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Sunday, February 21
 

8:30am

Morning Fiesta
A great way to start your day as we welcome you to Limmud.   Get settled, meet new friends and immerse yourself in creative art to kick off a day full of fun, creativity, exploration, and Jewish discovery. A place for kids to have fun while parents register.

Sunday February 21, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
Room 128

8:30am

Morning Fiesta
A great way to start your day as we welcome you to Limmud.   Get settled, meet new friends and immerse yourself in creative art to kick off a day full of fun, creativity, exploration, and Jewish discovery. A place for kids to have fun while parents register.

Sunday February 21, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
Room 130

9:00am

I Loved My Mother on Saturdays: The Storytelling Art of Roslyn Bresnick-Perry

The Jewish storytelling community lost a beloved friend and teacher this past summer, one day before her 93rd birthday. Born in Belarus, Roslyn Bresnick-Perry bridged the past with the present with delightful tales of a shtetl childhood and a busy life in New York City, in Florida, and wherever she performed. Presented by her friend, editor, and fellow storyteller, Caren Neile, this lively performance/lecture will include tales from Ms. Perry's oeuvre, her biography, and a discussion of the place of the itinerant storyteller or maggid (in this case maggidah) in both the Old Country and the New World.


Presenters
avatar for Caren Schnur Neile

Caren Schnur Neile

Storyteller and Affiliate Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Caren Schnur Neile is a storyteller and affiliate professor at Florida Atlantic University specializing in storytelling studies. Neile holds a PhD and MFA and is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary. She teaches, performs and produces storytelling events throughout the U.S. and abroad, including as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Jerusalem and Vienna. She has presented at Limmud New York and was a featured presenter at the 16th... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 126

9:00am

Is Yiddish Still Relevant Today?

To many, Yiddish is nostalgic and has no purpose, except for perhaps knowing a few kitschy words. In truth, this 1,000-year old-language holds the key to understanding ourselves, as Jews, in the here and now. This workshop will explore the importance and relevance of Yiddish and how this language still defines us today.


Presenters
avatar for Saul Chapnick

Saul Chapnick

Saul Chapnick, MSW
Saul Chapnick is a trained Group Worker with a Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University. In addition, he was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New Jersey. Since 2005, combining both his expertise in business and in social work and to re-enter the health care field, Chapnick has been working in the assisted living field and has operated many distressed properties. His reputation developed into becoming a troubleshooter. He is... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 120

9:00am

The Ignored Texts of Judaism: The Rosh Yeshiva & the Prostitute and Other Stories

We will look at some controversial and juicy texts from the Talmud and other sources, which show a side of Judaism that you won't often hear about – such as the “peeping Tom” student in the Talmud, Moses meets Rabbi Akiva, and, of course, the Rosh Yeshiva and the Prostitute. Texts will be presented in English; no prior study background necessary.


Presenters
avatar for Rabbi Arnie Samlan

Rabbi Arnie Samlan

Executive Director, Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education
Rabbi Arnie Samlan, Executive Director of Orloff CAJE Miami, has experience across North America as a leading Jewish educator . Before coming to Florida, he served as executive director of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Rhode Island, as a regional director at The Jewish Education Project of NY and as national director of education of Jewish National Fund. He expresses his ideas on his blog, https://arnolddsamlan.wordpress.com and on his... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 115

9:00am

Why do Jews Pray for the Nation?

Included in our Shabbat and Yomtov services is a prayer for our nation. But how and why did that come about? What is its presumed source, and how has it developed? In this session, we’ll see examples of how the prayer was used as an expression of both hope and of criticism.


Presenters
avatar for Charles Wallach

Charles Wallach

Associate Visiting Rabbi, Beth Moshe Congregation
South African born, a graduate of Leo Baeck College London, Charles Wallach is a Rabbi of 40 years standing who has served communities in five countries and five continents. Now semi retired he and his wife Marilyn divide their time principally between England and Miami where their daughters and several grandchildren reside. When in Miami Charles assists Rabbi Jory Lang at Beth Moshe Congregation and also now has become part of the panel of... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Alcove South Second Floor

9:00am

Hold Me Tight: The New Science of Love

Jewish people have held an ideal standard for family life that is captured in the term "Shalom Bayit,” which signifies wholeness, completeness, and fulfillment. Ideally, traditional Jewish marriage is characterized by peace, nurturing, and chesed – loving kindness. Now, for the first time in history, there is a new science of love based on twenty years of scientific research. We teach the couples to access the emotional underpinnings of their relationship, recognizing they are attached to their romantic partner in the same way a child is on the parent for nurturing soothing and protection. The way to enhance a relationship is to be open attuned and responsive to each other and to reestablish emotional connection, ensuring a lifetime of love. What could be more important!


Presenters
avatar for Jeff Friedman

Jeff Friedman

PhD candidate Nova Southeastern University, Florida licensed Clinical Social Worker
Jeff Friedman, LCSW is a Florida licensed clinical social worker, supervisor of social work and family therapy interns and a doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University in Family Therapy. His dissertation research is a qualitative study on adult resilience from adverse childhood experiences. He graduated with his MSW from Widener University in Philadelphia and also trained at the renowned Council For Relationships.  Jeff has... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Friedman

Wendy Friedman

Couple and Family Therapist/ Clinician / Bereavement Counselor, Jewish Community Services of South Florida/ Friedman Family Therapy
Wendy Friedman, MPH, LMFT a clinician counseling individuals, couples, and families at the Jewish Community Services of South Florida and in private practice at the Friedman Family Therapy. This work also includes facilitating a weekly bereavement group at the Michael Ann Russell Jewish Community Center. Friedman holds two Master’s degrees, one in Public Health from Yale University Medical School and another in Couple and Family... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 117

9:00am

Vipassana Meditation and Kabbalah

After a short introduction to both Vipassana meditation and Kabbalah, we will attempt to meditate in a manner that is inclusive of both the Buddhist and the Jewish worlds. Following the meditation, we will open a discussion about our experiences and formulate interesting conclusions regarding the universality of human experience.


Presenters
avatar for Zion Zohar

Zion Zohar

Kabbalah and Philosophy Institute & Being In The Zone Institute.
Dr. Zion Zohar served as a Professor of Religious Studies for fifteen years at University of Miami as well as Florida International University specializing in Jewish Mysticism and Philosophy. He taught classes in Judaic Studies, Sephardic Studies as well as Studies in World Religions. Over the past four years, Dr. Zohar continued his spiritual counseling in addition to dedicating much time to furthering his training and skills in the fields of... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Left Ballroom

9:00am

Jews of France: Time to Leave?

We've all seen and heard the troublesome news about the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, and particularly in France. As French Jews rush to make aliyah to Israel or leave for Quebec or Miami, a difficult question must be asked: Is there a future for Jews in France? In this session, we will investigate the rise of anti-Semitism in modern times in France – its causes, the effect of Arab immigration to France, Jewish integration into French society, as well as the relationship between events in Israel and anti-Semitic acts in France.


Presenters
avatar for Hana Barouk

Hana Barouk

Teacher, Self, CAJE Miami
Born and raised in Paris, France, Hana Barouk received her PhD in Languages, Literatures and Civilizations from University of Lille III, France. From 2004 to 2008 she was vice-principal of BMC Teachers’ College in Ste Agathe, Quebec where she was instrumental in opening a dialogue between various Chassidic communities and their French neighbors. As a result, she was nominated as Woman of the Year by Elle Magazine in Quebec in February of... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 114

9:00am

(Not So) Straight Talk about LGBT Inclusion

This interactive session is geared toward individuals looking explore LGBT inclusion from a Jewish perspective. Participants will bring their own voices, sharing their hopes, questions, and concerns about LGBT inclusion within a Jewish context. In a safe, judgment-free environment, we will work to understand terms and identities related to the LGBT community, then explore how our traditions and values call upon us to be inclusive of LGBT individuals in our community. We will close by brainstorming ways to be better allies and advocate to make our communities more LGBT-inclusive. No previous experience or training in inclusion necessary – all are welcome! 

 



Presenters
avatar for Daniel Bahner

Daniel Bahner

National Manager of Education and Training, Keshet
Originally from Southwest Ohio, Daniel Bahner joined Keshet in November 2014 bringing experience with program development, community building and social justice education to his work as National Manager of Education and Training. In this role, and inspired by his own connection to Jewish identity and the importance of inclusion and working towards a more socially just society, he trains and educates Jewish leaders across a broad diversity of... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Room 110

9:00am

Organ Donation, Brain Death, and Halacha: Educate Yourself Now!

Jews must buried whole! Jews need to be buried with their organs in order to be resurrected! Jews are not allowed to get an autopsy! You are alive if your heart is still beating! Explore Talmudic and Mishnaic texts that can shed light on this 21st-century phenomenon, where a person’s heart can beat even though the brain is dead. Some rabbis view a beating heart as a sign of life, some rabbis don’t – come learn why! Learn what halacha (Jewish law) – and the latest legislation in Israel –  say about organ donation. Come to this workshop so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.


Presenters
avatar for Robert Berman

Robert Berman

Robert Berman is a graduate of Harvard University (MPA), Baruch College (MBA), Yeshiva University (BA), Gruss Kollel and Yeshivat Hakotel. He has been published in New York Magazine, the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Week, Moment Magazine, Ha'aretz, Times of Israel, and the Jerusalem Report. He is the founder of the Halachic Organ Donor Society.


Sunday February 21, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Right Ballroom

9:00am

Decoupage for Shabbat
In this session, we will make Challah plates with beautiful patterns with a technique called decoupage. Its a super simple technique that you can later apply to many different projects! With just a few materials, you'll have a beautiful piece that will add a lot of character to your Shabbat table. Hope to see you there!

Presenters
avatar for Orly Romay

Orly Romay

Art Director/ Wardrobe Stylist, Recrearte Handmade
Orly Romay is a design and style expert, with an obsession for arts and crafts, cooking and customization ever since she was a little girl. Her mission is to inspire and encourage people everywhere to embrace the DIY (do it yourself) concept. She has worked as an Art Director and Wardrobe Stylist for many years in the film and television industry and has been recognized with 3 Emmy Awards. Her blog, Recrearte, is as varied as colors can be... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 128

9:00am

The Musical Maggid
Join the Musical Maggid, as we launch an indredible day with an interactive session of songs that kids and parents will both enjoy. Stretch your imagination, get your body moving, let your soul dance, and brush up on your Hebrew.  Songs will include summer camp and youth group favorites, Israeli tunes, as well as original and popular tunes. 

Presenters
avatar for Jimmy  Costello

Jimmy Costello

The Musical Maggid, a Folk Musician Troubadour
Ya'akov-Yisrael (Jimmy) Costello is the Musical Maggid, a folk musician troubadour specializing in ancient and contemporary Jewish Folk Music. In the traditions of Woody Guthrie, Debbie Friedman and Shlomo Carlebach, Jimmy connects with people of all ages and backgrounds, creating an atmosphere of oneness and joy with his guitar, harmonica and smile.


Sunday February 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 130

10:00am

Excerpts from Walking in Memphis: The Life of a Southern Jew
Join actor Jon Adam Ross as he tells some stories about his childhood growing up as a Jew in the South, and engages the audience's own stories of the southern Jewish experience.

This session made possible by a grant from The Covenant Foundation. 

