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Friday, June 28
 

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 Kustanowitz

Esther Kustanowitz

Esther D. Kustanowitz is a writer, editor and consultant. She is a regular contributor at the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and at J.: The Jewish Weekly of Northern California. She co-hosts The Bagel Report, a podcast about Jews and entertainment, and is a casual scholar of #TVGoneJewy... 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)
 
Saturday, June 29
 

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

Hanan Harchol is the creator, writer, and animator of Jewish Food For Thought, a free online animated series that teaches Jewish ethics and values to teens and adults through engaging and thought-provoking conversations between Harchol and his parents. Broadcast on Channel 13, Jewish... Read More →


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

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

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

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.
 
Sunday, June 30
 

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)

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)

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)

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

Hanan Harchol is the creator, writer, and animator of Jewish Food For Thought, a free online animated series that teaches Jewish ethics and values to teens and adults through engaging and thought-provoking conversations between Harchol and his parents. Broadcast on Channel 13, Jewish... Read More →


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