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Sunday, February 10
 

9:00am

"No Calorie"Hamantaschen
In this workshop you will create a one-of-a-kind "no calorie" hamantaschen using colorful felt and embellishments including embroidery floss, beads, sequins and more. Leave class with a beautiful Purim decoration and the skills to make more!

Speakers
JS

Julie Schoen

Julie Schoen was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. Her love of creating with fibers started in her mother's needlepoint store. After her children were born she took up knitting, crocheting and quilting.  After many years as a member, she is now the current president of the Desert Cactus... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
240 Navajo

9:00am

Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust
Violins of the Holocaust – Strings of the Holocaust

Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.  Israeli violinmaker, Amnon Weinstein, has devoted the last 20 years to locating and restoring the violins of the Holocaust as a tribute to those who were lost.  He has restored over 60 violins as a way to give voice to the victims and reinforce positive messages of hope and harmony.
Each violin has its own unique and inspiring story and through them we learn about the Holocaust in a deeply personal way.  These instruments serve not only as powerful reminders of an unimaginable experience but also reinforce lessons of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity.  Over 30 of the violins will be in the Valley of the Sun from late February through March 2019 and will be on public display and played in concerts throughout the Valley.
At Limmud, we will share an excerpt of a PBS-produced documentary Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust as well as present materials about several of the violins featured in the National Jewish Book Awards winner, Violins of Hope.  Participants will learn about Motele Schlein’s violin that was played by the 12-year old boy while he was in the Partisans.  Participants will learn how his violin played an important role in sabotaging German soldiers.  We will also learn about the violin of Feivel Wininger from Romania and how his violin helped keep a family alive during the Holocaust.
Information will be made available about concerts, book talks and exhibits where the public can see the violins.

Speakers
SB

Sheryl Bronkesh

Sheryl Bronkesh is the president of Phoenix Holocaust Association.  Previously, she was chair of Generations After, a program for descendants of Holocaust survivors.  Sheryl is a frequent speaker on the topic of the Holocaust and growing up with survivor parents.  She holds an... Read More →
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Ruth Rotkowitz

Ruth Rotkowitz has taught English on both the college and high school levels. She is also a freelance writer who has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The Violins of Hope project speaks to her dedication to Holocaust education.


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
241A Ventana A

9:00am

Becoming a Catalytic Jewish Leader
How can you boost your impact as a Jewish volunteer, lay leader or board member, youth group member, team member, staff member or other leader? Using influential Jewish (non-Biblical) leaders and a catalytic Jewish team as examples, you’ll learn how the application of several timeless Jewish values and teachings can elevate personal and team effectiveness, the performance of others, and the ability of an organization achieve superlative results. These “catalytic” competencies have been distilled from extensive field research and confirmed through academic studies. Whether you are seeking to further develop your personal leadership abilities or to develop stronger leadership within your team or organization, this session offers a road map for getting there.  

The leadership models and practices presented in this session have been endorsed by many leadership thought leaders including Stephen M. R. Covey, Daniel Pink, and Angela Duckworth.

Speakers
SW

Steve Weitzenkorn

Dr. Steve Weitzenkorn is an organizational adviser and strategy consultant, working closely with multinational corporations, local companies, educational institutions, and not-for-profits to elevate their success and formulate strategies employing pragmatic and future-oriented approaches... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
241C Ventana C

9:00am

Partisanship and Passion: Assessing the Present in the Framework of Our Past
Many Americans are concerned about the current political situation...the anger, the depth of feelings and the hostility that infiltrates our language and attitudes, the tribalism, the lack of bi-partisan efforts and compromise, and the anxiety created by a government that seems less sensitive to the needs of a broader and complex American society. But this is not the first time America has experienced this...and this session will try to put “today” in perspective by exploring  several times in our history when passion and partisanship also threatened our unity and stability as a Republic...and whether these moments are inherent in the constitutionally governed society as envisioned by the Founders.  

Speakers
JR

Jay Roth

Jay Roth was an accomplished JCC executive for 40 years. He currently teaches in several lifelong learning programs in the metropolitan Phoenix area.


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
241B Ventana B

9:00am

Using Public Transit to Get to Jewish Events
Our Valley of the Sun stretches over a vast area from Peoria to Gilbert. Most people use their car to get to Jewish events. But, what if you don't drive?  The Valley has a large public transit system comprised of buses, trains, and neighborhood circulators. Get an introduction on how to effectively use the system to get to the many Jewish venues where events are held.

Speakers
MA

Moshe Apelas

Moshe Apelas is an engineer who wrote flight plan software while in US Air Force and also served as a Jewish chaplain.


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
248 Rincon

9:00am

How to Speak to Children (and Adults) About the Next World
Robin is the author of the curriculum, A Teachers Guide: How To Teach Children To Provide Merit To Our Departed Loved Ones. She is also the activist who created the book,  I Lost Someone Special, The Mitzvot We Can Do. This highly interactive presentation will include hands on exercises appropriate for teachers and parents to do with children (and adults) ages 5 to 18 (and beyond) about how to explain in a loving and meaningful way what happens to the soul after we die and how to provide merit to our departed loved ones in age appropriate methods. In addition to the practical worksheets, we will hear amazing true miracle stories from her book, From This World To The Next.  

