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Sunday, February 22
 

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.

Presenters
avatar for Ariela Jason-Hes

Ariela Jason-Hes

Dance Instructor, RIKUDANCE
Ariela Jason-Hes came to Miami from Israel in 1992. She immediately started to work at the Michael Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, where she developed the Israeli Dance Program for the following 10 years and was the creator of the International Israeli Dance Festival Yachad. In 2002, Ariela decided to look for new challenges and opened her own Israeli Dance Program, where both kids and adults participate. RIKUDANCE has become a great... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 8:30am - 9:00am
Room 130

8:30am

Welcome 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.

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 22, 2015 8:30am - 9:00am
Room 128

9:00am

What Makes Art Jewish?
Living in the diaspora or in Israel, Jewish artists employ a range of themes and motifs that come out of their experiences as Jews and as artists. Join the conversation on what makes certain art and artists Jewish. By referencing criteria cited in Jewish museums world-wide, Levitin will explore how artists use Jewish history, culture, and Judaica as expressions of their Jewish identity and as components of their art. 

Presenters
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Judith/Yehudis Levitin

Artist and Teacher, Miami Dade Public School, Self employed as an artist
Judith/Yehudis Levitin is a visual multimedia artist based in Miami and a certified art teacher in Florida whose art has won national and international awards. A skilled printer, illustrator, painter, and sculptor, she blends collage, biblical writings, and expressive text into many of her images. She received her AA degree in Fashion Illustration & Advertising Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, an AS degree... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Room 120

9:00am

Food and Holiness: From Farm to Table
Every day we sit down for one of the most human, and potentially most holy, activities of our lives—eating. Our Sages, from the rabbis of the Talmud to the Hasidic masters, understood the potential of that moment and surrounded the mundane act of eating with lessons and rituals that give us the choice of elevating the act of eating to holy heights. During the course of this discussion we will consider some key teachings designed to help us experience the simple act of approaching a meal in a fresh way.

Presenters
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Louis Rieser

Rabbi, Teacher, Retired
Writer and teacher, Rabbi Louis Rieser, is the author of The Hillel Narratives. He runs an on-going Jewish Meditation practice in W. Boca Raton and teaches regularly at area synagogues and in the Palm Beach CJE's Melton Program.  His writings are found in a variety of journals, as well as online in his blog, NuViewTalmud, and on the website, Jewish Values Online.  He is the Rabbi Emeritus of Etz Hayim Synagogue in Derry, NH, and is... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Room 115

9:00am

From Keva to Kavanah: T'fillah with uMMMph!
T’filah (prayer) has become something we have to do, rather than something we get to do or want to do. It often feels like a fixed, rote activity (keva) rather than one filled with the kind of inspiration and passion (kavannah) that makes up a healthy spiritual life. This session will explore how we can use Movement, Music and Meaning to add a little uMMMph to T’filah and start our Limmud day with an open, joyful heart. 

Presenters
avatar for David Paskin

David Paskin

Rabbi, Musician, Temple Beth David
David Paskin, or Rabbi David as he is known, is an accomplished spiritual leader, singer/songwriter, entertainer and award-winning Jewish educator. Along with his bands Rock Tov and Shirav, David has become known as the “Rock ‘n Roll Rabbi” and has produced five albums. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Academy for Jewish Religion. In the Boston area, David served as Music and Judaics Director of Grossman... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Room 122

9:00am

Stories from Israeli Soldiers

The StandWithUs Israeli Soldiers’ Stories Tour is an innovative program featuring Israeli college students who talk about the Israeli-Arab conflict, giving a human face to the IDF uniform. In this session, they will share their personal stories and experiences as IDF soldiers and then take questions from the audience. 

Made possible by funds from StandWithUs


Presenters
avatar for Gal

Gal

Alumna, StandWithUs
Born in Lima, Peru, Gal moved to Israel as a toddler, and now resides in a suburb of Tel Aviv. Upon graduating high school, she postponed her military service to volunteer in the Jewish community of Toronto, Canada, working with children in schools and synagogues. When Gal returned to Israel, she served in the IDF as a basic training commander located on an intelligence base. After her release, she worked as a counselor at the Alexander Muss High... Read More →
avatar for Yehuda

Yehuda

Alumnus, StandWithUs
Born and raised in Ethiopia, Yehuda made aliyah to Israel in 2009. In the IDF, he served as a border policeman, where he was often stationed at checkpoints and as a guard for holy sites in Jerusalem and Hebron. In 2012 he completed his service and is currently studying political science and communications at Hadassah College in Jerusalem. An alumnus of StandWithUs’ 2014 Israel Fellowship, Yehuda now resides in Jerusalem and is active... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Room 114

9:00am

The Book of Esther as a "Coming Out" Narrative
As any number of recent stories in the news can attest, there is enormous power in the “coming out” narrative-- the revelation by a celebrity or public figure of his/her identity as LGBTQ.  Such stories can have important political and cultural implications well beyond the personal self-definitions they perform. What happens when we read the story of Queen Esther as a “coming out” narrative?  How might our contemporary experiences with the rhetoric and reactions to modern “coming out” stories allow us to see the Purim story in a new or newly-revitalized light?  What might such a 'queering' of the Esther story do to our sense of Esther’s role in the book that bears her name?

Presenters
avatar for Jeffrey Shoulson

Jeffrey Shoulson

Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Connecticut
Jeffrey Shoulson is the Konover Chair in Judaic Studies, Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Shoulson focuses on Jewish-Christian relations, especially the ways in which Jews and Judaism are represented within Christian writings. His first book, Milton and Rabbis: Hebraism, Hellenism, and Christianity, was awarded the Salo Baron Prize. His most recent book... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Room 117

9:00am

Jewish Life in Today's Diverse Family

The traditional Jewish family has been transformed by a new social reality. The composition of family is rapidly changing through increased cross-cultural and interfaith marriages, single parenting by choice, and same sex families. This session will examine the "cohabitation" of our Jewish identity, tradition, and culture in these diverse family compositions. We will discuss the creation of new Jewish rituals and celebrations, social action and other values as a strategy for the cohabitation of Jewishness. This is a great opportunity to learn, share, and strengthen our understanding of complex family dynamics, and encourage a dialogue about creating supportive and cohesive families .


Presenters
avatar for Miriam Moussatche-Wechsler

Miriam Moussatche-Wechsler

Licensed Psychotherapist-Coach, Mind Spectrum Institute
In her classroom, her private practice as a licensed psychotherapist-coach, and as a volunteer, Miriam is thoughtful, thought-provoking, creative and passionate in helping people transform, empower, and enrich other's life's. She has been teaching courses on well-being and happiness through the Osher programs at UM and FIU. Born in Argentina, Miriam lived in Manhattan before relocating to Miami. She co-founded Judíos-Latinos at... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Room 126

9:00am

Egalitarian Minyan - Spiritual Wake Up!
Join members of USY's Southeast “HaNegev” region for a spirited, musical and energetic Shacharit (Morning Prayers) service. This will be an Egalitarian prayer experience (women and men leading with no division between men and women), and Everyone is Welcome

Presenters
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USY & Friends

HaNegev Region, United Synagogue Youth
United Synagogue Youth (USY) is the youth movement of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. USY operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Uganda. The goal of the movement is to bring Jewish teenagers closer to Judaism and Israel through learning and social interaction. 


Sunday February 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Room 124

9:00am

Traditional Davenning - Spiritual Wake Up!
Join members of NCSY's Southern Region and Jimmy Costello, the "Musical Maggid," for a spirited, musical and energetic Shacharit (Morning Prayers) service. This will be a Traditional prayer experience (Orthodox, only men leading with a separation between men and women), and Everybody is Welcome

Presenters
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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.
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NCSY & Friends

Southern Region, NCSY
NCSY is a national youth group where Jewish teens are encouraged to grow into leaders. It strives to create an environment that empowers teens to make informed and educated choices that further their commitment to passionate Judaism. Believing in teaching though example, their hand-picked advisors and staff model a diverse, passionate, open–minded and enthusiastic approach to Jewish life. The Orthodox Union founded NCSY in 1954 to... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Room 110

9:00am

Israeli Dancing: Connecting to Israel Through Movement

Feel connected to Jews all over the world as we learn about and experience the art of Israeli dancing. Israeli dancing is an invaluable tool for teaching the history and heritage of the diverse ethnic groups that make up the Jewish world, as well as for learning the customs and traditions of the Jewish holidays. Prepare to move Israeli-dance style!


Presenters
avatar for Liora Ramati

Liora Ramati

Activity Coordinator, Jewish Community Services
Liora Ramati is a vibrant, talented teacher who captures the hearts of children and adults with her enthusiasm and love for Judaism. Her goal is to make Israeli dancing, Hebrew learning and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience an enjoyable and meaningful journey. Liora was born and raised in Israel. Now living in Miami, she still fulfills her Zionist mission by maintaining a strong bond with the Jewish community and strengthening their... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 130

9:00am

JoogalKids: Meditation in Motion

New research shows that practices of movement and mindfulness decrease stress, anxiety, and depression in children, while improving emotional regulation, ability to focus, and social relations. Joogalkids utilizes creative movement to focus on these benefits. It is a fun, interactive way to strengthen a child’s body, mind and soul while learning universal values through play and mediation. Joogalkids is a unique and innovative way for all kids to learn, exercise and have fun at the same time. 


Presenters
avatar for Devora Benchimol

Devora Benchimol

Founder, Joogal Kids: Meditation in Motion
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... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 128

10:00am

Women in Tanach: A Bibiliodrama
Combining a close reading of biblical texts from Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) with searching, imaginative questions, Bibliodrama offers people of all ages and levels of knowledge an opportunity to experience a method of creative study and deeper understanding of the women who played an integral role in Jewish history. Together we will explore the personalities of Miriam, Yael, Esther, Naomi and Ruth. Through dynamic group role-playing and drawing the participants gently into direct engagement with their stories, the group will be lead into the hearts and minds of these amazing women leaders.

Presenters
avatar for Michal Behar

Michal Behar

Marketing Strategist, Learning Concepts
Michal Behar is a marketing strategist at Learning Concepts. Michal holds a Bachelor's degree from Excelcior University and is working on a Master's in Business Management, Strategy and Leadership from New York University. Michal helps Learning Concepts’ schools develop marketing plans and social media strategies to increase enrollment and awareness. Her expertise is in the development of websites, social media, school apps and mobile... Read More →
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Nicki Salfer

CEO and Rebbetzin, Learning Concepts
Learning Concepts is Nicki’s most innovative and expansive endeavor in twenty years of providing education services.  Under the management of Learning Concepts, Nicki has established private schools in New Jersey, Florida, and California.  | Tree of Knowledge is a first-rate multi-state educational service provider, serving thousands of students at schools, learning centers, homes and hospitals. A big picture thinker, Nicki... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 110

10:00am

Culinary Midrash: Eating the Texts
Culinary Midrash is a practice much like traditional midrash. It involves the study and interpretation of a Jewish text and the process of identifying meaning and symbols. In the case of culinary midrash the symbols and meaning are manifested as ingredients, textures, and nutritional components. Connections are made between nutritional or aesthetic (taste, smell, texture) values and moral values. Participants will be introduced to this process and some examples of it and will then break into small study groups to create their own recipes from a given text. 

