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Saturday, March 17
 

12:45pm

How to Have a Super Seder this Pesach
Seder night is for young and old. This session will provide thought-provoking, creative and fun ways to spark the interest and imagination of everyone gathered around the Seder table. Ancient Egyptian archaeological finds, ancient texts, new readings, pillows and a liberal smattering of Lego will all be used to enable you to enhance your Pesach. Leaving Egypt will never be the same again…

Speakers
avatar for Rafi Zarum

Rafi Zarum

Rafi Zarum is dean of the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS), the UK’s premier Jewish center for training, teaching, and scholarship. He lectures in Jewish education and new readings of classical texts, as well as training teachers, rabbis, and educators. He has rabbinic ordination... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Sanctuary, Gates of Prayer

2:00pm

Helping Children with Disabilities Deal with Grief and Other Challenges
Death is a difficult topic for any child, but can be more challenging for people with unique learning and processing needs. Participants will explore issues of grief specific to children/teens with autism and other disabilities, and will gain strategies to help navigate questions about death, dying and loss of a loved one all within the context of Jewish rituals and traditions. This session will also highlight effective ways of helping children with learning or developmental disabilities navigate other life transitions and challenges.

Meredith Polsky’s participation in LimmudFest 2018 was made possible with generous support from The Covenant Foundation.

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Polsky

Meredith Polsky

Meredith Polsky founded Matan in 2000 and serves as Matan's National Director of Institutes and Training. Meredith is a nationally sought-after speaker on Jewish Special Education. She holds Master’s degrees in Special Education and Clinical Social Work and a graduate certificate... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 2, Gates of Prayer

3:15pm

I and Thou: Creating a 21st Century Jewish Sexual Ethic
What does Judaism have to say about how we conduct our most intimate relationships? How is a couple supposed to interact in the bedroom, and what surprising insights does the tradition offer about what they might do there? What might Judaism have to offer folks who aren't exactly ready to settle down? How does and can sexuality affect our relationships with God? Or with ourselves? How does traditional Judaism intersect with sex-positive feminism? What does it mean to move through the world with a 21st-century Jewish sexual ethic? This session will address these questions and more.







Speakers
avatar for Danya Ruttenberg

Danya Ruttenberg

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is the author of Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting (Flatiron Books), a 2016 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and six other books. She has been... Read More →


Saturday March 17, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Sanctuary, Gates of Prayer
 
Sunday, March 18
 

10:15am

Nurture the Wow: Parenting as a Spiritual Practice
The work of parenting--and living in connection with others in general--can be glorious and amazing. And it can be, at least as often, frustrating, crazy-making, and mind-numbingly boring. How can the riches of the Jewish tradition help us to transform the most difficult moments with our children and the other people in our lives? How can it illuminate the beautiful moments in powerful new ways? But not only that--What do parents, who are deep in the trenches of this labor of love, have to teach Judaism about what spirituality is and can be? And, most critically, what might happen if we regard the work of raising children--and being in loving connection with other people as a whole--as a legitimate spiritual practice in its own right? This session will explore these essential questions of heart and soul and their implications for parents of young children and anyone else who might ever try to connect deeply with another human being.

Speakers
avatar for Danya Ruttenberg

Danya Ruttenberg

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is the author of Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting (Flatiron Books), a 2016 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and six other books. She has been... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Mintz Auditorium, JCC

10:15am

Once Upon Our Stories
The stories we grow up hearing about our family members, the challenges they faced, and the ways they found resolution powerfully affect our personal identity. They shape our values and beliefs and become the themes that create the composition of our lives. In this workshop we will explore the manner in which family stories shape identity. We will discuss ways to highlight the strengths that we inherit from our family legacies and, of equal importance, the process by which we can edit the limitations those narratives might impose on us as well.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Rivkin

Sarah Rivkin

Sarah Rivkin has served as a director of Chabad at Tulane for the past 19 years. While a director at a Chabad on Campus, she has had many roles, including educator, event planner, counselor, hostess, and more. She most values her role as storyteller.


Sunday March 18, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 209, JCC

11:30am

To Worry or Not to Worry? Jewish Parenting in a Complicated World
Anxiety and Judaism: the two seem to go hand in hand.  Do Jewish parents worry more?  Is this a myth or stereotype?  Should we worry that anxiety levels in children have increased dramatically in the last few years? In today’s complicated world it is difficult for parents to navigate their child’s development.  Is it just a stage?  Is it normal, typical behavior, or a point of concern?  When is intervention necessary and when is it appropriate to let them work it out on their own? This interactive session will focus on ways to know if your child’s struggles are a sign of temporary distress or the beginnings of problems that will affect their overall mental health in the future.  Parents will walk away with an increased understanding of when to intervene and when to allow their child to overcome the hurdles of growing up in today’s stressful world.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Timm

Nancy Timm

Nancy B. Timm, LCSW, BACS, received her MSW from Tulane University in 1981 and her LCSW in 1983. She became a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor in 1988.  She has almost 35 years of experience as a psychotherapist providing individual, couples, and group therapy  to adults, children... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 209, JCC

1:30pm

Best Practices in Inclusive Congregational School Education
Congregational school programs pose unique challenges in meeting the needs of all students. We see children for a limited number of hours each week, when they have already been through a full day of school or are well into their weekend. In this session, parents, teachers and administrators are invited to explore “tricks of the trade” in reaching and teaching all learners for the benefit of ALL of our students.

Meredith Polsky’s participation in LimmudFest 2018 was made possible with generous support from The Covenant Foundation.
 

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Polsky

Meredith Polsky

Meredith Polsky founded Matan in 2000 and serves as Matan's National Director of Institutes and Training. Meredith is a nationally sought-after speaker on Jewish Special Education. She holds Master’s degrees in Special Education and Clinical Social Work and a graduate certificate... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 202b, JCC

1:30pm

Who's Your Abba? A How-To on Tracing your European Ancestors
Ever thought about where your family came from? And how they got to America?  Where can you even start to find the answer to these questions? Follow Lonnie and Peter Zandan as they trace the Zandan ancestry back through Europe and learn some practical tips along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Lonnie Zarum Schaffer

Lonnie Zarum Schaffer

Born and raised in London by a Yemenite father and Welsh mother, Lonnie Zarum Schaffer studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance. She moved to the United States in 1993 and settled in New Orleans where she raised her four children, Ariane, Saul, Talia, and Renata. In 2007... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 209, JCC

2:45pm

Teaching Life Skills As a Strategy for Classroom Management
What life skills are we born with and which ones must we learn along the way? This session will explore the concept of exposing our students to activities and experiences that teach emotions and life skills. These strategies will help us know our students on a deeper level and will set our students and our classes up for success.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Stern

Rachel Stern

Rachel Stern MAJE/MAJCS grew up in San Antonio. In addition to receiving her BA from the University of Missouri, she attended Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion's Los Angeles campus and was awarded masters degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service. Rachel... Read More →


Sunday March 18, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 202b, JCC