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Friday, December 20
 

12:00 GMT

Lunch
Friday December 20, 2013 12:00 - 02:45 GMT
Rootes First Floor

15:00 GMT

Welcome! - Communal candle lighting
Welcome to Limmud Shabbat! You day's probably been pretty crazy so far, but now is the time for the magic of Shabbat to take over. Let the Shabbat Team usher you in with music, song and story, culminating in the communal lighting of the Shabbat candles.

Presenters
LS

Limmud Shabbat Team

The Limmud Shabbat Team welcomes everyone who is coming to Limmud Conference Shabbat 2013. We do hope you will join us for all those traditional Shabbat experiences which we will mark and celebrate together as a community.


Friday December 20, 2013 15:00 - 15:45 GMT
Rootes Bar Rectangle

15:45 GMT

For chassidim of Leonard Cohen
This tefilla is open to all denominations. Ittay Flescher will be playing guitar, and the words of the tefilla will be from the orthodox siddur.

Friday December 20, 2013 15:45 - 17:00 GMT
SU Duck

15:45 GMT

Musical Egalitarian Kabbalat Shabbat
Reform and Liberal communities join their voices in an uplifting celebration of Shabbat. Led by rabbis, cantors, and songleaders from the UK and USA, our wonderful songleaders, along with beautifully played instruments, will have you singing along.

Friday December 20, 2013 15:45 - 17:00 GMT
Rootes First Floor

15:45 GMT

Orthodox Kabbalat Shabbat Service
A Carlebach-style Kabbalat Shabbat, led by men, with a mechitza.

Friday December 20, 2013 15:45 - 17:00 GMT
SU North 2

15:45 GMT

Partnership Minyan Kabbalat Shabbat
Come and join our Friday night and Shabbat morning partnership minyan (Shira Chadasha style) for an inclusive and spiritual Orthodox tefillah. Women will lead certain parts of the service and men and women will sit separately.

Friday December 20, 2013 15:45 - 17:00 GMT
Rootes Ground Floor

15:45 GMT

Soul-ify your Shabbat with Naomi Less - Kabbalat Shabbat
As the sun prepares to sink below the horizon, set the tone for Shabbat and welcome her in with a musical vibe and spirit fit for a spiritual queen. A Kabbalat Shabbat to remember... Join Naomi Less and her musician friends for an experiential worship journey through music, meditation, tefilah and community. (This service will use musical instruments.)

Presenters
GG

Glenn Grossman

Glenn Grossman is a professional drummer and music producer in New York City. His touring and recording credits include Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry. He is currently tracking drums for a Doors tribute featuring members of YES and Emerson, Lake and Palmer and has his own recording and... Read More →
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Saul Kaye

Saul is an international performer, service leader, songwriter and pioneer of Jewish blues. He weaves sounds of struggling African slaves in the US with the history of the Jewish slavery experience, and he has dipped the Torah in the Delta! He plays 130 concerts, festivals and shabbat... Read More →
NL

Naomi Less

Naomi Less Band / Jewish Chicks Rock
Naomi engages, enlightens and empowers communities with live concerts, spiritually uplifting music worship experiences and experiential workshops. She is a multi-skilled talent who creates tailor made experiences for all ages. Check out her music on iTunes or on her website: www.naomiless.com... Read More →
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Mikey Pauker

Merkava Mentors
Mikey is a Laguna Beach based Jewish recording artist blending folk, hip-hop, reggae and generating 'Jewish Crossover Music'. Mikey is one of the stars of the 'New Jewish Music' by Time Magazine, and the CEO of Merkava Mentors, an initiative for the creation and collaboration of Modern... Read More →


Friday December 20, 2013 15:45 - 17:00 GMT
SU Copper Rooms 2

15:45 GMT

Friday night delight - erev Shabbat family service
Kabbalat Shabbat for families with young children has always been special at Limmud and this year is no exception. What stories will we hear? What songs will we sing? Come along, find out and have loads of fun. Everyone is welcome, especially families with young children.

Presenters
CH

Caroline Hagard

Caroline teaches Gan kindergarten children at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue and Edgware and District Reform Synagogue. She is a story teller, writes Jewish songs for young children and runs children's services for the high holy days and other festivals. In her spare time she is a medical... Read More →


Friday December 20, 2013 15:45 - 17:00 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

15:45 GMT

HaMakom Kabbalat Shabbat
Join an egalitarian space for niggunim (wordless melodies), chants and Carlebach melodies to welcome the Sabbath bride. Hebrew prayers and accessible Kavanot (intention), as well as time and space for Maariv before you enjoy your Shabbes dinner.

Presenters
LS

Limmud Shabbat Team

The Limmud Shabbat Team welcomes everyone who is coming to Limmud Conference Shabbat 2013. We do hope you will join us for all those traditional Shabbat experiences which we will mark and celebrate together as a community.


Friday December 20, 2013 15:45 - 17:00 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

15:45 GMT

Masorti Kabbalat Shabbat Service
The Masorti Shabbat services will in some ways be how you're used to in a traditional shul – a Shabbat service in Hebrew (from the Singer's prayer book). Yet also a bit different – men and women sit together, share the davenning and Torah readings, a short D'var Torah, lots of singing, warmth and good feeling.

Friday December 20, 2013 15:45 - 17:00 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 2

17:15 GMT

Welcome Kiddush
For the first time this Conference, we will all come together for a communal welcome Kiddush. Light snacks will be available for hungry children - and any hungry adults.

Presenters
LS

Limmud Shabbat Team

The Limmud Shabbat Team welcomes everyone who is coming to Limmud Conference Shabbat 2013. We do hope you will join us for all those traditional Shabbat experiences which we will mark and celebrate together as a community.


Friday December 20, 2013 17:15 - 17:35 GMT
Rootes Bar

17:40 GMT

HaMakom Shabbat Open Space Sessions: a sanctuary at Limmud
These sessions offer a space for peace, contemplation and reflection. Please come and use the space to relax, to digest some of your Limmud experiences - stretch, meditate or simply rest.

Friday December 20, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

17:40 GMT

Hineni texts panel
We ask four presenters to pick a special text which has inspired them. Hear how these texts have taken people one step further on their spiritual journey. Questions and contributions from the floor will also be welcome.

Presenters
DG

Daniel Goldfarb

Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem
Daniel recently retired as director of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem but continues to teach liturgy and Pirkei Avot there and to share Torah around the world. Native to Boston and resident of Jerusalem for forty years, in late December he feels most at home in Warwick in the... Read More →
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Harris Lorie

Harris has hugely enjoyed the challenge of being Programming Co-Chair for Conference 2013. He is the Education Development Manager at World ORT - an international Jewish NGO. He is a regular student at LSJS, and teaches a weekly philosophy class over Skype.
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Patrick Morrow

Council of Christians and Jews
Patrick is Programme Manager for the Council of Christians and Jews. He is also an Anglican priest attached to a parish in South Central London. He has written on Pope Benedict XVI for the Woolf Institute and on Christian views of mission for the Lambeth Jewish Forum.
AS

Alma Smith

Keshet UK
Alma is the co-chair of Keshet UK, the forum working to champion the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all areas of UK Jewish life. Alma has attended more than 25 Limmud events and is a student social worker in her professional life
LS

Limmud Shabbat Team

The Limmud Shabbat Team welcomes everyone who is coming to Limmud Conference Shabbat 2013. We do hope you will join us for all those traditional Shabbat experiences which we will mark and celebrate together as a community.


Friday December 20, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Rootes Ground Floor

17:40 GMT

Netivat sofrut
A dramatic tale of the road less travelled, including provocative discussion of the political and Jewish legal complexities of work as a certified Soferet.

Presenters
AB

Avielah Barclay

Avielah Barclay earned a sofrut certification in Jerusalem in 2003 and wrote the first Megillat Esther written by a woman in over 250 years. She writes and repairs Sifrei Torah, Megillot, Mezuzot, creates ketubot and Judaica, teaches these to men and women, speaks at synagogues and... Read More →


Friday December 20, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Soc 3

17:40 GMT

Organ donation & brain death: are you dead if your heart is still beating?
Most organs are donated from someone who is brain dead. Explore Talmudic and Mishnaic texts that can shed light on this 20 century phenomenon where a person's heart can beat even though the brain is dead. Some rabbis view a beating heart as a sign of life, some rabbis don't. Come learn the sources and understand why!

Presenters
RB

Robby Berman

Halachic Organ Donor Society
Robert Berman has an MPA from Harvard, an MBA from Baruch, and a BA from Yeshiva University. A graduate of Gruss Kollel and Yeshivat Hakotel. He is a journalist published in New York Magazine, Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Report, etc. He is founder and director of the Halachic Organ... Read More →


Friday December 20, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Soc 4

17:40 GMT

Protesting against Israel in the diaspora
Suppose we thought Israel had acted wrongly against Bedouins, Palestinians or settlers. Would we be right to speak out in public or would it be more loyal to keep quiet? Many of us agonise over the question - this session will present some of the halachic sources that can guide us towards an answer.

Presenters
GS

Gideon Sylvester

United Synagogue / Tribe / T'ruah
Gideon is Tribe's Israel Rabbi and Senior Rabbinic Educator for T'ruah (formerly Rabbis for Human Rights USA). He was an adviser at the Israeli Prime Minister's Office and directed the Beit Midrash for Human Rights at Hebrew University. He writes for Ha'aretz, performs weddings across... Read More →


Friday December 20, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Soc 1

17:40 GMT

Shema Yisrael: the Jewish art of listening; text study and reflection
If Judaism had a credo it would arguably be the 'Shema' yet all too often the conversation centres on a God debate while completely missing the 'Reisha' – the first word. Explore the Torah's directive of Shema (listening or hearing) and the rich implications it has on leading a fulfilling Jewish life.

Presenters
GB

Golan Ben-Chorin

Israel Spiritual Initiatives
Golan Ben-Chorin is spiritual leader of Rosh Pinah pluralistic congregation, Israel, and educational innovator. Consultant for Jewish communities worldwide. Employs a “midrashic” worldview, storytelling and music in experiential learning. He has a doctorate in Jewish pluralism... Read More →


Friday December 20, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Soc 7

17:40 GMT

Ten Habits of Highly Effective Jews - or why it's good to grow frummer!!
You too can be a Highly Effective Jew! We examine how you too can lead a very successful Jewish life. Hey, you've started already, you're at Limmud! Joking aside, we look at why it may prove helpful to get a little frummer. I don't mean meshuggener, just one step on your Jewish journey....

Presenters
ZS

Zvi Solomons

Reading Hebrew Congregaton / Jewish Spark
Orthodox Rabbi of Reading for the past five years, Zvi has been a Limmudnik since the 1997 Conference in Manchester. A keen kalamophile, whisky buff and active gardener, Zvi enjoys his busman's holiday at Limmud, with his wife Shira and children Gavi Ora and Shula.


Friday December 20, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Soc 6

17:40 GMT

Shalom Aleichem - welcome to Conference
On Friday nights we welcome the 'Shabbat Bride' into our homes and communities. In this session we'll welcome each other to Shabbat at Limmud Conference and start building our own Shabbat community - an informal opportunity to reflect on our aims for conference and meet other participants. A table will be reserved at Shabbat dinner for participants in this session.

Friday December 20, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 2

17:40 GMT

Spices of Shabbat (Kabbalat Shabbat)
Welcome Shabbat as we explore the flavours, sounds and scents of Shabbat through the art of storytelling. International storyteller, Janie Grackin and her friends will shepherd you into a time of joy and shalom. All ages welcome.

Presenters
JG

Janie Grackin

Janie is a rabbi and community educator who uses the art of storytelling to inspire and educate. She creates programmes for intergenerational populations in synagogues and schools in the United States, Europe and Israel, and was awarded the Solomon Schechter Gold Award for Family... Read More →


Friday December 20, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

18:45 GMT

Dinner
Friday December 20, 2013 18:45 - 20:45 GMT
Rootes Panorama

21:00 GMT

Brokenness
God is broken. The world is broken. Each of us is broken. As we heal ourselves, God and the world is healed as well. This healing is called Tikkun Olam. In this workshop we will examine basic Kabbalah, inner change, Martin Buber and the Lurianic Creation Myth. Change Yourself. Change the world.

Presenters
JG

Joel Grishaver

Torah Aura Productions
Joel has taught at many Limmud conferences, both in the UK and around the world. He is a text teacher, storyteller, and a Jewish writer. He is a family educator and has won a covenant award.


Friday December 20, 2013 21:00 - 22:00 GMT
Soc 2

21:00 GMT

Eureka! What is your Burning Bush moment?
Come and hear some of Limmud's best teachers reveal their 'Hineni' moments. What inspired them to take responsibility? What inspired them to stand up, stand proud, and say - Hineni, Here I am! Questions and contributions from the floor will also be welcome.

Presenters
SF

Scott Fried

Scott Fried is an international public speaker, health educator and author. This is his third visit to Limmud. He will be marking his 26th year of surviving HIV/AIDS, making him one of the longest Jewish survivors of the disease. He is the author of three books and lives in NYC
SM

Shelley Marsh

Limmud
Shelley is the Executive Director of Limmud. She has worked in Jewish education for all of her professional career and her work on self-esteem has been reported internationally. She has an MA in community leadership, is the mother of two exceptional daughters and is married to the... Read More →
LS

Limmud Shabbat Team

The Limmud Shabbat Team welcomes everyone who is coming to Limmud Conference Shabbat 2013. We do hope you will join us for all those traditional Shabbat experiences which we will mark and celebrate together as a community.
YU

Yael Unterman

David Cardozo Academy Think Tank
Yael lectures, writes, and coordinates the Cardozo Academy Think/Feel Tank. Piping hot off the presses is her latest book, 'The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Love & Longing'. Young Jews go searching in unlikely places for love, identity and spiritual connection – but is this... Read More →
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Richard Verber

World Jewish Relief
Richard is the co-chair of Limmud Conference 2013. In his spare time, he works for World Jewish Relief as their Campaigns Manager. If you're interested in being part of the Limmud Conference 2014 team, and/or making the world a better place, he'd love to hear from you.
TZ

Tanya Zion-Waldoks

Activist, researcher, feminist and educator, Tanya edited an anthology on Genesis and directed campaigns on religious LGBT, human trafficking, agunot, and community-based social justice. Writing her dissertation on agunah activism at Bar-Ilan University, a leader in partnership minyanim... Read More →


Friday December 20, 2013 21:00 - 22:00 GMT
Rootes Ground Floor

21:00 GMT

Games session (1 of 2)
One of the most universally loved traditions of Shabbat downtime is the playing of board games. Come and partake of this ancient ritual with tournaments of Risk, Chess, and much more!

Presenters
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Friday December 20, 2013 21:00 - 22:00 GMT
Rootes Panorama Bar

21:00 GMT

Hineni - life stories from a Jewish community
'Hineni - Life Portraits from a Jewish Community' is exhibiting at Limmud 2013. This session aims to give a background to the project; its roots based in oral history and how it evolved into an exhibition which showcases the diverse nature of a Jewish community. Through the exhibition and accompanying book, the project continues to work at breaking stereotypes.

Presenters
TI

Tracy Israel

Cardiff Reform Synagogue
Tracy is a member of Cardiff Reform Synagogue and in October 2013 was appointed as the Synagogue's new Development Officer. Tracy is focusing on the community's sustainability into the future with a focus on inreach, outreach as well as educational and social initiatives.


Friday December 20, 2013 21:00 - 22:00 GMT
SU Limmud Central

21:00 GMT

How to enchant and/or repel demons - Jewish Demonology 101
Demons, angels, wraiths, imps, spirits, dybbuks; they're all real and they're all around us, and Jews have been coming up with ways to control them since ancient times - for good AND bad. Join the 'Biblegum Pop' duo Stereo Sinai for a glimpse of the incredible Jewish underworld.

Presenters
MB

Miriam Brosseau

The Jewish Education Project / Darim Online
Miriam Brosseau's day job is to be Jewish communal professional helping organisations become more networked, inside and out, through smart use of social media. By night, she is half of the 'biblegum pop' duo Stereo Sinai.
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Stereo Sinai

Stereo Sinai steals lyrics from God. Their heretical combination of holy tongues and blasphemous backbeats is the Good Book like you've never heard it before. If Kelly Clarkson and A-Ha had been on the mountain with Moses they’d have come down sounding much like this pop singer/songwriter... Read More →


Friday December 20, 2013 21:00 - 22:00 GMT
Soc 1

21:00 GMT

'Have You Seen My Goat?' - poetry from Tel Aviv in Yiddish and English
You are invited to a poetry reading in Yiddish and English from Khayke Beruriah Wiegand's bilingual collection 'Tsi hot ir gezen mayn tsig?' ('Have you Seen My Goat?'), recently published in Tel Aviv. The reading will be enhanced by background stories to some of the poems and discussions on the state of Yiddish poetry today.

Presenters
KB

Khayke Beruriah Wiegand

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Khayke Beruriah is the Woolf Corob Lector in Yiddish at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (University of Oxford). She is also a Yiddish poet, translator and Yiddish cultural activist, who runs a Yiddish cultural group (Yiddish Svive) and various Yiddish classes in L... Read More →


Friday December 20, 2013 21:00 - 22:00 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 3

21:00 GMT

Bibliodrama: will the real Noah please stand up!
Gain new perspective on this well known biblical story through guided role playing. No acting experience necessary and shy people will not be pressured to talk! The Bibliodrama will be followed by the presenter's original, award winning monologue on Noah's experience.

Presenters
YV

Yael Valier

David Cardozo Academy Think Tank
Yael co-coordinates the David Cardozo Academy Think Tank where Nathan Cardozo and a group of unorthodox Orthodox Jews let their imaginations loose. She plays the bad guy in self-defence scenarios for Arab women and in biblical rock musicals, including one she co-wrote.


Friday December 20, 2013 21:00 - 22:00 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

22:15 GMT

Friday night tish with HaMakom
Celebrate Shabbat with HaMakom: unaccompanied singing, poetry, stories and more delights await you in our specially decorated space that is our home for the duration of Limmud.

Presenters
CK

Charlie Kane

HaMakom: The Place for Wellbeing, Spirituality and Creativity
Charlie works with the healing power of stories and the magic of play. She performs, facilitates workshops and creates festivals in arts, community and educational settings. She is passionate about holistic learning in Jewish and wider contexts and is delighted to be returning to... Read More →
RR

Rachel Rose Reid

A spoken word and performance artist raised on a hybrid of Jewish heritage and urban jungle, Rachel’s work often shines new light on dusty subjects. The Dickens 2012 Writer in Residence, she’s performed for the Southbank Centre, Nuyorican Poets Café, Latitude Festival, BBC Radio... Read More →


Friday December 20, 2013 22:15 - 23:15 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

22:15 GMT

Oneg Shabbat
Join us for a Limmud-style Shabbat oneg, packed with storytelling, singing and late night nibbles. A time to relax and enjoy the unique Limmud Shabbat experience.

Presenters
LS

Limmud Shabbat Team

The Limmud Shabbat Team welcomes everyone who is coming to Limmud Conference Shabbat 2013. We do hope you will join us for all those traditional Shabbat experiences which we will mark and celebrate together as a community.


Friday December 20, 2013 22:15 - 23:15 GMT
Rootes Ground Floor

22:15 GMT

Beer, cider, wine, whisky and song
Join Zvi Solomons and friends round the table as we set sail on a shimmering new lake to discover new lands of kosher and not-so-kosher. Bottles of single malt whisky particularly appreciated.

Presenters
ZS

Zvi Solomons

Reading Hebrew Congregaton / Jewish Spark
Orthodox Rabbi of Reading for the past five years, Zvi has been a Limmudnik since the 1997 Conference in Manchester. A keen kalamophile, whisky buff and active gardener, Zvi enjoys his busman's holiday at Limmud, with his wife Shira and children Gavi Ora and Shula.


Friday December 20, 2013 22:15 - 23:15 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 3

22:15 GMT

Comedy improvisation workshop
Come along and learn some of the basic skills of comedy improvisation. No prior experience needed! 18+ only

Presenters
RS

Rob Sassoon

Sassy (aka Rob Sassoon) is the Site Co-Chair for Limmud Conference 2013. An avid Limmudnik and keen bridge player and tournament director, in his spare time he works at the University of Reading as a Deputy Admissions Officer.


Friday December 20, 2013 22:15 - 23:15 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

23:30 GMT

Oneg after-party
Whatever 'Oneg after-party' might possibly mean, come here and make it happen!

Presenters
LS

Limmud Shabbat Team

The Limmud Shabbat Team welcomes everyone who is coming to Limmud Conference Shabbat 2013. We do hope you will join us for all those traditional Shabbat experiences which we will mark and celebrate together as a community.


Friday December 20, 2013 23:30 - Saturday December 21, 2013 00:30 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 2
 
Saturday, December 21
 

08:00 GMT

Breakfast
Saturday December 21, 2013 08:00 - 10:00 GMT
Rootes First Floor

08:30 GMT

A secular humanist Shabbat morning
An experience inspired by the ideas of Alain de Botton in 'Religion for Atheists'. Facilitated by Ittay Flescher.

Saturday December 21, 2013 08:30 - 11:15 GMT
SU Duck

08:30 GMT

Hatha Yoga
Come join Gabi for a relaxing yet energetic yoga class suitable for all abilities. We will finish the class with a 15 minute Yoga Nidra meditation. Namaste!

Presenters
GM

Gabi Markham

Gabi has been practising yoga for over 3 years and is very excited to start sharing her experiences with others. Gabi is also a dedicated Limmudnik and is looking forward to advancing her Limmud 'career'!


Saturday December 21, 2013 08:30 - 11:15 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

08:30 GMT

Musical Egalitarian Shabbat Morning Service
Reform and Liberal communities join their voices in an uplifting celebration of Shabbat. Led by rabbis, cantors, and songleaders from the UK and USA, our wonderful songleaders, along with beautifully played instruments, will have you singing along.

Saturday December 21, 2013 08:30 - 11:15 GMT
SU Copper Rooms 2

08:30 GMT

Orthodox Shabbat Morning Service
A traditional Ashkenazi service, led by men, with a mechitza

Saturday December 21, 2013 08:30 - 11:15 GMT
SU North 2

08:30 GMT

Partnership Minyan Shabbat Morning Service
Come and join our Friday night and Shabbat morning partnership minyan (Shira Chadasha style) for an inclusive and spiritual Orthodox tefillah. Women will lead certain parts of the service and men and women will sit separately.

Saturday December 21, 2013 08:30 - 11:15 GMT
Rootes Ground Floor

08:30 GMT

Masorti Shabbat Morning Service
The Masorti Shabbat services will in some ways be how you're used to in a traditional shul – a Shabbat service in Hebrew (from the Singer's prayer book) and a full Torah reading. Yet also a bit different – men and women sit together, share the davenning and Torah readings, lots of singing, warmth and good feeling.

Saturday December 21, 2013 08:30 - 11:15 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 2

10:00 GMT

Limmud Chavruta - Taste of Chavruta
Every year the Limmud Chavruta Project produces an innovative book of traditional and modern sources for studying in pairs. This session is your first chance to see the new book – on the theme of 'Prayer' – and the perfect way to experience Limmud Chavruta for the first (or one hundredth) time!

Presenters
LC

Limmud Chavruta Project Team

The Limmud Chavruta Project is an international collaboration of Limmud volunteers. Every year the Project produces a new book of traditional and modern sources exploring some aspect of Jewish life. This year, teams from the Netherlands, the UK, Israel and the USA invite you to explore... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 10:00 - 11:15 GMT
SU Limmud Central

10:00 GMT

Shabbat meditations and movement
An accessible session of meditation, movement, chants and songs based on the Shabbat morning prayers, largely influenced by Jill Hammer & Taya Shere's Kohenet Siddur. All genders welcome.

Presenters
RR

Rachel Rose Reid

A spoken word and performance artist raised on a hybrid of Jewish heritage and urban jungle, Rachel’s work often shines new light on dusty subjects. The Dickens 2012 Writer in Residence, she’s performed for the Southbank Centre, Nuyorican Poets Café, Latitude Festival, BBC Radio... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 10:00 - 11:15 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

10:00 GMT

Shabbat morning family service for families storah-style
This year's family service is extra special. Come along with your family for an hour of songs, prayers and fun for everyone. Along with a short and enjoyable shacharit service with Sara, we'll have lots of fun with Naomi, our storah-teller from New York, and inspiring story-telling and songs with Caroline. Suitable for all ages, and especially for families.

Presenters
CH

Caroline Hagard

Caroline teaches Gan kindergarten children at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue and Edgware and District Reform Synagogue. She is a story teller, writes Jewish songs for young children and runs children's services for the high holy days and other festivals. In her spare time she is a medical... Read More →
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Naomi Less

Naomi Less Band / Jewish Chicks Rock
Naomi engages, enlightens and empowers communities with live concerts, spiritually uplifting music worship experiences and experiential workshops. She is a multi-skilled talent who creates tailor made experiences for all ages. Check out her music on iTunes or on her website: www.naomiless.com... Read More →
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Sara Bucciarelli Zanardo

Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue
Sara Bucciarelli Zanardo is teacher and Jewish educator since 2003 both abroad and in the UK. She lives in Hove, where she loves her family, mizrachi music and doing lots of educational stuff at Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue.


Saturday December 21, 2013 10:00 - 11:15 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

11:30 GMT

Campus SatNav
A friendly member of the Limmud Shabbat Team will give you an exciting guided tour of the citadel of academia – and, for one week only, Jewish learning – that is Warwick University. Please note, this session may go outside the Eruv.

Presenters
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Saturday December 21, 2013 11:30 - 12:30 GMT
Rootes Main Entrance

11:30 GMT

HaMakom Shabbat Open Space Sessions: a sanctuary at Limmud
These sessions offer a space for peace, contemplation and reflection. Please come and use the space to relax, to digest some of your Limmud experiences - stretch, meditate or simply rest.

Saturday December 21, 2013 11:30 - 12:30 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

11:30 GMT

Instead of a burning bush... A life-giving well
Exploring Miriam's Hineni. We'll allow her life and leadership to come alive through us, via the experiential text study technique of Bibliodrama (a kind of spontaneous midrash-making) that has been amazing people around the world. Shy people welcome.

Presenters
YU

Yael Unterman

David Cardozo Academy Think Tank
Yael lectures, writes, and coordinates the Cardozo Academy Think/Feel Tank. Piping hot off the presses is her latest book, 'The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Love & Longing'. Young Jews go searching in unlikely places for love, identity and spiritual connection – but is this... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 11:30 - 12:30 GMT
SU Copper Rooms 2

11:30 GMT

Jewish moot court
Jewish legal cases and Jewish answers. Can a Jewish luge contestant take part in the Winter Olympics in Russia? Is a Hasidic streimel against Jewish law? What if kosher isn't kind? Can a Jew play American football? Can you institutionalise parents with Alzheimer's? Study ethical issues—state you own findings. Learn Jewish answers. Suitable for all ages

Presenters
JG

Joel Grishaver

Torah Aura Productions
Joel has taught at many Limmud conferences, both in the UK and around the world. He is a text teacher, storyteller, and a Jewish writer. He is a family educator and has won a covenant award.


Saturday December 21, 2013 11:30 - 12:30 GMT
Rootes Ground Floor

11:30 GMT

Love is stronger than death: unusual uses of the song of songs
The Song of Songs is the quintessential language of love poetry in Judaism. As much as Jewish tradition wants to fit this canonical book in an allegorical box, Shir HaShirim has been employed in a variety of other settings over time, including some rather unexpected places. We will look at texts addressing the unusual connection between love and death.

Presenters
MS

Michael Slater

Kavod v'Nichum - Honor and Comfort
Michael is President of the Board of Kavod v'Nichum (Honor and Comfort). KVN educates on and advocates for traditional practices around illness, death, burial and bereavement. He is a physician, specialising in emergency medicine. He is married to a Limmud Chicago/International... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 11:30 - 12:30 GMT
Soc 4

11:30 GMT

Medieval Christian midrash
This week's parsha contains the dramatic story of the burning bush. We'll look together at the text, and some midrashim. We'll also do a whistle-stop history of Medieval English Theatre, before seeing if a 14th century Christian dramatic rendering of this week's parsha can take our discussions both about the text and the nature of midrash any deeper.

Presenters
AS

Alma Smith

Keshet UK
Alma is the co-chair of Keshet UK, the forum working to champion the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all areas of UK Jewish life. Alma has attended more than 25 Limmud events and is a student social worker in her professional life


Saturday December 21, 2013 11:30 - 12:30 GMT
Soc 3

11:30 GMT

Pirkei avot - chapter 6, the 'step child'
The sixth chapter is not part of the original Pirkei Avot. It was added when Jews started reading a chapter each Shabbat between Pesach and Shavuot. Very different in style, its focus on the importance of Torah made it appropriate for the holiday of the giving of the Torah. We'll study the text and compare it to the prior chapters.

Presenters
DG

Daniel Goldfarb

Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem
Daniel recently retired as director of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem but continues to teach liturgy and Pirkei Avot there and to share Torah around the world. Native to Boston and resident of Jerusalem for forty years, in late December he feels most at home in Warwick in the... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 11:30 - 12:30 GMT
Soc 2

11:30 GMT

Crying out and hearing our cries
The Torah and Midrash present various forms of "crying out" in Parshat Shemot. What can we learn from these cries, and how do they provide a deeper understanding of the roles that "crying" and "listening" play in our own lives?

Presenters
RK

Rachel Kobrin

Rachel is the associate rabbi at Congregation Agudas Achim in Austin, Texas, and the founding rabbi of CAA's urban satellite community: Selah. She is a CLAL Rabbis without Borders fellow, a Truah board member, and a regular blogger on The Huffington Post and MyJewishLearning.com... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 11:30 - 12:30 GMT
Soc 6

11:30 GMT

Shabbat friendly journey around the festivals
Shabbat is a special time full of joy, stories and songs. We will travel through the Jewish year commencing with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succot, Simchat Torah and Chanukah and some Shabbat songs (of course). Come and learn, play and have fun. Suitable for all but especially for families with children.

Presenters
CH

Caroline Hagard

Caroline teaches Gan kindergarten children at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue and Edgware and District Reform Synagogue. She is a story teller, writes Jewish songs for young children and runs children's services for the high holy days and other festivals. In her spare time she is a medical... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 11:30 - 12:30 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

12:45 GMT

Lunch
Saturday December 21, 2013 12:45 - 14:15 GMT
Rootes Panorama

14:15 GMT

HaMakom Shabbat Open Space Sessions: a sanctuary at Limmud
These sessions offer a space for peace, contemplation and reflection. Please come and use the space to relax, to digest some of your Limmud experiences - stretch, meditate or simply rest.

Saturday December 21, 2013 14:15 - 14:35 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

14:15 GMT

Orthodox Mincha
A traditional Ashkenazi service, led by men, with a mechitza

Saturday December 21, 2013 14:15 - 14:35 GMT
SU North 2

14:15 GMT

Masorti Mincha
The Masorti Shabbat services will in some ways be how you're used to in a traditional shul – a Shabbat service in Hebrew (from the Singer's prayer book) and a full Torah reading. Yet also a bit different – men and women sit together, share the davenning and Torah readings, lots of singing, warmth and good feeling.

Saturday December 21, 2013 14:15 - 14:35 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 2

14:15 GMT

Partnership Minyan Shabbat Mincha service
Come and join our Shabbat Mincha partnership minyan (Shira Chadasha style) for an inclusive and spiritual Orthodox tefillah. Women will lead certain parts of the service and men and women will sit separately.

