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Tuesday, August 13
 

2:00pm

Welcome Tearoom
Tuesday August 13, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Foyer

3:15pm

Mincha
Tuesday August 13, 2019 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Delaware A

3:30pm

Rashi, the Ultimate Commentator, and The Rebbe, the Ultimate Explainer
Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Berel Bell

Rabbi Berel Bell

Dayan, Montreal Beth Din


Tuesday August 13, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Delaware B

3:30pm

The Jewish Art of Happiness
If happiness is an ”inalienable” right, why are we constantly searching for it? Is happiness really a life goal? In this profound talk, Yael helps us view happiness through a Jewish lens, in order to find it, perhaps, where we least expect it.

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Yael Trusch

Mrs. Yael Trusch

Jewish Latin Princess


Tuesday August 13, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Virginia A

3:30pm

When Pigs are Kosher
The coming of the Messiah (Moshiach) will be a game-changer. In addition to peace on earth, the return of the dead, and our reunion in Israel, the Messianic Age will bring specific aspects of Halacha (Jewish law), including pigs becoming Kosher. Imagine that

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Manis Friedman

Rabbi Manis Friedman

Dean and Founder, Beis Chana Institute


Tuesday August 13, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Maryland

4:45pm

Gun Control and a Safer Society: When is a Gun Not a Gun?
The U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment enshrines the right of citizens to “bear arms.” But it is neither the first nor the last word. How may a “Higher Authority” weigh in? Here we will investigate Jewish law to discover other ways of parsing this hot topic

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie

Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie

Chabad of Orange County, Author


Tuesday August 13, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Maryland

4:45pm

From Ghetto to Quantum Physics to Judaism
Hear the fascinating journey of theoretical physicist Dovid Yehuda Imbo; from the violent streets of the Near West Side of Chicago, to the halls of Harvard University, to the Orthodox synagogues of West Rogers Park. Along the way, we learn some surprising connections between modern physics and Chassidus.

Speakers
avatar for Professor Dovid Imbo

Professor Dovid Imbo

University of Illinois at Chicago


Tuesday August 13, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Virginia A

4:45pm

How to Influence People

Tuesday August 13, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Delaware B

6:00pm

Dinner
Tuesday August 13, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Marriott Ballroom

7:30pm

Orientation
Please find the room on the card you will receive during dinner. Orientation will include a series of community-building and icebreaker exercises.

Tuesday August 13, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
TBA

8:30pm

A Time to Speak and A Time to Be Quiet: Confidentiality in Jewish Law
In this “tell- all” age, what becomes of our status as private citizens? Attorneys, doctors, and others are restricted from sharing personal information, but at what social cost? How does Jewish law adjudicate this sticky issue?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Ohr Somayach Synagogue


Tuesday August 13, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Maryland

8:30pm

From Princess to Pauper: How Financial Crisis Saved my Marriage
Money is one of the leading causes of stress among couples. Learn how Judaism helps us manage our relationship with money, and with each other, in a way that builds a stronger marriage.

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Yael Trusch

Mrs. Yael Trusch

Jewish Latin Princess


Tuesday August 13, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Virginia C

8:30pm

The Jews of Turkey
Home of the most ancient Jewish community, Turkey has had a long and tangled history with its Jews. What brought Jews to Turkey throughout the ages? What keeps them there today? A talk on history and its meaningful lessons.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mendy Chitrik

Rabbi Mendy Chitrik

Rabbi, Ashkenazi Community of Turkey


Tuesday August 13, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Virginia A

8:30pm

You Are What You Eat
It’s an adage we’ve all heard and we all know it to be true, and yet how many of us really consider its meaning in our daily lives? Jewish yoga innovator Shelly Dembe counsels us to carefully consider the way we think about how we eat.

Speakers

Tuesday August 13, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Delaware A

9:30pm

Ma'ariv
Tuesday August 13, 2019 9:30pm - 9:45pm
Maryland

9:45pm

The Time in Between
Most moments recede with time. Some expand.Eliot Lasky was a successful rock n' roll promoter and a friend of The Rolling Stones when a burning question led him to the Lubavitcher Rebbe. His journey up to that point and since, as well as the journeys of two others who came of age during the counterculture, is recalled in this moving documentary film. A film about the time that passes and the moments that remain. Duration: 54 minutes

Speakers

Tuesday August 13, 2019 9:45pm - 11:15pm
Virginia A
 
Wednesday, August 14
 

7:00am

Morning Stretch and Intention (for women only)
Speakers

Wednesday August 14, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
Exhibit Hall

7:00am

Illuminating the Human Consciousness
Teaching your soul how to think

Speakers

Wednesday August 14, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
Delaware A

7:00am

Women's Preprayer Session: A Guide To Touch The Divine
Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Shainie Weingarten

Mrs. Shainie Weingarten

Chabad of Flint


Wednesday August 14, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
Delaware B

7:30am

Shacharit
Wednesday August 14, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

7:30am

Shacharit—Beginners’ Service for Men
Speakers
RE

Rabbi Elchonon Chaikin

Chabad of Dayton


Wednesday August 14, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
Delaware A

7:30am

8:00am

Breakfast
Wednesday August 14, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Marriott Ballroom

9:15am

The Tree of Life
The “Tree of Life, “ the Etz Chaim, is a classic metaphor for the Torah. But how is the Torah like a tree? In this fascinating discussion, we discover why we recite the soulful Etz Chaim prayer upon returning the Torah to the Ark.

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Sharon Freundel

Mrs. Sharon Freundel

Jewish Education Innovation Challenge


Wednesday August 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Delaware A

9:15am

Kosher Food Production in 2019
Rabbi Chitrik, in addition to being the chief Ashkenazi rabbi of Turkey, also directs the country’s biggest kosher certification. Join in for a fascinating talk on Kosher food production, what makes food kosher, and the kosher challenges of modern food technology.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mendy Chitrik

Rabbi Mendy Chitrik

Rabbi, Ashkenazi Community of Turkey


Wednesday August 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Virginia A

9:15am

Mi casa es Su casa: Kabbalah of the Home
Explore where the worlds of Interior Design and Judaism intersect in a fun and spiritually uplifting talk that might even get you to embark on a remodel.

