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Friday, June 28
 

12:20pm

Before the Festival Meditation - Intention Setting I
Meditation has been a part of the Jewish experience for at least 1800 years.  For much of that time it was restricted to a few, but now it is available to all who are interested.
This is an opportunity to learn and practice in one or two of the Before the Festival 30-minute sessions.
While the meditation will be accessible to those with little or no meditation experience, those with more experience will find this a perfect way to set an intention for the rest of the Festival.

Presenters
avatar for Larry Yermack

Larry Yermack

Meditation Teacher
Larry has been teaching Jewish Meditation for over 10 years.  He co-created and now co-leads the Center for Jewish Spirituality at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, CA. The Center offers a wide variety of Jewish Spiritual practices that include meditation, alternative prayer opportunities... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 12:20pm - 12:50pm
Dry Creek Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

12:20pm

Hope in Times of Darkness
Jews, and the societies we’ve lived in, have faced times of tremendous turmoil, uncertainty and fear.  In response, Jewish text and tradition have evolved to rise to the spiritual challenges of those times, offering us hope for a better future.  In this challenging political moment, how might our textual tradition help us think about and build resilience, hope and a sense of possibility for the future?

Presenters
avatar for Mimi Micner

Mimi Micner

Pardes-Kevah Fellow
Mimi Micner is a fifth year Rabbinical Student at Hebrew College in Boston.  She is a Mussar teacher, organizer, writer and spiritual seeker. 


Friday June 28, 2019 12:20pm - 1:20pm
Knights Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

1:30pm

Before the Festival Meditation - Intention Setting II
Meditation has been a part of the Jewish experience for at least 1800 years.  For much of that time it was restricted to a few, but now it is available to all who are interested.
This is an opportunity to learn and practice in one or two of the Before the Festival 30-minute sessions.
While the meditation will be accessible to those with little or no meditation experience, those with more experience will find this a perfect way to set an intention for the rest of the Festival.

Presenters
avatar for Larry Yermack

Larry Yermack

Meditation Teacher
Larry has been teaching Jewish Meditation for over 10 years.  He co-created and now co-leads the Center for Jewish Spirituality at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, CA. The Center offers a wide variety of Jewish Spiritual practices that include meditation, alternative prayer opportunities... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Dry Creek Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

1:30pm

Belief, Relationship and Practice: Jewish Responses to Tragedy
In this session we will draw from sources throughout Jewish history to explore two questions that bear on all of our lives -- how to make sense of calamities and how to respond to them.

Presenters
avatar for George Altshuler

George Altshuler

Pardes-Kevah Fellow
George Altshuler is a rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  He previously worked as a journalist and teacher in Washington, DC, Haiti and the San Francisco Bay Area.  


Friday June 28, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ballroom B (Student Center, 3rd Floor)

2:30pm

LIFE IN BODY: Owning My Expertise
Everyday, doctors around the world prescribe medication, perform exams and give us diagnoses.  And we adhere to their requests because after all...they are the doctors.  What would it mean for us to question and push a little more in regards to our own healthcare?  This class will examine what it means to be an expert and who gets to make those decisions.  

Presenters
avatar for Emily JK Holtzman

Emily JK Holtzman

Pardes-Kevah Fellow
Emily is passionate about teaching and spreading Torah to the masses.  She believes that our tradition examines what it means to be human and how to live righteously in the world.  Emily is entering her 4th year as a student of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.


Friday June 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Knights Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

2:30pm

On This Day in History
The signing of the Treaty of Versailles took place one hundred years ago today, on June 28, 1919. We commemorate the end of the bloodshed of WWI and the chain of events that lead to historic events, including, but not limited to, the Russian Revolution, the creation of the League of Nations, the UN, the rise of Naziism, WWII, the Holocaust, and the establishment of the State of Israel. History matters. So grab some pop-corn, sink low in your seat, listen to clips that remind us of facts, and talk history.

Moderators
Friday June 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm
Dry Creek Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

2:30pm

The Physics of Tennis
There is science in tennis.  Come to learn how.

Presenters
avatar for Shmuel Goldberg

Shmuel Goldberg

Physicist and Inventor
Physicist and Inventor. 


Friday June 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm
Russian River Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

2:30pm

YINSHAMA - Yin Yoga For the Heart and Soul
This session is an invitation to delve into a soul-work practice that includes yin yoga sequences, breath work, and contemplative Jewish self-inquiry.  Focusing on the physical, energetic, emotional and mental dimensions of ourselves, we will explore the inner landscapes of our neshama (soul) so that we may open our hearts to the Divine energy of the Sheikenah, and embrace the vibrancy of the Tree of Life within us. 

Presenters
avatar for Helaine Sheias

Helaine Sheias

Yoga Therapist
Helaine is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Founder of Yinspiration Yoga - a Therapeutic Approach to Yin Yoga. Helaine holds a PhD in Human Sciences and is a graduate of the Socially Engaged Spirituality Program at Saybrook University. Born in Massachusetts, Helaine made Aliyah to Israel... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:40pm
Bennett Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

3:50pm

#TVGoneJewy
While Jews in Hollywood used to hide or obscure their Jewish identities, today Jewish writers are reclaiming and reshaping Jewish identity on-screen.  #TVGoneJewy can be overt or subtle, dramatic or comedic, and sometimes is more "Jewy" or "Jew-ish" than traditionally Jewish.  We'll look at clips from TV shows (and maybe a movie or two) that illustrate this particular idea and examine what it means about how Jewish identity is being perceived on TV.

Presenters
avatar for Esther D. Kustanowitz

Esther D. Kustanowitz

Creative Media and Popular Culture Writer
Esther D. Kustanowitz is a writer, editor and consultant.  She is a contributing writer at the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and a columnist at J. The Jewish Weekly of Northern California.  Esther was founding editor and contributor at GrokNation.com, has written for Modern Loss, Haaretz... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 3:50pm - 5:00pm
Sonoma Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

3:50pm

Colors
Color plays a very important role in society.  Science and History will be introduced while you learn how to mix an array of different colors from just 3 color pigments.  

Presenters
avatar for Elina Golder

Elina Golder

Artist, Marketer and Business Developer
Elina Golder has lifelong passion for art and science.  Throughout the years, Elina has produced a large and diverse portfolio of artwork that was acquired by private collectors and displayed in galleries.  Her work is primarily representation and includes paintings and sculptures... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 3:50pm - 5:00pm
Russian River Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

3:50pm

Dance, Dance, Dance! - A Jewish Ecstatic Dance Meditation
Free form dance party - Jewishly!

No shoes (unless needed), no phones or cameras, no talking on the dance floor, no judgment.  Safe space for your authentic expression, movement, stillness, pace, choices, inner and outer connection.

Presenters
avatar for Don Abramson

Don Abramson

Ecstatic Movement
Don is a past chair of American Jewish World Service and an active substitute Hebrew school teacher. He is a horrible dancer, but sees the potential of Jewish ecstatic dance for meditation and spiritual connection.


Friday June 28, 2019 3:50pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom B (Student Center, 3rd Floor)

3:50pm

Sacred Space and Prayerful Resistance –Lessons Learned by a Jewish Doctor at Standing Rock
In this session I'll share the history of the peaceful resistance encampment at Standing Rock in North Dakota developed by the Lakota Sioux nations against the planned encroachment of the Dakota Access Pipeline on their sacred lands.  I will share my experiences as a volunteer physician during the winter of 2016 when the community at Standing Rock, already traumatized with many serious injuries in prior attacks by the militarized police, was threatened by forced evacuation and mass police action.  I will share the many lessons I learned there about compassion, community ethics, non-violent holy rage, deep group spirituality, the promise of different healing modalities working together, love of Mother Earth and Father Sky, the fierce protection of Living Waters and much more, and how my connection to Judaism was deepened.  I'll demonstrate how the Native wisdom I was exposed to daily is strikingly similar to Jewish ethical teachings, but with origins thousands of years before Bible and Talmud wisdom.  I hope to be joined by a spokesperson from the Native American community, whose story this is.

Presenters
avatar for Ami Goodman

Ami Goodman

Physician & Songleader
Amnon Goodman is a retired physician, a Bay Area songleader, and ba'al t'filah.  He spent a week in 2016 at Standing Rock as a volunteer doctor.  Learn how his experiences embraced and deepened Jewish ethical themes and values (prayerful resistance, tikkun olam, welcoming the stranger... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 3:50pm - 5:00pm
Dry Creek Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

3:50pm

Revisiting The Megillah - A New Look at the Story of Esther
Using the text of Megillat Esther we will explore the Megillah's background and timeline and gain a new understanding and insights.

Presenters
avatar for Joel Landau

Joel Landau

Rabbi & Educator
Rabbi Joel Landau is the Rabbi of the Adath Israel Congregation in San Francisco.  He studied with both the Rabbi of Jerusalem’s Old City, Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl, and the former Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rav Shlomo Goren obm.  Joel was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 3:50pm - 5:00pm
Bennett Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

6:00pm

Opposites Attract - Opening Session
As we meet our fellow Limmudniks, we'll realize just how many different opinions there are here!

