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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



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Saturday, February 16
 

10:50pm

Voices of Limmud NY
Join us in celebrating the diverse Jewish Voices of New York! Speakers will share their stories using a variety of art forms including spoken word, story telling, dance and music.

Speakers include: Naomi Ackerman, Elana Brody and Friends, Izzy Gilden, Ben Greenfield, Gulienne Rollins-Rishon, Isaiah Rothstein, Yocheved Sidof, Ariel Warmflash, Emily Zimmer and more!

A cash bar will be open during Voices of Limmud NY and the Concert.

Naomi Ackerman's participation was made possible with generous support from The Covenant Foundation.


Presenters
avatar for Naomi Ackerman

Naomi Ackerman

Naomi Ackerman, the founder and executive director of The Advot Project is an experienced actress, consultant and facilitator creating curricula that use drama techniques to deal with social, gender, and educational issues as well as exploring identity and promoting tolerance and... Read More →
avatar for Elana Brody

Elana Brody

Elana Brody is a singer-songwriter, prayer-leader and future Kohenet priestess, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She has been actively sharing her voice and unique musicality with the Jewish Renewal community since 2014. She led Renewal Shabbat Services at Limmud NY in 2018 and has... Read More →
avatar for Izzy Gilden

Izzy Gilden

Izzy Gilden is a singer-songwriter based out of Brooklyn. With lyrics about the struggle to connect, Izzy's songs build up to Coldplay-esque choruses and break down over their acoustic guitar back-bones. Be sure to check out Izzy's two debut singles "The Road" and "Miles and Miles... Read More →
avatar for Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield serves as the Rabbi of Bais Abraham Congregation, in Saint Louis, MO. Originally from Los Angeles, Ben was trained at Yeshivat Har Etzion, Yeshiva University, Oxford, and Johns Hopkins, and was awarded Tikvah Fund and Wexner Graduate fellowships. Ben is a founder of... Read More →
avatar for Gulienne Rollins-Rishon

Gulienne Rollins-Rishon

Gulienne Rollins-Rishon is a workaholic stay-at-home mom with an adorable toddler, pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work, and creating a holistic co-working space that encompasses childcare, professional development, and Jewish spirituality. In her spare time, she talks to others... Read More →
avatar for Isaiah Rothstein

Isaiah Rothstein

Isaiah Rothstein serves as the Rabbi-in-Residence for Hazon. Growing up in a multi-racial Chabad family in Monsey, NY, Isaiah is pulled towards building platforms for Jews of all backgrounds to celebrate their identities and affinities -– together -– with the rest of community... Read More →
avatar for Yocheved Sidof

Yocheved Sidof

Bridge-builder. Community-activist. Dreamer-and-doer. Born in a Midwestern town to Iranian immigrants, Yocheved Sidof was the only person of Middle Eastern descent in the insular, Hasidic Jewish school she attended. After graduating magna cum laude from Stern College, she followed... Read More →
avatar for Emily Zimmer

Emily Zimmer

Originally from small town Ontario, Emily is a singer/songwriter and writer currently based in New York City. A lover of nature walks and Irish literature, Emily advocates for creative Jews in all shapes and forms. Her writing has appeared on Hevria, the Wisdom Daily, and the Jewish... Read More →
avatar for Ariel Warmflash

Ariel Warmflash

Ariel Warmflash is a theatre artist, activist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. Ari works with young artists all over New York City to create original theatre that reflects their interests and experiences. She is a Teaching Artist with the Creative Arts Team, Opening Act and Lab/Shul... Read More →


Saturday February 16, 2019 10:50pm - 11:50pm
Schafler Forum (Basement)
 
Sunday, February 17
 

10:00am

On Entitlements and Obligations: Narratives of American Jewry
We live in a moment in which American Jewry is internally torn about what Jewishness means, what Americanness means, and what the relationship between the two should be. In this session we will delve into these questions through 20th century American rabbinic case studies, with an eye towards life in America in 2019.

