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Sunday 9:15 PM–10:30 PM

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Sunday 9:15 PM–Monday 2:15 AM Lobby bar

Additional schedule

  • Saturday 9:00 PM–Sunday 2:00 AM Lobby bar

Arnie Davidson in Concert

Arnie Davidson

Sunday 9:15 PM–10:30 PM Empire Lounge

Arts & Performance, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Arnie Davidson is a Connecticut songwriter, singer and performer of contemporary music that reflects our lives. His contagious melodies and honest lyrics include his sought after prayer-based music as well as songs that capture the essence of Jewish living in a secular world. Let Arnie draw you into his unique world of rhythmic song that feeds the spirit.

Broken Vessels, Hidden Sparks

David Ingber

Canceled, sorry

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

The Mystical Philosophy of Isaac Luria, known as the Ari, completely revolutionized the Jewish world in the latter part of the 16th Century. The mystical landscape was forever changed by his unique system which became the accepted mystical worldview of Jewish mystics to this day! This class will look at how the Ari's system evolved in the ensuing centuries as teachers explored the meaning and ramifications of this ideas. Thinkers like Moshe Luzzatto, Elijah of Vilna, the Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Kook have all looked to the Ari as source and inspiration. We will study Lurianic Kabbalah as it is refracted through the centuries in the thought of these great masters. No prior background necessary, just an open heart and mind.

Excerpts From the Show "Jewish Chronicles"

One man, one piano, much laughter, some tears

Daniel Cainer

Sunday 9:15 PM–10:30 PM Bentley's

Arts & Performance, Identity & Responsibility

Daniel Cainer from London, will perform some excerpts from the hit show of funny, clever, moving storytelling songs about feuding tailors, a Jewish girl who runs off to join a Christian sect, a rabbi with a cocaine-habit and the bawdy adventures of of a swinging Jewish couple in the 60s - all true too! The UK Jewish-Chronicle calls it "The new comic-bard of Anglo-Jewry" and the Australian Stage says it is "Brilliant, brave and very funny." Booker Prize winner, Howard Jacobson says, "Does on the stage what I do on the page."

Friends of Bill W.

Sunday 9:15 PM–10:30 PM Orange

This is a closed 12-step meeting for people who are already in any 12-step program, or who think they have an addiction problem, or have a friend or family member with an addiction of any kind.

Israel 2011

The Economic Miracle

Barry Mark Spielman

Canceled, sorry

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  • Saturday 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Dutchess

Israel

Israel's economy is rolling. Even as most Western countries continue to struggle with the recession, Israel (officially the first Western country to exit the crisis) has an economy that continues to expand. Nowhere is this more true than in the technology sector. This session will discuss Israel as a "start-up nation," analyzing Israel's success and delving into the unique circumstances that got Israel to where it is today.

Israeli Musicians Get the Jewish Thang

Robbie Gringras

Canceled, sorry

Arts & Performance, Israel

After about 60 years of disappointment, Israel is delivering: a renaissance of Jewish culture. And it’s not even nerdy or elitist… Together with Robbie Gringras, Artist in Residence with Makom, we’ll be listening to and talking about top Israeli music that challenges, inspires, and permanently alters what we call “Jewish Music”.

Longing to Hear Again:

Second Naivete and Liberal Judaism

Leon Morris

Sunday 9:15 PM–10:30 PM Ulster

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Our childhood beliefs are challenged by what we experience later in life. Similarly, many of the Jewish People's core beliefs were challenged by the Enlightenment, biblical criticism and science. With many central myths shattered, we have found ourselves "stuck" in the stage of "demythologization." Our contemporary challenge is to creatively reclaim these ancient texts, laws, and rituals and allow them to speak to us in new ways, moving away from concern with truth toward understanding.

Seeing Through Illusions

A Kabbalistic Discourse on Magic Tricks

Arthur Kurzweil

Sunday 9:15 PM–10:30 PM Hudson III

Arts & Performance, Text & Thought

Arthur Kurzweil, a member of the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians, spends much of his life studying and teaching the profound ideas of Kabbalah, studying and teaching Talmud, as well as designing, teaching and performing magic tricks. These topics—Kabbalah, Talmud and magical illusions—all intersect in Arthur's entertaining and challenging presentation about the search for God and for the Jewish way of faith.

Write On! Creative Experiential Writing for All Ages

Aliya Cheskis-Cotel

Sunday 9:15 PM–10:30 PM Columbia foyer

How-To, Interactive

Travel through the holiday cycle with creative writing to experience history with selected exercises from the presenter's book. Write Ha Lachma Anya (the traditional start to the Passover seder, which means "this is the bread of affliction") from the perspective of a foodless child. Write a Tu B'Shevat (new year for trees) piece as if you were a tree about to be destroyed. Write a report of a resistance fighter in the Maccabee caves. Renew creative learning energy for all ages, making Jewish history come alive!

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