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Friday, December 4
 

6:30pm

Shabbat Temple Emanuel
Mordechai's use of vibrant colors and flowing lines transforms the art of Hebrew calligraphy into a modern day feast for the eyes. The words from the Bible and Tanach are interwoven in Mordechai's art to tell stories where the text literally paints the picture for us. It provides us with the details and facts of some of our most beloved stories. Please join us as Mordechai takes us on a "tour" of his art and relive our parshiot through his famous images and words.From the Creation to Jacob and the Angels and from Noah to Moses, Mordechai will take us on his Biblical journey!

 Visit http://rosensteinarts.com/ to learn more about the artist and his work.

Website:  www.templeemanuel.com

Contact:  Terri Swartz Russell

tswartzrussell@templeemanuel.com

(617) 558-8105 or (617) 448-3996



Speakers
avatar for Mordechai Rosenstein

Mordechai Rosenstein

Mordechai Rosenstein is America's leading designer of Judaica. His use of vibrant colors and flowing lines turn the art of Hebrew calligraphy into a modern day feast for the eyes. He has also become a master teacher of the Hebrew alphabet, illumination and color. He resides with his... Read More →



Friday December 4, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Temple Emanuel 385 Ward St. Newton, MA 02459

7:30pm

Kahal B'raira, 765 Concord Avaenue, Cambridge
Celebrate Shabbat with a Humanistic Service followed by a presentation by Rabbi Chalom: What They Don’t Teach in Sunday School. We will end the evening with a dessert buffet. All are welcome.  No fee and no registration needed.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom is a rabbi and national leader of Humanistic Judaism. Chalom holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies and is the Dean for North America of the IISHJ. He also serves as the rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago, Illinois.


Friday December 4, 2015 7:30pm - 10:00pm
TBA Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02523
 
Saturday, December 5
 

8:30am

Shabbat Temple Emanuel
Artist-in-Residence Mordechai Rosenstein will deliver a d’var Torah during the service relating his art to the weekly Torah portion. 

Mordechai's use of vibrant colors and flowing lines transforms the art of Hebrew calligraphy into a modern day feast for the eyes. The words from the Bible and Tanach are interwoven in Mordechai's art to tell stories where the text literally paints the picture for us. It provides us with the details and facts of some of our most beloved stories. Please join us as Mordechai takes us on a "tour" of his art and relive our parshiot through his famous images and words.From the Creation to Jacob and the Angels and from Noah to Moses, Mordechai will take us on his Biblical journey!

Visit http://rosensteinarts.com/ to learn more about the artist and his work.

Website:  www.templeemanuel.com

Contact:  Terri Swartz Russell

tswartzrussell@templeemanuel.com

(617) 558-8105 or (617) 448-3996



Speakers
avatar for Mordechai Rosenstein

Mordechai Rosenstein

Mordechai Rosenstein is America's leading designer of Judaica. His use of vibrant colors and flowing lines turn the art of Hebrew calligraphy into a modern day feast for the eyes. He has also become a master teacher of the Hebrew alphabet, illumination and color. He resides with his... Read More →



Saturday December 5, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Temple Emanuel 385 Ward St. Newton, MA 02459

9:00am

Shabbat - Temple Aliyah with Dr. Stanley Wulf
Join us at Shabbat services when Dr. Stanley Wulf will lead a program on "How to Deal with Conflict when Talking about the Conflict," immediately following Kiddush. RSVP not needed; however, please contact Sharon if you are planning to attend. Services are from 9am-11:30am. At kiddush, Dr. Wulf will speak from approximately 11:45am to 12:45pm.

1664 Central Avenue • Needham, MA 02492 • 781-444-8522

Speakers
avatar for STANLEY WULF

STANLEY WULF

Speaker, SpeakingAboutIsrael.com
Stanley Wulf speaks internationally about the conflict in the Middle East and the difficulties we experience as Diaspora Jews in hearing and sharing differing views. The model he presents centers on "The 3 No's", the 3 areas that most often lead to conflict, and how to avoid them... Read More →


Saturday December 5, 2015 9:00am - 12:45pm
Temple Aliyah 1664 Central Avenue, Needham, MA 02492

9:00am

Kahal B'raira, 765 Concord Avenue, Cambridge
The Rest of Shabbat - 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, From Cult to Culture: The Evolution of Judaism.  

9:00 am - Noon  From Tribal Religion to Cultural Diversity: Many gods to monotheism;  Second Temple Jewish Pluralism; Destruction of Jersualem Temple and birth of rabbinic Judaism; Medieval poetry, philosophy and mysticism;  the varieties of Jewish culture; Ashkenazic, Sephardic and beyond.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  Challenges and Choices of Emancipation and Enlightenment:  The price of freedom; the power of new ideas; the emergence of Jewish religious denominations;  modern anti-Semitism and Jewish responses;  secular Jewish responses;  Zionism and Yiddishism.

Pre-registration encouraged - info@kahalbraira.org.  $15 for morning OR afternoon.  $25 for full day.  Double Mitzvah Discount - Attend Saturay and Sunday and take $15 off of Saturday's fee.  Register


Speakers
avatar for Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom is a rabbi and national leader of Humanistic Judaism. Chalom holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies and is the Dean for North America of the IISHJ. He also serves as the rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago, Illinois.


Saturday December 5, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm
TBA Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02523

7:00pm

Inspiration Behind the Art – Artist’s Reception and Sale

Mordechai will discuss his journey as an artist sharing examples of his art through the decades along with surprising stories of who owns some of his work. Browse Mordechai’s art while enjoying wine, cheese and desserts. Bring a friend! Free of charge.

RSVP to adultlearning@templeemanuel.com

Visit http://rosensteinarts.com/ to learn more about the artist and his work.


Saturday December 5, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Temple Emanuel 385 Ward St. Newton, MA 02459

7:00pm

Temple Isaiah in Lexington: Beith Tefillah Israeli
Temple Isaiah is hosting Beit Tefillah Yisraeli for a Shabbat weekend.  We are excited to host a Saturday evening havdalah program open to the entire Limmud and greater Boston community!

Website: http://www.templeisaiah.net/ 

Beit Tefelah Israeli is a young and fast-growing liberal, independent, egalitarian, and inclusive community in urban Tel Aviv that is committed to Jewish spirit, culture, and social action and is striving to redefine the Jewish-Israeli identity of the secular public. Their signature program is the summer Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Tel Aviv Port along the seafront from June through August. Thousands of people come together to sing,pray, and share in a meaningful evening service, welcoming the Shabbat in an innovative, creative, and culturally Israeli way. 

http://www.kbyonline.org/beit-tefilah/index.html 


Saturday December 5, 2015 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Temple Isaiah 55 Lincoln St. Lexington, MA 02421
 
Sunday, December 6
 

9:00am

Camp Limmud: Sign a Song with EJ Cohen
ASL interpreter EJ Cohen will teach a song that the Camp Limmud participants can sign during the Chanukah sing-along in the afternoon. Parents are invited to join this session.

Speakers
avatar for EJ Cohen

EJ Cohen

EJ Cohen is a NewCAJE and CAJE veteran, having attended for the past 24 years. A certified interpreter and teacher with masters degrees in Deaf Education and Jewish Education, she has travelled around the US, England and Israel teaching about signing in Jewish settings, as well as... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am
Camp Limmud

9:00am

Illuminating Sacred Text
Do you have a favorite blessing, prayer or Torah portion that you would like "illuminated" for your home, office or to give as a gift to someone you love? This session will provide an introduction and demonstration of skills and techniques used to create an Illuminated Sacred Text. A full set of take home digital instructions will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Ami Fagin

Ami Fagin

Ami Fagin is a visual artist specializing in the traditional art form of manuscript illumination. Her body of work represents a meta-modernist approach to the materials, techniques and theoretical principals used in manuscript illumination as visual art form for contemporary consideration... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 7 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02559

9:00am

Remembering The Future: Lessons From The Me'ah Program On The Power of Studying Jewish History
Certain dramatic moments in history reveal the tensions that have always marked Jewish life.Using texts from medieval Spain, modern Germany, and contemporary America, we will explore how Jewish thinkers and communities faced the challenges of redefining Jewish identity and maintaining the sense of "being at home" in remarkably different situations.