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Yael Trusch

Mrs. Yael Trusch

Jewish Latin Princess


Wednesday August 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Delaware B

9:15am

The Hazards of Loneliness
As Jews, we are supposed to be together - in minyanim, in study, during holidays, and as a people in Israel. What is lost when we withdraw and when our fellow Jews are unable or unwilling to join with us? Are there dangers to life as a stranger?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Manis Friedman

Rabbi Manis Friedman

Dean and Founder, Beis Chana Institute


Wednesday August 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Maryland

9:15am

How Meditation Changed my Life
Our world around us is a reflection of our inner world. By using the tools of meditation and mindfulness we can transform both ourselves and everything around us.  

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Eliezer Wolf

Rabbi Eliezer Wolf

Beit David Highland Lakes Shul


Wednesday August 14, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Virginia C

10:20am

Stem Cell Research and Jewish Law
Are we merely the sum of our parts? How does Jewish law consider the ethical and legal issues posed by recent developments in biological technology??

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Ohr Somayach Synagogue


Wednesday August 14, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Delaware B

10:20am

Entangled Identities: The Nature and Logic of Existence in Physics and Kabbalah
Join us in an exploration of the ultra-microscopic “quantum” realm of physics from a perspective uniquely informed by the Kabbalistic and Chassidic masters. Special attention will be given to the fundamental notions of existence, identity, logic, and creation.

Speakers
avatar for Professor Dovid Imbo

Professor Dovid Imbo

University of Illinois at Chicago


Wednesday August 14, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Delaware A

10:20am

In Every Generation: From Hating Jews to Hating Israel.
On Passover we read, “in every generation they rise against us to destroy us.” Anyone aware of the Jewish past or present knows these words to ring sadly true. As the tactics of our enemies change, how may we remain vigilant?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet

Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet

Rabbi, Mill Hill Synagogue


Wednesday August 14, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Virginia A

10:20am

Weapons Wizard
As Israel has faced foes bent on her genocidal destruction since birth, she has had to keep ahead of her hostile neighbors. Yaakov Katz (Editor-in-Chief , Jerusalem Post) presents Weapons Wizard, his book on the development of the technology that keeps Israel safe.

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Yaakov Katz

Mr. Yaakov Katz

Editor in Chief, The Jerusalem Post


Wednesday August 14, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Maryland

10:20am

Painting a Masterpeice
Whether you are a skilled artist or just a beginner, you will walk away proud of your work in this guided painting session with artist Estee Klein. Limited to 25 participants, reserve a spot by signing up at the registration counter.

Speakers

Wednesday August 14, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Coolidge

10:20am

Where are we? Where Are We Going?
There is a prevalent attitude in contemporary society that life used to be superior to what it is today and that our children will be worse off than we are. But many common assumptions are false. Too many positive developments have slipped under the radar. We can open our eyes to what’s really going on and behold how some of these spectacular realities were anticipated by the Biblical prophets when they prophesied about the future Redemption.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mordechai Dinerman

Rabbi Mordechai Dinerman

Lead Editor, JLI


Wednesday August 14, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Virginia C

11:25am

Rebbeca: Holy Deception
By scheming with Jacob to have Isaac’s birthright given to him, Rebecca seems to have pulled off one of the greatest deceptions of all time.  How can we  understand Rebecca’s actions? What lessons should we learn?  

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Sara Bluming

Mrs. Sara Bluming

Co-Director, Chabad of Potomac


Wednesday August 14, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Virginia C

11:25am

Battling for Menorahs in American Courts
Attorney Nathan Lewin will review the multi-year history of litigation over menorahs displayed by Chabad in public plazas. From Chabad's victories in the Supreme Court with the Pittsburgh menorah to its victories before the US Court of Appeals in Cincinnati and Atlanta. Mr. Lewin will also review the current controversies over Chanukah menorahs in many towns, and the assistance he has been providing as recently as this year.

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Nathan Lewin

Mr. Nathan Lewin

Lewin & Lewin


Wednesday August 14, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Delaware A

11:25am

Crossfire
Your questions, three panelists, and 60 seconds to give an answer. This fast-paced session features pressing questions in Jewish thought and practice.

Moderators
avatar for Mrs. Holly Cohen

Mrs. Holly Cohen

Executive Director, Kohelet Foundation

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson

Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson

Director, Chabad of Belgravia
avatar for Rabbi Manis Friedman

Rabbi Manis Friedman

Dean and Founder, Beis Chana Institute
avatar for Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan

Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan

Chabad of Maryland


Wednesday August 14, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Maryland

11:25am

Making Place in your Space: the Laws of Mezuzah
Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Berel Bell

Rabbi Berel Bell

Dayan, Montreal Beth Din


Wednesday August 14, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Delaware B

11:25am

The Rabbi and The Lawyer
A conversation between Kenneth Feinberg and Rabbi yitzchak breitowitz in the topics of compensation, ethics, and guiding light for leading a meaningful life.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Ohr Somayach Synagogue
avatar for Mr. Kenneth Feinberg

Mr. Kenneth Feinberg

Special Master


Wednesday August 14, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Virginia A

12:30pm

Lunch
Wednesday August 14, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Marriott Ballroom

2:00pm

Where's the Beef? The Kosher Status of Lab-Grown Meat
Fascinating developments in technology are upending the food industry and stand to radically transform our eating habits. Biochemistry is now able to create artificial meat in a lab, grown from the stem cells of an animal. But is it kosher?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Ari Sollish

Rabbi Ari Sollish

Chabd InTown


Wednesday August 14, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Delaware A

2:00pm

The Price of Life
Kenneth Feinberg was the Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, the government-appointed administrator of the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Victim Compensation Fund, and the administrator of a fund for those affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal. How much is a life worth?

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Kenneth Feinberg

Mr. Kenneth Feinberg

Special Master


Wednesday August 14, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Maryland

2:00pm

JScreen:Genteic Testing in Jewish Community
Learn about the latest advances, out of Emory University, to end Jewish Genetic Diseases. As a community, what can we do to help our friends and family?

Speakers

Wednesday August 14, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Virginia C

2:00pm

Faith Under Fire
Chaplain Goldstein was born a Displaced Persons Camp, graduated from Lubavitch Rabbinical Seminary, became the first bearded person to in the U.S. military, was the chaplain of “Ground Zero,” and served in the Army for over 40 years. What has he learned from deployments to six conflict zones?


