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Friday, June 29
 

11:30am

Volunteer: Registration
Limited Capacity full

Check in and welcome participants. Orientation at 11:30am.

Friday June 29, 2018 11:30am - 3:00pm
Sauvignon Village

1:00pm

Volunteer: Gallery Set-Up
Limited Capacity full

Help install art, photos, books, and set up gallery at Student Center; 2 volunteers (working with SSU staff)

Friday June 29, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Student Center 3rd Floor

1:30pm

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity full

Post programming changes at the information table on the 3rd floor of the Student Center

Friday June 29, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom

1:45pm

Volunteer: Greeter
Limited Capacity full

Welcome participants as people check in and assist with wayfinding/directions

Friday June 29, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Sauvignon Village

1:45pm

Volunteer: Presenter Check-In
Limited Capacity full

Staff the Presenter Welcome table at registration

Friday June 29, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Sauvignon Village

2:00pm

Festival Check-In
Friday June 29, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sauvignon Village

2:00pm

Camp Check-In/Welcome
Friday June 29, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Sauvignon Village

2:40pm

Meditation: Intention Setting
Presenters
avatar for Wendie Bernstein Lash

Wendie Bernstein Lash

Wendie Bernstein Lash, M.S., is a spiritual director, spiritual direction supervisor, meditation teacher and mentor.  Wendie is the former Co-Director of the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction training program and the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction and is a board... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Gym - Silver Strand

2:45pm

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity full

Check-in on presenters in the 6 breakout rooms on the second floor of the Student Center; troubleshoot with the SSU staff

Friday June 29, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Student Center 2nd floor Exhibit Hall

2:45pm

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity seats available

Check-in on presenter in Gym Silver Strand

Friday June 29, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Gym - Silver Strand

2:45pm

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity full

Check-in on presenters in the 3 breakout rooms in Darwin Hall; troubleshoot

Friday June 29, 2018 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Darwin Hall

2:45pm

Volunteer: Greeter
Limited Capacity full

Welcome participants as people check in and assist with wayfinding/directions

Friday June 29, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Sauvignon Village

3:00pm

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity full

Help set up the outdoor artist studio

Friday June 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
By the Lake

3:00pm

Instant a Cappella
Jump into the world of contemporary Jewish a cappella singing and create an instant choir with your Limmud friends!  Teens and adults welcome! If all goes well, we will conclude with a public a cappella performance during Havdallah!!  This session will meet two times so come once to get your feet wet or twice to sing more!
Some singing experience is recommended and it is helpful if you are able to sight-read music, although neither is required.
Daniel Henkin’s participation in Limmud Bay Area is made possible through the generous support of the Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Henkin

Daniel Henkin

Pioneer of Jewish a Cappella, Choir Master
Daniel Henkin has conducted Jewish and secular choirs for 30 years and has produced more than a dozen albums of Jewish and secular choral music.  He has directed ensembles at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Merkin Halls and is the recipient of the 2016 Covenant Award.  As an... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dry Creek Valley

3:00pm

Is Limmud Photogenic? Come to Learn from a Professional!
Will you be taking photos at the Festival?  I will share best practices for covering events such as Limmud, using available light and camera settings.  Together we will collaborate on how to make the images have a post-Limmud existence.   All skill levels are welcome.

Presenters
avatar for Marina Eybelman

Marina Eybelman

Marina Eybelman grew up in Moscow, Russia and moved to the States in 2002. In college, she studied Jewish Literature and the Eastern European Jewish oral tradition. For the last 6 years she has been working on Speak Memory Project (www.speakmemoryproject.org) and had multiple exhibits in New York City and San Francisco. Marina works in a documentary photography style. Her art has a strong emphasis on storytelling; each photo tells a story (and sometimes a multitude of stories) that play out in the imagination of the viewer.Marina lives... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Knights Valley

3:00pm

Jews' Line Is It Anyway? Improv for Jews (and the people who love them) - a Session for Young Adults
What does improv comedy have to do with building Jewish community? This informal workshop blends improv comedy exercises with Jewish values, for Jews and Judeophiles of all ages. You’ll learn each others' names, some basic improv principles and how they relate to creating Jewish community.

Presenters
avatar for Esther Kustanowitz

Esther Kustanowitz

Creative Media and Popular Culture Writer
Esther D. Kustanowitz is a writer, editor and consultant usually based in Los Angeles, occasionally in New York or Jerusalem, and always on the internet.  She  is currently a founding editor and contributor at GrokNation.com and a contributing writer at the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.  Esther has also written for Modern Loss, Haaretz, JTA, The Jewish Week, The Forward and eJewishPhilanthropy , among others.  An early adopter of Jewish blogging and social media tools, Esther is endlessly fascinated with the ongoing evolution of the me... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sonoma Valley

3:00pm

Introduction to "Jewish Genealogy"
 What exactly is "Jewish Genealogy" and what might you learn about yourself by doing family history research?  Join Dale Friedman as he explores the "Jewish" in Jewish Genealogy and shares what he has learned.  “How did my ancestors shape me?”  Jewish Genealogy is one way to help answer these questions.  Using personal examples, Dale will suggest research methods and resources to kick-start your search, even if you think no records exist.

Presenters
avatar for Dale Friedman

Dale Friedman

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


Friday June 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Darwin 103

3:00pm

Silenced or Superhuman? Disability and Mental Health in the Jewish World
Day in and day out, we’re constantly bombarded with imagery about disability and mental illness in the media.  But how is this affecting the Jewish community and how are Jewish people with disabilities and ill mental health being impacted?  Come along to participate in this crucial conversation about inclusion in our community and learn about what we can do to make sure everyone feels welcome in our sacred and social spaces.

Presenters
avatar for Hannah Brady

Hannah Brady

A Limmudnik since childhood, Hannah recently volunteered as Programming Chair for Limmud Festival 2017 in the UK.  A keen activist for women's and disabled empowerment, she loves to start challenging conversations with a touch of humour.  Outside of her Limmud life, Hannah works... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bennett Valley

3:00pm

In the Beginning: Gesturing the Hebrew Alphabet
Two years ago, composer and Jewish scholar Daniel Gil introduced a group of Bay Area Limmudniks to the hypothesis that, in the pre-literate ancient world, the Hebrew letters and texts could be and were  “pronounced” through hand gestures whose natural meanings are the meaning of each letter.  Daniel also gave the group an unforgettable somatic taste of gesturing key concepts (like abba, father) and key texts (like Genesis 1:1) to ourselves and each other.  

This year choreographer Idelle Packer joins Daniel to go deeper on both theory and practice.  We will explore how the gestures illuminate traditional texts and commentaries, why and how that first sentence of the Torah so moves us, and what happens when the letter-gestures get to speak to the creative and mathematical forces within.  

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Gil

Daniel Gil

Daniel Gil is a composer, musicologist, folk musician, producer, arranger, teacher and performer living in the Boston area.  He earned his degree in Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston and has composed and performed music across many genres including classical and... Read More →
avatar for Idelle Packer

Idelle Packer

Idelle is thrilled to attend/team-teach her first LimmudBA session this season.  As a dancer and choreographer in New York, she danced and toured with The New York Dance Collective, a resident company of NYU School of the Arts, and later worked with choreographers Remy Charlip, Deborah... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Russian River Valley

3:00pm

Shake and Sweat - Shukle und Shvitz These BESHT Stories
A confirmed Misnaged (opponent to Hasidism) leads you into one or two classic stories of the Baal ShemTov with all its spiritual mysticism, human drama, and erotic tension.

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Landes

Daniel Landes

Talmud Scholar and Teacher
Born in Chicago, Rabbi Landes studied in Chicago with Rabbi M.B. Sacks, the Menachem Tzion; in Israel with Reb Aryeh Levin, Zvi Yehuda Kook, and the Chief Rabbi R. Avrum Shapiro; in New York, Landes studied with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik; and in Los Angeles with Din R. Shmuel... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Alexander Valley

3:00pm

Volunteer: Greeter
Limited Capacity full

Greet in the lobby of the Student Center and guide to the sessions

Friday June 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Student Center Plaza

3:00pm

Riding with the Rebbetzin - Warming Up for Shabbos
Spin-cycle at the gym - come enjoy the ride! Whether you're riding for cardiovascular health or for fun, this class will get you there. Feel the energy from those that surround you as everyone endures the terrain. This class will get you to your destination in a 45 -55 minute workout.

To wear and to bring: water bottle, towel, clip on cycle shoes (SPD Compatible) optional, or hard sole athletic shoes.

Presenters
avatar for Johni Landau

Johni Landau

Rebbetzin Johni Landau was born and raised in San Diego and Jerusalem.  She is a mother of 6 and a grandmother of 16 and counting.  Johni has devoted her life to her family, Judaism and physical fitness.  She has lived and served in the Rabbinate in St. Louis, MO, Charleston, SC... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Gym - Silver Strand

4:00pm

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity seats available

Check-in on presenters in the 6 breakout rooms on the second floor of the Student Center; troubleshoot with the SSU staff

Friday June 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Student Center 2nd floor Exhibit Hall

4:00pm

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity seats available

Check-in on presenters in Gym Silver Strand

Friday June 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Gym - Silver Strand

4:00pm

Volunteer: Programming
Limited Capacity full

Assist with running the session at the gallery on the 3rd Floor of the Student Center; guide participants and give instructions, display photos

Friday June 29, 2018 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center 3rd Floor

4:15pm

Instant a Cappella
Jump into the world of contemporary Jewish a cappella singing and create an instant choir with your Limmud friends!  Teens and adults welcome! If all goes well, we will conclude with a public a cappella performance during Havdallah!!  This session will meet two times so come once to get your feet wet or twice to sing more!
Some singing experience is recommended and it is helpful if you are able to sight-read music, although neither is required.
Daniel Henkin’s participation in Limmud Bay Area is made possible through the generous support of the Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Henkin

Daniel Henkin

Pioneer of Jewish a Cappella, Choir Master
Daniel Henkin has conducted Jewish and secular choirs for 30 years and has produced more than a dozen albums of Jewish and secular choral music.  He has directed ensembles at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Merkin Halls and is the recipient of the 2016 Covenant Award.  As an... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 4:15pm - 5:25pm
Dry Creek Valley

4:15pm

Interactive Photo Exhibit
Curated portrait photo exhibit, which you are invited to co-create.

