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Saturday, February 9
 

6:30pm

Registration and Welcome
Welcome to Limmud Colorado! Register at the Help Desk and pick up your welcome packet and bag. We are so glad you have joined us in our fun learning experience!

Saturday February 9, 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Help Desk

7:30pm

Lighting Up Limmud, Havdalah and Kickoff Limmud CO 2013

Gather, sing, shmooze, meet, and greet, as we set Limmud on fire with a community Havdalah led in Bukharian style with Garry Musheyev and the 7-person Bukharian ensemble.  Together  we say farewell to the Shabbat and say hello to Limmud Colorado 2013!


Saturday February 9, 2013 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Auditorium 1

8:15pm

A Magic Night in Bukharia! Traditional Bukharian and Tadjik Jewish music
Lets get transported to Central Asia! This group of seven talented Bukharian artists and musicians, with Guli Rakhimova as leader, will expose you to this ancient and rich folk music, performing and playing with local instruments like the Tavlak. They will transport us to the Central Asian lands of Bukharia and Tajikistan in a musical adventure that you won't forget!. The highlight--a traditional Bukharian Jewish Wedding!

Presenters
avatar for Julia Rakhimova

Julia Rakhimova

Tofahon - Bukharian Jewish band
Julia Rakhimova and her band Tofahon (meaning "gift from God") are a group of Bukharian Jewish musicians from the Central Asian republics of Uzbekistan and Tadjikistan. They have been performing for 23 years, including presentations in the former USSR, modern day Russia, and the US. They are ambassadors of the ancient Uzbek and Tadjik Jewish musical traditions.


Saturday February 9, 2013 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Auditorium 1

8:15pm

A Choice of Compassion: Judaism and End of Life Decision Making

New spiritual challenges face us as we age. Questions emerge about living wills, “Do Not Resuscitate” orders, medical powers-of-attorney, and hospice services. Learn about the unique type of care for those who are very frail or have received a terminal diagnosis that focuses on comfort and improved quality of life as patients and loved ones prepare medically, emotionally and spiritually for the end of life.


Presenters
avatar for Sara L. Gilbert

Sara L. Gilbert

Hospice Chaplain, Shalom Cares
Blessed to be busy in a variety of professional ways, Rabbi Sara L. Gilbert is spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation in Greeley, a warm, venerable community. In Denver, Sara serves the patients of Shalom Hospice as a chaplain, finding assisting patients and families to be challenging, rewarding, and truly a privilege. It is also Sara’s joy to teach adults in the Denver community.


Saturday February 9, 2013 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Conference H

8:15pm

The Spanish Inquisition

The sole mention of the word Inquisition, almost immediately projects scenes of torture and brutal torments inflected by the scions of the Catholic Church upon the Spanish Conversos. This Power Point presentation will address the origins and consequences of “the Spanish Inquisition” and how it has been misinterpreted and used against Spain and the Spanish people.


Presenters
avatar for Manuel I. Martin

Manuel I. Martin

Manuel Martin was born in Caceres, Spain, in 1940 and moved to Barcelona in 1942 where he grew up. He attended the University of Barcelona and earned a PhD in Engineering and a masters in Physics. Manuel moved to the US in 1968 to complete his PhD in Physics. He has been interested in the History of the Spanish Jews and of the "Marranos” since he was 16 and has made it a life long project to learn about the experience of Sefarad and the... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2013 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Conference F

8:15pm

'Go Backwards': Judaism and Israel
Based on a short text from the Babylonian Talmud, this session will attempt to explain what Judaism is and why it is no longer relevant for life in Israel.

Presenters
avatar for Chaim (Harvey) Hames

Chaim (Harvey) Hames

Prof., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Chaim (Harvey) Hames is chair of the General History Department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His research interests include Medieval and Renaissance Jewish and Christian mysticism and philosophy, apocalypticism, inter-religious polemics and religious conversion. He recently published I (do not) Believe: Israel and Judaism – Past, Present, Future (in Hebrew, Ktav 2011).  He is in Colorado serving as a visiting scholar at the... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2013 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Conference D

8:15pm

Buber's 'I and Thou': Encountering the Divine Through Meaningful Relationships

Martin Buber was an influential existentialist Jewish thinker whose writings impacted the fields of religious philosophy and psychology. In this presentation and conversation, we will discuss Buber's relational philosophy, specifically the three types of "I-Thou" encounters which he considers central to human identity. We will also discuss Buber's radical theology in which people and the Divine are interdependent in a world where God's immanence is experienced by hallowing ordinary life.


Presenters
avatar for Lior Lapid

Lior Lapid

Lior Lapid recently started a chess academy for children in the Greater Denver area. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Political Science from New Mexico State University. He is passionate about Judaism has a strong interest in the history of Jewish thought. Lior studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and as well as the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.


Saturday February 9, 2013 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Conference 16

8:15pm

Freedom of Expression in Israel: Challenges of Free Speech in Times of Conflict
In Israel, where political views are intense and polarized, and radical views expressed can lead to violent actions taken, what are the boundaries between freedom of expression, incitement and hate speech? An interactive look into these dilemmas with case studies from on the ground.

Presenters
avatar for Libby Lenkinski

Libby Lenkinski

Field Director for the Western US, New Israel Fund
Libby Lenkinski recently moved back to the United States after 7 years living in Tel Aviv, where she served as Director of International Relations at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the leading human rights organization in Israel. She has led audience engagement efforts for The Law in These Parts, consults +972 Magazine and Just Vision, and is a board member of Comet-ME.


Saturday February 9, 2013 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Conference G

8:15pm

Camp Limmud

Calling all kids aged 4-12! Join us at Camp Limmud!


Saturday February 9, 2013 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Boardroom 1

9:45pm

'Out of the Box With a Wand of Her Own' Jewish Women, Magic and Power
In this enchanting magical performance presentation Erica Sodos explores the interchangeable world of power and magic. Like all positions of power in our society magic is dominated by men. There are many successful and well known Jewish male magicians. However, Erica is still in the extreme minority as a professional Jewish female magician. Combining historical facts, fascinating commentary and inexplicable magical miracles of the mind, Erica will explore the reasons women in magic are so rare.

Presenters
avatar for Erica Sodos

Erica Sodos

Magician and Actress Erica Sodos has performed thousands of shows all over the world and in all kinds of circumstances, ranging from college performances and synagogues to opening for rock bands. Erica's mission is to bring theater back to what it was meant to be...transformation. Recently Erica has become an Officigian, incorporating her love of spirituality into her work by officiating weddings.


Saturday February 9, 2013 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Conference D

9:45pm

Nazis, Jews, and the Space Race: The Hidden Origins of the U.S. Aerospace Program

In the shadow of WWII, U.S. engineers worked with captured German scientists to create cutting-edge rockets and to give birth to the space program. Come hear how the Jewish members of the U.S. team related to their Nazi colleagues, and learn what was life like for the soldiers, scientists and their families living on secret military bases that launched the Cold War's most effective weapons.


Presenters
avatar for Gregg Drinkwater

Gregg Drinkwater

Colorado Regional Director, Keshet
Gregg Drinkwater is the Colorado Regional Director of Keshet, a national nonprofit working for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life. Prior to joining Keshet, he was the executive director of Jewish Mosaic and one of the organization’s three co-founders. He is the co-editor of the book Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible (NYU Press, September 2009).
avatar for David Shneer

David Shneer

Director and Louis P. Singer Professor of Jewish History, Program in Jewish Studies
David Shneer is a writer, lecture, and the Louis P. Singer Professor of Jewish History at the University of Colorado Boulder.  He also directs the university's Program in Jewish Studies.  By day, he is a “pathbreaking” scholar, at least according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and in his spare time, he is vice chair of the board for Keshet, and the Limmud Colorado co-chair.  He has been married to Gregg... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2013 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Conference C

9:45pm

CANCELED: Talking to Terrorists

CANCELED - PRESENTER UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO CONFERENCE DUE TO SNOW STORM ON EAST COAST. Last April, Cohler-Esses traveled to Cairo on behalf of the Jewish Daily Forward to conduct a lengthy interview with Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook--the first in-depth interview Hamas has ever granted to a Jewish publication. This was but his most recent discussion with sworn enemies of the Jewish state for Jewish media outlets. Another was his interview with the mastermind of the Munich Olympics massacre. He will discuss these encounters and the journalistic and ethical issues they raise.


Presenters
avatar for Larry Cohler-Esses

Larry Cohler-Esses

Assistant managing editor, The Jewish Daily Forward
Larry Cohler-Esses is responsible for news coverage at the Forward, whose staff he joined in Dec. 2008. Previously, he served as an investigative reporter for the N.Y. Daily News, as Editor-at-Large for the N.Y. Jewish Week, and as senior staff writer for Washington Jewish Week. Larry's awards include multiple Rockowers for Jewish journalism and several Columbia Journalism Review Laurels.


Saturday February 9, 2013 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Conference H

9:45pm

The Fight for Rachel’s Tomb: A Microcosm of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

While Israelis and Palestinians are engaged in war for supremacy over the land of Israel, they are also engaged in a battle for dominance over religious sites. The Palestinians and Israelis are each trying to prove their historic and religious connection and ultimately rights to various holy sites including the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb. Come and explore the evolution of the fight for Rachel’s Tomb.


