Limmud Festival 2017 - Presenters

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Natan Abenaim

After spending years advising companies how to develop their businesses, Natan now helps people expanding their horizons. He teaches Torah and Talmud in Paris and Brussels. He has an MSc from Ecole Centrale de Paris and a semicha from Kolel Montefiore in London.

Saturday 21:45 Oh brother! Conflicts and resolution in Bereshit
Wednesday 18:50 Who owns Jerusalem?

Nic Abery

Nic Abery is the director of LooktoLearn; an integrated education company. With over 20 years of experience in education, she combines religious themes and secular education through the exploration of museum art, objects, and culture.

Sunday 17:15 Aliyah of food
Monday 09:20 Israel70: building artistic connections
Monday 18:50 PaJeS teacher cluster at Limmud Festival
Tuesday 17:30 Jewish history through hairstyling

Robert Abrams

Originally from North London, Rob got involved with the group All That’s Left (ATL) after spending time in Jerusalem; a collective of diaspora Jews based in Israel and Palestine opposed to the occupation. Rob will talk about his experiences as an Arabic-speaking British Jew in Palestinian spaces.

Sunday 14:40 Anti-occupation activism in the West Bank

Keith Ackerman

Keith has been running dialogue-based sports and arts interfaith projects for young people in Leeds since 2008. In 2015 he set up the charity Bridging Difference to further develop this work. Keith is also a sculptor, principally in stone.

Sunday 13:20 Dialogue and interfaith work

Reuben Ackerman

I have been involved in interfaith projects since 2008. Dialogue and inter-religious harmony resonated in my history and international relations degrees from Oxford and the LSE. They have also been pertinent to my work promoting freedom of religion and belief as Parliamentary Officer for the CIFoRB.

Sunday 13:20 Dialogue and interfaith work

Luke Akehurst

Luke Akehurst has been director of We Believe in Israel since 2011. We Believe in Israel is a broad coalition of over 16,000 grassroots supporters of Israel. Outside of work he was a Hackney Councillor for 12 years, has stood for Parliament twice and served on the Labour Party NEC.

Wednesday 18:50 How did the Labour Party get into such a mess over Israel, Jews and antisemitism?
Thursday 09:20 How did a non-Jew end up working as director of We Believe in Israel and how can we get more non-Jews involved in campaigning for Israel?

Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen is a consultant psychiatrist working in the NHS and privately. He has recently been collaborating with the Israeli firm, Neuronix, to provide a new, evidence-based treatment which can actually reverse the early symptoms of dementia.

Sunday 12:10 An exciting new treatment for dementia - invented in Israel

Dennis Allon

Dennis is a charity operative with over 25 years of experience and is currently director of Fundraising & Resource Development at the Israel Guide Dog Centre for the blind. Working in partnership with the CEO, he coordinates and assists our International Friends organisations with responsibility for fundraising in Israel.

Monday 12:10 How a guide dog gave me back my independence

Emma Alter

Emma Alter is a qualified Feldenkrais practitioner, and professional classical musician. She specialises in performers, whilst working with people from all walks of life, looking for self improvement. She runs regular classes, workshops and bespoke one-on-one sessions in central and North London.

Sunday 08:00 From the feet up: Feldenkrais @ Limmud (2 of 5)
Sunday 16:00 An introduction to Feldenkrais (1 of 5)
Monday 08:00 Are You Sitting Comfortably? Feldenkrais @ Limmud (3 of 5)
Tuesday 08:00 Freeing up your back: Feldenkrais at Limmud (4 of 5)
Wednesday 08:00 Take the world off your shoulders: Feldenkrais @ Limmud (5 of 5)

Daniel Anderson

Daniel presents and facilitates thought-provoking lectures, discussions, and workshops. He aims to leave attendees with more questions than answers and can be found at CNSS in London. A former Limmud Programming chair, Daniel is an elected member holding the Environment portfolio on Enfield Council.

Sunday 18:50 What makes Hebrew holy? Maimonides versus Halevi
Monday 18:50 I’m not a number, I’m a free man! But is individuality compatible with Judaism?
Tuesday 16:00 Would the London Beth Din have accepted biblical Ruth’s conversion?

John Angel

John Angel is a wondering Jew, wondering what it is all about, wandering from shul to shul, and proudly describes himself as a ‘Brixton boy’ with origins in Zagare, Dombrovitz and Achnamenye. He has an abiding interest in Jewish culture and history

Sunday 18:50 Murder in the East End of London – the Lipski murder

Mary Azaria

Mary Azaria has been active in Limmud Galil since its beginnings. She worked at UJIA Israel and the Jewish Agency for many years, coordinating projects which connect Jewish communities in the UK with communities in the Galil.

Sunday 10:40 Kibbutz - freedom for or freedom from?

Isabel Bard

Isabel Bard has co-moderated "God Save Us From Your Opinion" for two years. The offline Jewish communities she is a part of include Kol Nefesh Masorti, and the alumni of Yeshivat Hadar and Drisha high school programmes. She's in her second year of English Literature and Philosophy at Birmingham.

Monday 20:10 God save us from your opinion or a Beit Midrash of the internet age?
Tuesday 20:10 Asexuality, from the Talmud to the present day

Genine Gita Zohara Barel

Owner of The Way Inn, a boutique hotel in the holy city of Tsfat, Gita has journeyed from the orthodox Jewish enclave of New York to Tel Aviv, India and Peru, learning from rabbis, gurus, Buddhist monks, Zen masters in Auschwitz and shamans in the Amazon. She celebrates life with guests and family.

Tuesday 12:10 The wondering Jew: how I survived the Holocaust, found G-d, love and kabbalah

Genna Barnett

Genna is the Ghana Country Director for Tzedek, and has spent the last 13 months living in Tamale, Northern Ghana (with her 14 chickens). Originally from Scotland, she has also worked on a youth empowerment programme in Burundi, and with the Eritrean and Sudanese community in Tel Aviv.

Tuesday 13:20 Volunteering at its best: what can we learn?
Wednesday 16:00 We're Ghana change the world - orthodox Judaism meets social action in West Africa
Thursday 10:40 The game of "growing" Africa's emergent leadership

Ruth Barnett

Ruth Barnett came to England aged four in 1939 from Berlin. After teaching and practising psychotherapy she now speaks about Holocauast, genocide, writes books, and challenges thinking. Her family story was the subject of a German novel, and the film of the novel will be shown at this Limmud.

Wednesday 09:20 Landgericht
Wednesday 18:50 Three generations of the Kindertransport
Thursday 10:40 Landgericht discussion

Tania Barnett

Tania is a second generation holocaust survivor. She lives with her family in Leeds and works in Higher Education, as a Disability Support Tutor and Psychology and Counselling Lecturer, with specialist skills in dyslexia, autism and mental health.

Wednesday 09:20 Landgericht
Wednesday 18:50 Three generations of the Kindertransport

Samuel Barth

Drifting between teaching and developing a new (old) way of telling the story of Israel, he’s been a dean, a professor, remains a proud abba, karate student, and inclusion advocate. An approach (Heschel) subverting prayer, text, and practice with contradictory meanings invites us to embrace paradox.

Sunday 23:10 Midnight meaning metaphor and meandering
Monday 23:10 Fire, water, darker: Leonard Cohen, Yair Rosenblum; subversive prayer
Tuesday 20:10 Subversive services - why does shul last so long?

Robert Baruch

Robert has been a Limmud participant in recent years. He is an industrialist and a property developer. He studied Mathematics at Queen Mary University of London and Masters in Chaos theory at Imperial College London. His interests includes the Jewish influence on 19th Century British Politics and Persian poetry.

Sunday 17:30 Was Benjamin Disraeli the first and the only Jewish prime minister?

David Bash

David has been in Jewish men’s groups (on & off) for around 30 years. All this time, he has also been working with young people professionally (as a youth worker, primary school teacher, storyteller & dyslexia tutor). David has been co-leading outdoor Jewish men & boys weekends for the last 8 years.

Monday 17:15 Expressing ourselves with clay
Tuesday 17:30 Bar Mitzvah - an initiation?

Eddie Bass

Eddie Bass has had an extensive inculcation in drama, science, poetry, and making up modern versions of stories of Chelm. He graduated as an octogenarian and admits to learning more in the past 13 years than in the previous 70. He thanks his rabbi and tutor for encouragement on his third session.

Sunday 10:40 Stories of Chelm – the legendary “Village of Idiots” (Modern versions)

Avigail Ben-Gad

Brought up in Israel, and now studying archaeology at Cambridge, Avigail is an amateur genealogist who has spent the past year and a half tracing her family line to Portugal.

Wednesday 17:30 The Nunes Ribeiros: 100 years under the Inquisition

Tamarah Benima

Tamarah Benima is a rabbi serving three kehillot in the Netherlands (Reform and Jewish Renewal). She was editor-in-chief of the Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad and still is a columnist. She has published three books of essays and combines Inayati Sufism with Judaism.

Tuesday 20:10 The travelling synagogue

Jon Benjamin

Since leaving the law (oy!) to work in the charity sector, Jon has held the top roles at the Board of Deputies, ORT, GIFT, & UJIA. He now advises charity trustees on their legal responsibilities and is chair of the Israel Guide Dog Centre (UK) and a trustee of the Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre.

Monday 18:50 How to be a mensch - all you need to know about being a charity trustee

David Benkof

David Benkof’s frequent columns in The Daily Caller (a conservative website) and LA’s Jewish Journal focus on American politics, homosexuality, and Judaism past and present. He is a polyglot, theatre enthusiast, philanthropist, and trivia buff. A Jerusalemite, he presents at Limmuds worldwide.

Friday 21:15 Chiasms: unlocking the Bible’s dazzling literary structure
Saturday 21:45 Jewish Broadway in 2018 - learn and sing along
Monday 18:50 The Bill of Rights: why do Americans tolerate hate speech and guns?
Tuesday 23:10 How well do you know Jewish jokes?

Linda Berkowitz

When a teacher of Film Studies in Brighton 21 years ago, Linda joined the very first Board of the UK Jewish Film Festival & has happily remained associated ever since. She looks forward to joining the unique Limmud audience in appreciating the wide range & high quality of films from UKJF this year.

Sunday 16:00 Pears Short Film Fund and other shorts
Sunday 17:30 An Act of Defiance
Sunday 20:10 Muhi
Monday 10:30 Bogdan's Journey
Monday 13:20 Wall and Rhoda
Monday 16:00 The Frisco Kid
Tuesday 21:50 Love is Thicker than Water
Wednesday 09:20 Landgericht
Wednesday 14:40 Yazidi

Danny Bermant

Danny Bermant grew up in London where he attended Hasmonean and Carmel College. He is married to Miriam and has three children, Eliana, 11, Dalia 9, and Eitan, 6. They are based in Borehamwood and are active members of the Kehillat Nashira Partnership Minyan.

Tuesday 10:40 Chaim Bermant, chronicler of Anglo-Jewry

Daniel Bernstein Vulkan

Daniel has an MSc in Social Research Methods from the LSE, and currently works as a statistician in the field of cancer prevention and early diagnosis. He was previously the senior researcher at the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He is also a veteran Limmud volunteer.

Tuesday 12:10 Britain's eight Jewish "tribes"
Thursday 10:40 Lies, damned lies, and opinion polls

David Bigman

David Bigman is Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa. He served as rabbi of the Maale Gilboa community and as Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Ein Tzurim. He studied in many yeshivot but was especially influenced by Rav Aaro Soloveichik, Rabbi Aryeh Leib Bakst, and Rabbi Yisrael Ze'ev Gustman.

Monday 18:50 Single woman and birth
Tuesday 10:40 Emet veYatziv. A short Talmudic discourse.
Tuesday 17:30 “In the Eyes of God and Man": Orthodoxy, Torah min HaShamayim, and academic Bible studies
Wednesday 12:10 Rebbe Nachman: reconstruction or rejection?
Wednesday 17:30 Daf yomi - Shevuot 29

David Bilchitz

David Bilchitz is a Professor of Fundamental Rights Law at the University of Johannesburg. He is currently in Berlin on sabbatical as a Von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow. He is the head of Strategic Development on the Limmud Board and co-chair of the Limmud Global Volunteer Forum.

Sunday 17:30 An Act of Defiance
Monday 18:50 G-d and goodness: an examination of Mordechai Kaplan’s conception of G-d

Deborah Blausten

Deborah is a student rabbi at Leo Baeck College. She holds a BSc in Medical Sciences and an MA in Education and Technology from UCL and is a former Limmud conference programming co-chair. Off the bimah she collects rare sneakers, and enjoys running, hiking, and (almost) anything by Aaron Sorkin.

Sunday 16:00 RoboEthics and rabbis: being Jewish during the robot apocalypse

Adam Blitz

Adam Blitz is a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute & former Fulbright scholar. He is a member of ICOMOS UK and English PEN. He writes on cultural heritage, particularly the Jewish sites in Syria, for both scholar and popular publications including Haaretz, Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post.

Monday 17:30 Damascus - the Jewish legacy (2017)
Monday 18:50 Digital Apamea - reconfiguring the ancient synagogue mosaics from 4th century Syria

Ian Bloom

Nowadays, Ian is a freewheeling legal consigliere. Previously, he was a publisher and writer but primarily a media lawyer. He has contributed to the 'Jewish Chronicle', 'Jewish News', 'Observer', 'New Statesman' and others. Ian broadcasts regularly on LBC on media law topics.

Monday 12:10 The last Jew in the tower

Shoshana Bloom

Shoshana challenges concepts of disability in the Jewish community, empowering people with additional needs to become active, contributing members of their communities. A passionate Limmudnik, ROI-er & Makaton tutor, she’s also a Limmud trustee & founder of the international Limmud L’Am programme.

Sunday 13:20 With an outstretched arm... communicating with great (Makaton) signs and wonders: come learn some Makaton Signs!
Monday 23:10 Curly Girl collective
Tuesday 16:15 Come and learn Makaton!
Wednesday 14:40 Pride and prejudice: challenging attitudes towards Jewish identity and learning disabilities

David Bolchover

David Bolchover is an author and commentator. His latest book, “The Greatest Comeback”, is a biography of the football coach, Bela Guttmann. He has also written three high-profile business books and contributed to several leading newspapers, such as The Times, The Telegraph and The Financial Times.

Tuesday 14:40 The greatest comeback: the story of Bela Guttmann

Shana Boltin

Shana, originally from Melbourne, works as an occupational therapist. A coffee, Ottolenghi and Yiddish enthusiast, she was co-chair of Limmud Conference in 2014 and joined the Limmud Board of Trustees in 2017. If you would like to volunteer with Limmud or learn how to make pickles, be in touch.

Tuesday 23:10 Challah Back Girls

Menachem Bombach

Menachem has a BEd from Machon Yaakov College, an MA in public policy from Hebrew University, founded their haredi preparatory programme, and is senior project manager at the Mandel Institute. He is director of the Torah Academy high school which offers integrated secular studies to hassidic youth.

Sunday 20:10 Charedim and the Jewish future
Monday 13:20 A new educational model – Torah academy for Hasidim
Monday 21:50 Mea Shearim to Harvard
Tuesday 14:40 Secular versus Charedi - can they connect?
Wednesday 09:20 Charedi Startups

Rutie Borthwick

Rutie Borthwick is an artist who works in installation and painting. She is a Slade MFA graduate and won the Adrian Carruthers Award in 2015. Rutie teaches adult education classes in London and has a background in arts therapy.

Tuesday 13:20 Art Journaling

Hannah Brady

As Programming co-chair, Hannah hopes you are having a great time at Festival! Passionate about women's and disabled empowerment, she loves to start challenging conversations with a touch of humour. Outside of her Limmud life, Hannah works in the Civil Service and thinks deeply about baked goods.

Monday 23:10 Curly Girl collective
Tuesday 21:50 V is for vagina

Jason Braier

Jason is a barrister specialising in employment law, with particular interest in discrimination. Somewhat randomly, he is also co-author of a book on international adoption law.

Sunday 14:40 Can I have Yom Kippur off? No, you're the Rabbi - when religion and employment clash

Emma Brand

Emma is a graduate of Oxford University and RSY-Netzer, and is now a writer and director for theatre. She has her own theatre company, Hatch It Theatre, which makes formally experimental theatre about social issues. Her show, “Whalebone”, was recently staged at the Edinburgh Fringe and in London.

Sunday 16:00 “That’s no job for a nice Jewish…”: Jews in creative industries
Wednesday 23:10 Limmud's Late Night Cabaret

Harvey Bratt

Harvey is UJIA's Director of Legacies and Planned Giving. Harvey is an initiator and trustee of Jewish Legacy, a consortium of 50 charities, growing the legacy ‘cake’. Harvey is a previous vice-chairman of Hendon Synagogue and Foundation Governor of the Michael Sobell Sinai School in Kenton.

Monday 13:20 What will be your legacy?

Dina Brawer

Dina Brawer, founder of JOFA UK, is currently in her final year of Semikha studies at Yeshivat Maharat, NY. She recently launched #YourTorah podcast designed as an invitation to accompany her in a 36 week journey to discover Mishnah. She co-leads Mishkan: The Jewish Community Beyond Borders.

Thursday 10:40 Hadarat Nashim: the exclusion and inclusion of women in Jewish life
Thursday 12:10 Marvelous Mishnahs and where to find them

Naftali Brawer

Naftali Brawer writes and lectures on a wide range of topics including Hasidism, theology and spirituality. He is the author of two books and is also a seasoned broadcaster frequently appearing on the BBC. He is the co-founder and rabbi of Mishkan: the Jewish community beyond borders.

Thursday 10:40 Where is my Gypsy wife tonight? Hosea, Ezekiel, and Leonard Cohen on betrayed love, human and divine.
Thursday 12:10 Beyond good and evil

Robert Brody

Robert Brody has conducted shul services and sung in concerts throughout the UK and at worldwide venues, recently in St Petersburg, Russia, with the Zemel Choir of London and the Ramatayim Choir of Jerusalem. He has recorded with Zemel, Shabbaton, LJMC and has broadcast as soloist with BBC Singers.

Sunday 16:00 Who wrote that?

Sarah Bronzite

Sarah has been pondering attitudes towards women's sexuality and fertility for decades. Previously a social market researcher, she currently juggles work (teaching) and an MSc in sociology. She plans to research Jewish women who aren't mothers. Judaism is her second religion, after choral singing.

Sunday 21:50 My untold Jewish story: infertility and miscarriage (1 of 3)
Monday 20:10 #MeToo: sexual assault in the Tanach
Tuesday 20:10 “Why don’t you have children...?” - a forum for women who are not mothers
Wednesday 14:40 Jewish women taking on the patriarchy

Mekella Broomberg

Mekella Broomberg is Head of Arts and Culture at JW3, the first Jewish Community Centre and arts venue of its kind to exist in London.

Wednesday 13:20 Misogynist Film Club: unashamedly queer
Wednesday 14:40 Jewish women taking on the patriarchy

Benjamin Brown

Benjamin Brown is a professor of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main focus is Orthodox Judaism, which he studies in variety of aspects: Jewish Law (Halachah), Hasidism, Musar Movement and Haredi ideology (Hashkafah).

Sunday 20:10 Charedim and the Jewish future
Monday 12:10 Human nature – lofty or lowly? The debate in the Lithuanian Musar movement
Monday 21:50 Is the Kotel an Orthodox synagogue?
Wednesday 14:40 "Whoever has a Torah mind can solve any problem": The Charedi doctrine of Daas Torah

Dan Brown

Founder of the web-based publication eJewishPhilanthropy.com, Dan Brown is a past Board Chair of the American Friends of the WUJS Institute, served as a mentor for the PresenTense Global Fellowship Program and is a member of the international steering committee of Limmud FSU.

Sunday 09:20 American Jewish legacy organisations and Israel
Monday 13:20 What will be your legacy?
Wednesday 12:10 Effective media relations for charities

Debra Brunner

Founder/director of The Together Plan, working with Jewish communities in Belarus, founder of The Polotsk Jewish Cultural Educational Foundation, Belarus, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London. Debra works with communities to help them better understand how they can develop from within.

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

Frima Bubis

Merphie Bubis, 24, was raised in an Orthodox family in Jerusalem. She did her military service in the Civil Administration in the West Bank from January 2013 to March 2015. After her discharge she joined Breaking the Silence as a testifier, assuming the role of the Jewish Diaspora coordinator.

Sunday 20:10 Muhi
Monday 12:10 Human rights under fire: maintaining our commitments under hostile governments
Tuesday 12:10 50 years of Occupation - where to now?
Tuesday 17:30 Breaking the silence: military occupation through the eyes of the soldiers
Thursday 09:20 Breaking The Silence presents: The 'ghost town' of Hebron

Tamas Buchler

Tamas works for the Jewish Agency’s Global Leadership Institute as the director of Minyanim, a network of young Jewish community activists from Central and Eastern Europe. He passionately believes in the potential and future of European Jewry. He lives in Budapest with his son and cat.

Sunday 10:40 Modern (Jewish) Family
Wednesday 10:40 Has nationalism returned to Europe?

