Limmud Festival 2017 - Presenters

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Harry Lampert

Harry has been coming to Limmud for the last 14 years. He is currently in his final year at university studying maths & physics. After the success of his Rhapsody in Jew session last year, he has decided to branch out and go down a different artistic route this time.

Wednesday 13:20
Wednesday 13:20 Henna for Jews

Juliet Landau-Pope

Juliet Landau-Pope (JLP Coach) is a certified coach, professional organiser, and study skills consultant. She trains teenagers and adults to develop time management, organising, and exam revision skills, and is the author of 'What's Your Excuse for not Being More Productive?'

Monday 14:40
Monday 14:40 Better done than perfect: how to overcome procrastination

Yoav Landau-Pope

Yoav is a clinical psychologist, trained in Israel, and now lives and works in London. He practices as a therapist, clinical supervisor, and consultant to various Jewish organisations. Yoav's interests include community mental health, immigration, multiculturalism, political trauma and human rights.

Wednesday 13:20
Wednesday 13:20 Conversations in Germany

Richard Landes

Richard is an historian living in Jerusalem. He taught medieval history at Boston University until 2015, topics including apocalyptic millennialism, demotic religiosity, & honour-shame cultures. His current book is "They’re so Smart cause We’re so Stupid: A Medievalist’s Guide to the 21st Century".

Saturday 20:30
Saturday 20:30 Darwin and Genesis: Eve, Adam and the origin of language
Sunday 09:20
Sunday 09:20 Judah and Tamar: the first renunciation of honour-killing in world literature
Monday 20:10
Monday 20:10 The Donald and the Jews
Tuesday 09:20
Tuesday 09:20 The news media's contribution to the Middle East conflict
Tuesday 12:10
Tuesday 12:10 Caliphaters and Jews: global Jihad as an apocalyptic millennial movement
Wednesday 18:50
Wednesday 18:50 Balfour at 100

Jon Lansman

Jon Lansman is a lifelong Labour leftie and after decades in the Wilderness, the Promised Land is not far off. He is the founder of Left Futures and chair of Momentum.

Tuesday 13:20
Tuesday 13:20 What is really going on in the left of the Labour Party - should Jews be concerned?
Tuesday 16:00
Tuesday 16:00 What is the responsibility of British Jews who support a 2-state solution to help secure the other state?
Wednesday 12:10
Wednesday 12:10 Can Labour win back the Jewish community?
Wednesday 16:00
Wednesday 16:00 Jon Lansman of Momentum meets Jewish leaders one year on

Clive Lawton

Clive, a co-founder of Limmud, is now its Senior Consultant, CEO of the Commonwealth Jewish Council, works worldwide as an educational consultant, broadcasts and writes. Most importantly, he's Anna Lawton's very proud dad!

Saturday 20:30
Saturday 20:30 Are we better together?
Sunday 17:30
Sunday 17:30 Will Israel ever join the Commonwealth? And why it should...
Monday 13:20
Monday 13:20 What will be your legacy?
Monday 14:40
Monday 14:40 The High Holy Days - No-one knows what Rosh Hashanah is all about (1 of 2)
Tuesday 12:10
Tuesday 12:10 The High Holy Days - does Yom Kippur make any sense? (2 of 2)

Anthony Lazarus

Anthony Lazarus Magrill is a 1st year student of Rabbinics at Leo Baeck College (London), who is also pursuing a part-time PhD in English Literature at the University of Cambridge. He is interested in liturgy, and in the modern(ist) uses and abuses of hasidut.

Tuesday 09:20
Tuesday 09:20 Tefillin in Progressive synagogues
Tuesday 21:50
Tuesday 21:50 Folk tale and fractal: how Kafkaesque are the Seven Beggars?

Debbie Lee

Debbie has degrees in musicology from Oxford and Royal Holloway. She sings in the London Symphony Chorus and Finchley Chamber Choir. In a former life she spent time as a pianist, a conductor and mucking around at the back of the 2nd violins. She is currently going through a bit of a Schubert phase.

