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Sunday, December 2
 

8:45am

Sparks of Hope: Art-making Workshop Inspired by Chanukah
This hands-on Jewish art workshop from The MEM Project offers participants the opportunity to explore the theme of light as it relates to the upcoming holiday of Chanukah. Artwork created will combine to form a communal installation in the moment, but everyone will take home a piece as a token of the experience. No prior art experience necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Tova Speter

Tova Speter

Tova Speter is the founder and director of The MEM Project (www.thememproject.org); and is an artist, art therapist, and art educator. Tova has 10+ years of experience leading community murals, engaging students in artistic expressions of their Jewish identity, and reaching out to under-served communities through art.


Sunday December 2, 2012 8:45am - 9:55am
Youth Lounge

8:45am

Discover Dignity and Disability with a Jewish Lens

Our tradition offers guidance on how to meet the diverse educational needs of each child, helping them form positive connections to Jewish life and learning. We will involve participants in simulations on what it feels like to have a disability and how teachers, madrichim, and parents can support varied learning approaches in the classroom.


Speakers
SG

Sherry Grossman

Sherry joined Gateways: Access to Jewish Education in July, 2009 where she currently works as the Community Special Education Services Director consulting, coaching, providing professional development and grants management. In 2007-2009, She worked with the Greater Boston BJE, as a consultant and coach in early & special ed settings.
RH

Rina Hoffman

Rina Hoffman, M.S.W. is Co-Founder, Co-Director and Service Learning Teacher of The Binah School, an innovative Orthodox middle and high school for girls in Sharon, MA. She is also the Teen Training Coordinator for Gateways. With over 15 years of experience in social work, education and administration, Ms. Hoffman was a CJP PresenTense Fellow.


Sunday December 2, 2012 8:45am - 9:55am
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall

8:45am

Going Digital in the Supplementary Jewish Classroom: What it takes...and gives!
Teachers from the CJP Teaching &Technology Fellowship will share curriculum units they have developed and taught that integrate new technology for engaged, active student learning for grades K-12. An introduction to the Fellowship and short presentations by Fellows will be followed by ample time for Q&A.

Speakers
LB

Lisa Breit

Lisa Breit coordinated the 2011 and 2012 cohorts of the CJP Teaching & Technology Fellowship. Her professional development work with Jewish educators focuses on student-centered, project-based curriculum that uses new technology for powerful instruction and learning. She is currently the Curriculum & Technology Integrator at Schechter Boston.


Sunday December 2, 2012 8:45am - 9:55am
CR 6

8:45am

Israel's Declaration of Independence & Jewish Tradition
What are the traditional texts that inform the State of Israel's foundational document? Using Hevruta study & discussion, we will focus on human rights, democracy and peoplehood, using the 1948 landmark declaration and Jewish texts through the centuries. Texts will be presented in English and Hebrew, but knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Vogel

Andrew Vogel

Rabbi Andy Vogel serves Temple Sinai in Brookline, MA, a Reform congregation in Coolidge Corner.


Sunday December 2, 2012 8:45am - 9:55am
CR 15

8:45am

Yoga to a Jewish Beat

Jessica Weiss will teach an all-levels yoga class to Jewish music, and she will give participants a play list of Jewish music for their own yoga practice, meditation, or just for fun. A great change of pace in your Limmud day!  Please bring a yoga mat if you can.


Speakers
JW

Jessica Weiss

Jessica started her study of yoga in the Kripalu style. One of her favorite experiences is working as a program assistant at the Kripalu Center in Lenox. She studied Iyengar Yoga and completed yoga certifications through Baptiste Power Yoga and Fitness Resources. She teaches yoga and pilates at the JCC, Newton and Needham Ys, and Tufts Health Plan.


Sunday December 2, 2012 8:45am - 9:55am
CR 9

8:45am

What happens when you (kind of) get what you wish for: The Story of Yiftah
We will reading the puzzling tale in the Book of Judges about an exiled brother who becomes a war leader ("judge") like Gideon. But he makes a rash promise to God and as a result loses his only child. Is he to be viewed as a hero or as a flawed leader or a misguided individual? We will focus on the language of the text and its troubling questions

Speakers
EF

Everett Fox

Everett Fox is the Allen M. Glick Professor of Judaic and Biblical Studies at Clark University, where he heads the Program in Jewish Studies. He is the translator of The Five Books of Moses published by Schocken Books. His translation, notes and commentary of The Early Prophets) will be published in 2013.


Sunday December 2, 2012 8:45am - 9:55am
Schwartz Social Hall

9:00am

Got Hebrew? (Family Friendly)

Got Hebrew? Learning Hebrew is fun for Camp Limmud kids--with interactive songs, rhymes, finger play, games and more. You'll love this hands-on workshop if you are an educator, parent, musician, school director... heck, just come and have fun learning Hebrew! CD's available for purchase.


Speakers
RL

Rahel Limor

Educator, singer/songwriter, guitarist, folk and therapeutic musician, and mother to Inbal and Eran, Rahel holds a B.Sc. in the Arts (Musical and Theater Arts for Children) from Empire State College (SUNY), and a Certificate of Distinction in Barbara Cass–Beggs’ Listen Like Learn music program for babies and young children.


Sunday December 2, 2012 9:00am - 9:30am
NS 1

9:00am

Bet You Haven't Heard This One

Joey Baron, founder of the Boston Jewish Music Festival, will give an overview of some of the exciting new Jewish music being produced all over the world.


Speakers
JB

Joey Baron

Joey Baron can not hold a tune. But in just three years he has established the Boston Jewish Music Festival as one of the most respected and innovative Jewish music programs in the United States. A Me'ah graduate, he is also the Director of Community Life and Learning at Congregation Or Atid in Wayland.


Sunday December 2, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
CR 16

9:00am

LimmudBoston 2012 Community Art Project--Mosaic Design by Cecilia Kremer of Chromatile

Join in to help create a meaningful beautiful, long-lasting mosaic which will adorn Congregation Mishkan Tefila. You will be amazed at what we can create together. No mosaic experience necessary. This program runs all day.


Speakers
CK

Cecilia Kremer

LimmudBoston 2012 Community Art Project--Mosaic Design by Cecilia Kremer of Chromatile


Sunday December 2, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall

9:00am

Raising Jewish Girls to Dream Big
Girls with ambitions and goals are often happier and do better in school. How do we encourage Jewish girls to dream big? This workshop will explores ways parents and teachers can encourage girls to discover their passions, set goals, become leaders, and practice tikkun olam. We'll look at wisdom from Jewish texts and contemporary guides and models.

Speakers
avatar for Evelyn Krieger

Evelyn Krieger

Evelyn Krieger is the mother of three ambitious children. Her oldest daughter, Leah Larson Caras, 21, is the publisher of Yaldah Magazine for Jewish Girls, which she founded at age 13. Evelyn is a learning specialist for Gateways and a writer. Her debut young adult novel, One Is Not A Lonely Number, was named a 2011 Sydney Taylor Honor book (AJL).


Sunday December 2, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
CR 7

9:00am

Let My People Eat: Passover for Gluten-Free and Other Special Diets
There are many times when our special diets interfere with religious celebrations or favorite foods. We will explore recipes to make foods you will enjoy and ways to substitute ingredients.

Speakers
JM

Judith Mabel

Judith Mabel is a dietitian, nutritionist and biochemist, with degrees from Cornell, Harvard, and Boston Universities. She works in private practice in Brookline, specializing in digestive issues and food sensitivities. She blends traditional, functional and complementary techniques.


Sunday December 2, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
CR 11

9:00am

Why Us? The Genetics of Breast and Ovarian Cancer in the Jewish Community
One in forty Ashkenazi Jews is predisposed to breast and ovarian cancer. Learn the red flags for genetic cancer predisposition, how to get genetic testing, and management and screening options.

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Hoffman

Jodi Hoffman

Jodi Hoffman, MD is a Geneticist and the Director of the Victor Outreach and Screening Program for Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Diseases at Tufts Medical Center, where she practices as a general medical geneticist. Dr. Hoffman has spoken at over 90 venues on Jewish genetic diseases and screening.


Sunday December 2, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
Beit Midrash

9:00am

The Anti-Israel Bias in Schools: What are our Children Really Learning?

A panel discussion on the subtle and non-so-subtle ways that children receive anti-Israel and anti-Jewish messages in public schools. We will show examples of materials, provide resources, and examine a successful initiative in Newton, Massachusetts to remove these materials


Speakers
SA

Sandra Alfonsi

Sandra Alfonsi holds a BA, MA and Ph.D. in Modern Languages and teaches at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. She is Director of ACT! for America Education's Textbook Review Project; Director of Textbook Alert, an independent think tank that she started in 2009 and past Chair of National Hadassah's Curriculum Watch and Academic Advisory Board.
ME

Margot Einstein

Margot Einstein is a board member of Christians and Jews United for Israel (www.cjui.org) and is active in Fairness in Newton Education (www.newtonfine.org). She helped organize a grass-roots movement to remove false and biased anti-Israel material from use in public schools in Newton, MA.
CJ

Charles Jacobs

Charles Jacobs holds a doctoral degree from in education from Harvard. His 1993 award winning piece for Moment Magazine, called "Arab PR" first exposed the infiltration into public school curricula of Arab/Islamic propaganda, and persuaded Hadassah to create "Curriculum Watch."
FT

Fumio Taku

Rev. Fumio Taku is president of Christians and Jews United for Israel, | founding Board member of Rabbis and Ministers for Israel. He lived in Israel | for three years as General Manager of an Israeli High Tech Company.