Wednesday August 14, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Delaware B

2:00pm

Rebuilding the Temple from Within
Our prayers lead us deep inside as a way of connecting with an infinitely spiritual cosmos. Might there be a place within us akin to the Holy Temple? If so, how may we find it?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Ohr Somayach Synagogue


Wednesday August 14, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Virginia A

3:05pm

Will This Supreme Court Revive the Free Exercise of Religion Clause of the First Amendment?
During Nathan Lewin’s storied legal career, he has emerged as one of the leading experts in First Amendment Civil Liberties. In this session he will give an overview of the status of the Free Exercise of Religion Clause and the prospects for change.

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Nathan Lewin

Mr. Nathan Lewin

Lewin & Lewin


Wednesday August 14, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Virginia A

3:05pm

Repairing Rainbows
At age 13, Lynda’s mother and sisters died in a plane crash. Her father was shattered and she was left to fend for herself. Her memoir - Repairing Rainbows - shares how she found the courage, tenacity and strength to become happy and lead a meaningful life.

Speakers

Wednesday August 14, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Delaware B

3:05pm

Positivity Bias: A Book Launch
Positivity Bias posits teaches that Positive Living is a matter of choice not circumstance, and derives from perspective not personality. Come learn about some of the core principles and practices culled from the life and teachings of the Rebbe that can help you design a life and mindset of Positivity.  JLI is proud to host the official launch of Positivity Bias, the new book by Rabbi Kalmenson.  

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson

Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson

Director, Chabad of Belgravia


Wednesday August 14, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Maryland

3:05pm

Pursuing the Infinite: The Hidden Worlds of Physics and Judaism
Professor Imbo will lead us in contemplating the "finite", the "infinite," and the "unlimited," in physics, mathematics, philosophy, and Judaism. Recent speculations concerning multiple universes in physics will also be compared to related Kabbalistic notions.

Speakers
avatar for Professor Dovid Imbo

Professor Dovid Imbo

University of Illinois at Chicago


Wednesday August 14, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Delaware A

3:05pm

Big Jewish Mama's Cookbook Launch and Demo
The recipes from The Big Jewish Mama’s Cookbook come from those treasured scraps of paper we all have in our kitchens - the recipes of our mothers, grandmothers and friends. Evoking warm memories and good conversation, Joannie Tansky will do a live cooking show to accompany her cookbook launch.


Wednesday August 14, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Coolidge

4:00pm

Mincha
Wednesday August 14, 2019 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Maryland

4:20pm

Letters of Light: Secrets of the Hebrew Alphabet
The Hebrew Aleph Bet are the building blocks of creation, its letters having been formed and shaped by G-d alone. Explore the mystical power of the letters and get a glimpse into the incredible meaning and depth of the  Divine language

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Sara Bluming

Mrs. Sara Bluming

Co-Director, Chabad of Potomac


Wednesday August 14, 2019 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Delaware A

4:20pm

Rambam
Over thirty years ago, the Rebbe introduced a daily learning regimen of the Rambam’s magnum opus, the Mishneh Torah. Participate in the daily study as part of the annual study cycles of these laws, currently focused on the section regarding the purity status of different vessels.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie

Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie

Chabad of Orange County, Author


Wednesday August 14, 2019 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Virginia C

4:20pm

When Man Makes Man
A cover article of Time Magazine this year, entitled “The Future of Babies,” addressed reproductive technology, including gene editing, uterus transplantation and the three-parent embryo. We will discuss these remarkable advances from a Jewish perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Wednesday August 14, 2019 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Delaware B

4:20pm

Shadow Strike
In 2007, Israel struck a Syrian nuclear reactor. How did Israel discover it? Why did it ignore President Bush's request to stand down? And what does this story teach us about the current standoff with Iran? Yaakov Katz (Editor-in-Chief, The Jerusalem Post) tells the story behind his new book.

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Yaakov Katz

Mr. Yaakov Katz

Editor in Chief, The Jerusalem Post


Wednesday August 14, 2019 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Maryland

4:20pm

Torah:The Blueprint of the Universe
No text is as overwhelmingly complex as Torah. In it is the entirely of human existence: our origin, our ethics, our wisdom, and our ultimate destiny. Join Rabbi Friedman as he sketches the architecture of existence itself.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Manis Friedman

Rabbi Manis Friedman

Dean and Founder, Beis Chana Institute


Wednesday August 14, 2019 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Virginia A

5:30pm

Dinner
Wednesday August 14, 2019 5:30pm - 7:45pm
Marriott Ballroom

8:00pm

9:30pm

Maariv
Wednesday August 14, 2019 9:30pm - 9:45pm
Maryland

9:30pm

The Light of Fire
From his darkness, he painted a new light. After a sudden fire destroys forty years of his work, American-Israeli artist Yoram Raanan begins painting again. But as surprising images begin to emerge from his work, Yoram and his family realize how truly different everything has become. A film about faith, family, and the courage to see things differently. Duration: 30 minutes

Speakers

Wednesday August 14, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Virginia A
 
Thursday, August 15
 

7:00am

Stretch and Intention
Speakers

Thursday August 15, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
Exhibit Hall

7:00am

A Guide to Touch the Divine
Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Shainie Weingarten

Mrs. Shainie Weingarten

Chabad of Flint


Thursday August 15, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
Delaware B

7:00am

Garments of the Soul
Discover the secret to conquering your soul. Study a Chassidic discourse with its translator.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Ari Sollish

Rabbi Ari Sollish

Chabd InTown


Thursday August 15, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
Delaware A

7:30am

Shacharit
Thursday August 15, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

7:30am

Shacharit—Beginners’ Service for Men
Speakers
RE

Rabbi Elchonon Chaikin

Chabad of Dayton


Thursday August 15, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
Delaware A

7:30am

8:00am

Breakfast
Thursday August 15, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Marriott Ballroom

9:15am

Book Launch:The Power of One- Inclusion and the Power of the Individual
Inclusion is an important social issue of our time, and rightly so. A society can be judged by how it values and treats every single member. How ought we relate to people with differences, and how can we create more inclusive communities that nurture the gifts of every individual?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Ari Sollish

Rabbi Ari Sollish

Chabd InTown


Thursday August 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Virginia C

9:15am

Judaism, American Style
Increasing numbers of Jews are returning to their religious roots in a search for meaning, eager to explore a heritage that is deeply embedded in history and at the same time rapidly changing. But what is Judaism today? And what does it mean -- culturally, spiritually, and ritually -- to be Jewish in the twenty-first century?

