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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

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →
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 Drinkwater since 1996 and is papa to his lovely, biling... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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

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... 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... Read More →


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

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 Seminary. Her forthcoming books are The Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean (2013)  and Cities of Splendor in the Shaping of Jewish History (2014... Read More →


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

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

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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... Read More →
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... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
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... Read More →


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... Read More →
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... 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... Read More →


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

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

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
avatar for Ben Greenberg

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... Read More →


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

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

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
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 Seminary. Her forthcoming books are The Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean (2013)  and Cities of Splendor in the Shaping of Jewish History (2014... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Roger Martinez

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... Read More →
avatar for Seth Ward

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... Read More →


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
avatar for Estelle Nadel

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
avatar for Ben Newman

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... Read More →


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