Sunday December 2, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
Yamins Chapel

9:00am

Don't Roll Your Eyes: Make Those Intermarried In-laws into Family
Navigating the complexities of both in-law relationships and intermarriage can be quite a challenge. Family dynamics expert Ruth Nemzoff will offer practical guidance and take questions from participants.

Speakers
RN

Ruth Nemzoff

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff is the author of Dont Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws Into Family and Dont Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships With Your Adult Children. A frequent speaker on family dynamics, she is a resident scholar at Brandeiss Women's Studies Research Center. Dr. Nemzoff holds a Doctorate in Administration from Harvard.


Sunday December 2, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
Leffell Conference Room

9:00am

A History of Rosh Hashanah and How It Has Changed Over the Years
In this session, I will share some of the lessons that I learned while preparing Machzor Eit Ratzon about the development of Rosh Hashanah over the past 2500 years and how that development is reflected in the liturgy and practices of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Speakers
JR

Joseph Rosenstein

Joe Rosenstein is a member of the Highland Park (NJ) Minyan and the author of Siddur Eit Ratzon and Machzor Eit Ratzon; he and his wife are blessed with five daughters, four sons-in-law, and six grandchildren.


Sunday December 2, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
CR 8

9:00am

Revolution of Jewish Spirit: How to Revive Ruakh in Your Spiritual Life and Transform Your Synagogue

This talk outlines a proactive approach for reengaging Jews, reclaiming Judaism and reviving Jewish community. Drawing from the success of HaLevi's congregation, the speakers describe what is possible when divine spirit is central to the Jewish experience and offer practical strategies, including tips for leadership, programming and sacred spaces.


Speakers
EF

Ellen Frankel

Ellen Frankel, LCSW, worked in the field of eating disorder treatment and prevention for over 15 years. In addition to her recent Revolution of Jewish Spirit , with Rabbi B, she is author of Syd Arthur, Beyond Measure: A Memoir About Short Stature and Inner Growth , and is the co-author of The Diet Survivors Handbook and Beyond A Shadow of a Diet .
avatar for Baruch HaLevi

Baruch HaLevi

Baruch HaLevi, aka Rabbi B, is the rabbi of Congregation Shirat Hayam, Swampscott MA, and an inspirational Jewish leader. A passionate speaker and writer, he runs www.RabbiB.com and is co-author of the newly released Revolution of Jewish Spirit: How to Revive Ruakh in Your Spiritual Life, Transform Your Synagogue & Inspire Your Jewish Community.


Sunday December 2, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
Feinberg Library

9:00am

WWHD - What Would Heschel Do?

People are voting with their feet. Rabbi Heschel inspired generations to 'pray with their legs.' What would his advice convey to our generation? What would he do to clear the air and show the way?

 


Speakers
WH

William Hamilton

Rabbi WIlliam Hamilton has been a rabbi at Brookline's Congregation Kehillath Israel since 1995. He is delighted to share in his first Limmud Conference.


Sunday December 2, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
CR 10

9:00am

Are We Angels or Ashes?: An Answer In A Prayer
Are we "a little lower than the angels" or "dust and ashes"? We will examine how the traditional "Ribbon Kol Haolamim" prayer helps us answer this fundamental human question and live a balanced life. The prayer provides a paradigm for self-transformation and highlights the basic goal of traditional prayer: reaching beyond ourselves.

Speakers
avatar for David Lerner

David Lerner

David Lerner has served as the rabbi of Temple Emunah in Lexington since 2004, teaching tefillah, halakhah, Jewish thought and spirituality. He is the vice-president of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, the chair of the Rabbinical Assemblys Commission on Keruv, Conversion & Jewish Peoplehood. His articles have appeared in various periodicals.


Sunday December 2, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
CR 14

10:15am

LimmudBoston 2012 Community Art Project--Mosaic Design by Cecilia Kremer of Chromatile

Join in to help create a meaningful beautiful, long-lasting mosaic which will adorn Congregation Mishkan Tefila. You will be amazed at what we can create together. No mosaic experience necessary.


Speakers
CK

Cecilia Kremer

LimmudBoston 2012 Community Art Project--Mosaic Design by Cecilia Kremer of Chromatile


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall

10:15am

Create a Great Mitzvah Project
Looking for a meaningful & fun mitzvah project? Get ideas for how to connect your interests and talents -- like music or sports or the environment -- to a mitzvah project you'll love. Parents welcome to attend with pre-teens or young teens.

Speakers
LS

Liz Suneby

Liz Suneby is a writer and author of children and teen books, including The Mitzvah Project Book: Making Mitzvah Part of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Your Life, as well as a picture picture, It's a...It's a...It's a Mitzvah. Both books are published by Jewish Lights who will be at LimmudBoston as well.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am
NS 1

10:15am

Water Power: Experience, Text, and Ritual

From primordial oceans to spas, tsunamis, lap pools and waterfalls, we all have strong associations with water. This workshop will use discussion and free writing to explore the connection between personal water experiences and some of our "watery" texts. We will create a personal water ritual to mark moments of transition in our lives.


Speakers
avatar for Lisa Berman

Lisa Berman

Lisa Berman has been involved with Mayyim Hayyim since its opening in May 2004. Lisa initially trained as a Volunteer Mikveh Guide. Since 2006, Lisa has directed the Paula Brody & Family Education Center where she develops curricula for all ages and interest levels; she also organizes and teaches more than 110 programs annually.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am
CR 6

10:15am

Fruit of the Vine: What Makes Wine Kosher?
What is the history of wine and why is it restricted under the rules of kashrut? Are the rules based on ingredients, culture, or society? Come learn about the rules and their background. No tastings, but plenty of balance and depth!

Speakers
avatar for Nahum Twersky

Nahum Twersky

Nahum (Neal) Twersky is President of Adcamp Associates, a marketing consulting firm that services major Fortune 100 consumer product companies. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University with a BA in History, a Masters degree in Philosophy, and semikha from its Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological School. He also holds an MBA from New York University.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am
CR 15

10:15am

The First LIght: Judaism between Paganism and Technology

From the Talmudic story of first man, via the music of Israeli singer-songwriter Ehud Banai, to the labs of the Techniyon and MIT – we will be exploring the theme of The First Light, and its connection to Hanukkah, the winter solstice and modern technology.


Speakers
DB

David Barak-Gorodetsky

David Barak-Gorodetsky is the Director of Haifa Hillel, and a PHD candidate in the Department of Jewish History at Haifa University. He will be joined by Connectech students from MIT and the Techniyon – a joint venture of Hillel and the Boston-Haifa Partnership, focusing on technology, social justice and Jewish identity.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am
CR 7

10:15am

The Tenth Commandment: 'Thou Shalt Not Covet'
What does our tradition say about the tenth commandment? What exactly does it forbid? Is it possible to fulfill this expectation? May one covet another's covetlessness?

Speakers
JR

Joseph Rosenstein

Joe Rosenstein is a member of the Highland Park (NJ) Minyan and the author of Siddur Eit Ratzon and Machzor Eit Ratzon; he and his wife are blessed with five daughters, four sons-in-law, and six grandchildren.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am
CR 8

10:15am

Papercutting: A Jewish Tradition
In this session we will learn to create our own works of art while talking about the Jewish tradition of papercutting: why it became popular, the significance of the symbols, and how it has a special place in contemporary culture.

Speakers
LC

Laura Conrad Mandel

Laura Conrad Mandel has been creating Jewishly inspired papercuts since she first learned about the art form in 4th grade. By day, Laura does the young adult programming at the New Center, and in her free time runs her own art/Judaica business - allowing her to constantly envision new ways to incorporate spirituality and meaning into custom gifts.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:25am
Youth Lounge

10:15am

Educators@LimmudBoston

All teachers and educators will gather for interactive text study and discussion around the theme of student-centered learning. Join us as we explore Jewish and general education texts, past and present, to spark our thinking about the best learning for students of all ages. We will also present the 2012 Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.


Speakers
AB

Ariel Burger

Ariel is the Director of the Commission on Jewish Life & Learning at CJP.
JV

Julie Vanek

Julie is the Director of Jewish Learning Connections at CJP.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:25am
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall

10:15am

What Jewish Law Teaches Us About Moral Dilemmas and Problematic Decision-Making in Modern Medicine

An internationally known professor of medical ethics, Dr. Grodin will explore how ancient Jewish tradition and texts can inform difficult decision making in modern medicine. We will cover the right to treat, duty to seek care, organ donation, death and dying, abortion, reproduction and genetics.


Speakers
MG

Michael Grodin

Michael Grodin, M.D. is Director of the Medical Ethics and Human Rights Program at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Co-Director of the joint project in Jewish Legal Bioethics of the Institute of Jewish Law at the BU School of Law, and Director of the Medicine and the Holocaust Project of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies. He has consulted and taught all over the world on medical ethics, human rights and the... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:25am
Leffell Conference Room

10:15am

Israel Today: Updates from the Consul Geneal of Israel to New England

Shai Bazak, Consul General of Israel to New England, will offer insights and updates on events in Israel and the Middle East, with a Q&A session after his remarks.


