Limmud Festival 2017 - Presenters

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Daniel Cainer

Daniel is a multi-award-winning songwriter, storyteller and broadcaster. Winner of the Galway Fringe Award for Excellence 2017, Fringe Review Highly Recommended Show 2015, 2016 & 2017, SoHo Playhouse New York: Best of Edinburgh and NYC Fringes 2014/2015/2016, Winner: Three Weeks Edinburgh Award 2013

Tuesday 20:10
Tuesday 20:10 Daniel Cainer - More Gefilte Fish & Chips
Wednesday 12:10
Wednesday 12:10 Daniel Cainer - Even More Gefilte Fish & Chips

Michael Capek

After 32 years, Michael is still going strong as a practicing GP and hypnotherapist. He has degrees in Medicine, Health Psychology, and mathematical subjects. He believes that future major advances in knowledge and thinking will need to be cross-disciplinary.

Sunday 09:20
Sunday 09:20 Science, religion and personal experience: the conflicts
Tuesday 09:20
Tuesday 09:20 Science, religion and personal experience: the resolution

Graham Carpenter

Graham is the Community Coordinator for New Israel Fund UK. He grew up in LJY-Netzer and is now the Officer for Music for Liberal Judaism. He also represents the UK on the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s Executive Board and co-chairs its strategic committee for Inspiring the Next Generation.

Tuesday 21:50
Tuesday 21:50 Judaism's minority within a minority
Wednesday 12:10
Wednesday 12:10 Land of milk & honey? Bet you’ve never been to Yeruham…
Thursday 12:10
Thursday 12:10 It’s not over until the progressive lady sings!

Hirsh Cashdan

Hirsh was brought up in a Liverpool family known for scholastic achievement. He had a close relationship with his father who was a consummate ba'al kore. Since retiring Hirsh has focused on voluntary work in international development and in Jewish music - including leyning at Richmond synagogue.

Sunday 13:20
Sunday 13:20 Chanting the Torah - Does it Make Sense?

David Cassuto

David Cassuto studied law in Holland, Scotland and Israel. He is a modern orthodox Jew who lives in Jerusalem since 2015. He still lectures law in Holland. In Israel he studies Jewish and non-Jewish sources. He develops a vision on traditional masculine values in the postmodern Western world.

Saturday 21:45
Saturday 21:45 "Be strong, be manly" to be a Jewish man from Tanach to today
Wednesday 12:10
Wednesday 12:10 Lunch and learn

Adam Chalom

Adam Chalom is dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ) and rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in suburban Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan and rabbinic ordination from the IISHJ.

Friday 17:15
Friday 17:15 Why Jewish History matters – a human-focused Chanukah
Sunday 17:30
Sunday 17:30 Beyond Apikorsut: a Judaism for Secular Jews
Tuesday 10:40
Tuesday 10:40 Torah from Heaven: progressive views
Wednesday 09:20
Wednesday 09:20 Jewish heretics from Abraham to Amichai

Sarah Charak

Sarah has been at various points a coffee-addicted Sydney-sider, Brovenders girl, batmitzvah teacher, Bnei Akiva Rosh Chinuch, and History/Law student at Sydney University and KCL. Dragged by her parents to Limmud Oz since she was 10, Sarah is excited to be at her first Limmud UK, & without her mum.

Friday 21:15
Friday 21:15 Beruria: tragedy or triumph?
Saturday 20:30
Saturday 20:30 Are we better together?
Monday 21:50
Monday 21:50 A Complicated Love Triangle: rabbis, their wives, and Torah

James Charles

James has taken the totally financially responsible decision to leave a career in engineering to pursue music full time. He has left the critically acclaimed Tom McCartney Band in Nottingham for session work in London and is a student at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.