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Person

Jennifer Person

Managing Producer, MDC Live Arts
Jenni is an arts professional by training, with a BA in Drama from Bennington College and MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She worked as an award-winning performer and Producing Director at the Loft Theatre in Tampa, FL. Here in Miami, she was Artistic Director of The Open Tent, producing a season of innovative work in a variety of media rooted in Jewish tradition, practice, culture and/or text as well as founding Director of... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 126

10:00am

Being a Healing Presence: Care-Taking of a Loved One
Suddenly in the midst of your busy life, you are called to take care of someone you love who is experiencing serious illness or confronting death. Maybe it is your parent or your spouse or a sibling. Maybe it is your child. What do you need to know and do to serve as a care-taker? We will focus on finding spiritual resources to deal with grief and loss, release and resilience, on the pathway of transitions and transformations. In this session you will learn to tap into your compassion and ability to actively listen without judgment, utilize experiential exercises and text study, as well as create rituals and use reflection as supportive tools.

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 22, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 117

10:00am

Ethiopian Aliyah: The Past, Present, and Future for Ethiopians in Israel
Learn about the Jewish community in Ethiopia through three lenses: The Past—why they consider themselves Jews; their lives before moving to Israel; the many inspiring ways they came to Israel; and the challenges they faced once they made it to the 'Holy Land.' The Present—life in Israel as an Ethiopian immigrant; difficulties assimilating into Israeli society; and the question of how/whether to maintain an Ethiopian Jewish identity. The Future—what does the future look like for this unique community?

Presenters
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Neta Shani

Shaliach, Young Judaea
Neta's journey with Jews from the Diaspora started in 2002 when he participated in a Birthright trip all around Israel.  Since 2007 he has been working for Young Judaea in Israel, beginning as a Madrich and after graduation working full time for the organization. Neta has served as director of the students’ programs including Amirim and Onward Israel. He continues to work tirelessly to keep Young Judea vibrant in South Florida. 


Sunday February 22, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 120

10:00am

Who is the Shiksa?
Is "shiksa" derogatory? What are the cultural, historical, and linguistic implications of the word and concept? We'll look at the word from its Biblical origins to Drew Barrymore and the Toronto police. 

Presenters
avatar for Menachem Kaiser

Menachem Kaiser

Writer
Menachem Kaiser is a writer and critic living between Brooklyn, NY, and various Eastern European countries. A recent Fulbright Fellow to Lithuania, where he studies post-Holocaust memory and narrative, he has taught Creative Writing and Modern Jewish Culture at Vilnius University. His essays, criticism, journalism, and fiction have appeared in several publications including the Wall Street Journal, Slate and the New Yorker.com.  He is... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 124

10:00am

Finding God Even in Temper Tantrums: Parenting as a Spiritual Practice
Being a new parent is exhausting, crazy-making, and changes every aspect of your life. At the same time, Jews have an image of "G-d the Father" (Avinu in Hebrew) often invoked during the High Holidays. But it's hard to think about G-d during a level five temper tantrum in the middle of the supermarket. In this session, we'll watch and discuss Danya Ruttenberg's ELI talk, "Parenting as a Spiritual Practice," and think together about how parents can find radical amazement, prayer, and even a sense of the divine while raising their children. This session is geared towards families with young children, but children and parents of all ages are welcome!

Presenters
avatar for Miriam Brosseau

Miriam Brosseau

Storygiver, ELI talks, See3
As See3's Director of Engagement, and Program Director of ELI Talks, Miriam is an experienced Social Media coach and strategist. She engages organizations and their communities to help them reflect their voice, vision, and values online. Selected as one of The New York Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" in 2012, Miriam holds an MA in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus College. 


Sunday February 22, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 115

10:00am

Ice Breakers, Games & Sharing Your Jewish Identity
Through games, mixers and team-building, we will share our interests in Judaism, Israel and Jewish Culture. In this session future Jewish leaders, counselors and madrichim will meet teens like themselves from other youth movements to share, learn and have fun.

Presenters
avatar for Silvio Berlfein

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 22, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Left Ballroom

10:00am

Stories from Israeli Soldiers

The StandWithUs Israeli Soldiers’ Stories tour is an innovative program featuring Israeli college students who talk about the Israeli-Arab conflict, giving a human face to the IDF uniform. In this session, they will share their personal stories and experiences as IDF soldiers and then take questions from the audience. 

Made possible with funds by StandWithUs


Presenters
avatar for Gal

Gal

Alumna, StandWithUs
Born in Lima, Peru, Gal moved to Israel as a toddler, and now resides in a suburb of Tel Aviv. Upon graduating high school, she postponed her military service to volunteer in the Jewish community of Toronto, Canada, working with children in schools and synagogues. When Gal returned to Israel, she served in the IDF as a basic training commander located on an intelligence base. After her release, she worked as a counselor at the Alexander Muss High... Read More →
avatar for Yehuda

Yehuda

Alumnus, StandWithUs
Born and raised in Ethiopia, Yehuda made aliyah to Israel in 2009. In the IDF, he served as a border policeman, where he was often stationed at checkpoints and as a guard for holy sites in Jerusalem and Hebron. In 2012 he completed his service and is currently studying political science and communications at Hadassah College in Jerusalem. An alumnus of StandWithUs’ 2014 Israel Fellowship, Yehuda now resides in Jerusalem and is active... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Right Ballroom

10:00am

A Jewish-Hindu Encounter: An Exploration of Similarities and Differences
Jewish authors know little of Indian religions, and Indian books on religion typically think Judaism still includes the animal sacrifices of Leviticus's priestly religion. Neither side understands much about the other. I will explain some of the commonalities and differences between jnana and Torah study, karmakanda and Jewish ritual, along with meditation and the life of prayer and Kabbalah. For Hindus, Maimonides and Kabbalah are forms of Yoga—come and find out why!

Presenters
avatar for Alan Brill

Alan Brill

Professor, Seton Hall University
Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair at Seton Hall University, where he teaches Jewish Studies in the graduate program. Author of Thinking God: The Mysticism of Rabbi Zadok of Lublin, Judaism and Other Religions: Models Of Understanding, and Judaism and World Religions, Prof. Brill received his BA, MA, and Ordination from Yeshiva University and his PhD from the Department of Theology at Fordham University. Currently, he is... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 114

10:00am

Sephardic Liturgy: Add Ladino Music to Your Prayer
In this interactive, participatory experience we will explore several Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) versions of common and well-known prayers from our Siddur. We will also learn Sephardic tunes that are used for some prayers, and of course end up singing some famous Ladino songs. Come and discover the rich heritage of the Sephardim!


Presenters
avatar for Norman Cohen Falah

Norman Cohen Falah

Cantor, Temple Sinai of North Dade
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cantor Norman Cohen Falah is versatile, soulful and energetic Chazan (cantor). He sings in seven languages, in a variety of styles, and for all ages. In addition to having written many songs and liturgical compositions, he has just released his new CD TefiLatina! A Celebration of Jewish Music with a Latin Twist.  The CD showcases a wide spectrum of music from Latin American Jewish liturgy to modern Hebrew... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 122

10:00am

The Gift of Challah
Enjoy a fun, hands-on experience as we mix, knead and shape challah from scratch, while we discover the spiritual significance of this age-old tradition.

Presenters
avatar for Sashie Friedman

Sashie Friedman

Co-Director, ChabadFIU
Sashie Friedman is a graduate of the Beth Chana Institute in Safed, Israel. She founded the Chabad Jewish Student Center at FIU, with her husband, Rabbi Levi Friedman, in 2004. Her role at the student center includes teaching classes, hosting Shabbat dinners, and holiday event planning. In addition to her dedication to the FIU community, she is a beloved pre-school teacher and a doting mother to her children.


Sunday February 22, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 130

10:00am

Shalom Stars!

Join Evelyn and her talking puppet friends in “Shalom Stars!” --a fun, interesting and interactive Jewish Educational Theatre class for children. Through storytelling, songs and Hebrew words, children take their first steps into the world of theater and explore Jewish values, holidays and traditions. Parents, grandparents and teachers are welcome to join as well. 


Presenters
avatar for Evelyn Goldfinger

Evelyn Goldfinger

Jewish Educational Theatre Director, J-CAT
Evelyn Goldfinger is the Jewish Educational Theatre Director at J-CAT, the J's Cultural Arts Theatre at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC in North Miami Beach, home of "Shalom Stars" sessions. She is a performer, playwright, director and researcher devoted to theater for young audiences. Originally from Buenos Aires, Evelyn created El Toratrón with the goal of transmitting Jewish values to children and adults. Recipient of the prestigious Juan... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 128

11:00am

Baym Yam (By the Ocean): Alejandra Czarny Sings Yiddish Songs
Alejandra Czarny's show of Yiddish songs, "Baym Yam" ("By the Ocean"), transports the stories and sounds of the past to our shores.  While helping the audience enter the world and emotions of the songs, Alejandra will share vignettes that explain and prepare the listener with their background, authors, and some basic translations. Understanding Yiddish is not a requirement to enjoy the show, just a willingness to go where the breezes are blowing...  

Presenters
avatar for Alejandra Czarny

Alejandra Czarny

Singer
Born in Argentina and living in South Florida for the past 13 years, Alejandra has been singing and playing Yiddish songs for most of her life. She has recorded two CD's, and performs regularly throughout the Americas and Europe.  Alejandra employs her extensive music therapy background in facilitating an ongoing series of singing/therapy groups and teacher training programs, and has participated in Limmud concerts in Nottingham, U.K., and... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 122

11:00am

L'Chayim! The Story of Jews and Booze: What Does Judaism Say About Drinking Alcohol?
To drink or not to drink—that is the question. So many of Judaism's most sacred moments are marked with wine. With Purim just around the corner (one of the holidays where Jewish drinking often occurs to excess), it is time to ask why alcohol and sacred Jewish moments go together like peanut butter and jelly. If so, then how much is too much? What does our tradition teach about drinking alcohol? Together, we will explore thousands of years of Jewish wisdom on the subject and you will leave feeling drunk with information and inspiration.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Berkun

Jonathan Berkun

Rabbi, Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center
Rabbi Jonathan Berkun has served as the spiritual leader of the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center since 2007. He is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, a Past President of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the National Rabbinic Cabinet for Israel Bonds, the National Council for AIPAC, and JNF’s Rabbis for... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 124

11:00am

How to Improve Your Spiritual Health
Spiritual health is an essential component for overall wellness. Judaism is ideally a means for improving spiritual health, but it contains some ideas and practices that may no longer be as helpful as they once were. What is spiritual health? How do we measure it? And what ideas and practices are most effective in improving it? 