Saturday 20:30
Saturday 20:30 Limmudniks sing Schubert
Wednesday 14:40
Wednesday 14:40 Kol Rina singing workshop

Joanie Leeds

As one of the top American touring rock singers for kids, multi-award winning, New York City-based singer-songwriter Joanie Leeds has played for thousands of families. She is currently promoting her 8th children's CD, 'Brooklyn Baby' and is a proud PJ Library artist.

Monday 16:15
Monday 16:15 Joanie Leeds in Concert
Tuesday 18:45
Tuesday 18:45 PJ party

Isabella Lenga

Izzy Lenga is VP(Welfare) of NUS. She was Education Officer at Birmingham Guild, led NUS Anti-Racism Campaign. Izzy is passionate about mental health awareness and a proud FZY gap year alumna.

Wednesday 13:20
Wednesday 13:20 Campus is a good place for Jews! A chance to really understand the environment

Joey Leskin

A Yemeni Jew from London, Joey spent much of the last decade moving around, visiting over 50 countries. This included a move to Turkey in 2015 as Senior Fieldworker for the JDC, from which he has recently returned. He has a masters in International Relations and was a movement worker for RSY-Netzer.

Tuesday 10:40
Tuesday 10:40 Around the world in 7 tales
Tuesday 13:20
Tuesday 13:20 How to stop a military coup using FaceTime: Turkey’s new reality
Tuesday 21:50
Tuesday 21:50 How not to date
Tuesday 23:10
Tuesday 23:10 Acoustic Cafe

Amir Levi

Amir was raised in the Galilee, and was involved in the Israeli Scouts. He graduated from Bezalel Academy. During his studies, Amir engaged his major interests, art and social justice, and how the two interrelate in Israeli society. He is currently the Jewish Agency's shaliach to the UJIA, Manchester.

Sunday 20:10
Sunday 20:10 Israel's story through a lens

Janet Levin

Janet Levin founded Jewish Renaissance Magazine and is currently its chief executive. On a JR tour to Morocco, she met the founders of Association Mimouna, dedicated to celebrating Jewish culture. JR invited to Limmud Mimouna's Elmehdi Boudra and Laziza Dalil and will be joining them in two sessions.

Monday 13:20
Monday 13:20 Celebrating Jewish culture in Morocco

Mark Levin

Mark H. Levin is a rabbi and author of the book "Praying the Bible: Finding personal meaning in the siddur, ending boredom and making each prayer, experience unique".

Sunday 13:20
Sunday 13:20 Praying the Bible: the hidden meanings in prayer and why prayer is never boring or repetitious
Wednesday 09:20
Wednesday 09:20 Intermarriage - the state of the debate
Wednesday 14:40
Wednesday 14:40 Praying the Bible: participating in God's history, power and holiness

David Levin-Kruss

"Judaism is technology that makes the world better," says David Levin-Kruss, Jewish education director for JDC-Europe, which supports European Jews in finding their Jewish voice. David loves text-life interplay. Prior to JDC, DLK taught at Pardes and was community director of Stanmore Synagogue.

Monday 18:50
Monday 18:50 Is Judaism handicapped when it comes to the differently abled?
Tuesday 10:40
Tuesday 10:40 Anyone can be a teacher: DIY Dvar Torah
Tuesday 12:10
Tuesday 12:10 Three Jews, four problems: is it worth it to be part of a community?
Wednesday 10:40
Wednesday 10:40 Anyone can be a teacher: from source to source sheet

Amy-Jill Levine

AJ is professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus, Short Stories by Jesus, and (with Sandy Sasso), 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons. She co-edited the Jewish Annotated New Testament.

