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Sunday, December 4
 

9:00am

The Jewish Calendar

Presentation and explanation of book about the Jewish calendar regarding book written entitled "The Jewish Calendar - Unrivaled and Unraveled" written up in the Jewish Advocate edition of Sept 23, 2011


Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
Religious School Conference Room (2nd Floor)

9:00am

Finding the Music in Prayer

Discover the space where contemporary sounds and music blend with traditional prayer. Songwriter Arnie Davidson will take you on a journey in song, sharing new worship music melodies and exploring the common ground between secular music and our sacred texts.


Speakers
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Arnie Davidson

Arnie is a song writer from Hartford, CT. He performs at synagogues, Hava NaShira, CAJE, MANAJE & LimmudUK & LImmudNY. He is the worship leader at Shir HaMakom, a new music-based chavura in CT. \"Project ben D,\" his CD of original Shabbat music, showcases his new contemporary worship music. Arnie is best known for his contagious melodies and for his work writing new music, based on traditional Jewish texts.


Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
CR 9

9:00am

Storytelling for Powerful Collaboration and Social Action

As a Jewish community, one of the ways that we articulate responsibility is through narrative and storytelling. The story of our ancestors being slaves in Egypt leads to an imperative to welcome the stranger and to help the needy. So too, stories that we tell as individuals can inspire others to come together and create change.


Speakers
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Elizabeth Aeschlimann

Liz and Leora were Fellows with the Jewish Organizing Initiative in 2010-2011. Leora Perkins is a Program Coordinator for the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy at the JCRC. Liz Aeschlimann is a Community Organizer with United Interfaith Action of Southeastern Massachusetts. Liz and Leora have taught storytelling with JOI Fellows at numerous trainings in the Boston Area.
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Leora Perkins

Leora Perkins is a Program Coordinator for the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy at the JCRC. She was a Fellow with the Jewish Organizing Initiative (JOI) in 2010-2011. She has also taught storytelling with JOI Fellows at numerous trainings in the Boston Area.


Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
Trager Conference Room (2nd Floor)

9:00am

The Distaff of Silence: The Image of Rachel the Matriarch in Modern Hebrew Poetry

The matriarch, Rachel, strikes us as a tragic figure -- forced to share her husband with her sister, and then barren for years only to die prematurely in child-birth. Modern Israeli poets, however, transform the image of the matriarch, offering radical readings of the biblical text that displace traditional understandings.


Speakers
avatar for Rachel Adelman

Rachel Adelman

Rachel Adelman (PhD, Hebrew University) is a research associate and visiting professor at Harvard University, and teaches Hebrew Bible at Hebrew College. She has published both academic articles and poetry, and lectures widely in Israel, North America, and England.


Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
CR 11

9:00am

The Boston Jewish Food Movement: Taking Root and Cross-Pollination

Everybody eats. As Jews, how, why, and what we eat connects us to tradition, each other, the earth, and to justice. Come and learn whats going on in our very own Boston Jewish Food Movement with The Moishe Kavod House, Ganei Beantown, and The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action as we work towards a just and sustainable food system.


Speakers
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Helen Bennett

Helen Bennett is a farmer, educator, learner and organizer who lives and works at the Moishe Kavod House as a Jewish Organizing Fellow. Helen has experience with community planning, cooperative living, building intentional community, group facilitation and consensus, religious pluralism, and farming.


Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
Schwartz Social Hall

9:00am

Expanding the Shema

Learn new davvenology techniques for making the Shema a deeper experience.


Speakers
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Scott Tepper

Reb Zisha is an unlicensed mystic, a ba\'al tefillah with experience in almost every denomination and setting, the Religious Leader of United Brothers Synagogue (Bristol, RI), a karaoke nut, and a highly effective training consultant. B.A. Brandeis, Ed.M. Harvard.


Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
Beit Midrash

9:00am

Where Do We Stand? Interfaith Families and the Jewish Community

Who decides if we're Jewish? Come discuss intermarriage, raising interfaith families, and its impact on the Jewish community.


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 December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
CR 14

9:00am

Parents (Teachers), Children and G-d

Learn valuable insights that can enrich our relationships with our parents and our children (or students), including: The 3 partners in the creation of a person - mother, father and G-d; What components of a child's soul are influenced by parents? Sacred innocence and fostering independence; Developmental space ; The Rabbinic maxim "Push off with the left hand while bringing close with the right" - a balanced tension; Talmudic and mystical teachings about honoring parents.


Speakers
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Gedaliah Fleer

Visiting Boston from Jerusalem for his 26th annual teaching tour, Gedalia Fleer is a rabbi acknowledged by the Encyclopedia Judaica as one of todays leading authorities on Jewish Mysticism and the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Gedalia Fleer has a rare gift for making complex ideas clear and accessible, bringing mystical concepts down to earth.


Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
CR 16

9:00am

What's Hiding in Your Jewish Genes?

Ashkenazi Jews have a 1 in 5 chance of being a carrier of at least 19 genetic disorders. During this session you will learn which diseases Ashkenazi Jews are most likely to be carriers for, how the diseases are inherited, how to be screened prior to pregnancy, and reproductive options that allow carrier couples to have healthy children.


Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
CR 7

9:00am

Bringing a Gender Approach to Jewish Education

Gender plays an important role in how we see and experience Judaism and ultimately, the world around us. Jewish educators have grappled for ages to better understand how to meet the social and emotional needs of teens, and how to engage them in Jewish learning. In this session, participants will learn how to bring a gender per spective into their work with teens, and reverse the alarming rates of attrition that we see today in Jewish education.


Speakers

Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
Shelkan Youth Lounge

9:00am

On Cloud Nine: Engaged Learning for Digital Kids

Learn how nine free, Web 2.0 technologies can deeply engage students in Jewish learning, support family education, and help build Jewish identity and community in the Supplemental Jewish classroom.


Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
Chapel

9:00am

Transforming Your Synagogue Learning Program

Come learn about the pilot process at Temple Beth Shalom (TBS) in Needham to redesign their K-5 program based on in depth projects and relationships. Gain a basic understanding of the theory behind this kind of learning and see some examples of how it is being implemented with students at TBS. Meet with the consultants working on this project and hear the insights and advice that are helping to make the pilot at TBS a success.



Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
Sanctuary

9:00am

Using Storytelling in the Classroom

Stories are one of the most effective ways to reach across a spectrum of learners. Jewish values, Torah text, holidays, Jewish identity can all be explored with story. This introduction to the art and skills of effective storytelling will help you learn a story quickly without memorization; feel ease in telling, not reading, a story. Resources about different types of and sources of Jewish stories provided.


Speakers
avatar for Cindy Rivka Marshall

Cindy Rivka Marshall

Storyteller, Consultant, Jewish Storytelling Network
Cindy Rivka Marshall, an invited presenter at Limmud UK in 2012, offers stories and teaches all ages at synagogues and schools. Cindy tells multicultural and Jewish stories with universal lessons that resonate with her sense of wonder. She teaches storytelling, communication, interviewing and listening skills, and story-based approaches to teaching. Cindy creates safe environments for participants to speak and be heard.


Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
Library

9:00am

Why Games?

Learning to read and/or speak Hebrew along with understanding Judaic concepts, history or current events often can be explored or reinforced with games.  What are the key elements why games work? Which games work best in different contexts?  How can you make game templates that can be used in multiple situations?  Educators and madrichim will discover new tools, learn how to make their own games and come away from the workshop with conscious and effective approaches to working with students.


Speakers
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Sherry Grossman

Sherry founded Gan Yeladim, Newton, and served as the first Director of the JCCGB Early Learning Centers forging new directions bringing the early learning center programs into the 21st century. She worked with the BJE as a consultant and coach in community-based, special needs & early education. She joined Gateways: Access to Jewish Education in July, 2009 where she currently works as the Community Special Education Services Director consulting... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
Coppelman Clarke Large Social Hall

9:00am

When Enough Isn't Enough: Judaism's Obligation to Share the Wealth

Our food system is increasingly interdependent, but nearly a billion people are hungry while others have more than they could ever need. How does Judaism understand these inequalities and obligate us to eradicate them? Come examine texts that explore the Jewish responses to hunger to achieve a world where everyone can experience blessing and bounty


Speakers
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Rachel Rosenthal

Rachel Rosenthal is a member of the faculty at the Drisha Institute and a PhD candidate in Rabbinic Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary . A graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle, she has served as an American Jewish World Service Kol Tzedek Fellow and taught at the 92nd Street Y, Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study at JTS, Jewish Funds for Justice, and in communities throughout the United States. She holds a BA in Religious Studies from... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
CR 8

9:00am

And when you offer your soul to the hungry....

Isaiah Chapter 58 verse 10 Isaiah presents an incredibly powerful teaching for what it means to be in community and how to truly care for each other. What does it mean to offer our soul to the hungry and who are the hungry? And what kind of community will we become if we can walk in the path set forth for us by the prophet Isaiah. We will study Isaiah 58 to better understand this sacred vision of a community and living in a holiness of compassion and sharing.


Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 10:00am
CR 10

9:00am

LimmudBoston Exhibitors
Sunday December 4, 2011 9:00am - 7:00pm
Bowling Alley

10:15am

Exploring Jewish Values in Children's Literature

This highly interactive and practical workshop will explore how secular and Jewish childrens literature teaches Jewish values in both subtle and obvious ways. We will develop ideas for using childrens literature to introduce Jewish values in a variety of home and classroom settings and learn to evaluate books for their Jewish values content.


Speakers
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Kathy Bloomfield

Kathy Bloomfield is Founder and President of ForWordsBooks.com, formerly a national Jewish book fair company, now an online blog and book review site. She was the founding Book Club Editor for BabagaNewz Magazine and has served as a member of the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award Committee. Childrens books are her passion.


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
Religious School Conference Room (2nd Floor)

10:15am

So Your Values Live On: An Ethical Will Writing Workshop

Since biblical times, Jews have felt it important to pass on to the next generation not only possessions but also values and beliefs. Famous writers like Sholem Aleichem, but also average Jews, have been moved to write an ethical will. In this interactive workshop, be inspired by others, get motivated, and start writing your own “legacy letter.”


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
CR 11

10:15am

Creating Meaningful and Fun Mitzvah Projects for Yourself, Your Family or Your Kids

Looking for a meaningful mitzvah project that works for you and/or your family? Come get ideas for how to connect interests and talents--like music or sports or Israel or the environment--to a mitzvah project that truly makes the world a better place. Th


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
CR 14

10:15am

Creating our new world with the Alphabet of Vibration (TM)

Dance, sing, draw and play with the Alphabet of Vibration TM, mystical paintings of the Hebrew letters created by Analesa during 30 days of silent retreat. Experience the healing power of the Hebrew letters, find personal meaning through these evocative images, learn to apply secret teachings of our ancestors to create harmony and peace for all.


Speakers
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Analesa BatShema

Analesa BatShema is a bridge-builder, event planner, artist and singer. Influenced by her Grandpa, his best friend Ben Shahn and her Kabbalistic ancestors, she shares interspiritual Jewish teachings through her Alphabet of Vibration (TM) series of mystical letters. She offers juicy retreats and stage performances to awaken joy in these times.


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
CR 16

10:15am

Personal Prayer 101

Prayer is a vital part of Jewish community, but can often feel stuffy rather than relevant. Come discover the deeper meaning of prayer and create your own in this interactive workshop.


Speakers
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Cherina Eisenberg

Cherina Eisenberg serves as cantorial soloist at Temple Sinai in Brookline and is a student rabbi with ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. A Jewish educator and certified chef, she promotes a joyful, healthy and vibrant Judaism that nourishes the body, mind, and spirit.


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
Trager Conference Room (2nd Floor)

10:15am

Social Justice in Israel: Inspirational Stories Beyond the Headlines

News from Israel often focuses on security and conflict. Seldom covered is the magnificent work done by regular Israelis to improve their country. Hear from young-adult social justice leaders about their work and achievements regarding pluralism, economic justice, Israeli Arabs, and womens rights. Youll leave inspired and yearning for more.


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
CR 6

10:15am

Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community

Description of Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community. What is unique about it and idstinguishes it from the general population. What are the signs of Domestic Violence and how to respond, and prevent it Theological and legal basis for response.


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
CR 15

10:15am

The G-d Project: Mini-documentaries on G-d, Judaism and Spirituality

The G-d Project  -- Mini-documentaries on G-d, Judaism and Spirituality

Learn about the G-d Project in this session, "The G-d Project"    Patrick Aleph would like to interview YOU about your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about G-d.  All day long he will be interviewing LimmudBoston participants.  Feel free to step up, introduce yourself—and talk!

 


Speakers
avatar for Patrick Aleph

Patrick Aleph

Rabbi, PunkTorah
Rabbi Patrick Aleph is an Atlanta based rabbi, Jewish educator and lifecycle celebrant who created PunkTorah.org, an online Jewish community for people who have fallen through the cracks of Jewish life. Aleph also founded OneShul.org, the world's only online independent minyan. Prior to his work as a Jewish educator and leader, Aleph was in business management and marketing. He is currently developing an online school to train lay Jewish leaders... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
CR 8

10:15am

Mixed Blessings film clips and discussion
Speakers
JK

Jennifer Kaplan

Jennifer Kaplan is the Producer and Director of Mixed Blessings and the founder of her own production company Spencer Films. She was the Associate Director for Filmmakers Collaborative in Boston for 4 1/2 years. Previously, she served as the Group Outreach Coordinator for the Boston Jewish Film Festival and Fundraising Producer for Connecticut Public Broadcasting. While living in New Jersey, she ran her own special events consulting business... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
CR 7

10:15am

What's Next? Judaism 5.0: Feeling Comfortable with Discomfort

What’s next for American Judaism? From the Temple period to Today, much has changed to allow us, not only survive, but to thrive. Would Moses grandparents recognize or feel comfortable in our synagogues today? Would our grandparents recognize or feel comfortable with the Judaism we embrace today? Will we recognize or feel comfortable with the Judaism our children or grandchildren will embrace?  Join us for this “uncomfortable” discussion.


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
CR 10

10:15am

10:15am

Loosening Our Stiff Necks

At the moment of our greatest misstep, the golden calf barely cooled in our ancestors hands, God diagnosed the Children of Israel with the following words: AM KSHEI OREF HU this is a stiff-necked people. This pronouncement continues to challenge us both spiritually and physically; many of us continue to live stiff-necked lives, carrying immobility in our bodies, hearts and minds. Through a combination of Torah study, meditation, gentle yoga stretches and song, we will sample ancient and modern techniques for loosening our physical and metaphysical stiff-necks.


Speakers
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Benjamin Shalva

Rabbi Benjamin Shalva, of Temple Reyim in Newton, raised in Milwaukee. His rabbinical ordination and Masters in Hebrew Letters, with a focus on Talmud, comes from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also holds a B.A. from Vassar College, and graduate certificates from the Dell\'Arte International School of Physical Theater in Blue Lake, CA and the WUJS Institute of Jewish Studies in Arad, Israel. Rabbi Shalva spends his time learning and teaching... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
CR 9

10:15am

Stories We Pray: A look Into the Inner-work of Jewish Prayer

Every Prayer in Siddur has a story. Joel has spent 10 years collecting these stories and understanding the impact they have on your heart when praying. In this workshop Joel will share lots of prayer stories and look at the kavanah (intention) they create.


Speakers
JG

Joel Grishaver

Joel Lurie Grishaver is a founder of CAJE and of the Whizin Institute (now Shevet) and a co-owner of Torah Aura Productions. He writes, teaches and trains teachers. Joel is the author of more then 120 books, and a winner of the Covenant Award. Joel has degrees from Boston University and the University of Chicago. He has pursued graduate studies at the Hebrew Union College and the University of Southern California. Joel is North... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
Shelkan Youth Lounge

10:15am

Does anybody read the Bible literally?

Our session will do a close reading of Genesis 1:1 from the perspective of kabbalists, philosophers, Midrash and the New Testament. What happens to the literal meaning of the text in these traditions?


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
Leffell Conference Room (1st Floor)

10:15am

A Sense of Wonder

Theologian AJ Heschel and Scientist Rachel Carson both taught about the importance of wonder. We will begin with a close reading exploring their texts and compare their messages to others from Jewish tradition. We will then tap into and share our personal


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
Beit Midrash

10:15am

Sex in the City? A close reading of Judges 13.

Through a close reading of Judges 13, we will look at the place of women in Tanakh and some literary techniques in biblical narratives.


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
Library

10:15am

The Akedah: The Story Behind The Story

The Reporter for the Canaan Times will interview the people who witnessed the Akedah. Participants, role playing these people will answer The Reporters questions as he delves into the story, uncovering information not included in the text. The participants responses will essentially be midrashim to complement the text, providing insight into t


Speakers
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Hal Miller-Jacobs

Hal Miller-Jacobs makes Torah come alive as a reporter for The Canaan Times, interviewing participants who take on the roles of Torah characters. Hal, a teacher for many years, is a graduate of the Davening Leadership Training Institute. His lifes work is making technology user-friendly and does the same with Torah & Tefilah.


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am
Chapel

10:30am

Building Community Through Art

Participants will bring to life a painted silk art piece that will become the/an official LimmudBoston banner. Become part of the legacy. Youll have more fun than you can imagine! No prior art experience required.


Speakers
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Nancy Katz

Nancy Katz is an experienced artist and educator. She has facilitated classes and workshops at summer camps, synagogues, schools, community centers, retreats, and conferences throughout the US as well as in Israel and the Ukraine. She says her work is about bringing color and light into the world. And her goal as an educator is to empower others to take risks and to embrace their own creativity.


