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Saturday, February 9
 

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... Read More →


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

Speaker, Mentalist, Magician
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... Read More →


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

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

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
 
Sunday, February 10
 

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... Read More →


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

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... 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
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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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

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
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... Read More →


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... Read More →


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