Presenters
avatar for Moshe Heyn

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 22, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 117

11:00am

DIY Passover: Tips for Making Your Own Haggadah & Unique Seder
Haggadot.com Founder & Creative Director, Eileen Levinson will share her favorite tips for making your Passover seder meaningful and engaging this year. Using examples of text, artwork & video from the library of over 6,000 user-generated contributions in Haggadot.com, we'll discuss new ideas for this year’s Haggadah, including interactive & kid-friendly activities.

Presenters
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Eileen Levinson

Executive Creative Director, Haggadot.com, Custom & Craft
Eileen Levinson is a designer and artist who re-images Jewish ritual in the digital age. In 2011, she launched Haggadot.com, an online workspace for Jews of all backgrounds to upload, exchange and personalize Passover haggadot. The Jewish Daily Forward reviewed Haggadot.com writing that it "has, in the three years since its launch, become a well-oiled Pesadik machine...there is no longer any excuse for not making your own Haggadah... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 120

11:00am

How to Hit a Home Run in Dating: Our Playbook for Winning at Relationships
Many people strike out in relationships because they miss the cues when it comes to verbal and nonverbal communication. How do you come across? What messages are you actually sending and receiving? Join us for a dynamic and exciting interactive presentation that will transform your relationship EQ.  Slide into home plate and see immediate results on the scoreboard.

Presenters
avatar for Nancy Gold

Nancy Gold

Co-Founder, Elegant Introductions
Co-founder with Barbara Black Goldfarb of Elegant Introductions: Making Jewish Matches That Matter, Nancy is a licensed Psychologist in the State of Florida who received her PhD. in Psychology from the University of Miami and completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology at the University of Miami, School of Medicine. Trained at The Harvard School of Behavioral Medicine Mind Body Institute, her core work for the past 25 years has... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Black Goldfarb

Barbara Black Goldfarb

Co-Founder, Elegant Introductions
Co-founder with Nancy Gold of Elegant Introductions: Making Jewish Matches That Matter, Barbara has held leadership positions in some of the country’s most influential businesses and philanthropic organizations. With B.A. and MHS degrees from Johns Hopkins University and graduate studies at the London School of Economics, she has enjoyed a varied professional career, including in health care administration and as an art gallery owner... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 110

11:00am

Pursuing Your Dream Career without Compromising Your Jewish Commitment
Learn from the experiences of Avi Frier, a full time professional entertainer who maintains a Torah-committed lifestyle and contributes to his local Jewish community all while traveling the world performing for audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Frier will amaze and amuse with some highlights from his award-winning comedy magic show, while offering four simple rules for anyone who wants to pursue an off-the-beaten-path career without departing from their chosen path of Judaism. Appropriate for adults and teens.

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Avi Frier

Comedy Magician/ Jewish Educator, Avimagic
Avi Frier is a full-time entertainer and part-time Jewish educator.  His comedy magic show has amazed and amused audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the United States and around the world. When the audience is Jewish, his show is enhanced with the message that you can pursue your dream career without compromising your Torah lifestyle. Avi is also a DJ, emcee, event planner, and serves as the Youth Director at Young Israel of... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Right Ballroom

11:00am

The Notorious R.A.V. Spins It for You: Pop Music and Jewish Values
The messages in today's music are conflicting. Some pop music supports positive values that are consistent with Jewish beliefs. Other songs extoll perspectives that conflict with Jewish values and promote misogyny, violence or drug use. Join the Notorious R.A.V. as you listen to popular musical selections and compare their messages to those found in Jewish texts and ethics. 

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Arnie Samlan

Executive Director, CAJE
Rabbi Arnie Samlan is executive director of CAJE – The Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education in Miami. Having a rich background in congregational and community leadership in Atlanta, St. Louis, and Rhode Island,  Rabbi Samlan was also the national Director of Education of Jewish National Fund of America.  A native of Chicago, Rabbi Samlan holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Hebrew Literature, and Master... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Left Ballroom

11:00am

YogaChai

Get up and move as we explore our Jewish identities through creative movement. Barbara will guide you in fun and dynamic movement that will start with physical warm-ups and conclude with a reflection circle. 


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Barbara Jordan

Movement Specialist, Beth Torah/ Beth Moshe/ Beth El
Born in Argentina, Barbara Jordan has been living in Miami for the past 29 years. She is a performing artist, dancer, yoga instructor, pre-school and Hebrew school teacher as well as a mother constantly living and learning on a path towards consciousness, healing and communication.  She is developing a class for balancing body, mind and spirit through traditional Jewish prayer, movement and meditation.


Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
South Alcove

11:00am

The Kabbalah of Forgiveness: Rabbi Moshe Cordovero and the 13 Levels of Mercy
Emerging from the spiritual renaissance of 16th century Safed, Rabbi Moshe Cordovero's Tomer Devorah (Date Palm of Devorah) became an instant classic of Jewish thought and spirituality. Steeped in the Kabbalistic tradition, Rabbi Cordovero took the unprecedented step of applying mysticism to traditional Jewish ethics (mussar). This presentation will focus on the glorious first chapter of Tomer Devorah, which analyzes 13 different strategies for forgiving others (and yourself). Note: this particular work, with its emphasis on personal moral development, is considered an exception to the ban on the study of Kabbalah by students under the age of 40, and is widely read across the Jewish spectrum.

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Henry Abramson

Dean, Touro College
A native of Canada, Henry Abramson received his PhD in History from the University of Toronto and held postdoctoral and visiting appointments at Harvard, Cornell, Oxford and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He is an author of six books, including A Prayer for the Government: Ukrainians and Jews in Revolutionary Times, and Reading the Talmud: Developing Independence in Gemara Learning, as well as many scholarly articles.  A... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 126

11:00am

The Secret Life of God

Who am I? What is my mission in life? What is a soul? Who is G-d? How do I relate to G-d? With brilliant simplicity, Rabbi Aaron helps us understand the complexity of our being and shows how heightened self-awareness empowers us to become masters of our destiny rather than victims of our fate. Discover lasting soul-utions to life's most complex problems.


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David Aaron

Founder and Dean, Isralight
Rabbi David Aaron, a visionary spiritual educator, offers a revolutionary view of God and our purpose on earth based on Kabbalah and Chassidut. He has authored several books, including the best sellers Endless Light, Living a Joyous Life, The Secret Life of G-d and The G-d Powered Life, which have attracted national media attention, including Larry King Live and E! Entertainment. A resident of Jerusalem, he founded and serves as... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 114

11:00am

The Gift of Challah
Enjoy a fun, hands-on experience as we mix, knead and shape challah from scratch, while we discover the spiritual significance of this age-old tradition.

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Sashie Friedman

Co-Director, ChabadFIU
Sashie Friedman is a graduate of the Beth Chana Institute in Safed, Israel. She founded the Chabad Jewish Student Center at FIU, with her husband, Rabbi Levi Friedman, in 2004. Her role at the student center includes teaching classes, hosting Shabbat dinners, and holiday event planning. In addition to her dedication to the FIU community, she is a beloved pre-school teacher and a doting mother to her children.


Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 128

11:00am

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

Kosher lunch provided if ordered in advance.
Non-Kosher Certified food trucks will be available outside the venue. 

Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Outside Tent Biscayne Bay exit

11:00am

Hip Hop Dance

Renowned, local hip-hop artist Seth “Brimstone” Schere presents the four main artistic elements of hip-hop: rapping, deejaying, dancing, and art.  Through games, hands-on techniques, and lessons in choreography, by the end of this lively session you will have learned to create an original piece of “hip hop” art!  


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Seth Schere

CEO & Founder, Brimstone127, LLC
Seth “Brimstone” Schere is a dynamic Miami leader, educator and artist. From a modest start teaching Hip Hop at JCC’s, Brimstone founded PATH: Preserving, Archiving & Teaching Hip Hop, a pioneering Hiphop education organization in South Florida. The recent release of his book, Two Decades of Rap: The Lyrics of Brimstone127 closed his 20 year career as an emcee but inspired his forthcoming book, “Hip Hop &... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
Room 130

11:00am

The Nuts and Bolts of Anti-Israel Media Bias
Are you able to tell what media bias is and is not? Learn how to notice when fact goes out the door and opinion marches in. The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is true! Understand more about what photo bias is. Discover how dangerous photo and text bias are toward the policies and future of Israel. Be prepared to be challenged. And most importantly, recognize that any form of media is very powerful and extremely influential. Note: this is a double session.

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Gary Kenzer

Executive Director, Honest Reporting
Gary Kenzer has been the North American Executive Director of Honest Reporting.com since 2006. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of Magen David Adom USA. Kenzer speaks all over North America in hundreds of venues including Limmud events in Houston, Miami, Baltimore, Bay Area near San Francisco, and Winnipeg.


Sunday February 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:45pm
Room 115

12:00pm

Lunch Break
Come pick up your kids for lunch time and sit outside to enjoy the beautiful day!

Kosher lunch provided if ordered in advance.
Non-Kosher Certified food trucks will be available outside the venue.  

Sunday February 22, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Room 128

12:00pm

Becoming A Baker: Modern Jewish Craftsmanship
How does one become a baker in the modern world? After dropping out of pharmaceutical school, Zak Stern embarked on a five-year journey as a migrant organic farmer that took him from Homestead to India, Sweden, France, Israel, and Italy. He dedicated himself to learning craftwork — how to grow vegetables, make goat cheese, and bake sourdough bread. In his quest for wholesomeness, he returned to tradition and artistry, which led him to his current endeavor—opening Zak the Baker, his eponymous kosher bakery and cafe in the Wynwood Art District. In addition to sharing his path towards becoming a craftsman in the 21st century, Zak will also share with you some of his mouth-watering, artisan bread. 


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Zak Stern

Owner, Zak The Baker
Raised in Miami, Zak took the expected Jewish path of becoming a white-collar professional but found himself overcome with a yearning to create something with his hands, to make something that brought joy to others. Quitting his studies, he departed on a journey through Europe, apprenticing with numerous cheese makers and bakeries for about five years. Returning to Miami in February 2012, he began baking at home and then opened a small spot... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 124

12:00pm

Loving Your Body: A Jewish Value
In a world of seemingly endless pressure to achieve bodily perfection (particularly here in South Florida!), how does Jewish tradition instill a love of self and a love for our bodies?  This text-based session will explore the Jewish ethical imperative to love and care for our bodies.  What does it mean to live in the "Image of God?"  How does Judaism define beauty?  How does our tradition understand the relationship between the body and the soul? Together we will delve into an embodied Jewish ethic of self-acceptance.