Sunday December 4, 2011 10:30am - 2:00pm
Coppelman Clarke Large Social Hall

11:30am

Inspiring Students

 

How do we inspire and motivate students in their supplementary ed? How do we engage students and teachers to new levels of focus and effort? How do we challenge students - even those with low skill levels – with high-level tasks? We’ll explore these questions drawing on the experience of Expeditionary Learning Schools and three Boston-area congregations.


Speakers
RZ

Ronit Ziv-Kreger

Dr. Ronit Ziv-Kreger serves as consultant and educator bringing vibrant Jewish learning to a wide range of institutions and programs including to CJPs supplementary education initiative, Ikkarim, Meah and ADAMAH.


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30am
Chapel

11:30am

Childrens Holiday Services: Working With Parents Who Knew?

This session will explore ways to utilize parents, tap into their spirituality and create enthusiasm for children's services. We will discuss specific tools using Passover as our focal point with new Passover songs and activities from Minyan Katan.


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 15

11:30am

Laughing with Aleph, Bet and Gimmel: A Laughter Yoga session

Join Sandra Daitch, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Licensed Massage Therapist, for a fun interactive session including stretching, breathing, and self massage along with laughter exercises based on words starting with letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. The session will be held in English and no prior knowledge of Hebrew is required. Learn a few words or bring new meaning to some words, with laughter. The session will end with some time to talk about our experiences.


Speakers
SD

Sandra Daitch

Sandra Daitch is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader,a Licensed Massage Therapist, and a Certified Practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a body oriented approach to healing trauma. She has a private practice in Arlington, Ma. In addition to offering private Massage Therapy and Somatic Experiencing sessions, Sandra offers Laughter Yoga sessions for corporations, private groups and the public. She also teaches Massage for Couples and Infant Massage... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 16

11:30am

Military and Morality

Looking at a number of real dilemmas faced by the IDF in recent years we will discuss the difficult questionsof how we both defend oursleves and also maintain our commitment to being an army which is aware of the need to behave ethically


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 8

11:30am

How to Get Started in Memoir Writing

Many people consider writing their memoirs but feel intimidated and dont know where or how to begin. My workshop is hands on, geared to getting everyone who attends started. I sincerely believe that writing is talking with a pen or a keyboard in your hand. General Information: Writing a memoir is a way to revisit past life experiences from the perspective of today, a way of reflecting on various periods in our lives. It is an opportunity to savor the events of our lives, to preserve them.


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Religious School Conference Room (2nd Floor)

11:30am

My year with the Jewish Community of Estonia: Seabuckthorn hamentaschen and summer camp on the Baltic Sea:

This session will provide an overview of Jewish life in the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. We will discuss their post-WWII, post-Soviet history, current programming, and relationship with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (aka JDC or "the Joint"), the world's largest Jewish humanitarian assistance organization.


Speakers
EB

Esther Burson

Esther Burson recently returned from Tallinn, Estonia, where she spent a year as a Jewish Service Corps Fellow for the Joint Distribution Committee. During her time in the Baltics, Esther developed Jewish youth programming for local communities, attended Jewish conferences throughout the Baltics, and tried to speak Russian.


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 11

11:30am

Beyond the Book: Getting the Most out of a Jewish Children's Book

Do we take full advantage of Jewish children's books in our classrooms and schools? In this session, we will explore ways of incorporating books into the classroom and beyond. In particular, we will look at what it takes to develop book-based family programming as well as a book-based values curriculum.


Speakers

Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Library

11:30am

How Do Parents and Teachers Communicate When they are Concerned About Children?

Together we will examine common ways of communicating with parents, explore teacher-parent communication, gain tools for self-reflection and identify and develop strategies to enhance the quality of the communication through small and large group work. In addition we will generate and apply specific statements and open-ended questions using ideas and models presented from scenarios and current classroom examples and work interactively to practice new framing, observing, listening and questioning skills.


Speakers
SG

Sherry Grossman

Sherry founded Gan Yeladim, Newton, and served as the first Director of the JCCGB Early Learning Centers forging new directions bringing the early learning center programs into the 21st century. She worked with the BJE as a consultant and coach in community-based, special needs & early education. She joined Gateways: Access to Jewish Education in July, 2009 where she currently works as the Community Special Education Services Director consulting... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Leffell Conference Room (1st Floor)

11:30am

Mishkan Me'at: Mobile Technology in Jewish Learning

Often times the most powerful computer in the classroom is tucked into our student's pockets.  In this session we will examine how we can use mobile devices (cell phones and the like) to create interactive, engaging learning environments that encourage student centered learning.


Speakers
CS

Charlie Schwartz

Charlie Schwartz is Director of Digital Engagement and Learning for JTS, is Rabbinic Advisor to Harvard Hillels Student Conservative Minyan, and the founding director of Not-a-Box Media Lab. Charlie received his rabbinic ordination and masters in education at JTS where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He was named to the New York Jewish Week\'s 36 Under 36, has worked with such Israel-focused non-profits as Encounter, The Chayei Sarah Project... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Sanctuary

11:30am

New Realities: Meeting the Challenges in the Lives of Our Teens

 

A panel discussion on issues and challenges facing teens today, as seen through the eyes of people working for social change through two interfaith programs:  STOP (Students Together Opposing Prejudice) and MICAH (Metropolitan Interfaith Congregations Acting for Hope).  Representatives from each organization will describe their work with teens and what they have learned about teen lives as a result of this work.  


Speakers

Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Shelkan Youth Lounge

11:30am

Using Inquiry and Questioning to Deepen Student Learning & Classroom Relationships

This session will look at various styles and levels of questioning to enhance students' engagement and critical thinking skills and to uncover layers of meaning. The session will be interactive with opportunities for teachers to practice and apply the various strategies, employed at the Congregational Education Initiative for supplementary schools, a project of Hebrew College, funded by CJP.


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 6

11:30am

How the Jewish Community Influenced JFK-The Untold Story

Shining a spotlight on the unknown Jewish lawyers, economists, financiers, labor leaders, and professors who shaped JFK’s positions on issues paramount in the Jewish agenda (separation of church/state, civil rights, Israel), when he was a young congressma m and senator.  These mostly Harvard men are not included in the indexes of JKS' biographies.


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Trager Conference Room (2nd Floor)

11:30am

The Farm Bill: Why Jews Should Care

The Farm Bill is the main food and farming policy tool of our government. It implicates everything from conservation and nutrition programs to trade and food safety. The issues it comprises touch upon core Jewish values. We offer an introduction to the bill through components of great interest to Jews and the lens of Jewish text and tradition.


Speakers
JF

Jacob Fine

Rabbi Jacob Fine serves as Director of Programs for the Jewish Farm School. A graduate of Vassar College and Wexner Fellow, Jacob was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Prior to joining JFS, Jacob served as Rabbi at University of Washington Hillel and Director of Jconnect, Seattles largest Jewish community for young adults.


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 7

11:30am

Healing and Kabbalah

Rabbi Fleer will explore profound kabbalistic concepts and their applications to the healing process. Topics will include: Creating and maintaining "sacred space" a fundamental prerequisite to self-healing; utilizing the essential "I"; the dynamic of para


Speakers
GF

Gedaliah Fleer

Visiting Boston from Jerusalem for his 26th annual teaching tour, Gedalia Fleer is a rabbi acknowledged by the Encyclopedia Judaica as one of todays leading authorities on Jewish Mysticism and the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Gedalia Fleer has a rare gift for making complex ideas clear and accessible, bringing mystical concepts down to earth.


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 9

11:30am

Biblical Emotional Honesty & Comfort Foods

Explore and analyze emotional exchanges between several famous Biblical characters and sample some correlating winter comfort food dishes.


Speakers
EG

Elisha Gechter

Elisha Gechter is the Associate Director of Adult Learning at Hebrew College and is working on launching The Jewish Teacher Corps- a teach for America type program in Jewish schools. She combines her passion for Jewish education and cooking in a food blog, Elisha\'s Double Portion, that features recipes that correspond to the weekly Torah portion.


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 14

11:30am

Daf Yomi - Today's Page of Talmud

Learn the daily page of Talmud following along with the global Talmud learning project!

For more Talmud study, attend the Chavruta session with Reuven Cohn.


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Beit Midrash

11:30am

Inside-Outside: Biblical Leaders and Their Non-Jewish Mentors

What happens when the Bible's greatest leaders face a spiritual crisis?


Sunday December 4, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
CR 10

12:00pm

Cafe Limmud Mid-Day Concert

Pick up your lunch from the Coppelman Clarke Social Hall and carry it to Schwartz Social Hall for a delighful mid-day concert featuring Aaron Freeman as emcee for Shoshana Jedwab & The Levins.


