Limmud Conference 2016 - Presenters

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Dan Mackenzie

A Limmudnik for several years now, Dan is a co-chair of Young and Teen Limmud this year. In his spare time he has taken up modern jive as a hobby and would like to share that with you over Conference.

Monday 18:10 Modern jive at Limmud (1 of 3)
Tuesday 21:40 Modern jive at Limmud (2 of 3)
Wednesday 13:15 Modern Jive at Limmud (3 of 3)

Khalid Mahmood

Khalid was born in Pakistan and emigrated to the UK as a child. He served as one of Birmingham's youngest councillors in the early 1990s, and was elected as MP for Perry Barr, becoming England’s first Muslim MP. He served as PPS to Home Office Minister Tony McNulty, and as chair of a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups. He was recently appointed Shadow Minister for Europe.

Wednesday 08:00 Interfaith tour in Birmingham: discover the stories of four diaspora communities

Ezra Margulies

Ezra is a freelance editor working with the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization and the Friends of Louis Jacobs. He also volunteered as one of the track chairs for this Conference. He graduated from Oxford University in 2015 with a BA in Jewish Studies, and studied at Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi.

Tuesday 09:15 In search of Orthodox Judaism
Tuesday 20:10 The Republic and the Jews: Religion, State, and Secularism in France

Candy Markham

Candy Gigi is an aspiring comedienne who has what it takes to be the next big thing: "Candy’s mum". She was recently at the Edinburgh festival where she performed her solo show "If I Had A Rich Man".

Wednesday 15:50 Life of a comedian
Wednesday 18:10 Candy Gigi: If I had a rich man

Eddie Marshbaum

Eddie is Director of Sports Integrity and Strategy and Quest, a company which advises on issues around integrity, anti-corruption and transparency in sport.

Monday 14:30 The use of football for soft power in the Middle East: a case study of the Israeli and Palestinian Football Associations

Josh Martin

Josh is Head of Physics at JCoSS and found his passion for education through his years of dedication to RSY-Netzer. Josh regularly crosses the boundaries between formal and informal learning in his classroom and can never resist the urge to get some Jewish education in to his science lessons.

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

Peter Mason

Peter is a Labour Party insider. A councillor and cabinet member in Ealing, he is the national secretary of the Jewish Labour Movement. On both the party’s London Regional Board and National Constitutional Committee, he is intimately involved in organising campaigns and enforcing party discipline.

Wednesday 14:30 Is Brexit good for the Jews?

Avi Mayer

Avi Mayer is the spokesman to the international media for the Jewish Agency for Israel, the largest Jewish nonprofit organisation in the world. He was recently ranked directly behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the third most influential person on "Jewish Twitter". He lives in Jerusalem.

Friday 17:40 Balfour 99 - Britain and Israel today
Saturday 11:30 From parent to partner: Reimagining the Israel-Diaspora relationship
Sunday 18:50 The ten online habits of highly effective Israel advocates
Monday 15:50 Ask an Israeli spokesperson anything
Wednesday 15:50 The State of the Jewish People: A conversation

Monique Mayer

Monique Mayer has engaged in Mussar through The Mussar Institute, and wrote the Liberal Judaism Ba’alei Tefillah programme. She was ordained by Leo Baeck College and received her EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Monique lives in Wales with her husband, Nigel Finkel.

Wednesday 18:50 Moving through the middot: Mussar and music

Aylana Meisel

Aylana Meisel is director of strategic initiatives at the Tikvah Fund. Her background includes experience in policy, education, journalism and law. She obtained her J.D. at Georgetown University Law School and her B.A. in Jewish Studies at Macaulay Honors College at Queens College.

Saturday 21:45 Make the Israel-Diaspora relationship great again
Sunday 15:50 Is Donald Trump an antisemite?
Monday 13:15 The American Jewish community: culture and politics
Monday 18:10 Do young Jews support/feel connected to Israel?
Tuesday 10:30 You voted for WHOM?? Jewish perspectives on the 2016 U.S. presidential election
Tuesday 21:40 Is the Jewish Right out of ideas?
Wednesday 09:15 Saving Religious Liberty in America: the Jewish Angle

Adam Mendelsohn

Adam is a historian of Jews in English-speaking lands. Author of The Rag Race, an award-winning history of Jews and shmattas, and curator of The First Jewish Americans, currently on at the New-York Historical Society, Adam directs the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Cape Town.