Presenters
avatar for Yael Weinstein

Yael Weinstein

Teacher, The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Yael Weinstein earned her M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University in 2006. While at Brandeis, Yael had the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant for Ambassador Dennis Ross. Yael also works with the curriculum development team at the international Melton office at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, helping to revise and write current Melton course material.


Saturday February 9, 2013 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Conference 16

9:45pm

A Taste of Havruta: What Do Parents owe their Children?

The very successful U.K. Limmud Havruta project has allowed people of all backgrounds to explore classical and contemporary themes through Jewish text with a study partner, or havruta. In 1997, Limmud's Havruta theme was Dorot - Generations, and Hannah and Marc will facilitate guided study on a section called: "What do parents owe their Children?" in which we learn the difficult and often subtle responsibilities of being a parent and investigate ways of dealing with rebelliousness


Presenters
avatar for Hannah Kapnik Ashar

Hannah Kapnik Ashar

Hannah Kapnik Ashar is a Kevah Teaching Fellow, a marriage coach with Power of Two, and co-producer of Come & Listen: Jewish Food for Thought. She is one of the facilitators for Limmud's Eat, Think and Be Merry program, and generally is passionate about facilitating access to Torah as a center of meaning-making.
avatar for Marc Soloway

Marc Soloway

Rabbi, Congregation Bonai Shalom
Marc Soloway was a founding board member of Limmud Colorado and co-chair of Limmud in the UK in the 90s. He has been the rabbi of Bonai Shalom in Boulder since 2004 and is also the chair of the Rabbinical Advisory Board for Hazon. Marc enjoys the friendship of his colleagues in Boulder and is the proud member of Jewish goat and chicken co-ops for eggs and milk. He also loves skiing and mountain biking!


Saturday February 9, 2013 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Conference G

9:45pm

Bar Limmud

Relax, get a drink at the bar, and enjoy!


Saturday February 9, 2013 9:45pm - Sunday February 10, 2013 12:30am
Golf Grille

9:45pm

In Search of the Lost Tribes (Double Session - runs through next session slot)

Come and watch Simcha Jacobovici's (the Naked Archaeologist) Documentary: "Quest for the Lost Tribes". Who are the Lost Tribes?  Are they a myth or a fairy tale? Are these tribes really lost? The film will take us through space and time to discover a long lost chapter in Jewish history. You will be in for a surprise!   Following the film, we will analyze the documentary by learning with Carlos, the intricate lost chapter of the 10 lost tribes saga.  Who are they? Where are they located? The Pashtuns, the so called Bene Menashe, the Jews of Kaifeng, The Ethiopian Jews, The Bukharian Jews, The Samaritans, among others... are these the heirs of the Lost Tribes?


Presenters
avatar for Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was born in a Syrian-Sephardic family and has lived in several countries throughout his life. He holds masters degrees in the areas of Comparative Religious Studies, Sephardic Studies, Marranism Studies (Crypto Judaism), Peripheral Jewish Communities, and Culture and Customs of Oriental Jewries. He did two years of Rabbinical Studies at Porat Yosef Sephardic Yeshiv, and... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2013 9:45pm - Sunday February 10, 2013 12:30am
Conference F

11:15pm

Bar Limmud

Relax, get a drink at the bar, and enjoy!


Saturday February 9, 2013 11:15pm - Sunday February 10, 2013 12:30am
Golf Grille

11:15pm

From Holocaust Survivors to Thrivers to Coasters: A Cross-Generational Look at Personality in Our Jewish World

Over the last 70 years there have been changes in attitudes toward social, political and communal areas of life. The goal of the Holocaust survivor generation was to regenerate. That generation gave birth to children focused on creating safety and comfort. The lesson for the children of this generation became tinged with entitlement. Survivors envy grandchildren’s comfort, but there is concern regarding the strength needed to survive. This session will encourage input from participants.


Presenters
avatar for Michael J. Salamon

Michael J. Salamon

Senior Psychologist, ADC Psychological Services, PLLC
Dr. Michael Salamon received his doctorate in psychology from Hofstra University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America's Behavioral and Social Sciences Section and a board certified Diplomate-Fellow Prescribing Psychologist Register. Dr. Salamon is the founder and director of the Adult Developmental Center, Inc. (ADC... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2013 11:15pm - Sunday February 10, 2013 12:30am
Conference D

11:15pm

In Search of the Lost Tribes (Double Session - continued from previous session slot)

Come and watch Simcha Jacobovici's (the Naked Archaeologist) Documentary: "Quest for the Lost Tribes". Who are the Lost Tribes?  Are they a myth or a fairy tale? Are these tribes really lost? The film will take us through space and time to discover a long lost chapter in Jewish history. You will be in for a surprise!   Following the film, we will analyze the documentary by learning with Carlos, the intricate lost chapter of the 10 lost tribes saga.  Who are they? Where are they located? The Pashtuns, the so called Bene Menashe, the Jews of Kaifeng, The Ethiopian Jews, The Bukharian Jews, The Samaritans, among others... are these the heirs of the Lost Tribes?


Presenters
avatar for Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was born in a Syrian-Sephardic family and has lived in several countries throughout his life. He holds masters degrees in the areas of Comparative Religious Studies, Sephardic Studies, Marranism Studies (Crypto Judaism), Peripheral Jewish Communities, and Culture and Customs of Oriental Jewries. He did two years of Rabbinical Studies at Porat Yosef Sephardic Yeshiv, and... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2013 11:15pm - Sunday February 10, 2013 12:30am
Conference F

11:15pm

Decentralized Leadership: An Insider’s Look at the 2012 Israeli Social Justice Struggle
The social justice struggle of summer 2012 caught most of us off guard, and the confusion that overtook organized Jewish communities was rooted in the gap between the leadership models that they were familiar with and the models that formalized as part of the struggle. We will attempt to understand the roots of the social justice struggle and review findings from a field survey conducted over the course of the protests and look at several insights from the parallel U.S. struggle.

Presenters
avatar for Aharon Ariel Lavi

Aharon Ariel Lavi

CEO, Nettiot - Communities as a Solution
Aharon Ariel Lavi is founder of Nettiot Mission-Driven Communities Network, reengaging Haredi Ba'aley Teshuva into Israeli society.  He is also founder of Garin Shuva and a member of the National Council of MDC's. He is CEO of the Hitzim social project, development manager at Atachlit, and worked for the National Union of Students. Lavi has published a book and many articles on Judaism and social topics, and is currently a doctoral student... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2013 11:15pm - Sunday February 10, 2013 12:30am
Conference H
 
Sunday, February 10
 

7:30am

Breakfast for those staying in the Hotel

For those staying overnight in the hotel with us, start your day off with some hot coffee, a nourishing breakfast, and great conversation! Meet others as you build up your energy....It's going to be a busy day!


Sunday February 10, 2013 7:30am - 8:45am
Summit Dining Room

8:00am

Morning Shachrit Service

Welcome the day and the Jewish month of Adar Limmud style at this participatory morning service.


Presenters
avatar for Hannah Kapnik Ashar

Hannah Kapnik Ashar

Hannah Kapnik Ashar is a Kevah Teaching Fellow, a marriage coach with Power of Two, and co-producer of Come & Listen: Jewish Food for Thought. She is one of the facilitators for Limmud's Eat, Think and Be Merry program, and generally is passionate about facilitating access to Torah as a center of meaning-making.
avatar for Marc Soloway

Marc Soloway

Rabbi, Congregation Bonai Shalom
Marc Soloway was a founding board member of Limmud Colorado and co-chair of Limmud in the UK in the 90s. He has been the rabbi of Bonai Shalom in Boulder since 2004 and is also the chair of the Rabbinical Advisory Board for Hazon. Marc enjoys the friendship of his colleagues in Boulder and is the proud member of Jewish goat and chicken co-ops for eggs and milk. He also loves skiing and mountain biking!


Sunday February 10, 2013 8:00am - 8:45am
Conference 15

8:00am

Registration and Welcome
Welcome to Limmud Colorado! Register at the Help Desk and pick up you welcome packet and bag. We are so glad you have joined us!

Sunday February 10, 2013 8:00am - 10:00am
Help Desk

8:30am

Jewish Educator Network Fellows
This session will be a Limmud Kick-Off Meeting for the Covenant Foundation Educator Network Fellows. We will be meeting from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Gelfarb

Ruth Gelfarb

Rabbi, Limmud Colorado - Covenant Foundation Educators Network
Rabbi Ruthie Gelfarb, a past presenter at Limmud Chicago, Limmud Philadelphia and Limmud Colorado, is facilitating the Limmud Colorado Covenant Foundation Educators Network. Rabbi Ruthie served as the Senior Jewish Educator at the University of Chicago and the director of service learning at the American Jewish World Service. Rabbi Ruthie, a native New Yorker, is proud to call Boulder home.


Sunday February 10, 2013 8:30am - 9:00am
Conference 12

8:45am

Camp Limmud

Calling all kids aged 4-12! Join us at Camp Limmud!


Sunday February 10, 2013 8:45am - 10:15am
Boardroom 1

8:45am

Limmud K'tan

Give your young children their own Limmud experience with Limmud K'tan ("Little Limmud") with our experienced early childhood educators and babysitters.


Sunday February 10, 2013 8:45am - 10:15am
Boardroom 2

9:00am

Through the Lens of Cinema: Borders, Identity & Vulnerability
What is the relationship between borders, identities, and vulnerability, and how has is relationship explored in cinema? How are borderlands also testing grounds - the sites of serious ethical dilemmas? By examining powerful selections from films by Jewish and Israeli filmmakers, we will explore ways in which identities are defined and re-defined (at the personal and communal level) through the complex process of bordering.

