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Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM

Musical Mincha/Ma'ariv

Afternoon/Evening Service

Ben Dreyfus

Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM Hudson II

Interactive, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

This service includes the full mincha and ma'ariv liturgy, and features eclectic melodies and exuberant harmonies accompanied by acoustic guitar and percussion. Bring your favorite siddur and your voice.

Dance Your Way To Freedom Through the Holidays

Aliya Cheskis-Cotel

Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM Exhibit Hall

Arts & Performance, How-To, Movement

Dance your way through the holiday cycle with new dances for the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe), Chanuka, Tu B'Shevat (Jewish Arbor Day), Purim, Pesach (Passover), Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day), Shavuot, Shabbat, and Hallel (Psalms of Praise). Come kick up your heels and add rhythmic, simple, and fun folk dances to your holidays. Guaranteed to get adults and children on their feet with enthusiasm. You can take it home to your favorite institution or just join us for pure enjoyment!

Family Swim

Sunday 5:00 PM–7:00 PM Pool

Children & Families

Come enjoy the pool as a family! Lifeguard on duty! Relax, have fun, and get wet.

How to Celebrate Israel Without Turning Your Brain Off

Robbie Gringras

Canceled, sorry

Identity & Responsibility, Israel

What are we talking about – the birthday party of that old auntie who annoys everyone and we hardly know? An opportunity for the community to white-wash all its divisions with flags and falafel? Or a massive opportunity to mark, celebrate, and deeply question the place of Israel in our lives? We’ll be digging into various comparisons and examining a few suggestions – your opinion is needed!

Justice Equals Love Plus Power

Making Meaning of MLK's Legacy Today

Simon Greer

Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM Bentley's

Identity & Responsibility, Social Justice

An interactive session which will offer people a chance to move around the room to build a human power sculpture. By engaging physically before processing intellectually, the session takes us to new depths of understanding how we think about power, what's Jewish about it and what Martin Luther King Junior's legacy can mean for us today.

Making Meaning

Identity and Practice in Contemporary Jewish Art

Sarah Young

Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM Orange

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

Art can explore the space between the letters on the page where revelation continuously transpires. Join working artist Sarah Young to explore interpretation of Jewish rituals and practice and visualizations of sacred text in her work. Taking ownership of and sometimes literally embodying Jewish sources through object-making and performance, utilizing themes of gender and the body, Sarah's work carves the space for an active and engaged dialogue with halacha (Jewish law). Come join the conversation!

New Music for Ancient Prayer

Arnie Davidson

Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM Hudson III

Arts & Performance, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Creating New Worship Music blends the words and spirit of traditional liturgy with contemporary rhythm and sounds and Hebrew and English lyrics. We'll explore ways to interpret, expose and reveal familiar prayers using modern references, contemporary music and accessible language. Be prepared to sing and discover new ways to experience prayer.

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!

Re-Conceiving Abraham

The Contested Legacy of the First Patriarch

Jon Kelsen

Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM Ulster

Interactive, Text & Thought

For thousands of years, the question "Who is Abraham" has received multiple and radically divergent responses. In this chevruta-style learning session, we will encounter some of these answers as we encounter various textual portraits of the founding father of three great faiths, and pose the additional question: How can his story inform our own?

Shtick Shift

Jewish Humor in the 21st Century

Simcha Weinstein

Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM Empire Lounge

101, Global Culture & History, Identity & Responsibility

The once revolutionary and understated "Jew-ish" and "Israel-lite" flavor of Jewish comedy has been replaced by a brutal matter-of-factness that would make earlier generations cringe. This session will serve as your primer to the ever-changing face of Jewish comedy at the dawn of the 21st century and the sometimes surprising seriousness about the most pressing and depressing issues of our time.

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.

State of Israel and Torah—Vision and Reality

Refael "Rafi" Feuerstein

Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM The View


In fighting in crowded built-up areas, would injury to citizens lower the chance of injury to soldiers? Does Halakah (Jewish law) allow this? Which drugs should be included in the state health budget? How many refugees should be let into the Jewish State? Questions never asked in 2000 years of Diaspora. The State of Israel is not just a political solution for the Jewish People – it is the only place Torah can exist as the 'State' platform evokes endless chances for applying values.

Studio Art Class

Exploration of Mixed Media

Aviva Kanoff

Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM Sullivan

Arts & Performance, Children & Families

Uncover your creativity in this mixed media class where your challenge will be to create a piece of art using the found materials you are given to choose from. Mixed media allows you to experiment and explore your creativity using some typical and some very unconventional materials (depending on your personal style). Mixed media is a great way to explore your creativity in an unlimited capacity and is a wonderful creative outlet for all skill levels.

Talmud for the Absolute Novice

(And for Teachers Whose Students Are Beginners)

Arthur Kurzweil

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 Binding of Isaac—An Alternative Reading

Raziel Haimi-Cohen

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 Soul's Search for Meaning

Creating a Personal Theology

Shelly Fredman

Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM Columbia

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Art Green describes theology as nothing more than a string of moments of Holy and Awesome Presence, or Deep, Inner Stillness. What are our own places where such moments are evoked and what kind of belief system can we create, so that we can access these experiences more often, more deeply? We'll consider the writings of Green, Rilke and Mary Oliver and participants will have the opportunity to write/explore their own sacred moments.

Women in The Talmud: New Lessons or Old News?

Yaffa Epstein

Sunday 4:20 PM–5:35 PM Manhattan Theater

Text & Thought

The Talmud, while mentioning very few women by name, does include quite a few female characters. But, in 2011, are these characters role models for us, or relics of the patriarchy? This session will examine three stories of Talmudic women, and see what they have to teach us.


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