Lara Bundock

Lara is the founding CEO of the award-winning ‘Snowdrop Project’ which provides support for survivors of modern slavery. In 2015, Lara co-authored ‘Life Beyond the Safe House’ with the Human Trafficking Foundation and is passionate about sustainable support for survivors of slavery.

Wednesday 16:00 What happens to survivors of modern day slavery in the UK?

Libby Burkeman

Libby is Head of Programmes for a trust that improves access & quality of education for underprivileged young people. She has worked in informal education in senior posts at Reform Judaism, Tzedek, the Science Museum & even Limmud. Libby has DJed at Limmud since 2013 & is excited to do so again.

Tuesday 23:10 Challah Back Girls

Leah Burman

Leah is a member of a 2nd generation group and an experienced educational psychologist. Her involvements include researching and reporting on the emotional experiences of survivors and their families through the generations and facilitating cross-generational workshops at Limmud and the AJR.

Tuesday 18:50 Being Second or Third Generation, what does that mean to you?

Georgina Bye

Georgina has been heavily involved in building inclusive, cross-communal Jewish communities and is a seasoned Jewish educator. She works for JDC Entwine and OLAM, organisations involved with International Development. She's also passionate about creating women's spaces, feminism, food and travelling.

Tuesday 10:40 Around the world in 7 tales
Tuesday 13:20 Volunteering at its best: what can we learn?
Wednesday 18:50 What’s text got to do with it

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 Daniel Cainer - More Gefilte Fish & Chips
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 Science, religion and personal experience: the conflicts
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 Judaism's minority within a minority
Wednesday 12:10 Land of milk & honey? Bet you’ve never been to Yeruham…
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 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 "Be strong, be manly" to be a Jewish man from Tanach to today
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 Why Jewish History matters – a human-focused Chanukah
Sunday 17:30 Beyond Apikorsut: a Judaism for Secular Jews
Tuesday 10:40 Torah from Heaven: progressive views
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 Beruria: tragedy or triumph?
Saturday 20:30 Are we better together?
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 Strange sounds
Wednesday 12:10 Jamming workshop
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 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 Yes! And... - Improv 101
Sunday 23:10 Late night kumsitz (sing-along)
Monday 12:10 Sacred chant and higher consciousness
Tuesday 21:50 Michelle Citrin in concert
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 Where’s the hedgehog? And 26 other things you never knew about Belarus
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 ‘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 Jewish and Labour - under assault? A very narrow bridge (Gesher Tsar Meod)
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 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 Introduction to belly dancing
Tuesday 10:40 Around the world in 7 tales
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 The interrelated structure of creation: its spiritual, environmental, and political messages
Sunday 18:50 Arab-Jewish shared society – where is Israel going?
Tuesday 17:30 The Balfour Declaration & Resolution 242: a dual narrative approach
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 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 The evolution of the Wandering Jew - visual and cultural interpretations
Monday 10:40 Creating a visual pantheon of Jewish figures in modern times
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 Empowering Jewish leaders
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 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 Labour of love: Stella Creasy MP
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 The Bull and the Ram
Monday 17:30 A Jewish view of extraterrestrial life
Tuesday 20:10 IBM, American big business and the Holocaust (1 of 2)
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 Late night laughs at Limmud
Monday 10:40 Funny for Five at Festival
Monday 20:10 Funny for Five at Festival: the performance!
Tuesday 21:50 Funny/not funny
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 Charedim and the Jewish future
Monday 21:50 Can you hire a hitman? Talmud with the backstory left in
Tuesday 13:20 Better Know a Jewish Charity

Orna Dale Eliashiv

Qualified as a Feldenkrais practitioner in 1988, Orna has worked for the Israeli National Health Service and has given classes at various community centres and individual sessions at her private studio. Currently Orna is teaching at JW3 and at her studio in Temple Fortune.

Tuesday 17:30 Feldenkrais - the gentle way to improve your movement & posture

Laziza Dalil

In 2012 Laziza joined a foreign diplomatic mission in Rabat and has experience in diplomatic outreach and international trade affairs. She currently serves as Mimouna’s vice president, a Moroccan NGO that seeks to preserve the Moroccan Jewish heritage and promote Jewish-Muslim dialogue.

Tuesday 09:20 Coexistence between Jews and Muslims in Morocco

Debbie Danon

Passionate about developing inclusive leadership in the community and beyond, Debbie's career spans interfaith, education, corporate training & leadership coaching. In 2017 she co-founded leadership & inclusion consultancy TrustLab. She volunteers with GrassrootsJews, KeshetUK and The Advocacy Academy.

Tuesday 21:50 My untold Jewish story: Jewish status (3 of 3)

Aviva Dautch

Aviva Dautch teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the British Library and is a freelance museum consultant and curator, currently working with Bethlem Museum of the Mind (the original Bedlam). She has a PhD in poetry and her poems, reviews, and literary essays are widely published.

Saturday 11:30 Stories of influence
Sunday 13:20 Limmud Book Club: All the Rivers (1 of 4)
Sunday 16:00 Literary lives: Shakespeare and the Jews (1 of 3)
Monday 10:40 Limmud Book Club: Chess (2 of 4)
Monday 16:00 Literary lives: T.S. Eliot and the Jews (2 of 3)
Monday 17:30 Creating Culture: Jewish Arts for Wider Audiences
Tuesday 10:40 Limmud book club: A Horse Walks Into A Bar (3 of 4)
Tuesday 16:00 Literary Lives: Ted Hughes and the Jews (3 of 3)
Wednesday 10:40 Limmud Book Club: The Power (4 of 4)
Wednesday 23:10 Limmud's Late Night Cabaret
Thursday 12:10 Our Brilliant Friend: The unmasking of Elena Ferrante

Offer David

Offer is a reserve Navy Captain in the IDF and holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Haifa's Technion and an MBA from Haifa University.

Saturday 20:30 My Ethiopian experience
Sunday 14:40 INS Dakar - 3 decades of search for a lost Israeli submarine

Alex Davidson

Alex Davidson is the film programmer at JW3 and a former curator for the BFI National Archive.

Wednesday 13:20 Misogynist Film Club: unashamedly queer

Amy Decker

Amy Decker is a youth movement worker for RSY-Netzer. She has just graduated with a degree in Speech and Language Sciences from the University of Sheffield. She has a particular interest in youth development and has spent a significant period of time teaching sex and relationships education.

Tuesday 23:10 Let's talk about sex

Jessica Deutsch

Jessica Tamar Deutsch is a New York based artist. She earned her BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design where she began the creation of her first published book, "The Illustrated Pirkei Avot". Deutsch's work explores the meeting points of ancient Jewish tradition and contemporary culture.

Sunday 16:15 Chain of tradition
Monday 18:30 Comic Mishnah making
Tuesday 17:15 The illustrated ethics of the Limmud Festival zine!

Barbara Dresner

Barbara Dresner was northern Social Worker for the Association of Jewish Refugees for 11 years, now retired. She is a founder member of the Second Generation Network and has facilitated groups for Second and Third Generation members since 2004.

Tuesday 18:50 Being Second or Third Generation, what does that mean to you?

Omer Drori

Omer Drori is a Jewish Agency Shlicha for FZY. She works in Manchester & Leeds leading weekly meetings and leadership programmes, working to increase connections to Israel & Judaism. Omer grew up in Kibbutz Saad, a religious kibbutz near Gaza. She served in the IDF as a commander for lone soldiers.

Sunday 21:50 The IDF as a melting pot?
Tuesday 14:40 Gaza strip - living the conflict

Leigh Dworkin

Leigh Dworkin is the current Chairman of the JGSGB. He has been researching his mainly Polish family for the last 30 years, but also tries to research into Lithuania and Belarus, where his surname originates. He regularly presents at JGSGB Regional Groups, Special Interest Groups and Conferences.

Wednesday 13:20 Genealogy consultation drop-in

Gabby Edlin

Gabby Edlin is the founder of Bloody Good Period, an organisation that provides period supplies for asylum seekers, refugees and those who can't afford them.

Tuesday 13:20 We can stop talking about periods when we've ended period poverty
Tuesday 14:40 Unorthodox Live!

Sheila Eizensharf

Sheila was born in Israel, grew up in Latvia, joining an Israeli dance performance troupe at 13. She has taught Israeli dance for 6 years to children, teenagers, students & adults, organising “Riga Rokedet” Baltic dance workshop. About to get a masters in Human Resources; in “real life” works in HR.

Sunday 21:50 Israeli dance party (1 of 4)
Monday 14:40 Rikud Hadash
Monday 20:10 Israeli dance party (2 of 4)
Tuesday 18:30 Hamishpacha shelanu: family dancing
Tuesday 20:10 Israeli dance party (3 of 4)
Wednesday 18:50 Israeli dance party (4 of 4)

Benjamin Ellis

Benjamin helped establish and is now chair of KeshetUK, the organisation working so that no one should ever have to choose between their Jewish and LGBT+ identity. He enjoys cycling, swimming, cooking vegetarian food, and sings in Jewish and LGBT+ choirs.

Sunday 20:10 Chanukah - a step back in time for LGBT+ inclusion?
Monday 21:50 From shatnez to Brexit - what can mixed fibres can tell us about being "citizens of nowhere"?
Tuesday 13:20 LGBT+ inclusion in schools workshop
Tuesday 17:30 Purim - reading the megillah with pink-tinted spectacles

Ilan Emanuel

Ilan was born in the US, raised in the UK, and returned to the US to study at Hebrew Union College where he was ordained as a Reform rabbi in 2005. He has served congregations in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Toronto, Ontario, and is currently the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Corpus Christi Texas.

Monday 09:20 Judaism and American politics: Trump edition!
Tuesday 21:50 Midrash of Thrones: Game of Thrones and Jewish ethics!

Daniel Epstein

Daniel Epstein has been leading the 1,100 member Cockfosters and N Southgate United Synagogue since June 2014, together with his wife Ilana. Governor at JFS School, rabbinic educator for the Holocaust Educational Trust, initiator of Mental Health Awareness Shabbat and excited about Anglo Jewry.

Wednesday 13:20 How to grow your community in 150 funerals
Wednesday 16:00 We're Ghana change the world - orthodox Judaism meets social action in West Africa

Ilana Epstein

Ilana Epstein is head of Project Development for the Jewish Living Department at the United Synagogue, rebbetzen at Cockfosters & N Southgate Synagogue, educator on March of the Living UK, member of the US Women’s executive, qualified pastry chef, lover of history, sought-after speaker, mum of four.

Wednesday 14:40 Shakespeare's Shylock - villain or victim?
Wednesday 16:00 We're Ghana change the world - orthodox Judaism meets social action in West Africa

Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa serves as the Director of Education, N.A. for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat, and holds a law degree from Bar Ilan. She loves Talmud, and helping others to love it! She has participated in over 25 Limmud events on 5 continents.

Saturday 15:00 Judah and Joseph: sibling rivalry is as old as the Bible
Sunday 13:20 Rabbinic rebels and rebellious rabbis: understanding authority in the Talmud (1 of 3)
Sunday 21:50 Braitah in the bar: a spirited session of Talmud
Monday 23:10 It says what?! In the Talmud?
Tuesday 13:20 The Beit Midrashification of the world: can Torah study unite us?
Tuesday 20:10 Rabbinic rebels and rebellious rabbis: understanding authority in the Talmud (2 of 3)
Wednesday 13:20 Rabbinic rebels and rebellious rabbis: understanding authority in the Talmud (3 of 3)
Thursday 10:40 Hadarat Nashim: the exclusion and inclusion of women in Jewish life

Lucas Espinosa Menendez

Lucas is a photographer by vocation, design anthropologist by profession, Talmudist aficionado. He holds Colombian and Spanish Passports and is a Danish resident. Lucas has worked in UK, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.

Sunday 13:20 Genetically modified food and Kashrut
Monday 23:10 Danish Jewish community

Karen Ettinger

Karen Ettinger leads educational projects of the National Library of Israel. Born in Birmingham, England, Karen made aliyah at the age of 11. She has a master's degree in Learning Technologies and has acquired many years of experience in the field of online education and instructional design.

Wednesday 09:20 Famous Jewish scientists (and some notorious ones…)
Wednesday 18:50 The first decade of the State of Israel through the camera lens
Thursday 09:20 Naomi Shemer – the songwriter who wrote the soundtrack of the State of Israel

Estelle Eugene

Estelle Eugene has been offering yoga sessions at Limmud for many years. She worked as administrator for the Yakar Educational Foundation and co-founded the Jewish Yoga Network with Marcus Freed.

Tuesday 13:20 Chair yoga

David Evans

David is an Emmy-nominated, multi-award-winning director of film and television, both drama and documentary. He is a big fan of Limmud, having attended the Limmud Festival/Conference for each of the last eighteen years.

Tuesday 09:20 My Nazi Legacy
Wednesday 14:40 Yazidi

Michael Even David

Mijael was born in Chile, made Aliyah in 2005, and did rabbinical and MA studies in Jerusalem. He held positions in Omer, Ashkelon, and Karmiel in Israel, and was Noam Israel's rabbi. Today he is the rabbi of Edgware Masorti Synagogue. He is married to Raya and father of two children.

Sunday 16:00 RoboEthics and rabbis: being Jewish during the robot apocalypse
Sunday 18:50 Shutfut: A "wedding" ceremony for all genders
Monday 10:40 Build me a Sanctuary
Tuesday 20:10 Zakhar U'Nekevah Barah Otam: Towards a definition of gender in Jewish Law

Raya Even David

Raya is an informal Jewish educator currently employed by Edgware Masorti Synagogue and previously was head of Jewish Studies in Alma Primary School, Raya moved to London 3.5 years ago from Israel and is married to Mijael Even David. Together they have two children; Hallel aged 3.5 and Yair aged 2.

Sunday 16:15 Happy Hebrew songs
Tuesday 09:20 Bibliodrama: Book of Ruth
Wednesday 12:10 Café ivrit

Eli Philippe Fabrikant

Eli was born to a Jewish Ukrainian family in Riga, grew up in Jerusalem and after years of political activism he moved to Europe to rediscover his Jewish identity through Klezmer and Jewish art. He is the artistic manager of Gabriel Wolff at hebrew-tattoos.com

Wednesday 13:20 Can a purely 'cultural Jew' exist? The possible horizons of secular Jewish identity.
Thursday 09:20 New Jewish visibilities/visual Jewish outing

Limmud Families Team

The Limmud Families Team has put together a wide-ranging programme of sessions designed to be inter-generational so that families can enjoy Limmud together - learning, playing and creating.

Sunday 09:30 Arts and crafts
Sunday 10:30 Families Welcome (1 of 2)
Sunday 14:40 Families welcome session (2 of 2)
Sunday 17:00 Arts and crafts
Sunday 17:00 Cartoons
Monday 17:00 Arts and crafts
Monday 17:00 Cartoons
Tuesday 17:00 Arts and crafts
Tuesday 17:00 Cartoons
Wednesday 17:00 Arts and crafts
Wednesday 17:00 Cartoons

Moshe Farchi

Moshe Farchi, PhD, is the head of Stress, Trauma & Resilience Studies at Tel Hai College, Israel and is an expert in Psychological First Aid (PFA). He developed the Six C's model for immediate PFA which has been approved and utilised by the Israeli Ministry of Health as the national PFA model.

Sunday 09:20 Resiliency, flexibility and heart rate variability
Monday 13:20 Emotional self-defence tools for first responders
Tuesday 17:30 The SIX C's model: Psychological First Aid (PFA) for layman
Wednesday 12:10 From helplessness to resilience and vice versa: the Manchester community

Yael Farjun

Yael Farjun is Israeli and a graduate of Haifa university in both Asia studies and political science, specialising in China. She is the owner of the travel startup ChinaClickGo.com and a member of the organising committee of Jewish Young Professional network in Shanghai.

Saturday 21:45 Jewish China - past and present situation
Sunday 16:00 Mao's China - propaganda and culture
Monday 12:10 Archiving Jewish China - personal project
Thursday 09:20 The China Perspective - Starting a business in China and how being Jewish can actually help

Tali Farkash

Tali Farkash, 36, is a journalist with Ynet, the digital version of the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, Where she writes mainly on Judaism. She deals with topics, such social issues concerning religion, the conflict between state and religion, and global Jewish communities. Farkash is also a social activist in Israel's strictly Orthodox community. She is married and has two children.

Sunday 20:10 Charedim and the Jewish future
Monday 08:00 Morning news review! YNet's Tali Farkash
Monday 12:10 The Charedi media as a reflection of religious challenges in a modern world
Monday 14:40 There is no reverse “birthright "

Howard Feldman

Howard is a consultant in Satellite Communications and has worked with SpaceIL toward their goal of landing an Israeli unmanned spacecraft on the moon.

Sunday 12:10 Israel reaches for the moon

Shirley Fenster

Shirley Fenster is Co-Chair of Masorti Judaism and on the Board of Masorti Europe.

Sunday 12:10 Israel reaches for the moon

Daniel Fenster Simons

Dan Simons is STEM programme manager at the Marine Society and Sea Cadets but in his spare time is a member of Kol Nefesh Masorti and former movement worker for Noam Masorti Youth.

Sunday 23:10 Jewish Stock Exchange
Monday 21:50 Young Jews chatting s***

Michael Feuer

Mike is a teacher at the Pardes Institute and a creative content consultant. He pioneered a new approach to Jewish history in his podcast ‘The Jewish Story’ and is co-author of the biblical fiction novel 'The Lamp of Darkness'. His mission is breaking down walls to build up consciousness.

Sunday 17:30 See the Divine through the eyes of Rav Kook (1 of 2)
Monday 13:20 See the Divine through the eyes of Rav Kook (2 of 2)
Tuesday 13:20 The Beit Midrashification of the world: can Torah study unite us?
Wednesday 09:20 Where have all the Prophets gone?
Wednesday 21:50 Language under siege

Wendy Fidler

Wendy has been involved in interfaith work for more than 50 years! After a career in the NHS she took an MA in Jewish-Christian Relations followed by a Ph.D. She has been the chair of Oxford CCJ and has served on the Advisory Council and Board of Trustees of National CCJ.

Wednesday 09:20 Contemporary Jewish dialogue in Oxford: things aren't quite what they seem

Rebecca Filer

Rebecca is a campaigns officers at the Union of Jewish Students. She studied History at the University of Bristol. Rebecca is a key national leader in the Jewish Student Community, the Jewish Labour Movement, Labour Students and NUS.

Tuesday 14:40 Jewish and Labour - under assault? A very narrow bridge (Gesher Tsar Meod)
Wednesday 13:20 Campus is a good place for Jews! A chance to really understand the environment

Eric Fingerhut

A former Ohio State Senator and US Congressman, Eric D. Fingerhut, President and CEO of Hillel International, has devoted his professional life to public service and higher education. Entering his fifth year with Hillel, he's now dedicated to helping ensure the future of the Jewish people.

Sunday 12:10 94 years young
Sunday 14:40 Every and Enduring

Daniel Fingeroth

Danny Fingeroth was a writer and editor for Marvel Comics. He’s the author of “Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews Comics and the Creation of the Superhero”, and an upcoming bio of Marvel’s Stan Lee. Fingeroth has spoken on comics-related topics at venues including Columbia University and YIVO Institute.

Sunday 18:50 To the heart of America: Will Eisner and Jewish-American literature
Monday 16:00 Superheroes/Hebrews: The role of Jews in film and comics
Tuesday 14:40 Jack Ruby’s Rabbi: A Graphic Novel in Progress
Tuesday 18:50 What does a Jew look like?
Tuesday 20:10 The Comic Book and Me: Bob Dylan and Comics (Jewish Version)

David Finkel

David was born in Dublin, Ireland, then emigrated to the USA after college. After a career in hi-tech, he began his own bar and batmitzvah photography business 12 years ago. David is also the co-director of the Austin Jewish Film Festival.

Sunday 18:50 An art display as a D’var Torah? Creating more meaningful Bar/Bat Mitzvah experiences

Kelly Finkel

Kelly Finkel, RJE is the director of B'nei Mitzvah Studies at Temple Beth Shalom in Austin, Texas. Kelly has masters degrees in Elementary Education and Jewish Studies and is a long time Jewish educator. Kelly loves cooking, Jewish crafts, and travel when she finds time in her busy schedule.

Sunday 18:50 An art display as a D’var Torah? Creating more meaningful Bar/Bat Mitzvah experiences

Nathan Finkel

Nathan Finkel is a musician who has been part of the House Band at Limmd for 10 years. As well as playing with many of the artists that are performing at Limmud, Nathan produces his own music on a variety of instruments. Nathan also has a passion for science, especially mycology, the study of fungi.

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

Yoel Finkelman

Yoel Finkelman is the curator of the Haim and Hanna Salomon Judaica collection at the National Library of Israel. Formerly a lecturer at Bar Ilan University, he is the author of "Strictly Kosher Reading: Popular Literature and the Condition of Contemporary Orthodoxy".