Presenters
avatar for Jason Harris

Jason Harris

Jewish Educator and Podcaster
Jason Harris is the creator of Jew Oughta Know, a podcast on Jewish and Israeli history.  He is currently the Associate Director of Lehrhaus Judaica.


Friday June 28, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Student Center Plaza (Outside)

6:45pm

6:50pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Be'Yachad
Welcome the Sabbath Queen with Joyousness and Soul (English-accessible) using instruments, voice and prayer.  

Presenters
avatar for David J. Cooper

David J. Cooper

Rabbi & Social Activist
Rabbi David J. Cooper is co-founder of Kehilla Community Synagogue and now serves the shul as Rabbi Emeritus.  In addition to his two decades of work as a congregational rabbi, he is a social activist and a liturgist.  Active in the Jewish Renewal movement, he grew up in Brooklyn... Read More →
avatar for Ami Goodman

Ami Goodman

Physician & Songleader
Amnon Goodman is a retired physician, a Bay Area songleader, and ba'al t'filah.  He spent a week in 2016 at Standing Rock as a volunteer doctor.  Learn how his experiences embraced and deepened Jewish ethical themes and values (prayerful resistance, tikkun olam, welcoming the stranger... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 6:50pm - 7:45pm
Student Center Plaza (Outside)

7:45pm

9:00pm

Life Coaching with Creativity Tools (mini session)
Limited Capacity full

** LIMITED TO 1 PARTICIPANT **
Registration required.

Mini session is your private time to explore pressing questions from a new angle using creative self-expression, movement, music, and meditation as a toolkit with gentle guidance by an artist.

Presenters
avatar for Elena Gold

Elena Gold

Creative Self-Expression Coach
Elena loves sharing her love of art making.  She offers creative breaks filled with moments of spontaneous art making and inspiration to the overworked Bay Area communities and professional environments.  She also works in the biotech industry where she combines two roles of a business... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Dry Creek Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

9:00pm

Walk With Me, Talk With Me mini-sessions: A Taste of Jewish Spiritual Direction
Limited Capacity full

** REGISTRATION REQUIRED **

Please tick the session to sign up.
1 PARTICIPANT PER SESSION.

In spiritual direction you can explore your spiritual experiences, practices and questions in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential way.  Experiment with this spiritual practice as part of your Jewish journey by signing up for a 30-minute conversation with one of the extraordinary trained Jewish spiritual directors present amongst us this year.  Experience the quiet revolution in Jewish spiritual life and (re)introduce your soul to the experience of being listened to, accompanied and attended to.

Presenters
avatar for Alissa Flores

Alissa Flores

Psychotherapist & Spiritual Director
Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, MFT, is a psychotherapist, former hospice bereavement coordinator, spiritual director and freelance blogger.  She was a consultant for the Pixar movie "Up."  Her first book is a memoir, "This Whole Wide World is Just a Narrow Bridge", based on her experience... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Student Center Lobby

9:20pm

Women, Payos, and Beards: Bodies or Gender?
Is the mitzvah of peyos relevant to people of all genders?  In attempting to answer this question we will learn some Talmud, discuss what the rabbis had to say about women and facial hair, and see what we can bring from this discussion into the project of creating queer halacha.

Presenters
avatar for Jamie Schwartz

Jamie Schwartz

Pardes-Kevah Fellow
Jamie is currently a rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Boston, after having spent three years learning at Pardes and Hadar.  Her past incarnations include sofer’s assistant and biology lab tech.  She also makes a mean potato kugel.


Friday June 28, 2019 9:20pm - 10:20pm
Knights Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

9:20pm

How to Spot a Typical Israeli
Is there such a thing as a "typical" Israeli?  Emanuel digs into his people's origins and driving forces, applies his personal experiences, and counts no less than Ten Commandments of the Israeli character.

Presenters
avatar for Emanuel Ben-David

Emanuel Ben-David

Rabbi & Engineer
Rabbi Emanuel Ben-David was born in Haifa (Israel) and is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering at the prestigious Technion. He served in the Israeli Navy as a naval officer and was involved in Defense and Technology for over 40 years.  After retiring from the Israeli Rafael Advanced... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 9:20pm - 10:30pm
Alexander Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

9:20pm

Black Holes Don't Suck (At Least, No More than Regular Objects)
They are big, scary and far away - what is a black hole?  How do we even know black holes exist?  How are black holes created?  And finally - WHAT can become a black hole?

Presenters
avatar for Moshe Elitzur

Moshe Elitzur

Astrophysicist and Astronomer
Moshe is a retired professor of physics and astronomy. He likes to ponder the mysteries of the Universe, which he can comprehend, and of human nature, which he cannot.


Friday June 28, 2019 9:20pm - 10:30pm
Darwin 102

9:20pm

Mixed Messages about Jewish Poverty: Ancient Times and Now
Deuteronomy tells us that there will be no poor among us, but also tells us that we're obligated to help the poor among us.  Interesting!  Still today, many deny the existence of poverty in our Jewish community and, also today, we struggle to muster the support needed by many of our friends and neighbors.  This session will be an opportunity to explore texts and to learn about the realities of Jewish poverty.


Presenters
avatar for Avi Rose

Avi Rose

Social Justice Advocate
Avi Rose has served as Executive Director of Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay since 2005.  He is a longtime clinical social worker, community educator, and advocate.  In 1989, he co-edited the anthology Twice Blessed: On Being Lesbian or Gay and Jewish.  Avi serves as... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 9:20pm - 10:30pm
Russian River Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

9:30pm

Life Coaching with Creativity Tools (mini session)
Limited Capacity full

** LIMITED TO 1 PARTICIPANT **
Registration required.

Mini session is your private time to explore pressing questions from a new angle using creative self-expression, movement, music, and meditation as a toolkit with gentle guidance by an artist.

Presenters
avatar for Elena Gold

Elena Gold

Creative Self-Expression Coach
Elena loves sharing her love of art making.  She offers creative breaks filled with moments of spontaneous art making and inspiration to the overworked Bay Area communities and professional environments.  She also works in the biotech industry where she combines two roles of a business... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Dry Creek Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

10:45pm

Jews' Line is it Anyway? Basic Improv for Jews and the People Who Love Them (Late Night Limmud)
What does improv comedy have to do with building Jewish community?  This informal workshop blends improv comedy exercises with Jewish values, for Jews and Judeophiles of all ages.  You’ll learn each others' names, some basic improv principles and how they relate to creating Jewish community.  

Presenters
avatar for Esther D. Kustanowitz

Esther D. Kustanowitz

Creative Media and Popular Culture Writer
Esther D. Kustanowitz is a writer, editor and consultant.  She is a contributing writer at the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and a columnist at J. The Jewish Weekly of Northern California.  Esther was founding editor and contributor at GrokNation.com, has written for Modern Loss, Haaretz... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2019 10:45pm - 11:55pm
Suite 4104 (Sauvignon Village)
 
Saturday, June 29
 

7:30am

8:45am

Orthodox Shacharit Service
Orthodox Shabbat Service

Saturday June 29, 2019 8:45am - 10:50am
Alexander Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

9:30am

Walk With Me, Talk With Me mini-sessions: A Taste of Jewish Spiritual Direction
Limited Capacity full

** REGISTRATION REQUIRED **

Please tick the session to sign up.
1 PARTICIPANT PER SESSION.

In spiritual direction you can explore your spiritual experiences, practices and questions in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential way.  Experiment with this spiritual practice as part of your Jewish journey by signing up for a 30-minute conversation with one of the extraordinary trained Jewish spiritual directors present amongst us this year.  Experience the quiet revolution in Jewish spiritual life and (re)introduce your soul to the experience of being listened to, accompanied and attended to.

Presenters
avatar for Wendie Bernstein Lash

Wendie Bernstein Lash

Spiritual Director & Spiritual Entrepreneur
Wendie Bernstein Lash, M.S., is a spiritual director, meditation teacher and mentor, and the former Co-Director of the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction training program and the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction.  She leads a contemplative chanting service at Congregation... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
Student Center Lobby

9:30am

Harnessing the Immense Power of Humility!
Can being humble actually be a source of strength?  What does it mean to be “like the earth?”  How can I let go of needing the recognition of others, and if I support the advancement of others, can it lead to my own growth as well?  What does it mean to bend?
Jewish Food For Thought is a free, online animated series that teaches Jewish ethics and values to teens and adults through engaging and thought-provoking animated conversations between Hanan Harchol and his parents.  This workshop will focus on the episode on Humility.  After screening the episode, the creator of the series will use the animation and accompanying study guide to fuel lively conversation on the topics rooted in deep Jewish teachings.
Revolutionizing Jewish Values Education for Adults, One Click At a Time: Jewish Food For Thought, The Animated Series is created and presented at Limmud Bay Area with generous funding by The Covenant Foundation with fiscal sponsorship by FJC.
Hanan Harchol’s participation in Limmud Bay Area is made possible through the generous support of the Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
avatar for Hanan Harchol

Hanan Harchol

Multimedia Visual Artist
Hanan Harchol is the creator, writer and animator of Jewish Food For Thought, a free online animated series for adults and teens that teaches Jewish ethics through thought-provoking conversations between Harchol and his Israeli parents (whose voice he impersonates).  His work has... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am
Darwin 103

9:30am

Egalitarian Shacharit Service
Saturday June 29, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am
Darwin 102

9:30am

The Problem of Prayer and the Face of America – The Next 50 Years
America is a religious nation.  America was founded by Deist Christian leaders who sought a new
model for religion and state (novus ordo seculorum).  America was forged with theologically
reflective guiding phrases: In G. we Trust, G. Bless America and Annuit Coeptis (original: Deo favente
perennis
).

Jewish Americans not so much…
Some Jewish Americans struggle with any form of religious affiliation.  We have a problem with G-d
concepts.  And we have a problem with prayer.

Let’s explore the problem of prayer in light of the changing religious norms in the US and the Jewish progressive urge to adapt and adjust to modernity.  What is the place of praise, thanks, gratitude, personal reflection, ethical triage and spiritual searching?


Presenters
avatar for Henry Shreibman

Henry Shreibman

Religion & Philosophy, Educator
Rabbi Shreibman has served on the faculty of the Dominican University since 2005.  He helped start the Jewish Studies program at Sonoma State University in 2010 and has also served on faculty at UC Davis.  His academic focus is at the juncture of comparative ancient ethics/philosophy... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am
Russian River Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

10:15am

Walk With Me, Talk With Me mini-sessions: A Taste of Jewish Spiritual Direction
Limited Capacity full

** REGISTRATION REQUIRED **

Please tick the session to sign up.
1 PARTICIPANT PER SESSION.

In spiritual direction you can explore your spiritual experiences, practices and questions in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential way.  Experiment with this spiritual practice as part of your Jewish journey by signing up for a 30-minute conversation with one of the extraordinary trained Jewish spiritual directors present amongst us this year.  Experience the quiet revolution in Jewish spiritual life and (re)introduce your soul to the experience of being listened to, accompanied and attended to.

Presenters
avatar for Wendie Bernstein Lash

Wendie Bernstein Lash

Spiritual Director & Spiritual Entrepreneur
Wendie Bernstein Lash, M.S., is a spiritual director, meditation teacher and mentor, and the former Co-Director of the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction training program and the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction.  She leads a contemplative chanting service at Congregation... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 10:15am - 10:45am
Student Center Lobby

10:30am

Walk With Me, Talk With Me mini-sessions: A Taste of Jewish Spiritual Direction
Limited Capacity full

** REGISTRATION REQUIRED **

Please tick the session to sign up.
1 PARTICIPANT PER SESSION.

In spiritual direction you can explore your spiritual experiences, practices and questions in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential way.  Experiment with this spiritual practice as part of your Jewish journey by signing up for a 30-minute conversation with one of the extraordinary trained Jewish spiritual directors present amongst us this year.  Experience the quiet revolution in Jewish spiritual life and (re)introduce your soul to the experience of being listened to, accompanied and attended to.

Presenters
avatar for Alissa Flores

Alissa Flores

Psychotherapist & Spiritual Director
Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, MFT, is a psychotherapist, former hospice bereavement coordinator, spiritual director and freelance blogger.  She was a consultant for the Pixar movie "Up."  Her first book is a memoir, "This Whole Wide World is Just a Narrow Bridge", based on her experience... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Student Center Lobby

10:50am

Growth Hacking to Increase Jewish Engagement
If you are building your in-person or online constituent base, establishing or growing your advisory board, increasing your donor base, or just short on time to recruit the best lay leaders and volunteers to be involved with your organization, you should explore and learn about "Growth Hacking for Jewish Engagement".  Developed by Dr. Cook using some of Silicon Valley's best growth hacking strategies, in this interactive and Jewish text-based workshop you will learn how to "growth hack" for your organizations' Jewish engagement and accomplish in 3 months what would otherwise take years.  Basic technology skills required.

Presenters
avatar for Bradley Caro Cook

Bradley Caro Cook

Social Entrepreneur & Growth Hacker, Career Up Now & Growth Exponential
Dr. Bradley Caro Cook is a social entrepreneur, growth hacker, Jewish educator, social organizer, writer, speaker, and civic leader. As co-founder of Career Up Now and the City of Beverly Hills' Entrepreneurship Incubator he believes in the deep and unique wisdom Judaism provides... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
Sonoma Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

10:50am

Indian Jews and their Synagogues -A New Guide to 30+ Synagogues in India Reflecting the Diverse Jewish Communities of India
Nahendra Modi's visit to Israel in 2017 was the first visit of a Prime Minister of India to Israel.  In celebration of that visit, Jay A. Waronker and Marian Scheuer Sofaer created a book on the synagogues of India to present to him at the Israel Museum.

Mumbai, Kolkata and Pune have synagogues that are grand structures created in the heyday of the Baghdadi Jewish community's financial success.  Kochi (aka Cochin) has one synagogue that is a world heritage site and three others that can be easily visited around Cochin.

The Bnei Israel community is still active in Mumbai and the suburb of Thane.  India offered tolerance to Jews over the course of over two thousand years, and over 30 synagogues can still be visited there.
Come find out where you are invited to Shabbat dinner in Mumbai!

Presenters
avatar for Janice Farber

Janice Farber

Human Interest, Interviewer
Janice was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa where she received a B.A. in Clinical & Industrial Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), and a Graduate Honors degree in Human Resource Management, Graduate School of Business Administration, WITS.  She immigrated... Read More →
avatar for Marian Scheuer Sofaer

Marian Scheuer Sofaer

Attorney & Book Editor
Marian Scheuer Sofaer is the editor of Synagogues of India, a book describing more than thirty synagogues still extant in India.  The book was presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Israel in 2017.  Her husband, Abe, grew up in the Baghdadi Jewish community... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
Russian River Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

10:50am

Israel: A Light Unto the Nations?
Yes—in many ways!  Despite living in a very dangerous neighborhood, Israel remains the sole democracy in the entire region.  The Economist’s ‘Democracy Index 2017’ ranks Israel just below France and above Belgium.  Israel’s high-tech innovations in all fields have saved countless lives and vastly improved the quality of life of many others.  Israeli doctors and first responders have traveled to all parts of the world to assist disaster victims.  Until the Syrian army returned to the border area last year, Israel even provided free medical aid to thousands of Syrian victims of the civil war.  Dr. Raphael Danziger will describe Israel’s extraordinary accomplishments in all these areas.   

Presenters
avatar for Raphael Danziger

Raphael Danziger

Editor-in Chief Emeritus, Author and Commentator, AIPAC and Near East Report
Dr. Danziger is a research consultant to AIPAC and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of AIPAC’snewsletter, Near East Report. For 20 years he had served as AIPAC’s researchdirector and Near East Report’s chief editor. Previously a foreign policy analyst at theAmerican Jewish Congress... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
Darwin 103

10:50am

Dead Bodies To Baristas: Constructing a Talmud For Today
The Talmud is filled with wisdom.  AND it was written for a different era.
As such, the Talmud has numerous references to things that do not happen in everyday life, like finding a dead body in a pool of water.
As we continue to learn from these ancient teachings, what if we wrote a new Talmud for the 21st century to add to our body of wisdom?
This session will have two parts.  First, we’ll explore and discuss a few of the Barista Rules, written to give guidance in today's world.  Then, you’ll work in a small group to create new rules inspired by a text from the Talmud. 

Presenters
avatar for Greg Marcus

Greg Marcus

Mussar Facilitator and Future Rabbi, American Mussar
Greg Marcus has been practicing and facilitating Mussar for seven years.  He is the founder of AmericanMussar.com and the author of "The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar".  In August, he will begin training to become a Rabbi... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
Bennett Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

10:50am

Tishrei -Nisan, Sun-Moon - Exploring the Jewish Calendar
When is the beginning of the Jewish calendar and what do some of the different beginnings mean?  What about the combination of sun and moon?  Explore some of the Jewish calendar's unique aspects and meaning.

Presenters
avatar for Michal Kohane

Michal Kohane

Leader & Educator
Born and raised in Israel, Michal Kohane is currently the Rosh Kehila of the Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn, a regular scholar in residence in Oakland CA, and a student at Maharat.  She has been a leader and educator in the Jewish Community of Northern California for over twenty... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
Alexander Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

12:10pm

Lunch
Saturday June 29, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Ballroom A (Student Center, 3rd Floor)

1:10pm

Community Beit Midrash
A beloved Limmud tradition, Community Beit Midrash/Study Hall will convene in the Ballroom before Shabbat lunch.  It is an intellectual banquet before the feast!  Text will be presented and we will dive deep into chavrutah-style conversations (in small groups of two or three), prompted by guiding questions appropriate for the novice and the experts alike.  Then we will return to the larger group to share reflections and insights. 

