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Sunday, January 14

8:45am PST

Shalom, My Name Is _____________ (Insert your name here)
Start your day with a workshop designed to build relationships among participants in fun and creative ways. What brought you to Limmud? What do you love about Judaism? What challenges and inspires you? Through a series of facilitated, arts-based activities that incorporate poetry, movement, theater, and singing, this session will provide opportunities to explore many such questions while getting to know fellow participants. Come ready to try new things, play, think, feel, create, enjoy yourselves, and maybe make new friends along the way. Designed for all levels—no art experience necessary!

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Diana Falchuk

Diana Falchuk is a Seattle-based artist, consultant, strategist, and organizer with nearly two decades’ experience designing public and social arts projects, trainings, and policies that advance racial equity and social justice. She works as an independent consultant and artist... Read More →
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Rebekka Goldsmith

Trained as a professional singer, group facilitator, and professional coach, Rebekka has spent over 15 years guiding individuals and groups in explorations of voice, creativity, and justice. She has worked in public, nonprofit, and education sectors designing and facilitating experiential... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 8:45am - 10:00am PST
Alumni (South)

1:15pm PST

Judaism at Home in Seattle: Ashkenazi and Sephardi Traditions for the New Year of the Trees
In our homes, opportunities to engage Jewishly are in every corner. From bedtime blessings to doorpost marking, we are more present to our days when we participate in Jewish rituals, new and ancient. At holiday time, beyond celebrating communally, the ways we bring Jewish festivities into our homes is invaluable. In this session, we'll use the upcoming holiday of the trees and nature, Tu B’Shevat, to demonstrate how it is possible to “do Jewish” at home. Experience the celebratory Sephardic practice of “Fruticas,” and join in breaking down perceived barriers to discover a wealth of resources—for Tu B’Shevat and beyond. All experience levels and backgrounds welcome!

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Albert S Maimon

Al Maimon was born and raised in Seattle, into the Sephardic community. He has been active in the larger Jewish community in many ways here, in New York, Israel, and elsewhere. His Jewish education, formal and informal, encompasses many aspects of Judaism, Jewish history, traditions... Read More →
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Kate Speizer

Director of Adult Engagement & Endless Opportunities, Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Rabbi Kate Speizer loves to make Jewish living and learning accessible for individuals through community and connection. Jewish values are the anchor within the work Kate pursues as a teacher, parent, partner, and friend. Born and raised in Northern California, Kate returned to the... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm PST
Alumni (South)

2:45pm PST

Art out of Poetry: A Visual Study of Yehuda Amichai's Poems
Yehuda Amichai is considered by many to be modern Hebrew’s foremost poet. His poetry is straightforward yet laced with deep emotion, striking imagery, and allusions to Jewish texts and traditions. Together we will read a few of Yehuda Amichai’s poems and discuss them as a group. We will then use a variety of techniques such as collage, drawing, painting, and simple printmaking to create works of art inspired by the poems we have studied. We will reconvene at the end of the session to discuss the art we have made.

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Nancy Current

Nancy Current, a Seattle artist painting and printmaking on glass and paper, exhibits and teaches nationally and in Canada. She has been captivated by the Jewish art genre of visual midrash, which interprets Jewish texts with art. Her most recent exhibition with Robin Atlas, "On the... Read More →
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Tamar Libicki

Tamar Libicki is an avid Torah student and an enthusiastic giver of divre torah. She attended Nancy Current's Visual Midrash class in 2015 and has been hooked on the expression of Torah wisdom and narrative through art ever since. She and Nancy Current taught a class on art based... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm PST
Cascade (East)

4:15pm PST

Hagbah, an Uplifting and Hands-On Experience: Are You Hagbah-Curious?
Did you know that most Torahs weigh only 15–25 lb—despite the common belief that the mitzvah of Hagbah can be performed only by the same 5 guys in their community? Leave this session able to: 1) handle a Torah scroll confidently and successfully; 2) understand the mitzvah’s history, customs, and spiritual meaning; and 3) answer, “Hineini…I am here,” when your Gabbai next asks, “Is there anybody who can do Hagbah?” All welcome, regardless of age or body strength. "You only need to be strong to do it wrong," so come enjoy the learning and lifting, and inspire yourselves and your congregations

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Daniel Markowitz

Daniel grew up in Berkeley, CA, and attended a Modern Orthodox synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel. He was a Jewish educator through his college years at Stanford and was a member of CAJE. He is currently a member of Congregation Beth Shalom, where he and Alan Rodan have implemented... Read More →
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Alan Rodan

Alan grew up in Seattle and attended Seattle Hebrew Academy. He has been a member of Congregation Beth Shalom for over 25 years and has been involved in many aspects, including Adult Ed, Torah study, and morning minyan.

Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
Alumni (South)

4:15pm PST

On Our Doorposts—Never Forget! A New Mezuzah
We are exhorted to remember Torah teaching on our doorposts and our eyes...to teach, pray, remember, and share with the future. Mezuzah scrolls and covers are critical to Jewish life. If the traditional mezuzah represents our commitment to Torah commandments and values, how can we create a second kind of mezuzah to remind us to honor the courage and resilience of survivors of the Shoah? We will discuss and create a mezuzah and cover as an endless physical, spiritual, moral reminder of the Shoah. There will be a wide variety of materials to work with.

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sooze bloom deLeon grossman

Artist, educator, revolutionary bon vivant. Gardens of love, flowers and food, community, solidarity and learning, art and making...alchemy of co-creation lived in the splendid, amazing Now. My central spiritual practice is radical appreciation and gratitude. My primary life task... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST
Olympic (East)