Speakers
JM

Jacob Meskin

Jacob Meskin teaches in and trains faculty for Me'ah, Hebrew College's adult Jewish learning program. He also teaches for the Tzion program, for the Kevah program, and for various synagogue groups in the Boston area. He has taught at many colleges and universities, and has published... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 11 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02561

9:00am

So Your Values Live On: Writing an Ethical Will and Beginning a Dialogue with Future Generations
For millennia both famous rabbis and average Jews have written ethical wills to pass on to the next generation not only possessions but also values and beliefs. In this interactive workshop, we update the concept for the 21st Century, and share practical tools to begin writing and engaging in a rich conversation with our children and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Russman-Halperin

Bob Russman-Halperin

Bob Russman-Halperin received an ethical will from his grandfather, has written legacy letters to his children, and has led many workshops on this topic. Bob led executive education programs at Harvard Business School, MIT, and Babson, and is a Young Presidents Organization facil... Read More →
SS

Steve Seeche

Steve Seeche is a community mediator and arbitrator and has trained in Dialogue with Public Conversation Project. He is the Board Chair of Mediators Beyond Borders, and on the Boards of Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston, Interfase, and Middlesex Community College Law Center. He teaches... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 6 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02552

9:00am

If Not A Two-State Solution, Then What? If Not Now, Then When?
This session will discuss both the Israeli and Palestinian points of view on a one-state solution, and whether such proposals will allow Israel to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. We will also discuss risks and benefits of a two-state solution, just how close we have come to such an agreement, and why negotiations have failed repeatedly in the past.

Speakers
avatar for STANLEY WULF

STANLEY WULF

Speaker, SpeakingAboutIsrael.com
Stanley Wulf speaks internationally about the conflict in the Middle East and the difficulties we experience as Diaspora Jews in hearing and sharing differing views. The model he presents centers on "The 3 No's", the 3 areas that most often lead to conflict, and how to avoid them... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Feinberg Library Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02562

9:00am

Hey Baby Boomers - It's Never Too Soon to Start Thinking about Retirement
There are 75 million baby boomers who are on the verge of retirement. We invite you to explore what retirement might look like in the coming years, the optimal age to 'take the plunge,' financial considerations, ensuring health and wellness, and ways to focus on the Jewish and spiritual dimensions of aging.

Speakers
BA

Bryan Agurcia

Bryan Agurcia is a Master Trainer with more than 25 years experience helping people live strong and active lives. He holds a B.A. in Exercise Physiology and an M.A. in Gerontology. His AgingWell program is focused on helping aging adults maintain strength, flexibility and balance... Read More →
MC

Mike Cammerata

Mike is a Partner and CFP® Practitioner at Marino, Stram & Associates. For over a decade Mike has developed comprehensive financial plans and asset management strategies for a variety of individual clients, families and businesses. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Financial Economics... Read More →
avatar for Alan Teperow

Alan Teperow

Alan Teperow
Alan Teperow is the former Executive Director of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. Alan retired on September 15th after three years of thoughtful retirement planning. He is the managing director of the Mass Board of Rabbis and part-time Director of Planning and Engagement at... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 10 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02564

9:00am

Intriguing Connections between Judaism and Psychotherapy
Studying Judaism's connection with psychotherapy deepens your understanding of both. Let's discuss what prayer and therapy share in common. What does repentance teach us about emotional healing? How does therapy help people avoid gossip? What does sitting shiva exemplify for managing loss? What are the connections between rachmones (compassion) and self-esteem?

Speakers
RK

Rebecca Kornblatt

Rebecca Kornblatt is a clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy to adults in Newton. She received her doctorate in psychology from Yeshiva University and has graduate and undergraduate degrees in religion.


Sunday December 6, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 8 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02554

9:00am

Leadership Approaches to Teaching the Midot
The Midot, plural of measures, are the Jewish virtues and values that leaders strive to instill through study and example. Through meditative practices a leader can supply some experiential basis towards cultivating those ideal traits that build character. This session will feature at least one method.

Speakers
RR

Rosie Rosenzweig

Author of "A Jewish Mother in Shangri-la," the travel adventure of meeting her son's Buddhist teachers in the U.S., France, India and Nepal, Rosie Rosenzweig is a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center. She is also an ordained Jewish Meditation Teacher.


Sunday December 6, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 9 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02550

9:00am

Warriors, Wonders and Wisdom: The Real Story of Hanukkah
Through close reading of some of the earliest texts relating to Hanukkah, we will reconstruct the initial development of this fascinating holiday. From the Books of the Maccabees to the Talmud and beyond, we will examine how the holiday shifted in response to historical trends and events in its first half millennium of life, then note how certain present-day customs and ideas developed later.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Panken

Aaron Panken

Aaron Panken, Ph.D. is president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, North America's first and largest pluralistic seminary serving the global Jewish community by educating rabbis, cantors, Jewish educators, Jewish non-profit management professionals and scholars... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Schwartz Social Hall Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02569

9:00am

New Liturgy by Rahel
You are a being of Light, Love and Joy. To pray is a profoundly individual as well as a joyous communal experience. Join Rahel to learn new melodies to ancient prayers, blessings and songs that you can introduce to your community!

Speakers
SH

Sue Hurwitz

Sue Hurwitz is a flutist, professional chamber musician, life coach working with creative artists and is an active arts advocate. Sue co-founded "MugaLive!", yoga/music/movement for all ages and numerous performing musical groups focusing on chamber, world and music to soothe the... Read More →
avatar for Rahel Limor

Rahel Limor

Musician-Therapeutic Music Practitioner-Educator
Rahel is a woman of great faith. A gifted, soulful American-Israeli songwriter, she has a lot to say and she says it well with a beautiful, diverse collection of songs. She is a juried artist of the NH State Council on the Arts; N.E.F.A., N.E.S.T.; a recipient of the NH Shem Tov Award... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Youth Lounge Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02568

9:00am

Sholem Aleichem Writes a Happy Birthday Letter to Mendele Moykher Sforim
When Mendele Moykher Sforim, the inventor of the modern novel, turned 75 in Odessa in December 1910, Sholem Aleichem, who lay sick in Italy, wrote him a very witty Happy Birthday letter that is an extraordinary document of Sholem Aleichem's brilliant mind and generous soul. We will read this unknown letter in Yiddish and English.

Speakers
SK

Susanne Klingenstein

Susanne Klingenstein is a political and cultural journalist and veteran literary scholar with a distinguished teaching career at Harvard and MIT. In 2014, she published a biography of Mendele Moykher Sforim. She is working on a history of Yiddish literature to be published in 2016... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
Classroom 16 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02543

9:00am

Chai Alive! Record Your Story or Interview A Family Member for Posterity
Chai Alive! is your opportunity to be filmed for a few minutes. Videographer Ken Hausman, of HHH Video, will record you in conversation with a family member, or telling a story about your own personal Jewish journey. With permission, these Chai Alive! moments will be posted on the LimmudBoston website.

Speakers
avatar for HHH Video

HHH Video

HHH Video
Ken Hausman combines his passion for film making with his desire to help people show off what makes them special. Ken does this for businesses through custom marketing videos and for families through Personal Legacy Videos.


Sunday December 6, 2015 9:00am - 2:30pm
Trager Conference Room

9:30am

Camp Limmud: Chai Alive (Ages 6-8)
Camp Limmud parents invited to join.

Sunday December 6, 2015 9:30am - 10:00am
Camp Limmud

9:30am

Camp Limmud: Morning at the Museum Scavenger Hunt (Ages 9-13)
Camp Limmud parents invited to join.

Sunday December 6, 2015 9:30am - 10:00am
Camp Limmud

9:30am

Camp Limmud: Lighten Up! Design Your Own Menorah (Ages 6-13)
Jewish culture always changes. Hanukkah, originally a celebration of national independence at the time of the Winter Solstice, later became a religious holiday. Hanukkah was once a minor event and is now one of the most observed Jewish rituals. Everyone added their ideas. If you designed your own menorah to reflect the holiday, what would it be?  Parents invited to join.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom is a rabbi and national leader of Humanistic Judaism. Chalom holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies and is the Dean for North America of the IISHJ. He also serves as the rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago, Illinois.


Sunday December 6, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am
Camp Limmud

10:00am

Snacktime!
Snacks available in elevator lobbies!

Sunday December 6, 2015 10:00am - 10:30am
Elevator Lobbies

10:15am

Remember the Ladies: An Historic View of Jewish Women Musicians in America
For too many years, Jewish women were excluded from the story of American Jewish music. This talk will be a corrective to that history, as we look at some of the firsts for Jewish women in making American musical history both within the Jewish community and our greater society. Included will be stories of some women cantors, composers, and conductors.