Presenters
avatar for Elana Stein Hain

Elana Stein Hain

Elana is Scholar in Residence and Director of Faculty at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as lead faculty, oversees the content of leadership programs, and leads the Created Equal research team. Elana holds a PhD in Religion from Columbia, where she wrote a dissertation on legal loopholes in rabbinic law. She previously served as clergy at Lincoln Square Synagogue and The Jewish Center in Manhattan. Elana lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Board Room (4th Floor)

11:15am

Seeing Race in Jewish Communities
The phrase “I don’t see color” is bittersweet. It expresses the desire to affirm equality and also ignores a glaring reality: in American society, we've all been socialized regarding race. If we refuse to see this, then how can we address race issues in our Jewish communities? We will play some fun games to demonstrate the challenges of undoing socialization and brainstorm concrete actions to foster racial equity and inclusion in our Jewish communities.

Presenters
avatar for Tamara Fish

Tamara Fish

Tamara Fish (Harvard U., AB; Union Theo. Sem., MA; Columbia U., MPhil, ABD) is the immediate past president of the Jewish Multiracial Network (JMN), the immediate past president of Congregation Tehillah, Riverdale, NY, and former Assistant Director of the Office of the University... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hahn Chapel (2nd Floor)

11:15am

The Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto: A Metaphor for the Struggle for Jewish Continuity
In Vilna, a group of Jewish writers and intellectuals risked their lives to rescue Jewish books, manuscripts, and art from the Nazis, smuggling them into the ghetto, and hiding them in underground cellars and bunkers. The few members of this group who survived the war returned to their city after its liberation, and led an operation to retrieve the treasures. Learn about this inspiring story of Jewish “spiritual resistance,” and reflect on what it means for us today.

Presenters
avatar for David Fishman

David Fishman

David E. Fishman is a professor of Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses in modern Jewish history. He also serves as director of Project Judaica, JTS's program in the Former Soviet Union (FSU). His most recent book, The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Room 4 (5th Floor)

12:45pm

Jewish Identity, Jewish Diversity: Photographic Explorations
From Bukhara to Djerba, Sana’ to Saint Petersburg, Buenos Aires to New York, Zion Ozeri’s photographs speak to the cross-cultural dimension of contemporary Jewish life, always looking for connections in a world often defined by exile and loss. View a collection of photographs that depicts communities scattered around the world, and search for a sense of home, familiar customs, and shared experiences in them. See how Jews have absorbed local culture while maintaining unique traditions.

Presenters
avatar for Zion Ozeri

Zion Ozeri

Born in Israel to Yemeni immigrants, Zion Ozeri is one of the world’s leading photographers of the Jewish experience. He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute. He won a Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism (2004), and a Covenant... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 4 (5th Floor)

12:45pm

Intersections of Justice
This session will illuminate the ways in which the particulars of race, gender and other identities can impact questions and issues related to poverty and economic justice. It will look at traditional and modern Jewish texts, contemporary writings on race, and data about poverty and gender, race, and sexual orientation. It will include time for participants to think through the implications of this learning in their own lives, work, and social action engagement.

Presenters
avatar for Adina Alpert

Adina Alpert

Adina Alpert is the Program Manager for Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program, which transforms and connects Jewish leaders and organizations to build a powerful social justice sector. In this role, she works to evolve leadership development programming and work on organizational... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Waldbott

Sarah Waldbott

Sarah Waldbott is the Director of Development at the National Council of Jewish Women New York, with a background in the Jewish communal sector, philanthropy, fundraising, community organizing, and advocacy. She has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in New York in both... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room 6 (5th Floor)

2:15pm

Kaleidoscope: What Does Jewish Look Like to You?
Join our creative journey to address the perennially elusive question: What Does Jewish Look Like? Through exploring personal monologues that highlight Jewish racial and ethnic diversity, participants will arrive at a more complex understanding of the external, communal, and individual realities that make up klal yisrael (The Jewish People). Kaleidoscope is a narrative arts-driven initiative highlighting the stories of Jews of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, observance levels, and interfaith experiences.

