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Saturday, February 16
 

6:45pm

Evening Registration & Welcome Reception
Saturday February 16, 2013 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Illinois Room B Floor 3 North

8:00pm

Comedy Performance: The 188th Crybaby Brigade

When he was 24, Evanston native Joel Chasnoff ditched his blossoming stand-up comedy career to volunteer for a combat unit of the Israeli Army. 

G.I. Joel is Chasnoff's hilarious--and, at times, deeply moving--solo show about identity, friendship, and the absurd reality of life in the Israeli Army. Based on his bestselling memoir, The 188th Crybaby Brigade (Simon and Schuster), G.I. Joel is a coming of age story that begins at Solomon Schechter Day School in Skokie, Illinois and concludes on a deserted hilltop in Lebanon. 

Joel's performance at Limmud Chicago is a workshop production that will include both a Q&A and an opportunity for audience feedback after the show. 


Presenter
avatar for Joel Chasnoff

Joel Chasnoff

Joel Chasnoff is a stand-up comedian and writer with stage and screen credits in eight countries. In February 2010, Simon and Schuster published Joel’s comedic memoir, 188th Crybaby Brigade, about his year as a combat soldier in the Israeli Army. The book made the Denver Post bestseller list. Kirkus Reviews calledCrybaby Brigade “Horrifyingly hilarious.”


Saturday February 16, 2013 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Illinois Room A Floor 3 North

8:00pm

Israeli Film: Life in Stills

Co-sponsored by The Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

At the age of 96, Miriam Weissenstein never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when "The Photo House" - her late husband Rudi's life's work - was destined for demolition, even this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed help. Under the cloud of a family tragedy, a special relationship is forged between Miriam and her grandson, Ben, as they join forces to save the shop and its nearly one million negatives that document Israel's defining moments. Despite the generation gap and many conflicts, Ben and Miriam embark on a heart-wrenching journey, comprising many humorous and touching moments.

http://heymannfilms.com/film/life-in-stills/


Presenter
avatar for Cindy Stern

Cindy Stern

Cindy Stern is the director of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema. An award-winning writer, creative director and integrated marketer for top global brands and causes, Cindy has also headed up successful fundraising events for Hadassah, Anshe Emet Synagogue and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.  


Saturday February 16, 2013 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Cardinal Room Floor 3 North

9:20pm

Concert: Stereo Sinai

Stereo Sinai is the Good Book like you’ve never heard it before.Dubbed “biblegum pop,” the band’s signature sound is the heretical combination of ancient, holy tongues with blasphemous backbeats and synthesized pop melodies. If Gwen Stefani and Will.i.am had been on the mountain with Moses, they would have come down sounding a lot like Stereo Sinai.

The married duo, made up of singer/songwriter Miriam Brosseau and producer Alan Jay Sufrin, comes with a few warnings for the uninitiated, claiming “We steal lyrics FROM GOD,” and “Rabbinic Advisory: Woman Singing.”  But once you’ve tasted the sacred ear-candy that is Stereo Sinai, you’re bound to become a Thumper (Stereo Sinai fans are called “Thumpers,” from the term “bible-thumpers”).

Stereo Sinai released their debut double-album, “Biblegum Pop” and “The Revelation Will Not Be Televised” in December, 2011.

For more about Stereo Sinai, visit: http://www.stereosinai.com. To book Stereo Sinai, fan mail, or other general stuff, write to: info@stereosinai.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stereosinai

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/stereosinai
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/stereosinai
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/stereosinai


 


Presenter
avatar for Miriam Brosseau

Miriam Brosseau

Miriam Brosseau is a singer/songwriter who, along with her husband Alan Jay Sufrin, makes up the duo, Stereo Sinai. Stereo Sinai is the Good Book like you’ve never heard it before.Dubbed “biblegum pop,” the band’s signature sound is the heretical combination of ancient, holy tongues with blasphemous backbeats and synthesized pop melodies. If Gwen Stefani and Will.i.am had been on the mountain with Moses... Read More →
avatar for Alan Jay Sufrin

Alan Jay Sufrin

Producer Alan Jay Sufrin, along with his wife Miriam Brosseau are the duo Stereo Sinai. Stereo Sinai is the Good Book like you’ve never heard it before.Dubbed “biblegum pop,” the band’s signature sound is the heretical combination of ancient, holy tongues with blasphemous backbeats and synthesized pop melodies. If Gwen Stefani and Will.i.am had been on the mountain with Moses, they would have come down... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2013 9:20pm - 10:20pm
Illinois Room A Floor 3 North

10:15pm

Evening Closing
Saturday February 16, 2013 10:15pm - 10:30pm
Illinois Room A Floor 3 North
 
Sunday, February 17
 

7:45am

Registration (Program subject to change)

Register and get your name badge and handbook.


Sunday February 17, 2013 7:45am - 8:45am
Registration

9:00am

Deuteronomy - The Book of Moses

Rabbis going back to the Talmudic age recognized that in many ways, Deuteronomy was a book apart from the rest of the Torah. They even recognized Mosaic authorship (as opposed to divine authorship).  Stylistically, thematically, and theologically, Deuteronomy is almost better-viewed as the first book of the Nevi'im rather than the last book of Torah.  This session will explore how Deuteronomy can be viewed as "The Book of Moses" in the same way that we have the Book of Isaiah, Book of Jeremiah, and other individual books of the prophets.  The session will aslo explore the implications of this viewpoint.


Presenter
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Dan Shulman

Dan Shulman is an avid Jewish learner and lay teacher. He presented at Limmud Chicago 2013 (Deuteronomy: The Book of Moses) and 2014 (Love in the Hebrew Bible). He is a father of 3 boys and member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, IL.


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 610 Tower Floor 6

9:00am

Jewish Mindful Meditation

Participants will be introduced to mindfulness meditation through a Jewish lens. I will discuss the spiritual practice of ""being in the moment"", how we become the witness of our lives so as to cultivate healthy mind states. I will explain what mindfulness meditation is, its spiritual and health benefits and then lead two meditation sessions to bring them into the state of focused attention and relaxation. Meditation allows us to open our hearts and connect with God. We will also chant prayers to reach that loving state.Music and art are part of this presentation.


Presenter
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Lynda Dresher

Lynda Hope Dresher served a Reform Congregation as Cantor for over 12 years. She is a member of the American Conference of Cantors and Reform Cantors of Chicago, past president of the Chicago Milwaukee Association of Synagogue Musicians and Southeast Lake County Clergy Association. She is currently a part-time hospital chaplain at Advocate Condell Medical Center and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist trained by the Grief Recovery Institute... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 611 Tower Floor 6

9:00am

Sports: A Tool for Hope or Destruction?

How does Jewish tradition view the role of sports in society? And how does that map onto the role of sports in society today? Together we will explore Jewish sources that can speak to the constructive and destructive value of sports, and how that can inform our relationship with sports in the 21st century. (T)


Presenter
avatar for David Russo

David Russo

David Russo has thoroughly enjoyed the time he has spent learning and presenting at Limmud NY and Limmud Chicago. David is one of the rabbis at Anshe Emet synagogue, spending time with kids, teens, and adults. Sports and board games are two of his favorite down-time activities, so feel free to challenge him to basketball or Settlers of Catan any time!


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 603 Tower Floor 6

9:00am

The Jewish Music You Don't Know Yet

There is a lot of Jewish music out there. It comes in many forms and styles. In this session we'll explore the wealth of Jewish music and musical styles that is out there, and along the way you may discover some new artists, genres, and styles There'll be a little something for every taste, from classical to hassidic to rock to hip hop and beyond. Expand your horizons. Discover established artists, new artists, up and comers, and more. Treat your ears and your soul. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Adrian Durlester

Adrian Durlester

Music Teacher, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford
Adrian A. Durlester is freelance Jewish educator and Jewish musician with decades of experience as a religious school Director, teacher, music specialist, and technology geek. Adrian holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts in theatrical design and production. He studied piano at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music in his native... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 605 Tower Floor 6

9:00am

What Are They Thinking?

What is the true motivation behind Evangelicals, Christian Zionists, Messianic Jews and otheres who offer unconditional, passionate and generous financial support for Israel and the Jewish people?  After more than six years of talking to these people on a daily basis, Morene Dunn will explain their motivation.  And it is NOT what Jews think. Entirely.


Presenter
avatar for Morene Dunn

Morene Dunn

Morene Dunn has been the Jewish donor relations representative at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews for the past six years.


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
White Oak Room B Floor 3 North

9:00am

Where Do You Give? Setting Priorities for Tzedakah

In a perfect world we would like to support every important cause and work for every issue close to our hearts. In reality, while we may have unlimited passion, we only have so much time and money. Join me for a fun, interactive workshop for teens and adults, through which we will explore our Tikkun Olam priorities and set personal tzedakah goals using activities from the new AJWS tzedakah curriculum, Where Do You Give. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Jeremy Simons

Jeremy Simons

Jeremy Simons is a Kol Tzedek Speaking Fellow at American Jewish World Service. He is in his fourth year of rabbinical studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, California. As a rabbinical student, he has served pulpits in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Redding, California.  Jeremy received a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Ohio State University, after which he spent four years working as a... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 613 Tower Floor 6

9:00am

Writing the Torah and the modern parent: what can we learn?