Speakers
SB

Shai Bazak

Shai Bazak served as media director and spokesperson for Benjamin Netanyahu when he was the leader of the opposition party (1994-1996) and during his first term as a prime minister (1996-1998). Mr. Bazak was the Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico (1998-2000). Mr. Bazak has been Consul General to New England since November 2010.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:25am
Sanctuary

10:15am

Israel Today: Updates from the Consul Geneal of Israel to New England

Shai Bazak, Consul General of Israel to New England, will offer insights and updates on events in Israel and the Middle East, with a Q&A session after his remarks.


Speakers
SB

Shai Bazak

Shai Bazak served as media director and spokesperson for Benjamin Netanyahu when he was the leader of the opposition party (1994-1996) and during his first term as a prime minister (1996-1998). Mr. Bazak was the Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico (1998-2000). Mr. Bazak has been Consul General to New England since November 2010.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:25am
Sanctuary

10:15am

Israel Today: Updates from the Consul Geneal of Israel to New England

Shai Bazak, Consul General of Israel to New England, will offer insights and updates on events in Israel and the Middle East, with a Q&A session after his remarks


Speakers
SB

Shai Bazak

Shai Bazak served as media director and spokesperson for Benjamin Netanyahu when he was the leader of the opposition party (1994-1996) and during his first term as a prime minister (1996-1998). Mr. Bazak was the Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico (1998-2000). Mr. Bazak has been Consul General to New England since November 2010.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:25am
Sanctuary

10:15am

Embodied Jewish Chanting

Experience the joy of awakening your spirit as we journey together in chant, rhythm, movement, and meditation. We will sing simple prayer-songs in Hebrew and English that arouse a deep stirring of the heart and soul. Guided movement and easy dance steps will create an integrated experience and opportunity to connect with your inner self and others.


Speakers
AD

Andrea DeSharone

Andrea DeSharone is a Body Oriented Psychotherapist in private practice for 25 years. She integrates Dance/Movement Therapy, Chanting, Drumming and Meditation in a process called Embodied Chant. Andrea is a graduate of Society of Souls and Yoga Teacher who brings Kabbalistic Healing and Kundalini Yoga to her facilitation with individuals & groups.
YK

Yosef Kottler

Yosef Kottler is the co-founder of Hebrew Chant Boston and a percussionist in the Kol Libeinu Hebrew Kirtan Band. He is a spiritually-oriented drummer who plays for Shabbat services at synagogues throughout the Boston area, leads drum and chant circles, and teaches classes in drumming and Hebrew rhythm-songs at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:25am
CR 9

10:15am

Jewish Tales Live!

The Jewish Storytelling Coalition presents six leading New England storytellers performing contemporary and traditional Jewish tales geared toward adults. Featuring: Cindy Rivka Marshall, Bonnie Greenberg, Bruce Marcus, David Arfa, Hal Miller-Jacobs and Judith Black. Guaranteed to entertain!


Speakers
DA

David Arfa

Maggid David Arfa is dedicated to celebrating Judaisms storytelling heritage and ancient environmental wisdom. He has produced two audio cds, The Birth of Love and Tales of Herschel of Ostropol. His performance The Jar of Tears won the Charles Hildebrandt Award in honor of its artistic excellence, depth of vision and technical mastery.
JB

Judith Black

Winner of the Oracle: Circle of Excellence, storytellings most coveted award, and featured on stage from The Montreal Comedy Festival, to The National Storytelling Festival, The Smithsonian Institution, Hebrew University in Jerusalem , NPR, and over 10 CAJE conferences.
BG

Bonnie Greenberg

Bonnie is a sought-after edu-tainer who touches the heart and teaches the mind. A perfect combination of the inspiring and the practical. Her work is described as vibrant, engaging, and energizing. Her passion for storytelling is utilized in treating communication disorders and her audio recordings won a Parents Choice award! Come join the fun!
HM

Hal Miller Jacobs

Hal spent his working life making technology usable to people; he now tries to do this with Torah & Tefilah. He works with both adults and children inviting them to develop stories (mirashim) on Torah themes. He has also been a finalist in the MassMouth story slam competition for the past several years.
BM

Bruce Marcus

Bruce Marcus is a local storyteller who has performed throughout the region since 1990. A Boston area story slam 2010 finalist and 2011 and 2012 semi-finalist, Bruce has helped produce and host slams and is feature coordinator for weekly series The Story Space in Cambridge. One of his greatest storytelling thrills is hearing first-time tellers.
CR

Cindy Rivka Marshall

An invited presenter at Limmud UK in 2012, Cindy Rivka Marshall appears at synagogues, schools and conferences, offering folktales, midrashic stories and storytelling workshops for all ages. She works as a consultant to Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Brandeis High School Summer Programs. Her work was published in the book, Mitzvah Stories.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:25am
Yamins Chapel

10:15am

Two Jews Can Still be a Mixed Marriage

How do you navigate Jewish practice decisions in your marriage and your family? How do you decide whether to go to the in-laws, to go to shul and or to shabbat? What if only one person is more "into it?" This discussion session for couples will address ways of resolving conflict about observance.


Speakers
SS

Sara Shalva

Sara Shalva is the Director of Enrollment Management at Hebrew College. Sara graduated cum laude from Mary Washington College with a BA in Political Science, and as a Taub Fellow, from NYU with dual masters in Nonprofit Management and Judaic Studies.
BS

Benjamin Shalva

Rabbi Benjamin Shalva, of Temple Reyim in Newton, received rabbinical ordination and a Masters in Hebrew Letters, with a focus on Talmud, from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He holds a B.A. from Vassar College, and graduate certificates from the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater in CA, and the WUJS Institute of Jewish Studies in Israel.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:25am
CR 11

10:15am

The God of Curried Fish: A Mitzvah-centered Story and Discussion Session
How do we find a comfort level within ourselves that allows for meaningful encounters with those who are homeless and/or unemployed? We will hear stories from the provocative, new, adult-level, juried volume 'Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning' (Reclaiming Judaism). Relevant Jewish text study and discussion will follow.

Speakers
avatar for Goldie Milgram

Goldie Milgram

Covenant Award Finalist, director of ReclaimingJudaism.org, & editor-in-chief of Reclaiming Judaism Press, Reb Goldie is acclaimed world-wide for her innovative programs & resources for meaningful Jewish living. Known for her humorous, empowering teaching style & deep scholarship, her new book is Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:25am
CR 10

10:15am

EnLIGHTen Yourself
From Kabbalah we learn hidden understandings of many facets of light. We will study selected texts in translation, share modern uses and applications of ancient ideas about light in our homes and congregations, and enjoy a group meditation on light, time permitting.

Speakers
MA

Marthajoy Aft

Marthajoy Aft is a student and teacher of Jewish mysticism, a storyteller. and a Kabbalistic spiritual healer. A long time area Jewish educator, Marthajoy most recently served as a Consultant at the Boston Bureau of Jewish Education.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:25am
CR 16

10:15am

Eve Exposed: Looking at Biblical, Rabbinic and Modern Texts
For millennia Eve's story has been read as vilifying women. But the actual biblical story, stripped of interpretative accretions, challenges traditional definitions of Eve--and all women. Was she an afterthought created as man's assistant, a seductress who introduced sin into the world, a temptress leading men astray? What do the texts tell us?

Speakers
AL

Anne Lapidus Lerner

A Boston native and a member of the Jewish Literature Department at Jewish Theological Seminary since 1969, Dr. Lerner was its first woman vice chancellor. She is also a Research Associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. A pioneer in Jewish Womens Studies, she is both a scholar and an activist. Her most recent book is Eternally Eve.


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:25am
CR 14

10:15am

Offerings of the Heart: Jewish Values-Based Spiritual Approaches to Money and Community
In these challenging economic times, how do we stay connected to core Jewish teachings and best practices about financial resources and individual and community life. We will take a journey from Biblical times to the present to explore our own attitudes, Jewish teachings and contemporary examples of mindful living in relation to money in our world.

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Zevit

Shawn Zevit

Rabbi Zevit serves in numerous venues as a spiritual leader and congregational, organizational and social justice consultant. Rabbi Zevit is also a recording artist (www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ShawnZevit) and a leader in Jewish Men's work (<a href="www.jewishmensretreat.org/">www.jewishmensretreat.org</a>), co-director of DLTI (<a href="www.davvenenleadership.com">www.davvenenleadership.com</a>) and a spiritual director in... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2012 10:15am - 11:25am
Feinberg Library

11:30am

The Importance of Israeli Theatre In America

The Producing Artistic Director and Founder of Israeli Stage will lead a panel discussion on how Israeli theatre (performed in the U.S. in English) can change our way of understanding and allow us to explore the diversity and vitality of Israeli culture.


Speakers
DA

Dalia Amitay

Dalia Cahana Amitay, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, and is on the board of Israeli Stage.
GB

Guy Ben-Aharon

Guy Ben-Aharon is Producing Artistic Director and Founder of Israeli Stage, an Artist-in-Residence at the Goethe Institut Boston (where he was hired to develop German Stage), the Producer/Director of "Cupcake," a new musical, and a proud Emerson College alum. Guy has produced three New England premieres, four American premieres, and one world premiere by Israeli playwrights.
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Susan Howards

Susan K. Howards PhD., J.D. Susan is a practicing Criminal Defense attorney, and a member of the Jewish Domestic Violence Coalition and Co-Chair of the Greater Boston Hadassah Attorneys Committee. Susan, a former college professor, is a founding member of Israeli Stage.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 14

11:30am

Who Was Mendele Moykher Sforim? A Short Introduction to the Great Beginning of Modern Yiddish Literature
Sholem Yankev Abramovitsh became the "zayde" of modern Yiddish literature. Why did he invent Mendel Moykher Sforim to do the storytelling for him? This presentation examines the difficult beginnings of modern Yiddish literature and demonstrates the brilliance and wit of this Yiddish literary master.

