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Saturday, February 9
 

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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

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


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

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
DB

Diana Blau

Dean of Instruction & Early Literacy Specialist, Math and Science Leadership Academy
Diana Blau has worked as a teacher and leader in Denver Public Schools since 2008. 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... Read More →
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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →
MP

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... Read More →


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

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
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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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