Presenters
avatar for Ilana Lapid

Ilana Lapid

Assistant Professor, Creative Media Institute, New Mexico State University
Ilana Lapid is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Media Institute of New Mexico State University. She grew up in NYC, Jerusalem and Ottawa, before moving to Las Cruces, NM. Ilana has a strong interest in the transformative power of visual storytelling and in comparative border cinema. She has directed and produced multiple award winning short films, including “Red Mesa,” a border story.


Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference F

9:00am

A meditation experience

In this session, we will have a guided meditation experience. Meditation can be a significant part of a Jewish practice. Instead of teaching, this session will be consist of experiential learning using relaxation techniques as well as Jewish themes and imagery. Come in comforatable street clothes, ready to cultivate a space of inner quiet.


Presenters
avatar for Tamee Albrecht

Tamee Albrecht

University of Colorado, Boulder
Tamee Albrecht is a certified yoga teacher and a practitioner of meditation in many styles. She has studied mediation at retreats in Asia, Israel, and the U.S. She is a strong believer in experiential education and the benefits of meditation in daily life. She has an M.S. in Hydrology and has worked as an environmental scientist, and currently advises undergraduates to help them achieve success in college.


Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference 15

9:00am

CANCELED: More than Just Eating Rice on Passover: What Makes Sephardic Jews Distinctive

CANCELED - PRESENTER UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO CONFERENCE DUE TO SNOW STORM ON EAST COAST. Who are Sephardic Jews? How has Sephardic identity evolved? Who are Sephardic Jews today? Gerber is a nationally recognized expert in Sephardic Studies and winner of the National Jewish Book Award for "The Jews of Spain."


Presenters
avatar for Jane Gerber

Jane Gerber

Director, Institute for Sephardic Studies, Graduate School of the City University of New York
Jane Gerber is Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Institute for Sephardic Studies at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. She is the author of five books including The Jews of Spain, which won the National Jewish Book Award in Sephardic Studies in 1992. She has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jewish Theological... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference C

9:00am

Gathering Sparks: Telling Your Story
Everyone has a story, though not everyone is aware of it. In this workshop, we will first show stories from the Community Narratives Project collection currently at the Mizel Museum’s exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks. Participants will then join a “story circle” to discover your own story and facilitate others finding theirs. We will discuss dynamic tools that enliven our storytelling as well as learn about different types of digital formats with which to present them.

Presenters
avatar for Sari Horovitz

Sari Horovitz

Gathering Sparks Project, Mizel Museum
Deanne Kapnik and Sari Horovitz have a long history of partnering on creative projects, including the yearly retreats of the Jewish Women's Resource Center. They have been working together with the Mizel Museum since 2008, creating the Community Narratives Project, a project of the permanent exhibt, 4000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks. Using the medium of digital storytelling, they work with individuals and create three minute... Read More →
avatar for Deanne Kapnik

Deanne Kapnik

Director of Special Events and Projects, Mizel Museum
Deanne Kapnik is the Director of Special Projects at the Mizel Museum. She and Sari Horovitz have spearheaded the Community Narratives Project, a collection of digital stories, which have become integral elements of the museum's exhibit. These reveal the heart of our Jewish community and open the way to learning and conversation about everything from shchitah to immigration, the pain of loss to the pride of inheritance.


Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference 13

9:00am

The Rabbis' Panel: Open Dor, The Generation of Change

With Marc Soloway (Conservative), Gavriel Goldfeder (Orthodox), and Josh Rose (Reform). Each of these rabbis grew up with a Judaism different from the one they now practice. In addition, as they matured in their understanding of Judaism, they also came to question the denominational boundaries each one, in theory, today represents. In this moderated panel, they will discuss how the Judaism they grew up with became the Judaism they now practice, what was lost and gained in the transition, how the movements they find themselves in now have changed, and why, despite their challenges to the very idea of denominations, they remain in those movements.


Moderators
avatar for Caryn Aviv

Caryn Aviv

Senior Instructor (CU), Associate Director (JYW), University of Colorado, Boulder and Judaism Your Way
Over the past 15 years, Caryn Aviv has worked as a professor of Jewish Studies and sociology and as a Jewish social entrepreneur. She teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder and serves as Associate Director of Judaism Your Way. She was also co-founder/director of research with Jewish Mosaic from 2003-2008, and co-founder/director of Storahtelling Colorado from 2008-2011.

Presenters
avatar for Gavriel Goldfeder

Gavriel Goldfeder

Rabbi, Aish Kodesh
Gavriel Goldfeder currently works with MIT Hillel helping young geniuses relate to their Jewishness as a resource. This requires substantial updating of approach, terminology, and articulation of goals. Before that, he was a Rabbi in Boulder, CO, and before that he spent 6 years at Bat Ayin. He has written three books, two of which are pretty good.
avatar for Joshua Rose

Joshua Rose

Senior Rabbi, Congregation Har HaShem
Rabbi Joshua Rose is at Har HaShem, a Reform synagogue in Boulder that is a home for social justice, liturgical experimentation, rich music, serious adult learning, vibrant youth programming & community building. The congregation is using community organizing tools to deepen relationships and give life to Jewish values. Rabbi Rose & his wife Channah are parents to Eliav, Akiva and Rafael.
avatar for Marc Soloway

Marc Soloway

Rabbi, Congregation Bonai Shalom
Marc Soloway was a founding board member of Limmud Colorado and co-chair of Limmud in the UK in the 90s. He has been the rabbi of Bonai Shalom in Boulder since 2004 and is also the chair of the Rabbinical Advisory Board for Hazon. Marc enjoys the friendship of his colleagues in Boulder and is the proud member of Jewish goat and chicken co-ops for eggs and milk. He also loves skiing and mountain biking!


Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference D

9:00am

Family and Revolution: An Intergenerational Exploration of Redemption

In this text study we will explore the figures of Ruth and Boaz in the light of the bizzarre stories of their ancestors. We will consider the power of history and whether it is possible to alter generational patterns. At the same time we will reflect on our own place in history. Does history merely influence us, or are we controlled by it?


Presenters
avatar for Dianne Cohler-Esses

Dianne Cohler-Esses

Director of Education, Kehilat Romemu
Dianne Cohler-Esses, ordained by JTS in 1995, is the first woman from the Syrian Jewish community to become a rabbi. Since then she has worked in the field of Jewish education. In 2007 she was named one of fifty top rabbis by the Washington Post online. Currently Rabbi Dianne is Director of Education at Kehillat Romemu. She lives in NYC with her husband and their three children.


Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference G

9:00am

On Economy and On the Sustenance: Judaism, Society and Economics
We will get to know and study various fundamental economic issues, the principles of modern economic theory and the structure of society and welfare policy in light of the Jewish sources in directions most of which have not yet been studied. This session is based on the anthology, "On Economy and On the Sustenance", edited by Itamar Brenner and Aharon Ariel Lavi, Reuven Mass House.

Presenters
avatar for Aharon Ariel Lavi

Aharon Ariel Lavi

CEO, Nettiot - Communities as a Solution
Aharon Ariel Lavi is founder of Nettiot Mission-Driven Communities Network, reengaging Haredi Ba'aley Teshuva into Israeli society.  He is also founder of Garin Shuva and a member of the National Council of MDC's. He is CEO of the Hitzim social project, development manager at Atachlit, and worked for the National Union of Students. Lavi has published a book and many articles on Judaism and social topics, and is currently a doctoral student... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference 16

9:00am

Teen Studio

Need a break from sessions? Come to the Teen Studio- a space to talk, relax, and hang out.


Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference 12

9:00am

Thinking the Torah Paradox

Using examples from his book "A Dialectic of the Hebrew Language," he will show people how to think "paradoxically." There are many Hebrew words that contain contradictory meanings. They provide software for the brain to think in a more balanced way. This in turn connects to many ideas in the Torah that can help people mature on a path of personal Teshuvah. For instance, how can a person believe in total free choice and total Hashgachah,divine microsupervision of every detail simultaneously?


Presenters
avatar for Henoch Dov Hoffman

Henoch Dov Hoffman

Rabbi, Shalom Al Yisrael
In addition to his private counseling practice, Rabbi Henoch Dov leads study groups and Spiritual-Journey expeditions in Denver, Boulder, Utah, Australia, and Israel. He has been a psychodrama therapist with families, couples, and individuals since 1987 and has been teaching Torah, Kabbalah, Jewish History and Talmud since 1987 in Denver and Boulder.


Sunday February 10, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Conference H

10:30am

'Circle for the Planet' -- Sacred Chant from Tu B'Shvat to Earth Day

Sacred Chant is a meditative practice that can clear the mind, focus and refine intentions, and connect us to each other in a healing vibration. Shulamit (Sally) Klein is a student of Rabbi Shefa Gold. Her current focus is our relationship to the planet, based on Judaism's Biblical agricultural roots and our dreams for the world of our children's children. No prior expertise in singing, chanting, or Hebrew language is necessary. With an open mind/heart; come ready to envision a new paradigm.