Presenters
avatar for Aviva Lauer Golbert

Aviva Lauer Golbert

Educator, Pardes
Aviva Lauer Golbert is the Director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators.  She majored in Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, and earned a Masters degree in Midrash at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.  Aviva is a Jewish educator with... Read More →
avatar for Michal Kohane

Michal Kohane

Leader & Educator
Born and raised in Israel, Michal Kohane is currently the Rosh Kehila of the Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn, a regular scholar in residence in Oakland CA, and a student at Maharat.  She has been a leader and educator in the Jewish Community of Northern California for over twenty... Read More →
avatar for David Kasher

David Kasher

Jewish Educator
Rabbi David Kasher grew up bouncing back and forth between the Bay Area and Brooklyn, hippies and hassidim - and has been trying to synthesize these two worlds ever since.  After graduating from Wesleyan University, he studied for several years in yeshivot in Israel before heading... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 1:10pm - 2:10pm
Ballroom A (Student Center, 3rd Floor)

2:20pm

Doing It Differently: How Progressive Jewish Movements are Changing the Religious Conversation in Israel
This session will discuss matters of religion and state in Israel (the ultra-Orthodox monopoly, status of marriage and divorce, conversion, Equality at the Kotel and more) and how progressive Jewish movements are changing the conversation and reality around these issues on the ground.

Presenters
avatar for Yonatan Melamed

Yonatan Melamed

Jewish Non-Profit Professional
Born and raised in Israel, Yonatan has spent the past decade working in the Jewish communal world.He was working at the Israel Reform Movement for five years, where he was at the forefront of the battle for religious freedom and equality in Israel.  Among other things, Yonatan participated... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 2:20pm - 3:30pm
Bennett Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

2:20pm

Brainfulness: A Short Guide Into the Origin of Mental Illness
A short guide into the origin of mental illness.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Levin

Michael Levin

Psychopharmacologist, Lyra Health
Michael Levin holds an M.S. degree in Pharmacology from the New York Medical College and a M.D. degree from the NYU School of Medicine. After his pediatric training, Dr. Levin completed a two-year training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute in developmental-behavioral medicine... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 2:20pm - 3:30pm
Darwin 102

2:20pm

Speed Talmud: On One Foot, In One Hour (and 10 minutes)
This is your opportunity to dip your toes into the Sea of Talmud.  This session will explain, reveal and demystify the formative works of our Jewish tradition.  This session is an antidote to "Talmudic Reference Dysfunction (TRD), an embarrassing condition that can cause shame and humiliation" when others around you are discussing and quoting the Talmud.

Presenters
avatar for Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Rabbi and Educator
Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan is Chief Program Officer and Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica.  Before coming to Lehrhaus Judaica, and before being a synagogue rabbi and educator, and before rabbinic school, Peretz was, from 1974, active in CAJE and alternative learning communities... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 2:20pm - 3:30pm
Sonoma Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

2:20pm

Make Your Own Besamim (Havdalah Spices) Bundle
We will make our own besamim (Havdalah Spices) bundles with fresh organic culinary herbs to say goodbye to Shabbat.  The fresh herbs in the bundles can be used in cooking or you can dry them to use throughout the year.  This is a hands-on workshop where you get to taste, smell and play with the herbs, and ask questions about growing culinary herbs in various climates.

Presenters
avatar for Emily Freed

Emily Freed

Organic Farmer
Emily plays in the dirt professionally as Regional Production Manager at Jacobs Farm/del Cabo, Inc. where she helps manage over 500 field acres and 1.25 million square feet of greenhouse space for organic culinary herbs, edible flowers and vegetable production.


Saturday June 29, 2019 2:20pm - 3:30pm
Russian River Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

3:40pm

It Isn’t Just Neil Diamond Singing Kol Nidre: the Influence of Traditional Jewish Melodies on Classical Music
In this session, we will trace significant compositions in the classical music repertory and learn to hear the liturgical shadings and sometimes direct quotes that enter into these pieces from the Jewish musical traditions.  Part 3 (Follow up to sessions in past Limmuds.  Did you miss them?  No problem -  we'll catch you up!)

Presenters
avatar for Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

Composer & Conductor
Brian Scott Wilson, DMA was born in Lynn, MA on Boston’s north shore. He has composed/arranged more than 130 works including four operas, three symphonies, 20 choral/vocal pieces, 34 jazzcombos and numerous chamber and klezmer compositions. His work for solo trombone... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 3:40pm - 4:50pm
Darwin 102

3:40pm

Believe it or Not: Spirituality discussion for Believers and Non-Believers
Informal discussion about atheists davening and what this might teach all of us about the purpose of prayer.

Presenters
avatar for David J. Cooper

David J. Cooper

Rabbi & Social Activist
Rabbi David J. Cooper is co-founder of Kehilla Community Synagogue and now serves the shul as Rabbi Emeritus.  In addition to his two decades of work as a congregational rabbi, he is a social activist and a liturgist.  Active in the Jewish Renewal movement, he grew up in Brooklyn... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 3:40pm - 4:50pm
Under the Oak (Outside)

3:40pm

Beyond the Family Tree: Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
What exactly is "Jewish Genealogy" and what might you learn about yourself by doing family history research?  Join Dale Friedman as he explores the "Jewish" in Jewish genealogy and shares what he has learned.  "How did my ancestors shape me?"  "Can we know anything about the lives they led in the towns they came from?"  Jewish genealogy is one way to help answer these questions.  Using personal examples, Dale will suggest research methods and resources to find out more about your ancestors and where they came from, even if you think no records exist.

Presenters
avatar for Dale Friedman

Dale Friedman

Genealogy Researcher
Dale is a board member of the San Francisco Jewish Genealogy Society.  He has been avidly researching all sides of his own and his wife’s family history for over 20 years.  This in turn has led to an interest in Jewish life in Eastern Europe, house-centric genealogical approaches... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 3:40pm - 4:50pm
Russian River Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

3:40pm

Creativity and Pluralism in Joseph Soloveitchik's Halakhic Man and Halakhic Mind
This session will explore two fundamental and powerful theological and philosophical concepts developed in two seminal works by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, one of the 20th century's greatest Jewish theologians.  Creativity and Pluralism are key ideas for Judaism in our time, and we will unpack how Soloveitchik's understanding of these can provide resources for Jewish life today.

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Lehmann

Daniel Lehmann

Graduate School Educator
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann is the 8th president of the Graduate Theological Union.  He previously served as the president of Hebrew College in Newton, MA, was the founding Headmaster of Gann Academy (the new Jewish high school of Greater Boston) and board chair of the Boston Theological... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 3:40pm - 4:50pm
Sonoma Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

3:40pm

I Got Torah in My Bag, Swag: the Intersection of Jewish Literature and Pop Culture
This class will explore the meaning and messages of Torah as it is found in Jewish literature as well as literature from the pop culture canon of today.  It seeks to challenge our notion of what is considered a text and where we can find meaningful spiritual content as we encounter popular music, television/film, and literature of all kinds. 

Presenters
avatar for Jenna Stein Turow

Jenna Stein Turow

Pardes-Kevah Fellow
Jenna is a fifth year rabbinical student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University, and works as the rabbinic intern at Adat Ari El in Valley Village, CA.  She is passionate about experiential education, building meaningful community, and seeks authenticity... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 3:40pm - 4:50pm
Knights Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

3:40pm

Death, Divorce, Disaster: A Conversation About Loss and Restoring Our Lives
Whether it’s the death of a loved one, a divorce, or a natural disaster, how each of us experiences loss is unique and personal.  If you are in a space of actively grieving, adjacent to someone who is struggling with grief, or are in the process of rebuilding your life after a loss, your presence is welcomed to join us for a supportive, caring, community conversation.  You will hear personal observations about loss, and learn about loss language, community resources and how to accompany those who mourn.

Presenters
avatar for Esther D. Kustanowitz

Esther D. Kustanowitz

Creative Media and Popular Culture Writer
Esther D. Kustanowitz is a writer, editor and consultant.  She is a contributing writer at the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and a columnist at J. The Jewish Weekly of Northern California.  Esther was founding editor and contributor at GrokNation.com, has written for Modern Loss, Haaretz... Read More →
avatar for Susan Hamlin

Susan Hamlin

Family Therapist
Susan Hamlin is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Mateo.  She works mostly with bereaved clients who are healing from an "out-of-time" loss - young widows and widowers, parents who have lost children and children who have lost a parent or a sibling.Susan... Read More →
avatar for David Weinberg

David Weinberg

Attorney, Mediation and Collaborative Law, LAW OFFICE OF DAVID C. WEINBERG
David has been an attorney in private practice for over 50 years.  He is licensed in California and certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist.  His practice is devoted to Consensual Dispute Resolution primarily in the area of... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 3:40pm - 4:50pm
Ballroom B (Student Center, 3rd Floor)

3:45pm

Walk With Me, Talk With Me mini-sessions: A Taste of Jewish Spiritual Direction
Limited Capacity full

** REGISTRATION REQUIRED **

Please tick the session to sign up.
1 PARTICIPANT PER SESSION.

In spiritual direction you can explore your spiritual experiences, practices and questions in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential way.  Experiment with this spiritual practice as part of your Jewish journey by signing up for a 30-minute conversation with one of the extraordinary trained Jewish spiritual directors present amongst us this year.  Experience the quiet revolution in Jewish spiritual life and (re)introduce your soul to the experience of being listened to, accompanied and attended to.