Sunday 18:50
Sunday 18:50 Jesus and Judaism: Christmas for Jews (1 of 4)
Monday 10:40
Monday 10:40 Jesus and Judaism: Jesus the Jewish storyteller (2 of 4)
Tuesday 14:40
Tuesday 14:40 Jesus and Judaism: getting the history right (-3 of 4)
Wednesday 17:30
Wednesday 17:30 Jesus and Judaism: fulfilling prophecy (4 of 4)

Neil Levitan

Neil is director of programmes at KeshetUK, queer activist, and a youth community work PhD researcher. He is committed to working with young people and communities to promote dialogue, acceptance and transformative change so that all can find a sense of belonging.

Tuesday 17:30
Tuesday 17:30 Purim - reading the megillah with pink-tinted spectacles
Wednesday 09:20
Wednesday 09:20 Kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh? How do we co-produce LGBT+ inclusive Jewish communities and organisations?

Sara Leviten

Sara Joy Leviten has been in the field of youth and community, as a volunteer and professional, starting from her days in Habonim, Jewish organisations, charities and local government. Arriving in her role as Assistant Director of Community Engagement and Volunteers at Jewish Care.

Tuesday 18:50
Tuesday 18:50 Would Abraham have used an app to host a tea party?
Wednesday 09:20
Wednesday 09:20 Looking at the challenges that face British Jewry today and into the future

Mike Levy

Mike Levy is a writer, playwright, Holocaust educator, and after a short 50 year gap, has become a student again. He is researching for a PhD in British responses to the 1930s Jewish refugee crisis. He has given many talks at Limmudim. His ambition: to be a cruise ship lecturer.

Sunday 18:50
Sunday 18:50 Great Jewish lyricists
Monday 13:20
Monday 13:20 Rescuing the children: Basques and Jews.

Charlie Lewin

Charlie Lewin is an artist and songwriter living in London. She has a BA in Songwriting and is currently studying a BA in Fine Art.

Monday 23:10
Monday 23:10 Stamford Hell - escaping the cult

Ben Lewis

Ben is one of the Marketing and Communications co-chairs for Limmud Festival 2017. Beyond Festival, Ben is working towards a PhD in Chemical Biology at Imperial College London and works as a writer with the Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism and on educational content with RSY-Netzer.

Wednesday 12:10
Wednesday 12:10 Science is #fakenews

Jacqueline Lewis

Jackie Lewis is one half of the 'Curly Cousins' and works with Judi Rose to bring 'Healthy Jewish Cookery' to the UK. Jackie is a General Practitioner and over the last two years has developed an interest in nutrition and is researching for the book 'Lokshen Horror' to be published next year.

Wednesday 09:20
Wednesday 09:20 Tomor or not tomor, that is the question!

Stuart Lewis

Stu Lewis comes to Limmud from Prairie Village, Kansas (USA). He describes himself as a life-long learner. He got hooked on Limmud in 2013 and hasn't missed one since. He has presented at Limmud on such diverse topics as the Tower of Babel, Writing Song Parodies, and the music of Leonard Bernstein.

Sunday 13:20
Sunday 13:20 Who are these guys, and what are they doing in the Tanach?

Gideon Libson

Gideon Libson is Prof. Emeritus of Jewish and Islamic Law in the Faculty of Law at the Jerusalem where he earned his Dr. of Law. He continued his research in comparative Jewish-Islamic Law at Princeton University. His book on comparative Jewish-Islamic Law was published by Harvard in 2003.

Saturday 20:30
Saturday 20:30 Biblical law and tanachitic law in the Koran and in the Islamic Tradition
Sunday 09:20
Sunday 09:20 Geonic custom and Islamic law
Monday 16:00
Monday 16:00 The relationship between Jewish and Islamic law
Tuesday 18:50
Tuesday 18:50 Maimonides' halachic writings against the background of Muslim law and jurisprudence of the period

Daniel Lichman

Daniel recently received semicha from Leo Baeck College. He is one of the chaplains to university students for the alliance of Reform and Liberal Judaism. His rabbinic thesis attempted to contribute a renewed Torah-centred theology for contemporary Progressive Judaism.

