2011 Conference
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Monday 8:15 AM–9:30 AM


Monday 7:30 AM–9:30 AM Ballroom A

Additional schedule

  • Sunday 7:30 AM–9:30 AM Ballroom A
Sit with someone new! Breakfast is a great time to meet new people at Limmud NY.

Bereishit Yoga

Parsha Yoga

Jory Stillman

Monday 9:00 AM–9:34 AM Sullivan

Children & Families

Come join Jory, of Room to Play Yoga, and explore the Six Days of Creation and Shabbat with Bereishit Yoga. In this session, the children will move and have fun while they learn what was created on the six days of creation, practice Yoga postures and creative movement connected to each day of the week, sing, and be guided in a Shabbat visualization. This session is appropriate for children ages 5–8.

Insiders and Outsiders

Who makes the Rules about the Beit Midrash (Study Hall)?

Yaffa Epstein

Monday 8:15 AM–9:30 AM Bentley's

College/University Student Recommended, Text & Thought

This class will look at one of the most fascinating stories in the entire Babylonian Talmud - the deposition of Rabban Gamliel. We will examine critical questions of Rabbinic leadership and authority with an eye to understanding just who makes the rules about the Beit Midrash (study hall). All sources will be provided in the original and in English translation.

Israelis and Palestinians – is Coexistence Possible?

Shlomo Riskin

Monday 8:15 AM–9:30 AM Columbia


Come and gain insights into this question from Shlomo Riskin's personal experiences. Riskin will share his life experience living in Efrat, Israel as vignettes from "life in the West Bank."

Justice and Jewish Thought

Lisa Exler

Monday 8:15 AM–9:30 AM Dutchess

Identity & Responsibility, Social Justice

Since 2009, scores of young Jews in NY, DC and San Francisco have participated in “Justice and Jewish Thought.” Gathering in small groups in people’s homes, they explore how various oppressions, such as race, class, gender, sexual identity, and anti-Semitism intersect with and affect our identities as Jews, Jewish practice, and social justice work. Join us for a taste of this exciting program that prompted a Jewschool blogger to declare that “the radical Jewish revolution is at hand!”

Lilith and Female Sexuality in Sephardic Lore

Analyzing the Demonic and the Feminine in Judaism

Sharonah Fredrick

Monday 8:15 AM–9:30 AM Manhattan Theater

College/University Student Recommended, Global Culture & History, Text & Thought

This lecture will focus on concrete references to Lilith in Jewish mythology, citing not only the Bible and the Zohar, but less obvious references in Sephardic music and poetry, in order to clarify the relationship between the ideas of sin and magic, and their ambivalent connection to the feminine principle in medieval and early Renaissance Jewish tradition. Special attention will be paid to the non-Jewish elements inherent in the Lilith legend, such as Babylonian, Spanish and Muslim motifs.

Limmud North America Regional Networking

Karen Radkowsky

Canceled, sorry

Additional schedule

  • Monday 9:45 AM–11:00 AM Ballroom C


This session is designed as a forum for delegates from the 10 Limmuds across the US and Canada to exchange ideas and build relationships. Together we will brainstorm about how we can begin to work collectively to maximize our human and financial resources, advise and support one other, and assist fledgling Limmud groups in North America.


Relax & Rejuvinate

Becca Rosen

Monday 8:15 AM–9:30 AM Indoor Pool Lounge Area

Additional schedules

  • Saturday 9:00 AM–10:15 AM Indoor Pool Lounge Area
  • Sunday 8:30 AM–9:45 AM Indoor Pool Lounge Area

Movement, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

Give yourself the gift of a session dedicated to melting into your heart and the depths of your nefesh (soul), with this Restorative Yoga class. We activate our bodies as receptive vessels through chanting, mudras (sanskrit for hand gestures), meditation and visualization. The gentle physical partner exercises taught in our classes provide a tremendous internal workout and serve as a powerful means to elevating your sacred self and your perfect human, Jewish spirit. No partner or yoga experience required. You are welcome to come to any or all of the yoga sessions.

The Making of the Wicked Son

Ishmael in Jewish and Muslim Commentaries

Ruth Balinsky

Monday 8:15 AM–9:30 AM Orange

Text & Thought

Ishmael is conventionally taught as an unfavorable, even wicked, character in the Jewish tradition. However, the Pirkei d’Rabbi Eliezer, an 8th-century midrash (interpretation), deviates from this narrative and portrays Abraham and Ishmael’s relationship as one of love and intimacy. In this session we will explore this fascinating midrash and compare it to an early Muslim commentary in an ultimate attempt to understand how these two commentaries perceived the early relationship between Jews and Muslims.


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