Presenters
avatar for Shulamit (Sally) Klein

Shulamit (Sally) Klein

Sacred Chanting Leader/Teacher
A licenced clincial social worker, they said Sally Klein sang in her crib before she talked. Picking up this memory during divorce at age 60, she decided to sing again after nearly 25 years silence. Then, she joined Kol Zimra 1 under Rabbi Shefa Gold. She uses chant to reach people who would not usually come sit with a counselor.  At the same time, she benefits, since she is transmitting a healing vibration which must pass through her... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference 15

10:30am

Blue Like Me: Paintings by Siona Benjamin
Siona Benjamin is an artist originally from India, of Bene Israel Jewish descent. Having grown up in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim society, having been educated in Catholic and Zoroastrian schools, having been raised Jewish and now living in America,she has always had to reflect upon the cultural boundary zones in which she has lived. She feels a need to make art that will speak to her audience through similarities, not differences as she contributes to a much-needed "repair" (Tikkun) through art.

Presenters
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Siona Benjamin

Artist
Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay. Her work - exhibited in the US, Europe and Asia - reflects being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. Her paintings combine the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by Indian miniature paintings, Sephardic icons and the artistic traditions of her Bene Israel heritage.


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference C

10:30am

Kosher! Organic! Fair Trade! Local! – What is “Fit” To Eat

For generations, the Jewish people have contemplated what is kosher, literally what is “fit” to eat. Today, food choices can feel more complicated than ever. How do we make choices that are aligned with our personal values and priorities? We’ll demystify the labels and learn enough to make educated, personal and meaningful choices even in the face of competing values and logistical and/or budgetary challenges. This session is appropriate for individuals and institutions exploring food choices.


Presenters
avatar for Becky O'Brien

Becky O'Brien

Boulder Director, Hazon
Becky O’Brien is Hazon's Boulder Director. Hazon creates healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond. Becky has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Religious Studies. Caring for the earth that sustains us has been a passion of hers for 20 years. She enjoys learning, cooking, gardening, and eating, as well as talking with others about all of the above!


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference 16

10:30am

The Gospels into Hebrew: Why, For Whom, By Whom and How?'
An anonymous fifteenth-century manuscript now in the Vatican Library contains the first complete translation into Hebrew of all Four Gospels: The Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This presentation will examine the context of the translation addressing the question of why such a translation was needed, by who and for what purposes.

Presenters
avatar for Chaim (Harvey) Hames

Chaim (Harvey) Hames

Prof., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Chaim (Harvey) Hames is chair of the General History Department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His research interests include Medieval and Renaissance Jewish and Christian mysticism and philosophy, apocalypticism, inter-religious polemics and religious conversion. He recently published I (do not) Believe: Israel and Judaism – Past, Present, Future (in Hebrew, Ktav 2011).  He is in Colorado serving as a visiting scholar at the... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference H

10:30am

Intersex and Halacha: Standing in the Divide

Have you ever heard the term “Intersex” and wondered what it was, but never had the chance to find out? Join Bobbie Rosenberg on an intimate journey through his life as he sheds light on what '"Intersex" really is, what the rabbis had to say, how the medical community treats intersex babies, and what it was like growing up as a Hasidic Jew and Intersex.


Presenters
avatar for Bobbie Rosenberg

Bobbie Rosenberg

Intersex Community Liaison, Marriage Equality USA
Bobbie Rosenberg, a Hasidic born Jew, teaches at Temple Emanuel, is the Kadima Youth Advisor at Rodef Shalom, and the Intersex Community Liaison for Marriage Equality USA. He is currently on the Keshet Planning Team and Young Adult Planning Team, a Maven with Storahtelling Colorado, and is completing his Masters of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School in preparation for Rabbinical School.


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference G

10:30am

My Relationship to Israel: Four Jewish Activists, Four Different Relationships

This session represents a wide range of standpoints on the state of Israel, its relationship to global Jews, its contemporary politics, and its centrality (or lack thereof) in contemporary Jewish life. Participants will hear how highly engaged Jews relate to the state across the political spectrum and how they came to have the relationship to the state of Israel that they have. The panel will not attempt to convince others of one's opinions or debate contemporary Israel/Palestine politics.


Moderators
avatar for David Shneer

David Shneer

Director and Louis P. Singer Professor of Jewish History, Program in Jewish Studies
David Shneer is a writer, lecture, and the Louis P. Singer Professor of Jewish History at the University of Colorado Boulder.  He also directs the university's Program in Jewish Studies.  By day, he is a “pathbreaking” scholar, at least according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and in his spare time, he is vice chair of the board for Keshet, and the Limmud Colorado co-chair.  He has been married to Gregg... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Howard Boigon

Howard Boigon

Immediate Past Colorado Chair, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Howard Boigon is a partner in the Denver office of Hogan Lovells, a global law firm with 47 offices worldwide. His practice focuses on oil, gas, and energy, both domestic and international, including extensive work on offshore gas exploration in israel. He is immediate past Colorado chair of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and is a member of AIPAC’s National Council.
avatar for Stan Kreis

Stan Kreis

Stan Kreis has degrees in sociology, economics and accounting. Therefore he is wise, literate, financially sound and married to Kathryn Bernheimer (she would never marry anyone without such credentials). Grave marker: "the world was his oyster, unfortunately, he ate it and got stomach cramps."  He writes frequently for the Boulder Jewish News and is active with and writes for Stand By Israel.
avatar for Libby Lenkinski

Libby Lenkinski

Field Director for the Western US, New Israel Fund
Libby Lenkinski recently moved back to the United States after 7 years living in Tel Aviv, where she served as Director of International Relations at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the leading human rights organization in Israel. She has led audience engagement efforts for The Law in These Parts, consults +972 Magazine and Just Vision, and is a board member of Comet-ME.
avatar for Evan Weissman

Evan Weissman

Warm Cookies of the Revolution
Evan Weissman has worked for over a decade at Buntport Theater Company and now runs Warm Cookies of the Revolution, a Civic Health Club. He teaches courses on Nonviolence at The Colorado College and Red Rocks Community College, co-founded the Front Range chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, is the Colorado contact for the War Resisters League and was in the inaugural cohort of the Roots and Branches Foundation, a philanthropic project of Rose... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference D

10:30am

Educator Network Session Debriefing

The Educators Network will be meeting with Ruth Gelfarb to debrief Dianne Cohler-Esses' session and engage in reflective practice as we debrief her session and pedagogical choices.


Presenters
avatar for Ruth Gelfarb

Ruth Gelfarb

Rabbi, Limmud Colorado - Covenant Foundation Educators Network
Rabbi Ruthie Gelfarb, a past presenter at Limmud Chicago, Limmud Philadelphia and Limmud Colorado, is facilitating the Limmud Colorado Covenant Foundation Educators Network. Rabbi Ruthie served as the Senior Jewish Educator at the University of Chicago and the director of service learning at the American Jewish World Service. Rabbi Ruthie, a native New Yorker, is proud to call Boulder home.


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference 13

10:30am

Camp Limmud

Calling all kids aged 4-12! Join us at Camp Limmud!


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Boardroom 1

10:30am

Limmud K'tan

Give your young children their own Limmud experience with Limmud K'tan ("Little Limmud") with our experienced early childhood educators and babysitters.


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Boardroom 2

10:30am

Teen Studio

Need a break from sessions? Come to the Teen Studio- a space to talk, relax, and hang out.


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference 12

10:30am

More to Live For (Film)
Come for the stories, stay for the music! This award-winning film powerfully presents the deeply personal accounts of three individuals: Michael Brecker, 15-time Grammy winner, one of the greatest tenor saxophonists of all time; James Chippendale, founder of Love Hope Strength, the largest music centric cancer charity in the world, and Seun Adebiyi, training to become the first Nigerian winter Olympic athlete. Each is dependent upon the one vital bone marrow match that could save him.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Marcus

Susan Marcus

This film is presented by Love, Hope, Strength, an organization dedicated to saving lives by building the bone marrow database.  Be sure to get swabbed, so you can help save a life. After all, the Talmud says that if you save one life, you save the world.


Sunday February 10, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Conference F

11:00am

Israel Study Tour Session (For IST Participants Only)

This session is a part of the educational programming for High School Juniors travelling to Poland and Israel as a part of IST.  This session is open only to IST participants.


Sunday February 10, 2013 11:00am - 12:30pm
Conference E

11:45am

Lunch

Take a break from sessions as you eat, meet, and enjoy the community of Limmud CO. Lunch is scheduled during two session slots, so pick the time that works for you ... but don't miss it! Mealtimes are a great opportunity to continue the conversations that get started in sessions.


Sunday February 10, 2013 11:45am - 1:15pm
Summit Dining Room

12:00pm

Rebels with a Cause: Jewish Women, Feminism, and Social Change in America

Did you know that Jewish women in America were rebels…with a cause? Since the early 1960s, Jewish women have transformed our lives in almost every area of civil society and within American Judaism. This interactive workshop introduces the idea of the ‘heroine’s journey’ (building on the work of Joseph Campbell) to explore gender and social change in recent Jewish history, contemporary culture, and our own life experiences. All genders are warmly welcome to participate!


Presenters
avatar for Caryn Aviv

Caryn Aviv

Senior Instructor (CU), Associate Director (JYW), University of Colorado, Boulder and Judaism Your Way
Over the past 15 years, Caryn Aviv has worked as a professor of Jewish Studies and sociology and as a Jewish social entrepreneur. She teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder and serves as Associate Director of Judaism Your Way. She was also co-founder/director of research with Jewish Mosaic from 2003-2008, and co-founder/director of Storahtelling Colorado from 2008-2011.


