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« Limmud Conference 2016 - Tuesday 12:00
Advocating for science - or why otherwise educated people reject evidence-based medicine
We've moved on from not-vaccinating to not seeing doctors, to the extreme of friends with cancer being offered therapies that will for sure kill them. Why are people falling for this claptrap? Here I will present some psychological ideas that may help you recognise the signs and prevent this happening to you.
Limmud community update
Your chance to find out more about the wider Limmud world: what we’re doing beyond Conference, our plans to develop Limmud even more as a worldwide project and how you can help! Updates from Limmud’s chair, chief executive and others involved in Limmud projects.
Back to basics - the Israeli Palestinian narratives revisited
A geopolitical historical description of the main events in the Israeli Palestinian history and politics - from before WW1 until Mahmoud Abbas's speech at the UN in 2016 calling for the cancellation of the Balfour Declaration. We will take a deep breath and plunge into the muckiest subject we know.
Get to know my European Jewish community
Come join our open space market of European Jewish communities run by young professionals, educators and activists from across Europe. We will introduce our history and contemporary life infused with personal stories. This is a double-length session
Holocaust recognition and memorialisation in Thessaloniki
This session will focus on Thessaloniki during the Nazi Occupation. Once home to the largest Jewish community in Greece, the community lost 96 per cent of its members. The turbulent political situation in post-War Greece had an impact in recognition and memorialisation of the Holocaust in Thessaloniki, only after 1990 did things start to change.
How the present reality impacts the new generation of Palestinians and Israelis and their ability to imagine a peaceful future
After sharing how each side experiences the present situation, Windows' team will discuss the challenges of working together for a just peace when many others lost hope. The team will cover theories of change and methods that turn youth from both sides into activists for human rights and equality. Followed by Q&A.
How to pray the kabbalah way (2 of 2)
Prayer getting stale? Add a new dimension to your davvening! In this session, we consider a number of kabbalistic kavvanot (meditations) intended to provide an overarching framework for the daily and sabbath prayers, plus examples to accompany (and add spice to) specific prayers and blessings, including the Sh’ma and Amidah.
Interreligious dialogue: Best practices, challenges and success stories
Come and join a discussion on best practices and lessons learned from your experiences in inter-religious dialogue. When does dialogue work? When does it not work? What are reasonable goals? Limited objectives?What are your best success stories in dialogue? Your least successful? What recommendations can you make for others? Come and share.
Is cross-communalism a fantasy?
An inter-denominational student panel discussion on whether cross-communalism has a place on campus and if it is possible to cater for all sects of Judaism. With opportunities to ask the panel questions both in person and anonymously.
"It runs in the family" - psychological perspectives on reincarnation
In this session, we will explore the Kabbalistic idea of Gilgul. Through psychological interpretations of reincarnation, we will discuss the complexities of family life and suggest productive ways to conduct meaningful inter-generational work.
Limmud choir: The choral hits of Stephen Glass (2 of 3)
Adults and teens, come to experience the joy of making brilliant and fun, 4- (and sometimes 5-) part, choral concert music (SATB, with piano accompaniment). Learn your part as a section using some serious 'work ethic' in a safe space for all music reading levels. Cantor Jason is an expert choral conductor/teacher. Possible 'concert' to follow.
Living well and dying well: the life and death of leaders
Living well is also about dying well. In this text based session, we will explore the deaths of three biblical characters – Miriam, Aaron, and Moses – in an attempt to understand how their death scenes reflect and comment upon the leadership qualities they displayed during their lifetimes. No Hebrew background or knowledge required.
Political Action vs Social Action: Getting The Right Balance
As part of Refugee Day: Those seeking sanctuary in the UK need both immediate and tangible support but also in the long run more humane and fair Governmental policies. We'll explore how we balance these sometimes competing calls to action and ask whether we get it right in the Jewish community.
Poetry and Conversation with Diti Ronen
How does a personal biography become a poem? How does a poem become a personal biography? In conversation with Aviva Dautch, Diti will perform her poetry and talk about her poetic journeys. The poems will be read in Hebrew and English.
Practical steps to helping asylum seekers and refugees – how to set up your own project
As part of Limmud's Refugee Day, come and find out about practical ways you and/or your community can get involved in helping asylum seekers and refugees already living in the UK. The presenters will share their experiences and highlight how you can make a difference, with practical tips and advice on numerous ways of getting involved.
Refugees: human rights, does anyone care?
As part of Limmud's Refugee Day Rex Bloomstein will show extracts from his TV programmes - Traitors to Hitler, The Roots of Evil, Prisoners of Conscience and other human rights series including Urgent Action, one of which reveals torture in Israel. There will be an opportunity for questions.
Should Israel and the diaspora need each other?
Do most Israelis care or understand the diaspora? Does much of the diaspora care about Israel? Are they drifting apart due to different values and life experiences? And can a time come when Jewish culture and religion outside Israel become increasingly isolated from the mother country.
Secrets of the Shema: from a new commentary on the prayerbook
Original interpretation of the Shema, based on mystical sources and personal insights.
Aged 14, Ahmad Nawaz, survived a Taliban attack on his school in Peshawar Pakistan. 132 of his schoolmates (including his brother) and 10 teachers died. Come and listen to this inspiring young man, in conversation with Clive Lawton, explain how he now campaigns against violent extremism here in the UK.
Symbiotic, inter-actor relations: when an entire degree programme becomes an experiential diversity class
In this illustrated talk Peter will present preliminary research findings on how the content of the B.A in Educational and Community Theatre, at a multicultural regional college in the mixed Arab-Jewish town of Akko – Israel, builds intimate relations and affects attitude change in the relations between the Arab and Jewish students.
Tell me text: a text that everyone should read once
What text do you think everyone in the community should to read at least once in their lives? Join us as we each share a text that inspires us and we will try and convince you that you should also read it at least once.
The Association of Jewish Refugees
A session outlining the activities and services of the AJR, including the disbursal of funds for welfare assistance, and examining our origins and history and looking ahead to the role we can play in the future.
‘Who’ll say Kaddish for me?’ What is left of the Jewish left?
Since the second world war there has been a resurgence of anti-semitism on the left, equating Jews with capitalism, imperialism and racism in the form of its two largest communities, the US and Israel. In this talk Maurice will ask what is left of the Jewish left tradition and why he is still faithful to a politics that gives a leading role to the poor and challenges the dominion of capital.
Who is behind the mask?
A hilarious encounter with the people closest to you. After briefly getting acquainted with the concept of the Commedia dell'arte masks, participants will experience themselves and the rest of the group in a whole new way.