Speakers
avatar for Susanne Klingenstein

Susanne Klingenstein

Dr. Susanne Klingenstein studied Jewish, European, and American literary history at Harvard, Brandeis and the University of Heidelberg. She taught at MIT and now teaches at Harvard Medical School (focusing on humanistic and socio-historical aspects of medicine). She is currently completing a book about Abramovitsh for a German publisher.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
Leffell Conference Room

11:30am

The Spiritual Lives of Children: Implications for Classroom Teaching
This session will explore the spiritual lives of children at different ages, based on research as well as classroom experience. Teachers will learn how to develop classroom lessons that build on their students' developmental needs and demonstrate that we as teachers are really listening and encouraging their spiritual quests.

Speakers
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Jared Matas

Jared Matas has been teaching all ages at JCDS for the past decade. An alumnus of Brandeiss DeLeT program, he is pursuing a doctorate of education in the Hebrew College/Northeastern joint program for Jewish Educational Leadership. He is an instructor for faculty at Beth El Temple Center through Hebrew Colleges Congregational Education Initiative.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 15

11:30am

Jewish Perspectives on End of Life Care
We will explore Jewish perspectives on end of life care. Does Judaism sanction the refusal of a feeding or a ventilator? What are Jewish responses to pain and suffering? Is assisted dying justified? We will discuss practical ways in which you can have your end of life preferences respected.

Speakers
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Lisa Lehmann

Lisa Lehmann is Director of the Center for Bioethics at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. She practices primary care internal medicine at Brigham and and Women's Hospital.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 7

11:30am

American Jews and America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball
Larry Rutman, author of the latest blockbuster book on Jews and baseball discusses what it is about baseball that so thoroughly captures the American Jewish heart.

Speakers
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Larry Ruttman

Larry Ruttman, a lifelong resident of Brookline, has practiced law there for many years. His first book,"Voices of Brookline" (2005), was a national award finalist. His next book, combining baseball and American Jewish Experience,"American Jews and America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball," will be published in early 2013.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 8

11:30am

But What Does It Mean to The Jews? A Conversation on the Jewish Community and Current Events.The Jewish Values in the Press

Sam Norich, Publisher of The Forward, moderates a panel with Charles Radin, former Jerusalem Correspondent from Globe


Moderators
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Charles Radin

Charlie Radin is Director of Global Operations and Communications at Brandeis University. He worked at The Boston Globe for more than 30 years, serving as Middle East bureau chief from 2001-5, Far East bureau chief from 1993-6, and as a general assignment foreign correspondent during the 1980s and ‘90s.

Speakers
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Sam Norich

Sam Norich, Publisher of the Jewish Daily Forward


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 10

11:30am

Storytelling Games & Open Mic! Theme: mishpocha

Got family? Tell about it! Members of the Jewish Storytelling Coalition will lead participants in story games and prompts to inspire stories on the theme of mishpocha. Open mic follows, for anyone wishing to share a 5-minute family tale. Bring a story, or let one come to you. No experience necessary! Participation encouraged, but listeners welcome!


Speakers
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Judith Black

Winner of the Oracle: Circle of Excellence, storytellings most coveted award, and featured on stage from The Montreal Comedy Festival, to The National Storytelling Festival, The Smithsonian Institution, Hebrew University in Jerusalem , NPR, and over 10 CAJE conferences.
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Cindy Rivka Marshall

An invited presenter at Limmud UK in 2012, Cindy Rivka Marshall appears at synagogues, schools and conferences, offering folktales, midrashic stories and storytelling workshops for all ages. She works as a consultant to Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Brandeis High School Summer Programs. Her work was published in the book, Mitzvah Stories.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
Yamins Chapel

11:30am

Yoga and Judaism
Explore the similarities between the Ten Sephirot and the Seven Chakras, as well as some yoga postures as Hebrew letters. This program is for people new to yoga, as well as those with experience. It will be an easy, relaxing session, doing only what feels best. You may want to bring a mat or beach towel. There will be some extras available.

Speakers
avatar for Steffi Shapiro

Steffi Shapiro

Steffi Shapiro has been teaching yoga for over 40 years. She teaches at her studio and at many senior facilities. She often presents Yoga and Judaism at B'nai Or and other places.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 9

11:30am

A Modern Jewish Wedding: Making Your Wedding Traditional and Personal

Planning a Jewish wedding? Learn about laws vs. customs, what's Jewish vs. what's American. We'll discuss everything from invitations and programs to chuppah and ketubah. Make your wedding what you're looking for, whether it's more egalitarian, freilich (celebratory), or personal, including tips for making it less overwhelming and more affordable.


Speakers
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Shira Fischer

Shira Fischer has been to over 40 Jewish weddings and has helped many friends plan theirs. She helps run the Washington Square Minyan in Brookline and has been involved in a number of innovative Jewish learning programs and egalitarian minyanim. She also conducts clinical informatics research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
Beit Midrash

11:30am

Kosher Trash: Building a Cheap and Easy Sukkahleh
Learn how to make a cheap and easy sukkah. Deanna will describe some of the materials and methods she used in building her sukkah, and we'll study some of the laws and traditional texts about the sukkah.

Speakers
DM

Deanna Mirsky

Deanna Mirsky is a Boston native and writer/speaker. She studied at Prozdor and is a member of Congregation Shaarei Tefillah in Newton and an active LimmudBoston volunteer.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 11

11:30am

Ancient Jewish Answers to Global Climate Change: Preparing for the 5775 Sabbatical Year

How might the biblical laws of shmitta (sabbatical year) guide us toward sustainability? Through text study and practical workshop, participants will learn about the Jewish Environmental movement's project to combat climate change while supporting sustainable communities. Presented through the Green Hevra: A New Coalition of Jewish Eco-Projects


Speakers
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Sarah Chandler

Sarah Chandler, the Associate Director of ADAMAH at Isabella Fr, is a Jewish experiential educator, community activist, spiritual leader. She has her M.A. in Jewish Communal and Experiential Education and Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and serves on the Green Hevra Stewardship Committee.
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Jacob Fine

Rabbi Fine is the Director of Programs for the Jewish Farm School and is a recognized leader and innovator in the field of Jewish environmental and food education. Jacob has served as rabbi and educator for Hazon, Teva and Adamah. He serves on the Rabbinical Assembly’s Food Justice Sub-Committee. Jacob lives with his family in Amherst, MA.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
Trager Conference Room

11:30am

JCHOICE presents Social Media and Tzedakah: Magnifying the Voice of a New Generation

Have you ever thought how you could get your children or students to develop a more personal connection to the mitzvah of tzedakah? Do you share the value of youth/ teen giving? Come explore how JChoice is creating a powerful, relevant model for our next generation of givers, combining online social media and Jewish values. Bring a laptop if you can.


Speakers
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Marla Olsberg

Marla Olsberg has been engaging youth and families in acts of tzedakah for over 20 years in day school and informal education settings. At Jchoice, Marla develops tzedekah curricula and helps families incorporate meaningful tzedekah opportunities around Bar and Bat Mitzvah, with the ultimate goal of continued giving throughout the teen years.
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Josh Troderman

Josh Troderman serves as the president and CEO of JChoice, the Tzedakah Network, connecting teens through Jewish values and commitment to giving. His position at JChoice is a culmination and integration of his life mission to bring creative Light into the world by contributing energy through the arts, education and the service of others.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 6

11:30am

Dreams, Kabbalah, and Renewal

Learn the rich history of dreams in Judaism, a Kabbalistic system for understanding them, and practice doing dreamwork together as we interactively explore our dreams as a group and learn from each other's dreams as well as our own.


Speakers
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Yael Linda Schiller

For over 25 years Linda Yael has been helping people to harness the power of their dreams to enhance creativity, further spiritual awakening, and solve problems in everyday life. Psychotherapist, author, teacher,and consultant in practice in Watertown, MA and national speaker. www.lindayaelschiller.com; blog at www.awaketoyourdreams.com.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
Youth Lounge

11:30am

Moses's disABILITY ~ What Moses Can Teach Us About Creating Fully Inclusive Communities

The Torah describes Moses as having a "heavy tongue" or being "slow of speech." Where some commentators saw a deficiency, others found a unique talent. Learn how our greatest teacher and leader was different and what he can teach us about creating open and welcoming communities.


Speakers
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Michael Fel

Rabbi Michael Mauricio Fel is Assistant Rabbi of Temple Emunah in Lexington. He received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he was a Schusterman Rabbinic Fellow and earned a Master's Degree in Midrash. Michael loves integrating technology with Judaism and teaches Torah to over 650 people on Twitter through TheTweetedTorah.
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Shayna Fel

Shayna Fel, LCSW, is coordinator of the Autism Spectrum Care Coordination and Coaching program at Jewish Family & Childrens Service.  A graduate of BU School of Education and Hunter College School of Social Work, Shayna has been an advocate for the special needs population through her work with the National Ramah Camping Movement, Yachad and AHRC.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 16

11:30am

Why Should We Care About the Dead Sea Scrolls?
In anticipation of the upcoming Dead Sea Scroll exhibit at the Museum of Science, we will look at the history of the discovery of the scrolls and especially at their importance for understanding the Bible, Judaism, and early Christianity.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Brettler

Marc Brettler

Marc Brettler, the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies and former chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, teaches in various adult Jewish education settings. In addition to his books, he has written for The Forward, was heard on NPR's "All Things Considered," and "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross.