The process by which the Torah is written and made and the values inherent in this process can inspire and teach us how to bring spirituality to our parenting. This session will focus on modern parents, with a special emphasis on the experience of interfaith parenting. 


Presenter
avatar for Ari Moffic

Ari Moffic

Ari Poster Moffic was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2007. A graduate of Indiana University, she received Master's Degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew College. She is currently the Director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago.


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Fort Dearborn B (Floor 3 North)

9:00am

I and Thou: Jewish Sexual Ethics

What does Judaism have to say about sexual relationships of the more or even less permanent kind? What might Judaism have to offer folks who aren't ready to settle down? How might Judaism's teachings on sex surprise, and even shock us from our contemporary perspective? What does it mean to move through the world with a "Jewish sexual ethic?" Does, or can, traditional Judaism intersect with sex-positive feminism?  How?  This session will look at a myriad of texts that might help point us towards a way of thinking about "kosher sex" for the 21st century. (T)


Invited Presenter
avatar for Danya Ruttenberg

Danya Ruttenberg

Northwestern University’s Hillel
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is the author of Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion (Beacon Press), nominated for the 2010 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature and a 2009 Hadassah Book Club selecton. She is also the editor of The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism (NYU Press) and Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism (Seal Press), and co-editor, with Rabbi Elliot Dorff, of three books for the... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Cardinal Room Floor 3 North

9:00am

Love Is Stronger Than Death: Unusual Uses of The Song of Songs

The Song of Songs has become the quintessential language of love poetry in Jewish culture.  As much as Rabbinic sources want to keep this canonical book in an allegorical box (referring only to the love between God and the Jewish People), the imagery and words of the book have been employed in a variety of other uses in Jewish tradition and ritual, including some rather unexpected places.  We will study selected passages together, addressing the unusual connections between love and death. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Suzanne Griffel

Suzanne Griffel

Suzanne Griffel is a hospice rabbi at Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center, and is also a member of the Lomdim Chavurah and the Progressive Chevra Kadisha. She is grateful for the privilege of accompanying patients and families through journeys of illness, death, and loss, and of participating in the sacred work of tahara.
avatar for Michael Slater

Michael Slater

Michael Slater is president of the board of Kavod v’Nichum. He is a founding member of the Progressive Chevra Kadisha in the Chicago area and is a longtime member of Lomdim Chavurah. He is an emergency medicine physician with Sinai Health Systems, on faculty at Rosalind Franklin University.


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Terrace Room Inner Circle, Floor 2

9:00am

The History of Intermarriage

What do Esther, Moses, Joseph and Ruth have in common? They all might have had trouble finding a rabbi to do their wedding! Jewish genetics, archival research, and contemporary scholarship has shed new light on an old-new challenge of Jewish life


Presenter
avatar for Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom is Ashkenazi and Mizrahi, a secular Jew and a rabbi, an Eli and a Wolverine, Jewish and human. He is the rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in Lincolnshire, IL and dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism.


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
Monarch Room Floor 3 North

9:00am

West Side Jews vs. South Side Jews

Jews have lived all over the city and in many suburbs. Two areas the west side and south side define a lot of our current community. What defines them? What were their  contributions  and accomplishments? Why did they decline and fall? (T)


Presenter
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Mark Mandle

Mark Mandle is a sixth generation Chicago Jew. He has given many lectures on Chicago Jewish history and led many tours of Jewish neighborhoods. Mark is a past board member of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society.


Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
White Oak Room A Floor 3 North

10:10am

Biblegum Pop Culture - Biblical Themes and Characters in Pop Music

Explore how biblical characters and themes show up in pop music - everything from KISS to Hilary Duff - and how those interpretations color, and are colored by the original texts.  Challenge the boundaries between ancient and modern, authentic and synthetic, all from the perspective of the musical zeitgeist. Join Stereo Sinai as we get up close and personal with our favorite biblical personalities and unearth the unexpected depth of pop culture. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Miriam Brosseau

Miriam Brosseau

Miriam Brosseau is a singer/songwriter who, along with her husband Alan Jay Sufrin, makes up the duo, Stereo Sinai. Stereo Sinai is the Good Book like you’ve never heard it before.Dubbed “biblegum pop,” the band’s signature sound is the heretical combination of ancient, holy tongues with blasphemous backbeats and synthesized pop melodies. If Gwen Stefani and Will.i.am had been on the mountain with Moses... Read More →
avatar for Alan Jay Sufrin

Alan Jay Sufrin

Producer Alan Jay Sufrin, along with his wife Miriam Brosseau are the duo Stereo Sinai. Stereo Sinai is the Good Book like you’ve never heard it before.Dubbed “biblegum pop,” the band’s signature sound is the heretical combination of ancient, holy tongues with blasphemous backbeats and synthesized pop melodies. If Gwen Stefani and Will.i.am had been on the mountain with Moses, they would have come down... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:10am
Fort Dearborn B (Floor 3 North)

10:10am

Dancing Sephirot

"Dancing Sephirot is a meditative body movement practice using ecstatic dance & world music as a spititual practice, integrating body, mind, heart, soul and spirit.  This session will introduce participants to embody the four letter divine name, YHVH, thru the music and dance of the ten Sephirot, focusing on the energy and characteristics of Chesed." (T)


Presenter
avatar for Al Goldberg

Al Goldberg

Maggid Al Goldberg has created Dancing Sephirot, Ravdalah and Shiviti Drum Circle as Jewish spiritual practices combining joy, meaning and the experience of being present. Maggid Al's practice attempts to integrate Torah with meditation, music and dance.


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:10am
Inner Circle Floor 2 North

10:10am

How Social Science Research Will Strengthen Your Organization

In this session, we will cover the history, possibilities and resources of the Science of Religion movement. We will use an actual example of its use in a Jewish organization. During the session, we will practice these methods and appy them to our own organizations and thereby increasings our personal effectiveness. This session is appropriate for mid-teens and adults. (T)


Presenter
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Bill Schwartz

Bill has a certificate of Jewish Communal Service from HUC/LA. His undergraduate concentrations were Sociology and Psychology. His Masters was in Social Work. He has worked as a social worker for Jewish Family Service and has served as assistant director and director of Jewish Big Brothers and Sisters. He has been on the board of a Jewish congregation and led several projects.


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:10am
Room 610 Tower Floor 6

10:10am

Is Limmud Jewish?

Join a former and current Limmud chair as they discuss the fundamentals of Judaism and Limmud and how they intersect with each other. Is Limmud an experience for Jews or a Jewish experience. What does it mean for an event or idea to have Jewish meaning and how can we use these ideas to make our lives and experiences more meaningful.


Limmud Leadership
avatar for Avi Finegold

Avi Finegold

Board of Directors, Limmud Chicago 2013
Avi Finegold is an educator living in Chicago. He is the founder of the Jewish Learning Lab, a company which assists organizations to maximize the benefits of their adult education offerings. You can read more about this as well as some of his blogs at www.avtherav.com
avatar for Barry Krost

Barry Krost

Limmud Conference Co-Chair/Board of Directors/Presenter, Limmud Chicago 2013
I have been involved in Limmud both in LA and Chicago since 2009. For the last 30 years I have been a Bodywork & Energy Healer. I am looking forward to seeing all of our preparations and planning provide an opportunity for all of us to have an amazing day of Limmud Chicago.

Sunday February 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:10am
White Oak Room B Floor 3 North

10:10am

Judaism & the Environment - Educators' Session

This session will introduce the curriculum and lesson plans being taught to 50% of schoolchildren in Israel on nature and environmental issues, including lesson plans that connect Judaism to the environment, season by season. Part of the goal in teaching nature and environmental issues to children in Israel is getting them to KNOW and LOVE the Land of Israel. 

 


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:10am
Monarch Room Floor 3 North

10:10am

Ner Tamid: The Use of An Eternal Flame In Religious Iconography

This session will be a discussion of the importance of the eternal flame throughout history and across religious lines. From ancient Greece and Rome to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; from Zoroastrianism to Hinduism, an eternal flame burns in many religions. Many more religions involve gods of fire. Participants will be provided with text to assist in the development of ideas as they think about why never-ending fire is of such divine importance. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Alissa Trumbull

Alissa Trumbull

Limmud Chicago 2013 Media Chair and Catering Coordinator, Limmud Chicago 2013
Alissa Trumbull is a Chicago area native. She holds a Masters in Social Work and a Masters in Bioethics and Health Policy, both from Loyola University Chicago. Alissa has a passion for learning and finds that children are the best teachers because they ask the most complex questions.


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:10am
Room 611 Tower Floor 6

10:10am

Telling Stories with Words and Pictures: Writing Comics and Graphic Novels (Teen Only)

This is a one-hour workshop for teens and tweens on writing comics and
graphic novels. Graphic novelist Trina Robbins will go through all the stages of creating a
comic script, She will cover synopsis, character description, establishing shots, action scenes, and
dialogue. Short exerices will accompany the lession. If there’s time, participants will script a one-page comic, to be drawn by themselves on their own time. (T)


Invited Presenter
avatar for Trina Robbins

Trina Robbins

Award-winning herstorian and writer Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over forty years. Her 2009 book, The Brinkley Girls: the Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913-1940 (Fantagraphics), and her 2011 book, “Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury,” were nominated for Eisner awards and Harvey awards. Her all-ages graphic novel, Chicagoland Detective Agency: The Drained Brains Caper, first in a 6-book... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:10am
Room 613 Tower Floor 6

10:10am

The New Histadrut and the Struggle Against Subcontracting in Israel

In February 2012, the Israeli Labor Federation, the Histadrut, led a general strike of organized workers who struck for the benefit of unorganized exploited subcontracted workers.  The struggle culminated in an agreement of employers to directly employ thousands of bank tellers, production line workers, hotel housekeepers, warehouse workers, and other subcontracted workers and for these workers to be fully covered by Histadrut collective bargaining agreements.  If directly employed workers tried that tactic here in the U.S. they could all be permanently replaced by subcontracted workers.We will discuss the struggle to end exploitative subcontracting and its implications for workers in Israel and the United States.


Presenter
avatar for Ross Hyman

Ross Hyman

Ross Hyman is a researcher and community organizer with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the labor union federation in the United States. He is a co-founder, with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, of the Shomer Shalom Institute for Jewish Nonviolence. He has a Ph.d in physics.


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:10am
White Oak Room A Floor 3 North

10:10am

Love in the Garden

The Garden is where God gave birth to humankind and nourished us with God's love, protection and food aplenty. Today the garden can renew our connections with God and the earth, and community gardening adds a layer. It can enhance our relationships with one another, strengthen synagogue and communal life and serve as a model for tikkun olam, whether independently or in partnership with other organizations. The workshop will include study and planning to enable you to bring a garden proposal to your community. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Robin Damsky

Robin Damsky

Robin Damsky is the rabbi of West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest, IL. In addition to her congregational work, she works with Jewish and interfaith communities in building organic gardens to teach Jewish values and rituals, to facilitate local food sourcing and combat hunger, to increase health, to support sustainability and to build community within and across faiths.


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:10am
Cardinal Room Floor 3 North

10:10am

Parental Love & Communal Responsibility: Lessons from the Stubborn and Rebellious Child

The bond between parents and children is usually unbreakable, but where does filial loyalty end?  Through an examination of the case of the stubborn and rebellious child (ben sorer umoreh) as interpreted by the Rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud, we will try to tackle the tricky question of relating to children who violate society's most basic standards.  In the process we will see how the Torah understands the role of parents and the effect of parental relationships on children.


Presenter
avatar for William Friedman

William Friedman

William Friedman is the director of the Duker/Eisenfeld Beit Midrash at JTS, and is the founding director of Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study at JTS, a 9-week Hebrew and text study program. He teaches Talmud and Halakhah (Jewish Law) at JTS and at the Academy for Jewish Religion. He earned an MA in Talmud & Rabbinics from JTS, and has studied at The Conservative Yeshiva, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and in the Pardes Kollel, and will... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:10am
Room 605 Tower Floor 6

10:10am

Same-Sex Love and Jewish Literature

Dozens of novels have woven GLBT relationships into Jewish stories. How have these stories changed over the decades? What subjects remain taboo? Why are books with any gay content so often classified as “gay books,” and what does this do to the potential readership for these stories? How can we get more non-gay Jewish readers to read gay books—Jewish or not—without sacrificing the integrity of our stories?


Invited Presenter
avatar for Wayne Hoffman

Wayne Hoffman

Tablet Magazine
Wayne Hoffman is the author of two novels--Sweet Like Sugar (which won the American Library Association's 2012 Stonewall Award) and Hard--and editor of the anthology What We Brought Back: Jewish Life After Birthright. His short fiction and essays have appeared in such collections as Best Gay Stories 2010, Mama's Boy, and Generation Q. He is currently managing editor of the Jewish online magazine Tablet, and previously served as an... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:10am
Illinois Room C Floor 3 North

10:10am

Jews and Politics in Chicago

A panel of Chicago Jewish politicos discussing short texts on Jewish political involvement, and responding to moderated questions regarding their and the Jewish community's involvement in politics in Chicago. Panelists include:  Daniel Biss, Nancy Rotering, Sara Feigenholtz, Hon. Martin Oberman, and Howard Swibel.


Moderators
avatar for Benjamin Singer

Benjamin Singer

Benjamin Singer, a political and nonprofit consultant, previously served as the media and communications manager for A Safe Haven Foundation in Chicago. In college he gained political experience with Jewish Missouri Senator Jeff Smith in St. Louis, community organizing experience as the founder of Environmental Campus Outreach at Hillel in Evanston, and fundraising experience as producer for two documentary films. His work has earned recognition... Read More →

Presenter
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Daniel Biss

State Senator Daniel Biss represents the 9th | District in the Illinois State Senate. Daniel formerly represented the 17th | District in the Illinois State Assembly. Daniel is a former math professor at | the University of Chicago and is serving his first term in the House of | Representatives. He is currently the Democratic candidate for the Illinois | State Senate in the 9th District. Daniel is married to Karin Steinbrueck, a | doctoral... Read More →
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Sara Feigenholtz

Sara Feigenholtz was first elected to the Illinois General Assembly in November of 1994 and represents three very progressive areas in the city of Chicago, which include Lakeview, Lincoln Park and Near North neighborhoods. Prior to becoming a state representative, Sara served as chief of staff to Senator John Cullerton. Feigenholtz earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and speech and performing arts from Northeastern Illinois... Read More →
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Marty Oberman

Martin J. Oberman served as alderman of Chicago’s 43rd Ward from 1975 until 1987. He ran for Illinois Attorney General in 1981, 1986, and again in 1994. Currently, he is a lawyer in private practice. In 1966, he received his B.A. from Yale University, and in 1969, graduated Order of the Coif at Wisconsin Law School where he also served as Note Editor of the University of Wisconsin Law Review. In 1975, Marty was elected Alderman from Chicago’s... Read More →
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Nancy Rodkin Rotering

Nancy Rodkin Rotering was elected Mayor of the City of Highland Park in April | 2011.  Prior to running for the Mayor’s office, Rotering served as | Highland Park City Councilman from 2009-2011. Nancy began her career as a | member of the Treasurer’s staff at General Motors Corporation. She joined | McDermott, Will & Emery as an attorney.  In 2008, Nancy shifted her | focus to government work and served as a... Read More →
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Howard Swibel

Howard J. Swibel is a partner at Arnstein & Lehr LLP, where he has practiced since 1983. During a legal career spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Swibel has developed substantial expertise in both the corporate transactional and litigation areas. Mr. Swibel is active in a wide range of professional and civic activities. He has served for many years as an Illinois Commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:10am - 11:10am
Illinois Room A Floor 3 North

10:15am

Knit for Israel

Knit or crochet hats, scarves and blankets for children in Israel.  Beginning knitters welcome!  No experience required.  Patterns and materials will be provided.  Class size limited to 10.


Presenter
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Rachel Sapinsley

Rachel Sapinsley is an accomplished knitter with a passion for the Jewish community and chesed.  She has taught knitting to a range of students, from beginning to advanced knitters. She has been leading groups in the Chicago area for over four years, developing community and donating beautiful hand-made items.


Sunday February 17, 2013 10:15am - 11:30am
Pier Room Floor 2 North

11:20am

Being Jewish After High School: Conversations with Real Jews (T)

What happens when you (or your teen) finishes high school?  What does Jewish life look like in the "real world"?  This panel featuring Jewish young adults from around Chicago will explore the possibilities for Jewish life after high school. (T)


Moderators
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Naomi Goldberg

Movement Advancement Project
During the day, Naomi works as a policy researcher focusing on issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Originally from California but having lived all over the country, Naomi has worked at Jewish summer camps and as a religious school educator.

Sunday February 17, 2013 11:20am - 12:20am
Room 611 Tower Floor 6

11:20am

Ethical Wills: Values in Action

A conversation on the values and principles that guide and inspire our everyday decisions. If there is time, we will start writing our own personal ethical wills


Presenter
avatar for Steffi Aronson Karp

Steffi Aronson Karp

President, LimmudBoston
Steffi Aronson Karp, founder of LimmudBoston, attends as many Limmud conferences as her budget and calendar can fit. She is a former member of the board of directors at Boston's Vilna Shul and serves on the advisory board at Hebrew College in Newton, MA. She has spoken on Ethical Wills at multiple CAJE (Conference for Advancement of Jewish Education) conferences and in other settings.


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:20am - 12:20am
Monarch Room Floor 3 North

11:20am

Love and Joy and Healing from Trauma

Joy and a fuller capacity to love and be loved  are the natural outcomes of spiritual practice and of psychological healing from trauma.  In this workshop we will examine some of the Jewish tools and teachings for healing and practice, such as the mikvah, Jewish meditation, and Hassidic teachings. We will also experience a blessings practice and a heart-opening meditation.


Presenter
avatar for Yonah Klem

Yonah Klem

For as long as Yonah Klem can remember, her spiritual quest has been interwoven with her quest for psychological healing. The fabric of her path also contains the threads of a doctorate in counseling and ordination as a Jewish meditation teacher. All of these elements come together in her continuing fascination with the spiritual dimensions of healing from incest and other childhood traumas.


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:20am - 12:20am
White Oak Room A Floor 3 North

11:20am

Meditation Chants/Drums

Participants will be introduced to mindfulness meditation through a Jewish lens. I will discuss the spiritual practice of "being in the moment", how we become the witness of our lives so as to cultivate healthy mind states. I will explain what mindfulness meditation is, its spiritual and health benefits and then lead two meditation sessions to bring them into the state of focused attention and relaxation. Meditation allows us to open our hearts and connect with God. We will also chant prayers to reach that loving state. Music and art are part of this presentation.