Saturday December 21, 2013 14:15 - 14:35 GMT
Rootes Ground Floor

14:45 GMT

Biblio-hypnosis: the crossing of the Reed Sea.
Biblio-hypnosis is the telling of a story using guided imagery, with a person in a meditative state. The mitzvah is to tell the story of the Passover as though it was happening to us. Using the power of your own mind you will relive the Exodus as though you were there in person. No previous meditative/hypnotic experience required.

Presenters
MC

Michael Capek

Michael Capek has been a GP in South Manchester for near on 29 years. He has a masters degree in Health Psychology and has a practice in hypnotherapy. He is clinical lead for mental health to South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group.


Saturday December 21, 2013 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
SU Copper Rooms 2

14:45 GMT

Chassidishe niggunim
Come to learn some of the spiritual melodies the chassidim have come up with over the past few hundred years. Lively, mournful, meditative - all beautiful. This will be a tune-learning session (sheet music will be available to those that find it useful), but it will lead straight into the very chilled 'Sing-Along Seuda'!

Presenters
JS

Joseph Symons-Smyth

Joseph is a famously long-haired Limmudnik who enjoys playing the fiddle and other instruments, singing, recreational mathematics, and even the occasional bit of Jewish learning. He is currently doing an MA in Jewish Studies at King's College, London, and has an essay deadline for... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 2

14:45 GMT

Did Moses have a stammer?
The midrash tells us that Moses had a stammer but then there's no sign of any speech impediment throughout the Torah. In fact, quite the contrary. Moses hardly stops talking. We'll take another look...

Presenters
CL

Clive Lawton

Limmud
Co-founder of Limmud, Clive is its senior consultant. Scholar-in-residence at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, he works in educational and organisational development. A former high school head, NHS hospital chair, and a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, he advises the... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
Soc 1

14:45 GMT

From Spinoza to Anne Frank
A history of the Jews in the Netherlands.

Presenters
RD

Rosella de Jong

Rosella de Jong is currently finishing her MA in psychoanalytic studies. She is specifically looking at Freud's relationship with the father figure and religion. Prior to this, she received a degree in film and TV studies and is now working as a Dutch teacher in London.


Saturday December 21, 2013 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
Soc 4

14:45 GMT

Games session (2 of 2)
One of the most universally loved traditions of Shabbat downtime is the playing of board games. Come and partake of this venerated practice with tournaments of Risk, Chess and much more!

Presenters
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Saturday December 21, 2013 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
Rootes Panorama Bar

14:45 GMT

Gone God: can religious Judaism exist without the Divine?
This session looks at the centrality of belief in God to leading a religiously engaged Jewish life and explores what religious Judaism might look like without God. From medieval scholar Rambam's 'Thirteen Principles of Jewish Faith' to contemporary Jewish philosopher Alain de Botton's 'Religion for Atheists', we will examine a range of responses to this question.

Presenters
DY

David Yehuda Stern

Alyth - North Western Reform Synagogue
David-Yehuda is an educator and social entrepreneur from London. He has a degree in Film and Television Studies and has attended long-term Jewish Studies programmes in both Israel and America. He is the Rosh Chinuch (Head of Education) at Alyth (North Western Reform Synagogue) and... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
Soc 6

14:45 GMT

Limmud Chavruta - Taste of Chavruta (Repeat)
Every year the Limmud Chavruta Project produces an innovative book of traditional and modern sources for studying in pairs. This session is your first chance to see the new book – on the theme of 'Prayer' – and the perfect way to experience Limmud Chavruta for the first (or one hundredth) time!

Presenters
LC

Limmud Chavruta Project Team

The Limmud Chavruta Project is an international collaboration of Limmud volunteers. Every year the Project produces a new book of traditional and modern sources exploring some aspect of Jewish life. This year, teams from the Netherlands, the UK, Israel and the USA invite you to explore... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
SU Limmud Central

14:45 GMT

Little women? Rashi's daughters!
I am sure not to be the only one here to love Louise May Alcott's 'Little Women'. We'll gather together to attempt a Jewish reading of the most Protestant book in the history of children literature. Little women (and men!) of all ages welcome. Bring your own copy... Oh, don't tell me you don't travel with one!

Presenters
MC

Miriam Camerini

Zama Nafshi Theater, Milan
Miriam Camerini was born in Jerusalem on Purim. She grew up to be an actress, director, writer and singer. She has produced 'Golem', a monologue on Else Lasker-Schüler, and a Yiddish Cabaret.. Miriam learned Talmud at Pardes and lives in Italy, where she's also involved in Jewish-Christian... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
Soc 2

14:45 GMT

Mentschmaker, mentschmaker, make me a mentsch
What does it mean to be a Mentsch? The Hebrew word 'middot' means measurements, but also refers to moral virtues. In this interactive program we will explore different 'middot' - Jewish character traits and values. Using dynamic chavruta-style learning, suggestive poetry and evocative collage art, we will address some of the deepest issues of personality development.

Presenters
EM

Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz

Kol HaOt - Illuminating Jewish Life through Art
Elyssa creates worlds of Jewish meaning and beauty using various media to create interactive programmes of Jewish content, such as A Day Away Productions, Zer Mitzvot Bat Mitzvah experience and Kol HaOt: Illuminating Jewish Life through Art. Elyssa lives in Jerusalem with her husband... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
Soc 7

14:45 GMT

Vatikach - when women take hold
It's a rare event when a woman 'takes' (verb = lakakhat in Hebrew) something in the Torah -- but when one does, something big is happening! Together, we will explore what happens in these stories and what they say about the roles women play in the Jewish narrative. (Bring a chumash if you have one available.)

Presenters
SW

Shoshana Waskow

Shoshana is a general paediatrician practising outside Chicago, Illinois. A past Co-Chair of Limmud Chicago Conference, she is Chair of the Limmud Chicago Board and serves on the Limmud International Steering Group. She loves exploring texts in depth and participating in volunteer-led... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
Soc 3

14:45 GMT

Vocal vowel and deep rest meditation
In Hebrew, a vowel is called 'tnua', which means 'movement'. Movement between one state of being to another – the space of transition and change. Vocal vowel meditation is a profound spiritual practice, evoking a deep sense of peace and integrity. This practice will be followed by deep relaxation and rest meditation to allow stillness to infuse your Limmud experience.

Presenters
MH

Mika Hadar-Borthwick

Subtle Yoga
Mika has been working as a healer and teacher for over 25 years, and her practice includes yoga, Alexander technique and craniosacral therapy. In 1993, she established Mika Studio, offering training in subtle yoga and subtle yoga therapy. At the heart of this work is an emphasis on... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

14:45 GMT

Why didn't Miriam see the Burning Bush?
There are no incidents in the Torah of women saying 'Hineni'. As we explore this theme over Shabbat, is this something that should trouble us? What effect has this had on Jewish women? How can we get women today to stand up and take on their own personal call to responsibility?

Presenters
AB

Avielah Barclay

Avielah Barclay earned a sofrut certification in Jerusalem in 2003 and wrote the first Megillat Esther written by a woman in over 250 years. She writes and repairs Sifrei Torah, Megillot, Mezuzot, creates ketubot and Judaica, teaches these to men and women, speaks at synagogues and... Read More →
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Shira Pruce

Women of the Wall
Shira is Director of Public Relations, Women of the Wall and has worked to advance social change in Israel at the Negev Rape Crisis Center and the Jerusalem Open House. She lives in Be'er Sheva, Israel and holds a BA in Women and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, NJ, USA.
DR

Daniel Reisel

Daniel is an NHS doctor and a research fellow at University College London. He believes that science is integral to understanding and ultimately solving the societal challenges that face us.
TR

Toni Rickenback

Toni is co-chair of Programming for Limmud Conference 2013. She has an MSc in Middle East Politics and was the Educational Manger at UJIA Israel Experience until her recent appointment as Director of the UK Task Force on issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel.
LS

Limmud Shabbat Team

The Limmud Shabbat Team welcomes everyone who is coming to Limmud Conference Shabbat 2013. We do hope you will join us for all those traditional Shabbat experiences which we will mark and celebrate together as a community.


Saturday December 21, 2013 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
Rootes Ground Floor

14:45 GMT

The Rebbe's Table
A long-time tradition of our Jewish culture, The Rebbe's Tisch offers opportunities for everyone, young and old, experienced story tellers and newcomers, to share a special Shabbat story or song. Come tell! Come sing! Come listen!

Presenters
JG

Janie Grackin

Janie is a rabbi and community educator who uses the art of storytelling to inspire and educate. She creates programmes for intergenerational populations in synagogues and schools in the United States, Europe and Israel, and was awarded the Solomon Schechter Gold Award for Family... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 14:45 - 15:45 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

16:00 GMT

Chavruta seudah
Prefer learning to singing? Come along to a Chavruta style seudah - 'third meal'. Together we will explore how 'hineni' can be interpreted by examining a range of Biblical and modern-day texts. Taking inspiration from the texts, we challenge you to think about your own 'hineni' moments. Food will be provided.

Presenters
LS

Limmud Shabbat Team

The Limmud Shabbat Team welcomes everyone who is coming to Limmud Conference Shabbat 2013. We do hope you will join us for all those traditional Shabbat experiences which we will mark and celebrate together as a community.


Saturday December 21, 2013 16:00 - 17:00 GMT
Rootes Ground Floor

16:00 GMT

HaMakom Shabbat Open Space Sessions: a sanctuary at Limmud
These sessions offer a space for peace, contemplation and reflection. Please come and use the space to relax, to digest some of your Limmud experiences - stretch, meditate or simply rest.

Saturday December 21, 2013 16:00 - 17:00 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

16:00 GMT

Sing-along seudah
Join us for the traditional 'third meal' to say goodbye to Shabbat with yet more food, fabulous divrei torah, wonderful singing and compelling storytelling led by some of our inspirational presenters.

Presenters
LS

Limmud Shabbat Team

The Limmud Shabbat Team welcomes everyone who is coming to Limmud Conference Shabbat 2013. We do hope you will join us for all those traditional Shabbat experiences which we will mark and celebrate together as a community.


Saturday December 21, 2013 16:00 - 17:00 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 2

17:00 GMT

Musical Egalitarian Ma'ariv
Reform and Liberal communities join their voices in an uplifting celebration of Shabbat. Led by rabbis, cantors, and songleaders from the UK and USA, our wonderful songleaders, along with beautifully played instruments, will have you singing along.

Saturday December 21, 2013 17:00 - 17:20 GMT
SU Copper Rooms 2

17:00 GMT

Orthodox Ma'ariv
A traditional Ashkenazi service, led by men, with a mechitza

Saturday December 21, 2013 17:00 - 17:20 GMT
SU North 2

17:00 GMT

Masorti Ma'ariv
The Masorti Shabbat services will in some ways be how you're used to in a traditional shul – a Shabbat service in Hebrew (from the Singer's prayer book) and a full Torah reading. Yet also a bit different – men and women sit together, share the davenning and Torah readings, lots of singing, warmth and good feeling.

Saturday December 21, 2013 17:00 - 17:20 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 2

17:20 GMT

Havdalah
Join us for a magical Havdalah. As we distinguish between our delightful Shabbat and the week ahead, we'll try and inhale that extra Shabbat soul, taking the good experiences we have had over Shabbat into the beginning of the next stage of Limmud Conference.

Presenters
LS

Limmud Shabbat Team

The Limmud Shabbat Team welcomes everyone who is coming to Limmud Conference Shabbat 2013. We do hope you will join us for all those traditional Shabbat experiences which we will mark and celebrate together as a community.


Saturday December 21, 2013 17:20 - 18:00 GMT
SU Atrium

18:30 GMT

Dinner
Saturday December 21, 2013 18:30 - 20:00 GMT
Rootes Panorama

20:15 GMT

1100 years of living Biblically: The Karaites, the oldest Jewish sect
The Karaites, the oldest Jewish sect, reject the oral law of the rabbis and derive their religious practices almost solely for the Bible. After an overview of the history of the sect, we will examine these practices and compare them with those of Rabbinic Judaism.

Presenters
BW

Barry Walfish

University of Toronto
Barry is the Judaica Specialist at the University of Toronto Libraries. He does research in the history of biblical interpretation, Karaism, and biblical reception. Among his publications are 'Esther in Medieval Garb' (1993) and 'Bibliographia Karaitica' (2011). He is Judaism editor... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 20:15 - 21:15 GMT
Soc 2

20:15 GMT

Alphabet meditation from the Kabbalah (1 of 2)
'Bask in the Blessing...and Link Letters.' (Medieval Jewish poem). Kabbalistic meditations often involve reciting letters in combinations to achieve a level of heightened meditative focus and leading eventually to divine union with the Divine. Roland will teach a basic form, starting in session 1 with three letters. For beginners and experts alike.

Presenters
RB

Roland Brandman

Roland Brandman has a degree in Classical literature and philosophy, and has pursued meditative practice and the study of mystical and mediaeval philosophy. By day (and oft by night), he practises as a solicitor.


Saturday December 21, 2013 20:15 - 21:15 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

20:15 GMT

Spice up your life!
Spice up your life by making an embroidered holder for the besamim used for havdalah. Beginners welcome. Even if you've never done cross stitch before, you will come out of the session with a beautiful enhancement for havdalah.

Presenters
RF

Ruth Finkel

Ruth Finkel is a learning support assistant at a Jewish primary school in London, helping children with literacy and numeracy. When she is not working, she enjoys counted cross stitch embroidery, reading and watching TV.


Saturday December 21, 2013 20:15 - 21:15 GMT
Soc 9

20:15 GMT

Stories of healing / stories that heal
Jewish tradition heavily relies on stories for the transmission of values and wisdom. In this workshop we will look at stories of illness and healing from a variety of Jewish sources and discuss how they provide frames for finding meaning, hope and healing as individuals and as a community.

Presenters
NW

Nancy Wiener

Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, HUC-JIR
Nancy is the Clinical Director of the Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where she holds the Steinberg Chair in Human Relations. She is the rabbi of a small chavurah, and has authored numerous books and artic... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 20:15 - 21:15 GMT
Soc 4

20:15 GMT

Talmudic pun versus grammar fun?
Hebrew grammar is usually dismissed by Talmudists. And mistakenly so, for it seems that Hebrew grammar is at the core of the Talmudic argument. In fact, instead of a situation like nowadays where grammar geeks and Talmudists hardly cooperate, I'll suggest that Hebrew grammar is one of the characteristics of Talmudic literature.

Presenters
SG

Stefan Goltzberg

Stefan is a post-doc researcher at the University of Cambridge and visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. Areas of research include legal argumentation, philosophy of language, linguistics and Hebrew grammar. Author of three books on legal argumentation and several... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 20:15 - 21:15 GMT
SU North 2

20:15 GMT

The role of the Masorti in Israel
in this workshop will discuss the history of the Masorti movement in Israel, and the role it has played in the recent year. We'll explore the new horizon open for the Masorti movement in the near future

Presenters
AN

Avi Novis-Deutsch

Haminyan Hamishpachti Masorti, Kfar Veradim
Avi is a Masorti rabbi. He serves as the rabbi of the Masorti congregation of Kfar veradim. He served as a Talmud and halachah professor at Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, and as the rosh (head) of the Human Rights Yeshiva. Prior to this, Avi spent eight years in an Orthodox yeshi... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 20:15 - 21:15 GMT
Soc 6

20:15 GMT

All the world's a stage: Torah and acting theory
Acting technique can help us all engage life with greater purpose and meaning. Through the lens of Torah, we will examine Shakespeare's rules for acting (from Hamlet), and more modern recommendations for actors, and apply this wisdom to our own ritual, ethical, and soulful living.

Presenters
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Rick Brody

Congregation Kol Halev
Rick Brody is a Reconstructionist rabbi in Austin, Texas. An alumnus of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel and Yale, he has worked in congregations, day schools, and other settings. Rick is an actor, a social activist, and a vegan. He and his wife, Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, have... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 20:15 - 21:15 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 3

20:15 GMT

Saturday night live! (Double Session)
It's not the gala – but it's pretty close. Join us for a Motzei Shabbat multi-sensory extravaganza around our 'burning bush'. Experience educators, musicians and performers taking us through six Hineni moments in Jewish history, with generous helpings of laughter and late night snacks. All ages welcome.

Presenters
LJ

Leah Jordan

Liberal Judaism / Leo Baeck College
Leah is Liberal Judaism's student and young adult chaplain, as well as admissions advisor at Leo Baeck College – where she received semicha. She was a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar in New York and has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and elsewhere.
SK

Saul Kaye

Saul is an international performer, service leader, songwriter and pioneer of Jewish blues. He weaves sounds of struggling African slaves in the US with the history of the Jewish slavery experience, and he has dipped the Torah in the Delta! He plays 130 concerts, festivals and shabbat... Read More →
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Rachel Rose Reid

A spoken word and performance artist raised on a hybrid of Jewish heritage and urban jungle, Rachel’s work often shines new light on dusty subjects. The Dickens 2012 Writer in Residence, she’s performed for the Southbank Centre, Nuyorican Poets Café, Latitude Festival, BBC Radio... Read More →
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Gideon Sylvester

United Synagogue / Tribe / T'ruah
Gideon is Tribe's Israel Rabbi and Senior Rabbinic Educator for T'ruah (formerly Rabbis for Human Rights USA). He was an adviser at the Israeli Prime Minister's Office and directed the Beit Midrash for Human Rights at Hebrew University. He writes for Ha'aretz, performs weddings across... Read More →
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!
YV

Yael Valier

David Cardozo Academy Think Tank
Yael co-coordinates the David Cardozo Academy Think Tank where Nathan Cardozo and a group of unorthodox Orthodox Jews let their imaginations loose. She plays the bad guy in self-defence scenarios for Arab women and in biblical rock musicals, including one she co-wrote.


Saturday December 21, 2013 20:15 - 22:30 GMT
Rootes Bar

21:30 GMT

Dance meditation
Dance and meditation to connect with your breath and body, accompanied by some good tunes.

Presenters
JJ

Jemma Jacobs

Jemma qualified as a massage therapist in the Big Sur and teaches meditation to adults and children in London. She provides a sanctuary of calm where people can take time out from busy-ness and connect to their intuition, heart and breath.


Saturday December 21, 2013 21:30 - 22:30 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

21:30 GMT

Illuminating the darkness: the meaning of havdalah.
The spices and candle... the blessing over distinctions at shabbat's end. All this re-enacts an entire story, in which we confront death and exile, and respond with kindness and restraint. We will examine the biblical sources of the havdalah blessing; marvel at the Rabbinic story of the first havdalah; and consider how we can bring true distinction to our lives.

Presenters
BS

Benji Stanley

West London Synagogue
Benji is in the rabbinic team at West London Synagogue. He received rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College, and is a fellow of Yeshivat Hadar. Benji is passionate about texts, people and responsibility. He is a co-organiser of the Open Talmud Project, in which people get stuck... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 21:30 - 22:30 GMT
Soc 4

21:30 GMT

Israeli politics through adverts
In the UK, party political broadcasts are BORING, causing us to grab the remote and switch over. Their Israeli alternatives couldn't be more different: bold, brash, outrageous and sometimes just plain rude. In this session, we'll watch a dozen or so from the 2013 election, and through discussing them learn something about Israeli society and its politics.

Presenters
RM

Robin Moss

UJIA
Robin is UJIA Israel Engagement Educator, working to improve the quality and nuance of Israel-related educational conversations amongst Jewish youth. Formerly a movement worker for LJY-Netzer, now a trustee of Liberal Judaism. Limmud volunticipant. Informal education fanboy. Approach... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 21:30 - 22:30 GMT
Soc 1

21:30 GMT

Moroccan Judaism: a culture in danger
Moroccan Judaism is a culture in danger. What was once a key part of Moroccan culture and society is now being forgotten and many people there do not even know that Jews still live among them. There is much confusion and even resentment caused by the massive Jewish immigration to Israel. A 30-minute documentary, with English subtitles, followed by discussion.

Presenters
YA

Youness Abeddour

Youness Abeddour is a young Moroccan from the imperial city of Fez, who researches the history of Moroccan Judaism, and makes documentary films. He is the founder of 'Memories of Fez', which runs cultural tours to the city's Jewish Quarter.


Saturday December 21, 2013 21:30 - 22:30 GMT
Soc 7

21:30 GMT

The halachic basis for full female participation in Jewish ritual life
In this text-based session we are going to delve into the Talmudic and halachic sources that support full female integration into communal life. Specifically, we will study the sources that support women reading from the Torah, leading services and blowing the shofar. No background knowledge needed.

Presenters
DR

Daniel Reisel

Daniel is an NHS doctor and a research fellow at University College London. He believes that science is integral to understanding and ultimately solving the societal challenges that face us.


Saturday December 21, 2013 21:30 - 22:30 GMT
Soc 2

21:30 GMT

Why did the 1st century Jew take Prozac?
Find out the answer to this question and also come learn about the Sadducees. Who were they? Were they important? What did they believe? What was their impact on Jewish life?

Presenters
DJ

Dan Jacobs

Dan is a former lion tamer, but now plies his trade enthusiastically in the murky backwaters of Shoreditch, where he fights with hipsters over which is the best coffee shop. He is also fascinated with first century Judaism and its intersection with early Christianity.


Saturday December 21, 2013 21:30 - 22:30 GMT
Soc 3

21:30 GMT

Learn to dance and have fun!
Join us for a beginners modern jive class! Created 28 years ago, it's a fusion of salsa, ballroom, tango and jive and is now the biggest dance club in the world. Practise your new moves in a freestyle session at the end. Suitable for complete beginners, and no need to bring a partner. Just come along and have some fun!

Presenters
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Saturday December 21, 2013 21:30 - 22:30 GMT
SU Copper Rooms 1

21:30 GMT

On creating Shabbat Limmud
How did you enjoy this Shabbat? Could next year provide even more oneg? Whether you're curious how Limmud creates the wonderful atmosphere of learning and community in a cross-communal setting, or have questions and feedback - this session is a chance to hear from this year's Shabbat Limmud chairs, and an opportunity to share your ideas for the future.

Presenters
EB

Emma Breger

Emma loves learning about different cultures and societies. She has a BA in African Studies and an MSc in Social Anthropology. Currently she works for an emerging health education charity. This year Emma is Co-chair of Shabbat Limmud.
IF

Ilana Fenster

Ilana works in Civil Society Affairs at the Embassy of Israel. Prior to this she was a youth movement worker for Noam Masorti and is a trustee of Masorti Judaism. Ilana's other passions are psychology and philosophy. Ilana is Co-chair of this year's Limmud Shabbat.
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Sasha Gold

Tikkun Olam in Tel-Aviv Jaffa / BINA
Sasha was born and raised in Finchley. A keen FZY-nik, she worked for them for two years after university, made aliyah in August and is director of admissions at Tikkun Olam (BINA - the secular yeshiva). She takes gender studies at Tel Aviv University and is trying to learn Hebre... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 21:30 - 22:30 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 3

22:45 GMT

Daf Yomi
The fast-paced journey through the sea of the Talmud, joining thousands of others across the globe in the daily study of a page of Talmud. Today: Yoma 43

Presenters
BC

Benjamin Crowne

Benjamin Crowne lives, learns and teaches in London, where he focuses on the obscure and the neglected. While Education Officer at Cambridge JSoc he developed 'Commentator and Cake', 'Parsha Nuts' and other snack-based study programmes. He is chair of the Religion and Philosophy track... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 22:45 - 23:45 GMT
SU Limmud Central

22:45 GMT

Party like it's 2448: Stereo Sinai live!
The Revelation Will Not Be Televised' tour rocks Limmud! Critics call Stereo Sinai 'ethereal', 'compelling', 'one of the most innovative new bands on the Jewish music scene', and 'relentlessly cute'. Join Stereo Sinai for a high-energy show and party like it's 2448!

Presenters
SS

Stereo Sinai

Stereo Sinai steals lyrics from God. Their heretical combination of holy tongues and blasphemous backbeats is the Good Book like you've never heard it before. If Kelly Clarkson and A-Ha had been on the mountain with Moses they’d have come down sounding much like this pop singer/songwriter... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 22:45 - 23:45 GMT
SU Copper Rooms 1

22:45 GMT

The rise and fall (and rise?) of political Islam
The past year has seen Islamist regimes in the Arab Middle East fall almost as quickly as they rose. Why has this happened and is there any chance they may bounce back?

Presenters
EM

Elhanan Miller

Times of Israel
Elhanan is the Arab Affairs reporter for The Times of Israel. A resident of Jerusalem, he holds a Master's degree in Islamic Studies from Hebrew University and takes a keen interest in Middle East politics and the intersection of Judaism and Islam.


Saturday December 21, 2013 22:45 - 23:45 GMT
Soc 1

22:45 GMT

Translation and education in the philosophy of Martin Buber
Being one of the translators of the Jewish Bible into German and collecting the Hassidic tales, Martin Buber deals with translation philosophically. He was also a great educator having a very particular perspective on Jewish education. This 'pair of words' can be seen as an entrance to Buber's dialogical philosophy. (No previous knowledge is required)

Presenters
RH

Renato Huarte Cuellar

National University Mexico / Limud México
Renato teaches philosophy of education at National University in Mexico and Jewish thought at Universidad Hebraica. He is about to finish his PhD thesis - Translation and Education in the Philosophy of Martin Buber. He loves languages, to dance, and is the founder of Limmud in Me... Read More →


Saturday December 21, 2013 22:45 - 23:45 GMT
Soc 3

22:45 GMT

Unorthodox Orthodox Jews: the baby or the shofar?
The orthodox rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo and his Think/Feel Tank, a motley group of engaged individuals, have been snooping around in the innards of halachic Judaism. Take out your magnifying glass and prepare to turn it on yourself too. Today's topic is: The Unbearable Clash of Values.

Presenters
YU

Yael Unterman

David Cardozo Academy Think Tank
Yael lectures, writes, and coordinates the Cardozo Academy Think/Feel Tank. Piping hot off the presses is her latest book, 'The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Love & Longing'. Young Jews go searching in unlikely places for love, identity and spiritual connection – but is this... Read More →
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Yael Valier

David Cardozo Academy Think Tank
Yael co-coordinates the David Cardozo Academy Think Tank where Nathan Cardozo and a group of unorthodox Orthodox Jews let their imaginations loose. She plays the bad guy in self-defence scenarios for Arab women and in biblical rock musicals, including one she co-wrote.


Saturday December 21, 2013 22:45 - 23:45 GMT
Soc 2

22:45 GMT

Bingo
Everyone loves bingo. Come and join us for a game!

Presenters
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Saturday December 21, 2013 22:45 - 23:45 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 3
 
Sunday, December 22
 

00:00 GMT

Disco
It is D, delirious; it is I, irresistible; it is S, superficial; it is C, complicated; it is O, oh oh oh... ... and other such thought-provoking songs. You know you want to.

Presenters
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Sunday December 22, 2013 00:00 - 01:00 GMT
SU Copper Rooms 1

07:30 GMT

Breakfast
Sunday December 22, 2013 07:30 - 10:15 GMT
Rootes First Floor

09:20 GMT

How truly pluralist is Women of the Wall? Examining a 25-year multi-denominational collaboration
Women from all Jewish denominations gather at the Western Wall to pray together with Women of the Wall. We work together for social change and we have even authored a prayer book together. How do we make decisions and run a movement with so many crucial differences between us? Are all voices truly heard?

Presenters
SP

Shira Pruce

Women of the Wall
Shira is Director of Public Relations, Women of the Wall and has worked to advance social change in Israel at the Negev Rape Crisis Center and the Jerusalem Open House. She lives in Be'er Sheva, Israel and holds a BA in Women and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, NJ, USA.


Sunday December 22, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Ram 4

09:20 GMT

Joseph (w)as a woman
We will explore the alluring and complex personality that was Joseph: his gender-bending character as beloved son of Jacob and Rachel, hated haughty brother, charismatic beauty, sexual assault victim, dreamer, and Pharaoh's Hand. We will examine Joseph's tale of (mis)adventures through art, modern Israeli poetry, midrash and our own interpretations and imaginations. Though somewhat text-based, no prior knowledge is necessary.

Presenters
TZ

Tanya Zion-Waldoks

Activist, researcher, feminist and educator, Tanya edited an anthology on Genesis and directed campaigns on religious LGBT, human trafficking, agunot, and community-based social justice. Writing her dissertation on agunah activism at Bar-Ilan University, a leader in partnership minyanim... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Soc 3

09:20 GMT

Modeh ani - how do we wake up to the day?
This session will explore the idea waking up our minds and bodies to prepare for the day. We will experience different practices to include writing, mindful movement and meditation and share some of our own ideas.

Presenters
CK

Charlie Kane

HaMakom: The Place for Wellbeing, Spirituality and Creativity
Charlie works with the healing power of stories and the magic of play. She performs, facilitates workshops and creates festivals in arts, community and educational settings. She is passionate about holistic learning in Jewish and wider contexts and is delighted to be returning to... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

09:20 GMT

Popular music and politics in the Middle East (1 of 4)
From kibbutz choirs to global Islamic pop to Egyptian singer Sha'aban Abd al-Rahim's famous song 'I hate Israel', how does popular music reflect the political life of the contemporary Middle East? We will listen to and discuss a number of recent examples.

Presenters
AW

Abigail Wood

University of Haifa
Abigail teaches ethnomusicology at Haifa University; until December 2013 she also held the Joe Loss Lectureship in Jewish Music at SOAS in London. She researches sound in public spaces in Jerusalem's Old City and is interested in what sound and music can tell us about complex, conflicted... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Ram 5

09:20 GMT

Sudanese and Eritrean refugees in Israel
Around 60,000 refugees have come to Israel in the last few years. Most of them live in Tel Aviv. Great battles have erupted in the streets and in the courts over their presence. Do we have a responsibility to them or should we keep Israel Jewish?

Presenters
GS

Gideon Sylvester

United Synagogue / Tribe / T'ruah
Gideon is Tribe's Israel Rabbi and Senior Rabbinic Educator for T'ruah (formerly Rabbis for Human Rights USA). He was an adviser at the Israeli Prime Minister's Office and directed the Beit Midrash for Human Rights at Hebrew University. He writes for Ha'aretz, performs weddings across... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Ram 3

09:20 GMT

The Jewish calendar - it's about time! And a lot more
Is the Jewish calendar lunar (moon-based)? solar? unique? Why are the holidays this year the earliest since 1899 and until 2089? The Jewish calendar has serious national and historical significance for our Judaism today. We'll look at these issues through text, plus a bit of math (not much), astronomy, information, and even Confucius.

Presenters
DG

Daniel Goldfarb

Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem
Daniel recently retired as director of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem but continues to teach liturgy and Pirkei Avot there and to share Torah around the world. Native to Boston and resident of Jerusalem for forty years, in late December he feels most at home in Warwick in the... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Soc 1

09:20 GMT

The Jews of Shanghai
Since the mid 1800s, there have been multiple waves of Jewish migration from Europe and the Middle East to Shanghai. A vibrant international city, Shanghai welcomed Jews. We will explore the history of Jewish Shanghai, the relationship between Jews and Chinese, as well as what you can see and learn for yourself if you are lucky enough to go.

Presenters
BC

Bobbi Cohen

LimmudPhilly
Bobbi Cohen's job as a project manager took her to Shanghai for six months. That began her exploration of the Jews of Shanghai. Bobbi has strong ties to the Philadelphia Jewish community through her volunteer efforts, and has been a volunteer leader with LimmudPhilly since 2009.


Sunday December 22, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Soc 2

09:20 GMT

Prayerobics: get up and go the Jewish way (Family Session)
Stretch and stomp through your morning blessings, shshshsh the Shema, sing some familiar songs, learn some new ones, and enjoy some stories along the way. A weekday service for families and learners that uses movement, song and play to create prayer that is both meaningful and fun.