Sunday February 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Conference H

12:00pm

The Reality of Sephardic Crypto-Jews in the 21st Century

One of the most contemporary controversial issues within the Jewish world, the deconstruction of the myth facing Crypto Jews in the XXI century: from a World Historic and Halakhic (Jewish Law) perspectives. Scholar Carlos Zarur; Beatriz Pestana-Osuna and Van-Troi Perozo, both Sephardic Jews from Converso background, will present the multiple issues faced, one being the issue of conversion or not conversion for Bene Anusim, from a Sephardic perspective versus Ashkenazi position.


Presenters
avatar for Beatriz Pestana-Osuna

Beatriz Pestana-Osuna

Beatriz Pestana-Osuna, originally from Venezuela is an artist and printmaker, who exhibits her work locally and internationally. She works as a speech/language pathologist in education. Bea is also an independent researcher in the areas of Crypto-Judaism and Inquisition as well as a contributor to her family's genealogical archive research. Beatriz is a Sephardic Jewish woman of Spanish and Portuguese background.
avatar for Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was born in a Syrian-Sephardic family and has lived in several countries throughout his life. He holds masters degrees in the areas of Comparative Religious Studies, Sephardic Studies, Marranism Studies (Crypto Judaism), Peripheral Jewish Communities, and Culture and Customs of Oriental Jewries. He did two years of Rabbinical Studies at Porat Yosef Sephardic Yeshiv, and... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Conference C

12:00pm

Transgender Judaism
Join Rafi Daugherty as he shares pieces of his transgender journey and how it has been impacted by and continues to impact his experiences as an ex-Orthodox Jew. We will explore some texts on gender diversity in Judaism and also discover some modern rabbinical thought on the transgender question.

Presenters
avatar for Rafi Daugherty

Rafi Daugherty

Community Organizer, Keshet
Rafi Daugherty is Keshet's community organizer in Colorado.  He came out as queer in 2004 and trans in 2007. He graduated from Hunter College with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. He received an MA from Tel Aviv University in Crisis and Trauma Studies. While in school, Rafi worked with individuals with development disabilities and homeless youth in New York City. He has been a presenter at Limmud NY and Colorado as well as... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Conference G

12:00pm

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Education through the Encounter program

www.Encounterprograms.org brings established and emerging Jewish leaders to the West Bank, for on-site Israel-Palestinian conflict education including Palestinian presenters, homestays and tours. This panel of 3 Encounter alumni will discuss their experiences and program critique. There will be time for audience Q and A, guided by Encounter’s Communications Agreement. Shaffer has attended 11 Encounter programs, and is currently Encounter's Colorado alumni liaison.


Presenters
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Diana Blau

Denver Public Schools, Elementary Teacher
Diana Blau is an active member of Boulder's Jewish community, volunteering at Bonai Shalom's Hebrew School and planning events. She has presented at Ignite Chanukkah and the Boulder Tefilah retreat. Diana has a B.A. in psychology from Yale and an M.A. in literacy from University of Colorado Boulder.
avatar for Shari Edelstein

Shari Edelstein

Executive Director, 18 Pomegranates
Shari has over 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector as a grant maker, organizational consultant, professional manager and volunteer. Past places of employment include NIF, JAFI, UJF Pittsburgh and Maryland Assoc. for Nonprofits. Shari serves as the ED of 18 Pomegranates, a private foundation in Boulder, Colorado. She has a B.S. from Cornell and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
avatar for Bruce Shaffer

Bruce Shaffer

consultant & agent / of-counsel for business & real estate / writer-photographer, Bruce Shaffer Free Agent / Perlick Legal Counsel PC / Boulder Jewish News
Writer/Photographer, including Limmud Colorado's official photographer, Bruce Shaffer muses on Israel and things Jewish for Boulder Jewish News and elsewhere. He's a member of Storahtelling's MileHigh Mavens and the new joint Israeli - American hevruta group, Project Zug. He leads Torah study at Boulder's Congregation Bonai Shalom and learns at Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. From 2005-10, Bruce developed unique Israel education trips for... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Conference D

12:00pm

CANCELED: Spirit? In nature!

CANCELED - PRESENTER UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO CONFERENCE. The trail is the perfect place to bring together ecology and Judaism. Experience the beauty and wonder of nature--through Jewish eyes. Using the book "Spirit in Nature," by Deborah Newbrun as a guide, we will head to the great outdoors; through all ages activities we will experience the wisdom nature and Judaism provide when combined. Together we will explore the connection between Jewish values and the gifts of the great outdoors.


Presenters
avatar for Sarah Kornhauser

Sarah Kornhauser

Director Denver, Hazon
Sarah Kornhauser has lived in Colorado for the last 10 years. After completing her education at the University of Denver with an MA in International Economic Development, she found herself launched into the non-profit Jewish arena. In doing so, Sarah has had the opportunity to develop her passion for food and the environment through a Jewish lens. She has been the Director of Hazon Denver since March 2012.


Sunday February 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Conference 15

12:00pm

Angels and Jewish Tradition: A Lecture and Discussion about Jews, Angels, and Jewish Angelology
Angels pervade Jewish sacred literature. They are found in the Bible, and in the Talmud, plus daily, Shabbat, Festival, and High Holiday prayers. There are things that angels do, and others that they are unable to do. There are Jewish angels and non-Jewish angels; angels by category and by function, and many angels have names. Come learn and explore the history of Jewish angels and how on a regular basis many people aspire to be angels.

Presenters
avatar for David J. Zucker

David J. Zucker

David J. Zucker recently retired as Rabbi/Chaplain at Shalom Cares in Aurora, CO. He publishes in a variety of areas: Bible, Midrash, Chaplaincy, American Jewish literature, and Rabbis in fiction. He is the author of several books and many articles and essays.


Sunday February 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Conference 13

12:00pm

Teen Studio

Need a break from sessions? Come to the Teen Studio- a space to talk, relax, and hang out.


Sunday February 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Conference 12

12:05pm

Your Brain on God (Please note: this session will start 5 minutes late)

A dose of NeuroTorah, tying together recent neuroscience research on mind-wandering, meditation, and psychoactive drugs, with a Jewish twist


Presenters
avatar for Yoni Ashar

Yoni Ashar

University of Colorado, Boulder
Yoni Ashar is a graduate student in the Psychology and Neuroscience program at University of Colorado Boulder. The focus of his research has been compassion meditation, charitable donation, and their neural correlates. That research isn't quite ready to present, so he will be talking about other fascinating research in the field. Yoni has also studied at the Pardes Institute and other centers of Jewish learning.


Sunday February 10, 2013 12:05pm - 1:15pm
Conference F

1:30pm

Lunch

Take a break from sessions as you eat, meet, and enjoy the community of Limmud CO. Lunch is scheduled during two session slots, so pick the time that works for you ... but don't miss it! Mealtimes are a great opportunity to continue the conversations that get started in sessions.


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Summit Dining Room

1:30pm

Hebrew Kirtan: Drawing Closer to Our Source through Singing Together
Hebrew Kirtan, inspired by a form of devotional prayer developed in India, is a technique of call-and-response, participatory chant using short, sacred phrases from Jewish liturgy as powerful, universal meditations. It is contemplative, ecstatic, groove-based and fun. The chants we will sing together will guide us from gratitude and being present to an awareness of our connection to one another and to our Source.

Presenters
avatar for Hal Aqua

Hal Aqua

Music Director, B'nai Havurah
Hal Aqua is Music Director of B’nai Havurah, Denver's Reconstructionist congregation, and part-time music leader at Temple Micah. He founded and fronts popular "nouveau klezmer" band Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe. Accompanied by Lost Tribe musicians, Hal has led Hebrew Kirtan chant sessions for several years at B'nai Havurah, Temple Micah, a community-wide Shavuot celebration, and Limmud.


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference C

1:30pm

Merchant Princes: An Intimate History of Jewish Families Who Built the Great Department Stores
Gimbels, Macy’s, Filene’s, I Magnin, Neiman-Marcus, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Rich’s of Atlanta, Kauffman’s of Pittsburgh, Lazarus of Columbus, Levi Strauss and even Sears-Roebuck. All but the last were created by Jews and all were run by Jews, most of them dating back to a German Jewish immigrant peddler who created a family dynasty. These entrepreneurial families not only dominated fashion, but made huge contributions to the cultural, civic and political life of their communities.

Presenters
avatar for Kathryn Bernheimer

Kathryn Bernheimer

Cultural Arts Program Director, Boulder JCC
Kathryn Bernheimer is director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. In her past lives, Kathryn was a film critic and features writer for the Boulder Daily Camera, the Boulder correspondent for the Intermountain Jewish News, the host of the Denver Jewish Film Festival, and is the author of two books of film criticism, including “The 50 Greatest Jewish Movies.”


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference 16

1:30pm

Boiled in Oil: Becoming the First Syrian Jewish Female Rabbi
Dianne Cohler-Esses recounts her journey from an insular community of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn to becoming a Conservative rabbi, reflecting on generational change, shifting cultures from East to West, and finally asking -- was it all worth it?

Presenters
avatar for Dianne Cohler-Esses

Dianne Cohler-Esses

Director of Education, Kehilat Romemu
Dianne Cohler-Esses, ordained by JTS in 1995, is the first woman from the Syrian Jewish community to become a rabbi. Since then she has worked in the field of Jewish education. In 2007 she was named one of fifty top rabbis by the Washington Post online. Currently Rabbi Dianne is Director of Education at Kehillat Romemu. She lives in NYC with her husband and their three children.
avatar for Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur

Carlos Zarur, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was born in a Syrian-Sephardic family and has lived in several countries throughout his life. He holds masters degrees in the areas of Comparative Religious Studies, Sephardic Studies, Marranism Studies (Crypto Judaism), Peripheral Jewish Communities, and Culture and Customs of Oriental Jewries. He did two years of Rabbinical Studies at Porat Yosef Sephardic Yeshiv, and... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference G

1:30pm

The Torah and the Calendar
Come learn almost everything you never knew you wanted to know about how the Torah portions are assigned to different Shabbatot and the structure of the triennial Torah reading cycle.

Presenters
avatar for Diane Shneer

Diane Shneer

Jim Shneer has presented on the Jewish calendar at Limmud Colorado and Limmud LA. He received his B.S. in mathematics from George Washington University. He is a semi-retired engineering manager who has spent over 45 years in the aerospace industry specializing in the design and development of satellite ground systems and currently teaches courses in ground systems acquisition.


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference 13

1:30pm

Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship

This session will preview the groundbreaking curriculum, "Engagin israel," from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, which will be offered in the fall by the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council. Going deeper than politics or advocacy, Engaging Israel re-frames the discussion about the significance of Israel for contemporary Jews worldwide and equips communities with a Jewish values-based vocabulary to articulate why Israel can and should be fundamental to their Jewish identity.


Presenters
avatar for Salomon Gruenwald

Salomon Gruenwald

Associate Rabbi, Congregation HEA - Denver
Salomon Gruenwald has served as Associate Rabbi of Congregation HEA in Denver since his ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2008. He is also a volunteer chaplain with the Denver Police Department. Salomon holds an M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from UC Santa Barbara. He blogs at headenver.org/rabbigruenwald.
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Michal Peleg-Uziyahu

Israel shlichah, Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, and the Jewish Agency for Israel
Michal Peleg-Uziyahu is Israel's shlichah (emissary) to the Jewish community of Colorado. She works with schools, synagogues and organizations throughout the area to provide educational programming, commentary on current and historical events, and counsel about travel to and volunteer opportunities in Israel. She was born and raised in the Negev and currently lives in Denver with her husband, Amir, and their three children.


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference F

1:30pm

What’s missing from your Jewish community?

What gaps exist in Denver and Boulder's Jewish communities and what can you do to help fill them? Each year, Rose Community Foundation and Limmud Colorado team up to invite Conference attendees to apply for Jewish Learning Grants to create new, collaborative Jewish learning opportunities. Join us for an interactive conversation about what's missing from our Jewish communities and learn how you can apply for a Jewish Learning Grant to help fund the change you want to create.


Presenters
avatar for Sarah Indyk

Sarah Indyk

Philanthropic Initiatives Manager, Rose Community Foundation
Sarah Indky works at Rose Community Foundation in Denver, Colorado overseeing three initiatives to help connect the next generations of Jewish people to Jewish life in accessible, meaningful, and innovative ways. Sarah grew up mostly in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Yale in 2003 with a B.A. in American Studies. Sarah is a member of the ROI global community of young Jewish innovators.
avatar for Cynthia Weinger

Cynthia Weinger

Cynthia Weinger has dedicated over 15 years to working in the Jewish community, and now works as an organizational consultant.  She volunteered in leadership capacities with Limmud NY for four years before relocating to Colorado, where she was delighted to become part of the Limmud Colorado leadership team.  As the Co-chair of Limmud Colorado, Cynthia hopes to see Limmud continue to grow and flourish and invites you to speak with her... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference H

1:30pm

Jewish Denominationalism, Gender, and Sexual Identity

In this session, based on a lesson from the Melton Scholars Curriculum, we will learn how various Jewish denominations relate to the role of women in public ritual and in religious leadership, as well as the positions of the movements regarding same-sex relationships and identity.


Presenters
avatar for Sue Parker Gerson

Sue Parker Gerson

Director of Education, CAJE
Sue Parker Gerson is the Director of Education at CAJE, serves as the Colorado Melton Director, and has taught children, teens and adults in a wide variety of settings for 25+ years. Sue earned an M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in Jewish History, is licensed by the Board of Jewish Education of Greater NY and is the co-author of Teaching Jewish History (Behrman House, 2006).


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference D

1:30pm

Limmud K'tan

Give your young children their own Limmud experience with Limmud K'tan ("Little Limmud") with our experienced early childhood educators and babysitters.


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Boardroom 2

1:30pm

Tapping into Children's Artistic Expression of Jewishness and Israel (Camp Limmud)

The purpose of this active interactive session is to provide children artistic means to express their perceptions and feelings about being Jewish and/or how they perceive Israel. Children will be provided with art materials. Allowing children total freedom of expression and imagination! they can either make a collective mural, individual collage and/or painting. This session is child oriented for ages 6 to 10 years old.


Presenters
avatar for Beatriz Pestana-Osuna

Beatriz Pestana-Osuna

Beatriz Pestana-Osuna, originally from Venezuela is an artist and printmaker, who exhibits her work locally and internationally. She works as a speech/language pathologist in education. Bea is also an independent researcher in the areas of Crypto-Judaism and Inquisition as well as a contributor to her family's genealogical archive research. Beatriz is a Sephardic Jewish woman of Spanish and Portuguese background.


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference E

1:30pm

Teen Studio

Need a break from sessions? Come to the Teen Studio- a space to talk, relax, and hang out.


Sunday February 10, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Conference 12

2:00pm

Organizational Shuk (Marketplace)

Check out the organizations here today at our Organizational Shuk - a marketplace of Jewish institutions and organizations.  Schmooze, network, and have fun!


Sunday February 10, 2013 2:00pm - 4:15pm
Lower Lobby

3:00pm

Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives
This workshop explores Benjamin's Fulbright-funded project, Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives. Faces raises Western awareness about the long standing history of the Indian Jewish communities in India by documenting, using photography and painting, the individual faces and stories of this ancient group and their heritage before their existence becomes a cultural relic of India.

Presenters
avatar for Siona Benjamin

Siona Benjamin

Artist
Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay. Her work - exhibited in the US, Europe and Asia - reflects being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. Her paintings combine the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by Indian miniature paintings, Sephardic icons and the artistic traditions of her Bene Israel heritage.


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Conference C

3:00pm

Organ & Tissue Donation Through a Jewish Lens

Explore the phenomenon of organ transplants through the personal stories of a donor family, a recipient, and a local rabbi. This session will address how Judaism understands organ donation, clear up misunderstood objection, and clarify the rubrics of permissibility.


Presenters
avatar for Bernard Gerson

Bernard Gerson

Rabbi, Congregation Rodef Shalom
Rabbi Bernard R. Gerson, a native of the Boston area, has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Rodef Shalom since 1993. He also teaches Bible and Talmud at Denver Jewish Day School. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), he holds a BA in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, as well as an MA in Rabbinic Literature from JTS.
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Robin Mitchell

Volunteer, Donor Alliance
Robin Mitchell is a donor mother who has been an “Advocate for Life” for four years.  She lost her son Joe who was a donor in 2008.  Robin has met the heart and lung recipients, and knows their life is better because of the heroic decision that Joe had made.
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Dale Sparks

Volunteer, Donor Alliance
Dale’s wife Sharon is a kidney recipient who received her gift of life in 2008.  Sadly, their daughter Kelly passed away in 2009 and had chosen to become a donor.  Dale has a unique perspective on the importance of donation because of what he has been through.


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Conference F

3:00pm

Religious Autonomy, Interfaith Dialogue and the Boston Crisis of 1967

We will examine fundamental themes such as the boundaries between faiths, inter-religious cooperation and the pivotal events that surrounded the second ecumenical conference post-Vatican II in 1967 in Boston that have come to shape Jewish-Christian relations to this day. We will focus on the thinking of three of the most intellectually important Orthodox rabbis of the twentieth century: Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik and Rabbi Irving "Yitz" Greenberg.


Presenters
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Ben Greenberg

Senior Rabbi, BMH-BJ: The Denver Synagogue
Rabbi Ben Greenberg is the Senior Rabbi of BMH-BJ: The Denver Synagogue, Denver's oldest and largest Modern Orthodox synagogue. Previously Rabbi Greenberg was the Jewish Chaplain of Harvard University and the Rabbi of Harvard Hillel. Rabbi Greenberg has written two books and blogs regularly for MyJewishLearning, Huffington Post and Patheos. He lives with his family in Denver, CO.


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Conference H

3:00pm

Two Cups of Coffee: Building Community among NextGen Jews
Despite the conventional wisdom about younger Jewish adults’ lack of attachment to the Jewish community, new studies and outreach projects indicate that Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s are actively seeking meaningful Jewish experiences. In this interactive session, we will discuss what we have learned about Jewish community organizing in the 21st century through our experience leading JConnect-Denver, one of the most successful young professional outreach organizations in Colorado.