Presenter
LD

Lynda Dresher

Lynda Hope Dresher served a Reform Congregation as Cantor for over 12 years. She is a member of the American Conference of Cantors and Reform Cantors of Chicago, past president of the Chicago Milwaukee Association of Synagogue Musicians and Southeast Lake County Clergy Association. She is currently a part-time hospital chaplain at Advocate Condell Medical Center and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist trained by the Grief Recovery Institute... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:20am - 12:20am
Room 613 Tower Floor 6

11:20am

Untold Stories from Israel and the West Bank

The session "Untold Stories from Israel and the West Bank" offers the sharing of personal experiences by two people who lived in those countries at any time since 1967, the beginning of the Israeli occupation.  Q and A will follow the two presentations.  All who attend this session, speakers and audience alike, are asked to leave their politics at the door.  Come with an open mind to hear "Untold Stories".


Moderators
SG

Sallie Gratch

Sallie Gratch, social worker/peace activist, has been involved in the citizen diplomacy movement since the mid-80's. She is a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston where the Untold Stories Project was launched in 2011. Sallie is the founder of Project Kesher. | | The Israeli presenter, Yali Amit, is chair of the Department of Statistics at the University of Chicago, and professor of the Department of... Read More →

Presenter
YA

Yali Amit

Yali Amit, is professor and chair of the Department of Statistics at the University of Chicago. He was born in Israel and was active in the peace movement during the 70's and 80's while attending highschool, the Army and College. Yali immigrated to the US when he was 28 years old and has lived in Chicago since 1991. Over the years he has been involved with various initiatives to increase understanding of the Middle East conflict within the... Read More →
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Miryam Rashid

Miryam Rashid lived in the West Bank for five years. She received her MA in Middle East Studies at the University of Chicago in 1998. Since then she has worked with many non-governmental organizations in Washington and Chicago. Miryam has done extensive research on human rights issues in the Middle East and led three delegations to Palestine/Israel. She served, until last year, as Director of the Middle East Program of the American Friends... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:20am - 12:20am
Illinois Room B Floor 3 North

11:20am

"Hatboxes": a Short Film at the Junction of Judaism and Love

"Hatboxes" is a narrative short film focusing on a relationship that develops between two women, a secular Jewish lawyer and an Orthodox hatmaker (see http://hatboxesthemovie.com/ ).  The session include a sneak preview of the 18-minute film, followed by a discussion facilitated by the writer/director and the producer.  Discussion will focus on the spectrum of identity, variability in observance, and the handling of taboos.


Presenter
avatar for Susana Darwin

Susana Darwin

After studying film production at the University of Iowa, Susana Darwin dedicated more than 20 years to educational/reference publishing, the law, and community organizing before returning to film. "Hatboxes" represents both her commitment to compelling storytelling and to a discipline of scale and scope. A longtime Chicagoan, Darwin is a Southerner by birth, a writer by daily habit, and an engineer by wishful thinking. | | Etta Worthington... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:20am - 12:20am
Fort Dearborn B (Floor 3 North)

11:20am

Beyond Brides: The Mikveh and Relationships

Many are familiar with the traditional uses of Mikvah within the context of relationships (bride or groom immersions, Niddah or Family Purity practices). There are other ways that Mikvah can help mark important relationship milestones (marking a divorce, preparing for conception). This session will explore the role of Mikvah within relationships, through the lenses of two Mikva’ot: the Mayyim Hayyim Community Mikveh in Boston and the Adam R. Straus Memorial Mikvah in Chicago.


Presenter
avatar for Rachel Finegold

Rachel Finegold

Rachel Kohl Finegold is the Education & Ritual Director at Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago. Rachel (pronounced the Hebrew way) is a founding member of the Orthodox Women’s Leadership Project, serves on the editorial board of the JOFA Journal, and was recently named one of JUF Oy!Chicago’s 36 Under 36. She received her B.A. in Religion from Boston University and completed the Scholars Circle program at the... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:20am - 12:20am
Illinois Room C Floor 3 North

11:20am

Who is the Neighbor I am Bidden to Love?

"Love your neighbor as yourself" is certainly well known, but who is that neighbor? Does it mean geographical proximity or ideological conformity? Who is not my neighbor? We will explore these questions through Jewish text.


Presenter
avatar for Michael Balinsky

Michael Balinsky

Michael Balinsky is the Executive Vice President Chicago Board of Rabbis. He is an Orthodox Rabbi who values Teaching Torah.


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:20am - 12:20am
White Oak Room B Floor 3 North

11:20am

REFUGE: Stories of the Self-Help Home

"REFUGE: Stories of the Self-help Home" reaches back more than 70 years to tell the story of a little known Chicago community that has provided a home to more than 1,000 Holocaust survivors and refugees from Central Europe. The critically-acclaimed documentary, directed by Ethan Bensinger, explores the lives of six Chicagoans against the the context of the Nazi cataclysm and how a small group of them came together after the war to care for their own. Film followed by a Q and A with the director.


Presenter
avatar for Ethan Bensinger

Ethan Bensinger

In the 1930s, Ethan's family fled Nazi Germany, becoming refugees in Israel, where Ethan was born. In 2007, Ethan created an archive of filmed interviews with 30 victims of Nazi persecution at the Selfhelp Home in Chicago. Four years ago, drawing on a love of story-telling and a deeply-held belief that these narratives he recorded must not die with the last survivors, Ethan formed a created “REFUGE: Stories of the Selfhelp... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:20am - 12:20am
Room 605 Tower Floor 6

11:20am

Shalom Chicago

A session based on the Chicago History Museum exhibition, Shalom Chicago.  Olivia Mahoney, curator, will present a series of compelling personal stories that represent and illuminate the larger group's history from 1840s to the present.  Each story features a rich array of images and artifacts drawn from the collections of the Chicago History Museum, Spertus Institute, numeorus organizations and private lenders. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Olivia Mahoney

Olivia Mahoney

Olivia Mahoney is the senior curator at the Chicago History Museum and responsible for collecting and interpreting the city's history to diverse audiences. Her current exhibition, Shalom Chicago, explores the rich history of the city's Jewish community from 1840s to the present. Previous exhibitions include the Museum's core installation; Chicago: Crossroads of America, Go West! Chicago and American Expansion; and A House Divided: America in... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:20am - 12:20am
Room 603 Tower Floor 6

11:20am

Tzedek Adamah Community Organizing Training

Organizing is hard work, and organizers do it because we want to make a difference.  The best tool we have to make that difference is ourselves.  This training will help you uncover the self awareness that you need to change in order to make more of a difference in the world. It's about how you work with others in community, how you understand your own role and how you lead others to correct injustice.  It will challenge you to be honest about the attitudes and behavior that comprise your strengths, as well as those that make you less effective, and less powerful, than you could be. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Jill Zenoff

Jill Zenoff

In 2010, Jill Zenoff founded The Gan Project with co-founders Anne LaForti and Suzzan Nathan-Hawley. The quarter-acre Gan Project Homestead at the Bernard Horwich JCC in West Rogers Park has produced over 3000 pounds of organic produce by following Jewish agricultural principals. All of the produce is distributed, free of charge, to the surrounding community. As we actively combat the root causes of food insecurity of our current food... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:20am - 12:20am
Cardinal Room Floor 3 North

11:20am

Laughing Through History: 30 Jokes in 60 Minutes

Does God have a sense of humor? What do the Garden of Eden and advice columnist Dear Abby have in common? And just why are Jews so funny?

In Laughing Through History, comedian Joel Chasnoff explores Judaism through the lens of our best jokes. He’ll look at the difference between Israeli and Jewish-American humor, explain why modern Jewish comedy has its roots in the Talmud, and discuss the history—and future—of Jewish humor, from the Book of Genesis to Curb Your Enthusiasm and beyond.

Part lecture, part one-man-show, Laughing Through History is packed with sample jokes. He’ll even invite a few lucky audience members to share their own favorite stories—so come prepared to laugh…and learn.

 


Presenter
avatar for Joel Chasnoff

Joel Chasnoff

Joel Chasnoff is a stand-up comedian and writer with stage and screen credits in eight countries. In February 2010, Simon and Schuster published Joel’s comedic memoir, 188th Crybaby Brigade, about his year as a combat soldier in the Israeli Army. The book made the Denver Post bestseller list. Kirkus Reviews calledCrybaby Brigade “Horrifyingly hilarious.”


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:20am - 12:20am
Illinois Room A Floor 3 North

11:20am

A Shmooze With G-d. Or What We Say When We Pray.

This text-based session will look at our prayers and our conversations with G-d as we express our individual needs, wants, and desires. We will examine some of the prayers printed in the siddur and the meanings that individuals might attach to those prayers. We will discuss how we can shmooze with G-d like the "bff" that G-d is.


Presenter
NB

Neil Brill

Jewish Child Family Services of Chicago Therapeutic Day School Yeshiva
Neil Brill spent 25 years as a Jewish educator and principal within the Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago. He is currently employed (10th year) at the Jewish Child & Family Services Therapeutic Day School Yeshiva Program as the high school Rabbi/Jewish Studies teacher.


