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Friday, April 26
 

6:00pm

Kabbalat Shabbat - Orthodox

This service will follow the Orthodox liturgy. It will be led by men. There will be separate seating for men and women.


Friday April 26, 2013 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Gray Library

6:00pm

Kabbalat Shabbat - Reform

This form will follow the Reform liturgy. The service will be led by men and women. Men and women will sit together. Musical instruments will be used in this service.


Friday April 26, 2013 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Room 240

6:00pm

Kabbalat Shabbat - Renewal

Come bring in Shabbat and welcome the Shabbos Queen with Kohenet and Renewal style davvenen!  Our service will include song, chants, lively drums and meditative flutes. Prayers offered will be in English and Hebrew, with language honoring the feminine, masculine and non-gendered faces of the Divine.  Join us for a spirited, creative, harmony filled and colorful service! Musical instruments will be used in this service.


Speakers
avatar for Ellie Barbarash

Ellie Barbarash

Ellie Barbarash is a writer, musician, and disability activist living in Philadelphia. Her non-fiction has been published in Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal. Ordained as a Kohenet in The Hebrew Priestess Institute co founded by Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD and Holly Taya Shere.


Friday April 26, 2013 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Room 243B

6:00pm

Kabbalat Shabbat - Traditional Egalitarian

This service will be traditional and egalitarian. Men and women will sit together.


Friday April 26, 2013 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Alumni Room

7:30pm

Shabbat Dinner
Friday April 26, 2013 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Dining Hall

9:15pm

We Can Only Bless What Is: An Uncomplicated Take on Blessing

Blessing is a remarkably direct, even easy, form of prayer. Fundamentally, it's about seeing and responding and draws on the rudiments of spirituality: wonder, humility, and gratitude. This interactive text study draws mostly from Torah and the Siddur. All texts will be provided in Hebrew and English. We'll learn a little insight that's also a big idea.


Speakers
avatar for Joel Alter

Joel Alter

Joel is Director of Admissions for JTS's Rabbinical and Cantorial Schools. Previously, he promoted pluralism as a Jewish day school teacher, administrator, and rabbi. Ordained while closeted, Joel returned openly gay to an inclusive JTS. He loves Shabbat, Torah, Hebrew, hiking, and good food.


Friday April 26, 2013 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Room 201

9:15pm

G.I. Joel

G.I. JOEL, and it's a comedic (and dramatic) solo piece about my stint in the Israeli Army, is based on my bestselling book, The 188th Crybaby Brigade (Simon and Schuster). G.I. JOEL is about identity, myth, and the absurd reality of life in the Israeli Army, and it's slated to run off-Broadway in late 2014.


Speakers
avatar for Joel Chasnoff

Joel Chasnoff

Joel Chasnoff is a stand-up comedian and author of The 188th Crybaby Brigade about his year in the IDF. He’s performed comedy in eight countries. Joel is co-author of Balaboosta: A Cookbook with Israeli chef and two-time Chopped! champion Einat Admony, to be released in 2013. Joel lives in NYC.


Friday April 26, 2013 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Blauvelt Theatre

9:15pm

Mishnah and Music

Come and read Mishnah as timeless sacred song. Mishnah's legal poetry will dance us towards seeming opposites, then deliver us to the still point of Mystery. Experience Mishna Berachot Chapter 4 as the art of prayer. Texts will be in Hebrew and English.


Speakers
avatar for Shoshana Jedwab

Shoshana Jedwab

Shoshana Jedwab is an award-winning Jewish educator and percussionist. Shoshana is the Jewish Studies Coordinator at the A.J. Heschel Middle School in New York. She is a drum circle facilitator specializing in Jewish-themed drum circles, and is an emerging singer-songwriter of sacred melodies.


Friday April 26, 2013 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Room 243B

9:15pm

Loving Difficult People

The real test of Spirituality is how I relate to others. The real test of how I relate to other is how I behave toward people who "press my buttons". We will learn several beautiful sources in our attempts to personalize Jewish wisdom in the ongoing challenge to deal with difficult people. Open to anyone who has ever had a maddening, bothersome, or aggravating person in their life.


Speakers
avatar for Aryeh Ben David

Aryeh Ben David

Aryeh taught at the Pardes Institute for 20 years. He founded Ayeka: Soulful Jewish Education in 2008. Through its online program, Ayeka trains rabbis and educators to bring Jewish wisdom from our minds to our hearts and souls and into our lives. Aryeh lives in Efrat with Sandra and their 6 children.


Friday April 26, 2013 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Room 202

10:30pm

Shabbat Oneg

Join the LimmudPhilly community to relax and unwind with our Oneg Shabbat! We'll have
refreshments, games, singing and a relaxing atmosphere!


Friday April 26, 2013 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Alumni Room
 
Saturday, April 27
 

8:30am

Saturday Breakfast
Saturday April 27, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am
Dining Hall

9:30am

Shabbat Morning Yoga

Michael Alan has dedicated his life to developing his unique form of meditation and yoga designed to strengthen spirituality and well being through physical expression. His yoga classes, which are based on Kabbalah, Jewish ethics, Mishna as well as Torah will be well tailored for any group. Michael seeks to bring joy, wisdom, and physical well being to his students and here at Limmud will be no exception. Prepare to be inspired and stretched! If you have, feel free to bring a mat or towel to this session.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Alan Sara

Michael Alan Sara

As veteran, educator, yeshiva student, and yogi, Michael Alan Sara brings a unique set of traits to the mat. After joining up with the Tribe 12 Fellowship, he now directs his attention to reawakening the spirituality of Philadelphia's Jewish Community with Tree of Life Movement and Meditation.


Saturday April 27, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Rooftop

9:30am

Shabbat Morning Services - Reconstructionist/Renewal

In this service, Rabbi Elisheva Brenner will use the Reconstructionist prayer book Kol Haneshama. The service will be egalitarian and feature some guided meditation, drums, singing and will have three aliyot. Her services are creative but rooted in tradition and will lead participants to feel a greater connection with the earth, themselves and each other. Musical instruments will be used in this service.


Speakers
avatar for Elisheva Brenner

Elisheva Brenner

Rabbi Elisheva Brenner, JD, LPC,NCC , sometimes called the "foodie rabbi" is the executive director of the Center for Eco-Judaism in Pueblo, Colorado, a 415-acre ranch/farm/spiritual center. Rabbi Elisheva is also the co-founder of Eco-Glatt, Inc.


Saturday April 27, 2013 9:30am - 12:00pm
Room 243B

9:30am

Shabbat Morning Services - Traditional Egalitarian

This service will be traditional and egalitarian. Men and women will both lead services and will sit together.


Saturday April 27, 2013 9:30am - 12:00pm
Alumni Room

10:45am

Tot Shabbat

Tot Shabbat includes songs, prayer and stories for children of all ages.


Saturday April 27, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm
Room 137

12:30pm

Shabbat Lunch
Saturday April 27, 2013 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Dining Hall

2:00pm

A Stroll Down the Parkway: Philly History Through the Eyes of an Amateur

The changing dynamic of the modern Philadelphia skyline is best exemplified in the neighborhood around the Friends Select School. Before 1987, there was a "Gentleman's Agreement" that no building stand higher than City Hall. Since then, skyscrapers have proliferated, joining the historic buildings below. Walk with us as we explore the unique landscape of Philadelphia and discuss its controversial story.


Speakers
avatar for Brian Cohen

Brian Cohen

Teacher
A five-year teacher in the NYC Department of Education, Brian Cohen is an active community member, both secular and Jewish. He wants to shape the school system in the US to become one of the best in the world. He lived in Moishe House Philadelphia for two years, became co-chair of LimmudPhilly in 2011, and had continued in that role in 2012. Brian is an avid reader, thinker, and blogger and loves milkshakes and sweater vests.


Saturday April 27, 2013 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Meet in the Lobby

2:15pm

Music and Peoplehood

This workshop which has been presented by The Shuk in over 20 countries and in numerous Limmud Conferences around the world, takes the participants on an interactive journey through time and explores Jewish expression, culture, history and identity through music and song. An interactive workshop where participants are welcome to sing, dance, create community, smile, and share from their own experience. *No Instruments will be used during this session*


Speakers
avatar for The Shuk

The Shuk

Led by Yoni Avital, The Shuk is one of the leading international music groups from Israel. Having performed in over 30 countries worldwide, The Shuk uses music to excite and connect people of all backgrounds to Israeli and Jewish culture.


Saturday April 27, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Alumni Room

2:15pm

My Military Service: Evolution of Values

Come and learn about the structure of the IDF and the meaning of the term “Tzva Ha’am.” There are set values I believed at the beginning of my service which then evolved over time. I will go through my timeline as well as some personal stories regarding my struggle with an identity crisis. I will also discuss women in the army and lone soldiers.


Speakers
avatar for Nir Inbar

Nir Inbar

Currently Greater Philly community Shaliach, and director of the local IL scouts chapter. Grew up in the IL scouts (leadership positions) In Ra'anana and was in the IDF as a Paratrooper and Platoon commander (officer).


Saturday April 27, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Room 203

2:15pm

Biblical and Rabbinic Sources about Differences: An Honest Look

Short pieces of texts are often used to prove a point, taken out of context. But do they really prove the points we want them to? In this session we will examine and re-contextualize some of the texts that are often quoted when talking about inclusion of people with special needs. The texts can be both helpful and challenging, allowing for honest conversations about the topic.


Speakers
avatar for Michelle Greenfield

Michelle Greenfield

Rabbi Michelle Greenfield is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She currently works at Kehilat HaNahar in New Hope. Michelle has worked with people with special needs in a variety of settings, including Celebrations!, a family program started at Mishkan Shalom in Roxborough.


Saturday April 27, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Room 208

2:15pm

Blocks, Books, and Board Games: Kids Open Play Time

Come enjoy a fun and relaxing session of open game time with other kids 2 years and older.


Saturday April 27, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Room 137

2:15pm

Why Jews Should Study Islam

We will briefly explore four key ways in which Jews can learn about their past and future by peering into the world of Islam and Shariah law.


Speakers
avatar for David Zvi Kalman

David Zvi Kalman

David Zvi Kalman is a PhD student in Penn's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Along with his wife Yael, he also works as a Hadar Campus Scholar at Penn, promoting programming in line with the values of Mechon Hadar, a non-denominational, egalitarian yeshiva in Manhattan.


Saturday April 27, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Room 201

2:15pm

What is a Prophet? Bridging the Gap between Historical-Critical and Rabbinic Perspectives on Biblical Prophecy

The Latter Prophets of the Hebrew Bible present a strange historical anomaly, as prophets everywhere else in the ancient Near East are not nearly so literate and broad-ranging in scope. Modern historical-critical and classical rabbinic approaches propose widely divergent views of what prophets were and what they were doing. This presentation will survey some of these approaches and suggest that there is much that can be learned by seeing these perspectives in conversation with each other.


Speakers
avatar for Jason Radine

Jason Radine

Asst. Professor of Biblical and Jewish Studies at Moravian College, J. Radine researches biblical prophecy in its ancient Near Eastern context. His publications include "The Book of Amos in Emergent Judah" (Mohr Siebeck). Last year he was a Humboldt post-doctoral fellow in Göttingen, Germany.


Saturday April 27, 2013 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Room 202

3:45pm

Am I My Brother's Kippah: Non Jews in the Synagogue

Should non Jews be asked to wear a kippah when they attend services? This will be our jumping off point to address the question of the social and religious questions surrounding the issue of the Jews full acceptance into American culture, as proven through the growing number of non Jews who find themselves in our synagogues. So how do we make room for, invite in and warmly embrace others?




Speakers
avatar for Jay Stein

Jay Stein

Rabbi Jay M. Stein is the Executive Director of American Friends of Hebrew University, New York Region. Member of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, father of five, Yogi. Jay has published on and lectured nationally on the subject of domestic violence and special needs Jewish education.


Saturday April 27, 2013 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Room 208

3:45pm

Jews In Sports: Not Just a Pamphlet Anymore

The Jews In Sports session will be an interactive discussion on how far Jewish Athletes have come in today's sports world both nationally and internationally. We will cover the all-time greats & introduce the audience to some new and up and coming Jewish Athletes who are making their mark today. There will be handouts, prizes, and it will be a lot of fun!


Speakers
avatar for Amiel Monson

Amiel Monson

Amiel T. Monson, Program Director joined Maccabi USA in July 2002. Ami oversees a variety of the Organization's projects, including the formation of Team USA for each Games around The World. He earned three Masters Degrees from Gratz College in Elkins Park, PA. Ami, has a wife Manya and son Moshe.


Saturday April 27, 2013 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Room 203

3:45pm

Shabbat Zmirot

Relax, snack, and sing Shabbat songs together. Following along with leaders Johannah Lebow and Yael Kalman and suggest your own songs to sing.


Saturday April 27, 2013 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Dining Hall

3:45pm

Jewish Dream Practice

We'll look at biblical, talmudic, and mystical Jewish texts that understand dreaming as a soul-journey and a source of revelation. We'll engage in a dream chevruta where we discover the spiritual wisdom of our own dreams. And, we will learn time-honored Jewish rituals for supporting and enhancing our dreamwork on a daily basis. Come with an open heart and a dream or two to share.


Speakers
avatar for Jill Hammer

Jill Hammer

Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD is Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion and co-founder of the Kohenet Institute. She is the author of Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women, The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons, and The Omer Calendar of Biblical Women.


Saturday April 27, 2013 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Room 201

5:15pm

Jewish Identity in an Interfaith World

The questions keeps echoing in your mind: I'm dating someone who isn't Jewish and I can't tell my parents - what do I do? What will my bubbe think about the rabbi and priest co-officiating at our wedding? We've just had kids, how do I instill Jewish identity in them when my spouse celebrates Christmas? Come to this interactive discussion about interfaith families and relationships - and be prepared to share your opinions!


Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Maron

Benjamin Maron

Benjamin Maron, Director of Content and Educational Resources at InterfaithFamily, is known online as @thewanderingjew. A Canadian nomad of North America currently residing in Brookline, MA, he's an educator, editor, writer, community organizer, advocate, chef, Scrabble player, and baby whisperer.


Saturday April 27, 2013 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Room 201

5:15pm

Sustainability: Uncovering The Torah's Hidden Message

Embark on an entirely new way of encountering Torah through the lens of Eco-Judaism. Based on religious, historical, agricultural and climatic data from the Ancient Near East and the work of structural criticism, discover how the Torah becomes a three-dimensional mandala the "eye" of which is the Holiness Code of Leviticus. Explore the encoded literary devices that offer us a radical new way of interpreting Torah as a sustainability message for the whole Earth.


Speakers
avatar for Elisheva Brenner

Elisheva Brenner

Rabbi Elisheva Brenner, JD, LPC,NCC , sometimes called the "foodie rabbi" is the executive director of the Center for Eco-Judaism in Pueblo, Colorado, a 415-acre ranch/farm/spiritual center. Rabbi Elisheva is also the co-founder of Eco-Glatt, Inc.


Saturday April 27, 2013 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Room 203

5:15pm

What Facebook Can Teach Us About Prayer

What if instead of 1000 virtual Facebook friends, you just had one...God. What can Facebook teach us about creating a meaningful and disciplined prayer life.


Speakers
avatar for Joel Seltzer

Joel Seltzer

Rabbi Joel Seltzer is the director of Camp Ramah in the Poconos. A native of Philadelphia, and a product of Ramah Poconos, Rabbi Seltzer recently returned home with his wife and children in order to build a bright and successful future for Camp Ramah in our community.


Saturday April 27, 2013 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Room 208

5:15pm

A Land Twice Promised

Storyteller Noa Baum, an Israeli who began a heartfelt dialogue with a Palestinian woman while living in the United States, weaves together their memories and their mothers' stories. She creates a moving testimony illuminating the complex and contradictory history and emotions that surround Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians alike. For adults and teens ages 12 and up.


Speakers
avatar for Noa Baum

Noa Baum

Award-winning Israeli storyteller, trained in theater and education Noa focuses on building bridges for peace through stories. Presentation highlights: Limmud UK; World Bank; US Defense Department; Mayo Clinic; Fabula Festival, Sweden; Brandies U; Brown U; NYC Jewish Museum; Hebrew U., Jerusalem.


Saturday April 27, 2013 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Room 239

5:15pm

Putting the Brit into BDSM

An Intimate Look at Ezekiel 16. Feminist scholars and readers alike are often appalled by the violence incurred toward the wanton wife, Israel, for her many misconducts against her beloved loyal husband, GD, in Ezekiel 16. In this session we will examine the problematic husband/wife metaphor with an eye for the sadomasochistic trope used by Ezekiel. Is it a power play? Is it gender-essentialist? Is it an exchange of trust, a discourse of pain and love at the core of Jewish theology? Come and see.


Speakers
avatar for Bronwen Mullin

Bronwen Mullin

Composer, Rabbinical student BA 2006 Sarah Lawrence College, Ord. 2016 the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. She is the co-founder of MetaPhys Ed, which produced Bronwen’s "Chalom: A Dream Opera" (2012 International Fringe). Bronwen serves as Artistic Director of Drisha’s Artist Fellowship.


Saturday April 27, 2013 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Room 237

6:30pm

Saturday Dinner - Seudah Shelishit Dinner
Saturday April 27, 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dining Hall

7:00pm

Main Conference Begins: Dessert Buffet
Saturday April 27, 2013 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Alumni Room

8:30pm

Havdalah & Welcome

Join The Tribal Clefs and the LimmudPhilly steering team, as we kick off LimmudPhilly with a wonderful performance and havdalah.


Speakers
avatar for The Tribal Clefs

The Tribal Clefs

The Collaborative's first (and Philly's only) co-ed Jewish a cappella group for young professionals, is excited to have their debut performance at LimmudPhilly this year! Our first full concert will take place in the beginning of June! Stay tuned for details. Members: David Abrams, Julie Allmayer, Ben Appel, Elyse Briyer, Sammy Eisenman, Alon Hafri, Johannah Lebow, Joel Legatt, Ephram Levin, Dani Levine, David Rabizadeh, Jaclyn Rakhman... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2013 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Blauvelt Theatre

9:30pm

RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria Film

Jeff Lieberman's new documentary film, "RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria" has been engaging audiences around the US with an in-depth look at the Igbo people of Africa's most volatile nation. The film is 90 mins in length, so this session will go until 11:00 PM.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Lieberman

Jeff Lieberman

Jeff L. Lieberman is an Award-Winning Journalist, Filmmaker, and Producer. His work has been seen on CBS, CNN & HBO. His latest film, "RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria" is a fascinating journey inside the Igbo Jewish Communities of Nigeria, and has been appearing at festivals around the country.


Saturday April 27, 2013 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Room 203

9:30pm

You Are Both Carriers for the Same Jewish Genetic Disease: Now What?

A short description of Jewish genetic diseases, why, where, and how to get screening and when is the best time to be screened. This will be followed by a discussion of In Vitro fertilization and how pre-implantation genetic diagnosis can help the couple who are both carriers to have healthy children. Other reproductive options will also be discussed.


Speakers
avatar for Jay Schinfeld

Jay Schinfeld

Chief Reproductive Endocrinologist at Abington Hospital; OB/Gyn Clinical Professor at Jefferson Medical; OB/Gyn Adjunct Professor at Temple University; Trustee at Adath Jeshurun Synagogue in Elkins Park
avatar for Adele Schneider

Adele Schneider

Dr. Adele Schneider is Medical Director of the Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and Professor of Pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College. She graduated from Witwatersrand University Medical School in South Africa and trained in genetics at CHOP.


Saturday April 27, 2013 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Gray Library

9:30pm

The Shuk - Live in Concert

Led by Yoni Avital, The Shuk is one of the leading international music groups from Israel and will be performing for the first time at Limmud Philly. Having performed in over 30 countries worldwide, The Shuk uses music to excite and connect people of all backgrounds to Israeli and Jewish culture through its extraordinarily diverse repertoire consisting of traditional, contemporary, folk, sacred, Israeli, Jewish, Middle-Eastern and world music.

 


Speakers
avatar for The Shuk

The Shuk

Led by Yoni Avital, The Shuk is one of the leading international music groups from Israel. Having performed in over 30 countries worldwide, The Shuk uses music to excite and connect people of all backgrounds to Israeli and Jewish culture.


Saturday April 27, 2013 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Blauvelt Theatre

11:00pm

Israeli Folk-Dancing Beyond the Kibbutz

If you have ever been curious about Israeli dancing or wanted to improve your Hora moves at your next wedding, this is the session for you.  Israeli dancing is an art that is close to 100 years old practiced in over 100 countries around the world.  With over 10,000 circle, partner, and line dances, I will be teaching one line dance and a second line or circle dance with time permitting.  No rhythm necessary and all skill levels welcome!


Speakers
avatar for Ben Profeta

Ben Profeta

Ben Profeta has been Israeli dancing since the age of 10. He has worked with Rakdan Inc. leading Israeli dancing at events, performed with a dance troupe and was the Israeli dancing specialist at Habonim Dror Camp Galil in Bucks County, PA for five years.


Saturday April 27, 2013 11:00pm - Sunday April 28, 2013 12:00am
Gym

11:00pm

Karaoke

Come sing your favorite tunes with your LimmudPhilly friends.


Saturday April 27, 2013 11:00pm - Sunday April 28, 2013 12:00am
Alumni Room
 
Sunday, April 28
 

7:45am

Sunday Breakfast
Sunday April 28, 2013 7:45am - 10:00am
Dining Hall

8:00am

Currents Events in Israel and the Middle East

Come hear from the Deputy Consul General of Israel in Philadelphia the latest update regarding current events in Israel and the Middle East. Topics including; Israeli Politics, Relations between Secular and religious in Israel, Middle East update, Iran and the race to nuclear weapon, Israel-USA relations, and any topic which is Israel related that you would like to know more about.


Speakers
avatar for Elad Strohmayer

Elad Strohmayer

Deputy Consul General in the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia since August, 2012. Mr. Strohmayer brings to his tour experience as both a diplomat and a Jewish community professional. His previous post was the Deputy Ambassador in the Embassy of Israel in Luanda, Angola.


Sunday April 28, 2013 8:00am - 9:15am
Room 203

8:00am

Cooking Creative Cookies

Join mother-daughter team Marianne Ruby and Ilana Emmett as we all work together to make some of your favorite Jewish cookies for you to cook at home. These great parve desserts are a fun an easy addition to any meal - and they'll be a great way to start the day at LimmudPhilly!


Sunday April 28, 2013 8:00am - 9:15am
Alumni Room

8:00am

Money Talks in the Jewish State

Issues of poverty and economic justice in Israel were brought to the fore by the social justice protests of Summer 2011, and were high on the agenda during the recent Israeli elections. We will examine several texts that speak to these issues and explore specific Israeli initiatives that address some of the challenges. We will wrap up with a discussion of how activist efforts have brought about this change in the discourse.


Speakers
avatar for Ruhi Sophia Rubenstein

Ruhi Sophia Rubenstein

Ruhi Sophia Rubenstein is in her 3rd year at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Last year, she worked as a Shatil Fellow for Social Change in Israel. She currently fights for immigration reform as an intern with HIAS Pennsylvania, and interns with the Woodstock Jewish Community in New York.


Sunday April 28, 2013 8:00am - 9:15am
Room 201

8:30am

Young Limmud
Sunday April 28, 2013 8:30am - 4:30pm
Room 137

9:30am

The Art of Jewish Paper Cutting: Part 1

Using a pen knife, scissors and simple drafting materials, we will create a work based upon traditional Jewish papercuts and will gain an appreciation for the rich symbols that originate from the Torah and Psalms. From the simplest shapes to the complexity of pattern and filigree, students will be given the tools to take this ancient folk art into the 21st Century. No art skills required.


Speakers
avatar for Deborah Ugoretz

Deborah Ugoretz

Ugoretz has created Jewish art since 1975. Her papercuts were included in the catalogue of the exhibition “Slash- Art under the Knife” , Museum of Art and Design. For 7 years she was an organizer of an Artist Beit Midrash, artists who study Jewish texts and then create visual interpretations.


Sunday April 28, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Room 233

9:30am

Doing Jewish Journalism Today: A Publisher's Perspective

Norich will describe how America's most respected Jewish media organization has transformed itself from a Yiddish newspaper into a digital medium publishing in English and Yiddish, online and in print, that is increasingly relying on public support. The Forward competes for readers and advertisers with other Jewish media as well as Israeli and American corporate media, at a time when consumer habits are shifting, organizations are less salient, and Jewish literacy grows wider and deeper.


Speakers
avatar for Sam Norich

Sam Norich

Samuel Norich is the publisher of The Forward and The Forverts, and has led the expansion of both publications from print to digital media. He was executive director of the YIVO Institute from 1980 to 1992, and has served on the boards of World Jewish Congress, Ameinu, and the Claims Conference.


Sunday April 28, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Room 208

9:30am

Drums and Dancing

Leap into action with your whole body and play and pray in our drum circle. No need to bring percussion. No need to know how to drum or dance!  Enjoy earthy, creative sound collaborations and the ecstasy of group entrainment.  Percussionist, singer, and creative Jewish educator, Shoshana Jedwab, will lead those gathered in familiar prayers, and in her own compositions. Let words fall away, and enjoy how life and the Divine play through you.  Drum and dance into celebration and the still point.