Presenters
avatar for Marina Eybelman

Marina Eybelman

Marina Eybelman grew up in Moscow, Russia and moved to the States in 2002. In college, she studied Jewish Literature and the Eastern European Jewish oral tradition. For the last 6 years she has been working on Speak Memory Project (www.speakmemoryproject.org) and had multiple exhibits in New York City and San Francisco. Marina works in a documentary photography style. Her art has a strong emphasis on storytelling; each photo tells a story (and sometimes a multitude of stories) that play out in the imagination of the viewer.Marina lives... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 4:15pm - 5:25pm
Student Center 2nd floor Exhibit Hall

4:15pm

TVgoneJewy
Aside from the odd reference to Hanukkah, Judaism used to be nearly invisible on TV. But today's TV shows seem to be embracing Jewish cultural references at an unprecedented rate: from random 613s to kabbalah to a JAP Battle Rap and beyond, we'll explore some of the examples of how TV has "gone Jewy," and argue about whether it's good or bad for the Jews, because that's what we do.

Presenters
avatar for Esther Kustanowitz

Esther Kustanowitz

Creative Media and Popular Culture Writer
Esther D. Kustanowitz is a writer, editor and consultant usually based in Los Angeles, occasionally in New York or Jerusalem, and always on the internet.  She  is currently a founding editor and contributor at GrokNation.com and a contributing writer at the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.  Esther has also written for Modern Loss, Haaretz, JTA, The Jewish Week, The Forward and eJewishPhilanthropy , among others.  An early adopter of Jewish blogging and social media tools, Esther is endlessly fascinated with the ongoing evolution of the me... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 4:15pm - 5:25pm
Darwin 107

4:15pm

My Life as a Jew in a Muslim Country
Film Screening and in conversation with Gina Waldman:
Born in Libya to a family that had been in the country for centuries, Gina Waldman was persecuted, dispossessed, and nearly murdered while escaping during a brutal expulsion from her homeland in 1967- only because she was a Jew.  Since coming to the US, she has been a tireless advocate for refugees and human rights . She is the president and co-founder of JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa).

Presenters
avatar for Andrew Nusbaum

Andrew Nusbaum

Andrew Nusbaum is a full-time Middle School teacher and has an unwieldy number of Judaica books in his home library.  Andrew has taught classes on Jewish history and culture to adults and teens in numerous venues in San Francisco.  He has enjoyed many Limmud classes through iTunes... Read More →
avatar for Gina Waldman

Gina Waldman

Gina Waldman is a survivor.  Born Gina Bublil in Tripoli, Libya to a family that had lived in Libya for centuries, she was brutally expelled from her homeland in 1967.  Gina and her family fled to Italy and then immigrated to San Francisco as a refugee at the age of 21.She has dedicated... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 4:15pm - 5:25pm
Darwin 103

4:15pm

Israel & the Arab World: Part I - Roots of the Conflict
Overview of the history of Israeli - Arab conflict from 1855 to Present.

Presenters
avatar for David Meir-Levi

David Meir-Levi

David Meir-Levi has spent the last 16 years researching, analyzing, teaching, publishing, learning and debating issues related to the Arab-Israel conflict.  Both an Israeli and an American, with a strong background in ancient and modern Near Eastern history, David brings a high level... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 4:15pm - 5:25pm
Sonoma Valley

4:15pm

Jewish Upstanders in Nazi Hells: An Inspiring Holocaust Reset
Since 1945 we have erred in emphasizing what was done by perpetrators to Holocaust victims (the Horror Story) while slighting what victims tried to do for one another (the Help Story).  We need a reset that draws on both matters, the better to highlight our Social Instinct to aid others even at risk of our own lives.  We need to learn about creative, secret, non-militant resistance to dehumanization in ghettos and camps.  We need to alter an unduly bleak view of the Holocaust, our cringing school lessons, our depressing Yom HaShoah commemorations and our veiled devaluation of the 1933-1945 lives of European Jewry.  There is much in the actual history of which we should be proud, as some Jewish victims lived up to the Commandment - "Thou Shall Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself."  Pragmatic and inspiring reforms are overdue and merit our warm support.

Presenters
avatar for Arthur Shostak

Arthur Shostak

Emeritus Professor of Sociology
Art Shostak enjoyed a 43 year-long career as an Applied Sociologist and Professional Futurist, first at the Wharton School, U. of Penn. and then at Drexel University.  He authored or edited 33 books and over 200 articles dealing with social reforms.  On retiring in 2003, he reinvented... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 4:15pm - 5:25pm
Russian River Valley

4:15pm

Healing The Political Divide Through Mussar
The Talmud teaches that Rabbi Akiva had 12,000 pairs of disciples who all died within a short period of time because they did not respect each other (Yevamot 62b). Is our country headed for the same fate? The political divide in this country today is a spiritual crisis of the first order. Come to this highly interactive session to learn how you can become part of the solution by practicing the Soul Trait of Honor (Kavod). Mussar is a 1000-year-old Jewish mindfulness practice that teaches us how to show up as our best selves.

Presenters
avatar for Greg Marcus

Greg Marcus

Greg Marcus, PhD is an innovative Mussar maven and the creator of American Mussar, a 21st century spiritual practice for an authentic and meaningful life.  He is a graduate of the Mussar Institute’s facilitator training program and has been practicing and teaching for five years... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 4:15pm - 5:25pm
Bennett Valley

4:15pm

Bringing our Jewish Agricultural Heritage to Life
The Jewish people have a two thousand year old history of agricultural roots, as seen by our moon calendar, our Jewish festivals such as Shavuout and Sukkot, and the laws and rules around planting, harvesting, and growing food. In this dynamic workshop, Daniella Aboody will teach us how to embody and inspire social and ecological responsibility by looking at the roots of agricultural Earth-based Judaism. We will learn about ancient laws such as Peah, Shmitta, and Leket, as well as learn about modern day rituals that can connect us once again with the Earth.

Presenters
avatar for Daniella Aboody

Daniella Aboody

Daniella originally hails from Los Angeles and currently lives in Berkeley, CA.  She is the Lead Mentor for Wilderness Torah's B'hootz program, ages K-2nd grade and served as Wilderness Torah’s first JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor, Food & Environmental Education) Fellow, coordinating the... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 4:15pm - 5:25pm
Darwin 102

4:15pm

Three Visions of Shabbat: Creativity, Labor, and Saturn
This class examines three distinct models for the sacredness of Shabbat and explores their various implications for contemporary celebrations of Shabbat.

Presenters
avatar for Yosef Rosen

Yosef Rosen

Dr. Yosef Rosen is an historian and teacher of Jewish creativity. He has a PhD in Jewish Studies from UC Berkeley. His dissertation explored representations of spiritual community in the earliest sections of the Zohar. Beginning in the fall of 2018, he will be a Jewish Studies teacher... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 4:15pm - 5:25pm
Knights Valley

5:00pm

Volunteer: Shabbat Dinner Setup
Limited Capacity filling up

Turn the room from session to Shabbat dinner set up quickly. This means helping put decorations and shabbat candles, etc. on the 30 tables.

Friday June 29, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ballroom

5:40pm

Limmud Welcome
An all-Limmud Welcome!
Celebrate this most Jewish of all rituals: coming together in joy and gratitude!

Presenters
avatar for Corey Helfand

Corey Helfand

Rabbi Corey Helfand has served as the spiritual leader of Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City since 2011.  He received his rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary ofAmerica, along with a Masters Degree in Talmud and Jewish Law.  He is a Gladstein Fellow... Read More →
avatar for Doron Shapira

Doron Shapira

Cantor Doron Shapira is starting his 25th year as Cantor at Peninsula Sinai Congregation (fulfilling his musical desires); his 1st year as Director of Community Engagement (fulfilling his desires for Jewish inclusion, programming, and making congregational life as meaningful as possible... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 5:40pm - 6:45pm
Ballroom

6:00pm

Children's Dinner at Camp
Friday June 29, 2018 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Camp Limmud

6:30pm

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity full

Check-in on presenter in the 6 breakout rooms on the second floor of the Student Center; troubleshoot with the SSU staff

Friday June 29, 2018 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Student Center 2nd floor Exhibit Hall

6:45pm

Service Traditional w/Mihitza
Friday June 29, 2018 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Alexander Valley

6:50pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Tel Aviv Style
Friday June 29, 2018 6:50pm - 7:50pm
Student Center Plaza

6:50pm

The Cellar, an Artistic Self-Exploration
Through a reading of an illustrated short story "The Cellar", an allegorical tale of self-inquiry and self-discovery unfolds as a dialogue between two characters.  The process begins when the heroine finds the door to “the cellar”, a unique space where an authentic experience takes place.  As she goes in, she learns about pain, fear, pleasure, fulfillment, compassion and her own limitations.  The story is a metaphor of human experience and the courage to venture into the unknown.  Presented by the Limmud Artist-in-Residence.

Presenters
avatar for Dasha Jakobson

Dasha Jakobson

Dasha Jakobson is a visual artist working in watercolor and digital media.  After years of pursuing a career as a 3D artist in video games and architectural visualization, Dasha went back to her roots and picked up a paint brush with a sigh of relief.  Her work has a strong emotional... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 6:50pm - 7:50pm
Darwin 107

6:50pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Chanting Sevice
This will be a contemplative alternative service, using Sacred Chant, movement and silence with little talking. Those who participate will have an opportunity to connect through chanted prayers, movement and eye contact, concluding with traditional Mourner's Kaddish.

Presenters
avatar for Jeanette Gross

Jeanette Gross

Jeanette Gross is Chant Leader at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, CA.  Having studied with Rabbi Shefa Gold since July 1996, she is a graduate of Rabbi Gold's Kol Zimra Chant Leadership Training Program. Jeanette has been teaching monthly sessions of Sacred Chant in Lafayette since 1998... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 6:50pm - 7:50pm
Knights Valley

6:50pm

Service Traditional Egalitarian
Friday June 29, 2018 6:50pm - 7:50pm
Sonoma Valley

6:50pm

An Exploration of Goodness Within US, Through the Practices of Yin Yoga and Mussar
This session is an invitation to inquire within ourselves how we can manifest goodness in our lives as a way to be more connected to our Divine nature.  It is an exploratory journey of discovery and revelation, understanding, and integration of the concepts: “Holy may you be,” and “Love your neighbor as you love yourself".


Presenters
avatar for Helaine Sheias

Helaine Sheias

Helaine Sheias, PhD, E-RYT500, is a certified international group facilitator and Kripalu-inspired YinYoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance.  She holds a doctoral degree in Human Sciences from the Saybrook Institute and is the originator of Eco-Yoga Healing, an earth-based spiritual... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 6:50pm - 7:50pm
Gym - Silver Strand

7:30pm

Volunteer: Greeter
Limited Capacity full

Greet people as they enter for Shabbat dinner

Friday June 29, 2018 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Ballroom

7:45pm

Candle Lighting and Dinner
Friday June 29, 2018 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Ballroom

8:00pm

Camp Bedtime Storytelling. Laila Tov - Good Night!
Hear a Shabbat story and have sweet dreams - tomorrow is another fun day at Camp Limmud!

Presenters
avatar for Liora Brosbe

Liora Brosbe

A Bay Area native, Liora currently serves as Youth and Family Concierge at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay.  Liora connects families with PJ Library and supports them in engaging in Jewish life in the East Bay area.  Liora is also a formally trained Maggidah, a Jewish storyteller... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Dry Creek Valley

9:00pm

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity seats available

Check-in on presenters in the 3 breakout rooms in Darwin Hall; trouble shoot

Friday June 29, 2018 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Darwin Hall

9:00pm

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity seats available

Check-in on presenters in the 6 breakout rooms on the second floor of the Student Center; troubleshoot with the SSU staff

Friday June 29, 2018 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Student Center 2nd floor Exhibit Hall

9:15pm

Service Traditional w/Mihitza
Friday June 29, 2018 9:15pm - 9:30pm
Alexander Valley

9:20pm

Public Shaming or Public Service: The Ethical Challenges of Social Media Through a Jewish Lens
Social media has made the sharing of personal information easier, with a far wider scope than ever before.  What are the ethical guidelines when sharing this information, especially as it affects others?  What are the competing values at play, and can Jewish sources help us navigate them?  Together we will explore how traditional texts can help us deepen our conversations and decisions about how, and with whom, we share information about others.

Presenters
avatar for Zvi Hirschfield

Zvi Hirschfield

Teacher of Talmud, Halacha and Jewish Thought
Zvi teaches Talmud, Halakha and Jewish Thought at Pardes.  In addition, Zvi is a faculty member of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and has been training and mentoring Jewish Educators for over ten years in Tefilah in educational settings, critical issues in modern Jewish thought... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 9:20pm - 10:30pm
Darwin 107

9:20pm

"Wait, So You're a Zionist?!" Talking About Israel with Young Professionals
Even when averse to labels, suspicious of definitive answers, and weighed down by understanding Israel through "The Conflict," there is nevertheless a way to teach, talk, and discuss Israel with today's young professionals.  Jason Harris leads hundreds of twentysomethings on trips to Israel and hears all their questions -- and has some ideas for how to tackle them.

Presenters
avatar for Jason Harris

Jason Harris

Jason Harris is the Birthright Israel Experience Program Manager at the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation, where he oversees and leads Birthright trips, trains trip staff and develops opportunities for young professionals to engage in Jewish life.  He is the host of... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 9:20pm - 10:30pm
Bennett Valley

9:20pm

The Structure and History of Our Universe
What is the structure of our universe?  How did it get to look the way it does, starting from the big bang? And most importantly, how do we know all that?

Friday June 29, 2018 9:20pm - 10:30pm
Darwin 103

9:20pm

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

Presenters
avatar for Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan is chief program officer and senior educator at Lehrhaus Judaica.  Before coming to Lehrhaus Judaica, and before being a synagogue rabbi and educator, and before rabbinic school, Peretz was, from 1974, active in CAJE and alternative learning communities... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 9:20pm - 10:30pm
Sonoma Valley

9:20pm

Who Needs Shabbat?
After 400+ years of slavery, Shabbat re-taught us the textures of freedom.  But just 40 years later, the Torah had to teach us the same lessons all over again.  What is different about Shabbat for a generation born into freedom?  This class will explore the relationship between Shabbat, class, power, and privilege through text-based discussion and group learning.

Presenters
avatar for Micah Weiss

Micah Weiss

Micah Weiss is a community organizer and Jewish educator in West Philadelphia, completing his last year of rabbinical school at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.  Micah is the former director of Project Hayei Sarah and is currently spearheading the emerging West Philly Shtiebel... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 9:20pm - 10:30pm
Knights Valley

9:20pm

Mensch Up! A Jewish Guide to Forming Healthy Relationships
Interested in developing a better understanding of yourself? Deepening your current relationships? Creating new relationships that are equitable, safe, and thriving?  Not sure if a current relationship is healthy, unhealthy, or abusive?

In the area of #MeToo, join Shalom Bayit for a workshop that uses Jewish values as a guide to becoming more intentional about how we form relationships, communicate, and set boundaries.

Friday June 29, 2018 9:20pm - 10:30pm
Russian River Valley

10:45pm

Late Night Limmud! For Young Adults
All sessioned-out?  Decompress at the Limmud Lounge in the suites of Sauvignon Village!  Munch, mingle and jam with friends new and old.

Friday June 29, 2018 10:45pm - Saturday June 30, 2018 12:00am
Sauvignon Village

10:45pm

The Spy That Reduced a War to Six Days
A spy, a hero, a celebrity? An Egyptian, an Israeli, a Syrian? The story of Eli Cohen. Film. Curated.

Presenters
avatar for Andrew Nusbaum

Andrew Nusbaum

Andrew Nusbaum is a full-time Middle School teacher and has an unwieldy number of Judaica books in his home library.  Andrew has taught classes on Jewish history and culture to adults and teens in numerous venues in San Francisco.  He has enjoyed many Limmud classes through iTunes... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2018 10:45pm - Sunday July 1, 2018 12:00am
Darwin 102
 
Saturday, June 30
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Saturday June 30, 2018 7:30am - 9:30am
Ballroom

8:45am

YINESHMA: A Yin Yoga Practice to Welcome the Divine Feminine Energy of the Shabbat
This is a Yin practice with elements of breath, flow, chanting, and niggun (melody) of the Shabbat prayers to invite us all to become more present with our nefesh (soul) as we welcome the sacredness of Shabbat.

Presenters
avatar for Helaine Sheias

Helaine Sheias

Helaine Sheias, PhD, E-RYT500, is a certified international group facilitator and Kripalu-inspired YinYoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance.  She holds a doctoral degree in Human Sciences from the Saybrook Institute and is the originator of Eco-Yoga Healing, an earth-based spiritual... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
Gym - Silver Strand

8:45am

Service Reform
Saturday June 30, 2018 8:45am - 11:00am
Darwin 102

8:45am

Service Traditional Egalitarian
Saturday June 30, 2018 8:45am - 11:00am
Ballroom Partitioned

8:45am

Service Traditional w/Mihitza
Saturday June 30, 2018 8:45am - 11:00am
Alexander Valley

9:15am

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity seats available

Check-in on presenters in Darwin 103

Saturday June 30, 2018 9:15am - 9:45am
Darwin 103

9:40am

Tikkun Olam in the Legislature
Tikkun Olam and social justice influence how I make decisions as a lawmaker. Every day, I am driven by my Jewish values. During this session, we will discuss the critical issues facing California  and my role as the Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus.

Presenters
avatar for Marc Levine

Marc Levine

Chair, Cal Legislative Jewish Caucus, State Assembly
Marc Levine was elected to the Assembly in 2012 to represent Marin County and Southern Sonoma County.  A former San Rafael City Councilmember, he has held leadership posts throughout his career and helped develop award winning software that documented human rights abuses around the... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 9:40am - 10:50am
Darwin 103

10:40am

Volunteer: Greeter
Limited Capacity full

Distribute materials for beit midrash

Saturday June 30, 2018 10:40am - 11:15am
Ballroom

11:00am

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

Presenters
avatar for Zvi Hirschfield

Zvi Hirschfield

Teacher of Talmud, Halacha and Jewish Thought
Zvi teaches Talmud, Halakha and Jewish Thought at Pardes.  In addition, Zvi is a faculty member of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and has been training and mentoring Jewish Educators for over ten years in Tefilah in educational settings, critical issues in modern Jewish thought... Read More →
avatar for David Kasher

David Kasher

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

Daniel Landes

Talmud Scholar and Teacher
Born in Chicago, Rabbi Landes studied in Chicago with Rabbi M.B. Sacks, the Menachem Tzion; in Israel with Reb Aryeh Levin, Zvi Yehuda Kook, and the Chief Rabbi R. Avrum Shapiro; in New York, Landes studied with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik; and in Los Angeles with Din R. Shmuel... Read More →
avatar for Noga Brenner Samia

Noga Brenner Samia

Deputy Director, BINA
Noga was raised both in New York and Netanya, Israel.  A sergeant in the IDF, Noga attained a B.Sc. (Cum Laude) in Industrial Engineering and Management (Technion), an MBA (Washington University, St. Louis) and an MA in Pluralistic Jewish Education (HUC/Hebrew University).  She... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ballroom

12:00pm

Volunteer: Greeter
Limited Capacity full

Greet people as they come to lunch and help them find seats.

Saturday June 30, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom

12:30pm

Lunch
Saturday June 30, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Ballroom

1:45pm

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity full

Check-in on presenters in the 6 breakout rooms on the second floor of the Student Center; troubleshoot with the SSU staff

Saturday June 30, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Student Center 2nd floor Exhibit Hall

1:45pm

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity full

Check-in on presenters in the 3 breakout rooms in Darwin Hall; troubleshoot

Saturday June 30, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Darwin Hall

2:00pm

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

Presenters
avatar for David Blumberg

David Blumberg

VC, US and Israeli Technology
David is the founder and managing partner of Blumberg Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund based in San Francisco.  David is an authority on early stage investing with more than 30 years of experience.  He founded Blumberg Capital in the early 1990s and launched its first... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Darwin 103

2:00pm

Jewish Communal Singing: What’s At Stake?
Why does singing permeate so many aspects of Jewish communal life?  In this session we will explore the presence of song in our textual tradition as a means for appreciating the complex role that communal singing plays in the contemporary Jewish experience.

Presenters
avatar for Sara Blumenthal

Sara Blumenthal

Sara Blumenthal is a second-year rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA and currently the rabbinic intern at The Boston Synagogue.  She earned a BA in Psychology and Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University of Michigan.  Sara is also a Kevah Fellow... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Knights Valley

2:00pm

Jewish Diplomacy: A Practical Workshop
It happens all the time these days: someone makes an offensive comment, you read an annoying op-ed in the newspaper, hear a one-sided report on the radio.  Or there is an incident at your school, your alma mater or even in another country halfway around the world.  You feel angry, paralyzed or afraid, and you either try to ignore the situation or sometimes react with ineffective and regrettable responses.  
At a time when we are experiencing a national breakdown in civility, diplomacy skills are required.  This workshop will use case studies to develop your Jewish advocacy skills to feel more empowered and respond graciously and strategically.  We'll consider proactive efforts to build bridges of understanding while taking a stand to promote the welfare of the Jewish people.