Presenters
SS

Shira Solomons

Reading Hebrew Congregation
Shira has been a Jewish educator and events organiser in England since 2000. She runs the exciting new cheder at Reading Hebrew Congregation, where she works as rebbetzin. She is passionate about practical spirituality and Jewish education that enables children, women and men to expand... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

10:40 GMT

'Hakovesh et yitzro': neurobiology meets rabbinic wisdom (1 of 4)
Emotional reactivity and dysregulation - an emotional response that is poorly modulated - are sources of personal and interpersonal suffering. This session will explore ways to regulate our emotions, informed by cutting-edge research in neurobiology. We will consider the rabbinic dictum, 'Who is mighty? The one who conquers his(/her) impulses' in light of current thinking about social and emotional intelligence.

Presenters
MF

Mona Fishbane

Mona Fishbane, holds a PhD and is a clinical psychologist and director of the Couple Therapy Training, Chicago Center for Family Health. Mona lectures widely on couple therapy, neurobiology and relationships, and intergenerational family dynamics. She wrote 'Loving with the Brain... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Ram 3

10:40 GMT

Community development
This interactive workshop focuses on community development. The session enables delegates to share development ideas thus allowing communities to learn from each other. If your community is looking at or in the process of developing in terms of sustainability, inreach and outreach then this workshop will be for you. Bring your questions and prepare to share ideas and experiences.

Presenters
TI

Tracy Israel

Cardiff Reform Synagogue
Tracy is a member of Cardiff Reform Synagogue and in October 2013 was appointed as the Synagogue's new Development Officer. Tracy is focusing on the community's sustainability into the future with a focus on inreach, outreach as well as educational and social initiatives.


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Ram 7

10:40 GMT

From text to symbol
Via a unique piece of art which uses colours and symbols to represent a biblical narrative, participants will learn a new language for biblical interpretation. They will then study a biblical text and translate it themselves into an artistic representation. This session includes a hands-on art project, for which no previous artistic experience or text knowledge is required or expected.

Presenters
EM

Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz

Kol HaOt - Illuminating Jewish Life through Art
Elyssa creates worlds of Jewish meaning and beauty using various media to create interactive programmes of Jewish content, such as A Day Away Productions, Zer Mitzvot Bat Mitzvah experience and Kol HaOt: Illuminating Jewish Life through Art. Elyssa lives in Jerusalem with her husband... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Soc 9

10:40 GMT

Jews and mathematics: two halves of a whole
You don't need to a be a maths geek to come! Looking at how Jewish mathematicians have influenced academic thought over time, we look at thinkers from the Talmud to Einstein and Jacobi and ask the question, why do Jews love numbers so much?

Presenters
SB

Samuel Bodansky

The Grammar School at Leeds
Samuel Bodansky goes to the Grammar School at Leeds and a member of the Leeds Jewish community and joint Rosh of the Leeds branch of Bnei Akiva. He is also a seasoned Ba'al Koreh at the Etz Chaim Synagogue.


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Soc 2

10:40 GMT

Kosher adultery: the Esther-Mordecai-Ahasuerus triangle in midrash and exegesis
The Talmud makes the surprising claim that Esther was married to Mordecai before she was taken to be Ahasuerus' queen. We will examine the rabbinic texts which document this claim, see how it plays out in the Talmud, and in medieval exegesis.

Presenters
BW

Barry Walfish

University of Toronto
Barry is the Judaica Specialist at the University of Toronto Libraries. He does research in the history of biblical interpretation, Karaism, and biblical reception. Among his publications are 'Esther in Medieval Garb' (1993) and 'Bibliographia Karaitica' (2011). He is Judaism editor... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Soc 1

10:40 GMT

Lost and found - being young and Jewish in Central-Eastern Europe
We will explore different narratives of Jewish young adults in Central Eastern Europe today. How young adults react when they learn that they are Jewish? How can one reconcile a newly learned Jewish identity, with other identities – Hungarian, Roma, Catholic, gay or extreme right wing? Untold stories about third-generation holocaust syndrome, assimilation and revival.

Presenters
TB

Tamas Buchler

Tamás Buchler is from Budapest, Hungary. He studied Law and Peace and Conflict Studies. He works with several Hungarian organisations - Israeli Cultural Institute, the Jewish Agency, the Haver Foundation and Limmud Hungary. He is the director of MiNYanim, a network of young community... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Ram 5

10:40 GMT

Media impartiality and the Arab-Israeli conflict
Many complain about partiality by news organisations like the BBC, especially when it comes to coverage of Israel. In this session, we will explore arguments in favour of a new model of media impartiality inspired by the adversarial legal system. The arguments presented are based on a paper that was recently accepted by the International Journal of Applied Philosophy.

Presenters
JM

Joe Mazor

Joe was born in Israel and grew up in New Jersey. He currently teaches political philosophy at the London School of Economics.


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Soc 4

10:40 GMT

Meditative poetry - study and contemplation
We will be reading and analysing poetry on meditative/mystical themes, interspersed by silent time for reflection on the material. Roland will be introducing poems principally from the Kabbalistic and Sufi traditions, interpreting their elaborate use of symbolism and metaphor. Attendees are also welcome to bring their favourites to share.

Presenters
RB

Roland Brandman

Roland Brandman has a degree in Classical literature and philosophy, and has pursued meditative practice and the study of mystical and mediaeval philosophy. By day (and oft by night), he practises as a solicitor.


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

10:40 GMT

The halachah and aggadah of internet and Facebook - a semi-addict speaks
Exploring these two modern phenomena that powerfully shape our lives, the somewhat addicted presenter discusses why we should use them carefully. Introducing practical, sociological and ethical Jewish perspectives, she quotes from Talmud, Soloveitchik, Levinas, Asimov, AJ Jacobs, Nicholas Carr, Stephen Covey, and a host of other sources she found using Google ;-)

Presenters
YU

Yael Unterman

David Cardozo Academy Think Tank
Yael lectures, writes, and coordinates the Cardozo Academy Think/Feel Tank. Piping hot off the presses is her latest book, 'The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Love & Longing'. Young Jews go searching in unlikely places for love, identity and spiritual connection – but is this... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Soc 3

10:40 GMT

The psychology of forgiveness
We all know that to forgive is a virtue, yet it remains a task beyond many. This is a theoretical session that aims to give some reasons and understanding of the subject. Hopefully, it will give reference and guidance for people to be able to help themselves in the future.

Presenters
MC

Michael Capek

Michael Capek has been a GP in South Manchester for near on 29 years. He has a masters degree in Health Psychology and has a practice in hypnotherapy. He is clinical lead for mental health to South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group.


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Ram 4

10:40 GMT

All aboard the ark: animal mask-making art studio (Family Session)
Be inspired by the exotic animals in the Torah to make your own animal masks using exciting materials. Feathers, gems, sequins, shiny adornments, pipe cleaners, metallic foil and more! For parents and children together to make and create.

Presenters
JR

Jessica Rosenfield

Jessica is a Museum Educator. She currently teaches programmes for special and hospital schools, delivers family workshops and is a consultant for the Wellcome Collection, Geffrye Museum, Museum of London, where she spent seven years, and the Jewish Museum London where she taught... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 3

10:40 GMT

Where performing mitzvot and performance art collide
Join artist Ken Goldman as he walks the eruv, bakes matzot on his back, spends the year of shmitah resting in the fields of his kibbutz home, becomes a human memorial candle, launches Jacob's ladder, and more – as he tries to find his own way in performing mitzvot!

Presenters
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Ken Goldman

Kayitz Bakibbutz
Ken’s art is filled with insider references, innuendos and humour. While at times seemingly irreverent – the works are inspired by and react to traditional texts, rituals, services and holidays. He has spent much of his life creating works and performances that challenge traditional... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Ram 2

10:40 GMT

Yehuda the giant calmer; original myths, intriguing tales and nonsense stories (Family Session)
As Limmud makes the transition from Shabbat into a whirlwind week of sharing and learning, join in with some exciting new tales, some traditional stories and perhaps participate in a fable or two.

Presenters
MS

Marc Shoffren

Alma Primary
Marc is head of Alma Primary, an inclusive Jewish primary school which opened this year in North Finchley, London. He holds an MBA in Educational Leadership and an MA in Religious Education, is a member of Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue, father of two exceptional daughters and married... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

10:40 GMT

The politics of Holocaust history in Lithuania and Latvia (Double Session)
Monica Lowenberg discusses her campaign against state glorification of Latvian SS veterans in Latvia today, followed by a screenng of the documentary 'Rewriting History' which examines a new form of Holocaust revisionism in Lithuania, with the equating of Nazi and Soviet crimes. This will be followed by a Q&A with the film's director, Danny Ben-Moshe, via Skype.

Presenters
DB

Danny Ben-Moshe

Danny Ben-Moshe is an Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the film-maker of 'Rewriting History', which explores the banalisation of the Holocaust in Lithuanian today and its creeping... Read More →
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Monica Lowenberg

Defending Historu
Since initiating in 2012 the petition 'Stop the 16 March marches and Latvians revising history', Monica has written prolifically on the banalisation of the Holocaust taking place in the EU today and has been widely published in the UK and abroad. Monica is London correspondent for... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 10:40 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 6

11:40 GMT

Lunch
Hot Lunch will be available in Rootes Ground Floor

Grab 'n' Go will be available in Rootes Ground Floor and Library Building 

Sunday December 22, 2013 11:40 - 14:40 GMT
Rootes Ground Floor and Library Building

12:00 GMT

'It ain't what you say, it's the way that you say it...' Making conversation and communication accessible
People with learning disabilities have the right to communicate and join in conversations just like anyone else. But how do we do it when someone struggles or is non-verbal? Come learn some of the basic signs and also some Jewish signs in Makaton - a communication signing and symbol system used by many people with learning disabilities.

Presenters
RA

Rachelle Adler

Norwood
Rachelle Adler has a learning disability and she loves speaking and volunteering at Limmud, where she is presenting for the fifth time with Naomi Mushin. Her dream is to travel the world and is always thinking and talking about this. Rachelle loves kosher restaurants, Shabbat and... Read More →
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Shoshana Bloom

Norwood
Shoshana Bloom challenges concepts of disability in the Jewish community, specifically empowering people with developmental/learning disabilities to become proud, active, innovative and contributing members of British Jewry. A passionate Limmudnik and ROIer, she’s co-chaired Conference... Read More →
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Naomi Mushin

Norwood
Naomi has a learning disability and lives in Hendon with three other people including her friend Rachelle Adler. She loves Arsenal and goes to all their home matches. She likes going to work, cooking and being Jewish. She likes teaching people how to sign Jewish words using Makat... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Ram 5

12:00 GMT

Acoustic lunch
Acoustic lunch is a lunchtime jam session and melting pot - come and meet other performers, play or sing together, see which of our visiting musicians drop by, or just come and listen while you eat your lunch.

Presenters
LA

Limmud Acoustic Cafe Team

Acoustic Café is Limmud's perennial favourite open mic session, back for another year. Anyone welcome to take part! There's also Acoustic Lunch, daily lunchtime sessions where you can join in or just relax and enjoy the entertainment.


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Rootes Bar Rectangle

12:00 GMT

Ahavah - love meditation
The Shema tells us to love God with all our heart, all our soul and all our might. But how do we do that? And how does loving ourselves fit in? Meditation and creative exercises on the power of love.

Presenters
JJ

Jemma Jacobs

Jemma qualified as a massage therapist in the Big Sur and teaches meditation to adults and children in London. She provides a sanctuary of calm where people can take time out from busy-ness and connect to their intuition, heart and breath.


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

12:00 GMT

Daf Yomi
The fast-paced journey through the sea of the Talmud, joining thousands of others across the globe in the daily study of a page of Talmud. Today: Yoma 44

Presenters
GW

Garry Wayland

Woodside Park United Synagogue
Garry is the assistant rabbi at Woodside Park Synagogue. He was previously the Jewish chaplain for Scottish universities, has degrees in Maths and Counselling, and studied at yeshivot in New York and Jerusalem. He is married with three young children who keep him very busy!


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)

12:00 GMT

Duct tape tallit! (1 of 3)
Inspirational and artistic, bold and creative, the tallit as an art form and ritual garment enters a new age. You can make a tallit for yourself or a loved one in just three sessions. Stories, ideas, instruction, assistance, and the opportunity to make a memory that will touch your heart forever. Class size strictly limited to 24 participants.

Presenters
JG

Janie Grackin

Janie is a rabbi and community educator who uses the art of storytelling to inspire and educate. She creates programmes for intergenerational populations in synagogues and schools in the United States, Europe and Israel, and was awarded the Solomon Schechter Gold Award for Family... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 9

12:00 GMT

Editing the JC
Stephen Pollard will talk about his 5 years of editing the Jewish Chronicle and hold a question and answer session.

Presenters
SP

Stephen Pollard

The JC
Stephen is Editor of the Jewish Chronicle and writes regularly for the Telegraph, Times and Express. Until assuming his post with the JC in November 2008, he ran a think tank in Brussels and wrote for The Times and Il Foglio (Italy) and Wall Street Journal Europe.


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Sci 4

12:00 GMT

Jewish environmental policies from the world's creation to Zionism
Judaism's environmental policies begin with Genesis. A framework is defined on how man should relate to the earth's resources. Policies are detailed further in both narrative and Jewish law aspects of the Hebrew Bible, Mishnah, Talmud and midrashic literature, rabbinic responsa and Jewish thought. At the beginning of modernity, Judaism had the most developed environmental policies among Western religions.

Presenters
MG

Manfred Gerstenfeld

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Manfred is a member of the Board of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and its chairman from 2000 to 2012. He has been an international business strategist for forty years, and is the 2012 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Journal for the Study of Anti... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Sci 2

12:00 GMT

Jews go green: changing the German Jewish community
Jews Go Green launched 2011 by the Central Council of Jews in Germany provides information on Judaism and environmentalism. The intersection of these two elements is the heart of the action. It is empowering communities and individuals to create meaningful actions and encounters for tikkun olam. This session will present the project.

Presenters
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Agata Kaplon

Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies
Agata was born in Poland and lives in Berlin, where she works for the Central Council of Jews in Germany. She studied philosophy and sociology and is an alumna of the Paideia programme She now coordinates Jews Go Green – an environmental action programme for German communities... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Ram 8

12:00 GMT

Justice in Judaism: the death penalty
What does Judaism think of the Death Penalty? A barbaric act of homicide, or an essential part of the justice system? In this session we shall be exploring its halachic and social development in Jewish history. We shall also discuss our ideas of justice and rehabilitation and explore the role in society of organisations such as Women in Prison.

Presenters
FL

Frederika Lorie

Women in Prison
A Leeds girl, Frederika studied and volunteered in Jerusalem and read Theology at Jesus College, Cambridge. She completed her Masters degree in Religious Studies at Touro College, New York. She works for the charity Women in Prison, in which she helps in the rehabilitation and resettlement... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 4

12:00 GMT

Looking for Richard
Reading excerpts of Richard III, let's explore Shakespeare's take on disability from a historical and cultural viewpoint. How has the Bard's portrayal of disability in this play affected or reinforced our cultural notions and thoughts today?

Presenters
BS

Beth Steinberg

Shutaf - Inclusive Programs for Children and Teens
Beth is the co-founder of Shutaf, offering year-round, inclusive, informal-education programmes for children and teens with disabilities in Jerusalem. Shutaf welcomes all children - with and without disabilities - regardless of educational, religious and socio-economic differences... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Ram 4

12:00 GMT

Receiving the blessings of ‘Y'varech'cha Adonai'
Why is the Priestly blessing so important that it should be passed from God to prophets to priests to the people, and so on down the generations? This blessing is exceptional in its literary, poetic, mathematical and kabbalistic structure, condensing multiple meanings with extraordinary economy. With study, meditation and music, we will open ourselves to the blessing.

Presenters
AM

Alexander Massey

Alexander is a teacher, composer, writer, professional musician, prayer leader, creative liturgist, workshop facilitator, and voice coach. His fascination with and understanding of voice, communication, music, text, learning methods and personal development come together in his love... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Arts - Ensemble

12:00 GMT

Representing God in Jewish art
The second of the Ten Commandments states: 'You shall not make for yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath'. How have Jewish artists dealt with this prohibition and how have they got round it? Explore some of the fascinating artistic depictions of God through history.

Presenters
JW

Jean-Jacques Wahl

Jean-Jacques has been Director of the European Association of Jewish Community Centres, a Jerusalem Fellow, and Chief Executive of the Alliance Israélite Universelle. He is Secretary of the European Association for Jewish Culture, and has a BA in History of Art and Archaeology, and... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 3

12:00 GMT

Revolutionising adult Jewish education one click at a time: Jewish Food For Thought, the animated series - t'shuvah and forgiveness
In this session, Hanan discusses his project, Jewish Food For Thought; screens two episodes dealing with t'shuvah and forgiveness, and uses the animations and accompanying study guides to fuel lively discussion on the topics. This project was created with generous funding by The Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
HH

Hanan Harchol

Jewish Food for Thought
Hanan is the creator of Jewish Food For Thought, an online animated series incorporating Jewish wisdom into engaging animated dialogues between Hanan and his parents, broadcast on Jewish Life television, and Shalom TV. He will have a solo museum exhibition in June 2014, at Hebrew... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 2

12:00 GMT

Saved or not? What happened to Bulgarian Jews 70 years ago?
In 2013 we celebrated 70 years of the salvation of the Bulgarian Jews from the death camps and commemorated 70 years since the deportation of Macedonian and Greek Jews. Were Bulgarian Jews saved or not and who is to be remembered? We will try to answer those questions in this session.

Presenters
MD

Maxim Delchev

Bet Shalom JCC, Sofia
Maxim Delchev is the 'almost' man. He has almost graduated, is almost funny and almost won 'Who wants to be a Millionnaire' in Bulgaria. He works for the Jewish community in Bulgaria as an educational director which sometimes takes almost all of his time.


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 7

12:00 GMT

Secret Jews in Spain
Entire families were divided after the 1492 Expulsion between those who convert to Catholicism and those who go to Exile. Many are those who decided to keep Judaism in secret.Many found themselves living in two worlds in which they finally did not fit in. How they could preserve their identity in such hard circumstances? Where are they today?

Presenters
JC

Jaime Casas

Leo Baeck College
Jaime Casas is a Spanish lawyer. He is Programming director of Casa de Sefarad in Cordoba and ounder of Beit RAMBAM, the first Progressive community in Andalusia. Jaime founded the Casa Mazal, the first restaurant dedicated to Sephardic cooking in Spain .He is a student rabbi at Leo... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Sci 1

12:00 GMT

The Jewish responsibility to combat prejudice
FYFT a new Scottish charity that creates units of educational resources to combat prejudice, will discuss the concept of a Jewish responsibility to stand up for the rights of others. They will ask the question that with rising trends in antisemitism, should the Jewish community campaign for other groups also facing persecution? Anyone and everyone welcome.

Presenters
JB

Janine Bothwell

From Yesterday For Tomorrow
Janine is Deputy Director of From Yesterday For Tomorrow and also our resident wordsmith. A writer with a passion for social change and an understanding of young people from her background in childcare. She met Ben at university, in a rousing debate over tea and cake, and they have... Read More →
BF

Ben Freeman

From Yesterday For Tomorrow
Ben Freeman, 26, founded From Yesterday For Tomorrow, a charity dedicated to creating units of educational resources to combat prejudice. His background is in Holocaust education, having been the UJIA Scotland Youth Worker for five years. He is passionate about 1950's movie stars... Read More →
AO

Aidan O'Rourke

From Yesterday For Tomorrow
Aidan has been lending his creative instincts and snazzy design skills to From Yesterday For Tomorrow (FYFT) for a little over 6 months. He has added visual resonance to the FYFT brand, designing its website and adding cheeky flair to its resources and other materials, all the while... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Ram 7

12:00 GMT

The Wizard of Oz: a vision of self-esteem
Scott said, 'I need to teach a session on courage. But I don't have courage, I am HIV+, why do people think I have courage?' An interactive session, exploring self-esteem, dreamed by Shelley, inspired by Scott. Taught together, for the first time ever.

Presenters
SF

Scott Fried

Scott Fried is an international public speaker, health educator and author. This is his third visit to Limmud. He will be marking his 26th year of surviving HIV/AIDS, making him one of the longest Jewish survivors of the disease. He is the author of three books and lives in NYC
SM

Shelley Marsh

Limmud
Shelley is the Executive Director of Limmud. She has worked in Jewish education for all of her professional career and her work on self-esteem has been reported internationally. She has an MA in community leadership, is the mother of two exceptional daughters and is married to the... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Ram 2

13:30 GMT

A legacy of lullabies
Limmud may have a culture that makes it difficult to prioritise sleep, but Judaism has a rich legacy of lullabies to soothe all ages. Come and learn some of those melodies and take them home to sing with your families. A love of singing and Jewish texts is all that is required!

Presenters
ZJ

Zoe Jacobs

Finchley Reform Synagogue
Zoe is fortunate to be the cantor at Finchley Reform Synagogue, where she loves engaging with the cross-section of liturgy and Jewish music. Passionate about community singing and harmonising, Zoe was inspired at Hebrew Union College -Jewish Institute of Religion, where she was ordained... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Arts - Ensemble

13:30 GMT

Anglo Jewry: Who makes rabbis?
The first Director of the Montefiore College semicha programme discusses: What goes into preparing and maintaining our communal spiritual leadership? Does mainstream Anglo-Jewry need a particular type of rabbi? Are there competing models of rabbis, and what are they?

Presenters
AA

Ariel Abel

Montefiore Scholar
Ariel Abel is a Manchester-born educator, who consults on 'For Life' projects in Blackburn. He is also the Montefiore Scholar at Manchester University and former director of its Semicha Programme. A part-time Orthodox rabbi in Liverpool, he also sings in a band and swims in the English... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Ram 2

13:30 GMT

Approaches to Leviticus 18:22
In Leviticus 18 we encounter a verse which has been used as a proof text to justify harm, humiliation and hatred on the basis of sexual orientation or practice. In this session we will explore a number of textual interpretations of this verse which challenge traditional readings.

Presenters
AS

Alma Smith

Keshet UK
Alma is the co-chair of Keshet UK, the forum working to champion the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all areas of UK Jewish life. Alma has attended more than 25 Limmud events and is a student social worker in her professional life


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Sci 8

13:30 GMT

Beyond Fiddler: the Jew in contemporary musical theatre
One thing that binds American, Canadian, and European Jews is a love of musical theatre. In this session, we will examine portrayals of Jewish life in contemporary American musicals, including the works of William Finn and Jason Robert Brown. Find out if, as they say in 'Spamalot,' you won't succeed on Broadway if you don't have any Jews!

Presenters
AM

Adam Moscoe

Adam, 22, studies at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He is an organiser of Limmud Ottawa and Global Dignity Day, and he sings with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Adam was named one of Canada's 'Top 20 Under 20' in 2011.


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Arts - Studio

13:30 GMT

Commemorating the wartime exodus of Jews from a French alpine village (1 of 2)
In 1943, Jewish refugees in Italian-occupied southern France were protected by an unusual force: the occupying army. This ended brutally when the Germans invaded after the Italian armistice. David and Elizabeth, who live there, will look at the history, how this is commemorated by the Marche de la Memoire and the challenges for the future, as the survivors pass away.

Presenters
DB

David Bernheim

David Bernheim moved with his family from London to St Martin Vésubie in the French Alps, 11 years ago. He is a management and IT consultant, and runs the Nice branch of the Cercle de Génealogie Juive. He was the first editor of Second Generation Voices.
EB

Elizabeth Bernheim

Elizabeth Bernheim moved to St Martin Vésubie in south eastern France in 2002 with her husband and children. She is the English guide to the village and active with the local history society. As Elizabeth Gabay she is a Master of Wine and writes and teaches about wine.


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Sci 4

13:30 GMT

HaMakom Open Space Sessions: a Sanctuary at Limmud
The HaMakom open sessions offer a space for peace, contemplation and reflection. Please come and use the space to relax, to digest some of your Limmud experiences - write, draw, meditate or simply rest.

Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

13:30 GMT

Help! Where are the bathrooms?!  Hebrew through improv games
If you want to visit Israel armed with some crucial Hebrew phrases, you can absorb them by playing the wacky games in this improv workshop. Loosen up and laugh!

Presenters
YV

Yael Valier

David Cardozo Academy Think Tank
Yael co-coordinates the David Cardozo Academy Think Tank where Nathan Cardozo and a group of unorthodox Orthodox Jews let their imaginations loose. She plays the bad guy in self-defence scenarios for Arab women and in biblical rock musicals, including one she co-wrote.


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Ram 5

13:30 GMT

How corrupt is Israel?
Israeli corruption is a bane on Israeli national life. It is also changing. It is used to be the funding of political parties. Now it is also more commercial, such as the Holyland project scandal. Two effects flow: domestic trust in politicians falls, and global partners take fright. Small beer for the country's survival or crucial for future global commercial integration?

Presenters
NK

Nick Kochan

Nick is fascinated by economic crime. He writes and speaks about it to many audiences, including law enforcement agencies, governments and companies. His books and articles in The Independent and elsewhere are well received and widely read. Educated at the University of Cambridge... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Ram 4

13:30 GMT

In search of Jewish ancestry
Anthony became fascinated by genealogy prior to his barmitzvah, and has been actively researching family histories for 65 years. Whilst research technology has been transformed over this period, the principles of source checking remain unchanged. This session will outline the methods available for going in search of your ancestry, addressing in particular the distinct ethnic/religious sources available for Jewish genealogy.

Presenters
AJ

Anthony Joseph

Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain
Anthony is the Emeritus President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain. He is the former President of the Jewish Historical Society of England, a former board member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and a Fellow of the London Society... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Hum 1

13:30 GMT

Jewish origami
For grown ups and teens. Come and see how a simple square of paper can quickly become a Torah scroll, a shofar, an Egyptian pyramid, a kiddush cup, a hamentash, a spice box for Havdallah, or even a tree for Tu BiShevat.

Presenters
SS

Shira Solomons

Reading Hebrew Congregation
Shira has been a Jewish educator and events organiser in England since 2000. She runs the exciting new cheder at Reading Hebrew Congregation, where she works as rebbetzin. She is passionate about practical spirituality and Jewish education that enables children, women and men to expand... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 9

13:30 GMT

Jews don't ever EveRest: trekking in the Himalayas
A photographic and interactive tour of the route from the scary Lukula airport to the site of Everest Base Camp 2012 and back to Kathmandu. Tales of physical endurance, spiritual and emotional highlights and 7 mad Jews from the age of 25 to 71.

Presenters
AJ

Andrew Jacobs

An actuary by profession, Andrew has worked for a number of companies in Johannesburg including Liberty, Standard Bank and now African Bank. He is Chairman of the Board of LifeLine Johannesburg and treasurer of the local Community Active Protection initiative.
MJ

Mickie Jacobs

Mickie has played an active role in the Jewish and wider community since moving to South Africa. She is a counsellor and facilitator for LifeLine Johannesburg, past chairman of Johannesburg Union of Jewish Women, past chair of King David High School PTA and has served two terms on... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 2

13:30 GMT

Limmud Book Club: Linda Grant's 'When I Lived in Modern Times' (1 of 4)
This stand-alone session is a chance for book lovers to share insights. We will discuss our favourite extracts, characters and theories - for those who've already read the book and those who haven't but want to find out more. Today's choice won the Orange Prize for its depiction of an East End hairdresser's journey to Mandate Palestine.

Presenters
SI

Shoshi Ish-Horowicz

Shoshi is an incorrigible book lover who has been attending and enjoying Limmud for many years. This year she is delighted to bring these two passions together by co-hosting the Limmud book club. Outside the world of Conference, she teaches English at a London secondary school.


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Ram 8

13:30 GMT

Madrichim of today, leaders of tomorrow - investing in the future of Jewish life in Romania
After participating in and leading various hadracha and leadership programmes in her own community, Dalia was left wondering if these programmes really do make a difference to local Jewish life. Looking around at the people who are still involved years later, she draws important conclusions and wants to share them with you!

Presenters
DG

Dalia Golda

Gan Eden Kindergarten
Dalia was born into a traditional Jewish family. She decided to dedicate her life to her Jewish community in Romania, and progressed from madricha to leader of Jewish youth organisations to JCC director to Jewish kindergarten founder and director. Her life = Judaism, traditions and... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Sci 1

13:30 GMT

Pikuaching the most nefesh: the ethics of saving lives
Pikuach nefesh is the obligation to save a life, even through breaking religious law. But do we really live up to this? According to the latest research, the most cost-effective charities can save a life for under £1,500. Should we work on Shabbat to donate more? How do we find the best charities? And does charity really begin at home?

Presenters
BH

Benjamin Hilton

Benjamin is a student at JFS. He is a passionate public speaker and debater, and is fascinated by ethical dilemmas such as those posed in his session.
JH

Jacob Hilton

Giving What We Can
Jacob is a PhD student in mathematics at the University of Leeds who has been coming to Limmud since he was one year old. He recently joined Giving What We Can, pledging 10% of his income to the most cost-effective charities. He plays frisbee and the accordion (but not simultaneo... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 7

13:30 GMT

Refresh, revive re-energise: how to spice up your marriage
This session will give you 10 suggestions on how to rejuvenate your marriage. By helping you rethink the use of your commitment to your spouse, you will be reminded of the things you are not supposed to do or say! Instead you will be given tools to revive the spark you might have lost..

Presenters
SC

Sarit Cohen

Limmud Colorado
Sarit Cohen has a Master's degree in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University and is a Pardes Educator. She is also a trained Montessori teacher and is currently homeschooling her three boys. Sarit believes that each child should be educated according to their unique abilities... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 6

13:30 GMT

Seeking asylum in Israel
With more than 60,000 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel at the moment, the country is facing some tough questions regarding what it means to be a Jewish state. This interactive presentation will explore the various opinions within Israeli politics about how to treat these individuals.

Presenters
IF

Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher teaches a course on Israeli society through film, TV and popular music at the Jewish Museum of Australia. He also co-ordinates the interfaith and community service programmes at Mount Scopus Memorial College. In 2007, he spent a year at the Hebrew University on the... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Ram 3

13:30 GMT

Talmud - textual study
in this session we will read Talmud Brachot - fourth chapter and will explore the meaning underneath the disputes

Presenters
AN

Avi Novis-Deutsch

Haminyan Hamishpachti Masorti, Kfar Veradim
Avi is a Masorti rabbi. He serves as the rabbi of the Masorti congregation of Kfar veradim. He served as a Talmud and halachah professor at Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, and as the rosh (head) of the Human Rights Yeshiva. Prior to this, Avi spent eight years in an Orthodox yeshi... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)

13:30 GMT

The law of return: 'who is a Jew?' strikes back
The age-old issue of 'who is a Jew' has taken on a whole new significance now that Israel has a law, the Law of Return, that requires a definition of 'who is a Jew'. The Israeli Supreme Court has struggled with this question for the past 60 years - in this interactive session, we will too!

Presenters
RM

Robin Moss

UJIA
Robin is UJIA Israel Engagement Educator, working to improve the quality and nuance of Israel-related educational conversations amongst Jewish youth. Formerly a movement worker for LJY-Netzer, now a trustee of Liberal Judaism. Limmud volunticipant. Informal education fanboy. Approach... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Ram 7

13:30 GMT

Volunteering: a Jewish perspective
This session will examine volunteering. We will see what it is and the reasons why, as Jewish people, we tend to have a strong disposition towards giving our time to help other people, and organisations, in our communities. No prior knowledge or volunteering experience is necessary. You just need a willingness to take part!

Presenters
MS

Mike Silverstone

Jewish Volunteering Network
Mike is the Youth Co-ordinator at the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN). Having completed an MA in Political Theory from the University of Manchester in 2011, he abandoned politics in favour of the charity sector. After an internship, JVN offered him a job directing volunteering-related... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 3

14:50 GMT

Homemade Judaism: family life around the Jewish holiday table (Family Session)
Quality time for families is made around the Shabbat and Pesach tables, not by standard observances alone, but by customising and personalising the celebrations of sacred time. Using my 'Shabbat at Home' blessings book and my 'Family Participation Haggadah', let me share ideas for making meaning and building relationships. Judaism will make us all better 'home-makers'.