Presenters
avatar for Kendell Pinkney

Kendell Pinkney

Kendell Pinkney is a Brooklyn-based theatre writer, educator, and rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. A graduate of Oberlin College and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, his collaborative works and songs have been performed at venues such as Joe’s... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Hidary

Vanessa Hidary

Vanessa Hidary is an internationally acclaimed Spoken Word Artist/Author/Director. She has appeared on “Russell Simmons Presents ‘Def Poetry Jam’" and is featured in the film The Tribe. She has presented at numerous Limmud conferences, including South Africa and the UK. Her... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 1 & 2 (5th Floor)

2:15pm

A Pluralistic Reading of the Bible
How do we approach the Bible from a pluralistic perspective? What does it mean to study Biblical texts with a diverse group of learners? Can we study as a very mixed group without feeling that we have to hide some part of ourselves? We will study selected Biblical texts to experience pluralistic study, and focus on how traditional Jewish study truly is a pluralistic experience.

Presenters
avatar for Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser is the Executive Vice President and Academic Dean at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical, cantorial, and graduate school. She has worked with educational institutions to develop curricula and approaches to Bible pedagogy for all levels and learning... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 11 (5th Floor)

2:15pm

God Is In the Crowd
Tal will be discussing his recently published book, God Is In the Crowd, a provocative blueprint for Judaism in the 21st century. As Jewry has become concentrated in just two parts of the world, America and Israel, the Jewish people has lost the subtle code of governance that had made Judaism relevant in Diaspora. This code may be defined as a derivative of Francis Galton’s wisdom of crowds. Tal argues that the wisdom of the Jewish crowd can and must be resurrected now. The alternative is the extinction of the Jews.

Presenters
avatar for Tal Keinan

Tal Keinan

Tal Keinan is an American-born entrepreneur and social activist. He is a co-founder of Clarity Capital, a global asset-management firm, and chairman of Koret Israel Economic Development Funds, Israel’s largest nonprofit lender to small and micro businesses. He serves on the Boards... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Eisner Auditorium (6th Floor)

2:15pm

Navigating Race Issues in Spiritual Communities (Especially for Clergy)
What a bombshell it is to tackle racial issues in your spiritual community! How you can respond effectively without alienating or splintering your community? Led by a Jew of Color who is also a seminary graduate, this workshop, for all people, especially seeks the active participation of clergy and spiritual leaders. We will explore a range of scenarios, share solutions and resources, and begin to dismantle racism in ways that foster stronger community.

Presenters
avatar for Tamara Fish

Tamara Fish

Tamara Fish (Harvard U., AB; Union Theo. Sem., MA; Columbia U., MPhil, ABD) is the immediate past president of the Jewish Multiracial Network (JMN), the immediate past president of Congregation Tehillah, Riverdale, NY, and former Assistant Director of the Office of the University... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 8 (5th Floor)

2:15pm

The JSwipe Story and Jewish Love
The story of JSwipe: from startup idea to a global Jewish household brand with over 1,000,000 millennial Jewish users -- in a world where millennial Jews are the least engaged and least affiliated they've ever been! David shares how it happened and what he learned from the process.

Presenters
avatar for David Yarus

David Yarus

DavidYarus is the founder of mllnnl, a social and creative agency that helps global brands and Jewish non-profits like Taglit-Birthright Israel, Hillel International, Schusterman Foundation, and The Israeli Consulate understand and engage the millennial consumer. David is also the... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 9 & 10 (5th Floor)

3:30pm

Expanding the Canon: Transforming Judaism in the 21st Century
Jewish learning has long focused on texts by an elite group of men with particular ideas about Judaism. Two core values — celebrating debate and multivocality, and privileging male voices — live in tension in our texts. What would it mean to radically expand the canon, incorporating voices of women and others on the margins? If we complicate our conception of what voices are authoritative and what values define Judaism, would we see Judaism differently? We will explore these growing pains of reorientation, and what’s at stake for the Jewish community.