Speakers
avatar for Shoshana Jedwab

Shoshana Jedwab

Shoshana Jedwab is an award-winning Jewish educator and percussionist. Shoshana is the Jewish Studies Coordinator at the A.J. Heschel Middle School in New York. She is a drum circle facilitator specializing in Jewish-themed drum circles, and is an emerging singer-songwriter of sacred melodies.


Sunday April 28, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Blauvelt Theatre

9:30am

Young, Jewish, and Confused: Ethnic Jewish Identity in a Non-Jewish World

How does a culturally or ethnically identified Jew navigate her or his identity while living 'outside' Jewish and Gentile communities? This class explores the provocative and often very isolating experiences of Jews who identify culturally with Judaism but don't have the knowledge or motivation to feel comfortable participating in Jewish life. We will explore specifically the research I did at UVa on Jewish students who feel lost within both UVa's WASP-centric culture and its Jewish community.


Speakers
avatar for Anne Grant

Anne Grant

Anne graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A., Highest Distinction, in Jewish Studies in 2012. As an undergraduate, she conducted a detailed ethnographic survey among Jewish students who experienced cultural isolation at UVA. She plans to continue this research as a PhD student.


Sunday April 28, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Room 229

9:30am

The Golem Girl

Storyteller Marc Young uses the ancient Jewish legend of the Golem to illuminate a young woman's struggle to overcome a dangerous eating disorder. The performance will be followed by a discussion of how family and friends can help their loved ones deal with ED.


Speakers
avatar for Marc Young

Marc Young

Marc Young is a Jewish storyteller (and a zeyde :-) His performances weave together biblical tales, midrash, world Jewish folklore, yiddish literature and modern Jewish stories along with his original work. Marc is a member of the National Storytelling Network and the Jewish Storytellers Coalition.


Sunday April 28, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Room 239

9:30am

RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria Discussion

Jeff Lieberman's new documentary film, "RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria" has been engaging audiences around the US with an in-depth look at the Igbo people of Africa's most volatile nation. Lieberman will share stories from his many weeks living amongst these communities, in addition to detailing the history, culture and debate surrounding the Igbo Jewish population. Clips from the film will give attendees a glimpse into their music, prayer, practice, and vibrant enthusiasm for Judaism.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Lieberman

Jeff Lieberman

Jeff L. Lieberman is an Award-Winning Journalist, Filmmaker, and Producer. His work has been seen on CBS, CNN & HBO. His latest film, "RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria" is a fascinating journey inside the Igbo Jewish Communities of Nigeria, and has been appearing at festivals around the country.


Sunday April 28, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Room 203

9:30am

Circumcision: A Religious, Cultural, and Medical Perspective

An historical and religious approach to circumcision from ancient Egypt to the present, with an emphasis on the medical, cultural, and religious controversies of the last 100 years.


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Gary Emmett

Gary Emmett, MD, SAAP is a primary care pediatrician in Philadelphia. He is also a professor of pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University and the Director of In-Patient Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. He has written numerous papers on varying aspects of pediatrics as well as the textbook The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn.


Sunday April 28, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Room 202

9:30am

Shabbat Summer Salad Cooking Demo

No more soggy salads on Shabbat! Leave the iceberg lettuce behind and enjoy the full flavors of summer with yummy vegan salads and homemade dressing that are easy, quick, and will be a perfect addition to your Shabbat luncheon.


Speakers
avatar for Beth Kaufman

Beth Kaufman

Beth is a professional Holistic Health Coach and a Natural Foods Personal Chef who wants to share her love, knowledge and passion for food with you. Trained in health-supportive culinary arts from The Natural Gourmet Institute and holistic nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.


Sunday April 28, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Alumni Room

9:30am

Floor Plans for the House of God

This session will explore the spiritual, aesthetic, and social meaning of some historical trends and battles in the design of Western houses of worship. We’ll look, for example, at why some synagogue sanctuaries have a bema in the center while others put the cantor or rabbi on a stage at the front. And we’ll ask why many churches are moving their liturgical focus from the front to an area that they call a bema. Designing sacred space, as we’ll see with words and pictures, is no simple thing.


Speakers
avatar for Perry Dane

Perry Dane

Perry Dane is a Professor of Law at the Rutgers Law School and was a law clerk to William J. Brennan, Jr., Assoc. Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. His scholarly interests include religion and law, constitutional law, and Jewish law. He also has a long-time fascination with religious architecture.


Sunday April 28, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Room 232

9:30am

Witness to History Project: Survivor Presentation

Kurt Herman was born in October 1929 in Vienna, Austria. In 1938 the Nazis annexed Austria. When he was 10 years old, his mother answered a newspaper ad looking for children to immigrate to America. He was among 50 Jewish children from Vienna, out of more than 600, to be chosen to be rescued to Philadelphia in May 1939. Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus saved lives and ended up saving worlds.


Speakers
avatar for Kurt Herman

Kurt Herman

Kurt Herman was born in October 1929 in Vienna, Austria. In 1938 the Nazis annexed Austria. When he was 10 years old, his mother answered a newspaper ad looking for children to immigrate to America. He was among 50 Jewish children from Vienna to be chosen to be rescued to Philadelphia in May 1939.


Sunday April 28, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Room 201

10:00am

Beit Midrash 1: Stop in to Explore a House of Study!

Take some time – 15 minutes or a few hours – with Jewish texts that reveal amazing connections between the stories of creation and the stories of the stone tablets at Mt. Sinai.  Experience the Jewish art of close reading as you pore over selections from the Bible and from the layers of commentary, with a study partner or on your own. Adult participants from the Mekom Torah Jewish learning project will be on hand, prepared to work through the texts with you, or to help you get started with guided study questions, or simply to hand you the texts and get out of your way.  At 3:15pm Rabbi Helen Plotkin will lead a session in which Beit Midrash participants will have a chance to discuss their questions, interpretations, and insights

 


Speakers
avatar for Helen Plotkin

Helen Plotkin

Rabbi Helen Plotkin is the director of Mekom Torah and Mekom Torah High School. She also directs the Swarthmore College Center for the Study of Classical Jewish Texts, also known as the Beit Midrash. In this role, she teaches in the Religion Department, where her courses include “Hebrew for Text Study” and “Readings in Classical Jewish Texts.”
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Mekom Torah

Mekom Torah is a community Jewish learning project developed by Rabbi Helen Plotkin in collaboration with Congregation Beth Israel of Media, PA, Congregation Ohev Shalom of Wallingford, PA, and Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. We offer high quality Jewish study opportunities for adults and young people that transcend the boundaries of the various Jewish movements. Through Judaism as a culture of learning, Mekom Torah deepens the experience... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2013 10:00am - 2:00pm
Gray Library

11:00am

The Art of Jewish Paper Cutting: Part 2

Using a pen knife, scissors and simple drafting materials, we will create a work based upon traditional Jewish papercuts and will gain an appreciation for the rich symbols that originate from the Torah and Psalms. From the simplest shapes to the complexity of pattern and filigree, students will be given the tools to take this ancient folk art into the 21st Century. No art skills required.


Speakers
avatar for Deborah Ugoretz

Deborah Ugoretz

Ugoretz has created Jewish art since 1975. Her papercuts were included in the catalogue of the exhibition “Slash- Art under the Knife” , Museum of Art and Design. For 7 years she was an organizer of an Artist Beit Midrash, artists who study Jewish texts and then create visual interpretations.


Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 233

11:00am

Concert: Sonic Theology

Jessi Roemer and Sonic Theology perform fresh, original Jewish music that blends Sephardic, Ashkenazi, Middle Eastern, and North & South American styles. Sweet, sinuous melodies and lively, celebratory drum rhythms inspire the body and move the spirit! Sung in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English, their music expresses the celebration, emotion, and spirituality of Jewish texts, bringing listeners along on a musical journey of the soul!

 


Speakers
avatar for Jessi Roemer

Jessi Roemer

Jessi Roemer is a Philadelphia-based composer of new Jewish music. She has performed in several U.S. states, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Jessi serves three Philadelphia synagogues in cantorial roles. Her band Sonic Theology plays a fresh hybrid of Jewish styles - lyrics in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English.


Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Blauvelt Theatre

11:00am

Behind the Jewish Media Panel: What You Should Know

What roles can the Jewish media in Philadelphia play to best support Jewish life?  How can a community with divergent views on many subjects be best represented in both a Federation-owned publication and an independent  website? How is the fast-changing world of online journalism — and of Jewish life — influencing the way local Jewish media cover our community? Come meet the editor of the Jewish Exponent, Editor of  The Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey and the publisher of the Philadelphia Jewish Voice to get their perspectives and to ask some tough questions of your own.


Moderators
avatar for Adena Potok

Adena Potok

Teacher, editor, social worker, community organizer. Active in fields of education, theater, journalism, and in inter-cultural and inter-religious venues.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Hostein

Lisa Hostein

Lisa Hostein is the executive editor of the Jewish Exponent. A former editor of JTA, the international news agency, she has won numerous awards for journalism Under her guidance, the Jewish Exponent has been named the best non-daily newspaper in Pennsylvania.
avatar for Dan Loeb

Dan Loeb

Dan Loeb is a mathematician & genealogist. He has published PJVoice.com since 2006. His genealogy website loebtree.com goes back to biblical times. He has a Math PhD from MIT and taught Math & Comp. Sci. in France. He lives in Philly since 1996 & works in finance for Susquehanna International Group.
avatar for David Portnoe

David Portnoe

David Portnoe is the editor/executive director of the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, a newspaper owned by the Jewish Federation of SNJ. The Voice also puts out Attitudes, a Jewish lifestyle magazine, and Connect, an annual guide to Jewish life in Southern New Jersey.


Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Alumni Room

11:00am

The ELItalks

This session focuses specifically on ELItalks (short videos with the central themes of Jewish literacy, Jewish religious engagement, peoplehood, with Israel at the center, any combination of those three) that have ties to education and leadership that can be applied to all stakeholders in schools. Join Miriam Brosseau as she leads discussion about how each talk’s theme or big idea impacts education and leadership and how these ideas can be shared and implemented in your own community.


Speakers
avatar for Miriam Brosseau

Miriam Brosseau

Miriam Brosseau is the Associate Director of Network Initiatives for the Jewish Education Project, and works with Darim Online and See3 Communications for special social media projects involving Jewish education.


Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 208

11:00am

Holy Eating: The Covenant of the Bagel

Do you love to eat? Join the ""Foodie Rabbi"" in this fun, challenging workshop. Together, will explore eating as part of our covenantal relationship with God. Be prepared to expand your mind and consciousness. You will never take a bite out of food the same way again!


Speakers
avatar for Elisheva Brenner

Elisheva Brenner

Rabbi Elisheva Brenner, JD, LPC,NCC , sometimes called the "foodie rabbi" is the executive director of the Center for Eco-Judaism in Pueblo, Colorado, a 415-acre ranch/farm/spiritual center. Rabbi Elisheva is also the co-founder of Eco-Glatt, Inc.


Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 203

11:00am

Startup Nation: Israeli? Or Jewish?

Israel has recently gained international fame as a "Startup Nation". But the Jewish People have a long-standing, rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship. In this session we will explore "what is Jewish about innovation?" using a few Hebrew texts and PresenTense core concepts.

 


Speakers
avatar for Shelby Zitelman

Shelby Zitelman

Originally from Rockville, MD, Shelby joined PresenTense after spending a year in Israel studying at Pardes and working for the University of Maryland Entrepreneurship Center. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she studied entrepreneurial management at the Wharton School.


Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 239

11:00am

Gay Life and the Jewish State: Israel's LGBT Community

Did you know Israel was one of the first countries in the world that appealed the "Don't ask don't tell" in the military? Did you know that the State of Israel recognize gay marriage even though the law doesn't allow it? Did you know that for many years there's a gay pride parade in Jerusalem? Did you know that Tel Aviv is one of the most popular gay tourist destinations in the world? Join me to hear from first hand about gay life in Israel and the progress made regarding gay rights in Israel.


Speakers
avatar for Elad Strohmayer

Elad Strohmayer

Deputy Consul General in the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia since August, 2012. Mr. Strohmayer brings to his tour experience as both a diplomat and a Jewish community professional. His previous post was the Deputy Ambassador in the Embassy of Israel in Luanda, Angola.


Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 237

11:00am

Sephardi Customs and History

We will explore the origins of the Sephardi Diaspora and contrast it with the Ashkenazi one. We will discuss the different customs in the Jewish observance, Israel, philosophy and organized life. We will put these discussions in the outlook to life and Judaism in the original Sephadi context.


Speakers
avatar for Albert Gabbai

Albert Gabbai

Rabbi Albert Gabbai is presently has been the rabbi of Congregation Mikveh Israel, founded in 1740, the Synagogue of the American Revolution, for the past 24 years. He has lectured extensively on Sephardi/Jewish topics.


Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 202

11:00am

Hashpa’ah: Opening to God’s Abundant Flow

Hashpa'ah (Spiritual Direction), a contemplative practice, explores and expands one's connection and understanding of the Holy in our everyday activities and in the extraordinary events of our lives. The goal of this program is for participants to experience how Jewish Spiritual Direction can support his/her spiritual and religious life. Spiritual Direction has a rich history and is referenced in Pirke Avot 1:6. which states, “Make for yourself a teacher and acquire for yourself a friend.

 


Speakers
avatar for Sharon Pearl

Sharon Pearl

Sharon Pearl, M.A. is an ordained Mashpiah Ruchanit (Spiritual Director). She provides individual and group spiritual direction. Sharon is a lay leader at P'nai Or Philadelphia. Sharon's spirituality informs her other important role as a Speech Language Pathologist in private practice.


Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 201

11:00am

The Body 2.0: Kabbalistic Visions of the End of Aging and Radical Life Extension

Medical breakthroughs in the world of genetics, stem cell research, and nanotechnology are producing far-reaching changes in how we think about our health. What are the implications of our ever-increasing ability to reprogram our biology? This session will cast the light of Jewish wisdom on issues such as the elimination of disease, the arresting and reversing of aging, and the prospects of human immortality.


Speakers
avatar for Asher Crispe

Asher Crispe

Rabbi Asher Crispe is the Executive Director of Interinclusion.org, celebrating the convergence between contemporary arts and sciences and timeless Jewish wisdom. He travels worldwide as a speaker on Jewish Mysticism and consults for financial, medical, and technological projects on future trends.


Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 209

11:00am

Why Is It So Hard To Be Patient?: A Practical Guide to Loving Your Neighbor As Yourself

Do you find that you get impatient? Learn how to control your impatience. Mussar is a Jewish practice that creates an environment which brings unconscious impediments to light and replaces them with a consciousness of living a more mindful life. You will leave this course understanding yourself better and with specific tools to help you navigate the daily slippery slope of being in relation to others and the feelings and actions that goes along with those encounters.


Speakers
avatar for Mindy Shapiro

Mindy Shapiro

Mindy Shapiro was first introduced to the folk art of papercutting at KlezKamp, a Yiddish folk camp. She credits her to her only art training which was as a leather craftsperson at Camp Louise. Mindy's groundbreaking creativity, intricate designs and use of color, distinguish her as an artist. Mindy Shapiro, a Jewish communal professional with over 25 years of experience, has been studying Mussar through the Mussar Leadership Program with... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 228

11:00am

The Fightin' Levites

The Levites appear in Jewish tradition as a sort of second-class priesthood, subservient to the priestly descendants of Aaron in the Jerusalem Temple. But a closer reading of the oldest biblical sources -- alongside archaeological evidence -- points to an origin for the Levites steeped in violence, battle, and bloodshed. We will see how in early Israel, Levites were viewed as God's foot soldiers, and their priestly authority rested in the successful waging of war.


Speakers
avatar for Mark Leuchter

Mark Leuchter

Mark Leuchter is Associate Professor of Religion at Temple University. His research engages the history of prophecy, the priesthood and mythological thought in Israelite religion. His most recent book is entitled SAMUEL AND THE SHAPING OF TRADITION (Oxford University Press, 2013).


Sunday April 28, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Room 232

11:15am

Sunday Lunch
Sunday April 28, 2013 11:15am - 2:00pm
Dining Hall

12:30pm

Hava Nagila (The Movie)

It is instantly recognizable – musical shorthand for anything Jewish, a happy party tune that you dance to at weddings, bar mitzvahs and even at Major League Baseball games. It conjures up wistful smiles, memories of generations past…and no shortage of eye rolling. But as audiences will discover in Hava Nagila (The Movie), the song is much more than a tale of Jewish kitsch and bad bar mitzvah fashions. It carries with it an entire constellation of history, values and hopes for the future. In its own believe-it-or-not way, Hava Nagila encapsulates the Jewish journey over the past 150 years. It also reveals the power of one song to express and sustain identity, to transmit lessons across generations and to bridge cultural divides and connect us all on a universal level.


