of the Jewish people. In this session, Jill will take us through the Jewish year, stopping at each season to describe how that moment teaches us lessons of the earth. We’ll also learn how to include more nature consciousness in our holiday celebrations.

Wine Tasting

Swirl, Sip, and Swish

Sunday 2:00 PM–4:00 PM Lobby right corner

Discover the many facets of kosher wine while learning about its symbolism in marking Jewish life events. Explore the complex balance of aroma, mouthfeel, and structural elements. Have fun, get your nose into it, and enjoy an experience that appeals to both your intellectual and sensual sides. All wine served is kosher.

Zoom in Jerusalem

Landmarks and Objects

Marc Rosenberg

Sunday 1:15 PM–2:30 PM Orange

Global Culture & History, Israel

Join me for a fun and informative photographic quiz to see how well you know Jerusalem. Participants will view 40 famous and obscure landmarks and objects in the holy city and compete for the title of "Jerusalem Champ".


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