Presenters
avatar for Serena Eisenberg

Serena Eisenberg

Rabbi Serena Eisenberg is the Northern California Director of the American Jewish Committee since February, 2018.  Prior to that, Serena spent 10 years as Executive Director of Hillels at Stanford University and Brown University, and on sabbatical in Israel as a Jerusalem Fellow... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Dry Creek Valley

2:00pm

Reform, Orthodox, & Conservative - What Divides Us - What Unites Us?
Understand the different underpinnings of each denomination and discover the amazing values they all share.
Presented by Rabbis: Joel Landau (O), Corey Helfand (C)  and Peretz Wolf-Prusan (R)

Presenters
avatar for Corey Helfand

Corey Helfand

Rabbi Corey Helfand has served as the spiritual leader of Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City since 2011.  He received his rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary ofAmerica, along with a Masters Degree in Talmud and Jewish Law.  He is a Gladstein Fellow... Read More →
avatar for Joel Landau

Joel Landau

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

Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan is chief program officer and senior educator at Lehrhaus Judaica.  Before coming to Lehrhaus Judaica, and before being a synagogue rabbi and educator, and before rabbinic school, Peretz was, from 1974, active in CAJE and alternative learning communities... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Alexander Valley

2:00pm

Shabbat - A Day of Relationship Building with Yourself, Others & God
The Whys & Hows of the traditional Shabbat - A Liberating Experience.

Presenters
avatar for Joel Landau

Joel Landau

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


Saturday June 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Alexander Valley

2:00pm

Machiavelli, Exodus and Spirituality
Machiavelli is usually thought of as an amoral realist political thinker who advised the Prince to lie and cheat in order to achieve his objectives.  There is no question that Machiavelli was a radical realist political thinker.  Yet, underlying his views was a belief in self-government that rested on individual autonomy and dignity.  His political theory was in part designed to show how ordinary people could be transformed into moral agents and collectively form a republican form of government, rather than remain slavish followers of autocratic leaders.
The account of Moses and Exodus was an important influence on Machiavelli's thought.  Exodus recounts the story of deliverance from bondage to freedom from slavery to liberation and redemption.  Machiavelli argued that modern self-government has to flow from a similar path. Republican government, he maintained, required citizens to be spiritually engaged and to possess a sense of autonomy and agency, freedom and dignity.  Absent these conditions, subjects might be well-treated, but would remain as slaves in Egypt, and not free citizens.  This session examines the lessons of freedom inherent in the account of Exodus, explores relevant passages in Machiavelli’s writings, and relates both to modern republican theories of government.


Presenters
avatar for Rivka Amado

Rivka Amado

Rivka Amado received her B.A. and M.A. at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her PhD at the University of Toronto. She taught at Bar-Ilan University in Israel for many years before moving to the United States. In the U.S., she has taught political theory at Stanford, Princeton and... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Sonoma Valley

2:00pm

What Was Moses's Other Revelation on Sinai?
The Torah describes one of the most momentous revelations on Sinai in plain language.  Moses uses this revelation to liberate the Children of Israel from Egypt and later translate the will of God to them, yet it is largely ignored in the Jewish tradition except for a few hints.  This presentation will explore how the Torah describes the revelation of the first alphabet to Moses and the archeological evidence that, surprisingly, may support its reality.

Presenters
avatar for David Porush

David Porush

David was CEO of MentorNet, Executive Director of Learning Environments for the 64 State University of New York campuses, and an award-winning professor of media and literature for 20 plus years at the College of William and Mary in Virginia and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Russian River Valley

2:00pm

The New/Old Practice of Jewish Spiritual Direction
Explore the quiet revolution of spiritual direction with an extraordinary panel of leaders in this new/old form of Jewish practice.  Unknown to most Jews, even though it is being offered in five rabbinical schools and there are three independent training programs, Jewish spiritual directors are active in many communities across the US and around the world. Spiritual direction (also called spiritual guidance) helps cultivate and shine a light on the holiness/God’s presence inherent in our lives - in the difficult, the joyful, and the everyday moments and provides support for the continued growth and development of your soul/spiritual life. Throughout Jewish history, mentors such as a mashpia or rebbe have provided a place to talk about and explore the spiritual life.  Come learn about this new/old model of spiritual companionship and start your weekend by (re)introducing your soul to the idea that soul care and growth is one of the primary joys and responsibilities of a Jew.

Presenters
avatar for Yesh Ballon

Yesh Ballon

Yesh Ballon is Co-Director of the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction and the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction Training Program.  He is a Mashpia Ruchani (Spiritual Director) and Vatik (Sage-ing® Mentor), certified by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal.  Yesh... Read More →
avatar for Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores

Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores

Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores is a licensed marriage and family therapist and spiritual director/counselor, practicing in Santa Rosa, California.  She specializes in grief, loss and trauma.  She leads spiritual direction groups and teaches on issues of Jewish spirituality at synagogues... Read More →
avatar for Wendie Bernstein Lash

Wendie Bernstein Lash

Wendie Bernstein Lash, M.S., is a spiritual director, spiritual direction supervisor, meditation teacher and mentor.  Wendie is the former Co-Director of the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction training program and the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction and is a board... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Darwin 102

2:00pm

Devotions of the Heart: Women’s Prayer Voice
Now Hannah was praying in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice could not be heard. (1 Samuel 1:13) Women have continued to pray in distinctive ways throughout Jewish history. The taking of challah, lighting the Shabbat candles, the birth of a child, the death of a soldier-son, marriage, divorce, in prosperity and adversity, these are some of the moments in a woman’s life that call out for prayer. In this session, we will explore a sampling of prayers and devotions written by and for women from medieval times through today and what we know about the women and men who wrote them. Selections will include tkhines written in Yiddish, German poems by Fanny Neuda, prayers from the Italian Jewish and Ladino traditions as well as contemporary Hebrew and English works.

Presenters
avatar for Abra Greenspan

Abra Greenspan

Abra Greenspan joined Lehrhaus Judaica in August 2012.  She is also the Director of Learning at Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto.  Abra has worked in Jewish education for over 30 years, including 12 years as the Director of Youth Education at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:10pm
Darwin 107

2:00pm

Vintage Jews
As the world “rushed in” to profit from California’s gold strike of 1849, Jews joined the throngs.  Some settled in Napa Valley, where they conducted business and participated in cultural life.  Many made fine wines, which they continue to do.  This is their story.

Presenters
avatar for Donna Dover Mendelsohn

Donna Dover Mendelsohn

Donna Dover Mendelsohn settled in California in 1961 and moved to Napa in 1998 with her husband David Mendelsohn.  She is co-founder of the Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley, Ner Tamid Jewish Community Cemetery in St. Helena and a past president of Congregation Beth Shalom... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Bennett Valley

3:00pm

Volunteer: Shleppers
Limited Capacity full

Saturday June 30, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:25pm

My Father Was a Wandering Alcoholic: Drunken Ancestors and Their Rabbinic Discontents
In this session, we will examine drunkenness in our texts and the stories we tell about those who get drunk.  Together, we will seek to understand how our tradition engages the issue of substance abuse, the harms of addiction and possible means of recovery.

Presenters
avatar for Zack Wiener

Zack Wiener

Zack Wiener is a fourth-year student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.  He studies Torah in Hebrew, sends text messages in English and dreams about the Jewish future in Yiddish.  Zack is also a Kevah Fellow.


Saturday June 30, 2018 3:25pm - 4:35pm
Knights Valley

3:25pm

Jewish Resilience and Capacity for Compassion - an Artistic Exploration
Tap into Jewish resilience and capacity for compassion in a painting workshop to live music with an artist and a musician.
MEET IN THE STUDENT CENTER LOBBY - we will walk together to the lake.

Presenters
avatar for Elena Gold

Elena Gold

Elena Gold is a Creativity Coach, a founder of Self-Express Lab Inc. and an artist who was a technologist in her former life.  Now she coaches companies on how to build strong teams by focusing on creative self-expression.  She occasionally surprises her community with wellness... Read More →
avatar for Chaia May

Chaia May

Chaia May is an educator with an MA from Stanford as well as a musician, storyteller and writer.  She has published 20 books and CDs and has been a keynote speaker at conferences on topics including Spirituality and Sensory Awareness.  She has led women's movement classes in the... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 3:25pm - 4:35pm
By the Lake

3:25pm

A Secular Yeshiva - Not an Oxymoron
We will explore the intellectual and social underpinnings of the concept of secular Judaism and discuss the opportunities and challenges it poses for Jewish identity in Israel and around the world.

Presenters
avatar for Dan Herman

Dan Herman

A native of Milwaukee, Dan completed his BA in History and Hebrew Studies at the University of Wisconsin and is a graduate of BINA's Tikkun Olam and Bagatzim programs.  During his army service, Dan served in the Foreign Liaison's unit of the IDF Strategic Division.  In the past... Read More →
avatar for Zoe Jick

Zoe Jick

Zoe Jick is the founder of the English Beit Midrash at BINA's Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv.  She is also an educator for Wexner Service Corps, BBYO and HillelU.  Zoe is an alumna of Wesleyan University and Harvard Divinity School as well as Pardes and Yeshivat Hadar.


Saturday June 30, 2018 3:25pm - 4:35pm
Sonoma Valley

3:25pm

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

Presenters
avatar for Rafi Danziger

Rafi Danziger

Senior Research Advisor and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Dr. Danziger is Senior Research Advisor at AIPAC's Policy and Government Affairs department and Near East Report's Editor-in-Chief Emeritus. He moved from a Washington suburb to the San Francisco Bay area in 2017. He was AIPAC’s Director of Research and Information in 1990-2010... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 3:25pm - 4:35pm
Darwin 103

3:25pm

Look Who’s Showing Me the Dirty Pictures: How Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism and BDS Are Shaping the Jewish Conversation
In the age of polarization, the alt-right and the anti-Israel left, why can’t Jews even agree on how to fight hate? It all comes down to politics.