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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 22, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 126

12:00pm

Contemporary Spiritual Masters: A Tribute to Shlomo Carlebach and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

This year marks the 20th anniversary since the passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (of blessed memory) and little over a half a year since his close friend and colleague Rabbi Zalman Schactor-Shalomi (o.b.m.) passed away. Childhood friends from Vienna, they later met in the US, and by the 1960s were engaging jointly and independently in pioneering a celebratory counter-culture Judaism that later evolved into what today many call "New Age Judaism." Through songs, stories, biographical sketches and teachings connected to Purim, the most joyous and transcendent of Jewish holidays, we will seek to show how the messages of both have much to offer contemporary Jewish spirituality. 


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Sam Intrator

Rabbi, Kavanah Life
Rabbi Sam Intrator defines the kind of Judaism he practices as JAM Judaism (an acronym for Joy And Meaning), which creates a spiritual experience that is a form of jamming and praying spontaneously in order to get it “right” and to “heal the world.” He majored in Political Science at  Brooklyn and Queens College and received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshiva Kol Yaakov. For six years, he served as Rabbi of... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 110

12:00pm

Kumah South Florida! Creating Meaningful Jewish Life through Cooperative Living

With the vision of creating a pluralistic, intergenerational Jewish cohousing community, and with the goals of becoming more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable, Kumah South Florida! has the potential to change the face of contemporary Jewish life in South Florida as we know it. Jewish intentional communities offer opportunities to develop deep, authentic relationships that strengthen and enhance the individual, the family, Judaism, and society by developing a system of mutual support that is becoming more difficult to achieve within conventional social systems. Come and learn more about this transformative possibility for our community and for yourself!


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Rachael Cohen

Founder, New Jewish Communities
Rachael Love Cohen is a big-picture thinker, captivated by social systems and social change. She believes deeply in the process of community building as a means to remedy social disintegration and repair individual well-being. In 2009, Rachael founded New Jewish Communities, with the objective of mobilizing a new grassroots social movement around Jewish intentional community building.  Before moving to South Florida this summer, Rachael worked... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 117

12:00pm

Creating Modern Midrash: A Creative Writing Experience
Underneath the words of the Torah are hidden layers of meaning. Through the ages, they have been brought to life by Midrash—stories which explain and enhance the text enabling us to further understand what is written.  One of the best ways to connect with the Torah and take ownership of the text is to write your own midrash. In this presentation, participants will explore how to search for multiple layers of meaning and then create their own unique connections to the Torah.  

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Daniel Reed

Education Coordinator, Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach
As a Jewish Educator, Daniel Reed has spent the last 25 years teaching Jewish youth and adults both in the United States and in Israel on the topics of  K'lal Yisrael, Zionist Philosophy, love of Israel and Jewish Identity.  Currently he is the Education Coordinator at the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach and the facilitator of the Orloff CAJE Akiva Teen Leadership Program.


Sunday February 22, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
South Alcove

12:00pm

From Tel Aviv to Bnai Brak - Your Song: A Workshop with Maytal and Etzion

With a method that makes writing songs fun and easy, Maytal and Etzion, both former contestants on the Israeli version of The Voice, will teach participants how to write a song, including those who have never written a song before.  Experience the art of writing songs as you identify and express feelings and then discuss whatever comes up during the process. Questions of Jewish Identity, community, love and culture will be explored in a unique way.

Open to Middle School and High School Students.


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Etzion Mayer

Musician
Etzion Mayer & Maytal Michaeli are an Israeli duet who met on the Reality TV show The Voice of Israel.  Etzion is a religious singer-songwriter from an Orthodox family, who spent his high school days in Yeshiva. While studying for a BA in music, he started a band and released his first album. Maytal comes from a secular background and began her career as a child star on the Israeli Children's Channel, with... Read More →
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Maytal Michaeli

Musician
Maytal Michaeli & Etzion Mayer are an Israeli duet who met on the Reality TV show The Voice of Israel.  Maytal comes from a secular background and began her career as a child star on the Israeli Children's Channel, with lead roles on popular TV shows such as Pilpelim Tzehubim, Rosh Gadol and Galis. Etzion is a religious singer-songwriter from an Orthodox family, who spent his high school days in... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Right Ballroom

12:00pm

The Museum of the Potential Holocaust: An Exploration of Anti-Semitism
To explore current levels of anti-Semitism worldwide, this presentation features several "assumed character" episodes in which participants are able to dialogue with "radicals" (a denier, a neo-Nazi and more) without fear. Materials are drawn from the most recent sources available, including Yad Vashem, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and others. By the close of the workshop, participants will be able to identify and share appropriate responses to anti-Semitism as well as other forms of racism found locally, nationally and internationally.

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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 22, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Left Ballroom

12:00pm

Bruriah: Truth, Myth, and the Construction of the Ideal Jewish Woman

Bruriah is one of the few women named in the Talmud. More interestingly, she is one of the only learned women mentioned. We will examine the stories told about her and ask the question: Who do the rabbis see as the ideal woman? Today in 2015, is Bruriah a role model for the modern woman, or a relic of past patriarchy? Back by popular demand from last year's Limmud, Yaffa leads us in a fascinating text-study session, open to all levels of experience or lack of experience with Jewish texts.


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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 22, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 122

12:00pm

NIGGUN-ology: Sounds of Serenity & Mindfulness

Niggun (ni-gᵊn) literally means 'a musical tune,' but has become synonymous with a soul-stirring, mind-altering, sometimes wordless melody. Niggun has been essential to academic and experiential Judaism since the beginning of time—we know one of the Bible’s most ancient interpretive commentaries is its own ‘trope/tune,' and worship in the ancient Temple was accompanied by symphonic music.In this session, we will discover: the unique spiritual and therapeutic powers of music; the many styles and genres of Jewish music composed throughout history; music as a universal language and meditative tool; plus how you can use music to improve your mood, health, character and life’s experiences. Even if you consider yourself tone-deaf, you are not soul-deaf!


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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 22, 2015 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 120

12:00pm

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

Kosher lunch provided if ordered in advance.
Non-Kosher Certified food trucks will be available outside the venue. 

Sunday February 22, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Outside Tent Biscayne Bay exit

12:00pm

Circumcise Me! Stand-up Comedy
This is the story of your average... Italian, Irish, Catholic, alcoholic, drug addict, Reform-Conservative-Orthodox Jew, American, Israeli, husband, father, son... whose journey is your journey and your journey and your journey ... well you get the Idea. "Plenty of Laughs. Genial and Polished. A Tale Well Told," says the New York Times. "He achieves a pitch-perfect blend of genuine sentiment and hilarious one-liners. He’s also deeply moving," says the New York Post. "Yisrael Campbell is the funniest Roman Catholic Orthodox Jewish comedian in the world. Hurry and see him before he becomes a Buddhist!" says Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central. A double session of thought-provoking story telling and laughter!

Presenters
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Yisrael Campbell

Comedian and Storyteller
Having converted from Catholicism to Judaism three times, (Reform, Conservative, then Orthodox) Yisrael Campbell is living an unusual and dynamic life.  While in New York, he created and starred in a one-man off Broadway show entitled Circumcise Me.   The show tells the story of his life’s journey, from alcoholism at age 16, through conversion, marriage, the 2nd Intifada, to the birth of his twins. His hope is that others... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 114

12:30pm

Lunch Break
Come pick up your kids for lunch time and sit outside to enjoy the beautiful day!

Kosher lunch provided if ordered in advance.
Non-Kosher Certified food trucks will be available outside the venue.  

Sunday February 22, 2015 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Room 130

12:30pm

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 22, 2015 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Room 128

12:45pm

Musical Birkat HaMazon/Grace After Meals
Presenters
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Yishai Cohen

Director of Jewish/Student Life, Scheck Hillel Community School
Yishai Cohen received his Master's Degree in Public Administration with a focus in Jewish Nonprofit Management from FIU in Miami and is presently the Director of Jewish/Student Life at the Scheck Hillel Community School. In their quest for intentional Jewish living and for the opportunity to impact Jewish youth in a life-changing and profound way, Yishai and his wife Rachael became a part of the Isabella Freedman community... Read More →
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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 22, 2015 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Outside Tent Biscayne Bay exit

1:00pm

Jewish-Israeli "Slam" Poetry
Join Andrew Lustig for an enlightening and entertaining original spoken word performance on Jewish and Israeli identity.  The pieces will hopefully make you think and make you laugh! You can see Andrew's work: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA5o6Jxq5aE

Presenters
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Andrew Lustig

Jewish Slam Poet
Andrew Lustig is a "Jewish Slam Poet" and writing workshop facilitator. His poems have been viewed online over half a million times. In 2014, Andrew delivered keynote addresses at national conferences for the JFNA, USCJ, URJ, the UJIA in London, JNF, Hillel, WUJS, and BBYO. He also presented at Limmud UK. Andrew delivered the commencement address at Tarbut V’Torah’s 2013 graduation ceremony. A former Dorot Fellow in Israel, Andrew... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 122

1:00pm

Grandma's Arak Recipe: A Taste & Virtual Tour of Yerucham's Liquor & Wine Factory
Arak (an anise-flavored alcoholic beverage similar to Ouzo) is the liquor of choice in many North African and Middle Eastern (Mizrachi) Jewish homes and is central to celebrations of Mizrachi Jewish culture. Two brothers in Miami's sister city of Yerucham used their grandma's arak recipe to create a successful liquor and wine factory, mixing family roots, idealism, and entrepreneurial skills to distill an intoxicating brew and craft an international reputation. We will hear their story and take a virtual tour of the factory, "meeting" the brothers who run the business while tasting some of their factory’s products. Note: Open to those 21 and older with a photo ID.

Made possible by funds from the Greater Miami Jewish Federation's Yerucham Partnership. 