Speakers
SJ

Shoshana Jedwab

Shoshana Jedwab is a prize winning Jewish educator and the Jewish Studies Coordinator at the A.J. Heschel Middle School in NYC. She is the founding facilitator of the Makom Drum Circle at the JCC in Manhattan and a percussionist and performance artist who has trained in bibliodrama and psychodrama. Shoshana has provided empowering drum circles to singles, student, training, and bereavement groups. www.shoshanajedwab.com


Sunday December 4, 2011 12:00pm - 1:15am
Schwartz Social Hall

12:30pm

Technology Fair

Come learn about the innovative ways the CJP Teaching & Technology Fellows are integrating technology into their classrooms!  Last spring, CJP announced its first cohort of Teaching & Technology Fellows.  As part of the Fellowship, these ten Fellows participated in workshops with faculty from local universities about new ways to use technology to support learning, worked with coaches to redesign curricula, and acquired skills in Web 2.0 technologies for use in their classroom.  Over the past few months, the Fellows have brought new ways of teaching, innovative technologies, and versatile netbooks into their classrooms and, by doing so, have transformed their classrooms into sites of student exploration, engagement, and empowerment.  We invite you to learn about what these groundbreaking teachers have done and how your school can become involved in CJP’s Teaching & Technology Fellowship. 


Sunday December 4, 2011 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Sanctuary

1:00pm

Hanukkah Books & Games with Emily Sper

Kids will get the inside story of the candles in Hanukkah: A Counting Book are cut out the pages. Emily will read from her books and talk about the bookmaking process. Then, we'll play a matching game that creates groups to play Hanukkah Go Fish.


Speakers
avatar for Emily Sper, Author

Emily Sper, Author

Children's books and games with bold, colorful graphics and stylish design that appeal to kids and adults


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
NS 1

1:00pm

Healing the World From the Inside Out-Silence and Sound, Through Chant, Meditation, and Crystal Bowl Vibrations

R.Tirzah Firestone's chant "Tukkain Olam" says "To heal the world, we must feel the world. Heal the world with the power of Shaddai." How can we feel the world without shattering? By living from our core, the Immanent One. Through meditation, chant, and crystal bowl vibration we move closer to our pure soul, ground and guide for our healing work.


Speakers
JC

Joan Caplan

Joan Caplan is a musician, social worker and writer. A graduate of Kol Zimra, R. Shefa Gold\'s Chant Leader\'s Training, she leads chant at B\'nai Or and elsewhere. Joan is Artistic Director of the Silver Newtones and a team leader with JourneySongs, a hospice choir. She offers Crystal Bowl tones for healing, relaxation, celebration, contemplation.


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CR 16

1:00pm

1:00pm

B'nei Mitzvah - Creating a More Meaningful Experience

Bar/Bat Mitzvah can be a wonderful and challenging time. Explore ways to create an experience that can last a lifetime. Make preparation time exciting - add mitzvah programs and group learning to the liturgical preparation. Make the service itself special - add personal touches. Make your experience holy, allowing all to feel the Presence of God.


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CR 6

1:00pm

Jewish Life in Germany Today

Since the fall of the Berlin wall, the Jewish population of Germany has increased 30-fold. Today there are 120 congregations and over 200,000 Jews in Germany. Daniel Katz, who has served German congregations as rabbi for nearly 15 years, will tell of his experiences and answer your questions.


Speakers
DK

Daniel Katz

Daniel Katz is a rabbi, cantor, and musicologist. He has lived in Germany nearly 15 years. He is a founding member of the German General Rabbinical Association. His research specialty is the historical music of the synagogue. He is the Silver Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard for the fall semester 2011.


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CR 7

1:00pm

Israel Climate Change on Campus

The session will address the current climate regarding Israel on campuses across the United States, which is neither deeply hostile or overly supportive. Rather, a pervasive negativity exists on many campuses which can taint or damage Israel's image in the long-term. A strategy for changing this challenging atmosphere and transforming the discour


Speakers
TY

Todd Young

Todd Young is the Director of Education for the David Project. Todd is responsible for the organizations curricular programs and overseeing the campus team. Todd joined the David Project in 2006 as an Educator and Middle East Analyst. In that position, he led workshops on the Arab-Israeli conflict for a diverse set of student and community groups across the United States, Canada and Israel. He also co-taught a multi-part seminar on the conflict... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CR 11

1:00pm

The Kibbutz Idea 100 Years Later

Israels most revolutionary idea was not high-tech, but the Kibbutz. This concept transcended life, work, culture, religion, family, community and society, creating a unique way of life meant to change the world as much as those who were a part of it. Learn about the history of the Kibbutz idea and the role it continues to play today.


Speakers
SG

Shawn Guttman

Shawn Guttman is an educator and program coordinator for Hechalutz, a cooperatively run education center for Diaspora Jews visiting Israel. Hechalutzs staff of olim and sabras, living in Educators Kibbutzim across the country, seek to make change in Israeli society using education as our tool to do so. Our website is www.hechalutz.org.


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CR 14

1:00pm

From Crisis to Vision: Jewish Philanthropy & Innovation. A Converstation between Shawn Landres & Gil Preuss

Join Shawn Landres (Jumpstart) and Gill Preuss (Combined Jewish Philanthropies) as they discuss the tough issues facing Jewish philanthropy, innovation, social entrepreneurship, and community building.  What are the limits of risk and venture in times of economic stagnation and underfunded “core”  needs? What challenges do successful startups face as they  scale up?  What creative new visions could mobilize 21st-century Jewish philanthropy?


Speakers
avatar for Shawn Landres

Shawn Landres

Co-founder & CEO, Jumpstart
Connecting people, ideas, and resources, Jumpstart co-founder & CEO Shawn Landres, PhD, models networked leadership for social good. In 2008 he co-founded Jumpstart, a research & design lab that the Jerusalem Post says has “changed the global conversation about Jewish innovation." Shawn's work at Jumpstart and elsewhere has earned wide recognition, from the White House to TIME, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Chronicle of... Read More →
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Gil Preuss

Gil Preuss directs the planning department and serves as Executive Vice President of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where he works to expand CJPs outreach in the community and assure the continued implementation of its strategic vision.


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chapel

1:00pm

Jews at Work

Do you ever get a chance to talk about your work in a Jewish context? In this workshop we will discuss: What are our own work histories and the work histories of our parents and/or our children? What is the history of Jews in relationship to labor? How has that relationship changed? How do we relate to labor issues going on right now?


Speakers
CH

Corey Hope Leaffer

Corey Hope Leaffer was a Jewish Organizing Initiative Fellow and worked for the North Shore Labor Council for two years. Corey now works as an organizing coordinator at 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. Corey is a Co-Chair of New England Jewish Labor Committee.


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Trager Conference Room (2nd Floor)

1:00pm

Where Ethics Meets History: A Synthesis of Values, Sacred Texts and the Humanities

In looking at the historical case study of the Holocaust, students are confronted with questions of history and human behavior such as how neighbor can turn against neighbor, what fractures a society and what holds it together, and what is the responsibility of the bystander. This session will demonstrate the centrality of these difficult moral choices


Speakers
JD

Jan Darsa

Jan Darsa is Director of Jewish Education at Facing History and Ourselves. She facilitates Facing History workshops, institutes, and other professional development programs for teachers across the country and in Israel and provides follow-up consultations for individual teachers and schools. She is the recipient of the 2010 Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education. She has developed a curriculum designed for educators in Jewish day... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Religious School Conference Room (2nd Floor)

1:00pm

The Non-Jew in Jewish Prayer

This session will take the texts of several central, mostly well-known prayers and examine the ways that Jewish communities who have become sensitive to their relations with their neighbors have dealt with them -- looking across the spectrum of contemporary Jewish observance.


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CR 8

1:00pm

Dance Midrash

Explore Jewish text with your mind and body. With a chevurta / study buddy explore the role of Yitro, Moses' father in law in shaping the governing structure of the Israelites. Use techniques of Dance Midrash to enter the story and let the story enter you


Speakers
EK

Ellen Krause-Grosman

Ellen Krause-Grosman has been a member of Daughters of Abraham for 4 years. Her family has hosted more than 30 Christian, Muslim and Buddhist foreign students. She worked on the WGBH film "The Buddha in LA" as part of the Harvard Pluralism Project. She has visited religious communities in India, Ethiopia, Israel & the US.


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CR 9

1:00pm

Pushing the Button: Protest Songs in Israel

From the beginning of the Zionist project one of the greatest priorities was consensus. But in the late 1960s  Israel was exposed to the loud voices of American rock 'n' roll and the civil rights and peace movements. We will trace these developments as reflected in Israeli popular songs, from "Shir La-shalom" to "There Must Be Another Way."


Speakers
JJ

Joshua Jacobson

Joshua R. Jacobson, one of the foremost authorities on Jewish choral music, is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor and Senior Consultant in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College. He is also founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston.


