Have you ever wanted to present at Limmud NY? Read Limmud NY volunteer’s Naomi Barth’s account on her first time teaching at our annual conference.  For years, I had heard wonderful things about Limmud NY—that energetic conference held in upstate NY, now New Jersey, with dynamic speakers and a volunteer spirit. I was thrilled to finally attend for the first time in January 2010. When I was preparing to sign up for the weekend-long learning extravaganza this past year, there was a small voice in my head that I couldn’t silence: “What if you presented something?” it urged. Granted I was no Rabbi Shlomo Riskin or Susan Weidman Schneider, but there must be something that I can talk about for an hour that people would find interesting! As a budding historian and an employee of the JDC Archives, I settled on the topic of Jewish history and genealogy resources. At first, preparing thirty slides and a handout seemed daunting, but it was a wonderful opportunity to finesse a topic I cared about into a presentation-friendly format. I felt the session was a great success, and the “high” I felt from speaking lasted me the whole conference. I realized that even if I was no expert on a topic, I had a unique perspective to share that others were interested in hearing. I would jump at the chance to present again at Limmud NY, and would encourage anyone else to take the same leap. *** Naomi Barth