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Dan Mackenzie

By day, Dan is a strategy consultant, helping businesses understand new technology to innovate and progress, in addition to the more human factor of how they interact and communicate with each other. By night, Dan dances away on the modern jive dance floor.

Friday 17:15Team challenge: solve my puzzle and learn strategic thinking and effective communication
Tuesday 16:00An introduction to modern jive (1 of 2)
Wednesday 16:00More modern jive (2 of 2)

Pam Mackenzie

Pam has built up a thriving property portfolio in the last 5 years and is passionate about educating people to take responsibility for the own financial future, especially the younger generation.

Monday 14:40Money, money, money

Yahya Mahamid

Yahya Mahamid is an Israeli-Arab Zionist from Umm Al Fahm who grew up indoctrinated to hate Jews and Israel. Interactions with Israelis began challenging his negative views and a journey to combat demonisation of Israel began. Working at StandWithUs, he now educates about Israel through his story.

Sunday 18:50Arab-Jewish shared society – where is Israel going?
Wednesday 12:10Israel in the eyes of an Arab
Wednesday 18:50Balfour at 100

Sarah Mali

Sarah is the Director of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Global Leadership Institute and the Machon Le’Madrichim. She has lived in London, Toronto, and Jerusalem, dedicating her career to building the capacity of and advancing the interconnectivity between Jews around the globe.

Monday 21:50Wait, did my boss just call me a Princess? A candid discussion on gender bias and our roles in perpetuating and preventing it.
Tuesday 09:20New frontiers in hadracha/experiential Jewish education
Tuesday 13:20Immunity to change workshop

John Mann

John Mann is an MP and is chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Semitism, MP for Bassetlaw since 2001 and former Chair of Labour Students when close relations with UJS were first built.

Thursday 10:40John Mann MP - Ken Livingstone's nightmare!

Nir Mantzur

Nir is one of Israel's leading and most respected drummers. He has played with many Israeli artists, including Berry Sakharof, Dana Berger, Ahuva Ozeri and Shai Tsabari, on stage and in the recording studio. Nir's own group Izabo represented Israel in the 2012 Eurovision contest.

Sunday 20:10Shai Tsabari Trio

Annette Margolis

Annette came back to the UK after living in Latina near Rome for 23 years, and discovered that life in Ambridge, Borsetshire, hadn't changed very much. She is a member of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue where she teaches basic Hebrew.

Sunday 18:50From the Shtetl to Ambridge - haimishing the Archers

Ezra Margulies

An MPhil candidate in Philosophy of Religion at Gonville & Caius, Cambridge, Ezra worked for two years as project manager of the Louis Jacobs Project and as an editor for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. He earned a BA in Jewish Studies from Oxford University, and studied for one year at Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi in Jerusalem.

Monday 20:10Orthodox Judaism - a concept and its history

Laura Marks

Laura is a serial social entrepreneur who loves setting up and improving projects and organisations which make our society safer, stronger and more inclusive. Her particular focus is on the faith groups, social action and gender.

Monday 13:20Wall and Rhoda
Tuesday 14:40Jewish and Labour - under assault? A very narrow bridge (Gesher Tsar Meod)
Tuesday 18:50Women - airing our dirty laundry (safely)
Wednesday 10:40Ask Hifsa (almost) everything you want to know about Islam and being a Muslim woman in Britain today
Wednesday 13:20Women - still, seen and not heard!

Josh Martin

Josh is Director of Informal Education at Reform Judaism where he supports youth and student work including RSY-Netzer and Jeneration. Before this Josh was Head of Physics at JCoSS where his lessons often blurred the lines of formal and informal, and segued into Jewish education whenever appropriate.

Monday 10:40Judaism in the science classroom
Monday 21:50Young Jews chatting s***
Tuesday 13:20How informal is Informal Jewish Education?

Peter Mason

Peter is the National Secretary of JLM, and serves on the Labour Party’s London Regional Board and National Constitutional Committee, working at the heart of the Party’s struggle with handling antisemitism. He is also Councillor and Cabinet Member for Transformation at the London Borough of Ealing.

Sunday 21:50Ken, Ken, Len: antisemitism denial in Labour
Monday 09:20The Labour Party 101: the NEC, Trade Unions & Party Conference (1 of 2)
Tuesday 09:20The Labour Party 101: discipline, trigger ballots and your CLP (2 of 2)

Avi Mayer

Avi Mayer is the international spokesman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, the largest Jewish nonprofit organisation in the world, and its chairman, Natan Sharansky. He's been named the third most influential person on "Jewish Twitter." Avi lives in Jerusalem.

