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Limmud Vancouver takes place at the King David High School, 41st and Willow.
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Sunday, February 9
 

8:45am

Doors Open, Coffee and Muffins
Sunday February 9, 2014 8:45am - 9:15am
Foyer, King David High School

9:15am

Opening Remarks
Sunday February 9, 2014 9:15am - 9:45am
TBA

9:45am

Translating Erotic Yiddish Poetry: a Confession and Some Advice
Celia Dropkin (1887-1956) defied convention, writing passion, erotic life, shame, and bodily anguish into her poetry. Her poems broke new ground and divided her readers; male critics tended to infantalize her, but nobody could deny the magnetic pull of her poetic vision. As co-translator of the first English-language book of Dropkin's poetry, I will discuss the problems associated with translating this kind of poetry, not only from Yiddish into English but also across time, working the material into a register suitable for audiences a century after Dropkin wrote it. Its very passion creates linguistic uncertainty. Warning: this presentation will contain sexually explicit language and imagery.

Speakers
avatar for Faith Jones

Faith Jones

Faith Jones lives in Vancouver, where she is a librarian and teaches library science. She was previously Yiddish bibliographer in the New York Public Library’s Jewish Division, where she also served as project manager for the award-winning online yizkor book project (yizkor.nypl.org). She is part of a three-person collective that translated the poetry of Celia Dropkin into English, forthcoming from Tebot Bach Press. She is currently... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am
Upstairs Room #3 King David High School

9:45am

To Be a Jew is to Give Thanks
We all believe that our children should be grateful for what they have and for what we have provided for them.   Yet, how many of us actually time out of our busy lives to really teach our children how to say thank you for what we have been given?   Join Lissa Weinberger from PJ Library as we spend an hour with our kids exploring what it means to be grateful and create a craft that will be a small reminder every day of how fortunate we are.  This program will include a story and craft to take home.

Speakers
avatar for Lissa Weinberger

Lissa Weinberger

Lissa Weinberger is the Manager of Jewish Education and Identity Initiatives at Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver as well as the Jewish Educator at the Jewish Community Centre.   She has been running PJ Library story and craft programs throughout the Lower Mainland for 5 years.


Sunday February 9, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Downstairs Room #1 King David High School

9:45am

History Not Written by the Victors: Unearthing the First Battle of the Jewish War
The first century C.E. Jewish War against the Romans is famous for its climax (destruction of the Second Temple) and its denouement (Masada). The story rarely heard involves its preamble, the overlooked site of Yodefat. It is behind the walls of this Galilean town that Jewish residents and refugees held off Vespasian’s heavily-armed Roman legions for weeks. But even the detailed chronicles of Josephus, the most famous man captured at the scene, could not prepare our team of archaeologists for the discoveries that lay undisturbed in the ostensibly bare hilltop for almost two millennia.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Rabinowitz

Aaron Rabinowitz

Aaron Rabinowitz, Managing Editor of Near Eastern Archaeology, spent several summers excavating late antiquity sites in Northern Israel and led students on numerous expeditions in the Galilee. He also taught an adult education course on the Jewish War against the Romans at the JCC of Greater Vancouver.


Sunday February 9, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Upstairs Room #5 King David High School

9:45am

The Shema, Her Secrets, and Her Blessings
The Shema is one of the best known Jewish prayers and verses of Torah, but hidden in her blessings and words are countless spiritual, psychological, and mystical teachings. Please join us to study, discuss, and see deeply into this well-known text. The Shema and Her Blessings are filled with ageless teachings that will inspire all. Sources are drawn from Rabbinic midrash, Jewish mystical sources, and more. No Hebrew is required. Just an open mind and heart.

Speakers
avatar for Shmuel Birnham

Shmuel Birnham

Born in NY to a secular and even anti-religious Jewish family, Rabbi Shmuel  Birnham found spirituality in the wilds of Yellowstone when 19. His spiritual journey led to Israel in his mid-20's, Kibbutz life, learning about our religion in Safed, and returning to the States entering rabbinical at The Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC. Having served two congregations over the past 25 yrs (the last 13 in West Vancouver), Rabbi Shmuel is well... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Upstairs Room #6 King David High School

9:45am

Chevra Kadisha: Who, what, where, when and why?
This presentation is a basic guide to the practices, the membership and the history of Chevrei Kadisha in North America today. What are the rituals of rechitzah, taharah and tachrichim? How do people learn these rituals? Members of a Chevra Kadisha volunteer to take care of the dead in their community; they provide ritual washing and dress the dead in ritual burial shrouds. Many people have questions about these rituals - here is an opportunity to learn how kavod ha'met teaches us all kavod for the living amongst us.