Presenters
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Salomon Gruenwald

Associate Rabbi, Congregation HEA - Denver
Salomon Gruenwald has served as Associate Rabbi of Congregation HEA in Denver since his ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2008. He is also a volunteer chaplain with the Denver Police Department. Salomon holds an M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from UC Santa Barbara. He blogs at headenver.org/rabbigruenwald.
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Danielle Menditch

JConnect-Denver Coordinator, JConnect-Denver
Danielle Menditch is coordinator of JConnect at the Hebrew Educational Alliance.  She is also a world traveller, attended the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work and co-directs We Make the Place.  Learn more about Danielle at http://wemaketheplace.com/about-me/


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Conference 16

3:00pm

Camp Limmud

Calling all kids aged 4-12! Join us at Camp Limmud!


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Boardroom 1

3:00pm

Limmud K'tan

Give your young children their own Limmud experience with Limmud K'tan ("Little Limmud") with our experienced early childhood educators and babysitters.


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Boardroom 2

3:00pm

Parenting Children and Adults with Disabilities and the Jewish Community
Parents of children with disabilities often struggle to find acceptance for their children and emotional support for their families within the Jewish community. During this panel, moderated by David Shneer, parents will talk about what has worked for them and what has been lacking in areas ranging from finding Jewish education and Jewish programming that meets their children's needs to their families' search for inclusion, compassion and sensitivity.

Presenters
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Jennie Feiger

Boulder Jewish Inclusion Project for People with Disabilities
Jennie Feiger is the parent of an 11 year old "tween," who has high functioning autism. Jennie navigated challenging times when her son suffered a severe regression and psychotic break at age 4. He was expelled from a Jewish preschool, an experience that tested Jennie's faith on many levels. Jennie works as a physician assistant in internal medicine and geriatrics.
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David Shneer

Director and Louis P. Singer Professor of Jewish History, Program in Jewish Studies
David Shneer is a writer, lecture, and the Louis P. Singer Professor of Jewish History at the University of Colorado Boulder.  He also directs the university's Program in Jewish Studies.  By day, he is a “pathbreaking” scholar, at least according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and in his spare time, he is vice chair of the board for Keshet, and the Limmud Colorado co-chair.  He has been married to Gregg... Read More →
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Seth Ward

University of Wyoming
Dr. Seth Ward he has been teaching Islam and the Middle East at the University of Wyoming since January 2003. Previously, he directed the University of Denver’s Institute for Islamic-Judaic Studies, and taught in New York, Haifa, Beer Sheva, Colorado Springs, and Boulder. Ward's BA and PhD are from Yale, and he studied at Hebrew University and Jewish Theological Seminary.


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Conference D

3:00pm

The World After Newton: A New Look at Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Could the seemingly simple concept of loving your neighbor be the key to peace and serenity today? This session will be built upon the presenter's paper, "Love Your Neighbor: An In-depth Look at the Way Religions Discuss the Concept and an Action Plan for Delivery that Meets the World's Needs Today."


Presenters
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Dafna Michaelson

President, Journey Institute
Dafna Michaelson is the founder, president and JourneyWoman for the 50 in 52 Journey, a project for which she traveled across America to all 50 states and Washington DC, spanning the 52 weeks of 2009 to collect and share stories of people shaping their communities. Michaelson’s goal is changing the mirror we use that reflects who we are as a society and thus inspiring others to action.


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Conference G

3:00pm

Teen Studio

Need a break from sessions? Come to the Teen Studio- a space to talk, relax, and hang out.


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Conference 12

3:00pm

Yachad: Together
Join your peers with disabilities as we explore fun, hands-on activities for people of all ages in a Jewish inclusion experience. Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, is dedicated to addressing the needs of all individuals with disabilities and including them in the Jewish community. No experience necessary.

Presenters
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Emily Kieval

Director, Denver Region, Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities
Emily Kieval is the director of Denver Yachad and a Jewish educator working with children and adults with disabilities and special needs. She runs a weekly program for kids and young adults with learning differences and developmental disabilities, which includes Torah, holidays, and Hebrew language. Emily is committed to helping all Jews in Colorado access Jewish community and Jewish education.


Sunday February 10, 2013 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Conference E

4:30pm

Tefilah: Music in Progressive Judaism from Louis Lewandowski to Debbie Friedman
Tefilah (“Prayer”) features a concert by the Colorado Hebrew Chorale focusing on liturgical music associated with Progressive and Reform Judaism, from Louis Lewandowski (1821-1894) to Debbie Friedman (1951-2011), with additional music by Kurt Weil, Max Janowski, Meir Finkelstein and others. This Limmud Performance will contextualize the liturgical selections and their ramifications for Jewish spiritual and cultural life.


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Auditorium 2

4:30pm

Yachad: Together

Join your peers with disabilities as we explore fun, hands-on activities for people of all ages in a Jewish inclusion experience. Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, is dedicated to addressing the needs of all individuals with disabilities and including them in the Jewish community. No experience necessary.


Presenters
avatar for Emily Kieval

Emily Kieval

Director, Denver Region, Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities
Emily Kieval is the director of Denver Yachad and a Jewish educator working with children and adults with disabilities and special needs. She runs a weekly program for kids and young adults with learning differences and developmental disabilities, which includes Torah, holidays, and Hebrew language. Emily is committed to helping all Jews in Colorado access Jewish community and Jewish education.


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference E

4:30pm

Mental Health: Tamei (Ritually Impure) or Tahor (Pure)?

How do we as Jews understand and reckon with mental illness? Our society tends to equate one’s identity with the functioning of his or her rational mind. Yet statistics point to the growing prevalence of mental disorders, from Alzheimer’s to depression. This session will be an interactive discussion of how we might de-stigmatize and bring compassion to those with mental illness. Conversation will be structured around Jewish texts, including the command to “welcome the stranger.”


Presenters
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Debra Rappaport

Rabbi, B'nai Vail Congregation
Debra Rappaport has been Rabbi of B’nai Vail Congregation since her Reconstructionist ordination in 2007. Prior to rabbinical school, Debra earned degrees from Vassar College and the Wharton School, and worked in business for 10 years. She currently serves on six boards(!) Debra loved Jewish camp, and wants everything to be like camp – which is why she loves Limmud. She likes to ski and bike too.


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference F

4:30pm

CANCELED: Family and Lineage in the Shaping of Sephardic Identity

CANCELED - PRESENTER UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO CONFERENCE DUE TO SNOW STORM ON EAST COAST. "Aristocrats of pure lineage and noble family", "Members of the Nacao", "Descendants of the tribe of Judah", are all descriptions that Sephardic Jews have used to identify themselves. Are these terms racist? Does your genealogical background make you Sephardic? What is the role of genealogy and lineage in shaping Sephardic identity?


Presenters
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Jane Gerber

Director, Institute for Sephardic Studies, Graduate School of the City University of New York
Jane Gerber is Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Institute for Sephardic Studies at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. She is the author of five books including The Jews of Spain, which won the National Jewish Book Award in Sephardic Studies in 1992. She has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Jewish Theological... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference C

4:30pm

Deinstitutionalizing Abuse in the Jewish Community
Abuse occurs in all communities, religions, social, and cultural groups. In the last several years media attention has been directed at the Catholic Church, and while there has been some attention to other groups, much remains hidden. In this presentation, we will define abuse, discover where abusers in the Jewish community are found and whom they target, and explore how in Judaism, there are religious and communal factors that have been used to protect offenders and vilify victims.

Presenters
avatar for Michael J. Salamon

Michael J. Salamon

Senior Psychologist, ADC Psychological Services, PLLC
Dr. Michael Salamon received his doctorate in psychology from Hofstra University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America's Behavioral and Social Sciences Section and a board certified Diplomate-Fellow Prescribing Psychologist Register. Dr. Salamon is the founder and director of the Adult Developmental Center, Inc. (ADC... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference D

4:30pm

Heretical Judaism
Rebels, radicals, and rapscallions have questioned what it means to be a Jew. Jews have historically been in the vanguard of social change. Among them have been people of Jewish heritage who have no affiliation or sympathy with the theological basis of the religion but who have been so instilled with a Jewish ethnic upbringing that they are part of the greater Jewish community. The interaction of these themes will be the subject of this program, which will encourage audience participation.

Presenters
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Phil Goodstein

Editor-in-chief, New Social Publications
Myth-busting historian Phil Goodstein holds a PhD in history from the University of Colorado. His areas of expertise range from East European history to American urban development to struggles of people trying to change society. He has written nearly 20 books and frequently appears as a speaker for community groups. Along the way, he has embraced a most unorthodox view of Judaism.


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference 13

4:30pm

Ms. President: The Obligation for Jewish Women to Exercise Leadership

This session will explore rabbinic sources in order to open a discussion about the chiyuv (obligation) for women to exercise leadership in the Jewish community. We will also discuss the obligation of the community to empower women.


Presenters
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Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

Director of Recruitment, Yeshivat Maharat
Sharon Weiss-Greenberg currently serves as the Director of Recruitment for Yeshivat Maharat and teaches at Denver Academy of Torah (DAT) High School. Sharon is a PhD candidate at NYU. Sharon previously taught at Harvard Hillel. She also studied Talmud and Halakha at The Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. She received her MA in Education and her BA in Sociology and Jewish History from Yeshiva University.


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference H

4:30pm

Love, Hate and the Great Debate: Taking Boxing Gloves Off to Talk about Israel

Love, Hate, and the Great Debate is a civil dialogue session for those wanting to share our personal experiences about Israel and social justice. It will be a space where authentic discourse and diverse opinions are welcome – about love and hate, and everything in between. You get to own and author the content of the discussion. We will just provide exercises to help you talk, listen, ask questions, and create meaningful interactions around Israel and social justice.