Presenters
avatar for Wendie Bernstein Lash

Wendie Bernstein Lash

Spiritual Director & Spiritual Entrepreneur
Wendie Bernstein Lash, M.S., is a spiritual director, meditation teacher and mentor, and the former Co-Director of the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction training program and the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction.  She leads a contemplative chanting service at Congregation... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Student Center Lobby

4:30pm

Rabbi Bar
The (Bartender) Rabbi behind the "Bar" is in a conversation with a Limmudnik over a glass of seltzer water.  The topic of the discussion is Limmudnik's choice, and the other Limmudniks around the "Bar" are joining in the conversation at will.  Drop-in and take-off as you please.

Saturday June 29, 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Hallway (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

5:00pm

Master Class for Entrepreneurs
This master class will explore entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial journey in today’s tech ecosystem. We’ll discuss career path choices and strategies to find the right idea.  How to find the right team?  How to build the right relationship with Investors such as angels, venture capitalists and corporate investors?  What do investors look for in target investments?  How to manage growth and how to optimize for an outstanding exit and work life balance?


Presenters
avatar for David Blumberg

David Blumberg

VC, US and Israeli Technology, Blumberg Capital
David is the founder and managing partner of Blumberg Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund based in San Francisco, New York and Tel Aviv. He founded Blumberg Capital in 1991 and is an authority on early stage investing with more than 30 years of experience.  Prior to Blumberg... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:10pm
Darwin 102

5:00pm

Judaism and Islam: History and Hope
We can and must do better.

Hebrew and Aramaic are the root languages of much of the Arabic lexicon and grammar.  Muslim and Jewish medieval linguists and grammarians identified this fact and collaborated in the development of similar grammatical guidelines and rules.  Under Muslim Spanish rule for almost 800 years, Jews were second-class citizens – but thrived with their Muslim counterparts in fields such as philosophy, navigation, astronomy, physics, commerce and medicine.

Mohammed through his exposure to Jewish people, culture, stories and ritual life designed many of the laws and rituals with Judaism as a paradigm.  His first wife Khadijah (595-619) and several others (Safiyah, Rayhana) were Jewish and enriched his understanding of this foundational religion, setting the stage for the rise of Islam in the 600s CE.

Let’s build a better future and alliance and common cause with Muslims through better and deeper understanding of our common roots.

Presenters
avatar for Henry Shreibman

Henry Shreibman

Religion & Philosophy, Educator
Rabbi Shreibman has served on the faculty of the Dominican University since 2005.  He helped start the Jewish Studies program at Sonoma State University in 2010 and has also served on faculty at UC Davis.  His academic focus is at the juncture of comparative ancient ethics/philosophy... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:10pm
Bennett Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

5:00pm

Does Forgiving Someone Who has Wronged You Mean that You are a Sucker?
Revolutionizing Jewish Values Education for Adults, One Click At a Time: Jewish Food For Thought, The Animated Series (Topics: Teshuvah & Forgiveness)
Jewish Food For Thought is a free, online animated series that teaches Jewish ethics and values to teens and adults through engaging and thought-provoking animated conversations between Hanan Harchol and his parents. This workshop will focus on two episodes which look at Teshuvah and Forgiveness. After screening the episodes, the creator of the series will use the animations and accompanying study guides to fuel lively conversation on the topics rooted in deep Jewish teachings. Harchol will also offer insights into the creation of the episodes and discuss how to creatively use this innovative, free resource in varied educational settings.
Jewish Food for Thought: the Animated Series is created with generous funding by The Covenant Foundation with fiscal sponsorship by FJC.
Hanan Harchol’s participation in Limmud Bay Area is made possible through the generous support of the Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
avatar for Hanan Harchol

Hanan Harchol

Multimedia Visual Artist
Hanan Harchol is the creator, writer and animator of Jewish Food For Thought, a free online animated series for adults and teens that teaches Jewish ethics through thought-provoking conversations between Harchol and his Israeli parents (whose voice he impersonates).  His work has... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:10pm
Darwin 103

5:00pm

How the Zohar Re-Imagines God
Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, conceives of God in radically new ways.  In this session we will explore some of these startling concepts, including: Ein Sof (God as Infinity), Ayin (mystical Nothingness), and Shekhinah (the feminine half of God).  We will study several Kabbalistic texts, including passages from Daniel Matt’s award-winning translation of the Zohar.  We will discover how Kabbalah reveals new facets of Torah and new dimensions of divine reality.

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Matt

Daniel Matt

Translator of the Zohar
Daniel Matt is a teacher of Jewish spirituality and one of the world’s leading authorities on Kabbalah and the Zohar.  He has been featured in Time and Newsweek, and has appeared on National Public Radio and the History Channel.  He has published over a dozen books, including... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:10pm
Sonoma Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

5:00pm

Are You My Type?
Do you know my type ? Do I know yours?

Have you ever wished you had a guidebook that would help you understand yourself and the people in your life?
There is an easy and powerful system called the Enneagram, that describes nine personality types and offers information on how the types think, feel and perceive their reality.

What can you expect from this workshop:
1. A tour of the types
2. Discuss Bible characters that portray the qualities of the different types
3. Some help identifying your type (time permitting)

Presenters
avatar for Vicky Rybka

Vicky Rybka

Enneagram Coach & Musician
Vicky Rybka, MA, was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she earned a Master's Degree in Bible Studies and Music Education.  She moved to the United States in 1975, embarking on her teaching career.  Always interested in personal growth and spiritual development, Vicky... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:10pm
Russian River Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

6:15pm

6:15pm

Laila Tov - Bedtime Songs and Stories for Families with Young Children
Leila Tov is for families.  The day comes to an end with a story of  Yellow Lotus Flower, which follows the journey of a lotus seed and a grieving young girl as they go through the murky, uncertain, tearful and ultimately rewarding process of transformation.  Combining Jen Myzel’s inspirational song and Hillary Mendoza’s majestic watercolor illustrations, Yellow Lotus Flower cracks open the hearts of children and adults alike.  

Presenters
avatar for Jen Myzel

Jen Myzel

Singer-songwriter, Activist and a Music Teacher
Jen Myzel is a singer-songwriter, activist and elementary school music teacher in Oakland, CA.  She is also an active member of the Wilderness Torah Community and has been a song leader at numerous Jewish events across the Bay Area.


Saturday June 29, 2019 6:15pm - 7:00pm
Dry Creek Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

6:30pm

Walk With Me, Talk With Me mini-sessions: A Taste of Jewish Spiritual Direction
Limited Capacity full

** REGISTRATION REQUIRED **

Please tick the session to sign up.
1 PARTICIPANT PER SESSION.

In spiritual direction you can explore your spiritual experiences, practices and questions in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential way.  Experiment with this spiritual practice as part of your Jewish journey by signing up for a 30-minute conversation with one of the extraordinary trained Jewish spiritual directors present amongst us this year.  Experience the quiet revolution in Jewish spiritual life and (re)introduce your soul to the experience of being listened to, accompanied and attended to.

Presenters
avatar for Alissa Flores

Alissa Flores

Psychotherapist & Spiritual Director
Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, MFT, is a psychotherapist, former hospice bereavement coordinator, spiritual director and freelance blogger.  She was a consultant for the Pixar movie "Up."  Her first book is a memoir, "This Whole Wide World is Just a Narrow Bridge", based on her experience... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Student Center Lobby

6:45pm

Dinner
Saturday June 29, 2019 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Ballroom A (Student Center, 3rd Floor)

6:45pm

Conflict Brings Tikkun: Restorative/Transformative Justice and Teshuva
When conflict arises in our communities, oftentimes society tells us to shrink back and avoid getting involved - instead to rely on outside sources or the criminal (in)justice system.  Having agreed-upon structures in place can help communities become more resilient, so in this session we will explore Jewish approaches to engaging with conflict.

Presenters
avatar for Noam Vered Lerman

Noam Vered Lerman

Pardes-Kevah Fellow
Noam is from Milwaukee, WI and is a fifth year rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Boston, MA.  They are one of the co-founders of Let My People Sing!, and also started Der Yiddish Tekhines Proyekt, a project which is making Yiddish women's liturgy accessible through song and... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Ballroom B (Student Center, 3rd Floor)

8:00pm

Let's Spice Things Up! An Israeli Cuisine - It's a Journey!
Israelis are interesting eaters.  Inside one apartment building you will find families with entirely different definitions of a home-cooked Israeli meal.  Like a perfectly al dente Risotto, Israeli cuisines have some common flavors but mostly separate threads of food culture.  In this workshop we will dig into the building blocks of contemporary Israeli cuisine.  We will discover what is boilerplate and what is distinct, and try to understand why.  After we get an understanding of this unique cuisine, we will finish our journey with a hands-on experience of creating a very special blend of spices to elevate every dish, no matter where it comes from.