Presenters
avatar for Andrew  Silow-Carroll

Andrew Silow-Carroll

Journalist. Editor-in-Chief, JTA.
Andrew Silow-Carroll is Editor-in-Chief of JTA, the global Jewish news service.  Previously he served as Editor-in-Chief and CEO of the New Jersey Jewish News and wrote an award-winning weekly column that also appeared in the Times of Israel.  He was previously the managing editor... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 3:25pm - 4:35pm
Darwin 102

3:25pm

Minyan, Movement, Meaning
What happens when a group of 10 or more people come together?  Embedded in Judaism is the biological, social and spiritual wisdom of Minyan, that magic number at which a collection of individuals becomes something more and a new essential quality or behavior emerges.  Birds flock. Jews use language - praying, saying, swaying, healing, sharing, communing.  This workshop builds on Stan Tenen's finding that from ancient times the Hebrew alphabet - the names, shapes, meanings and gestures associated with each of its letters, its 3-letter roots and its foundational utterances - was designed with just such wisdom in mind.  Using these gestures, we will each establish our individual expression for the three root letters of a chosen Hebrew word, and then move in guided improvisation, honing our leading and following skills in order to create an ensemble experience, an unfolding of the spirit of Minyan.  At the same time, the letter-gestures themselves may reveal insights into the otherwise concealed meaning of the text.  And of Minyan itself.

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Marcus

Deborah Marcus

Deborah offered her first LimmudBA session –"The Evolution and Biomechanics of Standing Balance: A Spiritual Journey”, in 2016.  As a dancer and choreographer in SF and NYC she danced and toured with many small companies including her own intergenerational movement theater company... Read More →
avatar for Idelle Packer

Idelle Packer

Idelle is thrilled to attend/team-teach her first LimmudBA session this season.  As a dancer and choreographer in New York, she danced and toured with The New York Dance Collective, a resident company of NYU School of the Arts, and later worked with choreographers Remy Charlip, Deborah... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 3:25pm - 4:35pm
Bennett Valley

5:15pm

Genetics, Technology and the Age of Personalized Medicine
We've been talking about Personalized Medicine for decades.  Ever since the Human Genome project was declared complete in 2003, precision medicine has been on the horizon, and much like the horizon it's been (in the broad sense) just out of our collective reach.  Alex Furman, co-founder and head of organizational development at Invitae will take you through the recent history, which is full of incredible technological and scientific advances on one hand, and frustrating setbacks and roadblocks on the other.  We'll talk about the coming paradigm shift in modern healthcare and the massive countervailing forces that are in the way.

Presenters
avatar for Alex Furman

Alex Furman

Technology, Genetics and Data
Alex is a co-founder of Invitae, specializing in software development, people analytics and business strategy in order to foster a collaborative company culture and innovation at scale.  Alex is also on the Board of Directors for EcoShift Development, a firm offering a comprehensive... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 5:15pm - 6:25pm
Darwin 103

5:15pm

Israel & the Arab World: Part II - Routes to Peace
 A summary and analysis of the options for lasting and comprehensive peace between Israel and the Arab world.

Presenters
avatar for David Meir-Levi

David Meir-Levi

David Meir-Levi has spent the last 16 years researching, analyzing, teaching, publishing, learning and debating issues related to the Arab-Israel conflict.  Both an Israeli and an American, with a strong background in ancient and modern Near Eastern history, David brings a high level... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 5:15pm - 6:25pm
Sonoma Valley

5:15pm

The Israeli Declaration of Independence at 70 - the New Canon
In recognition of the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence, we will learn Israel's Declaration of Independence as an example of a new canonical Jewish text. We will discuss the fascinating behind-the-scenes process of writing this monumental document, the Jewish values outlined, and the successes and failures in enacting those values in today's Israeli society.

Presenters
avatar for Noga Brenner Samia

Noga Brenner Samia

Deputy Director, BINA
Noga was raised both in New York and Netanya, Israel.  A sergeant in the IDF, Noga attained a B.Sc. (Cum Laude) in Industrial Engineering and Management (Technion), an MBA (Washington University, St. Louis) and an MA in Pluralistic Jewish Education (HUC/Hebrew University).  She... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 5:15pm - 6:25pm
Darwin 102

5:15pm

Al Pi Darko: Teaching and Learning Torah YOUR Way
Often we find ourselves learning Torah from a sheet of paper, or in a book and accompanied by a frontal session with a teacher and a writing utensil.  Here we will explore learning Torah through three different mediums so we can each choose how we learn best and are most interested in doing so. Whether you are a visual, logical, kinesthetic, aural or visual learner, we will all learn Torah together in our own way.

Presenters
avatar for Corey Helfand

Corey Helfand

Rabbi Corey Helfand has served as the spiritual leader of Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City since 2011.  He received his rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary ofAmerica, along with a Masters Degree in Talmud and Jewish Law.  He is a Gladstein Fellow... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Schatz

Rebecca Schatz

Rabbi Rebecca Schatz was ordained and achieved her Masters in Rabbinic Studies from The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2017, with a concentration in Halakha (Jewish Law).  She also holds a Masters Degree in Experiential Education and Bachelor's in Hebrew Letters from the Fingerhut... Read More →
avatar for Doron Shapira

Doron Shapira

Cantor Doron Shapira is starting his 25th year as Cantor at Peninsula Sinai Congregation (fulfilling his musical desires); his 1st year as Director of Community Engagement (fulfilling his desires for Jewish inclusion, programming, and making congregational life as meaningful as possible... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 5:15pm - 6:25pm
Russian River Valley

5:15pm

Chiasms: Unlocking the Bible's Dazzling Literary Structure
See Jewish texts afresh by learning to find chiasms, a little-known but powerful Biblical structure even your rabbi may not have heard of.  A chiasm is like a palindrome, but for words, events and ideas rather than letters – and they are hidden in plain sight in hundreds of Jewish texts!
How is the Tower of Babel story written like a tower?  What’s dazzling about “Ahavat Olam?”  Do the Bible’s structures suggest the Torah has one author, or many?  Plenty of practice, and you’ll leave with a new skill! (No Hebrew necessary.)

Presenters
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 →


Saturday June 30, 2018 5:15pm - 6:25pm
Dry Creek Valley

5:15pm

The Space After Shiva
How do we care for each other in periods of grief and mourning?  While shiva, the traditional Jewish period of mourning, lasts only seven days, grief does not disappear after shiva concludes.  In this session we will explore Jewish texts on grief and mourning and the work that remains when shiva ends.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Joselow

Sarah Joselow

Rabbi Sarah Joselow is the Senior Jewish Educator at Columbia/Barnard Hillel.  Originally from Ossining, NY, Sarah studied History and Arabic at Harvard before moving to New Orleans to teach middle school math with Teach for America.  Sarah was ordained as a Reform rabbi by Hebrew... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 5:15pm - 6:25pm
Knights Valley

5:15pm

What's Growin' on in Your Organic Culinary Herb and Edible Flower Garden?
Join Farmer Freed and learn (or brush up) on the latest tips and tricks for growing the best tasting culinary herbs. We chat about the growing patterns of culinary herbs and edible flowers, and talk about which herbs like full sun, partial sun, shade, irrigation needs, etc. There are so many fun ways to use culinary herbs; fresh, dried, value added, besamim bundles for simchas, etc. We will be sampling many different varieties of culinary herbs and edible flowers during the workshop, which is always a special treat. There will also be fresh herbs for you to take home and enjoy in your kitchen. 

Presenters
avatar for Emily Freed

Emily Freed

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


Saturday June 30, 2018 5:15pm - 6:25pm
Bennett Valley

6:30pm

Service Reform Mincha
Saturday June 30, 2018 6:30pm - 6:50pm
Darwin 102

6:30pm

Service Traditional Egalitarian Mincha
Saturday June 30, 2018 6:30pm - 6:50pm
Sonoma Valley

6:30pm

Service Traditional w/Mihitza Mincha
Saturday June 30, 2018 6:30pm - 6:50pm
Alexander Valley

6:30pm

Meditation: Afternoon Sit
Presenters
avatar for Wendie Bernstein Lash

Wendie Bernstein Lash

Wendie Bernstein Lash, M.S., is a spiritual director, spiritual direction supervisor, meditation teacher and mentor.  Wendie is the former Co-Director of the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction training program and the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction and is a board... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 6:30pm - 6:50pm
Gym - Silver Strand

6:45pm

Dinner
Saturday June 30, 2018 6:45pm - 7:40pm
Ballroom

7:30pm

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity full

Check-in on presenters in the 6 breakout rooms on the second floor of the Student Center; troubleshoot

Saturday June 30, 2018 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Student Center 2nd floor Exhibit Hall

7:50pm

Family Fun - End Shabbat on a Sweet Note
Sing, play and get ready for Havdallah! 

Presenters
avatar for Liora Brosbe

Liora Brosbe

A Bay Area native, Liora currently serves as Youth and Family Concierge at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay.  Liora connects families with PJ Library and supports them in engaging in Jewish life in the East Bay area.  Liora is also a formally trained Maggidah, a Jewish storyteller... Read More →
avatar for Doron Shapira

Doron Shapira

Cantor Doron Shapira is starting his 25th year as Cantor at Peninsula Sinai Congregation (fulfilling his musical desires); his 1st year as Director of Community Engagement (fulfilling his desires for Jewish inclusion, programming, and making congregational life as meaningful as possible... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 7:50pm - 8:40pm
Sonoma Valley

7:50pm

​Audaciously Honest: How Telling the Truth Can Be More Welcoming Than Sweet Talk
True answers to all your questions about interfaith families & welcoming work
This presentation is rooted in the importance of being able to speak truthfully and kindly even when you are delivering less than happy news.  Dawn Kepler and Rabbi Samantha Kahn will raise the questions that couples and community members don’t know to ask, the questions they receive in their work with Multifaith and Interfaith families & newly engaged couples.  Participants will have the opportunity to privately submit their own questions.  Here are some samples:

Do we need to simplify Judaism to make it more accessible?
What’s the goal of welcoming interfaith families? I think I’m welcoming… but am I?
Do these people know that I’m not Jewish?  Should I say something?
Why is Chabad so good at welcoming?  Can we as community leaders outside of Chabad learn from them?
Does officiating at interfaith marriages really make couples more likely to be engaged in Jewish community?
I don’t need to get to know the florist for my wedding, why do I need to get to know the rabbi?
Why do my questions get reassurances instead of answers?
What if I feel uncomfortable when everyone is telling me I’m so welcome?

