Limmud Conference 2016

Limmud Conference 2016 – Sunday 20:10

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Striking a rock instead of a conversation

Judy Klitsner  Samuel Lebens  Maureen Kendler 

Orange 15

Three Jewish educators discuss why Moses couldn't enter the promised land. Hosted by the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies and JW3.

Invisibilty and chronic illness: how we learn and understand our bodies through sickness

Andrew Belinfante 

Yellow 22

We will look at what it means to have a chronic illness, and how that experience shapes our understanding of the world we inhabit and the Torah that frames that world. Each experience with illness is unique, and we will approach the subject with sensitivity and a compassion toward learning about ourselves and others.

What is a Jewish farm and why are they important? Come and hear about Sadeh, UK's first Jewish farm!

Roxana Jebreel  Deana Gershuny  Sara Moon 

Green 25

An opportunity to ask questions and hear about Sadeh and hear about other amazing Jewish farms in the USA. Find out how you can get involved and why Jewish farming is fun and important!

Song-writing workshop

Jess Gold 

Turquoise 19

You may be a seasoned songwriter or a novice, you may wish to write a melody to a beloved Jewish text or perhaps a protest song or even seek to create a new Chanukah favourite. All are welcome and will be supported by Jess with creating something you can take home and share. Each session stands alone, but you can attend both to dive deeper.

Why Does the Talmud Look so Odd? How Jewish Scribes and a Venetian Christian Printer Created the Page of Talmud

Yoel Finkelman 

Yellow 21

The Talmud sits in the middle of the page, with multiple, unevenly shaped commentaries surrounding it. Around the margins, reference tools point the reader to other works. How did this page layout develop, and why for the Talmud and not for so many other books? Who turned it into the universal format for Talmud printing, and why did it catch on?

What if there were double the amount of Jews in the world than previously thought?

Ashley Perry 

Blue 33

The movement to reconnect with the over 100 million descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities, and the possible ramifications for Israel and the Jewish world.

The Temple was destroyed: did this save Judaism?

Robert Goldenberg 

Green 27

Traditional Jews still fast every year on the date when the Romans set the Temple in Jerusalem on fire; some still pray that it be rebuilt. What was lost when the Jews could no longer worship God through the sacrifice of animals? What did they do instead, and was this as good? If the Temple had remained, what would Judaism be like today?

The refugee crisis: a call for action

Yotam Polizer 

Red 3

This session will provide an overview of the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East. The session will try to answer the most important questions: What are the current needs? What can we do to help? What is our role as Jews?

Talking tachlis: why have Jews been so economically successful?

Adam Mendelsohn 

Yellow 24

The majority of Jewish immigrants to Britain and America in the 19th century arrived nearly penniless, yet today their descendants stand out as exceptionally successful. Other ethnic groups have prospered, but none quite like the Jews. How have they risen so far and so fast? Can we credit Jewish culture, or is something else at work?

Speaking walls: Israeli street art

Amir Levi 

Red 5

Every city in the world has its own magic: the urban environment, the architecture, its restaurants, cafes and people. What do we look at while exploring a new place? What catches our eyes and thoughts? Amir will draw your attention to what became 'everyone’s canvas', the street's walls. The session will also allow you to experience graffiti painting.

Rikud chadash (1 of 2)

Maurice Stone  Samuel Garas 

Marquee 1

Bo'u lirkod! Enjoy all the atmosphere of Tel Aviv’s tayelet learning dances regularly danced in Israel; suitable for newcomers and returnees with a relaxed and fun atmosphere. This is an introduction to Israeli dance for the young and young at heart. Have fun! Learn all the basic moves but with some new music.

Reform controversies in the 1840s

Steve Miller 

Orange 12

A participatory, semi-dramatised look at the German Rabbinical conferences of 1844-6, the controversies they examined, the characters who attended and the legacy they left.

Mystical cross-gendered practices: where did all the women go?

Mimi Feigelson 

Orange 10

I don’t believe that Rabbi Yosef Karo misread the Zohar upon which he based his removal of women from participation in burial rituals! Women in Israel up to this day are restricted and limited. Was it ever really a battle against women, denying them their territory? How does one’s pinnacle liberation claim another’s most fundamental rights?

“Loving the Torah more than God”: the ethical philosophy and Jewish writings of Emmanuel Levinas (1 of 3)

Tamra Wright 

Red 4

Levinas was one of the most influential and intriguing Jewish thinkers of the 20th century. We will explore his philosophy of the “face-to-face” relation, his understanding of Judaism as ethical teaching, and the connections between the two. No prior knowledge of philosophy required. Today: Levinas’s response to the Holocaust.

Limmud Chavruta Project Launch Party (1 of 4)

Limmud Chavruta Project 

Red 7

Join us for the launch of this year’s Chavruta book, ‘Tzedakah’. Opening with an extravaganza of music, art and texts; today will look at the origins of our obligation. Who should receive tzedakah? What principles guide us? Can we prioritise? This is the only chance to study this section. Tomorrow we will examine the donor-recipient interaction.

Land of Promise

Deborah Steinmetz 

Green 26

Come and see one of the first "fundraising" movies made by Keren Hayesod and The Jewish National Fund, from 1934. Deborah will explain the background and tell anecdotes about the movie, including how the movie was used by Germany prior to WWII.

Jewish identity. Jewish values. Black lives. They all matter.

Ilana Kaufman 

Blue 34

10% of America’s approximately 6 million Jews identify as black, Latino, Asian or mixed race. We will look at themes of Jewish identity and values, and interesting community dilemmas connecting who we are as Jews and the US Racial Justice movement.

Halachic anecdotes in the Talmud: the rules of the Rabbis and the practice of the people

Judith Hauptman 

Red 1

Many people think the Talmud is composed of two main strands: pronouncements of law and stories about rabbis. There is a third strand: short reports of how rabbis (and others) carried out a halachah but tweaked it somewhat. We will look at examples of such behaviour. Text handouts in Hebrew and English.

Gimpel the Fool

Howard Rypp  Beatriz Rypp 

Yellow 23

A one man play based upon the classic Yiddish story by I B Singer, translated by Saul Bellow. In the face of betrayal and ridicule, Gimple's belief in God and human goodness has inspired audiences throughout the world.

Finding partners to peace – supporting Palestinian non-violence

Amos Schonfield 

Orange 14

The ‘Partners to Peace’ campaign was led by a group of 30 Jewish student activists who wanted to fundraise for non-violent Palestinian NGO the Holy Land Trust and amplify the voices of Palestinians advancing non-violence while under occupation. Hear from the students about their experiences and how the money raised will be helping on the ground.

Deli Man (92 mins)

Aaron Gross  UK Jewish Film 

Orange 13

A dazzling showcase of Jewish food and its inseparable link to American Jewish culture. Once there were thousands, there are now fewer than 200 delis across America. Guided by the irrepressibly ebullient Ziggy Gruber – a leading third-generation deli owner – Deli Man charts a mouthwatering history of the deli as a cornerstone of American cuisine. Dir Erik Anjou, 2014

Congregational Social Justice

Miriam Edelman 

Red 2

More and more UK congregations are creating congregational social justice programmes and activities. This session provides some skills training, wherever you are in the process, and an opportunity for congregational activists to connect and share experiences.

Choose your own adventure: egalitarianism

Libby Burkeman 

Orange 11

Egalitarianism is dealt with so differently across our community. Through an interactive debate and discussion using videos, texts and images you will Choose Your Own Adventure (like the books from when you were younger) through this topic. This session is accessible both to those who are scared of text and those who feel more comfortable with it.

Art and activism

Adi Keissar 

Red 6

Come and hear about political activism in art, poetry and music in Israel and around the world.

The Rabbi's concert

Lior Kaminetsky 

Marquee 3

From a concert violinist you became a rabbi??? One may wonder... "Well, this is a performer and this is a performer" I replied, or in other words - it's all about terminology. Join us for a special solo violin concert to combine, music, Jewish thought and thinking out of the box.

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