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm
Feinberg Library

11:30am

LimmudBoston 2012 Community Art Project--Mosaic Design by Cecilia Kremer of Chromatile

Join in to help create a meaningful beautiful, long-lasting mosaic which will adorn Congregation Mishkan Tefila. You will be amazed at what we can create together. No mosaic experience necessary.


Speakers
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Cecilia Kremer

LimmudBoston 2012 Community Art Project--Mosaic Design by Cecilia Kremer of Chromatile


Sunday December 2, 2012 11:30am - 1:30pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall

1:15pm

The Big Picture and the Little Tiny Things: An Outdoor Experience for Parents and Children

This session will take parents and children outdoors to the Webster Conservation Area. We will use basic prayers and texts and a variety of activities to experience G!d both in the details and as the "Big Picture" as we explore nature with our senses and with binoculars and magnifiers.


Speakers
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Katy Z. Allen

Rabbi Katy Z. Allen is a staff chaplain at the Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, MA. She is the founder and leader of Mayan Tikvah  A Wellspring of Hope, a congregation that holds services outdoors. Through the Nature Chaplaincy Program of Mayan Tikvah, she leads interfaith programs connecting nature and spirituality.


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
CMT Foyer

1:15pm

The Stranger Among You: African Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel
News reports of violence and political incitement against African asylum seekers have highlighted the plight of this community. Over 60,000 Africans, most fleeing conflict, have crossed into Israel. Not permitted to work and destined for the world's largest refugee camp, the asylum process is not working for them. Learn about the humanitarian response.

Speakers
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Stephane Acel-Green

Stephane is New England director of the New Israel Fund. He has worked for the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education and was Executive Director of Ameinu: Liberal Values, Progressive Israel. He currently volunteers as co-chair of Watertown's Energy Efficiency and Environment committee which advises Town Council.


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Beit Midrash

1:15pm

Torah Chanting With Heart
It takes more than words, more than grammar, more than melodies to bring our sacred text alive for our listeners. It takes heart. No one will fall asleep in shul during the Torah service when you chant your special verses with confidence, meaning, and expression. A master Torah reader will show you how.

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Rosalyn Deitchman

Sheila Rosalyn Deitchman

Sheila Rosalyn Deitchman is a trained singer, an innovative educator, and a master Torah reader at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, Massachusetts. She holds the A.B. degree cum laude from Radcliffe College, the Ed.M. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a diploma from the Prozdor Division of Hebrew College.


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
CR 11

1:15pm

LimmudBoston 2012 Community Art Project--Mosaic Design by Cecilia Kremer of Chromatile

Join in to help create a meaningful beautiful, long-lasting mosaic which will adorn Congregation Mishkan Tefila. You will be amazed at what we can create together. No mosaic experience necessary.


Speakers
CK

Cecilia Kremer

LimmudBoston 2012 Community Art Project--Mosaic Design by Cecilia Kremer of Chromatile


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall

1:15pm

Shlimiels and Shlimazels: Fifty Yiddish words You Can't Live Without!
We will review 50 Yiddish words that should be in our vocabularies as Jewish-Americans

Speakers
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Moshe Waldoks

Reb Moshe Waldoks serves TBZ (Temple Berth Zion) an independent congregation in Brookline, MA. He is the co-editor of THE BIG BOOK OF JEWISH HUMOR and a Yddish lover. Reb Moshe


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Feinberg Library

1:15pm

Soulful Education: How to Teach from Mind-to Heart-to Life--A Demonstration.
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 Ben David taught at the Pardes Institute for 20 years and served as the Director of Spiritual Education. He founded Ayeka: Soulful Jewish Education in 2008. Through its online program, Ayeka educates rabbis, teachers, and professionals how to bring Jewish wisdom from our minds to our hearts, to our souls, and to our lives. Ayeka has developed more than 2 years of curriculum devoted to promoting personal and spiritual growth. Aryeh lives... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
CR 16

1:15pm

2008-2012 Elections: What Happened? What Changed? What Mattered?

In the recent presidential elections, both sides assiduously courted the Jewish community. Both sides claim Jewish affinity. What changes were seen in the way American Jews voted? What changed? What's next?


Moderators
Speakers
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Sam Norich

Sam Norich, Publisher of the Jewish Daily Forward


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Sanctuary

1:15pm

Finding the Sacred through Rhythm

In a supportive group context, we will use rhythmic movement to .create a sacred space. In a gentle process, you will be guided into weaving a tapestry of rhythms with your voice, clapping hands, and stepping feet. This workshop is suitable for everyone, whether or not you have musical experience or rhythmic talent.


Speakers
avatar for Lillian Sober Ain

Lillian Sober Ain

Lillian Sober Ain is a clinical psychologist with special interests in meditation and the therapeutic effects of rhythm. She has recently completed a three-year program in the group rhythm method called Taketina (developed by Reinhard Flatishler), and she conducts experiential drumming workshops called "Drumming for Health and Transformation."


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Youth Lounge

1:15pm

The Last Jews - An Apocalyptic Comedy/A Play Reading

Professional actors will present a reading of the newest play by Larry Jay Tish, the co-writer of "The Black-Jew Dialogues." The Jewish Advocate called the Last Jews, "A hybrid of Mel Brooks and Ionesco. Hilarious!" It is a story that explores the darker side of humanity with humor and hope.


Speakers
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Annette Miller

Annette Miller is about to begin her sixteenth season with Shakespeare & Company. She is the winner of the 2003 Elliot Norton Award and IRNE Award for Best Actress as Golda Meir. She has appeared in several films and on Broadway. Annette is a member of Actors Equity.
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Chuck Schwager

Chuck Schwager is an actor in the Boston area featured in plays, commercials, and indie films. In the recently released indie film "Marranos" set in Spain during the Inquisition Chuck plays a scion of a wealthy Jewish family who choose him to convert and become a Bishop in order to protect the Jewish community.
avatar for Larry Jay Tish

Larry Jay Tish

Larry is a playwright, actor, improviser, poet, copywriter, short story, TV and travel writer as well as educator. He co-created/wrote and tours the award-winning social-justice comedy The Black-Jew Dialogues with co-creator/writer Ron Jones. Larry was a freelance copywriter for ten years in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, and Boston. Larry’s acting credits include work in theater, film, TV and radio. His latest play The Last Jews... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Yamins Chapel

1:15pm

More than Meets the Eye: The Structure & Meaning of Prayer Seen through the Friday Evening Liturgy
The Siddur was carefully designed to encapsulate the most important Jewish ideas & ideals. Where did the concept of prayer and Siddur originate? Who wrote the Siddur and why? What did the rabbis want us to know about belief in God? As familiar as we are with individual prayers, it is good to look at their deep underpinnings.

Speakers
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Cherie Koller-Fox

Rabbi Cherie Koller-Fox is President of NewCAJE. She also is a chaplain in hospitals and nursing homes. Locally, she has served as the Rabbi of Congregation Eitz Chayim in Cambrige and Temple Emmanuel of Marlboro. Currently, she is the rabbi of the Chapel Havurah. With her husband, Everett Fox, she is writing a first readers edition of the Torah.


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
CR 15

1:15pm

Ritual Transformation for GLBTQ Celebration

What existing rituals within Jewish tradition can be adopted to celebrate and affirm the experiences and lives of queer members of our community? How can we reimagine and create new rituals to reflect and embrace diverse gender identities and experiences? Join us to learn about existing rituals designed to celebrate and embrace diversity.


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, he's an editor, educator, community organizer, chef, Scrabble player, and baby whisperer.
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Becky Silverstein

Becky Silverstein is a genderqueer rabbinical student at Hebrew College who seeks to create communities where all Jews can enter and be fully present. She co-founded the Queer Interfaith Community, www.queerinterfaithcommunity.org, which strives to make religious communities more inclusive by creating a space for LGBT clergy to support each other.


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
CR 8

1:15pm

Why Do I Exist? A Soul Journey in Four Parts
Rivka Imeynu, mother of Ya'akov and Esav, experienced the wrestling in her womb and sought help to understand. Each of us bears witness to a struggle of meaning and purpose within, especially in the face of loss and uncertainty. Through song and prayer we will seek our individual and collective answer.

Speakers
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Hanna Tiferet Siegel

Rabbi Hanna Tiferet is a singer/songwriter, spiritual guide, and liturgical artist who brings the heart of compassion into the experience of prayer. She has recorded eight albums of liturgical "soul" music. Hanna is currently blessed to serve as interim rabbi of Congregation B'nai Or of Boston.


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
Leffell Conference Room

1:15pm

Are We Bound by the Binding of Isaac? The Akeidah with Midrashic and Modern Re-readings
The Akeidah, the Binding of Isaac, informs the Jewish imagination as a classic tale of piety. But the text raises many issues: Does Abraham pass his test? Are faith and ethics reconcilable? Where is Sarah? What is the impact of the story on Jews who for millennia have read and reread the story, often using it as a paradigm for their own actions?

Speakers
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Anne Lapidus Lerner

A Boston native and a member of the Jewish Literature Department at Jewish Theological Seminary since 1969, Dr. Lerner was its first woman vice chancellor. She is also a Research Associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. A pioneer in Jewish Womens Studies, she is both a scholar and an activist. Her most recent book is Eternally Eve.


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
CR 14

1:15pm

Jews, God, and Food: The Relationship of Jews and Eating in the Tanakh and Beyond
Are you Jewish? Love food and love to eat? You're not alone. Jews have been passionate about food and eating for 4,000 years. In this session, we're going to explore examples of biblical texts about eating, followed by a broader look at the way we relate to food in our Jewish tradition and culture.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Mintz

Maureen Mintz

Maureen has been an educator in the Jewish community for over 35 years, working mainly in Jewish day school as a teacher, administrator, and teacher mentor and coach. She has recently become a Weight Loss Coach, combining her interest in food and eating with her desire to help people improve their lives.


Sunday December 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:25pm
CR 10

2:30pm

'The Music Man of Terezin: The Story of Rafael Schaechter as Remembered by Edgar Krasa'

Terezin and Auschwitz survivor Edgar Krasa of Newton will speak about singing in composer and pianist Rafael Schaechter's production of the Verdi Requiem at the Terezin concentration camp on June 23, 1944, before Nazi officials and Red Cross representatives. It was a risky, secretly defiant act, as the Requiem warns of Judgment Day for one's sins.


Speakers
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Susie Davidson

Susie Davidson is a poet, author, filmmaker and journalist who writes regularly for the Jewish Advocate, the Jewish Journal, the Jewish Daily Forward and JointMedia News Service, and has contributed to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and the Jerusalem Post. She was a Boston Globe G Section "G Force" in July. This is her 4th Holocaust book.
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Edgar Krasa

Edgar Krasa is a survivor of Terezin and other concentration camps. He is on the board of the Terezin Music Foundation, which has established a Krasa-Schaechter Foundation for young composers, and often speaks at schools and community venues.


Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Leffell Conference Room

2:30pm

Beyond the Fiddler-on-the-Roof: Pathways to Future Jewish Music Theater
Matti Kovler, Israeli composer and artistic director of JMT talks about the dilemmas and talks about the dilemmas and possible pathways to the future of the genre of Jewish Music Theater, showing examples from JMT's recent productions.

Speakers
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Matti Kovler

Matti Kovler is a Russian-born Israeli composer whose music has been praised for its "emotive potency" (New York Times), and described as "part mystical, part comical" (Grade A Entrepreneurs). Recent projects included commissions from Carnegie Hall, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center.


Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
CR 7

2:30pm

LimmudBoston 2012 Community Art Project--Mosaic Design by Cecilia Kremer of Chromatile

Join in to help create a meaningful beautiful, long-lasting mosaic which will adorn Congregation Mishkan Tefila. You will be amazed at what we can create together. No mosaic experience necessary.


Speakers
CK

Cecilia Kremer

LimmudBoston 2012 Community Art Project--Mosaic Design by Cecilia Kremer of Chromatile


Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall

2:30pm

Superman or Mitzvah Man? Teaching Jewish Values through Comic Book Super Heroes
In this session, we will look at new and creative ways to teach Jewish values by using comic book heroes. The curriculum would be aimed towards High School students and will be designed to be easily adaptable for either a supplementary school or a more informal setting such as youth group or camp.

Speakers
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Aron Neesman

Aron Neesman grew up in Omaha, NE & earned a B.A. in Religious studies & History from the University of Nebraska Omaha. After college, he continued his studies at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He went on to earn a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. He currently works as a Job Coach for Adults with Autism.


Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Beit Midrash

2:30pm

The Mideast Puzzle

Scott Lasensky will discuss American efforts to broker Arab-Israeli peace since the end of the Cold War. His just released book, The Peace Puzzle: American's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, is a detailed account of this on-going diplomatic drama, drawing from never-before-shared insights from many of the central Israeli, Arab, and American players.

This session is dedicated to the memory of Sid, Ida, James Barry, Robert Kim and Peter Aron Stark, z"l.


Speakers

Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
CR 8

2:30pm

Brother Keepers: Jewish Men's Issues in the Twenty-First Century

Through study and dialogue we will explore issues of being a male and Jewish in Western culture, and how these religious, ethnic, and gender issues impact Jewish men (and women) today. Material will be drawn from Rabbi Zevit's years helping lead the JMR annual Jewish men's retreat and his and Harry Brod's new book on Jewish men's issues.


Speakers
avatar for Shawn Zevit

Shawn Zevit

Rabbi Zevit serves in numerous venues as a spiritual leader and congregational, organizational and social justice consultant. Rabbi Zevit is also a recording artist (www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ShawnZevit) and a leader in Jewish Men's work (<a href="www.jewishmensretreat.org/">www.jewishmensretreat.org</a>), co-director of DLTI (<a href="www.davvenenleadership.com">www.davvenenleadership.com</a>) and a spiritual director in... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Feinberg Library

2:30pm

Reading ACROSS the Lines: Daughters of Abraham Women's Interfaith Book Group

After the 9-11 tragedy, Jewish, Christian and Muslim women began gathering monthly in Daughters of Abraham interfaith book groups to learn about each others' religious traditions, overcome stereotypes, and foster mutual respect and understanding. While discussions are not always easy, they have been illuminating for the many participants nationwide.


Speakers
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Latifa Ali

Latifa Ali is the first Muslim woman to be elected President of a major interfaith social justice organization, Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM). She holds an MA in Community Economic Development. As COO of Nurruddeen Development, a social entrepreneurial venture, she has hosted and produced talk radio for 14 years.
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Judith Kummer

Rabbi Judy Kummer serves as Executive Director of the Jewish Chaplaincy Council of Massachusetts. She is a member of two Daughters of Abraham women's interfaith book groups, and leader of one. She also serves on the planning committee of Building Bridges through Learning: Rabbis and Imams Study Project.
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Deborah Malone

Deborah Malone is a retired geriatric/psychiatric/community health nurse. She is a Protestant Christian, married to a Presbyterian minister. She served as a parish nurse and lay pastor in a multi-ethnic church in Lowell before moving to Boston. She has been a member of a Daughters of Abraham group for 5 years.


Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schwartz Social Hall

2:30pm

Sacred Sound and Healing
Our Jewish tradition teaches that God SPOKE the world into being. Judaism's core faith statement begins with "Shma -- Listen." Experience using your voice in community to cultivate and resonate with your higher healing nature and to realize a deeper connection with the Source that Heals. It's fun! No singing experience required.

Speakers
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Jessica Schwartz

Jessica Schwartz, CHT, is in private practice in Waltham. She gives workshops on Sound Healing, Stress Management & Spiritual Healing at Brandeis, CJP, National Havurah Institute, JF&CS & the Visiting Nurse Assn. She performs as a vocal soloist internationally & sang at Fenway & the Hatch. Her meditation albums are at jessicaschwartz.com.


Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
CR 9

2:30pm

Welcoming Our Babies
Having a baby should be a time of joy! But for some interfaith families, navigating life cycle events is stressful. Will the mohel come to the bris? Will grandma feel included at a baby naming? How can we include elements of other religions or heritages if we're raising our kids as Jews? Learn and share tips and resources at this open discussion.

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, he's an editor, educator, community organizer, chef, Scrabble player, and baby whisperer.


Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
CR 14

2:30pm

Our Radical Tradition: How the Torah Instructs us to Build a Free Society

The construction of the Tabernacle described in the Torah, along with the Jewish agricultural laws that took form in the Rabbinic period, highlight traditional values of small scale society, meaningful work and collective economy. Perhaps our forebears were more rad than we thought! Come mine for progressive idealism in our traditional text.


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Rachie Lewis

Rachie Lewis is a resident organizer at the Moishe Kavod House and an alum of the Jewish Organizing fellowship. She is interested in building Jewish community that is committed both to ritual practice and social action. She believes the intersection of both allows our communities to harness widespread, thoughtful, collective power.


Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
CR 16

2:30pm

Spiritual Gym: Exercises for a Healthy Soul

Do you find you hold back before speaking? Are you too assertive? Do you ask for what you need or refrain? Using traditional Jewish practices and texts called Mussar, we will explore how to get what we need without overshadowing others. We will examine the trait of humility to help us find the balance between what we need and the needs of others.


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MP

Marcia Plumb

Rabbi Marcia Plumb is the Executive Director and founder of Neshamah for the Soul, an organisation that promotes Jewish spirtiual well-being. She teaches Mussar at Rashi school. She is a rabbi at Mishkan Tefilla, Beth Elohim and Orchard Cove. She recently moved from London to Boston with her husband Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire and their 2 children.


Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
CR 15

2:30pm

Bible Stories You Didn't Learn in Hebrew School
Murder. Rape. Incest. The juicy stories you didn't learn as a kid. They are ripping-good stories, and they teach us a lot, although not always about the Golden Rule. We will read them in translation.

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Ronnie Levin

Ronnie Levin is a long-time member of the Havurah movement, with an advanced graduate degree in Bible.


Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
CR 11

2:30pm

Should Jews Read the New Testament?
Marc Brettler and Amy-Jill Levine's recent The Jewish Annotated New Testament, the first scholarly Jewish commentary on the New Testament, has raised questions and controversy among both Christians and Jews. I will discuss the book's genesis, and will explore the benefits of Jewish knowledge of the New Testament.