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Beit Midrash

1:00pm

The Spirituality of Jewish childhood

What is the purpose of childhood and what does Judaism say about it our texts and tradition? If we understand the vital importance of the spiritual nature of childhood then we might begin to see what a religious education is all about and how childhood as a state of being informs all of our lives. We will survey some texts, discuss attitudes to chi


Speakers
MS

Michael Shire

Michael Shire formerly of London is the new Dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Education at Hebrew College, Boston. A long time participant in Limmud UK and presenter of numerous sessions there, he is looking forward to Limmud Boston


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shelkan Youth Lounge

1:00pm

Bound and Beyond: Exploring the Boundaries of Torah

You think you know what the Torah is?! Even the Rabbis were not so sure they knew the limits of where Torah ends and our lives begin. Come explore the tantalizing and confusing possibilities and limits of what the Torah could be and what could be Torah. We will examine classical sources as well as more modern ones. No knowledge of Hebrew necessary.


Speakers
DK

Daniel Klein

This panel will be made up of graduates of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, including Rabbi Daniel Berman of Temple Reyim and Rabbis Joel Baron and Judi Ehrlich of Hebrew Senior Life.


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CR 10

1:00pm

Reflections on Judaism and Holy Places

Issues of sacred time and sacred space in Jewish sources, especially their intersection. Where do Erez Yisrael and Jerusalem get to be called "holy," and what does that mean? Brief examination of various sources: Biblical, Midrashic, and Hasidic, in English translation. BRING A TaNaKH (Bible, in your choice of language) TO THE CLASS.


Speakers
AG

Arthur Green

Rector of Hebrew College\'s Rabbinical School, Rabbi Green previously taught at Brandeis and Penn and headed the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Radical Judaism is the latest of his many books. Dr. Green received his BA and PhD from Brandeis and an MHL and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.


Sunday December 4, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Library

2:15pm

Giving a Damn: music and social conscience in the 1960s

In 1968 Stu Scharf poured his rage and despair into Give a Damn, a masterpiece of 1960s pop production. Many other Jewish songwriters followed Dylan's lead and populated pop with intelligent and musically sophisticated protest songs. Through recordings and rare vintage video clips, discover how they influenced the direction of popular music.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Klepper

Jeff Klepper

Cantor, Temple Sinai
Jeff is a leading figure in American Jewish music. He and Dan Freelander formed Kol BSeder in 1974. Their songs are recorded and sung around the world. Jeff graduated HUC-JIR in 1980, served congregations in New York, Haifa, and Chicago, and is cantor of Temple Sinai, Sharon, MA. He is on the faculty of the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
CR 11

2:15pm

Jewish Storytelling Concert for Families

Join some of the Boston areas outstanding storytellers for a concert of tales geared to adults. Come listen and be mesmerized by a mix of Jewish folktales, biblical stories, Hasidic and personal stories -with Cindy Rivka Marshall, Bonnie Greenberg, Hal Miller-Jacobs and Maggid David Arfa.


Speakers
BG

Bonnie Greenberg

Bonnie Greenberg is a sought-after edu-tainer who touches the heart and teaches the mind. A perfect combination of the inspiring and the practical. Her audio recordings, From the Hearts of the People and The Wonder Child, won numerous awards including Parents Choice. Shes featured in 120 Contemporary Storytellers. Her work is described as vibrant, engaging, and energizing. As a speech/language pathologist, her passion for storytelling... Read More →
DL

Doug Lipman

Doug Lipman (storydynamics.com) told his first story to emotionally disturbed adolescent boys in 1970. After a few seconds, they fell into a listening trance. Ever since, Doug has pursued connection through storytelling - as a performer, coach, award-winning author and recording artist, and a creator of innovative web-based products.
BM

Bruce Marcus

A Boston area storyteller since 1990, Bruce has performed throughout the region at venues large and small, from beaches to high mountain huts, and small gatherings to large festivals, including First Night Boston and New England Folk Festival. Bruce was a Boston area story slam finalist in 2010 and semi-finalist in 2011. His entertaining blend of original stories, rhymes and songs was recently dubbed The Bruce Marcus Medicine Show by a fellow... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Rivka Marshall

Cindy Rivka Marshall

Storyteller, Consultant, Jewish Storytelling Network
Cindy Rivka Marshall, an invited presenter at Limmud UK in 2012, offers stories and teaches all ages at synagogues and schools. Cindy tells multicultural and Jewish stories with universal lessons that resonate with her sense of wonder. She teaches storytelling, communication, interviewing and listening skills, and story-based approaches to teaching. Cindy creates safe environments for participants to speak and be heard.
HM

Hal Miller-Jacobs

Hal Miller-Jacobs makes Torah come alive as a reporter for The Canaan Times, interviewing participants who take on the roles of Torah characters. Hal, a teacher for many years, is a graduate of the Davening Leadership Training Institute. His lifes work is making technology user-friendly and does the same with Torah & Tefilah.


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Schwartz Social Hall

2:15pm

Finding Miriam--A One Woman Show

FINDING MIRIAM is an exciting, action-packed and poignant one-woman show. Weaving story, song and puppetry, Joyce brings to life her journey of discovering her relationship with her great-grandmother, Miriam, and the Biblical Prophetess Miriam. Not to be missed!


Speakers
JM

Joyce Miriam Friedman

Joyce Miriam Friedman is a singer, pianist, writer and pediatric hospital clown with Hearts and Noses Hospital Clown Troupe. You will find traces of her clown, Frizzle Lucille, in tonights performance. Joyce has a degree in piano performance and composition. Early on, she was a member of Bostons Omega Theatre and Reality Theatre where she composed the music for several shows. She has been singing all her life with everything from large choral... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Chapel

2:15pm

A Contemplative State of Being: A Torah-based Musical Meditation

Immerse in a unique musicial environment based on and inspired by the Psalms, specifically the ten healing psalms revealed by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov z"l as the "Tikkun HaKlali" (The Complete Remedy). In this session participants can experience joy, reflection, introspection, exploration of the mystical, contemplation (hitbon'nut) and ultimately, conversation with the Divine. Rahel's music embraces the spirit and wisdom of ancient mystical traditions that have emerged out of Israel and Jewish tradition; one has the sense of wandering lost, yet, with an ever-present underlying courage and hope, the journey proves purposeful and worthwhile despite the trials. www.acontemplativestateofbeing.net


Speakers
RL

Rahel Limor

Rahel is a compassionate, insightful and sensitive musician who has been trained to play therapeutic music for comfort and relaxation, to nurture mind, body and spirit, to ease the life-death transition, and to create musical environments to support and enhance the healing process.


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
CR 9

2:15pm

The Day the Talmud was Created

Wanna understand and study some Talmud. We will look at the Day when Ezra had the whole Torah read to Israel, the changes Ezra made to the Jewish Tradition and will also look at how Talmud emerges from these changes. In addition we will recreate a Talmudic text, Brakhot 27b-28a.


Speakers
JG

Joel Grishaver

Joel Lurie Grishaver is a founder of CAJE and of the Whizin Institute (now Shevet) and a co-owner of Torah Aura Productions. He writes, teaches and trains teachers. Joel is the author of more then 120 books, and a winner of the Covenant Award. Joel has degrees from Boston University and the University of Chicago. He has pursued graduate studies at the Hebrew Union College and the University of Southern California. Joel is North... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Library

2:15pm

What does Caring About and Being Pro-Israel Mean at This Time?

Does being pro-Israel require endorsement of the policies of Israel's government? If not, how may disagreements with those policies be responsibly expressed? We will have a conversation.


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Leffell Conference Room (1st Floor)

2:15pm

Multiculturalism and Jewish Identity

An exploration of contemporary American Jewish thought on the significant life experiences that contribute to our self-awareness as Jews and the larger social/cultural/philosophical context that shapes our interpretation of these experiences. Well discuss concepts of alienation, authenticity, and agency, as well as ideas about Whiteness in American history, being out as a Jew, Jewish gender politics and the importance of American Jewish institutions in shaping Jewish identity.


Speakers
LB

Leslie Belay

Ms. Belay is an independent consultant to foundations, faith-based and community based organizations. She has worked with the American Jewish World Service, Jewish Organizing Initiative, and the Ethiopian Jewry Committee of the JCRC, and is the Coordinator for Adult Education at Temple Hillel B\'nai Torah. Ms. Belay has Masters Degrees from Hebrew College in Jewish Intellectual Thought, Princetons Woodrow Wilson School of Public and... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
CR 16

2:15pm

Behind the scenes at a Jewish funeral/ Chevra Kadisha

Behind the curtain with the Chevra Kadisha


Speakers
RB

Rena Boroditsky

Rena is Executive Director of Chesed Shel Emes in Winnipeg, Canada, managing both the non profit funeral home and the Chevra Kadisha ( Burial Society). Rena has been learning and teaching about Jewish death and mourning for 15 years. After attending Limmud 2010 in the UK, and presenting at Limmud NY in 2011, Rena was part of the start up team for Limmud Winnipeg 2011.