Monday 23:10
Monday 23:10 Strange sounds
Wednesday 12:10
Wednesday 12:10 Jamming workshop
Wednesday 23:10
Wednesday 23:10 Beatles tribute concert

Jaclyn Chernett

Jaclyn Chernett is the first UK female chazzan, ordained in 2006 at the Academy for Jewish Religion, NY. She is the founder and director of Studies of the European Academy for Jewish Liturgy, teaching leaders of synagogue prayer internationally. She is a Vice President of Masorti Judaism UK.

Thursday 10:40
Thursday 10:40 High Holy Days Nusach

Michelle Citrin

Michelle is an award-winning singer/songwriter and producer. From holiday videos to creative worship, Michelle enjoys “taking what’s old and making it new.” With a soulful presence & knack for composing memorable melodies, Michelle brings to life the spirit of our tradition through song & prayer.

Sunday 18:50
Sunday 18:50 Yes! And... - Improv 101
Sunday 23:10
Sunday 23:10 Late night kumsitz (sing-along)
Monday 12:10
Monday 12:10 Sacred chant and higher consciousness
Tuesday 21:50
Tuesday 21:50 Michelle Citrin in concert
Wednesday 10:40
Wednesday 10:40 Meaningful melodies - what makes them memorable and how do I write them?

Jonathan Clingman

Jonathan Clingman is Development Coordinator at The Together Plan, a charity working to build empowered, self-sufficient community in the former Soviet Union. Their work connects communities in the UK and FSU to each other to enable everyone to benefit from each others' experiences and expertise.

Wednesday 18:50
Wednesday 18:50 Where’s the hedgehog? And 26 other things you never knew about Belarus
Thursday 12:10
Thursday 12:10 We're back in the USSR: The survival and revival of Jewish life in Belarus

Shulli Clinton-Davis

Shulli Clinton-Davis is a technology consultant who was brought up in Finchley's modern Orthodox community as a member of Bnei Akiva. Whilst studying at the University of Birmingham she came out as LGBTQ and now acts as a Diversity Champion at her firm.

Sunday 16:00
Sunday 16:00 ‘Praying the gay away’ - experiences of conversion therapy for same sex attraction

Adrian Cohen

Adrian Cohen is chair of the London Jewish Forum and chair of Labour Friends of Israel. He is a trustee of the Jewish Leadership Council, former chair of the Union of Jewish Students and, by day, partner at Clifford Chance.

Tuesday 14:40
Tuesday 14:40 Jewish and Labour - under assault? A very narrow bridge (Gesher Tsar Meod)
Wednesday 16:00
Wednesday 16:00 Jon Lansman of Momentum meets Jewish leaders one year on

Lawrence Cohen

Having reached three score and ten, Lawrence has acquired much knowledge but little wisdom. Regretfully, there is little he can teach anyone. Nevertheless, there are one or two enthusiasms which he would like to share while there is still time.

Tuesday 10:40
Tuesday 10:40 Hinech Yafa: text into song

Lucy Cohen

Lucy completed a Jewish Service Corp fellowship in Mumbai, India. She was the manager of a women’s empowerment social enterprise, Naya, as well as an Income Generation Programme Director for The Urja Trust. Alongside international and community development Lucy is a Bollywood and belly dancer.

Monday 16:00
Monday 16:00 Introduction to belly dancing
Tuesday 10:40
Tuesday 10:40 Around the world in 7 tales
Wednesday 10:40
Wednesday 10:40 Naya: creativity & change in the slums of Mumbai

Michael M. Cohen

Michael M. Cohen is a graduate of the University of Vermont and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Presently he is the rabbi emeritus of the Israel Congregation in Manchester Center, Vermont and is on the faculty of the Arava Institute and Bennington College.