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avatar for Marc Brettler

Marc Brettler

Marc Brettler, the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies and former chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, teaches in various adult Jewish education settings. In addition to his books, he has written for The Forward, was heard on NPR's "All Things Considered," and "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross.


Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Yamins Chapel

2:30pm

Stories of our Jewish Journeys
How has Jewish tradition, community or identity intersected with your life journey or not? Learn techniques to begin crafting and telling stories of your Jewish journey. While these stories are great for self reflection, sharing them with your family, students, colleagues, or fellow congregants helps to build community.

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CR

Cindy Rivka Marshall

An invited presenter at Limmud UK in 2012, Cindy Rivka Marshall appears at synagogues, schools and conferences, offering folktales, midrashic stories and storytelling workshops for all ages. She works as a consultant to Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Brandeis High School Summer Programs. Her work was published in the book, Mitzvah Stories.


Sunday December 2, 2012 2:30pm - 3:40pm
CR 10

3:45pm

Jews on Screen
Treasures from the Diaspora's Largest Jewish Film Archive. This presentation features rare film clips of Jews, which have been rescued and preserved by the National Center for Jewish Film. These unique images provide a window to shed light on the attitudes toward Jews found in early American cinema insight into American cinema history.

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Sharon Pucker Rivo

Sharon Pucker Rivo is Executive Director of The National Center for Jewish Film. Rivo has been a leading force in the field of Jewish film and culture for more than three decades through her work as a curator, programmer, archivist, film distributor, film and television producer. Recipient of many honors & awards, Rivo is on the faculty of Brandeis Univ.


Sunday December 2, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Beit Midrash

3:45pm

Rabbis, Rogues and Schlemiels: What Makes Jews Laugh
What is Jewish humor, what are its roots, and what can it tell us about ourselves? Taking it all the way back to the satire of Esther and Jonah and the word-play of the Midrash, humor scholars have found multiple threads that lead us all the way, via Tevye and Heine, to Groucho, Woody Allen and Seinfeld -- but with many intriguing departures (think

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Lewis Glinert

Lewis Glinert is Professor of Hebraic Studies at Dartmouth College. His books include "The Joys of Hebrew" (Oxford). His documentary on the Rebirth of Hebrew was a BBC nomination for a SONY award. He is author of the entry Jewish Humor in the new Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. In 2009 he was voted "Best Professor" by the Dartmouth Student Assembly.


Sunday December 2, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Leffell Conference Room

3:45pm

Exploring Nature and Judaism Inside and Outside

Learn about Teva Learning Alliance’s creative curriculum created for Boston’s JCRC. Discover the connections between Judaism and nature, focusing on nature-based education for youth in a Jewish context. Weather permitting, we will go outdoors—parents and children welcome! Presented through the Green Hevra: A New Coalition of Jewish Eco-Projects.


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Laura Bellows

Laura Bellows, a student at Hebrew College, was the Director of Congregational and Community Programs of the Teva Learning Center, North America's leader in Jewish-environmental education, from 2005 to 2012. She has extensive experience as an organizer, curriculum writer and educator at community gardens, synagogues, havurot, and rallies.


Sunday December 2, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Trager Conference Room

3:45pm

Living in a Fragile World: Teaching Conservation to Children Through Spiritual Exploration

Using the methods of Godly Play to uncover the curiosity, imagination and sacred awareness of young children, this workshop will model a lesson on creation and the responsibility for the created world. Using biblical narrative, contemporary explanation and wondering questions, this session will explore how to introduce the importance of conservatio


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Michael Shire

Rabbi dr Michael Shire is the Dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College. He is the convenor of the Jewish Godly Play Community of Practice, bringing spiritual pedagogy to Jewish classrooms.


Sunday December 2, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm
CR 8

3:45pm

ESPN-Judaism: Breaking Down the Separation of Shul and Sport
Chances are your zayde can tell you the entire lineup of the 1952 New York Yankees, and your Rabbi may have cried when his beloved Boston Celtics fell to the Heat in the playoffs. What's the deal with the ongoing Jewish love affair with the world of sports, and how can we use it to engage sports fans in Jewish life in the 21st century?

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Lex Rofes

Lex Rofes is a Senior in Judaic Studies at Brown. He is the President of Brown RISD Hillel and serves on the Hillel International Board. He thinks that Judaism and fun need not be mutually exclusive and does not identify with any one Jewish denomination. A Milwaukeean, he has boundless love for the Green Bay Packers and Marquette Golden Eagles.


Sunday December 2, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm
CR 11

3:45pm

Embodying the Kabbalistic Tree of Life Through Meditation & Movement
This session will connect you with your own bodyheartmindspirit through the sefirot/energy centers of the Tree of Life. You'll align yourself with Source, open your heart and personal creativity, and tap into the dynamic energies of your body, heart, mind, and spirit.

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Jeff Foust

Rabbi Jeff Foust is Jewish Adviser and member of Spiritual Life at Bentley University. He is a student and teacher of Kabbalah, emphasizing embodied spirituality, where we learn to breathe, live, and dance it in our day to day lives. Meditation, movement, teaching, and pastoral care are all part of Jeff's daily life.


Sunday December 2, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm
CR 9

3:45pm

The Jar of Tears: A Memorial from the Warsaw Ghetto
This 50 minute storytelling performance is based on the life of Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapiro, known as the Rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto. The performance chronicles his changing experiences, introduces his mystical theology of weeping, and shares how through it all he remained a compassionate leader even then, even there.

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David Arfa

Maggid David Arfa is dedicated to celebrating Judaisms storytelling heritage and ancient environmental wisdom. He has produced two audio cds, The Birth of Love and Tales of Herschel of Ostropol. His performance The Jar of Tears won the Charles Hildebrandt Award in honor of its artistic excellence, depth of vision and technical mastery.


Sunday December 2, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Schwartz Social Hall

3:45pm

Gleaning: A Torah-Based and Modern-Day Response to Hunger and Food Waste in Greater Boston

Students and staff from The Binah School will present the results of our schools' interdisciplinary exploration of gleaning. Using discussion and a multi-media slideshow created by students, we will focus on gleaning as a response to hunger in Greater Boston. Participants will explore Torah sources and will learn how to get involved.


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Rina Hoffman

Rina Hoffman, M.S.W. is Co-Founder, Co-Director and Service Learning Teacher of The Binah School, an innovative Orthodox middle and high school for girls in Sharon, MA. She is also the Teen Training Coordinator for Gateways. With over 15 years of experience in social work, education and administration, Ms. Hoffman was a CJP PresenTense Fellow.


Sunday December 2, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Yamins Chapel

3:45pm

Change and Transitions in the Tanach and Today
Life changes date back to Adam and Eve. Some seem harder than others. Some people thrive with change; others are stressed. We will examine the dynamics of change and transition illustrated in the Tanach. Come learn what it takes to thrive through life's changes with grace and ease.

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Lilly Platt

The focus of Lilly Platts professional life has been to help people deal with change and transition. Her background as a Developmental Psychologist, Organizational Development Consultant, and Life Coach has given her a deep understanding of the challenges that come with change.


Sunday December 2, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm
CR 6

3:45pm

Hebrew Letters - A Mystical, Rational and Practical Exploration
Hebrew Letters have incredible depth -- from their mystical meaning, to their historical origins, to their influence on your name. Come explore what's hidden below the surface, and add new dimensions to your relationship with Hebrew. No prior Hebrew required.

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avatar for Rachel Schoenfeld

Rachel Schoenfeld

Rabbi Rachel Schoenfeld is an aspiring soferet and fascinated with Hebrew letters. She is the rabbi of Congregation Shirat Hayam in Marshfield, MA, and of Hampshire College in Amherst. She spent part of the past summer scribing her ketubah.


Sunday December 2, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Youth Lounge

3:45pm

From 'OY' into 'AH HA': Relevant Resources for Jewish Nonprofit Organizations!

Travel through an aspiring Jewish-nonprofit-professional's journey from Buffalo to Brandeis, Istanbul to Idaho and beyond! Discover commonly overlooked, but easily preventable problems & prepare to share your best-practices, so we can help each other & our programs/projects thrive in the current & diverse (but hopefully unified) Jewish communities.


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Jess Kent

Jess Kent* is 25 years young & she is delighted that you are here! With a modest background of diverse Jewish experiences, Jess is eager to share her suggestions for how to maximize Jewish philanthropy, renew teen programs, revitalize synagogue boards, and refresh Jewish nonprofits! Please attend 'From "OY" to "AH HA!" *jessicarachelkent@gmail.com


Sunday December 2, 2012 3:45pm - 5:00pm
CR 10

4:00pm

Zamir Chorale of Boston Open Sing & LimmudBoston 2012 Finale

The Zamir Chorale of Boston presents its seventh annual Open Sing featuring favorite choruses from Handel's dramatic oratorio Judas Maccabaeus and songs of Israel with Joshua Jacobson, Conductor, and Edwin Swanborn, Pianist. and LimmudBoston 2012 finale with musicians Noah Aronson, Naomi Less and Shawn Zevit  

Thank you for coming to LimmudBoston 2012!

Hold the date: LimmudBoston 2013   -   December 8, 2012


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Sunday December 2, 2012 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall

5:00pm

Art as Tikkun Olam

How can art contribute to Tikkun Olam, going beyond “repairing” the world to making it better? We will ask: how can art help you see? build communities? be a medium of social change? help us make the world G-d would want us to live in? Encouraged for all ages. We will include a brief creative writing workshop if time permits.