Presenters
avatar for Jon Adam Ross

Jon Adam Ross

Director of Experiential Education, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
Jon Adam Ross has performed his one-man shows in over 90 cities around the world. His newest endeavor is the ambitious inHEIRitance Project, which has Jon writing and performing 5 new plays in 5 cities over the next 3 years. Jon lives in NYC where his stage credits include: a dog, a bird, a horse, a goat, an elderly orthodox Jew, a spurned wife, a British naval officer in 1700's Jamaica, Jesus Christ, a lawyer, a hapless police chief, and a... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Left Ballroom

10:00am

Moses, Superman, and their Legacy: The Jewish Roots of the Comic Book Superheroes

Who was sent off in a small vessel by his parents to save him from the death and destruction facing his people … then raised among people to whom he is an alien, but who do not suspect his secret identity … then  grows up to become a liberator and champion of the oppressed, with the aid of miraculous superpowers? You could have answered either Moses or Superman. Comic book superheroes were the creations of the sons of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, all born between 1914 and 1922. It was a very Jewish sentiment to feel for the underdog and to champion "Truth, Justice and the American Way” that their families had come to the United States to find. The background stories of these Jewish artists gives some insight into their individual inspirations for their characters, and the ones that were to come after.


Presenters
avatar for Sandi-Jo Gordon

Sandi-Jo Gordon

Artist, Arts Encounters
Sandi-Jo Gordon is the middle link of 3 generations of professional artists. She received her BFA from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. Since retiring as an interior designer, her time is devoted to advocating and educating about art, particularly local resources, through lectures, tours and serving as Chairman of the Miami-Dade Art in Public Places Trust. She has taught classes and chaired panel discussions on Contemporary Art and Design... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 120

10:00am

Studio Aggadah: New Ideas Lab
Play an interactive game delving into the creative process through a live art and historical study session that riffs on Aggadah, the traditional exegetic texts and folk stories of the Jews. 

Presenters
avatar for Saul Sudin

Saul Sudin

Creative Director/ Filmmaker, Jewish Art Now
Saul Sudin is a writer and filmmaker obsessed with shining a light on underdog stories. His documentary production Punk Jews was released to critical acclaim by The New Yorker, Haaretz, and The New York Times and received distribution through the National Center for Jewish Film. In 2013 the viral video Sleeping on Strangers on the Subway, which he directed, received over 500,000 views in its first two days and was featured on ABC World News... Read More →
avatar for Elke Reva Sudin

Elke Reva Sudin

Artist, Culture Entrepreneur, Art of Elke Reva Sudin, Jewish Art Now
Elke Reva Sudin is a visual artist inspired by new and imagined cross-cultural intersections as they converge with her Jewish identity. She has exhibited at such galleries and museums as the Canton Museum of Art in Ohio, the Jewish Museum of Florida and various Art Week fairs in Miami. She frequently performs live art painting including events in Miami at the Wynwood Walls. Her painting series, Hipsters and Hassids was featured in such... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Right Ballroom

10:00am

CANCELLED: Subversive Prayer: It Ain't Necessarily So

The inside of a synagogue, and of a prayer book, can look polished, pious ... and bland. We’ll look beneath the surface of some texts and melodies to see the spiritual wrestlings that have been woven into Jewish experience. Do we really mean that God can raise the dead, or that God creates ... "evil?” Do we find traces of our own lives and our own struggles in the liturgies of our many synagogues? We will use texts, music, and media recordings to see the struggles, and sometimes the solutions, of diverse groups of Jews, from Burning Man Shabbat to Neilah in Oregon. All welcome –  no previous learning necessary. Bring just a challenging mind (and soul). Prepare to be subverted!


Presenters
avatar for Sami Barth

Sami Barth

Visiting Conservative Rabbi, Congregation Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom
Sami Barth is a teacher and student of prayer, in particular: “what we say, when we say, how we say (sing) and most of all - why?” With rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College in London, Barth has served as a Dean and Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Academy for Jewish Religion, challenging and guiding rabbinical and cantorial students on their paths to becoming leaders. He has served as Rabbi of synagogues in... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 126

10:00am

Making Mensches: Why Mussar May be the Most Important Part of Judaism You Never Heard About

Mussar is the ancient Jewish tradition of ethical and spiritual development. Over 1,000 years old, Mussar is experiencing a revival in twenty-first century North America. Come learn what it is all about. We will explore the history, key figures, practices, and theory of change that make up Mussar. You will come out with practical next steps for making Mussar a part of your life.


Presenters
avatar for David Jaffe

David Jaffe

Founder and Principal, Kirva Institute
David Jaffe is the Founder and Principal of Kirva, a training institute dedicated to helping people and communities access Jewish spiritual wisdom for making sustainable social change.  He teaches widely throughout the Jewish world with organizations and schools including the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, The Mussar Institute, Gann Academy and JOIN for Justice.  His book, Changing the World From the Inside Out will be... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 122

10:00am

Nursing the 'Nach: Exploring Breastfeeding in the Bible and Midrash

We live in a time when people feel that it's necessary to "#normalizebreastfeeding," where some consider publicly nursing your baby as scandalous or inappropriate. The same goes for breastfeeding toddlers and children. But in the Bible and the Midrash, nursing was already "normal," and it was broadly accepted that children would be nursed until age three. Public nursing is actually glorified in the Midrash, for example, as our mother Sara's way of proving that she could, in fact bear children. We will explore various early texts regarding the role and presence of nursing in the Bible and Midrash, to get a sense of how nursing was treated in biblical times. We can discuss how that might illuminate our views on breastfeeding today.


Presenters
avatar for Esther Meisels

Esther Meisels

Jewish Mother, Esther Meisels
Esther Meisels has played many roles in her life - Jew, Woman, Daughter, Wife, Student, Artist, Educator, Attorney - but first and foremost, Mother. She is continually amazed at how challenging and consuming parenting is, how much she learns on a daily basis from her children and just how much insight they give into this world. In a culture that judges a woman's appearance so freely and critically, she is constantly amazed at the body's ability... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Alcove South Second Floor

10:00am

Is it a Mitzvah to Eat Healthy?

How can unhealthy foods be kosher? What did the Sages say about good nutrition? Is it a mitzvah to eat healthy? Learn the answers to these questions and more as Staci discusses the historical perspective, the modern dilemma, and some simple healthy and delicious solutions to make everyone happy and healthy!


Presenters
avatar for Staci Shacter

Staci Shacter

Health is Wealth
Staci graduated with her bachelors in Business Management from the University of Florida, and her masters in Nutrition from Florida International University. She is among the few Registered Dietitians who are both clinically and holistically trained in integrative nutrition and wellness counseling. She provides nutrition consultations and group lectures in medical offices and various venues. She specializes in conditions commonly linked to... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 114

10:00am

Writing Family History: Lessons from Experience

Learn what should and should not be done when compiling a written family history. The session leader has written a book-length manuscript about the life of his father, who was born in 1907, was exiled from Lithuania with his family as a child, survived the Holocaust, and re-created his life in America. This session will cover what works well, what is helpful, and what should be avoided. At least half of the session will be dedicated to taking questions.


Presenters
avatar for Meri-Jane Rochelson

Meri-Jane Rochelson

Professor and Associate Chair of English, Florida International University
Meri-Jane Rochelson is Professor, Associate Chair and Director of the Literature program in the Department of English at Florida International University. Affiliated with FIU’s programs in Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies, Rochelson is the author of A Jew in the Public Arena: The Career of Israel Zangwill, editor of Zangwill’s 1892 novel Children of the Ghetto, and co-editor, with Nikki Lee... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 110

10:00am

Israel’s Energy Independence: Vision and Reality

During this presentation we will discuss the new oil and gas discoveries in Israel and their impact on Israel’s energy independence and prosperity. We will examine the various strategic options Israel faces in the Eastern Mediterranean with respect to its export of energy resources: Turkey, Cyprus, Europe, and Asian countries. What’s the future of renewable energy? How does the natural gas revolution in the US affect Israel’s strategic positioning and economic independence?

 


Presenters
avatar for Efraim Chalamish

Efraim Chalamish

Business and Law Professor and Adviser, Forward Advisors
Efraim Chalamish is an International Economic Law professor, advisor and commentator involved in research and analysis of cutting-edge areas in public and private international economic law and international legal practice in New York, Paris and Israel. He has served as a Global Fellow at New York University, exploring global governance of corporations and multilateral institutions, the intersection of business and national security, energy and... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 124

10:00am

The Social Media War (And How to Win It)

This session is focused on: A) Highlighting Israel's use of social media and web-based techniques, and using that to explain the importance of social media in today's discussions on Israel; B) The most effective ways to use social media to communicate about Israel; and C) Tips and techniques on how to increase engagement and social media interaction. This multi-media presentation will be geared towards those who are active in social media, are pro-Israel student or community members, or are Limmud learners who are interested in effective Israel communication.


Presenters
avatar for Fay Goldstein

Fay Goldstein

East Coast Regional Advisor, Hasbara Fellowships
Fay Goldstein is the East Coast Regional Advisor for Hasbara Fellowships, the largest and most comprehensive Israel education and activism program for North American university students. Since 2001, Hasbara has brought hundreds of students to Israel every summer and winter, providing the information and tools needed to return to their campuses as educators about Israel. So far, Hasbara Fellowships has educated over 3,000 students on over 250... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Room 117

10:00am

An Open Discussion: Open Attitudes, Open Arms

As our Jewish community’s perceptions evolve, and acceptance of our LGBT sisters and brothers become the norm, how well will we collectively respond to their unmet needs becomes the question. Whether you’re straight or gay, come participate in a wide-ranging discussion about recent successes, as well as obstacles yet-to-be-overcome by gay people and their supporters. In this informal focus group, voice your insights, suggestions, and concerns as Jewish Community Services explores and develops targeted services and compassionate support to benefit LGBT older adults.


Presenters
avatar for Joan Schaeffer

Joan Schaeffer

Jewish Community Services
Ms. Schaeffer graduated from Syracuse University and received her M.S.W in administration and program planning from Florida State University. She has studied Social Service delivery in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and she earned a certificate from the Chemical Dependency Training Institute of the University of Miami. She is a native of metropolitan New York and she was born in Brooklyn. Ms. Schaeffer is former President of the Board of Directors of... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Alcove North Second Floor

10:00am

Magnetic Shul
An interactive, educational session designed to engage young children in ritual, Jewish traditions.

Presenters
avatar for Justin Sakofs

Justin Sakofs

Visionary & Co- Founder, MagneticShul
Justin Sakofs is a passionate Jewish Educator who has taken his years of experience to develop MagneticShul, a toy designed to engage children through developmentally appropriate play.


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 128

10:00am

Story Time
Read To Learn Books for Free, a initiative of Miami Book Fair in partnership with The Children's Trust, comes to Limmud 2016 to bring you an interactive and entertaining story time, lead by performer Jenni Person.  

Presenters
avatar for Jenni Person

Jenni Person

Managing Producer, MDC Live Arts
Jenni Person, is an arts professional by training with a BA in Drama from Bennington College and MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Person has worked as an award-winning performer and as an arts professional for 25 years, presenting performing artists, producing projects and fostering the work of emerging and community-engaged artists as well as her own writing practice. Recent work includes serving as Artistic Director of The... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 130

10:00am

And the Rain Did Not Fall: What Do We Do When Rabbis Fail?

There are several places in the Talmud where we are told that the Rabbis prayed for rain, and the rain did not fall. But, what does this mean about Rabbis? What does this teach us about their power, or their lack of it? How do I cope with my Rabbi’s being a human being who can make mistakes? This session will deal with these questions, and also what we can learn from these stories in 2016! All texts will be in English and the Original, and no previous text experience is required.


Presenters
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:00am - 11:50am
Room 115

11:00am

My Miserable, Lonely, Jewish, Lesbian Pregnancy: Obviously a Jewish Story

Andrea Askowitz will tell stories from her hilarious memoir about her struggles with circumcision (not her own), fights with her mother (is it worse to date a woman or a goy?), and her ultimate redemption: motherhood.


