Limmud Conference 2016 — Thursday 09:45

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Disputes within the family: Israel and Israelis abroad

Smadar Taff 

Blue 34

500,000 Israeli expats, equal to 10% of Israel's Jewish population, have become a phenomenon Israel can no longer ignore. Once considered a "fallout of wimps" (Rabin 1976), they are now a strategic asset and embraced. Who are these Israelis? What are the challenges they face? How has Israel's attitude towards them evolved over the last 40 years?

Is the Commonwealth still really a thing? (2 of 2)

Clive Lawton 

Orange 15

Clive became CEO of the rejuvenated Commonwealth Jewish Council last year. In that time, he's discovered wonderful communities dotted around the globe, bound together by the twin facts of being Jews and being in the Commonwealth. Blow your mind on how Jews do Jewish round the world. This session - the African and Australian region.

Volunteering for Limmud

David Hoffman  Eli Ovits 

Orange 13

Everything you wanted to know about volunteering for Limmud but didn't know who to ask! Learn about the Limmud community's ideas and plans, share your ideas for what Limmud should be doing and how best to do it, and volunteer to make it happen! Join the Chair of Limmud and members of the board of trustees for a chat about how you can help.

Beit Midrash Group A: The Academic Perspective (4 of 4)

Michael Pollak  Limmud Beit Midrash Group A 

Red 8 (Boulevard Back)

Limmud's Beit Midrash Programme is learning Chapter 8 of Sanhedrin “Wanton and Rebellious Son”.We will conclude by dropping into a bunch of Universities. In Columbia U we will hear from David Weiss Halivni before stopping off in Yale to listen to Christine Hayes and in JTS we will meet scholars of the past including Shaul Lieberman and Luis Ginzberg. This is a double-length session.

Beit Midrash Group B: Three loose ends: Queen Esther, Non-Jews and Sexual Harassment (4 of 4)

Joel Levy  Limmud Beit Midrash Group B 

Red 8 (Boulevard Back)

Limmud's Beit Midrash is studying Chapter 8 of Sanhedrin “Wanton and Rebellious Son”. In this final class we will look at the three concluding sections of the chapter which probe the logical, legal and moral limits of our discussion. This is a double-length session.

Beit Midrash Group C: giving one’s life for God (4 of 4)

Shlomo Zuckier  Limmud Beit Midrash Group C 

Red 8 (Boulevard Back)

Limmud's Beit Midrash is studying Chapter 8 of Sanhedrin “Wanton and Rebellious Son”.Today’s section deals with sacrificing one’s life for God, which is required in certain extreme situations. What is the Torah’s attitude towards life and when and why is self-sacrifice required? This is a double-length session.

Growing up: what is it like at 20, 40, 60? "Ad 120" - 60s (3 of 3)

Yoav Landau-Pope 

Purple 31

We grow up throughout our lifespan. It never stops. How do we perceive the process at various stages in our lives? What does it involve? What hopes and challenges? How do we relate to ourselves and others: children, parents, siblings, peers, friends? Last in a series of three sessions, each focusing on a stage in life: 20s, 40s and 60s.

Guess who’s coming to dinner

Zahavit Shalev 

Blue 33

An absurd and profound story about inclusivity and the yuck factor from Talmud Kiddushin. Starring Pelimo - a rich man; Satan - disguised as a beggar; an epic cast of extras, and some gross-out special effects. The action takes place on erev Yom Kippur.

Is Israel a state of Hebrew-speaking goyim?

Anthony Luder 

Red 1

The eternal question "who is a Jew" has been transformed by recent events into a discussion about Israel's Jewish soul. The long standing schisms between fundamentalist orthodoxy and the rest of society are undermining the modern state and making its governance increasingly difficult. Come hear the voice of the Israeli Reform Judaism, and be heard!

Is this still my America?

Ilana Kaufman 

Orange 11

Join us for a journey looking at racial justice movements from the 1960's to 2016. We will look at the arc of US Black and Jewish relations from the 1960's through 2016. How will the recent US election shape the experiences of minority communities?

Jewish teachings and experiences of the criminal justice system: from the inside looking out (3 of 3)

Rob Prager  Danny Rich 

Orange 12

As the criminal justice system remains a hot topic of public debate, does Jewish teaching, the Jewish experience or the experiences of Jews tell us anything of relevance? In three linked but separate sessions a Jewish teacher and a Jew with relevant experience will facilitate a discussion on current realities and future possibilities for the criminal justice system.

Living in a bubble: Jews from western countries in the Baka neighbourhood, Jerusalem

Hila Zaban 

Green 26

The Baka neighbourhood in Jerusalem has been attracting western Jews (from USA/France/UK) since the large immigration wave of the late 1960s. They participated in the gentrification process of Baka and are currently the main in-coming population. Why Baka? What sort of lifestyle western Jews lead there? And what do local Israelis make of it?

On the frontline - with the media

Peter Lerner 

Yellow 23

The IDF fights on several fronts, including the media, which influences international opinion. Is the media biased against the IDF? Do journalists understand military strategy and the pressures faced by young conscripts? What role has social media played in recent years in enabling Israel to circumvent traditional media to broadcast its message?

Restorative yoga for all: relax and unwind (5 of 5)

Maxine Levy  Mark Goldsmith 

Marquee 3

Be introduced to some wonderfully replenishing postures. Once in them, we will allow our breath to start the process of undoing, to release some of the tensions that we hold within. We will then move through some flowing sequences to get the circulation going. Take time out to tune in to your body and enter a sanctuary of inner calm.

So who wanted to be a Jew? From the Shoah through to the present day? (3 of 3)

Jacqueline Tabick 

Red 2

A way to make up the losses of the Shoah? Or a process that will hasten the end of our people? Converts who feel they will only ever sit on the reserve bench. Others who know they have come home. We’ll look at the texts and comments made in a survey of converts and see how they can teach us about our people’s experience of converts.

Streisand, Singer and song: playing with gender in "Yentl The Yeshiva Boy" (2 of 2)

David Bilchitz 

Red 3

Barbara Streisand won the Oscar for Best Director of the movie "Yentl", which is an adaptation of Singer’s short story. This session will use film clips to explore the changes made by Streisand, which reveal different attitudes to gender and the possibility of change in Jewish tradition from those embodied in the short story.

Tales from a refugee camp

Richard Verber 

Red 6

The refugee crisis continues to dominate the headlines. But what is life actually like in the refugee camps and what does the future hold for the people living here? As part of Limmud’s Refugee Day, Richard will share his first-hand experience using photos and video.

The Jews of Breslau 1930-42

Henry Cohn 

Orange 10

How did the large Jewish population of Breslau (now Wroclaw) face up to the growing menace of the Third Reich? Recent memoirs and studies allow us to see the period from the standpoint of our ancestors and fellow Jews.

The man gathering sticks: portrait of an enigma

Ian Gamse 

Red 7

The little story in Bamidbar 15 of the man who was found gathering sticks on Shabbat is one of the most mysterious in the chumash. Who was this man, what was he doing – and why does his story matter? By closely reading the text, and with the aid of classic rabbinic midrash, we will try to understand a little better.

Tribes collide: who are Israel's 8.5 million citizens? How are we getting on?

Mike Prashker 

Yellow 22

In 2015 Reuven Rivlin, Israel’s president, described Israeli society as divided into four separate and estranged tribes, and strained inter-group relations as a major threat to Israel’s future. This session explores the current state of relations between Israel’s 8.5 million citizens, the history, challenges and strategies for making positive change.

Worshipping the state (2 of 2)

Simon Gordon 

Red 5

Marx vs Mises. Economics is considered an empirical science. But is it? Contrasting modern Jewish political economists Karl Marx and Ludwig von Mises, we will show how different philosophical assumptions lead to opposing conceptions of economic relations, which influence mainstream economic thought today. (Both sessions stands alone.)

Women of valor and other super heroes

Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik  Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik 

Orange 14

What do Wonder Woman and Miriam have in common? Join husband and wife “dynamic duo” Isaac and Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik for an engaging conversation on women in comics and Judaism. They have a powerful one-two punch, bringing together contemporary art, pop culture, and midrash.

Creating Eve: rabbinic and contemporary perspectives on the first woman in the Torah

Daniella Kolodny 

Yellow 21

Helpmate? Temptress? Adam's rib? How do the rabbinic tradition and contemporary scholarship understand the creation of Eve? This session will present some perspectives on Eve and the various interpretations of her role in creation

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