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Sunday, February 10


Morning Shachrit Service

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

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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... Read More →
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Marc Soloway

Rabbi, Congregation Bonai Shalom
Marc Soloway is the rabbi of Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder. He was recognized by the Forward as one of America’s most inspiring rabbis and honored by the White House as one of 12 faith leaders who are “Champions of Change” for their environmental leadership. He is a member... Read More →

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


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.

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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 →

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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Marc Soloway

Rabbi, Congregation Bonai Shalom
Marc Soloway is the rabbi of Congregation Bonai Shalom in Boulder. He was recognized by the Forward as one of America’s most inspiring rabbis and honored by the White House as one of 12 faith leaders who are “Champions of Change” for their environmental leadership. He is a member... Read More →

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


'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.

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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


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.

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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


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.

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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


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.

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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... Read More →

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


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.

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Siona Benjamin

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


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


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.

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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