Sunday 20:10 A brief introduction to Hebrew manuscripts
Monday 14:40 Jewish Magic, or how to create a Golem in three easy steps
Monday 21:50 Is the Kotel an Orthodox synagogue?

David Finlay

David is a writer of songs and performance pieces which bring to life aspects of Jewish history. As we reach 100 years since the Balfour Declaration and 50 years since the Six Day War, David presents A Promised Land: those who dared to dream telling the story of the creation of the State of Israel.

Sunday 12:10 A Promised Land: those who dared to dream

Ellen Flax

Ellen is a long-time member of Limmud's international Chavruta team and directs the Hadassah Foundation, which support programmes for women and girls in the United States and in Israel. She received her rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Sunday 10:40 Wandering Jews: Judaism and travel
Monday 20:10 The Donald and the Jews

Dalia Fleming

Dalia is KeshetUK’s first executive director, working to ensure no Jewish LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans) person has to choose between their Jewish & LGBT+ identities. Responsible for the strategic direction of KeshetUK, Dalia has been involved in the UK Jewish & LGBT+ community for over 10yrs

Sunday 20:10 Chanukah - a step back in time for LGBT+ inclusion?
Monday 10:40 KeshetUK diversity and LGBT inclusion training
Monday 16:00 Superheroes/Hebrews: The role of Jews in film and comics
Tuesday 20:10 Gender and sexuality: introduction (for families)

Pam Fox

Pam works fulltime researching and writing Jewish history. Since 2014 she has published 4 books and is working on a fifth. Her book on the Jews of Golders Green, published in 2016, has been very successful and received several favourable reviews. Pam is in wide demand for speaking about her book.

Tuesday 17:30 The Jewish community of Golders Green: some well-known people

Racheli Fraenkel

Racheli Sprecher Fraenkel is a Yoetzet Halachah & teacher of Talmud and halachah at Nishmat, and is also the director of Matan's Hilkhata advanced halachah programme. She is one of the founders of The Jerusalem Unity Prize and Unity Day. A mother of seven, she lives with her family in Nof Ayalon.

Wednesday 10:40 "Out to find the boys, but discovered ourselves"
Wednesday 12:10 "Beyn Dam leDam" - budgeting for life

Vanessa Freedman

Vanessa is Hebrew & Jewish Studies Librarian at University College London. She studied Classics at Cambridge and Library & Information Studies at UCL and was Assistant Librarian at Leo Baeck College. She is a member of Radlett Reform Synagogue and has been an enthusiastic Limmudnik since 1995.

Monday 16:00 Jews in Victorian England in 10 objects

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman is an Israeli diplomat serving as the Counsellor for Civil Society Affairs at the Embassy in London. He previously served in South Africa as Deputy Ambassador. Michael was born and raised in Barnet before making Aliyah at the age of 26. He is married and has two young children.

Sunday 21:50 Balfour, Sadat, Herzl and Allenby: a year of anniversaries
Monday 12:10 Israel and the UK media - does Israel get a fair hearing?
Wednesday 18:50 Balfour at 100

Robyn Freeman

Robyn is supported by Langdon, an organisation empowering Jewish adults with learning disabilities to become more independent. Robyn is passionate about changing attitudes towards people with learning disabilities and inspired many at her adult Bat Mitzvah this year. Robyn volunteers at Jewish Care.

Wednesday 14:40 Pride and prejudice: challenging attitudes towards Jewish identity and learning disabilities

Sigalit Freeman

Sigalit Freeman is the Jewish Agency and Students shlicha in the UK, responsible for increasing positive Israel awareness on campuses. Previously, Sigalit organised Birthright in Israel and served as a Jewish Agency shlicha in Miami. She was born in Ashkelon and is married with two young children.

Tuesday 20:10 From Bourekas to Oscars

Eva Frojmovic

Eva Frojmovic teaches at the University of Leeds. Her main topics are Jewish art, Jewish manuscripts and other beautiful books, and Jewish museums.

Tuesday 13:20 'Living With The God[s]', the Jewish way
Wednesday 17:15 Act the Torah part!

Hadassah Fromson

Hadassah is part of the rabbinic team at Golders Green United Synagogue. She is training as a psychologist and writing a thesis on sexual satisfaction in the Jewish community. She grew up in Gibraltar and studied at UCL and Michlalah.

Monday 14:40 Why did Cain kill Abel? Sibling rivalry and how to avoid it
Tuesday 13:20 A positive sexual ethic in the Talmud - part I
Wednesday 13:20 A positive sexual ethic in the Talmud - part II

Sam Fromson

Sam has two kids, Arielle & Nadavya, runs a tech startup, and is the assistant rabbi at Golders Green United Synagogue. He studied at Cambridge and yeshivot in Israel.

Monday 14:40 Why did Cain kill Abel? Sibling rivalry and how to avoid it
Tuesday 13:20 A positive sexual ethic in the Talmud - part I
Wednesday 13:20 A positive sexual ethic in the Talmud - part II

Clive Gabay

Clive is a senior lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. I (try to) publish on race and religion, and still entertain thoughts of ditching it all in for a career as a DJ.

Tuesday 12:10 Jews: White (other)?

Hadar Galron

Writer, actress, comedienne, director, and songwriter for cinema, tv and theatre. Artistic Director for ISF (International Shalom Festival) at the Edinburgh Fringe. Amongst my better-known works: Mikveh (play), The Secrets (film), Passion Killer (satirical cabaret). Academic teacher and lecturer.

Monday 20:10 Passion Killer
Tuesday 17:30 Sexuality and gender in the Ultra-Orthodox communities
Wednesday 17:30 Changing narratives - from cooperation to coexistence, and beyond?

Ian Gamse

Many years ago, Ian was the first full-time UJS education worker, having studied at Yeshivat Or Etzion and Cambridge. Then he met R. Micky Rosen z'l and helped him, just a little, in changing the world. He teaches Talmud to women at the LSJS Midrasha and teaches frequently at Magen Avot in Hendon.

Sunday 17:30 Daf yomi - Shevuot 26
Monday 09:20 Narrative and law – the strange case of "shaming"
Tuesday 14:40 Expulsion and culpability: a re-reading of Bemidbar 5:1-4
Wednesday 18:50 “Return the man’s wife for he is a prophet”: a study in forgiveness

Philippa Gamse

Philippa has over 20 years of online experience. She is Professor of Digital Marketing & Social Media at Hult / Ashridge International Business School, has spoken at conferences in 8 countries and is a certified Management Consultant. She is the author of “42 Rules for a Web Presence That Wins”.

Sunday 13:20 Analytics gold! Digital marketing for communal organisations (Part 1)
Monday 18:50 Traffic magnets or myths? Digital marketing for communal organisations (Part 2)

Tova Ganzel

Tova Ganzel, is the director of the Midrasha in Bar-Ilan University, and one of Nishmat's first trained yo'atzot halakha (women's halachic advisors). She completed her PhD in the Bible Department at Bar-Ilan University (2005).

Sunday 20:10 Between the Kingdom of G-d and the kingdom of Man
Monday 14:40 Habakkuk - does his fear from God precede his wisdom?
Tuesday 14:40 Jerusalem: from destruction to redemption
Tuesday 17:30 “In the Eyes of God and Man": Orthodoxy, Torah min HaShamayim, and academic Bible studies

Eli Gaventa

Eli is a photographer, activist and educator. He has worked in Ghana, Hungary and the UK and studied Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at University of the Arts: London. As an activist/educator, Eli has worked with many communal groups including Bnei Akiva UK, United Synagogue, NIF and RESHET.

Sunday 17:30 Photography and the Holocaust: victims, perpetrators and the allies
Monday 21:50 Documentary photography: visual stories of communities in crisis
Tuesday 18:50 What does a Jew look like?

Hannah Gaventa

Hannah works in international development, including Ghana, India & the Philippines; focusing on women, education and livelihoods. Hannah is co-chair of Limmud Festival 2017 MarComms team, has presented at Limmud in the UK, China and New Zealand & is the founder of a monthly women's group in London.

Tuesday 10:40 Around the world in 7 tales
Tuesday 13:20 Volunteering at its best: what can we learn?

Amir Gazit

Amir Gazit works in the Northern Galil - Great Britain Partnership of UJIA and the Jewish Agency. He has lived in Mizpe Hila in the Galilee since 1996 and is also a certified tour guide.

Sunday 10:40 Kibbutz - freedom for or freedom from?

Shannyn Gelbart

Ahavat Hinam is a super-group of Jewish musicians, Max Jared (USA) and shannyn.art (Aus). Ahavat Hinam create Jewish inspired music to bring people together. Since their formation, they have performed all over the world, from Texas to Sydney, and are currently launching their debut album.

Saturday 20:30 Cultivating a creative practice
Sunday 18:50 Ahavat Hinam Live Concert
Tuesday 16:30 Ahavat Hinam for kids!
Wednesday 18:50 Stories sung in harmony
Thursday 09:20 Long distance relationship survival guide

Jay Geller

Jay Geller, Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Culture, Vanderbilt University, is author of On Freud’s Jewish Body (2007) and The Other Jewish Question (2011). His sessions draw from his latest monograph: Bestiarium Judaicum: Unnatural Histories of the Jews (2017).

Sunday 13:20 A Jewish bestiary: Lichtenberg’s physiognomy of the Judensau (1 of 4)
Monday 16:00 A Jewish bestiary: Heine’s Dog Days and Siodmak’s Wolf Man Nights (2 of 4)
Tuesday 13:20 A Jewish bestiary: Kafka’s primatology (3 of 4)
Wednesday 10:40 A Jewish bestiary: Art Spiegelman, Mausketeer (4 of 4)

Nick Gendler

Nick is a cyclist, a double bass player, and a career coach and psychotherapist, who is currently enjoying a bit of space after six years as co-chair of Masorti Judaism. He loves Limmud and doesn't care whether it's a conference or a festival.

Sunday 14:40 Yellow candles - a Holocaust memorial phenomenon

Selwyn Gerber

Selwyn is a CPA, economist and wealth manager based in Los Angeles. He and his wife Glynis together with their entire family emigrated from South Africa. He is the proud father of four and grandfather of thirteen, and is a passionate Jew with numerous community involvements.

Sunday 10:40 From Hollywood to traditional Judaism: my journey

Andrew Gilbert

Currently chair of UJIA UK Programmes and a trustee of the London Jewish Forum, Andrew recently chaired the first Limmud-style JLM Conference and there will be another in 2018. In the past he chaired Limmud for 7 years before setting up and chairing Limmud International for 5 years.

Tuesday 13:20 What is really going on in the left of the Labour Party - should Jews be concerned?
Tuesday 14:40 Jewish and Labour - under assault? A very narrow bridge (Gesher Tsar Meod)
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 Can Labour win back the Jewish community?
Wednesday 16:00 Jon Lansman of Momentum meets Jewish leaders one year on
Thursday 10:40 John Mann MP - Ken Livingstone's nightmare!

Julian Gilbey

Julian is a Limmud veteran having been involved with Conference for many years; he is now returning after a big break. By day, he teaches maths and designs teaching resources. Julian has taught in a variety of Jewish contexts, and is a long-standing member of Kol Rina, a Jewish a cappella group.

Sunday 12:10 Trop logic
Wednesday 14:40 Kol Rina singing workshop

Malcolm Ginsberg

Malcolm Ginsberg, 75, is a public relations expert and writer, specialising in transport and travel. As an eight-year-old he ‘cruised’ to Australia, a £10 Pom. His family returned after a year, but he kept his love of the sea. Editor in Chief of Business Travel News, the award-winning weekly. Malcolm is also the travel correspondent for Jewish Weekly.

Sunday 13:20 Jewish River Cruising

Lara Glantz

Lara is a youth movement worker for RSY-Netzer having recently graduated from Bristol with a degree in Theology and Religion. She is interested in the place of women in religion, and wrote her dissertation on how oppression, both religious and institutional, determine the status of women in Israel.

Monday 09:20 How does oppression - institutional and religious - determine the status of women in Israel?

Ilan Glazer

Ilan Glazer is a rabbi, freelance speaker, maggid, and transformation coach based in Silver Spring, Maryland. He teaches widely, using Jewish wisdom to help others find meaning, healing, happiness, spirituality, and success in all areas of life. He hosts the Torah of Life podcast, found on iTunes.

Saturday 15:00 Finding our souls in the rhythm of life
Sunday 10:40 Everyone needs recovery - only some are brave enough to admit it…
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

Leah Golan

Leah Golan is JAFI’s Central Shlicha & Executive Director Head of Delegation, UK. Recently, Leah was CEO of the Orr Shalom association for children & youth at risk- Israel’s largest non-profit.

Monday 10:40 Noam Shalit in conversation with Leah Golan

Ian Gold

Ian is baal tefila at local shuls Birmingham & Biyamina, and still rocking after all these years. For fun, advocating in the criminal courts.

Sunday 21:50 Singalong with the Rubens

Jess Gold

Jess Gold is a singer songwriter, one third of Miriam's Sister and has produced Project Earth Rock, a multimedia resource about climate change for primary schools. She gives concerts in schools & chederim and is a freelance synagogue singer with a passion for creating beautiful prayer experiences.

Tuesday 21:50 What can our synagogues do about air pollution?
Wednesday 14:40 Jess Gold in Concert

Daniel Goldfarb

This will be Daniel Goldfarb‘s 18th (chai) Limmud. A native of Boston and 40+ years in Israel, he practiced law in Jerusalem and was Director of the Conservative Yeshiva and editor of the Torah Sparks parasha weekly. He continues to teach Torah at Limmuds and synagogues around the world.

Saturday 15:00 The community in Jewish liturgy
Sunday 12:10 Around the world in 17 syllables – ChaiKu HaShavua
Tuesday 21:50 The Akedah revisited – with Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and…

Daniel Goldman

Daniel is founder of Goldrock Capital and chairs Gesher, building bridges between secular, religious & haredi society in Israel. He publishes op-eds in the Israeli English & Hebrew press. He has developed expertise in understanding the points of contact and conflict between haredi & Israeli society.

Friday 17:15 Charedim - risk and opportunity for Israeli society
Saturday 20:30 Are we better together?

Jake Goldman

Jake currently works as a development officer at The Together Plan charity, reviving Jewish life in the former Soviet Union. He previously held the role of President of Durham University Jewish Society, where he studied History and English after growing up in Shenley, active in a Reform community.

Thursday 12:10 We're back in the USSR: The survival and revival of Jewish life in Belarus

Hedva Goldschmidt

Hedva is founder and Managing Director of leading Israeli Film distribution company Go2Films. Hedva serves as distribution consultant for Gesher Multicultural FilmFund and is regular speaker in film festivals. Hedva is co-founder of Women of Faith for Peace, recently awarded the Golden Lion Award for Peace.

Wednesday 18:50 Through the Eyes of women: a look at filmmaking and distribution in Israel

Aaron Goldstein

Aaron is one of the Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue rabbis, and is Chair of Liberal Judaism's Rabbinic Conference. His motto is to, ‘Count Jews in, not out.’

Sunday 14:40 How to enthuse the Jews in the pews? Making our synagogues flourish

Susy Goldstone

Susy Goldstone is a final year student currently reading History at the University of Leeds. She’s a bogeret of FZY and a madricha in North Manchester. At Leeds, she’s involved in her J-Soc, secretary of Opera Society and a member of Ballroom and Latin Dance.

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

Lili Goldwein

Born in 1952 in Bucharest, Lili made aliyah in 1962. She lived in Rehovot where she graduated from the "De Shalit" high school. She served 2 years in the IDF during the Yom Kippur war. She is married to Mickey and has 4 children and 8 grandchildren.
 She is a blind user of a guide dog.

Monday 12:10 How a guide dog gave me back my independence

Jenny Goodman

Jenny Goodman is a doctor specialising in Ecological Medicine. She also has a master's degree in psychotherapy. She began questioning the practice of Brit Milah after observing it closely may times, researching the effects, and listening to mothers.

Tuesday 17:30 The last taboo: considering Brit Milah

Martin Goodman

Martin Goodman is Professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford University and President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He has written many books on Jewish and Roman history, and his latest book, A History of Judaism, has just been published by Allen Lane.

Thursday 12:10 A History of Judaism

Nigel Goodrich

Nigel has set up 12 Friends of Israel groups in Scotland which advocate for Israel. He is also the founder and CEO of the International Shalom Festival which brings Israeli performers from all backgrounds to the Edinburgh Fringe, winning support from all major political parties.

Monday 13:20 From Hate to Shalom
Wednesday 17:30 Changing narratives - from cooperation to coexistence, and beyond?

Simon Gordon

Simon has served as assistant editor of Mosaic Magazine in New York and as speechwriter to both former Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub and ex-MP Douglas Carswell. He is currently reading for an MA in Political Economy at King's College London. He regularly writes for the Institute for Free Trade.

Sunday 20:10 Who was David Ricardo and why should you care?
Wednesday 10:40 Has nationalism returned to Europe?
Wednesday 17:30 Is East Jerusalem a settlement?
Wednesday 18:50 Balfour at 100

Adit Goschalk

Adit is a teacher and artist who is passionate about international development. Whilst living and working in India she brought her interests together to set up the 'Naya' initiative; a creative women's empowerment paper-recycling initiative in the slums of Mumbai.

Tuesday 10:40 Around the world in 7 tales
Wednesday 10:40 Naya: creativity & change in the slums of Mumbai

Stephen Grabiner

Stephen Grabiner is a media investor. He has worked with the Portland Trust supporting economic development in Palestine and is currently Chair of the Jewish Chronicle.

Tuesday 16:00 What is the responsibility of British Jews who support a 2-state solution to help secure the other state?

Sam Grant

Sam is the campaigns manager for René Cassin. RC get the UK Jewish community more involved with human rights issues including modern day slavery & discrimination. RC provide a platform for the Jewish community to engage on human rights issues that connect to Jewish values and experience.

Sunday 21:50 "Thank G-d, for not making me a slave"
Wednesday 16:00 What happens to survivors of modern day slavery in the UK?
Wednesday 18:50 What’s text got to do with it

Emily Green

Emily Green founded GesherEU, a charity which supports formerly hareidi individuals. She teaches English at Crest Academy in Brent & lives in Finchley with her 6 children. Her story has been reported a number of times and in December 2016 she appeared in the BBC Radio 4 documentary 'Faith or Family'

Wednesday 13:20 'One of us': A harrowing documentary on the journey of three ex-Hasidic Jews
Wednesday 16:00 The cruel cost of leaving the Charedi community

Michael Green

Michael Green is an environmental consultant during office hours and can be found foraging in the forgotten corners of parks and forests at most other times. He has been gathering edible plants and fungi for five years after deciding to expand his culinary horizons beyond his vegetable patch.

Tuesday 16:00 Foraging, wild food and Jews

Norman Green

Norman Green is a California tax and estate planning lawyer. A native of Los Angeles, he and his wife Rachel have two sons and two grandchildren. They daven at a Conservative (Masorti) synagogue in Los Angeles. He is not a Karaite but is interested in Karaite Judaism.

Saturday 20:30 Introduction to Karaite Judaism

Rachel Green

Rachel Rubin Green is a retired Biology teacher and an active member of the Library Minyan of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles. She is Chairperson of the Southern California chapter of the Kindertransport Association and a board member of the KTA.

Saturday 20:30 Stolpersteine (stumble stones): personal Holocaust memorials
Monday 17:30 Share your story - for children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors

Joanne Greenaway

Jo is a lawyer at the United Synagogue and a participant in the Chief Rabbi’s Ma'ayan programme, training to advise women in women’s health and family purity laws. She lectures at LSJS and across the community. She is an alumnus of Gamechangers, Bradfield and Cambridge and listed in the 40 under 40.

Monday 12:10 In vitro fertilisation, intrauterine insemination, egg donation and surrogacy – a halachic view
Monday 17:30 A Jewish approach to intimacy – what lessons does the Torah provide for healthy relationships?

Suzanne Griffel

Suzanne Griffel is a liberal rabbi who has served in congregations and as a hospice chaplain. Saul Weiner is a physician and health care researcher who describes himself as a "secular atheist Jew". Their daughter Karen Weiner, a Jewish day school graduate, is a sophomore at Oberlin College.

Wednesday 09:20 There's an atheist in the house: spanning religious differences in families

Dex Grodner

Dex is a genderqueer Jew, a historian, poet, drag queen, stylist and political activist. Wearing many hats (and wigs) they explore the borders and binaries which divide states, genders and generations. Their work aims to making a nuisance of itself, disrupting to create space for reflection.

Monday 10:40 Beyond the binary: gender diversity in the Jewish community
Tuesday 12:10 Smashing borders and binaries, or Tikkun Olam
Wednesday 23:10 Limmud's Late Night Cabaret

Aryeh Grossman

Aryeh is Development Executive at Koren Publishers Jerusalem, described by a Limmud tweet as "the rock and roll of Jewish publishing". Born and bred in the UK before moving to Israel in 2014, Aryeh is a qualified teacher and has a BA in Jewish History from UCL.

Monday 12:10 How one font changed the (Jewish) world

Roi Grufi

Roi is the son of Jewish Yemenite immigrants and led the formation of Mizrahi student groups at universities in Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Beer-Sheba. Roi manages "Bamizrah", a Facebook page dedicated to the history, politics and culture of Mizrahi Jews. He lives in Jerusalem.

Sunday 18:50 Arab-Jewish shared society – where is Israel going?
Monday 18:50 The kidnapped Yemenite children affair
Tuesday 10:40 Mizrahi representation in Israel's culture, education and politics
Wednesday 16:00 Queer, brown and Jewish: Mizrahi gays in Israel

Oded Gvaram

Oded Gvaram is the Jewish Agency Shlicha for Redbridge JCC. Previously Oded was a Community Organiser in Jaffa and Jerusalem and a social entrepreneur. He has also served as an Israel Fellow at Hillel at Davis and Sacramento CA. Oded was born in Nir Galim in Israel.

Wednesday 09:20 Go green: ecological innovations in Israel
Thursday 09:20 Between the Rav-Kav (the Israeli oyster card) to the autonomous car: how will we move in the 21st century?

Joel Haber

Joel Haber is a licensed Israeli tourguide, and speaks on related topics, including Jewish food, Land of Israel, and Tanach. Born in the US, Joel made Aliyah in 2009. Joel has presented at Limmud LA, JLM, TLV, and Barcelona, and he believes/hopes that Limmud is the future of the Jewish people.

Tuesday 12:10 A land of milk and mufleta: at the crossroads of Israeli cuisine and culture

Caroline Hagard

Caroline has been teaching for many years in religion schools. She is a storyteller, writes Jewish songs for young children, and writes/runs children’s services for the High Holydays/chagim. Passionate about Judaism, her sessions are great fun. In her spare time she is a full-time medical secretary.

Friday 15:45 Friday Night Delight
Saturday 10:00 Shabbat Morning Family Service
Saturday 11:30 Once upon a Shabbat

George Halfin

George runs an online counselling & groupwork programme at a national charity for people struggling with addictions. She is a qualified Innate Health teacher, author of blog Confessions of an Overthinker, & co-founder of community for fellow overthinkers, Overthinkers Anonymous & mum of 2 young boys

Sunday 18:50 Navigate change with confidence (personal/family life) (1 of 2)
Thursday 09:20 Navigate change with confidence (work-life) (2 of 2)

Matthew Halfin

Matt has spent his career building services in industries undergoing fundamental changes. He now mentors individuals and businesses to help them navigate the unknown with resilience and clarity, whilst still having fun! He is a qualified Innate Health coach and co-founder of Overthinkers Anonymous.

Sunday 18:50 Navigate change with confidence (personal/family life) (1 of 2)
Thursday 09:20 Navigate change with confidence (work-life) (2 of 2)

Lauren Hamburger

Lauren is Director of PJ Library in the UK, bringing Jewish books to 5,000 children and their families. Lauren is a graduate of the Suzi Bradfield Educational leadership Programme. Outside of the office, Lauren works with different organisations to expand opportunities for women in Judaism.

Monday 18:45 Bedtime Stories with PJ Library

Mia Hamburger

Mia Hamburger is Community Outreach Administrator for UK registered charity Goods For Good, which sends overstocks from British Industry overseas to refugees and vulnerable communities. A major recipient of these donations are Holocaust survivors from the Soviet Union living in appalling conditions.

Sunday 13:20 Goods For Good: how British industry is keeping Holocaust survivors in Moldova warm this winter

Chaim Hames

Chaim lives in Beersheba and is currently Dean of the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Director of the Center for the Study of Conversion. Chaim was born in London, made aliyah at twelve and is happily married with two children.

Friday 21:15 Judaism and Israel: myth meets reality
Sunday 09:20 By who, when, where and why were sections of the Talmud translated into Latin?
Monday 13:20 Why did the Pope die? What happened in Rome in 1280?
Wednesday 14:40 Why did Jesus and Rabbi Akiva have to meet Moses?

Lahav Harkov

Lahav Harkov is the Senior Knesset reporter and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, whose insights as a lecturer and television and radio commentator are sought after around the world. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has named her the 5th-most influential person on “Jewish Twitter."

Sunday 21:50 Is Bibi's time up?
Monday 10:40 Israel and antisemitism
Monday 16:00 Behind the scenes at the Knesset

Joshua Harmon

Joshua Harmon's plays include Bad Jews (Roundabout, West End), Significant Other (Roundabout, Broadway/Booth), and Ivanka (staged readings across the USA, Election Eve, 2016). Upcoming productions: Admissions at Lincoln Center in February, and Skintight at Roundabout in May. Graduate of Juilliard.

Sunday 20:10 Raymond Simonson in conversation with Joshua Harmon
Monday 14:40 Playwriting 101
Monday 17:30 Creating Culture: Jewish Arts for Wider Audiences

Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal

Hifsa is a trustee of Nisa-Nashim an organisation that brings Jewish and Muslim communities together by building personal friendships. She is a well-known figure and in 2011 was awarded an MBE and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant. She has published widely, including about radicalisation and counter-terrorism.

Wednesday 10:40 Ask Hifsa (almost) everything you want to know about Islam and being a Muslim woman in Britain today
Wednesday 13:20 Women - still, seen and not heard!

Eve Harow

Eve is an Israeli tour guide, hosts an internet show, and is passionate about her people, faith, & land. A longtime resident of Gush Etzion & mother of 7, she speaks knowledgeably about the complexities of life in Judea; blending Tanach & modern Israel. Hobbies include ideological eating & drinking.

Monday 18:50 50 Years of liberation or occupation?
Tuesday 20:10 Towards coexistence: can there be peace without it?
Wednesday 09:20 Tu B’Av; the holiday of love is reborn
Wednesday 17:30 Is East Jerusalem a settlement?

Michael Harris

Michael Harris is rabbi of The Hampstead (United) Synagogue, research fellow at LSJS and affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. He is co-author, with Daniel Rynhold, of the forthcoming book "Nietzsche, Soloveitchik and Contemporary Jewish Philosophy" (CUP).

Sunday 16:00 Nietzsche and Soloveitchik I: Morality
Monday 16:00 Nietzsche and Soloveitchik II: life-affirmation, asceticism and the passions (2 of 3)
Tuesday 10:40 Nietzsche and Soloveitchik III: Suffering
Tuesday 17:30 “In the Eyes of God and Man": Orthodoxy, Torah min HaShamayim, and academic Bible studies

Paul Harris

Paul is a criminal defence lawyer working in the East End of London. He has led the campaign in recent years against legal aid cuts and restricting access to justice. He is also joint chair of New North London Synagogue and last year helped to launch the Yellow candle project.

Sunday 14:40 Yellow candles - a Holocaust memorial phenomenon

Tanya Harris

Tanya is Head of Services at Jami, the mental health charity. She is committed to developing services which reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. Tanya graduated from Brunel University with an MSc in Occupational Therapy. She is a keen rugby fan and an alpaca breeder.

Wednesday 10:40 Transforming the mental health landscape
Wednesday 13:20 Stress in our families and how to handle it

Michael Haruni

While creating Siddur Nehalel (Nevarech/Ktav), where photos depict meanings of texts, Mike became possessed by the questions, what is davening? Why pray? And how? His PhD thesis in Philosophy analysed pain, and his plays include The Stonemason (Finborough, London), and Sta"m (Beit Lessin, Tel Aviv).

Tuesday 16:00 Confessions of a siddur creator
Wednesday 17:30 Voicing love of God: prayer, history, intimacy

Zev Warren Harvey

Zev was born in New York and studied philosophy at Columbia University (Ph.D. 1973). He taught at McGill University, Montreal, and since 1977, is professor of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He writes about Jewish philosphers, e.g. Maimonides, Hasdai Crescas, Spinoza, Levinas.

Friday 17:15 Judah's great speech
Sunday 10:40 Rabbi Judah Halevi at Mount Sinai
Monday 17:30 The parable of the castle: Maimonides vs. Crescas
Tuesday 09:20 Maimonides' prize student: Joseph ben Judah
Thursday 12:10 The problem of many gods

Holly Blue Hawkins

Natural Deathcare advocate, author, educator and rosha of a Chevra Kaddisha in Santa Cruz, California, Holly Blue provides training in a wide variety of end-of-life subjects, to both Jewish and secular settings, including Kavod v’Nichum conferences, and studies with Gamliel Institute.

Saturday 21:45 Taharah - a journey of body and soul
Sunday 10:40 Taharah in the 21st century - challenges and possibilities
Monday 13:20 Death Cafe
Tuesday 14:40 Ethical wills - history and modern trends (1 of 2)
Wednesday 13:20 Composing a spiritual will - a hands-on session (2 of 2)

Dan Heller

Dan is one of Limmud Festival 2017's Programming co-chairs. By day he works on NHS initiatives about children and young people's physical and mental health. When not doing Limmud programming, he enjoys running, and flying the flag for south Londoners contributing to the wider Jewish community.

Sunday 23:10 Song and speeches: how the psalms inspired rap, reggae, pop, the blues... and US Presidents
Monday 21:50 Young Jews chatting s***

Rebecca Heller

Rebecca is one of Limmud Festival 2017's Shabbat co-chairs - this will be her first time presenting at a Limmud event! Outside of Limmud, Rebecca works in digital marketing for Miss Selfridge, has recently rediscovered netball, and enjoys listening to a variety of podcasts.

Monday 21:50 Young Jews chatting s***

Charlotte Henry

Charlotte Henry is a writer and communications professional. She has worked for a variety of major publications detailing the collision between technology, politics, and the media. Her first book, "Not Buying It", is a look at post-truth and fake news will be published by Unbound next year.

Wednesday 17:30 Hacking Judaism: A discussion with the tech community
Wednesday 18:50 Antisemitism - the original fake news

Beit Midrash Hevra

A group of educators, Torah enthusiasts, and lovers of text who come together at Limmud to create an intentional community with Torah at its centre. The Hevra is open to anyone regardless of denomination or Torah learning experience.

Wednesday 18:50 The Beit Midrash tisch

Claire Hilton

Claire has recently retired from her post as an old age psychiatrist in the NHS. She is currently lead editor for a mental health e-learning project with MindEd.org.uk, is undertaking inspections with the CQC and is researching the history of psychiatry in England.

Tuesday 10:40 Shrink wrap or shrink proof? Tikkun olam for our NHS mental health services

Emily Hilton

Emily Hilton is a graduate of the Frontline social work programme and now lives in Moishe House London. Emily is a board member of Yachad UK and has previously sat on the NEC of the Jewish Labour Movement. She has written for the Independent, the Guardian, the Jewish News, and +972 Magazine.

Tuesday 21:50 V is for vagina
Wednesday 17:30 Is East Jerusalem a settlement?
Wednesday 21:50 Virginity is f****d: deconstructing cultural views on sex and purity

Michael Hilton

Michael Hilton lectures at Leo Baeck College and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. After 30 years as a congregational rabbi he now pursues interfaith work, and will lead a three faiths week in Oxford in 2018. His most recent book is “Bar Mitzvah: A History” (2014).

Monday 21:50 Jews Have Celebrated Christmas!
Tuesday 09:20 Is every Torah scroll the same?

David Hirsh

David Hirsh is a senior lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He writes on the topic of contemporary antisemitism.

Sunday 21:50 Ken, Ken, Len: antisemitism denial in Labour
Monday 10:40 Israel and antisemitism
Monday 14:40 Whitewashed - antisemitism in the Labour Party
Monday 17:30 Researching antisemitism: who, what, why and how many?
Monday 18:50 Is campus a safe space for Jews?

Liron Hoch

Liron Hoch lives in Kibbutz Kabri in the Galilee. He teaches Jewish philosophy and thought in Zfat and is also a karate instructor.

Sunday 10:40 Kibbutz - freedom for or freedom from?

Happie Hoffman

Happie Hoffman is half of the musical duo, Eric & Happie, and a full time musician, Jewish educator and spiritual leader based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Eric & Happie's debut album reached #11 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, and the duo released their first album of Jewish music this December.

Monday 21:50 Eric and Happie in concert
Wednesday 10:40 Songs of change
Wednesday 18:50 Stories sung in harmony
Thursday 10:40 Creating sacred spaces

Renato Huarte Cuéllar

Renato Huarte Cuéllar is a full-time tenured professor of Philosophy of Education at UNAM, Mexico's National Autonomous University. He is one of the founders of Limmud Mexico, and since 2015 he has been the liaison with the Limmud groups in Latin America.

Sunday 13:20 Jewish communities in Latin America (1 of 2)
Wednesday 17:30 Jewish communities in Latin America (2 of 2)

Eric Hunker

Born in Washington D.C., Eric has been traveling the world, teaching, learning, and performing Jewish music for the last decade. Recently he has been touring as half of the duo Eric & Happie, now based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Monday 21:50 Eric and Happie in concert
Wednesday 10:40 Songs of change
Wednesday 18:50 Stories sung in harmony
Thursday 10:40 Creating sacred spaces

Jonathan Hunter

Jonathan spends much of his non-Limmud leisure time at various modern jive events around the country, and is very much looking forward to sharing the fun of dancing with all at Limmud Festival this year!

Tuesday 16:00 An introduction to modern jive (1 of 2)
Wednesday 16:00 More modern jive (2 of 2)

Joseph Hyman

Joe Hyman is an Orthodox LGBT activist working towards greater inclusion for LGBT Jews in our community. He grew up in an Orthodox community where he has grappled with issues of sexuality and religion his whole life.

Sunday 16:00 ‘Praying the gay away’ - experiences of conversion therapy for same sex attraction
Tuesday 17:30 What does the future hold for religious LGBT Jews?

Judith Ish-Horowicz

Judith Ish-Horowicz opened Apples & Honey Nursery 26 years ago. She is co-founder of Apples and Honey Nightingale, a social enterprise and the UK's first co-located nursery within a care home, Nightingale Hammerson. A school governor at MJPS, Judith was awarded an MBE for services to EY education.

Friday 21:15 Community or culture - what is more relevant in Judaism today?
Sunday 14:40 L’Dor vador: the reality of an intergenerational community where pre-schoolers and 3rd agers live, learn and play together

Shoshi Ish-Horowicz

Shoshi is an incorrigible book lover who has been attending and enjoying Limmud for many years. This year she is delighted to bring these two passions together by co-hosting the Limmud book club and generally talking books. Outside the world of Conference she works as a learning technologist at LSE.

Sunday 13:20 Limmud Book Club: All the Rivers (1 of 4)
Sunday 16:00 The Banker in the Bath: Jews in the Golden Age of British mystery writing
Monday 10:40 Limmud Book Club: Chess (2 of 4)
Monday 20:10 Rogues, thugs and ‘The King’: the Jewish heroes of Soviet literature
Tuesday 10:40 Limmud book club: A Horse Walks Into A Bar (3 of 4)
Wednesday 10:40 Limmud Book Club: The Power (4 of 4)

Joseph Israel

Joey has a traditional yeshiva background from 3 years at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush) and has particular interest in holistic analysis of Talmudic characters and sugyah context. He lives and teaches Talmud in NW London and works in private equity.

Monday 10:40 Give me Yavneh and her Sages (Experienced Morning Intensive) (1 of 4)
Tuesday 10:40 "A plastered well to a cracked oven..." (Experienced Morning Intensive) (2 of 4)
Wednesday 10:40 "Come let us remove him" (Experience morning intensive) (3 of 4)
Thursday 10:40 "On that day" (Experienced Morning Intensive) (4 of 4)

Harry Jacobi

An escapee from Germany, then Holland, the path of Harry's life was changed by a speech of Leo Baeck's in 1949. In 2011, he completed 50 years of ministry, serving as rabbi in the UK and Switzerland. Two children, Margaret and Richard, followed him into the rabbinate and he is a great-grandfather!

Tuesday 18:50 The partitioning of India - one Jewish family’s story
Wednesday 12:10 Leo Baeck: not just teacher of Theresienstadt

Margaret Jacobi

Margaret Jacobi is rabbi of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue, and enjoys the interfaith opportunities Birmingham offers. Originally trained as a medical doctor, she has a PhD in Talmud and teaches rabbinic texts at Leo Baeck College. She loves the ambiguity of seemingly simple talmudic stories.

Tuesday 09:20 Miracle workers or mischief makers? A journey through Tractate Taanit Nachum of Gimzo and the challenge of evil (Taanit 21a) (1 of 3)
Tuesday 18:50 The partitioning of India - one Jewish family’s story
Wednesday 09:20 Miracle workers or mischief makers? A journey through Tractate Taanit 2. Hanina ben Dosa’s Wife (Taanit 24b-25a). (2 of 3)

Richard Jacobi

After a first career training managers, Richard is one of the rabbis at the newly formed East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue and a member of faculty at Leo Baeck College. He and Lyn are parents to Josh, Abigail and Hannah, and grandparents to Zach, courtesy of Philippa and Josh!

Friday 21:15 Community or culture - what is more relevant in Judaism today?
Tuesday 18:50 The partitioning of India - one Jewish family’s story

Andrea Jacobs

Andrea is a feminist educator and consultant, using a systemic lens to examine issues of social justice and leadership. She has a PhD in linguistics, thinks a lot about language and identity, and performs with a Playback Theatre troupe in Philadelphia, using theatre as a strategy for social change.

Saturday 15:00 Rehearsing real life: pursuing social justice through performance and play
Sunday 12:10 “You can’t wear that to shul!” :Tzni’ut, bat mitzvah dress codes and gender policing
Monday 17:30 Wrestling with grammar, gender and identity in Hebrew prayer
Tuesday 18:50 Are Jews white?
Wednesday 09:20 Intermarriage - the state of the debate
Wednesday 14:40 Jewish women taking on the patriarchy

Ivor Jacobs

Now partially retired from his software and print business, Ivor is director of Friends of LouisJacobs.org which runs a major educational website offering resources as well as a lecture programme discussing issues of theology. With Ian Gold the Rubens are 60's music songsters.

Sunday 21:50 Singalong with the Rubens

Jill Jacobs

Jill Jacobs is a rabbi and Executive Director of T’ruah, which mobilises 1,800 rabbis and their communities to protect human rights in North America, Israel, & the occupied territories. She is the author of two books on Judaism and social justice: Where Justice Dwells and There Shall Be No Needy.

Sunday 18:50 Stuck in the middle with Jew: understanding the old/new anti-semitism
Monday 12:10 Human rights under fire: maintaining our commitments under hostile governments
Monday 21:50 Is the Kotel an Orthodox synagogue?
Tuesday 16:00 Religion and State: Halacha and secular power
Thursday 10:40 Hadarat Nashim: the exclusion and inclusion of women in Jewish life

Zöe Jacobs

Zöe Jacobs holds a unique place as the only ordained cantor in the Reform Movement; a statistic she is working hard to change! Zoe received semicha in 2009 from HUC-JIR in NY & can mostly be found on the bima of FRS. She seeks any opportunity to create harmony with fellow musicians and friends!

Sunday 23:10 Late night kumsitz (sing-along)
Monday 17:30 Radical ritual: elevating life's smaller moments
Tuesday 14:40 Prayer as protest, melody as mutiny, anthem as appeal
Wednesday 13:20 For singing's sake

Jonathan Jacobson

Jonathan has spent his life trying to make sense of the world he lives in. An ongoing search for truth, through developing his understanding of God, life, and the universe and connection therewith.

Monday 21:50 Conspiracy theories

Michelle Janes

Michelle is the new Director of Programmes and Consultancy at Lead (formerly Operations Director at Masorti Judaism). A qualified school teacher with an MBA focused on the CEO/Chair relationship, she’s passionate about training and enabling others, including her children who constantly amaze her.

Sunday 14:40 What’s the secret formula? The CEO/Chair relationship

Neil Janes

Neil Janes is the founder of the Lyons Learning Project & rabbi at West London Synagogue. He is a PhD student, lecturer, and writer. He is passionate about bringing textual literacy to progressive Judaism and an informed Jewish conversation to thinking about issues around social justice and Judaism.

Sunday 10:40 The 21st century: age of identity? Reflecting on our sources
Monday 20:10 Mah nomar lefanecha - in the face of terror and tragedy can we still speak to G-d?
Tuesday 18:45 The Sage of Pendigo Lake

Laura Janner-Klausner

Laura Janner-Klausner is Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism. Passionate about social justice, community cohesion, Israel and LGBT issues, she worked in Israel with youth leaders and in Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. She is said to be “fast becoming the most high-profile Jewish leader in the country".

Sunday 14:40 How to enthuse the Jews in the pews? Making our synagogues flourish
Sunday 21:50 Braitah in the bar: a spirited session of Talmud
Monday 12:10 Desert Island Discs: Anthony Mordechai Tsvi Russell
Monday 21:50 Wait, did my boss just call me a Princess? A candid discussion on gender bias and our roles in perpetuating and preventing it.
Tuesday 13:20 State of the nation: how segregated is Britain, and should Jews be worried?

Colin Jaque

Educated at Clifton College, Colin is a solicitor specialising in chancery litigation. He has co-authored a paper prompting the Woolf Reform for Litigation and two books on chancery procedure, as well as a book proving that the Exodus fits into Egyptian history.

Monday 09:20 Who was the Pharaoh of the Exodus?

Max Jared Einsohn

Ahavat Hinam is the project of Max Jared (USA) and shannyn.art (Melbourne, Australia) who create music inspired by Judaism, pop, rock, love, and social action. Since their formation, they have performed all over the world, from Texas to Sydney, and are currently launching their debut album.

Saturday 20:30 Cultivating a creative practice
Sunday 18:50 Ahavat Hinam Live Concert
Tuesday 16:30 Ahavat Hinam for kids!
Wednesday 18:50 Stories sung in harmony
Thursday 09:20 Long distance relationship survival guide

Elliot Jebreel

Elliot is a bureaucrat by trade and a proud Jewranian. In his spare time he helps make the Jewish community embrace diversity; fighting ashkenormative & heteronormative attitudes in our structures and mindsets. He’s a trustee of Sephardi Voices UK, and alum of the Adam Science Leadership Programme.

Sunday 16:00 ‘Praying the gay away’ - experiences of conversion therapy for same sex attraction
Monday 17:30 Are Mizrachi and Sephardi Jews ignored in our “ashkenormative” Jewish world?
Tuesday 21:50 Sephardi voices: stories from our archive

Roxana Jebreel

Roxana works for Stand Up! Education Against Discrimination, facilitating sessions in mainstream schools around challenging antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate. She is also interested in identity and bringing Mizrachi culture and tradition into mainstream Jewish spaces and institutions.

Monday 17:30 Are Mizrachi and Sephardi Jews ignored in our “ashkenormative” Jewish world?
Tuesday 16:00 Stand Up! Education against discrimination - teaching about antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate to students in mainstream schools

Sandra Jerusalmi

Sandra is a French coordinator of educational projects at the Alliance. She studied at Paideia, Matan, Pardes, and is a Moishe House resident and a ROIer. She writes articles about religious feminism and French Jewry. She joined LectureSefer to organise Torah readings by Orthodox women in France.

Sunday 12:10 Create new traditions: the Jewish henna designs
Monday 14:40 Henna Judaica

Elie Jesner

Elie Jesner is a UKCP psychoanalytic psychotherapist and Jewish educator. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion, Cambridge and Warwick.  He is a research fellow at Leo Baeck College and is studying for Semikha at Bet Midrash Harel in Jerusalem. He is a founder member of Finchley Partnership Minyan.

Tuesday 21:50 What is the point of Jewish education?
Wednesday 12:10 What makes a great leader and believer a deviant?
Wednesday 21:50 Let's talk about sex

UK Jewish Film Festival

UK Jewish Film showcases a wide range of films, representing stories of Jewish culture and life. Through the medium of film we aim to build greater understanding across communities, combat antisemitism and racism, and educate audiences across the UK about Jewish culture and heritage.

Sunday 16:00 Pears Short Film Fund and other shorts
Sunday 17:30 An Act of Defiance
Sunday 20:10 Muhi
Monday 10:30 Bogdan's Journey
Monday 13:20 Wall and Rhoda
Monday 16:00 The Frisco Kid
Tuesday 09:20 My Nazi Legacy
Tuesday 21:50 Love is Thicker than Water
Wednesday 09:20 Landgericht
Wednesday 14:40 Yazidi

Jo Johnson

Jo Johnson is the MP for Orpington. He is the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation at the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy & Industry Strategy. In this role, he has worked to address the rise of antisemitism on campus.

Tuesday 16:00 An audience with Jo Johnson MP

Melinda Jones

Melinda is a human rights lawyer with expertise in gender, disability & children’s rights. Her current research looks at inclusive Judaism; gender & children’s rights. She taught law at UNSW, was Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Human Rights & Director of Australian Human Rights Centre.

Friday 21:15 Circumcision, genital mutilation and human rights
Saturday 15:00 From welfare to rights in the Jewish tradition
Tuesday 17:30 The four corners of disability & inclusion in Jewish law
Wednesday 21:50 Hallelujah, it’s Leonard Cohen

Leah Jordan

Leah Jordan currently works as a University chaplain for the Alliance of Liberal and Reform Judaism and as the rabbi of Norwich Liberal Jewish Community. She has studied in Jerusalem and as a Fellow at Yeshivat Hadar in New York City. She lives in London with her partner, Rabbi Benji Stanley.

Sunday 13:20 The other (acher): Elisha ben Abuyah & heresy (1 of 2)
Monday 13:20 The other (acher): Elisha ben Abuyah & heresy (2 of 2)

Lyn Julius

Lyn is a writer specialising in Jews from the Middle East and North Africa. She has just published 'Uprooted: How 3000 years of Jewish civilisation in the Arab world vanished overnight' (Vallentine Mitchell). She has blogged for the Guardian, the Huffington Post, Times of Israel, and Jerusalem Post.

Wednesday 10:40 Uprooted: how 3000 years of Jewish civilisation in the Arab world vanished overnight
Wednesday 14:40 British plutocrats from Baghdad
Wednesday 18:50 Balfour at 100

Charles Justin

Charles Justin is cofounder of SJB and Plus, major architectural practices in Australia, and a past president of the Jewish Museum of Australia. He is an avid contemporary art collector & cofounder with wife Leah of the Justin Art House Museum in Melbourne, a not for profit public art house museum.

Thursday 09:20 Divine abstraction

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

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 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 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 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 Darwin and Genesis: Eve, Adam and the origin of language
Sunday 09:20 Judah and Tamar: the first renunciation of honour-killing in world literature
Monday 20:10 The Donald and the Jews
Tuesday 09:20 The news media's contribution to the Middle East conflict
Tuesday 12:10 Caliphaters and Jews: global Jihad as an apocalyptic millennial movement
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 What is really going on in the left of the Labour Party - should Jews be concerned?
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 Can Labour win back the Jewish community?
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 Are we better together?
Sunday 17:30 Will Israel ever join the Commonwealth? And why it should...
Monday 13:20 What will be your legacy?
Monday 14:40 The High Holy Days - No-one knows what Rosh Hashanah is all about (1 of 2)
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 Tefillin in Progressive synagogues
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 Limmudniks sing Schubert
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 Joanie Leeds in Concert
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 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 Around the world in 7 tales
Tuesday 13:20 How to stop a military coup using FaceTime: Turkey’s new reality
Tuesday 21:50 How not to date
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 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 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 Praying the Bible: the hidden meanings in prayer and why prayer is never boring or repetitious
Wednesday 09:20 Intermarriage - the state of the debate
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 Is Judaism handicapped when it comes to the differently abled?
Tuesday 10:40 Anyone can be a teacher: DIY Dvar Torah
Tuesday 12:10 Three Jews, four problems: is it worth it to be part of a community?
Wednesday 10:40 Anyone can be a teacher: from source to source sheet

Amy 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 Jesus and Judaism: Christmas for Jews (1 of 4)
Monday 10:40 Jesus and Judaism: Jesus the Jewish storyteller (2 of 4)
Tuesday 14:40 Jesus and Judaism: getting the history right (-3 of 4)
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 Purim - reading the megillah with pink-tinted spectacles
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 Would Abraham have used an app to host a tea party?
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 Great Jewish lyricists
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 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 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 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 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 H.U.in 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 Biblical law and tanachitic law in the Koran and in the Islamic Tradition
Sunday 09:20 Geonic custom and Islamic law
Monday 16:00 The relationship between Jewish and Islamic law
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 Who is Torah? She is Wisdom/Chochmah (1 of 2)
Tuesday 10:40 Torah from Heaven: progressive views
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 RoboEthics and rabbis: being Jewish during the robot apocalypse
Sunday 23:10 American Bar/Bat Mitzvah party games
Tuesday 12:10 Human-centred design and your Jewish community
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 Limmud Connections Oneg Shabbat
Tuesday 10:40 Anyone can be a teacher: DIY Dvar Torah
Tuesday 13:20 Volunteering at its best: what can we learn?
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 Stories of influence
Sunday 10:40 Living on “Quisling Street”
Sunday 21:50 Jewish journalism’s eye in the sky
Monday 14:40 In Russia, a Jewish paradise the colour of hell-flames
Tuesday 20:10 What’s really behind Spain and Portugal’s laws of return for Jews?
Wednesday 10:40 Has nationalism returned to Europe?
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 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 What makes a great leader and believer a deviant?
Wednesday 13:20 Is the Torah really from heaven?
Wednesday 18:50 Judaism as rebellion: a plea for religious authenticity and halachic courage
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 You can make a difference; motivation and perseverence

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 17:15 Team challenge: solve my puzzle and learn strategic thinking and effective communication
Tuesday 16:00 An introduction to modern jive (1 of 2)
Wednesday 16:00 More 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 14:40 Money, 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 18:50 Arab-Jewish shared society – where is Israel going?
Wednesday 12:10 Israel in the eyes of an Arab
Wednesday 18:50 Balfour 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 21:50 Wait, did my boss just call me a Princess? A candid discussion on gender bias and our roles in perpetuating and preventing it.
Tuesday 09:20 New frontiers in hadracha/experiential Jewish education
Tuesday 13:20 Immunity 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 10:40 John 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 20:10 Shai 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 18:50 From 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 20:10 Orthodox 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 13:20 Wall and Rhoda
Tuesday 14:40 Jewish and Labour - under assault? A very narrow bridge (Gesher Tsar Meod)
Tuesday 18:50 Women - airing our dirty laundry (safely)
Wednesday 10:40 Ask Hifsa (almost) everything you want to know about Islam and being a Muslim woman in Britain today
Wednesday 13:20 Women - 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 10:40 Judaism in the science classroom
Monday 21:50 Young Jews chatting s***
Tuesday 13:20 How 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 21:50 Ken, Ken, Len: antisemitism denial in Labour
Monday 09:20 The Labour Party 101: the NEC, Trade Unions & Party Conference (1 of 2)
Tuesday 09:20 The 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 18:50 The Kotel crisis and the future of Israel-Diaspora relations
Monday 10:40 Israel and antisemitism
Monday 21:50 Is the Kotel an Orthodox synagogue?
Tuesday 20:10 Ask 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 09:20 The Chosen People? New perspectives on old philosophies

Michael Mendoza

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

Tuesday 23:10 Acoustic Cafe

Zohar Mendzelevski-Steinberg

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

Monday 10:40 Beyond the binary: gender diversity in the Jewish community
Tuesday 21:50 Trans 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 10:40 Has 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 14:40 Introduction to Jewish peoplehood
Monday 21:50 Two 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 10:40 1917 - 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 17:30 Researching antisemitism: who, what, why and how many?
Tuesday 12:10 New 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 17:30 First steps in Jewish spirituality – the front door and backdoor to heaven
Tuesday 10:40 1917 - Balfour vs Bolsheviks: which event had the most lasting impact?
Wednesday 12:10 Russian revolutionaries
Thursday 09:20 Who 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 10:40 Lebanon or Bust - tales from north of the border
Tuesday 16:00 Israel'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 12:10 The 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 20:10 Muhi
Monday 09:20 50 years since 1967: the effects on Israeli society and Jews globally
Tuesday 12:10 50 years of Occupation - where to now?
Tuesday 16:00 What is the responsibility of British Jews who support a 2-state solution to help secure the other state?
Wednesday 14:40 Why 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 21:50 The 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 13:20 Genealogy 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 13:20 A Christian and a Jew walk into a bar....
Wednesday 16:00 Let 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 08:00 V'yarutz v'yomer: and he ran and he talked, or "run and chat" (1 of 4)
Monday 13:20 Wall and Rhoda
Monday 17:30 Creating Culture: Jewish Arts for Wider Audiences
Monday 18:50 Designs on Britain
Tuesday 08:00 V'yarutz v'yomer: and he ran and he talked, or "run and chat" (2 of 4)
Wednesday 08:00 V'yarutz v'yomer: and he ran and he talked, or "run and chat" (3 of 4)
Thursday 08:00 V'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 18:50 Longing to hear again: second naivete and post-modern Judaism
Tuesday 13:20 The Beit Midrashification of the world: can Torah study unite us?
Wednesday 17:30 Shattering the Tablets: uncovering the meaning of Jewish life
Thursday 09:20 The 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 14:40 Anti-occupation activism in the West Bank
Wednesday 13:20 Should 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 21:50 Bis 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 20:10 Shai Tsabari Trio
Monday 23:10 BEMET 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 12:10 Israel - three big questions: for what, if anything, should Israel and Israelis apologise? (1 of 3)
Monday 13:20 Israel - three big questions: is the Palestinian refugee problem soluble? (2 of 3)
Tuesday 16:00 What is the responsibility of British Jews who support a 2-state solution to help secure the other state?
Tuesday 18:50 Israel - 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 17:30 The 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 14:40 Israeli 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 17:30 Poverty porn: where do we draw the line?
Wednesday 09:20 If you quill it, it is no dream

Alec Nacamuli

Born in Egypt, Alec chairs Sephardi Voices UK recording the lives of Jews from Arab countries living in the UK. He is on the council of the Nebi Daniel International Association aiming to preserve the Jewish religious heritage in Egypt. He is a volunteer guide on Egyptology at the British Museum.

Tuesday 12:10 Sephardi Voices: are Arab countries rediscovering their Jewish heritage?

Mahbub Nazir

Mahbub from Leeds influences young people including Jews to bring about love, openness, & collaboration whilst creating a safe space for difficult conversation. Mahbub uses a dignified approach for individuals to be proud of their identity & promotes living a peaceful & positive role in the society.

Sunday 13:20 Dialogue and interfaith work

Josh Nelson

One of the most popular performers and composers in modern Jewish music, Josh Nelson brings his extraordinary message of hope, unity and spirituality to concert stages and worship services across the globe.

Sunday 23:10 Late night kumsitz (sing-along)
Monday 20:10 Josh Nelson in Concert
Tuesday 10:40 From piyyutim to yeshiva a capella: the evolution of Jewish music
Tuesday 14:40 Prayer as protest, melody as mutiny, anthem as appeal
Wednesday 23:10 Beatles tribute concert

Samuel Neumann

Sammy was born in Manchester from European refugee parents and reared as modern orthodox with several years at yeshivah and university. Though a full time businessman, Sammy spends time touring schools to share his mother’s war story and to explore with students what it means to be human.

Monday 16:00 The Holocaust & Social Action

Danny Newman

Danny is a rabbi at Finchley Reform Synagogue & the founder of HaMakom, which organises Jewish meditation retreats. He read Jewish Studies at Oxford, studied at Yeshivat HaKibbutz Hadati & Leo Baeck College & has worked as Chair of UJS & in corporate law. He is a student of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.

Monday 13:20 Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Jewish Renewal & the Jewish spiritual path (1 of 2)
Tuesday 18:50 Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Jewish Renewal & the Jewish Spiritual Path (2 of 2)

Graham Newman

Graham grew up in Leeds & made aliyah to London. He found the Torah more fascinating than had been taught at cheder, discovered the esoteric side was exciting whilst becoming a spiritual healer & NLP practitioner; an antidote to day job of chartered accountant. He loves sharing those discoveries.

Monday 23:10 DIY or YID humour

Moshiel Newman Daphna

Orthodox Jewish Gay Drag Queen are not words one normally see next to each other, yet they perfectly describe intersectional identities that Moshiel holds dear. He is very excited to really open a dialogue that is rarely seen in the orthodox world, one of intersectionality, and acceptance.

Sunday 21:50 Papa Can You Hear Me - My Journey from Gemara to Gowns
Monday 13:20 Life's a Drag, Queen!
Tuesday 17:30 What does the future hold for religious LGBT Jews?
Wednesday 23:10 Limmud's Late Night Cabaret

Jeremy Newmark

Jeremy Newmark is a Political Consultant. He chairs the Jewish Labour Movement and leads the Labour Group at Hertsmere Council. Formerly CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council and Spokesman for former Chief Rabbi Sacks. He contested and nearly won Finchley & Golders Green in the 2017 General Election.

Tuesday 14:40 Jewish and Labour - under assault? A very narrow bridge (Gesher Tsar Meod)
Wednesday 12:10 Can Labour win back the Jewish community?
Wednesday 16:00 Jon Lansman of Momentum meets Jewish leaders one year on

Jacqueline Nicholls

An artist and Jewish educator, who uses art to engage with traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways. In her ongoing project, Draw Yomi, Jacqueline is drawing the Talmud, with the daf yomi cycle. She programmes Arts and Culture at JW3, teaches at LSJS, and also contributes to BBC R2 Pause for Thought.

Sunday 17:30 Jerusalem dreams
Monday 17:30 Creating Culture: Jewish Arts for Wider Audiences
Monday 23:10 It says what?! In the Talmud?
Wednesday 13:20 Misogynist Film Club: unashamedly queer
Wednesday 14:40 Jewish women taking on the patriarchy
Wednesday 23:10 The Rebbetzins' Disco

Mira Niculescu

Mira is the founder of "Neshama", a Jewish spirituality project. A certified "Jewish Mindfulness Teacher", she teaches Torah and Jewish Meditation internationally. A former Yesod "European Leader fellow" at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, she is currently completing a PhD at the EHESS in Paris.

Tuesday 10:40 Cheshbon ha Nefesh: a face of Jewish meditation (1 of 2)
Wednesday 09:20 Hashkata: A face of Jewish meditation (2 of 2)

Hadas Nir

Director of Fellowship Program in Diller Teen Fellows, Hadas is a certified Group Workshop Facilitator and a Jewish Renewal programer. She has worked in many organisations such as Shatil, Bnei Hamoshavim and more. Hadas holds an MA in Sociology and Anthropology and a BA in Communication and Management.

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

Jo Nissim

After many years of volunteering and community work, Jo Nissim jumped into the professional world of Jewish community and volunteer work from the world of entertainment PR and events. She started at Tikun, before moving to Jewish Care four years ago to work with Sonia Douek in Community Engagement.

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

Leonid Okneanski

Leonid Okneanski is an ardent Limmudnik. He was born in Moldova, received his education in Bulgaria and the US, and lives in Amsterdam. In his Limmud-free time Leonid works as a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager and manages assets for pension funds, companies, and charities.

Tuesday 09:20 Israeli economy: a short analysis

Daniel Oppenheimer

Daniel lives in NW London with his family. He has been studying Talmud on and off for 15 years and thinks he may finally be getting the hang of the easier bits. In his professional life he is a charity finance director.

Monday 16:15 Whose fault is it anyway? Mishnah for kids

Mark Oppenheimer

Mark Oppenheimer is editor at large for Tablet and hosts its hit podcast, Unorthodox. He holds a PhD from Yale, where he now teaches, and has written three books, including "Thirteen and a Day: The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Across America." For 6 years, he was religion columnist for The New York Times.

Sunday 21:50 The nose knows!
Monday 16:00 Superheroes/Hebrews: The role of Jews in film and comics
Monday 20:10 The Donald and the Jews
Tuesday 14:40 Unorthodox Live!

Tamir Oren

Tamir is the Executive Director of StandWithUs UK. Tamir initiated The StandWithUs UK Leadership programme, to empower students to be informed, active and articulate future leaders. Tamir is a reserve duty officer in the Paratrooper’s brigade and commands 140 soldiers in reserve duty.

Tuesday 14:40 A story of an IDF paratrooper in Gaza – reflection and vision for the future in the UK

Ged Ornstein

Ged is a co-producer of the "Whitewashed" documentary and a director of Kitty Hawk Press Limited, publisher of "Whitewashed" (the book). Ged is a trustee of several charities including StandWithUs UK and the Estelle Trust.

Monday 14:40 Whitewashed - antisemitism in the Labour Party

Judith Ornstein

Judith Ornstein is a UK based passionate supporter of the arts, combatting the cultural boycott of Israel. She is the instigator of the Whitewashed Project, fighting Labour's problems with Jews. The book, the film, and valuable links can be found at www.whitewashed.co.uk

Monday 14:40 Whitewashed - antisemitism in the Labour Party

Yoav Oved

Yoav sings around London, promoting unity through music by combining Ashkenazi and Mizrakhi music in concerts. He also sings in many shuls, as a soloist and chorister. He is also a Hebrew teacher at WLS, Halcyon, and Spiro Ark. Yoav enjoys dancing salsa and bachata in his spare time.

Friday 21:15 Community or culture - what is more relevant in Judaism today?
Sunday 16:00 Songs of Israel: Mizrach and Ashkenaz
Monday 13:20 Vocal projection workshop
Tuesday 12:10 Salsa fiesta!

Adam Overlander-Kaye

Adam is chief executive of ORT UK - part of World ORT's global network empowering young people through life-changing education. Over the last 22 years he's worked in education & fundraising for Bnei Akiva, UJS, UJIA & Reform Judaism. This is his 18th Limmud and is here with Jessica, Ayala and Eitan.