Speakers
avatar for Prof Ari Goldman

Prof Ari Goldman

Columbia School of Journalism


Thursday August 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Maryland

9:15am

Running and Hiding from The Nazis: A Child Survivor's Miraculous Account of her Escape with Her Family from the Holocaust
Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, author, film consultant, will speak about her miraculous escape from Nazi-occupied Europe through eight countries, a little know story of escape via Lisbon at the same time as famous artists such as Marc Chagall were escaping.

Speakers

Thursday August 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Virginia A

9:15am

The Genesis of Change: The Nature and Origin of Time in Physics and Torah
A session on the resonances between Chassidus and physics begins with a picturesque overview of "space" and "time" in modern physics, including speculation about their "emergence" from a more fundamental stratum of existence.

Speakers
avatar for Professor Dovid Imbo

Professor Dovid Imbo

University of Illinois at Chicago


Thursday August 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Delaware A

9:15am

Living a Joyful, Richer, Jewish Life: Lessons from a Celebrated Podcast host
In her weekly podcast, “Jewish Latin Princess,” Yael interviews the world’s most uniquely-talented Jewish women, whose inspiring journeys teach each of us how to discover our soul’s mission and vision for transforming the world.

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Yael Trusch

Mrs. Yael Trusch

Jewish Latin Princess


Thursday August 15, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Delaware B

9:30am

Americans and the Holocaust
Limited Capacity seats available

Visit the US Holocaust Museum Memorial's new exhibit "Americans and the Holocaust"
This exhibition is a portrait of American society that shows how the Depression, isolationism, xenophobia, racism, and antisemitism shaped responses to Nazism and the Holocaust. It reveals how much information was available to Americans at the time and asks why rescuing Jews did not become a priority, except for a few individuals who took the risk to help.

Thursday August 15, 2019 9:30am - 12:15pm
TBA

10:20am

Our Matriarch Sara: The Power of Laughter
Sara’s personal challenges with famine, abduction, and infertility are no laughing matter. When she hears she will have a child, she laughs and G-d does not find it funny. What is the secret of Sara’s laughter and how is it an important part of the Jewish story?


Thursday August 15, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Delaware A

10:20am

Torah: A Book of Stories or Laws
Is the Torah, above all, a book of stories or a book of laws? For millennia, we Jews have spun legal insight from the intricate narrativity of Torah, one of our achievements as a people. How do we learn Halacha (law) from Torah ?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Shmuel Feld

Rabbi Shmuel Feld

Jewish Education Innovation Challenge


Thursday August 15, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Virginia C

10:20am

Crossfire: Medical Ethics Edition
Your questions, three panelists, and 60 seconds to give an answer. This fast-paced session features pressing questions in Jewish medical ethics practice and theory.

Moderators
avatar for Rabbi Mordechai Dinerman

Rabbi Mordechai Dinerman

Lead Editor, JLI

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz

Ohr Somayach Synagogue
avatar for Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Thursday August 15, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Delaware B

10:20am

Anti Semitism Here and Now
This past year has seen two high-profile shooting attacks at shuls, elections of other outspoken enemies of the Jewish people, and attacks on Jews in the streets, in colleges and universities, and in the media. Historian Lipstadt will consider the implications.

Speakers

Thursday August 15, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Maryland

10:20am

My G-d is more Vulnerable than Your G-d
It is easy to become awed by the majestic scale and power of Hashem. In a brilliantly counter-intuitive presentation, Rabbi Friedman paints an emotional portrait of the Divine and our relationship with it. Could it be that G-d needs our love?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Manis Friedman

Rabbi Manis Friedman

Dean and Founder, Beis Chana Institute


Thursday August 15, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Virginia A

11:25am

Highlights of 50 Years of Supreme Court Arguments
Nathan Lewin will reflect on his vast experience in prominent arguments before the US Supreme Court, including significant cases that affect Jewish life in America.

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Nathan Lewin

Mr. Nathan Lewin

Lewin & Lewin


Thursday August 15, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Delaware A

11:25am

A Funny Look at Jewish Humor
Among other things, we Jews are known for our humor.  We plan and Hashem laughs,” goes the Yiddish saying. Throughout the ages Jews have used humor to survive, thrive, laugh and learn, and have placed humor at the very center of their lives.  But where does this sensibility come from and exactly what are the trademarks of what we call “Jewish humor”?  

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson

Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson

Director, Chabad of Belgravia


Thursday August 15, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Delaware B

11:25am

Paradise, Hell, and Reincarnation: A Roundtrip Journey to the Other Shore
Modern science has uncovered many mysteries regarding life, but it has little to say about death.  Join Rabbi YY Jacobson for an excursion to a place from which we can see what awaits us all.  The good news is that we will travel roundtrip.  

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi YY Jacobson

Rabbi YY Jacobson

TheYeshiva.net


Thursday August 15, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Virginia A

11:25am

Jews and News
Yaakov Katz (editor, Jerusalem Post) and Avi Goldman (former religion editor, NY Times) consider what it’s like to be Jewish in the world of journalism, lessons learned from the Harvard journalism program, and best practices for portraying Jews and Israel.

Speakers
avatar for Prof Ari Goldman

Prof Ari Goldman

Columbia School of Journalism
avatar for Mr. Yaakov Katz

Mr. Yaakov Katz

Editor in Chief, The Jerusalem Post


Thursday August 15, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Maryland

11:25am

My Favorite Jewish Book

Thursday August 15, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Virginia C

12:30pm

Lunch
Thursday August 15, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Marriott Ballroom

2:00pm

A Light Unto The Nations
Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Berel Bell

Rabbi Berel Bell

Dayan, Montreal Beth Din


Thursday August 15, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Delaware B

2:00pm

The Akeidah vs the Al Qaeda
In what ways is “The Akeidah,” Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son Isaac, famously commuted by G-d into the sacrifice of a ram, the diametric opposite of the martyrdom prevalent in extreme Islam?  

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Meaningful Life Center


Thursday August 15, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Virginia A

2:00pm

What Sets Jewish Spirituality Apart? Avraham's Secret Gift to the World
If you ask people what Avraham contributed to the world, many will say, "monotheism". However, monotheism already existed. Avraham introduced something even more revolutionary. Join us to learn more about the special gift that Avraham gave to the world.


Thursday August 15, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Delaware A

2:00pm

The Dynamics of Giving & Getting
Sharing an etymological root with tzedek (justice), tzedakah (charity) is a central Jewish ethical value featured in many holidays and highlighted in the Talmud. Learn from Jewish philanthropists why they give and what they get. Attendees receive The Jewish Value of Giving.

