This will provide an overview of the American Jewish community: its sub-communities, their cultural identities and political orientations, and their prospects for survival in the years to come. The lecture will include a mix of research and anecdotal experience from a Jewish communal professional.
The 17th century was a period in transition. Part medieval, part modern, these decades witnessed the emergence of the British Empire, the decline of sectarian violence, and the establishment of an Anglo-Jewish community. We examine the primary Jewish texts that were at the heart of this emerging world. Part two - Jewish Attitudes: The Messianic Treatise of Menasse ben Israel.
Earlier this year we lost the last of Israel's founding statesmen, Shimon Peres. A man who was involved in the politics and decision making from pre-state times until his death. In this session we will look at his life and examine his legacy; where did he succeed and what was the lasting impression he left on Israel the Middle East and the world.
The conventional career is a thing of the past. Portfolio careers and serial careerism rather than a job for life describes work today for many of us. Our panel will discuss how expectations and reality for Jews in the workplace are changing and what work might look like for people entering the job market for the first time.
King David is the 'sweet singer of Israel', yet underwent some of the most painful struggles in Tanach, experiencing some of the inner turmoils reminiscent of one of the most iconic characters in modern cinema.
Unorthodox (2013) is a feature-length documentary film that follows three rebellious Modern Orthodox Jewish teenagers from the US as they spend a post-high school year studying in a seminary in Israel. The film is framed by co-director Anna Wexler’s own story of leaving the faith. Screening to be followed by Q&A with Anna.
The Revelation and giving of Torah at Mount Sinai was our greatest national experience, which we have held onto tenaciously. We will examine how shul services, settings, the prayers and Torah reading carry a collective message, memory and experience all the way back to Mount Sinai, inspiring us today and into the future.
Nizza's family business has been located in the East End of London for over 60 years, and she herself has worked there for the last 19. As a child, Nizza would eat at the local kosher chippie; as an adult, she works across the road from the biggest mosque in Europe. A keen photographer, this session will explore how the area has changed.
Jews love cities and very quickly after settling in them, writers absorb their environment and begin incorporating and creating the cultural vibes into their prose and poetry. These two sessions will explore the literature of London, New York, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Red 8 (Boulevard Back)
Pirkei Avot is one of the greatest Jewish texts, but we don’t often explore the larger philosophy of life hidden behind the somewhat random collection of statements. Hishtadel l’hiot ish, Hillel says in 2:6, strive to be a good/worthy person. Easier said than done? We’ll unpack this together, and depart a tad more mentchadik, hopefully.
Judith and David, founder members and representatives of Shira Britannia, present some of their own settings and those of other members of the co-operative. We'll think about how to weave new melodies into a service so that it flows, use different settings to create different moods and when/why to choose a new or a familiar melody.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Biblical text, and literary allusions and foreshadowings. An interactive text based study that explores the hidden meanings and political and ethical agenda of the story of Saul, Israel’s first monarch.
This sessions explores the Jewish legacy of Palmyra: the UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Syrian desert where the cross-roads of the Hellenistic, Roman and Parthian empires once met. Though subject to much news coverage, little attention has been paid to Palmyra's Jewish past and the early attempts of Julius Euting (1883) to document it.
The two largest Jewish communities, America's and Israel's, together making up 80% of the world's Jews, share little in common in their history, language, geography, culture, calendar, even religious life - and are drifting apart into mutually unintelligible civilisations. This will have profound consequences for us all.
It's often taken for granted that the Jewish settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law. But while this might be a convenient platitude, is it actually true? You know the opinion of diplomats and the media, but here's an opportunity to hear from an actual legal scholar.
Jews and Muslims have a common heritage and in some ways a shared history. Jews lived for centuries in Muslim lands with varying degrees of acceptance. All this changed with the movement of Jews to Palestine and the creation of Israel. Going forward how can Muslims and Jews coexist in the Middle East and the rest of the world?
The Orthodox world is struggling to accomodate homosexuals, including homosexual couples, in its communities but is having trouble finding the right halachic language. A little known theoretical precedent about a half-free half-slave woman in the Talmud may be of help.
From Queen Esther to the 10th Israeli president Ruvi Rivlin, Jews have chosen vegetarianism for a plethora of reasons ranging from ethical to religious to environmental. Hear the surprising and inspiring stories of Jewish vegetarians from throughout history from two of the top Jewish vegetarians leaders in the modern Jewish world.
In July 2016, 1,302 manuscripts from The British Library's Hebrew collection were published online. As well as presenting an update on the project and how to access the collection, this interactive workshop explores the benefits of digitisation and the different creative ways that people can use it for their own interests, research and enjoyment.
A walk through Paradise Garden in which we consider the choices exercised by Eve and Adam, and the consequences of their actions.
A new and very interesting genre in Israeli poetry. It started off with almost exclusively male poets giving expression to their religious experiences and feelings. Today there are many fascinating voices of women and men, who write wonderful religious poetry. A small anthology in English will be prepared for this session.
Blue 32 (Millers)
As it is Chanukah at Limmud, this year we will make a sevivon (dreidel), a chanukiyah (menorah), a magen david (star of David) and other favourites. All from a piece of paper! This session is suitable for both individuals and families.
Autism affects many of the Jewish population. Understanding more about it would help those with ASD and their families to become more included in schools, shuls and the outside world. This session provides an introduction to autism, for those families struggling with autism and people who want to make this world a more inclusive one.
7 Jews, 7 countries, 7 unique experiences, 1 interactive panel. Tales of relief and rescue work in Haiti, Nepal and the Philippines, Jewish community in Estonia and Finland, Latin America and beyond. This is your chance to hear about Jewish communities around the world and what Jewish organisations are doing to support others in need.
"One who suffers from melancholia may rid himself of it by listening to singing and all kinds of instrumental music, by strolling through beautiful gardens and splendid buildings, by gazing upon beautiful shapes, and other things that enliven the mind, and dissipate gloomy moods." (Maimonides, Shemonah Perakim).