Sunday February 17, 2013 11:20am - 12:20pm
Room 610 Tower Floor 6

12:30pm

LUNCH
Sunday February 17, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm

1:35pm

Hull House & Jewish Immigrants in Chicago

Limmud is happening just steps away from Hull House, the settlement house founded in 1889 by Jane Addams. Hull House served as a place of community, learning, and support for many of Chicago's poorest immigrants, including Jews. Come on a tour of Hull House and learn more about the role that Hull House played in Chicago and how Jews were involved. We'll meet at 1:35 at the Help desk to walk over together. The tour will end in time for the next session. 


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:35pm - 2:40pm
Hull House

1:40pm

End of Life Issues in the Jewish Tradition

Today's application in wake of our technological advances in medicine. Active euthanasia and passive euthanasia. I will included sources and cases from the Talmud as well from contemporary rabbis such as Rabbi Moshe Feinstein and Rabbi Solovechick.


Presenter
PE

Pinchas Eisenbach

Pinchas Eisenbach has worked at Midwest Hospice for 21 years. Pinchas deals with medical ethics and end of life issues and provides emotional and spiritual comfort and support for the patient and family throughout the patient’s illness and bereavement counseling.


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Room 610 Tower Floor 6

1:40pm

Four Secular Jewish Songs

In a mini-celebration of the diversity of Jewish music we're going to (lightly) analyze a few secular jewish songs from different communities - one from the Sephardic/Ladino tradition, one from the 'Yiddish dance' era in the United States, one from around the same era in North Africa, and one from modern Israel. Presentation will conclude with a performance.


Presenter
avatar for Eliezer Kaplan

Eliezer Kaplan

Eliezer (Ellie) Kaplan is an independent musician/computer programmer residing in the Chicago area. He leads the band Mi Yodea which covers several Brandwein tunes, as well as other stuff. He also is involved in the more general creative music scene. Blogging at www.zelwel.com.


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Fort Dearborn B (Floor 3 North)

1:40pm

Rumbula's Echo: The Mishnah, the Holocaust with Bullets and the Cost of Genocide (documentary)

See work-in-progress excerpts from "Rumbula's Echo", a powerful new documentary about the second largest massacre of the Holocaust (after Babi Yar). The documentary film project has been acclaimed in Europe, Israel and the U.S., by work-in-progress audiences as well as by Holocaust and genocide scholars. Discuss the cost to the world of the murders, of the entire Holocaust and of all genocide. The basis for the discussion is the work-in-progress excerpts and the Mishnah about how one who destroys a life destroys an entire world, and one who saves a life saves an entire world.


Presenter
avatar for Mitchell Lieber

Mitchell Lieber

Mitchell Lieber is the producer-director of the documentary "Rumbula's Echo". Additionally, he has directed three short films about the Holocaust in Latvia. In his early career he produced more than 125 interviews and documentaries for Chicago Radio station WNIB-FM (now WDRV). His genealogy search for information about his grandfather's parents is woven into Rumbula's Echo. His grandfather was a cantor/sofer from Latvia and his... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Room 605 Tower Floor 6

1:40pm

The Nine Month Sukkah

The sukkah is a powerful metaphor for pregnancy. From the image of welcoming new guests at the fall festival of Sukkot to God's "sukkat sh'lomecha" (shelter of peace), the Sukkah presents us with a framework for nine moths of spiritual preparation for for birth. Barbara will present her take on bringing Jewish spirituality into the sukkah of pregnancy with new rituals and meditations. The session is aimed at parents-to-be, anyone wanting to someday be a parent, and maybe even some grandparents (or grandparent wannabes).


Presenter
BB

Barbara Barnett

Co-Executive Editor, Blogcritics Magazine
Co-Executive Editor Blogcritics Magazine. Writer, editor, singer, Jewish educator and cantorial soloist, . Author of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. Mother of 2, married to a great guy. Will always march slightly out of step and to my own drummer--happily!


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Cardinal Room Floor 3 North

1:40pm

When Women Take Hold

It's a rare event when a woman "takes" something in the Torah -- but when one does, something big is happening!  Together, we will explore what happens in these stories and what they say about the roles women play in the Jewish narrative. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Shoshana Waskow

Shoshana Waskow

Member, Limmud Chicago Board and Limmud International Steering Committee, Limmud Chicago
Shoshana is a pediatrician practicing in Wilmette. She has been an active participant of lay-led Jewish communities her entire life and has been delighted and honored to be a part of creating Limmud in Chicago. She participates on the Limmud Chicago Conference Team and Board and on the Limmud International Steering Group.


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:40pm - 2:40pm
White Oak Room B Floor 3 North

1:40pm

Write Your Own Healing Prayers

This workshop is for those who want to compose their own prayers for a refuah shlemah, a complete healing of body, mind and spirit.  We will look at the role and structure of healing prayer from past to present and how creative prayer can be joined closely or stand free from traditional Jewish prayer.  Together we will discuss and describe the many ways that we as contemporary Jews understand G-d and therefore how we might each approach the One.  Participants will then have the opportunity to create their own prayers as an expression of the heart.


Presenter
avatar for Beth Fishman

Beth Fishman

Beth Fishman, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and the Outreach and Addiction specialist at the Jewish Healing Network of Chicago. Having worked for many years in the recovery field, she is intimately aware of the role that spirituality plays in ones’ ability to ride the waves of any of life’s challenges. Her lifelong desire to cleave more closely to the Holy One has led her to study at both orthodox and liberal yeshivot... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Monarch Room Floor 3 North

1:40pm

Hear Our Voice: Perspectives from Women on the Bimah

Does gender affect a clergy-person’s role? Can clergy establish a work life balance? And is there a difference in perspective working in a congregation or a non-profit? Join Rabbi Jodi Kornfeld from Beth Chaverim Humansitic Jewish Community in Deerfield; Rachel Finegold, the Education and Ritual director of Anshe Shalom Bnai Israel Congregation in Chicago; Ari Moffic, Director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago; and Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann from Mishkan Chicago in discussing these questions and more.

 


Moderators
avatar for Debbie Rusnak

Debbie Rusnak

Deb Rusnak, panel facilitator,  is a member of the executive committee of Beth Chaverim Humanistic Jewish Community.  She attended Limmud last year for the first time and joined the planning committee to help with Limmud Chicago 2013.  She is a pediatric ophthalmologist on the Northshore of Chicago.

Presenter
avatar for Rachel Finegold

Rachel Finegold

Rachel Kohl Finegold is the Education & Ritual Director at Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago. Rachel (pronounced the Hebrew way) is a founding member of the Orthodox Women’s Leadership Project, serves on the editorial board of the JOFA Journal, and was recently named one of JUF Oy!Chicago’s 36 Under 36. She received her B.A. in Religion from Boston University and completed the Scholars Circle program at the... Read More →
avatar for Lizzi Heydemann

Lizzi Heydemann

Lizzi Heydemann catalyzed the founding of Mishkan Chicago in 2011, an urban spiritual community whose mission is to engage, educate, empower, connect, and inspire people through dynamic experiences of Jewish prayer, learning and community-building. Lizzi was a "lifer" at Lab, attended Stanford University, and was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2010. More importantly, the Indigo Girls taught her how to play guitar and... Read More →
avatar for Jodi Kornfeld

Jodi Kornfeld

Jodi Kornfeld is the rabbi at Beth Chaverim Humansitic Jewish Community in Deerfield. Jodi's experience includes directing a Humanistic Jewish school, teaching religious school, publishing articles on Jewish educational subjects, and presenting at local educational conferences as well as coordinating a national conference for Humanistic Jewish educators. She has a Master's degree in Jewish Studies from Spertus College, 2003 and is a Doctoral... Read More →
avatar for Ari Moffic

Ari Moffic

Ari Poster Moffic was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2007. A graduate of Indiana University, she received Master's Degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew College. She is currently the Director of InterfaithFamily/Chicago.


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Illinois Room A Floor 3 North

1:40pm

It's Yom Kippur-Let's Check Out the Chicks

Beginning with biblical and post-biblical texts we will explore how Jews who lived long before professional matchmakers, speed dating, and the internet found love, sometimes before and sometimes after marriage.. We will also consider contemporary techniques that some Jews use  to screen potential mates and to keep love alive. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Norm Sider

Norm Sider

Norm enjoys teaching Jewish adults and studying Jewish texts. He served on the Indianapolis faculty of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School for four years and for many years has been a volunteer teacher at two synagogues, several prisons and at an apartment complex for seniors. He also leads worship for Shabbat, High Holy Days, and weekday minyans. Part of Norm's preparation for teaching includes attendance at many Summer Kallot sponsored by the... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Illinois Room B Floor 3 North

1:40pm

Jews and Non-Jews Living and Loving Together

This interactive (bet-midrash style) session will explore the way Jews have interacted and viewed non-Jews, grappled with being a minority and tried to ensure our survival.  We'll cover the gamut from Biblical texts to Rabbinic texts to contemporary views of issues such as intermarriage, conversion and non-Jewish members of our community.  You may be surprised by the way these questions have been asked for thousands of years.  Our ancient ancestors were often more open-minded than we might imagine.


