Limmud Conference 2016

Limmud Conference 2016 – Sunday 13:15

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Undateable or Superhuman? Perceptions of disability in Jewish community

Hannah Brady 

Blue 34

Day in, day out, we’re constantly bombarded with imagery about disabled people in public media. But how is this affecting the Jewish community, and how are Jewish people with disabilities being impacted? Come along to get stuck into this crucial conversation about inclusion and discuss if we're really as accessible as we like to think we are.

Biblio-hypnosis: the crossing of the Reed Sea. (1 of 2)

Michael Capek 

Red 6

Hypnosis and meditation allow us to use our minds to generate images and develop it for personal enhancement. Biblio-hypnosis is the telling of a story using guided imagery in a meditative state. Using the power of your own mind, the story will be relived as though you were there in person. Open to all. No previous meditative experience required.

Dire straits makes the best entrepreneur

Ran Sasson 

Blue 33

A story about a five years journey getting from a paralysed body to fully functional, and what are the lessons learned.

How to scale your venture while keeping its culture

Rachel Sumekh 

Orange 11

Four must-do's to successfully scale your idea or company, while maintaining its culture. Rachel Sumekh has grown an idea from inception to an international movement, with only two staff members. We’ll use Swipe Out Hunger as a case study and see how this national movement has scaled. Learn how to think and plan big!

Jesus in the Talmud

Gabriel Botnick 

Orange 14

It’s Christmas, so let’s talk Jesus! Did you know that Jesus studied with the rabbis and appears in the Talmud? Well, at least he did until every edition that mentioned his name was destroyed. Thankfully, a few extant copies still exist. We’ll explore a few highlights from these manuscripts to see how the rabbis told the story of Jesus.

Shanda: Judaism and mental illness

David Benkof 

Red 5

Too often, Jews suffering from mental illness and their families suffer alienation from the Jewish community. We’ll explore some Jewish ideas about mental illness, and more importantly provide a safe space for people to speak frankly – and listen with open minds and hearts – about ending the shanda (shame) of being mentally ill in Jewish circles.

The evolution of Jewish cantorial music (chazanut) from the shtetl to its golden age in America

Mordechai Friedman 

Red 7

Chazanut was the most popular form of entertainment in the shtetl. Waves of immigration from 19th century Eastern Europe to the USA carried it along to feature in synagogues and concert halls as well as in the early days of the cinema.

The Nazi sponsored exodus of Jews from the Free City of Danzig

Leslie Michaels 

Orange 10

The Free City of Danzig, wedged between Poland and Germany, lasted only 19 years from 1920 to 1939. The League of Nations was mandated to protect the interests of all the population but failed to do so. After Kristallnacht the Nazis did a remarkable deal with the Jews to leave the City. Why only in Danzig, and what was the outcome?

Where are the Jews in the great Russian novels?

Shoshi Ish-Horowicz 

Red 8 (Boulevard Back)

Russia has a large presence in Jewish literature, but is there a Jewish presence in traditional Russian literature? We’ll be looking at how and where Jews appear in fiction written by Russians for Russians, including work by ‘the Jewish Hemingway’ and a Stalin approved description of the 1905 Odessa Pogrom. Texts will be in English translation.

Worriers to warriors: how to gain executive presence and confidence to speak up, be heard, and achieve your potential

Annette Kurer 

Yellow 22

This interactive session is designed to help you gain self-awareness and understand how fear and nervousness manifest through our bodies and voices, diminishing the impact of what we say. You'll leave with tips and techniques to transform from worriers to warriors, gaining gravitas, confidence, authenticity, and the ability to engage and progress your career.

Messianism and mercantilism: The readmission of Anglo-Jewry (1 of 2)

Shalom Morris 

Orange 12

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 One - Christian Attitudes: The Earliest Teshuva Concerning Cromwellian England.

Gender issues in the Talmud

Tirtsa Posklinsky 

Red 4

Tirtsa will explore gender issues in the Talmud through looking in several Talmud stories, Midrash, and its editing.

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