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Simon Parizhsky

Programme director of the Eshkolot Project, a new Jewish initiative in Russia with a focus on engaging Moscow’s young professionals in Jewish study, Simon has an MA in Social Philosophy and in Hebrew and Jewish Literature, and a PhD in Medieval Hebrew Literature from St. Petersburg State University. He is a graduate of the Jerusalem Fellows programme at the Mandel Institute.

Monday 10:30"Studying Torah in the market place of Sepphoris": how Jewish ideas came to occupy Moscow's public space
Tuesday 13:15Garden of delights: erotic poetry of medieval rabbis
Tuesday 20:10"Four miles from the tramway terminus": In а no man's land - "Slow reading" of a Joseph Brodsky poem
Wednesday 13:15Redeeming the Captives: Multilingualism in Hasidic Music
Wednesday 14:30The Tel Aviv Review podcast - live recording (3 of 4)

Tatiana Pashaev

Tatiana attended her first Limmud FSU Conference in Moscow in 2009 and fell in love with Limmud's values. In 2015, she was appointed Limmud FSU project manager for Russia. Now based in Israel, she continues to serve as Project Manager for Limmud FSU Volga-Urals, St Petersburg and Europe.

Monday 14:30Limmud FSU: the first decade

Joel Peck

Joel Peck is an evolutionary biologist working at the University of Cambridge. He has published in leading scientific journals, including Nature, Science, Evolution, and Genetics. His research interests including the evolution of altruism, the evolution of sex, and the design of human societies.

Saturday 11:30Darwinian evolution and human social behaviour: what’s it all about and why does it matter?
Sunday 14:30How can we encourage kindness? A perspective from evolutionary biology

Leon Pein

Leon Pein is the founder of Biblical Foods, a supporter and supplier of both organic kosher and halal meat to Jews and Muslims across the UK

Monday 10:30Ethical Kosher and the Future of Food

Ashley Perry

Ashley Perry (Perez) is currently President of Reconectar, which is reconnecting with 100 million descendants of Sephardi communities. Perry was adviser to Israel's Foreign Minister Yvet Lieberman from 2009 until 2015, and has also worked with Ministers of Defense, Tourism, Immigrant Absorption and in the Prime Minister's Office.

Sunday 20:10What if there were double the amount of Jews in the world than previously thought?
Monday 14:30Israel's foreign policy challenges from the inside
Tuesday 12:00Should Israel and the diaspora need each other?

Michael Picardie

Michael Picardie is a trained psychiatric social worker and was a lecturer at Oxford, Cardiff and Botswana Universities. He writes and acts in plays and has an MPhil and a PhD in theatre, and runs classes on yoga, kabbalah and meditation in Bristol.

Saturday 14:45Yoga, kabbalah and meditation
Monday 20:10Yoga, kabbalah and meditation

Winston Pickett

Winston Pickett is a writer, analyst and storyteller. He has a PhD in Bible and the Ancient Near East and was a columnist for Jewish newspapers in the US, Israel and the UK, where he directed communications for Jewish communal organisations. He is a founding member of Sussex Friends of Israel.

Tuesday 21:40Brighton & Hove Jewry: A celebration of 250 years of history

Clelia Piperno

Clelia Piperno is the Director of the Talmud Italian Translation Project, promoted by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Education, the CNR and the Italian Union of Jewish Communities. Prior this role, she worked as a researcher at the University of Teramo.

Monday 18:50Traduco: The Obviousness of Invisibility
Tuesday 09:15Talmud project: any journey begins with a first step
Wednesday 16:40A Jewish woman for a Jewish project
Wednesday 18:50The Venice Ghetto, 500 years of life (55 mins)

Yotam Polizer

Yotam Polizer is global development director of IsraAID, Israel’s biggest humanitarian NGO. Following the September 2015 refugee crisis, he led a humanitarian mission in Lesbos, Greece, to support Syrian refugees. Yotam also established IsraAID Germany, which provides support for Yazidi refugees.

Sunday 20:10The refugee crisis: a call for action
Monday 12:00The refugee crisis as an opportunity to build bridges
Monday 16:40Yazidis and Jews - shared destiny and a call for action
Wednesday 14:30The trauma of the refugees: A story untold

Michael Pollak

Michael is an educator. He has semicha from the legendary Hebron Yeshiva and studied philosophy at the LSE. Specialising in Talmud and Jewish Thought, he will be reviewing the highlights of the world of publishing over the past 12 months in addition to being part of the Beit Midrash Faculty.