Presenter
avatar for Tamar Grimm

Tamar Grimm

As the daughter of an interfaith couple who grew up to become a rabbi, Tamar's passion for interfaith cooperation stems directly from her passion for the Torah's most pronounced teaching: love for others. Tamar describes her approach to Judaism as traditionally observant, liberal-minded, and open-hearted. Tamar has been involved in many interfaith efforts and served as a CIRCLE (Center for Inter-Religious Community Leadership... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:40pm - 2:40pm
White Oak Room A Floor 3 North

1:40pm

Physical Love & Emotional Intimacy: Lessons from the Laws of Niddah ('Family Purity')

Romantic relationships involve an often-tricky and sometimes-contentious balancing act between expressing love in physical and emotional ways.  Drawing on the laws of niddah (family purity/sexual separation), we will discuss how different expressions of affection can impact relationships, and how sexual restraint can sometimes have a strong long-term positive effect.Le


Presenter
avatar for William Friedman

William Friedman

William Friedman is the director of the Duker/Eisenfeld Beit Midrash at JTS, and is the founding director of Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study at JTS, a 9-week Hebrew and text study program. He teaches Talmud and Halakhah (Jewish Law) at JTS and at the Academy for Jewish Religion. He earned an MA in Talmud & Rabbinics from JTS, and has studied at The Conservative Yeshiva, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and in the Pardes Kollel, and will... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Illinois Room C Floor 3 North

1:40pm

Jews Working for Justice: Yesterday and Today

JCUA is an organization with a long and rich history in Chicago and has played a major role in justice work in the city since the civil rights movement.  Through a variety of media, this session takes participants through the ways the Jewish community has been integral to fighting racism, hatred, and other injustices in the city.  This historical journey will take the participants to today, creating a context for the important work JCUA is currently doing. We will then introduce one of our campaigns and how participants can continue this strong history through justice work today.

 


Invited Presenter
avatar for Alison Abrams

Alison Abrams

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Rabbi Alison Abrams is the Director of Organizing for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.  She was ordained at Hebrew Union College Los Angeles in 2008 after which she worked for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE-LA) as the Director of Faith Community Outreach. Before coming to JCUA she served as Assistant Rabbi at Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL.


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Room 603 Tower Floor 6

1:40pm

Meet Maimonides. No, Really.

Using costumes, humor , and texts,  Evan and Miron will introduce participants to who Rambam was.  Using an interview format to start,  participants will gain a better insight to Maimonides'  life and times and a few of his works.  The presentation then shifts into a more interactive format as the goals of the "Guide for the Perplexed" are presented and explored. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Miron Hirsch

Miron Hirsch

Evan and Miron have been studying Maimonides' "Guide for the Perplexed" for almost three years. Both call Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago home, where Miron is a community educator and Evan a member of the board. Their studies have led them to a better understanding of philosophy, Hebrew Bible, ethics, spirituality, and just how much smarter Maimonides is than either of them.
avatar for Evan Kleeberg

Evan Kleeberg

Curriculum Specialist, Ultimate Software Group
Evan and Miron Hirsch have been studying Maimonides' "Guide for the Perplexed" for almost 3 years. Both call Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago home, where Miron is a community educator and Evan a member of the board. Their studies have led them to a better understanding of philosophy, Hebrew Bible, ethics, spirituality, and just how much smarter Maimonides is than either of them.


Sunday February 17, 2013 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Room 613 Tower Floor 6

2:50pm

Does God Require the Heart? The Importance of Desire, Intention and Deed in Prayer and the Mitzvot: Two Rabbinic Stories

Is kavannah (intense feeling) a necessary component of prayer or the fulfillment of the mitzvot?  In an attempt to answer, or at least respond to the questions, we will study two rabbinic stories which touch upon the relationship between kavannah at the fulfillment of the mitzvot.


Presenter
avatar for Kenneth Berger

Kenneth Berger

A resident of Deerfield, Rabbi Kenneth Berger is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, NJ. He has a doctorate in the history and development of Jewish liturgy, and has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, at Spertus, and at Limmud Chicago.


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Monarch Room Floor 3 North

2:50pm

Fact and Fiction: Jewish Storytelling

Whether it’s part of ancient scripture, a rabbi’s sermon, a Sholom Aleichem fable, or a Larry David comedy routine, a traditional Jewish story doesn’t need to be “true” to be truthful; fiction is considered instructive for real life, and real life is considered fodder for fiction. On the other hand, in this confessional age of reality television, tell-all memoir, and the festival of self-disclosure that is social media, we have learned that we must speak as personally and directly as possible to build up credibility and a sense of authenticity, if we want to dispel myths, combat ignorance, and build understanding. So when Jews tell our stories, do we turn to fiction or nonfiction, parable or autobiography? In this workshop, Wayne Hoffman will explore different methods of storytelling, using examples from his own work, and lead a discussion about how different methods can be used to create something “true.” (T)


Invited Presenter
avatar for Wayne Hoffman

Wayne Hoffman

Tablet Magazine
Wayne Hoffman is the author of two novels--Sweet Like Sugar (which won the American Library Association's 2012 Stonewall Award) and Hard--and editor of the anthology What We Brought Back: Jewish Life After Birthright. His short fiction and essays have appeared in such collections as Best Gay Stories 2010, Mama's Boy, and Generation Q. He is currently managing editor of the Jewish online magazine Tablet, and previously served as an... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Room 613 Tower Floor 6

2:50pm

How to Enchant and/or Repel Demons - Jewish Demonology 101

Ever been slapped or spit on by a loving older relative (think "pu-pu-pu")?  Ever wonder about the red strings you saw those folks selling by the Western Wall in Jerusalem?  Or maybe you've seen those charms that look vaguely like a hand called a "hamsa" that seem to pop up in Jewish contexts?  Demons, angels, wraiths, imps, spirits, dybbuks - they're all real and they're all around us, and Jews have been coming up with ways to control them since ancient times - for good AND bad.  Join the "Biblegum Pop" music stars in Stereo Sinai for just a glimpse of the incredible Jewish underworld. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Miriam Brosseau

Miriam Brosseau

Miriam Brosseau is a singer/songwriter who, along with her husband Alan Jay Sufrin, makes up the duo, Stereo Sinai. Stereo Sinai is the Good Book like you’ve never heard it before.Dubbed “biblegum pop,” the band’s signature sound is the heretical combination of ancient, holy tongues with blasphemous backbeats and synthesized pop melodies. If Gwen Stefani and Will.i.am had been on the mountain with Moses... Read More →
avatar for Alan Jay Sufrin

Alan Jay Sufrin

Producer Alan Jay Sufrin, along with his wife Miriam Brosseau are the duo Stereo Sinai. Stereo Sinai is the Good Book like you’ve never heard it before.Dubbed “biblegum pop,” the band’s signature sound is the heretical combination of ancient, holy tongues with blasphemous backbeats and synthesized pop melodies. If Gwen Stefani and Will.i.am had been on the mountain with Moses, they would have come down... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Illinois Room A Floor 3 North

2:50pm

Jews with Power: Advocacy in the Jewish Tradition

"What kinds of power do we have as individuals and as a community? What does the Jewish tradition have to say about how we should use it?What is a loving way to use our power? 


In this session, we will delve texts from the Bible, Biblical commentary, and from the Mussar (Jewish Ethical Development) tradition. Together we will explore what these textual paradigms can teach us about power and use them as a springboard for an open conversation about how we, as modern American Jews, can use our power in a loving way." (T)


Presenter
avatar for Jeremy Simons

Jeremy Simons

Jeremy Simons is a Kol Tzedek Speaking Fellow at American Jewish World Service. He is in his fourth year of rabbinical studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, California. As a rabbinical student, he has served pulpits in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Redding, California.  Jeremy received a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Ohio State University, after which he spent four years working as a... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Illinois Room B Floor 3 North

2:50pm

Love at the End of Life: The Jewish Hospice Experience

This session will provide attendees with information about choices at the end of life, or during serious illness, and how the Jewish Care Services program at Midwest CareCenter addresses the specific needs of Jewish patients and families. We will explore how hospice is a "hug" during times of crisis, and share some methods of working through the stress a serious illness brings. Materials will be provided


Presenter
avatar for Rhonda Wehner

Rhonda Wehner

Rhonda Wehner, RMT-BC is a registered music therapist and has been a Jewish music educator and cantorial soloist for over 25 years. She is the coordinator of Jewish care services at Midwest CareCenter, helping to provide culturally sensitive care to the Jewish patients and training both the staff and community about a variety of Jewish topics related to Judaism, and hospice.


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Room 603 Tower Floor 6

2:50pm

Niggunim: Developing Our Singing Community

The tefillah (prayer) experience is deeply enhanced by the influence of niggunim, of wordless tunes. Join us as we sing and learn niggunim, some perhaps familiar and some new, in an effort to enhance our prayer communities. (T)


Presenter
avatar for David Russo

David Russo

David Russo has thoroughly enjoyed the time he has spent learning and presenting at Limmud NY and Limmud Chicago. David is one of the rabbis at Anshe Emet synagogue, spending time with kids, teens, and adults. Sports and board games are two of his favorite down-time activities, so feel free to challenge him to basketball or Settlers of Catan any time!


