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LIMMUD RETURNS FOR ITS 7th YEAR! Saturday, March 4 & Sunday, March 5, 2017-See the Line Up

Feb 16, 2017

Asper Jewish Community Campus | 123 Doncaster | Winnipeg | Manitoba | Canada

Limmud, or “learning” in Hebrew, is back in Winnipeg for its 7th year! We invite you to join us on the Asper Campus for an inspiring weekend of Jewish learning, culture, and community. Participants of all ages and affiliations will be 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 for kids, and PJ Library1 fun.

“Limmud is an opportunity to expose Jewish topics and presenters, artists and thinkers, in an accessible, fun, exuberant style. I hope everyone will come and have as much trouble choosing which session to attend as I do!” Judi Shuster, Limmud Co-Chair.

The Limmud concept was started in the UK in 1980 and is now a world-wide movement intent on engaging communities in Jewish thought and learning. Limmud is 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. Events feature all educational styles including lectures, art and cooking workshops, text-study, film, meditation, and discussions.

Full day especially for kids:
Children’s Program: Sunday, March 5 at 9-5pm: Games, Art Projects, Cooking, and more!

Rady JCC: Purim Family Workshop
Dor Chadash Youth Choir: Purim Puppet Play
PJ Library & Rady JCC Family Program: Lego at Limmud – Purim Lego Style

Contact: Florencia Katz, Limmud Coordinator, at [email protected], 204-480-7559 International Presenters:

Lyle Goorvich: Illuminating the Hebrew Alphabet Presentation and Hands on Workshop

Lyle Goorvich was born and raised in Winnipeg where he attended the Peretz School. He studied at the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg. Lyle graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University. He became a teacher and lived and worked in Toronto and London, Ontario during his career. Retirement provided him with an opportunity to pursue art full-time and his first major project in 2014 evolved into his book, “From the Beginning: Illuminations of the Hebrew Alefbet.” His book is composed of 22 original illustrations and texts that explore his interpretations and understanding of the beauty and grace of the Hebrew alphabet.

1 PJ Library (“PJ” for pyjamas) program offers the gift of free, high-quality Jewish books and music each month to children ages 6 months through 8 years. Locally PJ Library offers events to families that promote Jewish values.

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Rivy Kletenik Where Did the Four Sons Come From & Romance in the Bible

Rivy Poupko Kletenik, a Covenant Award Winner, is in her eleventh year as Head of School of the Seattle Hebrew Academy. Rivy has taught several long-standing weekly classes for the community including a Women’s Talmud Class, now in its 23rd year. Her column “What’s Your JQ” appeared in the JT News and now runs in the new “Jewish in Seattle Magazine”. On the national level, Rivy’s articles have been featured in the JOFA Journal, Lilith, New York Jewish Week and Tablet. She has enjoyed traveling across the U.S. as a scholar-in-residence, a Limmud presenter and teacher in the Mussar Institute’s Kallahs. Rivy has traveled to Europe over the past few summers on a search for family roots. Her articles “Following in My Father's Footsteps” and “Opening Chapters” unpack the emotional nature of these experiences. Rivy is married to Rabbi Moshe Kletenik and is the proud mother of four children and seven very impressive grandchildren. Rivy's participation at Limmud Winnipeg was made possible with generous support from the Covenant Foundation.


Tali Aziza Robinson Employing Spirituality and Jewish Values for Mental Health

Tali Aziza Robinson was initially trained as a social worker. After earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology in Israel, Tali moved back to Canada to become a Holistic Nutritionist working in the field of eating disorders. Tali went on to earn her Master’s degree at Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Today Tali works as a social worker at The Spark Institute, a clinic that aims to provide a holistic approach to mental wellness through the utilization of a multi-disciplinary team of naturopathic doctors, nutritionists and social workers to provide support for depression, anxiety and eating disorders.


Rock the Shtetl & Friends Rock the Shtetl and Friends in Concert and Niggunim Workshop

Ellen is a Torontonian as well as a Winnipegger once removed through marriage. She is a longstanding piano player who has always been interested in the intersection of music and Jewish expression. She is excited to be making her Winnipeg debut.
Allan Rosenbluth is proud of his Winnipeg roots. He grew up in the north end and then went to Toronto where he married his (now) keyboard player Ellen. He hasn't been back to Winnipeg in March in decades and is looking forward to some real winter! His interest in Klezmer reflects his connection to Poland, the world that his parents and relatives lived and lost.

Jonno Lightstone is a multi-instrumentalist (clarinet, saxophone and flute). Klezmer music remains his primary focus and he is regarded as one of Toronto's leading klezmer clarinetists. His interest in a variety of musical genres has led to the formation of a series of bands whose repertoire is rooted in klezmer traditions but whose performance styles often borrow from other genres. Most Winnipeggers are familiar with husband and wife team Kinsey Posen and Shayla Fink, who were founding members of the klezmer band “Finjan” and who continue to perform at various Jewish festivities.

Most Winnipeggers are familiar with husband and wife team Kinsey Posen and Shayla Fink, who were founding members of the klezmer band “Finjan” and who continue to perform at various Jewish festivities.

Carol Rose Considering the Past, Imagining the Future, & Facing the Present
Carol Rose is a writer, spiritual counselor and educator. She holds an MA in Theology, degrees in Religion and Cross Cultural Studies and certification as a Mashpi’ah (Minister/Spiritual Director) and Maggid (Preacher) from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Carol is the creator of Walking the Motherpath cards, a unique deck that uses Biblical Women as archetypes for personal growth and change, which have been published in a book entitled Path of the Mothers. She has conducted workshops based on the cards in Canada, the US, Denmark & Israel. Carol’s poetry and essays appear in literary journals and anthologies in Canada, the US, and Israel. She is the mother of five adult children and fifteen grandchildren.


Neal Rose Conscious Aging

Neal Rose is an ordained rabbi and family therapist who taught at the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg. After retiring from the U of M, he served as the Director of Spiritual Care at the Simkin Center (Sharon Home) and taught at Winnipeg’s Creative Retirement Centre. He holds a doctorate from the Hebrew Union College and a certificate in family therapy from the University of Winnipeg's Faculty of Theology. Rabbi Rose and his wife Carol currently live in St. Louis where he works with seniors and teaches courses in Jewish spirituality.

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Carli Rothman Dirty Little Secret: Addiction in the Jewish Community

A journalist and substance use counsellor, writing about and working with British Columbia’s drug-dependent population, Carli is passionate about the nationwide epidemic that is addiction. A recovering addict and alcoholic herself, born and raised in Winnipeg’s Jewish community, Carli endeavours to advocate for youth and young adults struggling with dependence and doing so in secret. Her goal is to encourage the elimination of stigma and to stimulate open discussions about Substance Use Disorder within communities where addiction is still viewed as a moral issue, rather than the life- threatening illness that it actually is.


Local Presenters

  •   Rebecca Abraham: The Art of Making Hamentashen – Hands-on Workshop

  •   Yosef Benarroch Bet Hillel: Towards a More Compassionate Judaism

  •   Karla Berbrayer Leaving Home: Transitioning Adults with Special Needs

  •   Bonnie Bricker Essential Changes for a Better Mental Health Care System/2:45-3:45pm/ Beit Midrash Room 225

  •   Stan Carbone& Susan Turner: History of Manitoba Synagogues

  •  The Dor Chadash Youth Choir Throw Back Purim - Puppet Play

  •   Mia Elfenbaum :Judaism and Vegetarianism

  •   Leslie Emery The Intermarriage REALITY

  •  Jane Enkin & Susan Palmer :Where Are the Women? A Look at Stories from Jewish Folk Traditions

  • Sharon Graham: The Canadian Jewish Story in Four Biographies: from Ezekiel Hart to Rabbi Kahanovitch to

    Leonard Cohen to Judy Feld Carr

  •  Gray Academy’s Neshama Choir Music with Neshama (Soul)

  •  Tina Greenfield: Responding to ISIS: Saving Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria

  •  Richard Hechter :Unity under the Night Sky: Exploring Stories of Culture, Teaching, and Human

    Interconnectedness from Churchill to Tel Aviv

  •  Steven Hyman: If I Am so Smart, Why is My Neighbor so Foolish: When “popular thought” challenges Jewish


  •   Donald James: The Case for Israel: A Justice Perspective

  •   Edith Kimelman: Stories of a Holocaust Survivior

  •  Larry Lander Hasidic Wisdom for Today. The Sayings of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotsk

  •  Adina Lakser :What’s God Got to Do With It? How Faith Can Make you a Better Lover, Partner, Parent andFriend

  •  Arie Lavy: Awake at Night- A Documentary Exposing the Captivity of Israeli Soldiers During the Yom Kippur War& Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)/10:15-11:15am/ Room223

  •   Matthew Leibl: Zachor: Exploring Jewish Memory

  •  Ezequiel Lubocki Demographic Trends Are Changing the Character of Israel: What Does That Mean For ItsFuture?

  •  Robin Braha School of Dance Israeli Dance Performance

  •  Tali Aziza Robinson Employing Spirituality and Jewish Values for Mental Health

  •  Rock the Shtetl & Friends Rock the Shtetl and Friends in Concert & Niggunim Workshop

  •  Jaron Rykiss: Life of a Jewtuber

  • Bruce Sarbit and The Rock Still Rolls Readers "STILL LIFE": Dealing with a Parent in Persistent Vegetative


    Play by Bruce Sarbit. Reading (by Harry Nelken and Celia Sarbit) followed by discussion

  •  Adam Schwartz :What’s So Funny?

  •  Jacob Stoller: Hockey Blogger

  •  Bill Tepper All Under The Tent: The Beauty of Inclusion in Judaism

  •  Sharon Goszer Tritt My Story: Second Generation Life Experiences

  •  Ari Weinberg All the World’s A Stage - Planning and Programming a Season at WJT

  •   Bill Weissmann: Why Daily Minyian?


Please visit for full bio’s and session descriptions.


Schedule of Events:


Saturday, March 12

7:30 pm Doors Open
7:45 pm Opening Sessions

Sunday, March 13

8:00-9:00 am Registration & Breakfast 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sessions

Limmud is sponsored by Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, Congregation Etz Chayim, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Temple Shalom, and the Asper Foundation.



Asper Jewish Community Campus 123 Doncaster Street

Interviews and publicity photos can be arranged upon request.

Contact Florencia Katz at

[email protected]


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