Sunday 21:40Daf Yomi (1 of 4)
Monday 10:30Beit Midrash Group A: 18th Century Perspective (1 of 4)
Monday 21:40Daf Yomi (2 of 4)
Tuesday 10:30Beit Midrash Group A: 20th century perspective (2 of 4)
Tuesday 21:40Daf Yomi (3 of 4)
Wednesday 10:30Beit Midrash Group A: Modern Halachic Perspective (3 of 4)
Wednesday 21:50Daf Yomi (4 of 4)
Thursday 09:45Beit Midrash Group A: The Academic Perspective (4 of 4)

Izzy Posen

Izzy Posen grew up in the ultra-Orthodox community of Stamford Hill, London. After loosing his faith in the teachings of his community, he has struggled to recreate his Jewish identity, one which does not have God in it. He is a Jewish educator and teaches in several Jewish institutions and schools.

Monday 18:10Am I an atheist? And if so, are you?
Tuesday 10:30The Charedi world: does free choice exist and what drives communal loyalty?

Tirtsa Posklinsky Shechory

Tirtsa is a writer, educator and manager of programs to develop employability. Published a book of poems, "Transparent Jellyfish Goes". An active participant in Limmud Galil Israel and fifth year student at Tmura institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism that trains secular Jewish leaders and rabbis.

Sunday 13:15Gender issues in the Talmud

Anna Posner

Anna grew up in Nottingham and was active for many years in LJY Netzer as well as working for Netzer Olami in Jerusalem. She is currently a second year rabbinical student at Leo Baeck College.

Monday 21:40Jewish themes in The West Wing
Tuesday 14:30Tachanun

David Prager

Mancunian David R Prager studied chemistry in London. Following a prestigious career with BP, he led its speciality chemicals merchanting team through a buy-out, becoming MD of IMCD UK and chair of its pensions trustees. He retired in 2008. He has published a number of articles on cantorial history.

Tuesday 14:30Was the Nazis' favourite Italian tenor Gigli secretly Jewish?

Rob Prager

Rob is a management consultant and also the Accommodation Chair at Conference. He has spent the last year working with criminal justice agencies and has a particular interest in this field, having previously worked as an assistant to Dominic Grieve QC MP, the former Attorney-General.

Wednesday 10:30Jewish teachings and experiences of the criminal justice system: trial and error (2 of 3)
Thursday 09:45Jewish teachings and experiences of the criminal justice system: from the inside looking out (3 of 3)

Mike Prashker

Mike founded Merchavim – The Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship in Israel; and remains a trustee. His forthcoming book, “A Place for Us All; Social Cohesion and The Future of Israel”, explores inter-group relations in Israel. He is Senior Adviser to the Ted Arison Family Foundation.

Monday 13:15How can Muslims and Jews coexist?
Tuesday 14:30Educational Strategies for Social Cohesion in Israel's Four Separate School Streams
Thursday 09:45Tribes collide: who are Israel's 8.5 million citizens? How are we getting on?

Lucy Prevezer

Lucy Prevezer grew up in RSY-Netzer as a chanicha, taking part in their hadracha programme and volunteering as a madricha on camps and Israel Tour. She is a movement worker with a strong passion for Reform Judaism, Zionism and feminism. She has a degree in Managing Performance from Leeds University.

Tuesday 20:10Jewish Articulate
Tuesday 23:20Classic shira!

Rose Prevezer

Rose Prevezer is the student rabbi at IKAR, a leading-edge Jewish community in Los Angeles. A London native, she now calls Venice Beach, California, her home.

Monday 21:40Don't judge Judy - a tribute to the Chanukah heroine
Tuesday 10:30It's not just about the presents...
Tuesday 21:40Misogynist Film Club: the musical!
Wednesday 14:30Shame on you

Leonid Ptashka

Leonid is a world-renowned pianist and composer. A graduate from the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, he has performed as a soloist at concerts all over the world, including Carnegie Hall. Now based in Israel, Leonid is the founder and artistic director of International Jazz Festivals in Israel.

Monday 21:40Jazz around the world

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