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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

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... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2013 8:15pm - 9:30pm
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... Read More →
avatar for Marc Soloway

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 →


Saturday February 9, 2013 9:45pm - 11:00pm
Conference G
 
Sunday, February 10
 

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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

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

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... Read More →


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

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

12:05pm

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... Read More →


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

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

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 →
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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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →


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

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... Read More →
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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
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

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
avatar for Dafna Michaelson

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... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Debra Rappaport

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... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

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... Read More →


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

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
avatar for David Sanders

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... Read More →


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

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