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Trager Conference Room (2nd Floor)

2:15pm

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know about Parenting in the Year 2011 Can Be Found in Ancient Texts

Jewish wisdom, both ancient and modern has much to teach us about parenting. Together we will explore a range of simple texts that can help provide a new framework for thinking about parenting children in the modern world. This is a great opportunity to add new (but time tested) tools to your parenting toolbox!


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
CR 6

2:15pm

Teachers & Parents: For the Sake of the Child with Special Needs

Teachers and parents both want their child/student who has special needs to succeed in their Jewish education. However, there are often many stumbling blocks to achieving this goal. How can we share information, set realistic learning tasks, and create a community for ALL learners? Learn new ways to support each other for the sake of the child wit


Speakers
SM

Sandy Miller-Jacobs

SANDY MILLER JACOBS has spent most of her adult life teaching future and current teachers how to reach students with special needs so that both students and teachers can be successful. For the past 12 years she has worked in the Jewish community to support inclusive educational programs while at the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Boston and as a professor at Hebrew College. She is a Professor Emerita in Special Education at Fitchburg State... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
CR 14

2:15pm

Jewish Service Learning and TELEM: Jewish Youth Making a Difference Together; an interactive discussion and presentation.

Service learning is an experiential education model that combines community-based action with intentional learning and reflection activities. TELEM: Jewish Youth Making a Difference Together, is a service-learning program of the Jewish Community Relations Council designed for Jewish teens in the Greater Boston area. Based in over 25 Jewish educational institutions, TELEM programs have engaged over 3700 teens in service learning in its 6 years of operation.
This Limmud session will include a presentation on the general concept of service learning and a description of TELEM service learning programs. A panel of TELEM teens will share experiences and reflections on their participation in the program. The session will include questions, answers and conversation with panelists and TELEM staff


Speakers
ER

Emily Reichman

Emily Reichman is Senior Program Coordinator at TELEM.
SC

Shoshana Czik

Shoshana Czik is Program Assistant at TELEM.
BG

Barry Glass

Barry Glass is Director of TELEM: Jewish Youth Making a Difference Together at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. Emily Reichman is Senior Program Coordinator at TELEM. Shoshana Czik is Program Assistant at TELEM.


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Shelkan Youth Lounge

2:15pm

Lessons from Ghana: Judaism & our Global Obligations

A multi-media presentation of my recent trip to Sankor, Ghana, with the Young Rabbis Delegation of American Jewish World Service. "Lessons from Ghana" includes reflections on how we can understand our own privilege as Americans, in contrast with the vast majority of people on this planet, what it means to "help" and how we can most effectively work for economic and social justice in a Jewish context.


Speakers
TS

Toba Spitzer

Toba Spitzer is the spiritual leader of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Board of of Rabbis. A rabbi, educator, writer and activist for peace and social justice, Rabbi Spitzer has a life goal of bowling in all 50 states. She is currently up to 31.


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
CR 7

2:15pm

Occupy Judaism
Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
CR 8

2:15pm

Mensa Math Mensch

Mathematical Recreation & Jewish Spirituality... enjoy "hands-on" math games and puzzles with interactive discussion of their relationship with Jewish Spirituality and Kabalah Meditation.


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Religious School Conference Room (2nd Floor)

2:15pm

The Psalms and Healing: Praying in Dark Times

The Psalms have long been sources of comfort in times of anguish, doubt or despair. In this session, we will look at a selection of Psalms, reflecting on what they can teach us about relating to God and about prayer.


Speakers
PG

Pamela Greenberg

Pamela Greenberg is a poet, writer, and translator. An excerpt from her psalm translation appeared in the Washington Post, and an interview with her appeared on PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. Her book, The Complete Psalms: The Book of Prayer Songs in a New Translation, was published in April, 2010 by Bloomsbury.


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Beit Midrash

2:15pm

Did Noah and Jonah Share the Same Boat? How Similar Stories Say Opposite Things About the Human Soul

Noah and Jonah have much in common: Water, boats, divinely-decreed catastrophe, and a prophet's desperate need to escape. Through a lively and interactive text-based exploration, these comparisons will lead us to the discovery of an inverse relationship


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
CR 10

2:15pm

The New Feminism of the 21st Century

We are entering into a new period called The New Haskalah, which now has spiritual and egalitarian dimensions. What this writer calls the "Post-Triumphal Jew" should be a lively topic of discussion. Come, study, listen, and discuss.


Speakers
RR

Rosie Rosenzweig

Rosie Rosenzweig, Resident Scholar, Author of A Jewish Mother in Shangri-la (Shambhala Publications), and \"Post-Triumphalism and the New Haskalah,\" in New Jewish Feminism. ed. Elyse Goldstein Women\'s Studies Research Center


Sunday December 4, 2011 2:15pm - 3:15pm
CR 15

3:30pm

Collecting Judaica in the 21st Century-Buyers Beware!

Do you want to know the current market value of your grandmothers candle sticks? Thinking of putting Judaica items in a rummage or yard sale? Downsizing or simply desire an unbiased, third-party opinion? Or, are you thinking of buying Judaica at auction? Buying and collecting Judaica can be risky. Hear about buying and valuing Judaica in today's market.


Speakers
EK

Elizabeth Kessin Berman

Ms. Berman is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America, one of the few Certified Judaica appraisers in the United States. Originally from the Boston area, she has wandered the world for art\'s sake. She attended art school at California College of Arts and Crafts and then turned to the academic study of the history of art. She was a curator at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
CR 7

3:30pm

Jews, Assimilation and the American Musical

Jews successfully reinvented the American musical to reflect their issues and concerns, particularly regarding assimilating in order to achieve the American Dream. This session will explore how this was done and how the musical form thus evolved during t


Speakers
SH

Stuart Hecht

Stuart J. Hecht is Associate Professor of Theatre at Boston College. He received his bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and a masters and doctorate from Northwestern University. He worked on the artistic staff of the Goodman Theatre and was resident dramaturg for the Wisdom Bridge Theatre, both in Chicago. He has worked with a range


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
CR 15

3:30pm

The Impact of Jews on Popular American Culture

An historical,cultural and social exploration of the Jewish impact on popular American culture.


Speakers
LL

Larry Lowenthal

Executive Director of American Jewish Committee for 20 years; B.A, M.A AND PHD in English and American Literature, taught American Literature at Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University for 5 years; currently Adjunct Prof.at Northeastern U.


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Library

3:30pm

Jewish Storytelling Concert for Teens and Adults

Join some of the Boston areas outstanding storytellers for a concert of tales geared to adults. Come listen and be mesmerized by a mix of Jewish folktales, biblical stories, Hasidic and personal stories -with Cindy Rivka Marshall, Bonnie Greenberg, Hal Miller-Jacobs and Maggid David Arfa.  Appropriate for teens and adults.


Speakers
BG

Bonnie Greenberg

Bonnie Greenberg is a sought-after edu-tainer who touches the heart and teaches the mind. A perfect combination of the inspiring and the practical. Her audio recordings, From the Hearts of the People and The Wonder Child, won numerous awards including Parents Choice. Shes featured in 120 Contemporary Storytellers. Her work is described as vibrant, engaging, and energizing. As a speech/language pathologist, her passion for storytelling... Read More →
DL

Doug Lipman

Doug Lipman (storydynamics.com) told his first story to emotionally disturbed adolescent boys in 1970. After a few seconds, they fell into a listening trance. Ever since, Doug has pursued connection through storytelling - as a performer, coach, award-winning author and recording artist, and a creator of innovative web-based products.
BM

Bruce Marcus

A Boston area storyteller since 1990, Bruce has performed throughout the region at venues large and small, from beaches to high mountain huts, and small gatherings to large festivals, including First Night Boston and New England Folk Festival. Bruce was a Boston area story slam finalist in 2010 and semi-finalist in 2011. His entertaining blend of original stories, rhymes and songs was recently dubbed The Bruce Marcus Medicine Show by a fellow... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Rivka Marshall

Cindy Rivka Marshall

Storyteller, Consultant, Jewish Storytelling Network
Cindy Rivka Marshall, an invited presenter at Limmud UK in 2012, offers stories and teaches all ages at synagogues and schools. Cindy tells multicultural and Jewish stories with universal lessons that resonate with her sense of wonder. She teaches storytelling, communication, interviewing and listening skills, and story-based approaches to teaching. Cindy creates safe environments for participants to speak and be heard.
HM

Hal Miller-Jacobs

Hal Miller-Jacobs makes Torah come alive as a reporter for The Canaan Times, interviewing participants who take on the roles of Torah characters. Hal, a teacher for many years, is a graduate of the Davening Leadership Training Institute. His lifes work is making technology user-friendly and does the same with Torah & Tefilah.


