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Limmud Atlanta + SE is a unique Jewish community: a place where the agenda is set by volunteers for volunteers – by you. LimmudFest is a place where you are encouraged to be creative, take risks: try new things. Everyone teaches and everyone learns. Everyone is responsible for the experience this weekend. You make it happen. That’s why there are no participants or volunteers at LimmudFest: instead, everyone is a volunticipant

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Friday, August 30
 

2:15pm

Pick-Up Sports
Soccer balls, footballs, and other sports equipment are available on the front lawn for casual pick up games.

Friday August 30, 2013 2:15pm - 6:30pm
Front Lawn

2:15pm

Registration


Friday August 30, 2013 2:15pm - 7:00pm
Welcome Center

3:00pm

Challah Baking For Kids
For 3-4, 5-7, and 8-11 Year Olds. Parents and children, come and make challot with us, to be served at your very own Shabbat family dinner. Dough will be ready-made for braiding and embellishing with sweet goodies. 


This activity will be attended by some of the counselors, but will not be a "drop off" activity. Please do not leave your children un attended.

Leadership

Friday August 30, 2013 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Main Dining Hall
  • Special Instructions Private Notes: Led by Sandrine Please inform Ramah of the need for dough and kid focused items.

3:00pm

Challah Baking
Come braid challah and make delicious bread for Shabbat. 

Friday August 30, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lakeside Dining
  • Special Instructions Private Dough and braiding materials provided by Ramah. Baking times are 4PM & 5PM.
  • Tags Cooking & Cuisine

3:45pm

Camp Tour I
Take a half hour stroll through the campus to see all its amenities and points of interest.


Friday August 30, 2013 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Cafe Limmud Porch

5:15pm

Camp Tour II
Take a half hour stroll through the campus to see all its amenities and points of interest.

Friday August 30, 2013 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Cafe Limmud Porch

5:15pm

Family Dinner & Meet Your Counselors
Drop in to the Levine Center, Mountainside Dining, for a family-style dinner for young, hungry kids.  Counselors will be on hand to meet and greet!

Friday August 30, 2013 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Mountainside Dining
  • Special Instructions Private Counselors to be in attendance & introduce themselves

6:00pm

Candles Available for Lighting at 6:01
Shabbat candles are available for lighting before 6:30 Minyan.

Friday August 30, 2013 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Under Cafe Limmud Porch

6:30pm

LimmudFest Mixer, Pitch, & Shout
The theme of this year's LimmudFest is inclusion. We are all different, yet have many similarities -- after all, we've all chosen to come together for this special weekend. The game "Who's Here" will help us discover our commonalities and differences, plus begin to connect with each other. Next, LimmudFest leaders will share some of the weekend's highlights. Then, you'll be able to give a shout-out about your session or what you are most looking forward to over the weekend.

Friday August 30, 2013 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Front Lawn

6:30pm

Egalitarian Minyan
Friday August 30, 2013 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Multi-purpose Room

6:30pm

Friday Night Acoustic Shabbat
Sunmoon Pie (Bonnie Puckett & Michael Levine) lead this alternative Shabbat service on guitar & piano, using original & adapted traditional melodies.

Presenters
avatar for Rachael Bregman

Rachael Bregman

Rabbi, Temple Beth Tefilloh
Rachael Bregman is the rabbi for Temple Beth Tefilloh in Brunswick, GA. Rachael earned Smicha at Hebrew Union College in New York as well as an Education Master’s from Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She has served as a chaplain candidate in the US Navy, studied at Pardes, and has traveled the world with various justice organizations especially American Jewish World Service.  She has hiked the Appalachian Trail, is a... Read More →
avatar for Michael Levine

Michael Levine

Musician/ Music Producer, Watertown Studios
Michael Levine is a man of many hats (to cover his elegantly shaved head).  As a singer-songwriter, he has released 4 CDs and  has opened for acts such as Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows and many others.   As a record producer, he has won national awards and runs Watertown Studios.  As a children's musician, "Mr. Michael" and "Mr. Eric" Litwin founded The Learning Groove (www.thelearninggroove.com), a... Read More →
avatar for Sunmoon Pie

Sunmoon Pie

Band, Sunmoon Pie
Sunmoon Pie is an Atlanta-based Jewish music group, writing a blend of spiritual yet often quirky songs that explore the human condition through the lens of Jewish & Kabbalistic themes.  They serve as music leaders of the alternative Shabbat services at Ahavath Achim (AA) Synagogue in Atlanta and travel throughout the U.S. to perform as well.  Sunmoon Pie is the duo of singer-songwriters Bonnie Puckett on piano & Michael... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2013 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Lakeside Pavilion
  • AV Sound only
  • Special Instructions Private Speaker with Mic - Remote Location. Can provide own PA if needed.
  • Tags Music

6:30pm

Mechitza Minyan
Friday August 30, 2013 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Spiritual Center

7:00pm

PJ Library Story Time!
UPDATED: we have moved the time of this session from 8:30 to 7PM, as it is intended for our littlest Limmudnicks

Parents! Get your kids in their PJs and bring them to Lakeside Family Cabin 27/28 (in the middle living area) for some bedtime stories supplied by PJ Library. We will have volunteers on hand to read, but we encourage you to jump in and participate as well. This is a great introduction to Camp Limmud and a wonderful start to the weekend. Don't forget there are babysitting services available! After they are all tucked-in go enjoy camp for yourself. Best for ages 7 and under.

Moderators

Friday August 30, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Lakeside Cabins 27/28

7:30pm

Shabbat Dinner
Join everyone for a warm welcome, symbolic candle lighting, kiddush, and meal.

Friday August 30, 2013 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Main Dining
  • AV Sound only
  • Special Instructions Private Microphone in Dining Hall (before candle-lighting)

9:00pm

'Cruise Directors' At Your Service
LimmudFest volunteer leaders will be "at your service" to answer questions, make suggestions for evening activities, direct you toward changes in the schedule for the following day. 

Leadership
avatar for Jennie Rivlin Roberts

Jennie Rivlin Roberts

Chair of LimmudFest, Limmud Atlanta + SE
I'm very passionate about the Atlanta Jewish community and believe that Limmud Atlanta + SE is a tremendous asset to Atlanta! I currently volunteer my time as Limmud Atlanta + SE Board Member and am Chair of LimmudFest 2013. I'm also the founder of ModernTribe, which designs, manufactures, and sells Judaica and Jewish gifts for the new generation of American Jews, helping them express and share their Jewish identity. | | My background is in... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2013 9:00pm - 9:15pm
Main Dining

9:15pm

Late Registration
If you missed regular Registration at the Welcome Center, join us for Shabbat Dinner and then catch Late Registration at the Help Desk on the Cafe Limmud Porch.

Friday August 30, 2013 9:15pm - 10:00pm
Cafe Limmud Porch

9:15pm

Seyder Tekhines: The Forgotten Book of Women's Common Prayer
Tekhines are a unique genre of heartfelt "prayers" or "supplications" written in Yiddish (usually by men) exclusively for women. Tekhines were first compiled in the 17th century for Ashkenazi women who typically could not read Hebrew. Books of tekhines were widely circulated across Europe and women eventually got involved in publishing -- becoming translators, editors, copyists and even typesetters. Today their distinctly female voice has led scholars and feminists to rediscover, reinterpret and reimagine tekhines. In this session we'll learn their history, read some tekines in English, and if time permits, write our own!

Presenters
avatar for Nina Rubin

Nina Rubin

Director of Communications, Georgia Charter Schools Association
Talk to me about building, improving, and directing engaging content across multiple channels to diverse audiences. Talk to me about data-visualization and info-graphics. We are a nonprofit that advocates and educates about public charter schools in the state of Georgia. We talk to Legislators, Teachers, School Leaders, Funders, Parents, and the General Public. The story is complex. We love storytelling, but we also need to provide strong... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2013 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Library

9:15pm

Who's Your Mama? Gestation, DNA, Diapers: The Constitution of Jewish Motherhood
Recent scientific advancements in procreative technologies make it possible for an otherwise infertile woman to carry a fetus and give birth to it--all without sharing any DNA with that child. Does this make her a mother? Join in this raucous investigation of some of the classic Jewish texts and tensions about what constitutes motherhood.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Crane

Jonathan Crane

Center for Ethics, Emory University
Raymond F. Schinazi Junior Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University's Center for Ethics. Currently president of the Society of Jewish Ethics, Crane co-edited (with Elliot Dorff) The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality, and authored Narratives and Jewish Bioethics.


Friday August 30, 2013 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Spiritual Center
  • Noise Level Lively Discussion
  • Preferred Venue Indoor Room
  • Special Instructions Private -- Needs to be Shabbat Appropriate -- (Idea to have media console to hook up a laptop with internet and sound. He has a PC Dell Latitude Laptop.)
  • Tags Family, Health

9:15pm

Evolution of Israeli Folk Culture: Comprehensive Look at Evolution of Israeli Culture
CANCELLED. This session will explore how Israeli culture has developed in its own unique way. Attendees will learn how Israeli culture has became what we know today. Topics to be covered include the development of Israeli dance, music, and cuisine.

Presenters
avatar for Shira Belfer

Shira Belfer

Shira Belfer is a cantor, chaplain, and Jewish educator.  She has sung for congregations, has taught Jewish educational programs for more than thirty years.  Shira also has performed numerous Jewish life cycle ceremonies and has provided chaplaincy services throughout the New York City metropolitan area.


Friday August 30, 2013 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Lakeside Dining

9:15pm

Games
Pull up a chair at our games tables and try your hand at cards, No Limit Texas Dreidel, checkers, chess, and other board games. 

Friday August 30, 2013 9:15pm - Saturday August 31, 2013 12:00am
Cafe Limmud Porch

9:15pm

Pub Mishpacha!
Bar is open and drinks are free. 

Friday August 30, 2013 9:15pm - Saturday August 31, 2013 12:00am
Cafe Limmud Porch

9:15pm

Tisch
Join this joyous celebration of Shabbat: rich with storytelling, nigunim, and refreshments.

Presenters
avatar for Karmi Ingber

Karmi Ingber

The Kehilla & Young Kehilla
Karmi Ingber is a renowned eclectic rabbinic figure & popular keynote speaker. His lectures are inspiring experiences: merging humor, stories & drama with deep life lessons. In Israel he trained over 300 rabbis to be community leaders worldwide. Karmi is also an experienced therapist and professional musician with two CDs and is now completing his first book on Kabalistic thought. He founded the Montreal Jewish Experience and moved to... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2013 9:15pm - Saturday August 31, 2013 12:00am
Mountainside Dining

10:45pm

Y-LOVE: Coming Out in Jewish Music: How Did Coming Out Affect Jewish Hip-Hop?
When I came out in 2012, the story debuted at #1 on OUT Magazine and made it to the front-page of CNN Entertainment, and definitely started buzz in the Jewish world. Now I'm a full-fledged activist, working with Jewish LGBT organizations such as Keshet, Eshel and JQ International. In this session I will share what I saw and learned from coming out as a Jewish entertainer, and what that has meant to me as part of the Jewish community and LGBT community at large is the topic of this session.

Presenters
avatar for Yitz Jordan AKA Y-Love

Yitz Jordan AKA Y-Love

Musician
"Crossover success."; "The soundtrack to social progression."; undeniably one of the decade's most dynamic artists -- Y-LOVE.  Y-Love (Yitz Jordan) has made a name for himself as a hip-hop artist, multicultural educator, conflict resolver, fashionista, activist for social change, and political pundit -- all in six short years. | When Y-Love (Yitz Jordan) released his first mixtape in 2005, the world took note of the... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2013 10:45pm - 11:45pm
Spiritual Center

10:45pm

Social Justice Discussion: Topic - TBD
Presenters
avatar for Rachael Bregman

Rachael Bregman

Rabbi, Temple Beth Tefilloh
Rachael Bregman is the rabbi for Temple Beth Tefilloh in Brunswick, GA. Rachael earned Smicha at Hebrew Union College in New York as well as an Education Master’s from Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She has served as a chaplain candidate in the US Navy, studied at Pardes, and has traveled the world with various justice organizations especially American Jewish World Service.  She has hiked the Appalachian Trail, is a... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2013 10:45pm - Saturday August 31, 2013 12:00am
Library

10:45pm

Moses the Giant Killer: A Guided Tour Through a Wild Midrash
As one of the enemies of Israel, the Torah records a man name Og king of Bashan. Deuteronomy refers to him as having been a giant. Who was Og and what was his story? The rabbis, seeing a great opportunity, greatly expand Og's story, describing him as an antediluvian behemoth, who held onto Noah's ark and was finally taken down by Moses himself in an epic battle. We will look at these stories and more and try to get behind the anecdotes to the Rabbis' message.

Presenters
avatar for Zev Farber

Zev Farber

Fellow, Project TABS (Torah And Biblical Scholarship)
Zev Farber was ordained as a rabbi and a dayan by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Touro College, an M.A. in Jewish History from Hebrew University, and a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies/Hebrew Bible from Emory University. Zev has a modest adult education initiative called Aitzim (Atlanta Institute of Torah and Zionism), and works for Project TABS / TheTorah.com. He is the editor of Keren, and a staff member at the Tel Eton... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2013 10:45pm - Saturday August 31, 2013 12:00am
Lakeside Dining
 
Saturday, August 31
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Saturday August 31, 2013 8:00am - 9:15am
Main Dining

9:15am

Camp Limmud Drop-Off
Drop your kids off for their morning adventure at Camp Limmud!

Saturday August 31, 2013 9:15am - 9:25am
Under Cafe Limmud Porch

9:30am

Shabbat Icebreaker Games
Icebreaker games and a little snack for our 8-11 year olds.

Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30am - 10:15am
Welcome Center Fire Pit
  • Special Instructions Private counselors bring snack from start of day and pass it out at end of this session, be sure to clean up before you head out on your hike

9:30am

Tot Shabbat
Welcome Shabbat with the litttle Limmudnicks. (For 3-4 and 5-7 year olds)

Update: Please note location change. We will not be in the Treehouse but in the Beit Am Katan.

Parents of the "under 3" group, we would like you to join us for this session.

Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30am - 10:15am
Beit Am Katan
  • Special Instructions Private set up snack bar at 10:15am, allow oldest then youngest kids up to make trail mix, once snack is recieved, 5-7 will line up to go on hike & snack during

9:30am

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls: Wait a Minute - WHY NOT?!
Start your day with a tiyul tefila, prayer hike, that will include a visit to one of the many fabulous waterfalls at Ramah Darom. Our tefila will follow the broad outline of the morning Shacharit service, with some time at the end for hitdbodedut – the Hasidic practice of personal prayer in nature. Wear comfortable shoes. A water bottle and shoes you don’t mind getting wet are also a good idea, as there will be an opportunity to dip your feet in the water. This session will take place rain or shine.

This session was made possible by a grant from The Covenant Foundation. 

Presenters
avatar for Nili Simhai

Nili Simhai

TEVA Learning Alliance
Nili Simhai has served for over a decade as Director of the Teva Learning Center, now the Teva Learning Alliance. A recent winner of the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, Nili is considered an authority and leader of the Jewish environmental education movement. She has trained and counseled hundreds of educators in the pedagogy of Jewish environmental education and has put environmental... Read More →



Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Under Cafe Limmud Porch

9:30am

Torah Yoga
Torah Yoga actively engages body and breath in the study of Jewish wisdom. It is a way to discover and experience yourself through the study of yoga, experienced from a Jewish point of view. All levels welcomed.