Sunday 09:20
Sunday 09:20 The interrelated structure of creation: its spiritual, environmental, and political messages
Sunday 18:50
Sunday 18:50 Arab-Jewish shared society – where is Israel going?
Tuesday 17:30
Tuesday 17:30 The Balfour Declaration & Resolution 242: a dual narrative approach
Thursday 12:10
Thursday 12:10 The Garden of Eden story: learning who we are

Oren Cohen

Oren is 35 and lives in London with his wife Rutie. A year ago he founded Zen Educate, an online platform connecting schools to supply teachers, using technology to save the education system millions of pounds a year. Oren's experience includes hiring talent, growing teams and enterprise sales.

Tuesday 18:50
Tuesday 18:50 Finding a job outside the Jewish world

Richard Cohen

Richard I. Cohen is the academic director of the Israel Center of Research Excellence (ICore) for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World and the former Paulette and Claude Kelman Chair in French Jewry Studies at the Hebrew University.

Sunday 20:10
Sunday 20:10 The evolution of the Wandering Jew - visual and cultural interpretations
Monday 10:40
Monday 10:40 Creating a visual pantheon of Jewish figures in modern times
Tuesday 10:40
Tuesday 10:40 The changing nature of Jewish museums

Liat Cohen Raviv

Liat, Executive Director of Diller Teen Fellows, has served on the staff since the programme’s inception. As part of her rich educational background, Liat was awarded a National Excellence Award by the MoEd and holds an MA in Public Policy and a BA in Educational Systems Development.

Sunday 17:30
Sunday 17:30 Empowering Jewish leaders
Monday 20:10
Monday 20:10 Building successful programmes

Henry Cohn

Henry is an author and lecturer in European history after a career teaching at Glasgow, Leicester and, for 37 years, Warwick universities. He is a member of Birmingham Progressive and Alyth Reform synagogues. He recently made aliyah to Barnet, the most Jewish UK borough.

Monday 09:20
Monday 09:20 Martin Luther and the Jews

Stella Creasy

Stella Creasy was elected as the Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow in May 2010. Prior to her election in 2010, she worked as head of campaigns at the Scout Association and as deputy director of the thinktank Involve. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics

Wednesday 10:40
Wednesday 10:40 Labour of love: Stella Creasy MP
Wednesday 12:10
Wednesday 12:10 Can Labour win back the Jewish community?

Mark Creeger

Mark Creeger has worked in Jewish education and IT, separately and together, teaching at primary, secondary, and university level and working on national and international projects for UK and Israeli companies. A regular speaker at Barnet Synagogue, has also worked with youth, children and families.

Sunday 16:00
Sunday 16:00 The Bull and the Ram
Monday 17:30
Monday 17:30 A Jewish view of extraterrestrial life
Tuesday 20:10
Tuesday 20:10 IBM, American big business and the Holocaust (1 of 2)
Wednesday 10:40
Wednesday 10:40 Ford - American big business and the Holocaust (2 of 2)

Rachel Creeger

Rachel Creeger is an award winning stand up comedian, director, and writer. Her solo show “It’s No Job For A Nice Jewish Girl” won Best Comedy at the Greater Manchester Fringe 2017 and went on to sell out during the Edinburgh Festival. Rachel is a sought after speaker at communities around the UK.

Sunday 23:10
Sunday 23:10 Late night laughs at Limmud
Monday 10:40
Monday 10:40 Funny for Five at Festival
Monday 20:10
Monday 20:10 Funny for Five at Festival: the performance!
Tuesday 21:50
Tuesday 21:50 Funny/not funny
Wednesday 13:20
Wednesday 13:20 Write here, write now

Ben Crowne

Ben Crowne works as a forensic accountant, serially volunteers for and writes about the Jewish community. His most recent communal role was as Chair of Limmud Conference 2016, and he is currently writing the 'Better Know a Jewish Charity A-Z' series, in 26 instalments.

Sunday 20:10
Sunday 20:10 Charedim and the Jewish future
Monday 21:50
Monday 21:50 Can you hire a hitman? Talmud with the backstory left in
Tuesday 13:20
Tuesday 13:20 Better Know a Jewish Charity

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