Monday 14:40
Monday 14:40 Who is Torah? She is Wisdom/Chochmah (1 of 2)
Tuesday 10:40
Tuesday 10:40 Torah from Heaven: progressive views
Wednesday 21:50
Wednesday 21:50 Who is Torah? A beloved maiden concealed in her (ice?) palace (2 of 2)

Kevin Lieberman

Kevin Lieberman is a Robotics PhD student at the University of Michigan where he researches human-robot interaction. He is the graduate student on the Hillel International Board of Directors, founder of the DC Design Workshop, a Moishe House Without Walls host, and an ROI Community member.

Sunday 16:00
Sunday 16:00 RoboEthics and rabbis: being Jewish during the robot apocalypse
Sunday 23:10
Sunday 23:10 American Bar/Bat Mitzvah party games
Tuesday 12:10
Tuesday 12:10 Human-centred design and your Jewish community
Wednesday 17:30
Wednesday 17:30 Hacking Judaism: A discussion with the tech community

Elements @ Festival Limmud

The Limmud Development and Connection team supports Limmud communities worldwide, both individually and collectively. At Festival we will be creating a platform to engage in challenging issues, strategic thinking and relationship building to strengthen the global Limmud community.

Friday 21:15
Friday 21:15 Limmud Connections Oneg Shabbat
Tuesday 10:40
Tuesday 10:40 Anyone can be a teacher: DIY Dvar Torah
Tuesday 13:20
Tuesday 13:20 Volunteering at its best: what can we learn?
Wednesday 10:40
Wednesday 10:40 Anyone can be a teacher: from source to source sheet

Cnaan Lipshiz

A Dutch-Israeli ex-intelligence analyst, Cnaan Liphshiz worked at Haaretz before heading the Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s Europe bureau. Based in Amsterdam, he has followed stories into Russian prisons, Ukrainian rebel outposts, Parisian riots, Japanese synagogues and the Senegal-Mali border.

Saturday 11:30
Saturday 11:30 Stories of influence
Sunday 10:40
Sunday 10:40 Living on “Quisling Street”
Sunday 21:50
Sunday 21:50 Jewish journalism’s eye in the sky
Monday 14:40
Monday 14:40 In Russia, a Jewish paradise the colour of hell-flames
Tuesday 20:10
Tuesday 20:10 What’s really behind Spain and Portugal’s laws of return for Jews?
Wednesday 10:40
Wednesday 10:40 Has nationalism returned to Europe?
Thursday 08:00
Thursday 08:00 Morning news review! Jewish Telegraphic Agency's Cnaan Lipshiz

Antony Lishak

Antony has been a teacher for 35 years and is the author of over twenty books for children and young adults. He is the founder of "Learning from the Righteous", a charity that uses stories of rescue and resistance to inspire children to consider the positive impact that they can have on the world.

Wednesday 13:20
Wednesday 13:20 Irena Sendler - resistance, rescue and righteousness

Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Nathan Lopes Cardozo (1946) is a philosopher, often called a prophetic halachist, and a rabbi for the new millennium. He is known for his fearlessness when presenting his insights into Judaism. His ideas are widely debated internationally. He hails from the Portuguese Jewish Community in Amsterdam.

Wednesday 12:10
Wednesday 12:10 What makes a great leader and believer a deviant?
Wednesday 13:20
Wednesday 13:20 Is the Torah really from heaven?
Wednesday 18:50
Wednesday 18:50 Judaism as rebellion: a plea for religious authenticity and halachic courage
Thursday 12:10
Thursday 12:10 Film screening: Lonely but not alone

Adi Lustig

Adi Lustig is a social activist & successfully led a change in the law in favour of environmental impact consideration. She appears regularly at parliamentary committees & in the media to raise awareness that the individual can make a difference. She is a lecturer on motivation & self actualisation.

Wednesday 21:50
Wednesday 21:50 You can make a difference; motivation and perseverence

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