Presenters
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Amir Cohen

CEO/Director, Cohen Brothers
Amir Cohen, 34, was born and raised in Yeroham, Israel, Miami's sister city. After his IDF service, he and his brother Avi, with guidance from their father Reuven, became successful businessmen.  Eight years ago, they returned to Yeroham, the community they loved, and open a factory.  Their real breakthrough came when their grandmother Sa’ada shared her secret recipe for Arak.  Today their eponymous factory--Cohen... Read More →
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Avi Cohen

Deputy Director, Cohen Brothers
Avi  Cohen, 33, was born and raised in Yeroham, Israel, Miami's sister city.  After his IDF service, he and his brother Amir, with guidance from their father Reuven, became successful businessmen.  Eight years ago, they returned to Yeroham, the community they loved, and open a factory.  Their real breakthrough came when their grandmother Sa’ada shared her secret recipe for Arak.  Today their eponymous factory--Cohen... Read More →
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Reuven Cohen

Director/Manager, Cohen Brothers
Reuven Cohen was born in 1956 into a family of musicians in Safi, Morocco. In 1963, he and his family made aliyah to Yeroham, Israel, today Miami's sister city.  After serving in the IDF, Reuven worked for 25 years in the Negev, completing an academic degree while working. After employment in several different types of businesses, he found his calling--alcoholic beverages. Reuven also volunteers in the community by helping less... Read More →
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Deborah Goldman Golan

Co-founder and President, Atid Bamidbar
Deborah Goldman Golan is an eduator and social/cultural entrepreneur committed to tikkun olam, religious pluralism, inter-cultural dialogue, and engaging Israeli and Diaspora Jews with each other.  Deborah made aliyah from the United States in 1972 and moved to Yeroham in 1987. She is co-founder and president of Atid Bamidbar, a organization in Yeroham that builds bridges across the gaps in Israeli society and fosters mutual acquaintance and... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 120

1:00pm

If It Makes You Happy: The Talmud of Positive Psychology
The rabbis of the Talmud are sometimes seen as a stern, scolding set of people, intent on day-to-day particulars, but not on life's majesty. It turns out this unlikely set of thinkers were some of the first practitioners of "positive psychology," the brand of psychology that's all about living a fulfilling and meaningful life. In this session we'll study an ELI talk by Dr. David Pelcovitz that combines science with Jewish thought, learn about what really makes us happy, and figure out how Jewish wisdom can help us make 'happy' happen.

Presenters
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Miriam Brosseau

Storygiver, ELI talks, See3
As See3's Director of Engagement, and Program Director of ELI Talks, Miriam is an experienced Social Media coach and strategist. She engages organizations and their communities to help them reflect their voice, vision, and values online. Selected as one of The New York Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" in 2012, Miriam holds an MA in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus College. 


Sunday February 22, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 115

1:00pm

Listening to Israel
Complex and multi-cultural, Israeli music serves as mirror for Israeli society in all its multi-faceted dimensions. The soundtrack of Israel is a window to the soul of the country and its people. We'll discover how Israeli music evolved from its founding until today, 67 years later. Listening to the songs and studying their lyrics will take us on a magical musical journey through times of peace, war, and love, via rhythms and styles that include pop, rock, rap, middle-eastern, ethnic and more.

Presenters
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Or-Lee Kaidar

Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, Hillel YAD
Or-Lee Kaidar is currently working as a Jewish Agency Israel Fellow (Shlicha) to Hillel YAD (Young Adult Division) of Florida International University. Or-Lee was born and raised in Haifa, Israel, and completed her BA at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After serving in the Israeli Air Force during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, she worked as a madricha (counselor) for Masa Israel Journey. She loves Israel, enjoys traveling and speaks three... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 117

1:00pm

Judaism & Nature: Re-Connecting the Jewish People to the Earth

We are not the Jews that our parents and grandparents are or were; today’s generation recognizes the importance of being outdoors, connecting with nature, and honoring our bodies through exercise. What is it about nature that inspires us to consider who or what created it?Together the group will learn how to make fire using the traditional method of flint & steel as well as the ancient method of bow drill (a.k.a. rubbing two sticks together). We will also learn about some of the opportunities we have here in South Florida to get out into nature, to explore, to find G-d, and to connect with fellow Jews.  During the second half of the program, we will go outside for a 20-minute experiential nature walk to explore the nature that surrounds us right here and now.


Presenters
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Rick Dronsky

Jewish Environmental Educator, Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America
Rick Dronsky is a Jewish environmental educator, a native of South Florida, a longtime nature enthusiast, and has extensive experience and training in the outdoors. He is an Eagle Scout and holds a BSBA from University of Florida.The Founder of Mosaic (Jewish) Outdoor Club of South Florida, he has been organizing and leading programs for twenty-one years in order to help Jewish people connect to nature in unique and meaningful ways. 


Sunday February 22, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 124

1:00pm

Peoplehood and Purpose: Beyond Continuity
The construction of Jewish selfhood is a hot topic in the aftermath of the Pew Study. Despite considerable efforts by the organized Jewish community, it turns out that “making Jews” is a particularly difficult task in the modern context. What does it mean to be a 'people' if we are not defined by race or ethnicity and we cannot agree on ideology, praxis, or faith? Might there be shared purposes that ground Jewish identity? If so, what are they, and if not, what is the glue that holds “us” together?

Presenters
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Steve Greenberg

Executive Director, Eshel Online
Rabbi Steven Greenberg has worked with communities around the world to make Orthodox Judaism more inclusive of gays and lesbians.  He is the author of the groundbreaking book Wrestling with God & Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004), which won the Koret Book Award for Philosophy and Thought. He is one of the founding Co-Directors of Eshel and serves on the faculty of the Shalom... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 110

1:00pm

Meditation, Hypnosis and Judaism

When they find out about meditation and hypnosis, Jewish spiritual seekers have often commented, "I never learned about that in Hebrew School!" or asked, "Is it kosher to do that?" Judaism is rich with teachings about healing and personal growth, but many people are unaware of how to tap into them. This workshop will provide an introduction into many types of healing and meditations found within Judaism.  Walk away with practical applications for your daily life.


Presenters
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Jason Wasser

Psychotherapist, Informal Jewish Educator, The Family Room Psychotherapy Associates
Jason Wasser has an extensive background in working with youth and adults from all walks of life. His positions have included serving as the Jewish Student Life Coordinator at Princeton University and directing non-profit community educational and recreational programming throughout the Jewish community. Over the years, Jason has conducted numerous seminars on college campuses, retreats, and educational programs on topics including: spirituality... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Right Ballroom

1:00pm

The Resurgence of Polish Jewry: Growth of an Old/New Jewish Community in Poland
Polish Jewish history spans 800 years and culminates with an astonishing rebirth of Jewish life in Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz & Lublin today 70 years after the Holocaust when it seemed Jewish life in Poland was entirely finished. Hear about the numerous Jewish organizations emerging today and explore this incredible revival!

Presenters
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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 22, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Left Ballroom

1:00pm

The Role of a Rebbe
As a Chabad Rabbi I often hear the same question: Why are you guys so obsessed with your Rebbe? Aren't you taking it overboard? Who says we need a Rebbe anyway?  All this and more will be presented in a captivating discussion, addressing, What makes a Rebbe a Rebbe? Does Judaism even allow intermediaries between man and G-d?  Why do I need a Rebbe?  Don't I already have a direct connection to G-d? 

Presenters
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Alexander Kaller

Rabbi and Spiritual Leader, Chabad Russian Center of South Florida
Rabbi Alexander Kaller is the founder and spiritual leader of Chabad Russian Center of South Florida. Born in Moscow to a secular Soviet Jewish family, he only learned the Hebrew alphabet at age 14 when he began exploring his Jewish roots. In 2002, together with his wife Chanie, he founded the Chabad Russian Center in Sunny Isles Beach, FL. There they have focused on creating a place where Jews of Russian descent can feel at home. 


Sunday February 22, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 126

1:00pm

PJ Library Miami Presents

PJ Library Miami comes to Limmud to bring you an interactive and entertaining story time.  Come hear volunticipant Jenni Person, former Program Coordinator of PJ Library Miami, bring PJ stories alive and then join her in a fun-filled, related activity.  


Presenters
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Jennifer Person

Managing Producer, MDC Live Arts
Jenni is an arts professional by training, with a BA in Drama from Bennington College and MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She worked as an award-winning performer and Producing Director at the Loft Theatre in Tampa, FL. Here in Miami, she was Artistic Director of The Open Tent, producing a season of innovative work in a variety of media rooted in Jewish tradition, practice, culture and/or text as well as founding Director of... Read More →



Sunday February 22, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 128

1:00pm

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

Kosher lunch provided if ordered in advance.
Non-Kosher Certified food trucks will be available outside the venue. 

Sunday February 22, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Outside Tent Biscayne Bay exit

1:00pm

Be a Scribe: The Art of Megillah Writing

Do you know how a Torah or Megillah scroll is written? Have you ever wanted to get a chance to be a scribe? Join Rabbi Moshe Druin, a local scribe, in a lively and entertaining presentation on the unique art of the Jewish scribe.  This is a hands-on experience where you will get a crash course in the scribal arts. Open to all ages 7 and up.


Presenters
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Moshe Druin

Vice President, Sofer On Site
We are Sofer On Site - Scribes, Educators and Master Storytellers! A father, son & son-in-law team, together with our dedicated staff — we have found that being a Sofer entails great responsibility. The spiritual work of writing and caring for Torah scrolls is everlasting and therefore, we have to answer to a Higher Authority. As our name suggests, we are always local and on-site, wherever a Torah is found. We pride ourselves in... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 130

2:00pm

How to Make It to the Promised Land: MJFF Short Film & Discussion
After watching How to Make it to the Promised Land, a 16 minute short film by Sam Zalutsky, Jewish summer camp will never look the same again! Counselors at Camp Shalom have transformed the California hills into Lodz, Poland, as campers are divided into two groups. Lizzie, a precocious teenage girl, must make moral choices while navigating a Holocaust role-playing “game,” with thought-provoking results.  This film, specially selected by the Director of the Miami Jewish Film Festival, is sure to stimulate lots of controversial conversation. Discussion will be led by Holocaust Studies expert and FIU professor Oren Stier. Warning for Strong Language (the f*** word is used).

Presenters
avatar for Igor Shteyrenberg

Igor Shteyrenberg

Director, Miami Jewish Film Festival
Igor Shteyrenberg is Director of the Miami Jewish Film Festival and is responsible for the overall programming and administration of MJFF. He is an innovative, driven, results-oriented professional with consistent success in programming, sponsorship development, and creative communication. Under his leadership, MJFF was named this year the “Best Jewish Film Festival in the US” by the renowned national... Read More →
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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 22, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 120

2:00pm

R'fuah Sh'leimah: Songs and Words of Jewish Healing
Music is elemental to human nature. We naturally sing a lullaby, chant a children's rhyme, or whistle while we work. Perhaps music's power derives from its rhythmic essence, for we are rhythmic creatures in our breathing and our heart pulsing. Hence the power of music to restore our natural rhythms, the steady beat of life re-regularized despite the pain. Hence too, ritual; for music is ritualized sound, and even when there is no cure, healing can come from ritual. This is a presentation of healing music through voice and piano. May it find a place where illness threatens and music heals. 