Monday 14:40 Israel, Israel, Israel... time for another view through poetry
Monday 17:30 Creating Culture: Jewish Arts for Wider Audiences
Tuesday 18:50 The Binding of Isaac - the real story
Wednesday 17:30 Hacking Judaism: A discussion with the tech community

Eli Ovits

Eli is chief executive of Limmud. Representing Limmud globally, he supports the development of Limmud and its volunteers. Eli is a Captain (res) in the IDF Spokespersons Unit. He has lectured widely, working to strengthen global Jewish life. Eli served in organisations including JU, TIP and JDC.

Monday 13:20 What will be your legacy?
Tuesday 18:50 Limmud Volunteering Happy Hour

Louise Palmer

Louise Palmer is deputy head of services for Jami, a mental health charity. Louise is an occupational therapist with a strong commitment to finding & developing innovative ways to support people with mental illness. She is a proud mum of an 11 year old boy, enjoys reading historical fiction & baking

Wednesday 10:40 Transforming the mental health landscape
Wednesday 13:20 Stress in our families and how to handle it

Jonathan Pam

Jon is the Community Development Director at Masorti Judaism, designing and delivering services to support our communities. He is also surprisingly good at hiding, looks good in any hat and is the creator of last year's Facebook phenomenon #KnitwearofLimmud.

Sunday 16:00 RoboEthics and rabbis: being Jewish during the robot apocalypse
Monday 16:00 Superheroes/Hebrews: The role of Jews in film and comics
Tuesday 13:20 Volunteering at its best: what can we learn?

Zoe Paskett

Zoe is a singer and arts&culture editor. She works for the Ham&High, writing about music, theatre, art, books and comedy. When she isn’t doing that, she writes stories and songs with piano. She’s been Limmud-ing (almost) every year since she was eight, but it's 2017 and we've had enough of experts.

Tuesday 23:10 Acoustic Cafe

Jackie Passman

Jackie taught in both mainstream and deaf education. She acted as an Independent Person in adjudication for children in care and an expert witness regarding deaf issues. The discovery of her father’s wartime diary sparked her recent interest in POW life in the Far East.

Monday 10:40 Under the heel of Hirohito

Dan Patterson

Dan Patterson is an award winning TV producer and playwright. He is best known at Limmud, however, for his late night singalongs based firmly on his youthful years, many years ago, spent song leading in Habonim-Dror.

Monday 21:50 Late night singalong with Dan and Simon
Tuesday 21:50 Late night singalong with Dan

Sally Patterson

Sally is Bristol University's elected Women's Officer. After being Chair of UCS JSoc, she was elected as Education Officer for Bristol Jsoc, and has spent two years on National Council for UJS. Sally co-founded the first student Nisa-Nashim group, uniting Jewish and Muslim women against prejudice.

Monday 18:50 Is campus a safe space for Jews?
Monday 21:50 Wait, did my boss just call me a Princess? A candid discussion on gender bias and our roles in perpetuating and preventing it.
Tuesday 18:50 Women - airing our dirty laundry (safely)

Joel Peck

Joel Peck is an evolutionary biologist working at Cambridge University. He has published in major journals, including Nature, Science, Evolution, and Genetics. His research focuses on issues including the origin of life, the evolution of “altruism”, cultural change, and the design of societies.

Saturday 11:30 The origin of complex life on earth: how did it happen, and what can it teach us about encouraging social harmony?
Monday 12:10 Is life impossible?
Tuesday 12:10 Salsa fiesta!

Chari Pere

Chari Pere creates cartoons for Red Bull and is best known for her viral cartoon "Miscarried, The Comic". She lives in Los Angeles with a mission to use her powers for all that is good and/or funny in the world (preferably both).

Friday 21:15 Community or culture - what is more relevant in Judaism today?
Sunday 16:00 “That’s no job for a nice Jewish…”: Jews in creative industries
Monday 12:10 Man plans and G-d laughs: when plan D is the new plan A
Tuesday 17:30 'Miscarried, The Comic': when procreating isn't as simple as 'Pru U'rvu' - a woman's perspective (1 of 2)
Wednesday 17:30 'Miscarried, The Comic': when procreating isn't as simple as 'Pru U'rvu' - a man's perspective (2 of 2)

Ariella Perry

Ariella is National Director for Sex Therapy at Leumit National Healthcare, an accredited sex therapist through the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and a clinical social worker with over 13 years of experience working with youth, elderly and in mental health.

Sunday 21:50 50 shades of great: exploring Jewish sexuality
Monday 09:20 Living in Israel: perception versus reality – through the eyes of an Anglo-Israeli couple

Ashley Perry

A former advisor to Israel's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Ashley now advises heads of state, former leaders, governments, members of parliament and organisations around the world. He is also President of Reconectar, an organisation reconnecting with over 100 million Anousim.

Sunday 18:50 How to end the 100 year Middle East conflict, by a political insider
Monday 09:20 Living in Israel: perception versus reality – through the eyes of an Anglo-Israeli couple

Phil Peters

Despite his mother's protestations, Phil gave up a 'steady' job at Tesco to join Zing Zing last year and has overseen the Chinese takeaway chain’s rapid growth in 2017. In his spare time, Phil is the vice chair of the Maccabi Football League and one of Limmud Festival's Finance and Commerce chairs.

Wednesday 12:10 Jews and Chinese food

Denise Phillips

Through her books, multiple food columns and master classes, Denise has gained a reputation as the doyenne of Jewish cookery. Her 'hands on' classes provide inspiration for many. Date On A Plate is unique in offering singles a success proven way of networking, cooking & meeting new people.

Tuesday 16:00 Exploring Hummus

Michael Picardie

Michael Picardie has a M.Phil and a Ph.D. in theatre aesthetics and post-modernist critical theory and a M.A. in psychiatric social work. He taught social and developmental psychology at Barnett House, Oxford University, and at Cardiff and Botswana Universities. He teaches yoga and kabbalah.

Monday 09:20 Jewish Meditation
Tuesday 09:20 Yoga and Kabbalah

Idit (Edie) Pick

Idit is an educator on Arab-Jewish relations in Israel, currently establishing UJIA’s new educational programme on Arab-Jewish shared society. She comes from the Israeli voluntary sector, and previously worked for the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem.

Sunday 13:20 Inconvenient truths: when Jews in Britain and Arabs in Israel connect
Sunday 18:50 Arab-Jewish shared society – where is Israel going?
Monday 09:20 Israel is not pizza: why is the diversity approach not enough?

Sargam Picker

Sargam is a creative arts therapist, tutor, & healer. Her background in counselling, psychology and creative arts therapy helps clients integrate the physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual, making sense of their healing process on all levels. She also offers personal rituals focusing on fertility.

Sunday 17:30 Creative approaches to fertility issues

Paula Plaskow

Paula began her career at Jewish Care in 2002. She is team manager of North West Social Work and End of Life Care Team working in collaboration to assist the coordination of people's general needs and at end of life.

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

Matt Plen

Matt Plen is the Chief Executive of Masorti Judaism in the UK, a Jewish educator with over 20 years' experience teaching young people and adults in Israel, the USA and the UK, and a PhD student at UCL-Institute of Education where he is completing his thesis on Jewish Social Justice Education.

Sunday 14:40 How to enthuse the Jews in the pews? Making our synagogues flourish
Monday 10:40 How to be a human - social action (1 of 3)
Tuesday 10:40 How to be a human - relationships and community (2 of 3)
Wednesday 12:10 How to be a human - pluralism (3 of 3)

Simon Plosker

Since 2005 Simon has been the Managing Editor of HonestReporting, the largest global grassroots organisation defending Israel from media bias. He has also worked for the Board of Deputies, BICOM, NGO Monitor and IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. With degrees from Birmingham University and LSE, he made aliyah in 2001.

Sunday 21:50 Is Bibi's time up?
Monday 10:40 Israel and antisemitism
Tuesday 21:50 Fighting anti-Israel media bias: time for some honest reporting (1 of 2)
Thursday 12:10 Red lines: the eight categories of media bias

Marcia Plumb

Marcia Plumb is the rabbi of Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Boston. She is a fellow of the Clergy Leadership Incubator, a trained spiritual director and meditation teacher. She has studied and taught Mussar for 30 years and is passionate about it.

Wednesday 17:30 A spiritual journey through the teenage years

Tirtsa Posklinsky-Shehory

Tirtsa Posklinsky-Shehory is a poet and lecturer on issues of humanistic Judaism. Her book "Transparent Medusa Goes" was published at 2016, and she holds a masters degree in industrial engineering and management from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Friday 21:15 Let's play with the devil - a small Talmudic legend with a great message
Saturday 20:30 Are we better together?
Sunday 13:20 Transparent jellyfish goes

Robin Powell

Having recently retired from his NHS post as a psychiatrist, Robin works in London as a consultant in the private sector (proving that there is life outside of the NHS) as well as assisting in his family business, baking bread, and making cheese.

Tuesday 10:40 Shrink wrap or shrink proof? Tikkun olam for our NHS mental health services

Lucy Prevezer

Lucy is currently a second year movement worker for RSY-Netzer. She has been involved in the youth movement since she was 14 years old. She graduated from Leeds University in June 2016 after studying Managing Performance.

Sunday 23:10 Why do we love a TV show that is sexist, homophobic and lacking in diversity?
Tuesday 18:50 Jewticulate

Social Programming Team

The Limmud Social Programming Team are here to make your Limmud experience a more social one! Look out for a range activities and sessions that will help you to meet new people, try out new skills, have some time to relax and much more!

Saturday 11:30 "Get to know you" walk
Sunday 12:10 "Get to know you" walk
Sunday 14:40 Site sat nav
Sunday 16:00 Speed friending!
Sunday 16:00 Crafternoon tea: candle making!
Sunday 20:10 Positively parlour games!
Sunday 23:10 Another Limmud dating session? Sounds sketchy if you ask me...
Monday 08:00 Morning news review! YNet's Tali Farkash
Monday 09:20 "Get to know you" walk
Monday 12:10 Lunch and learn
Monday 14:40 Knit and natter - knitting circle
Monday 16:00 Crafternoon tea: Jewish origami! How to make an origami Magen David
Monday 17:30 Backgammon/Shesh Besh
Monday 21:50 Speed debating!
Monday 23:10 Hypothetical dating!
Monday 00:00 Midnight pub quiz
Tuesday 08:00 Morning news review! Simon Spungin from Haaretz
Tuesday 09:20 Crossword/Sudoku
Tuesday 12:10 Lunch and learn
Tuesday 12:10 Site sat nav
Tuesday 14:40 Board Games
Tuesday 14:40 Knit and natter - knitting circle
Tuesday 16:00 Bridge and Kaluki
Tuesday 21:50 Adon Olam karaoke
Tuesday 21:50 Articudate!
Tuesday 23:10 Acoustic Cafe
Wednesday 08:00 Morning news review! Gary Rosenblatt of the Jewish Week
Wednesday 12:10 Lunch and learn
Wednesday 14:40 Knit and natter - knitting circle
Wednesday 16:00 Crafternoon tea: hamsa decorating!
Thursday 08:00 Morning news review! Jewish Telegraphic Agency's Cnaan Lipshiz

Colin Purkey

In his teens Colin became interested in mysticism and wanted to study the kabbalah. Later on he became interested in the mythology of Lilith in the Zohar. This led him into an investigation of the Shekhinah and the importance of her role in our relationship with God.

Thursday 12:10 The wife of God

Yarden Raber

Yardén is a faculty member at the Conservative Yeshiva. He studied in diverse batei midrash in Israel and abroad. He holds an MA in Talmud from Tel Aviv University and is completing his rabbinical ordination at the Schechter Institute. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their two daughters.

Monday 12:10 Others and otherness in rabbinic literature: was idolatry a source of ritual defilement? (2 of 2)
Tuesday 20:10 Rabbi Akiva and his legends (1 of 2)
Wednesday 18:50 Rabbi Akiva and his legends - the martyrdom (2 of 2)

Robert Rabinowitz

Rob Rabinowitz is a former religious educator now working in social and environmental finance. Rob is Head of Generation at Mongoose Energy and previously worked for Jewish Continuity, UJIA, and CLAL with a brief stint in multi-faith education at a Presbyterian seminary. Rob’s PhD is in philosophy.

Wednesday 16:00 Jesus the Shabbat breaker

Karen Radkowsky

Karen Radkowsky spent 20+ years at global marcoms agencies: Ogilvy, BBDO & Ketchum. Her firm, Impact: NPO, helps nonprofits achieve greater impact through branding, communications and measurement. A member of Limmud’s International Advisory Council, she was previously the trustee overseeing marcoms.

Tuesday 20:10 What's your brand essence? A workshop for nonprofit organisations

Rachel Reichhardt

Brazilian born, she studied at the Melton mechanchin bechirim programme at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. The first soferet stam certified at seminario rabinico Marshal Meyer in Buenos Aires, Argentina, & the only woman working with it in Latin America, she participated in the Women's Torah Project.

Sunday 09:20 Mystic of Hebrew letters

Alma Reisel

Alma is a KeshetUK trustee, the Jewish charity working for the inclusion of all Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Jews in all aspects of Jewish life. Alma is also a life-long Limmudnick, passionate feminist, family social worker, and Jewish educator.

Monday 10:40 KeshetUK diversity and LGBT inclusion training
Monday 21:50 My untold Jewish story: circumcision (2 of 3)
Tuesday 13:20 LGBT+ inclusion in schools workshop
Tuesday 20:10 Gender and sexuality: introduction (for families)
Wednesday 09:20 Isaac and Rebecca attend family therapy
Wednesday 14:40 Jewish women taking on the patriarchy

Berit Reisel

Berit led the campaign for the compensation for losses suffered by Norwegian Jews during the Second World War. She was ultimately successful, making Norway the only European country to take seriously its responsibility for their country's role in the Holocaust.

Tuesday 16:00 The Norwegian Shoah: the war's long shadows

Susan Reuben

Susan Reuben is a writer and editor. She has a column in the Jewish Chronicle called 'Acting Like a Grown-Up' and was the editor of the JC’s Pesach and Rosh Hashanah magazines. She is also communications officer for Masorti Judaism. When not doing these things, she can generally be found on Facebook.

Tuesday 18:50 What does a Jew look like?

Marcus Roberts

Marcus Roberts is the founder / director of JTrails.org.uk and creates Jewish Heritage trails in England, and Holocaust trails in the Channel Islands and NW France, as well as working with communities across England. JTrails is part of the ‘European Routes of Jewish Heritage’.

Wednesday 10:40 Jewish heritage from 400 feet - drones and Jewish heritage
Wednesday 14:40 The Jews of Canterbury

Yael Roberts

Yael Roberts is the Young Adults Community Organiser for Reform Judaism. She has studied at the Conservative Yeshiva and in the Pardes Kollel. Over the past two years, she completed an MA in Printmaking at UAL while working as Lead Educator at Alyth Gardens synagogue.

Tuesday 13:20 Parshat Vayechi with the Hasidic masters (1 of 2)
Wednesday 13:20 Parshat Vayechi with the Hasidic masters (2 of 2)

Yeva Robinson

Yeva is a Dance Movement psychotherapist and a senior lecturer at Roehampton University. She is a mother of a teenager with Down Syndrome and is passionate about promoting inclusion for young people with learning difficulties.

Wednesday 16:00 A Bat Mitzvah with a difference

Anna Roiser

Anna Roiser is a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal, having previously worked as a family law solicitor. During 2017 Anna took a career break, spending six months in Jerusalem, volunteering and engaging in anti-occupation activism. Anna is a New Israel Fund UK Fellow for 2017/2018.

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

Jonathan Romain

Rabbi, writer, and broadcaster, Jonathan Romain is minister of Maidenhead Synagogue. He is chaplain to the Jewish Police Association, chair of the Accord Coalition (campaigning for inclusive education) and a Patron of Dignity in Dying. His latest book is ‘Confessions of a Rabbi’.

Sunday 21:50 Confessions of a Rabbi
Monday 13:20 The revolution in Jewish status: equilineality
Wednesday 10:40 Reincarnation and the afterlife

Ella Rose

Ella Rose is the Director of the Jewish Labour Movement, which has been an affiliate of the Labour Party since 1920. She has previously been Public Affairs Officer at the Israeli Embassy and President of the Union of Jewish Students.

Sunday 21:50 Ken, Ken, Len: antisemitism denial in Labour
Tuesday 14:40 Jewish and Labour - under assault? A very narrow bridge (Gesher Tsar Meod)
Wednesday 16:00 Jon Lansman of Momentum meets Jewish leaders one year on

Howard Rosen

Howard Rosen grew up in North West London, and has been a practising English solicitor living in Zurich, Switzerland since 1983. Howard is Ambassador at Large for the Commonwealth Jewish Council.

Sunday 17:30 Will Israel ever join the Commonwealth? And why it should...

Melissa Rosen

Melissa Rosen is Program Manager for Matching Grants& Special Initiatives at the Jewish Funders Network. She is responsible for all programmatic initiatives relating to JFN’s matching grant programs &other member services for the JFN network. In spare time she's an avid volunteer & coffee enthusiast

Monday 13:20 What will be your legacy?

Daphna Rosenberg

Daphna Rosenberg is a singer, guitarist, and a main prayer leader in the Nava Tehila Jewish Renewal community in Jerusalem. Daphna composes new music to traditional prayers and poetry.

Monday 18:50 The Art of Chant Leading: workshop for singers, musicians, cantors, rabbis, and lay leaders
Tuesday 10:40 From piyyutim to yeshiva a capella: the evolution of Jewish music
Tuesday 20:10 Nava Tehila in concert
Wednesday 21:50 Chant Circle with Nava Tehila

Jeanette Rosenberg

A popular and knowledgeable family history speaker, Jeanette is education lead for JGSGB. She’s also a part time professional genealogist and was awarded the OBE in 2016 for her disability work, undertaken alongside her official role as a Civil Servant in the UK’s Department for International Trade.

Wednesday 10:40 An introduction to Jewish genealogy
Wednesday 13:20 Genealogy consultation drop-in

Joel Rosenberg

Joel is one of the RSY-Netzer youth movement workers. He has been involved in RSY-Netzer since he went on Israel tour in 2011 where he fell love with the community and ideology. After his gap year travelling, he went to the University of Leeds to study Biochemistry and graduated last year.

Monday 21:50 Jewnetic engineering - a look at the Jewish views on genetic modification

Phil Rosenberg

Phil Rosenberg is Director of Public Affairs at the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the national representative body of the UK Jewish community. Outside work, Phil is a local councillor for West Hampstead in Camden, representing the Labour Party. He is co-chair of Camden's Faith Leader's Forum.

Sunday 14:40 How to enthuse the Jews in the pews? Making our synagogues flourish

Gary Rosenblatt

Gary Rosenblatt is editor and publisher of The Jewish Week of New York, the largest and most respected community Jewish newspaper in the U.S. He is founder and chair of The Jewish Week Investigative Journalism Fund, Write On For Israel, and The Conversation, an annual national retreat.

Saturday 11:30 Confessions of a Jewish journalist
Sunday 21:50 What's so funny about Jewish humour?
Monday 20:10 The Donald and the Jews
Wednesday 08:00 Morning news review! Gary Rosenblatt of the Jewish Week
Wednesday 12:10 The Conversation: a unique Jewish retreat

Simon Rosenstone

Simon is severely visually impaired but has lots of interests. He plays Scrabble in the London Scrabble League, is am a big fan of UNO, and enjoys some outdoor pursuits.

Saturday 16:15 UNO - the number one game
Sunday 16:00 Scrabble schmabble

Rachel Rosenzweig

Rachel is the director of Business Development for Made in JLM, a non-profit that connects and empowers Jerusalem’s startup community. She made aliyah in 2011 after her gap year in Israel with Habonim Dror. She served as an IDF commander in the “Sarel” unit for 2 years.

Monday 20:10 Being a Lone Soldier in the IDF
Tuesday 12:10 The emerging tech and startup scene in Jerusalem (1 of 2)
Wednesday 12:10 The emerging tech and startup scene in Jerusalem (2 of 2)
Wednesday 17:30 Hacking Judaism: A discussion with the tech community

Michael Ross

An experienced life & financial planner, Michael knows how important a healthy relationship with money is to a happy life. Taking a holistic approach, he is passionate about empowering people, and his workshops help them to see the bigger picture and achieve positive life outcomes.

Thursday 09:20 The secret life of money

Sharon Ross

Sharon lives in a constant fog which causes severe cognitive problems. After a long journey she discovered that it is caused by frontal lobe epilepsy and is now on a high fat / low carb (ketogenic) diet to control her brain activity. She lives in Borehamwood with her husband and three beautiful children.

Wednesday 09:20 Ketogenic and kosher - treating a Jewish person with epilepsy through diet

Anthony Mordechai Tsvi Russell

Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell is a vocalist, composer and arranger specialising in Yiddish song, hazones and Hasidic nigunim. His work in Jewish music has brought him to stages all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel. Future engagements include performances in Berlin and Krakow.

Monday 12:10 Desert Island Discs: Anthony Mordechai Tsvi Russell
Monday 16:00 Written in Breath: Yiddish song as commentary
Tuesday 14:40 Unorthodox Live!