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Schwartz Social Hall

3:30pm

Jewish or Not: Who Gets to Decide

Who is part of our Jewish communities? Who gets to decide? There are real consequences to how we answer this question – and they're already playing out on campuses nationwide. Two Jewish student journalists will examine the effect that our ongoing process of strategic inclusion & exclusion is having on political, religious, and cultural discourse.


Speakers
HJ

Harpo Jaeger

Harpo Jaeger is the Web Editor at New Voices Magazine. He\'s a member of the Editorial Board at Jewschool.com, a leading progressive Jewish blog, and also blogs on local politics and current events at http://harpojaeger.com.


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Beit Midrash

3:30pm

Today I am a Woman: stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World

Based on a recently published book, this session highlights personal stories from six continents, accounts of the joys and problems related to bat mitzvah in 78 countries. Accompanied by family photographs and descriptions of the communities they come from, the stories remind us of the worldwide dispersion of the Jewish people, their diversity in a multitude of cultures, and womens varied opportunities.


Speakers
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Shulamit Reinharz

Shulamit Reinharz is the Jacob Potofsky Professor of Sociology, the Director of the Women\'s Studies Research Center and of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, all at Brandeis University. She is the author of 12 books, including The JGirl\'s Guide (with Feldman and Adelman), American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise (with Mark Raider, and Jewish Intermarriage around the World (with Sergio DelaPergola).
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Barbara Vinick

Barbara Vinick is a sociologist affiliated with the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University, where she published Esthers Legacy: Celebrating Purim Around the World. Shulamit Reinharz is the Jacob S. Potofsky Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University, and the founder and Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. Her books include Jewish Intermarriage around the World, and The JGirls\' Guide.


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
CR 11

3:30pm

300 Ways to Enhance Your Seder: Fun and Educational Tools to Spice Up Your Seder

Learn tools for novel and educational seders! Musical parodies, themed seders, foreign chants, and fun 4 Questions activities will be taught during this session. Fascinating and funny stories from "300 Ways to Ask the Four Questions" will be told, cul


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Murray Spiegel

Dr Murray Spiegel is a speech researcher who has lectured widely about innovative Seders. Murray has led more than 35 Seders, each one different. He has transformed his house into a Bedouin tent, a jumbo jet taking the Israelites out of Egypt, an ancient Egyptian tomb. His seders have been featured in The New York Times and filmed by PBS.


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
CR 16

3:30pm

Heirloom Seeds: On Jews, Judaism and Growing Your Own Food

It has often been noted that Judaism is the inheritance of an ancient, indigenous, agrarian culture. There is a sea of Jewish literature from across the centuries on Jewish farming and animal hubandry. From the Torah to the Mishnah, from the Talmud to Midrash, from medieval rabbinic law to the resettlement of the Land of Israel, our tradition abo


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Elisha Herb

Elisha Herb is currently a rabbinical student at Hebrew College and a Rabbinic intern at the Jewish Farm School. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from the Iliff School of Theology, with an emphasis in Jewish environmental ethics, and an MFA in Music Composition from the College of Santa Fe. Over the past 5 years, much of his professional life has been occupied with working with Native American populations in the American southwest on... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
CR 8

3:30pm

The Future of Jewish Mens Work

Brothers, we know you’re out there— men who seek meaningful connection as we explore the issues and roles of Jewish manhood. Those of you who are in Jewish men’s groups, and those of you who are looking for such opportunities, please come and share your experiences and hopes. All ages and varieties of Jewish observance are welcome.


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
CR 10

3:30pm

The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. Methods for teaching the value of Empathy.

Many people try to teach the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through debate points and arguments over fact. In Habonim Dror, I try to teach children to understand multiple narratives and competing claims. My goal is for them to be able to empathize with both Israelis and Palestinians in the future. I will go over a few methods that can be useful in teaching children the values of empathy, respect and love for all in relation to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


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Lonny Moses

Lonny Moses grew up in Pennsylvania, where he was a camper and a counselor at Camp Galil for a total of 13 years. He participated in Habonim Dror\'s gap year (Workshop) in Israel. Since then, has worked in numerous congregational and informal settings. Now, Lonny is Coordinator of National Educational Operations for Habonim Dror North America. He applies creative thinking and resource management skills to both local and national projects.


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
CR 6

3:30pm

ReConServaDox? A Panel Discussion on the Future of Jewish Movements

Reform?  Reconstructionist? Renewal? Orthodox? Post-denominational? Come hear this panel discussion on the future of Judaism with leaders from Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and other communities.


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Daniel Freelander

Daniel Hillel Freelander serves as senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism. A gifted musician and keen observer of the North American Jewish scene, he has been a rabbi on the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism since 1975, supervising virtually every aspect of the Unions programs and operations. He and Jeff Klepper, composed dozens of popular Jewish melodies, which they perform as Kol Bseder.
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Toba Spitzer

Toba Spitzer is the spiritual leader of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Board of of Rabbis. A rabbi, educator, writer and activist for peace and social justice, Rabbi Spitzer has a life goal of bowling in all 50 states. She is currently up to 31.


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Chapel

3:30pm

Jewish Innovation in Europe: Seeds of a Global Revival

Over the past 15 years, a revival of Jewish life has spread across Europe, rooted in its heritage and celebrating the diversity of contemporary thought & experience. It's not all about the Holocaust & antisemitism - join us for a virtual Grand Tour of a Jewish Europe that is confident, vibrant, growing - and offers much for us to learn.


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Shawn Landres

Co-founder & CEO, Jumpstart
Connecting people, ideas, and resources, Jumpstart co-founder & CEO Shawn Landres, PhD, models networked leadership for social good. In 2008 he co-founded Jumpstart, a research & design lab that the Jerusalem Post says has “changed the global conversation about Jewish innovation." Shawn's work at Jumpstart and elsewhere has earned wide recognition, from the White House to TIME, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Chronicle of... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Leffell Conference Room (1st Floor)

3:30pm

Raising Funds for Mazon - A Unique Approach to Tikkun Olam

AT TEMPLE ISAIAH OUR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP HAS RAISED MORE THAN $250,000 FOR MAZON THROUGH THE ANNUAL LEFTY MAZON DINNER. LEARN FROM LEFTY MEMBERS AND ADULTS WHO SUPPORT THIS EFFORT HOW YOUNG MEMBERS OF YOUR CONGREGATION CAN ORGANIZE, PREPARE AND SERVE DINNER FOR 200-300 PEOPLE AND LEARN VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS IN THE PROCESS. 


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Shelkan Youth Lounge

3:30pm

Limmud Chavruta
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Reuven Cohn

Reuven Cohn has taught numerous classes at Temple Emanuel, including Text at Twilight and Meah Rabbinics.  Reuven received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, and has done advanced graduate work in Jewish history at Harvard.  He also holds a law degree from Yale Law School.  In addition to his work in adult Jewish education, Reuven teaches Jewish history at Maimonides School.  


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Religious School Conference Room (2nd Floor)

3:30pm

The End of the Beginning: The Death of Moses

What can we learn about leadership, aging and closure in the Jewish tradition from the death of Moses, our greatest prophet? He dies looking over the Promised Land, without ever entering it. Let's come together for a close reading of the last chapter of our Torah text, Deuteronomy 34. We will use biblical art, modern poetry and our own life experience to help us explore the meaning behind the words. Everyone is welcome to take the journey with us. No knowledge of Hebrew or text is necessary.


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Maureen Mintz

Maureen Mintz has been a Jewish Educator for over 35 years as a religious and day school teacher (from toddlers to 8th graders), a middle school head, an educational consultant. Currently, she is writing curriculum, running educational workshops and teaching adults and children. In addition, as a certified Wellness Coach, Maureen is passionate about helping people craft a healthier life for themselves.


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Trager Conference Room (2nd Floor)

3:30pm

You Are Who You Aren't: Jacob's Masquerade and Explorations in Jewish Gender Identity

What was really going on when Jacob put on animal skins to pretend to be his brother Esau? Following a close reading of this textual moment, we will contextualize this story among many stories of identity concealment in the Bible. Leah pretends to be Rac


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Lori Lefkovitz

Lori Hope Lefkovitz holds the Ruderman Chair in Jewish Studies at Northeastern University, where she directs the Jewish Studies program. Her most recent book, In Scripture: The First Stories of Jewish Sexual Identities was a 2010 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
CR 14

3:30pm

Shalva Yoga

Torah is the wisdom and tradition of the Jewish people. Yoga is focused breath, movement and meditation. Shalva yoga is a one hour experience that includes text study, meditation, stretching, traditional yoga postures and meditation.


Sunday December 4, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
CR 9

4:00pm

Zamir Chorale Open Sing
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Joshua Jacobson

Joshua R. Jacobson, one of the foremost authorities on Jewish choral music, is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor and Senior Consultant in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College. He is also founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston.