Presenters
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Michelle Auslander Cohen

Cantorial Soloist, Temple Beth Am of Margate
Soprano Michelle Auslander Cohen is a native of Skokie, IL. Throughout her young adult life, Michelle pursued an operatic career, and attended universities and operatic programs including the Peabody Conservatory, Boston University, and Indiana University. She has earned several musical awards including from Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music. Michelle has worked as a Cantorial Soloist throughout South Florida for the... Read More →
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Alan Mason

Director of Music, Temple Israel of Greater Miami
The Director of Music at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, Dr. Alan Mason is a nationally recognized pianist and program director for concerts of sacred and liturgical Jewish music, including producing the highly acclaimed Annual Winter Jewish Music Concert, www.jewishconcert.org.  A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music, and the University of Miami, D.M.A., he is an Associate Professor of Music at Barry University in... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 122

2:00pm

My Grandfather Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the Father of Modern Hebrew
Until Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Hebrew was used mostly for prayer and Torah study and had been considered "dead" as a spoken language for close to two thousand years. In 1881 Ben-Yehuda immigrated to what was then called Palestine, where he made it his mission to renew Hebrew as a modern language and became the author of the first modern Hebrew dictionary while raising the first Hebrew-speaking family. Travel back in time with his granddaughter acting as your guide, as she tells stories about Ben-Yehuda—the man, the husband, the grandfather, and the "reviver" of the Hebrew language. Along the way, we'll see how Hebrew and the State of Israel have evolved through the decades. Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to appreciate this presentation.

Presenters
avatar for Eliezra Ben-Yehuda Kassutto

Eliezra Ben-Yehuda Kassutto

Storyteller
Eliezra Ben-Yehuda Kassutto is the granddaughter of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the founder and pioneer of Modern Hebrew. She is an educator and lecturer who grew up under the wings and influence of the Ben-Yehuda family. Born in Jerusalem, at age 16 she came to New York to study. and received three advanced degrees including continuing Doctoral Studies at Columbia University Teachers College.  Her educational career encompassed the creation of... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 124

2:00pm

Brothels in the Vilna Ghetto?!?
Join in a digital tour and exploration of the Vilna Ghetto, using revilna.org, an online project that contains more than 200 points of interest and more than 100 photographs. We'll look at inspiring and surprising aspects of life in the Vilna Ghetto, including its schools, culture, judicial system, government as well as how religion, resistance, and even basic human needs were lived out. Together we'll discuss the digital commemoration of such spaces and the entire enterprise of remembering the Shoah.

Presenters
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Menachem Kaiser

Writer
Menachem Kaiser is a writer and critic living between Brooklyn, NY, and various Eastern European countries. A recent Fulbright Fellow to Lithuania, where he studies post-Holocaust memory and narrative, he has taught Creative Writing and Modern Jewish Culture at Vilnius University. His essays, criticism, journalism, and fiction have appeared in several publications including the Wall Street Journal, Slate and the New Yorker.com.  He is... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 115

2:00pm

The Power of Vision Boarding for Strengthening Relationships
Experience the power of the Vision Board to strengthen the relationships in your life. In this session, you will learn how to do it, why do it, and what to do with it! Find ways to discover and share your Jewish Vision with yourself, your family and your community... ultimately opening doors to discussions and dreams you might never have had. 

Presenters
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Randa Marder

Professional Coach
Randa Marder is a Certified Performance, Relationship and TSFL Health Coach. She has a Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision from Stetson University, Deland, Florida, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Special and Elementary Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Becoming a Certified Professional Performance Coach is a culmination of skills which Randa has acquired leading organizations, teaching and... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 110

2:00pm

Jewish Outdoor Awareness Discovery: Explore Your Senses
Nature is all around us, and our senses are constantly waiting to explore G-d's creation. Whether we're in an urban park or deep in the Everglades, the natural world is full of sights, sounds and sensations that we often ignore. Our sages teach that G-d created the world through ten holy utterances, which—if we listen closely—can still be heard today, even in Miami!  Join Yishai in an outdoor Jewish education experience that will fuse Jewish texts and tradition with nature awareness activities and investigation that will literally take you beyond the four walls of the conference center.

Presenters
avatar for Yishai Cohen

Yishai Cohen

Director of Jewish/Student Life, Scheck Hillel Community School
Yishai Cohen received his Master's Degree in Public Administration with a focus in Jewish Nonprofit Management from FIU in Miami and is presently the Director of Jewish/Student Life at the Scheck Hillel Community School. In their quest for intentional Jewish living and for the opportunity to impact Jewish youth in a life-changing and profound way, Yishai and his wife Rachael became a part of the Isabella Freedman community... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
South Alcove

2:00pm

The Nuts and Bolts of Anti-Israel Media Bias
Are you able to tell what media bias is and is not? Learn how to notice when fact goes out the door and opinion marches in. The old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is true! Understand more about what photo bias is. Discover how dangerous photo and text bias are toward the policies and future of Israel. Be prepared to be challenged. And most importantly, recognize that any form of media is very powerful and extremely influential.

Presenters
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Gary Kenzer

Executive Director, Honest Reporting
Gary Kenzer has been the North American Executive Director of Honest Reporting.com since 2006. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of Magen David Adom USA. Kenzer speaks all over North America in hundreds of venues including Limmud events in Houston, Miami, Baltimore, Bay Area near San Francisco, and Winnipeg.


Sunday February 22, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Left Ballroom

2:00pm

Love is My Religion

Why wait to "fall" in love and for happiness to just "happen"? True love and happiness are our choice! Discover the Kabbalah of passionate living and lasting love. Learn how to overcome loneliness, achieve true intimacy, and create new possibilities for fulfillment. Start "climbing" into love and taking charge of your life today.


Presenters
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David Aaron

Founder and Dean, Isralight
Rabbi David Aaron, a visionary spiritual educator, offers a revolutionary view of God and our purpose on earth based on Kabbalah and Chassidut. He has authored several books, including the best sellers Endless Light, Living a Joyous Life, The Secret Life of G-d and The G-d Powered Life, which have attracted national media attention, including Larry King Live and E! Entertainment. A resident of Jerusalem, he founded and serves as... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 114

2:00pm

The Art of Spiritual Storytelling
Simple stories are often the best way to convey spiritual wisdom. No matter how deep they might be, they are available to everyone—regardless of your level of learning. Mitch will tell a few such simple stories and demonstrate how they become deeper and deeper with each telling. He may also share some of the stories of his teachers, Shlomo Carlebach and Zalman Schacter-Shalomi, both of blessed memory. Time permitting, he may even share a story of his own.

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 22, 2015 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 126

2:00pm

Israeli Dancing: Connecting to Israel Through Movement

Feel connected to Jews all over the world as we learn about and experience the art of Israeli dancing. Israeli dancing is an invaluable tool for teaching the history and heritage of the diverse ethnic groups that make up the Jewish world, as well as for learning the customs and traditions of the Jewish holidays. Prepare to move Israeli-dance style!


Presenters
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Liora Ramati

Activity Coordinator, Jewish Community Services
Liora Ramati is a vibrant, talented teacher who captures the hearts of children and adults with her enthusiasm and love for Judaism. Her goal is to make Israeli dancing, Hebrew learning and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience an enjoyable and meaningful journey. Liora was born and raised in Israel. Now living in Miami, she still fulfills her Zionist mission by maintaining a strong bond with the Jewish community and strengthening their... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 128

2:00pm

The Israel Wine Revolution: Introduction to & Tasting of Israel's World Class Wines
Did you know that Israeli vintners have won numerous awards at major competitions—even best winery in the world—and are consistently rated as excellent (90 points and above)? In just 20 years Israeli wines have gone from primarily sweet Manischewitz-style Kiddish wines to classic dry wines like Savignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Today's Israeli wines are recognized as among the world’s best by virtually all authorities, including the renowned Robert Parker.  This double session provides an overview of the history of wine-making in Israel and its contemporary wine revolution, exploring its wine regions, best wine grape varietals and finest wineries. You will also have a chance to taste several quality white and red Israeli wines. Note: Open to those 21 and older with a photo ID.

Presenters
avatar for Steve Bachenheimer

Steve Bachenheimer

CEO and Managing Member, Sommelier Wine Services, LLC
Steve Bachenheimer is a sommelier certified by The Court of Master Sommeliers, as well as owner and CEO of Sommelier Wine Services, LLC, offering wine education and services to organizations, restaurants and wine enthusiasts. Steve's special focus is on increasing awareness and appreciation of the Israel Wine Revolution. He highlights the fine wines of Israel that have been gaining recognition and are increasingly being acknowledged as among... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 117

2:30pm

Live storytelling
Discover your inner storyteller through music, props, movement 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 22, 2015 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 130

3:00pm

Can Meditation, Mindfulness, and Judaism Coexist?
Providing practical approaches to the challenges of daily life, Mindfulness (from the Eastern traditions) and Judaism both date back thousands of years and offer surprisingly contemporary answers to our modern needs. Together we will explore universal principles like those taught by Rabbi Laibl Wolf, as well as others drawn from Eastern practices. In addition to experiencing mindfulness and awareness exercises to bring peace and tranquility in our lives, we will learn how prayer, rituals, and observances are also contemplative practices. 

Presenters
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Sandra Coiffman

Clinical Director, Mind Spectrum Institute
Dr. Sandra Coiffman is a licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Florida, Director of Clinical Services at the Mind Spectrum Institute and Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University. She has worked for the past 25 years with adults, children and families in public and private schools, court programs, private practice, and community agencies. Her approach is comprehensive, integrative and eclectic... Read More →
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Elizabeth Laduzinski

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Mind Spectrum Institute
Elizabeth Laduzinski specializes in working with families in transition and immigrant populations in Buenos Aires and Miami. Her post-graduate training includes the fields of Marriage and Family Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. As a consultant for the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education in Miami (CAJE), she coordinated a three-year program that helped recently- arrived immigrants integrate into Miami-Dade Jewish Day Schools... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 115

3:00pm

Israel and Latin America: A Complex and Dynamic Reality

Despite the distance separating Latin America and the Middle East, countries in these two areas have developed close relationships. Even prior to the establishment of the State of Israel, various Latin American governments had developed positions towards Israel that reflected their own dynamic ideologies, changing economic interests, and shifting pragmatic decisions.  This session will analyze these ongoing and evolving relationships, with a special focus on the impact of the recent Hamas crisis.


Presenters
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Juan Dircie

Associate Director, Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs, American Jewish Committee
Juan Dircie is the Associate Director of the AJC’s Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he received his BA from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and continued his studies at the university’s Melton Center for Jewish Education.  Here in the States, Juan works at building bridges with the Hispanic community in the US and is leading AJC’s efforts to engage... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 110

3:00pm

Jon Stewart, Andy Borowitz and Bava Batra 12b: Prophets in Our Time?
Are Jewish humorists the new prophets of our age? This frank and lively workshop will examine the growing influence of Jewish satirists in shaping our perceptions of the world, and why they engender more trust than conventional news sources, political leaders, and religious figures. We'll view examples of satirizing politicians and take a dubious view of world events from a Jewish perspective, discussing and debating some of the controversies engendered when Jewish comedians make Jewish issues the target of their wit.