Presenters
avatar for Andrea Askowitz

Andrea Askowitz

Storyteller/Creator of Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud, Lip Service
Andrea Askowitz is the author of the memoir My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy and the editor of Badass, Lip Service: True Stories. Her stories have been published in the New York Times, Salon.com, NPR and more. She's the creator of the Knight Arts Challenge Award-winning Lip Service, a quarterly true-stories reading series. In nine years, Lip Service has become a Miami institution playing to audiences 600 strong. Anyone can submit a story... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Alcove North Second Floor

11:00am

God Is My Shepherd: The Enduring Allure of the Twenty-Third Psalm

Psalm 23 is perhaps the most familiar biblical passage, recited around the globe at times of death and distress. We will closely read Psalm 23 to understand better what it says, and why it serves as a source of comfort to so many people.


Presenters
avatar for Andrea Weiss

Andrea Weiss

Associate Professor, Hebrew Union College: Jewish Institute of Religion
Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph. D. is Associate Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College- | Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.  She received a B.A. in English from the University  | of California at Berkeley in 1987 and was ordained at HUC-JIR in New York in 1993.  She  | earned her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania, department of Near  | Eastern Languages and Civilizations.   Dr. Weiss... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Room 126

11:00am

She Is Unclean: An Orthodox Woman & Reform Rabbi Discuss Mikveh

Is the idea of immersion in the mikveh one of the most beautiful rituals in Judaism, or one of the most sexist remnants of an antiquated view of women?!? Is there any middle ground between these two? Come learn the history of mikveh, read texts about its use, and hear the personal stories of both of us – Orthodox and Reform – as we have encountered the ritual of mikveh. Together we'll explore this ancient tradition, why it has endured, and what it can mean in contemporary times.


Presenters
avatar for Tobi Ash

Tobi Ash

Volunticipant Extraordinaire
Enjoying a long history of community involvement, Tobi Ash is the Founder of Miami’s Community Kosher Food Bank, the Helping Hands Ko-op,  President of a free loan fund, Aryeh Leib Gemach, a member of Step Up for Students, Florida Impact, Former Chair of the Vocational and Rehabilitation committee of Jewish Community Services, Chair of the Volunteer Committee of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, a member of the... Read More →
avatar for Efrat Zarren-Zohar

Efrat Zarren-Zohar

Interim Executive Director & Director of the Department of Adult Jewish Learning and Growth at CAJE, Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education
Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar is the Interim Executive Director & Director of the Department of Adult Jewish Learning and Growth at CAJE, the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education of Miami. A long-time educator, she helps to create collaborative partnerships, leverage CAJE resources and expertise for Jewish organizations, as well as promote high quality adult learning and identity-building opportunities in the Miami community. Her... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Room 117

11:00am

Decoupage for Shabbat

In this session, we will make Challah plates with beautiful patterns with a technique called decoupage. Its a super simple technique that you can later apply to many different projects! With just a few materials, you'll have a beautiful piece that will add a lot of character to your shabbat table. Hope to see you there!


Presenters
avatar for Orly Romay

Orly Romay

Art Director/ Wardrobe Stylist, Recrearte Handmade
Orly Romay is a design and style expert, with an obsession for arts and crafts, cooking and customization ever since she was a little girl. Her mission is to inspire and encourage people everywhere to embrace the DIY (do it yourself) concept. She has worked as an Art Director and Wardrobe Stylist for many years in the film and television industry and has been recognized with 3 Emmy Awards. Her blog, Recrearte, is as varied as colors can be... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Right Ballroom

11:00am

Jewish Tai Chi Using the Shema to Transcend Fear

Through gentle, easy movements and breathing exercises derived from Tai Chi and Chi Gung, we will learn concrete, repeatable tools that uncover how the Shema helps us conquer fear and, along the way, intentionally moves us to higher consciousness and encourages us to evolve. The session includes a brief text study in accordance with the theme, and is done standing or sitting on chairs. This session is not suitable for children.


Presenters
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Andrew Hahn

Rabbi, Musician, Martial Artist, Jewish Studies Teacher, Kirtan Rabbi
Andrew Hahn is known as both the Kirtan Rabbi and — depending upon which phone booth he exits — also as the Tai Chi Rabbi. He has pioneered Kirtan in the Jewish world, crisscrossing the country to offer communal call-and-response chant concerts and meditation seminars. Hahn earned a PhD from the Jewish Theological Seminary and holds ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has been teaching Tai Chi... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Left Ballroom

11:00am

SQ: Measuring & Developing the Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence

Twenty years after Daniel Goleman published his ground-breaking work on Emotional Intelligence, a new kind of intelligence is being promulgated. Spiritual Intelligence, or SQ, is now being hailed as "the next step beyond emotional intelligence." Danah Zohar, who pioneered this concept, calls it "the ultimate intelligence." The latest research indicates that there are twenty-one skills associated with SQ that can be assessed, and, if one chooses, more fully developed, using religious or non-religious techniques and practices. Find out how to assess your own SQ and determine which skills you might like to develop further.


Presenters
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Moshe Heyn

Rabbi and Spiritual Leader, Temple Israel of Greater Miami
Tom (Moshe) Heyn is the spiritual leader of Temple Israel of Greater Miami. He teaches a variety of subjects with a particular interest in the latest research on Spiritual Intelligence. Growing up in Baltimore, Heyn became a spiritual seeker as a teenager and hitchhiked to San Francisco at the age of 19 to practice meditation and yoga in an ashram for a decade. He eventually returned to his Jewish roots and took up the intensive study and... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Room 114

11:00am

Demystifying Hassidic Judaism

What is Hasidism? You may be tempted to think in black and white, but a Hasid defies stereotype and is enriched by a most daring and free-thinking philosophy. Where did Hasidism originate? How did it succeed in inspiring generations of Jews? Do all Hasids wear white socks and furry hats? Is Hasidism still relevant and inspiring to the twenty-first-century Jew?


Presenters
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Eliezer Wolf

Rabbi, Beit David Highland lakes Shul
Rabbi Eliezer Wolf originates from Australia and currently serves as the spiritual leader of Beit David Highland Lakes Shul. Additionally, Wolf, a master educator, directs the Lighthouse Project, one of the largest weekly adult education programs in South Florida.


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Alcove South Second Floor

11:00am

The Anne Frank You Never Knew

Join Professor Oren Stier on a multimedia journey into some of the surprising ways the image and persona of Anne Frank have survived the Shoah, leading her to becoming one of the most notable icons of the Holocaust. Utilizing rare photographs and other materials, Stier will reveal the "young girl" and teenage diarist you never knew. Drawn from Stier’s new book, Holocaust Icons: Symbolizing the Shoah in History and Memory, this presentation will provide insight into the life and afterlife of one of the Holocaust's most famous victims and, paradoxically, one of its most famous "survivors," as well.


Presenters
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Oren Stier

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, FIU
Oren Stier is an internationally recognized scholar of Holocaust Studies specializing in the memory and representation of the Shoah in religion, art, literature, and culture. An Associate Professor of Religious Studies at FIU, Stier also directs the FIU Holocaust Studies Initiative as well as its Jewish Studies Certificate Program. Dr. Stier is the author of two books, Holocaust Icons: Symbolizing the Shoah in History and Memory (Rutgers... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Room 120

11:00am

When Jews March Off to War: How Should they Fight?
Over the centuries, civilizations have developed a web of "laws of war," designed to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behavior even during the most violent of conflicts. In this session we shall seek to discover whether such rules also exist in Jewish traditional teachings and to discuss how they might apply to contemporary Israeli military activity.  Texts will be presented in English.  No prior study background is necessary.

Presenters
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Stuart Cohen

Professor of Political Science, Bar Ilan University, Emeritus, Chair (Retired) Political Studies Department, Ashkelon Academic College
Born in London, England, Stuart Cohen was educated at Oxford University, England, where he earned his Ph.D. in diplomatic history in 1972. He thereafter emigrated to Israel where for the next four decades he taught political studies at Bar-Ilan University, before retiring at the rank of Full Professor in 2013. He accepted an invitation to establish and chair the politics department at Ashkelon Academic College, Israel, from which he... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Room 124

11:00am

Letting Children Lead: Jewish Parenting Lessons and Reggio Emelia Encounters the Talmud
What does Jewish parenting look like and what is the historical inspiration for our actions today? Is it possible to have children organically experience life and develop the Judaism we know, or does Judaism have to come from the Sages? We’ll take a gander at what it means to be a parent and what the Talmud thought parental responsibilities were. I'll juxtapose these ideas with current trends in education and Jewish education, so we can understand how children grow up Jewishly. You will leave with new ideas, props and toys that will enhance how we engage with children.

Presenters
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Justin Sakofs

Visionary & Co- Founder, MagneticShul
Justin Sakofs is a passionate Jewish Educator who has taken his years of experience to develop MagneticShul, a toy designed to engage children through developmentally appropriate play.


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Room 110

11:00am

The Jews and Modernism

Irish writer Frank O'Connor said, "the literature of Jews is the literature of townsmen, and the greatest Jew of all was James Joyce." It cannot be coincidental that the great Modernist novelists were so deeply involved with Jewish themes and subjects: Marcel Proust was a Jew, as was Franz Kafka ("within us all it still lives," he said of the former ghettoes), while Thomas Mann wrote the greatest Jewish novel of the twentieth century, Joseph and His Brothers. We’ll discuss Modernism as the most significant development in the arts in the twentieth century, with illustrations of the roles played in it by Jews as both artists and as subjects.


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Morton Levitt

Professor Emeritus, Temple University
Born in Brooklyn in 1936, Mort Levitt is Professor Emeritus of English at Temple University. He also taught at Penn State and at Zagreb University in Yugoslavia, the University of Granada in Spain and the University of Lisbon. He has lectured widely in Europe for both the U.S. Information Service and the Fulbright program. For nineteen years, he edited the Journal of Modern Literature, the leading academic journal in its field. Among his books... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Room 122

11:00am

Have Fun Learning Improv
Improv is easy enough for people who've never heard of it, yet it can still be challenging to the most experienced expert. Improv's spontaneous style is perfectly suited for members of a tribe that has spent much of its life wandering, making it all up as they go along.  Judaism is not stagnant.  It's about lifelong growth and creativity. Improv gives a set of rules to support creativity.  In this workshop, all participants will learn to think quickly, gain confidence & focus, and most of all, have fun!

Presenters
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Rick Dronsky

Jewish Environment Educator, Mosaic Outdoor Clubs America
Rick Dronsky has several years of training and performing experience with three different improv troupes. He has taught improv on cruise ships, at camps, and other special programs, to children and adults alike.  Rick is currently a member and instructor with Got U Laughing Improv Troupe.


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 128

11:00am

Music Together
Music helps us get in touch with, express, and manage our emotions and enhances our ability to communicate, even before we master language. Music Together is an exciting, comprehensive music program, designed to help children discover the world of music through developmentally appropriate activities that support and respect the unique learning style of each child by hearing, feeling, moving, singing, creating, sharing, and playing music together with their most loved ones-- their parents. 
Our classes allow children to explore, learn and discover the wonders and benefits of music as a community. Are you and your child ready for some music together?

Presenters
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Stephanie Romay

Musician, Music Teacher & Music Therapist
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Stephanie Romay is a singer-songwriter who has traveled around the world. Romay graduated as a Psychologist in Miami at the age of 21 and then traveled to Madrid for a degree in Photography. She then moved to Buenos Aires to study Equine Therapy, worked with underprivileged children with her music in Udaipur, India and then received a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from New York... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 130

11:00am

Lunch
Grab your lunch and attend a session or sit outside to chat with friends!



Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Outside Tent Biscayne Bay exit

12:00pm

Israeli Dance, Rikudim for All: Fun & More than Just Dancing

Israeli dances are a phenomenon around the world. Dance and learn about the magic of Israeli folk dances: circle dances, line dances, mixer dances, and partner dances. It's not just to dance them, but to understand why they are so popular around the world and why is this folkdance different from all the rest. You will leave this session not only energized and with concrete teachings, but also with the knowledge of why our folk dances are so special. Silvio has a unique way of leading and teaching, making everyone feel comfortable and entertained at the same time, and no matter your level, fun is guaranteed.

 


Presenters
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Silvio Berlfein

Program Director, Who Thought of That
Silvio Berlfein is a choreographer, Israeli Dance teacher, trainer and specialist in games and recreation. He has presented workshops in Israeli Dance all over South America and throughout the United States. Berlfein practices a unique style of teaching, in which humor and dynamics play a central role. He has worked with all ages and all levels of dancers from non-dancers to professionals. Berlfein is the creator of several dances, including... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Left Ballroom

12:00pm

New Jewish Iconography & Block Printing Workshop
Tired of seeing Stars of David? The original Jewish symbols were a menorah, lulav & etrog, and the Cohan’s hands. In this workshop you will learn to create your own Jewish symbol and get to replicate it with a DIY blockprinting technique. Part graphic design, part printmaking, part recreating history. No experience necessary.

Presenters
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Elke Reva Sudin

Artist, Culture Entrepreneur, Art of Elke Reva Sudin, Jewish Art Now
Elke Reva Sudin is a visual artist inspired by new and imagined cross-cultural intersections as they converge with her Jewish identity. She has exhibited at such galleries and museums as the Canton Museum of Art in Ohio, the Jewish Museum of Florida and various Art Week fairs in Miami. She frequently performs live art painting including events in Miami at the Wynwood Walls. Her painting series, Hipsters and Hassids was featured in such... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Right Ballroom

12:00pm

NOSHtalgia: A Cinematic Kosher Journey of South Florida Kosher Establishments

Join filmmaker Aaron Davidson in watching his short films on three landmarks on the South Florida kosher scene.

Tradition at Steak. Run time 17:06 (c) 2015. Davidson visits the last stand-alone kosher butcher shop on Miami Beach to find out why a butcher is more than just a store.

Rascal House. Run time 9:23 (c) 2015 This film was made on the closing weekend of the Rascal House Restaurant, which was a Jewish-style deli and a fixture in South Florida for over half a century.

Abraham's Bakery. Run time 9:42 (c) 2015 This film lovingly follows the process of making kosher favorites, while hearing from some of the bakers and patrons of this Miami Beach landmark.


Presenters
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Aaron Davidson

Photographer, Videographer, Filmmaker, aaronsview.com
Aaron Davidson has been making films and taking photographs for over half his life. He is a photographer and videographer based  in Miami Beach.  In May 2015 he received his BAS degree in film, television and digital production from Miami Dade College.  Working for  Getty Images, one of the top photo agencies in the world, Aaron covers the music, fashion and arts and cultural scene  in South Florida and around the... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room 120

12:00pm

Tikkun Olam: A Theology of Human Responsibility

This seminar will immerse participants in traditional text study on the meaning of Tikkun Olam as a theological category from the rabbinic period, to medieval Kabbalah, to modern Jewish thought. From Mishnah, to Isaac Luria, to Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, we will trace the central theological concepts of divine self-limitation, human agency, and human responsibility, deepening our intellectual and spiritual appreciation of a value at the heart of modern Judaism.


Presenters
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Lauren Berkun

Director of Rabbinic and Synagogue Programs, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
Rabbi Lauren Berkun is the Director of Rabbinic and Synagogue Programs for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a B.A. in Religion. Rabbi Berkun was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2001 and was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, a CLAL Rabbinic Intern, and a Rabbinic Fellow in the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative. She has... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room 115

12:00pm

Let’s Talk about God … or Maybe Not

A colleague at work once playfully teased me that any time she asked how I was, I answered, "Thank God." This became a running joke in our relationship, because it reveals the extent to which Jews often exclude God in their daily discourse.  For some, using God’s name is too parochial, for others, it is alienating. Is there a way to reclaim theological language for ourselves, especially as it relates to each of our inner callings, to make us individually and collectively more spiritually empowered?  We will examine some classical Jewish texts, and that which is in each of us. Come with not only a discerning mind, but an open heart!

 


Presenters
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Frederick Klein

Director of The Jewish Chaplaincy Program, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Fred Klein is Director of Mishkan Miami: The Jewish Connection for Spiritual Support, and serves as Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami. As director of the interdenominational Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, he provides local spiritual leadership with a voice in communal affairs. Klein is a Miami native and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University with a BA in Religious Studies. He was... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room 126

12:00pm

Torah as Metaphor: Why Didn't They Teach This in Hebrew School

Our Sages delighted in biblical metaphors, such as water, rock, cloud, and light. However, these are little taught, although the Talmud, Midrash, and Zohar reveal them to be portals to a mature sense of the divine, an expanded consciousness that help us reclaim the two wings the Zohar says a soul needs to fly: Love and Awe. In this session we will consider one metaphor, "Water/Clouds," through guided text study, bibliodrama, storytelling, meditation, and chevruta (study in pairs), to taste of what kept the Sages riveted to our accessible spiritual legacy.


Presenters
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Goldie Milgram

Storyteller, Educator, Executive Director, Reclaiming Judaism, Reclaiming Judaism
Goldie Milgram serves as dean and founder of Reclaiming Judaism and the Maggid Educator-Ordination Program. She is also a leader in the emerging field of Jewish spiritual education. Her evolving body of work has been honored by the Covenant Foundation, the National Jewish Book Awards, and featured at the Jewish Futures Conference. Newest publications include co-editing Seeking and Soaring: Jewish Approaches to Spiritual Guidance and... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Alcove North Second Floor

12:00pm

Adoption and the Jewish Couple: How Judaism Views Adoption
Judaism teaches that we receive our Jewish identity based on our birth parents. Judaism also teaches that our true parents are the ones who raise us. Putting these two very different ideas together can give us insights into adoption and Judaism.

Presenters
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Michael Gold

Spiritual Leader, Temple Beth Torah Sha'aray Tzedek
Michael Gold has served as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Torah Sha'aray Tzedek for over 25 years. He is the author of five books including Does God Belong in the Bedroom? and The Kabbalah of Love. Currently Gold is finishing his PhD at Florida Atlantic University in the Comparative Studies Department. His topic is process philosophy and the creation story in the Zohar. 


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Alcove South Second Floor

12:00pm

Art as a Form of Midrash: The Akedah in the Arts

Bible stories leave room for much interpretation. From the Rabbis of old to modern scholars, many commentators write about the Biblical stories. In this workshop, we will look at the Biblical narrative of the Akedah – the Binding of Isaac – and how different artists in different time periods interpreted the story. 


Presenters
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Sandra Lilienthal

Adult Educator
Sandra Lilienthal is an adult educator in South Florida and presents at Jewish education conferences around the country.  She is a 2015 winner of the prestigious Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. Sandra has great enthusiasm for teaching Judaism as a living religion, and infusing true passion for it among those who study with her. Sandra is Program Co-Chair for Limmud Miami 2017. Sandra’s participation in LimmudBoston... Read More →


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Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room 117

12:00pm

From Jaffa Oranges to Iron Dome: Start-Up Nation and the Miracle of Israeli Innovation

This session will examine how Israel's economy transformed over the past two decades, with a particular emphasis on the technology sector. We will learn about select companies that have changed the world and consider the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. We will assess the actual benefits of the "peace" dividend and also consider the potential impact of a "lack of peace" tax.


Presenters
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Lyon Roth

Israel Bonds - Southeast Florida
Lyon Roth is Senior Vice President at UBS Financial Services in Aventura, Florida and is an adjunct professor of Business Law and Ethics at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Prior to joining UBS, Lyon was a private wealth manager at Merrill Lynch and Sanford Bernstein. He began his professional career as a mergers and acquisitions attorney with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room 124

12:00pm

Revolution, Radicalism, and Rebellion in Judaism

In this class we will analyze dissent and the challenging of religious, communal, and political authority. When is it obligated? How does critique degrade itself into arrogance and pettiness? We will study biblical sources on this topic and then apply it to our current situations as Jews living in the twenty-first century.


Presenters
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David Kalb

Rabbi, Beit Ohr Torah
David Kalb is the Rabbi of Beit Ohr Torah. His goal is to bring Judaism into all aspects of life, believing that Judaism has to be a holistic experience that can operate in the real world. Kalb approaches scholarship as a living part of Jewish experience. Kalb is an Associate faculty member of CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Past academic experiences... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room 122

12:00pm

Sex Abuse: A Conversation on How to Keep Our Children Safe

No one wants to believe it, but child sexual abuse occurs in our Jewish community just as it does anywhere the world. We will talk about what makes a child vulnerable, safety tips to teach and implement with your child, and key tools to have in your relationship with your children to keep them safe. The format will be lecture with Powerpoint. Participant questions will be encouraged throughout.


Presenters
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Melissa Brail

Program Director, Jewish Community Services
Melissa Brail is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been employed at Jewish Community Services of South Florida for the past 17 years. Her current positions at JCS include Director of School Based Services, Director of the DUI Counseling Program, Co-director of the Safety Kid program (a child sexual abuse prevention program), Clinical Supervisor of the Yehi Ohr program (an outreach program to the Orthodox Jewish community), and... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room 114

12:00pm

Tenements, Cabanas, and Barrios: Where North & South Jewishkeit Meet

The session begins with an overview of places of origin for South Florida’s Jewish population. What narratives describe influx from places in the North, or from the South? Most importantly, how have attendant values and attitudes made SoFl a complex and evolving landscape that is unique, befuddling and proposing next generational issues for natives? The 2014 Greater Miami Jewish Federation Population Study offers some ammunition, along with a culling of other anecdotal observations, that have been overheard, somewhat overlooked, or otherwise seen in print. This will be a highly interactive interview and assessment of participants using Web-based tools like Google Polling and Kahoots. 


Presenters
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Andrew Gottlieb

Curator of Judaica, Educator, The Hollander Collection, LLC
Andrew Gottlieb has studied Jewish identity extensively through research in Latin America, and through recovering Jewish ritual artifacts stolen by the revolutionary governments of Cuba and Nicaragua, and other Jewish pieces displaced during the civil upheaval in El Salvador. He curates and maintains the Hollander Collection: Judaica from the Old World and the New (www.hollanderjudaica.com). Gottlieb speaks, publishes and teaches on the topics of... Read More →
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Chaim LieberPerson

Museum Educator, Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU
Chaim Lieberperson has over 20 years of experience in formal and informal education with a focus on Jewish education. As Museum Educator of the Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU, Lieberperson creates curriculum guides, leads professional development workshops and engages students and the general public in the culture and history of Jews in Florida and the Museum’s exhibitions. He has worked also served as administrative leader and... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Room 110

12:00pm

Lunch Break
It's lunch time! Please come and reunite with your child.  Chidren's sessions will resume at 1:00 pm.  

Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Outside Tent Biscayne Bay exit

12:00pm

Lunch Break
It's lunch time! Please come and reunite with your child.  Chidren's sessions will resume at 1:00 pm.  

Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Outside Tent Biscayne Bay exit

12:00pm

Lunch
Grab your lunch and attend a session or sit outside to chat with friends!



Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Outside Tent Biscayne Bay exit

12:30pm

Make an Impact on the Life of a Baby!
Join the Jewish Volunteer Center, a program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation to make an impact on the life of a baby!Together with other Limmudnicks you will have the opportunity to make a hat or blanket for babies being treated in the NICU at Jackson Memorial Hospital.Thirty minutes is all it takes for you to help meet this community need and do something great for someone else!No sewing on knitting experience is necessary.