Eve Sacks

Eve lives in Hendon with her husband Josh and their three children. She is a trustee of JOFA UK, and hosts the Hendon Partnership Minyan. Eve has been heavily involved in the drafting of a free school bid for a new Jewish secondary school.

Monday 13:20 Authentic Judaism?
Tuesday 10:40 Women and tzitzit
Wednesday 13:20 Women - still, seen and not heard!

Jessica Saffer

Jessica is a clinical psychologist working in the NHS with children, young people, and families with mental health difficulties. She is passionate about disability rights and inclusion. She previously volunteered as co-chair of Participant Care for Limmud, where she championed the first Limmud L'Am.

Monday 12:10 Living on a knife edge; the significant impact of recent changes in disability benefits

Mich Sampson

Mich Sampson is director of music at Finchley Reform Synagogue. An experienced and lively choir conductor and singer, she has also worked with various other communities such as East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue, Edinburgh Liberal Synagogue, Beit Klal Yisrael and St Albans Masorti.

Wednesday 13:20 For singing's sake

Dennis Sasso

Dennis Sasso is senior rabbi at Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born in the Republic of Panama, of Caribbean Sephardic ancestry & holds degrees from Brandeis & Temple Universities. He was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College & focuses on civic & interfaith leadership.

Sunday 16:00 Pioneers in the New World: the Jews of the Caribbean and Panama
Tuesday 10:40 Torah from Heaven: progressive views
Wednesday 09:20 The distinctiveness of Reconstructionist Judaism

Sandy Sasso

Sandy Sasso is director of the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Butler University. She was the first woman ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (1974) and is the author of 15 children's books and co-author of "Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage".

Friday 17:15 Jewish stories of love and marriage
Monday 09:20 Tell me a story: nurturing the spiritual imagination of children through narrative
Monday 17:30 Dreaming with Jacob through art and poetry
Tuesday 17:30 The necessity of looking back

Ran Sasson

Ran is an entrepreneur, systems architect & community-arts projects manager. Currently managing the Eilot Accelerator in the Israeli Arava, leading innovation in renewable energy and cleantech, he has 18 years of initiating, planning and executing projects. He is co‐founder & treasurer of LimmudTLV.

Sunday 12:10 Hard times make the best entrepreneur.

Scott Saunders

Scott set up March of the Living UK in 2010. Its mission is to take young Jewish students/adults on an educational journey to Poland to learn about 1000 years of Jewish history and the Shoah (Holocaust). To date over 1500 young adults have participated.

Wednesday 18:50 My personal journey - a history of how March of the Living started

Florence Schechter

Florence Schechter is the founder of the world's first physical vagina museum and has been shortlisted for a Women of the Future Award 2017 in arts and culture. As a comedian, she has performed across the UK at the Science Museum Lates, Royal Society, and British Science Festival, to name a few.

Wednesday 16:00 Why do we need a Vagina Museum?
Wednesday 17:30 "What's wrong with you?" - live podcast taping
Wednesday 23:10 Limmud's Late Night Cabaret

Lawrence Schiffman

Lawrence H. Schiffman is the Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and Director of the Global Network for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies. He has published numerous books and articles on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Judaism in late antiquity.

Sunday 20:10 The Temple Mount: past, present and future
Monday 10:40 The Dead Sea Scrolls, Judaism and Christianity
Monday 18:50 Archaeology and the Bible: friends or foes
Wednesday 16:00 Rediscovering Bar Kokhba: evidence from the Judean Desert

Amos Schonfield

Amos is busy. He is the Youth & Student Outreach for Yachad, who he also represents at the Board of Deputies. This year, he is co-chairing Limmud Festival's Marketing & Communications team. He is a former Mazkir of Noam Masorti Youth, and a graduate of Leeds University and the Conservative Yeshiva.

Sunday 23:10 Jewish Stock Exchange
Thursday 12:10 How important are the settlements, really?

Adam Schwarz

Adam Schwarz is a civil servant and entrepreneur with a keen interest in history and politics. He works for UK government regulator the Single Source Regulations Office and is current chair of the UK Regulators Network Young Professionals Group. He has also written articles for newspapers.

Sunday 17:30 An Act of Defiance
Monday 10:40 My grandfather: refugee, anti-apartheid leader, Mandela’s top diplomat.

Jacquie Seemann Charak

Jacquie Seemann is an Australian employment, discrimination & education lawyer; a founder of Sydney's Women's Tefila Group and (with her husband) Or Chadash, a modern Orthodox synagogue; a soccer player; and mother of four diversely involved Jews. Jacquie has presented at LimmudOz for many years.

Sunday 14:40 Religion, schools and the law: an Antipodean view of an unholy alliance
Monday 09:20 What's law got to do with it? The Jewish obsession with law, from creation to child protection, and why it makes contemporary Jews who we are

Nathan Servi

Nathan has been involved in Jewish education for 20 years. He is head of education at Maccabi GB and manages Streetwise, the PSHE and RSE provider for Jewish schools, which engages 23,000 young people across the community each year. In 2017 he created ‘Stand Up! Education Against Discrimination’.

Tuesday 12:10 What you need to know for your children's online safety!
Tuesday 16:00 Stand Up! Education against discrimination - teaching about antisemitism and anti-Muslim hate to students in mainstream schools

Emma Sevitt

Emma is an experienced History teacher who has worked in Canada, Holland, and the UK. She focuses her teaching on the issue of race relations. In the summer she embarked on a journey to the American Deep South in order to write a curriculum about the US Civil Rights movement called "Facing South".

Monday 16:00 Facing South

Peter Sevitt

A lover of year round informal Jewish learning and a huge supporter of Limmud, Peter brings his passion and enthusiasm to all that he does. A CPA during the day advising business clients Peter was originally from the UK and immigrated with his wife to Toronto over 40 years ago.

Sunday 20:10 Explore the Jewish world of Leonard Cohen through his life and songs

Limmud Shabbat Team

The Limmud Festival Shabbat team are here to make sure your Limmud experience starts with a variety of stories, learning, peace and unity. We welcome you, whoever you are and wherever you're from. We will be on hand to help and answer questions and we wish you a Shabbat Shalom!

Friday 12:10 Nosh and natter
Friday 12:10 Site sat nav
Friday 12:10 Arts and crafts
Friday 13:30 Site sat nav
Friday 13:30 What is Shabbat? Shabbat rituals
Friday 14:45 Candle lighting
Friday 18:15 Kiddush
Friday 22:30 Oneg Shabbat
Friday 22:30 Board game central
Friday 22:30 Shabbat icebreakers
Saturday 10:00 Shabbat stroll
Saturday 11:30 Exploring prayer on Shabbat - Chavruta
Saturday 16:15 Speed dating seudah
Saturday 16:15 Stories and songs Seudah Shlishit
Saturday 18:00 Havdallah
Saturday 23:00 Saturday night is Quiz night
Saturday 23:00 Shavua tov DIY dance party

Yael Shafritz

Yael grew up in London and is a long-time activist with Keshet UK and Jewdas. More recently, Yael made aliyah to NYC where they completed the Avodah Jewish Justice Fellowship and work as a community organizer. They are a member of Ifnotnow and active in Jewish campaigns against white supremacy.

Monday 17:30 Wrestling with grammar, gender and identity in Hebrew prayer
Tuesday 18:50 Are Jews white?

Noam Shalit

Noam Shalit was born in Haifa and served in the Yom Kippur war. His twin was killed in the battles in the Golan. He graduated from the Technion in 1982, the year he married Aviva. Noam is father to two sons and a daughter. In June 2006 his son, Gilad, was captured by Hamas during an attack in Israel serving in the IDF.

Monday 10:40 Noam Shalit in conversation with Leah Golan
Monday 20:10 The story of the five year-long campaign to free Gilad Shalit
Tuesday 13:20 Noam Shalit in conversation with Michael Wegier

Daniella Shaw

Daniella's research explores how traditional communities negotiate the modern transient world, centring on practice, belonging and identity. She draws on ten years' experience developing grassroots interfaith programmes. In her spare time she is a career and personal development coach.

Monday 14:40 Is life coaching an essentially Jewish journey?
Tuesday 13:20 My summer in 'Amish Country'

Dave Shaw

Dave is a marketing communications specialist and a founding trustee of KeshetUK – the charity ensuring that no person should have to choose between their Jewish and LGBT+ identity. He also chairs Gay Jews in London, providing social activities for those identifying as gay and Jewish in London.

Tuesday 17:30 Purim - reading the megillah with pink-tinted spectacles

Marvin Shaw

Marvin J Shaw is an accomplished author and poet. "Mindful Judaism-A Jewish Guide to Beating Stress and Anxiety" (2017) is his 5th book. Marvin's mission is to facilitate those with and without mental health problems to heal and express themselves through Judaism and the creative arts.

Sunday 20:10 "Girls I've Loved and Lost" - a poetic memoir in spoken verse
Monday 09:20 Identity and empowerment - Judaism, Mental Health and the Creative Arts
Tuesday 14:40 How to write a poetic memoir
Wednesday 12:10 Mindful Judaism - a Jewish guide to beating stress and anxiety

Sybil Sheridan

Sybil Sheridan is a rabbi currently working at the West London Synagogue and the Newcastle Reform Synagogue. A long-time presenter at Limmud, Sybil has taken a break for the last few years. Now she’s back and keen to share fresh ideas on some of the issues she is passionate about.

Monday 09:20 Will there always be Jews in Ethiopia?
Tuesday 14:40 Martin Luther... good or bad for the Jews?

Adina Shine

Adina has been singing with her father's band Neshama since she was 13 years old. Now at Birmingham University, she is a member of a gospel group and also sings at top singing clubs in London and Birmingham.

Monday 18:50 Shine - the concert

Daniel Shine

Danny has been coming with his family to Limmud for over 20 years. His sessions are usually spontaneous and can bring up all sorts of feelings and he relies on the quality of the audience, so please only come to the session if you are a top quality person.

Sunday 23:10 Death
Monday 18:50 Shine - the concert
Tuesday 17:30 Go vegan you cow-sucking perverts!

Yoni Shine

11-year-old Yoni has been singing for 4 years and has reached the finals of the Emunah Competition. He sings regularly with his father's band Neshama and at Ciro's, the London Live music venue.

Monday 18:50 Shine - the concert

Michael Shire

Michael is the Dean and Chief Academic Officer at Hebrew College Boston. He is a Jewish educator and author of books and articles on Jewish Spiritual Education.

Monday 09:20 Tell me a story: nurturing the spiritual imagination of children through narrative
Monday 17:30 Of money and morals

Edwin Shuker

Edwin Shuker is an Iraqi-born activist, philanthropist and public speaker who works to preserve Jewish shrines, sites and archives to keep the link between the Arab world and its displaced Jewish community. Edwin has also supported many projects promoting human rights and freedom in the Middle East.

Sunday 14:40 Remember Baghdad: screening and discussion
Tuesday 12:10 Sephardi Voices: are Arab countries rediscovering their Jewish heritage?

Mathew Shurka

Mathew Shurka is the leading global advocate for ending conversion therapy. Driven to prevent others from being subjected to this therapeutic abuse by licensed practitioners, he has worked in conjunction with the #BornPerfect campaign for legal, mental, and social justice.

Sunday 16:00 ‘Praying the gay away’ - experiences of conversion therapy for same sex attraction
Monday 21:50 Love and acceptance through conversion therapy
Tuesday 20:10 Being LGBT in Trump’s America
Wednesday 10:40 The campaign to outlaw conversion therapy in the USA

Sharoni Sibony

Sharoni Sibony is currently making and teaching ceramics in Toronto. She holds several degrees in English Literature and worked for nearly a decade in non-profit management at Toronto's Jewish Community Centres. She has served as Festival Chair and Board Member of Limmud Toronto.

Saturday 21:45 Stories of Spadina: Toronto's Jewish community
Thursday 12:10 Crafting and designing Zionism: the early years of the Bezalel

Danny Siegel

Danny is an American freelance author, poet and lecturer, and has been on the road in synagogues and other Jewish institutions since 1962. He is mostly known in North America for his tzedakah work through the non-profit he founded, the Ziv Tzedakah Fund.

Friday 17:15 Shabbat poetry to soothe your soul
Saturday 15:00 So you fell asleep during services - do you still count for a minyan?
Sunday 18:30 Mitzvah heroes: what kind of person do I want to be?
Wednesday 16:15 Easy peasy mitzvah projects
Wednesday 17:30 The very best Tikkun Olam for you

Paul Silver-Myer

Paul has been an accountant in private practice for over 25 years. He also has a smaller private practice as an existential psychotherapist because he realised that all of his accountancy training was about the numbers, rather than, or as well as, the people behind those numbers.

Monday 17:30 Of money and morals

Raymond Simonson

Raymond is CEO of JW3, London's JCC; sits on the Limmud FSU International Steering Committee, and the advisory boards of Mitzvah Day and the London Jewish Forum; has a BA in Jewish History; MA in Applied Anthropology and Community & Youth Work; and 20+ years in the Jewish identity/community game.

Sunday 20:10 Raymond Simonson in conversation with Joshua Harmon
Tuesday 18:50 What does a Jew look like?
Wednesday 18:30 Bubbelas love to boogie!
Wednesday 23:10 The Rebbetzins' Disco

Maya Skaarbrevik

Jeneration is the student outreach project of Reform Judaism supporting progressive Jewish student life across the UK. Jeneration host both campus events as well as residential trips throughout the year, and work closely with Alliance Chaplaincy between Reform and Liberal Judaism.

Tuesday 20:10 Your space or mine?

Yiscah Smith

Yiscah is a spiritual activist, addressing the inner soul dimension of authentic living. She employs her prior gender transition journey when sharing the joys and struggles with spirituality & gender identity. Yiscah lives in Jerusalem, teaches hassidut, & provides spiritual guidance to individuals.

Friday 21:15 "It is not good for a person to be alone." Really? Then why were we created this way?
Sunday 10:40 Lech Lecha - go to yourself: heeding the still small voice within.
Tuesday 17:30 What does the future hold for religious LGBT Jews?
Wednesday 09:20 Teshuva: encountering the Divine Presence within - for real!

Alex Sobel

Alex Sobel is the Labour and Cooperative MP for Leeds North West. He was the only new Jewish MP to be elected in the General Election in 2017. He is a Councillor for Moortown, and is a longstanding senior activist of the Jewish Labour Movement.

Wednesday 16:00 Jon Lansman of Momentum meets Jewish leaders one year on

Mor Sofer

Mor grew up in Bet Ezra, and was a member of the Young Journalists Organisation. He served as a reporter in the IDF's magazine 'Bamahane' and was the digital and creative director in an advertising company focusing on soldiers. Today he is the Jewish Agency's shaliach to FZY in Manchester.

Tuesday 18:50 Under the uniforms

Shira Solomons

Community Director at the Jewish Community of Berkshire in Reading, Shira organises cheder, community events, and Judaism talks at schools. She is passionate about practical spirituality and Jewish education that enables children, women, and men to expand their intellectual and spiritual horizons.

Friday 17:15 An idiot’s guide to Shabbat
Saturday 16:15 Families Seudah Shlishit
Thursday 10:40 An idiot’s guide to kashrut

Zvi Solomons

Founding rabbi of Jewish Community of Berkshire, Zvi was Minister in Norwich, Potters Bar and Liverpool Old Hebrews. Keen on Single malt, fountain pens, his garden and sailing, Zvi loves growing his community while sipping on a nice Highland Park. He and Shira have three wonderful kids.

Friday 21:15 Glug. There goes the Highland Park
Saturday 15:00 A Black or White issue? Race in Jewish text
Tuesday 12:10 It ain't necessarily so

Zehorit Sorek

Zehorit is a candidate and chair of the LGBT wing in the “Yesh Atid” party led by Yair Lapid. She established the LGBT religious community in Israel & has been honoured as a Distinguished Member of the LGBT Community. Zehorit is an Orthodox lesbian & lives in Tel Aviv with her wife & 2 kids (19,15).

Saturday 11:30 Israel is a Jewish democratic state?
Sunday 10:40 How to make change happen for LGBT Israel
Sunday 18:50 To be an Israeli orthodox lesbian

Simon Spungin

Simon Spungin is a British-born journalist, editor, and translator who has been living and working in Israel for over 30 years. He is an ardent supporter of Newcastle United.

Sunday 21:50 Is Bibi's time up?
Monday 14:40 Lost in Translation
Tuesday 08:00 Morning news review! Simon Spungin from Haaretz
Wednesday 18:50 Warts and all

Dean Staker

Dean is an award-winning songwriter, recording artist and producer with extensive experience as a busker, studio session player and rock musician touring Australia, Japan and the UK. He is currently musician in residence at Finchley Progressive Synagogue where he leads the ‘Shabbat Resouled’ band.

Wednesday 12:10 Jamming workshop
Wednesday 14:40 Jess Gold in Concert
Wednesday 23:10 Beatles tribute concert

Benji Stanley

Benji is the rabbi of Westminster Synagogue. He lives in London with his partner, Rabbi Leah Jordan. He is passionate about the close reading of texts, and has helped to organise the Limmud Bet Midrash this year.

Sunday 20:10 Godness Grief
Monday 10:40 Give me Yavneh and her Sages (Experienced Morning Intensive) (1 of 4)
Tuesday 10:40 "A plastered well to a cracked oven..." (Experienced Morning Intensive) (2 of 4)
Wednesday 10:40 "Come let us remove him" (Experience morning intensive) (3 of 4)
Thursday 10:40 "On that day" (Experienced Morning Intensive) (4 of 4)

Janine Stein

Janine Stein has worked as an advertising copywriter on three continents. Her addiction to Talmud started with kollel, developed into a fully-fledged habit doing her MA and continues to grow. Once upon a time, she won two Emmy awards for TV commercials she wrote.

Wednesday 16:00 How the Talmud saved my life

Carole Sterling

Carole Sterling serves as the chair of the World Union for Progressive Judaism-the umbrella organization representing more than two million Reform, Progressive, Liberal Jews in 50 countries. She lives in Toronto, and is a student at Rachael's Centre for Torah, Mussar and Ethics.

Tuesday 21:50 Judaism's minority within a minority
Wednesday 13:20 Women - still, seen and not heard!

David-Yehuda Stern

David-Yehuda is a rabbinical student at Leo Baeck College. He holds a BA in Film and Television Studies from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Jewish Education from the London School of Jewish Studies. He has worked in the Jewish community for a decade and lives with his family in Borehamwood.

Sunday 17:30 So, I'm not a kid anymore?
Tuesday 20:10 Kosher ink: Jews and tattoos
Wednesday 18:45 Bedtime stories for sleepy kinderlach

Beverley-Jane Stewart

Beverley-Jane Stewart is an award-winning artist from St John’s Wood in London. She sees herself as a visual writer, enjoying an on-going exploration of the relationship between Jewish and British identity. Her latest work celebrates this year’s centenary of the Balfour Declaration.

Wednesday 10:40 Balfour Accomplished

Wendy Stolerman

Wendy Stolerman is the senior community support worker with Jewish Care's Family Carers Team, offering practical and emotional support and advice to people caring for a relative or friend, and with a particular interest in dementia.

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

Maurice Stone

Maurice is chair of the Israeli Dance Institute (IDI) and works for UJIA. He has been teaching dance for many years at Limmud in the UK, Russia, and Ukraine. He believes that Israeli dance is a fundamental educational tool promoting Jewish identity and a connection with Israel. So let’s dance!

Sunday 14:40 Tayelet
Tuesday 14:40 Ohavim lirkod
Tuesday 18:30 Hamishpacha shelanu: family dancing
Wednesday 09:20 Providing a Kad Shemen for Jewish life - dance as food for the soul

Jeremy Stowe-Lindner

Jeremy is Bialik College’s Principal, having previously been founding Headteacher of JCoSS. Both schools are cross-communal, non-denominational Jewish school. A history and philosophy teacher by training and temperament and an MBA graduate, Jeremy has a tolerant wife and two wonderful children.

Tuesday 12:10 Who is a Jew? Do we agree with Hitler or Orthodoxy?
Wednesday 13:20 A Christian and a Jew walk into a bar....

Harry Style

Harry is a pianist and accompanist. He recently played for the up and coming artist Autumn Shariff at an Amnesty International event in London. He also regularly accompanies various musical theatre artists across London venues including The Pheasantry and the Phoenix Artist Club.

Wednesday 12:10 Jamming workshop
Wednesday 23:10 Beatles tribute concert

Sally Style

Sally is a librarian and researcher at the Montefiore Endowment in London, with a focus on letters and petitions sent to Sir Moses Montefiore in the 19th century by Jews living in Eretz Israel.

Tuesday 13:20 Letters to Sir Moses Montefiore from Jewish petitioners living in Israel in the 1830s and 1840s

Simon Style

Simon is a longtime singer and arranger with a cappella band "Jonah and the Wailers". Decades of endless singalongs to the delight of only some....

Monday 21:50 Late night singalong with Dan and Simon

Ilana Sumka

Ilana Sumka is the founder and director of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, an organization committed to ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza through nonviolent activism.