Moderators
avatar for Mrs. Holly Cohen

Mrs. Holly Cohen

Executive Director, Kohelet Foundation

Speakers

Thursday August 15, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Maryland

2:00pm

The Making of The False Witness
An inside look at the recent courtroom drama put on as a production in South Florida, including live scenes of the play. As well as a discussion with the actors about lessons from the history of Anti-Semitism can teach us to combat it today. (Full documentary of the play will be shown this evening)


Thursday August 15, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Virginia C

3:05pm

The Kohen Family Kronicles
Following the life of the fictional Kohen family, we will delve into the unexpected and intriguing issues of purity and impurity facing the modern Kohen in the 21st Century. Topics will include airplane flights. museums, hospitals, organ transplants, the Kohen medical student, the Kohen gene and more. (NOTE: One need not be a kohen to attend.)

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Thursday August 15, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Delaware B

3:05pm

The Art of Forgiveness

Thursday August 15, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Virginia C

3:05pm

The Evolution of the Hebrew Book: From Manuscript to Digitization
Usage of the written word is undergoing a revolutionary transformation. Here we take an extensive historical visit to the textual past, and then seek to divine how our current digital-based present informs what our intellectual future might look like. An audio/visual presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Daniel Kestenbaum

Mr. Daniel Kestenbaum

Kestenbaum & Company


Thursday August 15, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Delaware A

3:05pm

Who's In Charge: Controlling Your Thoughts Before They Control You
Have you ever been shocked by something you did? In this session, we explore how our “inner game” - our thoughts and moods - shape who we are and what we do.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet

Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet

Rabbi, Mill Hill Synagogue


Thursday August 15, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Virginia A

3:05pm

The Rebbe's Gift to the World
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-94), the seventh leader of the Lubavitcher movement, is best known simply as “The Rebbe.” This panel offers an intimate view into his writing from scholars entrusted with collecting, translating, and spreading his wisdom.

Moderators
avatar for Rabbi Shmuel Feld

Rabbi Shmuel Feld

Jewish Education Innovation Challenge

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi YY Jacobson

Rabbi YY Jacobson

TheYeshiva.net
avatar for Rabbi Manis Friedman

Rabbi Manis Friedman

Dean and Founder, Beis Chana Institute
avatar for Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Meaningful Life Center


Thursday August 15, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Maryland

4:00pm

Mincha
Thursday August 15, 2019 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Maryland

4:20pm

Living Above the Sun - Studies from Kohelet
“There is nothing new under the sun” – or is there? King Solomon, the wisest of all men, shares his musings on life in the book of Kohelet. Join us in an uplifting discussion on finding meaning and purposeful living.


Thursday August 15, 2019 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Delaware A

4:20pm

Rambam
Over thirty years ago, the Rebbe introduced a daily learning regimen of the Rambam’s magnum opus, the Mishneh Torah. Participate in the daily study as part of the annual study cycles of these laws, currently focused on the section regarding the purity status of different vessels.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Chuni Vogel

Rabbi Chuni Vogel

Chabad of Delaware


Thursday August 15, 2019 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Virginia C

4:20pm

Refusnik
Mr. Sharansky will reflect on fifty years of human rights activism, beginning in the Soviet Union – from which he was denied emigration and where he served nine years in prison as a political prisoner often in solitary confinement – and including his emergence on Israel’s political scene.


Thursday August 15, 2019 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Maryland

4:20pm

The Women of Valor
Eshet Chayil, King Solomon’s ode to the Jewish woman, is the ultimate expression of her virtues. It is an all-encompassing celebration of her dedication to all that is valuable to the Jewish people.
Many have excelled, yet she has surpassed them all. For she is a woman of valor in all her endeavors. Her dealings infused with Godliness and blessed for eternity.
Please join us as a diverse panel of 21st Century women share how they strive to make their daily mission, G-d’s mission.
In loving memory of Lori Kaye  


Thursday August 15, 2019 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Virginia A

4:20pm

Of Story and Song
"If words are the language of the mind, melody is the language of the soul," taught the Chassidic Masters. Come journey into the heart and soul, the mystery and magic of Chassidic story and song, and experience for yourself the power of the niggun - the wordless melody - a sometimes moving and sometimes exuberant treasure of our cultural heritage.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson

Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson

Director, Chabad of Belgravia


Thursday August 15, 2019 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Delaware B

5:30pm

Dinner
Thursday August 15, 2019 5:30pm - 7:45pm
Marriott Ballroom

8:00pm

9:30pm

Maariv
Thursday August 15, 2019 9:30pm - 9:45pm
Maryland

9:30pm

Film Premiere: The False Witness: The Trial of Humanity’s Conscience
World Premiere of a courtroom drama which exposes the historical figures that influenced Adolf Hitler in the development of The Final Solution. William Shakespeare, Richard Wagner, Henry Ford, Franklin D. Roosevelt are each called to the stand and cross examined by Prosecutor Anne Frank. The jury (audience) must judge their guilt or innocence as accessories to Crimes Against Humanity. The post film “jury deliberation” will focus on the film’s relevance to the current rise in world anti-Semitism.


Thursday August 15, 2019 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Virginia A
 
Friday, August 16
 

7:00am

A Guide to Touch the Divine: Women's Preprayer Session
Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Shainie Weingarten

Mrs. Shainie Weingarten

Chabad of Flint


Friday August 16, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
Delaware B

7:00am

Stretch & Intention
Speakers

Friday August 16, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
Exhibit Hall

7:00am

The Enigma of Prayer
Prayer is often associated with asking G-d for our needs. Doesn't G-d know what we need? If G-d knows ultimately whats good for us, how do we have the Chutzpa to ask him to change that?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Chaim Block

Rabbi Chaim Block

Director, Chabad of S. Antonio


Friday August 16, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
Delaware A

7:30am

Shacharit
Friday August 16, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

7:30am

Beginner's Minyan - Men
Speakers
RZ

Rabbi Zalman Wircberg

Old City Jewish Art Center


Friday August 16, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
Delaware A

7:30am

Beginner's Minyan - Women

Friday August 16, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
Delaware B

8:00am

Breakfast
Friday August 16, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Marriott Ballroom

9:15am

The Kosher Pet
What does Torah say about owning or handling an animal? Are there preferred methods of pest control? Animal lovers will want to join this halachic discussion peppered with stories from the Talmud about life with our furry friends

