Friday, October 20, 2006

I spoke too soon (and I'm glad)!

In an earlier entry (Who will teach the kids of Hadar?), I wrote that NYC's one-day-of-learning program "Lishmah" was now defunct. Apparently I spoke too soon: The program is continuing this year, now under the auspices of Alma NY. It will be held all day Sunday, November 19, at the Bronfman Center at NYU.

However, this change in leadership may still support the original concern that I raised - that it is tough (perhaps impossible) to mantain volunteer-driven programs without professional support.

You can get more information about Lishmah, including a list of the presenters and performers, right here. The cost is $18 for adults and $15 for students, including refreshments -- what a bargain!

Join us for: “Lishmah 2006” - a one-day celebration of the Book of Creation. Alma NY, in partnership with Storahtelling and the Bronfman Center, invites you to continue the tradition and join us for the 2006 Lishmah event. Lishmah is a day dedicated to highlighting the depth and breadth of Jewish learning. By creating an extraordinary one-day experience for Jews from across social, political, and denominational lines, Lishmah aims to inspire a revival in Jewish learning that touches the entire community. Lishmah means "for its own sake," a traditional concept that celebrates learning for the sheer love of learning.

Join Alma NY for a celebration of Jewish knowledge. Study, shmooze and have fun throughout a unique day of lectures, films, music and performances all focusing on Jewish texts. Top educators, artists and performers from New York and Israel will present an innovative, multi-disciplinary and intriguing approach to the Book of Genesis. “Fall for Genesis” is a day celebrating the fall season. We invite you to huddle with us at this time of year, not under blankets, but under another canopy – that of Jewish text and culture - thus creating a learning community. In the “spirit of Alma ” we will engage in learning which “dances” between Jewish text and other forms of culture and art.

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