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Sunday April 28, 2013 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Blauvelt Theatre

12:30pm

Write On!: Creative Experiential Writing for All Ages

Travel through the holiday cycle with creative writing to experience history with selected exercises from the presenter's book. Write Ha Lachma Anya from the perspective of a foodless child. Write a Tu B'Shvat piece as if you were a tree with personality. Write a diary entry of a resistance fighter in the Maccabee caves. Write a controversial dialogue between Ahmed and Beni, an Arab-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli boy. Renew creative learning energy for all ages, making Jewish history come alive!

 


Speakers
avatar for Aliya Cheskis-Cotel

Aliya Cheskis-Cotel

Aliya Cheskis-Cotel, veteran Limmud presenter, specializes in arts programs, creative writing, and special needs/enrichment/Judaic learning for ages 7-70. Aliya directs the first exclusive Jewish Talent Agency that engages in fundraising, Kolot Management.com. Visit our site and enjoy our talent!


Sunday April 28, 2013 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Room 233

12:30pm

We Totally Accept You (Almost): Ritual and Leadership Roles in Synagogues

Intermarried Jews, their partners, and their children may face restrictions on the roles they can play in religious life. These include leadership roles on committees and boards, and honors during services, such as reciting blessings over the Torah, leading prayers, or opening the ark. Why do these restrictions exist? We will look at the historic implications by examining Jewish law and explore the ways in which some synagogues are including those in their communities who are not Jewish.


Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Maron

Benjamin Maron

Benjamin Maron, Director of Content and Educational Resources at InterfaithFamily, is known online as @thewanderingjew. A Canadian nomad of North America currently residing in Brookline, MA, he's an educator, editor, writer, community organizer, advocate, chef, Scrabble player, and baby whisperer.


Sunday April 28, 2013 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Room 201

12:30pm

Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People

Who are the Jews? In his book, Harry Ostrer, an internationally renowned medical geneticist, joins this century-old debate by exploring previous efforts to define a biological basis for Jewishness and the recent discoveries of his own Jewish HapMap Project team of investigators.  Recognizing the rising popularity of genetic genealogy, he discusses whether knowledge of the genetic legacy is providing a new basis for shared Jewish identity.


Speakers
avatar for Harry Ostrer

Harry Ostrer

Harry Ostrer, M.D. is a long-time investigator of the genetics of the Jewish people. He is Professor of Pathology, Genetics and Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of Genetic and Genomic Testing at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York.


Sunday April 28, 2013 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Room 203

12:30pm

Kaddish for Fido or Fluffy: Judaism and Pets

For many Jews, your pet is like a member of the family. So can you sit shiva for Fluffy or Fido? We'll explore what Jewish sources say about our relationship with companion animals. Pet-free types, as well as animal lovers, are encouraged to attend.


Speakers
avatar for Ellen Flax

Ellen Flax

Ellen Flax is the director of The Hadassah Foundation (www.hadassahfoundation.org), the largest Jewish women's foundation in the US. For four years, she has been a member of Limmud's International Chavruta Project team. She was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.


Sunday April 28, 2013 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Room 208

12:30pm

94 Maidens: A Holocaust Story Inspired by True Events

The author will present her novel, 94 Maidens; the story of a group of schoolgirls struggling to stay alive in Nazi-occupied Poland, a young family playing a perilous game of cat and mouse with the Nazis in the final days of Hitler’s Berlin, and an American TV personality who gains access to sealed Nazi documents and unravels it all. She will also discuss her mission to gather what may be the last testimonials and show how she has made them easily accessible on the web for use in any classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Rhonda Fink-Whitman

Rhonda Fink-Whitman

Rhonda Fink-Whitman is a veteran TV & radio personality as well as an award-winning screenwriter, longtime Jewish educator and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. 94 Maidens is her first novel. She lives in a suburb of Phila. w/her husband & two children. Rhonda & her family volunteer for the USO.


Sunday April 28, 2013 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Room 237

12:30pm

What is Soulful Jewish Education?

What is Soulful Jewish Education?  Aryeh Ben David founded Ayeka because Jewish education too often focuses exclusively on conveying information. For Ayeka, the larger goal of learning Jewish wisdom is to affect and change us. We will demonstrate how to move from information to transformation by focusing on the MOST fundamental question in Judaism--one that is almost never asked.


Speakers
avatar for Aryeh Ben David

Aryeh Ben David

Aryeh taught at the Pardes Institute for 20 years. He founded Ayeka: Soulful Jewish Education in 2008. Through its online program, Ayeka trains rabbis and educators to bring Jewish wisdom from our minds to our hearts and souls and into our lives. Aryeh lives in Efrat with Sandra and their 6 children.


Sunday April 28, 2013 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Room 209

12:30pm

Berbere: The Ethiopian Curry

A narration of the history of the Ethiopian Jews and their special spice called Berbere. You will be able to sample and mix your own curry.


Speakers
avatar for Ronit Treatman

Ronit Treatman

Ronit Treatman was born in Israel. She grew up in Israel, Ethiopia and Venezuela. She is the president and food editor of The Philadelphia Jewish Voice. Ronit is the creator of Hands-On Jewish Holidays, a celebration of Jewish history, culture, and creativity.


Sunday April 28, 2013 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Alumni Room

12:30pm

Impossible to Translate But I'll Try: True-Life Israeli Stories

Growing up in Jerusalem is more than the Bible and War. Award-winning storyteller Noa Baum, takes us on a poignant and humorous journey through her life. Experience a completely different side of Israel with stories of childhood adventures, outrageous matchmaking and all the love in between! A performance of stories for adults and teens ages 12 and up.


Speakers
avatar for Noa Baum

Noa Baum

Award-winning Israeli storyteller, trained in theater and education Noa focuses on building bridges for peace through stories. Presentation highlights: Limmud UK; World Bank; US Defense Department; Mayo Clinic; Fabula Festival, Sweden; Brandies U; Brown U; NYC Jewish Museum; Hebrew U., Jerusalem.


Sunday April 28, 2013 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Room 239

12:30pm

The Stranger Among You: African Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel

Since 2005, more than 60,000 African refugees and asylum-seekers – most fleeing conflict in Eritrea and Sudan – have crossed into Israel. Ironically, Israel, a nation of refugees, has not fully developed a legal process for non-Jewish refugees, and most live in a state of limbo, with little access to basic services or work, and under threat of incarceration or deportation. Learn about and discuss the challenges and complexities of the situation.


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Sunday April 28, 2013 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Room 202

2:00pm

Judeo-Spanish in the Sephardic Diaspora

For centuries, Judeo-Spanish was the primary language of thousands of Sephardic Jews who found refuge from expulsion and the Spanish Inquisition in the Ottoman Empire. In this session, we will discuss the roots of this fascinating language, the evolution of its many dialects, its rise and fall in popularity, and its current status as a spoken, written, and studied language. We will also learn some basic words and phrases and listen to popular Judeo-Spanish music.


Speakers
avatar for Sherri Cohen

Sherri Cohen

Sherri Cohen began studying Judeo-Spanish in the most unlikely of places: Philadelphia. Since 2009, she has worked with the language and Sephardic oral histories in Turkey as a Fulbright scholar, in Austria with the NGO Centropa, and currently in New York as an MA student in European Studies at NYU.


Sunday April 28, 2013 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Room 201

2:00pm

Beyond Havdalah: A Musical Exploration

Havdalah can be more than just the wine, spices, and a twisted candle that help close Shabbat and usher in a new week. With music as our muse, this session will explore some of themes that are found within and surround the havdalah service. These themes will help us explore a variety of traditional and non-traditional songs from Judaism and outside sources to help enrich one’s havdalah experience.

Song sheets will be provided and participants are encouraged to sing along.


Speakers
avatar for Gavri-Tov Yares

Gavri-Tov Yares

Gavri-Tov Yares grew up in the suburbs of South Jersey. He has toured, performed, and taught in America, Europe, and Israel. While not on the road, Gavri-Tov teaches music at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland.


Sunday April 28, 2013 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Blauvelt Theatre

2:00pm

Kabbalah: The Musical!

Enter the world of Kabbalah, the Jewish esoteric tradition. “Kabbalah, the Musical!” is a multi-dimensional interactive theatre piece created by maverick artist and performer Rabbi Rayzel Raphael. “Kabbalah, the Musical!” is based on research from ancient Kabbalistic texts, yet is accessible to all. Story, song, meditation and mystery. Come be enlightened and entertained. Be prepared to sing along!


Speakers
avatar for Rayzel Raphael

Rayzel Raphael

Rabbi Rayzel Raphael is a visionary artist and award winning singer/songwriter. She teaches about spirituality, kabbalah, and the mysteries of life and death. She is a ceremonialist for weddings and life cycle rituals in the Delaware Valley. Cast members: Linda Silverman, Ellie Barbarash, Freyda Black, Peggy Smith.


Sunday April 28, 2013 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Alumni Room

2:00pm

Making Gorgeous Exotic Wood Mezuzahs!

Come watch a gorgeous exotic wood mezuzah be made as we transform a block of wood into a finished project on a lathe in front of your eyes! Try your hand at it yourself and experience hands-on the feel of turning a project on a lathe!


Speakers
avatar for Michael Vogel

Michael Vogel

We are Philadelphia's only members-access woodshop where YOU can build what you want, when you want! Enjoy classes, access to our pro-grade tools and expert advise from our team!


Sunday April 28, 2013 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Room 240

2:00pm

Opening New Conversations

Ever feel like some of your best moments at a conference were those conversations in the hall between sessions, or unplanned discussions during lunch? LimmudPhilly provides great opportunities for people to connect and talk about issues that are important to them. We want to find ways to promote even more participatory discussions. Come brainstorm with us about how we can add more open conversation to the LimmudPhilly program.


Sunday April 28, 2013 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Dining Hall

2:00pm

Exploring Jewish Heritage through Archeological Finds

We as Jews know more today about our history than ever before through the latest archeological finds in the land of Israel. Surprising discoveries have altered our understanding of Jewish history. Sources had yielded certain conclusions that have been challenged and we will explore a new history in light of how the archeology coexists with the literature. We better know who we are and where we come from as Jews today because we live in an age with the opportunity to explore our past in Israel.


Speakers
avatar for Jon Goldstein

Jon Goldstein

After 2 years on Wall Street, Jon left NYC for the Holyland. Following a corporate vacation, he moved to Israel to study archeology and started a travel biz &writes as travel journalist. He now runs tours to the Middle East and Europe exploring both our individual heritages and the world we live in.


Sunday April 28, 2013 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Room 203

2:00pm

Why and Whither Women of the Wall

This session will explore Women of the Wall's 24 year struggle to be able to pray as a group with Tallit and Tefillin in the Ezrat Nashim of the Kotel. We will discuss WOW's commitment to mutual respect and support across the various denominations of Judaism, WOW's ongoing Rosh Chodesh prayers in the Ezrat Nashim despite harassment and police detention, WOW's trials and tribulations in Israel's Supreme Court, and the meaning of WOW in the broader context of religious pluralism in Israel.


Speakers
avatar for Susan Aranoff

Susan Aranoff

Dr. Susan Aranoff, a professor of economics, is a founding member of WOW and a named litigant in WOW’s first case in Israel’s Supreme Court. Susan has been an activist for three decades in the struggle to free agunot. Susan is blessed with six wonderful children and ten grandchildren, so far.


Sunday April 28, 2013 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Gray Library

2:00pm

I Can't Believe it's Not Orthodox!: What it Takes to Create Strong, Halakhic, Non-Denominational Communities

A frank discussion, grounded in sources, on what non-Orthodox observance looks like today, and what we should be working towards. The presenter and his wife have spent the past year working on Penn's campus for Mechon Hadar, a non-denominational, egalitarian yeshiva in Manhattan.


Speakers
avatar for David Zvi Kalman

David Zvi Kalman

David Zvi Kalman is a PhD student in Penn's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Along with his wife Yael, he also works as a Hadar Campus Scholar at Penn, promoting programming in line with the values of Mechon Hadar, a non-denominational, egalitarian yeshiva in Manhattan.


Sunday April 28, 2013 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Room 202

2:00pm

Chocolate: An Unexpected Journey

Join Mekom Torah High School students on a Jewish journey through the world of chocolate. Learn how the Jews played a crucial role in bringing chocolate to the great cities of Europe. Find out how Jewish chocolate lovers today can help promote ethical treatment of the people who grow the crop we love so much. Sharing the wisdom and talent of Philadelphia's own Chef Dottie Hubbard, the teens will offer tastes of delicacies made from fair trade chocolate.


Speakers
avatar for Mekom Torah High School

Mekom Torah High School

Mekom Torah High School is the teen branch of Mekom Torah. It is a Jewish supplementary education program for students in grades 8 through 12, welcoming members from all Jewish denominations as well as unaffiliated families. In addition to having a pretty good time and eating a lot of snacks, we discuss theology, history, and ethics; we explore Jewish texts, prayer, and practice; we try our hands at Jewish music, literature, and creative... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2013 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Room 209

2:00pm

Multiple Spiritual Intelligence: The Five Books of the Torah for Five Spiritual Types

We will look at the five books of Torah as five distinct approaches to  connect as a  Jew. Each Book/chumash speaks to a different spiritual type. We will explore the different orientations of each Chumash as well as our own personal spiritual inclinations. Do you connect and engage through family roots, epiphany of truth, devotional practice, doubt and argument, and/or envisioning a perfect world? Or all of the above! Pre-req: general knowledge of content of Pentateuch.


Speakers
avatar for Vivie Mayer

Vivie Mayer

Rabbi Vivie Mayer is a Reconstructionist Rabbi and an instructor at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College where she directs the Mechina (preparatory) program and the Beit Midrash. Previous to her position at RRC she served a congregation in Danbury, CT for ten years.


Sunday April 28, 2013 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Room 238

2:00pm

What Does Judaism Have to Say About Consumerism?

In this interactive session, we will explore, debate and discuss the  concept of consumerism from a Jewish perspective. Ancient sources, modern scholarship, newspaper clips and more will be used. Everyone is welcome, whether you have studied Jewish texts before or not, and knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Part of the new Limmud Chavruta series on the theme of Money.


Speakers
avatar for Karen Radkowsky

Karen Radkowsky

Over the past decade, Karen Radkowsky has participated in more than 40 Limmud events on three continents and advised Limmud teams around the globe. A founder and past president of Limmud NY, she co-chairs the Limmud NY Advisory Council and was recently appointed to the Limmud worldwide board.


Sunday April 28, 2013 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Room 233

3:30pm

Eli Valley’s Temple of Self-Hatred

In an interactive slide show smorgasbord, the Jewish Daily Forward's Artist in Residence will lead an afternoon of neurotic superheroes, xenophobic Jedi, paranoid turtles, memories and mayhem. Eli will recount the influences and inspiration for his satirical fantasies, interweaving personal history, American culture and contemporary Jewish life in an exploration of the limits of communal self-criticism and the meaning of Jewish pride. *Not Appropriate For Children*


Speakers
avatar for Eli Valley

Eli Valley

Eli Valley, Artist in Residence at The Jewish Daily Forward, is a writer and artist whose work has been published in New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Gawker, Saveur, Ha’aretz and elsewhere. He is currently finishing his first novel. Eli's website is www.EVComics.com and he tweets at @elivalley.


Sunday April 28, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Room 229

3:30pm

Do You Dare Eat a Locust?

A discussion of the only kosher insect, the history and geography of its consumption, and what it would mean for sustainability if more Jews ate locusts today.


Speakers
avatar for Ronit Treatman

Ronit Treatman

Ronit Treatman was born in Israel. She grew up in Israel, Ethiopia and Venezuela. She is the president and food editor of The Philadelphia Jewish Voice. Ronit is the creator of Hands-On Jewish Holidays, a celebration of Jewish history, culture, and creativity.


Sunday April 28, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Room 201

3:30pm

Did You Hear What I Meant to Say: A Kabbalistic Approach to Successful Communication

Speech is what defines us as human beings. How we speak determines the type of human beings that we are. This class demonstrates how to properly communicate feelings of need, hurt and criticism in a constructive and loving manner. Through discussing 5 levels of communication, according to Kabbalah, we will see how verbal communication is not only the essential foundation to a healthy relationship but an intrinsic part and predecessor to any form of physical contact.

 


Speakers
avatar for Sara Crispe

Sara Crispe

Sara Esther Crispe is the creator and editor of TheJewishWoman.org (Chabad.org) as well as Interinclusion.org, celebrating the convergence between the arts and sciences and timeless Jewish wisdom. She is a world-wide inspirational speaker and is a consultant on Oprah Winfrey Network projects.


Sunday April 28, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Room 243B

3:30pm

Dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Participatory Conversation in Small Groups

An open, facilitated conversation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a format that promotes reflection and mutual learning, rather than polarized debate. Jews of all perspectives and backgrounds are welcome! Come share your experiences, feelings, ideas, and questions, and learn about viewpoints different from yours. The session will also introduce you to tools that can help you hold more constructive conversations in your daily life and foster respectful dialogue in your community.


Speakers
avatar for Mitch Chanin

Mitch Chanin

Director of the Jewish Dialogue Group, an organization that fosters constructive conversation within Jewish communities about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other difficult issues. Mitch has led dozens of dialogue programs, trained facilitators, and co-authored guidebooks for use in dialogue.


Sunday April 28, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Room 228

3:30pm

Emotional Turbulence in the Tanach

Each year there are 1,000,000 suicide attempts in the USA alone. Several characters in the Bible express emotional anguish including Moses, Channa, Elijah and Jonah. What can we learn from their accounts that might be helpful as we face our own struggles in 2013?


Speakers
avatar for Efrem Epstein

Efrem Epstein

Efrem Epstein is the founder of Elijah's Journey, an organization focused on suicide awareness and prevention in the Jewish Community. He is on the Leadership Team of Kehilat Hadar in NYC and is very excited to be back in his one-time home of Philadelphia, close to his beloved Phillies and Eagles!


Sunday April 28, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Room 202

3:30pm

Prayer: The Nexus of Intellect and Emotion

Spirituality is the where the brain meets the heart. The prayer book is the road map. In this session we will explore why Jewish prayer adapts and adds to the spiritual practices of the ancient and modern world. In other words, "Why does the Shema work?"


Speakers
avatar for Jay Stein

Jay Stein

Rabbi Jay M. Stein is the Executive Director of American Friends of Hebrew University, New York Region. Member of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, father of five, Yogi. Jay has published on and lectured nationally on the subject of domestic violence and special needs Jewish education.


Sunday April 28, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Room 209

3:30pm

It’s All About Ruach!

In this hands-on workshop, everyone becomes a songwriter. Mama Doni and her live band will show early childhood educators a variety of ways to create their own original Jewish music for their classrooms. We will celebrate our Jewish culture (holidays, food, traditions, Torah, Yiddish words) through a method of “dipping” everything in our world into the “Jewish Bucket." We will explore easy and exciting musical ways to do this in your classrooms.


Speakers
avatar for Mama Doni Band

Mama Doni Band

Songwriter and lead singer in The Mama Doni Band. The band was awarded a Parents Choice® Award for their CD, Shabbat Shaboom and a Simcha Award at the Int'l Jewish Music Festival. Their concerts and programs are a contagious and unexpected blend of reggae/rock/disco/Latin and Klezmer.


Sunday April 28, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Blauvelt Theatre

3:30pm

Comedy Variety Show!

Stand-Up Comedy from the Funniest Jew in New York, Aaron Friedman and Andrew Davies! Skits! Improv! Songs! Fun for teens and up!


Speakers
avatar for The Bible Players

The Bible Players

The Bible Players' alter egos are educator/comedians Andrew Davies and Aaron Friedman ("Funniest Jew in NY"-The Jewish Week). They have performed their Torah Comedy Show all over the US, for all denominations. "The Quest for MenscHood" is a huge hit for all ages!


Sunday April 28, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Alumni Room

3:30pm

Leveling the Playing Field: Racism, Soccer and Israel’s Arab Minority

The recent signing of two Muslims onto the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team, and the resulting anger of some of the team’s fans, has highlighted the paradoxical nature of Israeli soccer. On the one hand, an arena of rare integration – for players from disadvantaged sectors, Arab Israelis, immigrants and foreign nationals – and on the other, a backdrop for racism and violence. Explore Jewish-Arab relations on the soccer field and in Israeli society through video clips and discussion.


Speakers
avatar for Ruhi Sophia Rubenstein

Ruhi Sophia Rubenstein

Ruhi Sophia Rubenstein is in her 3rd year at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Last year, she worked as a Shatil Fellow for Social Change in Israel. She currently fights for immigration reform as an intern with HIAS Pennsylvania, and interns with the Woodstock Jewish Community in New York.


Sunday April 28, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Room 208

3:30pm

Meeting Shekhinah

In this session, we will study ancient and medieval Jewish texts in which God is depicted as a woman. This Divine woman-figure has many names, but she is often called Shekhinah, or Indwelling Presence. We will explore how Shekhinah manifests in our own experiences, and engage in a guided meditation where we see Her in our own way.  No previous experience with this topic or with guided meditation is necessary.


Speakers
avatar for Jill Hammer

Jill Hammer

Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD is Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion and co-founder of the Kohenet Institute. She is the author of Sisters at Sinai: New Tales of Biblical Women, The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons, and The Omer Calendar of Biblical Women.


Sunday April 28, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Room 232

3:30pm

Beit Midrash 2: Creation and the Tablets of the Law

In this interactive session, Rabbi Helen Plotkin will lead a discussion of the texts that have been available for study in the Beit Midrash/House of Study  during the day on Sunday. All are welcome as we uncover amazing connections between the stories of creation and the stories of the stone tablets at Mt. Sinai. (If you wish to look over the texts ahead of time, see Beit Midrash 1.)


Speakers
avatar for Helen Plotkin

Helen Plotkin

Rabbi Helen Plotkin is the director of Mekom Torah and Mekom Torah High School. She also directs the Swarthmore College Center for the Study of Classical Jewish Texts, also known as the Beit Midrash. In this role, she teaches in the Religion Department, where her courses include “Hebrew for Text Study” and “Readings in Classical Jewish Texts.”


Sunday April 28, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Room 203

5:00pm

Avadim Hayinu: Dance Your Way To Freedom Through the Holidays

Dance your way through the holiday cycle with new dances for the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe), Chanuka, Tu B'Shvat, Purim, Pesach, Yom Ha'atzmaut, 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. Use for teaching or for pure enjoyment!


Speakers
avatar for Aliya Cheskis-Cotel

Aliya Cheskis-Cotel

Aliya Cheskis-Cotel, veteran Limmud presenter, specializes in arts programs, creative writing, and special needs/enrichment/Judaic learning for ages 7-70. Aliya directs the first exclusive Jewish Talent Agency that engages in fundraising, Kolot Management.com. Visit our site and enjoy our talent!


Sunday April 28, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Gym

5:00pm

Jewmongous: Original Comedy Songs

Ex-Rockapella star Sean Altman's comedy song concert Jewmongous is "tuneful and sharply witty" (LA Times), "relentlessly clever" (Chicago Tribune), "bawdy with a wicked modern streak" (Washington Post), combining "the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer" (Boston Globe), and NOT FOR KIDS. Altman, who "writes hilarious and irreverent songs about his awakening Jewish awareness" (Jerusalem Post), founded Rockapella and composed "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?". Not Appropriate For Children.


Speakers
avatar for Sean Altman

Sean Altman

Ex-Rockapella star Sean Altman's comedy song concert JEWMONGOUS is ""tuneful and sharply witty"" (LA Times), ""relentlessly clever"" (Chicago Tribune) and ""bawdy with a wicked modern streak"" (Washington Post), combining ""the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer"" (Boston Globe).


Sunday April 28, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Alumni Room

5:00pm

The Fire Within

As Lag BaOmer approaches, we are reminded of the great Jewish Leaders of the past, teachers like Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, whose deep spiritual understanding of the Holy Texts transcended the physical world. This innate spiritual knowledge can burn within us like an internal fire, but can you see or feel it? Join Michael Alan Sara of Tree of Life Movement and Meditation as he leads his class on a journey of self discovery that will reawaken the sleeping body, mind, and soul.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Alan Sara

Michael Alan Sara

As veteran, educator, yeshiva student, and yogi, Michael Alan Sara brings a unique set of traits to the mat. After joining up with the Tribe 12 Fellowship, he now directs his attention to reawakening the spirituality of Philadelphia's Jewish Community with Tree of Life Movement and Meditation.


Sunday April 28, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Blauvelt Theatre

5:00pm

What Exactly is the Omer?: The Ecology of the Hebrew Calendar

In this session we will explore the ecological and agricultural roots of the Hebrew calendar and learn about the sacred, sustainable rhythms embedded within our tradition.

 


Speakers
avatar for Nati Passow

Nati Passow

Nati Passow is the founding director of the Jewish Farm School, a non-profit organization that offers skill-building workshops in West Philly. Nati is passionate about connecting Jewish values and tradition to the most pressing social justice issues of today. He is also passionate about brunch.


Sunday April 28, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Gray Library