Limmud Festival 2017 - Presenters

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Ruth Gan Kagan

Ruth is the founding rabbi of the Nava Tehila community in Jerusalem known for its innovative musical prayers. A dynamic and innovative teacher of Torah, Ruth teaches Kabbala and Hassidut in Israel, online and internationally and trains and mentors rabbis on the art of leading rituals and prayers.

Monday 18:50 The Art of Chant Leading: workshop for singers, musicians, cantors, rabbis, and lay leaders
Tuesday 20:10 Nava Tehila in concert
Wednesday 21:50 Chant Circle with Nava Tehila

Deborah Kahn-Harris

Deborah is the Principal of Leo Baeck College in London. At various points she has also been a congregational rabbi and Teaching Fellow at SOAS. She holds a PhD in Bible from the University of Sheffield. She is married with two children, one cat, two budgies and a fish aquarium.

Tuesday 10:40 Torah from Heaven: progressive views
Tuesday 13:20 How I learned to stop worrying and love Kohelet
Tuesday 18:50 What does a Jew look like?

Keith Kahn-Harris

Keith Kahn-Harris is a sociologist and writer. He is a senior lecturer at Leo Baeck College and runs the European Jewish Research Archive at the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. Limmud is where he engages with serious ideas, and also where he plays.

Sunday 14:40 How to enthuse the Jews in the pews? Making our synagogues flourish
Monday 14:40 Jewish pupils speak out
Monday 17:30 Researching antisemitism: who, what, why and how many?
Tuesday 18:50 What does a Jew look like?
Wednesday 14:40 ’We’re dancing with fascism': Totalitarian aesthetics in music

Andrea Kamens

Andrea Kamens tells traditional, original, Jewish, and first-person tales that tremble with truth. A teacher, writer, and repeat slam winner, she opens dialogue between her listeners and the story. Andrea is on the board of The Story Space in Cambridge, MA, the region’s longest running weekly venue.

Saturday 11:30 Stories of influence
Sunday 18:45 The princess and the moon
Tuesday 16:15 Family values story-sharing

Lior Kaminetsky

Lior is rabbi of Birmingham's Central Synagogue and an internationally acclaimed violinist. He holds a doctorate of Musical Arts from USC & rabbinic semicha from OTS. He occupies a unique niche, expressed in his recent new album "From Bach to Carlebach" and in his forthcoming first book.

Sunday 13:20 One Jew, two Synagogues on a deserted island...

Ben Katz

Raised in Stamford Hill in a Charedi community. Attended a Chasiddic primary school, Menorah Grammar, Hasmonean and Gateshead Yeshiva. Married at 21 for 17 years with 3 children. Now living life as a Secular Jew and a company director. Gesher EU is an active part of my life.

Wednesday 16:00 The cruel cost of leaving the Charedi community

Daniel Katz

Daniel is a Jewish student at the University of Leeds, studying politics. Involved in student activism, with UJS, JLM and others, he tries to further social justice whilst battling antisemitism and general exasperation.

Sunday 18:50 The kids are all right
Monday 18:50 Is campus a safe space for Jews?

David Katz

David Katz is Emeritus Prof of Immunopathology (active) at UCL and chairs the Jewish Medical Association (UK). He is involved in professional regulation, medical ethics (including Jewish and interfaith aspects), and in supporting constructive links between British and Israeli medicine.

Sunday 14:40 Conscientious objection in medicine - right or wrong?

Andy Kaufmann

Andy and his wife Aviva consider themselves a Limmud couple, thanks to Limmud '97. Andy enjoys textual studies, with a baal koreh's eye for unusual formulations. Following a career focused on foreign exchange solutions at various investment banks, Andy set up Maven Global a couple of years ago.

Wednesday 18:50 Aleinu - not just an excuse for Kaddish

Andrew Kay

Musician, mathematician, cartoonist, research engineer. My wife and I play Sephardic music as the duo "Wild Ruby."

Tuesday 17:30 Saffron and sapphire: Sephardic songs

Karen Kay

Karen is a professional singer and composer. Karen fell in love with Sephardic music at a Limmud Festival 20 years ago, and now she is delighted to return to Limmud to perform this beautiful repertoire.

Tuesday 17:30 Saffron and sapphire: Sephardic songs

Andrew Keene

Andrew Keene lives in Philadelphia and serves as an Executive Board Member and representative to the UN for the World Union for Progressive Judaism where his portfolio focuses on young adult engagement. Andrew is a former President of NFTY, the Reform Jewish Youth Movement in North America.

Friday 21:15 Reclaiming Jewish Standard Time
Tuesday 13:20 MBT-What-Am-I? Introversion & Extroversion in Jewish Leadership
Tuesday 21:50 Judaism's minority within a minority

Jane Kelson

Jane is an Australian singer/songwriter, pianist and clarinettist. Based in London since 2010, she has been collaborating with Jess Gold since early 2017. Though raised Catholic, she suspects her ears are Jewish as she has always adored Jewish harmonies and musicality.

Wednesday 14:40 Jess Gold in Concert

Maureen Kendal

Maureen is the Director of Cybercare UK. She has a background in academia and enterprise, with experience in psychology, film, media and computing.