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Coppelman Clarke Large Social Hall

4:45pm

How to Find People Who are Hungry for What You Have to Offer

Jews know: we can make a living while healing the world. Learn to share your skills with people who need them, using the web to: - Attract the right customers; - Reframe what you know, to solve important problems; - Take your first step toward creating electronic products that help others.


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Doug Lipman

Doug Lipman (storydynamics.com) told his first story to emotionally disturbed adolescent boys in 1970. After a few seconds, they fell into a listening trance. Ever since, Doug has pursued connection through storytelling - as a performer, coach, award-winning author and recording artist, and a creator of innovative web-based products.


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Beit Midrash

4:45pm

A Mishkan for Today: Practical Lessons from Ancient Israelite Sacred Architecture

Discover the principles of Jewish Sacred Space in the architectural language of the Mishkan. Applying ancient, universal concepts of design, Feng Shui and Jewish Mysticism to Tabernacle architecture, we will learn strategies to design more powerful and effective synagogues for today's worshippers.


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:45pm - 5:45pm
CR 10

4:45pm

A time to sing and a time to cry: a how to session on how to mark happy and sad transitions at a mikveh

Ever wonder how to mark a transition in a uniquely Jewish way? Birthday? New job? Retirement? End of shiva? Beginning of chemotherapy? Ever wonder if there is room for you if you for you at a mikveh if you have a tattoo, a physical limitation, or are GLBT? Three mikveh guides from Mayyim Hayyim will explain what a mikveh is and how to create a meaningful ceremony for any liminal, transitional moment. We will look, briefly, at texts about traditional mikveh, the Seven Kavanot of Mayyim Hayyim, some new ceremonies that have been developed, and a cheat sheet explaining the seven steps to creating your own ritual. We will model one ceremony and give participants an opportunity to begin crafting their own ceremony.


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:45pm - 5:45pm
CR 8

4:45pm

Lurching Toward Zion: Struggle to complete the Aliyah of the Ethiopian Jews (or 'Falash Mura')

Based on a recent two-week trip to Ethiopia, this session explores the controversial final aliyah of the Ethiopian Jews known as Falash Mura, whose ancestors converted to Christianity. It highlights issues of religious identity and multiethnic Israel. The presentation uses dramatic photos by Ilan Ossendryver.


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Len Lyons

Len Lyons, Ph. D. (Brown University) is the author of \"The Ethiopian Jews of Israel:Personal Stories of Life in the Promised Land .\" He writes and lectures frequently about Ethiopian Jewry.


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:45pm - 5:45pm
CR 7

4:45pm

Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Can American Jews Actually Make a Difference?
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Melanie Harris

Melanie joined J Street after working as a volunteer, helping to found J Street Boston\'s Young Professionals and J Street U Harvard. Previously, she was executive director of author Jonathan Kozols educational nonprofit, the Cambridge Institute for Public Education. She has a BA from Washington University, St. Louis.


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:45pm - 5:45pm
CR 15

4:45pm

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy

This talk is designed to get people excited about working on their family histories and to show them how to get started and what kinds of records and information they can expect to find.


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Carol Clingan

Carol Clingan has been an avid genealotgist for two decades. She has traced each of her grandparents\' families back to the early 19th century in the former Soviet Union and has reconnected with relatives in Ukraine and Israel. Carol is VP of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston and speaks frequently to Jewish groups about getting started in genealogy.


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:45pm - 5:45pm
CR 14

4:45pm

Jewish Optimism

With a personal, cultural history based on the US Civil Rights Movement, rather than the aftermath of the Holocaust, Aaron, a stand-up comedian and Jew-by-Choice will reflect on the unique contributions American Jewish negroes can make to a fearlessly optimistic Judaism.


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Library

4:45pm

The Mussar of Parenting

How can we help our children tame their negative inclinations and attune their souls toward the good? How can we inspire them to display humility and kindness? Which traits (middot) do we wish to cultivate in them? In this interactive session we will draw on the Jewish ethical tradition of Mussar; we will explore a selected text, engage in a related exercise, and consider our vital role as educators of character.


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Religious School Conference Room (2nd Floor)

4:45pm

Find Your Spirit in Healthy Life Rhythms

Together we will chant in Hebrew and English, with our voices, bodies, drums and percussion instruments to explore inspirational beats and to experience the meditative and spiritual quality of rhythms. Practice can evolve into prayer or healing services as a holy drummer or facilitator of healing rhythm circles.


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Sherry Grossman

Sherry founded Gan Yeladim, Newton, and served as the first Director of the JCCGB Early Learning Centers forging new directions bringing the early learning center programs into the 21st century. She worked with the BJE as a consultant and coach in community-based, special needs & early education. She joined Gateways: Access to Jewish Education in July, 2009 where she currently works as the Community Special Education Services Director consulting... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:45pm - 5:45pm
CR 9

4:45pm

Jewish Stress Management

Do you, like me, have stress in your life? Are you a worrier? Do you want to feel calmer? We will use Mussar literature (Jewish spiritual texts and practices) to help us manage worry and stress. We will focus on texts to help us find inner calm. No Hebrew or prior knowledge needed.


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:45pm - 5:45pm
CR 6

4:45pm

Mincha in Motion

For 1000s of years Jews have gathered together as a community to pray in song and movement bringing joy to their hearts, souls and offering their whole being to God. This workshop is a continuation of that tradition by using our sacred phrases and simple movements that are fully accessible to all. Mincha, the mid day prayers, offers us an opportunity to stop our activity and remember our connection to God. We will bring our prayers into a whole circle and experience the prayers using our voices, and simple body movements, this way our prayers take on a different dimension. Come share your prayers in service of inspiration, community building, and devotion.


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Shelkan Youth Lounge

4:45pm

Seeking the 36

Seeking the 36 is a quixotic quest by teenage seeker Nico Lanson to find the Lamed Vov, the Thirty-Six Just Souls of Jewish folklore, in the world today. According to the legend, there are 36 anonymous individuals so righteous that they counterbalance all the sins and follies of mankind, and keep our troubled world afloat.  Nico meets a mysterious guide at the Holocaust Memorial in Boston who tells her of the legend. Nico’s search leads her from ordinary folk in Boston Common, to potential candidates known for their good works, and finally to Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement.


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Dennis Lanson

Dennis Lanson has worked in film as a writer, director, producer and editor; premiered indie docs BOOMING and PHANS OF JC at Sundance and New Directors, and broadcast work on PBS stations. Screenplays include THE 36, co-written with Stephen Billias. Recent work: SEEKING THE 36, and TO HEAR THE MUSIC, about organ builder CB Fisk.


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:45pm - 5:45pm
CR 11

4:45pm

4:45pm

The Wonders of Philosophy for Children--“P4C”--and Teaching Torah

Children are eager and capable of posing deep philosophical questions about Biblical stories. This session will examine a series of issues that arise when studying the story of Hagar and Sarai in Genesis 16. Using the P4C approach we will highlight children's questions about leaving home and proceeding on a journey to an unknown destination.


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Howard Deitcher

Howard Deitcher is the director of the Melton Centre for Jewish Education and a senior lecturer at the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. An experienced educator, educational researcher, and educational consultant, he has edited three books: Educational Issues and Classical Jewish Texts (1990), which was awarded the National Jewish Book Award; Understanding the Bible in Our... Read More →


Sunday December 4, 2011 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Leffell Conference Room (1st Floor)

7:00pm

Evening Concert
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Arnie Davidson

Arnie is a song writer from Hartford, CT. He performs at synagogues, Hava NaShira, CAJE, MANAJE & LimmudUK & LImmudNY. He is the worship leader at Shir HaMakom, a new music-based chavura in CT. \"Project ben D,\" his CD of original Shabbat music, showcases his new contemporary worship music. Arnie is best known for his contagious melodies and for his work writing new music, based on traditional Jewish texts.
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Daniel Freelander

Daniel Hillel Freelander serves as senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism. A gifted musician and keen observer of the North American Jewish scene, he has been a rabbi on the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism since 1975, supervising virtually every aspect of the Unions programs and operations. He and Jeff Klepper, composed dozens of popular Jewish melodies, which they perform as Kol Bseder.
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Jeff Klepper

Cantor, Temple Sinai
Jeff is a leading figure in American Jewish music. He and Dan Freelander formed Kol BSeder in 1974. Their songs are recorded and sung around the world. Jeff graduated HUC-JIR in 1980, served congregations in New York, Haifa, and Chicago, and is cantor of Temple Sinai, Sharon, MA. He is on the faculty of the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College
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Josh Nelson

Josh Nelson is one of the most popular performers and producers in modern Jewish music. A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Josh's music is celebrated and integrated into the repertoire of congregations, camps and communities around the world. http://www.joshnelsonproject.com/


Sunday December 4, 2011 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sanctuary