Presenters
NZ

Noam Zion

Noam is an educator, research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and the author of several books, including 'A Different Night: The Family Participation Haggadah', two other haggadahs and 'A Different Light: The Big Book of Hanukkah'.


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 15:25 GMT
Radcliffe Family Lounge

14:50 GMT

'Israel Inside - How A Small Nation Makes A Big Difference'
In this groundbreaking documentary seen by over two million people, a Harvard Professor of 'Psychology of Leadership' and 'Psychology of Happiness' will teach you not just what makes Israel great, but HOW Israel became leaders in innovation, medicine and technological advances. Tal ben-Shahar will reveal his secrets on how to live a happier, more productive life.

Presenters
BS

Ben Stross

Jerusalem U
Ben is director of the UK Division of Jerusalem U. As part of his role, Ben works on partner development and oversees strategic planning, educational programming and product distribution for the UK. He holds a BA in Talmudic Law from Ohr Sameach.


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Soc 7

14:50 GMT

'The Pareve Patisserie'
Rumour has it that pareve desserts can never taste as good as milky ones. Georgia will prove otherwise by demonstrating how to create high quality patisserie goods that one can enjoy with any meal. Having worked in kosher bakeries around London, Georgia understands the limitations of pareve cooking. This session will show how you can create outstanding dishes, still keeping kosher.

Presenters
GG

Georgia Green

Georgia has taken the concept of cakes to a new level. Trained at the world famous culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu, she has the ability and creativity to produce high quality cakes, desserts and patisserie goods that are suitable for everyone to enjoy, tasting just as delicious as... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Rootes First Floor

14:50 GMT

'The Roi Levi Experience' - meet the artist/acoustic show
Roi will expose some of his unusual life story, including hippy childhood in Galilee... zooming in and out in time, Roi will share anecdotes as well as a new complete interreligious theology. And of course... in between the spoken words, songs will be sung. Join the Roi levi Experience and set sail into a groovy journey through space and time.

Presenters
RL

Roi Levi

Roi is a singer-songwriter, founder of Shotey Hanevua – one of Israel’s most influential bands. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University in Jewish history and general studies and lives in the village of Katzir in northern Israel with his wife Osnat and five sons.


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Arts - Studio

14:50 GMT

But I'm still me
How does a person change when they change their religion? How can a convert to Judaism reassure loved ones that s/he is still the same person? Come and hear what we have learned from our conversion students, and participate in a conversation about how communities can support Jews by choice.

Presenters
ZS

Zahavit Shalev

New North London Synagogue / Leo Baeck College
Zahavit is Rabbi’s Assistant at New North London Synagogue - where she runs the conversion programme - and a student at Leo Baeck College. She gets her kicks from seeing her students successfully join the Jewish people (40+ and counting), going to shul, her family, and undignified... Read More →
JW

Jonathan Wittenberg

Rabbi of the New North London (Masorti) Synagogue for over 25 years, and Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK for six, Jonathan loves Judaism, literature, history, plants, animals and people. Inter-faith contacts and pastoral care interest him deeply. Nicky and he have three children... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Sci 8

14:50 GMT

Campus SatNav
From Rootes to Ramphal, and from Scarman to Social Sciences, get to grips with the fabulous Limmud site. With our whistle-stop tour you'll never be lost or find yourself missing the start of a session again!

Presenters
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Rootes Main Entrance

14:50 GMT

Crafternoon tea
Explore the wonderful world of arts and crafts, with different activities each day, alongside a nice cup of tea mid-afternoon. Get the creative juices flowing whilst socialising and relaxing too. All ages and skill levels welcomed and encouraged to roll your sleeves up and join in!

Presenters
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Soc 9

14:50 GMT

Eva Hesse and Freud's Moses of Michaelangelo
The most significant post-minimalist artist was a Jewish refugee brought up as an Orthodox yekke in Washington Heights. She said, 'My life and art have not been separated. They have been together'. Did Hesse totally lay down her Halachik Judaism to construct her identity as an artist or can psychic traces of it be found in her life and work?

Presenters
CK

Clive Kennard

Clive is studying ceramics at the University of the Arts London. His art history MA concentrates on 1960s minimalism and the loss of self, incorporating the politics of display, gender and theological concerns with perception. Clive has a interest in old crackly cantorial music and... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Ram 5

14:50 GMT

Full cycle giving circle: from creation to allocation (1 of 3)
Want to participate in a community funding project (and learn how to re-create it in your community)? Join this intensive hands-on learning experience where we'll go through a complete giving circle cycle. We'll decide our mission, research grantees, and allocate funds. Donation: 20GBP. Must attend all sessions to vote.

Presenters
RR

Ruthie Rotenberg

Ruthie works for the Jewish Funders Network in New York, is a graduate of the last cohort of Mandel Jerusalem Fellows, likes drinking coffee and running (though not simultaneously), and is a member of ROI. She has held several roles in Limmud communities, including being the first... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Sci 1

14:50 GMT

HaMakom Open Space Sessions: a Sanctuary at Limmud
The HaMakom open sessions offer a space for peace, contemplation and reflection. Please come and use the space to relax, to digest some of your Limmud experiences - write, draw, meditate or simply rest.

Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

14:50 GMT

How to teach Israeli dancing
This session will focus on the methods for teaching Israeli dance to children, youth and adults. We will use examples from the 'Ohavim Lirkod' core curriculum for schools. Supported by UJIA, this session will feature some interactive teaching so be prepared for some exercise!

Presenters
MS

Maurice Stone

Israeli Dance Institute
Maurice is chairman of the Israeli Dance Institute (IDI) and works for UJIA. He has been teaching dance for many years at Limmud in the UK, Russia & Ukraine. He believes that Israeli dance is a fundamental educational tool promoting Jewish identity and a connection with Israel. So... Read More →
IS

Ilai Szpiezak

Israeli Dance Institute
Ilai is the Dance Development manager for the Israeli Dance Institute (IDI). From Argentina, he has been in the UK for almost 3 years and teaches children, youth and adults as well as creating stage choreographies.


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

14:50 GMT

Intimate relationships with God about whom I know nothing
Rescuing God from the clutches of scientific dogma and welcoming people to 'know' God. In other words - if I understand nothing about God would it preclude a relation with God and what would I gain from this type of relationship?

Presenters
GB

Golan Ben-Chorin

Israel Spiritual Initiatives
Golan Ben-Chorin is spiritual leader of Rosh Pinah pluralistic congregation, Israel, and educational innovator. Consultant for Jewish communities worldwide. Employs a “midrashic” worldview, storytelling and music in experiential learning. He has a doctorate in Jewish pluralism... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Ram 2

14:50 GMT

Israel: too contentious to celebrate?
Celebrating Israel, especially on Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day) has become less of a focus for the British Jewish community - from communal events to what shuls across all streams are doing. This session will discuss why - drawing on some recent research/surveys - and begin a conversation on addressing it. No previous knowledge required, just interest and enthusiasm!

Presenters
AO

Adam Ognall

New Israel Fund
Adam is Chief Executive of New Israel Fund UK. Adam has worked in the not-for-profit sectors in the UK and Israel. In Israel he worked on co-existence issues and as an informal Jewish educator. Adam was Mazkir of Habonim Dror and co-chair of the Zionist Youth Council.


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Sci 4

14:50 GMT

Jewish genetic disorders - to know or not to know? (1 of 2)
It's not just Tay-Sachs - research has identified over 30 genetic disorders that disproportionately affect our community. Knowledge about our genes can raise complex issues but also empower us to better prevent, diagnose and manage these conditions. Join this presentation and discussion about our rights and responsibilities, as individuals and as a community, to learn about and prevent these disorders.

Presenters
IP

Ian Pearl

Jewish Genetic Disorders UK
Ian Pearl is married to Jane, they have 3 children, their youngest affected by a Jewish genetic disease. He now strives to raise awareness within the community and is a trustee of Jewish Genetic Disorders UK. He is a lawyer and enjoys food (too much), travel and sailing when given... Read More →
KS

Katrina Sarig

Jewish Genetic Disorders UK
Katrina is the founder and executive director of the charity Jewish Genetic Disorders UK – established to improve the prevention, diagnosis and management of Jewish genetic disorders. She is actively involved in outreach education, signposting, and facilitating access to responsible... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Ram 3

14:50 GMT

Photography that cares
This workshop explores photographic portraiture as a critical, empathetic practice – a way of caring about Others. After exploring key influences on my photographic practice – including Arnold Newman (the Jewish-American portraitist) and humanist reportage photographers (e.g. Cartier-Bresson, Mary Ellen Marks and Salgado), the workshop reflects on Glenn's exhibitions as a way of countering stereotypes of Muslims, Jews and Sikhs.

Presenters
GJ

Glenn Jordan

University of South Wales / Butetown History & Art
Glenn Jordan is Reader in Cultural Studies and Creative Practice at the University of South Wales and Director of Butetown History and Arts Centre, a people’s history and gallery in Cardiff. A cultural theorist, oral historian, photographer and curator, his exhibitions include “Hineni... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Soc 6

14:50 GMT

Rachel Rose Reid: spoken word, stories sung
An intimate hour of poetry, story and song with the writer and performer dubbed 'Queen of the New Wave of storytellers' (BBC Radio 3), whose upbringing between immigrant heritage, urban intensity and folk traditions has resulted in an unique hybrid style of work seen from Burning Man Festival to the Southbank Centre.

Presenters
RR

Rachel Rose Reid

A spoken word and performance artist raised on a hybrid of Jewish heritage and urban jungle, Rachel’s work often shines new light on dusty subjects. The Dickens 2012 Writer in Residence, she’s performed for the Southbank Centre, Nuyorican Poets Café, Latitude Festival, BBC Radio... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Arts - Ensemble

14:50 GMT

Ten reasons why you need a rabbi and how to choose one.
Everybody needs a rabbi. You might not think so but we all have rabbis, whether we realise it or not. In this session we will examine what a rabbi is and why it is helpful for each of us to get ourselves a rabbi. Beards optional.

Presenters
ZS

Zvi Solomons

Reading Hebrew Congregaton / Jewish Spark
Orthodox Rabbi of Reading for the past five years, Zvi has been a Limmudnik since the 1997 Conference in Manchester. A keen kalamophile, whisky buff and active gardener, Zvi enjoys his busman's holiday at Limmud, with his wife Shira and children Gavi Ora and Shula.


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Ram 4

14:50 GMT

The original conversion crisis
The story is told of three individuals who approached Hillel and Shammai wishing to convert but with certain preconditions. Shammai chases them away as insincere yet Hillel converted them. This session will ask why the two greatest leaders of the day had radically different approaches and what this story can teach us about conversion today

Presenters
YF

Yaacov Finn

Yaacov Finn recently graduated as an orthodox rabbi (Montefiore Kollel), and holds an MSc in Health Psychology from University College, London. He served as interim minister of Shenley United Synagogue, and currently gives a weekly sermon to the 'Limmud Minyan’ in Borehamwood United... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)

14:50 GMT

Why is Biblical Hebrew considered a holy language?
Biblical Hebrew is a unique language, full of surprises, and wonders. Eliane will explain why it may be considered 'holy', i.e. the language used by God to talk to humankind. The approach is analytical and logical, drawing on Eliane's scientific background. No pre-requisite knowledge required.

Presenters
EM

Eliane Maarek

Eliane holds a Doctorate in Applied Mathematics and an MBA. She runs a Consulting Company. She also taught Marketing at HEC Executive MBA, and filed patents. Eliane has been studying Torah for many years and gives lectures and courses. She is writing a book about the 'Vav'.


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Ram 8

14:50 GMT

Yerusha - virtual unification of scattered Jewish archives
European Jewish archival heritage is scattered throughout the world. Millions of documents written in dozens of languages lie in hundreds of locations. The online environment enables us to unify this vast cultural heritage by creating a major online hub of information regarding Jewish archives. This is the major goal of the Yerusha, an initiative of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe.

Presenters
GK

Gabor Kadar

Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe
Gabor is director of the Yerusha Project at the Rothschild Foundation. Between 2010 and 2013 he worked as senior historian of the Hungarian Jewish archives in Budapest. He is the author and co-author of five monographs and close to fifty studies.


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Soc 2

14:50 GMT

Zionism 2013
In 1940, to be a Zionist meant building Israel. So how can you be a Zionist today? In this session we will talk about new movements and programmes of the new Zionists. We will specifically talk about 'shnat sherut' - gap year of community service and young 'kehilot'- young people who decide to live together and volunteer.

Presenters
OB

Or Brenner

Jewish Agency for Israel
Or Brenner was born and raised in Israel. After serving in as an education officer in the army, she started working for the scouts .Her last position was Director of “Hagshama” Department. She has a BA in psychology, and is currently doing an MA in Organisational Behaviour.


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Ram 7

14:50 GMT

How Holocaust education shapes our Jewish identity in Israel and in communities around the world
It is undeniable that the holocaust has been central to the shaping of our Jewish identity. However, the question remains as to which narrative we should strengthen when creating our identity as Jewish people and human beings in the aftermath of this national trauma. The place of Israel within the memory of the holocaust will also be examined.

Presenters
MH

Miryam Holtzman

Kvutzot Am
Miryam is the director of Kvutzot Am – the network of educators' kibbutzim of Habonim Dror Olim. She is a member of Dror Israel, an Israeli movement promoting social change, and one of the founding members of the Eshbal educators' kibbutz. A holocaust educator, social activist and... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 16:00 GMT
Soc 4

14:50 GMT

Limmud International opening plenary (Double Session)
A welcome to Conference for all Limmud International (LI) delegates. A chance to meet the LI Steering Group and other LI delegates, discuss common issues, plan how to best use Conference for LI networking and discuss LI plans more generally. There will also be a drinks reception so we can get to know each other socially too!

Presenters
LI

Limmud International

The Limmud International Team supports the development of Limmud volunteers in over 65 communities worldwide. Our development and networking activities include mentoring and advice on a one-to-one basis; bespoke workshops with volunteer teams in their home Limmud community; regional... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 17:20 GMT
Sci 2

14:50 GMT

UK Jewish Film: 'From Cable Street to Brick Lane' (74 mins) (Double Session)
Introduced by Carrie Supple and followed by Q&A. A tribute to successive generations of immigrants and trade unionists in London's East End, and their triumph over prejudice and intolerance.

Presenters
LB

Linda Berkowitz

UK Jewish Film
Linda Berkowitz is a Board Member and Trustee of UK Jewish Film. She has enjoyed (immensely) attending Limmud conference with her family and representing the UKJF (with wonderful films and great discussions) for a number of years.
UJ

UK Jewish Film

UK Jewish Film is dedicated to developing an environment in which Jewish film entertains, educates and enlightens diverse audiences in the UK and internationally. Throughout the year we screen the best of world cinema, offer opportunities to emerging filmmakers, and produce education... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 14:50 - 17:20 GMT
Hum 1

16:10 GMT

Mikey Pauker and Naomi Less family concert (Family Session)
Families get ready to sing, sway, shake it and smile with music that will lift your spirits. Mikey Pauker and Naomi Less, two of the US's most exciting Jewish musicians join forces to bring serious ruach and love to Limmud families. Let's rock!

Presenters
NL

Naomi Less

Naomi Less Band / Jewish Chicks Rock
Naomi engages, enlightens and empowers communities with live concerts, spiritually uplifting music worship experiences and experiential workshops. She is a multi-skilled talent who creates tailor made experiences for all ages. Check out her music on iTunes or on her website: www.naomiless.com... Read More →
MP

Mikey Pauker

Merkava Mentors
Mikey is a Laguna Beach based Jewish recording artist blending folk, hip-hop, reggae and generating 'Jewish Crossover Music'. Mikey is one of the stars of the 'New Jewish Music' by Time Magazine, and the CEO of Merkava Mentors, an initiative for the creation and collaboration of Modern... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:10 - 16:55 GMT
Radcliffe Annexe

16:20 GMT

'Apartheid roads' (and other Judea & Samaria lies you were told)
What is the reality in the areas of Judea and Samaria? How does Arab propaganda present a perverted picture? What do 360,000 (plus 200,000) Jews do beyond the 'Green Line'? Who do you believe?

Presenters
YM

Yisrael Medad

Yesha Council External Affairs Unit
American-born, Yisrael made aliyah in 1970, moving to Shiloh in 1981. He is Information Resources Director at Menachem Begin Heritage Center, vice-chairman of Israel's Media Watch, Yesha Council External Affairs Unit member and a Jerusalem Post media columnist. Formerly a Parliamentary... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Sci 5

16:20 GMT

A Jewish response to South Africa's educational crisis.
Very few disadvantaged children get through the school system to eventually gain a university degree. Many drop out on the way, unable to read easily. ORT SA and ORT SA CAPE work for change - opening minds, getting children off the streets into enriching learning experiences such as robotics and reading balanced with teacher training.

Presenters
LA

Lydia Abel

ORT SA CAPE
Lydia Abel is a long-time activist for social change. As director of ORT SA CAPE, her experience and insight helped to develop innovative strategies for improving education quality. Robotics and reading, comics and mobile phones all enable children ‘learning to read’ in order... Read More →
DS

Debbie Staniland

ORT SA CAPE
Debbie is passionate about improving the quality of education in South Africa. A qualified educator with twenty years in the corporate world and ten in education, she has been involved in community organisations for fifteen years: school bodies, synagogue boards, Limmud South Africa... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Ram 4

16:20 GMT

Choose your own adventure: Shabbat
Remember 'Choose Your Own Adventure' books where you could determine the fate of the main character? Come and choose your own adventure in an accessible study of diverse sources, videos and images. In this new format we will use the latest technology to explore Shabbat practices and choose how you want to practice. Bring an iPad if you have one!

Presenters
LB

Libby Burkeman

Movement for Reform Judaism
Libby Burkeman is Informal Education Director at the Movement for Reform Judaism, working with RSY-Netzer and Jeneration (youth, students and young adults). Libby has carved out a career in informal education, including working at the Science Museum and Tzedek


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Ram 5

16:20 GMT

Covenant and consent: democracy and participation in the Sinai narrative
As legislative processes go, 'divine revelation' doesn't sound too democratic. But by exploring midrashim and other interpretations of the Sinai narrative, a different side to it is uncovered. This will be a text- and discussion-based session, so come along prepared to disagree!

Presenters
avatar for Gabriel Webber

Gabriel Webber

Gabriel is a cheder teacher at Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue, a politics student at Sussex University and electoral returning officer for his students' union. He was also an Israel Tour madrich for LJY-Netzer in summer 2013. He is a big fan of Judaism, democracy, youth-work... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Ram 8

16:20 GMT

Does shul still matter?
With the plethora of Jewish cultural opportunities – JW3 and others – the nationally acclaimed Jewish book week and film festival and Jewish museums, coupled with ridiculously disproportionate media programming focused on Judaism, does it matter if the majority of Jews don't want to pray? It matters to synagogues. Are they now irrelevant or still the beating heart of the Jewish community?

Presenters
AG

Aaron Goldstein

Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue
Aaron is one of the Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue rabbis, having previously worked at Liberal Judaism as its outreach director. He is vice-chairperson of LJ's rabbinic conference. His motto is to, ‘Count Jews in, not out.’


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Sci 7

16:20 GMT

Extraordinary Jewish historians (1 of 2)
This series will explore some of the amazing Jewish historians of the 19th and 20th centuries. These innovative men and women provoked debate on the core issues of our lives. Jewish identity, religion, Holocaust and Israel are the arenas where the controversies raged. Part 1: Judaism in the eyes of the first modern Jewish historians? Focus on Graetz and Dubnow.

Presenters
MW

Michael Wegier

UJIA
Michael is Chief Executive at UJIA, a role that combines his passion for Israel and the Jewish people. Trained as a Jewish Historian, Michael has worked in education in the UK, Israel and the USA. Michael has an MA from the Hebrew University and is a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow.


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Hum 2

16:20 GMT

From Baghdad to Andalusia - up close and acoustic with Nuriya and Yair
Acoustic up close 'n personal ethnic music accompanied by personal anecdotes from Iraq, Mexico and beyond! This intimate performance will be fused with musical magic from Spanish Flamenco, Middle Eastern mystic and Latin American Gypsy spice. You really won't want to miss out on this one!

Presenters
YD

Yair Dalal

Yair Dalal is an Israeli-born ethnic musician, instrumental in shaping the world music scene for over a decade. Yair fuses Israeli, Jewish and Middle Eastern cultures with influences from the Balkans to India. A devoted peace activist,Yair particularly relates to the desert and its... Read More →
NM

Nuriya - Musician

Nuriya is a Mexican-born vocalist & composer, who has been influenced by Middle Eastern, Latin American and Flamenco traditions. She has performed and recorded with her own ensemble and other artists, including Yair Dalal and Andy Summers (of 'The Police'). She is excited to perform... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
SU Copper Rooms 1

16:20 GMT

From Rabbi Ashlag to the Kabbalah Centre: the origins and essence of Neo-Kabbalah (1 of 4)
Neo-Kabbalah groups are today some of the most successful New Religious Movements in America and Israel, usually offering a popular interpretation of Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag's Kabbalah. In this session we will examine the history of these movements, and the way their leaders adapt Kabbalah and transformed it from a body of Jewish lore into a universal technique.

Presenters
TP

Tomer Persico

Tel Aviv University
Teaching Comparative Religion in Tel-Aviv University and at the Secular Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Tomer’s PhD dealt with meditation in the Jewish tradition, past and present. His main area of expertise is contemporary religion and spirituality, and he writes the most popular blog in... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Soc 3

16:20 GMT

Jewishness and gentility in Modern Britain (1 of 3)
Could a Victorian Jew be a gentleman? Successful Jewish men in the Victorian age wished to be seen not only as Englishmen but also as gentlemen. But was Jewishness compatible with gentility? This talk will explore the obstacles Victorian Jews faced in winning recognition as genteel, respectable Englishmen.

Presenters
TE

Todd Endelman

Todd M Endelman is Professor Emeritus of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. A specialist in the history of British Jewry, he is the author of 'The Jews of Georgian England', 'Radical Assimilation in English Jewish History', 'The Jews of Britain', and 'Broadening... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Sci 8

16:20 GMT

Open choir for all and advanced choir (1 of 4)
The purpose is primarily to have fun. Everyone is welcome, including those who think they cannot sing. All sessions will be in three parts: 1. Warm-up (10 min); 2. Everyone (20 min); 3. Advanced self-selecting participants (20 min). It is hoped we will be asked to perform at the end of Limmud. Repertoire will be in English, Hebrew and Yiddish

Presenters
SK

Shelley Katz

Shelley is a Montreal born conductor and pianist, holding degrees from the Julliard School, a doctorate in music technology and patents in audio technology. He has worked in German opera houses and performs worldwide, dividing his time between the Symphonova Project (www.symphonova.com... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Arts - Ensemble

16:20 GMT

Organ donation: Is it about politics or halacha?
Israel was not allowed to join the European Union of Organ Sharing. Why? New Israeli legislation on organ donation is considered controversial. Why? The Chief Rabbinate of Israel supports organ donation; other rabbinical organisations don't. Why? Come hear about the medical, halachic and political issues about this life-saving issue.

Presenters
RB

Robby Berman

Halachic Organ Donor Society
Robert Berman has an MPA from Harvard, an MBA from Baruch, and a BA from Yeshiva University. A graduate of Gruss Kollel and Yeshivat Hakotel. He is a journalist published in New York Magazine, Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Report, etc. He is founder and director of the Halachic Organ... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Soc 1

16:20 GMT

People-to-people programmes: linking the British Jewish community with Ethiopian Israelis
This session will take elements from the Ethiopian Bar/Bat Mitzvah twinning programme that UJIA runs with bar/bat mitzvah participants to educate about the history, life, and culture of Ethiopian Jews in an informal, interesting, and most of all, fun way.

Presenters
DN

Deborah Newman

UJIA
Debbie hails from Dublin, and moved to Leeds to study Art and Design. She’s made the big move to London and is working at UJIA as a Community Israel Engagement Coordinator, running Programmes such as a gap year in Akko with Arsenal FC and the UJIA Ethiopian Bar/Bat Mitzvah Prog... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Soc 6

16:20 GMT

Psalm 19: levels of mindfulness in the everyday (1 of 4)
This session will make a close literary study of Psalm 19, with a focus on a theology of speech and language. Study supplemented by commentaries from the Zohar and R. Moshe Cordovero. (texts in Hebrew with translations by the presenter)

Presenters
MF

Michael Fishbane

Michael Fishbane is the Nathan Cummings Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Studies, the University of Chicago. He is the author of many books in biblical and Jewish thought and interpretation, including 'Sacred Attunement: A Jewish Theology'.


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Ram 2

16:20 GMT

Sex and halacha in the age of Grindr
Sex outside of marriage is a normal and usually uncontroversial part of modern life. Yet it often seems that Jewish teachings have little to say on the matter beyond assur (forbidden). In this lecture and text study we will consider how to create a Jewish sexual ethic framed through a highly creative approach to halacha.

Presenters
DL

Daniel Lichman

Daniel is a second year rabbinical student at Leo Baeck College. His experiences in diverse learning communities including RSY-Netzer, Limmud, Moishe House London, Grassroots Jews, Adamah, the Cambridge Interfaith Centre and Pardes have shaped his evolving approach to the integration... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Sci 1

16:20 GMT

Spice up your life!
Design and make your own besamim/ spice pouch to use at havdalah. Embroider your initials, name or anything else you think is appropriate. No prior knowledge of sewing is neccessary and all levels of expertise are welcome.

Presenters
RF

Ruth Finkel

Ruth Finkel is a learning support assistant at a Jewish primary school in London, helping children with literacy and numeracy. When she is not working, she enjoys counted cross stitch embroidery, reading and watching TV.


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Soc 9

16:20 GMT

The art of lawfare / international law and the Arab-Israeli confict (1 of 2)
International law is being increasingly used and abused as a weapon against Israel. This session will describe the full extent of the problem, giving Israel's strengths and weaknesses in this battlefield and propose ways to fight back. We will finish with an open discussion about ways to effectively fight back. There will also be a Q&A on all topics covered.

Presenters
SS

Sebastian Steinfeld

After qualifying as a solicitor at a magic circle firm, Sebastian left the profession but maintained an interest in international law. He aims to equip activists and legal professionals with both the rhetoric and the content of international law.


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Soc 4

16:20 GMT

The Guide to the Perplexed Donor: Competing understandings of generosity - tzedakah, tikkun olam, Christian charity and Greek philanthropy
How does one decide where and how to give money and time to help others? Having just completed a trilogy of books on comparative giving in Jewish, Christian and Western thought, I have much to share about how different cultures encourage their members contribute to the greater good: fuelled by love, compassion, righteous indignation and almost all by calculated self-interest

Presenters
NZ

Noam Zion

Noam is an educator, research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and the author of several books, including 'A Different Night: The Family Participation Haggadah', two other haggadahs and 'A Different Light: The Big Book of Hanukkah'.


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Sci 3

16:20 GMT

The teshuvah of the Jedi: timeless Jewish themes in the Star Wars saga
The adventures of the mythic order of the Jedi Knights in the Star Wars films provide a fascinating window into timeless Jewish themes of duty, growth, learning and redemption. We will view clips from the films and study classical Jewish texts that explore similar topics.

Presenters
avatar for Rick Brody

Rick Brody

Congregation Kol Halev
Rick Brody is a Reconstructionist rabbi in Austin, Texas. An alumnus of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel and Yale, he has worked in congregations, day schools, and other settings. Rick is an actor, a social activist, and a vegan. He and his wife, Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, have... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Ram 7

16:20 GMT

Torah stitch by stitch
This international project of ordinary people of many faiths each stitching four verses of Torah in Hebrew has 'gone viral'. Project coordinator Temma Gentles will discuss its origins, some halachic issues it raises, and show examples of inspiring completed panels. There is still space for more stitchers. Register by December 1 to receive your kit at Limmud. Go to www.torahstitchbystitch.temmagentles.com.

Presenters
TG

Temma Gentles

In a moment of inspired lunacy (her words!), Temma recently launched Torah Stitch By Stitch: ordinary people of many faiths and nationalities cross-stitching a Torah scroll. Seems a significant detour from degrees in literary symbolism, design and education and a distinguished career... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

16:20 GMT

Welcoming cafe
Welcome to Limmud! We know it can be a bit overwhelming, so join fellow first-timers for a drink and a chat, as we help you get the best out of your time here and plan your first day at Conference

Presenters
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 17:20 GMT
SU Limmud Central

16:20 GMT

Poetry in motion: pilgrimage through Psalms (Double Session)
The so-called Psalms of Ascent, or Shir Hama'alot, consist of Psalms 120-134. We will look at some of the background to this unit of psalms, before engaging in close textual study in chavruta. Each pair will be able to choose one or two psalms to study together and at the end we will share our learning together.

Presenters
DK

Deborah Kahn-Harris

Leo Baeck College
Deborah has been privileged to serve as principal of Leo Baeck College since September 2011. Before that she worked as both a congregational rabbi and an academic. Her research interests include bible and feminism, cultural studies, literary theory, and midrash. She and Keith are... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 18:40 GMT
Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)

16:20 GMT

Policing the borders of Judaism (1 of 4) (Double Session)
All cultures need to patrol the murky border between creativity and heresy; between acceptable and unacceptable forms of behaviour and belief. In this four-part series we will explore how Judaism has maintained this complex boundary. We will use multiple case studies from different historical periods to see how the rabbinic tradition has dealt with idolatry, heresy and individuality.

Presenters
JL

Joel Levy

Conservative Yeshiva / Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue
Joel is the director of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and rabbi of Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue in Edgware. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi David Hartman in 2000. He is interested in how seemingly abstract Talmudic arguments can speak directly to the dilemmas... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:20 - 18:40 GMT
Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)

16:25 GMT

Active Family Fun (Family Session)
Come and practise your sporty skills with the Israeli scouts! Join us for an activity full of fun and games: a mini Olympics competition, contests and much more. After a full day of intense sessions, you and your family deserve it! Especially since the activity is suitable for all ages.

Presenters
LF

Limmud Families Social Team

The Limmud Families Social Team welcomes all families to Conference 2013. Come and join in our activities to have fun, burn off some energy and meet other families.


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:25 - 17:10 GMT
Radcliffe MR2

16:35 GMT

Words that hit - words that hug (Family Session)
An opportunity for parents and children to learn together, this session – designed for families with children ages 7-11 – focuses on the ethics of language and the things we should and should not say. This engaging, interactive family game involves debating, examining value choices and chavruta study. Joel and Janie will pose ethical dilemmas and guide related activities.

Presenters
JG

Janie Grackin

Janie is a rabbi and community educator who uses the art of storytelling to inspire and educate. She creates programmes for intergenerational populations in synagogues and schools in the United States, Europe and Israel, and was awarded the Solomon Schechter Gold Award for Family... Read More →
JG

Joel Grishaver

Torah Aura Productions
Joel has taught at many Limmud conferences, both in the UK and around the world. He is a text teacher, storyteller, and a Jewish writer. He is a family educator and has won a covenant award.


Sunday December 22, 2013 16:35 - 17:20 GMT
Radcliffe MR4

17:30 GMT

Dinner
Dinner will be availble in: 
Rootes Ground Floor from 17:30 - 21:00
Rootes First Floor 18:30 - 20:30

There will also be two sittings of Panorama Bistro at 18:00 and 20:00
Pick up you free tickets for Panorama Bistro at the Helpdesk. 