Presenters
avatar for Aliza Grayevsky Somekh

Aliza Grayevsky Somekh

Epicurean and Chef
Aliza Grayevsky Somekh of Bishulim SF is an eighth generation Jerusalemite.  Raised in the kitchens of Jerusalem, she grew up cooking and eating everything the city's streets and markets had to offer. Growing up in Jerusalem makes her intimately familiar with Jerusalem's culinary... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 8:00pm - 9:10pm
Darwin 103

8:00pm

Zionism: No State Necessary, Thanks!
It was not until the 1940s that the Zionist Movement agreed on the goal of creating a Jewish state in the Mandatory Palestine.  Until then different visionaries had competing ideas about what the future Jewish homeland should look like.  We'll dive into a few of these ideological branches to understand how Zionism has changed over time, and why we finally settled on Mandatory Palestine. 

Presenters
avatar for Jason Harris

Jason Harris

Jewish Educator and Podcaster
Jason Harris is the creator of Jew Oughta Know, a podcast on Jewish and Israeli history.  He is currently the Associate Director of Lehrhaus Judaica.


Saturday June 29, 2019 8:00pm - 9:10pm
Bennett Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

8:00pm

Satellites and Rockets, Explained
Rockets of today are a remarkable collection of human ingenuity, science and technology of the past 120 years, with roots in Russia, the US, Romania and Germany.

Times change. Satellite launches, a monopoly of governments in the past, have shifted to the private sector.  Really outstanding in this sense was a launch to the moon by an Israeli non-profit public organization SpaceIL.

In this presentation, we will cover the origins of space flight, early flights to space, highlight Saturn 5 and the Apollo programs, and learn about modern rockets, reusable rockets, 3G printed rockets and launches from aircrafts.

Time permitting, we may launch a rocket of our own - using a water filled soda bottle!

Presenters
avatar for Shmuel Goldberg

Shmuel Goldberg

Physicist and Inventor
Physicist and Inventor. 


Saturday June 29, 2019 8:00pm - 9:10pm
Darwin 102

8:00pm

Did Abraham Really Just Agree to Murder His Son? A Literary Reading of the Binding of Isaac
The "Binding of Isaac" narrative in Genesis is a disturbing one to read, let alone teach or preach on. How could Abraham agree to sacrifice his own son, especially after being childless for so long?  And how can the Torah depict the patriarch of our people in such a chilling, almost robotic manner?  In fact, a close literary reading of the story will reveal emotion, anguish and perhaps even a bit of rebellion on the part of Abraham - and will hopefully redeem him in our eyes.

Presenters
avatar for Aviva Lauer Golbert

Aviva Lauer Golbert

Educator, Pardes
Aviva Lauer Golbert is the Director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators.  She majored in Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, and earned a Masters degree in Midrash at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.  Aviva is a Jewish educator with... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 8:00pm - 9:10pm
Sonoma Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

8:00pm

Israel: A House for All People?
Does the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) describe a land of Israel exclusively Jewish?  We look at several texts (in Hebrew and in translation) that present a picture of a multi-ethnic society during the days of the Israelite and Judean kings, and we will explore the vision of the prophets of a land at peace with Israelites sharing the land with other inhabitants.

Presenters
avatar for David J. Cooper

David J. Cooper

Rabbi & Social Activist
Rabbi David J. Cooper is co-founder of Kehilla Community Synagogue and now serves the shul as Rabbi Emeritus.  In addition to his two decades of work as a congregational rabbi, he is a social activist and a liturgist.  Active in the Jewish Renewal movement, he grew up in Brooklyn... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 8:00pm - 9:10pm
Russian River Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

8:00pm

American Mussar Yoga: The New Spiritual Davening?
Davening in a Hasidic context can bring forth an image of people joined in prayer that encompasses an almost ecstatic integration of body and soul through song and dance.  American Mussar is a Jewish practice to bring spiritual elevation to daily living.  Yoga offers integration of mind, body and soul.  Please join Mussar Yogi Helaine Sheias and American Mussar Mavin Greg Marcus for a community experience of deep insight and/or divine connection through a Mussar text about the soul trait of humility, deep meditation, and chevruta sharing.  A Yoga mat is not needed.

Presenters
avatar for Helaine Sheias

Helaine Sheias

Yoga Therapist
Helaine is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Founder of Yinspiration Yoga - a Therapeutic Approach to Yin Yoga. Helaine holds a PhD in Human Sciences and is a graduate of the Socially Engaged Spirituality Program at Saybrook University. Born in Massachusetts, Helaine made Aliyah to Israel... Read More →
avatar for Greg Marcus

Greg Marcus

Mussar Facilitator and Future Rabbi, American Mussar
Greg Marcus has been practicing and facilitating Mussar for seven years.  He is the founder of AmericanMussar.com and the author of "The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar".  In August, he will begin training to become a Rabbi... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 8:00pm - 9:10pm
Alexander Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

9:00pm

Walk With Me, Talk With Me mini-sessions: A Taste of Jewish Spiritual Direction
Limited Capacity full

** REGISTRATION REQUIRED **

Please tick the session to sign up.
1 PARTICIPANT PER SESSION.

In spiritual direction you can explore your spiritual experiences, practices and questions in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential way.  Experiment with this spiritual practice as part of your Jewish journey by signing up for a 30-minute conversation with one of the extraordinary trained Jewish spiritual directors present amongst us this year.  Experience the quiet revolution in Jewish spiritual life and (re)introduce your soul to the experience of being listened to, accompanied and attended to.

Presenters
avatar for Alissa Flores

Alissa Flores

Psychotherapist & Spiritual Director
Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores, MFT, is a psychotherapist, former hospice bereavement coordinator, spiritual director and freelance blogger.  She was a consultant for the Pixar movie "Up."  Her first book is a memoir, "This Whole Wide World is Just a Narrow Bridge", based on her experience... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Student Center Lobby

9:15pm

9:20pm

Havdalah
Saturday June 29, 2019 9:20pm - 9:45pm
Student Center Plaza (Outside)

10:00pm

Love Sick, the Musical
Based on the ancient Hebrew text, “The Song of Songs”, Love Sick fuses a live concert experience with story and character to create a truly original theatrical event that centers on one woman’s journey through a relentless and fervent love affair—and her gradual descent into madness.  

Presenters
avatar for Ofra Daniel

Ofra Daniel

Artistic Director, Jewish Circle Theater
Ofra has over 10 years of experience in arts management, marketing, organizational and creative leadership.  Her goal is to direct theater inspired by Jewish heritage and Israeli culture.  Ofra has produced original theater works such as “What If?,” “Edges,” “Levin Cabaret... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Person Theater
  • about Ofra has over 10 years of experience in arts management, marketing, organizational and creative leadership. Her goal is to direct theater inspired by Jewish heritage and Israeli culture. Ofra has produced original theater works such as “What If?,” “Edges,” “Levin Cabaret,” “My Best Friend,” and “Other Faces of Love.” Ofra is an accomplished playwright and has written several of the plays produced by Jewish Circle Theater.&nbsp;<br><br>Ofra is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University theater faculty. She studied theater directing at the Seminar Hakibozim College and performed with the Beit Lessin Theater Company in Tel Aviv. In 2000, she was awarded the excellence scholarship for artistic achievement in Israel.

10:00pm

On the Foolishness of Optimism...and the Advantages of Practicing it Anyway
Past experience often dictates future expectations, but optimism maintains that tomorrow might be better than today.  Explore the practice of optimism through Jewish texts, considering how this (advantageous?) foolishness could impact our contemporary relationships and lives. 

Presenters
avatar for Mollie Feldman

Mollie Feldman

Pardes-Kevah Fellow
Mollie Feldman is the Assistant Director and Senior Jewish Educator at American University Hillel in D.C., where she loves helping students from all backgrounds become active participants in the experience of Jewish learning.  She has an MA/MA in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Knights Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

11:15pm

Unsolved Jewish Mysteries: Relics, Monsters, Treasure and More
The Jewish People have accumulated a lot of stuff over the last several thousand years and some of it has gone missing.  Delve into a world of mystery and intrigue as we encounter some of the most famous and obscure moments in our history.


Presenters
avatar for Jason Harris

Jason Harris

Jewish Educator and Podcaster
Jason Harris is the creator of Jew Oughta Know, a podcast on Jewish and Israeli history.  He is currently the Associate Director of Lehrhaus Judaica.


Saturday June 29, 2019 11:15pm - Sunday June 30, 2019 12:00am
Suite 4104 (Sauvignon Village)
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Sunday, June 30
 

7:30am

8:00am

Orthodox Shacharit Service
Orthodox Shabbat Service

Sunday June 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Alexander Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

8:30am

Walk With Me, Talk With Me mini-sessions: A Taste of Jewish Spiritual Direction
Limited Capacity full

** REGISTRATION REQUIRED **

Please tick the session to sign up.
1 PARTICIPANT PER SESSION.

In spiritual direction you can explore your spiritual experiences, practices and questions in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential way.  Experiment with this spiritual practice as part of your Jewish journey by signing up for a 30-minute conversation with one of the extraordinary trained Jewish spiritual directors present amongst us this year.  Experience the quiet revolution in Jewish spiritual life and (re)introduce your soul to the experience of being listened to, accompanied and attended to.

Presenters
avatar for Wendie Bernstein Lash

Wendie Bernstein Lash

Spiritual Director & Spiritual Entrepreneur
Wendie Bernstein Lash, M.S., is a spiritual director, meditation teacher and mentor, and the former Co-Director of the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction training program and the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction.  She leads a contemplative chanting service at Congregation... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
Student Center Lobby

8:30am

Alan Dershowitz in Conversation with Abraham Sofaer
TBD

Presenters
avatar for Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz

Lawyer & Political Commentator
Alan Morton Dershowitz is an American lawyer and academic.  He is a scholar of United States constitutional law and criminal law and a noted civil libertarian.  He began his teaching career at Harvard Law School where, in 1967, at the age of 28, he became the youngest full prof... Read More →
avatar for Abraham Sofaer

Abraham Sofaer

Former US District Judge & Legal Adviser to the Department of State
Abraham David Sofaer is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then became Legal Adviser to the United States State Department.  After resigning from the State Department, he became the George P. Shult... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
Ballroom A (Student Center, 3rd Floor)

9:15am

Walk With Me, Talk With Me mini-sessions: A Taste of Jewish Spiritual Direction
Limited Capacity full

** REGISTRATION REQUIRED **

Please tick the session to sign up.
1 PARTICIPANT PER SESSION.

In spiritual direction you can explore your spiritual experiences, practices and questions in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential way.  Experiment with this spiritual practice as part of your Jewish journey by signing up for a 30-minute conversation with one of the extraordinary trained Jewish spiritual directors present amongst us this year.  Experience the quiet revolution in Jewish spiritual life and (re)introduce your soul to the experience of being listened to, accompanied and attended to.

Presenters
avatar for Wendie Bernstein Lash

Wendie Bernstein Lash

Spiritual Director & Spiritual Entrepreneur
Wendie Bernstein Lash, M.S., is a spiritual director, meditation teacher and mentor, and the former Co-Director of the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction training program and the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction.  She leads a contemplative chanting service at Congregation... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 9:15am - 9:45am
Student Center Lobby

9:15am

9:30am

Happily Ever After
What stories can be found between the seams of a wedding gown?  Can it bear a Jewish identity? And why is the wedding gown white?  In her lecture, Ya’ara Keydar, fashion historian, celebrates Jewish life, fashion and history through the universal, popular appeal of weddings.  From an improvised wedding dress made from a parachute in a Displaced Persons camp; to one bridal gown for three Kibbutz brides; and a Moroccan Jewish bride wearing her shrouds underneath her gown; these are a few of the remarkable stories found in A Jewish Wedding: a curated collection of personal wedding photos found in Jewish family albums.  Through breathtaking images, videos and gowns spanning from the 19th century to the late 1980s, this lecture brings together— for the first time—the visual stories of Jewish marriages from around the world.  These depict personal stories, but also reveal a striking collective one.  The lecture illuminates various layers of the Jewish wedding ceremony, and expands the history of fashion and bridal gowns, all in dialog with aspects of Jewish life in the diaspora, and aspires to create a perfect harmony between fashion, sentiment, memory and education.  In its attempt to create a contemporary discourse, the lecture will include innovative and contemporary bridal gown designs by Israeli designers.  Ya’ara invites the audience on a journey that meanders through loss, heartfelt moments, but also love, life, hope and unity.

Presenters
avatar for Ya'ara Keydar

Ya'ara Keydar

Fashion Historian and Curator
Ya’ara Keydar, MA, is a fashion historian and curator.  Keydar graduated from the Costume Studies program at NYU and is a 2016 winner of NYU Steinhardt's Samuel Eshborn Award.  She holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in fashion design from Shenkar College.  Her recent exhibition... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am
Ballroom A (Student Center, 3rd Floor)

9:30am

Simply Sounds And Colors: Unleash Your Creative Potential
In this workshop, we will listen closely to the music composed or performed by some of the great Jewish musicians and singers, and find a way to express what it evokes in our hearts through a creative outlet of drawing and painting while swaying to music - if we are moved to do so (and we will!)

Presenters
avatar for Elena Gold

Elena Gold

Creative Self-Expression Coach
Elena loves sharing her love of art making.  She offers creative breaks filled with moments of spontaneous art making and inspiration to the overworked Bay Area communities and professional environments.  She also works in the biotech industry where she combines two roles of a business... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am
Russian River Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

9:30am

Can You Dig It? New Technologies and Recent Discoveries in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel
In the last ten years, the archaeology of ancient Israel has been revolutionized by the use of new technologies for locating archaeological sites, and recovering and analyzing evidence from the past.  This led to remarkable discoveries about past lives and lifeways in ancient Israel and the southern Levant more broadly.  Come learn about recent exciting finds from drone-based reconnaissance, 3D scanning and mapping, and ancient DNA and stable isotope analysis.

Presenters
avatar for Alexis Boutin

Alexis Boutin

Bioarcheologist and Anthropologist
Dr. Boutin is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Sonoma State University.  She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.  Her research focuses on ancient Near Eastern, Gulf, and eastern Mediterranean cultures, which she has... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am
Darwin 102

9:30am

2nd Beginning & the Women of the Exodus
Mothers, daughters, midwives, leaders - Who are the women of the Exodus and the Torah in general?  What is their role?  Text-based exploration, open to all levels, no previous knowledge of Hebrew needed.  

Presenters
avatar for Michal Kohane

Michal Kohane

Leader & Educator
Born and raised in Israel, Michal Kohane is currently the Rosh Kehila of the Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn, a regular scholar in residence in Oakland CA, and a student at Maharat.  She has been a leader and educator in the Jewish Community of Northern California for over twenty... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am
Dry Creek Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

9:30am

Magical Halacha
Are you chayav for murder if you use a killing curse?  Can you count in a minyan if you're invisible?  Are questions like these important?  This session is about having fun geeking out on hilchos Harry Potter.  In the process, we will also explore some of the deeper issues at stake in these laws and examine the phenomenon of theoretical halacha itself.

Presenters
avatar for Jonah Peretz-Lange

Jonah Peretz-Lange

Pardes-Kevah Fellow
Jonah is a teacher of Talmud and Jewish studies in Boston and a graduate of the Pardes Educators Program. He lives in Somerville, MA with his wife and cat.


Sunday June 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:40am
Knights Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

10:00am

Walk With Me, Talk With Me mini-sessions: A Taste of Jewish Spiritual Direction
Limited Capacity full

** REGISTRATION REQUIRED **

Please tick the session to sign up.
1 PARTICIPANT PER SESSION.

In spiritual direction you can explore your spiritual experiences, practices and questions in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential way.  Experiment with this spiritual practice as part of your Jewish journey by signing up for a 30-minute conversation with one of the extraordinary trained Jewish spiritual directors present amongst us this year.  Experience the quiet revolution in Jewish spiritual life and (re)introduce your soul to the experience of being listened to, accompanied and attended to.

Presenters
avatar for Wendie Bernstein Lash

Wendie Bernstein Lash

Spiritual Director & Spiritual Entrepreneur
Wendie Bernstein Lash, M.S., is a spiritual director, meditation teacher and mentor, and the former Co-Director of the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction training program and the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction.  She leads a contemplative chanting service at Congregation... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Student Center Lobby

10:50am

Creativity for Busy People
A fun and interactive workshop, Creativity For Busy People uses words, pen and paper to ignite imagination, gain new perspective and spark creativity in simple ways.  The workshop consists of 5-minute exercises in pairs or solo; each provides an opportunity to think differently and play with words.  No writing experience needed!

Presenters
avatar for Flora Tsapovsky

Flora Tsapovsky

Food and Culture Journalist
Flora Tsapovsky is a style, food, travel and culture writer splitting her time between San Francisco and Tel Aviv.  Flora contributes to the San Francisco Chronicle, Afar, Tablet, C Magazine, Bon Appetit and more. She is the founder of Bicoastalista.com, a women's website dedicated... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
Knights Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

10:50am

Exploring Loss through Art
Creativity can lead to remembering the losses in our life and allow us to honor the past in all its warmth and imperfection.  

Join us for a simple but meaningful individual sculpture project which will provide the opportunity for you to move beyond words to explore and express your feelings.

All are welcome!  No past experience or skill needed.  If a voice in your head is telling you that you are not an artist, ignore it!

Presenters
avatar for Susan Hamlin

Susan Hamlin

Family Therapist
Susan Hamlin is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Mateo.  She works mostly with bereaved clients who are healing from an "out-of-time" loss - young widows and widowers, parents who have lost children and children who have lost a parent or a sibling.Susan... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
Alexander Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

10:50am

Israeli Tech Innovation in the Last 70 Years and the Next 70 Years
Over the past 70 years, Israel's economic development has been remarkable, and in particular, the tech economy has risen to prominence as "Start-up Nation".  We'll cover this remarkable story, its past, present and future - strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
This session will pick up the conversation David started at last year's Festival.