Presenters
avatar for Samantha Kahn

Samantha Kahn

Rabbi Samantha Kahn is the Bay Area Director for InterfaithFamily, a national resource supporting interfaith couples exploring Jewish life and inclusive Jewish communities.  Previously, she served as the Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Emanu El in Houston, TX, where for six-years... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Kepler

Dawn Kepler

Dawn Kepler is the founding director and leads Building Jewish Bridges, a program of Lehrhaus Judaica that embraces Bay Area interfaith families.  She has proudly worked within the Interfaith Outreach community since 1990.  She has run workshops and classes in synagogues, JCCs... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 7:50pm - 9:00pm
Bennett Valley

7:50pm

A State of Survivors - Narrative and Values in the Israeli Declaration of Independence
The Israeli Declaration of Independence gives special mention to "Shearit Ha-pletah", the survivors of the Holocaust who, despite difficult circumstances, sought freedom and dignity in the new Jewish State.  We will do a deep reading of this paragraph of the declaration, with interpretations from leading Israeli intellectuals like Haim Gouri and Muki Tzur.  What does this symbolize about Israel's Jewish values today?  And what does it teach us about African asylum seekers living in Israel now?

Presenters
avatar for Noga Brenner Samia

Noga Brenner Samia

Deputy Director, BINA
Noga was raised both in New York and Netanya, Israel.  A sergeant in the IDF, Noga attained a B.Sc. (Cum Laude) in Industrial Engineering and Management (Technion), an MBA (Washington University, St. Louis) and an MA in Pluralistic Jewish Education (HUC/Hebrew University).  She... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 7:50pm - 9:00pm
Darwin 103

7:50pm

Touring the Jewish Afterlife
Does Judaism believe in an afterlife? Many people, including Jews, may be unsure-- and surprised-- about the answer.  Together we will descend to She'ol, ascend to the Heavenly Academy, visit The World To Come, and sneak a peak at the Messianic Age.

Presenters
avatar for Andrew Nusbaum

Andrew Nusbaum

Andrew Nusbaum is a full-time Middle School teacher and has an unwieldy number of Judaica books in his home library.  Andrew has taught classes on Jewish history and culture to adults and teens in numerous venues in San Francisco.  He has enjoyed many Limmud classes through iTunes... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 7:50pm - 9:00pm
Russian River Valley

7:50pm

Oops! I Forgot Thee, O Jerusalem
The perennial challenge of “Why should I bother? It didn’t happen to me!” looms large over the summer days of mourning.  I’m not sitting by the waters of Babylon, so why should I care about the tragedies of the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av?  In this session, we’ll consider the power of holding space on the calendar - and in our lives - for sorrow, both communal and personal, as we explore the place of the individual in the larger chain of Jewish tradition.

Presenters
avatar for Anna Leah Berstein Simpson

Anna Leah Berstein Simpson

Anna Leah Berstein Simpson is a proud alumna of Dartmouth College and Yeshivat Hadar.  Anna Leah works for the Hadar Institute, where she produces digital content and manages its website.  She loves French butter, beginner improv classes, and singing, especially in her apartmen... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 7:50pm - 9:00pm
Knights Valley

7:50pm

My Most Helpful Advice
After 5,400 clients, I've learned a lot about what works and doesn't in improving one's life.  I'll share my best, regarding career, relationships, money and even the meaning of life.

Presenters
avatar for Marty Nemko

Marty Nemko

Public Radio Host, Career Coach
U.S. News called Marty Nemko "career coach extraordinaire" and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, "The Bay Area's Best Career Coach."  Toastmasters named him the non-member Speaker of the Year. He holds a PhD from Berkeley and subsequently taught there.  He's in his 29th year as host... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 7:50pm - 9:00pm
Darwin 107

9:00pm

Instant a Cappella Rehearsal
We will rehearse for the performance during Havdallah!!  Come to polish what we've learned in the a cappella sessions in the last two days, and get a chance to sing more!
Some singing experience is recommended and it is helpful if you are able to sight-read music, although neither is required.
Daniel Henkin’s participation in Limmud Bay Area is made possible through the generous support of the Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Henkin

Daniel Henkin

Pioneer of Jewish a Cappella, Choir Master
Daniel Henkin has conducted Jewish and secular choirs for 30 years and has produced more than a dozen albums of Jewish and secular choral music.  He has directed ensembles at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Merkin Halls and is the recipient of the 2016 Covenant Award.  As an... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 9:00pm - 9:15pm
Dry Creek Valley

9:15pm

Service Traditional w/Mihitza Ma'ariv
Saturday June 30, 2018 9:15pm - 9:30pm
Alexander Valley

9:20pm

Havdalah
Saturday June 30, 2018 9:20pm - 9:45pm
Student Center Plaza

10:00pm

(dis)Place[d]
In (dis)Place[d] creator/performer Debórah Eliezer traces her own roots through the story of her father, Edward Ben-Eliezer, an Iraqi Jew born in 1930, member of the Zionist underground, refugee, Israeli spy and immigrant to America.

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Eliezer

Deborah Eliezer

Co-Artistic Director, Performer
Debórah Eliezer is foolsFURY Theater Company's Co-Artistic Director in charge of producing new work, a national festival, internship opportunities and public educational programs.  She has been a company member since 2005.  With foolsFURY, Eliezer has created and performed in... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Person Theater

10:00pm

Jewish Crossword Clues For the Brain and the Funny Bone
Learn to solve – and write – Jewish crossword clues from the former editor of the Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle.  Some of the best:
  • It had a major part in The Ten Commandments (6 letters): RED SEA
  • Branch of Judaism (5): LULAV
  • He’s at your service (5): RABBI
  • Yom Kippur and others (4): WARS  
No expertise required.  This one is great: “Friendly jeers for Jerry Seinfeld” (7).  Want the solution? Come to the session.

Presenters
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 →


Saturday June 30, 2018 10:00pm - 11:10pm
Dry Creek Valley

10:00pm

Picking and Choosing in Jewish Tradition
Are we totally free to choose what we want?  What limits our choices?  And are the answers to these questions different when it comes to our inherited traditions?  By looking at Jewish texts that deal with the theme of choice (or lack thereof), we will explore questions of individual freedom - in life and in Jewish practice.

Presenters
avatar for Uriel Tehila Levy

Uriel Tehila Levy

Uriel Tehila Levy lives in Jerusalem, Israel, where they work as an operations manager for the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance.  They exude a deep enthusiasm and wonder for all that is queer in Torah and all that is holy in being queer.  Uriel is also a Kevah Fello... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2018 10:00pm - 11:10pm
Knights Valley

10:30pm

Volunteer: Balloons
Limited Capacity full

Inflate helium balloons and place between Sauvignon Village and SC

Saturday June 30, 2018 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Sauvignon Village

11:00pm

Late Night Limmud!
All sessioned-out?  Decompress at the Limmud Lounge in the suites of Sauvignon Village!  Munch, mingle and jam with friends new and old.

Saturday June 30, 2018 11:00pm - Sunday July 1, 2018 12:00am
Sauvignon Village
 
Sunday, July 1
 

7:00am

Volunteer: Greeter
Limited Capacity seats available

Greet people as they come to breakfast and help them find seats.

Sunday July 1, 2018 7:00am - 8:15am
Ballroom

7:30am

Breakfast
Sunday July 1, 2018 7:30am - 9:15am
Ballroom

8:00am

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity seats available

Post programming changes at the information table on the 3rd floor of the Student Center

Sunday July 1, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Ballroom

8:00am

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity full

Check-in on the Shuk set up; troubleshoot with SSU staff

Sunday July 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Student Center 2nd floor Exhibit Hall

8:00am

8:00am

Love, Sex, Power and Babies
The struggles to conceive children is a recurring theme in the bible.  The stories show that a quest for a baby is an intricate dance of love, sex and power.  We will explore some of the stories of our matriarchs and see how the desire for a little bundle of joy reveals their true character, their weaknesses and their loyalties.

Presenters
avatar for Idit Solomon

Idit Solomon

Rabbi Idit Solomon is the founder and CEO of Hasidah (Hebrew word for stork).  Rabbi Solomon earned her Master’s of Jewish Education and ordination from HUC-JIR in Los Angeles.  She founded Hasidah after experiencing years of infertility and recognizing that no organization existed... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Bennett Valley

8:00am

Volunteer: Greeter
Limited Capacity seats available

Greet people as they come to breakfast and help them find seats.

Sunday July 1, 2018 8:00am - 9:15am
Ballroom

9:00am

The Shuk
Community Marketplace!

Sunday July 1, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Student Center 2nd floor Exhibit Hall

9:15am

Volunteer: Presenter Care
Limited Capacity full

Check-in on presenters in the 6 breakout rooms on the second floor of the Student Center; troubleshoot with the SSU staff

Sunday July 1, 2018 9:15am - 9:45am
Student Center 2nd floor Exhibit Hall

9:30am

Israel and the UN – It’s Complicated
The United Nations (UN) played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Jewish State by passing in 1947 the partition plan of British Mandate Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab.  Ever since, Israel and the UN have long-lasting relations, and cooperation on many topics.
At the same time, the international body has a continuing history of a one-sided, hostile approach to Israel, specifically at the General Assembly and in some of its bodies, such as The Human Rights Council and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  Ravit Baer will address this complex situation and the Israeli perspective on it.

Presenters
avatar for Ravit Baer

Ravit Baer

Ravit Baer assumed the role of Deputy Consul General in August, 2015 after serving for five years at the Department for Multilateral European Organization at the Europe Division.  In that position, she was responsible for coordinating Israel’s cooperation with the European Union... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:40am
Ballroom Partitioned

9:30am

The Case for Investing in Israel: Stocks, Private Equity and Real Estate
So you bought Israeli Bonds and planted trees, but have you even considered what it takes to really participate in the Israeli economy?  Come to learn from practitioners in the field.

Presenters
avatar for David Blumberg

David Blumberg

VC, US and Israeli Technology
David is the founder and managing partner of Blumberg Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund based in San Francisco.  David is an authority on early stage investing with more than 30 years of experience.  He founded Blumberg Capital in the early 1990s and launched its first... Read More →
avatar for Mike Krigel

Mike Krigel

Mike is a VP, Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager with Morgan Stanley in Menlo Park.  He has a passion for understanding the many ways to tap into the Israeli public equity market.  He will speak broadly about what he has learned but not provide any investment advice or rec... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:40am
Alexander Valley

9:30am

The Future of Jewish Journalism: Can Jewish Media Survive Millennials?
Spoiler: There's hope.  But young Jews are also raising new and difficult questions for the field of Jewish journalism.  What do millennials want out of Jewish media?  Can legacy Jewish publications reinvent themselves to appeal to the next generation?  Will community papers have to turn to new mediums or tell different kinds of stories to attract young readership?  What does the future of Jewish media look like?  Join "J." Editor-in-Chief, Sue Fishkoff, a Jewish journalism veteran with 30 years in the field, and New Voices Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Sara Weissman, a millennial journalist, for a lively dialogue.

