February 19, 2023
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Congregation Beth Israel
Yom Limmud (Day of Learning) provides a unique opportunity for Jews from all denominations and walks of life to connect with unique Jewish stories and culture from around the globe through music, art, cooking, and general education. This year, the program will be held at Beth Israel for the in-person component, with online options also available. Yom Limmud is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston in partnership with the Barish Family/The Chair King.
You won’t want to miss the presentations by our clergy!
- Springsteen, Nachmanides, and the “Hero’s Journey” by Rabbi Hayon
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Description: In his 1949 book “The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” Joseph Campbell presented the concept of an archetypal pattern which occurs throughout many of the epic myths of human culture. Our session will explore the primary components of “The Hero’s Journey” and study the ways this pattern is expressed in the story of our forefather Abraham – and its profound echoes in the life of Nachmanides, the famous 13th-century rabbi, philosopher, and mystic.
- Jewface Then and Now: Nose Problem or No-Problem? by Rabbi Fixler
12:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Description: Helen Mirren playing Golda Meir. Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein in a prosthetic nose. Most of Mrs. Maisel’s family. So many Jews played by non-Jewish actors! Should we be offended? Or are actors supposed to embody experiences distant from their own? Why do people get up in arms about the portrayal of other minorities in film and television, but not the Jews? Together we will dig into these thorny questions. We’ll look at recent examples and turn as far back as the vaudeville stage to try and answer the age-old question: “is this good for the Jews?”
A complete schedule and registration for Yom Limmud is available at houstonjewish.org/yomlimmud.