Sunday 10:40 Protecting against cyber abuse - the bigger picture, stories of family relationships in conflict

Patricia A. Kenner

Patti is President of Campus Coach Lines & Trustee of numerous organisations. She has also produced Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber & Defiant Requiem. Patti has spent years working on behalf of Holocaust survivors, personally dedicated to improving their lives.

Wednesday 21:50 Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber (73 mins) & Q&A

Zac Kenton

Zac is an AI researcher at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, and holds a research grant from the Centre for Effective Altruism. He holds a PhD in Physics from Queen Mary University of London. He was a resident of Moishe House London, putting on events for young Jewish adults.

Monday 21:50 Opportunities in artificial intelligence (1 of 2)

Yuval Keren

Yuval Keren is the rabbi of Southgate Progressive Synagogue. He was born and raised in Israel. He started attending Limmud 19 years ago, an event that shaped his decision to pursue rabbinic ordination at the Leo Baeck College. He is a regular contributor to the Limmud Chavruta project.

Monday 09:20 Shmirat HaGuf - a spiritual and practical take on physical fitness
Monday 20:10 Yerushalayim shel zahav
Tuesday 21:50 Satirical history of Israel

Arieh King

Arieh King founded the Israel Land Fund in 2007 with the goal of recovery and preservation of Jewish land throughout the Land of Israel. Arieh also serves as a Jerusalem City councilman. Born on Kibbutz Alumim, Arieh's father is originally from London and his mother is a Birmingham native.

Sunday 21:50 Is Bibi's time up?
Monday 13:20 Jerusalem, united capital?
Monday 21:50 Is the Kotel an Orthodox synagogue?
Wednesday 17:30 Is East Jerusalem a settlement?

Marion Kinshuck

Marion has lived in Birmingham for almost 30 years and will escort you to the Barber Institute to meet our museum guide.

Wednesday 09:00 Pride and Persecution – Jan Steen’s Old Testament scenes

Maciej Kirschenbaum

Maciej Mati Kirschenbaum is a rabbinical student at Abraham Geiger Kolleg, Germany's Reform Rabbinical school. During his studies, Mati spent a semester studying at the Leo Baeck College. Currently he lives in Israel, learning at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Monday 16:00 Markus Jastrow: more than just a dictionary author

Aryeh Klapper

Aryeh Klapper is a rabbi and is Dean of the Center for Modern Torah Leadership, bringing rigorous traditional scholarship, interdisciplinary openness, and a deeply humanist understanding of halachah to every aspect of Jewish and public life. He has worked at Harvard Hillel, Maimonides HS, and Gann Academy.

Monday 16:00 How to understand (and teach) Talmud
Tuesday 12:10 Should Torah scholars have authority?
Tuesday 17:30 Daf yomi - Shevuot 28
Tuesday 18:50 Seeing the tears of the halachically oppressed
Wednesday 09:20 Intermarriage - the state of the debate

Sarah Klegman

Storyteller, writer, co-founder of Challah Hub, host of the podcast "What's Wrong With You?", and writer and head of digital for At The Well. Before this, Sarah spent years as a talent manager and producer of comedy, and served as a creative marketing executive for a global app development company.

Saturday 11:30 Stories of influence
Sunday 16:00 “That’s no job for a nice Jewish…”: Jews in creative industries
Monday 16:00 Challah braiding workshop with Challah Hub
Wednesday 17:30 "What's wrong with you?" - live podcast taping
Wednesday 23:10 Limmud's Late Night Cabaret

Barry Kleinberg

Barry is a teaching fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies. He is about to complete the Orthodox semicha programme and is working towards a PhD in Jewish philosophy.

Wednesday 14:40 Unorthodox thinkers
Wednesday 17:30 American Jewish History - the treyfe banquet

Shira Kline

Recognized as one of the “new re-engineers of Jewish life,” Shira works worldwide as a performance and ritual artist specialising in creative worship and children's spirituality. Celebrate with her award-winning Jewish kiddie-rock albums and visit the parent resource centre, Blog Sameach.

Sunday 18:45 When you wish upon a star
Sunday 23:10 Late night kumsitz (sing-along)
Wednesday 16:15 ShirLaLa family concert

Elinor Knox

Elinor is currently RSY Netzer's community youth worker and has been part of the youth movement since she was 10 years old. Last year she spent 8 months in Israel on Shnat Netzer volunteering and studying. She is really excited to be attending her first Limmud.

Thursday 12:10 The role of a youth movement

Jackie Kramer

Jewish Care Community Support & Social Work team manager, supporting adults to live meaningful & dignified lives, working with communities to develop welfare programmes. Has a keen interest in community engagement, promoting disability rights, reducing social isolation, & good social work practice.

Wednesday 16:00 Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.

Bill Kunin

Bill Kunin is a professor of ecology at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on conservation of plants and pollinators, not on miracles per se. He has belonged to shuls of every flavour on several continents. He lives in Leeds, has two sets of twins, and blows a great tekiah gadolah.

Sunday 17:30 Al haNissim: on randomness, chaos and miracles

Peter Kurer

Peter and his family were saved in the Holocaust by the Quakers. In 2002 he went to Yad Vashem to see what information they had on the Quakers and they had nothing, so he set about to put that right. By 2009, Yad Vashem accepted his thesis "The Missing Chapter".

Monday 17:30 What the Quakers did for the Jews of Nazi Europe

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