Presenters
avatar for Sue Fishkoff

Sue Fishkoff

Editor, Journalist, Author
Sue Fishkoff is the Editor of J., the Jewish News of Northern California.  She lives in Oakland with her three cats and really loves her job.
avatar for Sara Weissman

Sara Weissman

Correspondent. Editor-in-Chief, New Voices Magazine.
Sara Weissman is the Executive Director of the Jewish Student Press Service and the Editor-in-Chief of New Voices, a national online magazine written by and for Jewish college students.  She graduated from UC Berkeley, where she got her start in journalism as an opinion columnist... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:40am
Sonoma Valley

9:30am

Data, Corporate Culture, Pay Equity and Innovation at Scale - Designing the Next Generation Workplace
Corporate America has changed tremendously over the past few decades, as we shift further and further towards the information economy.  Our approaches to managing companies, on the other hand, have been largely stagnant - many of the practices still in use today go back to the Mad Men era and beyond.  This is creating a massive disconnect between how things are done and the demands of the modern-day workforce.  Alex Furman, co-founder and head of organizational development at Invitae will talk about bringing modern analytical approaches to bear on making the right decisions, identifying top talent, removing systemic bias from compensation, and aligning individual incentives with those of the company at large.

Presenters
avatar for Alex Furman

Alex Furman

Technology, Genetics and Data
Alex is a co-founder of Invitae, specializing in software development, people analytics and business strategy in order to foster a collaborative company culture and innovation at scale.  Alex is also on the Board of Directors for EcoShift Development, a firm offering a comprehensive... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:40am
Russian River Valley

9:30am

Runaway Inequality
This session will be a succinct review of some of the major forces that have contributed to the extreme imbalance of wealth and income currently characterizing American society.

Presenters
avatar for David Gaskill

David Gaskill

Self-employed, semi-retired, former social worker, soldier, cop, sandalmaker and apprentice maggid.


Sunday July 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:40am
Dry Creek Valley

9:30am

Refugees, Asylum-Seekers or Infiltrators? Competing Jewish Values in a Jewish State
The African migrant crisis has surfaced profound tensions in Israeli society, and challenged both Israeli and diaspora Jews to think about Israel's character as a modern and Jewish state. Together we will study sources which, while not providing simple answers, may still help us consider the issues in a more thoughtful way.

Presenters
avatar for Zvi Hirschfield

Zvi Hirschfield

Teacher of Talmud, Halacha and Jewish Thought
Zvi teaches Talmud, Halakha and Jewish Thought at Pardes.  In addition, Zvi is a faculty member of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and has been training and mentoring Jewish Educators for over ten years in Tefilah in educational settings, critical issues in modern Jewish thought... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:40am
Darwin 102

9:30am

Standing Tall Under Siege: Perspectives on Pain and Perseverance
The destruction of the Temple didn’t happen overnight.  It was a long, drawn out process where the Jews saw their world progressively caving in around them.  This is the mood of the 17th of Tammuz: the emotional fatigue of being under siege.  It’s not hard to relate to the exhaustion of trying to hold oneself together when everything feels like it’s breaking.  What can Jewish sources offer us in these kind of moments?

Presenters
avatar for Gita Karasov

Gita Karasov

Gita Karasov, a Minnesota native, has worked in a variety of Jewish educational settings empowering students to engage more deeply with their Judaism.  She is entering her fourth year of rabbinical school at Hebrew College in Newton, MA.  Gita is also a Kevah Fellow.


Sunday July 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:40am
Knights Valley

9:30am

Foodaism: A Religion for the Rest of Us
Based on his popular, award-winning blog and the subject of his upcoming book, Rob Eshman examines how food can be the way into spirituality, and how it can deepen our experience of the Divine whether we are are believers, agnostics or atheists.  Rob, who is the  former Jewish Journal Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Journal, draws on his personal life and marriage to a rabbi as well as on his interviews and world travels to explore how food has the capacity to transform and enrich our lives each day. 

Presenters
avatar for Rob Eshman

Rob Eshman

Publisher, Editor, Journalist, Writer
Rob Eshman is the former Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Jewish Journal.  He is currently a writer living in Los Angeles, working on the book, Foodaism and projects for TV and film.   Rob teaches “Food, Culture and Media” at USC Annenberg School of Journalism.


Sunday July 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:40am
Bennett Valley

9:30am

Healing and Liberation: Five Lessons Learnt From Israeli Medical Clowns
I Clown You” is a documentary about the art of making human connections. It explores the liberating and healing powers of the art of folly through the stories of medical clowns.

In Israel “medical clowning” is an actual job. Red nose, huge shoes - the works, no white face though – think, “overdressed hipsters with red noses.” They don’t do shticks. Their work is a non-stop improvisation. Clowns roam the halls of hospitals and engage with whatever they encounter finding the right key for any situation. Hospital is a unique place in Israel. It’s a place of peace that brings people together. Everyone is equal, leveled by the fear and suffering. Medical clown’s ability to reach past the divides has an extra layer of meaning here.

The presentation by the "I Clown You" director, Sasha Kapustina, is based on five years of researching and observing the clowns' work. Sasha will screen selected scenes and talk about the clown as a transcendent figure capable of walking through the walls and connecting the opposites.

Presenters
avatar for Sasha Kapustina

Sasha Kapustina

Sasha was born and raised in Moscow, Russia.  She started her career working for a film production company based in Moscow where she served as a head of the legal department and as a producer on several feature films involving major Russian talent.  When Sasha made aliyah together... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:40am
Darwin 107

9:30am

Wrestling with Menstruation
Explore some central Jewish texts on menstruation and niddah. How do these texts cohere with our bodies, our selves? What are the various ways that Jews today can practice niddah in order to make the tradition their own? Come learn (and share!) what's going on with your/the Jewish female body during menstruation.
This learning is in collaboration with "At The Well," a women's wellness community.

Presenters
avatar for Zoe Jick

Zoe Jick

Zoe Jick is the founder of the English Beit Midrash at BINA's Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv.  She is also an educator for Wexner Service Corps, BBYO and HillelU.  Zoe is an alumna of Wesleyan University and Harvard Divinity School as well as Pardes and Yeshivat Hadar.


Sunday July 1, 2018 9:30am - 10:40am
Darwin 103

11:00am

Jewish Media in the Age of 'Fake News'
In a world awash with digital noise, how can we separate authentic reporting and careful analysis from the speculative and the downright false?  And what is the role of the Jewish media in this landscape? Five prominent Jewish journalists will discuss how news is changing and offer their perspectives on how Jewish media is evolving to serve new needs and interests. 

Presenters
avatar for Rob Eshman

Rob Eshman

Publisher, Editor, Journalist, Writer
Rob Eshman is the former Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Jewish Journal.  He is currently a writer living in Los Angeles, working on the book, Foodaism and projects for TV and film.   Rob teaches “Food, Culture and Media” at USC Annenberg School of Journalism.
avatar for Sue Fishkoff

Sue Fishkoff

Editor, Journalist, Author
Sue Fishkoff is the Editor of J., the Jewish News of Northern California.  She lives in Oakland with her three cats and really loves her job.
avatar for Esther Kustanowitz

Esther Kustanowitz

Creative Media and Popular Culture Writer
Esther D. Kustanowitz is a writer, editor and consultant usually based in Los Angeles, occasionally in New York or Jerusalem, and always on the internet.  She  is currently a founding editor and contributor at GrokNation.com and a contributing writer at the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.  Esther has also written for Modern Loss, Haaretz, JTA, The Jewish Week, The Forward and eJewishPhilanthropy , among others.  An early adopter of Jewish blogging and social media tools, Esther is endlessly fascinated with the ongoing evolution of the me... Read More →
avatar for Marty Nemko

Marty Nemko

Public Radio Host, Career Coach
U.S. News called Marty Nemko "career coach extraordinaire" and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, "The Bay Area's Best Career Coach."  Toastmasters named him the non-member Speaker of the Year. He holds a PhD from Berkeley and subsequently taught there.  He's in his 29th year as host... Read More →
avatar for Andrew  Silow-Carroll

Andrew Silow-Carroll

Journalist. Editor-in-Chief, JTA.
Andrew Silow-Carroll is Editor-in-Chief of JTA, the global Jewish news service.  Previously he served as Editor-in-Chief and CEO of the New Jersey Jewish News and wrote an award-winning weekly column that also appeared in the Times of Israel.  He was previously the managing editor... Read More →
avatar for Sara Weissman

Sara Weissman

Correspondent. Editor-in-Chief, New Voices Magazine.
Sara Weissman is the Executive Director of the Jewish Student Press Service and the Editor-in-Chief of New Voices, a national online magazine written by and for Jewish college students.  She graduated from UC Berkeley, where she got her start in journalism as an opinion columnist... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ballroom

11:45am

Volunteer: Greeter
Limited Capacity full

Greet people as they come to lunch and help them find seats.

Sunday July 1, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
Ballroom

12:00pm

Lunch
Sunday July 1, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ballroom

12:15pm

Volunteer: Greeter
Limited Capacity full

Greet people as they come to lunch and help them find seats.

Sunday July 1, 2018 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Ballroom

1:00pm

An Optional Off-Site: Explore Jewish Agricultural Heritage at the Eden Village West Organic Farm
Back to our roots!  Exploring Jewish agricultural heritage.
Only 40 minutes away from the Sonoma State University, come visit Eden Village West, the new organic farm-to-table Jewish overnight summer camp in Sonoma County!
Take a hands-on tour of our farm, meet the animals, and connect with the agrarian roots of Jewish tradition.
Bring a sun hat and shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting a little dirty!

Presenters
avatar for Casey Yurow

Casey Yurow

Eden Village Organic Farm Camp
Eden Village West Director Casey Yurow believes that hands-on learning, farming, nature connection and good ol’ homemade music have the power to revitalize culture and build healthy communities. Casey aims to make sure each camper has an incredible summer experience and to support... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Off site - sign up

1:20pm

Hebrew Calligraphy as an Expression of Judaism - a Workshop
Hands-on calligraphy workshop limited to 12 participants.

Presenters
avatar for Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan is chief program officer and senior educator at Lehrhaus Judaica.  Before coming to Lehrhaus Judaica, and before being a synagogue rabbi and educator, and before rabbinic school, Peretz was, from 1974, active in CAJE and alternative learning communities... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Bennett Valley

1:20pm

Am Yisrael Chai!: From the Czech Republic to Foster City....and Back
A Torah scroll, Holocaust survival, worldwide press, family roots, international community-building, some detective work, and a slew of bashert happenings....  What do they all have in common?  Come find out from some of the people who were privileged to be a part of this truly unique episode in the history of Judaism!

Presenters
avatar for Corey Helfand

Corey Helfand

Rabbi Corey Helfand has served as the spiritual leader of Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City since 2011.  He received his rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary ofAmerica, along with a Masters Degree in Talmud and Jewish Law.  He is a Gladstein Fellow... Read More →
avatar for Steve Lipman

Steve Lipman

Steve Lipman is a member of Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City, CA, where he regularly reads Torah and leads services with the congregation.  He graduated from UCLA and received his Masters Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College in 1990 and currently works... Read More →
avatar for Doron Shapira

Doron Shapira

Cantor Doron Shapira is starting his 25th year as Cantor at Peninsula Sinai Congregation (fulfilling his musical desires); his 1st year as Director of Community Engagement (fulfilling his desires for Jewish inclusion, programming, and making congregational life as meaningful as possible... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Darwin 102

1:20pm

Holocaust Poetry
Extreme times can lead to great art.  Ponder very short works about the Holocaust by Dan Pagis, Abraham Sutzkever, Primo Levi, and others to explore how survivors, observers, and future generations have used rhythm, rhyme, symbolism and imagery to respond to the Shoah.  Read poems in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, German and Italian (plus translations).

Presenters
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 July 1, 2018 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Knights Valley

1:20pm

Comforting the Mourner
Have you ever had a friend, relative or co-worker tell you that someone close to them just died, and you had no idea what to say or do?  In this workshop we’ll talk about Jewish traditions regarding how to comfort the mourner, as well as practical advice about what to say and do (and what not to say or do), which will be useful whether or not the mourner is Jewish.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Esther Barnes

Susan Esther Barnes

Susan Barnes is a founding member of her synagogue's Chevra Kadisha, the group of volunteers who visit the sick, comfort mourners and prepare people who have died for burial by performing taharah (ritual washing and placing the body in a coffin) and shmirah (guarding the dead person... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Dry Creek Valley

1:20pm

What Does Judaism Have to Say About Consumerism?
In this interactive session, we will explore, discuss and debate the concept of consumerism from a Jewish perspective.  What distinguishes wants from needs?  Is comparison shopping ethical?  Are lavish celebrations unethical?  Is Fair Trade Jewish?  Our sources will include ancient texts, modern scholarship, quotes, song lyrics and more from the Limmud Chavruta series on the theme of Money. Everyone is welcome, whether you have studied Jewish texts before or not.  Knowledge of Hebrew is not required.

Presenters
avatar for Karen Radkowsky

Karen Radkowsky

Karen Radkowsky first discovered her passion for all things Limmud in 2000.  Since then, she has participated in 50+ Limmud events on three continents - advising Limmud teams around the globe and facilitating chavruta sessions across the US.  A founder and past president of Limmud... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Darwin 107

1:20pm

The Middle East: A Geopolitical Overview
Geopolitically, the Middle East may be regarded as consisting of 3 separate but interrelated concentric circles, each with its own interest, policies and outcomes: external powers; Middle Eastern states’ foreign policies; and Middle Eastern states’ domestic arenas. Each circle impacts the other two and is impacted by them. The purpose of this session is to review recent interactions among these 3 circles and explore their effects on the current regional geopolitical situation. 

Presenters
avatar for Rafi Danziger

Rafi Danziger

Senior Research Advisor and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Dr. Danziger is Senior Research Advisor at AIPAC's Policy and Government Affairs department and Near East Report's Editor-in-Chief Emeritus. He moved from a Washington suburb to the San Francisco Bay area in 2017. He was AIPAC’s Director of Research and Information in 1990-2010... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Darwin 103

1:20pm

Jewish Wisdom For Stress Free Parenting
As parents, we are constantly challenged by our kids.  Whether we find ourselves making the same mistakes our parents made, overcompensating for the mistakes our parents made, or just trying to get by in this crazy overscheduled world, parenting is stressful.  Come to this highly interactive session to learn how the Jewish Mindfulness practice of Mussar can help you become more present, stress less and love more.

Presenters
avatar for Greg Marcus

Greg Marcus

Greg Marcus, PhD is an innovative Mussar maven and the creator of American Mussar, a 21st century spiritual practice for an authentic and meaningful life.  He is a graduate of the Mussar Institute’s facilitator training program and has been practicing and teaching for five years... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Sonoma Valley

1:20pm

Applying Ancient Talmudic Concepts to 21st Century Technology
A case study - Liability for Damages Caused by Sending a Computer Virus (text based class).

Presenters
avatar for Joel Landau

Joel Landau

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


Sunday July 1, 2018 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Russian River Valley

1:20pm

The Talmudic Tzedakah Transaction- Time to Righteous Up!
We redo the whiplash experience of relating to the other through TzedKah. This rabbinic ride through raw law and disOrdered storytelling reveals that charity can disrupt.

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Landes

Daniel Landes

Talmud Scholar and Teacher
Born in Chicago, Rabbi Landes studied in Chicago with Rabbi M.B. Sacks, the Menachem Tzion; in Israel with Reb Aryeh Levin, Zvi Yehuda Kook, and the Chief Rabbi R. Avrum Shapiro; in New York, Landes studied with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik; and in Los Angeles with Din R. Shmuel... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Alexander Valley

2:50pm

An Experiential Exploration: Is New Art Still Possible?
Inquiry into personal understanding of art and an opportunity to question one's assumptions.
Presented by Limmud Artist-in-Residence.

Presenters
avatar for Elena Gold

Elena Gold

Elena Gold is a Creativity Coach, a founder of Self-Express Lab Inc. and an artist who was a technologist in her former life.  Now she coaches companies on how to build strong teams by focusing on creative self-expression.  She occasionally surprises her community with wellness... Read More →
avatar for Dasha Jakobson

Dasha Jakobson

Dasha Jakobson is a visual artist working in watercolor and digital media.  After years of pursuing a career as a 3D artist in video games and architectural visualization, Dasha went back to her roots and picked up a paint brush with a sigh of relief.  Her work has a strong emotional... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 2:50pm - 4:00pm
Bennett Valley

2:50pm

Decoding Jewish Genetic Testing
Let's break down the complexity of genetic testing and screening.  We will have a short, easy to digest, conversation about why conditions occur.  We'll also discuss how genetic results could affect your family and resources for genetic testing and genetic counseling.  We can talk about both recessive conditions that may be of interest to couples planning a pregnancy and the BRCA1/2 genes, along with their impact on the Jewish community.  

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Grams

Sarah Grams

Genetic Counselor
Sarah enjoys the ever-changing nature of genetics and the daily learning opportunities that are a part of her work.  She began working in the field of plant genetics in 1995 at the University of Wisconsin. After relocating to the Bay Area, she became interested in research into the... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 2:50pm - 4:00pm
Sonoma Valley

2:50pm

Extraterrestrial Life – What Does it Take
Is Earth home to the only living organisms in the Universe or should we expect life elsewhere?  To address this question, we must first understand what life is, then what ingredients are necessary for life, and finally where in the universe we can find those ingredients.

Sunday July 1, 2018 2:50pm - 4:00pm
Darwin 103

2:50pm

Kabbalah and Karma: How All is "Meant to Be"
Kabbalah & Karma: Divine Providence Explored.  Delve into the Kabbalistic teachings on the concept of Divine Providence; how all is "meant to be".

Presenters
avatar for Mendel Wolvovsky

Mendel Wolvovsky

Founder & Director of Chabad Jewish Center of Sonoma County.


Sunday July 1, 2018 2:50pm - 4:00pm
Russian River Valley

2:50pm

Speeding into Jewish Thought: On One Foot, In One Hour
The objective of this power-hour (OK, a little longer than an hour) is to encourage the participants to engage in the conversation across time that is Jewish learning.  "In traditional Jewish society, the purpose of study (lernen) was not information, nor even knowledge, but a lifelong exposure to the sacred texts and an ongoing dialogue with them.  Lernen was seen both as an intellectual endeavor and as an act of devotion; its process was its purpose.” Haym Soloveitchik

We will travel from Maimonides (12th century) to Heschel (20th century) to the feminists Rachel Adler and Judith Plaskow.

Presenters
avatar for Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan is chief program officer and senior educator at Lehrhaus Judaica.  Before coming to Lehrhaus Judaica, and before being a synagogue rabbi and educator, and before rabbinic school, Peretz was, from 1974, active in CAJE and alternative learning communities... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 2:50pm - 4:00pm
Alexander Valley

2:50pm

Sacred Chant Healing Circle
Through the practice of Sacred Hebrew Chant, together the participants will have the opportunity to create a powerful circle of support for those in need of healing, present and not present, including ourselves.  We will build healing energy using ancient words from our tradition with simple melodies in chants that are taught in the moment.  

Presenters
avatar for Jeanette Gross

Jeanette Gross

Jeanette Gross is Chant Leader at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, CA.  Having studied with Rabbi Shefa Gold since July 1996, she is a graduate of Rabbi Gold's Kol Zimra Chant Leadership Training Program. Jeanette has been teaching monthly sessions of Sacred Chant in Lafayette since 1998... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 2:50pm - 4:00pm
Knights Valley

2:50pm

Transform Your Health and Nutrition to a Healthier You
The top two deadliest causes of death in the US can be reduced, if not eliminated, by proper nutrition, better sleep, reduction of stress and excercise.  However, the transformation requires thought and planning.  In this session, we will review the process of transformation and a holistic approach to an implementable plan for change.


Sunday July 1, 2018 2:50pm - 4:00pm
Dry Creek Valley

2:50pm

Don't Wait to Tell Them What Matters to You!
This workshop will provide participants with guidelines and templates for finding their own voice and message for meaningful occasions and life transitions: children leaving home to attend college, marriage, birth of a child, purchase of a home, passing of a beloved relative, or any time or circumstance you choose.
Jeff Saperstein will explain legacy circles, process, and ways to communicate—live speech, written letter, audio and video recording, website.
Participants will interact and express to one another stories, insights, reflections, feelings, and principles each may wish to say to a loved one.  You should come away with more confidence that you can initiate a legacy communication and overcome your fears, so you can do what you so much want to do.

Presenters
avatar for Jeff Saperstein

Jeff Saperstein

Jeff is a Certified Coach, Communications Consultant and San Francisco State University lecturer.  He is the author of eight books, three business case studies and many articles and blogposts.  Jeff has taught workshops in Ethical Wills at Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon.  He... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2018 2:50pm - 4:00pm
Darwin 107

4:00pm

Volunteer: Clean Up
Limited Capacity full

Collect banners, signs and clean up balloons around campus

Sunday July 1, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sauvignon Village