Sunday 20:10 Talking tachlis: why have Jews been so economically successful?
Monday 09:15 What do black South Africans think of Jews?
Tuesday 21:40 The two British brothers who nearly saved the Confederacy
Wednesday 10:30 Shmattes: an intimate history of Jewish origins in the modern rag trade

Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger, president/CEO of American Jewish World Service (AJWS) for 18 years, is now their global ambassador. AJWS is a human rights and development organization doing grant-making and advocacy. Messinger now coordinates and expands work with rabbis and interfaith leaders.

Monday 10:30 Jews as global citizens
Monday 14:30 Leadership and moral courage
Tuesday 14:30 Money, money, money: Jews, justice and global giving
Tuesday 16:40 Jewish journeys on the road to the global development agenda
Wednesday 14:30 Who run the world?
Wednesday 16:40 LGBT rights: a global perspective
Thursday 11:00 Circles of obligation

Leslie Michaels

After a dozen years on the Limmud programming team, Leslie is now ready to deliver his first session. He is interested in exploring European history in the early 20th century, and to see how apt the lessons are for today's world.

Sunday 13:15 The Nazi sponsored exodus of Jews from the Free City of Danzig

Emily Michelson

Emily lectures in history at the University of St Andrews (yes, there are Jews there, but fewer during Limmud). This talk comes from her current research on forced conversionary preaching to the Jews of early modern Rome.

Friday 17:40 Pigs and preachers: Where is the line between proselytisation and hate speech?

Ariela Migdal

Ariela Migdal is a women's rights advocate and lawyer who worked as a litigator at the ACLU in New York and clerked on the US Supreme Court for Justice Stephen Breyer. In 2015 she moved to Tel Aviv for two years. She has been part of numerous egalitarian minyanim, often at their founding, in the USA and Israel.

Sunday 10:40 Jewish renaissance in the white city: Jewish religious life blooms in the "secular" city of Tel Aviv
Monday 14:30 The Tel Aviv Review podcast: live recording (1 of 4)
Tuesday 10:30 You voted for WHOM?? Jewish perspectives on the 2016 U.S. presidential election
Wednesday 13:15 Women's rights issues and discourse in the U.S. and Israel

Helena Miller

Helena Miller is director of research, evaluation and Living Bridge at UJIA. She has taught and written widely, is the senior editor of the Journal of Jewish Education, chair of Women in Leadership Gender Equality Plan and past co-chair of Limmud International.

Sunday 18:10 The place of Israel within British Jewry (4 of 4)
Wednesday 10:30 Should Jewish schools be forced to be inclusive?
Wednesday 13:15 Growing Up in Complex Times: Exploring Young Jewish Lives

Rosalyn Miller

London-based composer-lyricist and singer-songwriter who performs regularly around London, Rosalyn is working on her first musical (current working title "Casual Fling"). She is a second year member of the Book, Music, Lyrics (BML) workshop learning the craft of musical theatre writing.

Monday 21:40 Casual Fling: Find yourself a husband please
Tuesday 13:15 Miriam's Sister: Live in Concert

Steve Miller

Steve is a social entrepreneur, community activist and educator, co-creator of a furniture recycling project, a drop-in for homeless people, and founder of Tzedek. He has worked in the voluntary sector for 35 years, assisting groups with planning, organisation, creativity and leadership development.

Sunday 14:30 "...teach a man to fish and you feed him for life": why this isn't the answer for global poverty relief
Sunday 20:10 Reform controversies in the 1840s
Wednesday 18:10 20 years of learning at Limmud - celebrating the Chavruta Project

Naomi Minsky

Naomi Minsky is the co-chair of programming this year at conference. She is the Assistant Director of Education at NNLS and is currently completing a MA in Jewish Education at Hebrew College.

Tuesday 21:40 Well Circle Workshop

Ephraim Mirvis

Chief Rabbi Mirvis was born and raised in South Africa, following which he studied in Yeshivot in Israel. He has served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland. Before his appointment as the 11th Chief Rabbi of Britain & the Commonwealth, he earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most respected community rabbis.

Monday 12:00 The Chief Rabbi's Desert Island Picks
Monday 14:30 Inward or outward? Judaism in our divided world
Monday 16:00 Chanukah Candelighting for Kids

Rachel Montagu

Rachel Montagu teaches Biblical Hebrew at City Lit and to private students. She volunteers in the S&P Sephardi Congregation’s archives. She studied at Cambridge, Leo Baeck, Machon Pardes and Heythrop College and lives in London with her husband Francis Treuherz, whom she met at Limmud.

Sunday 10:40 The Perfect Guests?
Sunday 16:40 How the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community supported its poor during the 18th and 19th centuries

Sara Moon

Sara has just returned to the UK after participating in the Adamah Fellowship. She has just started working as the Sheffield Reform Jewish Community Development Worker and is pretty excited about helping revive the Jewish North. She is also very excited to be part of 'The Sadeh', the UK Jewish Farm.

Sunday 12:00 Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective (120 minutes)
Sunday 17:00 Make your own jar of pickles!
Sunday 20:10 What is a Jewish farm and why are they important? Come and hear about Sadeh, UK's first Jewish farm!
Monday 08:00 Avodat lev (1 of 2)
Tuesday 08:00 Avodat lev (2 of 2)

Patrick Moriarty

Patrick Moriarty is the headteacher of JCoSS, a cross-communal and pluralist Jewish secondary school in London. He is currently training to be an Anglican priest. Brought to Limmud by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Wednesday 14:30 British values?

Abigail Morris

Abigail Morris has been chief executive at the Jewish Museum since 2012. She was previously artistic director and CEO of the Soho Theatre from 1992-2005, chief executive of Jewish Women’s Aid from 2007–2009 and director of ResponseAbility, a cross-communal Jewish think tank, from 2012-2007.

Tuesday 21:40 Room 101/613
Wednesday 09:15 As clay in the hands of the potter

Benny Morris

Benny Morris, who was born in Israel, is professor of Middle East history in Ben-Gurion University, Israel, and is currently a visiting professor in Georgetown University. Among his books are "1948, a History of the First Arab-Israeli War" (2008) and "Righteous Victims" (1999).

Tuesday 18:50 The Temple Mount: A historical (un)reality?
Wednesday 10:30 The creation of the Palestinian refugee problem, 1948
Wednesday 13:15 A new look at the 1948 war
Wednesday 18:10 The two Islamic fundamentalist threats
Thursday 11:00 The Tel Aviv Review podcast: live recording (4 of 4)

Shalom Morris

Shalom Morris is rabbi of Bevis Marks Synagogue of the S&P Sephardi Community. Bevis Marks is the U.K.’s oldest, and the world’s longest continuously running, synagogue. Rabbi Morris received Ordination from Yeshiva University and is pursuing a PhD concerning Jewry of the First British Empire.

Sunday 13:15 Messianism and mercantilism: The readmission of Anglo-Jewry (1 of 2)
Monday 13:15 Messianism and mercantilism: The readmission of Anglo-Jewry (2 of 2)
Tuesday 18:50 Rejuvenating London's Jewish East End: A think-tank discussion

Patrick Morrow

Patrick is a Christian priest and chaplain and interfaith activist. He is also a student of Judaism, and Biblical Hebrew, and lover of Limmud.

Tuesday 13:15 Scriptural reasoning: ‘Refugees’ in our scriptures

Naftali Moses

Dr. Naftali Moses PhD made Aliyah from NY over 30 years ago. He has written on philosophy, ethics, aggadah and medical history, also publishing two books, "Mourning Under Glass" and "Really Dead?" He has taught in various Israeli yeshivot and colleges, and lectured on three continents.

Sunday 18:10 Rebbe Nachman and the time machine
Monday 12:00 Mourning Under Glass
Wednesday 09:15 Solomon's proverbs: the sexiest piece of the Bible you've never read

Robin Moss

Robin Moss is the head of the UJIA Centre for Israel Engagement. He finds new and engaging ways to connect the British Jewish community to Israel, across the political and religious spectrum. He is also an officer of Liberal Judaism, the publications co-chair for Limmud, and edits Limmud On One Leg.

Monday 09:15 Civil religion and national narrative - how Israel has and will change in the coming decades
Monday 21:40 The Most Important Jewish Text You've Probably Never Read
Tuesday 16:40 From Discord to Dialogue: Jewish-Christian Study Tour to Israel and Palestine
Tuesday 21:40 The double helix: navigating narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (2 of 4)
Wednesday 18:10 20 years of learning at Limmud - celebrating the Chavruta Project

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