The impact of the civil rights movement on Jewish America and the world will be among the many issues debated at Limmud NY, a four day Jewish educational conference that starts Friday January 13th. Some 700 people are expected to attend the annual gathering at the Hudson Valley Resort in Upstate New York over Martin Luther King weekend. “Limmud is a global phenomenon which brings together Jews of all ages, backgrounds, political views and lifestyles through exciting, transformative events filled with Jewish learning, performances and discussions – a celebration of all things Jewish,” said Karen Radkowsky, founder of the Limmud branch in New York. Participants at the educational event will have a smorgasbord of panels to choose from. Jonathan Wolf, director of the Institute for Jewish Activism, will explain how Jewish Americans today can take part in completing MLK’s vision; Jewish Theological Seminary grad Michael Weiss will discuss God, Google and how the perception of the former is influenced by the latter; Consul General of Israel in NY Ido Aharoni will analyze Israel’s relationship with its neighbors, and Paul Berger of The Forward will speak about the mysterious disappearance of a letter written by the first of the US president George Washington to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport.