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February 20, 2013

I am looking forward to the Limmud Festival of Jewish Learning on March 2 and 3 at the Asper Jewish Community Campus because it’s a way for me to reconnect with my roots and my identity and learn something new about the Jewish world, in an engaging way that is easy to remember and fun. Limmud is Hebrew for "learning". The process of learning something Jewish ought not to end after one completes elementary or high school. Being Jewish is a journey that goes on throughout one’s lifetime, and requires making time to learn about the Jewish world in new and exciting ways. The Jewish Federation is to be credited with bringing Limmud to Winnipeg three years ago and spearheading this inspiring process of learning and renewal. The admission price is very reasonable - $65 for those registering after February 15, and you can also register for a taste of Limmud for only $25. Full details are at .

The goal of Limmud is to enable each participant to go one step further on their own Jewish journey. Everyone is a student and everyone can be a teacher. Events feature all educational styles including lectures, workshops, text-study sessions, film, meditation, and discussions.

I have always thought that Limmud is one of the best programs our community puts on, and I recommend it for anyone who hasn't attended before. Participants will learn about the Jewish world though dance, theatre, yoga, culture, history and current events. Limmud begins with synagogue Shabbat programs and continues at the Asper Campus after Shabbat ends Saturday evening, and throughout Sunday. People of all ages and affiliations are able to choose from 30+ sessions offered by leading local and international Jewish thinkers, artists and educators. Children’s programming will also be offered in the form of Camp Limmud sessions and PJ Library fun.

The Limmud concept was started in the UK in 1980 and is now a worldwide movement intent on engaging communities in Jewish thought and learning. It’s an ambitious and passionate organization that has garnered a global reputation for creating dynamic events where Jews of all ages, backgrounds and experiences come together for thought provoking and engaging programs and activities. You can register online now by going to or calling Florencia Katz, Federation’s Limmud Coordinator at 204-480-7559.

The detailed Limmud schedule is at


Shabbat Programs - Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 Anakhnu-Jewish GLBT Group/Rady JCC (204.477.7537 or [email protected]) Join Rabbi Steve Greenberg for Friday night Shabbat dinner. Reserve by February 26. Herzlia-Adas Yeshurun (204-489-6262 or [email protected]) Join Harlene Winnick Appelman for Friday night Shabbat dinner. Reserve by February 26. Hillel Winnipeg and Congregation Shaarey Zedek (204-480-6561 or [email protected]) Friday night interfaith Shabbat dinner.

Temple Shalom (204-453-1625) Join Jeanette Kuvin Oren for Kabbalat Shabbat at 7:30 pm on Friday night.

Congregation Etz Chayim (204-589-6305) Join Dan Oren on Shabbat morning at 9:00 am

Congregation Shaarey Zedek (204-452-3711) Join Rabbi Steve Greenberg on Shabbat morning at 9:00 am

International Presenters - Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3

Larry Jay Tish and Ron Jones: The Black Jew Dialogues.

A Canadian Premiere! This is a hilarious two-actor play on the history and absurdity of prejudice and racism and combines sketches, improvisation, puppets, audience participation, a game show, and multi-media.

Steve Greenberg: Homosexuality and Halakhah

Steve Greenberg is the author of Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition, which was awarded the Koret Jewish Book Award for Philosophy and Thought, and was featured in the ground-breaking documentary film Trembling Before G-D about Orthodox Jews trying to reconcile their sexuality with their faith. Rabbi Greenberg is a co-director of Eshel, a North American organization that works to open the Orthodox community to greater understanding and acceptance of their LGBT members.

Harlene Winnick Appelman: Maror Burden or Blessing?

Harlene Winnick Appelman is a distinguished educator from Ann Arbor and one of the first recipients of the Covenant Awards. She has worked in Jewish education for nearly thirty-five years, as a pioneering family educator, director of community education and outreach, and most recently as Chief Jewish Education Officer of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

Jeanette Kuvin Oren: The Art of Paper Cutting

Jeanette Kuvin Oren has been commissioned by more than 350 synagogues, schools and community centres around the world to create Torah Covers, Huppot, Ark Curtains, Murals, Stained Glass, Mosaics and Wall-hangings. She also makes Ketubot, Papercuttings, Family Trees and Limited-Edition Prints.

Dan Oren: Bias and Bigotry in Elite Universities

Dan A. Oren, M.D. is a psychiatrist and Medical Director at BHcare, a community mental health care agency in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of Joining The Club: A History of Jews and Yale and The Humoral Phototransduction Model, which explains the efficacy of light in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter depression).

Leah Chwaiewsky Bassett: Artistic Inspiration in Judaism

Ex-pat Winnipegger Leah Chwaiewsky Bassett is an actress, dancer, entertainer, choreographer, and producer. She is a founding member of Toronto's Koleinu Dance Troupe, member of the Board for ATARA (The Association for Torah and The Arts) New York, and producer of Soul Sister Act: An Evening of Entertainment for Women.

Sidura Ludwig: Writing Jewish Fiction in the ‘Peg

Sidura Ludwig was born and raised in Winnipeg, and lives, writes and teaches in Thornhill, Ontario. Her novel Holding My Breath was voted a top-10 read for Manitoba by in 2010. She is the recipient of the Canadian Author and Bookman Prize for Most Promising Writer.

Baruch (Brent) Labinsky, Israel: The Financial Insight You Have Been Waiting For

Baruch Labinsky, author of A Financial Guide to Aliyah and Life in Israel, and founder of Labinsky Financial, a financial planning firm located in Beit Shemesh, is licensed by the Israel Securities Authority as an investment portfolio manager and specializes in working with new immigrants to successfully transition their finances to Israel.

Will Berkovitz, Repair the World: Service, Social Action and Building Partnerships

An ordained rabbi from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles and Senior VP and Rabbi in Residence at Repair the World, Will develops innovative partnership initiatives with youth-oriented organizations across the United States. Before joining Repair the World, Will served as rabbi and executive director of Hillel at the University of Washington and Jconnect Seattle where he founded an inner-city literacy camp and created several other award-winning initiatives.

Local Presenters - Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3

* Brenda Barrie - Jewish Fiction or Fiction by Jews?

* Kedma Cantor - Mystery and History of the Tallit

* Tzafi Weinberg - Mandala Workshop

* Rabbi Green - Meditating With Maimonides

* Cantor Mass - A Bat Mitzvah in the Great Wall of China

* Len Udow - Shabbat Shalom, a musical presentation

* Ruth Livingston - Yoga Shalom

* Danita Aziza - Life Lessons in the Land of Israel

* Claudia Chernitsky - Zumba Israeli Style

* Arie Lavy - Can You Survive Captivity?

* Rabbi Ari Ellis - Six Amazing Women of The Exodus

* Rabbi Larry Pinsker - You’ve Made Your God Too Small

* Jonathan Paterson - Tikkun Olam: Lessons From Rural Kenya

* Harold Shuster - What is it to be a Secular Humanist Jew?

* Itay Zutra - It’s Good We Left

* Ethel Amihude - A "Wonder" full ride

* David Cantor - Rabbi Akiva and the Creation of the Mourners’ Kaddish

* Karel Skripal Jr. - Development of Krav Maga

* Shimshon Elazar - The Syrian Revolution

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