Speakers
JP

Judith Pinnolis

Judith Pinnolis is Adjunct Professor of Jewish Music at Hebrew Union College in NY and Hebrew College in Boston. She is creator and editor of The Jewish Music WebCenter http://www.jmwc.org/. Pinnolis has spoken internationally on the topic of Jewish music history and published in... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 7 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02559

10:15am

Refuat Hanefesh - Refuat Haguf: Healing of Body and Healing of Mind
In our traditional prayer for healing we include both body and mind. Physical illness or diagnoses affects our minds as much as our bodies. We will use energy techniques to heal the emotional residues, beliefs, memories and fears connected to physical illness. We will do this silently and privately.

Speakers
avatar for Aviva Bock

Aviva Bock

Aviva Bock is a holistic mind/body therapist in private practice in Newton. She is an observant Jew and is very excited at the potential for healing that are now afforded by new understanding about trauma and the brain and the almost miraculous tools of energy therapy.


Sunday December 6, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 5 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02540

10:15am

An Israel That Could Have Been: Herzl and the Offer of a Jewish Territory in Africa
In the first decade of the Twentieth Century, Great Britain offered the Zionist Movement a territory in the East African Protectorate. What followed was a drama involving Herzl's leadership, European Jewry, anti-Semitism, an assassination attempt, and outrageous stories of lions and elephants. Come hear this incredible story!

Speakers
JW

Jeffrey Wildstein

Jeffrey Wildstein is a passionate rabbinic leader and educator who enjoys engaging with diverse people from all faith backgrounds. He is the author of Judaism in the "Idiot's Guides" series. He received smicha from HUC-JIR, a B.A. in History from Yale, and a J.D. from Cornell Law... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 8 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02554

10:15am

John Lennon and the Jews
Speaking as a Jewish 24 year-old turned professional Jew, I've found the single most important dilemma affecting the current generation of Jews is how they decide just how Jewish they want to be. For most of us, the debate isn't, "Should I be Christian or Jewish?" or "Buddhist or Jewish?" No. The real quandary affecting and preoccupying many young Jewish adults today is this: Should I be a modern, progressive, secular, non-denominationally affiliated Citizen of the World or should I be deeply and connectedly Jewish-and how much of each-or where in-between do I find myself? Is it possible to reconcile these ideas and if so, how? Put in an even more concise fashion, "Why on earth be a Jew in the post-modern world?"

Speakers
JR

Jocelyn Robinson

Jocelyn Robinson has worked in Jewish nonprofits for the last five years, both as Program Director and Israel Engagement Consultant at Santa Cruz Hillel, as the Program Director at Temple Dor Dorim, and currently as the Program Manager for IACT National at CJP in Boston. Her areas... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 6 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02552

10:15am

The Master Key for Jewish Leadership
Since the days of Abraham, our history is marked with inspiring leaders who united Jewish people under the wings of love, with wisdom, tenderness, and vision. Today, in this interactive workshop utilizing a unique discussion method, we will explore and experience first hand the essential qualities necessary for Jewish leadership today.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Faktorovich

Anna Faktorovich

Anna Faktorovich, MA, has focused her professional experience on revealing hidden connections between people in fields ranging from mining to working with autistic children. She currently works in real estate and is pursuing a second MA in Special Education. Anna looks forward to... Read More →
avatar for Mary Pennock

Mary Pennock

Mary Pennock has expertise in teaching and facilitating team building strategies with a strong educational background: MA, English and Communication, SUNY Potsdam; BA, Music Education, Crane School of Music; 15 years-CTE English teacher at Bohlen Technical Center; 4 years-EDGE teacher... Read More →
avatar for Irina Rudnev

Irina Rudnev

Irina Rudnev, educator, life coach and organizer, works with individuals and organizations in creation of social environments where fulfillment flourishes. Irina is co-founder of the School of Integral Learning whose aim is to train students in mastery of unique integral methods of... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 14 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02560

10:15am

Finding the Music in Prayer
Songwriter Arnie Davidson and soloist Shelly Aronson share their music worship journey from worshipers to chavurah worship leaders. Original and traditional prayer melodies meld in their unique music-filled Shabbat service from (Reform inspired) Shir Hamakom in Hartford, CT. You will learn new melodies, sing, and receive new worship music to bring home.

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Aronson

Shelly Aronson

Shelly Aronson is co-founder and worship leader at Shir Hamakom, a music worship chavurah in central Connecticut. Shelly is a past presenter and performer at LimmudBoston. She has partnered with songwriter Arnie Davidson extensively. Shelly's unique interpretation and soothing alto... Read More →
avatar for Arnie Davidson

Arnie Davidson

Arnie Davidson is a singer/songwriter of contemporary Jewish worship music. He has released four albums. He has taught and performed at MANAJE, NewCAJE, Limmuds in Boston, NY, Philadelphia, and the UK. He is co-founder of Shir Hamakom, a music worship chavurah based in central CT... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Youth Lounge Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02568

10:15am

Jewish Tales: Live! Part One
Presenting the captivating Jewish Storytelling Coalition Storytellers performing contemporary/ traditional Jewish tales geared toward adults and families. Come join us as Andrea Kamens, David Arfa, Muriel Horowitz and Bonnie Greenberg share a special story. Each session will include an open mic on Memories of Jewish Holidays!

Speakers
avatar for David Arfa

David Arfa

David Arfa, Maggid (Mah-geed/Storyteller) is dedicated to Judaism's storytelling heritage and ancient environmental wisdom. He has produced two award winning CD's, 'the Birth of Love: Tales for the Days of Awe' and 'The Life and Times of Herschel of Ostropol: The Greatest Prankster... Read More →
avatar for Bonnie Greenberg

Bonnie Greenberg

Jewish Storytelling Coalition
A guitar strum, a bongo beat, a wink of the eye, and Bonnie transports you into the heart of Jewish Fairytales/Folklore. Her CD ?From the Hearts of the People? won a Parents? Choice Award. She?s featured in 120 Contemporary Storytellers. An experienced educator her workshops are long... Read More →
MH

Muriel Horowitz

Storyteller
Muriel Horowitz combines creativity and an open heart with a rich knowledge of Jewish stories and traditions as she shares folktales, “midrashim,” and family stories. Combining her passions for storytelling, Judaism, and teaching in her work, she believes in the power of story... Read More →
AK

Andrea Kamens

When Andrea Kamens tells a story, you tell with her. Partial to traditional folk, fairy, and Jewish tales that tremble with truth, she animates adults and children authentically and delightfully. She's a writer, community volunteer, and mom of five with a menagerie currently comprised... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Yamins Chapel Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02545

10:15am

Moses: Soul of a Leader, A Midrash Performance and Discussion
What goes through the mind of Moses as he stands on Mt. Nebo at the end of his life? What are his thoughts about his role as leader? What does he have to say to God? Actress Annette Miller will perform "And This Is the Blessing," a midrash in the voice of Moses, by poet and fiction writer Naomi Myrvaagnes. Penina Adelman will lead discussion.

Speakers
PA

Penina Adelman

Penina is a writer who works at the intersection of creative expression and spiritual quest. In the tradition of Midrash, she is working on a fictionalized family memoir integrated with Jewish history back to the biblical story of Creation. Penina is a Resident Scholar in the Women's... Read More →
AM

Annette Miller

Annette Liberman Miller has performed on and off Broadway, in regional theaters, with Shakespeare and Co. in Lenox, MA, and on film and TV. She will appear in Robert Brustein's "Exposed," opening in December 2015 at the Wimberly Theater in Boston. She is a Resident Scholar in the... Read More →
NM

Naomi Myrvaagnes

Naomi Myrvaagnes is working on a novel about a rabbi and her congregation, set in the early 1990s. Her poetry, essays, and short stories have appeared in online and print publications from the Forward to the Christian Science Monitor and Harvard Review. She is a Resident Scholar in... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Leffell Conference Room Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02563

10:15am

Guilt Free Gelt: Celebrating a Fair Trade Chanukah
Chanukah is a holiday that celebrates the fight against oppression and injustice. As part of the sweetness of our celebration, we’ll explore the chocolate making process, from bean to bar, and how we can observe the holiday in a way that provides freedom for others and dedicate ourselves to fair treatment and trade.

Speakers
avatar for Leora Mallach

Leora Mallach

Executive Director, Beantown Jewish Gardens
Leora Mallach co-launched Beantown Jewish Gardens in 2011, building community through experiential agriculture and food system education rooted in Jewish text, tradition, and culture. Reminding our community of the connections within Judaism of food and agriculture facilitates a deeper... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 15 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02549

10:15am

Jewish Mysticism Through the Lens of the Tarot
The Golden Age of Jewish Mysticism in Spain coincided with the rising popularity of Tarot cards. You might think that the two have little to do with each other.  And yet, the cards are filled with Kabbalistic imagery. We will reveal the symbols of the Kabbalah in the Tarot cards and in doing so, we can transform the cards into tools for mystical meditation.  Come and learn how to reveal the power of Kabbalah in the Tarot cards.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Lerner

Kim Lerner

Kim has served as Administrative Director of the Institute of Jewish Knowledge & Learning (IJKL) since its inception in 1993 and has played a key role in envisioning and enacting its development. IJKL organizes outreach teaching, special events and spiritually centered trips to I... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 11 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02561

10:15am

Jewish Time through Agnon's Eyes
S.Y. Agnon, the Twentieth Century master of Jewish expression and Nobel prize winner, often turned to themes from the Jewish calendar, weaving classic Jewish language learned in his Polish shtetl with the chaos and crisis he confronted in 20th century Europe and Eretz Yisrael. We will read sections of his writing, enjoying the richness of his narrative and reflecting on the personal and existential challenges that he presents to us. Texts will be available in the original Hebrew as well as in English translation.

Speakers
avatar for Allan Lehmann

Allan Lehmann

Allan Lehmann is a rabbi and teaches, advises, and co-directs the Beit Midrash at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. He teaches texts in an interactive manner. He is interested in what happens when people listen deeply to the texts at hand, to their partners in learning, and... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Classroom 9 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02550

10:30am

Camp Limmud: Buliding with Bruce Levy (Ages 9-13)
Camp Limmud parents invited to join.

Sunday December 6, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Camp Limmud

11:00am

Camp Limmud: Morning at the Museum Scavenger Hunt (Ages 6-8)
Camp Limmud parents invited to join.

Sunday December 6, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
Camp Limmud

11:30am

AJ Heschel Meets Parker Palmer: Teaching as a Spiritual Journey
Your personal Jewish journey is reflected in your teaching. Just as a good teacher nurtures his or her students, so too must teachers feel nurtured and engaged through their teaching and in their classrooms. In this session, we will explore ways teachers can nurture their own growth and transformation through teaching.

Speakers
NL

Noreen Leibson

Delet, Faculty Leader, Brandeis University
Noreen Leibson, MSW, MAJS, works at Brandeis University where she is the faculty leader for the Delet MAT, a pre-service teacher training program. She also teaches the Jewish study strand of the program. Prior to Brandeis, Noreen was the Education Director at TBA in Nashua, NH for... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 6 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02552

11:30am

Embodying the Shema through Movement and Dance: Resourcing Individuality for the Greater Good
How can we maximize the contributions of every member of a group despite, or perhaps because of, special needs? We will explore group/class/community ways for supporting the flourishing of each person, so that all individuals together create the greatest good.

Speakers
DN

Donna Newman-Bluestein

Donna Newman-Bluestein brings joy, vitality and a sense of connection through playful expressive movement to people with dementia. Board-certified dance/movement therapist, lecturer for Lesley University, and performer with Back Pocket Dancers, she created the Octaband®, a colorful... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 10 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02564

11:30am

Sing a New Song through Leadership 101

Learn song- and service-leading techniques through camp, religious school, and basic liturgy repertoire. Each participant will have an opportunity to teach or share a melody with the group. Optional: Guitars, tambourines, drums.


Speakers
avatar for Annice Benamy

Annice Benamy

Cantor, Reform Temple of Putnam Valley
Annice Benamy is a very enthusiastic and passionate musician. She successfully combined her love of Judaism and music to enroll in Hebrew College Jewish Sacred Music Certificate program to become a cantor. Now as Cantor of Reform Temple of Putnam Valley, Annice brings her love of... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Youth Lounge Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02568

11:30am

Journeying Through the Tree of Life
Judaism has a rich and little know tradition connected to shamanic knowledge and practices. Learn how we are connected to the All, based on Gershon Winkler's teachings. Experience a shamanic style journey to find resources for your life. 

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Sunday December 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 8 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02554

11:30am

Learning About Life From Death
Speaking from a place of personal loss, these three speakers will share their stories and discuss teachings from Jewish tradition for dealing with grief. Jill Perlman will address the ways in which loss informs us about how to live. Arnie Miller will share a presentation given for the Federation of Jewish Men's clubs regarding his wife's illness and ultimate death. Renee Gelin wrote a book after losing her young husband. 


Sunday December 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Leffell Conference Room Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02563

11:30am

Pictures Paint A Thousand Words
A picture can be very powerful, conveying information, emotion, details of a situation in a quick fashion. Pictures can be taken out of context, and mislead the reader, and also affect how Israel is portrayed to the public.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Kenzer

Gary Kenzer

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


Sunday December 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 7 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02559

11:30am

Why Bother Being Jewish in the 21st Century?
With rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East, heart-rending conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, militant Orthodoxy fighting modernity and ongoing Jewish integration into Western culture, who would be crazy enough to want to be Jewish? And yet we do, and we are. The truth is that being Jewish adds deep meaning to our lives.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom is a rabbi and national leader of Humanistic Judaism. Chalom holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies and is the Dean for North America of the IISHJ. He also serves as the rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago, Illinois.
avatar for Jon Levine

Jon Levine

Kahal B'raira
In Hebrew, Kahal B’raira means “Community of Choice.” Our name emphasizes our belief that we are responsible for our choices and answer to one another and ourselves.
avatar for Gladys Maged

Gladys Maged

Managing Director, Congregation Kahal B'raira
Gladys Maged is the Managing Director of Kahal B'raira, the Humanistic Jewish Congregation of Greater Boston. Her work includes building all aspects of her vibrant congregation.She works to create many different pathways into the Jewish community so that everyone can find a place... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 9 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02550

11:30am

Because the Rabbi Said So: Exploring Power and Authority in the Rabbinate
While utilizing power is a necessary part of any leader's role, the abuse of power, particularly in the rabbinic arena, seems to be commonplace. How do we harness our internal power, as well as the power that we amass, in a healthy and constructive way? Do there need to be checks in place for our leadership to succeed? The issue of power and authority in the rabbinate is critically important today, as it has been since the first rabbi was ordained. We will explore some of the rabbinic perspectives on this question, and examine how they can inform our thinking around power and authority.

Speakers
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa serves as the director of education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Yaffa received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a law degree from Bar-Ilan University. Rabbah Epstein has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and liturgy at Pardes... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Feinberg Library Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02562

11:30am

What's On Your Plate? Eco-Kosher Leadership in the 21st Century
What does it mean to lead with integrity in a way that fosters a healthy, ecologically sound, and meaningful Jewish experience? In this workshop, we will explore the term "eco-kosher" and discover why, as Jews, what we eat matters, not only for our personal wellbeing, but also for the health of our entire planet.

Speakers
CE

Cherina Eisenberg

Cherina Eisenberg serves as cantorial soloist at Temple Sinai in Brookline and is a student rabbi with ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. A Jewish educator and certified chef, she promotes a joyful, healthy and vibrant Judaism that nourishes the body, mind, and spirit.


Sunday December 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Classroom 16 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02543

11:30am

Yiddish Dance
What is Yiddish dance? Come to the dance floor, where we'll learn some of the most popular folk dance forms that developed in tandem with klezmer music, including bulgar, freylekhs, husidl and zhok. There are no complicated steps to worry about; anyone can bring Yiddish dance to life. We'll also explore traditional movement vocabulary to help you develop your own improvisatory style. Inspired by live music, we'll experience the give and take between dancers and musicians in real time, seeing how the music affects how we want to dance, and how our dancing influences the musicians. Comfortable clothing and shoes recommended.

Speakers
SM

Sarah Myerson

Sarah Myerson serves as cantor at Congregation Mishkan Tefila. She received her Cantorial Investiture and M.S.M. from JTS (NY). Previously, she interned at Oceanside Jewish Center (NY), and at Kehillat Netzach Israel (Ashkelon, Israel). She studied Yiddish in New York, Jerusalem and... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02513

11:30am

Jewish Tales: Live! Part Deux
Presenting the captivating Jewish Storytelling Coalition Storytellers performing contemporary/ traditional Jewish tales geared toward adults and families. Come join us as Sandy Schuman, Cindy Rivka Marshall and Bruce Marcus share a special story. Each session will include an open mic on Memories of Jewish Holidays!

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Marcus

Bruce Marcus

Since 1990, storyteller Bruce Marcus has been wowing audiences with his original stories, poems and crowd-pleasing rhyming tales, conveying the cleverness, warmth and especially the humor of Jewish and other tales. His programs are general or themed around holidays and events, and... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Rivka Marshall

Cindy Rivka Marshall

Cindy Rivka Marshall, an invited presenter at Limmud UK in 2012, offers stories and teaches all ages at synagogues and schools. She trains educators and leaders in eliciting, crafting and listening to stories. She works as an educational consultant to Combined Jewish Philanthropy... Read More →
avatar for Sandy Schuman

Sandy Schuman

Sandy Schuman tells personal adventures, historical sagas, tall tales, and stories in the Jewish storytelling tradition. He plays his theme song on a Jew's harp.


Sunday December 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Yamins Chapel Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02545

11:30am

New Music and Visual Prayer: A Spiritual and Vibrant Partnership
Explore and experience new Jewish music by singer-songwriter Sue Horowitz with the signing of ASL interpreter EJ Cohen. Learn how using visual prayer can enhance and beautify your spiritual and educational Jewish expériences. Handouts will include sheet music to take home to your communities. Singer and non-singer, all are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for EJ Cohen

EJ Cohen

EJ Cohen is a NewCAJE and CAJE veteran, having attended for the past 24 years. A certified interpreter and teacher with masters degrees in Deaf Education and Jewish Education, she has travelled around the US, England and Israel teaching about signing in Jewish settings, as well as... Read More →
avatar for Sue Horowitz

Sue Horowitz

Consistently earing rave reviews, Sue's warm engaging presence and spiritual music captivate worshippers and audiences of all ages.


Sunday December 6, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Schwartz Social Hall Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02569

12:00pm

Camp Limmud: Visit the Chai Alive! Recording Studio
A visit to the Chai Alive! recording 'studio,' which was set up for us today by Ken Hausman of HHH Video. Parents are invited to join this session.

Speakers
avatar for HHH Video

HHH Video

HHH Video
Ken Hausman combines his passion for film making with his desire to help people show off what makes them special. Ken does this for businesses through custom marketing videos and for families through Personal Legacy Videos.


Sunday December 6, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Trager Conference Room

12:00pm

Camp Limmud: Chai Alive (Ages 9-13)
Sunday December 6, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Camp Limmud

12:00pm

Camp Limmud: Hanukah Craft and Cookie Bake (Ages 3-8)
Camp Limmud parents invited to join.

Sunday December 6, 2015 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Camp Limmud

12:30pm

Reminder: Camp Limmud is closed for Lunch and Concert
Camp Limmud parents pick up your children for lunch and concert.

Sunday December 6, 2015 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Camp Limmud

12:40pm

LimmudNEXT Young Professional Meetup
Bring your lunch and join us for this 20s / 30s Young Professional networking opportunity.

Sunday December 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:20pm
Classroom 7 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02559

12:40pm

The Truest Act of Loving Kindness: Understanding Jewish Practices for Preparing the Dead
Every act on behalf of the dead is an act of chesed shel emes, true lovingkindness. Such lovingkindness is given practical expression by the Hevra Kadisha or Holy Society. The Hevra Kadisha tends to the various needs related to death and mourning. A panel from the independent Community Hevra Kadisha will discuss their experiences and answer questions.

Speakers
RB

Rhoda Ben-Gai

Rhoda Ben-Gai lives in her hometown, Newton. As a member of Temple Shalom, she chairs the Hesed Caring Community.
SG

Sherry Grossman

SHERRY GROSSMAN has lived in Jamaica Plain for 43 years and is a founding member of Nehar Shalom where she found out about the Community Hevra Kadisha. She has been part of 9 Taharot teams.
RK

Rick Kline

Rick Kline is a graduate of the Hebrew College Rabbinic School and works as a Chaplain Intern at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He currently teaches an eight session course called “Preparing For The End Of Life” based on his final year project while a rabbinical student.
avatar for The Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston (burial society)

The Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston (burial society)

Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston
A non-profit, volunteer organization assisting in burial preparation as prescribed by Jewish law and tradition
MS

Melinda Strauss

Melinda Strauss lives in Framingham, attends the Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue and has been an active member of the Community Hevra Kadisha. She has facilitated many discussions about Jewish burial practices.


Sunday December 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Leffell Conference Room Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02563

12:40pm

Travelling off the Beaten Path in Israel
Whether you're planning your first visit to Israel or your 20th, it's never a bad time to expand your repertoire of destinations. We will take a look at romantic getaways, fresh- and salt-water beach holidays, out-of-the-way hikes, non-Jewish religious sites and even places to soak in hot springs -- and budget travel, too. Come with questions!

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is the lead author of Lonely Planet's best-selling "Israel & the Palestinian Territories," the world's most popular travel guide to Israel. A resident of Israel for 25 years, he holds an MA in Israeli history from Tel Aviv University.


Sunday December 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Classroom 16 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02543

12:40pm

Hi, I'm Sharon and I'm from Dublin, Israel
In order to be more welcoming, Judaism teaches us not to question the convert, nor ask about reasons for converting. While I respect this position, there is value in sharing one's journey. This session will present my personal conversion journey from a quiet, small town Maine girl who left a 23-year registered nurse career to attend Hebrew College, become Sisterhood president, High Holiday Ba'alat Tefilla and Hebrew teacher. Why did I choose Judaism? Who influenced me along the way? What skills did I learn along my journey that enabled me to be an effective leader? Come hear my story and know that HERE questions are welcomed!

Speakers
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Sharon Spivak

Sharon is a member of Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua, NH where she works as a Hebrew specialist, teacher and tutor in the Mitkadem program. She earned a BAJS in 2001 from Hebrew College, is a past Sisterhood president and serves as the Ba'alat Tefilah for Shaharit during the High... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Classroom 15 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02549

12:40pm

Avraham Avinu: Session cancelled
Speakers
DB

Dov Bard

Bard holds a Masters in Hebrew Literature from the American Jewish University in LA and an MA and ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has focused his professional career in Jewish education in a variety of settings and with a variety of age groups. As a student of... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Classroom 8 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02554

12:40pm

Daughters of Abraham Book Club: How an Interfaith Book Group Leads to Greater Peace and Understanding
Born out of the ashes of 9-11, the Daughters of Abraham Book Clubs bring Jewish, Christian and Muslim women together to deepen our knowledge and understanding of faith. The books we choose increase our respect for all of the Abrahamic traditions, and build relationships among us. Come hear how membership has had an impact on us and on our communities--and how you, too, may join a group.

Speakers
EK

Ellen Krause-Grosman

Ellen Krause-Grosman has been a member of Daughters of Abraham for 4 years. Her family has hosted more than 30 Christian, Muslim and Buddhist foreign students. She worked on the WGBH film "The Buddha in LA" as part of the Harvard Pluralism Project. She has visited religious communities... Read More →
MS

Maryam Sharieff

Maryam Sharieff has been a member of Daughters of Abraham for many years. Maryam is the Muslim chaplain at Brandeis University. She received her Masters in Divinity from Harvard University and was a fellow at Hebrew College and Andover-Newton Theological Seminiary.
MS

Marian Smith

Marian has been a member of Daughters of Abraham for five years. She studied in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Marian is an avid supporter of Kids4Peace Boston, an organization that brings together Jewish, Muslim, and Christian youth from... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Classroom 10 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02564

12:40pm

Hebrew, Yiddish, Gender and Jewish Nationalism
Ashkenazi society in Europe pre-WWII used Yiddish and Hebrew for different purposes. Starting in the late 19th century, this diglossic system was challenged by Yiddishists and Hebraists, especially Zionists. We will explore this history and how it affects Jewish society to this day.

Speakers
LM

Lina Morales

Lina Morales (Khave) is a Yiddishist and activist in Boston. She is a founder of the Boston Yiddish Hoyz and is active with the youth section of Boston JVP.


Sunday December 6, 2015 12:40pm - 1:25pm
Classroom 6 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02552

1:00pm

Lunchtime Music Celebration
Acclaimed Jewish Singer-Songwriter Sheldon Low will perform his original Jewish music, promising great entertainment for the whole family! Upbeat, energetic and fun - sure to be a great time for all!

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Aronson

Shelly Aronson

Shelly Aronson is co-founder and worship leader at Shir Hamakom, a music worship chavurah in central Connecticut. Shelly is a past presenter and performer at LimmudBoston. She has partnered with songwriter Arnie Davidson extensively. Shelly's unique interpretation and soothing alto... Read More →
avatar for EJ Cohen

EJ Cohen

EJ Cohen is a NewCAJE and CAJE veteran, having attended for the past 24 years. A certified interpreter and teacher with masters degrees in Deaf Education and Jewish Education, she has travelled around the US, England and Israel teaching about signing in Jewish settings, as well as... Read More →
avatar for Arnie Davidson

Arnie Davidson

Arnie Davidson is a singer/songwriter of contemporary Jewish worship music. He has released four albums. He has taught and performed at MANAJE, NewCAJE, Limmuds in Boston, NY, Philadelphia, and the UK. He is co-founder of Shir Hamakom, a music worship chavurah based in central CT... Read More →
avatar for Sheldon Low

Sheldon Low

Sheldon Low is one of the brightest young stars in Jewish rock music today performing rock concerts, ‘Light Up Shabbat’ services, seminars, and leading Artist-in-Residency weekends around North America. Sheldon’s favorite recent news includes getting married and having his song... Read More →
avatar for Jeri Robins

Jeri Robins

Cantor / Director of Education, Temple Beth Shalom


Sunday December 6, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Schwartz Social Hall Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02569

1:35pm

Chaim Soutine: Precursor to Modern Art
The turn of the 20th century opened new chapters in art in major Jewish populations. The phenomenon of the Jewish artist emerged in new art movements of Paris. Among these artists was Chaim Soutine. We will examine the complexity and contradiction of his art, and his influence on subsequent modern abstract expressionist and avant-garde painters.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Levy

Bruce Levy

Bruce J. Levy, AIA is an architect in private practice in NY. He also teaches History of Architecture and in particular The Art & Architecture of Jewish Culture, which deals with the history of synagogues, Jewish memorials, museums and individual Jewish artists and architects.


Sunday December 6, 2015 1:35pm - 2:20pm
Classroom 6 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02552

1:35pm

Public Funding of Antisemitism and BDS
Did you know that American and European taxpayers provide more than $100 million annually to campaigns that promote global antisemitism, terrorism, and the anti-Israel boycott divestment and sanctions movement? Come learn about these activities and how you can improve accountability and transparency in public funding.

Speakers
AH

Anne Herzberg

Legal Advisor, NGO Monitor
Anne Herzberg is the author of NGO Monitor's "NGO Lawfare: Exploitation of Courts in the Arab-Israeli Conflict", co-author of Best Practices for Human Rights and Humanitarian NGO Fact-Finding, and other academic articles. She is one of the leading experts on universal jurisdiction... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 1:35pm - 2:20pm
Classroom 9 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02550

1:35pm

Whatcha Done for Yourself Lately?
It has been years since you celebrated your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, right? Was that party at age 13 your last personal Jewish rite of passage? What goes into making a new milestone ritual? Now that you're an adult, take a look at other Jewish ways we can mark moments in our lives. Explore texts that address the topic, and share ideas of how to re-engage and re-ignite how you approach Jewish living at whatever age/stage of life you're in.

Speakers
avatar for Audrey Lichter

Audrey Lichter

Chai Mitzvah, Chai Mitzvah
For 20 years, Audrey Lichter was the Educational Director for community-based high school programs, including Tichon in Waterbury CT and Yachad in West Hartford CT. She was instrumental in building the Hebrew High School program of New England. For the past 9 years she has been the... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 1:35pm - 2:20pm
Classroom 8 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02554

1:35pm

A Jewish Nature Walk
Put on your coat and come outside for a meditative walk through the woods - a Jewish walk in the woods. Open your eyes, ears, heart, and mind to experiencing the more-than-human world and Jewish texts and prayers in new ways.

Speakers
avatar for Katy Allen

Katy Allen

Co-founder and President, pro tem, Jewish Climate Action Network
Katy Allen is the founder and rabbi of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, and the co-founder and President of Jewish Climate Action Network-MA. She is a board certified chaplain and a former healthcare chaplain and now considers herself an eco-chaplain.


Sunday December 6, 2015 1:35pm - 2:20pm
Front Lobby Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02555

1:35pm

Is Judaism Homophobic? One View
These days, traditionalist views about homosexuality have few knowledgeable, thoughtful, sympathetic defenders. We'll look at halacha's approach to being gay, exploring ways the Torah's messages preferring opposite-sex relations aren't homophobic after all. Everyone is welcome, and there will be plenty of time for questions and differing opinions.

Speakers
avatar for David Benkof

David Benkof

David Benkof’s frequent columns in The Daily Caller (a conservative Web site founded by Tucker Carlson) and LA’s Jewish Journal focus on American politics, homosexuality and Judaism past and present.  A Jewish historian by training (Stanford, Hebrew University, NYU), he is also... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 1:35pm - 2:25pm
Classroom 16 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02543

1:35pm

The Future of Judaism: A Panel of Leaders
The Judaism of today would not look familiar to clergy or Jews in the pew of past generations. What's gone forever? What remains? How do we tackle traditional and non-traditional choices as demographics and needs and communities face new challenges? This panel includes rabbis who might not have been seen in our grandparents' time: Our moderator, Dan Freelander, travels the world as president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. 

Moderators
avatar for Dan Freelander

Dan Freelander

Daniel Hillel Freelander, serves as president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. A gifted musician and keen observer of the North American Jewish scene, he has been a rabbi on the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism since 1975, supervising virtually every aspect of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom is a rabbi and national leader of Humanistic Judaism. Chalom holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies and is the Dean for North America of the IISHJ. He also serves as the rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago, Illinois.
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa serves as the director of education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Yaffa received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a law degree from Bar-Ilan University. Rabbah Epstein has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and liturgy at Pardes... Read More →
avatar for Leonard Gordon

Leonard Gordon

Leonard Gordon is senior rabbi at Congregation Mishkan Tefila.  He chairs the Kehilla Strengthening and Transformation Committee of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism where he is a board member and member of the Executive Committee. He was the program chair for last month's... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Lehmann

Daniel Lehmann

President, Hebrew College
Daniel Lehmann is a rabbi and serves as President of Hebrew College. He previously served as the founding Headmaster of Gann Academy - The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston and the Founding Director of BIMA - The Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts. Rabbi Lehmann co-founded... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 1:35pm - 3:05pm
Sanctuary

2:30pm

Utilizing Art and Drawing to Learn about the Hebrew Alphabet.
Mordechai will show participants how he uses art and drawing to learn the alphabet in a creative manner for all ages. He begins by showing how the Hebrew letters actually were originally formed and then shows how to take everyday objects and turn them into Hebrew letters. The students can then do their names, Hebrew words or even quotes! Very visual and participatory.

Speakers
avatar for Mordechai Rosenstein

Mordechai Rosenstein

Mordechai Rosenstein is America's leading designer of Judaica. His use of vibrant colors and flowing lines turn the art of Hebrew calligraphy into a modern day feast for the eyes. He has also become a master teacher of the Hebrew alphabet, illumination and color. He resides with his... Read More →
MR

Mordechai Rosenstein

Owner, Rosenstein Arts
Mordechai Rosenstein is America's leading designer of Judaica. His use of vibrant colors and flowing lines turn the art of Hebrew calligraphy into a modern day feast for the eyes. He has also become a master teacher of the Hebrew alphabet, illumination and color. He resides with his... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Coppleman-Clarke Social Hall Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02513

2:30pm

Putting iPads to Work in the Jewish Classroom
From animation to avatars to digital storytelling, iPads can make your lessons come alive and engage your students in active learning. Learn how teachers use iPads to enhance the learning in their classrooms. See what’s happening in Greater Boston classrooms and then sign up for a CJP technology workshop to get some hands-on experience.

Speakers
SG

Svetlana Grinshpoon

Svetlana Grinshpan is the Coordinator of CJP’s Teaching & Technology Fellowship and is an Academic Technology Specialist in the Middle School at Buckingham Browne & Nichols in Cambridge. Svetlana is passionate about transforming education through innovative use of technology to... Read More →
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Julie Vanek

Julie Vanek, Director of Jewish Learning Connections at CJP oversees CJP’s initiative to encourage and foster innovation in Jewish learning in part-time schools throughout the Greater Boston area. Integrating technology is one area of focus in this initiative


Sunday December 6, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 10 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02564

2:30pm

Getting Back to the Land
From my time spent on Kibbutz Ein Tzurim, I came to appreciate how much we rely on producing what we need for life. Join me as I share my experiences on Kibbutz - and learn about a great project to bring back to your students to help them understand a connection to the land. Sprouting ( mung beans, lentils, fenugreek seeds and more ) is a fun, easy project, that can also lead to culinary ties to Israeli culture and will help your students appreciate the gifts God gave us.

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Judith G. Tischler

Educated in Israel. Hebrew Teacher at a Temple setting. Hobby - Sprouting


Sunday December 6, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 5 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02540

2:30pm

Can Teaching about Religion in Public Schools Help Jews and Other Religious Minorities?
Public schools nationally faced controversies in recent years over lessons on world religions. In her book, Faith Ed ., Linda K. Wertheimer addresses those uproars and shares how she experienced anti-Semitism and ostracism in an Ohio school. She will engage attendees in dialogue about the touchy topic of covering religions in school lesson plans.

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Linda K. Wertheimer

Author, FAITH ED, TEACHING ABOUT RELIGION IN AN AGE OF INTOLERANCE
Linda K. Wertheimer, a former education editor of The Boston Globe and veteran journalist, is the author of Faith Ed, Teaching About Religion In An Age of Intolerance, published in 2015 by Beacon Press. Linda, a 2014 nonfiction finalist in the Massachusetts Cultural Council artist... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Leffell Conference Room Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02563

2:30pm

The 21st Century Jewish Family
Throughout time Jews have been associated with family strength and education. Today however, it seems difficult to sustain the family values and warmth of our culture. This interactive session will introduce a unique discussion method to build and sustain the Jewish family as a source of power and strength for our future generations.

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Esther Chemtob

Esther Chemtob, RN, is an insurance broker & Connected Wisdom instructor. Esther's mastery in teaching the unique Circle Method in diverse venues from Jewish organizations to business and private settings, makes her a beloved mentor of human connection. She instructs a weekly Applied... Read More →
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Sarah Gluck

Co-founder of Urban Movement Design, architect, and movement therapist, Sarah is an award winning pioneer working with the American Institute of Architecture of NY. Sarah launched The Integral Body, a wellness studio where she treats individuals in post trauma and injury and teaches... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 15 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02549

2:30pm

Sacred Cow Tipping
Abraham smashed idols, according to the midrash. What are the "idols" we can smash today in the organized Jewish community? What sacred cows exist in Jewish life and what are we going to do about them? Recognizing that yesterday's models don't necessarily work for today's Jewish community, we'll explore demographics, trends, and innovative models for connecting people to Jewish life. We'll challenge assumptions and encourage outside the box thinking. Laura will share her own experiences as a founding rabbi of a successful online synagogue with global reach - and will talk about both the practical aspects and philosophical values that can inform new models of Jewish community.

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Laura Baum

Laura Baum is a rabbi and the Associate Vice President of Jewish Learning & Engagement at CJP. Recognized as one of America's top 50 female rabbis by The Forward newspaper and featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Jerusalem Post, Baum is a significant figure in... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 8 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02554

2:30pm

Women of the Wall
Who are the Women of the Wall, these women who come to the Western Wall for prayer each Rosh Hodesh? Let us discuss their history, goals, struggles and achievements.

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Elana Kling Perkins

Elana Kling Perkins, LICSW, has lived, studied and worked in the Jewish community throughout her life. One of her favorite activities is studying a new aspect of the seder and sharing what she has learned with others.


Sunday December 6, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 7 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02559

2:30pm

Staged reading of SWING, SCHMENDRICK, SWING! - A Story About More Than Just Getting on Base
Swing Schmendrick Swing! is an exploration of Jewish assimilation, identity, and guts viewed through the lens of America's pastime. It's a dramatic examination of Jews' enduring and mysterious love of baseball. It's a musical about growing up among people who talk loud, eat fast, and always question. So, who questions?

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Lee Goodwin

Lee has worked as a news writer, business magazine editor, marketing copywriter, and directed marketing communications for the state auto dealers trade association. He played a leading role in developing marketing materials for Comdex, North America's largest technology trade show... Read More →
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Erin Murray Quinlan

Erin Murray Quinlan is a Boston, London and NYC-based composer for musical theater and film. She graduated from Berklee College of Music and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop in New York City. She has had six musicals produced, including last year's 'Hemingway's Wife... Read More →
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Larry Ruttman

Larry Ruttman, author of American Jews and America's Game is a lifelong resident of Brookline, Massachusetts. Larry has been attending ball games at Fenway Park since the days of Ted Williams and Moe Berg. His first book, "Voices of Brookline," was a national finalist for the 2005... Read More →
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Larry Jay Tish

Head Piece of Work, Piece of Tish Work LLC
Larry is a playwright, actor, poet, copywriter, short story, TV, and travel writer. His most recent play The Last Jews: An Apocalyptic Comedy, earned a Boston Playwright's Theatre Fellowship and was nominated as the Best New Play in Boston by the Independent Reviewers of New England... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Schwartz Social Hall Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02569

2:30pm

Leading with Story

Let’s create short stories for social action which deepen our felt sense of agency in the world. We will work with partners (chavruta) to discover what inspires and what motivates the reader. This workshop is for anyone who would like to encourage others to join in volunteering, fundraising or citizen advocacy. Let’s explore how values and emotions in stories connect or distance us from others. 


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David Arfa

David Arfa, Maggid (Mah-geed/Storyteller) is dedicated to Judaism's storytelling heritage and ancient environmental wisdom. He has produced two award winning CD's, 'the Birth of Love: Tales for the Days of Awe' and 'The Life and Times of Herschel of Ostropol: The Greatest Prankster... Read More →



Sunday December 6, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 6 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02552

2:30pm

Piaget and Prayer: Growing Up in Your Relationship to Jewishness
Some amazing work has been done about how a person's religious growth mimics an infant's developmental stages as laid out by Piaget and others. We'll discuss the different factors and markings of the different stages and talk about when and how to move through them.

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avatar for Gavriel Goldfeder

Gavriel Goldfeder

Rabbi, Aish Kodesh
Gavriel Goldfeder currently works with MIT Hillel helping young geniuses relate to their Jewishness as a resource. This requires substantial updating of approach, terminology, and articulation of goals. Before that, he was a Rabbi in Boulder, CO, and before that he spent 6 years at... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 16 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02543

2:30pm

The Art and Practice of Visiting the Sick (Bikkur Cholim)
Many people feel awkward and uncomfortable visiting the sick, particularly individuals who are quite ill. This session, led by someone who has trained chaplains and seminary students in spiritual care for eight years, will address the two most important things a person can do in a bikkur choler visit. The session will be both didactic and experiential.

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David Daniel Klipper

David Daniel Klipper was ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor by ALEPH, the Jewish Renewal movement in 2007. He was a CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Supervisor at Stamford Hospital from 2007-2015 , and taught CPE students at Stamford Hospital from 2007-2015. He received spiritual direction... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 9 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02550

2:30pm

A Tale of Two Floods
The narrative of Noah and the flood is well known. However, when read closely, the biblical story strangely repeats itself in contradictory ways. How can the Torah contain what appear to be "flaws," that ultimately contribute to convey deep truth and make it the book of books? Through the lens of modern biblical criticism we will unpack the story of Noah and the flood and discover the richness of our most sacred text.

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Michael Ragozin

Michael Ragozin began his rabbinic tenure at Congregation Shirat Hayam in July 2015. He strives to create open, engaging and empowering environments that value diverse backgrounds, family structures, and observances. Together with staff and laity, he aims to build accessible Jewish... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Classroom 14 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02560

3:00pm

Snacktime!
Snacks available in elevator lobbies!

Sunday December 6, 2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Elevator Lobbies

3:45pm

When I Was Small: Original Jewish Songs and Stories for Fun and Education
Awaken your sense of Jewish spirituality, culture, history and identity as Sandy Schuman shares the richness of his family experience through song and story. His father's song, "Adon Olam: Past, Present, Future," breathes new life and meaning into our old standard and "Say Tehillim" gives you insight into the everyday strength and power of the psalms.

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Sandy Schuman

Storyteller, Another Side to the Story
Original songs with English, Hebrew, and Yiddish lyrics add a delightful dimension to Sandy Schuman's educational and entertaining performances. A winner of the St. Louis Jewish Storytelling Contest, his stories have been published in Tablet, New Mitzvah Stories, Welcome to Chelm's... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 6 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02552

3:45pm

A Potpourri of Teaching Ideas
With the goal of helping students feel more connected to their studies, participants will share hands-on activities for 2nd and 3rd graders, including suggestions for creating games and materials in class. Examples of these ideas and materials for Hebrew and other subjects will be available, as well as a handout of suggestions to take home.