Sunday December 22, 2013 17:30 - 21:00 GMT
Rootes Ground Floor

17:40 GMT

'The Story of the Jews' - revisited (1 of 4)
An in-depth look at the stories behind the stories of Simon Schama's 'The Story of the Jews' which was recently aired on BBC 2. A combination of biblical, rabbinic, archaeological and historical texts add colour and detail to the fascinating narrative of the history of the Jews as presented in this popular programme. This session: 'The Beginnings of Jewish Faith'.

Presenters
CW

Chaim Weiner

European Masorti Bet Din
Chaim founded and heads the European Masorti Bet Din and is director of Masorti Europe. He was ordained at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. He is well known for innovative work in Jewish education, and for fascinating tours to destinations of Jewish interest in Europe and Af... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Sci 8

17:40 GMT

Being in the body
'And he shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, that bringeth forth its fruit in its season...' (Psalms, 1:3) Through meditative movement, 'hitbonenut betnua', and using the metaphor of the tree – found throughout Jewish tradition – we will practise getting in touch with our bodies and their energy systems.

Presenters
MH

Mika Hadar-Borthwick

Subtle Yoga
Mika has been working as a healer and teacher for over 25 years, and her practice includes yoga, Alexander technique and craniosacral therapy. In 1993, she established Mika Studio, offering training in subtle yoga and subtle yoga therapy. At the heart of this work is an emphasis on... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

17:40 GMT

Everything you didn't know you wanted to know about medieval Jewish philosophy: what was it and why does it matter? (1 of 4)
Medieval Jewish philosophy is just SO twelfth century - or is it? Some of the greatest names in Jewish history wrote some of the most important works of Jewish philosophy during this period. Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed remains a benchmark, while Judah Halevi's Kuzari remains its polar opposite. Find out what their project was and why it remains relevant.

Presenters
DR

Daniel Rynhold

Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University
Daniel is associate professor in modern Jewish philosophy at Yeshiva University (New York). He is the author of 'Two Models of Jewish Philosophy' (2005), 'An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy' (2009), and co-editor of 'Radical Responsibility: Celebrating the Thought of Chief... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Sci 3

17:40 GMT

Grassroots Jews: five years of do-it-yourself High Holy-Days
In 2009, volunteers from a range of Jewish groups got together to create High Holy-Day services with a difference. Five years on, 20 volunteers provided services for more than 300 people, including prayer, enrichment sessions and children services. Come and meet the grassroots co-ordinators to look back and forward at the development of an emergent post-denominational community.

Presenters
DD

Debbie Danon

Grassroots Jews
Debbie Danon is training and partnerships manager at the Three Faiths Forum, designing faith awareness and interfaith skills training. She is a co-ordinator of Grassroots Jews Independent Minyan & Festival Collective, running High Holy Days for 300+ people & speaking about empowered... Read More →
HS

Hannah Sassoon

Grassroots Jews
Hannah teaches geography and enjoys getting young people engaging with the complexity of global issues. She has studied at both Midreshet Lindenbaum and Kehilat Hadar and is currently a coordinator of Grassroots Jews independent minyan and festival collective. She is passionate about... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Lib 2

17:40 GMT

How rich they are
In this performance piece, David Finlay tells the life story of the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai through the words of his poems and songs specially composed by David for this performance. Hear the rich tapestry of the early days of the state of Israel unfold through Amichai's words.

Presenters
DF

David Finlay

David Finlay is a writer and performer of story songs pieces based on aspects of modern Jewish history. He is a volunteer with Tzedek and other Jewish social action projects and is also chair of the National Youth Agency.


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Arts - Ensemble

17:40 GMT

Jewish genetic disorders - take the test not the risk (2 of 2)
Scientific advances now enable us to assess if we are at risk of passing on a serious genetic condition to our children. Next year JGD UK, in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital, will run the first-ever community screening for 9 severe Jewish genetic disorders. Come to learn more and discuss what we can all do to prevent unnecessary tragedy.

Presenters
IP

Ian Pearl

Jewish Genetic Disorders UK
Ian Pearl is married to Jane, they have 3 children, their youngest affected by a Jewish genetic disease. He now strives to raise awareness within the community and is a trustee of Jewish Genetic Disorders UK. He is a lawyer and enjoys food (too much), travel and sailing when given... Read More →
KS

Katrina Sarig

Jewish Genetic Disorders UK
Katrina is the founder and executive director of the charity Jewish Genetic Disorders UK – established to improve the prevention, diagnosis and management of Jewish genetic disorders. She is actively involved in outreach education, signposting, and facilitating access to responsible... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Ram 3

17:40 GMT

Limmud L'Am - have your say!
Join us and learn how Limmud is working to improve inclusion and accessibility for our participants with learning disabilities. Meet the volunteers running Limmud L'Am in its third year and discuss how participants can get the most out of Conference. Tell us how we are doing so far and what you want next year.

Presenters
RH

Rachel Harris

Limmud L'am
Rachel is co-chair for Limmud L'Am this year. She has been attending Limmud as a YAD for the past couple of years, and has now graduated to be a member of the core team, and a presenter. In her day job, she works for Norwood in the HR team.


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Ram 5

17:40 GMT

Modern Biblical scholarship and traditional Jewish belief
Did Moses really write the Torah? Is there any archaeological evidence that the Exodus took place? Did the Israelites really conquer Canaan and settle there? Most biblical scholars in universities tend to answer all these questions with a 'No.' What then is a religious Jew to make of all this? A different way of approaching the question.

Presenters
JK

James Kugel

James is emeritus professor of bible at Harvard University. A specialist in the Hebrew bible and the Dead Sea scrolls, he has written 14 books, including ‘How to Read the Bible’ (awarded National Jewish Book Award for best book of the year) and ‘In the Valley of the Shadow... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Ram 1

17:40 GMT

One state, two state, red state, blue state: new challenges for the peace process
This session will explore the dynamic debate over the one-state/two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. We will explore the opportunities and challenges of each position from both Israeli and Palestinian perspectives and their implication for the peace process today. No previous experience required, but as a controversial topic of interest to many, please bring your questions and comments!

Presenters
SH

Sara Hirschhorn

Sara is the new university research lecturer and Sidney Brichto fellow in Israel studies at the University of Oxford. She comes to the UK by way of Western Massachusetts, New Haven, Chicago, Jerusalem, and Boston. First-timer at Limmud UK, she is interested in all things Israel, Jewish... Read More →
EM

Elhanan Miller

Times of Israel
Elhanan is the Arab Affairs reporter for The Times of Israel. A resident of Jerusalem, he holds a Master's degree in Islamic Studies from Hebrew University and takes a keen interest in Middle East politics and the intersection of Judaism and Islam.


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Arts - Conference

17:40 GMT

Politics in the Beit Midrash (1 of 2)
Talmudic tales describing the banning or censuring of scholars from the 'study hall' in Talmudic times. This series touches on the subject of the criteria believed then to be sufficient of ousting a colleague.

Presenters
DK

Dov Kaplan

Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue
Dov was born in America, educated in Israel and ordained through Hesder – combining military service and study. Saw combat in Lebanon in 1982 and continued studies at Bar Ilan University. Has been a rabbi in California, Colombia, and Kibbutz Bet Rimon. Currently a rabbi in Hampstead... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Soc 4

17:40 GMT

Psychoanalysis, trauma, possession (1 of 2)
Trauma. This session looks at some ideas around the transmission of trauma that link Freud and Jewish history. It focuses on the memory of violence. Some Jewish responses to the Akedah and Freud's 'Moses and Monotheism' are brought together to address the question of what it is that passes across generations in the form of trauma and identity.

Presenters
SF

Stephen Frosh

Stephen Frosh is Pro-Vice-Master and Professor of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. He has written extensively on psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies and psychotherapy. His most recent books are 'Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions'; 'Feelings... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Sci 5

17:40 GMT

Stories of the colonial Jews of the United States
Drawing on material from the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation of New York, this talk will explore the lives of a few main figures who helped build and lead the early Jewish community. Some better known names include: Abigail Franks & Emma Lazarus.

Presenters
JB

Jeff Berger

Jeff Berger is the rabbi at Rambam Sephardi Synagogue, in Borehamwood/ Elstree. Born in America, he has lived in either Israel, Japan or the UK for the past 20 years. With wife Michie and their two children, they warmly welcome visitors.


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Soc 3

17:40 GMT

That is the question(s) (1 of 3)
'Where are you?','Am I my brother's keeper?', 'I have no continuation'. These 3 questions constitute the warp of Bereishit. Bereishit presents fundamental questions through personal stories. We will follow the threads and see how they unfold through different characters. We'll study the themes in other parts of the Torah and in the Talmud. Each session can be attended independently.

Presenters
NA

Natan Abenaim

Nathan Abenaim is a strategy consultant and a rabbi. He teaches at the Institut européen Emmanuel Levinas, in Paris.


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Sci 1

17:40 GMT

The music of Shabbat Resouled
Come and learn to sing some of the original liturgical music from 'Shabbat Resouled', the highly successful Kabbalat Shabbat service held every month at Finchley Progressive Synagogue in North London, with founder member and composer, Dean Staker. No singing experience is necessary for this session - all you need is a love of music and a desire to be 'resouled'!

Presenters
DC

Dean Coheno Henriques Staker

Dean Coheno Henriques Staker is an Australian-born musician and award-winning singer-songwriter who has performed and recorded extensively in Australia, Japan and the UK during a career spanning over 30 years. He is a founder member of the acclaimed 'Shabbat Resouled' band and is... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Arts - Studio

17:40 GMT

What is cultural Judaism?
Some would say Shema Yisrael is the basis upon which all Judaism is founded. So how can there be secular forms of Judaism? Is Judaism a religion, a people, a culture, a civilisation, a nationality? All or none of the above? In this interactive session, challenge your notions of what Judaism is, was and will be.

Presenters
DC

Darren Cohen

Habonim Dror
Darren Cohen is the Southern Fieldworker and Israel Tour Co-ordinator at Habonim Dror. He is also in his final year studying Philosophy and Spanish at King's College, London. Darren, originally from Manchester, has grown up in a non-observant Orthodox background and is passionate... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Hum 4

17:40 GMT

What was new in 2013? Talmud
Its been a blistering year with Koren Noe slugging it out with Artscroll Schottenstein. Talya Fishman continues to resist Soloveitchik's desire for an overwhelming knock out in their debate over Talmudic dating. Weiss Halivni has finally put it all into one book and Shai Secunda's book on the Iranian Talmud is a landmark in the contextualisation of the Babylonian Talmud

Presenters
MP

Michael Pollak

PaJeS (Partnerships for Jewish Schools) / UJIA
Michael Pollak is particularly interested in Jewish thought and Jewish texts. Having studied at Chevron Yeshiva in Jerusalem and subsequently at the London School of Economics he now works for the UJIA and PaJeS as a consultant in Jewish secondary education. He is also a consultant... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 18:40 GMT
Sci 2

17:40 GMT

The GIFT Challenge (Double Session)
The Charity GIFT inspires and promotes acts of giving. In this double session, GIFT will challenge you to film random acts of kindness and giving around the Limmud campus. Prizes for the best, most creative films!

Presenters
MB

Michelle Barnett

GIFT
Michelle Barnett is a founder and director of GIFT- a charity which educates and facilitates giving in the community. GIFT is best known as the only Jewish charity that rescues food from supermarkets and simchas, redistrubing to almost 2000 people weekly with the help of hundreds... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 17:40 - 19:20 GMT
Hum 3

18:20 GMT

Adon Olam - a deeper look
Most of us know at least four tunes for Adon Olam. It's a familiar prayer, often sung to conclude services and ceremonies. But like many an old acquaintance, how well do we actually know it? We'll take a deeper look at the prayer, including its history and context, with a view to singing it with renewed appreciation and gusto.

Presenters
AK

Andrew Kaufmann

Andy studied at Yeshivat Hakotel and the University of Cambridge. A member of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, he has been leyning and learning for nearly thirty years. He and his wife Aviva consider themselves a Limmud couple (Conference 1997). He is employed as an investment banker... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 18:20 - 19:20 GMT
Sci 7

18:20 GMT

Embroider a Hebrew letter
In this session participants will cross stitch a Hebrew Letter using embroidery silks. Materials will be provided. No experience is necessary.

Presenters
VS

Vivien Spevock

Vivien works as a primary and special needs teacher. In her spare time she enjoys making beautiful handicrafts. Embroidering Hebrew Letters has been a hobby of hers for some years now. It is relaxing and creative.


Sunday December 22, 2013 18:20 - 19:20 GMT
Soc 9

18:20 GMT

Flexigidity (1 of 4)
Flexigidity I: The Secret of Jewish Adaptability Charles Darwin famously observed that it is the most adaptable of species that survives. In this talk, Gidi Grinstein will discuss his new book and explore the idea of Flexigidity, a merger between the words 'flexibility' and 'rigidity', which captures the secret of Jewish adaptability, survival, security, prosperity and leadership.

Presenters
GG

Gidi Grinstein

Reut Institute
Reut Institute founder and president, Gidi is the author of ‘Flexigidity: the Secret of Jewish Adaptability’. He is proud of 'Israel 15 Vision' and '21st Century Tikkun Olam', of fighting delegitimisation, and of Birthright and government reform. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 18:20 - 19:20 GMT
Hum 1

18:20 GMT

God of whose Fathers? Forming Jewish identity through prayer
Should a convert to Judaism bless God for 'not creating me a non-Jew' or pray to 'the God of our forefathers'? Is traditional Jewish prayer exclusionary – or simply imprecise? As we examine some classical responses, we will consider shifting attitudes toward the integration of converts and the role of communal prayer in forming individual and collective Jewish identity.

Presenters
RF

Rachel Furst

Rachel Furst is a PhD candidate in medieval Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She teaches Jewish history and rabbinic literature in Israel and the United States and has a particular penchant... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 18:20 - 19:20 GMT
Hum 2

18:20 GMT

Invest in peace
This will be a discussion around the boycott, divestment and sanction campaign against Israel, with a focus on the need to offer a positive alternative.

Presenters
JM

Joseph Moses

Board of Deputies of British Jews
Joseph is Public Affairs Officer (International) at the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
PR

Phil Rosenberg

Board of Deputies of British Jews
Philip is Director of Public Affairs at the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He previously served as Director of the Faiths Forum for London and the Fayre Share Foundation. He is standing as a candidate for the Labour Party in the 2014 Council Elections in West Hampstead.


Sunday December 22, 2013 18:20 - 19:20 GMT
Sci 4

18:20 GMT

Israeli woman who do reserve duty in the military: do we want them there?
Why are woman called up for reserve duty? What do they do and is it necessary? A presentation and debate regarding this issue, including opinions of Israelis on the street and officers in the army. The presenter has been called up for reserve duty for 9 years and has been involved in Operation 'Cast Lead' and 'Pillar of Defense'

Presenters
ZM

Zohar Morris

Zohar is a nurse working and volunteering in Israel. She grew up on Kibbutz Ketura, a community with a pluralistic approach to religion and social tolerance. Zohar served as a medic in the army and volunteers as a nurse in Ethiopia where she has developed a project in health educ... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 18:20 - 19:20 GMT
Sci 6

18:20 GMT

Oh, what a day!!
Come and relax over a cup of tea or coffee and take a breather from the hubbub of Conference. Swap session recommendations and share the best session you've attended so far! An informal space to meet others and process what you've heard and learnt to get the most out of your Conference.

Presenters
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Sunday December 22, 2013 18:20 - 19:20 GMT
SU Limmud Central

18:20 GMT

Project Babylon: who wrote the Torah?
If you believe that the Five Books of Moses were given at Mount Sinai, then the question of who wrote the Torah is irrelevant. But if you're not convinced that's the case, come and hear the role that might have been played in the creation of this document by a group of Judahite scribes in exile in Babylon…

Presenters
PT

Pete Tobias

The Liberal Synagogue Elstree
Pete is rabbi of The Liberal Synagogue Elstree. He appears regularly on BBC Radio 2's ’Chris Evans Breakfast Show’ and ‘Good Morning Sunday’. His publications include: ‘Liberal Judaism: A Judaism for the Twenty-First Century’(2007),‘Never Mind the Bullocks’ (2009... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 18:20 - 19:20 GMT
Ram 2

18:20 GMT

The fight to protect shechita
Shechita is the only permitted way of slaughtering animals for Jews to eat. It is at least as humane as any other method of slaughter, yet we need to fight a constant battle to maintain our right to perform shechita. Why? And what are the current threats?

Presenters
HG

Henry Grunwald

Shechita UK
Henry was President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and was the first chair of the Jewish Leadership Council, 2003-2009. He remains involved in many communal activities, including Shechita UK, World Jewish Relief, and the Covenant and Conversation Trust. He has recently... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 18:20 - 19:20 GMT
Soc 2

18:20 GMT

Why you should visit the West Bank
For the past two years, Yachad and Breaking the Silence have taken hundreds of British Jews to the West Bank to see the occupation for themselves first-hand. In this session we'll be discussing key issues we explore on the trips such as the relationship between the IDF and the settlers, and how the rule of law is administered in the West Bank.

Presenters
AG

Avner Gvaryahu

Breaking the Silence
Avner was born and raised in a religious family in central Israel. He joined the Israel Defense Forces as a paratrooper in 2004 and served as a sniper team sergeant in a special operations unit. After discharge, he became involved with Breaking the Silence and is today diaspora activities... Read More →
HW

Hannah Weisfeld

Yachad
Hannah is the director, and a founder of Yachad, the pro-Israel pro-peace movement of British Jews. Hannah has a background in campaigning on a wide range of issues including climate change and the conflict in Darfur. She writes regularly in the press in the UK and Israel.


Sunday December 22, 2013 18:20 - 19:20 GMT
Soc 7

18:30 GMT

Pyjama time for families (Family Session)
Pyjama time for families with children under 5 who are sleepy, content and ready for bed. Join us in your PJs for half an hour of bedtime stories to say goodnight together. Teddy Bears welcome too.

Presenters
NL

Natan Levy

Board of Deputies of British Jews
Natan is the interfaith and social action consultant for the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He serves as the environmental liaison to the Chief Rabbi's office. Natan lives in Edgware with his wife Ariella and four children. Come visit for Shabbes!


Sunday December 22, 2013 18:30 - 18:55 GMT
Scarman Bridge Room

18:30 GMT

Talmud tales for families: the story of Mar Ukbah (Family Session)
Tzedakah. A hot oven. And feet that cannot be burned. Come learn more in this exciting opportunity for family Talmud study. A powerful Talmudic story that offers tremendous opportunity for meaningful and compassionate engagement with text -- and with our world.

Presenters
RK

Rachel Kobrin

Rachel is the associate rabbi at Congregation Agudas Achim in Austin, Texas, and the founding rabbi of CAA's urban satellite community: Selah. She is a CLAL Rabbis without Borders fellow, a Truah board member, and a regular blogger on The Huffington Post and MyJewishLearning.com... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 18:30 - 19:15 GMT
Radcliffe MR10

19:00 GMT

'Der Nayer Klang' (1 of 3)
Focusing on language, cultural history, narrative and interpretation, this dynamic vocal workshop will explore lesser known gems of both folk and contemporary Yiddish song repertoire. Prerequisite knowledge of Yiddish language is not necessary, an experimental attitude and enjoyment of singing is essential!

Presenters
RW

Rachel Weston

Rachel is one of the UK’s leading performers of Yiddish song. She has researched, performed and taught workshops throughout North America, the UK and Israel, specialising in Yiddish folk and art song and chassidic niggunim. She holds an Ethnomusicology postgraduate degree from SOAS... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Arts - Studio

19:00 GMT

Did Joseph kill the baker? A look at Jewish dream interpretation
The Talmud suggests that 'All dreams follow the interpretation' – if this is the case, one must ask, did Joseph kill the baker? and Did Joseph cause the famine? In this session we will seek to answer these questions, looking at both Ancient Egyptian and Jewish attitudes and approaches to dream interpretation.

Presenters
YF

Yaacov Finn

Yaacov Finn recently graduated as an orthodox rabbi (Montefiore Kollel), and holds an MSc in Health Psychology from University College, London. He served as interim minister of Shenley United Synagogue, and currently gives a weekly sermon to the 'Limmud Minyan’ in Borehamwood United... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Sci 8

19:00 GMT

Education: a right or a privilege?
What is the benefit of having an education? Do children all over the world have the right to free schooling? Hear about the Millennium Development Goals and the Jewish attitude towards education. Global dilemma – which initiative will you choose to fund?

Presenters
HG

Hannah Gaventa

Tzedek
Hannah is currently Tzedek's education officer, working to educate the UK Jewish community in social justice and Jewish responsibility. Hannah is also a 2013/14 René Cassin human rights fellow, co-chair of the Limmud 2013 YAD Team and a resident of Moishe House London.


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Ram 7

19:00 GMT

Freedom of speech in Israel- the permissible space and the boundaries of the forbidden
Freedom of speech is a basic human right, as a tool for discovery of truth and self- fulfillment but defence of freedom of speech could itself be harmful. What is the right way to protect it? Is defining incitement to violence as a criminal offence appropriate? What are its limitations? How is Israel dealing with incitement to violence and racism?

Presenters
TS

Talia Sasson

New Israel Fund
Talia is a board member of the New Israel Fund, the Council for Peace & Security, and the Geneva Initiative. A 2009 candidate for the Knesset (Meretz), she has taught on democracy at Tel Aviv University, authored a report on settlement outposts, and represented the Israeli government... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Soc 6

19:00 GMT

From the beginning: a queer rereading of Genesis
We have not entirely succeeded in creating Torah that speaks to everyone since it has not really heard everyone. Let us go back to the Beginning, to the book of Genesis, to the stories we have heard and told time and again. But let us do it 'right' this time in a way that listens and addresses the entire community.

Presenters
DL

David Lazar

David has been a spiritual leader and activist in Israel and Sweden for the past 20 years. He most recently served as rabbi of the Jewish community of Stockholm. He is an active in supporter of GLBTQ causes and devotes much of his time to interfaith study and prayer.


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Ram 1

19:00 GMT

HaMakom Open Space Sessions: a Sanctuary at Limmud
The HaMakom open sessions offer a space for peace, contemplation and reflection. Please come and use the space to relax, to digest some of your Limmud experiences - write, draw, meditate or simply rest.

Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

19:00 GMT

How Jewish is Doctor Who?
Does the Tardis need a mezuzah? Can you use a sonic screwdriver on Shabbat? Can a woman be a Time Lord? Courageously asking the big questions, our panel of leading experts* tackles a great issue of our times: how Jewish is Doctor Who? [*field of expertise not specified]

Presenters
BC

Benjamin Crowne

Benjamin Crowne lives, learns and teaches in London, where he focuses on the obscure and the neglected. While Education Officer at Cambridge JSoc he developed 'Commentator and Cake', 'Parsha Nuts' and other snack-based study programmes. He is chair of the Religion and Philosophy track... Read More →
DH

David Hoffman

David is a long-standing Limmudnik. He’s currently chair of Limmud International, a regular Limmud performer with his mix of Jewish rock and musical whimsy, occasional Acoustic Café compère and founder and chief executive of Limmudniks Anonymous. Outside Limmud he is a commercial... Read More →
TR

Toni Rickenback

Toni is co-chair of Programming for Limmud Conference 2013. She has an MSc in Middle East Politics and was the Educational Manger at UJIA Israel Experience until her recent appointment as Director of the UK Task Force on issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel.
RZ

Raphael Zarum

London School of Jewish Studies
Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS), a graduate of Jerusalem’s Mandel Leadership Institute and author of the Torah L'Am crash course, Raphael has an MA in Education, a PhD in Quantum Chaos and was recently ordained as a rabbi by Jonathan Sacks, the Emeritus Chief... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Sci 3

19:00 GMT

Introduction to Israeli politics and parties
Why are there so many political parties in Israel and how does a coalition which can include left wing and Strictly Orthodox parties actually function? Why were the results of the 2013 general election so significant? How can the system be reformed? This session will aim to give you a basic grounding in the lively domestic political scene in Israel.

Presenters
DW

David Walsh

BICOM
David joined BICOM as press officer in May 2013. While interning at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel, his paper on Kurdish separatism in Turkey was published as part of the ICT’s Working Papers Series. David studied International Relations at... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Sci 1

19:00 GMT

Jewish spies throughout the ages (1 of 2)
Jews and espionage go back to the Bible. Sometimes references are explicit – for example, with the story of the twelve spies. Other times they are hidden – but intelligence collection must have taken place for the story to make sense. This session looks at a selection of Biblical texts and what they can tell us about spying and espionage.

Presenters
AW

Arthur Weiss

Arthur's Bar Mitzvah portion was Shelach Lecha featuring fourteen spies (count them)! A member of Stanmore shul, Arthur now works with companies helping them spy/gather intelligence on their competitors and markets through his company, AWARE. He is also membership development director... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Hum 3

19:00 GMT

Limmud Chavruta - Facilitator Preparation (1 of 2)
**This session should not appear in the Limmud Conference handbook.**

Presenters
LC

Limmud Chavruta Project Team

The Limmud Chavruta Project is an international collaboration of Limmud volunteers. Every year the Project produces a new book of traditional and modern sources exploring some aspect of Jewish life. This year, teams from the Netherlands, the UK, Israel and the USA invite you to explore... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

19:00 GMT

Management consultants are not a new construct - they were already touting for business in Exodus
'You can't do everything on your own,' Jethro told Moses. In this session we will explore Exodus Chapter 18, as well as other sources ,to get to grips with Jewish concepts surrounding consultants, freelancers and experts, and how such figures can impact Jewish communal work.

Presenters
avatar for Marcus Frieze

Marcus Frieze

Program Manger, ROI Community
Marcus Frieze is the programme manager for ROI Community - a global network of Jewish innovators - and part of the Schusterman Philanthropic Network. Marcus has worked for Masorti Olami, Da’at (an educational tourism company) and for Habonim Dror. Originally from Leeds, Marcus emigrated... Read More →
RL

Renana Levine

ROI Community
Renana is external communications manager for ROI Community. Having spearheaded numerous public relations, marketing and media projects, she uses her expertise to create a more vibrant and inclusive Jewish world. Born in New York and made aliyah at age five. She is a wholesome blend... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Sci 2

19:00 GMT

Why Barmitzvah?
Celebrating barmitzvah and batmitzvah are Jewish innovations which grew in Fourteenth Century Germany to become an almost universal Jewish rite of passage. How and why has it become so central to Jewish life? Session led by the Leo Baeck College teacher of Jewish Life Cycle.

Presenters
MG

Mark Goldsmith

Alyth - North Western Reform Synagogue
Mark is rabbi at Alyth – North Western Reform Synagogue. He teaches Jewish lifecycle at Leo Baeck College and has written and taught extensively on Judaism and business ethics. The reggae thing has been going on for thirty years for Mark and he is excited to be bringing it to L... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Soc 1

19:00 GMT

'The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With One Step'
Join Eginsu Ashete-Meyer, Jewish Agency Shlicha, as she recounts the incredible story of her family's journey from Ethiopia to Israel and the challenge of gaining acceptance in the 'promised land'. Everyone is welcome.

Presenters
EM

Eginsu Meyer

Jewish Agency for Israel
Eginsu made aliyah from Ethiopia and is a Jewish Agency shlicha, wife to Joel and mother to Eliya. She was an Officer in the IDF, holds a degree in Behavioural Science and Management, founded a branch of the Israeli Scouts, has mentored at-risk youth and assisted with Ethiopian immigrant... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:00 GMT
Lib 2

19:00 GMT

Four faces of Israel (Double Session)
Five different positions on the issues that divide Israeli society. The show uses an interactive format and each woman both appeals and appals. Using current events, history and narrative, Helen encourages audiences to examine the simplified and convenient narratives we tell ourselves about a truly complicated reality.

Presenters
HG

Helen Gottstein

Helen Gottstein works in theatre, education and intercultural contexts. She is the coordinator of the JCJCR Jerusalem Women's Dialogue Group, involved in playback, storahtelling, performing her one woman show, “Four Faces of Israel”, and teaching public speaking and theatre skills... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:00 - 20:50 GMT
Arts - Ensemble

19:05 GMT

Tales told to the magic carpet (Family Session)
Stories and songs for 5-8 year olds and their grown-ups. Rachel has collected these tales from around the world, and flown them to Limmud, ready to be shared with willing ears. Participation essential!

Presenters
RR

Rachel Rose Reid

A spoken word and performance artist raised on a hybrid of Jewish heritage and urban jungle, Rachel’s work often shines new light on dusty subjects. The Dickens 2012 Writer in Residence, she’s performed for the Southbank Centre, Nuyorican Poets Café, Latitude Festival, BBC Radio... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:05 - 19:30 GMT
Scarman Bridge Room

19:50 GMT

Ballroom and Latin dancing (1 of 2)
Whether you're a Strictly wannabe or think you've got two left feet, there's no better time to try dancing than at this workshop! Come along, have some fun and try some basic Ballroom. Suitable for complete beginners. No partner needed. Comfy clothes are a must but no trainers!

Presenters
ML

Mellissa Levitt

Recently graduated from university, Mellissa started ballroom and Latin dancing in her first year for her university team. She has gone on to win many competitions and awards competing in the university dance circuit as well as the UK national dancing circuit.
LT

Louis Trup

Oxford University Dancesport Club
Since the age of 12, Louis has dabbled in many dance forms including contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz, ballroom, Latin and of course simcha dancing. Having previously been involved with dance at JFS and London Youth Dance, he is currently at Oxford University, where he has danced... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Arts - Butterworth

19:50 GMT

Breast cancer among Ashkenazis: how does Israel's healthcare system respond?
It is well known that the breast cancer rate is higher amongst Ashkenazis. How does the healthcare system in Israel deal with this fact? What is the history of screening in Israel? What about Haredi and Sephardi communities? Judith will introduce some of the basic medical facts and will talk about what she found out during her time in Israel.

Presenters
JO

Judith Offman

Judith has been working as a cancer researcher for 15 years. She studied how and why cancer develops during her PhD, and has worked on cancer genetics, diagnosis and prevention. She now works for the charity Breast Cancer Care researching how to better support breast cancer patie... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Sci 4

19:50 GMT

Cinema: the Jewish lens - heroes in action
Learn from Hollywood Film stars what it takes to be a leader. Cinema: The Jewish Lens takes you behind the scenes, introducing you to film stars such as Elliott Gould, Gary Sinise and Howard Gordon, whilst watching the films you love most.

Presenters
BS

Ben Stross

Jerusalem U
Ben is director of the UK Division of Jerusalem U. As part of his role, Ben works on partner development and oversees strategic planning, educational programming and product distribution for the UK. He holds a BA in Talmudic Law from Ohr Sameach.


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Soc 7

19:50 GMT

Limmud Chavruta - Facilitator Preparation (2 of 2)
**This session should not appear in the Limmud Conference handbook.**

Presenters
LC

Limmud Chavruta Project Team

The Limmud Chavruta Project is an international collaboration of Limmud volunteers. Every year the Project produces a new book of traditional and modern sources exploring some aspect of Jewish life. This year, teams from the Netherlands, the UK, Israel and the USA invite you to explore... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

19:50 GMT

Shalom chant (1 of 2)
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov recommended mantric repetition of a sacred word or phrase to achieve the greatest spiritual heights. We will be chanting a sacred Hebrew mantra for a half hour.

Presenters
RB

Roland Brandman

Roland Brandman has a degree in Classical literature and philosophy, and has pursued meditative practice and the study of mystical and mediaeval philosophy. By day (and oft by night), he practises as a solicitor.


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

19:50 GMT

Studying Genesis 38 in four ways (1 of 4)
In these sessions we will study the Story of Judah and Tamar in four different ways. In this first session we will study the plain meaning of the text though a close reading of the Hebrew. In latter sessions we will look at midrashic understandings, hints and intertextualities, and finally mystical and other ways of understanding Genesis 38.

Presenters
AF

Adam Frankenberg

Adam Frankenberg is in his fourth year at Leo Baeck College London. He holds an MA in Jewish Studies from Manchester and BSc in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Keele. He is a veteran Limmudnik and feels he has grown-up attending conference.


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)

19:50 GMT

Taking Limmud outside the Jewish community
Limmud has spread across the Jewish world. Can it spread across the wider world too? At this Limmud, non-Jewish educationalists, community activists and social entrepeneurs have been visiting to try and understand the Limmud model. At this session they will present their reactions to the conference and how it might provide a resource in their future work.

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Keith Kahn-Harris

Keith is a sociologist, writer and communal activist. He is the author of 'Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today' (with Ben Gidley), 'Judaism: All That Matters' and 'Uncivil War: The Israel Conflict in the Jewish Community'.


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Sci 7

19:50 GMT

The heresy of Elisha Ben Abuyah: Judaism's archetypal villain and anti-hero
Elisha ben Abuyah, in Rabbi Akiva's inner circle, is the Jewish canon's supreme traitor – so blacklisted he is remembered only as The Other - yet the nature of his betrayal is full of pathos. Come study a Talmud passage that reads like a modern short story and uncover why Elisha's experiences have echoed down the ages.

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Leah Jordan

Liberal Judaism / Leo Baeck College
Leah is Liberal Judaism's student and young adult chaplain, as well as admissions advisor at Leo Baeck College – where she received semicha. She was a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar in New York and has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and elsewhere.


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Sci 5

19:50 GMT

The Israeli collective memory: what does it have to do with world Jewry?
Is Zionism about connecting to our historic homeland? Or simply an invented narrative justifying an 'imagined community'? We'll examine Jewish history and how Israeli society has engaged with it; explore how Israeli collective memory was transferred to world Jewry and the implications for diaspora Jews; and consider why many Israelis are more critical of their historical narrative than diaspora Jews.

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Matan Hammou

Jewish Agency for Israel
Matan is Jewish Agency shaliach for the Federation of Zionist Youth, was commander in the Israel Defense Forces and holds an MA in organisational sociology from Hebrew University. He has a rich background in Jewish education – working in Young Judea, Machon L'Madrichim and various... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Soc 2

19:50 GMT

The seventh day - take time out
Shabbat – a day to refrain from work – is arguably Judaism's greatest gift to humankind. Today, Shabbat offers a much-needed 'antidote' to the rampant consumerism fueling the ongoing social-environmental crisis. This session will explore personal Shabbat experiences, discuss Shabbat's social-environmental implications, and introduce the growing Israeli trend toward re-framing Shabbat as a day of cultural and ethical expression.

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Einat Kramer

Teva Ivri
Einat is founder and director of Teva Ivri, a non-governmental organisation promoting Jewish social-environmental action in Israel. She has created an online Jewish environmental learning centre and leads the Israeli movement for social-environmental observance of shmita. Mother of... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Ram 8

19:50 GMT

Unholy law: are human rights killing God? The basics (1 of 2)
Schools, circumcision, shechitah, marriage, divorce, employment. A barrister's take on how human rights and discrimination law is changing religion and vice versa. Interactive. Non-boring. No expertise necessary. Barrister's wig provided. An introduction to human rights, discrimination and the right to religious freedom, and beginning to look at some key cases.

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Adam Wagner

Adam is a barrister specialising in human rights and public law. He founded and edits the acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog and writes regularly for the 'New Statesman', 'The Times' and 'The Guardian'.


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Soc 4

19:50 GMT

What happened to Israel's social protests? - the emerging of a politics of the common good
500,000 Israelis took to the streets in the summer of 2011. What has happened since? In social change organizations, and increasingly in local and even national politics, a politics of the common good is emerging - breaking broken dichotomies of left and right, empathetically envisioning a society that works for all its communities, and for Israel as a whole.

Presenters
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Eilon Schwartz

Eilon is founding director of the think tank Shaharit, bringing together Israelis from many communities, advocating policies in which all may flourish. He is a teacher at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at Hebrew University, and served as Director of The Heschel Center for... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Hum 2

19:50 GMT

Why Jewish history?
Three prominent historians discuss how history – a discipline that often unsettles deeply-held beliefs, and offers little practical guidance on how people should live – can best be used by those interested in Jewish life. What does Jewish history teach that engaged Jews might most want to know? Participants include leading experts in British, American and East European Jewish history.

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Todd Endelman

Todd M Endelman is Professor Emeritus of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. A specialist in the history of British Jewry, he is the author of 'The Jews of Georgian England', 'Radical Assimilation in English Jewish History', 'The Jews of Britain', and 'Broadening... Read More →
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Jonathan Krasner

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Jonathan is associate professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. His book, ‘The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education’ won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award and was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Li... Read More →
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Steven Zipperstein

Koshland Professor at Stanford University and author of many books including 'Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha'am and the Origins of Zionism', Steven spent six years in the UK in the 1980s as the Frank Green Fellow in Modern Jewish History at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studi... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Arts - Conference

19:50 GMT

Why was Torah given in the wilderness?
This session will look at why the Torah was given on Mount Sinai, in the middle of a wilderness? What does the wilderness represent and what are the advantages and disadvantages of starting our relationship with God and Torah in that 'free' place? Based on material created for the LSJS Shavuot 'Tea and Torah' initiative,

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Joanna Bruce

Jo Bruce is Head of women's programmes and special events at the London School of Jewish Studies. She graduated from the Susi Bradfield Women educators' programme and the UJIA Ashdown Fellowship. She has a degree in Economics and Politics and studied Jewish texts in Israel for five... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)

19:50 GMT

Serving in the Karakal Battalilion
The IDF's Karakal Battalion is Israel's first infantry unit where men and women serve together. The Unit works on the Israeli-Egyptian border. Or served a meaningful and interesting two years, combatting drugs and weapons smuggling, terrorism and Illegal immigration. In the session we will hear stories from some of those that served with Or.

Presenters
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Or Katzman

Jewish Agency for Israel
Or is FZY shaliach, born in New York, raised in Tel Aviv, grew up in the Tzofim and volunteered with British and American youth on gap year. His Israel Defense Forces service was in Garin Nahal, fighting in the Karakal Battalion. He has also worked with JNF and Negev Bedouin.


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
Ram 5

19:50 GMT

The legacy of Debbie Friedman and Shlomo Carlebach in the American synagogue
The 1960s and '70s witnessed a revolution in the music of prayer. The emergence of 'American Nusach' radically impacted the feel of worship in America – and around the world. The role of the cantor, choir, and instrumentalist's musical leadership has been transformed, and a musical creativity not experienced since the mid-19th century have changed the way we pray.

Presenters
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Joseph Black

Joe Black is a pulpit rabbi in Denver, Colorado. An internationally renowned guitarist, singer/ songwriter and performer of Jewish contemporary music for adults and children, Joe has released several CDs of music and published two children’s books. His music has been recorded by... Read More →
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Daniel Freelander

Union for Reform Judaism
Daniel Freelander is senior vice-president of North America’s Union for Reform Judaism. He lectures on synagogue trends, and served as director of NFTY youth movement. For 25 years, he has directed the North American Jewish Choral Festival, and with Jeff Klepper, composes and performs... Read More →
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Zoe Jacobs

Finchley Reform Synagogue
Zoe is fortunate to be the cantor at Finchley Reform Synagogue, where she loves engaging with the cross-section of liturgy and Jewish music. Passionate about community singing and harmonising, Zoe was inspired at Hebrew Union College -Jewish Institute of Religion, where she was ordained... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 19:50 - 20:50 GMT
SU Copper Rooms 1

21:10 GMT

Chavruta speed dating
Ever wanted to share an insight or have an argument with someone new? Come to 'speed date' for a new chavruta (study partner)! We'll use a normal speed dating model, but instead of only talking, we'll get to know each other over some exciting Jewish texts. When you find someone great, come back to the Beit Midrash for more study!

Presenters
LB

Limmud Beit Midrash Team

Want to get stuck into Jewish texts in an open environment with amazing teachers? That's what’s happening this year with an expanded, revamped Beit Midrash programme. Pop by for a session or whenever you want to study. People will be there to help with texts and finding a study... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)

21:10 GMT

Conversations on Israel - the essence of decision & debates over foreign policy (1 of 4)
Imagine joining a discussion between Rabbi Akiva, Nachman Bialik and Amos Oz about different contemporary challenges facing Israel. 'Conversations on Israel' creates such an imagined dialogue by combining sources from modern Israeli thinkers and traditional Jewish commentators to shed light on dilemmas currently facing Israel. Each session forms part of a series but also stands on its own.

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Calev Ben Dor

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Calev Ben-Dor emigrated from England to Israel eight years ago and works as an analyst in the Policy Planning Division of the Foreign Ministry, which devisies long-term foreign policies for Israel. He speaks regularly on Jewish and Israeli topics in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Soc 1

21:10 GMT

Discover (Jewish) art - understand pictures
How do we 'read' pictures? This informal talk examines a variety of work by Jewish artists - painters, illustrators, designers and cartoonists - to demonstrate the basic principles of design. What do pictures reveal of society and of the artist's life? Whatever your level, come and enjoy some great art and find out more.

Presenters
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Irene Wise

University of Roehampton / British Library
Irene is an artist and educator. She is Senior Lecturer in Media and Culture at the University of Roehampton, and is also Holocaust Educator at the Imperial War Museum, London, and Creative Educator at the British Library. She has written and also illustrated a variety of articles... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Sci 7

21:10 GMT

Don't look back!
...In anger…Like Orpheus...like Lot's wife. What is the meaning of this imperative not to look back? We will closely read Genesis 19 in which Lot's wife fatally looks back. We will see how this story reverberates across the whole Torah; how one woman on September 11th might have better heeded its lesson; and how we might better heed it today.

Presenters
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Benji Stanley

West London Synagogue
Benji is in the rabbinic team at West London Synagogue. He received rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College, and is a fellow of Yeshivat Hadar. Benji is passionate about texts, people and responsibility. He is a co-organiser of the Open Talmud Project, in which people get stuck... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Sci 5

21:10 GMT

Emerging new leadership in Israel
A short presentation of emerging authentic leadership in Israel - a new phenomenon expoded into the Israeli scene after the massive demonstrations of 2011 - hundreds of thousands of the Civil Society took to the streets. Followed by an pen discussion with the session participants on the question of where is Israel going.

Presenters
MB

Martin Ben Moreh

Reut Institute
Martin Ben-Moreh is programme director for Judaism, Renewed Zionism and Israeli society at the Reut Institute which provides long-term strategic decision-support to leaders, and influence decision-makers in Israel and the Jewish world. He has held leadership positions in the Kibbutz... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Sci 8

21:10 GMT

Failing forward together
As individuals, we all know what it is like to learn from our mistakes. But in our community we can also grow from our failing moments. This conference within a conference will learn from a growing world-wide Fail Forward movement, and empower participants to explore what it is means to embed this mentality into our behaviors and organizational cultures.

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MB

Miriam Brosseau

The Jewish Education Project / Darim Online
Miriam Brosseau's day job is to be Jewish communal professional helping organisations become more networked, inside and out, through smart use of social media. By night, she is half of the 'biblegum pop' duo Stereo Sinai.
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David Bryfman

The Jewish Education Project
David Bryfman is the Chief Learning Officer at The Jewish Education Project (formerly the Board of Jewish Education in New York). He completed his doctorate in education and Jewish Studies focusing on adolescent identity and experiential Jewish education. David has worked in informal... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Sci 2

21:10 GMT

For the love of trees
'It's a tree of life': drawing from Torah, poetry, forest walks and gardening, this session celebrates the glory and wonder of trees. Please bring your favourite tree story or quote too.

Presenters
JW

Jonathan Wittenberg

Rabbi of the New North London (Masorti) Synagogue for over 25 years, and Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK for six, Jonathan loves Judaism, literature, history, plants, animals and people. Inter-faith contacts and pastoral care interest him deeply. Nicky and he have three children... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Sci 3

21:10 GMT

Hameiri - a revolutionnary thinker in medieval Catalonia
An amazing Jewish philosopher and rabbi of the 13th century proposed a revolutionary understanding of the most disturbing Talmudic texts of our tradition. We will have a deep insight on why his teachings are more than ever relevant for our contemporary society.

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David Stoleru

The Beit Project Association
David, founding director of The Beit Project, has graduated from the Mandel Leadership Institute for Senior Educators, Jerusalem. He is an architect, graduating in 1999 from the Paris-La Seine Architecture School, specialising in heritage rehabilitation. He is very much involved in... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Soc 2

21:10 GMT

Is Bugs Bunny Jewish?
Journey deep into Toontown and discover the Jewish identities of some of your favourite animated characters. This session explores the 'toons' who not-so-secretly belong to the Jewish fold and explains why Bugs is almost certainly Jewish!

Presenters
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David Yehuda Stern

Alyth - North Western Reform Synagogue
David-Yehuda is an educator and social entrepreneur from London. He has a degree in Film and Television Studies and has attended long-term Jewish Studies programmes in both Israel and America. He is the Rosh Chinuch (Head of Education) at Alyth (North Western Reform Synagogue) and... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Ram 8

21:10 GMT

Is there a specifically Jewish leadership model? The view from the Bible (1 of 2)
This session suggests that there is a specific Jewish leadership model that we can draw on for our own leadership communal needs. The session presents a view from the Tanach – do we and our leaders fit it?

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Steve Israel

Steve is an informal Jewish and Israel educator working in Jerusalem. He was born in England and made aliyah in the 1970s and works independently - teaching, training and writing educational materials in Israel and central Europe.


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Sci 4

21:10 GMT

Kaddish and beyond: understanding the mourning process and the power of community
Kaddish, especially when recited by mourners, is one of our most evocative and emotive prayers. We will study themes of this prayer, consider their place in the mourning process and the difference community can make at a time of mourning, building on articles appearing in the United Synagogue's recently published Sefer Hashivah book of prayer and reflections for shiva houses.

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Michael Laitner

United Synagogue Living & Learning
Michael is director of education for the United Synagogue Living & Learning, an assistant rabbi at Finchley Synagogue and a qualified solicitor with a focus on planning law. Michael’s work for the United Synagogue focuses primarily on publications and education planning work with... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Soc 4

21:10 GMT

Learning online as a Jewish educator
Learning online is becoming more and more popular around the world. You can even obtain a Master's Degree in Jewish Education or Jewish Studies online through the online learning portal of Hebrew College Boston. We will demonstrate online learning and show how online learning can be easily accessible, provide deep learning and intimate interaction with peers and instructors

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Neil Janes

Neil is a rabbi in the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London and is studying for a PhD at Haifa University. He taught rabbinic literature, pedagogy and skills at Leo Baeck College and Hebrew College. His encounter with texts has become richer now his daughters run rings around him.
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Michael Shire

Hebrew College, Boston
Michael is the Dean and Professor of Jewish Education at the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College Boston. He recently co-authored 'Jewish Ways of Learning' in the 'Routledge International Handbook of Learning 2013'.


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Ram 5

21:10 GMT

Limmud-Paideia cafe of Ideas: what ideas are most compelling about Judaism? (1 of 3)
Four different answers to this question were given by four contemporary thinkers recently at Paideia in Stockholm. Their (very different!) answers will be part of the menu of materials to be analyzed and discussed. This session can lead to the possibility of equipping participants to say a number of responsible and informed things about Jewish perceptions on life.

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Agata Kaplon

Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies
Agata was born in Poland and lives in Berlin, where she works for the Central Council of Jews in Germany. She studied philosophy and sociology and is an alumna of the Paideia programme She now coordinates Jews Go Green – an environmental action programme for German communities... Read More →
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Oriol Poveda

Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies
Oriol is a PhD student from Barcelona, who's been kindly adopted by Sweden. My research and personal interests are LGBTQ issues, media and Jewish life and culture. Oriol volunteers for Paideia in Sweden and has a passion for second-hand bookshops, soft sofas in public spaces and fun... Read More →
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Anneli Rådestad

Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies
Anneli is from Sweden, and spends half her time working with Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, where she has been part of developing the Paideia Paradigm Program, a new avenue of access into the Jewish thought tradition. Anneli currently directs the Paideia... Read More →
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Barbara Lerner Spectre

Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies
Barbara is the Founding Director of Paideia, the European Institute of Jewish Studies in Sweden, an academic institute that serves as a resource and stimulus for the renewal of European Jewish culture. Paideia now has more than 400 graduates in 35 countries, heavily engaged in Jewish... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Ram 3

21:10 GMT

Musical midrash and the modern piyut: one artist's spiritual journey through Torah and tefillah
Jacob becomes Israel ('struggling with God') after wrestling with the 'Ish'. His name is a metaphor for the spiritual journey that each of us experiences as we uncover our relationships with God, Torah and Israel. Throughout history, Jews have created midrashim and piyyutim that reflect this process. At this workshop, Rabbi Black will share his journey, music and poetry.

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Joseph Black

Joe Black is a pulpit rabbi in Denver, Colorado. An internationally renowned guitarist, singer/ songwriter and performer of Jewish contemporary music for adults and children, Joe has released several CDs of music and published two children’s books. His music has been recorded by... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Arts - Studio

21:10 GMT

Nahala: circle of remembrance
Talking about the dead can lead to awkward conversations. But there are some people who have had a strong impact on our lives. Would you like a space to remember their life and share your story with others? Join a safely-facilitated circle for this uplifting and accessible ritual. Feel free to bring related images, objects and words. Please arrive promptly.

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Rachel Rose Reid

A spoken word and performance artist raised on a hybrid of Jewish heritage and urban jungle, Rachel’s work often shines new light on dusty subjects. The Dickens 2012 Writer in Residence, she’s performed for the Southbank Centre, Nuyorican Poets Café, Latitude Festival, BBC Radio... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

21:10 GMT

Queer Space (1 of 2)
Come along to this informal social to meet and shmooze with the rest of Limmud's LGBT community. Feel free to bring your drink!

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Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

21:10 GMT

The Book of Jonah through Israeli music
The Book of Jonah is a difficult book to understand: one can read the text and still feel that one hasn't touched the essence. Using contemporary Israeli music this lecture seeks to draw out some central themes of Jonah that lurk under the surface, and at the same time introduce a new and uniquely Israeli approach to spirituality.

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Joe Wolfson

UJIA
Joe is a modern orthodox rabbi studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He holds the Aria Fellowship from the Office of the Chief Rabbi (UK) and has degrees from Cambridge and UCL. He is an LSJS faculty member and teaches online classes in London and Mumbai from his home in Israel.


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Ram 2

21:10 GMT

The great train robbery and the peace process
How can you negotiate peace if the other side believes you're a thief? In this session, expert analyst David Suissa will expose Israel's biggest conceptual failure in the peace process and the most overlooked obstacle to peace.

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David Suissa

Jewish Journal
David is President of Tribe Media Corp / Jewish Journal in Los Angeles, where he has been writing an award-winning weekly column since 2006. Previously, he was founder and chief executive officer of SuissaMiller Advertising.


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Ram 1

21:10 GMT

The Misogynist Film Club
Welcome to the UK's only Misogynist Film Club – a feminist celebration of the terrible portrayal of women in cinema. The club is a monthly feature of the JW3 cinema. Here at Limmud it takes the form of a panel of presenters, each talking and showing clips of films which she loves and hates. Let's rise up together in ambivalence!

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Mekella Broomberg

JW3
Mekella Broomberg is Head of Arts and Culture at JW3, London's new Jewish cultural centre. She has a degree in film, worked as a cinema usherette for years and occasionally makes a pop-up cinema on her roof. The Misogynist Film Club is her favourite bit about the JW3 cinema.
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Naomi Less

Naomi Less Band / Jewish Chicks Rock
Naomi engages, enlightens and empowers communities with live concerts, spiritually uplifting music worship experiences and experiential workshops. She is a multi-skilled talent who creates tailor made experiences for all ages. Check out her music on iTunes or on her website: www.naomiless.com... Read More →
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Rachel Mars

Rachel is an established theatre maker and performer working across theatre, live art and comedy. She has performed across the UK including at Spill Festival, The Barbican, BFI, Pulse Festival and The Southbank Centre. She sometimes talks on BBC radio. 'Rachel Mars is Electrifying... Read More →
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Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline is an artist and Jewish educator. She co-ordinates the Art Studio and other Arts & Culture events at JW3, and regularly teaches at the LSJS. Jacqueline’s art has been exhibited in solo shows and significant contemporary Jewish Art group shows in the UK, USA and Israe... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Ram 4

21:10 GMT

Vegetarianism: a Jewish ideal or a rebellion against Judaism?
The Bible depicts the origins of human culture in the Garden of Eden as vegetarian, yet prescribes eating meat as a sacred act. Thousands of years later, R. Abraham Isaac Kook is known for his weekday vegetarianism and Shabbat meat indulgence. This session will trace Jewish attitudes towards meat consumption from the bible, through the Talmud to contemporary times.

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Aviva Richman

Mechon Hadar
Aviva is on the faculty at Yeshivat Hadar in Manhattan, the only full-time egalitarian yeshiva in North America, where she teaches Talmud, Jewish Law and midrash. She is now pursuing doctoral studies in rabbinic literature at NYU, as a Wexner fellow.


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)

21:10 GMT

What did Mendelsohn do to Elijah?
Mendelsohn's oratorio 'Elijah' is one of the greatest choral works in the musical repertoire. What is the story of 'Elijah'? How did Mendelsohn use the texts of the Hebrew Bible (and New Testament) in his work 'Elijah'? How did Mendelsohn resist his librettist's desire to make 'Elijah' into a more Christian work?

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Alexandra Wright

Alexandra received rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College in 1986. She is the Senior Rabbi of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue and enjoys cycling, swimming and listening to classical music in her spare time.


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Soc 7

21:10 GMT

Israeli music timeline
In this session we will explore the evolution of Israeli music through the years, and see how it reflects the reality in Israel. We will get to know the most famous Israeli artists and bands from the past and the present, and have fun while singing and dancing to great Israeli music.

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Rome Eliahou

Jewish Agency for Israel
Rome Eliahou was born In Ramat Gan and joined the Israeli Scouts (Tzofim) aged 9. At the age of 17, Rome was part of the Tzofim friendship caravan, which travels thoughout North America each summer, sharing their lives in Israel through song, dance and story.
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Noa Treves

Jewish Agency for Israel
Noa was born and raised in Be'er Sheva. She participated in the Science Leadership programme, in which she guided in elementary schools and taught astrophysics at Ben Gurion University. Now Noa is spending her gap year in London, working with the Jewish and Israeli community.


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Ram 7

21:10 GMT

Mature singles social space
Limmud can be more fun with a chevra to hang out with. We will meet and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere with (sedentary!) party games, discussions in small groups, and perhaps some 60s/70s singing. This session is particularly aimed at 40+ singles, but is open to all.

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Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Sci 1

21:10 GMT

Meet the Jewish Agency Komuna
Come and meet the younger group of the Jewish Agency delegation. See the life of an Israeli teenager through the eyes of 8 high school graduates living together (Komuna), spending a Gap year of voluntary work in the UK Jewish community. The session will explore their experiences and their aspiration for the future as they spread their wings.

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Eginsu Meyer

Jewish Agency for Israel
Eginsu made aliyah from Ethiopia and is a Jewish Agency shlicha, wife to Joel and mother to Eliya. She was an Officer in the IDF, holds a degree in Behavioural Science and Management, founded a branch of the Israeli Scouts, has mentored at-risk youth and assisted with Ethiopian immigrant... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 21:10 - 22:20 GMT
Lib 2

22:40 GMT

Acoustic Café
Into the night at the Acoustic Café - Limmud's favourite open mic session. All welcome to come forward and entertain. Talent appreciated but not compulsory, enthusiasm essential. Play, sing, amuse, entertain, or just come and see who turns up to perform: entertainment guaranteed!

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Limmud Acoustic Cafe Team

Acoustic Café is Limmud's perennial favourite open mic session, back for another year. Anyone welcome to take part! There's also Acoustic Lunch, daily lunchtime sessions where you can join in or just relax and enjoy the entertainment.


Sunday December 22, 2013 22:40 - 23:40 GMT
Rootes Bar Rectangle

22:40 GMT

Exploring Psalms
'Through the ages, Psalms has been the most urgently, personally present of all the books of the Bible.' (Robert Alter) Join me for a close literary reading of Psalms 30, 121 and 150, and an insight into some of the ways the Psalmist skilfully employs form and language to convey the spiritual power and beauty of his message.

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Lisa Barrett

Lisa Barrett teaches Jewish Education at JCoSS, and is the rabbi of North Herts Liberal Jewish Community. She loves creating meaningful spiritual practice and walking in green spaces. Lisa trained in Spiritual Direction at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Spiritual Retreat Centre in Connecticut... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 22:40 - 23:40 GMT
Soc 4

22:40 GMT

Jews in Narnia, Middle Earth and the Final Frontier
'Dwarves of course are quite obviously... couldn't you say that in many ways they remind you of the Jews?' - JRR Tolkien on Radio 4 in 1971. Come see how some of the most popular fiction of the 20th century was built on portrayals of Jews ranging from warm and eccentric to crude and pernicious.

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Benjamin Crowne

Benjamin Crowne lives, learns and teaches in London, where he focuses on the obscure and the neglected. While Education Officer at Cambridge JSoc he developed 'Commentator and Cake', 'Parsha Nuts' and other snack-based study programmes. He is chair of the Religion and Philosophy track... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 22:40 - 23:40 GMT
Soc 3

22:40 GMT

Roi Levi playing 'Shotey Hanevua'
Roi Levi will sing and play the material from the 'Shotey Hanevua' (The Fools of Prophecy) albums as well as some of his new stuff and covers to songs by his beloved artists.

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Roi Levi

Roi is a singer-songwriter, founder of Shotey Hanevua – one of Israel’s most influential bands. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University in Jewish history and general studies and lives in the village of Katzir in northern Israel with his wife Osnat and five sons.


Sunday December 22, 2013 22:40 - 23:40 GMT
SU Copper Rooms 1

22:40 GMT

Singalong with Si
Come and sing your hearts out to your favourite tunes and maybe learn some new ones. Bring your voices, your friends and guitars for a ruach-rousing ride down memory lane.

Presenters
SS

Simon Style

Composer, entertainer and itinerant chartered accountant, Simon honed his singalong skills in Habonim before becoming a founder member and arranger for Jonah & the Wailers. He has been running song sessions for the last 150 years and knows over a million songs.


Sunday December 22, 2013 22:40 - 23:40 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

22:40 GMT

Storytelling: once upon an aliyah, the un-censored, un-fairytale version
A chance Birthright trip takes a secular Jew from Los Angeles to Israel for more than ten days. Standup comic Molly Livingstone shares her stories as a new immigrant, wife, mother, and woman living in Jerusalem. Learn about Israeli culture, society and religion through a humorous tale of life in the Holy Land.

Presenters
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Molly Livingstone

Israeli Funny
Larry David once said, 'I'm not an inventor. I'm an improver. I improve things that are broken.' Whether it’s improvisation, comedy sketch, or stand up, Molly Livingstone is improving life in Israel one chuckle at a time, with an honest and hilarious view of the Holy Land.


Sunday December 22, 2013 22:40 - 23:40 GMT
Arts - Studio

22:40 GMT

Think and drink (1 of 3)
Everyone can be a teacher and everyone should be a student– come live Limmud's values with a pint in this new session format. We've lined up some of Conference's most exciting presenters for an informal, unplanned session in a more intimate and conversational setting. Grab a drink at the Rootes Bar, and then swing on by.

Presenters
LG

Lisa Grant

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Lisa teaches at Hebrew Union College in New York. Her scholarship focuses on Israel in the diaspora. She wrote ‘Israel Education Matters: A 21st Century Paradigm for Jewish Education’ – with Ezra Kopelowitz. She is also co-editor with Helena Miller and Alex Pomson of the International... Read More →
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Hanan Harchol

Jewish Food for Thought
Hanan is the creator of Jewish Food For Thought, an online animated series incorporating Jewish wisdom into engaging animated dialogues between Hanan and his parents, broadcast on Jewish Life television, and Shalom TV. He will have a solo museum exhibition in June 2014, at Hebrew... Read More →
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Elhanan Miller

Times of Israel
Elhanan is the Arab Affairs reporter for The Times of Israel. A resident of Jerusalem, he holds a Master's degree in Islamic Studies from Hebrew University and takes a keen interest in Middle East politics and the intersection of Judaism and Islam.
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Sunday December 22, 2013 22:40 - 23:40 GMT
Rootes First Floor

22:40 GMT

UK Jewish Film: 'Kafka's Last Story' (53 mins)
Nearly a century after Kafka's untimely death, the fate of his invaluable manuscripts is at the heart of a heated debate involving millions of dollars and political wrangling between Israel and Germany. The film follows the manuscripts from Nazi-occupied Europe to Israel, to their current location, gathering dust in a run-down Tel Aviv apartment.

Presenters
LB

Linda Berkowitz

UK Jewish Film
Linda Berkowitz is a Board Member and Trustee of UK Jewish Film. She has enjoyed (immensely) attending Limmud conference with her family and representing the UKJF (with wonderful films and great discussions) for a number of years.
UJ

UK Jewish Film

UK Jewish Film is dedicated to developing an environment in which Jewish film entertains, educates and enlightens diverse audiences in the UK and internationally. Throughout the year we screen the best of world cinema, offer opportunities to emerging filmmakers, and produce education... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 22:40 - 23:40 GMT
Arts - Cinema

22:40 GMT

Hebrew and fun with guitar and song
Come and improve your hebrew in a fun and very Israeli setting. The Jewish Agency's delegation will lead the way with guitars and classic Israeli songs, teaching the song, its lyrics and what they mean. If you are here with your guitar, bring it along. Lots of fun guaranteed.

Presenters
EM

Eginsu Meyer

Jewish Agency for Israel
Eginsu made aliyah from Ethiopia and is a Jewish Agency shlicha, wife to Joel and mother to Eliya. She was an Officer in the IDF, holds a degree in Behavioural Science and Management, founded a branch of the Israeli Scouts, has mentored at-risk youth and assisted with Ethiopian immigrant... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 22:40 - 23:40 GMT
Lib 2

23:55 GMT

Limmud Chavruta - Prayer: Thanks and praise (1 of 4)
Midnight Chavruta (learning in pairs) is one of Limmud's best kept secrets. Join other night owls to discuss, debate and take part in the great dialogue of the Jewish people. Tonight we look at thanks and praise. What might we be grateful for? Why learn blessings? Should we thank God for evil? Does praise have a purpose?

Presenters
LC

Limmud Chavruta Project Team

The Limmud Chavruta Project is an international collaboration of Limmud volunteers. Every year the Project produces a new book of traditional and modern sources exploring some aspect of Jewish life. This year, teams from the Netherlands, the UK, Israel and the USA invite you to explore... Read More →


Sunday December 22, 2013 23:55 - Monday December 23, 2013 00:55 GMT
Rootes First Floor

23:55 GMT

What is the score? An interactive soundtrack boogie
Everybody loves a good old boogie to classic tunes, so come along and enjoy! And for that hint of Jewish see if you can work out the Jewish connection to the film soundtrack, prizes will be awarded! We are starting a Limmud trend and you will want to be there!

