Limmud Conference 2016

Limmud Conference 2016 – Tuesday 09:15

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Giving: on purpose

Briana Holtzman 

Red 8 (Boulevard Back)

We all make choices about our resources. In this interactive session we explore the values that drive your decisions and how to maximise the impact of your giving by more closely aligning your actions with your values. As you develop your personal philanthropy mission you’ll be one step closer to giving on purpose.

Getting emotional in art made for and by Jews

Marc Epstein 

Red 4

We expect art of former times to be straightforward about emotion. But in art, as in life, any given facial expression can indicate a myriad of emotions. Acting as art detectives, we can come closer to understanding the ways in which the Jews who commissioned art expressed feelings of solidarity, messages of protest, and even dreams of subversion.

Effective media relations for charities

Dan Brown 

Orange 13

What journalists need to know and how to deliver it.

Mosaic Jewish Primary School: is the Jewish ethos secure or does the dye run when you welcome children of all faiths, beliefs and none?

Judith Ish-Horowicz  Shirley Lee 

Marquee 2

Mosaic Jewish Primary School, the only Jewish school in South London, was set up with a unique vision. Rated outstanding by both Ofsted and Pikuach, is its vision sustainable? Following a short presentation we will give participants an opportunity to ask questions and discuss MJPS one year on in its permanent site.

Post-Brexit, what can Israel teach us about building a shared society?

Adam Ognall 

Yellow 24

As the UK struggles with a spike in racism and xenophobia, what can we learn from Israel’s groundbreaking efforts to tackle these dangerous phenomena, create a shared vision for the future, and work towards a more equal society?

To conquer one's journey (2 of 2)

Maayan Zweig 

Green 26

What resources and skills are required from us to reach the right decision? Through 6 urges raging inside of us, we will identify what ‘made us tick’ in our lives. We will look at moments that shaped our lives, in which we remained honest and decided to make bald decisions for the future. We will identify opportunities in order to produce a meaningful life and personal growth.

The World of Jewish Speaking

Fern Reiss 

Yellow 21

Think you might want to be doing more public speaking in the Jewish arena? Always wondered how people get started (besides coming to Limmud)? Curious if it’s really possible to make a success of it, financially? Learn from the founder of how the world of Jewish speaking has changed in recent years, what works (and what doesn’t), and what you need to know to launch a successful career.

The moon: the true Jewish guide

Alain Nacache 

Red 2

Shabbat is the most important day of the week and the heart of Jewish life. In the rabbinic period, however, a man who saw the new moon had to testify in front of the Beit Din in Jerusalem, even if this involved breaking Shabbat laws. Why such insistence on the new moon?

The (judicial) gatekeepers: The Supreme Court and Israel's Jewish identity

Ruvi Ziegler 

Yellow 23

The session demonstrates how the Israeli Supreme Court (as a High Court of Justice) has articulated a (legal) vision of the state's identity in its judgments on family unification, asylum, and the 'nationality clause'. Is the court's approach inevitable? Is it desirable? And what can we learn from it about the interrelations between law and politics?

Talmud project: any journey begins with a first step

Clelia Piperno 

Yellow 22

The goal of the Babylonian Talmud translation project is the computerised Italian translation of the Babylonian Talmud, a central text in Jewish culture covering every aspect of human knowledge; law, science, philosophy, religion and even aspects of everyday life.

Orthodox feminism and the Israeli landscape of spiritual leadership: a report from the trenches

Shmuel Klitsner 

Orange 12

We will describe the dramatic developments of the last decade and the strategic vision for the future. The presenter, an Orthodox rabbi, is director of Israel’s full time 5 year fellowship programme for Spiritual Leaders and Arbiters of Jewish Law.

Olam Chesed Yibaneh - The World is Built on Loving Kindness (Psalm 89:3)

Danny Newman 

Marquee 3

Danny will lead a guided Chesed (lovingkindness) meditation with the aim of opening our hearts and inviting love and kindness into our lives, the lives of those we love and those we don't even know. We'll probably sing a little as well.

News writing workshop

Gilad Halpern 

Blue 32 (Millers)

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work in an Israeli newsroom? We will simulate the work of a typical English-language news desk in Israel, and offer tips on how to structure a news story, write headlines, sub-edit copy and make lineup decisions.

Morning rave

Limmud Social Programming Team 

Marquee 1

A party like no other. Learn to allow the music to take over your body, movement and breath in this combination of yoga and guided free movement. You will leave feeling energised, revitalised and alive. Brightly coloured clothes that you can easily move in are recommended.

Modesty for heaven's sake: authority and creativity among female ultra-Orthodox teenagers in Israel

Lea Taragin-Zeller 

Orange 11

This session will describe the ethnographic research that was conducted at a Bais Yaakov seminary in Jerusalem. It demonstrates how ultra-Orthodox female teachers and their teenage pupils are structuring an ideology of modesty through the reinterpretation of canonical texts on modesty.

L'Ilui Nishmat

Joanna Sacks 

Green 25

The death of a child is a poignant loss, particularly in the Jewish community. This session is aimed at bereaved parents. We will explore the custom of learning for the souls of our children through the prism of Pirke Avot, packed with the wisdom of sages responding to change. No prior knowledge needed. Texts will be provided in Hebrew and English.

Jews and the Left: historical approaches

Adam Sutcliffe 

Blue 34

Jews have a long-standing association with the political Left: but what are the historical roots of this relationship, and why has it been so intense? This session will look at different historical and theoretical explanations for the particular importance of Jews on the Left, from Spinoza to the mass movements of the early twentieth century.

Israeli-Palestinian economic cooperation since 1994 (1 of 3)

Jesse Divon 

Red 6

An overview of economic cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians since 1994. The session will particularly focus on how obstacles have been overcome, notable success stories, the impact felt on either side, and lessons for improving cooperation in the future.

In search of Orthodox Judaism

Ezra Margulies 

Orange 14

Debates rage over the essence and limits of Orthodoxy. Charges of heresy are thrown back and forth over labels, ideologies, and beliefs. In this session, we will navigate through current discourses and outline approaches to the topic - assessing their strengths and weaknesses - in order to deconstruct the idea of Orthodox Judaism.

How to create and build dynamic, holistic and engaging youth and education provision for synagogues

Samantha Brunner 

Red 5

How to engage 4-18 year olds and older in your synagogue today, and encourage them to enjoy their Jewish community and Jewish education.

Hostility to Israel and Antisemitism on US college campuses

Leonard Saxe 

Red 1

Hostility to Israel and to Jewish university students has been likened to a cancer. The session will consider recent data about the spread of the problem and its impact on young adult Jews.

Holocaust: an American understanding

Deborah Lipstadt 

Orange 15

How have Americans tried to make sense of the Holocaust? How has the Holocaust been tied to the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the LGBT revolution, the women's movement, Bitburg, Rwandan genocide, and war in the former Yugoslavia. Are there times when it is relied on too much? Does it sometimes become an inappropriate political tool?

Chiune (Sempo) Sugihara, the Japanese Schindler and 007

Michie Yana-Berger 

Red 9 (Boulevard Front)

As a vice-consul in Kaunas, Sugihara is credited with saving approximately 6,000 Jews during WW2 by issuing transit visas to Japan. He is the only Japanese person recognised as “Righteous among Nations” and was only recently and posthumously officially rehabilitated. This session sheds lights on his story and what followed to both Sugihara and visa recipients.

Beginners guide to the Middle East

James Sorene 

Red 3

What will happen if Islamic State is defeated? When will the fighting end in Syria? Will Iraq ever function again? Why is Iran involved in so many conflicts in the region? Is a war between Sunnis and Shiites inevitable? How did all this happen? Want to improve your understanding of one of this fascinating region and explore how Israel navigates this complex environment? This is the session for you.

A grand tour of the Jewish heritage of the South-East of England

Marcus Roberts 

Orange 10

This richly illustrated session takes a grand tour around the high-lights of the rich Jewish heritage of the South-East of England. From Oxford to Ramsgate and many locations between, we will find outstanding Jewish heritage and history, as well as some surprises. This heritage will be featured in a forth-coming exhibition supported by the HLF.

Zooming in on the Middle East: December 2016

Michael Wegier  Hamad Amar 

Blue 33

Understanding major ethnic and geopolitical changes and the position of Israel in the Middle East today.

Dream of a People

Deborah Steinmetz 

Green 27

Discover the trials and tribulations of making a movie in Mandatory Israel, the joys of rediscovering the film and the tragic ending to it all. Includes screening of “Dream of a People” with Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt.

Morning nature walk

Limmud Social Programming Team 


Get your day off to a great start with this easy walk through nature. You can bring your coffee with you. Session will meet at the meeting point and leave within 10 minutes of the session start.

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