Limmud NY 2019 has ended
Online registration is now closed. You are invited to register at the door. Pricing is available here.

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday: Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024

Friday night: Romemu, 165 W. 105th Street, New York, NY 10025

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Global Jewish Culture [clear filter]
Saturday, February 16


Cultural Jewish and Israeli Life in Berlin Today
Come learn about the colorful Jewish and Israeli life in Berlin today. This presentation includes videos and will provide information about HABAIT and a dozen other cultural initiatives that are a part of the current revival of Jewish life in Berlin.

avatar for Nirit Bialer

Nirit Bialer

Israeli-born Nirit Bialer has worked in business development for an Israeli company in Berlin since 2006. In 2011, Nirit and a group of Germans and Israelis founded the initiative HABAIT, which promotes modern Israeli culture in Germany.

Saturday February 16, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 7 (5th Floor)


Muhammad and the Jews
Come hear about Muhammad's encounters with the Jews of Medina, and how these interactions influenced the formation of Islam. Together we will review the Israelite reaction to Muhammad’s teachings and Muhammad's responses; and how these encounters in Arabia shape contemporary Islamic attitudes towards Jews. We will review Arabic language media and source sheets of Jewish and Islamic primary documents, and have a group discussion regarding the future of Muslim-Jewish relations. 

avatar for J.R. Rothstein

J.R. Rothstein

J.R. Rothstein serves as a Steering Committee and Board Member of ACCESS at the American Jewish Committee. Rothstein is the former Chair of the Muslim-Jewish Relations Committee and a current Board member of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council. Rothstein lectures on the history of... Read More →

Saturday February 16, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Room 9 & 10 (5th Floor)


The Empty Synagogue: Judaism in Spain After 1492
Many think that Judaism was erased from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492. This presentation will explore the Jewish history of Spain from 1492 to present day, with special attention to the history of the Jewish-converts, the Inquisition and famous Spanish characters with Jewish origins. Jewish life in Spain did not completely end in 1492--and 21st century Spain cannot be understood without understanding its Jewish roots.

avatar for Haim Casas

Haim Casas

Haim Casas is the Executive Director of Makom Sefarad. Haim is the first Andalusian-born rabbi in 500 years. After graduating from the Law School of the University of Seville (Spain), he committed himself to the recovery of Jewish Spain. He was ordained as a rabbi in 2017 by Leo Baeck... Read More →

Saturday February 16, 2019 9:40pm - 10:40pm
Room 7 (5th Floor)
Sunday, February 17


Judapest and the Largest Synagogue in Europe: Virtual Tour of My Jewish Budapest
In the heart of Budapest, in the so called Jewish Quarter, the Great Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second most visited sight in Hungary, attracting over 480,000 tourists each year. After sunset, the Jewish Quarter, which features over 400 bars, transforms into a jungle of international party animals. How can these two different worlds exist together? 

Join my virtual tour -- we will see the sights and discuss who comes to visit Jewish Budapest and why.  

avatar for Borcsa Lakos

Borcsa Lakos

Borcsa is a tour guide, a female Jewish activist and a Limmudnik from Hungary. She studied Jewish Studies in Stockholm at Paideia. Currently, she is working towards an M.A. in cultural history from the Jewish Theological Seminary in Budapest. As a professional tour guide, Borcsa has... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am
Room 9 & 10 (5th Floor)


Instant Yiddish
Do you love the sound of Yiddish, but never learned to speak it? Do you speak a bisl, but wish you spoke a sakh? Do you want to make your mispokhe kvel? Join Yiddish Master Teacher Noah "Noyekh" Barrera of the Workmen’s Circle and go from bupkes to bilingual! This engaging and dynamic workshop makes Yiddish accessible for students of all ages through vocabulary, idioms, conversation, and poetry. No prior Yiddish knowledge necessary. Even complete beginners will be able to follow!


Noah Barrera

 Noyekh is a Yiddish educator, translator, and writer. He has taught in the YIVO-Bard Summer Program and at the Workmen's Circle. His writings have appeared in the Yiddish Forverts and Afn Shvel. His forthcoming translation of Abraham Rechtman’s memoir, Yidishe Etnografye un Folklor... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 11 (5th Floor)


"Curb Your Offendedness:" Cultural Differences through Larry David
Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is known for making viewers laugh, squirm, or both. Is Larry David rude, or is he just "honest?" This same question often causes confusion and misunderstandings between Westerners and Israelis. Join Benji Lovitt as he helps explain Israeli behavior and cultural differences through classic "Curb Your Enthusiasm" clips. (Video contains profanity)

avatar for Benji Lovitt

Benji Lovitt

Since making aliyah in 2006, comedian/educator Benji Lovitt has performed for audiences in North America, Australia, South Africa, and more. His perspectives on Israeli society, both comedic and serious, have been featured on Israeli TV and radio and in publications such as USA Today... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 1 & 2 (5th Floor)


Creating Community: Strengthening our Global Jewish Family
Together we will explore some of the worldwide challenges facing the Jewish people and society at large. We will discuss if Limmud, and others like it, have developed a formula to combat these issues and ways to engage people to create a community fit for our times and common future. This session welcomes innovative minds, seeking to learn and get involved in discussing challenges the Jewish people face today.

avatar for Eli Ovits

Eli Ovits

Eli Ovits is Chief Executive of Limmud. Representing Limmud in 42 countries, Eli supports the development of Limmud, its programs and volunteers. Eli is a Captain in the IDF Spokespersons Unit and a graduate of Hebrew U. He has lectured and traveled widely, working to combat extremism... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 6 (5th Floor)