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Friday, February 12


Orthodox Feminism: The Past, The Present, and… Is There a Future?
The Orthodox Feminism movement is over 40 years old. From the perspective of someone who was on the front lines, creating women's prayer groups 40 years ago, helping to create JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, and more recently Partnership minyanim, how much as has really changed. This session will cover the evolution of the movement, its challenges and successes, looking back as well as looking forward.

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Bat Sheva Marcus

Clinical Director, Maze Women's Sexual Health
The New York Times called her "The Orthodox Sex Guru". Bat Sheva Marcus, is one of the founders and the Clinical Director of Maze Women's Sexual Health. One of the largest centers of its kind in the world, the center is dedicated to helping women with a wide variety of sexual issues... Read More →

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


Religious Belief and Make-Belief
What do you have to believe to be frum? What do you have to believe to be religious? But, more importantly, what do you have to imagine? What do you have to make-believe? What's more important to a religious life: belief or imagination? And, if imagination is key to the religious life, doesn't that prove that the religious life is irrational?
Together, we'll explore some answers to these questions through some classical Jewish texts.


Sam Lebens

Samuel Lebens holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of London, and Orthodox Rabbinic Ordination after spending a number of years in various Israeli Rabbinical Schools. These days he teaches philosophy at Rutgers University and teaches all sorts of Jewish texts and topics at... Read More →

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


Defining Open Orthodoxy
What could a shift in focus—from obsessing over boundaries to creating welcoming spaces—mean for our future? Some suggest that the Modern or Centrist Orthodox community is splitting, with some moving right and others forming a distinct, more open movement within Orthodoxy. Listen to one of the leaders of Open Orthodoxy articulate his vision.

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Avi Weiss

Avi Weiss is founding rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale – the Bayit, and founder of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and Yeshivat Maharat. He is also co-founder of the International Rabbinic Fellowship. Rabbi Weiss served as National Chairman of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry... Read More →

Saturday February 13, 2016 12:15pm - 1:30pm


Fences or Bridges? The Approach of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein to Non-Orthodox and Non-Observant Jews in Light of Nineteenth Century Germany
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was the preeminent Orthodox decisor of Jewish law in the twentieth century in the United States and perhaps the world. In confronting a Jewish community where Orthodoxy was a minority it was necessary to create an approach to relations with Jews who were not observant or Orthodox. His predecessors in nineteenth century Germany also had innovative responses to the changing religious makeup of the Jewish community. How can these historical-legal texts inform us today?


Gabe Kretzmer Seed

Student, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School
Gabriel Kretzmer Seed is in his third year of rabbinical school at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and is also a student at the Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at JTS. He is currently interning as a student teacher at the Abraham Joshua Heschel Lower School. He is the co-founder... Read More →

Saturday February 13, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm


'Orthodox'? What's That? The Pew Study, the 'New Orthodox,' and the Taxonomy of Orthodoxy
The standard categories of Orthodox Judaism--Modern Orthodox, "Yeshivish," Hasidim--more than half a century old, never worked, and they do not work today. The session examines recent data, including those from the Pew study, to define what are "Orthodox" in 2015--and especially who are the "New Orthodox." The session explores as well five other categories of Orthodoxy, both in America and in Israel.


Jerome Chanes

Jerome Chanes, a senior fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies of the CUNY Graduate Center, is the author of four books and some hundreds of book chapters, articles, reviews on Jewish history, sociology, public affairs, and arts and letters. Jerry started out life as a rock reviewer... Read More →

Saturday February 13, 2016 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Sunday, February 14


General Education in Hasidic Yeshivas- An Urgent Matter
A brief description of the current education crisis in Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox Yeshivas in New York and abroad, followed by an argument as to why this is unsustainable for the community as a whole and unfair to the individual students attending those Yeshivas. If this trend continues unchallenged, the face of Judaism will soon be uneducated, poor, isolated, intolerant, and disliked.

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Naftuli Moster

Executive Director, Yaffed
Naftuli Moster is the founder and executive director of Yaffed, a non-profit advocacy group working to improve the secular education in ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic Yeshivas in New York and abroad.

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


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.

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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 →

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.
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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 →
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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 →
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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
Monday, February 15


Rabbi, Rabba, Maharat, Morateinu: Orthodox Women Breaking New Ground in Jewish Religious Leadership
Hear from Rabbi Lila Kagedan, the first Orthodox woman in North American to assume the title rabbi, and share her journey as a woman to the orthodox rabbinate.

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Lila Kagedan

Lila Kagedan has smicha (rabbinic ordination) from Yeshivat Maharat and is a Shalom Hartman Institute RLI fellow. Lila is also a clinical ethicist and chaplain and sits on ethics committees of major hospitals, hospices and academic institutions. A seasoned teacher, Lila has taught... Read More →

Monday February 15, 2016 8:30am - 9:45am
Long Ridge