Speakers
RM

Robin Meyerson

Robin is the co director of Project Inspire Arizona and does marketing and personal life coaching for the Machon HaAdam HaShalem.  In her volunteer time she’s the West Coast Director for NASCK, running Peacefulreturn.org assisting families in end-of-life decisions. She has a bachelor’s... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
246 Coconino

9:00am

Legacy, an Ethical Will through Life Stories
Just as a traditional will leaves monetary wealth to survivors, an ethical will leaves a wealth of experiences and lessons of life. Barbara shares stories and those lessons learned from her childhood, her travels, and her community involvement through her book, “Legacy, An Ethical Will through Life Stories.” She shares unique tales gathered from the years when she worked in retail, as a business manager, as a financial advisor and as she faced unplanned events in her life. Attendees will be invited to share a story that is accompanied by a lesson. 
Barbara encourages others to consider writing their ethical wills so that their children and grandchildren will enjoy eternal connection with them.

Speakers
BM

Barbara Mark-Dreyfuss

Barbara, as a poet and author, has written Kaleidoscope, a book of poetry, Renewal of Body, Renewal of Spirit, A Guide to Health, Hope and Healing; America At Last, A Family’s Journey from Fear to Freedom and Remember Always, Spiritual Poetry. And ”Legacy, an Ethical Will through... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
238 Apache
  • about Barbara Mark Dreyfuss has a varied background. &nbsp;Originally from Minneapolis, she worked in retail, became a Registered Radiologic Technologist, taught Sunday School, created Masketeers, a trouping theatre, presenting original plays to elementary schools through NCJW of Minneapolis, worked in community theatre as a makeup artist, assistant director and actor, created the first Minnesota Association of Community Theatres, &nbsp;entered the management world in a large company as the San Francisco Branch Manager, continued her education to become a Personal Financial Advisor. &nbsp;Now retired from the world of finance, she is a Sculptor, Writer, and Professional Public Speaker; and an Arbitrator for &nbsp;FINRA, a dispute resolution company.<br>&nbsp;Barbara, as a poet and author, has written Kaleidoscope, a book of poetry, &nbsp;Renewal of Body, Renewal of Spirit, A Guide to Health, Hope and Healing; &nbsp;America At Last, A Family’s Journey from Fear to Freedom and Remember Always, Spiritual Poetry. And ”Legacy, an Ethical Will through Life Stories.” She also served as a ghost writer to create a book under the subject’s name. Barbara has donated several of the &nbsp;sculptures she created to fund-raising auctions to benefit &nbsp;Hadassah Hospital’s Mother and Child Pavilion, Scottsdale Symphony, Free Arts for Abused Children, Temple Chai and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.&nbsp;<br>Barbara is a member of Congregation Or Tzion , AIPAC, and is a board member of the Anti Defamation League and a Life Member of Hadassah. &nbsp;She has served as a board member of Congregation Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Temple Chai Endowment, the Women’s Department of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and was active in Adath Jeshurun Synagogue in Minneapolis, Minnesota.&nbsp;<br>Barbara raised her three children in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and they now live in various parts of the world with their wonderful spouses and &nbsp;her fourteen fabulous grandchildren and four adorable great grandchildren. &nbsp;Barbara moved from Los Angeles to establish her home in Scottsdale in 1994.<br>When Barbara has spare time, when not visiting her children, she spends it playing bridge, traveling, reading, cooking and doing much more writing. &nbsp;

9:00am

Understanding our Parents: Millenials and Beyond
Our wonderful parents select our unique schools for their children.  What are the expectations of these parents? From where are they coming? What role do these parents play in our classrooms?  As most are Millennials, or a little younger or older, what is distinctive about these parents and how can we create good relationships with them?  

Speakers
PG

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon, Head of School, is responsible for all school operations that include instruction and learning, professional development, accreditation, admissions, development, business, and community relationships. Peter works closely with the Board of Directors to ensure that the... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
228 Cochise

9:00am

Confessions of a Body Mechanic: How an Osteopath Looks at Health and Disease
Where does disease come from?
One place is structural mal-alignment in the human framework.
This presentation begins with a review of the osteopathic principles used in tuning the human machine.
Through lecture, anatomical slides and pictures of actual “before and after”cases, Dr. Davidson demonstrates the thought process he uses to reason from anatomical discord to physiological resolution.
Cases include:
arthritis of hips and hands
severe scoliosis
hearing loss
muscular inc0ordination (running)
 spasms
If there is time, he will demonstrate an actual analysis and treatment approach on a willing audience member.

Speakers
SD

Stephen Davidson

Stephen Davidson is an Osteopathic Physician Board Certified in Neuromuscular Medicine in practice in Phoenix for many years.


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
242 La Paz

9:00am

Entering the Soul's World: Meditation and Guided Imagery
Through spiritual and emotional exploration, we will dive into the world of the soul.  This will be done through a variety of avenues, including meditation and guided imagery.  The experience will leave the participant and the group feeling refreshed, re-energized and reconnected to the self.  No experience with guided imagery or meditation is needed to attend our session.  The energy in the room with becoming infectious, and each participant will hopefully be able to take home with them several guided imageries and meditations to do at home.  

Speakers
MC

Micah Caplan

With long-standing ties to the Phoenix community, Micah Caplan became Congregation Or Tzion's rabbi in July 2010. Under Micah's leadership, the Or Tzion community has grown from 110 to 500 families. His vision is creating a place of learning, sharing and celebrating Jewish living... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
207 Gold

9:00am

Dead Sea Scrolls
This presentation will be on the Dead Sea Scrolls and their Second Temple period context. More specifically, the discussion will be about the Dead Sea Scrolls themselves, the site of Qumran, and textual production and authority during the Second Temple period.  