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Kerry Swartz

Kerry Swartz is a professional photographer, born and raised in  | Winnipeg. He spent ten years working and teaching photography in Santa  | Barbara and San Luis Obispo, California before moving to Victoria in  | 1995. He became involved with Chevra Kadisha work after the death of his  | father on Yom Kippur in 2008. Kerry is a Vice-President for social media  | and marketing of Kavod v'Nichum (Honor and Comfort, The... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Upstairs Room #4 King David High School

9:45am

The New Jewish Activist: Pursuing Global Justice in the 21st century

Over the past several decades, there has been a sea change in Jewish engagement—a reimagining of what it means to be a Jew and a citizen of our planet. Jewish voices have joined a chorus of empowered people around the world saying “no” to injustice. The Hebrew word “tzedek” has become synonymous with activism, service and our responsibility to pursue equality, peace and human rights for all people. Join AJWS president Ruth Messinger for a dynamic discussion about AJWS’s role in this change, and to learn more about how you can be a part of it. 


Speakers
avatar for Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is the president and executive director of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development organization providing support to more than 200 grassroots social change projects in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. AJWS realizes this vision through strategic grant making and volunteer service in the developing world, and education and advocacy within the American Jewish community. Ms. Messinger is also a visiting... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Library King David High School

9:45am

Does God Have Gender?
Many people who read Genesis Chapter One believe it describes a patriarchal God creating a hierarchical world. Most Jewish commentators -- ancient midrashists as well as modern academic scholars -- see things differently. Using sophisticated reading techniques, they have found images of a maternal God, an androgynous God, and a God open to new structures. We will begin with a brief introductory lecture about God’s gender and how to look for clues in the text. Then we will read together a selection from one or more famous commentaries, using creative reading techniques, and making connections with our own understandings of God.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Duhan Kaplan

Laura Duhan Kaplan

Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan is spiritual leader of Or Shalom Synagogue in Vancouver. She is also a blogger (www.onsophiastreet.com), spiritual director, and student of Depth Psychology. She loves to explore ideas in philosophy, theology, and spirituality. In her previous incarnation as philosophy professor at UNC Charlotte, she earned many teaching awards, including U.S. Professor of the Year. Recently, she has taught for the ALEPH... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Upstairs Room #2 King David High School

10:45am

Break
Sunday February 9, 2014 10:45am - 11:00am
TBA

11:00am

Sing-a-long in Yiddish with Myrna Rabinowitz
Myrna Rabinowitz is a Yiddish singer / songwriter and Yiddish teacher. Myrna will lead the group by singing and playing the guitar. Handouts with the songs in Yiddish script, transliteration (English script) and translation will be provided as well as some background information on each songwriter and song.
Be prepared to learn, sing and have fun!!

Speakers
avatar for Myrna Rabinowitz

Myrna Rabinowitz

Myrna Rabinowitz is a Yiddish singer / songwriter and Yiddish teacher. Myrna will lead the group by singing and playing the guitar. Handouts with  the songs in Yiddish script, transliteration (English script) and translation will be provided as well as some background information on each songwriter and song.  Be prepared to learn, sing and have fun!!


Sunday February 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Upstairs Room #6 King David High School

11:00am

Jewish Texts in the Digital Age
With religious observance on the wane, how can traditional Jewish texts be made more relevant, accessible, and usable in the Digital Age? What options are there for using the Web, PCs, iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices for better understanding, appreciation, and re-mixing of traditional texts with modern usages of these texts? Some examples of innovative uses of technology will be presented.

Speakers
avatar for Zev Clementson

Zev Clementson

Zev Clementson is a self-employed computer consultant with over 30 years experience developing software for many different companies all over the world. He has also created educational and open source programs for Hebrew and Yiddish, dolphin research, assistive access, and artificial intelligence applications. He currently has 3 Hebrew/Yiddish applications in the Apple iTunes App Store.


Sunday February 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Upstairs Room #4 King David High School

11:00am

Community Art Project
What does Jewish learning and being Jewish mean to you? What does it look like? Come and join us for an open-ended, children-driven community quilt art project which will involve collaging images, words and ideas to reflect the wealth of our Jewish lives, both individual and communal. Check in with us and make your unique contribution throughout the day as we put our quilt together in real time!

Speakers
avatar for Yael Heffer

Yael Heffer

Yael has had years of experience coordinating and running after school care and camp programs at the JCCGV, working with children as well as families. She is currently completing her M.A. in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Throughout her life Yael has lived in Peru, Argentina, Germany, Israel, England and, for the last eight years, in beautiful British Columbia. Her work and interests include non-violent communication and... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Downstairs Room #1 King David High School

11:00am

Getting Even: Boycotts in Jewish History: Against the Pope in 1556 and Against the Nazis in 1933

When Pope Paul IV was elected in 1555, he began to institute radical change in the treatment of Jews, starting in his port city of Ancona where New Christians had settled and with papal permission reverted to Judaism. In the summer of 1555, the pope’s emissary arrested new Christians who had become Jews, confiscated their property, publicly tortured them, and during the next year strangled and burned about 25 of them.  The prominent Jew Dona Gracia and local Christian merchants tried to intervene to save them with no success. To punish the pope, Sephardic Jews began a boycott of Ancona. The boycott failed with strong opposition by Jews. Similarly, in Germany in 1933 after Nazi rule began there were  spontaneous boycotts against Germany around the world, and, with a rise in violence against Jews, Jews and Christians began to organize boycotts against Germany. These boycotts also failed, also with strong opposition by Jews. We will compare the two boycotts, and perhaps look at the larger issues of boycotts in our own time.

 


Speakers
avatar for Howard Tzvi Adelman

Howard Tzvi Adelman

Howard Tzvi Adelman is the Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Queen’s University, where he holds a cross-appointment in the Department of History.  His research and writing is about the Jews of Italy in the early modern period, especially the topics of women and family and the Venetian rabbi Leon Modena.  Howie holds degrees from Cornell, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Brandeis.  He was director of the Program in... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Upstairs Room #2 King David High School

11:00am

#Generation Change: How Millennials are Defining the Future of the Jewish Community
Millennials – those technology-savy young adults born between the early 1980s and the late 1990s – are redefining the emerging adulthood life stage, and with it, their connection to Jewish life. How are we engaging this generation in the Jewish community, and how are they contributing to our collective Jewish future?
Come and hear the perspective and experiences of three Millennials Jewish professionals and leaders who have sparked sustainable and innovative change in our community.


Speakers
avatar for Ysabella Hawkings

Ysabella Hawkings

Yszi Hawkings moved to Canada in April 2013 and became a Moishe House Vancouver resident by October. Originally from the UK, Yszi has been involved with Limmud for almost five years including as a member of the 2012 UK Limmud Conference Committee alongside many other professional, lay leadership and voluntary positions in the UK and Canadian Jewish communities When she's not 'working' in the community Yszi makes the most of being new to Vancouver... Read More →
avatar for Rael Katz

Rael Katz

Rael Katz has been an active member in the Vancouver Moishe House for one and a half years. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and immigrated at the age of 6 to Vancouver, BC. During his time as a student at UBC he was very involved in Jewish Leadership through Hillel and was a vocal advocate both in the greater Jewish community and the Student Government at UBC. After graduating in 2011 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies he worked... Read More →
avatar for Dana Troster

Dana Troster

Dana Troster is the Manager of Young Adult Initiatives at Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver. In this role, she oversees Axis, a new program for Jews in their 20s and 30s to connect and make a positive impact in our community through social events, leadership development, volunteer opportunities, and travel experiences. Dana’s spirit of excitement and passion for building community is contagious. Originally from Toronto, her love affair... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Upstairs Room #3 King David High School

11:00am

Transformers: What Me and Optimus Prime Share (besides being Jewish)
“Why did you convert?” “How did you know you were trans?” “What does your family think?” Have you ever asked these questions of someone you just met who is a Jew-by-choice or identifies as trans? Do you bring up the fact of a conversion or transition with someone when it is just the two of you privately speaking? Have you ever shared that someone is a Jew-by-choice or trans to another person without their permission?

Have you ever wondered whether Jewish tradition offers guidance about how to interact with transgender people? This presentation explores the parallels and differences between gender transition and Jewish conversion. Working through the existing body of Jewish text and thought regarding treatment of the ger provides a Jewish ethic that can form the basis of how we can not only avoid deliberate or inadvertent oppression but move beyond to create communities that are inclusive and supportive of trans people and Jews-by-choice.

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Markus Crincoli

Shawn Markus Crincoli

Professor Crincoli is a tenured member of the faculty at the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where he has taught business law and ethics, law & sports, and Jewish law. He currently serves as a member of the Legal Issues committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and has  served on and chaired the Jewish Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools. He also has... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Upstairs Room #5 King David High School

11:00am

The Artistry of Rabbinic Literature
The early rabbis were not only great teachers and leaders. They also were sensitive and creative readers, storytellers, and interpreters. Literary, ethical, and religious significance are not mutually exclusive characteristics, just as the same artist can possess superb technical skill, stunning artistic creativity, and have a deep moral vision. In this session we will look at some classical rabbinic texts as examples of the artistry of rabbinic literature that has reflected and animated the imaginations of generations of Jews.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Daum

Robert Daum

Dr. Robert Daum is Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature & Jewish Thought and Director of the Iona Pacific Centre at Vancouver School of Theology. At UBC he is Advisor to the Office of the Vice-President, Students, on ethno-religious diversity and student development, as well as a Faculty Member of Green College. At SFU he is a Dialogue Associate & Steering Committee member of SFU's Centre for Dialogue. He earned a PhD in Near... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Library King David High School

12:00pm

Break
Sunday February 9, 2014 12:00pm - 12:15pm
TBA

12:15pm

Jewish Kids Rock

Join Jewish rocker Naomi Less and learn to use your body, your mind, your voice and your creativity to help you shine.



Speakers
avatar for Naomi Less

Naomi Less

Songwriter. Activist. Rocker. Worship leader. Trainer.Educator. Naomi Less engages, enlightens and empowers worldwide audiences through concerts, worship and educational workshops and training.  Naomi tours worldwide with her band, sharing music that spans edgy pop rock to meditative spiritual song.  Founder of Jewish Chicks Rock and Jewish Kids Rock, Naomi builds Jewish rock programs in camps and... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15am
Downstairs Room #1 King David High School

12:15pm

Obligation in Exile
The Jews have historically been a Diaspora people. With the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, however, Jewish Diaspora identity changed, and it has become increasingly difficult to disassociate Israel from the construction of Diaspora Jewish identity. Moreover, there often exists either the presumption or the expectation that by virtue of being Jewish, one automatically supports Israel. This relationship can be variously described as one of obligation, commitment, allegiance, loyalty, and/or duty. In this presentation I focus on the question of obligation, and of how discourses of (political) obligation frame the Jewish Diaspora’s relationship with Israel, and inform Diaspora Jewish identity today.  

Speakers
avatar for Ilan Baron

Ilan Baron

Co-director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics, Durham University
Dr Ilan Zvi Baron is the co-director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics at Durham University. He has published widely on the politics of the Jewish Diaspora’s relationship with Israel, and is an occasional op-ed writer for HaAretz. He was recently a Visiting Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Sunday February 9, 2014 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Upstairs Room #2 King David High School

12:15pm

A Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook
Leonard Cohen is a dominant face and voice in our culture, his music a mainstay for younger musicians. But Cohen’s career has transformed over time, through poetry and prose to folk, country and pop music. In his soon to appear Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook, Toronto wood engraver George A. Walker has fashioned 80 wood cut images telling Cohen’s life from his Westmount youth through his recent musical celebrity. Walker reworks iconic images of Cohen, as well as those that are less well known. My introduction for Walker’s Songbook will anchor my presentation of his images, which screen like a black and white silent film. Making use of the images, my contribution to the book, and a more general discussion of Cohen, this presentation will allow us to see Cohen with new eyes.

Speakers
avatar for Norman Ravvin

Norman Ravvin

Norman Ravvin is a writer, teacher and scholar in the area of Canadian Jewish literature.  His recent publications include the novel The Joyful Child (Gaspereau) and the co-edited Failure's Opposite: Listening to A.M. Klein (McGill-Queen's).  He has also published a story collection, Sex, Skyscrapers and Standard Yiddish, and he co-edited with Richard Menkis The Canadian Jewish Studies Reader.  His introduction to George A... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Library King David High School

12:15pm

Making Scents of the Torah
The Torah refers to perfumes and fragrance 58 times, including a recipe for ketoret in the book of Exodus, which comes with an admonition from G-d never to smell it on pain of excommunication. We will discuss and smell the 26 natural ingredients mentioned in the Hebrew Bible--things like Hyssop, Cistus, and Spikenard--and learn about the plants, where they grow, how they were used over the millennia not just for fragrance but for their pharmacological constituents. We'll see how essential oils are distilled from plant resins. No ketoret will be made.

Speakers
avatar for Barry Shell

Barry Shell

Barry Shell is a freelance writer. He created www.science.ca, the top Google hit for Canadian science. He has four books, and has published in magazines and newspapers including the Globe and Mail and the New York Times. Originally from Winnipeg, Barry has a BSc in Organic Chemistry from Reed College in Portland, OR and an MSc in Resource Management Science from UBC. His book, "Sensational Scientists" profiling 24 of Canada's greatest... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Downstairs Science Room King David High School

12:15pm

Religious Tolerance in the Middle Ages: What Can it Teach Us Today?
How should a Jew engage in the non-Jewish world in which he or she lives? The Middle Ages - 11th - 13th century Europe, in particular - found rabbinic authorities wrestling with the boundaries between Jew and non-Jew. Can they eat together? Engage in commerce with one another? Wish each other well on their festivals?

We will explore Responsa of a few of the rabbinic giants of the middle ages to see how they responded to the economic and social realities of the Jews living in their day. Their halachic (Jewish legal) innovations have much to teach us today.

Speakers
avatar for Carey Brown

Carey Brown

Carey Brown serves as Associate Rabbi of Temple Sholom.  She loves engaging in Jewish living and learning with people of all ages and stages and works closely with Temple Sholom's Next Generation (20s/30s) group, young families, and teen and adult learners.  Prior to her work at Temple Sholom, Rabbi Brown served for six years as a rabbi of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, Massachusetts.  Rabbi Brown is married to Dr. Gregg... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Upstairs Room #3 King David High School

12:15pm

Sprouting Justice, the Jewish Food Story

Why is it Jewish to help create equitable access to healthy, fresh food? In this workshop we will explore the role urban agriculture can play in our Jewish communities. 



Speakers
avatar for Ilana Labow

Ilana Labow

 Ilana Labow is a co-director of Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, building neighbourhood market gardens that grow community through growing food. Ilana loves stoop sitting in sunshine and home-pickled capers!
avatar for Marc Schutzbank

Marc Schutzbank

Marc Schutzbank is a co-director of Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, building neighbourhood market gardens that grow community through growing food.  Marc loves bagels and a fine smoked salmon!


Sunday February 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Upstairs Room #4 King David High School

12:15pm

Book of Esther Revisited
The Book of Esther may feel like a child's tale. There is a king and a beautiful queen. There are heroes and villains   There are assassins, palace intrigue, battle scenes as well as a happy ending. What more could you ask for in a good child's story? The holiday celebrated is child-like as well. Purim is celebrated with costumes, carnivals, and abundant spirits. 

But with fresh eyes looking at classical and contemporary commentators we will attempt a closer reading of the ancient biblical text that will reveal a different Purim story; a richer, deeper narrative. As different layers of meaning are gradually revealed, this "kids" story will come alive before our very eyes and we will be exposed to any story that has more impact and relevancy to our lives than we ever knew.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Berger

Stephen Berger

Rabbi Berger started working at the age of 13 and tried his hand as a caterer, karaoke DJ, lobbyist, journalist, PI and governmental worker before deciding that the best way to impact the world is to start with yourself.  So after graduating from UCLA he decided to take a year off to go backpacking. Six months into the trip he detoured to Israel for the wedding of a friend. Someone approached him at the Western Wall. "Attend a... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Upstairs Room #6 King David High School

1:15pm

Lunch Break
Sunday February 9, 2014 1:15pm - 2:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

The Joy of Hebrew Chant

Chanting, the repetition of a sacred phrase, is a way oftransforming words of liturgy and Torah into expanded states of consciousness. With beautiful melodies and deep spiritual intention, chants can unlock the treasures of the heart and healing. By entering into silence after a chant we can connect with the Divine. With the band from Vancouver’s Chanting & Chocolate evenings of sweet Hebrew kirtan, you will have the opportunity to experience the joy of this devotional practice. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Lorne Mallin

Lorne Mallin

Lorne Mallin of Vancouver began hosting monthly Hebrew chant evenings in 2004 as part of a two-year chant leadership training with Rabbi Shefa Gold. The popular Chanting & Chocolate evenings of sweet Hebrew kirtan are held at Or Shalom Synagogue with a lively band of guitars, bass, keyboards and percussion. Mallin went to live in Uganda for 14 months in 2009, drawn by the African music of the Abayudaya Jews. In July 2013, he taught the... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Downstairs Room #1 King David High School

2:15pm

The Purim Superhero
What do aliens, Purim, celebrating differences, and an orange ukulele have in common? This lively, kid-friendly presentation, featuries a read-aloud of The Purim Superhero, winner of the Keshet contest for first-ever picture book with both Jewish and GLBT content. The author will discuss the connections between the Purim story, alternative families, and her protagonist’s costume dilemma, answer questions about the writing process, and lead some Purim- and space-related songs on ukulele.

Speakers
avatar for Elisabeth Kushner

Elisabeth Kushner

Elisabeth Kushner’s book, The Purim Superhero, published in February 2013 by Kar-Ben, won the Keshet contest for the first GLBT and Jewish-themed picture book. She has also published stories in zines, literary journals, and the young adult urban fantasy anthology The Essential Bordertown, and wrote the Scholastic.com "Librarian Mom" blog from 2007-2010. | | Elisabeth has been working with words, books and kids for over... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Upstairs Room #3 King David High School

2:15pm

Not Who but What caused the Death of Jesus. Implications of the accusation for the Jewish People
Deicide, the blame that the Jews killed Jesus, has caused 2000 years of controversies and the separation of the two faiths. The trial of Jesus and the birth of Christianity will help us understand the two religions, their theological differences, a brief history of the accusation that the Jews killed Jesus, leading to the Holocaust and finally to 1965 declaration of the Vatican to abrogate this accusation.

Speakers
avatar for Claudio Kaiser Blueth

Claudio Kaiser Blueth

Born in Argentina, parents immigrated from Germany. Studied at the University of Philosophy and Arts in Buenos Aires and at the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano, the conservative Semiar. Ordained as a rabbi in 1973 in Israel, and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Pulpits include in Lima, Peru; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Puerto Rico, Los Angeles and Vancouver, Canada. Involved in the rescue of Cuban Jews so as to be transfered... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Upstairs Room #6 King David High School

2:15pm

The Reiki Rabbi
A brief narrative of how my training in Reiki led me to a life of being Shomer Shabbat and an explanation of how this modality informs my understanding of Torah and mitzvot.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Corber

Joshua Corber

Joshua Corber grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and studied Religion, Literature and the Arts at UBC. From very early on he was deeply interested in the mystical traditions of all Earth cultures. He is Reiki Master and integrates this with his Jewish learning. He has studied religion at the University of Edinburgh, and Pardes and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He is a recently graduated Conservative Rabbi and lives in... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Upstairs Room #5 King David High School

2:15pm

Organ and Tissue Donation: Ethics and other Issues from a Jewish Perspective
Some of the Jewish ethical principles supporting organ donation include : saving a life;honoring the dead; compassion; and not standing idly by. There are counter-concerns about the determination of the time of death, the criteria for death and desecration of the body and of Shabbat. There remains a great deal of "mythology' in the Jewish community about the religious acceptability of donation,but not about receiving an organ. We will attempt to clarify the issues at stake , considering the lack of adequate donors in Canada.

Speakers
avatar for Gershon Growe

Gershon Growe

I am a hematologist with a particular interest in transfusion and transplantation. Another particular interest of mine is Jewish ethics. I have presented variations on this theme at the Melton Adult School here in Vancouver and at other sites.


Sunday February 9, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Upstairs Room #4 King David High School

2:15pm

Women Change the World: Promoting the human rights of women, girls and sexual minorities

In many societies, women, girls and LGBTI people are second-class citizens, facing rampant discrimination, violence and violations of their human rights. They are denied access to education, jobs and health services, are at heightened risk for HIV and AIDS and, in some places, fear for their lives. Join AJWS president Ruth Messinger to hear how AJWS grantees in Africa, Asia and the Americas are working to promote equality for people of all genders and sexual orientations so that they can access the full spectrum of opportunities in society and live and love in health, safety and dignity. 


Speakers
avatar for Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is the president and executive director of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development organization providing support to more than 200 grassroots social change projects in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. AJWS realizes this vision through strategic grant making and volunteer service in the developing world, and education and advocacy within the American Jewish community. Ms. Messinger is also a visiting... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Library King David High School

2:15pm

Mitzvat Ahavat Yisrael: The Mitzvah to Love Your Fellow As Yourself
The Jewish world is going through major sociological changes and respect for each other is often difficult. Using key teachings of Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook, the Tzemach Tzedek and Rebbe Nachman, learn how to work on judging every Jew favourably, regardless of denomination or affiliation.

Speakers
avatar for Abba Brodt

Abba Brodt

As Principal at Richmond Jewish Day School, I am passionate about Jewish Identity and Jewish Learning.  I believe that the Torah still has something to say to Jewish youth, and I am working tirelessly to explore how to provide the best model of Jewish education that combines skills and content, to students today.


Sunday February 9, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Upstairs Room #2 King David High School

3:15pm

Break
Sunday February 9, 2014 3:15pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Music of the Jews of Uganda
Among the Jewish communities of the world, the Abayudaya of Uganda are unique and so is their music, a tapestry of Jewish prayer and African melodies and rhythms. When he lived in Uganda, Lorne Mallin drummed and sang with the Abayudaya at their main synagogue in the village of Nabugoye Hill. In this session, you will be introduced to the community through a multimedia presentation and then learn to sing their music in Hebrew and Luganda, the main tribal language of Uganda, with the accompaniment of a live band.

Speakers
avatar for Lorne Mallin

Lorne Mallin

Lorne Mallin of Vancouver began hosting monthly Hebrew chant evenings in 2004 as part of a two-year chant leadership training with Rabbi Shefa Gold. The popular Chanting & Chocolate evenings of sweet Hebrew kirtan are held at Or Shalom Synagogue with a lively band of guitars, bass, keyboards and percussion. Mallin went to live in Uganda for 14 months in 2009, drawn by the African music of the Abayudaya Jews. In July 2013, he taught the... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Downstairs Room #1 King David High School

3:30pm

Parshat Tetzaveh - Finding meaningful instructions in the Torah
This week's parasha includes instructions regarding the oil used for a menorah, the garments for the Kohamin, and the structure of the mishkan.

Included is the description of the breastplate, or 'choshen', worn
by the High Priest. It is rectangular in shape, adorned with
12 stones that represent the 12 tribes of Israel.

The High Priest’s breastplate in last week’s parasha is described as a rectangular plate adorned with 12 stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel. As a group, we will explore 12 qualities that we wish to cultivate in the world, and using collage, create new narratives for 'breastplates' of our time. A colourful mash-up of thread, paper and tape - fuelled by your ingenuity - will create original and inspiring 'gems' to be shared with the Limmud community by the end of the day. 

 

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Oberlander

Wendy Oberlander

Artist, filmmaker, mother, student, teacher. A long-standing interest is the way Jewish history and memory are inscribed, both personally and publicly. Current projects focus on women and the written record, learning everything possible about baseball, and teaching at King David High School.


Sunday February 9, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

And on the Eighth Day God Created Baseball
Go ahead and laugh. This gathering will consider the proposition that baseball reflects the deepest Jewish spiritual aspirations for baseball matters to Judaism and Judaism matters to baseball. We're not talking about Major League, big time money ball, steroids and commercialization. Judaism teaches that life is journey through time, space and soul and in this class we will consider evidence that poetry, art, drama and literature can help us round the bases of life and find our way back Home.

Speakers
avatar for Hillel Goelman

Hillel Goelman

Part academic, part rabbi, part baseball aficionado. Student of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Reb Shlomo Carlbach and Reb Akiva Mann. I read, write and think about Jewish spirituality in all its forms.


Sunday February 9, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Upstairs Room #5 King David High School

3:30pm

Media as Modern Midrash
We live in a world where information is streaming around us through countless channels, day and night. How can we connect these modern avenues with the ancient pathways of Midrashic understanding and interpretation? How are Jewish texts and experience expressed through art, music, news, social media, and many other venues? Join us as we discover ancient messages with modern relevance from the universal past to our time today.

Speakers
avatar for Mo Fisch

Mo Fisch

Moshe Fisch is a dynamic Jewish educator with a diverse background in fine art, music, Eastern religion, and Jewish spirituality. He fuses his world travels with fifteen years of experience in the classroom to create unique and compelling curriculum as a teacher and pedagogic coach. Mo has a MJEd from Hebrew College and Pardes, and has taught students of all ages in New York, New Jersey, San Francisco, Jerusalem and Miami. He... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Upstairs Room #2 King David High School

3:30pm

Jewish-Muslim Dialogue in Venetian Ghetto: A rabbi reads the Quran

The contradictory views of Islam views towards dhimmi, Jews and Christians, are regularly discussed.  Our concern, however, will be what Christianity and Judaism have had to say about Islam. An example of their interactions appears in a manuscript collection of information about Islam compiled by the Venetian rabbi Leon Modena (1571-1648).   He relied on an Italian edition of the Qur’an, which had its roots in earlier Christian versions of the Qur’an that presented nuanced understandings and hostile comments – not unlike Islamic views of Christians and Jews. Modena presents Islam in a positive light, very close to rabbinic Jewish practice, and he uses negative information about Islam provided by Christians as part of his critique of Christianity.  As cultural mediators draw closer to other cultures, the ensuing distancing from their own culture has the potential to leave them with deeper insight about their own or a greater critical view of it.  Jews, Christians, and Muslims who draw close to each other today still face some of the same dynamics. 


Speakers
avatar for Howard Tzvi Adelman

Howard Tzvi Adelman

Howard Tzvi Adelman is the Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Queen’s University, where he holds a cross-appointment in the Department of History.  His research and writing is about the Jews of Italy in the early modern period, especially the topics of women and family and the Venetian rabbi Leon Modena.  Howie holds degrees from Cornell, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Brandeis.  He was director of the Program in... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Library King David High School

3:30pm

Reproduction and Sexuality in the Nazi Era
The Nazis abused reproduction and sexuality to create an ideological ‘Master Race.’   They prohibited those deemed ‘Life unworthy of life’ from having sex or reproducing while promoting these among those deemed ‘worthy of life.’  Holocaust literature gives exhaustive attention to ‘direct’ means of exterminating Jews, by using gas chambers, torture, starvation, disease, and intolerable conditions in ghettos and camps, and by the Einsatzgruppen.  Manipulating reproduction and sexuality – as a less ‘direct,’ but also abusive, method of genocide of Jews, or its antithesis - geno-coercion among ‘Aryans,’- has not yet received the same attention, and will be examined in this presentation.       

Speakers
avatar for Beverley Chalmers

Beverley Chalmers

Dr. Chalmers (DSc(Med); PhD) is an internationally renowned academic with over 260 publications, including 50 books or book chapters, and over 440 presentations to her credit.  She is an International Perinatal Health Consultant and an Adjunct Full Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Ottawa.  Her research crosses political, cultural, geographical and religious boundaries.  A common... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Upstairs Room #3 King David High School

3:30pm

Adult Children of Aging Parents
JFSA Seniors Department works with Seniors and Their Families to help Navigate the Aging Journey.  Over the last few years we are working more and more with adult children( usually in 40’s and 50’s) who have parents in their 80’s and 90’s.  The relationship with their parents is complex and emotional. Our session will be calledThe Struggles of Adult children to  “Honoring Thy Father and Thy Mother”  We will begin with a Rabbinical  overview, then  present a short video which will  consist of interviews with three adult children, and three seniors who are living at home with community supports.   The video will  present several points of view.  Adult children  struggle with , “am I doing enough, am I doing too much, I am raising a family, working and taking care of a parent, it is too much,  My parents need to move but they are stubborn and it is causing lots of us to worry”   Seniors will talk about living at risk, children that give too much advise, and how it feels to lose decision making powers.       The video will be approximately 15 minutes,  followed by a half hour of commentary about the themes of duty, honor, respect and relationship.  Two JFSA staff will facilitate discussion and answer questions.

Speakers
avatar for Joanne Haramia

Joanne Haramia

Director of Seniors and Home Support JFSA  Joanne is a geriatric social worker with more than thirty years experience in non profit progam management  She has been with JFSA for the last 11 years developing programs and services that assist seniors to remain independent as long as possible. She has navigated the aging journey with her own parents.
avatar for Gisella Levitt

Gisella Levitt

Gisella Levitt has been a seniors outreach counselor at JFSA for over 15 years. She has navigated the aging journey with her own parents.


Sunday February 9, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Upstairs Room #4 King David High School

4:30pm

Break
Sunday February 9, 2014 4:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

4:45pm

The Ethics Of Genealogy
How do we research our family history while still respecting family sensitivities and privacy? How do we maintain a balance between high quality investigative research and respect for family values?
Genealogy is a rewarding activity both for the hobbyist and the serious academic researcher. We make exciting discoveries celebrating the achievements of our ancestors. But we may also discover shameful, painful, and tragic events - an unknown criminal past, family disputes and separations, and the unspeakable losses of the Holocaust. How do we find a balance between our quest for information and our respect for our forefathers?

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Youngren

Catherine Youngren

By day, Catherine Youngren , is principal of Catherine Youngren Interior Designers Inc., a firm established 32 years ago, specializing in retail/store planning as well as the interior design of senior care facilities. The firm has completed projects across Canada, the US, Spain, and in Beijing China. By night, Catherine is a passionate genealogist, searching "the web" late into the night building the history of her own families... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Upstairs Room #4 King David High School

4:45pm

Naomi Less in Concert
Join Naomi for an intimate acoustic music/storytelling experiences about the human experience.  Naomi’s original music highlights many questions we have about Jewish identity, gender, Torah, values and Israel.

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Less

Naomi Less

Songwriter. Activist. Rocker. Worship leader. Trainer.Educator. Naomi Less engages, enlightens and empowers worldwide audiences through concerts, worship and educational workshops and training.  Naomi tours worldwide with her band, sharing music that spans edgy pop rock to meditative spiritual song.  Founder of Jewish Chicks Rock and Jewish Kids Rock, Naomi builds Jewish rock programs in camps and... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Library King David High School

4:45pm

Yidn muzik un muziker à Montréal
Serving as a vestige to a homeland and folk, klezmer music in early twentieth-century Montreal and the new diaspora became synonymous with a particular place and time that was physically left behind, yet, was instantly accessible through the music’s soundscapes which connected the Jewish immigrant to their shtetl and the Yidishkayt of their ancestral past. Solely through the sounds and melodies of klezmer music, the Old World, complete with nostalgia, memories, and emotions came to life within a New World context. Based on ethnographic field research, this presentation illuminates an image of a Jewish Montreal filled with song, dance, and celebration. Utilizing interviews, photographs, and documents, this presentation also outlines a comprehensive history of klezmer music within Jewish Montreal from the perspective of the performer as well as the audience member in order to reassert the notion of a particular understanding and experience of this music which subsequently influenced how they perceive the Old World and their identities in the New World.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Lam

Emily Lam

As a first-generation Canadian of Vietnamese immigrants, Emily Lam specializes in the music and musicians of early twentieth-century Jewish Montreal. Drawing upon her interest and pursuit of the Canadian klezmer experience, the field research that she conducts on the history of the early twentieth-century Montreal Jewish music community continues to bring to light a lively cultural and musical history of a seemingly invisible group of... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Upstairs Room #2 King David High School

4:45pm

Kosher Yoga for Children and Families
Join Miriam for a yoga class for children ages 3-12 and thier families.  We will have fun exploring breathing and movement exercises.  Parents will learn techniques that they can use with children at home for energizing, focusing and/or calming.  

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Gindin

Miriam Gindin

Miriam is a children's yoga and meditation instructor.  She presently teaches the Arrowsmith program for children and adults with learning disabilities.  She likes learning, kibitzing and playing with her little son Zev.


Sunday February 9, 2014 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Downstairs Room #1 King David High School

4:45pm

Forgetting Jerusalem: Memories of the Temple in the Talmud
The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE by the Romans rocked Jewish society and has left a lasting imprint on Judaism. This session will examine reactions to the destruction of the Temple in the Talmud, one of the preeminent Jewish texts. Reading key passages together in English translation, we will explore the complicated and complex attitudes of the early rabbis to the destruction of the Temple. No background required.

Speakers
avatar for Gregg Gardner

Gregg Gardner

Dr. Gregg E. Gardner is Assistant Professor and the Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics at UBC. He holds a PhD in Religion from Princeton University and has been a fellow at Brown and Harvard Universities. He specializes in ancient Judaism and classical rabbinic literature (Talmud, Midrash).


Sunday February 9, 2014 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Upstairs Room #5 King David High School

4:45pm

The Ten Commandments: Exploring Morality
This class will use the framework of the Ten Commandments to explore what it means to be a moral and ethical person. This conversation will appeal to people who are are interested in using Jewish traditional thought as a starting point to discuss the issues surrounding the questions of right and wrong that are practical and relevant to our daily lives.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Levitt

Karen Levitt

Karen Levitt is the Director of the Business Planning Secretariat at the City of Vancouver. She is on the Board of the Ohel Ya’akov Community Kollel, and is a member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver Jewish Education Task Force. She has previously served on the Boards of the 2010 Games Operating Trust, King David High School and Jewish Family Service Agency. | | Ms. Levitt has a degree in Psychology from UBC, and... Read More →


Sunday February 9, 2014 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Upstairs Room #3 King David High School

4:45pm

Dinah: Our Fifth Matriarch?
A drama of unrecognized significance unfolds in the opening verses of Genesis 34. Dinah, Jacob's only recorded daughter, sets out on a mission, which is thwarted when she is brutally raped and kidnapped. An excavation of the deeper layers of this narrative moves Dinah beyond victimhood to political and social agency, and reveals a bold and insightful young woman with the potential to dramatically alter her family's history.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Halparin

Barbara Halparin

Barbara Halparin graduated from UBC with and Arts degree in 2008. She majored in Honours English and Religion, Literature and the Arts. She was an instructor in the Vancouver Florence melton Adult Mini-School for 5 years, teaching the Rhythms and Ethics courses. She likes to ski, hike and cycle, has an interest in balloon art, and is an active member of Temple Sholom.


Sunday February 9, 2014 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Upstairs Room #6 King David High School

6:00pm

Laila Tov
Sunday February 9, 2014 6:00pm - 6:00pm
Foyer