Presenters
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Marsha B. Cohen

Independent Scholar, Speaker and Writer, CAJE/Florence Melton School; Osher Life Long Learning; Inter Press Servicenter
Marsha B. Cohen, PhD, is a writer, lecturer and adult educator specializing in the role of religion in world affairs. A popular speaker and instructor at various local venues, she has been teaching for the Florence Melton School and has taught International Relations at Florida International University for over a decade. She is the co-author of The Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions: A Relevance-Based Commentary, and writes regularly for... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 120

3:00pm

Mensches Get into the Best Colleges

In balance with each other, self-esteem, humility and respect (including self-respect) are the fundamental traits of a Jewish mensch. Instilling them in children is an art and should be the foundation in your parental quest towards your child's successful development. In this session, we will explore the Jewish teachings and values that lead to making your child a mensch including: Best practices that lead to success in getting your child into college and beyond; utilizing Jewish values to raise and launch children; and accessing resources to address your parenting concerns. Participants will be encouraged to share their own techniques as well.


Presenters
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Louis Berlin

Consultant for the College Bound, Berlin Consulting Group
Louis Berlin is the CEO of the Berlin Consulting Group. He has degrees from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance.  A  graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, Louis has dedicated his life to the pursuit of professional excellence, philanthropy, innovation, and child rearing. Louis is married to Nancy and they are the parents of five children.
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Nancy Berlin

Consultant for the College Bound, Berlin Consulting Group
Nancy Berlin is a renowned trainer in leadership development with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Thomas University and a Double Masters in Social Work and Jewish Studies from Brandeis University. She has spent 30 years on college campuses as a Hillel Director working on the local and national level.  Currently she concentrates on leadership development, pre- and post- college advising, as well as professional staff... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 126

3:00pm

Jewish Contributions to Hip Hop Culture
Explore the invaluable contributions Jewish people have made to Hip Hop culture from behind the scenes to center stage. Many of Hip Hop's pioneers were Jewish, including Steve Rifkind, the owner of Spring Records, the label that released the first rap record of all time. Later, Rick Rubin produced and introduced to the world Adam Yauch, Adam Horovitz, Mike Diamond & Michael Schwartz a.k.a. The Beastie Boys. Through innovation and collaboration, Jewish people have shaped Hip Hop culture and played a substantial role in moving Hip Hop into the mainstream.

Presenters
avatar for Seth Schere

Seth Schere

CEO & Founder, Brimstone127, LLC
Seth “Brimstone” Schere is a dynamic Miami leader, educator and artist. From a modest start teaching Hip Hop at JCC’s, Brimstone founded PATH: Preserving, Archiving & Teaching Hip Hop, a pioneering Hiphop education organization in South Florida. The recent release of his book, Two Decades of Rap: The Lyrics of Brimstone127 closed his 20 year career as an emcee but inspired his forthcoming book, “Hip Hop &... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Left Ballroom

3:00pm

Judaism & Nature: Re-Connecting the Jewish People to the Earth

We are not the Jews that our parents and grandparents are or were; today’s generation recognizes the importance of being outdoors, connecting with nature, and honoring our bodies through exercise. What is it about nature that inspires us to consider who or what created it?Together the group will learn how to make fire using the traditional method of flint & steel as well as the ancient method of bow drill (a.k.a. rubbing two sticks together). We will also learn about some of the opportunities we have here in South Florida to get out into nature, to explore, to find G-d, and to connect with fellow Jews.  During the second half of the program, we will go outside for a 20-minute experiential nature walk to explore the nature that surrounds us right here and now.


Presenters
avatar for Rick Dronsky

Rick Dronsky

Jewish Environmental Educator, Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America
Rick Dronsky is a Jewish environmental educator, a native of South Florida, a longtime nature enthusiast, and has extensive experience and training in the outdoors. He is an Eagle Scout and holds a BSBA from University of Florida.The Founder of Mosaic (Jewish) Outdoor Club of South Florida, he has been organizing and leading programs for twenty-one years in order to help Jewish people connect to nature in unique and meaningful ways. 


Sunday February 22, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Right Ballroom

3:00pm

Of Course Judaism is the Worst Religion… Except for All the Other Religions I've Tried
Have you ever asked yourself "Why should I care about being Jewish?" or "Why would anybody want to joing this crazy people called the Jews?" Yisrael Campbell, the man that Steven Colbert called "the funniest Roman Catholic Orthodox Jewish comedian in the world," will answer those questions ... in 45 minutes. Campbell will have you on the floor laughing as he addresses why he wanted to be a Jew sooooo badly that he became Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox. Join him as he addresses questions of Jewish identity, the mission of the Jewish people, and why Jews are so funny that a nice Catholic boy from Philadelphia decided to convert not once, not twice, but three times!

Presenters
avatar for Yisrael Campbell

Yisrael Campbell

Comedian and Storyteller
Having converted from Catholicism to Judaism three times, (Reform, Conservative, then Orthodox) Yisrael Campbell is living an unusual and dynamic life.  While in New York, he created and starred in a one-man off Broadway show entitled Circumcise Me.   The show tells the story of his life’s journey, from alcoholism at age 16, through conversion, marriage, the 2nd Intifada, to the birth of his twins. His hope is that others... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Left Ballroom

3:00pm

How Do Jews Justify Suffering? Rabbinic Thoughts on Physical Affliction

There are several stories in the Talmud where the rabbis praise, extol, and even request physical pain in order to prevent some sort of greater punishment. Is this a Jewish attitude?!? We will analyze these stories and try to determine whether we can relate to this rabbinic perspective on physical punishment. Back by popular demand from last year's Limmud, Yaffa leads us in a fascinating text-study session, open to all levels of experience or lack of experience with Jewish texts.


Presenters
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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 22, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 114

3:00pm

Reconsidering the Biblical Stance on Homosexuality: Wrestling with God and Man

Two verses in Leviticus have been used to justify a harsh rejection of homosexuality. Why? Rules cannot be intelligently and fairly applied without a sense of their intended aims. As an openly gay Orthodox rabbi, Steve Greenberg will explore four rationales for the prohibition of sex between men that appear in the traditional sources, each offering a different perspective and a different frame for a reconsideration of the law’s application. 


Presenters
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Steve Greenberg

Executive Director, Eshel Online
Rabbi Steven Greenberg has worked with communities around the world to make Orthodox Judaism more inclusive of gays and lesbians.  He is the author of the groundbreaking book Wrestling with God & Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004), which won the Koret Book Award for Philosophy and Thought. He is one of the founding Co-Directors of Eshel and serves on the faculty of the Shalom... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 122

3:00pm

Kids for the Kosher Food Bank

Tzedaka is more than just putting coins in a box. It can be bringing a jar of peanut butter, a box of cereal, or a bottle of juice to the kosher food bank to help feed another person. Learn about the kosher foodbank and how your family can become involved in helping feed hungry families in our community. We will talk, watch a short Kids 4 KFB video, and then make Purim Groggers out of macaroni and cheese boxes, which will be distributed for Purim to kids that come to the Food Bank. Please bring a box of kosher macaroni and cheese, or if you can, purchase a box for $1 at this workshop. 


Presenters
avatar for Bonnie  Schwartzbaum

Bonnie Schwartzbaum

Director, JCS Kosher Foodbank
Director of the JCS Kosher Foodbank, Bonnie Schwartzbaum runs the Kids 4 Kosher Food Bank Program, which teaches the message that even the youngest of children can impact a person's life forever with the smallest act of kindness. She has been involved in the South Florida Jewish Community for many years, serving as Co-Chair of the Board of the Lehrman Community Day School for 9 years, Women's Division Chairperson of Israel Bonds Dade County for... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 130

3:00pm

The Musical Maggid

Original. Traditional. Educational. Fun. Join the Musical Maggid for 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 22, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 128

3:00pm

Storytelling Workshop: Everyone Has a Story, What's Yours?
Storytelling is the backbone of Jewish tradition. It's also the way we, as human beings, communicate our individual experiences. Guided by expert storyteller and creator of Lip Service (True Stories Out Loud), participants will delve into their memories, bringing out what is universal from the specific. We will excavate these stories with writing exercises and prompts, including questions about childhood, a single word, scent associations, sounds, etc. Writing will be read out loud and workshopped in this double session, enabling us to create art out of experience. Ultimately, we'll find that the job of a good story is to remind us we're not alone.

Presenters
avatar for Andrea Askowitz

Andrea Askowitz

Storyteller, Lip Service
Andrea Askowitz loves to tell stories and help others tell theirs. She is the author of the memoir, My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy, and her work has appeared in various publications including the New York Times, Salon.com, Brain, Child, NPR, and PBS. She is the creator of Lip Service, a true-stories reading series that mixes theater and literature in front of lives audiences, mainly at the Miracle... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 124

4:00pm

The Limmud Chavruta Project: Judaism on Food and Sustainability

Chavruta is the Hebrew and Aramaic word for friendship or partnership. It’s also the term used for an interactive learning experience in which small groups of people explore, debate and discuss Jewish values and concepts. Together we will look at the Jewish perspective on food and sustainability using ancient sources, modern scholarship, song lyrics, and more. Are trees G-d’s most beautiful works? How could waste be good? Is vegetarianism Jewish? How do we achieve food sustainability? Everyone is welcome, and no prior knowledge of Jewish texts or Hebrew is required. 


Presenters
avatar for Karen Radkowsky

Karen Radkowsky

Trustee, Limmud
Karen Radkowsky first discovered her passion for all things Limmud in 2000. Since then, she has participated in over 50 Limmud events on three continents and advised Limmud teams around the globe. A founder and past president of Limmud NY, she is currently a trustee of the global Limmud organization (headquartered in the UK). In her professional life, Karen heads new business and innovation for Ketchum Global Research and Analytics in NYC.


Sunday February 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 126

4:00pm

Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health: Applying Maimonides' Health Principles Today

Learn to adopt healthy behaviors that will improve the quality of your overall health and life. Based on the health principles of the great medieval doctor and rabbi Maimonides (a.k.a. the Rambam) as well as modern science, this approach involves setting yourself up for success by breaking it into four easy-to-implement behaviors.  It is not a diet or strict regime or about disrupting your life.  This is about putting yourself on the right path towards a healthy life and setting yourself up to successfully achieve small, permanent changes.

