This talk will describe how the Jewish cycle of the year embodies key aspects of mindfulness and calls us to the cultivation of wisdom and compassion. The presentation will include time for questions and, hopefully, answers, and a short period of meditation.
There is a very strange animal in Judaism called Ben Pekuah that can be eaten without shechita. Come on a truly fascinating story starting with the Torah and working our way through a discussion in the Talmud. The story is old, but the modern day possibilities could overturn kosher meat production and substantially reduce the cost.
Stories, songs and fun abound in this session. Come and hear Shabbat Stories to make you smile, come and sing lovely Songs and enjoy a fun session. Aimed at families with young children this session is open to all.
The "oys" and joys of heading The NY Jewish Week, the leading U.S. Jewish newspaper, for 24 years, includes the struggle to be both a loyal member of the community and independent, sometimes critical voice. How investigative reports have won awards and invoked ire for alleged lashon hara.
Do you have a favourite Shabbat prayer? Not sure where to start? Come and explore prayer using the Limmud 'Prayer' Chavruta books.
Can Israeli laws pass in favour of the LGBT community? Come and discuss whether a democratic state can continue preventing pro-LGBT legislation, and what the legal standing of LGBT Israelis is. What has been achieved and how much more must be changed?
What makes some stories so good that we never forget them? What stories have stayed with us and had an impact on our lives? Why do we need them and what do they add to our lives?
Walking and talking, what a great combination. This is the perfect place to meet some new friends - not just for Festival, but for life. #bffe
Evolutionary biologists have discovered that complex life evolved on Earth in a surprising way. Previously independent organisms have repeatedly come together to create harmonious collectives that have new abilities. In this session we will learn about this history, and we will ask what it can teach us about encouraging peace in the modern world.