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Langille

Timothy Langille

Lecturer, Jewish Studies and Religious Studies, Arizona State University
Tim Langille is a lecturer in Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at Arizona State University, where he primarily teaches courses on Hebrew Bible and Jewish history. His research focuses on trauma, memory, and Jewish responses to catastrophe during the Second Temple period; memory... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
224 Gila

9:00am

The Imperative to Heal: Judaism, Ethics and Biotechnology
Today diverse biomedical procedures constitute what we call “genetic engineering.”  These procedures include genetic mapping, genetic testing and screening, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, genetic surgery, and research that could to the cloning of humans constitute, and genome editing.  This lecture discusses the pro-biotechnology stance of Jewish ethicists who ground their stance in the commandment to heal (ve-rafo yerape; Exodus 21:19).  The lecture explains the theological justifications for the pro-biotechnology stance of most Jewish bioethicists, the existential and demographic stresses in Israel and the Diaspora that account for the pro-biotechnology stance, and some of the dissenting voices who have been critical of biotechnology.

Speakers
HS

Hava Samuelson

Dr. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is Director of Jewish Studies and Irving and  Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism and Professor of History at  Arizona State University. She writes on Jewish intellectual history with a focus on philosophy and mysticism in premodern Judaism, the interaction... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
230 Pima

9:00am

Unsung Women of the Bible
We all know the names Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. But who knows the full stories behind women like Yael, Jephthah's Daughter, Jezebel, and more? Join us as we learn more about this characters and how our tradition has imagined their lives--both from rabbinic commentary and contemporary women's writings.

Speakers
EL

Emily Langowitz

Emily Langowitz is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Solel in Paradise Valley. A native of Wellesley, Massachusetts, she received rabbinic ordination and a Masters of Hebrew Literature from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Her interests include Hebrew... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
226 Graham

10:15am

Keynote Speaker Event: Generation to Generation – Promoting Self-confidence in Differently Abled Individuals
From Lou Grant in the Mary Tyler Moore television show to Carl Fredrickson the old man in UP, join actor, advocate, and autism dad, Ed Asner, along with his son Matt who is also an autism dad, and daughter-in-law Navah who is an autism mom. Together they will share their personal journeys that led to the opening of The Ed Asner Family Center in June 2018. Promoting self-confidence in differently abled individuals while bringing balance and wellness to those individuals and their families is what they do. www.edasnerfamilycenter.org

Speakers
EA

Ed Asner

Yitzhak Edward Asner [1]  was born November 15, 1929, in Kansas City, MO. He was raised in an OrthodoxJewish household with his mother Lizzie and his father David. Asner attended the University of Chicagoafterwards worked on the assembly line at General Motors. He served with the... Read More →
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Navah Paskowitz Asner

Navah Paskowitz-Asner is one of 9 children (the only girl) born to Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, a Stanford-educated physician who left his work in medicine to become a professional surfer. Navah grew up teachingsurfing at the family owned surf camp as well as modeling locally and internationally... Read More →
MA

Matthew Asner

Matthew Asner was born September 9, 1963, in Los Angeles, to his mother Nancy Sykes and father Ed Asner. Being raised in Hollywood, he spent time as a lead singer in punk bands Insect Idol and Grand Manner, and then turned to producing and directing. Some of his better-known works... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
221 Arizona Ballroom

11:30am

Latin American Jewish Photographers
A PowerPoint presentation of major figures and themes in photography executed in Latin America by Jewish-identified artists. Although thematically this work does not much index Jewish life in Latin America, it exemplifies Jews' long involvement with photography and their commitment to recognizing the Other

Speakers
DW

David William Foster

Foster is Regents' Professor of Spanish and Women and Gender Studies and is a member of the faculty of ASU's Jewish Studies Program. He specializes on urban culture in Latin America, including Jewish diaspora.


Sunday February 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
242 La Paz

11:30am

Challenge Yourself: Put on an IDF Uniform & Learn About Israel Firsthand
It does our mind and spirit good to step out of the box of our everyday life and challenge ourselves to do something different. This is the road you will take when you Volunteer in Israel. We can find numerous ways to help Israel such as writing, educating ourselves and others, and donating. Volunteering in Israel is ACTUALLY DOING something and contributing to the Israel.

Most of us wouldn’t believe that putting on an IDF uniform, working, eating, and sleeping on a supply/ logistics military base would become one of your top five life experiences. Working alongside Israelis and other volunteers from around the world you will find fun, adventure, and purpose knowing you are making a difference.



Speakers
MF

Mindy Franklin

As Vice President of a national public relations agency for over 23 years she developed new business and account strategy for publicly traded and private clients. She began her love of Israel on her first trip with her husband and daughter in 1998 and quickly became an advocate for... Read More →
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Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy, CPA, CFE serves as CFO with SARRC. Levy started her career in corporate accounting and internal audit, but ultimately found her niche in nonprofit management. Levy provides strategic financial leadership and forward-thinking to support the lifespan of autism research... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
228 Cochise

11:30am

Jews and Slavery in Historical Context
"We were Once Slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, now we are Free": Did Jews ever recite these words at a Passover Seder while being served by slaves? The answer is Yes. This course will explore the complicated relationship between Jews and their slaves from Medieval times through the eighteenth century. It will address not only the historical and Halakhic realities of Jewish slave ownership, but also the ways this uncomfortable reality has been understood and shaped by both Jewish and non-Jewish historians.   