Presenters
LB

Libby Burkeman

Movement for Reform Judaism
Libby Burkeman is Informal Education Director at the Movement for Reform Judaism, working with RSY-Netzer and Jeneration (youth, students and young adults). Libby has carved out a career in informal education, including working at the Science Museum and Tzedek
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Oliver Marcus

JHub
Oliver is the Programme Manager at JHub, which promotes social change in the British Jewish community. Oliver has a Masters degree from Birkbeck University in Psychosocial Studies. Oliver is (in his spare time) co-chair of Limmud Conference 2013
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Sunday December 22, 2013 23:55 - Monday December 23, 2013 00:55 GMT
SU Copper Rooms 1
 
Monday, December 23
 

07:30 GMT

Breakfast
Monday December 23, 2013 07:30 - 10:15 GMT
Rootes First Floor

08:00 GMT

'We must save the children'
Kristallnacht shocked the British public so deeply that many non-Jews felt that they should stand up and be counted. What did these British people do and what motivated them to provide a home for Jewish refugee children in 1939? These are hitherto untold stories of ordinary heroism - moving and inspiring. Kindertransport from a very different angle.

Presenters
ML

Mike Levy

Leeds-born Mike is a journalist, playwright, stand-up comic and holocaust educator. He is a director of Keystage Arts and Heritage based in Cambridge. Its aim is to bring history and heritage alive through the arts. His current work is on non-Jewish responses to the kindertransport... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 08:00 - 09:00 GMT
Soc 2

08:00 GMT

King Herod - Jewish hero or villain?
When you go to the Kotel (the Western Wall) you are standing by the remaining portion of the Second Temple that was built by King Herod – part of his monumental Jerusalem – to rival any capital city in the world. Who was he? Was he good for the Jews or bad for the Jews?

Presenters
MG

Mark Goldsmith

Alyth - North Western Reform Synagogue
Mark is rabbi at Alyth – North Western Reform Synagogue. He teaches Jewish lifecycle at Leo Baeck College and has written and taught extensively on Judaism and business ethics. The reggae thing has been going on for thirty years for Mark and he is excited to be bringing it to L... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 08:00 - 09:00 GMT
Soc 3

08:00 GMT

Rabbinic archaeology: what we now know from texts and artefacts
In the past 50 years, the study of rabbinic texts has been revolutionised through the discoveries which have been made in archaeological sites in Israel and the diaspora. D. Freund will show how texts illuminate the archaeology and how the artifacts have illuminated our understanding of rabbinic texts.

Presenters
RF

Richard Freund

University of Hartford
Richard Freund is director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and Greenberg Professor of History at the University of Hartford, Connecticut. He has directed archaeological projects in Israel and Europe and authored nine books, hundreds of scholarly papers and has appeared... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 08:00 - 09:00 GMT
Soc 6

08:00 GMT

V'yarutz v'yomer: he ran and he talked - or run and chat
For those who want to stretch their legs as well as their minds, come and run around the beautiful campus with Abigail. We can discuss Jewish topics, our running schedules or just being out. The run will last for an hour – and may be muddy! Meeting place: the entrance of Rootes.

Presenters
AM

Abigail Morris

Jewish Museum, London
Abigail recently became Chief Executive of the Jewish Museum in London. She is passionate about the museum representing the entire Jewish community as well as facing out to the wider world, engaging with urgent questions of identity and heritage. She has three girls and is a keen... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 08:00 - 09:00 GMT
Rootes Main Entrance

09:10 GMT

Limmud Chavruta - Prayer: Thanks and Praise (1 of 4)
Chavruta (learning in pairs) is one of Limmud's great traditions. Join hundreds of others to discuss, debate and take part in the great dialogue of the Jewish people. Today we look at thanks and praise. What might we be grateful for? Why learn blessings? Should we thank God for evil? Does praise have a purpose? D'var Torah by Jonathan Wittenberg.

Presenters
LC

Limmud Chavruta Project Team

The Limmud Chavruta Project is an international collaboration of Limmud volunteers. Every year the Project produces a new book of traditional and modern sources exploring some aspect of Jewish life. This year, teams from the Netherlands, the UK, Israel and the USA invite you to explore... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:10 - 10:30 GMT
Rootes Panorama 3

09:20 GMT

All Israel is accountable one to another
Community is a central tenet of Jewish heritage. How has this been interpreted over the ages and what does it mean to us today? We will look at the Jewish concept of community, and how Israel's newest medical school is addressing its responsibility to improve the wellbeing of all - Jews and non-Jews - who call the Galil home.

Presenters
MR

Mary Rudolf

UJIA
Mary made aliyah in 2012 to Israel’s newest medical school. Leaving her life as paediatric professor in Leeds, she and her husband Michael Krom are experiencing the challenges of moving to the Galil and contributing to an initiative that promises to improve health in a disadvantaged... Read More →
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Michael Weingarten

UJIA
Michael is Associate Dean for Medical Education at the Bar Ilan University Faculty of Medicine in Galilee. He is a family physician and a medical ethicist, qualified at Oxford and UCH, and has lived in Israel since 1973. He has published extensively on the health of Yemenite Jews... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Ram 5

09:20 GMT

Being in the mind and body
'When mind interacts with the body, life force flows' (Hatha Pradipika). Our bodies reflect our state of mind. In this session we will look at how we can change our state of mind through working with the body.

Presenters
MH

Mika Hadar-Borthwick

Subtle Yoga
Mika has been working as a healer and teacher for over 25 years, and her practice includes yoga, Alexander technique and craniosacral therapy. In 1993, she established Mika Studio, offering training in subtle yoga and subtle yoga therapy. At the heart of this work is an emphasis on... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

09:20 GMT

Campus SatNav
From Rootes to Ramphal, and from Scarman to Social Sciences, get to grips with the fabulous Limmud site. With our whistle-stop tour you'll never be lost or find yourself missing the start of a session again!

Presenters
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Rootes Main Entrance

09:20 GMT

Challenges of being a Jewish MP
This session will discuss the constituency and parliamentary role of an MP and the operation of parliament. It will include addressing issues relating to racism, antisemitism and Israel/Palestine.

Presenters
LE

Louise Ellman

Parliament
Louise Ellman has been the Labour/Co-operative MP for Liverpool Riverside since 1997 and chairs the Transport Select Committee. She chairs the Jewish Labour Movement and the All Party British/Israel Group. She is vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel and treasurer of the All Party... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Soc 1

09:20 GMT

Clowning around
In earliest Jewish sources we find statements about the importance of happiness and laughter in human existence. Freda will be discussing these ideas and demonstrating medical clowning techniques.

Presenters
FK

Freda Kaplan

Freda made aliyah from UK in 1978. After serving in the Israel Defense Forces she completed a programme in social work and Jewish studies. She holds a diploma as a hospital clown. Served with her husband, Dov, in rabbinic teams in communities in Colombia, Israel and Caesarea.


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Ram 4

09:20 GMT

Entrepreneurial challenges in the Negev/ Israel
Personal account of living and working as an artist in Israel by Hannah Rendell, including setting up initiatives to promote exhibitions and art businesses. followed by an informal discussion about the challenges and opportunities for developing a new concept or business in the Negev.

Presenters
HR

Hannah Rendell

The Beer Sheva Art Experience
Hannah is an artist who moved from London to Be'er Sheva in 2006. She is the founder of 'Be'er Sheva Art Experience', a tour company which brought over 3,000 visitors to Be'er Sheva on art excursions. Hannah also works as the Director of Development at Hagar: Jewish/Arab Education... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Soc 4

09:20 GMT

Israel: one land many narratives (1 of 3)
Creating Israeli national culture has been an ongoing part of the project of state-building since the early days of the yishuv. This mini-course uses music and art as lenses into three major themes as a way into engaging issues of identity and meaning. The theme of the first session is Israel and diaspora.

Presenters
LG

Lisa Grant

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Lisa teaches at Hebrew Union College in New York. Her scholarship focuses on Israel in the diaspora. She wrote ‘Israel Education Matters: A 21st Century Paradigm for Jewish Education’ – with Ezra Kopelowitz. She is also co-editor with Helena Miller and Alex Pomson of the International... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Hum 1

09:20 GMT

Jewish life in Europe: imminent catastrophe or impending renaissance?
Many commentators on European Jewry have started to claim that Jewish life in Europe is 'dying a slow death' and facing 'bleak prospects' due to a rising tide of antisemitism. But others vehemently disagree, maintaining that clear signs of a renaissance can be seen. Using the latest available data, we will assess the competing claims.

Presenters
JB

Jonathan Boyd

Institute for Jewish Policy Research
Jonathan Boyd is Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, which specialises in the study of contemporary British and European Jewish life to help support community planning. A former Mandel Jerusalem Fellow with a doctorate in educational philosophy, his work... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Ram 1

09:20 GMT

Marketing Limmud to a diverse community
Do you know that you need to market your Limmud event, but are not really sure how to reflect what Limmud is and use the right tools to grow participation inclusively? Come learn from the Limmud Mexico team about marketing principles, plans and their traditional and social media approach. Share your experiences and ideas with Limmud volunteers worldwide.

Presenters
RH

Renato Huarte Cuellar

National University Mexico / Limud México
Renato teaches philosophy of education at National University in Mexico and Jewish thought at Universidad Hebraica. He is about to finish his PhD thesis - Translation and Education in the Philosophy of Martin Buber. He loves languages, to dance, and is the founder of Limmud in Me... Read More →
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Alex Goldberg

Limud México
Alex is a marketing student at Anahuac University in Mexico City and is responsible for the marketing strategy of Limud México. He is a long time actor and dancer and works as a choreographer and stage director in several Jewish institutions.
LU

Limmud University

Limmud University is a new and innovative project launched to train and develop volunteers, presenters, professional staff and participants. Limmud University seeks to develop the future skills of Limmud at all points and places in anyone's Limmud journey. Limmud University aims to... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Lib 2

09:20 GMT

May your memory be love - the story of Ovadia Baruch
In March 1943, 20-year old Ovadia Baruch was deported with his family from Greece to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Upon arrival, his family was sent to the gas chambers. Whilst in Auschwitz, Ovadia met Aliza, a young Jewish woman, and the two developed a tender relationship despite the inhuman conditions. This film depicts their remarkable story of love and survival in Auschwitz.

Presenters
LR

Lea Roshkovsky

Yad Vashem
Lea has been working at Yad Vashem for the past 25 years. Lea is an active part of the Teacher Training Division, runs the College and University Department and has recently joined the World Jewry Division where she works with educators in Jewish frameworks from all over the worl... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Hum 2

09:20 GMT

Prisoners, the hot currency of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Why is Israel releasing Palestinian prisoners, despite the protests of bereaved families? How do Palestinians view these prisoners? Prusher is a journalist who has covered the issue extensively and is the literary editor of 'The Negotiator: Freeing Gilad Schalit from Hamas', will examine why prisoners are the political currency of the conflict and looks at scenarios for the future.

Presenters
IP

Ilene Prusher

Ilene is a US-born journalist and novelist who lives in Jerusalem. A former war correspondent, she writes the Jerusalem Vivendi blog for Haaretz and teaches writing workshops. Her first novel, 'Baghdad Fixer', was published last fall. She is the literary editor 'The Negotiator... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Soc 6

09:20 GMT

Psychoanalysis, trauma, possession (2 of 2)
Possession. This session focuses psychoanalytically on S. An-sky's play, 'The Dybbuk', and particularly the film of it made in Poland in 1937. The film is not only a cinematic representation of possession and haunting; it is itself a haunted cultural artefact, full of the sounds and images of a destroyed culture and a murdered community.

Presenters
SF

Stephen Frosh

Stephen Frosh is Pro-Vice-Master and Professor of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. He has written extensively on psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies and psychotherapy. His most recent books are 'Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions'; 'Feelings... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Sci 4

09:20 GMT

School, play, sexuality in Russian Jewish life
Everyday life in shtetl and city, countryside (yes, Jews did live there as well in pre-revolutionary Russia) will be the subject of this session. We' dig under the surface of Russian/East European Jewish life to explore the more intimate moments and feelings of the widest range of Jews, women and men, girls and boys.

Presenters
SZ

Steven Zipperstein

Koshland Professor at Stanford University and author of many books including 'Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha'am and the Origins of Zionism', Steven spent six years in the UK in the 1980s as the Frank Green Fellow in Modern Jewish History at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studi... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Sci 5

09:20 GMT

Shabbes in Somalia: adventures of an (un)orthodox journalist
Micha has reported for the Washington Post and Haaretz from Somalia, Iraq, Burma, Haiti, and has interviewed dictators and dissidents, militants and mystics. His tallis and tefilin have always gone with him. Come and hear of his adventures as a Jew engaged in ethical challenges that face human kind as a whole.

Presenters
MO

Micha Odenheimer

Tevel
Micha is a rabbi, writer and founder of Tevel, which works for social justice in the developing world. Micha has written from places such as Somalia, Iraq and Ethiopia for the Washington Post, London Times and Haaretz. Micha was a close student of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Sci 3

09:20 GMT

Spiritual approaches to the dying person
Is caring for the dying to be left to medical professionals or can we deepen our own spiritual awareness to care for our own loved ones when they are dying? comfort to those we love. This presentation explores the experiences of those who are dying and encourages everyone - professionals and family members to care spiritually for the dying.

Presenters
AW

Alexandra Wright

Alexandra received rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College in 1986. She is the Senior Rabbi of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue and enjoys cycling, swimming and listening to classical music in her spare time.


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Ram 8

09:20 GMT

Using Twitter, Facebook and blogs for Israel advocacy and debate - without making a twit of yourself
Social media is an increasingly important battleground in the fight against the delegitimisation of Israel. Come and find out how - and how not - to use Twitter, Facebook and blogs to express your views about Israel online.

Presenters
LA

Luke Akehurst

Luke Akehurst is director of the We Believe in Israel grassroots network. He also served as a director at global PR company Weber Shandwick for 11 years. Luke has been a councillor in Hackney since 2002, has stood for parliament twice and served on the Labour Party National Execu... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Ram 7

09:20 GMT

What is Jewish about World Jewish Relief?
World Jewish Relief began its life as the Central British Fund to help Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. It continues to help Jews and others in need throughout the world, especially in the FSU. It also responds to international disasters wherever they occur. What are the values that underpin its work? What do Jewish values demand in helping others?

Presenters
HG

Henry Grunwald

Shechita UK
Henry was President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and was the first chair of the Jewish Leadership Council, 2003-2009. He remains involved in many communal activities, including Shechita UK, World Jewish Relief, and the Covenant and Conversation Trust. He has recently... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Soc 2

09:20 GMT

Welfare or community development in Eastern Europe?
In Jewish communities in the FSU, communal funds are scarce. A large percentage is dedicated to caring for elderly, poor and sick, many of them Holocaust survivors. Aging communities offer few opportunities to young adults . We will discuss this tension between building a vibrant future and caring for the needy through case studies and real-life examples.

Presenters
MB

Miriam Benchetrit

The Westbury Group
Miriam works as a consultant to charities and foundations. She runs the Westbury Group, a network of foundations that provides seed funding and skill building to grassroots organizations and supports the next generation of professionals and lay leaders in European Jewish communit... Read More →
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Mario Izcovich

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Mario is director of Leatid, the European centre for Jewish leadership, and director of its pan European programmes. He is a psychologist and lives in Barcelona with his wife and two children.


Monday December 23, 2013 09:20 - 10:20 GMT
Ram 2

10:40 GMT

'The Story of the Jews' - revisited (2 of 4)
An in-depth look at the stories behind the stories of Simon Schama's 'The Story of the Jews' which was recently aired on BBC 2. A combination of biblical, rabbinic, archaeological and historical texts add colour and detail to the fascinating narrative of the history of the Jews as presented in this popular programme. This session: 'Among Christians and Muslims'.

Presenters
CW

Chaim Weiner

European Masorti Bet Din
Chaim founded and heads the European Masorti Bet Din and is director of Masorti Europe. He was ordained at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. He is well known for innovative work in Jewish education, and for fascinating tours to destinations of Jewish interest in Europe and Af... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Sci 8

10:40 GMT

A journalist under apartheid: what it was like
A journalist's journey through years of exposing apartheid in South Africa. He dealing with authoritarian government and reporting on Nelson Mandela, Helen Suzman, Barney Zackon and General Van den Bergh.

Presenters
BP

Benjamin Pogrund

Benjamin was deputy editor of Johannesburg's Rand Daily Mail. He made aliyah in 1997 to found Yakar's Center for Social Concern in Jerusalem. He is the author of books on Robert Sobukwe, Nelson Mandela, the Press under apartheid and Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. His book, 'Is Israel... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Ram 1

10:40 GMT

A time for everything: how the Jewish calendar can help you to declutter your life
Are you overwhelmed by too much stuff? Is your schedule overloaded with commitments? Or is there too much going on in your mind? This session looks at the impact of clutter - both material and metaphorical in our busy lives. It focuses on the Jewish calendar as a way of exploring strategies for managing time and space more effectively.

Presenters
JL

Juliet Landau-Pope

JLP Coach
Juliet Landau-Pope enjoys a portfolio career as educator, coach and professional declutterer. She teaches social sciences and study skills at the Open University and belongs to the Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers. She motivates individuals and groups to manage... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

10:40 GMT

Alphabet meditation from the Kabbalah (2 of 2)
'Bask in the Blessing...and Link Letters.' (Medieval Jewish poem). Kabbalistic meditations often involve reciting letters in combinations to achieve a level of heightened meditative focus and leading eventually to union with the Divine. In session 2, we will up our game and try practising with 4 letters. For beginners and experts alike.

Presenters
RB

Roland Brandman

Roland Brandman has a degree in Classical literature and philosophy, and has pursued meditative practice and the study of mystical and mediaeval philosophy. By day (and oft by night), he practises as a solicitor.


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

10:40 GMT

Elephant in the room, children in the Shul
Getting (very) young ones and their families involved in synagogue's life is a challenge many of us experience as parents, grandparents, educators, rabbis. Starting from our memories and experiences, we'll have a look at different possible models: family/children services, 'integrated' services, cheder, playgroups and more. Family friendly.

Presenters
SB

Sara Bucciarelli Zanardo

Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue
Sara Bucciarelli Zanardo is teacher and Jewish educator since 2003 both abroad and in the UK. She lives in Hove, where she loves her family, mizrachi music and doing lots of educational stuff at Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue.


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Ram 8

10:40 GMT

Everything you didn't know you wanted to know about medieval Jewish philosophy: the nature of God (2 of 4)
John Lennon once sang 'God is a concept by which we measure our pain', which would make this session pretty excruciating. Thankfully, Maimonides wrote that regarding God, silence is best, which would at least make it very short. Find out what the leading medieval Jewish philosophers thought about God, and whether or not any of them were actually onto anything.

Presenters
DR

Daniel Rynhold

Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshiva University
Daniel is associate professor in modern Jewish philosophy at Yeshiva University (New York). He is the author of 'Two Models of Jewish Philosophy' (2005), 'An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy' (2009), and co-editor of 'Radical Responsibility: Celebrating the Thought of Chief... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Sci 4

10:40 GMT

Flaschenbriefe - letters from the Berlin Post 1941-44
Paul Post, a Christian, spent the war trying to ensure his Jewish-born wife's survival in Germany. He wrote weekly letters to his son, then a doctor in England. The letters could not be posted, but were given to the son after the war. We explore some of this historical treasure trove translated into English. All new material, never previously presented.

Presenters
CH

Claire Hilton

Claire is an old age psychiatrist in Harrow. She is also fascinated by twentieth century history and has recently submitted a PhD in the history of psychiatry. She is married to a rabbi and has three sons. She was at the first Limmud ever and has attended most years.


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Sci 1

10:40 GMT

God's Voice everywhere: a serious conversation about the efficacy of prayer and whether or not God is listening
Does God listen? Can prayer make a difference? A serious conversation about the efficacy of prayer, based on texts from Mishkan Tefilah (the 2007 American Reform siddur) and rabbinic, Chasidic and contemporary sources.

Presenters
EF

Elyse Frishman

Elyse Frishman is editor of the American Reform prayerbook, Mishkan T’filah. She serves on the board of American Jewish World Service, and supports Women of the Wall. She is senior rabbi of Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Married to Rabbi Daniel Freelander, their children... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Ram 2

10:40 GMT

Guns in the classroom: the curse of Yoav
He was David's nephew and loyal Army General, but in the end everything went bad. The rabbis trace Yoav's temper and ferocity to his school days and turn him into the bogeyman of every new Jewish studies teacher. Careful, every vowel matters…

Presenters
RZ

Raphael Zarum

London School of Jewish Studies
Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS), a graduate of Jerusalem’s Mandel Leadership Institute and author of the Torah L'Am crash course, Raphael has an MA in Education, a PhD in Quantum Chaos and was recently ordained as a rabbi by Jonathan Sacks, the Emeritus Chief... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Sci 3

10:40 GMT

Limmud-Paideia cafe of Ideas: which ideas in Judaism do you find most problematic? (2 of 3)
The point of this session is to be able to take a look at Judaism in a way that is honest and does not succumb to the temptation of triumphalism. This session is essential for those who cherish critical thinking, understand its essential place in democracy, and who fear the tendency of intercultural conversations to become contests.

Presenters
AK

Agata Kaplon

Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies
Agata was born in Poland and lives in Berlin, where she works for the Central Council of Jews in Germany. She studied philosophy and sociology and is an alumna of the Paideia programme She now coordinates Jews Go Green – an environmental action programme for German communities... Read More →
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Oriol Poveda

Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies
Oriol is a PhD student from Barcelona, who's been kindly adopted by Sweden. My research and personal interests are LGBTQ issues, media and Jewish life and culture. Oriol volunteers for Paideia in Sweden and has a passion for second-hand bookshops, soft sofas in public spaces and fun... Read More →
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Anneli Rådestad

Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies
Anneli is from Sweden, and spends half her time working with Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, where she has been part of developing the Paideia Paradigm Program, a new avenue of access into the Jewish thought tradition. Anneli currently directs the Paideia... Read More →
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Barbara Lerner Spectre

Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies
Barbara is the Founding Director of Paideia, the European Institute of Jewish Studies in Sweden, an academic institute that serves as a resource and stimulus for the renewal of European Jewish culture. Paideia now has more than 400 graduates in 35 countries, heavily engaged in Jewish... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Ram 3

10:40 GMT

Making a home in two places (or more) at once: the joys and oys of transnational family life
Do your family reunions require a passport? From languages to parenting styles to schooling to holiday foods to intense visits 'home', building a truly multi-national family takes perseverance and patience. If you're part of an international or multi-continental couple or clan, please join this informal facilitated discussion to get acquainted, share stories and advice, and make new connections. Babies welcome!

Presenters
SL

Shawn Landres

Jumpstart
Shawn is chief executive and director of research of Jumpstart, a philanthropic research and design lab that enables leading philanthropists, institutional leaders and creative changemakers to make informed, collaborative and effective choices.
ZL

Zuzana Landres

Zuzana grew up in Košice, where she helped found the post-1989 Czechoslovak Union of Jewish Youth. Her wedding in 2001 was Košice's first since the shoah – and then she left. Today, her children in Santa Monica speak Slovak with their cousins in Kfar Saba during their Skype p... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Ram 7

10:40 GMT

Poetry to delight the senses - a special Limmud reading
A special selection of readings from Marvin's published and unpublished works. Designed to delight the senses and stimulate the soul. Come along and be entertained, challenged and blown away by spell-binding stories and audacious ideas in glorious poetic form. Recited by the author of 'Poetry for Health - The Power of Poetry to Heal and Fulfil'

Presenters
MS

Marvin Shaw

Tiferet
Marvin is an economic and social miracle, and is still looking to make his fortune (do a mitzvah, offer him a job) and to find his true love. In his spare time he writes self-help books and poetry in order to cheer himself up.


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Ram 5

10:40 GMT

Revolutionising adult Jewish education one click at a time: Jewish Food For Thought, the animated series - gratitude and envy
In this session, Hanan discusses his project, Jewish Food For Thought; screens two episodes dealing with gratitude and envy, and uses the animations and accompanying study guides to fuel lively discussion on the topics. This project was created with generous funding by The Covenant Foundation.

Presenters
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Hanan Harchol

Jewish Food for Thought
Hanan is the creator of Jewish Food For Thought, an online animated series incorporating Jewish wisdom into engaging animated dialogues between Hanan and his parents, broadcast on Jewish Life television, and Shalom TV. He will have a solo museum exhibition in June 2014, at Hebrew... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Sci 2

10:40 GMT

Texts on ageing
We will explore texts on ageing, such as the Midrash about the two sets of tablets: the first, broken into shards when Moses descended saw the golden calf, were kept along with the second whole tablets, in the Ark. What does Judaism teach about the elderly's capacity to adapt? What does Judaism teach about reverence and honour?

Presenters
SB

Susan Berrin

Sh'ma Journal
Susan Berrin is editor of the journal Sh’ma, which creates “conversations” in print, digital, and online forms on a single theme, and editor of two Jewish anthologies, 'Celebrating the New Moon: A Rosh Chodesh Anthology' and 'A Heart of Wisdom: Making the Jewish Journey from... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Sci 5

10:40 GMT

The audacity and beauty of multi-cultural education
Hagit Damri, executive director of Hagar: Jewish/Arab education for equality, will share the story of a bilingual, bi-cultural educational framework in the Negev, Israel. Hagar was created out of a desire to bring together two divided communities through the process of raising a new generation of children immersed in peace.

Presenters
HD

Hagit Damri

Hagar: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality
Hagit Damri is the executive director of Hagar: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality. She has a particular interest in culture and the role it plays within society. Hagit is now completing her Ph.D. in Gender Studies at Ben-Gurion University, in Beersheba, and takes part in various... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Soc 4

10:40 GMT

The children's service survival guide
This session is aimed at those who take children's services for ages 7-12. We will discuss techniques to engage and stimulate discussion and learning. Bring your own ideas because part of the session will be for sharing good practice. Not only will we learn to survive, but we will aim to thrive!

Presenters
ML

Michael Laitner

United Synagogue Living & Learning
Michael is director of education for the United Synagogue Living & Learning, an assistant rabbi at Finchley Synagogue and a qualified solicitor with a focus on planning law. Michael’s work for the United Synagogue focuses primarily on publications and education planning work with... Read More →
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Jason Marantz

London School of Jewish Studies
Jason is the CEO of the LSJS. He is an experienced primary school teacher and leader. Jason worked in both Jewish and non-Jewish schools in Canada and the UK before being appointed headteacher of Wolfson Hillel Primary School in Southgate. Jason is an avid children's service lead... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Sci 7

10:40 GMT

The neuroscience of teshuva: neuroplasticity & personal change (2 of 4)
Teshuva is a core value in Judaism. But can we really change in the deep ways that teshuva requires? This session explores the neurobiology of habits and of change. Why is change so hard? We will discuss ways to harness the power of neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change--throughout life.

Presenters
MF

Mona Fishbane

Mona Fishbane, holds a PhD and is a clinical psychologist and director of the Couple Therapy Training, Chicago Center for Family Health. Mona lectures widely on couple therapy, neurobiology and relationships, and intergenerational family dynamics. She wrote 'Loving with the Brain... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Ram 4

10:40 GMT

The official Limmud treasure hunt
If you can solve our riddle, You'll get here in a diddle, It's time that you were tested, Attentions will be arrested, Your epic quest starts soon, We'll cu in this room...

Presenters
LS

Limmud Social Programming Team

The Social Programming team is here to enhance your Limmud experience! From arts and crafts to a pub quiz, campus satnav to ultimate frisbee, if you need a break from the busy Limmud programme, or want to socialise with old friends and meet new people, come along and join in!


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
SU Copper Rooms 2

10:40 GMT

The road to now: musical stepping stones
In March 2013, at the JCM conference in Germany, Judith was called on to do a performance at short notice. With only an afternoon of planning, what emerged was a set of the songs which she felt were particularly significant in her journey to her present place as a musician and the stories that went with them...

Presenters
JS

Judith Silver

Judith is an inspiring musician, teacher and performer who works with a wonderfully eclectic mix of people throughout the UK and abroad. Among her many projects, she is currently choir director for two choirs and leads a ‘Singing for the Brain’ group.


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Arts - Ensemble

10:40 GMT

The shrew, femme fatale, prima donna, and whore: four Talmudic heroines (1 of 4)
Yalta, the Shrew – Why are shrews always so vicious? How did the ancient world view the male/female body? And what possessed Yalta to smash 400 bottles of her husband's wine? The comic tale of Yalta, read through Aristotle, Shakespeare, Congreve, Brontë, Jean Rhys, Adrienne Rich, and R. Kook.

Presenters
GF

Gila Fine

Koren Publishers Jerusalem
Gila Fine is the editor-in-chief of Maggid Books (Koren Publishers Jerusalem). She’s a teacher of talmudic narrative, and has taught at the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and the Hartman Institute. Gila is the former editor of 'Azure: Ideas for the Jewish Nation', and the... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Soc 1

10:40 GMT

The sustainability question for tiny Jewish communities across Europe
Smaller Jewish communities have their own specific challenges and we will explore some of them including the question of critical mass,and the issues of pluralism, infrastructure and intermarriage.

Presenters
TB

Tamas Buchler

Tamás Buchler is from Budapest, Hungary. He studied Law and Peace and Conflict Studies. He works with several Hungarian organisations - Israeli Cultural Institute, the Jewish Agency, the Haver Foundation and Limmud Hungary. He is the director of MiNYanim, a network of young community... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Soc 3

10:40 GMT

The war on women in Israel (1 of 4)
This session will examine the spread of religious radicalism in Israel -- from buses to the kotel to the Knesset -- and the ways in which radicalism threatens the real lives of women in everyday life. It will also look at ways in which YOU can get involved to help stop the spread of radicalism.

Presenters
ES

Elana Sztokman

Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance
Elana is the Executive Director of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, author of several books on gender issues in Jewish life, and a veteran educator, writer and activist on issues of social change in the Jewish community.


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 11:40 GMT
Soc 2

10:40 GMT

Policing the borders of Judaism: idolatry (2 of 4) (Double Session)
All cultures need to patrol the murky border between creativity and heresy; between acceptable and unacceptable forms of behaviour and belief. In this four-part series we will explore how Judaism has maintained this complex boundary. We will use multiple case studies from different historical periods to see how the rabbinic tradition has dealt with idolatry, heresy and individuality.

Presenters
JL

Joel Levy

Conservative Yeshiva / Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue
Joel is the director of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and rabbi of Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue in Edgware. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi David Hartman in 2000. He is interested in how seemingly abstract Talmudic arguments can speak directly to the dilemmas... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)

10:40 GMT

Teshuva in thought and law: the comparative innovations of Rabbis Kook and Soloveitchik (Double Session)
Rabbis Kook and Soloveitchik were the two most prominent and innovative Orthodox Jewish thinkers of the 20th century. There are many parallels in their philosophy and many divergences – of opinion, approach and emphasis. This Beit Midrash session will explore and compare their thinking on the central religious topic of Teshuva (Repentance) as both a halachic and philosophical topic.

Presenters
avatar for Jeffrey Saks

Jeffrey Saks

Director, ATID & WebYeshiva.org
Jeffrey, founder of ATID and its WebYeshiva.org programme, edited 'Wisdom From All My Teachers'; 'To Mourn a Child: Jewish Responses to Childhood Death'; and authored 'Spiritualizing Halakhic Education'. He is associate editor of 'Tradition' journal, and editor of 'The Agnon Library... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)

10:40 GMT

UK Jewish Film: 'Shtisel' (Double Session)
Written by the team behind the hit TV series Srugim, this delicious, gentle family comedy follows Akiva, a shy yeshiva boy and his closely-knit, argumentative family.