Moderators
avatar for Michal Raucher

Michal Raucher

Michal Raucher is a JTS fellow and assistant professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers.  Her research lies at the intersection of Israel studies, Jewish ethics, and the anthropology of women in Judaism. Michal’s book, entitled Birthing Ethics: Reproductive Ethics among Haredi Women... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Michal Raucher

Michal Raucher

Michal Raucher is a JTS fellow and assistant professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers.  Her research lies at the intersection of Israel studies, Jewish ethics, and the anthropology of women in Judaism. Michal’s book, entitled Birthing Ethics: Reproductive Ethics among Haredi Women... Read More →
avatar for Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser is the Executive Vice President and Academic Dean at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical, cantorial, and graduate school. She has worked with educational institutions to develop curricula and approaches to Bible pedagogy for all levels and learning... Read More →
avatar for Elana Stein Hain

Elana Stein Hain

Elana is Scholar in Residence and Director of Faculty at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as lead faculty, oversees the content of leadership programs, and leads the Created Equal research team. Elana holds a PhD in Religion from Columbia, where she wrote a dissertation on legal loopholes in rabbinic law. She previously served as clergy at Lincoln Square Synagogue and The Jewish Center in Manhattan. Elana lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her... Read More →
avatar for Sarit Kattan Gribetz

Sarit Kattan Gribetz

Sarit Kattan Gribetz is on faculty at Drisha and teaches Jewish Studies at Fordham University. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University, studied Talmud and archaeology as a Fulbright Fellow at the Hebrew University, was a post-doc at Harvard University and JTS, taught... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 9 & 10 (5th Floor)

3:30pm

Spoken Word
Please join Spoken Word Artist Vanessa Hidary as she reads new work about group therapy in her childhood living room, her failed attempt to become a Sephardic bride, and her family’s problematic feet. Sound Jewish enough for you? This session will include a Q & A with the artist.

Presenters
avatar for Vanessa Hidary

Vanessa Hidary

Vanessa Hidary is an internationally acclaimed Spoken Word Artist/Author/Director. She has appeared on “Russell Simmons Presents ‘Def Poetry Jam’" and is featured in the film The Tribe. She has presented at numerous Limmud conferences, including South Africa and the UK. Her... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hahn Chapel (2nd Floor)

4:45pm

Secular Education in Ultra-Orthodox Yeshivas: What's at Stake
Graduates of ultra-Orthodox Yeshivas often struggle with the consequences of not having received a basic secular education. Most hasidic elementary schools provide only 90 minutes of secular instruction after a full day of Judaic studies. In high schools, boys receive no secular education at all, despite spending 12-14 hours a day in Yeshiva. Join Yaffed and Footsteps for a panel discussion about what's at stake and what the potential is for reform.  

Presenters
avatar for Pesach Eisen

Pesach Eisen

Pesach Eisen was born and raised in a Hasidic community in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 25, after many years of struggling to find his place on the "outside," Pesach discovered Footsteps, and with their dedicated assistance finally completed his GED. Since then, Pesach has graduated... Read More →
avatar for Ari Hershkowitz

Ari Hershkowitz

Raised in New York in an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community, Ari questioned that life from a young age. Now an atheist, he has built a life outside his insular beginnings and has publicly shared the joys and struggle of that journey via social media and in the acclaimed Netflix documentary... Read More →
avatar for Naftuli Moster

Naftuli Moster

Naftuli Moster is the founder and executive director of Yaffed. He is a graduate of a Hasidic Yeshiva, and his own struggle while pursuing higher education inspired him to bring reform to the Yeshiva system. He now has a BA in Psychology and an MSW.
avatar for Shlomo Noskow

Shlomo Noskow

Shlomo Noskow attended Hasidic yeshivas throughout his childhood. He is also a parent of two teenage boys within the Hasidic school system. Although his career path was long and winding, he eventually found his way into medicine. He now practices as an Emergency Physician. Shlomo... Read More →
avatar for Yael Reisman

Yael Reisman

Yael Reisman serves as Footsteps’ first-ever Director of Field and Movement Building, working to mobilize the public around reform efforts and issues of concern to those leaving ultra-Orthodoxy. With nearly 15 years of experience, Yael has worked with various progressive nonprofits... Read More →
avatar for Sheindy Weichman

Sheindy Weichman

Sandy grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She is the mother of a boy attending a Hasidic Yeshiva. Sandy is currently attending Kingsborough Community College.


Sunday February 17, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Hahn Chapel (2nd Floor)