Presenters
avatar for The Jewish Volunteer Center

The Jewish Volunteer Center

The Jewish Volunteer Center (JVC), a program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, offers volunteers a meaningful way to turn Jewish living into action by serving as a clearinghouse of needs driven, high impact, hands on programming throughout Miami Dade county.


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Outside Tent Biscayne Bay exit

1:00pm

Miguel Ángel, el Renacimiento y la Imagen del David Bíblico

El antiguo testamento está lleno de historias, gente y sitios que cobran vida a través de la visión de artistas que han manejado este tema. Varios artistas han representado la figura de David, primero como parte del linaje de Cristo y después como héroe que se transforma en el icono de Florencia. El Renacimiento reinterpreta el rol de la figura bíblica convirtiéndolo en el símbolo de su ciudad. Algunos artistas como Donatello y el Verrocchio escogieron a David para representarlo en escultura, mientras que a través del talento de Miguel Ángel, David se convierte en el ideal del cuerpo humano.

This session is presented in Spanish.


Presenters
avatar for Batia Cohen

Batia Cohen

Art History Lecturer, Osher Lifelong Learning Center at UM and FIU, Stirling Library, and others
Batia Cohen has a PhD in Mesoamerican Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the Universidad Metropolitana in Mexico City. A former Adjunct Professor at Florida International University, she currently lectures at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Miami and Florida International University and with CAJE Miami Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room 117

1:00pm

Raiders of the Lost Ark: A Text Study

This session will be a journey through biblical, rabbinic, and extra-biblical texts that discuss the whereabouts of the Holy Vessels of the Holy Temple, and shocking revelations about where they likely are today.


Presenters
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Jeremy Barras

Rabbi, Temple Beth Am
Jeremy Barras is a native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsyvania, where he grew up in a strong Jewish community, attending an Orthodox day school until seventh grade. He descends from a long line of distinguished rabbis who have passed on the traditions of Jewish scholarship throughout the generations. Barras attended Connecticut College, where he majored in International Relations and competed on the Men’s tennis team. During his junior year, Barras... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room 115

1:00pm

Changing the World from the Inside Out: Jewish Wisdom for a Lifetime of Making a Difference

Tikkun Olam is a high priority for most North American Jews. But how can we change the world if we are not also changing ourselves? This session will explore the intersection of inner growth and social change. We will focus on the Mussar concept of The Choice Point and how decision making can be a method of personal and organizational growth, as well as social change.


Presenters
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David Jaffe

Founder and Principal, Kirva Institute
David Jaffe is the Founder and Principal of Kirva, a training institute dedicated to helping people and communities access Jewish spiritual wisdom for making sustainable social change.  He teaches widely throughout the Jewish world with organizations and schools including the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, The Mussar Institute, Gann Academy and JOIN for Justice.  His book, Changing the World From the Inside Out will be... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Alcove North Second Floor

1:00pm

Jewish Ghouls, Demons, and Magical Things that Go Bump! in the Jewish Night

Are you afraid of monsters? Do you know who Lilith really was? How is Frankenstein a Jewish story? In this session, we will explore what Jewish magic was and is. We will delve into Jewish superstition, demonology, and divination as we explore the history of the Jewish occult. Join us as we journey into the (under)world of the Jewish supernatural.


Presenters
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Peter Eckstein

Jewish Educator, Consultant, Technology Integration Educator, JEdHorizons, LLC
Peter Eckstein is a Jewish educator who works with students of all ages. He is a Technology Integration Educator for the Friedman Commission for Jewish Education in West Palm Beach and for Gratz College’s Department of Supplementary Education. As the Founder, Lead Educator and Consultant for JEdHorizons, LLC,  he designs curriculum and learning experiences for a variety of educational environments that range from e-learning platforms... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room 110

1:00pm

Contemplation: Beyond Mindfulness

If Mindfulness is, as Google suggests, a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Contemplation goes beyond that. It introduces the dimension of Purpose. We'll explore Jewish texts dating from the first centuries of this era, and include some practical Contemplative exercises.


Presenters
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Mitchell Chefitz

Author and Teacher
Mitch Chefitz is the author of the best-selling novel, The Seventh Telling: The Kabbalah of Moshe Katan, and The Curse of Blessings, a story collection translated into Mandarin, Korean, German. As rabbi, he has served several congregations in the community including Temple Israel and Temple Beth Am. He was the founder and director of the Havurah of South Florida, and chairperson of the National Havurah Committee. He is known internationally as... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room 122

1:00pm

Niggun and Singing Workshop

Niggunim are a wonderful way to bring people closer to the source of spiritual relationship. Especially for those members in our communities who may struggle with Hebrew or are still learning the liturgy, the niggun allows us to bypass the intellect and head straight for the heart. Come sing with Jewish musician and composer Noah Aronson and learn a handful of useful niggunim, both new and old.


Presenters
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Noah Aronson

Musician, Noah Aronson Music
Noah Aronson is an energetic and soulful composer/performer whose unique musical style propels his music into communities across the country and in Israel. Noah earned a degree in Jazz Composition and Piano from Berklee College of Music in Boston and held the position of Composer-in-Residence at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Noah conducted the Manhattan HaZamir Choir from 2008-2010 and his choral music received an honorable... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Left Ballroom

1:00pm

Power, Passion, & Politics: What Can We Learn from King David?

As we head into an election year, what can we learn from the biblical account of our most colorful Israelite king? We will examine selected episodes from the fascinating and artfully crafted story of King David – stories that shed light on the challenges and potential pitfalls facing political leaders.


Presenters
avatar for Andrea Weiss

Andrea Weiss

Associate Professor, Hebrew Union College: Jewish Institute of Religion
Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph. D. is Associate Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College- | Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.  She received a B.A. in English from the University  | of California at Berkeley in 1987 and was ordained at HUC-JIR in New York in 1993.  She  | earned her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania, department of Near  | Eastern Languages and Civilizations.   Dr. Weiss... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room 124

1:00pm

The Bible in American Politics: Is THAT in our Torah?

Since the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, the Bible has been invoked as the appropriate model and framework for governance for what would become the United States. In the 19th and early 20th century, the Bible figured prominently on both sides in the debate over slavery, immigration, prohibition of alcohol, and numerous other issues. Today, the Bible is selectively invoked to justify legislation regarding the teaching of Creationism, abortion rights and restrictions, race relations, gay rights and same-sex marriage, even foreign policy. In what ways, if any, is "Torah" distinct and different from "the Bible" invoked by politicians? How do Jewish understandings of the Torah's teachings relate to biblical texts alluded to in political debates?


Presenters
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Marsha B. Cohen

Independent Scholar and Lecturer; Instructor for the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School and CAJE/Melton Adult Jewish Studies Program
Marsha B. Cohen is an independent scholar, writer, news analyst and lecturer. She taught International Relations at Florida International University for over a decade, and has been teaching for the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School since 1998. She earned her PhD in International Relations from Florida International University and her BA in Political Philosophy from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She writes for the Foreign Policy site Lobe Log... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room 114

1:00pm

What We Know Now That We Didn’t Know Then

The latest revelations about the Holocaust stuns even the scholars who thought they already knew everything about the horrific details of Germany’s program of genocide against the Jewish people. It’s taken more than 70 years to finally know the full facts.

Researchers in United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem have recently released newly uncovered documentation that astounds even the most informed scholars. The ADL’s first world-wide study of antisemitism further illuminates the situations we face today. This session will bring you up-to-date on the realities and lessons of the Shoah. 


Presenters
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Aley Sheer

Manger, Leo Martin March of the Living, Leo Martin March of the Living
Aley Sheer is the Manager of the Leo Martin March of the Living at The Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education in Miami and is the Founding Director of Camp Fiesta, South Florida’s summer camp for children with cancer (30 years). He is a life-long Jewish Educator, a Jewish musician and recording artist (his most recent music video, Kosherface, has almost 600,000 hits on Youtube), a nationally recognized lecturer (JWB Lecture Bureau... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Right Ballroom

1:00pm

Creating the Container: Forging Intimate Jewish Community

Have you ever left a Jewish gathering with some connection, but no sense of anything Jewish having taken place? How about going to a Jewish learning experience seeking connection with others, only to leave dissatisfied? This class will take an experiential approach to building community, based on communication, sharing, and vulnerability. Using Judaism as a touchstone and the Ayeka methodology of learning (coined by Rabbi Aryeh Ben David), Greg Lawrence will lead us on a journey of introspection and sharing that leaves us satisfied both in the head and the heart.


Presenters
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Greg Lawrence

Director, The Tribe
Greg Lawrence has a BA in Psychology and Education Certification from Brandeis University. He received his Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology in 2011 from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. Prior to/during his time as a grad student he spent several years as membership liaison at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, San Francisco's LGBT Synagogue. Also in the Bay Area, Lawrence served as a lay leader in the Wilderness Torah... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Alcove South Second Floor

1:00pm

Paying for Kidneys: Illegal? Immoral?

Do you like to debate? (Of course you do… you’re Jewish.) Come participate in a heated, fascinating, timely, and meaningful audience debate. Seven thousand Americans die every year waiting for organs. Is buying them from poor people exploitation? Can only the rich afford organs? Come and argue your side. 


Presenters
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Robert Berman

Robert Berman is a graduate of Harvard University (MPA), Baruch College (MBA), Yeshiva University (BA), Gruss Kollel and Yeshivat Hakotel. He has been published in New York Magazine, the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Week, Moment Magazine, Ha'aretz, Times of Israel, and the Jerusalem Report. He is the founder of the Halachic Organ Donor Society.


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Room 126

1:00pm

Rockin' Rikuddim
Israeli folkdance for children is not what you may imagine. No not Zemer atik, 
mayim mayim and od lo ahavti dai. It is much more than that. It is fun, games, 
learning.  In Limmud, Israeli dancing means picking up some Hebrew words, creativity, 
Learning a line dance, partner dance and even a dance in trios. Hearing modern 
Israeli music, coordination, challenges, playing games and much more.
Don’t miss it this Israeli dance class, with more than just Israeli dancing.  

Presenters
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Silvio Berlfein

Program Director, Who Thought of That
Silvio Berlfein is a choreographer, Israeli Dance teacher, trainer and specialist in games and recreation. He has presented workshops in Israeli Dance all over South America and throughout the United States. Berlfein practices a unique style of teaching, in which humor and dynamics play a central role. He has worked with all ages and all levels of dancers from non-dancers to professionals. Berlfein is the creator of several dances, including... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 128

1:00pm

Jamboree
Get your body moving and grooving with songs, instruments and props that would be hard to resist at any age. 

Presenters
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Batsheva Ganz

Educator and JourneyDance Facilitator
Batsheva Ganz lives in Hollywood, FL with her three undeniably adorable children. She received her BA in Art Therapy from Lesley University, trained as a Montessori educator at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center and is a certified Kindermusik Director. Currently pursuing her Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy, Batsheva has spent the past several years immersed in creative education for young children, which included running her... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 130

1:00pm

Lunch
Grab your lunch and attend a session or sit outside to chat with friends!



Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Outside Tent Biscayne Bay exit

1:00pm

The Abraham Play
Actor Jon Adam Ross is "Abe," a man living through a day of biblical proportions in this play inspired by the book of Genesis and devised from stories collected in the Minnesota Jewish Community. 
This performance is made possible by a grant from The Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
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Chantal Pavageaux

Director and Performance Artist
Chantal Pavageaux is a director and performance artist. In NYC, she has worked extensively with Mabou Mines and performed at NY Live Arts, Dixon Place, The Bushwick Hotel, The Bushwick Starr, and The Invisible Dog Art Center. In Minneapolis, her work has been seen at the Guthrie Theater, Walker Art Center, the Bedlam Theatre, the Red Eye, the Open Eye and the Bryant Lake Bowl. She co-founded the performance art duo Royal Lace Paper Works and... Read More →
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Jon Adam Ross

Director of Experiential Education, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
Jon Adam Ross has performed his one-man shows in over 90 cities around the world. His newest endeavor is the ambitious inHEIRitance Project, which has Jon writing and performing 5 new plays in 5 cities over the next 3 years. Jon lives in NYC where his stage credits include: a dog, a bird, a horse, a goat, an elderly orthodox Jew, a spurned wife, a British naval officer in 1700's Jamaica, Jesus Christ, a lawyer, a hapless police chief, and a... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Room 120

2:00pm

Instant Choir

By teaching you some songs (rounds and harmony pieces), we will cover a set of useful ways to learn songs with confidence. We will finish the session singing in harmony!


