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« Limmud Conference 2016 - Sunday 16:40
An American Tale: the story of Jews in Eastern Europe from Fievel Mousekevitz to now
Given the huge waves of Jewish emigration from the Former Soviet Union to Europe, America and Israel, why do large numbers of Jews still live in Eastern Europe, with many in poverty? This session will bring these communities to life.
Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan – seekers of faith; finders of different fates
Their Jewish backgrounds, different in many ways, are important to both singers. We’ll look at song texts and Jewish texts, and see how they connect. The Akeda in a Dylan song, Untenah Tokef in Leonard Cohen, and more. And we’ll sing - is there anything more Jewish than that? The answer to that question, my friends, is blowin’ in the wind.
A short visit to the Mexican Jewish community (1 of 2)
Mexico's Jewish community is quite singular because of many circumstances. It is one of the few Jewish communities whose numbers are stable and not decreasing, has six "ethnic" communities, eleven Jewish day schools, twelve youth movements, a thriving cultural life, and also problems of its own. In this session we will have a look at its origins.
A still-small voice: finding God after the melody
"The voice that summoned the universe into being is still and small, hardly louder than a whisper" - R. Jonathan Sacks. How often do we give ourselves the chance to connect to this Voice? Join us as we use both music and 'silence' between the songs to seek the still small voice. Expect new and familiar melodies, and the space to both sing and listen.
Attracting, selecting, and transitioning to a new congregational rabbi
We present our best practices for attracting, selecting, and transitioning to a new congregational rabbi, combining Jewish values and effective project management approaches. Key topics include: identifying your community’s values, developing collaboration and community consensus, designing successful transition in from the start.
Being and being Jewish: an exploration of Jewish ethics and spirituality
Come and listen to two of the most thoughtful and inspiring speakers at Limmud discuss issues of Jewish spirituality and ethics.
Dilemmas and ethics in Jewish international development (tikkun olam)
A school guard is hitting the children, medical technology to developing areas, is there a question here? In his years working in developing areas of the world, Yarden Zornberg has encountered confusing dilemmas that raise ethical questions for us as humans and Jews. We'll dig in to some of these challenges and discuss a range of Jewish ethical approaches.
Crafternoon Tea: Make Your Own Mosaic
Give your intellect a break and let your creativity shine in this crafty afternoon session. No artistic ability necessary!
Four Entered Parodies
This session will be divided into two parts. At the beginning we will look at some examples of song parodies and discuss why this genre is especially suited to Jewish humor. The second half will be an interactive workshop in which participants will write their own parodies.
From the ends of the earth: lost tribes and hidden Jewish communities
Michael Freund has spent the past 15 years seeking out lost tribes and hidden Jews to help them to return to our people. He will discuss far-flung communities such as the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng, the Bnei Menashe of India and the Hidden Jews of Poland from the Holocaust, and what this says about the power of Jewish memory and destiny.
Honored and Venerable Sir...
Moses Montefiore (1784-1885) was a global celebrity and he and his wife Judith received tributes from all over the world. As well as beautiful artefacts, they are a rich source of historical information. This illustrated talk will present some of the tributes held at UCL, which are digitised and freely available online.
How important are the settlements, really?
Building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has come under an increasing spotlight in recent years. But the speed at which the settlements have grown, and what that means for the viability of a Palestinian state, is rarely discussed in much detail. This session will aim to demystify some of these increasingly controversial questions.
How the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community supported its poor during the 18th and 19th centuries
The Bevis Marks synagogue developed an elaborate system of donations to support the poor as well as the work of the congregation and charities to support the needy from cradle to grave and help them find employment.
Jewish animal ethics from Torah to today
This lively survey of Jewish animal ethics will consider passages from the Tanach, rabbinic writings, contemporary Jewish thought, and the remarkable contributions Jews have made to secular animal ethics from Isaac Bashevis Singer to Jacques Derrida. All Hebrew texts will include English translation. Accessible for all levels.
Lighting a Candle, Becoming a Menorah
Light - emanating and surrounding the faces of great masters or saints - is a common sight in traditional art and ancient scriptures. In this session, we will explore a wide array of sources from different religious traditions describing the experience and nature of this light.
The hard man of Chasidism
Menachem Mendel of Kotzk (1787-1859) was a hard man to get along with, a rabbi who demanded much from his followers, above all absolute honesty. Drawing on Larry’s book, The Aura of Torah, we take a brief tour of the life and Torah comments of this warrior for Truth.
The Nuremberg Trials and human rights: the hidden link
This year is the 70th anniversary of the end of the Nuremberg Trials, where leading Nazis were prosecuted and sentenced to death. This session explores the lost story of British prosecutor and leading Conservative David Maxwell Ffye who went on to be central to the movement to bring binding human rights laws in Europe.
Trumpus interruptus: Democrats, Republicans and the fractures of American Jewry
This strangest of all U.S. presidential elections only seemed to intensify political trends that are dividing up the Jewish community into rival tribes. We'll discuss the religious, gender and generational shifts shaping America's Jewish voters.
Under the uniforms
Mostly, IDF soldiers are busy with military tasks and missions. But in their spare time they have a new hobby, obtaining likes, shares, even protesting on social media against their own army. In this session Mor will review viral posts and discuss why soldiers are taking to social media, if this new hobby serves the IDF and how it is viewed by Israelis.
“Who shall live and who shall die?” The High Holiday prayer we love and hate, and the fascinating secrets behind it
Nothing matters more than the stories we tell – about our history, ourselves, and our world. Un’taneh Tokef is said to be written by a medieval martyr on his death bed. But who really wrote it and why? We will find out, using newly translated medieval texts, and ask the question: What stories do we really want to tell about who we are?
Why don’t the frum write love songs?
Orthodoxy is all for romance – if the participants are married. Love with no ketuba is at best an embarrassing preamble. Yet what would Judaism be without love, wonder, fantasy, desire? We will explore biblical, rabbinic and secular sources to remap the relationship between Torah and love poetry.
With an outstretched arm... communicating with great (Makaton) signs and wonders
Communicating verbally is easier for some than others. Makaton - a communication signing system used by many children and adults with additional needs is a great way to make this easier and help to build inclusive communities. Come for a fun and eye-opening taster session and learn your first signs!
Yossi and Jagger: Screening and Q&A (110 minutes)
Yossi and Jagger is an internationally acclaimed feature film written by Avner Bernheimer. It's a ground breaking film about gay love in the Israeli army. We will watch the film followed by Avner talking about the true story behind it, the way it was received, the controversy around it and its important role in the gay rights movement.