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mendel Blau

Rabbi Mendel Blau

Principal, Central Chabad Yeshiva


Friday August 16, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Delaware A

9:15am

Mummies, Midwives and Makkos
With the Exodus from Egypt as our point of departure, we explore issues in Jewish medical ethics - including the plagues, embalming, organ donation, multi-gestational pregnancies and anesthesia for childbirth.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Friday August 16, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Virginia A

9:15am

Shema Exposed

Friday August 16, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Delaware B

9:15am

The Essence of a Jew
We Jews are an ancient people. But who are we? Join one of the most innovative Jewish minds as he uncovers the deep meaning of being Jewish.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Manis Friedman

Rabbi Manis Friedman

Dean and Founder, Beis Chana Institute


Friday August 16, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Maryland

9:15am

The Zivtofsky case and Divine Providence
How a U.S. Supreme Court Case About Passports Paved the Way for President Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Alyza Lewin

Mrs. Alyza Lewin

Lewin & Lewin


Friday August 16, 2019 9:15am - 10:05am
Virginia C

10:20am

A Taste of Talmud: The Right to Recline
Speakers

Friday August 16, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Delaware A

10:20am

Art in Contemporary Jewish Life: A Chassidic Perspective
Chassidic thought is an all encompassing discipline that informs all areas of our lives. Join us for a view into the aesthetic dimension of spirituality. The nexus of Art and Chassidus.

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Aryeh Wuensch

Mr. Aryeh Wuensch

Lions Gallery


Friday August 16, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Delaware B

10:20am

How to Forgive if you can't Forget
As Jews, we have a responsibility to forgive those who genuinely seek it, yet doing so is fraught with difficulties - if not outright dangers - if we cannot or should not forget the infraction. In this session, we will wade into these murky waters and emerge with surprising clarity.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi YY Jacobson

Rabbi YY Jacobson

TheYeshiva.net


Friday August 16, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Maryland

10:20am

The Pence Rule and Jewish Law
Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Berel Bell

Rabbi Berel Bell

Dayan, Montreal Beth Din


Friday August 16, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Virginia A

10:20am

Challah Bake
This hands-on challah-baking workshop showcases Mrs. Sara Briman of Mexico City, Mexico, winner of the prestigious American Academy of Hospitality Sciences’ Five-Star Diamond Award for the best challah in the world! In loving memory of Karen Briman a”h

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Goldie Plotkin

Mrs. Goldie Plotkin

Chabad of Markham


Friday August 16, 2019 10:20am - 11:10am
Wilson

11:25am

How to Overcome Fear and Instill Self Confidence
Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Shalom Paltiel

Rabbi Shalom Paltiel

Director, Chabad of Port Washigton


Friday August 16, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Virginia A

11:25am

Display of Rare Hebrew Books, Manuscripts and Judaica: A Gallery Talk
Daniel Kestenbaum, an internationally-renowned Judaica auction expert, will lead us through a fascinating tour of original antique texts and documents, selected from institutional and private collections under his care: A singular opportunity.

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Daniel Kestenbaum

Mr. Daniel Kestenbaum

Kestenbaum & Company


Friday August 16, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Virginia C

11:25am

An Insight Into the Book of Bereshit and the Compelling Life Lessons
Bereshit, the Book of Genesis, is arguably the most studied text ever published. How is Genesis continually able to generate new insights into humanity and what might it teach us today?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet

Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet

Rabbi, Mill Hill Synagogue


Friday August 16, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Maryland

11:25am

Jews and US Presidents
America has been unusually kind to Jews, so much so that it was nicknamed “Di Goldene Medina” (the Golden Land) by many Yiddish-speaking immigrants. Join Dr. George Dean in discussing the role of American presidents from George Washington to Donald trump in facilitating Jewish communal life and speculating on the future of this special relationship.

Speakers

Friday August 16, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Delaware A

11:25am

Teaching with Clarity and Empathy: the Rebbe and Rav Soloveitchik on Education
Many of our greatest rabbis have also been gifted and inspiring teachers.  Join Rabbi Gottlieb in a conversation with the ideas of two of the greatest Jewish teachers of recent times: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and the Rebbe Menachem M. Schneerson.

Speakers

Friday August 16, 2019 11:25am - 12:15pm
Delaware B

12:30pm

Lunch
Friday August 16, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Marriott Ballroom

2:00pm

Medical Ethics Roundtable
As a patient or caretaker, have you ever encountered Jewish medical ethics questions you did not have the answer for? To find the answers you need, ask a panel of rabbis and doctors.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Friday August 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Delaware A

2:00pm

The Baal Shem Tov's Gift to World Jewy
This workshop will explore the History of the Chassidic Movement and its founder as well as identify its fundamental teachings and their practical impact on Jewish life today.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Chaim Block

Rabbi Chaim Block

Director, Chabad of S. Antonio


Friday August 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Delaware B

2:00pm

The God You Don’t Believe In: on Faith, God, Miracles, Good, and Evil
In the last few centuries science and reason have challenged and in some ways rejected and supplanted faith and religion. Might there be another way of understanding the nature of belief, and reconciling it with our modern secular culture?  

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Meaningful Life Center


Friday August 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Maryland

2:00pm

Women of the Holocaust
Facing unthinkable peril and upheaval, with traditions upended, spouses and children sent to death camps, and torn from their traditional roles, Jewish women performed truly heroic deeds during the Holocaust. Join us for an inspiring discussion of their sacrifices and courage.

Speakers

Friday August 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Virginia A

2:00pm

The Art of Optimism
Create your own artistic masterpiece while learning about the deeper meaning behind your work. Join artist and teacher Sara Blau for a hands-on session of art, inspiration and positive thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Sara Blau

Mrs. Sara Blau

Author & Artist


Friday August 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Coolidge

2:00pm

The Ultimate Gift

Friday August 16, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Virginia C

3:05pm

Rambam
Over thirty years ago, the Rebbe introduced a daily learning regimen of the Rambam’s magnum opus, the Mishneh Torah. Participate in the daily study as part of the annual study cycles of these laws, currently focused on the section regarding the purity status of different vessels.


Friday August 16, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Virginia C

3:05pm

Not to Worry:Six Jewish Ideas for Coping with Anxiety
Stress and worry are impediments to our well-being. How can we rise above our worries and anxieties, whether they are about the present or future, and retain our joie du vivre? In this session, we will grapple with six ideas from across Jewish literature, each providing one dimension of insight. Which one will resonate most with you?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mordechai Dinerman

Rabbi Mordechai Dinerman

Lead Editor, JLI


Friday August 16, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Delaware B

3:05pm

Crossfire
Your questions, three panelists, and 60 seconds to give an answer. This fast-paced session features pressing questions in Jewish thought and practice.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Chaim Block

Rabbi Chaim Block

Director, Chabad of S. Antonio
avatar for Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet

Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet

Rabbi, Mill Hill Synagogue
avatar for Rabbi YY Jacobson

Rabbi YY Jacobson

TheYeshiva.net


Friday August 16, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Maryland

3:05pm

Oy Vey! They Became Religious
What happens to a family that wants to stay together even when they don’t pray together? Among our most practical talks, Dovid Eliezrie draws from actual experiences with his ifamily to explore the problematic dynamics.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie

Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie

Chabad of Orange County, Author


Friday August 16, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Delaware A

3:05pm

Soviet Jewry and Collapse of Communism: A Personal Account
Lev Virine was a Jewish activist in Moscow in the 1990s. He will make an emotionally uplifting presentation about how Jewish struggles for freedom (1970-1990) were an integral aspect of the “Second Russian Revolution”which toppled the Soviet Union.

Speakers

Friday August 16, 2019 3:05pm - 3:55pm
Virginia A

4:30pm

Pre Shabbat Reception
Friday August 16, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA

5:55pm

The Shabbat Effect
Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Shalom Paltiel

Rabbi Shalom Paltiel

Director, Chabad of Port Washigton


Friday August 16, 2019 5:55pm - 6:30pm
Delaware B

5:55pm

On Shabbat We All Rest
On Shabbat, we transcend our mundane lives and reconnect with our Maker. Learn how to tap into the uniquely spiritual side of this day, even while eating Cholent.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Meaningful Life Center


Friday August 16, 2019 5:55pm - 6:30pm
Maryland

5:55pm

The Warmth of Shabbat
Shabbos makes up one seventh of our life. It’s clearly important, but why? Is it simply “a day of rest”, a chance to disconnect? Or is it something more, a taste of the World to Come, a chance to truly reconnect. Join us in this special pre-Shabbos talk to find out.


Friday August 16, 2019 5:55pm - 6:30pm
Delaware A

5:55pm

Candle Lighting Event
Join together for a deeply moving feminine experience. Featuring meditations, stories, and song as we prepare to greet the Shabbat Queen.

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Shaindy Jacobson

Mrs. Shaindy Jacobson

Rosh Chodesh Society


Friday August 16, 2019 5:55pm - 6:30pm
Virginia A

6:30pm

Candle Lighting
Friday August 16, 2019 6:30pm - 6:50pm
Foyer

6:50pm

8:00pm

Seudat Shabbat
Speakers
avatar for Rabbi YY Jacobson

Rabbi YY Jacobson

TheYeshiva.net


Friday August 16, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Marriott Ballroom
 
Saturday, August 17
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Saturday August 17, 2019 8:00am - 10:00am
Marriott Ballroom

8:30am

The Mysticism of Shabbat
Explore a classic Chassidic text discussing G-d's "Rest" on Shabbat and how it effects on the entire world each week anew.


Saturday August 17, 2019 8:30am - 9:15am
Virginia A

9:15am

Shacharit
Nachamu: The Immortal Power We Have to Comfort Each Other

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Meaningful Life Center


Saturday August 17, 2019 9:15am - 12:15pm
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

9:15am

Women's Prayer Service
Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Goldie Plotkin

Mrs. Goldie Plotkin

Chabad of Markham


Saturday August 17, 2019 9:15am - 12:15pm
Virginia C

9:45am

Beginner's Prayer Service
Saturday August 17, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Virginia A

12:30pm

Lunch
Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky

Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky

Vice Chairman, Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch- Lubavitch World Headquarters


Saturday August 17, 2019 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Marriott Ballroom

3:00pm

Medical Halakhah Update 2019
In our annual update, we will discuss advances in science and medicine since last year’s Retreat. Topics will span from before life until after death, and will include genetics, the return of measles, organ donation and new challenges to the definition of death.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Saturday August 17, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Maryland

3:00pm

From Hollywood to Holy Wood
A remarkable odyssey from the halls of Hollywood decadence to the heights of spirituality, this is the story of an NBC producer’s journey of inner transformation that will inspire one and all


Saturday August 17, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Delaware B

3:00pm

Judaism & MeToo
As the “Me Too” campaign illustrated, we live in a time of changing roles and rules. How to protect oneself and others from you? Could traditional Jewish understandings of propriety have contemporary application?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie

Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie

Chabad of Orange County, Author


Saturday August 17, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Virginia C

3:00pm

Red String, Evil Eyes, and Puh Puh Puh: The Real meaning of Kabbalistic gestures
What is the evil eye? How does it work? Are we accompanied by guardian angels? Do they have wings? Join us as we enter the hidden world of the occult and investigate the fascinating interaction between matter and spirit.


Saturday August 17, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Delaware A

4:00pm

Mincha
Saturday August 17, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

4:30pm

Farbrengen! A Traditional Chasidic Repast for Mind, Heart, and Soul (For Men)
In an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie, a farbrengen is a Chasidic gathering where insightful thoughts and powerful stories are shared to inspire personal introspection and growth.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi YY Jacobson

Rabbi YY Jacobson

TheYeshiva.net


Saturday August 17, 2019 4:30pm - 6:15pm
Virginia A

4:30pm

Farbrengen! A Traditional Chasidic Repast for Mind, Heart, and Soul (For Women)
In an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie, a farbrengen is a Chasidic gathering where insightful thoughts and powerful stories are shared to inspire personal introspection and growth.

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Shaindy Jacobson

Mrs. Shaindy Jacobson

Rosh Chodesh Society


Saturday August 17, 2019 4:30pm - 6:15pm
Wilson

6:30pm

Seudah Shelishit
Saturday August 17, 2019 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Marriott Ballroom

8:00pm

Rambam
Over thirty years ago, the Rebbe introduced a daily learning regimen of the Rambam’s magnum opus, the Mishneh Torah. Participate in the daily study as part of the annual study cycles of these laws, currently focused on the section regarding the purity status of different vessels.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz

Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz

Director, Chabad of Sarasota


Saturday August 17, 2019 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Virginia C

8:00pm

How to Be Feminine and Influence People (For Women)
In an age of social media influencers, what does authentic femininity and influence look like? So old yet so new, discover the Rebbe's revolutionary approach based on traditional values.

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Sara Blau

Mrs. Sara Blau

Author & Artist


Saturday August 17, 2019 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Delaware B

8:00pm

Soul Quest:Where is My Loved One Now?
Death is both a certainty and a mystery. Or is it? Is there a way to peer behind the veil? Could the love between us bind us more than we know? For this daring talk, we follow our hearts out of this world.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet

Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet

Rabbi, Mill Hill Synagogue


Saturday August 17, 2019 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Virginia A

8:00pm

The Torah's Take on A Trump Presidency
Love him or lump him, President Trump continually defies conventional expectations. How “Kosher” is his administration?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Meaningful Life Center


Saturday August 17, 2019 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Maryland

8:50pm

Ma'ariv
Saturday August 17, 2019 8:50pm - 9:05pm
Maryland

9:15pm

Havadalah
When darkness falls and the beauty of Shabbat fades, our hearts grow heavy. Restore your spirit with a sing-along musical havdalah that is sure to energize your coming week.

Saturday August 17, 2019 9:15pm - 9:45pm
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

10:00pm

The Chosen Comedian
Sit back and laugh some with comedian Robert Cait of MTV and Comedy Central fame. His impressions are sure to leave your sides splitting.

Saturday August 17, 2019 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

10:30pm

Melaveh Malka
Bask in the afterglow of Shabbat as we escort the departing Shabbat Queen and partake of a lavish buffet.

Saturday August 17, 2019 10:30pm - 11:59pm
Marriott Ballroom
 
Sunday, August 18
 

7:00am

Recycling for Soul
What lessons in our daily lives can we learn from recycling, and what is the ultimate level for our Jewish soul?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz

Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz

Director, Chabad of Sarasota


Sunday August 18, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
Delaware A

7:00am

Workout for Body and Soul (Women Only)
Speakers

Sunday August 18, 2019 7:00am - 7:30am
Exhibit Hall

7:30am

Shacharit
Sunday August 18, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

7:30am

Shacharit—Beginners’ Service for Men
Speakers
RZ

Rabbi Zalman Wircberg

Old City Jewish Art Center


Sunday August 18, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
Delaware A

7:30am

8:15am

Breakfast
Sunday August 18, 2019 8:15am - 9:15am
Marriott Ballroom

9:30am

Jewish Medical Ethics Book Club: Inheritance
In this interactive session, we will use Dani Shapiro’s memoir to discuss genetic testing and its impact on Jewish law. Case studies include of artificial insemination, bastardy, releasing women to remarry, inheritance, solving “cold cases” and identifying lost relatives. (NOTE: One need not have read the book to attend.)

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Rabbi Dr. Eddie Reichman

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Virginia A

9:30am

King Henry the 8th and the Greatest Hebrew Library Ever Assembled
The Valmadonna Trust and the discovery in London's Westminster Abbey of the complete Babylonian Talmud: A spell-binding literary and collecting history.

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Daniel Kestenbaum

Mr. Daniel Kestenbaum

Kestenbaum & Company


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Delaware B

9:30am

When the Going Gets Tough...
As Job so famously illustrated, life presents even the best of us with trials beyond our comprehension.   Fortunately, Torah provides us with the spiritual turbines to spin headwinds into tailwinds.  

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Goldie Plotkin

Mrs. Goldie Plotkin

Chabad of Markham


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Delaware A

9:30am

Brothers Jacobson Discuss It All
When brothers Rabbi Simon Jacobson and Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak (YY) Jacobson come together, sparks of wisdom are certain to fly! Join them for a wide-ranging conversation of everything you always wanted to know about Judaism.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Meaningful Life Center
avatar for Rabbi YY Jacobson

Rabbi YY Jacobson

TheYeshiva.net


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Maryland

10:45am

Rambam
Over thirty years ago, the Rebbe introduced a daily learning regimen of the Rambam’s magnum opus, the Mishneh Torah. Participate in the daily study as part of the annual study cycles of these laws, currently focused on the section regarding the purity status of different vessels.


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Virginia C

10:45am

Temple Mount in Jewish Hands
Two thousand years after its destruction, the Temple Mount remains the center of the Jewish world. Davening there is an incredible mitzvah, but we need to do it right. What are the halachic nuances involved in stepping foot on the most holy space on earth?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mendel Blau

Rabbi Mendel Blau

Principal, Central Chabad Yeshiva


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Delaware B

10:45am

Crossfire
Your questions, three panelists, and 60 seconds to give an answer. This fast-paced session features pressing questions in Jewish thought and practice.

Moderators
avatar for Mrs. Goldie Plotkin

Mrs. Goldie Plotkin

Chabad of Markham

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Shalom Paltiel

Rabbi Shalom Paltiel

Director, Chabad of Port Washigton
avatar for Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Rabbi Simon Jacobson

Meaningful Life Center
avatar for Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie

Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie

Chabad of Orange County, Author


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Maryland

10:45am

Laughter The Best Medicine
When Sarah was told that, at her late age, she would have a child, she laughed, and later named her son Isaac after her laughter. Since that time, we know that life and laughter are conjoined. If you are looking for a little levity, this discussion is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet

Rabbi Yitzchok Schochet

Rabbi, Mill Hill Synagogue


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Virginia A

12:00pm

Out of Egypt: How to Help People Help Themselves
Each Passover, we consider the exodus from Egypt as if it was something we, ourselves, have endured, yet very few among us are actually liberated slaves. How does this ancient text contain life coaching techniques for the liberation of ourselves and those around us?  

Speakers
avatar for Mrs. Sara Blau

Mrs. Sara Blau

Author & Artist


Sunday August 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Delaware A

12:00pm

The Many Shades of Zionism
Zionism, the Jewish bond with the land of Israel, is as old as Judaism itself. This session follows the Rebbe, Rav Kook and the Stamar Rav on a path of thought on Jewish nationhood.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi YY Jacobson

Rabbi YY Jacobson

TheYeshiva.net


Sunday August 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Maryland

12:00pm

What Would You Do?
At JLI, we recognize the complexity of actual moral situations and delight in the suitably sophisticated reasoning necessary for their resolution. Jump in for a fast-paced session featuring videos depicting everyday ethical dilemmas.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Mendel Blau

Rabbi Mendel Blau

Principal, Central Chabad Yeshiva
avatar for Rabbi Mordechai Dinerman

Rabbi Mordechai Dinerman

Lead Editor, JLI


Sunday August 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Virginia A

1:15pm

Closing Lunch
Sunday August 18, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Marriott Ballroom