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Jason Henry Simon-Bierenbaum

uilding on our people's history of story telling, valuing education, and finding humor in everything, Brandeis graduate Jason Henry Simon-Bierenbaum is an accomplished poet, performer, and educator. He is the current Speak Out Loud Performance Poetry Teaching Artist in Residence at Harvard University.


Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CR 15

5:00pm

Using Jewish Values to Build Better Professional-Lay Relationships

Can Jewish values help volunteers & professionals work together on division of responsibilities/roles, communication/authority lines, and supervision/evaluation? Using cases and Jewish texts, Marya Axner, Jewish Labor Cte CEO, and Danny Margolis, past BJE CEO, explore these issues. For educators, clergy, agency personnel, Board & other volunteers.


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Marya Axner

Marya Axner directs the New England Jewish Labor Committee, a social justice organization that works to engage the Greater Boston Jewish community in support of issues affecting all workers and the Labor Movement. Ms. Axner has also worked for the Jewish Women's Archive and Somerville Public Schools.
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Daniel Margolis

For over 26 years, Danny Margolis led the Boston Bureau of Jewish Education, an agency known for its innovative approach to educational and organizational change, Israel education, youth & informal education, professional & curriculum development, and educational resources & technology. He is now the CEO of a non-profit consulting group, bbje.org.


Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CR 14

5:00pm

Possibilities for Peace in Israel

 Is it possible for Israelis and Palestinians to agree on borders for a two-state solution? Learn about challenges and opportunities thru a multimedia presentation about borders, produced by S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace and The Atlantic, followed by a discussion about facts and hopes, facilitated by J Street’s Adam Steinberg.


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Adam Steinberg

Adam Steinberg is the Northeast Regional Field Organizer for J Street. In the two years prior, he volunteered as a lay activist, helping to build and mobilize J Street's young professional network in Boston.


Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Yamins Chapel

5:00pm

Where have all the shtetels gone?And why?

The obliteration of Jewish life in Europe by Nazi Germany is still with us today, by its very absence. Has this void create a 'black hole'? If so, what does it say to us today? Should those of us two generations later and a continent away make a connection to our lost Jewish family and, if so, how?


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Burton Klein

Burton Klein grew up in the 1950s in Medford, MA. His grandparents, as well as his wifes grandparents, came to U.S. in the 1890s, but never talked about those family members who stayed in Europe. He has become increasingly interested in their history. He and his wife traveled to Eastern Europe this spring to learn about their roots there.


Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CR 6

5:00pm

A Taste of Jewish Meditation

Whether you are a seasoned meditator or a complete beginner, this taste of Jewish meditation is for you. Find some calm and quiet in the midst of a busy Limmud day. We will share a guided meditation with some silence. Silence and meditation have long been part of Jewish tradition, so join us as we reach a deep place in our soul.


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Marcia Plumb

Rabbi Marcia Plumb is the Executive Director and founder of Neshamah for the Soul, an organisation that promotes Jewish spirtiual well-being. She teaches Mussar at Rashi school. She is a rabbi at Mishkan Tefilla, Beth Elohim and Orchard Cove. She recently moved from London to Boston with her husband Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire and their 2 children.


Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CR 9

5:00pm

Spicing up Birkat ha-Mazon

Come examine the structure of the classical Birkat ha-Mazon ("Grace after Meals), learn some classical and newer shorter and alternative forms, some variations (including 3 words in Yiddish!), some new melodies, and investigate how to make Birkat more a part of your life and the life of your community. And why is it called "bentsching" anyway?


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Scott Tepper

Scott A. Tepper, Ed.M. ("Reb Zisha"), is an unlicensed mystic who advocates a Judaism with active exploration and participation, and without labels. He is Religious Leader of United Brothers Synagogue, Bristol, RI, a Mikveh Guide at Mayyim Hayyim, and an active member of Temple Beth Zion, Brookline. He loves his daughters, spicy food, and karaoke.


Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CR 16

5:00pm

Biblical Metaphor Reveals: You Really Don't Know Clouds at All

Precious portals to higher consciousness reside within Biblical metaphors. In this session we will have group chevruta study on the metaphoric role of clouds in Torah, Midrash, Prayer and Zohar.


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avatar for Goldie Milgram

Goldie Milgram

Covenant Award Finalist, director of ReclaimingJudaism.org, & editor-in-chief of Reclaiming Judaism Press, Reb Goldie is acclaimed world-wide for her innovative programs & resources for meaningful Jewish living. Known for her humorous, empowering teaching style & deep scholarship, her new book is Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning.


Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CR 10

5:00pm

Earth Based Rituals For all Seasons: On the Farm and in the Garden

In this interactive session, participants will explore ancient texts connected to the Jewish calendar applying them to modern agriculture and sustainability. We will discuss creative ways to gather in community to take part in earth-based Jewish ritual in all seasons. Presented through the Green Hevra: A New Coalition of Jewish Eco-Projects.


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Sarah Chandler

Sarah Chandler, the Associate Director of ADAMAH at Isabella Fr, is a Jewish experiential educator, community activist, spiritual leader. She has her M.A. in Jewish Communal and Experiential Education and Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and serves on the Green Hevra Stewardship Committee.


Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Trager Conference Room

5:00pm

Owning Midrash: Exploring Personalities in Tanach through Traditional and Contemporary Midrash

What is the difference between traditional and contemporary midrash? What do these new layers of meaning add to our understanding of Biblical personalities? We will confront our preconceptions of these characters by exploring traditional midrash and the midrashic poetry of the late Enid Dame, and end by crafting our own midrashic responses.


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DeDe Jacobs-Komisar

Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven
DeDe is Cultural Arts Manager at the New Haven JCC, where she is creating JCC Theaterworks. Originally from Baltimore, DeDe founded the Jewish Theatre Workshop and ran JTTV Live, an interactive teen theater program. While living in Israel, DeDe co-founded and led BamatMabat Theater Company. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama.


Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CR 8

5:00pm

What Comes Next?: Jewish Approaches to the Afterlife
In this session we will explore Jewish approaches to the question of an afterlife. Does the individual survive bodily death? Is there an ultimate redemption in which all who have lived will live again? Jewish, as well as general philosophical and parapsychological sources, will be consulted in our exploration.

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Davin Wolok

Davin Wolok is the chazzan sheni and ritual director of Congregation Mishkan Tefila. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from SUNY Stony Brook and has taught Jewish thought at Hebrew College. He is the author of You Can Come Home Again: Musings and Amusings of a Philosopher-Clergyman.


Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CR 11

5:00pm

What's in a Name? Anonymity and Identity Among Biblical Women

Although the Torah details copious lineages, something is often missing. Women are frequently unnamed - even in stories where they are key actors. Is this a case of chauvinism, or are there other explanations? Through text study and bibliodrama we will explore the phenomenon of unnamed women. Women and men are welcome to engage in this discussion.


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Miriam Rosalyn Diamond

Dr. Miriam Rosalyn Diamond teaches Jewish and secular studies to students of all ages, and is currently leading a course on the Psychology of Friendship. Her books (Encountering Faith in the Classroom, Fostering Religious Literacy across Campus) address practical aspects of enhancing religious literacy.


Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CR 7

5:00pm

Cousins of Faith: Film Screening and Discussion

David Micley will show and discuss the film he produced called "Cousins of Faith," an ethnographic film about the daily lives of a religious Jew and a religious Muslim that explores questions of how identity, faith and tradition play out in America. David uses this film as a tool to humanize the way Muslims and Jews perceive one another.


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David Micley

David Micley is the Director of Recruitment and Admissions at Prozdor of Hebrew College, an institution that his family has actively been involved in for three generations.


Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00pm - 6:10pm
Beit Midrash

6:00pm

LimmudBoston 2012 Grand Finale!

As the Zamir Chorale of Boston wraps up their part of the Open Sing, Noah Aronson, Shawn Zevit & Naomi Less will help us wrap up this wonderful day with a rousing musical finale. Be there!

Sales tales  for CDs and other items will be open after the concert.

Please join the cleanup party after the Finale, as we walk through the building removing signs, straightening up, and making sure that LimmudBoston leaves Congregation Mishkan Tefila as beautifully as we found it! Add your name to the volunteer list at the Help Desk.  Thank you!

 


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avatar for Noah Aronson

Noah Aronson

Musician, Noah Aronson Music
Noah Aronson is an energetic and soulful composer/performer whose unique musical style propels his music into communities across the country and in Israel. Noah earned a degree in Jazz Composition and Piano from Berklee College of Music in Boston and held the position of Composer-in-Residence at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Noah conducted the Manhattan HaZamir Choir from 2008-2010 and his choral music received an honorable... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Less

Naomi Less

Musician extraordinaire
avatar for Shawn Zevit

Shawn Zevit

Rabbi Zevit serves in numerous venues as a spiritual leader and congregational, organizational and social justice consultant. Rabbi Zevit is also a recording artist (www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ShawnZevit) and a leader in Jewish Men's work (<a href="www.jewishmensretreat.org/">www.jewishmensretreat.org</a>), co-director of DLTI (<a href="www.davvenenleadership.com">www.davvenenleadership.com</a>) and a spiritual director in... Read More →


Sunday December 2, 2012 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall