Limmud Conference 2016

Limmud Conference 2016 – Tuesday 14:30

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1942 'L'année terrible' - Vichy France and the Jews

Daniel Lee 

Red 4

Of the 76,000 Jews deported from France during the four years of Nazi Occupation (1940-44), more than half, 42,000, were deported in 1942 alone. What explains such an imbalance? Were things relatively calm for the Jews of France in 1940, 1941, 1943 and 1944? This session will explore the significance of what is now known as L'année terrible.

Achieving climate consciousness

Clive Lawton  David King 

Orange 15

Sir David King, government 'tzar' on climate change, has labelled the issue as 'more dangerous than terrorism'. In conversation with Clive Lawton, the two will discuss how to make a difference without changing your life top to bottom while touching on how Jewish wisdom has approached this thorny issue. The session will finish with an introduction to British Jewry's own climate campaign.

Agony in the pulpit: British rabbis responding to Nazi persecution and mass murder”

Marc Saperstein 

Orange 12

This session focuses primarily on passages from sermons, presented in chronological order, that were delivered by Chief Rabbi Joseph Hertz, Rev. Dr. Abraham Cohen (Orthodox, Birmingham), Rabbi Israel Mattuck (Liberal, London) and two refugees from Germany, Rabbi Ignaz Maybaum (Reform, London) and Rabbi Eliezer Berkovits (Orthodox, Leeds).

Alderney - island of secrets and terror

Marcus Roberts 

Red 2

This session explores the latest findings on the Holocaust and the six concentration and slave labour camps on Alderney and explores continuing British government secrecy on the 'atrocities on Alderney' and the terrifying experiences of prisoners, as well as efforts to save the Jewish and Russian slave labourer cemeteries' from destruction.

Being a Palestinian citizen of Israel: an introduction

Thabet Abu Ras 

Red 8 (Boulevard Back)

Today, Arab Israelis make up 20% of Israel’s citizens, but are disproportionately represented in almost every aspect of public life in Israel. The challenges and benefits of living in a country rooted in the sometimes conflicting duality of Judaism and democracy will be discussed, with plenty of time left for questions.

Bi-polar disorder and the Kylie effect

Philippa Carr 

Green 28

People with bi-polar disorder experience extreme highs and lows as part of their condition. Bi-polar disorder has been highlighted by the media and has become the 'socially acceptable' face of mental illness. Explore why this has evolved and how labelling this condition and those in the media that live with bi-polar impacts us all.

Blog Workshop: "Now therefore write ye" (Deuteronomy 31:19)

Gabriel Kanter-Webber 

Green 26

Maybe this referred to the Torah, but it's also just possible that it referred to blogging. Have you ever wanted to write a blog but don't know where to start? Do you want to get a steady audience without spending your whole time begging for readers? Come & learn the basics from Gabriel Webber, who has run an award-winning blog for over 5 years.

Challenging assumptions in a multi-racial Jewish world

Ilana Kaufman 

Yellow 21

"You know, you are not who I expected.” I have seen my fair share of jaws drop when I walk into a Jewish communal space. I am a proud black Jew - the daughter of an Ashkenazic Jewish mother and an African-American father. How can we promote inclusivity in our multi-racial, intersectional Jewish future?

Educational Strategies for Social Cohesion in Israel's Four Separate School Streams

Mike Prashker 

Red 7

Since the state’s establishment Israelis have overwhelmingly studied in four separate school streams: Jewish-secular, Orthodox, Ultra-Orthodox and Arab. This session explores the implications of this reality for promoting a more cohesive society and the potential of a range of shared citizenship educational strategies to address this challenge.

Getting media coverage for your Limmud event: Advice from the experts

Simon Rocker  Limmud Development and Connection Team  Dan Brown  Toby Anne Axelrod  Andrew Silow-Carroll  Sara Averick 

NEC Piazza 1

In this session, senior journalists from the Jewish media will provide insider tips to make your Limmud event more newsworthy, along with practical pointers on when and how to reach out to the press to optimize your likelihood of getting coverage.

Growing up - what is it like at 20, at 40, at 60? 'Ad 120' - Forties (2 of 3)

Yoav Landau-Pope 

Purple 29 (Monarch Overflow)

We grow up throughout our lifespan. It never stops. How do we perceive growing up at various stages in our lives? What does it involve, the hopes and challenges? How do we relate to ourselves growing up, and to others - children, parents, siblings, peers, friends. A series of 3 sessions each focusing on a stage in life: twenties, forties, sixties.

History, the Bible and the modern Jewish world: a conversation

Zev Farber  Elie Jesner 

Blue 34

Certain ideas in Judaism have always provoked controversy and disagreement, leading many people to avoid them. Others have felt differently, that a commitment to truth has to be a part of one's religious life and development. Elie and Zev will discuss and share reflections on some of these topics, and encourage the audience to participate.

How Jewish refugees can help reframe the Israel debate?

Lyn Julius 

Marquee 1

Jewish refugees from the Arab-Israeli conflict outnumber Palestinian Arab refugees, yet their case has hitherto been neglected. Lyn Julius will explain why recognition of the injustice to Jewish refugees from Arab countries is central to peace and the fight against Israel's delegitimisation.

Is Anglo-Jewry a safe space for Zionists?

Tom Wilson  Richard Verber  Emily Hilton  David Collier  James Sorene 

Red 1

Zionists on the Left and Right have complained in recent years about being excluded by mainstream communal bodies and by one another. Is it possible to have a conversation about Zionism in the Anglo-Jewish community without calling adversaries traitors or fascists? This daring panel of community activists and representatives is not to be missed.

Jewish Student Activism in Europe

Benjamin Fischer 

Green 27

EUJS is a pluralistic, inclusive and non-partisan umbrella organisation. It supports Jewish student unions throughout Europe and represents its members in front of European institutions, the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) and the UN. Find out more about European Jewish identity, political activism and the crazy journey this organisation has taken. Promise: No Brexit jokes!

Jews and SEPARATION: Why do we need a synagogue that we don’t go?

Elkan Spiller 

Green 25

What if we create the ghettos ourselves- at least in our heads already? Why is my rabbi more right than yours. What is it in humans to build fences and wanting to be different. Are we the chosen people? What does it mean to be chosen? Does it make us better than others? Aren’t we all the same from the one source. I would like to explore these questions and share our experiences with separation in thinking and behavior, to get more awareness how that affects our life and our attitude towards people , specially non Jewish people.

Ladino music transformed: From yesterday to today

Sarah Aroeste 

Red 6

Join itnernational Ladino artist Sarah Aroeste as she weaves history with song, in this multi-media presentation. Using sound clips, videos, and live music, Aroeste demonstrates with her unique linguistic interpretations, modern technologies, and contemporary musical arrangements how Ladino culture is developing today, and still has a vibrant life ahead.

Lights: A Chanukah Story

Shmuel Klitsner 

Orange 11

Film and Discussion of the award winning animation "Lights: A Chanukah Story" with an introduction before the 24 minute film and a discussion following it, with one of the film’s creators.

Money, money, money: Jews, justice and global giving

Ruth Messinger  Shani Rosenbaum  Shoshana Boyd Gelfand 

Orange 14

When the world's challenges are vast, how do we decide where to give? In this live session in the style of OLAM and Pardes' Global Torah podcast, join global justice star Ruth Messinger and seasoned Jewish educator and philanthropy professional Shoshana Boyd Gelfand in a conversation about where Jews’ priorities should lie when it comes to giving.

Putin's Russia and the Jews

Ben Judah 

Yellow 23

What does Vladimir Putin think of the Jews? And what does the growing power of his nationalist regime mean for Jews in Russia, Ukraine and across the world? Drawing on his acclaimed study of the Russian leader, and reporting from across eastern Europe, Ben Judah unpacks a little told Kremlin tale.

Reimagining a Jewish site through scholarship and the arts

Jacqueline Nicholls  Marc Epstein  Shaul Bassi 

Marquee 2

For the past few years, the Venice Ghetto has become an increasingly popular destination, while its Jewish population is inexorably shrinking. We discuss the ways in which scholarly and artistic projects, like the New Venice Haggadah, can contribute to the revitalisation of the Jewish community and provide inspiration for international visitors.


Anna Posner  Elliott Karstadt 

Red 9 (Boulevard Front)

What is the practice of Tachanun and what is its significance? We will study what we know of its origins, as well as moments in Jewish literature when the practice has been called into question. Whether it's a part of your spiritual practice, it's something you would like to start, or you're simply interested in its symbolism, come along and learn.

The Jews Are Coming: Controversial Topics in Israeli Society

Joshua Weinberg 

Red 3

The controversial YouTube series "The Jews Are Coming" takes a satirical and blunt look at Israeli and Jewish history, forcing us to answer some difficult questions about our collective narrative, who we are, and who we want to be. This session will look at some clips and discuss the controversial topics raised.

The refugee crisis: the next ten years

Mia Hasenson-Gross  Maurice Wren  Samantha Cozens  Edie Friedman 

Yellow 24

At times of crisis the Jewish community is exemplary at digging deep to alleviate the immediate suffering of others. But could we be doing more to create sustainable solutions? Come and hear more from leading experts in this field. This session is part of Limmud's Refugee Day

The stories we tell: collective memory and history – Talmud in a new light (2 of 3)

Neil Janes 

Blue 33

The Talmud's version of the origins of Chanukah bring into focus the relationship between memory and history. We all tell stories about ourselves – the religious narratives are our myths. But what happens when history and memory fragment? How do we make meaning of the world around us?

The Tel Aviv Review podcast: live recording (2 of 4)

Daisy Abboudi  Samuel Lebens  Gilad Halpern  Aaron Henne 

Blue 32 (Millers)

The Tel Aviv Review is a nonfiction literary review podcast, aka "the start-up nation of the humanities". Going live at Limmud 2016, it will host a selection of the conference's most eminent participants for an in-depth interview about their fields of expertise.

Was the Nazis' favourite Italian tenor Gigli secretly Jewish?

David Prager 

Orange 10

Gigli was one of the most famous Italian tenors. He was lauded by Mussolini and Hitler. Less well-known is that he taught renowned chazanim. Despite a brother being a priest, Gigli’s Jewish roots were suspected. His aid to Jews in wartime Rome is widely unknown. His cantorial link has revealed amazing information. Hear it and some lovely singing.

We were there too: London Jews in the First World War (1 of 2)

Alan Fell 

Red 5

Over 40,000 Jews served in the British Forces in the First World War and many more were involved with war works and support roles. We Were There Too enables the collection of stories, photographs and artefacts before they are lost forever and preserve the surviving evidence of Jewish experiences of the First World War for future generations

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