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Join us on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles for a day-long celebration of learning.

PLEASE REGISTER NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020 so that we are able to plan appropriately for the day!

Please fill out a separate registration form for each individual (teen and adult) attending Yom Limmud. Camp Baeck registration, for kids from pre-K to 6th grade, is located at the end of this form.

The only cost for Leo Baeck Temple members is food (which includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dessert): $24 for adults and $12 for kids. Guests pay a registration fee of $36 for adults and $20 for kids, which includes all food and class materials.

Please be in touch with Drew Davis at or 310.476.2861 ext. 202 with any questions.

We look forward to a wonderful day of learning together!

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We have plenty of options to get you through a rigorous day of learning!  Please let us know how you're planning on eating during the day. The only cost of the day for LBT members is for food (which includes breakfast, lunch, plus all snacks and desserts).  Guests must pay the registration fee which covers the entire day (please see below).

Block A (10 AM - 11:15 AM)

The History of Soviet Anti-Semitism with Arch Getty, phD

From its Russian roots through the end of the Soviet era, anti-Semitism was a feature of life in the USSR.  Yet its trajectory was not linear - it had several zigs and zags over the years.  This talk explores the rises and falls of anti-Semitism, looking at its varied and sometimes contradictory causes in terms of official policy and social opinion.  

In 1992, Arch used formerly secret police archives to publish the first exact data on Stalin's victims.  His latest book, Practicing Stalinism: Boyars, Bolsheviks, and the Persistence of Tradition, examines the centuries-old roots of today’s political practices. He is currently working several projects including, ”Burying the Russians," a study of funerals, tombstones and Russian attitudes towards death.
Arch loves his kids, grandkids, coffee, beagles, Russia, and history. For more information, contact Arch at    


Getting to “Yes” in Hollywood - The Real Art of Deal with Richard Marks and Panel

A panel of Battle tested Entertainment Attorneys will share what they’ve learned in the trenches and answer questions about the business of The Business. 

Moderator, Richard Marks, has been an entertainment lawyer and business affairs executive for over four decades. Richard has made thousands of deal for countless productions such as feature films like Beverly Hills Cop II, Aladdin, and All the Money in the World, to television series such as Cheers, Bosch, and Ozark.  He has worked with Jerry Weintraub, Universal, Disney, Nickelodeon, Paramount, ITV, Imperative, Village Roadshow, Shondaland, and others in development and program production for all media and platforms, and served as expert witness in high profile Hollywood custom and practice disputes involving Warner Bros., ICM, CAA, ABC and others.    

Songs of Hope & Healing with Rabbi Ken Chasen and Cantor Linda Kates

There are times in all our lives when we need strength and healing for our bodies and our spirits. Join Rabbi Ken Chasen and Cantor Linda Kates in singing healing songs of light, hope, acceptance and calm as we join together in living community with one voice. You will know some of the songs and some will be new, but song sheets will be provided.

Rabbi Kenneth Chasen became the Senior Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in 2003. Prior to joining Leo Baeck Temple, he served as the Associate Rabbi of Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York, where his tenure was marked by significant innovation in the areas of religious worship and lifelong Jewish education. Upon commencing rabbinical school in 1993, Rabbi Chasen was awarded the highly selective Wexner Graduate Fellowship. Rabbi Chasen holds a Master’s degree in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), where he received rabbinic ordination in 1998. He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout his rabbinical studies, culminating with the Simon Lazarus Memorial Prize for attaining the highest overall academic standing in his ordination class.

Cantor Linda Kates is a native of Los Angeles and has lived in the San Fernando Valley most of her life. Growing up, Cantor Kates sang in school and temple choirs and eventually found herself on staff at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley in 1983. This is where her love for Judaism flourished and her journey really began. From there she was sent to Stephen S. Wise Temple where she stayed for 25 years. At Stephen S. Wise Temple she studied with the renowned teacher of Hazzanut, Cantor Nathan Lam. In 1995, Cantor Kates was certified by the Cantors Assembly of Conservative Judaism as a Master of Cantorial Studies and give the title of Hazzan. She continued to spread both her talents and her love of the cantorate by co-chairing the Western Region of the Cantors Assembly for the last ten years, organizing workshops, conferences and projects, as well as serving on their Executive Council from 2003-2006.


Essential Collaborations Skills and Mindset with Yossef Funke

The Collaboratory is an interactive and insight-filled learning lab introducing forward-thinking leaders to science-based collaboration methods, models, tools, and resources. It encourages collaboration as a means to adapt to our rapidly changing economy. Collaboration offers an antidote to the silo cultures, resource limitations, fears, and risk aversion that block efforts for positive change within many organizations. Making change doesn’t happen in a vacuum and nowadays nobody succeeds alone. The ability to collaborate better with others is key to stay ahead in the game. During this session, participants will gain awareness of themselves, the human condition, and the real value proposition of collaboration. You will come away with insights that are practical and immediately useful for cultivating collaborative relationships and environments.

Yosef Funke is a co-founder of Brain Friendly Dynamics and the Collaborative Commons He is an expert facilitator of the FreshBiz Experience. Yosef helps organizations to maximize their potential by helping teams and cultures to become radically collaborative. Yosef’s workshops and methods help shift individuals’ attitudes from a scarcity mentality to that of higher trust, clarity, and mental flexibility. Yosef’s key deliverables focus on building strategy, industry innovation, project management, relationship development, leadership and teams training, and growing organizational capability.

Tot Shabbat (For Families with Children ages 6 & younger) with Rabbi Lisa Berney & Addie Lupert

Celebrate the joy of Shabbat with upbeat music, enjoy a Shabbat story, participate in an art project, and nourish your body with yummy treats at our Tot shabbat service, geared towards our young learners - ages six and under - and their families.

Everything is Adjudicated with Jon Michaels

Our society is relentlessly judgmental.  We judge everything.  As Yelp reviewers and American Idol voters, Monday morning quarterbacks and Instagram influencers, we constantly evaluate and critique.  Though our instinct to judge isn't new, the opportunity to do so surely is.  Part of this story is technological;  powerful tools enable more (and more impactful) judging.  And part is political; waves of democratic populism embolden nonexperts to render more frequent and forceful judgments.  This session discusses the democratization of judging in law, business, and the arts--and considers the pros and cons of such a profound transfer of moral and legal authority.

Jon Michaels is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. His recent writings on constitutional and administrative law, national security law, bureaucracy, presidential power, and privatization have appeared in Foreign Affairs, the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, University of Chicago Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Penn Law Review, the Washington Post, the American Prospect, and the Los Angeles Times.  His book, Constitutional Coup: Privatization’s Threat to the American Republic, was published by Harvard University Press in November 2017.


Yoga for All Ages with Norm Gee

Class will focus on proper breathing, stretching, exercises to strengthen arms, legs, core, improve balance and hopefully release tension/stress. Participants must be able to transfer from lying down to standing positions on their own.

Norm Gee has been a member at LBT since 2001 and has served two three-year terms on the LBT Board of Trustees. He taught Elementary grades in Inglewood, CA for 26 years and served as Assistant Principal for 4 years. He began teaching yoga 9 years ago through LBT’s Community of Elders program. He holds a Yoga Teacher Certification from the American Sports
and Fitness Association. Norm recently began yoga instruction for the Beverly Hill’s Department of Parks and
Recreation’s La Cienega Park location.

Norm’s motto for a sound body, mind and spirit is simple: “Just take a deep breath and then do more of the same."

Block B (11:30 AM - 12:45 PM)

The Power Brokers: How the Jews of Persia Found their Strength (and how we can, too!) with Rabbi Lisa Berney and Rabbi Joshua Knobel

Get ready for Purim by joining Rabbis Lisa Berney and Josh Knobel as they probe the dynamics of power, both individual and national, at play within the Book of Esther, and examine how the Jews of Shushan long ago can teach us to realize our own power today, as individuals and as a Jewish community, amidst a challenging landscape.

Rabbi Lisa Berney is the Associate Rabbi and Director of Lifelong Learning at Leo Baeck Temple. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Rabbi Berney received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Jewish and Near Eastern Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Afterward, she attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles, where she earned her rabbinic ordination, a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, and a graduate certificate in Jewish Nonprofit Management. Rabbi Berney remains passionate about community building, social justice, family education, and engaging Jewish learners of all ages.

Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Rabbi Joshua Knobel received a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Commission as a Second Lieutenant from the United States Military Academy in 2001. After serving as a Telecommunications Officer for seven years, including deployments to Kuwait and Afghanistan, Joshua decided to become a Rabbi. Joshua received his ordination alongside his beloved wife, Rabbi Lisa Berney, in May 2014, and currently serves as a Rabbi of Stephen Wise Temple and the Director of their Center for Youth Engagement.


When to Worry: Tools to Better Understand Childhood Anxiety with Patricia Tan, phD 

Dr. Tan will discuss the development and treatment of childhood anxiety disorders, focusing on evidence-based models of risk and resilience in relation to how children cope with anxiety in their day-to-day 

Dr. Tan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California where she also serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Sciences area in the Psychology department. Dr. Tan's research interests center on the development of emotion regulation, in particular, children's ability to cope with day-to-day stressors.  Linking brain development and family processes, this research guides the development of personalized, cutting-edge assessments and CBT treatments that she employs in her work with children and families.  Before joining the faculty at USC, Dr. Tan completed in her clinical internship and post-doctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where she was a N.I.M.H. fellow in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Research. Dr. Tan is a recipient of a career development award from N.I.M.H. and her work has been supported by awards from the N.I.H. and American Psychiatric Association.


The Israeli Elections, Round Three: What the &@!#% is Going On? with Shaiel Ben-Ephraim, phD

On March 2nd, Israelis are heading for an unprecedented third national election within 11 months. Israel has been without a permanent government since April of 2019. Two prior rounds of elections - last April and last September - ended in a draw between the centrist Blue and White party and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud party. Neither side has been able to form a governing coalition. In the meantime, Netanyahu has been indicted on charges of bribery and corruption but refuses to step aside. What could happen next, and what does all this mean for Israel's future?

Dr. Shaiel Ben-Ephraim is a Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. Beginning Fall 2020, he will be Israel Institute Visiting Faculty at the Jewish Studies Department at Rutgers University.  He received his PhD in Military and Strategic Studies from the University of Calgary, and MA and BA in International Relations and History from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has taught several courses at UCLA, including "U.S.-Israel Relations: Anatomy of a Special Relationship" and “Modern Israel: Society, Politics and Culture.” Ben-Ephraim is a regular columnist on Israeli politics for the Asia times, author of numerous articles on American policy in the Middle East, as well as author of the forthcoming book Israeli Settlements and US Relations: Can We Settle this? (Routledge University Press). 

What It's Like to Be Undocumented with Robyn Samuels & Panel

What's it like to be an immigrant in California in this moment if your legal status is precarious? We'll have the chance to find out, with a panel that includes Ely and Jose, the asylum-seekers LBT stands with, plus others who know from experience what it means to be a "Dreamer," have TPS (Temporary Protected Status), or be completely without U.S. documentation.

Moderator Robyn Samuels has been a member of LBT for 16 years and currently serves as a co-chair of COLT (the community organizing leadership team at LBT). She is a point person on
our Immigration team, a member of the Immigration table at LA Voice, and part of the RAC-CA immigration research committee. She believes in the power of stories and encounters to help create deeper understanding.

Relationship Intelligence with Lee Broekman

Join Lee Broekman, communication expert, at this dynamic workshop to learn about two powerful skills that will improve your interactions with key people in your life. We'll set the stage by uncovering seven ways to create authentic connections. We'll then play a short game to demonstrate how we can best align expectations, appreciate the good and create positive change. We'll end on an impactful self-management tool that will show us how to shift our words, thoughts and actions when we get triggered and irritated by others.

Lee Broekman, trainer, coach and author, provides communication and management guidance to professionals and firms. An expert in persuasion, presentation and interpersonal communication, Lee trains decision makers in top organizations to communicate, collaborate and innovate naturally and effectively. Lee shows leaders and professionals how to increase productivity, innovate service and adopt smart strategies. A communication lecturer for 20 years, Lee has taught courses at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Marshall School of Business, teaches presentation skills  at the UCLA School of Law, and is on the executive leadership faculty of the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, California. Lee is the author of Stop Blocking, Start Connecting: 8 Key Skills of Successful Communicators.

Amos: The First Prophet with Rabbi Sandy Ragins, phD

Reform Judaism has long seen the Biblical Prophets as the center of our faith. Without ignoring other elements of our complex and long tradition –law, prayer, mysticism, philosophy — the center has long been those lonely figures in the Bible who so passionately preached about social justice. In our session we will look at the life and teachings of the first of these courageous men, Amos, who was active in northern Israel during the eighth century BCE. What we know about him is found in nine terse but important chapters in our Bible.

Rabbi Ragins is the Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Leo Baeck Temple. In 1964, LBT invited Sandy to serve as its Rabbi while Leonard Beerman was on sabbatical. He was persuaded to stay on as the temple’s very first Assistant Rabbi for the following year. He went on to serve other congregations, but he eventually returned to Los Angeles and Leo Baeck Temple and became our Associate Rabbi in 1972. When Rabbi Beerman (obm) announced his retirement in 1986, Rabbi Ragins was chosen as Senior Rabbi of the temple. It was our congregation's privilege to have Rabbi Ragins serve in that capacity until his retirement in 2003. He enjoys having more time to spend with his family, Masayo, Arona, Marc, Noam, Mindy, Yohanna, and especially with his grandchildren.

Rockin' The Ruggelach! with Allison Lee - SESSION FULL

Yes, everybody loves ruggelach - the little rolled pastries Jews eat every chance we get. Some with cinnamon, some chocolate, some raisins, some nuts. But do you know what's loved even more than ruggelach? A person who can make ruggelach. As the proverb says (paraphrasing here) "Give a person ruggelach, they can nosh today- but teach a person to make ruggelach, they can nosh forever." Come join LBTs very own rebbitzen, the charming, and delightful Allison Lee, as she reveals her secrets for making ruggelach. She may also reveal secrets about the rabbi. No prior cooking experience necessary, though prior eating experience is highly recommended. Carbo-nap to follow. (Attn: this recipe contains nuts.) Limited to first 10 people to sign-up.

Allison Lee is the Vice President of External Affairs at Bet Tzedek where she heads the organization’s fundraising and communications teams. Prior to joining Bet Tzedek, Allison served as American Jewish World Service (AJWS) – Los Angeles founding Executive Director. She has more than 20 years of nonprofit organizational experience and a hidden talent for making rugelach. She was first given the rugelach recipe in 1988 by a rebbetzin in Massachusetts. It has been given to generations of rebbetzins and she proudly carries the tradition into the 21st century.

A Surrealist Drawing Game of Chance and Surprise: No Experience Necessary! with Kathryn Kert Green

Come one and all, join us for Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse). 
THE GAME: several people make a drawing collectively (loosely a figure) where no one knows what the preceding contribution looks like. “Each artist working in turn, completes a section and conceals the work before passing in on to the next artist.” When we finish, we will open it up to reveal our Surrealist figure!  All you need is a willingness to let go of conventions, work collectively, draw automatically as you can, and play without judging the work. This way the best will happen!  (More details in the workshop)

Kathryn Kert Green is an artist and art teacher.  She received her MA in Art Education in 1976 from Stanford University and her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2016.  She started out by teaching students in K-12, then focused on her family and three children, gradually continuing with her art work.  Since graduating from Otis she has been pursuing her art practice in her garage studio space and is involved in developing community among local artists including the search for an alternative space for artists to gather, share ideas and show their work.


Block C (1:45 PM - 3 PM)

Raising a "Launchable" Child with Marc Shpall (de Toledo High School), Lise F. Spiegel, phD, and Rabbi Ken Chasen

Many young adults have not been given the skills to launch themselves into independence and professional world. Mark H. Shpall, Head of School at de Toledo High School, speaks on how parents can create the family dynamics and approaches necessary for children to launch into their own personal journeys. He guides parents on creating a culture where children develop grit and resilience, and develop the ability to face good times and bad times with strength and grace. Dr. Lise Spiegel, de Toledo High School Counselor and A.P. Psychology Teacher joins in facilitating this engaging discussion.

Mark H. Shpall is the Head of School at de Toledo High School in West Hills, California (previously known as New Community Jewish High School [affectionately, “New Jew”]) where he began his educational career in 2002. At NCJHS/dTHS, Mr. Shpall has served as the Dean of Students, Director of Community Programming, AP Government teacher, the 11th/12th Grade Dean, Accreditation Coordinator, Director of Experiential Education, Shabbaton Director, Head Girls’ Basketball Coach, and Assistant Wrestling Coach. Mr. Shpall received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1994 after which he worked as a civil litigator for almost 9 years before entering the field of education. In 2008, he earned his Master’s in Education at Pepperdine University and is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary/Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI).

Dr. Lise F. Spiegel is the mental health counselor to faculty, staff and students, teacher of AP Psychology as well as the founder and senior supervisor of the senior peer mentor program at deToledo high school. Additionally, she maintains a small private practice in Encino. Her areas of specialty include depression, anxiety, loss, grief and bereavement as well as life’s transitions in the area of developmental psychology. Dr. Spiegel has three amazing as well as adult children and has been married 33 years. She has been an active speaker on issues of parenting and child/teen development.


The Coaching Cure: What Every Leader/Boss/Parent Needs to Know to Boost the Performance of the People You Coach with Scott Greenberg 

Do you sometimes struggle with employees or kids? Do you find it hard to motivate them and bring out their best? Are you ready to go from “My team doesn’t care” to “I couldn’t do it without them”? Come discover a proven, field-tested coaching methodology that has leaders raving! Based on his real-world experience in multiple business settings, leadership speaker Scott Greenberg will introduce his new hard skills coaching system that will show you how to quickly diagnose what someone needs for given situation and then prescribe the best corresponding coaching method to boost their performance. Regardless of your title or responsibility, if you manage other people, The Coaching Cure will make your life a whole lot easier and their performance a whole lot better.

Leadership Speaker Scott Greenberg helps leaders and teams take their performance to the next level. Scott has presented in all 50 states and throughout the world with clients that include Allstate, McDonalds, Wyndham Hotel Group, Merrill Lynch and the U.S. Air Force. In addition to 26 years as a speaker, for ten years Scott owned two Edible Arrangements franchises that won awards for Best Customer Service and Manager of the Year out of more than 1000 locations worldwide. More information at

 Jewish Political Behavior in the Age of Trump with Steven Windmueller, phD

In this session, we will be examining a number of the unique characteristics that define contemporary Jewish political behavior. What are some of the factors that have contributed to Jewish liberalism? How do we understand the rise of conservative Jewish politics? What is distinctive about the forthcoming 2020 election in connection with the Jewish vote, and how has the Trump Presidency particularly shaped and influenced Jewish political thinking and practice? 

Steven Windmueller is the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Service at the Jack H. Skirball Campus of HUC-JIR here in Los Angeles. From 2006-2010, Dr. Windmueller served as the Dean of the LA campus of the College-Institute. Prior to coming to HUC in 1995, he held a number of Jewish communal positions, beginning his professional career on the staff of the American Jewish Committee. Steven served for twelve years as the Director of the Greater Albany (NY) Jewish Federation and for ten years as the JCRC Director of the LA Jewish Federation.  Dr. Windmueller holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania; he is the author of four books, including The Quest for Power: A Study in Jewish Political Behavior and Practice, and hundreds of articles and monographs on Jewish politics, communal trends and practice, and contemporary anti-Semitism. He and his wife, Dr. Michelle Pearlman Windmueller, are members of LBT.

Judaism: How did we get here? with Mark Green, phD

Do you ever wonder why Judaism turned out the way it did?  What were the forks in the road?  Which things are the result of historical accidents?  I will follow two threads—mysticism and rationalism—and their ups and downs across Jewish history in hopes of finding out.  And we will discuss: Can the mystical and the rational coexist, and is this the future of Judaism?

Mark Green spent his career as a math professor at UCLA. Mark has both a rational side and a mystic side. During the course of his career, he ran an institute dedicated to fostering interactions between mathematics and other disciplines He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He writes Jewish poetry (his mystic side). He has a longstanding interest in the historical development of Jewish ideas, and has taught Yom Limmud sessions on the philosophy and thought of Albert Einstein, Moses Mendelssohn, Spinoza, Maimonides and Philo of Alexandria. Last year, he led a session titled “Our Place in the Universe.”

How to be Happy, Even When You're Jewish​​​​​​​ with Billy Grundfest

Everybody wants to be a little happier. Did you know that Judaism is - contrary to what you may have heard - a clear, simple road map to day-to-day happiness? I know, I know, but it's true! Why are you arguing with me? In this session Billy Grundfest, a genuine yeshiva grad and Golden Globe winning comedy writer, will take a deep (and occasionally humorous) dive into the most important prayer in Judaism: the Shma/V'ahavta. Taking it apart, word-for-word, Billy shows how this one paragraph contains everything else in the prayer book and becomes a simple, behavioral plan for day-to-day happiness. Even if you're Jewish (if you're not, you'll have a head start, but wait up...). Bonus: if you ever wondered "Hey, is there something inside all those mezuzahs on all the door posts?", the answer is: Yes - a little scroll with the Shma/V'ahavta prayers. They are just that important. Come find out why. And end up with an action plan you can start immediately to end up a little happier every day.

Billy Grundfest is perhaps the only Yeshiva graduate who is also a Golden Globe winning writer-producer-performer, with three Emmy nominations. He's also the creator of NYC's Comedy Cellar, widely considered the leading comedy club in the country. His work spans genres ranging from classic network sitcoms ("Mad About You") and drama to edgy cable fare (Showtime's "Pryor Offenses”) to Viacom's LGBT comedy series "Exes and Ohs”. His work includes numerous Academy award, Emmy and Grammy telecasts. He is married and a father to two teenagers and seven animals. 

Self-Defense for Adults and Teens (13+) with Glenn Gottlieb

Join us for an introductory session on self-defense and learn simple, practical techniques to defend yourself against an attack. The session will be based on “Krav Maga,” the hand-to-hand combat and self-defense system used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which is designed to be effective for men and women, regardless of physical size, strength or athletic ability. Come dressed in comfortable workout clothes, including a t-shirt, shorts or long pants, and sturdy tennis shoes (no fancy martial arts gear necessary - but if you have workout gloves or hand wraps, that might help), and be prepared for an active workout!

Glenn Gottlieb is a 2nd degree black belt and certified instructor in Krav Maga, the self-defense and hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli armed forces. He has trained for over 20 years with some of the top instructors in the United States, including John Whitman, founder of the Krav Maga Alliance, and Darren Levine, Chief U.S. Instructor for Krav Maga Worldwide. Glenn is a business dispute mediator and business/transactional attorney practicing in Los Angeles. He serves on the Board of Trustees of LBT and is the Chair of Leo Baeck's Annual Giving Campaign.

Salsa Dancing​​​​​​​ with Lior Haykeen​​​​​​​

Salsa has deep roots in the Caribbean, and is influenced by traditional African dances. Salsa can be traced back to the dawn of the 20th century, when it was established in Eastern Cuba. After the Cuban revolution, immigrants came into the United States and brought the salsa dance genre with them. Today, salsa has become a popular social dance throughout the United States. Join us to learn some basic salsa steps and a fun routine you'll be able to take onto any dance floor you step on! No partner required, just wear comfortable shoes! This workshop is fit for dancers of all levels.      

Lior Haykeen, also known as "Dancing Lior" at Leo Baeck Temple, is an Israeli dance and salsa instructor. She has been teaching Israeli dance at LBT since 2013. Lior started dancing at the age of 3, and hasn't stopped since. She has training in ballet, jazz, contemporary dance and hip hop. Over the years, she taught Israeli dance in schools and organizations in the Greater Los Angeles area, as well as in events in other parts of the world including Canada, France, Poland and Israel. Alongside Lior's passion for Israeli dance, she trains in and teaches salsa with Movers and Shakers Dance Company in Los Angeles. Join Lior for a salsa workshop and explore the world of Latin social dancing, music and culture! No matter how many left feet you have, Lior will make sure you learn some moves! 

Block D (3:15 PM - 4:30 PM)

Win, Jews or Draw!: A Jewish Game Show with Billy Grundfest, Rabbi Ken Chasen, and Scott Greenberg

You deserve this fun and funny end-of-limmuding audience-participation live game show. Based on the classic "Win, Lose or Draw", "Win, Jews or Draw" combines Charades with drawing. Featuring laughter, Jewish insight and terrible artwork, you and your team draw/guess your way through Jewish trivia, competing against other teams for absolutely no reason. This session is hosted by LBT's favorite comedy host, Billy Grundfest who will be kept on a short leash by our co-host, Rabbi Ken Chasen.

Leadership Speaker Scott Greenberg helps leaders and teams take their performance to the next level. Scott has presented in all 50 states and throughout the world with clients that include Allstate, McDonalds, Wyndham Hotel Group, Merrill Lynch and the U.S. Air Force. In addition to 26 years as a speaker, for ten years Scott owned two Edible Arrangements franchises that won awards for Best Customer Service and Manager of the Year out of more than 1000 locations worldwide. More information at 

Billy Grundfest is perhaps the only Yeshiva graduate who is also a Golden Globe winning writer-producer-performer, with three Emmy nominations. He's also the creator of NYC's Comedy Cellar, widely considered the leading comedy club in the country. His work spans genres ranging from classic network sitcoms ("Mad About You") and drama to edgy cable fare (Showtime's "Pryor Offenses”) to Viacom's LGBT comedy series "Exes and Ohs”. His work includes numerous Academy award, Emmy and Grammy telecasts. He is married and a father to two teenagers and seven animals. 

Cut-out Paper Collage Workshop with Serena Brooks

Join Serena for this fun, easy, and interactive art workshop. Participants begin with a simple idea of their choosing. They will layer solid-colored card stock shapes and lines to create their own composition. Every participant will be able to take home a small finished piece, and hopefully, the inspiration to keep creating!

Serena Brooks is a contemporary quilt-maker who creates large, abstract "paintings" out of fabric. She loves using interesting shapes and lots of vibrant colors as well as a variety of different top-stitching on each quilt she creates. Serena has exhibited her art internationally, and her piece, "Mid-Century Modern II", inspired by the home that her father designed and built, won the 2014 "Best Improvisation" award at the American Quilter's Society Modern Quilt Exhibition. She finds that the pieces that are inspired by an emotional connection are those that are the most successful.

Innervisions: The Prophetic Voice, Poetry and Music of Stevie Wonder with Rabbi Benjamin Ross

Listen and learn from this modern day prophet as he preaches about love, heartbreak, evil, injustice, and joy while keeping it funky. This musical journey will be facilitated by Rabbi Benjamin Ross and powered by Stevie Wonder’s harmonic elevations and the spiritual curiosities of the soul.

Rabbi Benjamin Ross was raised in Newton, MA, refined in Brooklyn, NY, and received a B.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Rochester. From 1996 to 2011 Benjamin worked as a community organizer in Harlem and Brooklyn and directed national leadership initiatives in the Jewish community for Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.  While at HUC-JIR he interned at East End Temple in NYC, Kol Ami in White Plains, and Beth Ha-Sholom in Williamsport, PA, and was mentored by rabbis and congregants alike.  In addition, Benjamin founded, connecting hundreds of Israeli, Americans, and Jews around the globe in one-to-one online learning, and conceived and directed HUC-JIR’s Smashing Idols Fellowship, to engage college students to strengthen progressive Jewish life on campus.  Benjamin is married to Liz Bennett and they have two boys, Reuven and Zeke.

Jewish Genealogy: Finding Your Roots with Jim Bernstein

We are all fascinated with finding our roots.  This kind of research is particularly hard for Jews, most of whom have only been in the United States for a few generations and whose origins often lie in small villages in Eastern Europe.  However, there are now a large variety of resources which can help us with this search.  In this course, you will learn how to examine U.S. Census records, ships' manifests, and birth, marriage and death certificates.  You will also learn how to use and several other websites which may help you unlock the secrets of your family tree.

Jim Bernstein has been writing for television for over twenty years.  He has also been researching his family history for about the same amount of time and has managed to trace his family back to the late 1700s.  He has created a family tree with hundreds of entries, and found long-lost relatives in such exotic places as Ukraine, Israel and the San Fernando Valley.

Madam, You Are Not A Citizen: 2020 Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment with Nancy Levinson

Many Jewish women were among the pioneers who fought seven decades for the right to vote - won exactly 100 years ago.  The women not only battled for the ballot box, but for education, property rights, labor, and abolition. Nancy will share stories about the lives of these Jewish women like Ernestine Potowski, both suffragist and Rabbi’s daughter, and labor union activist Rose Schneiderman, as well as the 19th Amendment’s story from Congress to state ratifications to the constitutional right it is today. 

LBT member Nancy Levinson is author of thirty books for young readers, as well as stories, poetry, and essays that have appeared in numerous publications. She presented some of her work in past Yom Limmud sessions, such as “I Lift My Lamp: Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty,” a piece included in a Jewish biography series. Her most recent book is Moments of Dawn: A Poetic Memoir of Love & Family, Affliction & Affirmation, which she highlighted at a Community of Elders event.

Camp Baeck

Yom Limmud is not just for grown-ups! For the fifth year in a row, kids ages 2-12 are invited to Camp Baeck, a special full-day of programming geared just towards them! Camp Baeck will run parallel to Yom Limmud, and will feature counselors for each age group, art, music, scavenger hunts, games, and special snacks! Campers will join their parents for lunch at 12:45 PM. Children must be signed out if they want to join you for other Yom Limmud sessions. Children will be fully supervised; they will be expected to be signed in and out by an adult. 


Please remember to join us for community Havdalah in the Bronstein Social Hall from 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM following Session D!

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Tue, January 28 2020 2 Sh'vat 5780