Limmud Conference 2016 - Presenters

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Alastair Falk

Alastair Falk is currently Head of Education for the Careers and Enterprise Company. He has previously been a Headteacher of three schools, CEO of the Birmingham Education Partnership and, more years ago than he cares to remember, the person who came up with the idea (and name) for Limmud and who served as its first ever Co-ordinator.

Sunday 15:50 Jewtopias: from Ararat to Birobidzhan: the search for a Jewish homeland beyond Zionism

Zev Farber

Zev Farber is a fellow for Project TABS and editor of He holds a PhD (Emory University) in Hebrew Bible and two ordinations from YCT Rabbinical School. He edited Halakhic Realites: Collected Essays on Brain Death and is the author of Images of Joshua in the Bible and Their Reception.

Sunday 18:10 Rethinking the Place of Torah from Sinai in Orthodoxy in the Light of Biblical Criticism
Monday 13:15 Homosexuals in the Orthodox world and the halachic concept of oness
Monday 14:30 The Tel Aviv Review podcast: live recording (1 of 4)
Tuesday 10:30 Sacred Sperm (74 mins)
Tuesday 14:30 History, the Bible and the modern Jewish world: a conversation
Wednesday 12:00 Tell Me Texts: The weird and the wonderful
Wednesday 18:50 Brain death and organ donation in halachah

Avraham Faust

Avraham Faust is a professor of Archaeology, specialising in Bronze and Iron Age Israel (biblical archaeology), especially from an anthropological perspective. He has authored six books and well over 100 articles, and is currently directing the excavations at Tel ‘Eton in the Shephalah, Israel.

Saturday 20:30 Israel’s ethnogenesis: how Biblical Israel became a people
Sunday 10:40 Archaeology and the great kings of the Bible: David, Solomon and Israel's United Monarchy
Monday 09:15 On the future of Biblical archaeology
Monday 12:00 The Israelite house and the Israelite mind: the four room house as an embodiment of Israelite society

Mimi Feigelson

Rabbi Dr. Reb Mimi Feigelson, an Israeli Orthodox rabbi, serves as Mashpi’ah Ruchanit (spiritual mentor) and Lecturer of Rabbinic Literature and Chassidic Thought at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. She’s devoted to the exploration and reclaiming lost Jewish burial and mourning traditions.

Saturday 14:45 Everyone has an address but not everyone has a home
Sunday 20:10 Mystical cross-gendered practices: where did all the women go?
Monday 18:50 Observations of a rebellious daughter: psycho-spiritual preparation for shiva
Tuesday 10:30 Rebbetzins, Maharats, and Rabbis: Women as Orthodox Religious Authorities
Tuesday 20:10 JDOV: Jewish Dreams, Observations, and Visions (2 of 2)
Thursday 11:00 The shadow of the Torah: the dangers and darkness of a life of Torah

David Feldman

David Feldman is director of the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, and Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London. He was a Vice-Chair of the Chakrabarti Inquiry into anti-Semitism and other forms of racism in the Labour Party.

Wednesday 18:50 Antisemitism, Jews and the Labour Party

Kayla Feldman

Kayla is a writer, director and Limmud-lifer. She is an Anglo-American hybrid now based in London after four years of continent-hopping.

Friday 21:15 What does Donald Trump's presidential victory mean for us?
Saturday 21:45 Word for word: verbatim storytelling

Alan Fell

Alan Fell is a project director of We Were There Too, an HLF-supported project to commemorate London Jewry’s involvement in the First World War. He has extensive experience of working with Jewish community organisations and national government bodies.

Tuesday 14:30 We were there too: London Jews in the First World War (1 of 2)
Thursday 13:50 We Were There Too: London Jews in the First World War (2 of 2)

Alex Fenton

Alex is the director of public affairs to Laura Janner-Klausner, senior rabbi to Reform Judaism. Together, they tackle major issues that impact on Britain, including Jewish-Muslim relations, refugees and antisemitism.

Monday 16:40 Jews and Muslims. This is not a dialogue - this is not interfaith

Gerald Fierst

Gerald Fierst is a storyteller and author. His CDs Tikun Olam and Monstrous Mischief won Parents Choice Awards. In 2017, Plum Street Press will release his illustrated books Bye, Bye, Big and Imagine the Moon.

Monday 17:30 Schlemiel, schlamazell: celebrate candlelighting with stories of Jewish clowns and tricksters
Wednesday 17:30 Prophets, pranksters, werewolves and bubbes

Nathan Finkel

Nathan Finkel is a musician and environmental scientist based in the UK. He has performed at various Limmud events for the last 10 years and attained an MSc in Architecture and Advanced Environmental and Energy Systems at the Centre for Alternative Technology in 2013.

Monday 23:20 Manpanzee: strange sounds
Tuesday 16:40 Jamming workshop
Wednesday 10:30 Community festival organisation and management
Wednesday 23:20 2016 in Memoriam; a musical tribute

Yoel Finkelman

Dr. Yoel Finkelman is curator of the Haim and Hanna Salomon Judaica Collection at the National Library of Israel.

Sunday 20:10 Why Does the Talmud Look so Odd? How Jewish Scribes and a Venetian Christian Printer Created the Page of Talmud
Monday 09:15 The day Genghis Khan's descendants wiped out the Jewish community on the Silk Road: an introduction to the Afghan geniza

David Finlay

David is a writer and performer of songs and performance pieces bringing aspects of modern Jewish history to life. He is particularly known for his work on telling the life story of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai.

Monday 16:40 How rich they are

Yaacov Finn

Yaacov is the community engagement manager and manager of the Community Development Fund at The United Synagogue. He is also the interim rabbi of the Yavneh Minyan in Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue and teaches at LSJS (London School of Jewish Studies). He holds an MSc in Health Psychology from UCL and has taught across the country.

Wednesday 13:15 From massacre to ministry: the remarkable rise of Levi
Wednesday 14:30 Do shul differently

Benjamin Fischer

Benny Fischer, 26, is from Germany and the current president of the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS). For years he worked in youth movements and introduced a broad public to Judaism through activism. EUJS is pluralistic, supports European Jewish students and represents them at the EU, the OSCE and the UN.

Tuesday 14:30 Jewish Student Activism in Europe
Wednesday 16:40 When Jews, Armenians and Roma work together
Wednesday 18:10 Fighting racism and antisemitism on the web

Ellen Flax

Ellen Flax is a longtime member of Limmud's International Chavruta team and directs the Hadassah Foundation, which invests in social change for girls and women in Israel and the U.S. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Saturday 21:45 (More than) Twelve angry men (and women)

Malkah Fleisher

Malkah is an acclaimed Jerusalem birth coach as well as a social media professional at JerusalemU, managing a Facebook page with 350,000 followers. She earned a JD at Cardozo School of Law in NY and a degree in Political Communication at GW. She lives on the Mount of Olives and is a mother of three.

Monday 09:15 Jewish spirituality for an awesome labour and birth

Yishai Fleisher

Rabbi Yishai Fleisher is the International Spokesperson of the Hebron Jewish community and has been featured on CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, and more. Yishai is also a radio show host on the Land of Israel Network, a graduate of the Cardozo School of Law in NYC, and lives on the Mt. of Olives in Jerusalem.

Monday 08:00 The three mirrors of Jewish sexuality
Monday 10:30 Five alternatives to the "Two-State Solution"
Monday 16:40 The history and mystery of Hebron
Tuesday 18:50 The Temple Mount: A historical (un)reality?
Tuesday 21:40 Is the Jewish Right out of ideas?
Wednesday 10:30 Should Jews be living in Hebron?
Wednesday 16:40 Narrative warfare: the fight for Israel's narrative, from Hadrian to campus

Dalia Fleming

Dalia Fleming leads a team that goes into Jewish schools to facilitate conversations for LGBT+ inclusion. They have researched issues of homophobia and transphobia in the US and the UK.

Sunday 15:50 Creating LGBT+ inclusive curricula
Monday 12:00 Understanding language and privilege for LGBT inclusion
Monday 15:50 How to be a Jewish LGBT+ activist
Monday 16:40 LGBT+ Jewish Narratives
Tuesday 16:40 Behind the X-Men: Jews, gender and sexuality

Nizza Fluss

Nizza has worked in her family business in the East End for two decades, witnessing profound changes in the area. She's an avid photographer, and her political interest has seen her play a role in the recent general elections and the EU referendum in North London.

Monday 13:15 The east of London - yesterday, today, tomorrow!
Tuesday 20:10 The Forgotten Refugees
Wednesday 13:15 It Always Rains on Sunday (92 mins)

Freed Voices

The Freed Voices group are a collective of experts-by-experience who have lost over 30 years between them to immigration detention in the UK.

Tuesday 18:10 Let me tell you about my time in immigration detention...

Paul Freedman

After physics at Bristol, a PGCE at Cambridge and semicha at Leo Baeck College, Paul is now senior rabbi at Radlett Reform Synagogue and co-chair of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis. Final editor of the Reform Haggadah and co-editor of the new HHD machzor, married to Vanessa, father of Katie and Joshua. His 21st Limmud!

Monday 09:15 A machzor in the making
Tuesday 10:30 200 years of Reform Judaism - bicentennial reflections, review and celebrations
Wednesday 13:15 The Jedi, the rabbi and the Dark Side: Elisha ben Abuyah Skywalker a.k.a. Darth Vader Acher

Vanessa Freedman

Vanessa is Hebrew & Jewish Studies librarian at University College London. She studied Classics at Cambridge and Library & Information Studies at UCL and was assistant librarian at Leo Baeck College. She is a member of Radlett Reform Synagogue and has been an enthusiastic Limmudnik since 1995.

Sunday 16:40 Honored and Venerable Sir...

David Freeman

Born in Manchester, England, having lived in small Jewish communities in the UK and Canada, David qualified as a barrister in Belfast and later emigrated to Western Canada, where he has lived in a small town for over 20 years.

Tuesday 20:10 You are Jewish - where will you be buried?

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman is Counsellor for Civil Society Affairs at the Embassy of Israel. His responsibilities include working with Trades Unions, local government and campuses, as well as leading the Embassy strategy and campaign against the BDS movement. He recently served as Deputy Ambassador to South Africa.

Sunday 14:30 Everything you wanted to know about Israel but were afraid to ask
Monday 12:00 From Lenin to King Arthur: devising a strategy to defeat BDS
Monday 13:15 Politician and personality, pragmatist and philosopher: the life and legacy of Shimon Peres
Wednesday 12:00 Breaking the ice: addressing tough questions about Israel

Sigalit Freeman

Sigalit Freeman is the Jewish Agency and Students shlicha in the UK, responsible for increasing positive Israel awareness on campuses. Previously, Sigalit organized Birthright in Israel and served as a Jewish Agency shlicha in Miami. She was born in Ashkelon and is married with two young children.

Monday 09:15 From bourekas to Oscars
Monday 21:40 Is Bamba the only real Israeli food?
Tuesday 18:50 Hummus! The movie (70 mins)

Nadine Fresko

Nadine is a long-term Limmud volunteer and participant, presenting for the first time this year!

Saturday 14:45 Sex, drugs and Torah scrolls: being Jewish and 20-something

Madeleine Fresko-Brown

Madeleine trained through Teach First and has worked as an English teacher in a "challenging" comprehensive academy in North London for over five years. She also oversees the development of trainee teachers in her school and is a trained teacher coach.

Tuesday 18:10 “Miss, let’s play a circle game”: the blurring of the lines between formal and informal education
Tuesday 21:40 Well Circle Workshop

Michael Freund

Michael Freund served as prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's deputy communicationsdirector. He founded Shavei Israel, which assists Lost Tribes and hidden Jews to return to the Jewish people. A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, he made Aliyah in 1995, and is a veteran Jerusalem Post columnist.

Sunday 16:40 From the ends of the earth: lost tribes and hidden Jewish communities
Monday 09:15 One nation, many faces: Jewish demography and destiny
Wednesday 10:30 Out of the shadows: the return of the Bnei Anousim ("Marranos")

Edie Friedman

Dr Edie Friedman was born in Chicago and moved to the UK in the 1970s. Wanting see more prominence given to the Jewish commitment to social justice, in 1976 she founded the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), of which she is now the executive director. In 2014 she co-founded Tzelem.

Tuesday 12:00 Political Action vs Social Action: Getting The Right Balance
Tuesday 14:30 The refugee crisis: the next ten years

Mordechai Friedman

Mordechai (Motti) Friedman is academic adviser at the Research Institute JNF. Previously academic director, Central Zionist Archive and managing director of Jerusalem Herzl Museum, he is author of “The Bush is Burning and Consumed-Herzl’s Zionist Journey” and “Moshe Sachs-A Yeke Haredi and Zionist”.

Friday 21:15 Shabbat melodies in Jerusalem
Sunday 10:40 Challenging the concept that the Dreyfus affair was Herzl's inspiration toward Zionism
Sunday 13:15 The evolution of Jewish cantorial music (chazanut) from the shtetl to its golden age in America
Sunday 21:40 Chazanut as reflected in movies
Monday 09:15 Theodore Herzl, Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler and Gustav Mahler

Eva Frojmovic

Eva grew up in Czechoslovakia and Germany, mostly. She has been teaching history of art in the UK since 1993. Her main interest is in Jewish art in the Middle Ages, and Jewish-Christian relations.

Tuesday 08:00 Jews and art: a taboo waiting to be broken? (1 of 2)
Wednesday 18:10 Books, men and women in medieval Europe (2 of 2)

Stephen Frosh

Stephen Frosh is professor of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of many books on psychoanalysis and related issues, most recently "Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions".

Monday 14:30 Different Trains
Monday 15:50 Freud’s journey to England: rescue and resistance
Monday 20:10 Aida's Secrets: Screening and Q&A (120 mins)
Tuesday 10:30 The Charedi world: does free choice exist and what drives communal loyalty?

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