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Room 605 Tower Floor 6

2:50pm

Yoga with a Jewish Twist

Yoga is the transformational practice of bringing the mind, body and spirit together thus nourishing our essence and bringing us closer to a heart centered life.  Jewish yoga is a Jewish spiritual experience informed by the sacred healing wisdom of our texts and traditions.  In our session together we will explore the theme of love and the teaching that we are all created in God’s image.   Through our own body prayer we can come to realize that we are the gift that we have always wanted and holiness is within us and all around us.  Some yoga mats will be available for use, but feel free to bring your own.


Presenter
avatar for Lisa Bellows

Lisa Bellows

Rabbi Lisa Sari Bellows is a mom to three young children, a wife, and the senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Am in Buffalo Grove, IL.   Lisa did her undergraduate work and received a Master of Arts in Political Science degree from the University of Illinois where she co-edited several published studies on the Chicago City Council.  With an interest in religion and its effects on public life, Lisa attended the University of Chicago... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Illinois Room C Floor 3 North

2:50pm

Learning the Torah of Love: Text and Mindfulness

The way we learn Torah can influence how we relate to our "internal Torah"; that is, our inner world. The qualities and assumptions that we bring to Torah study reflect how we discern meaning through paying attention to what arises in the mind and body. One element of life in which this is particularly true is in how we experience love. In this session, we will weave together short periods of meditation and text study in an exploration of how Jewish textual wisdom about love is a reflection for how we might study the inner texts of love.


Presenter
avatar for Jordan Bendat-Appell

Jordan Bendat-Appell

Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell serves on the rabbinic faculty of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (New York) and is the co-founder and director of the Center for Jewish Mindfulness in Chicago. Jordan was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2008, after which he served as the rabbi at Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living in Glencoe, IL. Prior to pursuing his rabbinical studies, Jordan studied Conservation Biology at the... Read More →
avatar for Sam Feinsmith

Sam Feinsmith

Rabbi Sam Feinsmith teaches Judaic Studies and coordinates Jewish Life at Chicagoland Jewish High School, IL. He is a regular teacher at the Center for Jewish Mindfulness, where he weaves in the depths of Chassidic and Kabbalistic wisdom. He holds degrees from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and Jewish Theological Seminary. Passionate about prayer and contemplative Jewish practice, he has consulted for a number of innovative prayer... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Room 610 Tower Floor 6

2:50pm

Love Carried Them Home

In story and song we’ll explore how some Holocaust victims found the love, determination and human connection to help them survive, and why we all must continue to work against hatred, bigotry and racism. (T)


Presenter
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Fran Moss

Fran Moss is a Cantorial Soloist, Shaliach Tzibbur, Storyteller, and Puppeteer in synagogues, schools, and camps all over the country. She is the co-creator/faculty member of the Maggid Jewish Storytelling Workshop at URJ Orin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), a Ready to Learn Educator with PBS-TV, presenter of workshops, and an Emmy Award winner. Fran is also the owner/creator of Chai Note Designs.


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Fort Dearborn B (Floor 3 North)

2:50pm

The Akedah: Love and Letting Go

This session will explore the Akedah as it presents the love of a father for a son and the effort it takes for a parent to let go of his or her child. The Akedah will be juxtaposed to the story of Oedipus from Greek tradition which has the son unconsciously overcoming his father instead of the father consciously letting go of his son.  Discussion will focus on the Genesis text as it relates the tensions between love for one's child, love for God (or one's heritage), and the moral necessity that the child make his or her own decisions.


Presenter
avatar for Ellen LeVee

Ellen LeVee

Teacher and writer on Jewish subjects from a sociological perspective, Ellen LeVee PhD is currently developing an online course on Contemporary Jewish Experience for Spertus and writing a book exploring the sociological theory of the Torah.


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Terrace Room Inner Circle, Floor 2

2:50pm

Chicago Sketches

Richard Reeder will discuss and read from his book "Chicago Sketches." He will explain how the vignettes in the book were influenced by Chicago's historically Jewish neighborhoods, including Lawndale, Albany Park, and West Rogers Park. He will describe the evolution of his written sketches from blog entries into a book.


Presenter
avatar for Richard Reeder

Richard Reeder

Richard Reeder is the founder of the Chicago Jewish Authors Literary Series. His book "Chicago Sketches" has many memoir-style vignettes of Jewish content, focusing on people and places in historically Jewish neighborhoods in the city of Chicago. Mr. Reeder has taught courses on the Jewish authors Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud and Joseph Epstein at the Oakton Community College Emeritus Program.


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
White Oak Room A Floor 3 North

2:50pm

Food and Place with the Gan Project

Brisket, Kugel, Bagels and Cream Cheese, Falafel, Hummus, Pickles, Kohlrabi? What makes food Jewish? Jews have lived in nearly every country around the world, incorporating the local cuisine into their Jewish identities. But now in a world of 24-hour supermarkets, global cuisine, and year-round access to food, how can we maintain our cultural identity? How do we overcome the challenges of eating locally and ethically at our Shabbat tables during Chicago winters? Lead by Jewish changemaker and double chi award recipient Gan Project Founder Jill Zenoff, changing the landscape of Chicago's Jewish community one shovel full at a time. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Jill Zenoff

Jill Zenoff

In 2010, Jill Zenoff founded The Gan Project with co-founders Anne LaForti and Suzzan Nathan-Hawley. The quarter-acre Gan Project Homestead at the Bernard Horwich JCC in West Rogers Park has produced over 3000 pounds of organic produce by following Jewish agricultural principals. All of the produce is distributed, free of charge, to the surrounding community. As we actively combat the root causes of food insecurity of our current food... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
White Oak Room B Floor 3 North

2:50pm

Stepping Stones to Successful Jewish Genealogical Research

Genealogy has become the number one interest of Americans.  To be successful, a Jewish researcher must first recognize the unique features of this type of research. Assessing what you may know about your family, gathering relevant documents, identifying other sources of information, as well as recognizing helpful internet sites will be discussed.  Questions will be answered and a handout will be provided.

 


Presenter
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Harriet Rudnit

Harriet Rudnit, immediate past president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois and semi-retired middle school and adult educator, has been researching her family and others for fifteen years. She has shared her genealogical expertise in presentations for various groups and at conferences. Audience members have included Jewish and Gentile genealogists; Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform congregants; Jewish women’s groups and... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Cardinal Room Floor 3 North

2:55pm

Knit for Israel

Knit or crochet hats, scarves and blankets for children in Israel.  Beginning knitters welcome!  No experience required.  Patterns and materials will be provided.  Class size limited to 10.


Presenter
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Rachel Sapinsley

Rachel Sapinsley is an accomplished knitter with a passion for the Jewish community and chesed.  She has taught knitting to a range of students, from beginning to advanced knitters. She has been leading groups in the Chicago area for over four years, developing community and donating beautiful hand-made items.


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:55pm - 4:00pm
Pier Room Floor 2 North

4:00pm

'Heretical' Ideas Found in Medieval Jewish Bible Commentators

James Kugel in his 2007 best seller "How to Read the Bible" stated that the gap between academic and traditional Bible study was "unbridgeable". Ben Katz believes that it is not the case.  In this session, Ben Katz will show that academic Bible study is not always as scientific as its proponents make it out to be, while at least some medieval Bible commentators are quite critical and 'modern' in outlook.  The presenter will also give examples of some of the recent trends towards literary analysis of Scripture.


Presenter
avatar for Ben Katz

Ben Katz

Ben Katz is a Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern. Author of "A Journey Through Torah: A critique of the documentary hypothesis" (Urim, 2012) and several articles related to the Bible and the calendar.


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Monarch Room Floor 3 North

4:00pm

Jews and Sports

How do we discuss Jewish Identity through sports and why do sports play such a large part in Jewish Culture and American Culture. This conversation is based on Andrew Gershman's book Modern Day Maccabees.


Presenter
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Andrew Gershman

Andrew Gershman was born and raised in Richmond, VA with a love of sports, especially when Jewish athletes were involved. In 2009 he moved to Jerusalem along with his family, where he hosted The American Sports Talk Show on Rusty Mike Radio. A year later, he founded Israel Sports Radio, an all-sports-talk internet radio station. Since moving back to Silver Spring, MD, he has written about Jewish athletes of all ages for the Washington Jewish... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Fort Dearborn B (Floor 3 North)

4:00pm

Law & Border

An exploration of the laws, lore and art of the Eruv. An eruv is often a critical component of a Jewish community. Using examples from the various chicago Eruvs we will explore what makes an Eruv and how an eruv makes a community.