Barbara Skibell is a certified yoga and Torah yoga instructor. She studied with Diane Bloomfield at the Isabella Freedman Retreat Center. 

Presenters
avatar for Barbara Skibell

Barbara Skibell

Barbara Skibell is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Decatur,GA and a Registered Dietitian who owned a bakery-restaurant in Taos, NM.


Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Basketball Court

9:30am

D'var Torah Slam
Do you have a favorite teaching? Something that hit you like a ton of bricks when you heard it? Became the lens through which you see the world? Maybe you have a personal take on a piece of text or tradition that you want to share with others but just never had the chance. This session is open to all. Torah, prayer, traditions and values are all on the table for this session of short (3-5 minutes), personal teachings. Show up, sign up, or simply come to hear your fellow Limmudniks share words of wisdom. The more the Limmudier.

Moderators
avatar for Nina Rubin

Nina Rubin

Director of Communications, Georgia Charter Schools Association
Talk to me about building, improving, and directing engaging content across multiple channels to diverse audiences. Talk to me about data-visualization and info-graphics. We are a nonprofit that advocates and educates about public charter schools in the state of Georgia. We talk to Legislators, Teachers, School Leaders, Funders, Parents, and the General Public. The story is complex. We love storytelling, but we also need to provide strong... Read More →

Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30am - 11:30am
Library

9:30am

Egalitarian Minyan
Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30am - 11:30am
Multi-purpose Room

9:30am

Hebrew Kirtan Shabbat Chanting Service: Meditative Chanting & Prayer
Sunmoon Pie (Bonnie Puckett & Michael Levine) lead this meditative Shabbat service influenced by an ancient form of chanting in yoga traditions called kirtan.  Saturday morning prayers are adapted to Hebrew mantras.  Through repetition and singing, one can enter meditative states of devotion and connection to the Divine.  Upbeat sections of the service can even inspire joyful dancing and clapping!

Presenters
avatar for Michael Levine

Michael Levine

Musician/ Music Producer, Watertown Studios
Michael Levine is a man of many hats (to cover his elegantly shaved head).  As a singer-songwriter, he has released 4 CDs and  has opened for acts such as Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows and many others.   As a record producer, he has won national awards and runs Watertown Studios.  As a children's musician, "Mr. Michael" and "Mr. Eric" Litwin founded The Learning Groove (www.thelearninggroove.com), a... Read More →
avatar for Sunmoon Pie

Sunmoon Pie

Band, Sunmoon Pie
Sunmoon Pie is an Atlanta-based Jewish music group, writing a blend of spiritual yet often quirky songs that explore the human condition through the lens of Jewish & Kabbalistic themes.  They serve as music leaders of the alternative Shabbat services at Ahavath Achim (AA) Synagogue in Atlanta and travel throughout the U.S. to perform as well.  Sunmoon Pie is the duo of singer-songwriters Bonnie Puckett on piano & Michael... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30am - 11:30am
Lakeside Pavilion

9:30am

Mechitza Minyan
Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30am - 11:30am
Spiritual Center

10:30am

Forgive Me, Forgive Me Not I
MOVED... to Sunday, 1:45PM - 3:00PM in Mountainside Pavilion. Children will join at 2:30PM.

Forgiveness is a dynamic process that involves interplay of individuals whose intentions are as complicated as the spontaneous interaction between a moment in time and history. It is amazing how children, from a very young age, can learn how to give and receive forgiveness. They can learn from their mistakes and do teshuvah. They can become more caring members of the community, learn concrete ways to guide children to know themselves, learn from their mistakes and go through a complete teshuvah process without lectures, punishments, yelling, put-downs or arguments. We can create caring cultures with Positive Discipline and Jewish values.

Presenters
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Janet Schatten

The Epstein School
For over 30 years, Janet Schatten has been involved in Jewish education including work with camps, afternoon schools and The Epstein School. She has an undergraduate degree from University of Texas in education and a Master's Degree from Siegel College.


Saturday August 31, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
Lakeside Dining

10:30am

Did The Exodus Happen??
If we’re going to do this seriously, we have to pay attention to our sources — the biblical texts — and to know as much as possible about who wrote which ones, when, and why. None of the earliest sources gives numbers of the people in the exodus. The famous huge numbers come only in the latest source. So the lack of archaeological evidence of a great mass of people leaving Egypt and living in the wilderness for a very long time proves nothing about the historicity of the event behind the earliest sources. The early sources picture a smaller event — and they point to who was there.

Presenters
avatar for Richard Elliott Friedman

Richard Elliott Friedman

University of Georgia
Richard Elliott Friedman is a biblical scholar and the Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia. He joined the faculty of the UGA Religion Department in 2006. Prior to his appointment there, he was the Katzin Professor of Jewish Civilization at UCSD from 1984 until 2006. Dr. Friedman received his Th.D. in Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1978; Th.M.in Hebrew... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
Mountainside Dining

10:30am

Tai Chi for Enlightenment Part I
Think of yourself as Ayin and forget yourself totally.  Then you can transcend time, rising to the world of thought, where all is equal:  life and death, ocean and dry land," wrote Dov Baer. Mystics of all traditions describe a similar state of divine union, and many methods have been developed for cultivating this state. The method practiced in this workshop is a centuries-old movement meditation from the Wudang Mountains in central China.

Presenters
avatar for Jed Brody

Jed Brody

Senior Lecturer, Emory University
Research Area: Novel instructional experiments. | | Research Interests: How can we use everyday items, like laser pointers, LEDs, and tubes half-full of water, to illustrate sophisticated concepts like Fourier series, Boltzmann distributions, and nonlinear oscillations? Can we observe surprising trends in seemingly simple systems--and then use advanced mathematical tools to explain the surprises?


Saturday August 31, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am
Basketball Court

10:45am

Creek Exploration
5-7 Year Olds

Saturday August 31, 2013 10:45am - 11:30am
Various

10:45am

Shabbat Play Time
For our under 3's and 3-4 year olds

Saturday August 31, 2013 10:45am - 11:30am
Beit Am Katan

10:45am

Waterfall Hike
Hike around the beautiful falls of Camp Ramah (for 8-11 year olds)

Saturday August 31, 2013 10:45am - 11:30am
Various

11:40am

Camp Limmud Pick-Up
Join your kids at the Community Kiddush and claim them for lunch by noon. 

NOTICE: Pickup has moved to Main Dining.  

Saturday August 31, 2013 11:40am - 12:00pm
Main Dining

11:40am

Community Kiddush & Singing
We are trying something new this year- a community gathering for Kiddush and song, pre Shabbat Lunch. Let's enjoy the beauty of Shabbat together.

Saturday August 31, 2013 11:40am - 12:00pm
Main Dining

12:00pm

Lunch
Saturday August 31, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Main Dining

1:00pm

Camp Limmud Drop-Off
Drop off your kids for Camp Limmud under the Cafe Limmud Porch at 1 PM.

Saturday August 31, 2013 1:00pm - 1:10pm
Under Cafe Limmud Porch

1:15pm

The Kaballah of Tolerance: Mastering the Secret to Interpersonal Relationships
In this session we will delve into an ancient mystical text that will allow us to uncover the secret to interpersonal excellence. And through these secrets we will be shocked at how far human connectedness can change our world.

This session replaces Shabbat Lunch Celebration.

Presenters
avatar for Karmi Ingber

Karmi Ingber

The Kehilla & Young Kehilla
Karmi Ingber is a renowned eclectic rabbinic figure & popular keynote speaker. His lectures are inspiring experiences: merging humor, stories & drama with deep life lessons. In Israel he trained over 300 rabbis to be community leaders worldwide. Karmi is also an experienced therapist and professional musician with two CDs and is now completing his first book on Kabalistic thought. He founded the Montreal Jewish Experience and moved to... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Mountainside Dining

1:15pm

Brain Death and Organ Donation: Medical Ethics and Jewish Ethics
Many Jews do not donate organs, but they should. In this session, we will discuss the various medical, ethical and halakhic issues that come up in discussions about this very serious end of life issue. Sadly, it is a topic that comes up when people are not expecting it, and at that point, are ill-prepared to deal with it. Some of the myths about the "Jewish view" will be debunked and hopefully replaced with more solid information.

Presenters
avatar for Zev Farber

Zev Farber

Fellow, Project TABS (Torah And Biblical Scholarship)
Zev Farber was ordained as a rabbi and a dayan by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Touro College, an M.A. in Jewish History from Hebrew University, and a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies/Hebrew Bible from Emory University. Zev has a modest adult education initiative called Aitzim (Atlanta Institute of Torah and Zionism), and works for Project TABS / TheTorah.com. He is the editor of Keren, and a staff member at the Tel Eton... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Library

1:15pm

Jewish Media: Past, Present, and Future
How has the blistering pace of change in digital media affected the reporting of the Jewish story? Speaking from his perspective at the helm of one of American Jewish media’s most enduring institutions, Forward publisher Sam Norich will lead a discussion on the how Jewish media have evolved over the past century. He’ll review the history, describe the role of Jewish outlets in today’s media landscape, and look at how the turmoil in digital media can revitalize the world of Jewish news and its connection with Jewish life.

Presenters
avatar for Samuel Norich

Samuel Norich

Executive Director and Publisher, The Forward
Samuel Norich was born in Germany in 1947 and immigrated to the United States in 1957. After a primary- and secondary-school education in the public schools, he attended Columbia as an undergraduate, and the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and the Hebrew University as a graduate student. The executive director of YIVO, the Institute for Jewish Research, from 1980-1992, he has served as executive director and publisher of The Forward and The... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Spiritual Center

1:15pm

On Sacred Ground: An Interfaith Panel and Discussion
An interfaith panel of clergy from different faiths and denominations will reflect on the passage(s) from their sacred texts which have transformed their lives. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers from the attendees as we reflect upon how sacred text has the potential to impact our lives.

Presenters
avatar for Jeff Bernhardt

Jeff Bernhardt

Play Write
Jeff Bernhardt is a writer, licensed clinical social worker, and Jewish educator. He is the Community of Caring Director at Temple Aliyah (Woodland Hills, CA). His book On Sacred Ground: Jewish and Christian Clergy Reflect of Transformative Passages from the Five Books of Moses was published in 2012. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Rosh Hashanah Readings and Mentsh and in the Los Angeles Times, the Journal of Jewish... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Multi-purpose Room

1:15pm

Shabbat After Lunch Celebration
CANCELLED. See Karmi Ingber's other session instead. Continue the ruach of Shabbat by enjoying extended Shabbat lunchtime prayer, singing, and community with Karmi Ingber.

Presenters
avatar for Karmi Ingber

Karmi Ingber

The Kehilla & Young Kehilla
Karmi Ingber is a renowned eclectic rabbinic figure & popular keynote speaker. His lectures are inspiring experiences: merging humor, stories & drama with deep life lessons. In Israel he trained over 300 rabbis to be community leaders worldwide. Karmi is also an experienced therapist and professional musician with two CDs and is now completing his first book on Kabalistic thought. He founded the Montreal Jewish Experience and moved to... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Mountainside Dining

1:15pm

Adult Soccer Game
If you like to kick-it, join your fellow Limmudniks for a friendly game of football. 

Saturday August 31, 2013 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Front Lawn

1:15pm

Swimming - Mixed

Saturday August 31, 2013 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Swimming Pool

1:30pm

Board Games & Israeli Games
5-7 Year Olds

Saturday August 31, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Basketball Court

1:30pm

Board Games & Israeli Games
8-11 Year Olds

Saturday August 31, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Teen Lounge

1:30pm

Shabbat Shluf
Rest your little head, or play quietly. (3-4 years)

Saturday August 31, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Beit Am Katan
  • Special Instructions Private parents should bring linens for those children using pack and plays

2:30pm

Shmita Program for Camp Limmud
What is Shmita?  It means Release.  From what?  Why are cycles of 7 so common in our Jewish lives?  And the next Shmita year is only one year away!  Yikes - what will it mean for us?  Come and find out!  Let's make believe we are ancient Hebrews, and we really have to plan for Shmita. (5-7 and 8-11)


Presenters
avatar for Myrtle Lewin

Myrtle Lewin

Myrtle Lewin has recently retired as a professor of mathematics at Agnes Scott College, and has been involved with environmental work for a long time. She organized the Tu B'Shvat tree planting with Trees Atlanta in Virginia Highlands (Atlanta) in January 2013, and welcomes you to join her in planning an even better one in 2014 as a prelude to the Shmita year. She leads the Greening Group at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue. Contact her at... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Ampitheater

2:45pm

Come Explore Hillbilly Falls
Join Amy for a Shabbat afternoon hike to the waterfall just outside of camp. We'll do some exploring in the national forest, learn about the plants that grow there, and get some exercise in the process. There is one steep part so please wear sturdy shoes.  

Presenters


Saturday August 31, 2013 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Front Lawn

2:45pm

Death, Destruction, and Despair Await: The Dangers of the Mystical Encounter
With the popularization of kabbalah and meditation over the past two decades or so, the dangers inherent in mystical practice have widely been ignored. In this sessio,n we examine how Judaism traditionally has understood the dangers inherent in prying into secrets and then move to three events where mystical engagement led to destruction. These are: The story of the four sages who entered Pardes; Joseph Della Reina's (1418–1472) failure with his students to capture the king of demons in order to bring the Messiah; and the early death of Isaac Luria attributed in some traditions to his revealing secrets that should have remained hidden.

Presenters
avatar for Ed Queen

Ed Queen

Director of the D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Emory University
Edward Queen is a faculty member at the Emory University Center for Ethics. An historian by training, Edward's avocational interests are the history of kabbalism, Jewish magic, Jerusalem, and esotericism. He is a long-time Limmudnik having been involved in Limmud Atlanta + Southeast from the beginning. He also is committed to ensuring that greater attention is paid to the history and contributions of Sephardic and Mizrachi Jews.


Saturday August 31, 2013 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Lakeside Dining

2:45pm

Dissident Bodies: Reimagining Disability in Talmud & Jewish Theology
What makes a body fit for holy service? While the book of Leviticus forbids priests with “blemishes” from serving at the altar, the Talmudic discussion of this prohibition challenges straightforward notions of disability and opens up provocative possibilities for disabled priests. This session couples the study of traditional texts from Bible, Mishnah, and Talmud with contemporary spiritual writing on disability to reimagine the power and potential of dissident bodies in Jewish thought and practice.

Presenters
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Julia Watts Belser

Georgetown University
Julia Watts Belser is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University. She focuses on rabbinic literature and Jewish ethics, with particular interests in Jewish feminism, LGBT/queer culture, environmental thought, and disability studies. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, as well as rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Library

2:45pm

Watch Your Mouth! Lessons from the Chofetz Chaim
"Sticks and stones may break bones but words can never harm me!" We've repeated this phrase many a time; however the truth may really be quite far from this. We all know how powerful words can be and how their sting can last far longer than any bruise from the proverbial stick or stone. Jewish law has much to say about how we can be more careful with what and how we speak so as not to inflict harm on others and do irreparable damage. We will be studying from the writings of Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, otherwise known as The Chofetz Chaim.

Presenters
avatar for Elisheva Ingber

Elisheva Ingber

Elisheva Ingber is married to Rabbi Karmi, and lived in Jerusalem for 18 years raising their seven children. She has been teaching marital preparation courses for women for 15 years and in 1999, developed and directed the Ner LeElef women’s leadership training program. The Ingbers  founded The Montreal Jewish Experience in 2005, and upon arrival in Atlanta in 2009, they started a new adventure, opening The Kehilla, an eclectic, yet... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Multi-purpose Room

2:45pm

Holocaust: The Word We Love To Hate
How did a Greek – rather than a Hebrew or Yiddish -- word become the name for the Final Solution, particularly a word which depicts Jews as sacrifices? We’ll trace the evolution of this term and examine some of the issues which have been at the heart of the discussion about the Holocaust since 1945: Was it an unprecedented phenomenon or simply an act of anti-Semitism? Was it unique or similar to other genocides? Who are its victims: Jews? Soviet POWs? Polish dissidents? German homosexuals? What do these questions tell us about the society and communities which are debating them?

Presenters
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Deborah Lipstadt

Emory University
Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her latest book, The Eichmann Trial, was published in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the trial’s start. Her 2006 book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the story of her libel trial against David Irving, is currently being developed into a movie. At Emory, she directs Holocaust Denial on Trial, a website... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Spiritual Center

3:00pm

Active Group Play
(For campers 4 and under)

Saturday August 31, 2013 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Beit Am Katan
  • Special Instructions Private snack will be handed out some time during this session

3:30pm

Basketball
5-7 Year Olds

Saturday August 31, 2013 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Basketball Court

3:30pm

Improv & Comedy
(For 8-11 year olds)

Saturday August 31, 2013 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Ampitheater

3:45pm

Nature Exploration
Our pre-school aged campers will get to go on a nature scavenger hunt and explore the nature around the camp grounds of Camp Ramah. (3-4 Year Olds)

Saturday August 31, 2013 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Various
  • Special Instructions Private Kara will bring print out of scavenger hunt. Stickers are needed to cross off items as they find them

4:15pm

Mincha
Saturday August 31, 2013 4:15pm - 4:35pm
Spiritual Center

4:15pm

4:15pm

Scavenger Hunt: A Family Program
Join your kids in a Camp Limmud nature walk/treasure hunt. We will meet Under Cafe Limmud Porch, hike through camp, to the waterfall, then return, collecting treasures along the way within the Eruv. Please wear comfy clothes and shoes. All ages.

Presenters

Saturday August 31, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Under Cafe Limmud Porch

4:15pm

Shabbat Alternative Body-Mind-Spirit Service: Torah Yoga; Jewish Meditation; Jewish Chanting
The body is the "house" of the spirit. Drawing from Hatha Yoga poses and deep breathing, join Mitch Cohen, Steve Gold and Michael Levine as they guide participants to personally experience the weekly Torah portion through gentle movement (led by Mitch), Jewish meditation (led by Steve) and Jewish chanting (led by Michael).

Neshama can mean breath / spirit - the breath of life (nishmat chaim) breathed by G-d into Adam. Celebrate Shabbat, nourishing your Neshama with the wisdom of Torah through the body-mind-spirit experience.

No prior Yoga experience required - just bring a Yoga mat, a thick blanket and optional Yoga blocks.

Presenters
avatar for Mitch Cohen

Mitch Cohen

Neshama Interfaith Center
Mitch Cohen is the spiritual leader of Congregation Shalom B’Harim in Dahlonega, GA, a progressive, post-denominational congregation of 50 families from across North Georgia. Mitch is also a certified Life Coach and a 200-hour certified Hatha Yoga teacher. He teaches Torah Yoga and other Hatha Yoga classes, including a class called "Yoga for Dudes".
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Steven Gold

Founder/Director, Yoga and Judaism Center
Steven J. Gold, BA Antioch College, Philosophy and Religion; JD Emory Law School, is the founder/director of the Yoga and Judaism Center in Atlanta, GA and the author of Yoga and Judaism (2007), Ivri: The Essence of Hebrew Spirituality (2010), and other books. He has been an initiate, student, practitioner and teacher in a Himalayan meditation tradition for over 35 years and a student of Kabala and Jewish Spirituality for several years. He... Read More →
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Michael Levine

Musician/ Music Producer, Watertown Studios
Michael Levine is a man of many hats (to cover his elegantly shaved head).  As a singer-songwriter, he has released 4 CDs and  has opened for acts such as Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows and many others.   As a record producer, he has won national awards and runs Watertown Studios.  As a children's musician, "Mr. Michael" and "Mr. Eric" Litwin founded The Learning Groove (www.thelearninggroove.com), a... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Mountainside Pavilion

4:15pm

You Are Cordially Uninvited: The Case for Elimination of Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies
At first consideration, it seems nearly impossible and unimaginable to consider eliminating the Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony as a significant milestone event in the Jewish lifecycle. However, with some exploration of the history of the ceremony, an examination of the current crisis in post-B’nei Mitzvah drop-out, and consideration of how Jewish education could be drastically better without it, you too will understand why eliminating this ritual as we know it might be good for the Jewish people.

Presenters
avatar for Robyn Faintich

Robyn Faintich

Executive Education Consultant, JewishGPS, LLC


Saturday August 31, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Multi-purpose Room

4:15pm

The Case of the Suspected Adulteress
The law of the suspected adulteress, the Sotah (Num 5:11–31), is one of the strangest, most perplexing cases in biblical law. Everybody interprets differently. Nobody understands it. Is it the only trial by ordeal in the Bible? Is it magic? What does it show about women's status in the Torah and ancient Israel?

Presenters
avatar for Richard Elliott Friedman

Richard Elliott Friedman

University of Georgia
Richard Elliott Friedman is a biblical scholar and the Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia. He joined the faculty of the UGA Religion Department in 2006. Prior to his appointment there, he was the Katzin Professor of Jewish Civilization at UCSD from 1984 until 2006. Dr. Friedman received his Th.D. in Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1978; Th.M.in Hebrew... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Library

4:15pm

Mummy and Ima, Daddy and Abba: the Growth of Same-Sex Jewish Parenting
There are now children with two mummies or two daddies, or other combinations or parents, in almost every Jewish day school in the UK. Join a conversation hosted by our British visitors Sam and Natalie about parenting options for same-sex couples and hear about the growth of these new family types within the UK and Israeli Jewish communities. We will also describe the growth of a new UK network for these families, Avot ve Imahot. How does the Jewish community support these new family structures, and what challenges are there? Hear some of the ups and downs, experiences and stories. Everyone welcome. 

Presenters
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Samantha Cohen

Sam is at Limmud SE + Atlanta this year because her partner Natalie and their son Eden came last year and she has never heard the end of how wonderful it was. She is the proud Mummy of Eden (5) and Blu (3), who have already been to numerous Limmuds and are keen volunteers. Sam is an optometrist specialising in caring for patients with dementia. Having been raised in a tradtional Orthodox community and B'nei Akiva, she is now an active member of a... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Grazin

Natalie Grazin

Natalie first attended Limmud Conference in 1994 and has now clocked up over 25 Limmud events in the UK and around the world. She Chaired Limmud Conference in 2006 and has served on the Executive of Limmud internationally. Professionally, Natalie works in healthcare management and quality improvement and she is training to become an executive coach. It was at a Limmud Conference in 1997 that Natalie met her partner Samantha; they had a Brit Ahava... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Lakeside Dining

4:30pm

Story Time & More
Story and Play Time for 4 and under

Saturday August 31, 2013 4:30pm - 5:40pm
Beit Am Katan

4:35pm

Chavruta I
Come explore Jewish attitudes to issues of wealth and finance, prosperity, work, consumerism and Tzedakah.  What is ultimately valuable?  Is work a blessing or a curse?  Is it unethical to spend lavishly?  What is the relationship between charity and justice?  (Sources compiled by volunteers from Limmud Galil, Limmud UK, Limmud NY and Limmud Hungary, and edited by Robin Cooke and Robin Moss.) This is the first of three chavruta sessions. 

Chavruta is a traditional rabbinic approach to Talmudic study in which a pair of students analyze, discuss, and debate a shared text. It is a primary learning method in yeshivas and kollels, where students often engage regular study partners of similar knowledge and ability, and is also practiced by people outside the yeshiva setting, in work, home and vacation settings. 

Unlike a teacher-student relationship, in which the student memorizes and repeats the material back in tests, chavruta-style learning puts each student in the position of analyzing the text, organizing thoughts into logical arguments, explaining reasoning to the partner, hearing out the partner's reasoning, and questioning and sharpening each other's ideas, often arriving at entirely new insights into the meaning of the text.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Crane

Jonathan Crane

Center for Ethics, Emory University
Raymond F. Schinazi Junior Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University's Center for Ethics. Currently president of the Society of Jewish Ethics, Crane co-edited (with Elliot Dorff) The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality, and authored Narratives and Jewish Bioethics.


Saturday August 31, 2013 4:35pm - 5:30pm
Spiritual Center

5:40pm

Camp Limmud Pick-Up
Pick up your kids for the Shabbat dinner picnic.

Saturday August 31, 2013 5:40pm - 5:50pm
Under Cafe Limmud Porch

5:45pm

Dinner - Picnic Seudah Shlishit
Enjoy the traditional 3rd meal of Shabbat by picnic! Picnic will be on the lawn with set-up Under the Cafe Limmud Porch. If raining, we will be in the Main Dining Hall.

Saturday August 31, 2013 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Front Lawn

7:00pm

'Cruise Directors' At Your Service
LimmudFest volunteer leaders will be "at your service" to answer questions, make suggestions for evening activities, and direct you toward changes in the schedule for the following day. 

Leadership
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Mindy Binderman

Executive Director, GEEARS: The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
Mindy Binderman is the founding Executive Director of GEEARS: The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students. Mindy leads GEEARS' efforts to inspire and provide leadership for a statewide movement on early learning and healthy development for children ages birth to five. Mindy serves as GEEARS' lead advocate, fundraiser and spokesperson. She partners with the Board of Directors on strategic planning and works to strengthen... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 7:00pm - 7:10pm
Front Lawn

7:15pm

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies: Its Place in the Jewish World: Visions and Challenges of Jewish Leadership
This session will explore the place of Pardes, which created the first fully inclusive, diverse and egalitarian Beit Midrash for the study of classic Jewish text, in the Jewish world. The session will include Pardes's impact on the challenges of Jewish leadership.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Rosenzweig

Michael Rosenzweig

President, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Currently (since October 2012) president and CEO of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. From 2009 to 2012, president and CEO of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. 2008 interim president and CEO of Hands On Atlanta. 2005 to 2007 Senior VP Corporate Development and General Counsel, Johns Manville, Denver. 1977 to 1979 and 1987 to 2005 lawyer in private practice Atlanta GA. 1979 to 1987... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Library

7:15pm

Would the Rabbis Reform Healthcare: The Affordable Care Act and Jewish Ethics
What is a Jewish approach to healthcare reform? Since the 2010 enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka: Healthcare Reform, Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare), seemingly everyone in America has issued an opinion on it. However, what would Jewish textual sources say about it? We'll look at a few very specific provisions of the law in light of a few diverse Talmudic sources, and then engage in lively, spirited (and civil) discussion.

Presenters
avatar for Stefanie Papps

Stefanie Papps

Stefanie Papps is a policy analyst by trade, who earned a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California-Berkeley. When she's not immersing herself in the finer points of health and social policy, Stefanie is an amateur baker and certified yoga teacher. Papps has been on the board of multiple Jewish communities and has been the leader behind two adult Jewish education initiatives. She lives with... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Multi-purpose Room

7:15pm

Being More Observant in Hollywood
Discussing what its like to be a more traditional Jew in Hollywood and the challenges of it all.

Presenters
avatar for Avi Liberman

Avi Liberman

Comedian
Avi Liberman's quirky style has made him a favorite in comedy clubs from Los Angeles to New York. Born in Israel, raised in Texas, having gone to college in New York, and now living in Los Angeles, his style is a winning combination of life experiences and topical issues told through a varied blend of characters and voices with worldwide expertise.  | | Avi has performed stand-up comedy on CBS's "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson, on... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Lakeside Dining

7:15pm

Creating a Welcoming Community for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Come listen to the tales of Susan Berch who has participated in many DD events, Janet Schatten whose family has successfully utilized DD resources in Atlanta, and Eric Jacobson who is a professional using his expertise to enhance experiences and promote a welcoming community for all people. The panel will discuss the many ways the Atlanta Jewish community creates a welcoming environment and ways we could be even more welcoming.

This session was made possible by a grant from The Covenant Foundation.  

Presenters
avatar for Eric Jacobson

Eric Jacobson

Executive Director, Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
Eric Jacobson is the Executive Director of the Georgia Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. While he has held several positions within the Council, since 1997 he has been the organization’s Executive Director. His vision for the Council is that 1) All programs and activities result in people with developmental disabilities being more independent, productive, included and self-determined; 2) Council is a leader in the... Read More →
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Janet Schatten

The Epstein School
For over 30 years, Janet Schatten has been involved in Jewish education including work with camps, afternoon schools and The Epstein School. She has an undergraduate degree from University of Texas in education and a Master's Degree from Siegel College.


Saturday August 31, 2013 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Lakeside Dining

7:15pm

Kumzitz
Extend your Shabbat third meal with song and story, a Limmud-like kumzitz.

Saturday August 31, 2013 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Front Lawn

8:15pm

Ma'ariv
Saturday August 31, 2013 8:15pm - 8:30pm
Spiritual Center

8:40pm

Havdallah
The traditional LimmudFest Havdallah is set around a giant camp fire. With singing, the Havdallah ritual, and s'mores for the kids, this is one of LimmudFest's special moments.

Saturday August 31, 2013 8:40pm - 9:30pm
Fire Pit

9:30pm

The Avi Liberman Show: Standup Comedy
Same great show that Avi has performed at the Punchline!

Presenters
avatar for Avi Liberman

Avi Liberman

Comedian
Avi Liberman's quirky style has made him a favorite in comedy clubs from Los Angeles to New York. Born in Israel, raised in Texas, having gone to college in New York, and now living in Los Angeles, his style is a winning combination of life experiences and topical issues told through a varied blend of characters and voices with worldwide expertise.  | | Avi has performed stand-up comedy on CBS's "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson, on... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Mountainside Dining

9:30pm

Jewish Astronomy - Walk in Time: G-d's Creation - A Jewish Exploration into the Night Sky!
Come join us on an adventure as we look at the Jewish history of Astronomy which is part of our Rabbinic text. We will take a night walk and enjoy stories and history of the stars as expressed from a Jewish point of view.

Presenters
avatar for Elliot Price

Elliot Price

Georgia Tech
Elliot Price is manager of the Georgia Institute of Technology Enterprise Innovation Institute's Augusta Regional Office and a member of the Process Improvement Group and Sustainability Group. A RABQSA-certified lead auditor, he has helped companies successfully prepare for ISO 9000 registration and ready their workforces for a culture based on employee involvement and continual improvement. He is also an ASQ-certified quality manager and was the... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Front Lawn

9:30pm

China and the West
After spending the summer lecturing and conducting research at Jiaotong University in China, Jeff Schatten will discuss the social and political trends taking place in China and what they mean for the West, with specific attention to the US and Israel. Topics will include a broad range of public policy issues including sparks of democracy, human rights, economic development, and military engagement.

Presenters
avatar for Jeff Schatten

Jeff Schatten

Jeff Schatten is a business researcher at Georgia State University. His diverse research interests include organizational culture, business ethics and organizational behavior. Jeff was a management consultant for start-up enterprises in South Africa, worked in supply chain management at Delta Air Lines, founded a real estate company, and hosted a weekly radio show on business, psychology, philosophy and politics. Jeff spent the summer lecturing... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Library

9:30pm

Who Shall Live...?: A Dramatic Reading For Erev Selichot
At Selichot we prepare ourselves for the spiritual journey of the High Holidays. "Who Shall Live...?" introduces us to four Jews from different backgrounds as they struggle with the themes and issues with which many of us are challenged as we come face to face with the words of the prayers and the realities of our lives. In these four characters we see pieces of ourselves. The reading will be followed by a discussion of its themes as we prepare for the spiritual journey of this season.

Presenters
avatar for Jeff Bernhardt

Jeff Bernhardt

Play Write
Jeff Bernhardt is a writer, licensed clinical social worker, and Jewish educator. He is the Community of Caring Director at Temple Aliyah (Woodland Hills, CA). His book On Sacred Ground: Jewish and Christian Clergy Reflect of Transformative Passages from the Five Books of Moses was published in 2012. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Rosh Hashanah Readings and Mentsh and in the Los Angeles Times, the Journal of Jewish... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Multi-purpose Room
  • AV Sound only
  • Noise Level Lively Discussion
  • Preferred Venue Indoor Room
  • Special Instructions Private Speaker with Amp/Mixer? Need multiple mics. Stage. Break-out Rooms. (I believe that this is scheduled for Motzei Shabbat and would be in a large room with an elevated area of the performers. Ideally discussion would be in smaller break out groups either in different parts of a larger room or in adjacent rooms.)
  • Tags Spirituality

9:30pm

Games
Pull up a chair at our games tables and try your hand at cards, No Limit Texas Dreidel, checkers, chess, and other board games. 

Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30pm - Sunday September 1, 2013 12:15am
Cafe Limmud Porch

9:30pm

Pub Mishpacha!
Bar is open!

Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30pm - Sunday September 1, 2013 12:15am
Cafe Limmud Porch

9:30pm

LimmudFest Photo Booth
NEW ADDITION! Join YAD and photographer Nili Larish in the LimmudFest Photo Booth. Filled with fun props and costumes, express yourself with meshugena flair.

Presenters

Saturday August 31, 2013 9:30pm - Sunday September 1, 2013 12:15am
Lakeside Dining
  • Special Instructions Private Shoppers have goods and will bring it up to camp.

11:00pm

Acoustic Jam
Bring your instrument and join fellow Limmudniks on the Cafe Limmud Porch.

Saturday August 31, 2013 11:00pm - Sunday September 1, 2013 12:00am
Cafe Limmud Porch

11:00pm

My Father My Lord: A Child Of The Ultra-Orthodox In Film
Children in films for adult audiences are not that common; ultra-Orthodox children are even more of a rarity. During this session, My Father My Lord (David Volach, 2007) will be screened and discussed in depth. Possible points for discussion may include: How is the fact that the writer and director is a former Haredi Jew visible in the film through its style and legible through its themes? What cinematic techniques are employed to approximate the experience of a child? How does this film differ from other films made by Israelis that depict the ultra-Orthodox lifestyle? How is this film, through its theme and even its structure, a parable?

Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth Lathrop

Elizabeth Lathrop

Film Professor, Georgia Perimeter College
Elizabeth Lathrop is a tenure-track film professor at Georgia Perimeter College, a two-year college in Atlanta. She teaches formal stylistic analysis, film history, a bit of film production, and seminars on film genres and _The Twilight Zone_. She is elected to the Teaching Committee of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies and also serves as Co-chair of the Media Literacy + Pedagogical Outreach Scholarly Interest Group within SCMS. This is her... Read More →


Saturday August 31, 2013 11:00pm - Sunday September 1, 2013 12:15am
Multi-purpose Room

11:00pm

Selichot Services

Selichot are Jewish poems and prayers of penitence. Selichot refers to both the poetic piyyutim that compose the service as well as to the service itself. In the Ashkenazic tradition, Selichot begins on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah. Selichot are usually recited between midnight and dawn. Join your LimmudFest community for this special service.


Saturday August 31, 2013 11:00pm - Sunday September 1, 2013 12:15am
Spiritual Center
 
Sunday, September 1
 

8:00am

Egalitarian Minyan
Sunday September 1, 2013 8:00am - 8:45am
Library

8:00am

Mechitza Minyan
Sunday September 1, 2013 8:00am - 8:45am
Spiritual Center

8:00am

Running Meditation
CANCELLED.

Presenters

Sunday September 1, 2013 8:00am - 8:45am
Cafe Limmud Porch

8:00am

LimmudFest Photo Booth
Join YAD and photographer Nili Larish in the LimmudFest Photo Booth. Filled with fun props and costumes, express yourself with meshugena flair.

Presenters

Sunday September 1, 2013 8:00am - 9:15am
Lakeside Dining

8:00am

Breakfast
Sunday September 1, 2013 8:00am - 9:15am
Main Dining

9:15am

9:30am

Chia Pet Gardening Project
What do plants need to grow? 8-11 year olds will find out by making your own Chia Pet to take home and grow!

Leadership
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Kara Clements

Director, Camp Limmud
Camp Twin Lakes' Kara Clements leads Camp Limmud. Kara is studying Child and Family Develpoment at University of Georgia.


Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30am - 10:15am
Mountainside Pavilion
  • Special Instructions Private Kara will bring the materials. Counselors bring snack for end of session.

9:30am

Simple, Soulful, Singin' Shacharit
Music and movement for kids and their grownups to explore themes and ideas in the Jewish morning literagy. Parents welcome but not required. This program is for 5-7 year olds.

Presenters
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Emily Teck

Miss Emily Celebrates
Emily Aronoff Teck visits many Jewish communities to share celebrations and songs with young children and their grown-ups, manages JewishLearningMatters.com, and is finishing her doctoral work in Jewish Education at Gratz College. She lives in Palm Beach County, FL with her super awesome husband, Jason and their ridiculously delicious daughter, Talya. Learn more and download her music for free from www.MissEmilyCelebrates.com.


Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30am - 10:15am
Beit Am Katan
  • Special Instructions Private At end, give snack. Requires boombox. Parents welcome.

9:30am

Sammy The Spider: A Family Program
You are welcome to join your little one(s) on the new giant "Spider Web" hammock for a Sammy The Spider with PJ Library. There will be stories, a craft, and a web walk. Parents: this is a good time for you to catch a quick snuggle and get entwined in some of Sammy The Spider's adventures. Best for ages infant to 4. Parents welcome, not required. 

Moderators
Presenters
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Lisa Lebovitz

PJ Library Associate, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta


Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Spider Web
  • Special Instructions Private Craft requires: paints, brushes, scissors, and supplies provided by Monique.
  • Tags Family

9:30am

Israel's Nature and Environmental Campaigns 101: Grassroots Environmental Victories Go National, Thanks To Kids' Activism at Home
Updated: Session Canceled

Presentation, including film clips, will review Israel’s natural treasures, the status of recent environmental issues and projects from Israel’s northern to southern borders. As a developing nation (Israel signed the Kyoto Accord with ‘developing nation’ status), Israel has not yet approached western progressive standards. On the upside, creative approaches to environmental national campaigns have proven highly effective in Israel - models that could be recreated locally. LESSENING THE FOOTPRINT IN THE HOME has been most smoothly accomplished through environmental education programs targeting children - green roofs, community gardens, water conservation and more have spread like wildfire throughout the nation, as a result.

Presenters
avatar for Michelle Levine

Michelle Levine

American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (ASPNI)
Michelle Tova Levine has spent almost a decade in Israel researching nature and environment in Israel and has an M.A. in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. As the (past) English Spokesperson for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel for the last 8 years, Michelle is uniquely qualified to lecture/comment about environmental issues across Israel. She published SPNI News, the largest distribution English-language... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Multi-purpose Room

9:30am

Making Chrayn, Making Memories, Strengthening Families: Establishing A Passover Family Ritual That Can't Be Beat!
Research has shown that family rituals help children and families deal with the exigencies of life while building resilience. The number one rated LimmudFest program, the year that we last offered this, Making Chrayn will teach you how to establish a family ritual for the preparation of seder horseradish. Utilizing every sensory modality, especially taste and smell, you will learn how to transform plain old ugly horseradish root into a lifetime memory that will keep on working long after the last piece of the Afikoman is eaten.

Presenters
avatar for Marshall Duke

Marshall Duke

Emory Univerrsity
Marshall Duke joined Emory's psychology faculty in 1970 as an assistant professor. One of Emory's most decorated faculty members, Duke was named a Candler professor in 1991. He has been a licensed clinical psychologist in Georgia since 1972. Duke has authored seven books and more than 70 articles. His numerous television appearances include slots on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. Most recently, his work on... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Mountainside Dining
  • AV Video and sound required
  • Noise Level Lively Discussion
  • Preferred Venue Outdoor Pavilion
  • Special Instructions Private LCD Projector, 6' Screen, Sound. Has a DVD that needs video and sound. For our session on making horseradish we will need two long tables and a power source to run two food processors. Extension cords essentially. We also need plastic spoons and paper plates.
  • Tags Family, Spirituality

9:30am

Chavruta II
Come explore Jewish attitudes to issues of wealth and finance, prosperity, work, consumerism and Tzedakah.  What is ultimately valuable?  Is work a blessing or a curse?  Is it unethical to spend lavishly?  What is the relationship between charity and justice?  (Sources compiled by volunteers from Limmud Galil, Limmud UK, Limmud NY and Limmud Hungary, and edited by Robin Cooke and Robin Moss.)

This is the second of three chavruta sessions. 

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Crane

Jonathan Crane

Center for Ethics, Emory University
Raymond F. Schinazi Junior Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University's Center for Ethics. Currently president of the Society of Jewish Ethics, Crane co-edited (with Elliot Dorff) The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality, and authored Narratives and Jewish Bioethics.


Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Lakeside Dining

9:30am

Building Real Communities: Creating Places That Welcome All People
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) has created an initiative based on the ideas of person centered and community centered approaches. Working in communities throughout Georgia and in other states, this initiative has evolved over the last four years but remains true to the idea of bringing local people together to act collectively for change that improves the lives of all people, including those with developmental disabilities. This session will provide an overview of what it means to build community and how in these efforts we can make sure that all community members are involved, including those who have been marginalized.

Presenters
avatar for Eric Jacobson

Eric Jacobson

Executive Director, Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
Eric Jacobson is the Executive Director of the Georgia Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. While he has held several positions within the Council, since 1997 he has been the organization’s Executive Director. His vision for the Council is that 1) All programs and activities result in people with developmental disabilities being more independent, productive, included and self-determined; 2) Council is a leader in the... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Spiritual Center

9:30am

Tai Chi Kaballah: Unifying Body and Soul
Tai Chi Kaballah teaches the movements and philosophy of Tai Chi as well as the healing meditative system of Chi Gong within the mystical meditative system of Kaballistic thought. We will experience the movements and Kata of Tai Chi while the appropriate mystical concepts are gently spoken and understood on a very deep personal level. No knowledge of Jewish Mysticism or Tai Chi is required or assumed.

Presenters
avatar for Karmi Ingber

Karmi Ingber

The Kehilla & Young Kehilla
Karmi Ingber is a renowned eclectic rabbinic figure & popular keynote speaker. His lectures are inspiring experiences: merging humor, stories & drama with deep life lessons. In Israel he trained over 300 rabbis to be community leaders worldwide. Karmi is also an experienced therapist and professional musician with two CDs and is now completing his first book on Kabalistic thought. He founded the Montreal Jewish Experience and moved to... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Basketball Court

9:30am

#JAN25, #J14, #OWS: A Conversation About Social Networks, Social Protests, Social Change, and Social Values
Two years ago, the world changed. Social networks helped longtime social change activists and new never-before activists from nearly every corner in the world organize, communicate and collaborate like never before. Millions of Egyptians overthrew a dictator who controlled their country and lives for decades. Half a million Israelis took to the streets one Motzei Shabbat demanding "social justice" and making connections many of them did not make before. In this country, thousands occupied Wall Street for days, demanding justice for the 99%. What were all these claims about? Why did they happen when they did? What resulted from these still ongoing movements? What are the connections between them, and what can we learn from them? Where do our social values as Jews fit into each one of these movements, and the global call for change still echoing from the streets of Cairo, Tel-Aviv, New-York and nearly every major city on our globe? Join us for a conversation, and share your thoughts on all of these questions and more! 

Presenters
avatar for Dotan Z. Harpak

Dotan Z. Harpak

Dotan Zebrowitz Harpak has worked as an educator both in Israel & in the US, with a focus on Israeli-American Jewish relations. Since his release from the IDF, he's been highly involved in a variety of Israeli political & social issues. More recently  Dotan was one of the founders of the local Atlanta chapter of J Street, the political home of pro-Israel, pro-Peace Americans, and serves as its Chair. This is Dotan's second visit... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30am - 11:00am
Library

10:15am

Rosh Hashanah Crafts
5-7 Year Olds

Sunday September 1, 2013 10:15am - 11:00am
Under Cafe Limmud Porch

10:15am

Rosh Hashanah Music
8-11 Year Olds

Sunday September 1, 2013 10:15am - 11:00am
Mountainside Pavilion

10:30am

Rosh Hashanah Story
For Children 4 and Under

Presenters
avatar for Jeff Bernhardt

Jeff Bernhardt

Play Write
Jeff Bernhardt is a writer, licensed clinical social worker, and Jewish educator. He is the Community of Caring Director at Temple Aliyah (Woodland Hills, CA). His book On Sacred Ground: Jewish and Christian Clergy Reflect of Transformative Passages from the Five Books of Moses was published in 2012. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Rosh Hashanah Readings and Mentsh and in the Los Angeles Times, the Journal of Jewish... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 10:30am - 11:15am
Beit Am Katan

11:00am

Rosh Hashanah Crafts
For 8-11 Year Olds

Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Under Cafe Limmud Porch

11:00am

Rosh Hashanah Music
For 5-7 Year Olds

Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mountainside Pavilion

11:00am

Boating on the Lake
Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lake

11:00am

Chai Talk: Oy I'm Shvitzing - Stop Global Warming: And Other Uniquely Jewish Approaches to Eco-Literacy
Take a light-hearted, ten-minute tour through the highlights of Jewish environmental education. Guided by the words and drawings of school children, and the antics of their Teva educators, we will reflect on:

  1. The impact that ecological awareness has on Jewish identity and literacy

  2. The impact that Judaism has on ecological literacy and activism

  3. How Jewish-eco-literacy has shaped a whole new sector of Jewish life
This session was made possible by a grant from The Covenant Foundation.


Presenters
avatar for Nili Simhai

Nili Simhai

TEVA Learning Alliance
Nili Simhai has served for over a decade as Director of the Teva Learning Center, now the Teva Learning Alliance. A recent winner of the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, Nili is considered an authority and leader of the Jewish environmental education movement. She has trained and counseled hundreds of educators in the pedagogy of Jewish environmental education and has put environmental... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Lakeside Dining

11:00am

Chai Talk: ProtéJ Shark Tank Redux- Atlanta's Jewish Social Entrepreneurs

Did you miss ProtéJ's Shark Tank event? Don't worry: five of Atlanta's hippest social entrepreneurs are back to pitch to you! Jennie Rivlin Roberts on ProtéJ, Patrick Aleph on PunkTorah, Russell Gottchalk on Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, Marcy Levinson-Brooks on Atlanta Jewish News.com, and Ana Fuchs on Jewish Kids Groups.


Presenters
avatar for Patrick Aleph

Patrick Aleph

Rabbi, PunkTorah
Rabbi Patrick Aleph is an Atlanta based rabbi, Jewish educator and lifecycle celebrant who created PunkTorah.org, an online Jewish community for people who have fallen through the cracks of Jewish life. Aleph also founded OneShul.org, the world's only online independent minyan. Prior to his work as a Jewish educator and leader, Aleph was in business management and marketing. He is currently developing an online school to train lay Jewish leaders... Read More →
avatar for Russell Gottschalk

Russell Gottschalk

AJMF (Atlanta Jewish Music Festival), Atlanta Jewish Music Festival
Russell Gottschalk is a native of Atlanta and Emory alum. He is the full time director and founder of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. He manages AJMF’s day to day operations including: building community partnerships, meeting community leaders, soliciting artists and venues, seeking out development opportunities and managing AJMF’s social media networks.
avatar for Marcy Levinson-Brooks

Marcy Levinson-Brooks

Founder and Publisher, AtlantaJewishNews.com
Marcy Levinson-Brooks is an accomplished journalist, artist and founder and publisher of AtlantaJewishNews.com. With more than 15 years as a professional artist, Marcy paints and makes jewelry. She was born in Williamsburg, Va. and raised in Orlando, FL.
avatar for Jennie Rivlin Roberts

Jennie Rivlin Roberts

Chair of LimmudFest, Limmud Atlanta + SE
I'm very passionate about the Atlanta Jewish community and believe that Limmud Atlanta + SE is a tremendous asset to Atlanta! I currently volunteer my time as Limmud Atlanta + SE Board Member and am Chair of LimmudFest 2013. I'm also the founder of ModernTribe, which designs, manufactures, and sells Judaica and Jewish gifts for the new generation of American Jews, helping them express and share their Jewish identity. | | My background is in... Read More →



Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Lakeside Dining

11:00am

The Land of Honey: Urban Farming with Bees
Are you curious about bees? Are you intrigued by the idea of having your own hives? About collecting your own honey? Ross will give a primer on bees and beekeeping, just in time for the honey you'll want for Rosh Hashanah. You'll learn about different bees, how to get your hives started, what to do once you've got thousands and thousands of bees in your backyard, and then what to do when you have gallons and gallons of honey. You'll also learn how to handle skeptical family members and neighbors! Beekeeping is an easy, inexpensive way to get into urban farming.

Presenters
RM

Ross Mansbach

Ross is an avid urban farmer.  At the home he shares with his wife Jodi and children Eli, Orly and Bram near midtown Atlanta, Ross keeps chickens, ducks and bees, plus a backyard full of edibles such as berry bushes and fruit trees.  Ross is a bit of an urban farming evangelist and loves to take whatever opportunities are available to talk about the joys of homesteading as well as to learn from others about their experiences.


Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Lakeside Pavilion

11:00am

99 Tips for Parenting: A World Obsessed With Obesity, Thinness & Eating Disorders
99 Tips for Parenting in a World of Food, Fat, Fear, & Fun is Ms. Celcer's pocket volume of tips to educate families with tots, tweens, and teens about their relationship with food and eating. She brings her extensive experience in the parenting profession to bear on the sometimes difficult issues surrounding food in the home. Discover how the unique dynamics of biology and psychology impact on hunger, dieting, body image, under-eating, overeating, and just eating. Designed to be a book that everyone in the family can read, this is a must-have for navigating our relationship with food in the family.

Presenters
avatar for Iréné Celcer

Iréné Celcer

Iréné Celcer MA, LCSW
Iréné Celcer is a mental health professional and parenting expert with specialties that include eating problems and disorders, bullying, infertility, and third party reproductive assistance. She has extensive expertise in eating disorders, body image perceptions, and women's issues and is a regular guest on CNN. In addition to her authorships and philanthropic work, she maintains a private practice. Iréné Celcer... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Library

11:00am

Sacred Scandals: Bad Behavior in Biblical Texts
You think the Bible and other historical stories are all about good people and good choices? Did you know that it’s filled with scandal – perhaps even evil urges? Eve disobeys orders. Cain kills his brother. Jacob tricks his father and cheats his brother. And the scandal doesn’t end there. The TaNaKh is filled with sexual misconduct, lies and other bad behavior. We will try to answer these questions "What do these stories tell us?" and "What are we supposed to learn from them?"

Presenters
avatar for Robyn Faintich

Robyn Faintich

Executive Education Consultant, JewishGPS, LLC


Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Mountainside Dining

11:00am

Tikkun Atzmi: Restoration Of The Self: A Workshop On Rededicating Ourselves To Our Deepest Values
A personal workshop to explore and rededicate ourselves to our deepest values. As we approach the High Holidays, we are supposed to do a cheshbon hanefesh, an accounting of soul. In this workshop, we will partner with others to clarify our deepest values, explore how those values operate in our lives, and rededicate ourselves to actualizing values in the coming year. The results are often surprising and moving. Write yourself into your own book of life this year, and give yourself the gift of tikkun atzmi, a restoration and rededication of the self.

Presenters
avatar for Paul Wolpe

Paul Wolpe

Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University
The Director of the Emory Center for Ethics, I am passionate about AHA! moments, when we see the world in a new way. I have tried to champion using the arts as vehicles to talk about social and ethical dilemmas; to challenge our comfortable assumptions (and to have mine challenged); to use the ancient wisdom of the Jewish tradition to ask new questions in old ways (or is it old questions in new ways..?) I believe we need to balance intellectual... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Spiritual Center

11:00am

Chai Talks 1 of 2
We're back again with LimmudFest’s own version of TED Talks -- in which passionate and creative Limmudniks share insights, experiences, discoveries, and Jewish ideas worth spreading. We're calling these high impact, tightly crafted 18 minute presentations, CHAI Talks. We've invited interesting some of Limmud's most creative thinkers to give “the Jewish talk of their life.” 

Moderators
avatar for Nina Rubin

Nina Rubin

Director of Communications, Georgia Charter Schools Association
Talk to me about building, improving, and directing engaging content across multiple channels to diverse audiences. Talk to me about data-visualization and info-graphics. We are a nonprofit that advocates and educates about public charter schools in the state of Georgia. We talk to Legislators, Teachers, School Leaders, Funders, Parents, and the General Public. The story is complex. We love storytelling, but we also need to provide strong... Read More →

Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Lakeside Dining

11:00am

Joseph Skibell Reads from A Blessing on the Moon and Other Novels
Novelist Joseph Skibell will be reading from his prize-winning novels, including A Blessing on the Moon and the forthcoming My Father's Guitar and Other Imaginary Things.

Presenters
avatar for Joseph Skibell

Joseph Skibell

Author
Joseph Skibell's debut novel, A Blessing on the Moon, received the prestigious Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Turner Prize for First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. A Book of the Month Club selection, the book was named one of the year's best by Publishers Weekly, Le Monde and Amazon.com, and has been translated into half a dozen languages.



Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Multi-purpose Room

11:00am

Stretch Your Body to Better Health
In this session you will be helping your brain and body. How? Stretching increases the circulation in your body, so you will be getting oxygen to your brain and blood to your muscles. Using simple body movements while standing and sitting in a chair, everyone will feel more relaxed and pain free. Inspiring Jewish music adds to the mix to improve mood and help spirits soar so you will be ready to live, love and learn on Shabbat!  Stretching is a great way to enrich your life everyday and expand your enjoyment in everything you do-TO LIFE!

Presenters

Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Basketball Court

11:15am

Alef Bet Yoga
Creative and educational yoga for our youngsters in the shape of Alef Bet! Let's see how many letters we can make! For 4 and Under

Sunday September 1, 2013 11:15am - 12:00pm
Beit Am Katan
  • Special Instructions Private Alef bet yoga book for counselors, provided by Leah

12:15pm

12:30pm

Shuk
Browse books and goods from our LimmudFest presenters. 

Shuk Exhibitors:

Jeff Bernhardt | http://www.jewishdramas.com/
Maital Guttman, Dewdrop Films, LLC | http://www.dewdropfilms.com
Adamah Adventures (Matt Strauss) | http://www.adamahadventures.org
Bonnie Price, Massage for Health
ModernTribe / Thanksgivukkah | http://www.moderntribe.com
Margery Diamond, Artist
Y-Love, Musician | http://thisisylove.com/
Adam Kline, Musician
Janine Franco, Atlanta Havurah 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Service | http://roshhashanah-chavurahstyle.eventbrite.com/
TZiPi Rdonsky, Watering The Tree Outside the Fence | http://www.rebtzipi.com
Emily Teck, Miss Emily Celebrates | http://www.missemilycelebrates.com
Mort Barr, Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta | http://www.jifla.org
Michael Levine, The Learning Groove & Sunmoon Pie | http://www.thelearninggroove.com/ http://www.sunmoonpie.com
Lisa Lebovitz, PJ Library & Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta | http://www.JewishAtlanta.org/PJLibrary http://www.JewishAtlanta.org
 

Sunday September 1, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Main Dining
  • Special Instructions Private Requires several tables set around the perimeter of Main Dining -- and in Lakeside Dining -- to be used by exhibitors. We need 16 Tables.

12:30pm

LimmudFest Photo Booth
Join YAD and photographer Nili Larish in the LimmudFest Photo Booth. Filled with fun props and costumes, express yourself with meshugena flair.

Presenters

Sunday September 1, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Lakeside Dining

12:30pm

Lunch
Sunday September 1, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Main Dining

1:30pm

1:45pm

Candle Making
For 5-7 Year Olds

Presenters
avatar for Matt Strauss

Matt Strauss

A native of Atlanta, Matthew moved to Nashville in 2009. He most recently crossed performing comedy in front of a live audience off his bucket list. He is an avid sailor, photographer & hiker. Puns impress him. He has completed 6 marathons, traveled to 35 counties on 5 continents, and didn’t own his first gun until a year ago. He is a proud Jew and few things upset him more than other Jews not feeling the same. He has worked on... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 1:45pm - 2:20pm
Under Cafe Limmud Porch
  • Special Instructions Private candle making supplies, need hot plate that plugs in

1:45pm

1:45pm

AJFF Presents: Y-Love Movie
Y-Love is the "premier Orthodox Jewish entity in hip hop." Raised in inner-city Baltimore, Yitz Jordan became fascinated with Judaism as a child, attended Yeshiva in his teens and endured a short-lived arranged marriage to a Yiddish speaking woman who didn't think he was religious enough. Music is the medium through which Y-Love connects to his faith; he seems most at ease spouting rhymes on a Jerusalem stage, surrounded by adoring, religious fans. This documentary paints a poignant portrait of a perennial outsider: a Black, Jewish, gay orphan searching for a home. 

This 50 minute movie will be followed by a presentation and discussion with Y-Love.

Moderators
avatar for Russell Gottschalk

Russell Gottschalk

AJMF (Atlanta Jewish Music Festival), Atlanta Jewish Music Festival
Russell Gottschalk is a native of Atlanta and Emory alum. He is the full time director and founder of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. He manages AJMF’s day to day operations including: building community partnerships, meeting community leaders, soliciting artists and venues, seeking out development opportunities and managing AJMF’s social media networks.

Presenters
avatar for Yitz Jordan AKA Y-Love

Yitz Jordan AKA Y-Love

Musician
"Crossover success."; "The soundtrack to social progression."; undeniably one of the decade's most dynamic artists -- Y-LOVE.  Y-Love (Yitz Jordan) has made a name for himself as a hip-hop artist, multicultural educator, conflict resolver, fashionista, activist for social change, and political pundit -- all in six short years. | When Y-Love (Yitz Jordan) released his first mixtape in 2005, the world took note of the... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Multi-purpose Room

1:45pm

From Baltimore to Beverly Hills: The Story of a Jewish MC
This lecture and discussion will follow the 50 minute Y-Love Movie. The story of Y-LOVE, from growing up in Baltimore, early introduction to and love for Judaism (from age 7), converting to Judaism as a young adult, becoming Hasidic, discovering hip-hop in yeshiva, and coming out of the closet. The story of a pioneer of Jewish music.
 

Presenters
avatar for Yitz Jordan AKA Y-Love

Yitz Jordan AKA Y-Love

Musician
"Crossover success."; "The soundtrack to social progression."; undeniably one of the decade's most dynamic artists -- Y-LOVE.  Y-Love (Yitz Jordan) has made a name for himself as a hip-hop artist, multicultural educator, conflict resolver, fashionista, activist for social change, and political pundit -- all in six short years. | When Y-Love (Yitz Jordan) released his first mixtape in 2005, the world took note of the... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Multi-purpose Room

1:45pm

Gluten-Free on Shabbat?
An exploration of remaining gluten-free on Shabbos with bread and other gluten-free recipes, and an explanation of the halakhah.

Presenters
avatar for Barbara Skibell

Barbara Skibell

Barbara Skibell is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Decatur,GA and a Registered Dietitian who owned a bakery-restaurant in Taos, NM.


Sunday September 1, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Main Dining

1:45pm

What's In the Corner of My Tallit: Tassel or Tzitzit, Why Is It There?
In this session we will explore the meanings of the knots in the corners of our tallitot. We will practice tying tzitzit and you will leave knowing the numerology of the knots and have a greater understanding of why they are there!

Presenters
avatar for Barbara Flexner

Barbara Flexner

Barbara is a working artist and a Jewish wife, mother, daughter and grandmother.  To find out more about me, see my website, www.Barbaraflexner.com


Sunday September 1, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Lakeside Pavilion

1:45pm

Yoga for the High Holidays
CANCELLED. This yoga class will prepare us for the New Year and the work of teshuvah! We'll open our hearts, clear out the old, and make room for the new. We'll move through a gentle flow to release old tensions and create space in our bodies, hearts, and minds. An all-levels class accessible to beginners. Please bring a yoga mat or towel.

Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Holohan

Rebecca Holohan

Afterschool Community Director, Jewish Kids Groups
Becca Holohan is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. Her work with youth-serving nonprofit organizations has spanned social justice education, leadership development, and curriculum development, among other roles. She is passionate about empowering youth to express themselves and participate actively in their communities. In 2010, she was a Summer Institute Dean for Sadie Nash Leadership Project in Brooklyn, New York. ... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Basketball Court

1:45pm

Breaking New Ground: Our Brit Ahava (Covenant of Love) Between Two Women
In 2005, Natalie and Samantha formalized their relationship through a Jewish ceremony entitled Brit Ahava (Covenant of Love). This session will examine the original ceremony that they devised, as well as considering the wider social and communal issues that the simcha raised. 

Presenters
avatar for Natalie Grazin

Natalie Grazin

Natalie first attended Limmud Conference in 1994 and has now clocked up over 25 Limmud events in the UK and around the world. She Chaired Limmud Conference in 2006 and has served on the Executive of Limmud internationally. Professionally, Natalie works in healthcare management and quality improvement and she is training to become an executive coach. It was at a Limmud Conference in 1997 that Natalie met her partner Samantha; they had a Brit Ahava... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Mountainside Dining

1:45pm

Forgive Me, Forgive Me Not I
Forgiveness is a dynamic process that involves interplay of individuals whose intentions are as complicated as the spontaneous interaction between a moment in time and history. It is amazing how children, from a very young age, can learn how to give and receive forgiveness. They can learn from their mistakes and do teshuvah. They can become more caring members of the community. Learn concrete ways to guide children to know themselves, learn from their mistakes and go through a complete teshuvah process without lectures, punishments, yelling, put-downs or arguments. We can create caring cultures with Positive Discipline and Jewish values.

This first session will be text study to explore the complexities of teshuvah and its effect on our personal growth. We discuss the question: are mistakes really an opportunity to learn? Adults are invited to observe and/or participate in an engaging session with children. 

This session was made possible by a grant from The Covenant Foundation. 

Presenters
JS

Janet Schatten

The Epstein School
For over 30 years, Janet Schatten has been involved in Jewish education including work with camps, afternoon schools and The Epstein School. She has an undergraduate degree from University of Texas in education and a Master's Degree from Siegel College.


Sunday September 1, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Mountainside Dining

1:45pm

How Shmita Could Change the World: Rest and Release in the Seven Year Cycle
Shmita is the biblically mandated “sabbatical year’ of rest and release when agriculture and commerce were simultaneously re-adjusted to enable a more equitable, just, and healthy society, economy, and environment. In order to succeed, it would seem that the  shmita paradigm would influence all economic, agricultural, and communal activity, not just in the seventh year, but also in the six years leading up to it.  What values are inherent in this most ancient and radical of mitzvot? What might it mean for Jewish life across the globe? The next shmita year begins Rosh Hashana 2014 – let’s talk about it!

This session was made possible by a grant from The Covenant Foundation. 

 

Presenters
avatar for Nili Simhai

Nili Simhai

TEVA Learning Alliance
Nili Simhai has served for over a decade as Director of the Teva Learning Center, now the Teva Learning Alliance. A recent winner of the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, Nili is considered an authority and leader of the Jewish environmental education movement. She has trained and counseled hundreds of educators in the pedagogy of Jewish environmental education and has put environmental... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Lakeside Dining
  • AV Video and sound required
  • Noise Level Lively Discussion
  • Preferred Venue Indoor Room
  • Special Instructions Private LCD Projector, Large Screen Indoors, Microphone in Dining Hall. (I would like your opinion on whether to do the text studies and bullet points on a screen, or with handouts. On the one hand, I would prefer the Beit Midrash for this session, because it sets up the right dynamic, and has more light than the dark media room, with rows of chairs. On the other hand, I hate making millions of copies, and this session is dense with written material.)
  • Tags Business, Environment & Ecology, Family

1:45pm

Wealth, Risk & Responsibility: Grappling With Environmental Injustice
While all of us face risk from climate change, toxic pollution, and other environmental harms, certain communities live closer to danger than others. This session examines the social politics of environmental risk. We will use talmudic stories of the destruction of Jerusalem to think Jewishly about the problems of power, privilege, and oblivion in the midst of crisis—and strategize together about possibilities for resistance and resilience.

Presenters
avatar for Julia Watts Belser

Julia Watts Belser

Georgetown University
Julia Watts Belser is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University. She focuses on rabbinic literature and Jewish ethics, with particular interests in Jewish feminism, LGBT/queer culture, environmental thought, and disability studies. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, as well as rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Library

2:00pm

Men's Swimming
Sunday September 1, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Swimming Pool

2:00pm

Climbing the Wall
For 8-11 Year Olds

Sunday September 1, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Climbing Wall

2:30pm

Join LimmudFest Session: Forgive Me, Forgive Me Not
5-7 year-olds will join this special session on forgivemess lead by Janet Schatten. If your child is ages 5-7, join them for this half hour of heart-felt discussion with kids. Parents invited but not required. 

Presenters
JS

Janet Schatten

The Epstein School
For over 30 years, Janet Schatten has been involved in Jewish education including work with camps, afternoon schools and The Epstein School. She has an undergraduate degree from University of Texas in education and a Master's Degree from Siegel College.


Sunday September 1, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Mountainside Dining

3:00pm

Active Israeli Games
Campers under 4  will get up and get moving after rest time by participating in Israeli games.



Sunday September 1, 2013 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Beit Am Katan

3:00pm

Women's Swimming
Sunday September 1, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Swimming Pool

3:15pm

Rosh Hashanah Iron Chef
5-7 Year Old Campers will become Rosh Hashanah Iron Chefs and create their own recipe using their choice of kosher ingredients provided. The trick? They must use the secret ingredients - Honey and Apples!

Sunday September 1, 2013 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Main Dining
  • Special Instructions Private Materials: Paper plates and bowls, assorted food ingredients, apples, honey, plastic silverware. Give instructions to create a snack or dish for the judges using the ingredients provided. The challenge is No Heat, No Problem. Campers will create their dish without cooking or using heat. They must use the secret ingredients: apples and honey. Give a time limit and have them present to judges at the end. Judge based on taste, creativity, and plating. Teams can win in different categories or tie. Bring Apples. Honey needs to be OU.

3:15pm

No Art After Auschwitz? Film Screening: Night and Fog as Alain Resnais’s Cinematic Response
Although a mis-quotation of Theodor Adorno, this question is worth bearing in mind during this session’s screening and discussion of Night and Fog (Alain Resnais, 1955). Is ethical filmmaking possible when dealing with the Holocaust as subject matter? How might the answers to this question change when different modes of narrative, documentary, and experimental filmmaking are employed? How specifically does Alain Resnais mediate this problem? More broadly, are certain stylistic techniques more or less appropriate and/or effective in approaching the Holocaust?

Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth Lathrop

Elizabeth Lathrop

Film Professor, Georgia Perimeter College
Elizabeth Lathrop is a tenure-track film professor at Georgia Perimeter College, a two-year college in Atlanta. She teaches formal stylistic analysis, film history, a bit of film production, and seminars on film genres and _The Twilight Zone_. She is elected to the Teaching Committee of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies and also serves as Co-chair of the Media Literacy + Pedagogical Outreach Scholarly Interest Group within SCMS. This is her... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Multi-purpose Room

3:15pm

How Shmita Could Change The World II - Practical Skills For Shaping A Shmita Conscious Society
How exactly would a society ever actually practice shmita? Wouldn't everyone go hungry and complete upheaval and pandemonium take place?

Following up on the first Shmita course, these courses will explore the implications for how life would be different in the other six years - What skills would we need? What structures would have to change? Which values would guide our thinking?

This session was made possible by a grant from The Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
avatar for Nili Simhai

Nili Simhai

TEVA Learning Alliance
Nili Simhai has served for over a decade as Director of the Teva Learning Center, now the Teva Learning Alliance. A recent winner of the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, Nili is considered an authority and leader of the Jewish environmental education movement. She has trained and counseled hundreds of educators in the pedagogy of Jewish environmental education and has put environmental... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Lakeside Dining

3:15pm

Make Wire Wrapped Tree of Life Pendants
This is an opportunity for hands-on artists to create a one-of-a-kind wire wrapped tree of life necklace pendant. Experience wire wrapping is a great leg-up but not required.

Presenters
avatar for Marcy Levinson-Brooks

Marcy Levinson-Brooks

Founder and Publisher, AtlantaJewishNews.com
Marcy Levinson-Brooks is an accomplished journalist, artist and founder and publisher of AtlantaJewishNews.com. With more than 15 years as a professional artist, Marcy paints and makes jewelry. She was born in Williamsburg, Va. and raised in Orlando, FL.


Sunday September 1, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Under Cafe Limmud Porch

3:15pm

Martial Arts and Judaism: What Tae Kwon Do and Judaism Have in Common?
Judaism is not just practiced from the neck up. Perhaps it is time for a martial/warrior tradition to grow within Jewish practice too. A student of Tae Kwon Do for many years, Rabbi Norry explores the teachings and core values of the ancient Korean discipline and highlights points of contact with Jewish values. We will also learn a few basic TKD moves.

Presenters
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Hillel Norry

Senior Rabbi, Shearith Israel
Rabbi Hillel Norry is the Senior Rabbi at Shearith Israel in Atlanta, GA. In addition to his rabbinic role, Rabbi Norry is an avid vegetarian chef, blues musician, and Tae Kwon Do student. He is married to Johanna and father to Natanya and Zamir.


Sunday September 1, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Basketball Court

3:15pm

Israeli TV in America: An Unlikely Cinderella Story
Sharing the research from a book manuscript in progress this lecture will center on the recent popularity of Israeli television formats or programming concepts in the U.S. Grounding the analysis in historical and contemporary contexts the session will explore the way Israeli television, founded in the late 1960 as a single-channel Statist (Mamlakhti) public service transformed in the last two decades into a robust, commercial industry, with emerging international capacities in a new, more globalized media landscape. Focusing more specifically on the biggest Israeli hit in the U.S. to date, Showtime's "Homeland," and on the original Israeli series it has been adapted from "Hatufim" (Prisoners of War), the session will contemplate the new level of Israeli-U.S. cultural exchange marked by such adaptations.

Presenters
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Sharon Shahaf

GSU
Sharon Shahaf (Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, MA and BA Tel Aviv University) is an Assistant Professor in Communication at Georgia State University. Her research interests include television studies, media globalization, global television formats, Israeli television, culture and society, critical race theory, and post-Zionist critique. She is the co-editor of Global Television Formats: Understanding Television across Borders (Routledge... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Mountainside Dining

3:15pm

Profits and Prophets: What the Bible Teaches Us about Entrepreneurship
Jewish educator and serial entrepreneur Patrick Aleph argues that the prophets of the Bible may have more in common with today's CEOs than pulpit rabbis. Drawing from his personal research on social entrepreneurs and Biblical criticism, Aleph contends that what we used to call "prophecy" is really a combination of five factors, which coincidentally lead to amazing, "social benefit" companies like Tom's Shoes or Charity Water.

Presenters
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Patrick Aleph

Rabbi, PunkTorah
Rabbi Patrick Aleph is an Atlanta based rabbi, Jewish educator and lifecycle celebrant who created PunkTorah.org, an online Jewish community for people who have fallen through the cracks of Jewish life. Aleph also founded OneShul.org, the world's only online independent minyan. Prior to his work as a Jewish educator and leader, Aleph was in business management and marketing. He is currently developing an online school to train lay Jewish leaders... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Library

3:15pm

Bible, History and Faith: A Conversation
In modern times, some feel that Judaism/religion has been undermined by academic studies. Much of the biblical account is understood by many as folklore or myth, and even more conservative scholars admit to serious reworking of history. The authorship of the Torah is now understood to have come from multiple hands and to have been put together over centuries. Where does that leave Jewish faith and Jewish practice? Is there a way of rethinking or reimagining Jewish faith in Torah and our connection to the core narrative of Israelite history? Hear — and then join — a conversation between Richard Elliott Friedman and Zev Farber as we discuss options and ways of navigating this tension. Questions, comments and alternative suggestions will be more than welcome.

Presenters
avatar for Zev Farber

Zev Farber

Fellow, Project TABS (Torah And Biblical Scholarship)
Zev Farber was ordained as a rabbi and a dayan by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Touro College, an M.A. in Jewish History from Hebrew University, and a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies/Hebrew Bible from Emory University. Zev has a modest adult education initiative called Aitzim (Atlanta Institute of Torah and Zionism), and works for Project TABS / TheTorah.com. He is the editor of Keren, and a staff member at the Tel Eton... Read More →
avatar for Richard Elliott Friedman

Richard Elliott Friedman

University of Georgia
Richard Elliott Friedman is a biblical scholar and the Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia. He joined the faculty of the UGA Religion Department in 2006. Prior to his appointment there, he was the Katzin Professor of Jewish Civilization at UCSD from 1984 until 2006. Dr. Friedman received his Th.D. in Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University in 1978; Th.M.in Hebrew... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Spiritual Center

4:00pm

Swimming - Camp Limmud
Sunday September 1, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Swimming Pool
  • Special Instructions Private counselors bring snack

4:00pm

Climbing Wall
4 PM - 6 PM is open to all Limmudniks. 


Sunday September 1, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Climbing Wall

4:35pm

Mincha
Sunday September 1, 2013 4:35pm - 4:55pm
Spiritual Center

4:35pm

Get Caught In The Web
Lounge in the giant web and connect with other Limmudniks in a unique way.

Sunday September 1, 2013 4:35pm - 5:55pm
Spider Web

5:00pm

Mechina: A Preparation Documentary Film: Six Israeli Teens Before The Army
Mechina: A Preparation" is a 45-minute documentary film that explores the lives of six Israeli teens before they enter mandatory military service. Told from the perspective of Maital Guttman, who was born in Israel but moved to the US at the age of 7, "Mechina: A Preparation" does not point fingers but rather shows the personal, human side of young Israelis. The film has toured Jewish film festivals, college campuses, and high schools around the country and has inspired productive dialogue amongst thousands of young people.

Presenters
avatar for Maital Guttman

Maital Guttman

Dewdrop Films, LLC
Maital Guttman is a filmmaker, activist, and entrepreneur who founded Dewdrop Films. Her first film, entitled Mechina: A Preparation, explores the lives of six Israelis before they enter the army (www.dewdropfilms.com/mechinathemovie). Maital self-produced a tour to more than 50,000 young people internationally. Dewdrop Films upcoming piece, When You Strike a Woman, follows one South African woman's story of hope through the hardship of... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Multi-purpose Room

5:00pm

10Q: Reflect. React. Renew: Life's Biggest Questions. Answered By You.
10Q is a reinvention of the ancient ritual of reflection during the ten days surrounding the Jewish New Year. 10Q sends participants one question a day online over the 10 days between the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. At the end of the 10 days, participants’ answers to questions, about life, future goals, relationships, ways they hope to impact the world around them, and more, are sent into a digital vault. The next year, just before Rosh Hashanah, answers are sent back to participants and the process begins again. Over time, people can build up an archive of their beliefs, values and experiences. Throughout the LimmudFest weekend, we will engage in preparation to get you ready to start your on-line 10Q on September 4th.

Presenters
avatar for JewishGPS

JewishGPS

JewishGPS
Robyn Faintich has over 18 years of Jewish communal professional experience in areas that include youth movements, day schools, community teen initiatives, early childhood education, congregational family education, and adult education. In August 2010, Robyn launched JewishGPS, LLC in an effort to help guide Jewish organizations in a variety of aspects of Jewish education. She currently serves as the national education consultant for The Good... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Library
  • AV Video and sound required
  • Noise Level Lively Discussion
  • Preferred Venue Indoor Room
  • Special Instructions Private Flat Screen TV, DVD, Computer Hook Up. (Requests that this be a yearly staple of LimmudFest. People pair off and work on worksheet.) Materials: 10 large posters/giant post-its for hallway questions to be hung Saturday night, blue tape, 10 sharpies, string, 30 pens, large post-it pad, easel, box of markers, handouts
  • Tags Spirituality

5:00pm

Getting High for the High Holidays: How to Tune into this Awesome Time
This session will be a workshop, discussing the deeper meanings of the High Holidays and how to get prepared for it. We will use meditative techniques to incorporate the lessons we want to master and access subconscious systems to maximize the spiritual energy of this most spiritual time

Presenters
avatar for Karmi Ingber

Karmi Ingber

The Kehilla & Young Kehilla
Karmi Ingber is a renowned eclectic rabbinic figure & popular keynote speaker. His lectures are inspiring experiences: merging humor, stories & drama with deep life lessons. In Israel he trained over 300 rabbis to be community leaders worldwide. Karmi is also an experienced therapist and professional musician with two CDs and is now completing his first book on Kabalistic thought. He founded the Montreal Jewish Experience and moved to... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Mountainside Pavilion

5:00pm

Jewlanta Goes Green: Celebreducating a City's Green Judaism
Come to this session to help create a network of resources in the Atlanta area that informs and inspires the community on ways to be better stewards of the world and why that's Jewish. We would like to start a conversation about what is happening in our local Eco-Jewish world, how to network these efforts together and "celebreducate" the greater Atlanta community. We are looking for any and all things grassroots, Torah, local, fair trade, organic, kosher or menschy!

Presenters
avatar for Eliana Leader

Eliana Leader

Experience Imagineer, Jewish Kids Groups
avatar for Myrtle Lewin

Myrtle Lewin

Myrtle Lewin has recently retired as a professor of mathematics at Agnes Scott College, and has been involved with environmental work for a long time. She organized the Tu B'Shvat tree planting with Trees Atlanta in Virginia Highlands (Atlanta) in January 2013, and welcomes you to join her in planning an even better one in 2014 as a prelude to the Shmita year. She leads the Greening Group at the Ahavath Achim Synagogue. Contact her at... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Lakeside Pavilion

5:00pm

Our Bodies, Our Stories: Jewish Women and Beauty
CANCELLED. "I'm giving my daughter a nose-job for her bat mitzvah gift."

Come explore the unique experiences we have as Jewish women with body image, beauty, and self-esteem. We'll look at the ways Jewish culture and family life influences how we feel about our bodies. Using movement, art, and story-telling, we'll explore our own beauty, share stories, and create a Beauty Manifesto. You'll experience your body in a new way, and leave with new energy and perspective.

*Note: this workshop is open to anyone who identifies as a Jewish woman (trans-inclusive).

Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Holohan

Rebecca Holohan

Afterschool Community Director, Jewish Kids Groups
Becca Holohan is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. Her work with youth-serving nonprofit organizations has spanned social justice education, leadership development, and curriculum development, among other roles. She is passionate about empowering youth to express themselves and participate actively in their communities. In 2010, she was a Summer Institute Dean for Sadie Nash Leadership Project in Brooklyn, New York. ... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Library

5:00pm

Interest Free Loans as a Jewish Imperative: Halachic Basis, Practice and History of Interest Free Loans
Jewish interest-free loan funds have an Atlanta history essentially as long as Jews have been in Atlanta.

Jewish immigrants to Atlanta in the late 19th and early 20th centuries made their livelihoods largely as merchants and through small-business enterprises. For these Jewish new immigrants, access to capital from banks was virtually non-existent and bankers were unwilling to make loans to recently arrived immigrants who generally lacked collateral, in part due to anti-Semitism.  As a result, Jewish free loan societies were created.

The history of Jewish free loan associations in Atlanta and generally in Jewish history will be briefly explored and the Torah and Talmudic basis and practice of such institutions will be discussed.  The value of such institutions as an integral part of the social and economic safety net of a Jewish community will be presented along with an introduction to the major Jewish free loans now operating in our region.

Presenters
avatar for Mort Barr

Mort Barr

President, Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta
Dr. Morton Barr, President and Chairman of the Board, Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta. Dr. Barr is a former Executive Director of Congregation Beth Jacob and has been an active member of Jewish communities for over 25 years, serving as president of two synagogues and Chairman of NCSY’s Lay Youth Commission in New Jersey. He is retired from Colgate Palmolive as Director of Technology where he directed consumer product research and was... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Mountainside Dining

5:00pm

Partner (Zugot) Israeli Dancing
Learn the fundamentals of Israeli partner dancing. We will learn several Israeli dances to the popular ballroom dance styles such as the Waltz. There will be several dances taught with the opportunity to learn more during LimmudFest 2013.

Presenters
avatar for Mike Century

Mike Century

Israeli Dancer, Macholatlanta
Mike Century has been involved in Israeli dance for more than twenty years. He has led Israeli dance sessions in Boise, ID and Atlanta, GA. He regularly attends Israeli dance workshops and camps and has Israeli danced in more than twenty-five American cities and four countries. Mike currently participates in the local Israeli dance session, Macholatlanta.


Sunday September 1, 2013 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Basketball Court

5:30pm

Family History & Mission Statement
Parents accompany your 8-11 year old to begin discussion and creating a family mission statement based on your family's history and values. Please inform counselors you plan to attend with your child. Otherwise, your child will have the opportunity to join a different activity. 

Based on work by Bruce Feiler's recent book The Secrets of Happy Families

Alteranative: Soccer or Frisbee 

Presenters
avatar for Marshall Duke

Marshall Duke

Emory Univerrsity
Marshall Duke joined Emory's psychology faculty in 1970 as an assistant professor. One of Emory's most decorated faculty members, Duke was named a Candler professor in 1991. He has been a licensed clinical psychologist in Georgia since 1972. Duke has authored seven books and more than 70 articles. His numerous television appearances include slots on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. Most recently, his work on... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 5:30pm - 6:10pm
Under Cafe Limmud Porch
  • Special Instructions Private Materials needed?
  • Tags Family

5:30pm

Happy New Year Dance Party
Youngest Limmud campers will learn a little more about Rosh Hashanah and have a dance party to celebrate that the Jewish New Year is on its way!

Sunday September 1, 2013 5:30pm - 6:10pm
Beit Am Katan
  • Special Instructions Private boombox?

5:30pm

Yoga
For 5-7 Year Olds

Presenters

Sunday September 1, 2013 5:30pm - 6:10pm
Tennis Courts
  • Special Instructions Private yoga mats

6:20pm

6:30pm

Dinner
Sunday September 1, 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Main Dining

7:30pm

'Cruise Directors' At Your Service
LimmudFest volunteer leaders will be "at your service" to answer questions, make suggestions for evening activities, and direct you toward changes in the schedule for the following day. 


Sunday September 1, 2013 7:30pm - 7:40pm
Main Dining

7:45pm

LimmudFest Gala with Sunmoon Pie
Join the entire LimmudFest community for our weekend gala. We will share some of the highlights of the weekend together and then enjoy the music of Sunmoon Pie.

Sunmoon Pie is the duo of singer-songwriters Bonnie Puckett on piano & Michael Levine on guitar.  They are an Atlanta-based Jewish music group, writing a blend of spiritual yet often quirky songs that explore the human condition through the lens of Jewish & Kabbalistic themes.  They also serve as music leaders of the alternative Shabbat services at Ahavath Achim (AA) Synagogue in Atlanta and travel throughout the U.S. to perform as well.  Michael has opened for such acts as Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows & Joe Walsh as a singer-songwriter, and Bonnie is a member and former musical director of the female a cappella group Octave.

Sunmoon Pie will be leading alternative prayers, chants & meditations throughout the Limmud weekend, and in this concert you can see their more folk-rock side as they sing original songs & even popular cover songs.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Levine

Michael Levine

Musician/ Music Producer, Watertown Studios
Michael Levine is a man of many hats (to cover his elegantly shaved head).  As a singer-songwriter, he has released 4 CDs and  has opened for acts such as Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows and many others.   As a record producer, he has won national awards and runs Watertown Studios.  As a children's musician, "Mr. Michael" and "Mr. Eric" Litwin founded The Learning Groove (www.thelearninggroove.com), a... Read More →
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Sunmoon Pie

Band, Sunmoon Pie
Sunmoon Pie is an Atlanta-based Jewish music group, writing a blend of spiritual yet often quirky songs that explore the human condition through the lens of Jewish & Kabbalistic themes.  They serve as music leaders of the alternative Shabbat services at Ahavath Achim (AA) Synagogue in Atlanta and travel throughout the U.S. to perform as well.  Sunmoon Pie is the duo of singer-songwriters Bonnie Puckett on piano & Michael... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Ampitheater
  • AV Sound only
  • Noise Level Loud: Music
  • Special Instructions Private Large Screen Outdoors, Sound Provided by Rusky Productions
  • Tags Music

9:00pm

Ma'ariv
Sunday September 1, 2013 9:00pm - 9:20pm
Spiritual Center

9:00pm

An Adventure to the Heavens
Observe the stars with austronomer Elliot. For kids 8 - teens.

Moderators
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Kara Clements

Director, Camp Limmud
Camp Twin Lakes' Kara Clements leads Camp Limmud. Kara is studying Child and Family Develpoment at University of Georgia.

Presenters
avatar for Elliot Price

Elliot Price

Georgia Tech
Elliot Price is manager of the Georgia Institute of Technology Enterprise Innovation Institute's Augusta Regional Office and a member of the Process Improvement Group and Sustainability Group. A RABQSA-certified lead auditor, he has helped companies successfully prepare for ISO 9000 registration and ready their workforces for a culture based on employee involvement and continual improvement. He is also an ASQ-certified quality manager and was the... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Fire Pit
  • Special Instructions Private telescopes provided by Elliot

9:30pm

Games
Pull up a chair at our games tables and try your hand at cards, No Limit Texas Dreidel, checkers, chess, and other board games. 

Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Cafe Limmud Porch

9:30pm

Pub Mishpacha!
Bar is open!

Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Cafe Limmud Porch

9:30pm

Sippin’ and Smokin’: Not So Vicey Vices
An evening of Savoring Single Malt or Single Barrel and Cigars overlooking the lake as we remember the characters of our past – Winston Churchill, Groucho Marks, Milton Berle and George Burns (Who remembers them?)  Enjoy the taste and smells of our rich heritage as we pass the night away and share stories and a bit or tradition.  Participants are welcome to bring their own smokes and/or bottles for sharing.

Presenters

Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Lakeside Pavilion
  • AV No AV required
  • Noise Level Lively Discussion
  • Preferred Venue Outdoor Pavilion
  • Special Instructions Private Recommended time is Sunday evening from 9:00 to 10:15 or whatever fits the schedule. Preferred location is the Lakeside Pavilion

9:30pm

Y-Love Live: High Energy Hip-Hop for the World
Called the "soundtrack to social progression" by URB Magazine, Y-Love makes "global hip-hop", combining holy tongues such as ancient Aramaic and Hebrew, Arabic, Yiddish and Latin over high-energy, club-friendly ethnic and futuristic urban beats. Before Shyne became Hasidic and Drake started making hip hop, Y-Love took the world by storm rhyming about Kabbalah and Talmud in Aramaic at clubs in New York.

Presenters
avatar for Yitz Jordan AKA Y-Love

Yitz Jordan AKA Y-Love

Musician
"Crossover success."; "The soundtrack to social progression."; undeniably one of the decade's most dynamic artists -- Y-LOVE.  Y-Love (Yitz Jordan) has made a name for himself as a hip-hop artist, multicultural educator, conflict resolver, fashionista, activist for social change, and political pundit -- all in six short years. | When Y-Love (Yitz Jordan) released his first mixtape in 2005, the world took note of the... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Ampitheater

9:30pm

The Psychology of the Jews: Are Jews Different Psychologically From Other Religious Groups?
Mel Konner has written a book entitled, The Anthropology of the Jews in which he makes a case for the Jews as a people having a culture that differentiates them from almost all other groups. Is the same true for the mind frame, the personality or the identity of the Jewish people? Is there a psychology of the Jews? We'll examine this topic from a scholarly perspective and then argue about it. Ultimately, however, we will find no conclusion we can all agree on and, in the process, we will lose all respect for the person presenting the topic. Following the session, we will feel that we have chosen the wrong session and that we should have attended the one on Yiddish niggunim.
Discuss.

Presenters
avatar for Marshall Duke

Marshall Duke

Emory Univerrsity
Marshall Duke joined Emory's psychology faculty in 1970 as an assistant professor. One of Emory's most decorated faculty members, Duke was named a Candler professor in 1991. He has been a licensed clinical psychologist in Georgia since 1972. Duke has authored seven books and more than 70 articles. His numerous television appearances include slots on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. Most recently, his work on... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Spiritual Center

9:30pm

The Feminine Mystique and the Mikvah: Outlooks and Insights into the Mitzvah of Taharat HaMishpacha
There is a very beautiful and meaningful mitzvah that Jewish couples have been observing for thousands of years. From the times of Abraham and Sarah to the years on Masada. From the shtetls of Europe to the communities of Morocco. From Borough Park, New York to the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama.  Jewish women have been going to a mikvah as a part of their married lives for millennia, however this area of Jewish life has been largely misunderstood, misconstrued and considered irrelevant by many.  Let’s take a fresh look at these ancient wisdoms and discover together how they can apply to us and our lives today.

Presenters
avatar for Elisheva Ingber

Elisheva Ingber

Elisheva Ingber is married to Rabbi Karmi, and lived in Jerusalem for 18 years raising their seven children. She has been teaching marital preparation courses for women for 15 years and in 1999, developed and directed the Ner LeElef women’s leadership training program. The Ingbers  founded The Montreal Jewish Experience in 2005, and upon arrival in Atlanta in 2009, they started a new adventure, opening The Kehilla, an eclectic, yet... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 9:30pm - 10:45pm
Mountainside Pavilion

11:00pm

Documentary: Caution - Comics Crossing
A documentary that follows well known comics on tour in Israel. A true fish out of water story that answers the question - how are jokes born?

Presenters
avatar for Avi Liberman

Avi Liberman

Comedian
Avi Liberman's quirky style has made him a favorite in comedy clubs from Los Angeles to New York. Born in Israel, raised in Texas, having gone to college in New York, and now living in Los Angeles, his style is a winning combination of life experiences and topical issues told through a varied blend of characters and voices with worldwide expertise.  | | Avi has performed stand-up comedy on CBS's "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson, on... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00pm - Monday September 2, 2013 12:00am
Multi-purpose Room

11:00pm

Late Night Sing-a-Long Jam, LimmudFest Style: A Casual Evening of Music and Merriment
Join your fellow Limmudniks for a campfire-style jam session/sing-a-long session that will warm your heart and awaken your spirit. Ethan Davidson, veteran Limmudnik, will lead the group through a selection of crowd-pleasers from The Beatles to Outkast, with some Jewish summer camp favorites sprinkled in. Song books with lyrics and chords will be provided, so join in the fun, bring your voice and instrument, and rock out with us!

Presenters
avatar for Ethan Davidson

Ethan Davidson

Ethan is a veteran communications strategist with a background in politics, government and the nonprofit world who has been living happily with his wife and two young children in Decatur, GA for the past five years. While all that is well and good, Ethan came to LimmudFest to rock (or at least play acoustic guitar and sing with his fellow Limmudniks late into the night). A native New Yorker, Ethan has played in bands and collaborated with... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00pm - Monday September 2, 2013 12:00am
Lakeside Dining

11:00pm

One State or Two: An American Jewish Perspective on Israel and Palestine
Why has it become so hard, or even impossible, to talk about Israel in recent years? What do you say, and what do you oppose, if you want to support Israel in the public arena? The publisher of the Forward leads a conversation on the current negotiations in Washington between Israelis and Palestinians, and the different ways that American Jews can support Israel's standing and security.

Presenters
avatar for Samuel Norich

Samuel Norich

Executive Director and Publisher, The Forward
Samuel Norich was born in Germany in 1947 and immigrated to the United States in 1957. After a primary- and secondary-school education in the public schools, he attended Columbia as an undergraduate, and the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and the Hebrew University as a graduate student. The executive director of YIVO, the Institute for Jewish Research, from 1980-1992, he has served as executive director and publisher of The Forward and The... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00pm - Monday September 2, 2013 12:15am
Spiritual Center

11:00pm

Oy Gay: Stories of Gay Jews
The repeal of DOMA is the most recent of an historic trend of civil liberties for the LGBT movement. Still, there is much work to be done, both on the books and in our own communities and synagogues. Come hear stories of LGBT Jewish professionals, artists and activists and their experience being gay and Jewish. This panel includes a ten-minute short fiction film by Maital Guttman, an LGBT Jewish filmmaker, that takes place in Yaffo, Israel.

Presenters
avatar for Maital Guttman

Maital Guttman

Dewdrop Films, LLC
Maital Guttman is a filmmaker, activist, and entrepreneur who founded Dewdrop Films. Her first film, entitled Mechina: A Preparation, explores the lives of six Israelis before they enter the army (www.dewdropfilms.com/mechinathemovie). Maital self-produced a tour to more than 50,000 young people internationally. Dewdrop Films upcoming piece, When You Strike a Woman, follows one South African woman's story of hope through the hardship of... Read More →


Sunday September 1, 2013 11:00pm - Monday September 2, 2013 12:15am
Library
 
Monday, September 2
 

8:00am

Egalitarian Minyan
Monday September 2, 2013 8:00am - 8:45am
Library

8:00am

Mechitza Minyan
Monday September 2, 2013 8:00am - 8:45am
Spiritual Center

8:00am

Breakfast
Monday September 2, 2013 8:00am - 9:15am
Main Dining

9:15am

Camp Limmud Drop-Off
Drop off your kids for Camp Limmud. If parent plans to remove their child from camp early on Monday, please let director know what time they will check out, when dropping off.

Monday September 2, 2013 9:15am - 9:30am
Under Cafe Limmud Porch

9:30am

Minute to Win It
5-7 Year Olds will Divide into two teams and participate in Camp Limmud's very own game show! Teams will have a minute to complete challenges using assorted household items. Can they beat the buzzer? 

Leadership
avatar for Kara Clements

Kara Clements

Director, Camp Limmud
Camp Twin Lakes' Kara Clements leads Camp Limmud. Kara is studying Child and Family Develpoment at University of Georgia.


Monday September 2, 2013 9:30am - 10:15am
Under Cafe Limmud Porch

9:30am

Writing Workshop
Presenters

Monday September 2, 2013 9:30am - 10:15am
Welcome Center Fire Pit
  • Special Instructions Private paper, pens...

9:30am

Active Play
Our 3-4 year olds will get up and get moving with group games with friends!

Monday September 2, 2013 9:30am - 10:30am
Beit Am Katan
  • Special Instructions Private I will be assessing group game knowledge and teaching a few basic group games during Fridays counselor meeting!

9:30am

All Souls Bless: Nishmat Kol Hai and the Poetry of Praise
One of the most beautiful poems in the traditional prayer service, Nishmat Kol Hai calls the souls of all creatures to praise and bless the divine. Beginning with contemplative Hebrew and English chant, we move slowly through the evocative phrases of the prayer. After we read contemporary poetry on related themes, workshop participants have the opportunity to craft their own responses and share snippets of their writing with the group.

Presenters
avatar for Julia Watts Belser

Julia Watts Belser

Georgetown University
Julia Watts Belser is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University. She focuses on rabbinic literature and Jewish ethics, with particular interests in Jewish feminism, LGBT/queer culture, environmental thought, and disability studies. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, as well as rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion... Read More →


Monday September 2, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Front Lawn

9:30am

Chavruta III
Come explore Jewish attitudes to issues of wealth and finance, prosperity, work, consumerism and Tzedakah.  What is ultimately valuable?  Is work a blessing or a curse?  Is it unethical to spend lavishly?  What is the relationship between charity and justice?  (Sources compiled by volunteers from Limmud Galil, Limmud UK, Limmud NY and Limmud Hungary, and edited by Robin Cooke and Robin Moss.)

This is the third of three chavruta sessions. 

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Crane

Jonathan Crane

Center for Ethics, Emory University
Raymond F. Schinazi Junior Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University's Center for Ethics. Currently president of the Society of Jewish Ethics, Crane co-edited (with Elliot Dorff) The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality, and authored Narratives and Jewish Bioethics.


Monday September 2, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Lakeside Pavilion

9:30am

Jewish Web Design For Dummies
Jewish organizations are TERRIBLE at using the internet! In this session, internet entrepreneur and rabbinical student Patrick Aleph will show you how to use the internet to improve your Jewish organization or synagogue. This crash course will teach you everything from website design, best practices, social media, content writing and much more. Whether you know nothing about websites or are a web master, this class is for you.

Presenters
avatar for Patrick Aleph

Patrick Aleph

Rabbi, PunkTorah
Rabbi Patrick Aleph is an Atlanta based rabbi, Jewish educator and lifecycle celebrant who created PunkTorah.org, an online Jewish community for people who have fallen through the cracks of Jewish life. Aleph also founded OneShul.org, the world's only online independent minyan. Prior to his work as a Jewish educator and leader, Aleph was in business management and marketing. He is currently developing an online school to train lay Jewish leaders... Read More →


Monday September 2, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Library

9:30am

Shows in Iraq and Afghanistan
What it was like doing shows for the troops as an observant Jew in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Presenters
avatar for Avi Liberman

Avi Liberman

Comedian
Avi Liberman's quirky style has made him a favorite in comedy clubs from Los Angeles to New York. Born in Israel, raised in Texas, having gone to college in New York, and now living in Los Angeles, his style is a winning combination of life experiences and topical issues told through a varied blend of characters and voices with worldwide expertise.  | | Avi has performed stand-up comedy on CBS's "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson, on... Read More →


Monday September 2, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Mountainside Dining

9:30am

The Modern Day Golem: Robots In Jewish Law
What exactly makes one human according to Jewish law? The legend of the Golem, the anthropomorphic being created entirely from inanimate matter, forced Jewish thinkers and devisors throughout the ages to grapple with the line that separates man from machine. Far from being only a theoretical question, this issue has many practical ramifications for our own lives. In this class, we will explore the conceptual and constructive concerns surrounding Man playing God.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Goldfeder

Mark Goldfeder

Emory University
Rabbi Dr. Mark Goldfeder, Esq. received his JD from NYU Law School, and his LLM and doctorate from Emory University. A Wexner Graduate Fellow and a Davis Polk and Wardwell Fellow, he has worked in both the public and private sectors, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at GSU Law School, and a Senior Lecturer at Emory Law School, where he is also a Spruill Family Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and religion. He is the... Read More →


Monday September 2, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Lakeside Dining

9:30am

Pray Less, Mean More: A Practical Guide to High Holy Day Davening
The High Holy Days are filled with prayer and song, but sometimes it can all seem too much. Rabbi Norry explores some simple and powerful techniques to deepen the experience and get beyond the tens of thousands of words we chant each year.

Presenters
avatar for Hillel Norry

Hillel Norry

Senior Rabbi, Shearith Israel
Rabbi Hillel Norry is the Senior Rabbi at Shearith Israel in Atlanta, GA. In addition to his rabbinic role, Rabbi Norry is an avid vegetarian chef, blues musician, and Tae Kwon Do student. He is married to Johanna and father to Natanya and Zamir.


Monday September 2, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Multi-purpose Room

9:30am

Tai Chi for Enlightenment Part II
Think of yourself as Ayin and forget yourself totally.  Then you can transcend time, rising to the world of thought, where all is equal:  life and death, ocean and dry land," wrote Dov Baer.  Mystics of all traditions describe a similar state of divine union, and many methods have been developed for cultivating this state.  The method practiced in this workshop is a centuries-old movement meditation from the Wudang Mountains in central China.

Presenters
avatar for Jed Brody

Jed Brody

Senior Lecturer, Emory University
Research Area: Novel instructional experiments. | | Research Interests: How can we use everyday items, like laser pointers, LEDs, and tubes half-full of water, to illustrate sophisticated concepts like Fourier series, Boltzmann distributions, and nonlinear oscillations? Can we observe surprising trends in seemingly simple systems--and then use advanced mathematical tools to explain the surprises?


Monday September 2, 2013 9:30am - 10:45am
Basketball Court

10:30am

Knots & Other Nautical Stuff
Don't be a land lubber!! For 5-7 Year Olds

Presenters
avatar for Matt Strauss

Matt Strauss

A native of Atlanta, Matthew moved to Nashville in 2009. He most recently crossed performing comedy in front of a live audience off his bucket list. He is an avid sailor, photographer & hiker. Puns impress him. He has completed 6 marathons, traveled to 35 counties on 5 continents, and didn’t own his first gun until a year ago. He is a proud Jew and few things upset him more than other Jews not feeling the same. He has worked on... Read More →


Monday September 2, 2013 10:30am - 11:15am
Lake
  • Special Instructions Private rope

10:30am

Minute to Win It
8-11 year olds will divide into two teams and participate in Camp Limmud's very own game show! Teams will have a minute to complete challenges using assorted household items. Can they beat the buzzer?

Leadership
avatar for Kara Clements

Kara Clements

Director, Camp Limmud
Camp Twin Lakes' Kara Clements leads Camp Limmud. Kara is studying Child and Family Develpoment at University of Georgia.


Monday September 2, 2013 10:30am - 11:15am
Under Cafe Limmud Porch
  • Special Instructions Private Minute to win it box brought by Kara - challenges are divided into ziplock bags with laminated instructions for each challenge and supplies for the challenge

10:30am

Movie, Snack & Quiet Play
An age appropriate movie will entertain the little Limmudniks that are 4 and under.

Monday September 2, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm
Beit Am Katan
  • Special Instructions Private Will need screen and AV to play movie, will also need a DVD or movie to play

11:00am

Chai Talks 2 of 2
We're back again with LimmudFest’s own version of TED Talks -- in which passionate and creative Limmudniks share insights, experiences, discoveries, and Jewish ideas worth spreading. We're calling these high impact , tightly crafted 18 minute presentations CHAI Talks, and we've invited interesting some of Limmud's most creative thinkers to give “the Jewish talk of their life.” 

Moderators
avatar for Nina Rubin

Nina Rubin

Director of Communications, Georgia Charter Schools Association
Talk to me about building, improving, and directing engaging content across multiple channels to diverse audiences. Talk to me about data-visualization and info-graphics. We are a nonprofit that advocates and educates about public charter schools in the state of Georgia. We talk to Legislators, Teachers, School Leaders, Funders, Parents, and the General Public. The story is complex. We love storytelling, but we also need to provide strong... Read More →

Monday September 2, 2013 11:00am - 11:15am
Mountainside Dining

11:00am

Chai Talk: An Epic Canvas: Rabbi Akiva & Bruce Springsteen
In this CHAI-Talk, prize-winning novelist Joseph Skibell (A Blessing on the Moon," "A Curable Romantic) will speak about Moses' ascent into Heaven, Rabbi Akiva's death and what Bruce Springsteen called "An Epic Canvas filled with Revelation, Retribution, Perdition, Bliss, and Ecstasy." As preparation for Yom Kippur, the piece is part of his forthcoming book, Six Memos from the Fith Millennium.

Presenters
avatar for Joseph Skibell

Joseph Skibell

Author
Joseph Skibell's debut novel, A Blessing on the Moon, received the prestigious Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Turner Prize for First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. A Book of the Month Club selection, the book was named one of the year's best by Publishers Weekly, Le Monde and Amazon.com, and has been translated into half a dozen languages.


Monday September 2, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Mountainside Dining

11:00am

Forgive Me, Forgive Me Not II
Forgiveness is a dynamic process that involves interplay of individuals whose intentions are as complicated as the spontaneous interaction between a moment in time and history. It is amazing how children, from a very young age, can learn how to give and receive forgiveness. They can learn from their mistakes and do teshuvah. They can become more caring members of the community, learn concrete ways to guide children to know themselves, learn from their mistakes and go through a complete teshuvah process without lectures, punishments, yelling, put-downs or arguments.  We can create caring cultures with Positive Discipline and Jewish values.

This is the second session of two. In this session we will discuss how can we help our children/students incorporate teshuvah in their everyday lives. Educators and parents will learn about a process that helps children understand their roles and responsibility in conflicts that occur at home, school, camp and in the community.  

This session was made possible by a grant from The Covenant Foundation. 

Presenters
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Janet Schatten

The Epstein School
For over 30 years, Janet Schatten has been involved in Jewish education including work with camps, afternoon schools and The Epstein School. She has an undergraduate degree from University of Texas in education and a Master's Degree from Siegel College.


Monday September 2, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Lakeside Dining

11:00am

How A Jew Says I'm Sorry: An Examination Of The Laws Of Repentance
Though often decried by critics as an unforgiving religion, Judaism, in fact, has a well-developed and psychologically sensitive concept of teshuvah, repentance. Our tradition recognizes that it is both hard to ask for forgiveness and equally hard to grant it. Judaism considers repentance to be one of the building blocks of the world and a necessity for a harmonious community. In this session we shall do a close read of Rambam, [Maimonides] Hilochot Teshuvah [Laws of Repentance] and learn why Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the Ten Days of Repentance are considered joyous opportunities for starting afresh.

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt

Emory University
Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. Her latest book, The Eichmann Trial, was published in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the trial’s start. Her 2006 book, History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, the story of her libel trial against David Irving, is currently being developed into a movie. At Emory, she directs Holocaust Denial on Trial, a website... Read More →


Monday September 2, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Spiritual Center

11:00am

What Would Moses Pay? Employment Compensation and Jewish Values
What is appropriate compensation for your work? While transit workers in San Francisco are striking to maintain a compensation package that includes low-cost health insurance and employer-paid defined benefit retirement plans, similarly situated employees at retail outlets receive an hourly wage with no benefits. What would our sages teach us about how we should think about worker compensation? We'll take a look a few Talmudic sources regarding worker compensation and then have a lively discussion (and hopefully a debate!).

Presenters
avatar for Stefanie Papps

Stefanie Papps

Stefanie Papps is a policy analyst by trade, who earned a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California-Berkeley. When she's not immersing herself in the finer points of health and social policy, Stefanie is an amateur baker and certified yoga teacher. Papps has been on the board of multiple Jewish communities and has been the leader behind two adult Jewish education initiatives. She lives with... Read More →


Monday September 2, 2013 11:00am - 12:15pm
Multi-purpose Room

11:15am

Introduction to Volunticipation
Campers ages 5-11 learn how to pitch-in and make things happen.

Monday September 2, 2013 11:15am - 12:00pm
Beit Am Katan
  • Special Instructions Private Kids get a choice on how they want to volunticipate and help shut down Camp Limmud.

12:15pm

12:30pm

Lunch
Monday September 2, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Main Dining