Presenters
avatar for David Blumberg

David Blumberg

VC, US and Israeli Technology, Blumberg Capital
David is the founder and managing partner of Blumberg Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund based in San Francisco, New York and Tel Aviv. He founded Blumberg Capital in 1991 and is an authority on early stage investing with more than 30 years of experience.  Prior to Blumberg... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
Darwin 103

10:50am

Terrarium Design: Reuniting the Jewish People
In this session we will explore how to proactively overcome intergroup biases that divide the Jewish community, the psychological, historical and talmudic base for these divisions,  and go through a design methodology to explore how we can address this within the organizations we lead or are involved with.  Based upon the eJewishPhilanthropy article:  The Jewish People are Divided … Here’s How To Fix It: Terrarium Design https://ejewishphilanthropy.com/the-jewish-people-are-divided-heres-how-to-fix-it-terrarium-design/

Presenters
avatar for Bradley Caro Cook

Bradley Caro Cook

Social Entrepreneur & Growth Hacker, Career Up Now & Growth Exponential
Dr. Bradley Caro Cook is a social entrepreneur, growth hacker, Jewish educator, social organizer, writer, speaker, and civic leader. As co-founder of Career Up Now and the City of Beverly Hills' Entrepreneurship Incubator he believes in the deep and unique wisdom Judaism provides... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
Darwin 102

10:50am

Why is King David Seen as the Ultimate Jewish Rock Star?
Why is King David Seen as the Ultimate Jewish Rock Star (In other Words, the Progenitor of the Messiah)?  Is He Actually Even Worthy of That?

King David, as portrayed in the Book of Samuel, is a man with stalwartly admirable leadership qualities.  But like a lot of great kings (and presidents and senators and prime ministers, etc.), he also has some serious weaknesses.  Are these the kind of solid foundations that we would expect in the progenitor of the Messiah?  Would we not want a messianic source superior, higher, better than just everyone else?  How then did King David merit his messianic family status?

Presenters
avatar for Aviva Lauer Golbert

Aviva Lauer Golbert

Educator, Pardes
Aviva Lauer Golbert is the Director of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators.  She majored in Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, and earned a Masters degree in Midrash at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies.  Aviva is a Jewish educator with... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 10:50am - 12:00pm
Russian River Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

12:00pm

Lunch
Sunday June 30, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom A (Student Center, 3rd Floor)

1:20pm

How Marketers Like Me Prey on People Like You (aka The Underbelly of the Internet)
You've surely noticed how sometimes an ad has followed you around the internet.  Maybe you've even heard of something called cookies or pixels.  But that's just the beginning.  I give every new employee in my company this fun and engaging 30 minute talk on how the internet really works.  I will show you exactly how marketers like me are able to target people like you far beyond the "aggregate anonymous" data you keep hearing about - I'll share specific hacks used to target individuals.  I'll explain the fundamentals of SEO, SEM, machine learning powered lookalike audiences, retargeting, information marketing, viral video production, lead generation, and other paradigms that stack the internet against you.  It's time to take the red pill.  Whether you use the internet to research a new kind of makeup or simply buy your next vacuum cleaner, you need to understand how the information you see in Google, Facebook, Instagram, etc. is created.  Led by Alex Furmansky, whose digital marketing team has successfully leveraged internet marketing to create multiple million dollar brands.

Presenters
avatar for Alex Furmansky

Alex Furmansky

Startups & Playful Tech
Alex Furmansky is a mensch with a wild side.He is the founder of Budsies, the company which turns artwork and photographs into 3D custom stuffed animals.  Budsies has brought to life over 75,000 custom plush creations.  From Budsies, he also spun out Petsies (which turns photos... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Alexander Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

1:20pm

Hebrew Lettering as an Expression of Judaism - A Hebrew Calligraphy Workshop
Hands-on experience in making Hebrew lettering.  You can do this.  Limited to 20 people.

Presenters
avatar for Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Rabbi and Educator
Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan is Chief Program Officer and Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica.  Before coming to Lehrhaus Judaica, and before being a synagogue rabbi and educator, and before rabbinic school, Peretz was, from 1974, active in CAJE and alternative learning communities... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Dry Creek Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

1:20pm

Inter-Religious Learning, Leading and Living: Vignettes from My First Year as the First Jewish President of the Graduate Theological Union
In this session we will discuss lessons I have learned about inter-religious leadership as the first Jew and Rabbi to serve as the president of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.  After 30 years as a Jewish educational leader, my first year at GTU has been filled with transformative experiences and new perspectives, including a new understanding of the place of Jews and Judaism in the world's religious eco-system.

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Lehmann

Daniel Lehmann

Graduate School Educator
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann is the 8th president of the Graduate Theological Union.  He previously served as the president of Hebrew College in Newton, MA, was the founding Headmaster of Gann Academy (the new Jewish high school of Greater Boston) and board chair of the Boston Theological... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Sonoma Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

1:20pm

A Jewish Genetic History
Family and even population history can be encoded and decoded in our very own DNA.  In this class, we'll do a brief exploration of Jewish genetic history.  We'll start with basic principles of genetic inheritance.  Then we'll use these to talk about the genetic history of the Jewish populations of Europe, the Middle East and even India.  Finally we'll connect this unique history to our genetic future and talk about disease risk.  


Presenters
avatar for Natalie Telis

Natalie Telis

Genetics and Biomedical Informatics
Natalie Telis is a scientist studying the genetic link between human history and the human past. Originally from the Bay Area, she graduated from Kehillah Jewish High School in 2009.  She completed her BA in Mathematics and her BS in Cell Biology at UC Davis, then got her PhD in... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Darwin 102

1:20pm

Bring Back The BAN
From the series on Lost Talmudic Arts Of Going Against The Grain- rabbinic ramblin’s  [each session is independent and complete].

The why, when and how of EXCOMMUNICATION.
In a time when Radical Inclusion is the ideal, Herem sounds like the worst sin.

Sunday June 30, 2019 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Bennett Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

1:20pm

Packing for the Next Phase of the Jewish Journey : Creating a Collective List
Have you ever thought about what you would bring - and what you would leave behind -  if you were leaving Egypt and heading into a future you can’t see - and may not live to reach?
A bit of old/new wisdom brought to us by Japanese culture, Netflix and Marie Kondo helps. "Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy.  Thank them for their service – then let them go."
Bring your whole self, your whole Jewish experience, and a cushion if you need one, to a collective exploration under the tree of this critical question: What would you pack of your Judaism if you knew you were heading into a new era, fully empowered to do your part in bringing the old/new wisdom of Judaism into its next century?

Presenters
avatar for Estee Solomon Gray

Estee Solomon Gray

Senior Fellow, Judaism Unbound
Estee said yes to helping found Limmud Bay Area (LBA) the day Mila called.  She served on the Board until 2018.  On the first day of the first LBA, she offered a session reframing Jews as the People of the Link (not the Book) and suggesting that the already multi-decade worldwide... Read More →
avatar for Wendie Bernstein Lash

Wendie Bernstein Lash

Spiritual Director & Spiritual Entrepreneur
Wendie Bernstein Lash, M.S., is a spiritual director, meditation teacher and mentor, and the former Co-Director of the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction training program and the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction.  She leads a contemplative chanting service at Congregation... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Under the Oak (Outside)

2:40pm

You ARE the Architect of the Future Limmud - Come Dream With Us!
Share your vision for what the Limmud of the future could look like. 

Sunday June 30, 2019 2:40pm - 3:50pm
Ballroom B (Student Center, 3rd Floor)

2:40pm

The Making of an Animation - Behind the Scenes with a Professional Animator
Hanan Harchol, the creator of Jewish Food For Thought, The Animated Series discusses and demonstrates his artistic process of turning Jewish teachings into entertaining animations.  Participants will also be introduced to a free downloadable app that allows beginners to create their very own stop-motion animations.
Jewish Food For Thought is a free, online animated series that teaches Jewish ethics and values to teens and adults through engaging and thought-provoking animated conversations between Hanan Harchol and his parents.
Created and presented at Limmud Bay Area with generous funding by The Covenant Foundation with fiscal sponsorship by FJC.
Hanan Harchol’s participation in Limmud Bay Area is made possible through the generous support of the Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
avatar for Hanan Harchol

Hanan Harchol

Multimedia Visual Artist
Hanan Harchol is the creator, writer and animator of Jewish Food For Thought, a free online animated series for adults and teens that teaches Jewish ethics through thought-provoking conversations between Harchol and his Israeli parents (whose voice he impersonates).  His work has... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 2:40pm - 3:50pm
Alexander Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)

2:40pm

1969 Fifty Years Later: Peace, Love and Chaos
How do the events and tremors of the turbulent year 1969 still reverberate and impact America and its Jews half a century later?  Moon landing; Woodstock; nationwide anti-war demos; Nixon inauguration; Black Panthers in Oakland; Soviet Jewry movement; Jewish student sit-in: did the cultural and political revolutions succeed?  Did Jewish tradition support, oppose, or some of each?

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Wolf

Jonathan Wolf

Social Activism & Innovative Jewish Learning
Jonathan is Executive Director of YASHAR: the Institute for Jewish Activism and has served as Social Policy Director of the Synagogue Council of America and as National Chair of Orthodox Jews for Obama.  He was a founder of Limmud NY & Limmud Chicago and has presented at Limmuds... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2019 2:40pm - 3:50pm
Bennett Valley (Student Center, 2nd Floor)