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Friday, February 12
 

8:45pm

How I Went from a Clinical Chemist to a Historical Novelist
Maggie Anton, who grew up in a secular socialist household and knew little of her Jewish religion, never imagined she would write award-winning historical novels about learned Jewish heroines. She will talk about how, after over 30 years as a clinical chemist, she started studying Talmud and became so fascinated with Rashi's daughters that she decided to write about them. Which led her to embark on to an entirely new career.

Presenters
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Maggie Anton

Maggie Anton is the award-winning author of the historical fiction trilogy 'Rashi's Daughters' and new series 'Rav Hisda's Daughter.' The first volume, 'Apprentice,' was a National Jewish Book Award finalist. A Los Angeles native, Maggie worked for 33 years as a clinical chemist for... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Elm

10:30pm

Scrabble Cafe
Playing Scrabble on Friday night is a time-honored pastime in many Jewish homes. Lifelong Scrabble player Shira Dicker, co-author of 2013's Wall Street Journal article, “How Scrabble Keeps Us Together,” invites you to join a unique, fun community event—the Shabbat Scrabble Cafe! Learn to play Scrabble the Shabbat-friendly way, including keeping score with books and bookmarks. Bring your love for words, for meeting new people and for conversation!

Presenters
avatar for Shira Dicker

Shira Dicker

Shira Dicker is a restless writer-at-large, captivated by contemporary culture. She has written for newspapers and magazines both local and national. As a publicist specializing in the intersection of religion and culture, Shira has created attention-grabbing campaigns for her clients... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 10:30pm - 11:45pm
Breakout Area

10:30pm

Undoing the 'Un': Reflections From Those Who Have Left Ultra-Orthodoxy
Individuals who leave ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities often face tremendous stereotypes, whether feeling "un"Orthodox or being labeled rebellious, undisciplined, or "at- risk." Those who leave face a romanticization of their community of origin, or its vilification. Our panel will introduce individuals who are working to counter these narratives by their sharing their stories, creating cultural capital, and utilizing artistic channels to say something very new about individuality, Jewish community and Jewish culture.

Presenters
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Rachel Berger

Rachel hails from sunny Philadelphia and now proudly calls New York home. She has a background in non-profit management focused on social justice and Jewish communal work. Rachel was a 2011-12 Dorot Fellow, spendng a year in Israel working with the African refugee population and learning... Read More →
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Mindi Yeger

Comedian. Born & raised in Brooklyn, Mindi is the youngest of five. Growing up ultra-orthodox, Mindi learned a lot about being Jewish but not much about the world. Always a good girl, Mindi followed the well-worn path for girls in her community & married young. 3 wonderful kids... Read More →


Friday February 12, 2016 10:30pm - 11:45pm
Elm
 
Saturday, February 13
 

5:15pm

Christian Saints, Jewish Sinners, and Godly Actions
Based on a holocaust survivor's personal recollections of life in a small Polish/Lithuanian shtetl before, during, and after World War II.

Presenters
avatar for Irving Engelson

Irving Engelson

Dr. Irving Engelson, a Holocaust survivor, is a former university professor, college dean, and corporate executive. He testified before the United States Congress and served as a non-governmental representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Previously... Read More →


Saturday February 13, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Waterside

8:15pm

From Woodstock to JTS: The Journey of a Biblical Scholar
As an original member of the rock group Sha Na Na, Alan Cooper was one of the two youngest performers at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. In this informal session, Alan will offer reminiscences and engage in Q&A both about the festival and about his intellectual and spiritual journey from rock singer to student and teacher of Torah.

Presenters
avatar for Alan Cooper

Alan Cooper

Provost, Jewish Theological Seminary
Alan Cooper is the Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and provost of The Jewish Theological Seminary. He joined the faculty in 1997 as a professor of Bible. In 1998, he also was appointed professor of Bible at the Union Theological Seminary, a nondenominational Christian seminary... Read More →


Saturday February 13, 2016 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Aspen
 
Sunday, February 14
 

8:30am

A Novelist Walks into a Synagogue
A new novel, The Beautiful Possible, tells the postwar braided love story of an American Conservative rabbi, his wife, and a German-Jewish refugee by way of India who threatens and ultimately sustains their marriage. The author will discuss how this novel was inspired by her work as a Judaica editor, and how her investigations into Hasidic thought, Tagore's poetry, and the Song of Songs morphed into a novel about the boundaries of faith and the seeds of Jewish renewal. 

Presenters
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Amy Gottlieb

Amy Gottlieb is the author of a debut novel, The Beautiful Possible. Her work has been published in Lilith, Zeek, On Being, Forward, Tikkun, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poetry, and elsewhere. Formerly the director of publications for the Rabbinical Assembly, she... Read More →


Sunday February 14, 2016 8:30am - 9:45am
Westover

12:00pm

Bridging the Divide: Dialogues Between Those Who Have Left Ultra-Orthodoxy and the Communities from which they Come
A common narrative among those who leave ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities is that there is no communication back with the communities from which they come. This panel will feature individuals who are actively in dialogue with the ultra-Orthodox communities from which they left, and working to maintain relationships and challenge assumptions on both sides.

Presenters
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Rachel Berger

Rachel hails from sunny Philadelphia and now proudly calls New York home. She has a background in non-profit management focused on social justice and Jewish communal work. Rachel was a 2011-12 Dorot Fellow, spendng a year in Israel working with the African refugee population and learning... Read More →
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Goldy Landau

Goldy was raised in Kiryas Joel, an insular Chassidish Shtetel where women like her are forbidden to drive, access the internet, or obtain a college education. She is currently living between her sheltered upbringing and her love of learning by studying Neuroscience and American... Read More →
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Mindi Yeger

Comedian. Born & raised in Brooklyn, Mindi is the youngest of five. Growing up ultra-orthodox, Mindi learned a lot about being Jewish but not much about the world. Always a good girl, Mindi followed the well-worn path for girls in her community & married young. 3 wonderful kids... Read More →


Sunday February 14, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Waterside

12:00pm

AIDS in the Age of Grindr & Tinder
Popular apps such as Grindr and Tinder have made it easier for people to have sex with others at a faster rate than at any other time in human history. They’ve also allowed us to act in uncivil ways towards each other and ourselves. Scott bravely explores themes of love, rejection, sex, truth, longing, and HIV/AIDS as part of a personal narrative. He exposes the secrets and hidden meanings of these interactions and the stories we tell ourselves, delivering a global message of humanity and hope.

Presenters
avatar for Scott Fried

Scott Fried

Scott Fried is an international public speaker, health educator, author and three-time guest at Limmud, England. He has been living with HIV for over 28 years, making him one of the longest Jewish survivors of the disease. Scott is the author of three books and lives in NYC.


Sunday February 14, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Elm

3:30pm

Breaking the Silence: The Generation After the Holocaust Part II
The showing of the film will be followed by a panel discusssion with a Holocaust survivor, a child of survivors and a grandchild of survivors (to be announced) led by Eva Fogelman.

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Eva Fogelman

Eva Fogelman is a social psychologist, psychotherapist, filmmaker and author. She is co-director of Child Development Research; co-founder of Psychotherapy with Generations of the Holocaust and Related Traumas; co-founder of the Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers (now the Jewish... Read More →
avatar for Marianna Gersch

Marianna Gersch

Marianna Gersch was born in Debrecen, Hungary and returned there for the first time in more than 50 years in 2011. A New Yorker since 1957, she loves to cook and bake Hungarian foods. She is currently a member of the Hungarian Hidden Children of New York and the New York Jewish Historical... Read More →
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Elenor Radzivilover

Elenor Radzivilover lives on the Upper West Side, is a member of Bnai Jeshurun, a lover of Israel, and is deeply engaged in Jewish life. She practices labor relations law, and travels often to Israel, and other destinations.


Sunday February 14, 2016 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Cove

5:15pm

Kick-Ass Jewish Branding
Each time a Jewish institution makes a design or copy choice they’re defining their brand. Proceed with caution, institutions! Curious Jews, especially pesky whipper-snappers, are watching with discerning eyes and judgmental attitudes, and your choices matter. Come talk branding with the woman who brought you, “If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get gay married,” (Manhattan Mini Storage) and “There’s only one way to spell Christmas. We Win.” (marketingjewru.com). Includes Kick-Ass Passover prep!

Presenters
avatar for Archie Gottesman

Archie Gottesman

Co-Founder, The Marketing Jewru
Archie Gottesman served as the Chief Branding Officer/Owner of Edison Properties, the parent company of Manhattan Mini Storage and Edison ParkFast, for 28 years. Manhattan Mini Storage is widely recognized and well-loved for its snarky, hilarious, meaningful and provocative ads. Making... Read More →


Sunday February 14, 2016 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Westover

5:15pm

Coming Out as an Orthodox Parent
A panel of Orthodox parents will discuss the challenges of having an LGBTQ child in the religious community. How does an Orthodox parent come out to their rabbi? Should they tell their friends? If so, when is the right time? What if the child wants to fulfill the dream of Torah AND Chuppah? Parents will tell their stories and present some strategies they have used to help them cope with their own challenges, as well as help their children live as an LGBTQ person in their Orthodox community.

Presenters
avatar for Linda Barat

Linda Barat

Linda has lived her spiritual life in the three main branches of Judaism. She continues to find the balance of living as an out parent of a gay child, loving both her children unconditionally and being respectful of the Orthodox community she is a part of. Her professional background... Read More →
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Emily Herzfeld

Emily Herzfeld is a nursery, religious school, and yoga teacher. She is also the mother of a gay teen who wants to belong in the Orthodox Jewish community.
avatar for Miryam Kabakov

Miryam Kabakov

Executive Director, Eshel
Miryam Kabakov is the Executive Director of Eshel, an organization that supports and advocates for Orthodox LGBT individuals and their families. Miryam is the editor of Keep Your Wives Away From Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires, a collection of writings about the challenges... Read More →
avatar for Bernard Kabakow

Bernard Kabakow

Bernard Kabakow is an oncologist who had a private practice in New York up until recently, was the founder and director of Beth Israel Medical Center's Oncology Unit, and clinical professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Amongst his many accomplishments, he is... Read More →
avatar for Steve Kay Kupietzky

Steve Kay Kupietzky

Steve is a founding member of Limmud NY. He served on the Board of Directors, as Treasurer, and is a past Honoree. He practiced law before becoming a Professional Skater and grew up in the Family Catering Business, Kay Caterers. He owns a Receptive Tour Operator Business and is legal... Read More →


Sunday February 14, 2016 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Elm

10:00pm

Living with HIV: A Jewish Journey
The AIDS issue isn't over; neither is the obligation of Jews to address it. At the last Limmud England conference Scott attended, he was the only Jew out of 2700 others talking about AIDS. Come be inspired by Scott as he shares his perspective on this subject in light of Jewish imperatives. Be an agent of change in your community, AIDS is everyone's issue. Staying alive is yours!

Presenters
avatar for Scott Fried

Scott Fried

Scott Fried is an international public speaker, health educator, author and three-time guest at Limmud, England. He has been living with HIV for over 28 years, making him one of the longest Jewish survivors of the disease. Scott is the author of three books and lives in NYC.


Sunday February 14, 2016 10:00pm - 11:15pm
Springdale

10:00pm

What I Learned at Harvard Divinity School on One Foot
I was a Masters of Divinity degree candidate at Harvard Divinity School between 2010 and 2013. In this presentation, you will get a sense of varied content, methodologies, and insights that I gleaned in those years. Get psyched to learn about "theological meaning-making," "discernment," and "preaching," as well as "isogesis" and "midrashic practice." This session is tailored for those who do not (yet) consider attending HDS, as well as for those who are planning to make application. Bring questions!

Presenters
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Joshua Krug

Joshua Krug is an NYU Steinhardt Fellow in Education and Jewish Studies. A Yale Honors BA, Harvard MDiv, and seasoned educator, his work testifies to how traditional and contemporary Jewish sources can animate and inform the lives of diverse adults. He facilitates counter/cultural... Read More →


Sunday February 14, 2016 10:00pm - 11:15pm
Westover
 
Monday, February 15
 

10:15am

How I Became a Jewsuit: Teaching Jewish Studies at a Jesuit University
What does Pope Francis have to do with the Babylonian Talmud? Drawing on experiences teaching Jewish Studies at a Jesuit University we will explore intersections between Jewish and Jesuit spirituality and pedagogy, the fascinating place of Jews in Jesuit history, and the challenges and rewards of making Jewish texts and culture an integral part of the Jesuit curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Sarit Kattan Gribetz

Sarit Kattan Gribetz

Sarit Kattan Gribetz is an Assistant Professor of Classical Judaism at Fordham University. She works on rabbinic literature, ancient calendars, Jews in the Greco-Roman world, gender and motherhood, and Jewish-Christian relations and polemics.


Monday February 15, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am
Long Ridge