Presenters
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Libby Lenkinski

Field Director for the Western US, New Israel Fund
Libby Lenkinski recently moved back to the United States after 7 years living in Tel Aviv, where she served as Director of International Relations at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the leading human rights organization in Israel. She has led audience engagement efforts for The Law in These Parts, consults +972 Magazine and Just Vision, and is a board member of Comet-ME.


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference G

4:30pm

Camp Limmud

Calling all kids aged 4-12! Join us at Camp Limmud!


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Boardroom 1

4:30pm

Limmud K'tan

Give your young children their own Limmud experience with Limmud K'tan ("Little Limmud") with our experienced early childhood educators and babysitters.


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Boardroom 2

4:30pm

Teen Studio

Need a break from sessions? Come to the Teen Studio- a space to talk, relax, and hang out.


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference 12

4:30pm

Entering Pardes: A Model Teaching for Teaching the Four Levels of Text

The idea of entering Pardes was originally a meditative ascension described in the Talmud and later in Hechalot meditative texts. PARDES came to be used as an acronym for levels of interpretation: Peshat (simple meaning), Remez (symbolic meaning), Drash (homiletic meaning) and Sod (kabbalistic meaning). We will learn and discuss a text to illustrate these different levels of understanding to help guide educators in using the Pardes method to deepen and enrich any learning experience.


Presenters
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David Sanders

Director, Kabbalah Experience
Dr. David Sanders teaches Kabbalah to help people transform their lives. He is a clinical psycholgist and maintians a private practice. He studied Talmud with Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, Kabbalah with Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh and Chassidut with Rabbi Mordechai Twerski. He is married to Rita and has five children.


Sunday February 10, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Conference 16

5:45pm

Evening Ma'ariv Service

Ben and Shoshana of Fort Collins' Congregation Har Shalom will lead an evening service to calm the mind, engage the heart and allow the spirit to flow. Join us! All ages and Jewish backgrounds welcome.


Presenters
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Shoshana Leis

Rabbi, Congregation Har Shalom
Rabbi Shoshana Leis is serving in her 4th year at Har Shalom in Ft. Collins. She also served as Rabbi of Congregation Tehillah in NYC where she received the Legacy Heritage Innovator Award. She serves on the rabbinic council of Hazon and loves to teach about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel z"l. A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical and Dartmouth Colleges, Shoshana participated in the Synagogue 3000 Leadership Network.
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Ben Newman

Rabbi, Congregation Har Shalom
Ben Newman is serving as co-rabbi at Har Shalom in Ft. Collins. He received his B.A. from Skidmore College in Religion and Culture, an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and rabbinical ordination from Academy for Jewish Religion in NYC. A PhD. candidate at the Jewish Theological Seminary specializing in Jewish philosophy, Ben is a singer-songwriter and delights in chanting, guitar, and the 'sruti box'.


Sunday February 10, 2013 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Conference 15

6:00pm

Dinner
You've been nourishing your soul ... now it's time to feed your body! Join us for a relaxing dinner and take time to shmooze and meet a few more fellow Limmud participants!

Sunday February 10, 2013 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Summit Dining Room

6:45pm

Crypto-Jews and Sephardic Studies
Roger Martinez (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs) and Seth Ward (University of Wyoming) present an update on developments in Sephardic and Crypto-Judaic Studies. Martinez is instrumental in creating a museum exhibition and forming an institute at UCCS. Participants will learn the latest research and engage in discussion about crypto-Jews and Sephardic Studies.

Presenters
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Roger Martinez

Assistant Professor of History, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Since fall 2010, Dr. Martínez has served as an Assistant Professor of History at UCCS. From fall 2008 to spring 2010, he served as the Burton Postdoctoral Fellow at St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia) and earned his Ph.D. in May 2008 from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Martínez specializes in the study of medieval and early modern Spain --especially Sephardic Jews and conversos.
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Seth Ward

University of Wyoming
Dr. Seth Ward he has been teaching Islam and the Middle East at the University of Wyoming since January 2003. Previously, he directed the University of Denver’s Institute for Islamic-Judaic Studies, and taught in New York, Haifa, Beer Sheva, Colorado Springs, and Boulder. Ward's BA and PhD are from Yale, and he studied at Hebrew University and Jewish Theological Seminary.


Sunday February 10, 2013 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Conference 15

6:45pm

Estelle Nadel, Hidden Child
“I am a survivor of the Holocaust. I hid in several attics for a total of two and a half years. I lost my Father, Mother, Sister, and Brother. I survived with two brothers.” Holocaust Hidden Child Estelle Nadel presents her stories of survival, helped by some neighbors and turned in by others. Estelle, a singer and performer all her life, is also featured in Colorado Hebrew Chorale's Limmud Concert program, Tefilah: Music in Progressive Judaism: From Louis Lewandowski to Debbie Friedman.

Presenters
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Estelle Nadel

Soprano, Colorado Hebrew Chorale
Estelle Nadel is a survivor of the Holocaust.  She hid in several attics for a total of two and a half years. She lost her father, mother, sister, and brother, and survived with two brothers.


Sunday February 10, 2013 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Conference 13

6:45pm

Uncovering the Dark Side: Jewish Demonology Through The Ages

Though not widely known, there is a rich tradition of Jewish demonology going back to the Rabbinic period. From Lillith to Ashmodai, from Samael to Baal Zevuv, demonic figures have been dancing through the jewish imagination for ages. Join Phd candidate Rabbi Ben Newman, as he leads us through the "dark side" of Jewish folklore. Our journey will take us through rabbinic texts,medieval and early modern practical kabbalah literature, folk tales, and more, as we uncover the dark side of Judaism.


Presenters
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Ben Newman

Rabbi, Congregation Har Shalom
Ben Newman is serving as co-rabbi at Har Shalom in Ft. Collins. He received his B.A. from Skidmore College in Religion and Culture, an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and rabbinical ordination from Academy for Jewish Religion in NYC. A PhD. candidate at the Jewish Theological Seminary specializing in Jewish philosophy, Ben is a singer-songwriter and delights in chanting, guitar, and the 'sruti box'.


Sunday February 10, 2013 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Conference F

6:45pm

Multifaith Connections
Growing Branches to Deepen Our Roots: A Muslim and a Jew speak about how multifaith engagement both deepens their connection with their own faith traditions, and builds a more G!dly world. Relevant Jewish and Muslim texts will also be shared and discussed.

Presenters
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Stephen Booth-Nadav

Director, Wisdom House Denver
Rabbi Steve Booth-Nadav is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and has been a rabbi for 20 yrs. He currently runs Wisdom House Denver: A Center for Multifaith Engagement and Spiritual Inquiry. He is also the chaplain at Allied Jewish Senior Housing in Denver and the rabbi at Har Mishpacha in Steamboat Springs.
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Linda Ludin

Abrahamic Initiative
Linda Ludin converted to Islam more than thiry year ago. By profession she is a dentist. She has been involved in the Muslim community of Colorado for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Steering Committee of Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism (MILA). She has been a member of two of Abrahamic Initiative's Dinner Groups.
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Monir Ludin

Chair, Abrahamic Initiative
Monir Ludin has been an active member of the Muslim community of Colorado since 1989 in various capacities at the Colorado Muslim Society and Colorado Muslim Council. Currently he is a member of the Steering Committee of Muslims Intent on Learning & Activism (MILA). Monir has been involved with the Abrahamic Initiative for a number of years and at this time chairs its Steering Committee.


Sunday February 10, 2013 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Conference G

6:45pm

Religious Faith versus Political Activism
This session focuses on two interrelated principles, freedom of religion and separation of church and state. The purpose is to clarify attributes of each principle and delineate features connecting them. The presenter will address the issues as a congregant rather than from the perspective of either the clergy or politicians. Topics will include: divine and secular faith and religions; freedom of religion, freedom from religion; spiritual belonging, civic affiliation; trust and dialogue.

Presenters
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Alexander Maller

Professor (ret)
Alexander Maller is a retired professor of architecture and urban design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previously, he was with the Technion in Haifa, Israel and in private practice. Maller is author of Reform Judaism for the Rest of Us: Faith versus Political Activism (2012). Member Temple Sinai congregation, Denver CO. Author, painter, teacher. Married, two grown sons.


Sunday February 10, 2013 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Conference H

6:45pm

CANCELED: Israel as a Divider, Not Unifier, of American Jewry: What to do?

CANCELED - PRESENTER UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO CONFERENCE DUE TO SNOW STORM ON EAST COAST. Israel's role in American Jewish life has traced an historical arc from divider to unifier, and today once again, to divider, perhaps more deeply than ever before. This talk will explain and contextualize this history. Then, together with participants, he will conduct a practical demonstration of how communities riven by this division might address it and heal some of their own wounds.


Presenters
avatar for Larry Cohler-Esses

Larry Cohler-Esses

Assistant managing editor, The Jewish Daily Forward
Larry Cohler-Esses is responsible for news coverage at the Forward, whose staff he joined in Dec. 2008. Previously, he served as an investigative reporter for the N.Y. Daily News, as Editor-at-Large for the N.Y. Jewish Week, and as senior staff writer for Washington Jewish Week. Larry's awards include multiple Rockowers for Jewish journalism and several Columbia Journalism Review Laurels.


Sunday February 10, 2013 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Conference C