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Nancy Sohn Swartz

Author of In Our Image: God's First Creatures (now available as an interactive app!) and How Did the Animals Help God, Nancy has over 20 years experience teaching religious school, and over 45 years experience teaching public school and enrichment programs. Nancy incorporates creative... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 8 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02554

3:45pm

Couples Connection and the Shechinah Between Them
Join us for a unique exploration of nourishing love in relation to the Jewish elements of connection and partnership. This interactive workshop will introduce a technique aimed at reviving the latent, creative capacities that exist in the couple connection, allowing for a deep level of mutual understanding and intimacy, both inside and outside the home.

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Emily Feinberg

With a B.S. in Music Education, Emily Rose incorporates breakthroughs in positive psychology, social psychology and music education research as an enthusiastic educator. An experienced lecturer, Emily teaches both integral education & music, with special focus on building relationships... Read More →
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Wil Hosier

Wil Hosier, B.A.S. Emerging Media, Music & Sound Technology, is a seasoned instructor of Integral Education. Trained in the U.S. and Israel in cultivating social connections and creating supportive environments, Wil's work focuses on innovative content development for business, couples... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 10 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02564

3:45pm

Managing Conflict When Talking About Israel: How to Have Constructive Conversations
In Israel, debate and dissent are seen as legitimate expressions of care and engagement in Israel's vibrant political conversation. However, such discussions in the American Jewish community can result in hurtful judgment and high emotions. Shutting down conversation should not be an option on an issue so central to our identity. This session centers on "The 3 No's," the 3 areas that most often lead to conflict, how to avoid them, how to sidestep pitfalls, and how to facilitate a more constructive discussion.

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STANLEY WULF

Speaker, SpeakingAboutIsrael.com
Stanley Wulf speaks internationally about the conflict in the Middle East and the difficulties we experience as Diaspora Jews in hearing and sharing differing views. The model he presents centers on "The 3 No's", the 3 areas that most often lead to conflict, and how to avoid them... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 7 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02559

3:45pm

How You Can Engage New Board Members: Strengthening Your Nonprofit Organization
Strong nonprofit boards focus on new members with a clear understanding and commitment to the notion of governance and not management (the role of staff) as well as stewardship, dedication and consistency. Learn how to establish a high-functioning board that provides a wealth of resources through stability, income, credibility and labor.

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David Mersky

David A. Mersky is the Founder and Managing Director of Mersky, Jaffe & Associates, a 23 year-old firm specializing in financial and human resource development solutions for nonprofits worldwide. He is a member of the faculty of Brandeis University's Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 5 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02540

3:45pm

Neshama Body and Soul
Neshama Body and Soul combines movement, strength, and Jewish prayer. Participants will engage in movements such as push-ups, squats, lunges, etc, as well as group prayer and meditation. Neshama marries the physical with the spiritual in an intentional way, guided by Jewish thought and liturgy.

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Jaymee Alpert

Jaymee Alpert is the co-creator of Neshama Body and Soul. She has been training in various forms of exercise for more than eight years. She is a rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Kneses Tifereth Israel in Port Chester, NY, where she has served for ten years. She grew up in... Read More →
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Fernando Martinez

Fernando Martinez is the co-creator of Neshama Body and Soul. He has been training in martial arts and strength-training for more than 40 years. Fernando is the owner of A.P.E. Fitness in Port Chester, NY, where he currently resides.


Sunday December 6, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 9 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02550

3:45pm

Getting Ready for Chanukah with Kol B'Seder & Friends
Chanukah sing along with
This will lead into our community candle lighting closing ceremony. 

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EJ Cohen

EJ Cohen is a NewCAJE and CAJE veteran, having attended for the past 24 years. A certified interpreter and teacher with masters degrees in Deaf Education and Jewish Education, she has travelled around the US, England and Israel teaching about signing in Jewish settings, as well as... Read More →
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Arnie Davidson

Arnie Davidson is a singer/songwriter of contemporary Jewish worship music. He has released four albums. He has taught and performed at MANAJE, NewCAJE, Limmuds in Boston, NY, Philadelphia, and the UK. He is co-founder of Shir Hamakom, a music worship chavurah based in central CT... Read More →
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Dan Freelander

Daniel Hillel Freelander, serves as president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. A gifted musician and keen observer of the North American Jewish scene, he has been a rabbi on the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism since 1975, supervising virtually every aspect of the... Read More →
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Sue Horowitz

Consistently earing rave reviews, Sue's warm engaging presence and spiritual music captivate worshippers and audiences of all ages.
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Sue Hurwitz

Sue Hurwitz is a flutist, professional chamber musician, life coach working with creative artists and is an active arts advocate. Sue co-founded "MugaLive!", yoga/music/movement for all ages and numerous performing musical groups focusing on chamber, world and music to soothe the... Read More →
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Jeff Klepper

Cantor Jeff Klepper (HUC-JIR) has served congregations in New York, Haifa, and Chicago. He has performed with Rabbi Dan Freelander in the group Kol B'Seder for over four decades ? many of their songs, including "Shalom Rav" and "Lo Alecha," are known throughout the Jewish world. Since... Read More →
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Rahel Limor

Musician-Therapeutic Music Practitioner-Educator
Rahel is a woman of great faith. A gifted, soulful American-Israeli songwriter, she has a lot to say and she says it well with a beautiful, diverse collection of songs. She is a juried artist of the NH State Council on the Arts; N.E.F.A., N.E.S.T.; a recipient of the NH Shem Tov Award... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Front Lobby Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02555

3:45pm

A Caring Congregation: De-stigmatizing Mental Illness
Although mental illness is present in all communities, it is often hidden due to the stigma many still attach to these diseases. We will present what stigma is, why it exists, various kinds of stigma, and how best to fight it. Most essentially, we will discuss what this has to do with a caring congregation. Attendees will consider "what-if" scenarios.

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Cynthia Piltch

Cynthia Piltch leads the Temple Isaiah Mental Health Initiative and is past chair of the Sisterhood Wellness lecture series. She runs peer facilitation groups at McLean Hospital and teaches wellness at the BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. She is a public health educator... Read More →
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Dolly Sadow

Dolly Sadow is a clinical psychologist. She retired from the VA system, where she directed the Empowerment and Family Services Center at the Bedford VA. She is a representative on the American Psychological Association Council and member of the APA Committee on Socioeconomic Status... Read More →
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Sue Tafler

Sue Tafler is a past president of Temple Isaiah Sisterhood. She is a Meah graduate and currently an active member of temple committees for social justice, issues of aging, Israel action, and the Mental Health Initiative. She is a retired biology teacher and el-hi textbook editor... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Feinberg Library Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02562

3:45pm

Between the Strong Ones of Israel and the Pious Ones of Babylonia: Does Location Matter?
The Talmud tells us that there are certain Rabbis who are considered "The Strong Ones of Israel" - but what gives them strength? Is strength positive or negative in the Talmud? How does location and environment effect a persons Judaism? These are questions that we'll examine together, and we will attempt to understand our own relationship to Israel and the Diaspora. All texts will be in English and the original, and no prior text experience is necessary!

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Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa serves as the director of education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Yaffa received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a law degree from Bar-Ilan University. Rabbah Epstein has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and liturgy at Pardes... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Leffell Conference Room Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02563

3:45pm

Chiasms: the Bible's Dazzling Literary Structure
The literary device known as the chiasm is essential to reading Jewish texts, yet little-known outside academic circles. How is the Tower of Babel story written like a tower? What's dazzling about "Ahavat Olam"? Do the Bible's literary structures suggest the Torah has a single author after all? Lots of examples and practice at recognizing chiasms.

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David Benkof

David Benkof’s frequent columns in The Daily Caller (a conservative Web site founded by Tucker Carlson) and LA’s Jewish Journal focus on American politics, homosexuality and Judaism past and present.  A Jewish historian by training (Stanford, Hebrew University, NYU), he is also... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 16 Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02543

4:45pm

Chanukah Candle-Lighting~Everyone Invited!
Let us celebrate the end of LimmudBoston 2015 and light the first light of Chanukah together. 

Sunday December 6, 2015 4:45pm - 5:15pm
Front Lobby Congregation Mishkan Tefila 300 Hammond Pond Pkwy Chestnut Hill, MA 02555