Presenters
LB

Linda Berkowitz

UK Jewish Film
Linda Berkowitz is a Board Member and Trustee of UK Jewish Film. She has enjoyed (immensely) attending Limmud conference with her family and representing the UKJF (with wonderful films and great discussions) for a number of years.
UJ

UK Jewish Film

UK Jewish Film is dedicated to developing an environment in which Jewish film entertains, educates and enlightens diverse audiences in the UK and internationally. Throughout the year we screen the best of world cinema, offer opportunities to emerging filmmakers, and produce education... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 10:40 - 13:00 GMT
Arts - Cinema

11:40 GMT

Lunch
Hot Lunch will be available in Rootes Ground Floor

Grab 'n' Go will be available in Rootes Ground Floor and Library Building 

Monday December 23, 2013 11:40 - 14:40 GMT
Rootes Ground Floor and Library Building

12:00 GMT

Acoustic lunch
Acoustic lunch is a lunchtime jam session and melting pot - come and meet other performers, play or sing together, see which of our visiting musicians drops by, or just come and listen while you eat your lunch.

Presenters
LA

Limmud Acoustic Cafe Team

Acoustic Café is Limmud's perennial favourite open mic session, back for another year. Anyone welcome to take part! There's also Acoustic Lunch, daily lunchtime sessions where you can join in or just relax and enjoy the entertainment.


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Rootes Bar Rectangle

12:00 GMT

An overview of contemporary Jewish identities
Jewish identity is determined by how Jews see themselves, how they are seen by other Jews and by the outside world. Traditionally, on Passover four sons represent our identities. Nowadays you'd need at least eight to deal with the way Jewish identities have multiplied. Using a number of methods we can obtain an overview of current Jewish identities.

Presenters
MG

Manfred Gerstenfeld

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Manfred is a member of the Board of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and its chairman from 2000 to 2012. He has been an international business strategist for forty years, and is the 2012 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Journal for the Study of Anti... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Sci 3

12:00 GMT

Bikini-clad shiksas or feminists of Zion? A look at the dichotomous, polarized attitudes towards 'Women of the Wall'
Women of the Wall have been characterized as modern day Jewish heroes but also vilified and scrutinized in the media and by the public. What is it about the strong presence of women's voices at the Western Wall that is so polarizing? A discussion about embracing and fostering empowered Jewish women leaders, without invoking the good girl/bad girl (Vashti/Esther) dichotomy.

Presenters
SP

Shira Pruce

Women of the Wall
Shira is Director of Public Relations, Women of the Wall and has worked to advance social change in Israel at the Negev Rape Crisis Center and the Jerusalem Open House. She lives in Be'er Sheva, Israel and holds a BA in Women and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, NJ, USA.


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Sci 4

12:00 GMT

Commemorating the wartime exodus of Jews from a French alpine village (2 of 2)
We'll show a film, 'A Pause in the Holocaust', by veteran French filmmaker Andre Waksman, whose family survived the Shoah in southern France. Through interviews with survivors and witnesses, largely connected with the village of St Martin Vésubie, he reconstructs the little known history of the protection of the Jews by the Italian occupying forces in south-east France.

Presenters
DB

David Bernheim

David Bernheim moved with his family from London to St Martin Vésubie in the French Alps, 11 years ago. He is a management and IT consultant, and runs the Nice branch of the Cercle de Génealogie Juive. He was the first editor of Second Generation Voices.
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Elizabeth Bernheim

Elizabeth Bernheim moved to St Martin Vésubie in south eastern France in 2002 with her husband and children. She is the English guide to the village and active with the local history society. As Elizabeth Gabay she is a Master of Wine and writes and teaches about wine.


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Sci 5

12:00 GMT

Duct tape tallit! (2 of 3)
Inspirational and artistic, bold and creative, the tallit as an art form and ritual garment enters a new age. You can make a tallit for yourself or a loved one in just three sessions. Stories, ideas, instruction, assistance, and the opportunity to make a memory that will touch your heart forever.

Presenters
JG

Janie Grackin

Janie is a rabbi and community educator who uses the art of storytelling to inspire and educate. She creates programmes for intergenerational populations in synagogues and schools in the United States, Europe and Israel, and was awarded the Solomon Schechter Gold Award for Family... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 9

12:00 GMT

In or out : My other career was as a management consultant (YAD session)
David Brown (UJS) Michael Wegier (UJIA) and Jude Williams (Tzedek) - three chief executives of communal Jewish organisations talk personally about the role, career paths and the choices they made when deciding not to be pilots, detectives or interior decorators. (YAD session)

Presenters
HG

Hannah Gaventa

Tzedek
Hannah is currently Tzedek's education officer, working to educate the UK Jewish community in social justice and Jewish responsibility. Hannah is also a 2013/14 René Cassin human rights fellow, co-chair of the Limmud 2013 YAD Team and a resident of Moishe House London.
MW

Michael Wegier

UJIA
Michael is Chief Executive at UJIA, a role that combines his passion for Israel and the Jewish people. Trained as a Jewish Historian, Michael has worked in education in the UK, Israel and the USA. Michael has an MA from the Hebrew University and is a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow.
JW

Jude Williams

Tzedek
Jude is chief executive of Tzedek, working to engage the Jewish community in the lives of the 2.4 billion people who manage to live on less than $2 a day. Jude has a background in Jewish education, having worked and lived in Israel and now the UK.


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Ram 2

12:00 GMT

Jewish identity in British history: Anglo-Jewish lives in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
This session will explore the history of Jews in Britain since the medieval period by examining the varied lives of some of the hundreds of Jewish figures included in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. In particular, we shall consider complex issues of Jewish identity over time. The session will be illustrated by web pages from the Dictionary.

Presenters
LG

Lawrence Goldman

University of Oxford
Lawrence is a fellow and tutor in modern history at St. Peter's College, Oxford, where he teaches British and American history. Since 2004 he has been the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography which contains biographical essays on more than one thousand Anglo-Jewish... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 7

12:00 GMT

Jewish spiritual approaches to infertility
How do we bring the spiritual into the process of assisted conception? How can we help ourselves emotionally and spiritually when we are trying to conceive? We will looking at some of the Jewish prayers and rituals that have been developed or reclaimed to help make this period of our lives sacred, and share our own ideas and experiences.

Presenters
NG

Naomi Goldman

Naomi is a student rabbi in her second year at Leo Baeck College. She is a member of the Jewish renewal community, Ruach Chavurah, and the Liberal Jewish Synagogue.


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Ram 7

12:00 GMT

Jews and US politics
American Jews are the most reliably Democratic white ethnic group in the country. Even as Jews have attained wealth and power, they consistently support liberal politics. Why? Come and hear five of our American presenters debate this and current issues of concern to American Jews.

Presenters
JE

Jane Eisner

Jewish Daily Forward
Jane Eisner is the editor-in-chief of the 'Jewish Daily Forward', America’s foremost national Jewish news organisation. Prior to joining the 'Forward', Eisner held executive positions at the 'Philadelphia Inquirer' and the National Constitution Center. She is the author of 'Taking... Read More →
EF

Ellen Flax

Ellen Flax is a member of the International Chavruta team and directs the Hadassah Foundation, which supports programmes for women and girls in the US. and Israel. Before receiving rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College, she reported about politics, and is now politically... Read More →
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David Suissa

Jewish Journal
David is President of Tribe Media Corp / Jewish Journal in Los Angeles, where he has been writing an award-winning weekly column since 2006. Previously, he was founder and chief executive officer of SuissaMiller Advertising.
MW

Michael Widlanski

Bar Ilan University
Michael mixes study and hands-on work in Arab politics, communications and terror. He has worked at the 'New York Times' and as a strategic advisor for Israel's Public Security Ministry. He wrote 'Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat', and is Schusterman Visiting... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Arts - Conference

12:00 GMT

Language, power and spiritual healing
What language do you speak? Explore the power of your words. Many of us are unsure about feelings when it comes to disability, inclusion and equality. Using guided imagery and discussion, let's explore the challenges of looking at difference...differently.

Presenters
BS

Beth Steinberg

Shutaf - Inclusive Programs for Children and Teens
Beth is the co-founder of Shutaf, offering year-round, inclusive, informal-education programmes for children and teens with disabilities in Jerusalem. Shutaf welcomes all children - with and without disabilities - regardless of educational, religious and socio-economic differences... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Ram 4

12:00 GMT

Novel Talmud - A new kind of book group (1 of 2)
'Novel Talmud' is a book group with a difference: for eighteen months we discussed the same book! Historical fiction 'Rashi's Daughters (Book 1: Joheved)' by Maggie Anton provides a fascinating insight into eleventh century French Jewish life, but the assorted Talmudic references it includes can also serve as a novel Talmud-study 'curriculum'. This is a chance to sample the experience.

Presenters
PF

Paul Freedman

Radlett Reform Synagogue
Paul Freedman studied physics at Bristol, education at Cambridge and for the rabbinate at Leo Baeck College. He is married to Vanessa, father of Katie and Joshua, principal rabbi at Radlett Reform Synagogue, and vice-chair of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis. He has missed one Limmud... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 4

12:00 GMT

Open choir for all and advanced choir (2 of 4)
Even if you missed the previous session, you are welcome to come. The purpose is primarily to have fun. Everyone is welcome, including those who think they cannot sing. All sessions will be in three parts: 1. Warm-up (10 min); 2. Everyone (20 min); 3. Advanced self-selecting participants (20 min). Repertoire will be in English, Hebrew and Yiddish.

Presenters
SK

Shelley Katz

Shelley is a Montreal born conductor and pianist, holding degrees from the Julliard School, a doctorate in music technology and patents in audio technology. He has worked in German opera houses and performs worldwide, dividing his time between the Symphonova Project (www.symphonova.com... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Arts - Ensemble

12:00 GMT

Palace thieves: when Jews and Muslims steal each other's stories
Midrash from the Quran, Quranic verses out the Talmud. Explore with a Rabbi and an Imam the labyrinth of appropriating the sacred scripture of the other. Can we return our stolen texts?

Presenters
MA

Muhammad Al-Hussaini

Westminster Institute
Muhammad al-Hussaini is Fellow in Islamic Studies of the Westminster Institute, having previously taught at Leo Baeck College. His academic research is on comparative Islamic, Rabbinic and Karaite exegesis in the Middle Ages, and he also lectures on counter-extremism. He is a national... Read More →
NL

Natan Levy

Board of Deputies of British Jews
Natan is the interfaith and social action consultant for the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He serves as the environmental liaison to the Chief Rabbi's office. Natan lives in Edgware with his wife Ariella and four children. Come visit for Shabbes!


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Ram 3

12:00 GMT

Parents of Jewish gays and lesbians
What would you do if your child told you he/she was gay? 'How are we going to cope?' 'How can we tell our family and friends?' Is this you, and you would like to meet other parents who understand the issues? Please, please also come if you accept your child's sexuality and can share your experiences to help other parents.

Presenters
AW

Alison Walsh

Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians
When her fifteen year old son came out as gay, Alison did not know who she could talk to. Alison is the convenor of Jewish Parents of Gays and Lesbians, which was set up in May 1996 to support parents when their child comes out as gay.


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Ram 8

12:00 GMT

Scripture on the silver screen (1 of 4)
Using ample clips from the movies, this lecture will introduce the different ways in which the Bible is used in (primarily) Hollywood films.

Presenters
AR

Adele Reinhartz

Adele teaches at the University of Ottawa, in Canada. She has written numerous articles and books, including 'Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John' (2001), 'Jesus of Hollywood' (2007), 'Caiaphas the High Priest' (2012) and 'Bible and Cinema: An... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 2

12:00 GMT

Shalom mind
Give and receive Indian head massage and test out some meditation techniques which can help your mind be more calm, concentrated and peaceful to see which ones work for you. [HaMakom session]

Presenters
JJ

Jemma Jacobs

Jemma qualified as a massage therapist in the Big Sur and teaches meditation to adults and children in London. She provides a sanctuary of calm where people can take time out from busy-ness and connect to their intuition, heart and breath.


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

12:00 GMT

Tell me text
Which texts are most important to our presenters? Will they chose poems, lyrics, fiction, Torah, Gemara or midrash? What makes a text special and memorable? This session features three Orthodox presenters who will each explain their choice, giving you a glimpse into their lives & thoughts, as well as unlocking new Jewish texts for you.

Presenters
GH

Geoffrey Hyman

United Synagogue
Geoffrey is Belfast born and was educated in UK yeshivos, followed by a degree at Jews' College, where he received semikhah. He has been a United Synagogue rabbi for over 33 years and is currently rabbi of Ilford Synagogue. His main academic interest is Talmud and development of the... Read More →
JM

Jason Marantz

London School of Jewish Studies
Jason is the CEO of the LSJS. He is an experienced primary school teacher and leader. Jason worked in both Jewish and non-Jewish schools in Canada and the UK before being appointed headteacher of Wolfson Hillel Primary School in Southgate. Jason is an avid children's service lead... Read More →
DM

David Mason

Muswell Hill United Synagogue
David has been rabbi of Muswell Hill Synagogue for five years, has two degrees in Econometrics, has studied Systemic Therapy and is on the Executive of the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue.
DS

Doreen Samuels

Tell Me Text
Doreen is a passionate advocate of Modern Orthodoxy; a Jewish educator; 'Brad Grad'; teacher trainer; Co-chair of Harrow Day Limmud 2011 and 2013; and Woman Trustee Rep in United Synagogue. She writes for various Jewish publications and has written several books on Jewish topics... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Sci 8

12:00 GMT

That is the question(s) (2 of 3)
'Where are you?','Am I my brother's keeper?', 'I have no continuation'. The three threads form a knot in Abraham's character. Bereishit presents fundamental questions through personal stories. We will follow the threads and see how they unfold through different characters. We'll study the themes in other parts of the Torah and in the Talmud. Each session can be attended independently.

Presenters
NA

Natan Abenaim

Nathan Abenaim is a strategy consultant and a rabbi. He teaches at the Institut européen Emmanuel Levinas, in Paris.


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Sci 1

12:00 GMT

The fifty Jewish words every Jew should know (1 of 4)
In any culture - and Jews are no exception - there are certain key words that lose something essential in translation. In this series, Clive will propose, explain and explore the 50 words that he thinks every Jew should know and should translate only if absolutely necessary.

Presenters
CL

Clive Lawton

Limmud
Co-founder of Limmud, Clive is its senior consultant. Scholar-in-residence at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, he works in educational and organisational development. A former high school head, NHS hospital chair, and a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, he advises the... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Ram 1

12:00 GMT

The Golden Proportion and the Fibonacci series
Enrich your experience of the beauty of nature and art (PowerPoint Presentation) investigating the ubiquitous Golden Proportion with Eddy Levin, who retired from fifty years in Harley Street, where his successful application of the Golden Proportion to aesthetic dentistry exploded into other areas, including Torah. His fascination, including the breath test, is what he hopes to share with you today.

Presenters
EL

Eddy Levin

Eddy is a South African dentist who has lectured internationally on the Golden Proportion and Fibonacci series. He combines examples with Torah studies and the beauty of art and nature. He retired after 40 years of dentistry in Harley Street where he also designed instruments to measure... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Ram 5

12:00 GMT

The role of women in Judaism: a modern orthodox perspective
The aim of this session is to suggest an overall approach to the crucial question of the role and status of women in Judaism, rather than focusing directly on important particular issues coming under this heading. My approach is informed by modern orthodoxy but takes issue with the views of many modern orthodox thinkers.

Presenters
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Michael Harris

Michael is rabbi of Hampstead (United) Synagogue. He holds a PhD in philosophy and is a research fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies and an affiliated lecturer in the divinity faculty at the University of Cambridge. Co-edited ‘Radical Responsibility: Celebrating the Thought... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Soc 3

12:00 GMT

The Sounds of Sinai
What did the giving of the Torah at Mt Sinai sound like? Composer Daniel Biro introduces and explains how, basing himself on biblical sources, he managed to create an electronic composition that attempts to bring to life such an out of this world experience. This will be followed by an audition of the 20-minute work.

Presenters
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Daniel Biro

Daniel Biro is a composer/musician, who grew up in Italy and France before moving to London in 1985. He founded the Sargasso label of contemporary experimental music and works with jazz/experimental bands and has written for TV, film, theatre, contemporary dance and art installations... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

12:00 GMT

Thinking about the rabbinate?
A chance to ask all your questions in a safe, knowledgeable space and to hear from various rabbis, student rabbis, and Leo Baeck College's Rabbinic Admissions Advisor (this session's facilitator) about their experiences in rabbinic studies and in the rabbinate itself -- particularly for the Leo Baeck College but also more broadly.

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Leah Jordan

Liberal Judaism / Leo Baeck College
Leah is Liberal Judaism's student and young adult chaplain, as well as admissions advisor at Leo Baeck College – where she received semicha. She was a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar in New York and has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and elsewhere.


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Sci 7

12:00 GMT

How to be averagely successful at comedy
Comedian, Perrier nominee in a previous century, founder member of the Comedy Store Players: now best known as songwriter for the hit BBC Children's show 'Horrible Histories', Dave will be singing songs, telling jokes, and reading from his new book 'How To Be Averagely Successful At Comedy'. Feel free to ask questions!

Presenters
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Dave Cohen

Dave Cohen is the founder of 'The Comedy Store Players' and Jewish heavy metal band Guns'n'Moses. He has also written songs for 'Spitting Image' and the award-winning 'Horrible Histories'. He will be singing songs, telling jokes, and reading from his new book, 'How to be Averagely... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Arts - Studio

12:00 GMT

Jewish identity in Europe today: a coat of many colours
Estimates of the size of local Jewish communities in Central and Eastern Europe today often vary by tens of thousands of people. For historical reasons, two generations of Jews often preferred to hide their identity and forget their heritage. Hear about how their grandchildren are now reviving and leading communities, finding new and varied ways to engage with their Judaism.

Presenters
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Miriam Benchetrit

The Westbury Group
Miriam works as a consultant to charities and foundations. She runs the Westbury Group, a network of foundations that provides seed funding and skill building to grassroots organizations and supports the next generation of professionals and lay leaders in European Jewish communit... Read More →
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Lena Kushnir

Moishe House
Lena has worked since 2008 for a number of Jewish organisations in Ukraine as a manager for educational and social programmes. In 2010, she founded the first Moishe House in Ukraine. Currently she is serving in Jerusalem as a fellow in the Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps.
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Helise Lieberman

Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland
Helise is director of the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland and the founding principal of Warsaw’s Lauder-Morasha School. An educational consultant to European Jewish foundations and institutions, she currently works with the JDC-Baltics. American born and educated... Read More →
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David Stoleru

The Beit Project Association
David, founding director of The Beit Project, has graduated from the Mandel Leadership Institute for Senior Educators, Jerusalem. He is an architect, graduating in 1999 from the Paris-La Seine Architecture School, specialising in heritage rehabilitation. He is very much involved in... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 12:00 - 13:00 GMT
Sci 2

13:30 GMT

A year in craft
The Jewish year is rich in opportunities to be creative! Come and explore at least one craft per festival, usable whether you are a teacher, a parent, a babysitter or someone who just loves to craft! There will be some opportunity for creativity but will largely be ideas to take home.

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Debbie Young-Somers

Movement for Reform Judaism
Debbie is Community Educator at the Movement for Reform Judaism. She has also been/is a congregational rabbi, dialogue facilitator, educator, crafter, Buber Fellow at Paideia in Stockholm, mum and wife. She is interested in helping everyone find what excites them about their Judaism... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 9

13:30 GMT

All the King's women - Michal
King David was 'bigger than life,' and women played key roles in his turbulent story. Michal, daughter of Saul, David's first wife, was a mysterious woman, of love and loyalty. Both men exploited these traits, but she dared to stand up for values dear to her. Through text we'll analyze Michal, conflicted in love and life, tragic in epic portions.

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Daniel Goldfarb

Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem
Daniel recently retired as director of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem but continues to teach liturgy and Pirkei Avot there and to share Torah around the world. Native to Boston and resident of Jerusalem for forty years, in late December he feels most at home in Warwick in the... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Sci 8

13:30 GMT

Are monks and nuns human?
'There is no monasticism in Judaism; monasticism is life-denying, about rejecting the body for the spirit!' If that seems self-evidently true to you, come and be surprised by an account of what Christian monastic vows are about - from the inside. Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, who entered the religious life in 1965, will speak from personal experience and Christian tradition.

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Clive Lawton

Limmud
Co-founder of Limmud, Clive is its senior consultant. Scholar-in-residence at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, he works in educational and organisational development. A former high school head, NHS hospital chair, and a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, he advises the... Read More →
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Timothy Radcliffe

Council of Christians and Jews
Timothy was Master of the worldwide Dominican Order from 1992-2001, the Order of Preachers within the Catholic Church. He is a Fellow of the Las Casas Institute, researching social justice and humanitarian rights (Blackfriars, Oxford). His books include 'What Is The Point Of Being... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Ram 2

13:30 GMT

Community, conversation and marketing
Do you have an idea that you want to get off the ground, or an event you want to promote, or an arts project that you need to do publicity for? Join Tracey for a drop-in 'surgery' consultation where you will bounce ideas and watch them grow into an achievable action plan.

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Tracey Rosenfeld-Schueler

Tracey holds two degrees: Theatre Studies and Business Marketing. Having worked for ten years in arts marketing, most recently as the Marketing Campaigns Manager at the Barbican Centre, she has previously worked at the V&A, LIFT Festival and Melbourne International Festival. Tracey... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Ram 3

13:30 GMT

Film screening: Israel Inside
Entertainment over the last 60 years has continued to develop at an alarming rate and Israel is no exception. Enjoy some lunch and experience how a single film can transform the way you think about life. In this ground-breaking documentary 'Israel Inside', Tal Ben-Shahar will reveal his secrets on how to live a happier, more productive life.

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Limmud Central Team

The Limmud Central Team wants to round the edges of your Limmud experience, so has created a space (SU Limmud Central) where you can browse, buy and eat. As well as the permanent café bookshop and tuck/convenience store, we have stalls with different daily themes. Mark it on your... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
SU Limmud Central

13:30 GMT

HaMakom Open Space Sessions: a Sanctuary at Limmud
The HaMakom open sessions offer a space for peace, contemplation and reflection. Please come and use the space to relax, to digest some of your Limmud experiences - write, draw, meditate or simply rest.

Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 8 (HaMakom)

13:30 GMT

How Jews from Arab lands can reframe the Israel debate
50 percent of Israelis hail from Arab and Muslim countries, yet advocates seldom make the case for Israel to be the legitimate expression of a de-colonised, indigenous people, whose experience is key to understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Lyn Julius

Harif
Lyn co-founded HARIF, a UK association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa. A journalist and blogger, her work has appeared in the Jewish Chronicle, The Guardian, the Daily Beast, Jewish Quarterly, the Middle East in London, the Huffington Post, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 3

13:30 GMT

How the Jews created finance
The Jewish conception of money and wealth has, over centuries, had a dramatic effect on the development of finance. How and why this has come about is examined by highlighting classic sources and the resourceful Jewish people who've been at the forefront, showing the impact their thinking has had on trading, economies and business practices in their countries and worldwide.

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Jonathan Myers

Jonathan is an industrial psychologist, former visiting research fellow at Columbia University, financial historian, author, and has worked on Wall Street. His professional interests are in behaviourally-based computer applications for market trading. Jonathan has been a guest on... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Ram 5

13:30 GMT

Is antisemitism overwhelming Europe ?
The European agencies have agreed directives and conventions that protect Jews against antisemitism, yet incidents continue to occur. The Fundamental Rights Agency recently carried out a large survey across Europe seeking to understand Jews' concerns about antisemitism. The picture is not all bleak, as some would have you believe, and in this session, we will explore these issues.

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Michael Whine

Community Security Trust
Michael is Government and International Affairs Director at the Community Security Trust, and a member of the Crown Prosecution Service Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel and the Ministry of Justice Hate Crime Independent Advisors Group. He was recently appointed by the Council of Europe to... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 2

13:30 GMT

Just Vision presents Budrus: Nonviolent resistance and youth activism
Budrus is an award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar and his 15-year old daughter, Iltezam, who help lead an unarmed movement to save their village, Budrus, from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today.

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Rebecca Daniels

Yachad
Rebecca Daniels is the youth and student outreach worker at pro-peace, pro-Israel group Yachad. Educated to an MA level in the arts and education, Rebecca has experience of working in co-existence projects in Jerusalem and is currently a resident of the Moishe House London.
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Moriel Rothman

Just Vision
Moriel is the Israel-based Program Coordinator at Just Vision, an organization that creates documentary film and multimedia tools to generate support for Palestinian and Israeli grassroots leaders. Additionally, Moriel is an American-Israeli writer, activist, refusenik and spoken... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 4

13:30 GMT

Keshet UK inclusivity training (1 of 3)
Keshet UK runs training seminars offering theory, tools and ideas on how to make Jewish spaces more welcoming and inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender members. This intensive will offer taster sessions from these seminars. Session 1 will cover: Creating a safe space, statistics and gender sexuality and language.

Presenters
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Alma Smith

Keshet UK
Alma is the co-chair of Keshet UK, the forum working to champion the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in all areas of UK Jewish life. Alma has attended more than 25 Limmud events and is a student social worker in her professional life


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Ram 7

13:30 GMT

Limmud succession, continuity and innovation (1 of 3)
This will be a facilitated discussion about developing future leadership; sustaining volunteer recruitment; and the role of innovation in developing Limmud events to ensure they attract new volunteers. This session is geared towards more senior Limmud volunteers but all are welcome.

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David Hoffman

David is a long-standing Limmudnik. He’s currently chair of Limmud International, a regular Limmud performer with his mix of Jewish rock and musical whimsy, occasional Acoustic Café compère and founder and chief executive of Limmudniks Anonymous. Outside Limmud he is a commercial... Read More →
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Limmud International

The Limmud International Team supports the development of Limmud volunteers in over 65 communities worldwide. Our development and networking activities include mentoring and advice on a one-to-one basis; bespoke workshops with volunteer teams in their home Limmud community; regional... Read More →
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Kevin Sefton

Limmud
Kevin is the chair of Limmud and one of several thousand Limmud volunteers around the world who put on events like this Conference. Driven by seeing ideas take shape and become reality, professionally he runs a consulting business and a luxury menswear brand which launched in early... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Sci 2

13:30 GMT

Lying beggars, magical wives, and other rabbinic stories of giving to the poor
How do you know if a beggar is hungry? How can you become invisible to give charity anonymously? In this session we will explore the profound world of rabbinic stories. Focusing on the complex mitzvah of giving to the poor, these stories illuminate the lives of characters who usually remain in the margins.

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Aviva Richman

Mechon Hadar
Aviva is on the faculty at Yeshivat Hadar in Manhattan, the only full-time egalitarian yeshiva in North America, where she teaches Talmud, Jewish Law and midrash. She is now pursuing doctoral studies in rabbinic literature at NYU, as a Wexner fellow.


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)

13:30 GMT

Post-rabbinic Jewish leadership: do Jews still need rabbis?
In the information age the role of the rabbi is gradually changing from a repository of religious knowledge to community leader. Have we adapted to these changes? What will our religious leaders need to learn in the future?

Presenters
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David Bryfman

The Jewish Education Project
David Bryfman is the Chief Learning Officer at The Jewish Education Project (formerly the Board of Jewish Education in New York). He completed his doctorate in education and Jewish Studies focusing on adolescent identity and experiential Jewish education. David has worked in informal... Read More →
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Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, currently Director of JHub, first discovered her passion for all things British at Limmud Conference 2001. Previously, she received her rabbinic ordination in 1993 from JTS. Shoshana presents regularly on BBC Radio 2 “Pause for Thought” and is author of... Read More →
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Elhanan Miller

Times of Israel
Elhanan is the Arab Affairs reporter for The Times of Israel. A resident of Jerusalem, he holds a Master's degree in Islamic Studies from Hebrew University and takes a keen interest in Middle East politics and the intersection of Judaism and Islam.
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Jeffrey Saks

Director, ATID & WebYeshiva.org
Jeffrey, founder of ATID and its WebYeshiva.org programme, edited 'Wisdom From All My Teachers'; 'To Mourn a Child: Jewish Responses to Childhood Death'; and authored 'Spiritualizing Halakhic Education'. He is associate editor of 'Tradition' journal, and editor of 'The Agnon Library... Read More →
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Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz

London School of Jewish Studies
Lindsey studied archaeology at Cambridge and the Hebrew University. A graduate of the Susi Bradfield Women Educators Fellowships, she is a Teaching Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies, and edits academic books. She is currently finishing a PhD at UCL, on the religious lives... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Arts - Conference

13:30 GMT

Prayer, text and music - What's hidden in the prayers we thought we knew?
Many of us know the words of texts like Adon Olam, L'chah Dodi or Mi Chamocha so well, we can sing them, even fit them to a new tune, without thinking much about their meaning. Come and rediscover some of our best-known prayer texts – experience afresh their beauty, wisdom, ruach and potency.

Presenters
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Alexander Massey

Alexander is a teacher, composer, writer, professional musician, prayer leader, creative liturgist, workshop facilitator, and voice coach. His fascination with and understanding of voice, communication, music, text, learning methods and personal development come together in his love... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Arts - Ensemble

13:30 GMT

Rise of antisemitism in the social media and what we can do about it
Antisemitism is a problem we have to deal with for many years. It can come in different forms, some are more sophisticated than others. A new phenomenon of the last few years is the rise of antisemitism in social media like Twitter and Facebook. What can we do about it as Jews?

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Tal Ofer

European Jewish Parliament
Tal is a UK Member of the European Jewish Parliament and one of the leading pro-Israel advocates on social media. He writes regularly to Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post and Algemeiner. Tal worked as European Affairs Analyst at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and as a Parliamentary Researcher... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 6

13:30 GMT

Short day's journey into light
An examination of two rabbinic tales of human terror at facing darkness in the natural world. Learners will discover implications for existential comfort, a Jewish environmental ethic, and new meaning for Shabbat, Havdalah, and Chanukah. English translation provided.

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Rick Brody

Congregation Kol Halev
Rick Brody is a Reconstructionist rabbi in Austin, Texas. An alumnus of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel and Yale, he has worked in congregations, day schools, and other settings. Rick is an actor, a social activist, and a vegan. He and his wife, Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, have... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Ram 4

13:30 GMT

Speaking out for change
A personal discussion on child abuse in the Jewish community. The difficulty in openly speaking and supporting victims in a religious context and making changes for the better. Speaking about personal experiences and the urgency for removing the stigmas that exist, supporting victims and promoting change.

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Yehudis Goldsobel

Migdal Emunah
Yehudis is founder of Migdal Emunah, a charity campaigning for raising awareness, supporting victims, and educating on child abuse in the Jewish community. Following a successful judgement in her protracted personal court case, she subsequently gave up her anonymity to establish the... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Ram 8

13:30 GMT

Studying Genesis 38 in four ways (2 of 4)
Having established a good understanding of the meaning of the Hebrew text in this session we will look at how the Tamar and Judah story has been treated in some midrashim. Participation in the first session is useful but not essential.

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Adam Frankenberg

Adam Frankenberg is in his fourth year at Leo Baeck College London. He holds an MA in Jewish Studies from Manchester and BSc in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Keele. He is a veteran Limmudnik and feels he has grown-up attending conference.


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Soc 5 (Beit Midrash)

13:30 GMT

Tachles - conversational Hebrew course (1 of 4)
Tachles is not a traditional Hebrew language learning programme which focuses on grammar, reading and writing. Instead, we give the participants an instant vocabulary that will allow them to interact in Hebrew. Each of the four sessions offers usueful vocabulary for every day life in Israel such as how to shop, how to order in a restaurant and more.

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Nir Cohen

World Zionist Organisation
Nir Cohen is the UK representative of the World Zionist Organisation's, department for diaspora activities. He has a BA in political science from Tel Aviv College and chaired his college's student council and debating club. Nir's previous work includes a senior role on MASA/Israel... Read More →


Monday December 23, 2013 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
Rootes Chancellors 1

13:30 GMT

The future of our present
The Jewish Museum wants to build its contemporary collection. What objects capture the stories of today's community? What would you like to preserve for future generations? How