Speakers
SM

Stanley Mirvis

Stanley Mirvis is the Harold and Jean Grossman Chair of Jewish Studies and Assistant Professor of History. Stanley Mirvis teaches Jewish history at ASU 


Sunday February 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
246 Coconino

11:30am

About Wise Aging
Learn about the Wise Aging project, which is available throughout the Valley.  Based on the Wise Aging book, discussion groups talk about the benefits, blessings and challenges of aging.  These groups provide a comfortable and secure environment to share, listen and reflect, building a community that's comfortable and supportive.  New and ongoing groups can be joined and provide the positive experience of talking with peers, proving that we're always learning, and growing. Sharing that experience with others enriches our lives.

Speakers
HR

Harriet Rosen

Harriet Rosen and Connie Wolf have brought the Wise Aging project to the Valley.  Together, they interviewed organizations about their willingness to support this series of discussion groups.  The focus is on building community and encouraging people to talk about the pleasures... Read More →
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Connie Wolf

Connie’s career spanned the business world in Advertising Agencies to the Corporate world in roles of marketing, training and organization development to Executive management in Dow Corning’s European headquarters as VP of Human Resources, Communications and Strategic Change. After... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
226 Graham

11:30am

InfertilitTEA: Raising Awareness for ALL
As a Jew, it might feel taboo – yet infertility is happening in our community. This session not just for those with fertility challenges. Come join us as we all learn about about Yesh Tikva and how to best support our friends and/or family members who are struggling with infertility. Whether you have experienced infertility or might have a friend going through this process, together we will grow our sensitivity and learn best practices. Dvora Entin, LCSW, Yesh Tikva's mental health professional and moderator of our virtual support groups, will present a brief talk and share tools on how we can better support those around us facing infertility. You will walk away with  a greater sense of how to be inclusive and thoughtful!

Speakers
DE

Dvora Entin

Yesh Tikva, Hebrew for “There is Hope,” is a national non-profit, created in January 2015, to provide emotional support to those navigating infertility.  Yesh Tikva provides the following support services: Fertility Friends, Infertility and Halakha resources, Insider's Guide... Read More →
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Chani Levertov

Yesh Tikva, Hebrew for “There is Hope,” is a national non-profit, created in January 2015, to provide emotional support to those navigating infertility.  Yesh Tikva provides the following support services: Fertility Friends, Infertility and Halakha resources, Insider's Guide... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
241A Ventana A

11:30am

Micro-Mindfulness Match-Making
Get ready to "speed date" your way to more clarity and calm.  You'll try out 3 mindfulness micro-practices, each of which should take you seconds to complete.  Then you'll be guided in matching the best practice for you with a recurring daily event, all in just a handful of minutes.  The result?  Mindfulness micro-bursts throughout your day!

Speakers
JR

Joy Rigberg

Joy Rigberg has dedicated her life to working with and helping children and adolescents. She blends masters-level credentials in counseling and education with mindfulness training and certification in multiple healing modalities. Twenty five + years of classroom teaching experience... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
248 Rincon

11:30am

Spiritual Awakening Through Integral Jewish Meditation
Spiritual awakening is experiential realization that you are far more than your thoughts and feelings. Beneath your personality, there’s a radiant field of awareness, free from negativity and connected to the aliveness of the present moment.

Many are surprised to learn that there is a Jewish path of spiritual awakening. Integral Jewish Meditation brings to life your potential for awakening in a direct and experiential way, freeing you from stress and opening you to joy, wellness and peace. Workshop includes sacred Hebrew chanting, movement, and silent meditation. Sample Integral Jewish Meditation here: http://www.torahofawakening.com/meditation.html

Speakers
BY

Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks

Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks is a Jewish spiritual teacher and musician. He has been teaching the practice of Presence (meditation, mindfulness) and Judaism since 2006, and founded Torah of Awakening in 2007. He received s’miha (ordination) as Minister of Sacred Music (Reb Yosef... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
207 Gold

11:30am

A Lesson on the Importance of Pivoting from Abraham: A New Look at the Akedah
Sometimes change, whether personal, professional, or spiritual, is necessary for success. But how often do we stick to the path that we are on simply because we are already on it? How often do we forget that each moment of our lives contains within it a choice—to keep moving in the same direction or to change courses? In the story of the Akedah there is a pivotal moment when Abraham decides not to kill his son, and this moment changes the course of not only Abraham and Isaac’s lives, but the lives of the entire Jewish people. This session will explore that crucial moment in the story of the Akedah and will investigate the importance of listening to our own inner voices as well as what it takes to live lives in which we are more likely to hear those voices in the first place.  

Speakers
SM

Sara Mason-Barkin

Sara Mason-Barkin was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May, 2010, after receiving her Masters Degree in Jewish Education in 2008. Sara began her career as an educator in a Jewish day school. While teaching, Sara discovered a passion for helping people... Read More →
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Leah Zigmond

Leah Zigmond has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University and a Doctoral Degree in Education from Northeastern. Leah spent 13 years living and working on Kibbutz Lotan in Israel’s Southern Arava Desert. Much of this time was spent in Lotan’s... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
230 Pima

11:30am

Are We There Yet? New Jewish Feminism
If you thought Jewish feminism is your mother’s issue, think again. A woman rabbi, a woman Israeli Supreme Court judge, an Orthodox female Talmud scholar, an Orthodox synagogue where women read the Torah from their side of the mechitzah— once ridiculous scenarios are reaching the stage of “normative.” So, nu...what’s still left for Jewish feminism to accomplish? Is there a "third-wave" Jewish feminism?
Rabbi Goldstein's teaching at Limmud AZ is made possible by a grant from the Covenant Foundation.



Speakers
avatar for Elyse Goldstein

Elyse Goldstein

Rabbi, The City Shul, Toronto
Elyse Goldstein is the founding Rabbi of City Shul in Toronto. Before that she served as Director of Kolel: The Adult Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning which she founded in 1991. In May 2008 she received her Doctor of Divinity, honoris causis, from Hebrew Union College and in 2018... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
241B Ventana B

11:30am

Sacred Exile: The Meor Einayim on Parshat B'reisheet
The Lurianic Kabbalists, and the Hasidic masters after them, taught that God is in exile throughout the world in the form of sacred sparks, fragments of divinity hidden in creation. Our mission as human beings is to redeem God, to bring God home again, by gathering up those sparks. Rabbi Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl, one of the greatest of the early Hasidic masters, added that we bring God out of exile by going into exile ourselves – that is, by leaving our comfort zone, in search of sacred sparks that we cannot access in any other way. We must leave home to bring God home. We will discuss a teaching from his book, the Meor Einayim, on parshat B’reisheet, in which he develops that idea.

Speakers
MW

Michael Wasserman

Michael Wasserman is a graduate of Harvard University, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Shalom Hartman Institute's Rabbinic Leadership Initiative. He is a founding co-rabbi of The New Shul in Scottsdale.


Sunday February 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
224 Gila

11:30am

A Rabbi in Guatemala: The Jewish Imperative for Global Justice
The Torah commands us to consider the vulnerable by ensuring Justice in our courts, and to provide for the poor by leaving the corners of our fields for them to harvest. Today’s global, industrial economy is very different from the agrarian society of the Torah. In our day and age, how do we fulfill our Jewish obligation to help those most in need? Rabbi Dean Shapiro recently traveled to Guatemala as a Global Justice Fellow with American Jewish World Service. In this session, he’ll share his experience and learning.


Speakers
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Dean Shapiro

Dean Shapiro has served as rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Tempe since Summer 2011. For him, synagogue should be an oasis of peace, joy, and solace within a busy city. He leads our Shabbat and Holy Day services with warmth and creativity. He is a gifted teacher of adults, and beloved by... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
241C Ventana C

1:30pm

Apologia and Redemption: World War II and the Holocaust in Contemporary German Film
The 2013 German mini-series “Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter” (Generation War) describes the sufferings of the German war generation with empathy without casting doubt on their complicity in the Holocaust. In addition to familiar images of German victimization, the film depicts ordinary Germans as perpetrators of heinous crimes. While this speaks to the explosion of contemporary cultural memories that at least prima facie accept the complicity of ordinary Germans, this is where the film reaches its narrative limits. Ultimately, it offers an apologetic redemption narrative that explains complicity of ordinary Germans only with reference to the seductive power of the regime and the brutality of war. What is more, stereotypical SS villains serve as negative foils to showcase the heroes' humanity. Yet, the film also acquits its non-Jewish protagonists from sexual and autotelic violence as well as ardent Antisemitism, which would render them unacceptable to today’s viewers. Worse still, it externalizes sexual violence to Soviet soldiers and Antisemitism to Polish Home Army partisans. The films also shows that the German protagonists redeem themselves through their belated self-liberation from the regime and their repentance. The film seeks to fulfil, not go against the expectations of today’s audiences willing to accept the complicity, though not the agency of Germans in the Holocaust. The movie thus epitomizes the current state of Holocaust memory in Germany, which despite strides for acceptance of the complicity of ordinary Germans has moved little beyond apologia and redemption.

Speakers
VB

Volker Benkert

Volker Benkert is an Assistant Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the impact of sudden regime change on biographies after both totalitarian regimes in 20th century Germany. He is the author... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
238 Apache

1:30pm

Klezmer: The Musical Connection to Our Jewish Soul
This session will discuss the origins of Klezmer music and its growth in popularity. You will be introduced to hearing the actual music and learning to appreciate this unique sound.  Klezmer in Yiddish mean, vessel (klez), song (zemer). Klezmer was the predominant  music of the European and Russian Jewish people. The Jewish people over time were allowed the freedom to form their own bands, travel, and engage in musical endeavors. Klezmer is a combination of Hassidic (mystical), folk, local non-Jewish, and religious literagy song.  It is strictly instrumental music.  Their is not a vocalist. By the 1800's Klezmer had become integrated into all musical Jewish venues from the Black Sea in the south, to the Germanic tribes west, to the Baltic Sea in the north, and east to present day Russia.  The music incorporated elements from Moldavia, Ottoman Turks, Polish, Hungarian, Czech,  Latvian, Lithuanian, Ukraine, and  present day Romania,. Gypsy music was also an integral part of the Klezmer repertoire.  Primarily meant for weddings ( which lasted one week), early instrumentation was one or two violins, a tsimbl ( hammer dulcimer and/or a bass fiddle. Later on in the 19th century the clarinet, trumpet, flute, bass, drum and accordion was added. The Holocaust decimated these muscians and nearly sent Klezmer to extinction.  A resurgence came in the 1970's and today enjoys an ever increasing audience.  

Speakers
MS

Michael Steingart

Michael Steingart has been a participating member of multiple Jewish bands both in the synagogue and out. He has been performing for nearly 25 years.  


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
228 Cochise

1:30pm

Yiddish Poetry in Translation
The Poems of H. Leivick and Others - Yiddish Poetry in Translation, recently published by Finishing Line Press and sold at the Yiddish Book Center will be used as a basis of how poetry is translated; class evaluation of the translations.

Speakers
LG

Leon Gildin

Leon Gildin is secular Jew who has lectured, written and published, with regard to Jewish education, Jewish culture, and the Yiddish language.  Leon is well versed in the  subject matter and has researched and lectured with regard to this unusual historic happening.


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
246 Coconino

1:30pm

Arizona and Israel: From a Business Angle
With many great local organizations focusing on many areas of relevance to Israel, this presentation will give you insight as to what is happening locally both within the public and private sectors on the commerce front between Arizona and Israel that is unlike anytime before.

Speakers
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Lieb Bolel

Leib Bolel is the President and CEO of the Arizona Israel Technology Alliance. With many years of experience strengthening Israel and diaspora relations, he leads a team to solely focus on increasing bilateral trade, business and investment between the state of Arizona and Israel... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
224 Gila

1:30pm

Dance Fusion Israeli Folk Dancing
Dance Fusion teachers Elaine and Jason will bring fun, movement and joy to Limmud participants for a great hour of instructional and participatory dance. Israeli Folk Dancing can be enjoyed as a circle dance or line dance and is always a group experience. Elaine and Jason will go through the easy steps as this dance form can be done by anyone at any level of experience. After steps are learned, the great Israeli Folk music will rise your spirits as we join in many dances. Feel the energy of the circle as we experience our ancestral tribal roots. Dance has always been a vital part of Jewish heritage. Dance Fusion along with Elaine and Jason are excited to bring the joy, connection, enthusiasm and great fun our Jewish heritage was always meant to be in the fabulous experience of Israeli Folk Dance.  

Speakers
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Linda Simon

Dance Fusion is an adult dance, fitness and yoga studio in Scottsdale focused on the joy of all genres of dance and proud to offer Israeli Folk Dancing once per week.


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
207 Gold

1:30pm

Hidden Ones--A Veil of Memories
A fascinating review of how Sephardic Jews survived during the Inquisition while chased around the world for almost 400 years. How did they keep their "one true faith" after forced conversions? What kept them together? How did they remain spiritual in the face of danger? Why is the Passover Seder the most celebrated Jewish holiday in the world? What is the Anusim ("forced ones") movement about today?

Speakers
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Marcia Fine

Award-winning author and speaker Marcia Fine has written seven novels. Her novel Hidden Ones released in 2017 examines Conversos in Mexico during the Inquisition. It has won first prizes in the categories of Historical Fiction and Multicultural as well as Honorable Mention from AZ... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
241C Ventana C

1:30pm

Lost and Found: Jewish Women Recovering Tradition, Remaking Themselves
Why do Jewish women choose to become Orthodox?
Why do they take on the obligations of stringent belief and practice that affects  what they eat, how they dress, when they have marital relations, where they live and how they spend their time and their money?
And how does such a religious transformation affect who they are as individuals, as wives, as mothers, as sisters, as professionals, as friends?

This presentation will explore these questions, and more. They inspired a four year study of BTs, those returning to or moving towards observant Orthodoxy, that yielded findings that illuminate their answers. At Limmud, we’ll explore how loss can inspire religious search; how religious grounding can assuage it; how the proliferation of choices in today’s world can confound; how Orthodoxy’s clearly defined roles and moral imperatives appeal; how loneliness is pervasive and how Orthodoxy’s close communities provide a welcome antidote.

The presentation will use these takeaways to look more broadly at the phenomenon of religious transformation among women, including the impact of generation and life course position on religious change, the impact of current historical and cultural moment on Jewish identity formation, the impact of generation and life course position on religious change, and the striking potential for spiritual search, and change, among older Jewish women.


Speakers
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Vicki Cabot

Vicki Cabot holds Master’s degrees in mass communications and in religious studies from Arizona State University. She was awarded a doctorate in philosophy in religious studies from ASU’s College of Liberal Arts in May 2018, completing  her dissertation on exploring religious... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
241A Ventana A

1:30pm

The Mayor of Jackson Heights: Growing Up Jewish in New York in the 1950s,
As the 1940s end, the Second World War is over, the troops are coming home, and Harry Truman is our president. The State of Israel has been established and the flames of war are again being fanned in Korea.  In his soon to be released book, The Mayor of Jackson Heights: Growing up Jewish in New York in the 1950s, Cary Silverstein travels back to New York City during this decade of rapid change. Through Cary’s childhood and adolescent eyes, you will experience what it was like growing up as a young Jewish man in the mainly white Protestant and Catholic neighborhood of Jackson Heights, Queens. As the youngest son of first generation American parents, Cary shares his experiences with his mother, father, brother, immigrant grandparents, extended family and friends.  

Speakers
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Cary Silverstein

Cary Silverstein is a retired corporate executive, business owner, community volunteer, author and lecturer on little known Jewish history. He has presented at LimmudAZ numerous times on the Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean, Jewish Cowboys of the Old West and the Jews of Cuba. His... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
242 La Paz

1:30pm

Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional
Laurie Beth Morales has unusual insight into death and healing, as both a mother and a licensed clinical social worker specializing in grief, trauma and sudden death. She introduces an alternative yet complimentary perspective and understanding to the 5 stages of grief, developed by her own experiences and through her practice with others through trauma and grief. Over the past 25 years of counseling, Laurie Beth discovered that grief from trauma is experienced differently, as the "normal" order of the lifespan has been interrupted. This complimentary model of the five stages of grief will provide a framework to understand what happens to us when we encounter an unwanted, unexpected reality. 

Laurie Beth has a psychotherapy practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, founded the Scottsdale Center for Palliative Counseling, and is a preferred provider for the states of Arizona and Colorado in providing trauma therapy. Laurie Beth also serves as a resource for the national organization, Parents of Murdered Children, working with affected families and communities from across the country, including Columbine and the 2017 Las Vegas strip massacre. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Masters of Social Work from Arizona State University and is nationally certificated in treating addictions. Since she has decided to tell her story publicly, she has appeared on Dr. Phil, has a top-ranking mental health podcast with Psych Sessions and her recent book Bulletproof has changed the way we think about the process of grief and teaches us this invaluable concept; Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.  

Speakers
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Laurie Beth Morales

Laurie Beth has unusual insight into death and healing as both a mother and a licensed clinical social worker specializing in grief, trauma and sudden death, chronic and terminal illness, and infertility counseling. She has a psychotherapy practice in Scottsdale, Arizona, founded... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
230 Pima

1:30pm

Making Letters Dance and Fly
In this hands-on workshop, participants will examine how Hebrew letters have evolved over thousands of years and continue to be transformed. Playing together with letter forms, we will turn letters and words back into pictures transforming text into visual midrash. After an introduction to the history of the Hebrew alphabet we will create our own masterpieces with Hebrew letters.  

Speakers
avatar for Baruch Sienna

Baruch Sienna

Designer/Educator
Baruch Sienna is a master Jewish educator with a special interest in the environment. He is the author of The Natural Bible, an encyclopedia on Judaism and the environment. He now works as a visual digital artist and graphic designer with a focus on Jewish texts and letters. He has... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
248 Rincon

1:30pm

Mosaic Art Project
Participants will be creating a beautiful pomegranate with tree of life  mosaic made from glass, beads, metals and many other found objects.  PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLASS IS 2 HOURS. There is a materials fee of $25 for this class to be paid on a first come, first served basis at registration on the morning of Limmud AZ.  15 participants maximum.

Speakers
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Morrine Maltzman

Morrine Maltzman is a local mosaic artist who enjoys teaching others and creating Jewish themed art. She has created large murals for public spaces and numerous commissioned works. Morrine teaches mosaic classes at her studio, local clubhouses, and homes for mosaic parties.


Sunday February 10, 2019 1:30pm - 3:30pm
240 Navajo

2:45pm

18 Things About Judaism I Learned From Watching FRIENDS
This presentation will highlight 18 times the popular TV show FRIENDS taught us Torah...and more than just the Holiday Armadillo! It will be a fun, pop-culture spin on Torah study.

Speakers
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Meghan Dorn

Meghan prides herself in being a community connector -- meeting new people, learning about their lives, and helping them find solutions to whatever they are searching for. She is the co-founder of Madams at the Well, a Rosh Hodesh group for women in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
241C Ventana C

2:45pm

Why Israel?
This presentation provides a broad study of many facets of Israeli life including its history, people and culture, the tensions both within Israel and its relationship with others, and its place and significance for Jews worldwide.
The goal is to become much more knowledgeable about and connected to the many facts, faces, and facets of Israel. 
For some it will mean studying Zionist and Israeli History; for others it means studying Israeli Culture and politics; for others it means studying Israeli wars and conflicts; and yet, for others it means studying the relationship between Israel and other Jewish communities.

Speakers
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Marty Haberer

Marty Haberer is the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. He has been with the Federation for 3.5 years. Marty has been working for the Federation movement for 30 years and has worked for Jewish communities in New York; New Jersey; Cincinnati, OH; Detroit, MI; Sarasota... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
246 Coconino

2:45pm

Gravestones, Stories and Jewish Genealogy
This presentation will look at 3 short case studies - two in which gravestones and their Hebrew inscriptions provided the necessary proof for ancestral names; one in which a photograph helped clear up a mystery of two Jewish sisters named Minnie.

Speakers
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Janette Silverman

Janette  began her genealogical journey more than 35 years ago as a hobby with her father. What started as a hobby quickly became more, as she immersed herself in Jewish history, both as a student and a teacher. She has been president of a Jewish Genealogy Society; is an active volunteer... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
238 Apache

2:45pm

Remembering and Facing Ourselves Through Holocaust Museum Learning
Museums can educate, promote unity, and encourage peace and understanding. This presentation will explain how museums such as Yad Vashem, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Museum of Tolerance make it happen.  
Yad Vashem is a world Holocaust remembrance center and includes databases of information and photo archives of databases. It honors ""The Righteous Among Nations"" which is a powerful reminder of the action and character of people who stood up to the atrocities of the Holocaust.  
The USHMM has remarkable information for teaching the  Holocaust, and a current project, ""History Unfolded: US Newspapers and the Holocaust.""  The project surveys how newspapers covered the Holocaust while it was happening.  It is a hands-on history project for people to contribute headline information of what their local paper included in the 1930s.  
The Museum of Tolerance is the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.  Understanding the Holocaust in both historical and contemporary contexts and confronting all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today is the challenge made to visitors.   The museum has an outstanding timeline of the Holocaust.  It will be discussed and studied during the presentation.
Individually, each museum contributes to an understanding of the Holocaust and ourselves.  A fusion of knowledge about the museums creates a dynamic of knowing the past and insights into actions each of us can make in the future.


Speakers
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Jay Levinsohn

Jay Levinsohn has taught Holocaust and Character Development at Temple Solel for B'nai Mitzvah students for the past five years.  He has also taught at Hebrew High School, and Bureau of Jewish Education.  Jay is a graduate of Southern Methodist Law school and graduated from Scottsdale... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
226 Graham

2:45pm

Grandparenting in the Modern Age
Successful grandparenting the children of millennials is a challenge.  In this seminar the following topics will be discussed: Grandparenting roles, discipline styles, grandparents at their best and worst, bonding tips, managing conflict, divorce and step-grandparenting.

Speakers
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Larry Waldman

Dr. Waldman is a recently semi-retired certified school psychologist and licensed clinical, forensic psychologist in Phoenix, Arizona.  He conducted a highly successful private practice of 45 years working with children, teens, parents, couples and adults in a solution-focused manner... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
242 La Paz

2:45pm

Yoga Nidra for Awakening Joy
Yoga Nidra (Yogi sleep) is a systematic guided meditation that induces a state of non-doing allowing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation and rejuvenation.  The practice can help alleviate the symptoms of stress related disorders by taking us to the most restful brainwave states where our body is nourished and regenerated.  On a deeper level, it allows us to develop a new relationship to our limiting beliefs and perceptions that unconsciously drive our lives.  Best practiced lying on a mat, blanket or towel on the floor.   Wear comfortable warm layers.  

Speakers
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Amy Tyre

Amy Tyre has been practicing and studying yoga for over 20 years.She used the discipline of yoga to help reverse her depression and severe digestive issues. She is an ardent believer in our ability to heal ourselves, given the proper tools.  A treasure trove of human wisdom, Amy... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
207 Gold

2:45pm

A New Kabbalah for Everyone: Radically Inclusive Jewish Spiritual Practices to Awaken Body, Mind and Heart
What are the origins of the current renaissance in Jewish mindfulness, meditation, and spirituality? What do we mean when we talk about building a radically inclusive spiritual community, and why is this kind of community needed now more than ever? We'll explore mindfulness and meditation practices from the heart of Judaism, updated for today's gender-diverse Jewish community. We'll learn spiritual practices from the teachings of contemporary Jewish meditation masters such as Perle Besserman (a student of the eminent Aryeh Kaplan z"l), Alan Lew z"l, Jonathan Omer-Man, and Estelle Fraenkel (things like inquiry practice,  blessings as mindfulness, spiritual journaling, and unifications) as well as meditation techniques such as linking the breath with the Divine name, guided visualization with gender-neutral Kabbalistic imagery, and using Jewish mantra (focus phrase), mudra (hand position), and mizrach (visual anchor).  

Speakers
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Akiva Elhart

Akiva Elhart is the founder and facilitator of Pnei Hamayim Center for Jewish Spirituality, a pluralistic, radically inclusive space for Jewish mindfulness and meditation in the Greater Phoenix Area. Founded in 2016, Pnei Hamayim teaches Jewish spiritual practices for awakening body... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
224 Gila

2:45pm

The Power of Prayer: Halleluyah!
Come hear what a Baptist church taught a Reform Rabbi about tefillah. What is prayer and what is it not? What are we getting all wrong and what can we do about it?  Whether you find prayer meaningful or extremely difficult, this workshop will get you thinking about the role of prayer in your life.  
Rabbi Goldstein's teaching at Limmud AZ is made possible by a grant from the Covenant Foundation.

Speakers
avatar for Elyse Goldstein

Elyse Goldstein

Rabbi, The City Shul, Toronto
Elyse Goldstein is the founding Rabbi of City Shul in Toronto. Before that she served as Director of Kolel: The Adult Centre for Liberal Jewish Learning which she founded in 1991. In May 2008 she received her Doctor of Divinity, honoris causis, from Hebrew Union College and in 2018... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
230 Pima

2:45pm

Far From the Tree: A Jewish Journey of Raising a Special Needs Child
A 38-year journey of maintaining a happy Jewish home of 3 boys while caring for a severely disabled special needs middle child. What it's like to often be on the receiving end of Tikkun Olam and how the experience influenced  our views of the spiritual world, Judaism, and life in general. How our wonderful Rabbis have worked with us and especially the influence of Gesher (formally council for Jews with Special Needs) who've provided so much assistance.  

Speakers
EK

Ed Katz

Ed Katz and his wife have raised and care for a severely disabled child (he's 38, lives with us) and maintained faith, spirituality and a Jewish identity. They have been members of Temple Emmanuel and Gesher for 30-plus years.


Sunday February 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
248 Rincon

2:45pm

Jewish Feminists Change the World: A Legacy for Our Own Time
Jewish women were instrumental in shaping the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s through the 1980s.  But historians and participants themselves have neglected their contributions as Jews, a consequence of the women’s focus on universalism, and the effects of external and internal anti-Semitism. This talk presents stories of many of these fierce pioneers, as well as those who participated in the later, self-consciously identified Jewish feminist movement that fought gender inequities in Jewish religious and secular life.  Both groups need to be recognized for their vital contributions to the nation, and for the deep influence of Jewish background and values upon them and their movement.
    Uncovering this hidden history, the talk places Jewish women’s activism at the center of feminist and Jewish narratives. It shows how women's liberation and Jewish feminism unfolded over the course of the lives of this extraordinary cohort, offering vivid portraits of political and social activism and transformative change. Recovering the Jewish stories of these feminists helps us to understand the varied meanings of Jewish life in our own time, as well as the challenges of living with multiple identities then and now. It opens up an important conversation for communities today about the meaning, lessons, and future of Jewish feminism in an increasingly complex and divided world.



Speakers
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Joyce Antler

Joyce Antler is the Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies Emerita at Brandeis University. She is the author of many books on Jewish and women's history, including, most recently, Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices from... Read More →


Sunday February 10, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
241A Ventana A