Sunday 18:50The Kotel crisis and the future of Israel-Diaspora relations
Monday 10:40Israel and antisemitism
Monday 21:50Is the Kotel an Orthodox synagogue?
Tuesday 20:10Ask an Israeli spokesman anything

Eliza McCarroll

Eliza is a first year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). A native of Sydney, Australia, she grew up heavily involved in the Reform movement, and is currently living in Jerusalem for the start of her studies.

Tuesday 09:20The Chosen People? New perspectives on old philosophies

Michael Mendoza

Singer, rapper, poet - Jewish educator. Love a philosophical black hole.

Tuesday 23:10Acoustic Cafe

Zohar Mendzelevski-Steinberg

Zohar is a student and LGBT+ Society events officer at Imperial, a KeshetUK volunteer and a Noamnik.

Monday 10:40Beyond the binary: gender diversity in the Jewish community
Tuesday 21:50Trans and nonbinary organising space

Gillian Merron

Gillian Merron is the Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, a position she has held since 2014. Gillian was MP for Lincoln from 1997-2010 and was a minister in a number of Government departments.

Wednesday 10:40Has nationalism returned to Europe?

Noa Metuki

The director of Global Seminars in Diller Teen Fellows, Noa Metuki worked for many years as a tour guide and the manager of the British desk at Israel Experience. She holds an MA in Business Management and a BA in Informal Education and Israel Studies. She is also a certified tour guide.

Sunday 14:40Introduction to Jewish peoplehood
Monday 21:50Two Jews, five opinions

Arieh Miller

Arieh reached an important milestone this year. He is attending his 30th Limmud! As well as being a serial Limmudnik, Arieh is Exec Director of the Zionist Federation, aiming to educate, engage and empower on all things Israel. Arieh has a background in education and youth and community work.

Tuesday 10:401917 - Balfour vs Bolsheviks: which event had the most lasting impact?

Helena Miller

Helena is UJIA Director of Research. She has a doctorate in Jewish Education and teaches and writes widely. A past co-chair of Limmud International, the 2012 recipient of the Max Fisher Prize for outstanding contribution to Jewish education, and is Senior Editor of the Journal of Jewish Education.

Monday 17:30Researching antisemitism: who, what, why and how many?
Tuesday 12:10New horizons - Israeli art in the early years of the State of Israel

Steve Miller

Steve is a social entrepreneur and community activist. Founder of Tzedek and Restore Community Projects, Steve works with organisations who share a vision of a more just, creative, connected, inclusive, and sustainable society. Steve teaches in Jewish communities across the UK and Europe.

Sunday 17:30First steps in Jewish spirituality – the front door and backdoor to heaven
Tuesday 10:401917 - Balfour vs Bolsheviks: which event had the most lasting impact?
Wednesday 12:10Russian revolutionaries
Thursday 09:20Who am I responsible for? Jewish obligations to help non-Jews

Richard Miron

Richard was a BBC journalist for 17 years, 5 of which he reported from Israel. He went on to be the spokesman for the UN Secretary General’s Envoy in Jerusalem and then worked for the World Bank in Washington on anti-corruption issues. He is now based in London where he has a podcast consultancy.

Monday 10:40Lebanon or Bust - tales from north of the border
Tuesday 16:00Israel's place in the modern media maelstrom

Rachel Montagu

Rachel Montagu teaches Biblical Hebrew at City Lit and to private students. She volunteers in the S&P Sephardi Community's archives. She studied at Cambridge, Leo Baeck, Machon Pardes, and Heythrop College, and lives in London with her husband Francis Treuherz whom she met at Limmud.

Sunday 12:10The perfect guests?

Jessica Montell

Jessica Montell is Executive Director of the Israeli human rights organisation HaMoked. She has been a leading figure in Israeli civil society for two decades. For 13 years she headed B'Tselem. From 2016-2017, she was founding director of the initiative SISO: Save Israel, Stop the Occupation.

Sunday 20:10Muhi
Monday 09:2050 years since 1967: the effects on Israeli society and Jews globally
Tuesday 12:1050 years of Occupation - where to now?
Tuesday 16:00What is the responsibility of British Jews who support a 2-state solution to help secure the other state?
Wednesday 14:40Why call it occupation? The political and legal reality of Israel's rule in the West Bank

Reut Mor

Reut Mor has lived most of her life in Jerusalem. Previously she worked in informal education managing a neighbourhood youth department. Reut was a group facilitator at Gesher, leading workshops delving into the Jewish & Israeli identity of youth 16-22. Today she is a community shlicha to Leeds.

Wednesday 21:50The new volunteers - youth volunteering in the 21st century in Israel

Daniel Morgan-Thomas

Daniel Morgan-Thomas has been a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain since 2008. Since then Daniel has served on the Programme Committee, as a library volunteer and helped run JGSGB workshops at the Jewish Museum. JGSGB helps people to find out more about their Jewish heritage.