Presenters
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Norman Cohen Falah

Cantor, Temple Sinai of North Dade
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Norman Cohen Falah arrived in North Miami Beach in 2012 to serve Temple Sinai of North Dade as Cantor. Cohen Falah is the son of an Ashkenazi mother and a Sephardic father with both traditions bringing a strong influence on his upbringing, inspiring him to pursue a lifelong celebration of the two cultures. In his early twenties, Cohen Falah pursued the study of Hazzanut at the Latin-American Rabbinical Seminary... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room 122

2:00pm

Three Creation Stories
The Rabbis taught that there are seventy ways to understand every verse of the Torah. We will look at the first verse in Genesis and give three very different interpretations. Using science, philosophy, and Jewish mysticism, this will bring us to three very different views of how God made the universe.

Presenters
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Michael Gold

Spiritual Leader, Temple Beth Torah Sha'aray Tzedek
Michael Gold has served as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Torah Sha'aray Tzedek for over 25 years. He is the author of five books including Does God Belong in the Bedroom? and The Kabbalah of Love. Currently Gold is finishing his PhD at Florida Atlantic University in the Comparative Studies Department. His topic is process philosophy and the creation story in the Zohar. 


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room 115

2:00pm

Getting Better All the Time: A Timeless Guide to Awesome Aging

They came of age in the 60’s; now, in their sixties, they’re redefining what it means to be young. History’s most adventurous generation is now facing the angst of advancing age. Simcha & Frumma Gottlieb, speaking from the leading edge of the baby boom, take an up-close-and-personal look at the art of awesome aging. They show us how to reclaim lost dreams, fulfill new goals, and delight in a life of passionate purpose. Profound and practical, with powerful tools for whole health, beauty, intimacy, finances, parenting adult children – and learning from grandkids, mental clarity, and much, much more!


Presenters
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Frumma Gottlieb

Author, Educator, Life Coach, Soulsculptors
Frumma Rosenberg- Gottlieb is the author of Getting Better All The Time, A Timeless Guide to Awesome Aging Based on Jewish Values. A Jewish Educator and Life Coach on five continents, Rosenberg- Gottlieb’s lectures on Emotional Intelligence, Forgiveness, Meditation and Mindfulness, Childrearing, Marriage and Awesome Aging are favorites on Chabad.org and often featured on Torah Cafe. Rosenberg- Gottlieb has been a featured presenter at... Read More →
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Simcha Gottlieb

Doctor of Oriental Medicine/Wellness Coach/Author/Educator, Private Practice
Simcha Gottlieb, MS, is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. He is formerly Adjunct Professor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a respected lecturer on Chassidic Philosophy, and is in clinical practice in an integrative setting at Miami’s Mount Sinai Medical Center.  As a board-certified Herbalist and Acupuncture Physician, he has studied and practiced nutrition and natural medicine from both a Jewish and Asian... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room 114

2:00pm

The Paradox of “Relational” Judaism

We live in a truly amazing time when we can interact with more people than our ancestors could ever imagine! The question is, are the relationships we build as deep as they used to be? What might be holding us back? Perhaps we were hurt by someone and now avoid deep relationships? In short, relationships are complicated, especially with those who challenge us the most. Together, we will engage in traditional Jewish texts about the paradox of relational Judaism, specifically about relationships in the Talmud that were rich, but also dangerous. Were they worth it? Participants will learn in chevrutah (pairs) and engage in story sharing.


Presenters
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David Baum

Rabbi, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
David Baum, a first-generation American and rare native Floridian, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He received his Rabbinic ordination and Master's degree in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2009, and since then has served as the first full-time rabbi/spiritual leader of Congregation Shaarei Kodesh in West Boca Raton... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room 126

2:00pm

Jewish Yoga and Meditation: Engage and Connect the Body and Mind

What in the world is Jewish yoga? What is Jewish meditation? Do Jews meditate? Does meditation come from Buddhism? Who is Rabbi Nachman? We will explore the history of Jewish meditation, experience gentle stretching, create kavanot (intentions), and learn the basic techniques of meditation from a Jewish perspective. If you're looking to create awareness of the body and mind, this is the session for you! Warning: Self-awareness may lead to great contentment. 


Presenters
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Arielle Shimko

SOBE J & Temple Emanu-El
Shalom and Namaste! I am a 200 hour certified yoga instructor and incorporate yoga and meditation into alternative Jewish prayer services. I am honored to be the Spiritual Director of SobeJ, a Young Professional chavurah in South Beach. We enjoy drum circles on the beach, fabrengen and connecting to our local community through unique methods. I recently started Rabbinical School at Aleph, through the Jewish Renewal movement. I have dreams of... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Alcove South Second Floor

2:00pm

Mapping Your Mikvah Mandala: An Artful Healing and Spiritual Guide

“Mandala,” Sanskrit for “circle,” is a spiritual and ritual symbol representing the universe in Indian religions. This session will be an experiential, hands-on activity, where you will map your own personal mikvah mandala following a short teaching of the meaning of mikvah according to Jewish tradition, in its physical and metaphysical meanings. In his pioneering exploration of the subconscious through his own art making, Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung observed the circle motif appearing spontaneously, reflecting his inner state at that moment. An array of art materials will be used to create a mapping of your very own personal definition of a mikvah mandala.


Presenters
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Judith Levitin

Artist
Judith Levitin was born and educated in Brooklyn where she attended Beth Rivkah Schools Allied Academies, Chabad School for Girls and received an AS degree in Judaic Education. Additionally, she holds an AA degree in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a BFA from FIU. She has lived in Melbourne, Australia as a Shalucha teaching preschool Hebrew and Judaics. Levitin is a certified Art teacher in the State of Florida, and in... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room 117

2:00pm

Media 101: Reading Between the Lines of How the Media Reports on Israel
Take a closer look at the media and explore the impact that media bias has on how we see Israel and the world. Examine different forms of bias, reveal the influence of media outlets and censorship, and discover how social media affects the accuracy of the news we see.

Presenters
avatar for Matt Weisbaum

Matt Weisbaum

Managing Director, Jerusalem U
Matthew began educating and advocating about Israel upon making Aliyah in 2001, at the height of terror attacks on Israeli civilians. Whether as a madrich, a tour guide giving dignitaries, press or tourists a first-hand knowledge of Israel or as a lecturer, Matthew excels at conveying not only the facts, but also the depth & meaning of a host of Israel-related issues.  He joined Jerusalem U in 2009 to pioneer new systems for... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Right Ballroom

2:00pm

What Do the BDSers Really Want? When Failure Succeeds, Something Always Sticks

A brief history of how BDS got its start, from the 1920’s to the present; the impact of the UN’s Zionism-as-Racism resolution on the UN Durbin Racism conference and how it has adapted to local concerns; the cast of characters behind BDS; what is its real goal; and finally, what should be done. If something always sticks, then we should concentrate on making our message better.


Presenters
avatar for Samuel Edelman

Samuel Edelman

Founding Member, Executive Director, Academic Council for Israel and adjunct professor of Israel Studies and Zionism at Univ of Miami
Samuel M. Edelman is one of the founding faculty members of the new Academic Council for Israel, is its Executive Director and is a visiting professor of Israel Studies and Zionism at University of Miami. He is the former Director of the Israel on Campus Coalition Academic Affairs Department and the National Academic Network and its Fellows Program. Edelman has served as the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and Dean... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room 110

2:00pm

Biblical Secrets to Business Success

On the road to becoming a successful entrepreneur, Bob Diener confronted many tough issues: how to treat employees, how to please customers, whether to cut corners, whether to follow the temptation of an unsavory deal. Bob found solutions to all these issues through careful study of “the best guidebook to running a successful business ever written” – the Bible. Dilemmas become easy when viewed from the biblical perspective. “Our work is meaningless unless to do good,” counsels the Book of Ecclesiastes. Companies that abide by the Bible’s rules tend to prosper long term. Companies that cheat, defraud, and operate unethically don’t stay in business very long. You too can become a successful entrepreneur by following the biblical principles that Bob discusses.


Presenters
avatar for Bob Diener

Bob Diener

President, Getaroom.com
Bob Diener is the Co-Founder of the company that became Hotels.com and the President and Co-Founder of Getaroom.com, named the best hotel booking site by Frommers.com. Along with his partner, David Litman, he created the merchant model for booking hotel rooms and launched one of the first travel sites on the web. They sold a majority interest in the company to Interactive Corp. and took the company public as CEO and President in early 2000 in one... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Left Ballroom

2:00pm

The Controversy Over Conversion

Conversion is one of the most controversial issues in Judaism today. The four movements of Judaism have different approaches to conversion – which sometimes create conflict. How do we deal with this? Could there be a solution? What do the classical textual sources of Judaism say? How has this issue been dealt with in Jewish history? What questions does this issue raise about what it means to be Jewish in the twenty-first century? With intermarriage rate at over 70% of non-Orthodox American Jewry, this is an issue that we all need to confront.


Presenters
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David Kalb

Rabbi, Beit Ohr Torah
David Kalb is the Rabbi of Beit Ohr Torah. His goal is to bring Judaism into all aspects of life, believing that Judaism has to be a holistic experience that can operate in the real world. Kalb approaches scholarship as a living part of Jewish experience. Kalb is an Associate faculty member of CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Past academic experiences... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Alcove North Second Floor

2:00pm

When Ben becomes Bat: The Transgender Experience

One of today's most hot-button topics has to do with what it means to be transgender. Caught in the confusion of this are the individuals, couples, and families who struggle with this reality on a personal, and spiritual level. This presentation will touch upon what it means to be transgender, the experiences a transgender person might have, the effects on the family, and ways the Jewish community has made efforts to reach out in support. Regardless of our own assumptions, and biases, this presentation will equip the participant in ways to make respectful sense of, and be empathetic to, those who identify as transgender – along with their friends and family.


Presenters
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Amy Miller

Argyle Therapeutic Services
Hi, I'm Amy Miller. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a private practice in Ft. Lauderdale. I specialize in sex and sexuality, focus a lot of my clinical work and research on working with the LGBTQ community, and specifically Transgender individuals. Growing up in Miami Beach, I was surrounded by a very strong Jewish community. After living in Israel for a year on Young Judaeas Year Course, I returned with a mission to do... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Room 124

2:00pm

Art Attack
We will be painting mini masterpieces  in the style of pop artist Romero Brito. Then we will mask out areas of their canvas with tape and paint in those sections with vibrant colors and bold black patterns. They are surely going to POP!!

Presenters
avatar for Lindsey Melnick

Lindsey Melnick

Lindsey Melnick is an art teacher and new mom. She taught art at the Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach for seven years and now gives private art lessons in the community when she isn't chasing her nine month old son around the house. She graduated from the University of Florida school of Fine Arts and studied art history in Florence, Italy.


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 128

2:00pm

Magnetic Shul
An interactive, educational session designed to engage young children in ritual, Jewish traditions.

Presenters
avatar for Justin Sakofs

Justin Sakofs

Visionary & Co- Founder, MagneticShul
Justin Sakofs is a passionate Jewish Educator who has taken his years of experience to develop MagneticShul, a toy designed to engage children through developmentally appropriate play.


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 130

3:00pm

Jewish Film in 2009: A Serious Man Versus Inglourious Basterds
Two major Jewish-content films were nominated for Best Picture at the 2009 Academy Awards:  The Coen Brothers' A Serious Man and Quentin Tarantino'sInglourious Basterds. In this session we will compare, contrast, and discuss how they inadvertently reveal a stark divide in the media's approach to religion both in their production, the content on screen, and their greater place in Jewish cinema.

Presenters
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Saul Sudin

Creative Director/ Filmmaker, Jewish Art Now
Saul Sudin is a writer and filmmaker obsessed with shining a light on underdog stories. His documentary production Punk Jews was released to critical acclaim by The New Yorker, Haaretz, and The New York Times and received distribution through the National Center for Jewish Film. In 2013 the viral video Sleeping on Strangers on the Subway, which he directed, received over 500,000 views in its first two days and was featured on ABC World News... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 120

3:00pm

The Rebirth of Ladino and Its Culture: Our Lost Ladino Brethren Return Home

Presumed dead since the Holocaust, Ladino culture has been fondly reminisced for over half a century. Ladino Sephardim have spread thinly all over the globe, and have been engulfed by other Jewish traditions. Over the past few years, we are witnessing a return of the Ladino progeny to the glory of their ancestors. This has come about with the security of relative peace, the urgency of a world demanding authenticity, and by increased connectivity through the Internet and travel. Since 2013, International Ladino Day has been celebrated annually and Ladino language and classes are becoming more available. Sephardim from the Ottoman Empire are reconnecting with their heritage. Join the Balkan Jewish Communities in this panel discussion to learn how they are working to help make it possible.


Moderators
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Judy Kaplan

Facilitator, Mentor, Philanthropist, and Midwife, Balkan Jewish Communities, Salonika Greece
Judy Kaplan is a co-founder of Balkan Jewish Communities in Salonika Greece, and a Board member of the Sephardic Federation of Palm Beach County. She is devoted to revitalizing Ladino-Sephardic heritage locally and internationally. In 2014 and 2015 she organized the Florida branch of the International Ladino Day, and she collaborates with other Ladino-Sephardic initiatives in locations the world over. Balkan Jewish Communities was formed in... Read More →

Presenters
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Rose Allen

President, Sephardic Federation of Palm Beach County
Rose Pappo Allen is a retired communications professional who has dedicated part of her life to honoring her parents by helping to preserve their Sephardic heritage. The Papo family history traces back to over 400 years in Sarajevo where they were “Attars”, with renowned apothecary stalls in the old market. Rose grew up in Long Beach, NY where her parents emigrated after surviving WWII, lived in Boston for many years and has been in... Read More →
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Daniel Hadar

Rabbi, Turkish Sephardic Community in Miami Beach
Spiritual Leader of the Next Generation Sephardic Center and Rabbi of the Turkish Sephardic community - Temple Moses, in Miami Beach. Rabbi Hadar has authored the commentary on several Ladino-Sephardic prayer books. He is an attorney, a Rabbi and a much sought after speaker who was elected as one of Forward Magazine’s Most Inspiring Rabbis of 2015. 
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Mordechai Lichy

Rabbi/Teacher, Chabad Spanish Center of Coral Springs, Hebrew Academy of Margate
Mordechai Lichy, is the founder and spiritual leader of La Sinagoga, the Spanish congregation which attracts Jews from South and Central America. As the son of Cuban immigrants, Lichy enjoyed growing up in Miami under the watchful eye of his Nona with Ladino as the spoken language in their home.  He also has firsthand knowledge of what it means to discover the richness of Jewish heritage through Chabad; as his parents, proud but... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 117

3:00pm

Bruce Jenner and Transgender Issues: Counting in the Minyan?

With the passing of The Supreme Court decision regarding same sex marriage, we have all become sensitized to this previously under-recognized segment of our communities. The Jewish community will have to deal with many additional halachic issues regarding the ritual status of transgender and multi-gender members of the minyan. The issue is not new; rather, it’s been discussed numerous times in the Talmud and Middle Age sources.


Presenters
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Eliot Pearlson

Temple Menorah
Eliot Pearlson has been the spiritual leader of Temple Menorah for 26 years. He is a homegrown native of Miami, educated locally in the Hebrew Academy, the Mesifta and The Talmudic University of South Florida. His rabbinic studies include studying at Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch in Brooklyn, Yeshiva University and Diaspora Yeshiva Mt. Zion. In addition to his ordination, Pearlson has undergraduate degrees in Jewish Studies and Biochemistry... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 115

3:00pm

Exploring the Meaning of Being Jewish

This workshop will identify and explore the Jewish spiritual practices you are most drawn to, while discovering the answer to "If I'm already a good person, why be Jewish?" And, given that a meaningful Jewish spiritual life is inspired by powerful stories that are well told, we will begin with a vibrant telling of Rabbi Goldie Milgram's "The Missing Mitzvah Feathers," a true story that takes place in Russia and the Ukraine as Perestroika dawns.


Presenters
avatar for Goldie Milgram

Goldie Milgram

Storyteller, Educator, Executive Director, Reclaiming Judaism, Reclaiming Judaism
Goldie Milgram serves as dean and founder of Reclaiming Judaism and the Maggid Educator-Ordination Program. She is also a leader in the emerging field of Jewish spiritual education. Her evolving body of work has been honored by the Covenant Foundation, the National Jewish Book Awards, and featured at the Jewish Futures Conference. Newest publications include co-editing Seeking and Soaring: Jewish Approaches to Spiritual Guidance and... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 124

3:00pm

Life Transitions and the Spiritual Journey to Transformation

In this workshop, we will explore the various transitions we’ve made in our lives and the lessons we’ve learned from them. In particular, we will examine a current life transition, how it is impacting our way of being in the world and how we can manifest our hopes, dreams and aspirations for a fulfilling future. We will explore Jewish texts that put our transitions in perspective. We will share rituals around life changing events --- including birthdays, divorce, retirement, moving to new homes and jobs, and dealing with illness and recovery, as well as grief and loss — increasing meaning and joy leading to transformation. Expect to write and to engage in dialogue with your inner voice and others on this journey of discovery.


Presenters
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Cheryl Weiner

Community Rabbi, Mishkan Miami, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Rabbi Cheryl Weiner, Ph.D, BCC, is a Vice President of the Rabbinical Association of GreaterMiami and is Director of its Refuat HaNefesh/Visiting the Sick Training Program and AlumniNetwork. Ordained in 2007 from the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, she is on theBoard of Trustees for the Jewish Publication Society and Neshama, the Association for JewishChaplaincy. As a community chaplain, she serves Seasons’ Hospice and conducts... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Right Ballroom

3:00pm

Living and Leaving Your Legacy: Writing an Ethical Will and More

This session will offer an introspective look into living a life that matters and translating that into the writing of an ethical will. Ethical wills date back to Jacob in the Bible, and have been written throughout the years as a loving gesture and a guidepost for future generations. Merle R. Saferstein will give practical, hands-on ideas on how to write an ethical will and the value of doing so. She will also share suggestions for living and leaving your legacy.


Presenters
avatar for Merle R. Saferstein

Merle R. Saferstein

Legacy Educator
As the Director of Educational Outreach at the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center for 26 years, Merle Saferstein worked closely with hundreds of Holocaust survivors helping them to pass along their Legacy of Remembrance. In doing so, she came to understand the importance of learning life lessons from others. Saferstein teaches a course entitled Living and Leaving One’s Legacy. She has trained hospice staffs and volunteers in South... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 122

3:00pm

Yiddishkeit in the Israeli Mlitary: Too Much? Too Little?
Recent Years have witnessed a marked increase in the percentages of religiously observant men and women serving in combat  units in the Israel Defense Force.  In this session we shall examine the background and context of that development and discuss its possible implications for the structure and culture of Israel's military.

Presenters
avatar for Stuart Cohen

Stuart Cohen

Professor of Political Science, Bar Ilan University, Emeritus, Chair (Retired) Political Studies Department, Ashkelon Academic College
Born in London, England, Stuart Cohen was educated at Oxford University, England, where he earned his Ph.D. in diplomatic history in 1972. He thereafter emigrated to Israel where for the next four decades he taught political studies at Bar-Ilan University, before retiring at the rank of Full Professor in 2013. He accepted an invitation to establish and chair the politics department at Ashkelon Academic College, Israel, from which he... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 114

3:00pm

Out of the Box: A Story of Agunot and Agunim

An in-depth look at the agunah/agun issue. What does it mean to be an agunah/agun? What is the history of this halachic predicament and what efforts have been made to affect change over the years? This is an up-close and personal perspective, which will expand to community consciousness, public awareness, and the social responsibility surrounding this issue.


Presenters
avatar for Batsheva Ganz

Batsheva Ganz

Educator and JourneyDance Facilitator
Batsheva Ganz lives in Hollywood, FL with her three undeniably adorable children. She received her BA in Art Therapy from Lesley University, trained as a Montessori educator at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center and is a certified Kindermusik Director. Currently pursuing her Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy, Batsheva has spent the past several years immersed in creative education for young children, which included running her... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 126

3:00pm

Scaling Up: How Effective Jewish Nonprofits Employ Best Practices

Elise and Gil Bonwitt have worked as both professional and lay leaders in the social sector. Through those experiences, they identified several best practices that would have exponential impact on Jewish social sector organizations, including Gazelles, used by more than 1,000 companies worldwide. As a consequence, they co-founded Gazelles Social Initiative, an international program that implements some of the applicable Gazelles best practices into the social sector. You will be surprised to find out that some of the best practices are based on Jewish principles and values. This session will allow Jewish non-profits to strengthen their strategies, business models, and relationships.


Presenters
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Elise Scheck Bonwitt

Consultant, Coach, Attorney, Business Owner, Gazelle's Social Initiative
Elise is co-founder of Gazelle's Social Initiative. She is a corporate attorney, certified mediator and coach who has volunteered much of her time to several non-profits. Most recently, she was President of Women's Philanthropy of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
avatar for Gil Bonwitt

Gil Bonwitt

Owner, New Horizons Computer Learning
Gil Bonwitt is co-founder of Gazelle's Social Initiative. He is the owner of New Horizons Computer Learning Center and Florida Vocational Institute. He has also volunteered with several organizations. Most recently, he was President of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in Miami.


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Room 110

3:00pm

GROW
Get a taste of the GROW series, where children learn EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE through a research-based top notch curriculum. Instead of lecturing about how to treat others, how to recognize your own and other's emotions, and how to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, the GROW Series DEVELOPS this within your child through various fun and artistic mediums. GROW is being developed by cKids, YALE University & CHAP Learn more at ChabadChayil.org/GROW 

Presenters
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Kids Grow Staff

Chabad
CHAP offers a smorgasbord of afterschool activities of highest standards while giving children a sense of warmth, pride and love for their heritage and Israel. With once-a-week, every-day or specialty tracks, there's something for everyone! Learn more at HebrewSchool.info or (305) 770-1919. 


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 128

3:00pm

Joogalkids: Meditation in Motion
JoogalKids is a fun method of creative movement, mindfullness, music and meditation, that improves moticity and concentration in babies and kids, based on the ancient wisdom of the Hebrew alephbet.   It is a way of training children to strengthen their body, mind and soul while learning universal values through play and meditation.  JoogalKIds is the best and most innovative way for kids to learn, exercise and have fun at the same time.  

Presenters
avatar for Devora Benchimol

Devora Benchimol

Joogal Kids: Meditation in Motion, Founder
Devora was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to a family which enjoyed dancing together. During her teenage years, she practiced acrobatic gymnastics and learned more about dance to nurture her spiritual and artistic side. To help children deal with emotions and develop concentration skills through the power of creative movement, Devora created Joogal Kids, a fun method of creative movement that is based on the ancient wisdom of the Hebrew... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 130

3:00pm

The Art of Hebrew Kirtan: Opening Your Heart to Meditation through Music

Hebrew Kirtan – inspired by a form of devotional prayer developed in India – is a call-and-response, participatory chant where short, sacred phrases from the Jewish tradition are treated as powerful, universal meditations. It is at once contemplative, ecstatic,and plain old fun. Join the “Kirtan Rabbi,” Rabbi Andrew Hahn, for a deep immersion in this cutting-edge practice. We will chant a lot. And we'll discuss creating and leading chants, do easy meditation and voice exercises, and study related Jewish texts. You do not need to know any Hebrew or be a singer to enjoy this workshop.


Presenters
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Andrew Hahn

Rabbi, Musician, Martial Artist, Jewish Studies Teacher, Kirtan Rabbi
Andrew Hahn is known as both the Kirtan Rabbi and — depending upon which phone booth he exits — also as the Tai Chi Rabbi. He has pioneered Kirtan in the Jewish world, crisscrossing the country to offer communal call-and-response chant concerts and meditation seminars. Hahn earned a PhD from the Jewish Theological Seminary and holds ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has been teaching Tai Chi... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:50pm
Left Ballroom

4:00pm

Klezmer is Happening! An Overview of Traditional Klezmer Music

This overview of the Klezmer genre will explore the meaning of the melodies, the classic Klezmer repertoire of weddings, simchas, after-the-wedding, and much more. The class will feature live music. You’ll learn the answers to some of those burning questions such as: How did Jews dance before Hava Nagila? Or, who was the "baden?" And what is a real Hora?! And you thought you knew . . . Musicians and non-musicians are welcome. If you can actually play any Klezmer, bring your instrument. You won’t actually play, but it should look nice!


Presenters
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Jay Marder

Musician, YIKES!, Jewish/Klezmer band based at Young Israel of Kendall in Pinecrest, Florida
Jay Marder studied piano in the San Francisco Bay Area. He picked up guitar and bass fiddle from his brother. Jay's bandmate once introduced him to banjo teacher Jerry Garcia. Marder's piano mentor, the late Vince Guaraldi, composed the Peanuts cartoon music and recorded his big hit Cast Your Fate to the Wind. Jay currently co-leads YIKES!, a klezmer band that plays Eastern European Jewish style of music. He has studied klezmer music for over... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room 124

4:00pm

Mendel’s Daughter: A Graphic Memoir

Take a journey to prewar Poland and meet my mother, a young girl growing up in the tiny village of Germakivka. See how her world changes into the darker experiences of German occupation, the destruction of her family, of flight into the forest, hiding, survival, and her eventual  escape to freedom.  Travel with me to "modern"-day Germakivka and see what's left of my mother's past.


Presenters
avatar for Martin Lemelman

Martin Lemelman

Writer/Illustrator, Martin Lemelman
The child of Holocaust survivors, Martin Lemelman was raised in back of a Brooklyn candy store. His graphic memoir, Two Cents Plain: My Brooklyn Boyhood is about that experience. It was selected as one of the Best Memoirs of the Year by Kirkus Reviews. His graphic memoir, Mendel’s Daughter is the story of Jewish family life in Poland in the 1930’s and his mother’s miraculous survival in the Holocaust. The book was an Austin... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room 117

4:00pm

Between the Strong Ones of Israel and Pious Ones of Babylonia: Does Location Matter?

The Talmud tells us that there are certain Rabbis who are considered "The Strong Ones of Israel" – but what gives them strength? Is strength positive or negative in the Talmud? How does location and environment effect a person’s Judaism? We’ll examine these questions together, and attempt to understand our own relationship to Israel and the Diaspora. All texts will be in English and the original, and no prior text experience is necessary. 


Presenters
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has served as... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room 115

4:00pm

Kabbalah through the Lens of Tarot

The Golden Age of Jewish Mysticism in Spain coincided with the rising popularity of Tarot cards. You might think that the two have little do with each other, yet these cards are filled with Kabbalistic imagery. We will reveal the symbols of the Kabbalah in the Tarot cards and, in so doing, we can transform the cards into tools for mystical meditation. Come and learn how to reveal the power of Kabbalah in the Tarot cards.


Presenters
avatar for Kim Lerner

Kim Lerner

Administrator, Institute of jewish Knowledge and Learning
Kim Lerner has served as Administrative Director of the Institute of Jewish Knowledge & Learning (IJKL) since its inception in 1993 and has played a key role in envisioning and enacting its development. IJKL organizes outreach teaching, special events and spiritually centered trips to Israel. Lerner is active with Orloff CAJE programming, participates in leading the Jewish Book Series at the public library and is passionate about Jewish... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room 126

4:00pm

The Power of Words

Words can be used to build or to destroy. Our words can actually break one’s spirit, even stir up hatred and violence. They not only exacerbate wounds, but inflict them directly. Of all the creatures on this planet, only man has the ability to communicate through the spoken word. The power to use words is a unique and powerful gift from God. In this session, I will explore the power of our words. I will bring examples from the Bible, Halacha, and our prayer book, and examine the concept of Lashon Hara.


Presenters
avatar for Ella Levy

Ella Levy

Educator, Bet Shira
Ella Levy was born in Jerusalem and attended Wingate Institute for Physical Education to become a certified Physical Education teacher, a swimming coach, a lifeguard and an Israeli folk dancing instructor. Levy attended FIU and holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Education from Nova Southeastern University specializing in Organizational and Educational Leadership. For her dissertation, Levy developed a professional development program... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Alcove South Second Floor

4:00pm

Star of David Candle Holders from Fimo

We will make candle holders with Fimo, a material similar to clay that, once it’s baked in a conventional oven, gets hard like a rock. It comes in different colors that you can mix. In this workshop, we will prepare pieces for you to take home to bake. Parents are welcome to join this session with their kids!


Presenters
avatar for Vanina Tarlovsky

Vanina Tarlovsky

ID interactive design
I was born in Buenos Aires Argentina and had my degree as a Graphic Designer from the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Buenos Aires - Argentina. In January 2003, I moved to Miami with my family. I have my company, id interactive design, exclusive phot albums.


Sunday February 21, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Right Ballroom

4:00pm

Jewish Diplomacy and the United Nations

The United Nations has become a symbol of Israel's global political challenges and Jewish diplomacy efforts. This presentation will provide an insider’s view of the United Nations, its functions and relationships with the Israeli Government and the Jewish People, in the past and today. Among the topics covered: the Palestinian question in the United Nations, economic and technology development, and more.


Presenters
avatar for Efraim Chalamish

Efraim Chalamish

Business and Law Professor and Adviser, Forward Advisors
Efraim Chalamish is an International Economic Law professor, advisor and commentator involved in research and analysis of cutting-edge areas in public and private international economic law and international legal practice in New York, Paris and Israel. He has served as a Global Fellow at New York University, exploring global governance of corporations and multilateral institutions, the intersection of business and national security, energy and... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room 122

4:00pm

The Islamification of Europe: Filling the Jewish Void in a Post-Holocaust Europe

This session will take the participants on a voyage through the history of Islam's growth and development, from the seventh century through its manifestation of world-wide presence in the twenty-first century. It will explore the growth of the Muslim communities throughout the various nations of Europe, specifically, and how that growth has impacted Europe's view of Israel.


Presenters
avatar for Leon Weissberg

Leon Weissberg

Educator & CEO, LTW Educational Consultants, Inc.
Dr. Weissberg holds a Doctorate in Education and a Masters in Jewish Studies. As the former Director of the March of the Living for the Southern Region & for Miami-Dade he has led over 2000 teens and hundreds of adults to Poland and the sites of the greatest catastrophic event of the 20th century. He teaches Holocaust studies on the university level and was invited by the Polish Government on two occasions to participate in cohorts to help... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room 120

4:00pm

Eating Disorders and the Jewish Community

Eating disorders do not discriminate between race, religion, or social class. However, the Jewish community has unique situations that could contribute to the development of an eating disorder. This session will describe the serious nature of these disorders from a biological, psychological, and spiritual perspective. Jewish influences on one’s relationship with food and body weight, shape, and size will be explored.


Presenters
avatar for Sammi Siegel

Sammi Siegel

Owner, Siegel Counseling Services
Sammi L. Siegel, PhD, LMHC specializes in treating the full spectrum of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. As well, Dr. Siegel provides psychosocial evaluations for individuals seeking surgical options for weight loss. Since its opening in 2008, Dr. Siegel has been facilitating Spirituality Groups at the Oliver-Pyatt Center, an eating disorders treatment center.


Sunday February 21, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Room 110

4:00pm

Star of David Candle Holders from Fimo
Spend time as a family creating candle holders with Fimo, a material similar to clay.  This session will not be taking place in the children's room, and requires a parent in attendance.  If you would like to have you child/ren join you for this session, please come pick them up from the children's room.  Alternate session is available for children who will not be doing this one.  


Presenters
avatar for Vanina Tarlovsky

Vanina Tarlovsky

ID interactive design
I was born in Buenos Aires Argentina and had my degree as a Graphic Designer from the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, Buenos Aires - Argentina. In January 2003, I moved to Miami with my family. I have my company, id interactive design, exclusive phot albums.


Sunday February 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Right Ballroom

4:00pm

Whacky Music
Discover your inner musician through various instruments, fun props and interactive games.

Presenters
avatar for Batsheva Ganz

Batsheva Ganz

Educator and JourneyDance Facilitator
Batsheva Ganz lives in Hollywood, FL with her three undeniably adorable children. She received her BA in Art Therapy from Lesley University, trained as a Montessori educator at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center and is a certified Kindermusik Director. Currently pursuing her Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy, Batsheva has spent the past several years immersed in creative education for young children, which included running her... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 128

4:00pm

Art Attack
Have a blast while making Judaic suncatchers! We will be decorating  both sides of the wooden suncatcher and stringing colorful irrdescent beads onto our creations. These are simple and fun to make and when they're done watch them glimmer in the sun!

Presenters
avatar for Lindsey Melnick

Lindsey Melnick

Lindsey Melnick is an art teacher and new mom. She taught art at the Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach for seven years and now gives private art lessons in the community when she isn't chasing her nine month old son around the house. She graduated from the University of Florida school of Fine Arts and studied art history in Florence, Italy.


Sunday February 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 130

5:00pm

Megillat Lester: A Purim Movie
While parents attend the gala perfomance, your children can to end a great day with a viewing of acclaimed Jewish children’s movie, Megillas Lester.  Megillas Lester is a full-length animated feature film depicting the fictional story of Doniel Lesterovitch (Lester); a boy whose imagination turns the Purim story upside down. Suddenly finding himself at the feast of King Achashverosh, Lester is ordered to summon queen Vashti to the party … and he inadvertently convinces her to go! With Vashti alive and well, Esther never needs to come to the palace, and that leaves nobody to save the Jews. Uh-oh.

Sunday February 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 120

5:00pm

Gala Performance
Join us for a fantastic closing to Limmud Miami 2016 with a Gala Musical Performance!

Presenters
avatar for Noah Aronson

Noah Aronson

Musician, Noah Aronson Music
Noah Aronson is an energetic and soulful composer/performer whose unique musical style propels his music into communities across the country and in Israel. Noah earned a degree in Jazz Composition and Piano from Berklee College of Music in Boston and held the position of Composer-in-Residence at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Noah conducted the Manhattan HaZamir Choir from 2008-2010 and his choral music received an honorable... Read More →


Sunday February 21, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Outside Tent Biscayne Bay exit