Limmud Leadership
avatar for Avi Finegold

Avi Finegold

Board of Directors, Limmud Chicago 2013
Avi Finegold is an educator living in Chicago. He is the founder of the Jewish Learning Lab, a company which assists organizations to maximize the benefits of their adult education offerings. You can read more about this as well as some of his blogs at www.avtherav.com

Sunday February 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Terrace Room Inner Circle, Floor 2

4:00pm

Lily Renee, Escape Artist

When the mostly draft-age male cartoonists joined the army during World War ll, women cartoonists took their places at the drawing tables. Of all the comics publishers, Fiction House employed the most women cartoonists, and probably the most successful of these women was Lily Renee Wilheim, their only woman cartoonist to draw covers as well as interior stories.  Lily Renee’s own life story reads like a comic book; she was a Jewish teenaged Holocaust survivor who escaped to England from Nazi-occupied Austria via Kindertransport.  Trina Robbin's all-ages graphic novel biography, “Lily Renee, Escape Artist,” has been awarded a gold medal from Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and a silver medal from the Sydney Taylor Jewish Library, and Trina has put together a collection of her comics which will be published in 2013.  This session will illuminate Lily Renee’s art and amazing life. (T)


Invited Presenter
avatar for Trina Robbins

Trina Robbins

Award-winning herstorian and writer Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over forty years. Her 2009 book, The Brinkley Girls: the Best of Nell Brinkley’s Cartoons from 1913-1940 (Fantagraphics), and her 2011 book, “Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury,” were nominated for Eisner awards and Harvey awards. Her all-ages graphic novel, Chicagoland Detective Agency: The Drained Brains Caper, first in a 6-book... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 613 Tower Floor 6

4:00pm

Listening to Jewish Women in a West Bank Settlement

In the newspapers, on TV, and across other forms of news media we hear about ideological Jewish settlers in the West Bank, and we see images of fanatically religious individuals grasping their hold on land – but are fundamentalist ideologies the major motivation behind their actions and decisions? In this session, we will encounter stories, thoughts, and attitudes expressed by women from a specific established settlement. We will discuss what is revealed when we attend to these women’s voices and what factors are underlying their choices to live in this contested place, and we will consider some of the complexity lying beneath this conflicted landscape.


Presenter
avatar for Hannah Mayne

Hannah Mayne

Hannah Mayne is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida, and is temporarily living in Chicago. Her focus is on narrative and feminist ethnography, the influence of feminism on religious ritual practice, convergences of spiritual meaning and questions of power, contemporary Judaism, and Israel/Palestine. With a background in the study of performance and video art, she is also interested in form and visual... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cardinal Room Floor 3 North

4:00pm

More, Much More Than Fiddlers On The Roof!

This highly interactive, PowerPoint-enhanced, discussion session will explore the ups and downs, twists and turns of Brian's own Eastern European family of origin (19 generations) and the participants Jewish, European families of origins. All attendees are encouraged to bring any/all family histories and photo documents to share! Our focus will be on all our respective, significant ancestors and descendents, starting from the early modern era (mid 1500's) to present, with awareness of the impact on our ancestors of their diverse, multi-ethnic/religious neigbors, and visa versa. (T)


Presenter
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Brian Zakem

Brian Zakem is a mental health professional and family and ancestry geneologist, as well as a community and interreligious facilitator and leader for more than forty years. His practice is focused in Chicago and its south suburbs. Brian's writings include "Ruhzany Translated" (2012) - English co-editor with Edie Taylor and researcher (JewishGen), as well as various applications of still, video & movies in pscho-social therapy, published in... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 603 Tower Floor 6

4:00pm

The Nine Billion Names of God

Using “The Nine Billion Names of God,” a short story by Arthur C. Clarke as a starting point, we’ll ponder the purpose of humans in the Universe. This one-shot book club will be long on the questions and wondering and short on definitive answers. We may venture into traditional Jewish thought (and we may not). Mainly this session is about enjoying great speculative fiction and seeing where the conversation takes us. (T)


Limmud Leadership
avatar for Andrea Hoffman

Andrea Hoffman

Co-Chair, Outreach Team, Limmud Chicago 2013
Andrea is currently the interim executive director at the Newberger Hillel at the University of Chicago and she's worked with Hillels at the local and international level for the past 25 years. She is an avid reader when she can find the time and loves speculative fiction.

Sunday February 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
White Oak Room B Floor 3 North

4:00pm

ZENA: Warrior Princess

Beyond our ‘foremothers’ Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel:  We all know others in the Torah: Miriam, Shifra, Puah, Yocheved, Devorah, Dina. . . Who are the unnamed, or less known women who, but for their courage and decisive action, Jewish history would not have turned the way we know it today?When did they live?  What were their lives? Of what Jewish significance were they?  Why do we call them Female Action Heroines?  We will learn from each other, in the true Limmud way.  Bring your ideas and take some more away! (T)


Presenter
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Shulamit Cenker

Shulamit Cenker is a fourth year Rabbinical student at the Hebrew Seminary of the Deaf in Skokie, and is on her fourth career. Previously she’s worked in the mental health field, sales, real estate, and insurance.   Shulamit is interested in the omission of named women in Jewish texts, who for the most part are the action figures, decisors in many cases. Shulamit is happy to be a first time presenter at Limmud Chicago.


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 611 Tower Floor 6

4:00pm

Chicago Sinai: Inspiring Reform for 150 Years

Is there a congregation in America that still practices true Classical Reform Judaism? There is one in our city--Chicago Sinai Congregation. One of the very first Reform congregations in the nation, the first in the western states, and the first American congregation to have its origins as a Reform congregation, Chicago Sinai upholds the Classical Reform tradition, a tradition more liberal than the commonly practiced Mainstream Reform of today. In the documentary "Chicago Sinai: Inspiring Reform for 150 Years," we examine how Sinai's leaders - from rabbis like Emil Hirsch (the most influential rabbi in America in his day) to members like Julius Rosenwald (who endowed Tuskegee University and more than five thousand schools for African-American children throughout the country) - put the ideals of Classical Reform to the service of social progressive action in fighting poverty, labor inequity, and racism. (T)

 


Presenter
avatar for Ted Naron

Ted Naron

Ted Naron is an award-winning filmmaker who has been a member of Chicago Sinai Congregation since 1998. He is a member of the board of the congregation and teaches Jewish History in its religious school.


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 605 Tower Floor 6

4:00pm

Famous Chicago Jews

"Famous Chicago Jews. Describes and contrasts personalities and accomplishments of Rabbis Saul Silber, Hannah Greenebaum Solomon and Julius Rosenwald. Are they important today in 2012."


Presenter
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Mark Mandle

Mark Mandle is a sixth generation Chicago Jew. He has given many lectures on Chicago Jewish history and led many tours of Jewish neighborhoods. Mark is a past board member of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society.


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
White Oak Room A Floor 3 North

4:00pm

Azamra: Jewish Kirtan

A•zam•ra is part of a nationwide movement putting Hebrew psalms and songs to the rhythms and melodies of kirtan, a form of call-response devotional music that originates in Eastern spirituality.  Our music is meant not so much to be listened to as to be experienced and joined to the voices in the room.

Azamra is Rabbis Lizzi Heydemann and Sam Feinsmith, Hannah Shefsky and Yoni Sarason. Azamra means "I will sing," and evokes the psalm that invites us to sing not only with our voices, but with our very lives. (T)


Presenter
avatar for Sam Feinsmith

Sam Feinsmith

Rabbi Sam Feinsmith teaches Judaic Studies and coordinates Jewish Life at Chicagoland Jewish High School, IL. He is a regular teacher at the Center for Jewish Mindfulness, where he weaves in the depths of Chassidic and Kabbalistic wisdom. He holds degrees from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and Jewish Theological Seminary. Passionate about prayer and contemplative Jewish practice, he has consulted for a number of innovative prayer... Read More →
avatar for Lizzi Heydemann

Lizzi Heydemann

Lizzi Heydemann catalyzed the founding of Mishkan Chicago in 2011, an urban spiritual community whose mission is to engage, educate, empower, connect, and inspire people through dynamic experiences of Jewish prayer, learning and community-building. Lizzi was a "lifer" at Lab, attended Stanford University, and was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2010. More importantly, the Indigo Girls taught her how to play guitar and... Read More →
avatar for Yoni Sarason

Yoni Sarason

Cincinnati born and bred, Yoni found his way to St. Louis by way of Washington University, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology. After graduating, Yoni cut his teeth in Jewish community building by founding the St. Louis Moishe House and Next Dor St. Louis. Yoni now works with Birthright Israel NEXT as the Regional Director for the Midwest. Yoni is a 2010 PresenTense Global Fellow and 2011 ROI Fellow.
avatar for Hannah Shefsky

Hannah Shefsky

As a local musician and teacher, Hannah Shefsky is passionate about the role music plays in spirituality, healing, and Jewish exploration. She is grateful to spend her time working with an amazing group of students through The Intonation Music Workshop, a non-profit that brings music into schools and park district sites in Chicago’s under-served communities. She also teaches private piano, guitar, and voice lessons, and performs regularly... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Inner Circle Floor 2 North

5:10pm

Closing Session: Sing it out with Kol B'Seder

Finish out a day of Limmud Chicago sessions with a rousing session of singing with the popular singing duo, Kol B’seder: Jeff Klepper and Dan Freelander.


Presenter
avatar for Dan Freelander

Dan Freelander

Kol B’Seder, the Jewish music duo of Cantor Jeff Klepper and Rabbi Dan Freelander, is responsible for many well-known songs including “Lo Alecha,” and “Modeh Ani.” The duo is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its most famous song, “Shalom Rav,” a Hebrew prayer for peace, which is sung around the world and often mistakenly thought to be a “traditional” melody. For most of the ‘70s... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Klepper

Jeff Klepper

Kol B’Seder, the Jewish music duo of Cantor Jeff Klepper and Rabbi Dan Freelander, is responsible for many well-known songs including “Lo Alecha,” and “Modeh Ani.” The duo is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its most famous song, “Shalom Rav,” a Hebrew prayer for peace, which is sung around the world and often mistakenly thought to be a “traditional” melody. For most of the ‘70s... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 5:10pm - 5:55pm
Illinois Room A Floor 3 North