Wednesday 13:20Genealogy consultation drop-in

Patrick Moriarty

Patrick Moriarty is headteacher at JCoSS, and curate at St Mary's East Barnet. He has taught Religion & Philosophy in North London schools for 30 years and is almost certainly the only ordained Anglican to lead a Jewish school. A CCJ trustee, he is married to Lucy Caperon, and father to 7 children.

Wednesday 13:20A Christian and a Jew walk into a bar....
Wednesday 16:00Let the children first be fed

Abigail Morris

Abigail is chief executive of the Jewish Museum in London. She is passionate about the museum representing the entire Jewish community whilst also facing out to the wider world, engaging with urgent questions of identity and heritage and exploring Jewish art and culture. She is a keen runner.

Monday 08:00V'yarutz v'yomer: and he ran and he talked, or "run and chat" (1 of 4)
Monday 13:20Wall and Rhoda
Monday 17:30Creating Culture: Jewish Arts for Wider Audiences
Monday 18:50Designs on Britain
Tuesday 08:00V'yarutz v'yomer: and he ran and he talked, or "run and chat" (2 of 4)
Wednesday 08:00V'yarutz v'yomer: and he ran and he talked, or "run and chat" (3 of 4)
Thursday 08:00V'yarutz v'yomer: and he ran and he talked, or "run and chat" (4 of 4)

Leon Morris

Leon Morris is president of the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, and the first alumnus to head the institution. After many years in the field of adult Jewish study in New York, and after serving as a synagogue rabbi in the charming village of Sag Harbor, he made aliyah with his family in June 2014.

Monday 18:50Longing to hear again: second naivete and post-modern Judaism
Tuesday 13:20The Beit Midrashification of the world: can Torah study unite us?
Wednesday 17:30Shattering the Tablets: uncovering the meaning of Jewish life
Thursday 09:20The calves of our lips? Making sense of sacrifice

Nina Morris-Evans

I am a proud and practicing reform Jew who spent seven months of my recent gap year studying the conflict in Israel. I've lived all my life in Camden, and now study PPE at Oxford. Limmud is a family institution, and I've been every year of my life with my parents, sisters, and grandparents.

Sunday 14:40Anti-occupation activism in the West Bank
Wednesday 13:20Should we be teaching the next generation to be zionists?

Jonny Mosesson

Soulful Sephardic songs to lively Balkan rhythms - Bis-Bas present their spicy fusion of Klezmer & Middle Eastern music, a potent mix of rhythm & song from their upcoming debut album. Featuring vocalist Jonny Mosesson, violinist Bogdan Vacarescu, Jake Painter on trumpet & guitarist Peter Michaels.

Wednesday 21:50Bis Bas (Live)

Hod Moshonov

Hod is a celebrated keyboard, keytar, and vox artist who has performed on coveted stages across the globe. He has worked with Major Lazer, DJ Braindead, Assaf Avidan, A-WA and Shai Tsabari. As his alter ego BEMET, Hod has been making waves in the electronic and dubstep worlds.

Sunday 20:10Shai Tsabari Trio
Monday 23:10BEMET live

Robin Moss

Robin Moss works for UJIA as Director of Strategy, volunteers for Liberal Judaism as Officer for Youth and Education and volunticipates for Limmud as Publications co-chair. Enthusiasm for Israel, Zionism, text, youth empowerment, Jewish travel, and Jewish history surpassed only by that for whisky.

Sunday 12:10Israel - three big questions: for what, if anything, should Israel and Israelis apologise? (1 of 3)
Monday 13:20Israel - three big questions: is the Palestinian refugee problem soluble? (2 of 3)
Tuesday 16:00What is the responsibility of British Jews who support a 2-state solution to help secure the other state?
Tuesday 18:50Israel - three big questions: is Israeli society coming together or tearing apart? (3 of 3)

Yariv Mozer

Yariv Mozer won an Israeli Academy Award for his latest documentary "Ben-Gurion, Epilogue", and graduated with distinction from Tel-Aviv University’s Film School. Since then, he has created both feature & documentary films. Among them: "Snails in The Rain", "The Invisible Men", and "My First War".

Sunday 17:30The story behind the making of "Ben-Gurion, Epilogue"
Monday 20:10"Ben-Gurion, Epilogue" followed by Q&A with Director, Yariv Mozer
Tuesday 14:40'The Invisible Men' film screening followed by Q&A with director Yariv Mozer
Wednesday 14:40Israeli filmmaker Yariv Mozer presents: my films, my identity

Hannah Myerson

A proud Leodensian, Hannah has a degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham. She joined World Jewish Relief as a Trust Fundraiser in 2015, responsible for securing significant grants and building relationships with major donors. She is a fierce advocate of Palwin No10.

Tuesday 17:30Poverty porn: where do we draw the line?
Wednesday 09:20If you quill it, it is no dream

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