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Sunday, February 14


Disability-Informed Torah for an Accessible Community
Moses was significantly disabled. He was also the greatest leader of all time. Today, many Jews with disabilities face barriers to participation in Jewish community. What can we do about this? How can we make it possible for more potential disabled leaders to access our communities? A combination of text learning and experiential exploration.


Ruti Regan

Ruti Regan is a fourth-year rabbinical student at JTS and the author of realsocialskills.org, a blog about the disability-informed approach to interpersonal interactions. She is a co-founder of Anachnu, an organization led by Jews with disabilities promoting disability-informed Torah... Read More →

Sunday February 14, 2016 10:15am - 11:30am


Limmud Chavuta Project: War and Conflict
In this interactive session, we will explore, debate, and discuss the potential causes of war, and conflict in general, from a Jewish perspective. All are welcome; prior knowledge of Jewish texts or Hebrew is not required. Part of the new Limmud Chavruta series on War & Peace. 

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Ellen Flax

Ellen Flax is a longtime member of Limmud's International Chavruta team and directs the Hadassah Foundation, which invests in social change for girls and women in Israel and the US. She received her rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

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


In Pursuit of Perfection: Examining Plastic Surgery
In this session, we'll examine some of the Halakhic and philosophical dimensions of surgical modification of our bodies. What are the risks and benefits to altering our appearance? Are our bodies ours to change as we wish, or are they vessels that God owns and have been entrusted to our care?

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Dena Weiss

Rosh Beit Midrash, Mechon Hadar
Dena Weiss is the Rosh Beit Midrash at Mechon Hadar, an institution for higher Jewish learning based in NYC. Dena earned her BA in Religious Studies from NYU and a MA in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. She has also studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum, Drisha, and Pardes and is... Read More →

Monday February 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm