Taste of Limmud
Festival of Jewish Life and Learning

March 29, 2020

 

 

What is Limmud?

Limmud (coming from the Hebrew word meaning “to learn”) is a festival, a conference, and a gathering of learners interested in unfiltered and cross-community Jewish learning. Join us for the ultimate celebration of Jewishness and diversity within the Jewish world! A successor of the "Taste of Honey" event, this exhilarating day of learning marks the first annual Limmud New Haven and will be among over 90 Limmud events in over 42 countries. Come make history in our local Jewish community.

 

Who Should come?

Everyone! Attendees at Limmud come from all walks of life: young adults, singles, families, couples, seniors, teens, kids, from all unique Jewish identities and multitraditional backgrounds.

 

What's on the program?

Music, classes, mingling, special programs for kids, teens, and young adults, study groups, hands-on workshops, exhibitions, desserts, Passover market and so much more!

 

When is Taste of Limmud New Haven?

Sunday, March 29, 2020, from 1-5 PM 

At the Beckerman Lender Jewish Community Building, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525

 

 

 

About Taste of Limmud

 

Limmud is the Hebrew word for “learning,” which is at the heart of everything we do. Our aim, at its most broad, is to provide a portal for participants to explore their connection to a rich heritage of Jewish ideas, traditions, culture, and people. In the process, we create a community that transcends our diverse backgrounds and traditional labels; it allows us to deepen our understanding of who are as individuals and as a people.

Limmud New Haven is part of an international movement of over 80 communities-- from Sydney to Stockholm-- that use the same core values to create opportunities for learning, diversity, and connection.

Click here to visit the global Limmud movement in the U.S. and Canada at Limmud North America

 

 

 

Built By Community

For Community

 

Volunteerism is at the heart of everything we do. We are all responsible for one another and for the communities we create. We believe that everyone has an important contribution to make. There are plenty of ways for you to get involved and make a difference and we encourage participants to take an active part in all we do.

 

Contact Limmud@jewishnewhaven.org to become one of thousands of Limmud volunteers around the world! 

 

Meet the Volunteers: COMING SOON

 

 

 

Meet the Presenters:

 

At Limmud, everyone is a learner and everyone can be a teacher! Anyone may offer to present a session and share Limmud! ​We encourage presenters to challenge themselves to create sessions that push the boundaries of "typical" Jewish learning--to find a perspective that is fresh and will allow attendees to think in new ways. *We are no longer accepting 2020 session proposals. 

 

*Presenters will continue to be added as more event details become available. Check back for updates.

 

 

  • David Chevan

    A formally trained jazz musician with a Ph.D. in Music History from CUNY (he wrote a dissertation debunking African-American musical illiteracy in early jazz), David is a teacher, performer and composer/arranger for 30-piece Klezmer Orchestra Nu Haven Kapelye. His music melds jazz improvisation with Jewish cantorial modes to explore the intersection between vernacular cultural music practice and jazz. His focus is the Afro-Semitic Experience and the power of music to dissolve our differences.

  • Bonnie Kaplan

    Bonnie has been dancing since she was six and she plans to keep dancing until she’s 106. By the time she was a teenager, Bonnie was teaching dancing in a Jewish day camp. She continues to teach what she has learned from participating in many sessions on Klezmer dance and her extensive experience with other influential Eastern European folk dances. Well-known to dancers everywhere, you may know her, too, from dancing with her at Klezmer events or international folk dance groups.

  • Sherri Sosensky

    Sherri Sosensky is a Certified & Licensed Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) Children’s Yoga Instructor. She has been practicing Yoga for over 15 years and continuously strives to broaden her knowledge and increase her skills through her daily research and attending many varied workshops. She teaches children, teens, adults and family Yoga throughout New Haven County and beyond. You can find her teaching at local preschools, elementary schools, yoga studios, and town libraries.

  • Steven Wilf

    A scholar whose research focuses on intellectual property law and legal history, Steven is a published author and esteemed professor. He received both his Ph.D. in history from Yale University and his law degree from Yale Law School. He has been a visiting professor at Hebrew University, Jerusalem and at the Freie Universität, Berlin; he has also taught at Yale Law School. His most recent book (with Graeme Gooday) is Patent Cultures: Diversity and Harmonization in Historical Perspective.

  • Dan Oren

    Dan A. Oren, M.D. is Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Adjunct) at Yale University, author of "The Wedding Photo" (Rimmon Press, 2018), a collection of Jewish genealogy discovery stores that illuminate a family's past, and Program Chair for the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies 2020 Annual Conference coming up in San Diego.

  • Andrea Weinstein

    Andrea Weinstein has been practicing yoga since 2001. Andrea believes that yoga invites the opportunity to connect with oneself, with others, and with all beings. Coming together within a yoga sangha (community) is her idea of a perfect environment to practice and teach her passion for yoga. Andrea’s life philosophy is to seize the moment while working to stay in the moment. She believes yoga fosters our ability to share energy and light through a process of playful self-discovery.

  • Mark Oppenheimer

    Mark Oppenheimer is the host of Unorthodox, the #1-ranked Jewish-themed podcast on iTunes. He is a senior editor at Tablet and the former Beliefs columnist for The New York Times. He is writing a book about the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, but his most recent book is The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia, written with his podcast cohosts. He lives with his wife, five children, and two dogs in Westville.

  • Max DuBoff

    Max DuBoff is a PhD student at Yale studying Classics and Philosophy, having completed a BA at Rutgers in these fields. He is interested in Epicurean and Stoic practical ethics, especially bioethics, contractualism, and philosophy of religion. He has studied at Drisha and the Conservative Yeshiva.

  • Liana Rothman

    Liana Rothman works at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center for Hazon, the largest faith-based environmental organization in North America. As the National Programs Coordinator, Liana supports the Seal of Sustainability program and JOFEE (Jewish, Outdoor, Food, Farming, and Environmental Education) field-building initiatives.

  • Rabbi Rona Shapiro

    Rabbi Rona Shapiro is the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Jacob where she has served since 2013. She is the author of numerous articles and the founding editor of ritual well.org. In 2016 she was named one of America's most inspiring rabbis by the Forward. She is a graduate of Harvard College and among the first classes of women ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is also a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

  • Richard Gans

    Richard Gans, is a lifelong singer/songwriter and keyboard player whose inspired voice calls on his deep understanding of the power of music to connect people through music and singing. He has combined the spiritual practice of chanting with easy-to-follow sacred Hebrew “mantras” to create soulful moving melodies. Richard Gans leads Hebrew Chanting in his yurt in Woodbridge every Thursday night.

  • Chanoch Wineberg

    Chanoch Wineberg is a Husband, father, & rabbi. Currently serving as the Chabad emissary in Westville, New Haven CT. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Studied in SA, the United States & Israel. Married his wife Mushka in Brooklyn, NY before settling with his family of four on W Rock Ave in Westville. Loves the drums, and cherishes an opportunity to connect with others & share meaningful Torah lessons.

  • Roya Hakakian

    Writer and journalist, Roya Hakakian is also a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. Her acclaimed memoir, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran was one of Publisher Weekly's Best Books and Elle Magazine's Best Nonfiction in 2004. She’s the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction for her book, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace. Raised in a Jewish family in Tehran, Roya came to the United States in May 1985 on political asylum.

  • Rabbi Benjamin Scolnic

    Dr. Benjamin Scolnic has been the rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom in Hamden since 1983. He is the author of eleven books and over a hundred articles.

  • Rebecca Koenigsberg

    Rebecca Koenigsberg is a social worker with the Digestive Health Department at Yale University, a psychotherapist at Yale Psychiatric hospital, and a private Hebrew instructor. She also facilitates community weight loss support groups. Rebecca is a frequent leader of a community Shabbat study group. She has a master’s degree in social work from UConn and is also a licensed drug and alcohol counselor. She is passionate about Hebrew language and literature and Torah study.

 

Class Descriptions:

 

Like all Limmuds throughout the world, our sessions are first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 1 PM. *Classes will continue to be added as more event details become available. Check back for updates.

 

More Than Hava Nagila: An Introduction to Klezmer Music and Dance

Have you ever been to a Simcha and wondered about the Klezmer music and how you’re supposed to do the dances to it?  Dance instructor Bonnie Kaplan show you the basic steps for popular Jewish dances from Eastern Europe while David Chevan leads musicians who will accompany the dancers. 

Presenter(s): David Chevan & Bonnie Kaplan

Passover Plagues Family Yoga class

Family 'Passover Plagues' Yoga class for the community to enjoy the many benefits of yoga with their children.  It is a wonderful way to integrate Jewish learning through movement with Yoga.  Please join me as we roll like matzo balls, and act out a short story about Passover and Freedom through yoga poses.  We'll JUMP like FROGS, slither like SNAKES, relive CATTLE disease through COW pose, and act out 'Biting INSECTS' and 'LOCUSTS' while in 'Dead Bug' pose.

Presenter: Sherri Sosensky 

The Kiss in Jewish Law

How has the kiss evolved in Jewish law?  The kiss is a barometer of intimacy,  a social convention, and an indicator of the degree of connection between people.  It is romantic and (often) singularly non-romantic.  Jewish law and custom have addressed the kiss over two millennia in ways that are sometimes strange, sometimes strikingly familiar. 

Presenter: Steven Wilf

"The Doctor is In": Jewish Genealogy Workshop

You're ready to "do" Jewish genealogy, but you need help getting started? Or you've encountered a "brick wall" in your research? This hands-on workshop by the author of "The Wedding Photo" will help you take that next step. Bring your own laptop/notebook computer if you have one.

Presenter: Dan Oren

Tikkun olam via yoga (all levels)

Let's practice yoga together...repairing self so that we may repair the world. Our yoga practice is open to all levels...bring a yoga mat and a blanket or block. We will move through stretches and twists and slow flow and meditation and relaxation.  Working on our mind-body connection to connect with each other in an effort to bring healing to our larger communities.
Presenter: Andrea Weinstein

What's Jewish About Pickles

 

Learn about the art of lactofermentation. Come delve into the ancient Jewish tradition of pickling and food preservation and explore the intersections between food, climate and Judaism. Each participant will leave with their very own jar of lactofermented future pickles.

Presenter: Liana Rothman

This class is offered for the adults and teen program

Heresy: Talmud, Greek Philosophy, and Today

How did the rabbis understand heresy, and what does it mean to us as Jews today? This session will study Talmudic passages about the heretic (apikoros), examine Epicurus’s relevant philosophy, and discuss heresy in contemporary Judaism.

Presenter: Max DuBoff

Abraham to Zabar's: How we wrote a Jewish encyclopedia for the 21st century

Mark Oppenheimer will discusse how he and his fellow cohosts of the Unorthodox podcast wrote The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia, their sensational guide to everything Jewish. He'll talk about what they kept, what they left out, and why Mrs. Maisel was a controversial entry.

Presenter: Mark Oppenheimer

The Seder: From Egypt to Jerusalem to Yavneh

The Passover Seder has evolved over the years from biblical times until today. The evolution of the Passover Seder teaches us not only about our Jewish History but also about our Jewish identity today. How did the Passover seder as we know it come to be? What does its history mean for us?

Presenter: Rabbi Rona Shaprio

Hebrew Chanting with Richard Gans

Take advantage of this special opportunity to learn about the Kabbalistic principles behind this practice and join in a chant.  Open your heart space with your voice! (No knowledge of Hebrew or vocal talent is necessary). 

Presenter: Richard Gans

Beatboxing & Kabbalah

Teens of Limmud - Take a deep breath in, this is gonna be epic! Let us examine together. Breathing, speaking, singing, beatboxing - is it the source, the technique or the tone that matters most when we communicate? Beat & Box with the crowd, for a fun & informative session. 

Presenter: Chanoch Wineberg

Liberation Singalong!

Teens of Limmud- Let us raise up our voices and sing! Let us remember that in the face of life’s trials, we can reclaim our power and sing songs of freedom. We will have song sheets for all to follow along and together we will create an uplifting soundscape to let our spirits soar

Presenter: Sasha Lehrer

Two Assassins, One Determined Prosecutor, and the Greatest Unknown Trial in Germany Since WWII 

In January 2019, when a US missile killed the top Iranian general, Qassem Suleimani, many began to wonder who he was, and what his unit, the Qods Force, really did. This talk is about one of the many operations of that unit: the 1992 political assassination of four Iranian Kurdish leaders, and the gripping investigation that ensued. its aftermath changed Iran and its relations with Europe for years to come. The case is also a reminder of how the legacy of the Holocaust continues to keep the German judiciary impenetrable by political influence, and capable of delivering justice even to the most powerless.

Presenter: Roya Hakakian

Seder Secrets for Families

a hands-on workshop on how to lead an engaging Seder for all.
This session will present meaningful strategies you can use at your Passover Seder to engage toddlers to teens. There will be many handouts, ready to use take-outs, and demonstrations for you to adapt for your Seder as your family grows in size and age.  

Presenter: Gail Raucher

Chavruta Session (text study group)

"You shall not accept a bribe", but can you give a bribe? The Torah tells us not to take a bribe.  But it is okay to offer one? The case of bribery and other “reciprocal’ mitzvot where “it takes two to tango.”  An issue that was relevant then as it is nowadays.

Presenter: Rebecca Koenigsberg

The Abuse of Power in Biblical Times and Today

What can we learn from Biblical texts about a Jewish response to the political and financial corruption that confront us in our time? 

Presenter: Dr. Benjamin Scolnic

Featured Programs & Highlights: 

 

 

Exhibitions

  • Come view the National Museum of American Jewish History’s traveling exhibition Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews.

Passover Market

  • Greater New Haven vendors, merchants, entrepreneurs, and artists will showcase their handmade artisan items, curated retail goods, local art, foods, and more! Shop local favorites Peace Love and Light and Galit Jewelry.

Musical Experience

  • Join us for our closing event Limmud: All Together Now featuring local Jewish musicians. The event caters to all: for those looking to sing – their voices will add to the joyful music; for those that just want to listen – their ears will delight in the sweetest of sounds; and for those who are moved to dance – let them boogie on! The Talmud e comments on the power of communal song, relating that “in the place of joyful music, that is where one can find true prayer” (TB Brachot 6a).

Eviatar Banai Concert

  • Tickets available for Limmud attendees. Space is limited; pre-register for Limmud to reserve your spot. This special solo performance by Eviatar Banai, an Israeli musician, singer/songwriter will be at William L. Harkness Hall/Sudler Hall, Yale University. Standalone tickets with a Yale ID are available through Yotam Wolk at Slifka Center. Concert tickets for Limmud attendees will be handed out at the Limmud registration table on the day of the event.

 

 

Festival Schedule

 

Our schedule is a work in progress. Please check back for updates. Like all Limmuds throughout the world, our sessions are first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 1 PM.

 

*If you want the complete Limmud schedule and booklet mailed to you prior to the event, please email your request to Limmud@jewishnewhaven.org.

 

 

Make a Donation

 

Your Limmud donation helps us continue the work to unite and inspire our Jewish community. Help us continue the core practice of Limmud International, that all who wish to learn can be included, regardless of financial circumstances.

 

 

 

 

TALK TO US…

 

Phone

(203) 387-2424 x308

 

Email

Limmud@jewishnewhaven.org

 

Address

360 Amity Road, Woodbridge CT, 06525