 


Presenters
avatar for Michael Aumann

Michael Aumann

CEO and Chief Learning Architect, Facilitador, LLC
Michael’s passion lies in helping organizations and individuals achieve new levels of human performance. His solutions have touched over one million people in more than 100 countries. For the past 15 years, Michael has been studying health and nutrition, specifically the health principles of the Rambam (Moses Maimonides). Michael holds a Doctorate and a Master's Degree in Education  from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton /GSE and is... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 115

4:00pm

"The Voice" of Israel: Maytal Michaeli and Etzion Mayer
Maytal and Etzion met as contestants on the Israeli hit show The Voice where they began a musical partnership that is as diverse as Israeli society. Secular and religious, gay and straight, they explore identity in Israel through their music. Maytal comes from a secular background and Etzion is a religious singer-songwriter from an Orthodox family. Since The Voice, Maytal and Etzion have developed both a friendship and an artistic relationship that have resulted in beautiful music about Jewish identity and life for young people in Israel and around the world. Together they have performed in Israel and to Jewish communities in the US, including performances for Birthright Fellows and Birthright participants, camp directors, educators, rabbis and other Jewish community events and conventions. 

Presenters
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Etzion Mayer

Musician
Etzion Mayer & Maytal Michaeli are an Israeli duet who met on the Reality TV show The Voice of Israel.  Etzion is a religious singer-songwriter from an Orthodox family, who spent his high school days in Yeshiva. While studying for a BA in music, he started a band and released his first album. Maytal comes from a secular background and began her career as a child star on the Israeli Children's Channel, with... Read More →
avatar for Maytal Michaeli

Maytal Michaeli

Musician
Maytal Michaeli & Etzion Mayer are an Israeli duet who met on the Reality TV show The Voice of Israel.  Maytal comes from a secular background and began her career as a child star on the Israeli Children's Channel, with lead roles on popular TV shows such as Pilpelim Tzehubim, Rosh Gadol and Galis. Etzion is a religious singer-songwriter from an Orthodox family, who spent his high school days in... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 122

4:00pm

People with Special Needs: A Jewish Way Towards Inclusion
Disabilities? Special Needs? Inclusion? How do we, as Jews, deal with people with special needs in our own families and in our society? What does Judaism have to say about all this? Do our sages mention anything? In this presentation we will try to understand the enigma of people with disabilities and how to achieve inclusion and create a more fair society, from Abraham's response in the Torah "Hineni" to Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning

Presenters
avatar for Nora Lelczuk Goldfinger

Nora Lelczuk Goldfinger

Founder, Heme Aqui (Here I Am)
Nora Lelczuk Goldfinger is a sociologist and the mother of three daughters, the second of whom, Vanina, was born with Down Syndrome.  This prompted Nora to create Heme Aquí: A School of Life for People with Special Needs, which integrates the physical and spiritual, and incorporates golf, her favorite sport. Its mission is to use golf as a vehicle to acheive social integration through tournaments for people with and... Read More →
avatar for Vanina Nahir Goldfinger

Vanina Nahir Goldfinger

Sport Leader, Heme Aqui (Here I Am)
Vanina Nahir Goldfinger is the inspiration for Heme Aqui School of Life for people with Special Needs. The name of the organization was inspired by the Biblical principal of Hineni-- Here I Am and utilizes golf therapy. Vanina served as Heme Aqui's first student and teaches golf to children in schools and various organizations. She works in the Library of the ORT II School in Buenos Aires and has completed the UCA University... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 117

4:00pm

The Dream of a Child: Many Years Ago in a Far Away Land
What was Eliezer Ben-Yehuda’s dream? How did he make his dream come true? Eliezra tells her grandfather’s story of how he revived Hebrew from being a dead language to making it the modern spoken language of Israel and Jews all over the world. Come learn about a man who changed the Jewish world.

Presenters
avatar for Eliezra Ben-Yehuda Kassutto

Eliezra Ben-Yehuda Kassutto

Storyteller
Eliezra Ben-Yehuda Kassutto is the granddaughter of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the founder and pioneer of Modern Hebrew. She is an educator and lecturer who grew up under the wings and influence of the Ben-Yehuda family. Born in Jerusalem, at age 16 she came to New York to study. and received three advanced degrees including continuing Doctoral Studies at Columbia University Teachers College.  Her educational career encompassed the creation of... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 130

4:00pm

Parenting Jewishly and Creating "Mensches" in the Process
Are you seeking a wonderful "roadmap" to help you on your parenting journey? Participants will learn how to define "mensch-like" behaviors through Jewish language, then pair these behaviors with their child's emotional development. We will develop new parenting language along with lots of ideas for implementation. This session will empower you to utilize a proactive, Jewish approach to raising your child or children with the values of kavod, tzedakah, gemilut hasadim & slichah. And if you don't know what those terms mean, this workshop is especially for you!

Presenters
avatar for Jodi Orshan

Jodi Orshan

Parenting Coach, The Parenting Plan
Jodi Orshan is a trained marriage and family therapist, certified life and business coach and parenting expert with over 30 years of experience. Ms. Orshan has been a Jewish educator to children, teens and adults. Through her innovative business, The Parenting Plan, she has developed a surefire 3-step approach for parents to create, nurture, educate and lead their children to become competent, confident, compassionate, independent adults.


Sunday February 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 110

4:00pm

Songs Jewish Folk Sing From All Over the Jewish World
Explore a variety of songs from across the Jewish world, specifically those that have crossed community and philosophical boundaries. From Chassidic shtieblach, Jewish summer camps, Birthright busses and Tzahal (Israel Defense Forces) dining rooms, these are songs that have the greatest potential to brings Jews and Jewish communities closer. We will sing and discuss the background of melodies and tunes from composers such as Ben Zion Shenker, Shlomo Carlebach, Debbie Friedman, Yosef Karduner, Sheva, plus the Jewish connection in songs from the likes of Leadbelly, Bob Marley, and Pete Seeger. Bring your instrument, your voice, your energy, whatever you’ve got, and join the jam! Want the chords ahead of time? Email musicalmaggid@gmail.com

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 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Right Ballroom

4:00pm

The Museum of the Potential Holocaust: An Exploration of Anti-Semitism
To explore current levels of anti-Semitism worldwide, this presentation features several "assumed character" episodes in which participants are able to dialogue with "radicals" (a denier, a neo-Nazi and more) without fear. Materials are drawn from the most recent sources available, including Yad Vashem, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and others. By the close of the workshop, participants will be able to identify and share appropriate responses to anti-Semitism as well as other forms of racism found locally, nationally and internationally.

Presenters
avatar for Aley Sheer

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 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Left Ballroom

4:00pm

The Power of Jewish Vision Boarding: Discovery and Intent
Take your Jewish journey into the future with a hands-on vision board experience. Discover the power of Jewish intent and how Judaism will support you in moving forward. Experience the powerful tool of vision boarding-- how to do it, why do it, and what to do with it! The power is in the sharing ... bring your friends.

Presenters
avatar for Randa Marder

Randa Marder

Professional Coach
Randa Marder is a Certified Performance, Relationship and TSFL Health Coach. She has a Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision from Stetson University, Deland, Florida, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Special and Elementary Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Becoming a Certified Professional Performance Coach is a culmination of skills which Randa has acquired leading organizations, teaching and... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
South Alcove

4:00pm

G-d, Torah and the Carbon Cycle: How the Creator Sustains Life
Judaism teaches us that G-d sustains all of creation. The combination of the 22 letters of the Ten Utterances, those phrases in Genesis that begin with the words "And G-d said," and end with "And it was so," reside permanently in creation. Science argues that creation can be reduced to molecules and the atoms that comprise them. An analysis based on the quantities and numerical values of the Hebrew letters shows they are identical with the numerical values of the elements and their constituent parts and quantities in the carbon cycle. This comparison reconciles two seemingly different explanations—one from Torah, and one from science—of how life is sustained.

Presenters
avatar for Mordechai Olesky

Mordechai Olesky

Lecturer
Mordechai Olesky received a MS degree from College of Agriculture, University of Florida. His specialty was in non-toxic sustainable plant protection, particularly focusing on biological and integrated control of pests. He has been a past presenter at Torah and Science Conferences and continues to be an agricultural consultant with extensive experience in Central America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Born and raised in Miami, Mordechai... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 120

4:00pm

Varieties of Modern Orthodoxy: Why Are There So Many Debates?
Has Modern Orthodoxy been around for 250 years or is it a product of the last 50 years? This talk divides Modern Orthodoxy into a dozen different groups with diverse origins and distinctive worldviews. Yet, all of the versions share many traits in common. What are the similarities and differences between Religious Zionism, Modern Orthodoxy, and the British United Synagogue? Did Modern Orthodoxy start with Shadal, Hirsch, Reines, or none of the above? Are Chabad (Lubavitch Hasidim) and Aish HaTorah modern? Why is there such a debate? We will also consider the role of Christian trends, such as the culture of Evangelism, and their influence on Modern Orthodoxy.





Presenters
avatar for Alan Brill

Alan Brill

Professor, Seton Hall University
Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair at Seton Hall University, where he teaches Jewish Studies in the graduate program. Author of Thinking God: The Mysticism of Rabbi Zadok of Lublin, Judaism and Other Religions: Models Of Understanding, and Judaism and World Religions, Prof. Brill received his BA, MA, and Ordination from Yeshiva University and his PhD from the Department of Theology at Fordham University. Currently, he is... Read More →


Sunday February 22, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Room 114

4:00pm

YogaChai

Get up and move as we explore our Jewish identities through creative movement. Barbara will lead us in a fun and dynamic movement session which starts with physical warm-ups and concludes with a reflection circle. 


Presenters
avatar for Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan

Movement Specialist, Beth Torah/ Beth Moshe/ Beth El
Born in Argentina, Barbara Jordan has been living in Miami for the past 29 years. She is a performing artist, dancer, yoga instructor, pre-school and Hebrew school teacher as well as a mother constantly living and learning on a path towards consciousness, healing and communication.  She is developing a class for balancing body, mind and spirit through traditional Jewish prayer, movement and meditation.


Sunday February 22, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 128

4:45pm

Megillat Lester: A Purim Movie

While parents attend "Happy Hour," there's no better way to end Limmud than with a viewing of the acclaimed Jewish children’s movie, Megillas LesterMegillas 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 22, 2015 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Room 115

4:45pm

Megillat Lester: A Purim Movie

While parents attend "Happy Hour," there's no better way to end Limmud than 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 22, 2015 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Room 115

5:00pm

Happy Hour
Join us in a L'Chaim or two as we celebrate the conclusion of Limmud Miami, hang out with Limmud presenters and get a mini-mashup of some of the highlights from our day together.

Co-Sponsored by The Network - The Greater Miami Jewish Federation Under 40 Connection, The Tribe, Moishe House-Aventura, Winn Dixie Aventura, JCS Alliance, and Miami Jews.


Sunday February 22, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Outside Tent Biscayne Bay exit