Wednesday 10:40 Calling all activists: recharge and reconnect with your Neshama
Wednesday 17:30 Is East Jerusalem a settlement?
Thursday 09:20 Jewish nonviolence: you shall love…Israeli violence?

Yoel Sykes

Yoel studied music in Jerusalem and flamenco guitar in Seville, Spain. He is a main prayer leader in the Nava Tehila Jewish Renewal community in Jerusalem. He has composed many new melodies to traditional prayers, influenced by a variety of musical cultures.

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

Gideon Sylvester

Gideon Sylvester is the United Synagogue's Israel Rabbi. He worked in the Office of the Prime Minister and taught Torah and Human Rights to rabbinical students. He is writing his doctorate about West Bank rabbis in talking peace with Palestinians and teaches at Midreshet Emunah V'Omanut.

Sunday 21:50 The West Bank rabbis who are making peace with Palestinians
Monday 12:10 Great artists paint the Bible
Wednesday 10:40 "I would never set foot in Poland!" A virtual walking tour of the Warsaw Ghetto

Abigail Symons

Abi is a writer and has worked as a comedian and comedy producer. Until recently she moonlighted as a community programmer at JW3. She is a fierce feminist advocate and has a great love for stories and coffee in equal measure.

Tuesday 10:40 Around the world in 7 tales
Tuesday 18:50 The Tent of Secrets

Jacqueline Tabick

Jackie Tabick is the first woman ordained in the UK. She is the Convenor of the Reform Beit Din, also overseeing Progressive conversions in Europe. She is the rabbi at West Central Liberal Synagogue. Her PhD thesis was on understanding the outcomes of conversion to Judaism 1952-2002.

Monday 13:20 Does the apple fall far from the tree? Parents vs. Children
Tuesday 09:20 The Rabbi who couldn't grow a beard
Wednesday 16:00 Choosing Judaism: narratives from the Reform Beit Din

Jeremy Tabick

Jeremy is pursuing a PhD in Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He works at Mechon Hadar, an egalitarian yeshiva in New York, where he teaches and manages their online presence and content. Talk to him about Project Zug, Hadar's online chavruta learning platform, and being British in the US.

Saturday 15:00 “As a sign upon your hand”: taking Torah seriously, not literally
Monday 13:20 Does the apple fall far from the tree? Parents vs. Children
Tuesday 10:40 Finding meaning in a (possibly) meaningless world
Wednesday 10:40 “If the Torah is empty, it’s your fault!”: Rabbi Yishmael and Rabbi Akiva in conflict (3 of 4)
Thursday 10:40 Who is Rabbi Eliezer? Mnemonist and magician (4 of 4)

Larry Tabick

Larry Tabick is rabbi of Shir Hayim/Hampstead Reform Jewish Community (until 31 December), and lecturer in Kabbalah and Hasidism at the Leo Baeck College. He is the author of Growing into Your Soul (2005) and The Aura of Torah (JPSA, 2014).

Sunday 21:50 In a Spiritual Bind? Zohar as Mystical Midrash (1 of 2)
Monday 13:20 Does the apple fall far from the tree? Parents vs. Children
Monday 21:50 That daft old man: Zohar as fantasy novel (2 of 2)

Roni Tabick

Roni is the rabbi of New Stoke Newington Shul and assistant rabbi of New North London Synagogue. He was recently ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York where he got his masters in Ancient Judaism. Apart from his family, his main love is Jewish mythology.

Monday 10:40 Four Jewish new years - Beit Midrash beginners (1 of 4)
Monday 13:20 Does the apple fall far from the tree? Parents vs. Children
Tuesday 10:40 Breaking the rules to keep the rules - Bet Midrash Beginners (2 of 4)
Wednesday 10:40 The use and abuse of power - Bet Midrash Beginners (3 of 4)
Thursday 10:40 A rabbinic revolution - Bet Midrash beginners (4 of 4)

Lea Taragin-Zeller

Lea Taragin-Zeller is a Jewish chaplain at University of Cambridge. She is also a doctoral student at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an affiliated researcher at the Woolf Institute in Cambridge.

Monday 14:40 The social life of texts: towards an anthropology of Midrash (1 of 2)
Wednesday 16:00 The social life of texts: towards an anthropology of Midrash (2 of 2)
Thursday 12:10 Daf yomi - Shevuot 30

Sam Taylor

Sam Taylor is the Community Rabbi at Western Marble Arch Synagogue. He has a degree in Management from the Cass Business School and masters degree in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School. He is studying towards a certificate in non profit management at Harvard University.

Monday 13:20 Hallowed & holy
Monday 16:00 Lessons in leadership

Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz

Lindsey studied archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge, prehistory at the Hebrew University, and completed a PhD at UCL on the religious lives of Orthodox women. She's a teaching fellow at LSJS, has lectured at Cambridge and SOAS, and edits books for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization.

Sunday 14:40 Holy war: the Jewish view (1 of 2)
Tuesday 12:10 Choosing the right Bible translation for you!
Tuesday 17:30 Holy war: the Muslim view (2 of 2)
Thursday 10:40 Mishlei/Proverbs: weaving the web of wisdom

Ruth Taylor-Jacobson

Ruth studied painting and etching at the Slade and architectural glass at Central St. Martins, London. Her work is an exploration of her Jewish identity. In 2004the Victoria and Albert Museum commissioned a glass panel for the Judaica display, Sacred Silver and Stained Glass Gallery.

Sunday 16:00 “That’s no job for a nice Jewish…”: Jews in creative industries
Monday 09:20 Marc Chagall - painter, poet

Limmud Chavruta Team

Chavruta - studying in pairs - is an iconic Jewish practice and a Limmud tradition. Here on Festival, we invite you to join us to engage with some carefully selected texts in an accessible, friendly environment. No prior experience, Hebrew knowledge or a partner needed.

Monday 09:10 Morning chavruta – Encountering the Divine: Creation (1 of 3)
Monday 20:10 Evening chavruta – Peoplehood (1 of 2)
Monday 23:10 Late night chavruta – Encountering the Divine: Creation (1 of 3)
Tuesday 09:10 Morning chavruta – Encountering the Divine: Partnership (2 of 3)
Tuesday 20:10 Evening chavruta – Miracles (2 of 2)
Tuesday 23:10 Late night chavruta – Encountering the Divine: Partnership (2 of 3)
Wednesday 09:10 Morning chavruta – Encountering the Divine: Study (3 of 3)
Wednesday 23:10 Late night chavruta – Encountering the Divine: Study (3 of 3)

The Not The Gala Team

The Not The Gala team have been working for months to bring you an exciting, fun-packed show. Actually we haven’t. And there is no ‘team’. But come along anyway if you must, to a show where anything can happen – and probably won’t.

Wednesday 20:10 Not The Gala

Brian Teeman

With a background in RSY Netzer and Jewish community activism, Brian has never been slow to express an opinion. As a believer that software should be open, Brian has been an internet pioneer for over 20 years.

Sunday 17:30 Meet a secret billionaire
Wednesday 17:30 Hacking Judaism: A discussion with the tech community

Sophie Teff

Sophie Teff is a Primary School teacher, currently teaching Year 2 at Chalgrove Primary School, Finchley. Sophie volunteers as a Young Adult ambassador for The Together Plan, a charity working to rebuild Jewish communities and support community activities within Belarus and the Former Soviet Union.

Thursday 12:10 We're back in the USSR: The survival and revival of Jewish life in Belarus

Nava Tehila

Nava Tehila band invites you to a celebration of music and kavana (intention). Hailing from Jerusalem's innovative spiritual scene, Nava Tehila’s original melodies has been sweeping the Jewish world from shules to Jewish Rock Radio. Come sing, chant, lift up your heart (and maybe even dance) with us.

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

Luz Toff

Luz is a life-long Limmudnik and recent Geography graduate. She is a self-confessed foodie with a passion for that which is both nutritious and delicious, despite many dietary restrictions, not all of her choosing.

Tuesday 18:50 What does a Jew look like?
Thursday 09:20 K'mo b'bayit- what does home mean to you?
Thursday 10:40 Guess who (and their food allergies) is coming to (Shabbat) dinner?

Penelope Toff

Penelope Toff is a medical doctor working in public health and as a life and careers coach. She is passionate about supporting people to develop their potential and find work they love. She is a long-time Limmudnik and a former chair of the Limmud Conference UK Arts and Culture programme.

Sunday 14:40 I'm a grown-up woman - shouldn't I know what job I want by now? Anytime of life is the right time to find the work you were born to do.
Thursday 10:40 Guess who (and their food allergies) is coming to (Shabbat) dinner?

Joshua G Townsend

A native of Los Angeles, Judaism has been a consistent current throughout Joshua's life. Though he now works in communications in Switzerland after obtaining a law degree in Washington DC, he continues to study torah. His approach infuses modern and traditional elements.

Monday 10:40 Noah and righteousness: have our values changed in 3000 years?

Francis Treuherz

Francis Treuherz MA RSHom FSHom has been in private & NHS practice since 1984. He is a Board member of the Society of Homeopaths, teaches, writes, & works on the Homeopathic Helpline, sees patients in London NW2 & Letchworth. He is a member of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, Maida Vale, London.

Tuesday 18:50 Practical first aid advice
Thursday 10:40 Homeopathy in Jewish Life

Isaac Treuherz

Isaac is at uni studying Physics with Music. His musical activities are an odd mess of choirs, folk bands and light opera, while the physics is a worse mess of maths problems and missed deadlines. His parents met at Limmud so he'd like to take this opportunity to thank Limmud for his birth. Ta.

Sunday 23:10 A complete history of Jewish music in seven Adon Olam tunes

Shai Tsabari

Born in 1974, Shai grew up in Bat-Yam surrounded by a melting pot of musical cultures and genres combining Yemenite religious singing and Mizrachi pop and rock. These influences played an enormous part on his debut album titled “SHAHARIT” and led him to successful tours in Israel and abroad.

Sunday 20:10 Shai Tsabari Trio
Tuesday 10:40 From piyyutim to yeshiva a capella: the evolution of Jewish music
Wednesday 17:30 A voice in the woods

Noru Tsalic

Noru is Jewish by identity, Romanian by birth, Israeli by citizenship, British by current residence. He writes for Politically-incorrect Politics & The Times of Israel, takes part in presentations & debates. A former IDF soldier, he serves as UK envoy for the Israeli organisation Reservists on Duty.

Friday 21:15 You think you know what Netanyahu should do? So tell me!
Monday 18:50 Is the left right or is the right right? A discussion of political positions in the modern world, in Israel and in the Middle East
Thursday 12:10 How much antisemitism is there in the United Kingdom?

Jonathan Turner

Jonathan Turner is a barrister and chair of UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI), a voluntary association of lawyers which he and others founded in 2011. UKLFI uses the law to support Israel and to counter boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns and other efforts to undermine Israel.

Tuesday 16:00 We have rights too! Using the law to beat BDS around the world
Thursday 10:40 We have rights too! Using the law to beat BDS in the UK

Marie van der Zyl

Marie van der Zyl is Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. She is Chair of the Defence and Interfaith Relations Division, which also deals with campus affairs, and she is an employment lawyer.

Monday 17:30 Researching antisemitism: who, what, why and how many?
Monday 18:50 Is campus a safe space for Jews?

Ian Vellins

Ian Vellins is a retired lawyer and Judge and has MA degrees in Law, Holocaust Studies and Modern History at Oxford, Manchester and Leeds. He has taught the Melton Hebrew University courses and is a regular presenter at Limmuds, historical societies and Art societies.

Monday 20:10 On the Kindertransports. Four boys from hell to Hull.

Naomi Verber

Naomi Verber is a management consultant by day and an artist by night. She studied History of Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art with a particular interest in the inter-war period.

Monday 10:40 Degenerate: the most infamous art exhibition ever held

Richard Verber

Richard Verber is World Jewish Relief's Head of External Affairs and Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He spent four years working for the Union of Jewish Students, is an educator for March of the Living UK and was co-chair of Limmud Conference 2013.

Sunday 14:40 How to enthuse the Jews in the pews? Making our synagogues flourish
Sunday 17:30 'Bored of Deputies'?
Monday 21:50 The secret Jewish history of vodka – with tastings!
Wednesday 13:20 Meet a Syrian refugee

Limmud Volunteers Team

The Limmud Volunteers Team are here to help Limmud Festival be #MadeByYou! Have an hour spare and fancy lending a hand? Come by the Volunteers Hub and we'll find the perfect job for you!

Saturday 20:30 Come and join the Limmud bag packing party!

Yitzach von Schweitzer

Yitzach was born in Austria 1926. He saw German war service in 1944-45, and was then a POW in London until 1948. He studied at the LSE, worked for John Lewis in London and ITT in New York, before settling in Johannesburg. He is married with five children, and has been an Orthodox Jew since 1984.

Sunday 12:10 Bomb disposal in London - 1946 to 1948

Adam Wagner

Adam is a human rights barrister and commentator. He is the founder of RightsInfo, a multi-award winning charity which builds knowledge of and support for human rights in the UK.

Monday 12:10 When religion and law collide
Tuesday 14:40 Fighting hate with rights

Julia Wagner

Julia Wagner is a writer and lecturer specialising in film. She teaches Film Studies at JW3 and the Phoenix Cinema, and is film reviewer for the Jewish Quarterly journal. Julia’s blog on film and TV is published on the Huffington Post UK. She holds an MA in Italian and a PhD in Film Studies.

Tuesday 10:40 #MeToo in Hollywood: Will 2018 see the dawn of a new era?”
Wednesday 13:20 "Transparent" goes to Israel
Thursday 12:10 Our Brilliant Friend: The unmasking of Elena Ferrante

Yda Walt

Yda Walt is an artist/designer who lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has a small printmaking business where she designs textiles which are hand screen-printed in her studio, and made up into products. She co-created the WHERE IS KOVNO? project

Monday 10:40 Where is Kovno? The journey back

Lewis Warshauer

Lewis teaches adult education seminars in Judaism and is based in New York. He has presented at Limmud on topics ranging from art of the Bible to matters of faith. His collected essays "Torah, Talk and Talmud" has just been published.

Tuesday 09:20 Writing workshop - moral dilemmas

Gabriel Webber

Gabriel has just started training as a rabbi, and is particularly interested in the connections between Jewish teachings and modern legal issues. In his spare time he dabbles in journalism and is currently winning a legal battle against Number 10, about former Prime Ministers' expenses.

Sunday 09:20 Two very different fanatics for justice
Wednesday 14:40 Shorthand in Hebrew: Gregg from aleph to tav
Thursday 09:20 How Moses invented freedom of information

Gary Webber

Gary is a mediator dealing primarily with property disputes and families. He is a recovered barrister and a long-term Limmudnik.

Sunday 17:30 Are you willing to be complicit?

Naomi Webber

Naomi is a lawyer and lifetime Limmudnik, and writes for the acclaimed human rights website, RightsInfo. She has a particular interest in situations in which religion comes into conflict with domestic law.

Monday 12:10 When religion and law collide

Lilach Weber

Lilach Weber is a writer, editor, and co-founder of Goddess of Mastik, a literary magazine based in Haifa. Her first poetry book "Not Bad is Okay" was published in Autumn 2017.

Sunday 10:40 Godess of Mastik and alternative culture in Haifa
Sunday 18:50 Arab-Jewish shared society – where is Israel going?
Wednesday 23:10 Limmud's Late Night Cabaret

Michael Wegier

Michael is the Chief Executive of UJIA and has been active in Jewish education and community service for many years having worked in the USA, Israel and the UK. He is a graduate of UCL, the Hebrew University and the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows.

Monday 20:10 "Ben-Gurion, Epilogue" followed by Q&A with Director, Yariv Mozer
Tuesday 13:20 Noam Shalit in conversation with Michael Wegier
Tuesday 16:00 What is the responsibility of British Jews who support a 2-state solution to help secure the other state?

Sheila Weinberg

After 17 years as a congregational rabbi, Sheila brought mindfulness to the Jewish world at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. She has published two books: "Surprisingly Happy" and "God Loves the Stranger". She lives in Philadelphia, is a spiritual director, and has six grandchildren.

Saturday 11:30 Mindfulness and the Jewish year
Sunday 09:20 Jewish mindfulness meditation
Monday 10:40 Jewish spiritual direction practicum
Wednesday 16:00 God Loves the Stranger: Writing Workshop

Saul Weiner

Saul Weiner, MD is an internist and paediatrician at the University of Illinois at Chicago, IL USA. His wife, Suzanne Griffel, is currently Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Michigan City, Indiana USA. Their daughter, Karen Weiner, attended a Jewish Day School and is now at Oberlin College in Ohio, USA.

Wednesday 09:20 There's an atheist in the house: spanning religious differences in families

Roni Weinstein

Roni is an historian of Jewish people during the early modern period. For many years his work focused on Jewish-Italian communities during & after Renaissance period. In recent years he dedicated his research to the history of Jewish religion around the Mediterranean basin & modernisation processes.

Monday 09:20 Law and legality – the modernising turning point of the Shulchan Aruch
Monday 14:40 Unity of variety of Jewish halachah – the Sephardi versus the Ashkenazi viewpoint
Tuesday 10:40 From piyyutim to yeshiva a capella: the evolution of Jewish music
Tuesday 17:30 The rise of the Jewish saint in sixteenth century
Wednesday 12:10 Jewish-Italian communities as a 'Laboratory of Modernity' in early modern period

Benjamin Weinthal

Benjamin Weinthal is a European correspondent at The Jerusalem Post and a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Saturday 21:45 Jihad comes to Europe
Sunday 10:40 The fight against BDS in Europe
Monday 14:40 Is Europe safe for Jews?
Wednesday 10:40 Has nationalism returned to Europe?
Thursday 10:40 Antisemitism in Germany/Europe

Dena Weiss

Dena Weiss is the Rosh Beit Midrash (director of full-time immersives) at Mechon Hadar, an institution for higher Jewish learning based in NYC where she teaches Talmud, Midrash, and Hassidut. Dena earned her BA in Religious Studies from NYU and a MA in Theology from Harvard Divinity School.

Saturday 20:30 Mar'it Ayin: what's the religious value of keeping up appearances?
Monday 10:40 Who is Rabbi Akiva? Legend and law (1 of 4)
Monday 17:30 Daf yomi - Shevuot 27
Tuesday 10:40 Who is Rabbi Yishmael? Preacher and Priest (2 of 4)
Tuesday 17:30 Oral Torah or Written Torah: how God communicates with us, how we communicate with each other
Thursday 10:40 Hadarat Nashim: the exclusion and inclusion of women in Jewish life

Judy Weleminsky

Founder of Pro Israel, Pro Palestinian, Pro Peace which engages the public on our city streets providing information & advocacy about Israel. Chair of University of Roehampton Jewish Resource Centre. Trustee Jewish Renaissance magazine. Voluntary Sector career including CE of 5 national charities.

Monday 13:20 From Hate to Shalom

Michael Whine

Michael Whine is Government and International Affairs director at CST, and UK Member of ECRI at the Council of Europe. He is currently involved in promoting 'Words into Action', designed to enhance protection for European Jewish communities for the OSCE, the European regional security agency.

Monday 16:00 How serious is the terrorist threat to Jews?
Monday 17:30 Researching antisemitism: who, what, why and how many?

Atira Winchester

Atira Winchester has been Director of Programming for New Israel Fund in the UK since 2015 and was previously she was Head of Creative Learning for JW3. Atira holds an MA in English Literature, has a great passion for the Hebrew language, and lived in Jerusalem between 2000-2008.

Monday 18:45 Laila tov stories
Monday 20:10 The Fish Position: feminist Hebrew poems
Tuesday 12:10 50 years of Occupation - where to now?
Thursday 10:40 Hadarat Nashim: the exclusion and inclusion of women in Jewish life

Steven Windmueller

Steven Windmueller, retired dean of the HUC-JIR LA, has a distinguished career as a communal professional and academic. Author of articles and four books on Jewish political and social trends, he holds the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Chair in Jewish Communal Studies.

Saturday 20:30 The state of liberal Judaism in America: new challenges, emerging opportunities
Sunday 09:20 American Jewish legacy organisations and Israel
Monday 20:10 The Donald and the Jews
Tuesday 18:50 American Jewish political behaviour: reflections on two competing ideologies: American Jewish liberalism vs. conservative Jewish political thought
Wednesday 14:40 One billion Chinese, one American Jew: uncovering the blossoming of Jewish inquiry and study in the People's Republic of China; what it may mean for world Jewry and Israel

Barbara Winton

Barbara is the daughter & biographer of Nicholas Winton, organiser of the Czech Kindertransport in 1939 which brought 669 endangered children to safety in the UK. She discusses her father’s achievements in relation to the current refugee crisis & what can be applied today from how he succeeded then.

Thursday 12:10 The Czech Kindertransport and its resonance today

Irene Wise

Irene Wise is an artist and senior lecturer in Media and Culture at University of Roehampton. She is Creative Educator at the British Library and an Imperial War Museum Fellow in Holocaust Education. Irene exhibits artwork and publishes illustration, and writes on a variety of cultural subjects.

Saturday 20:30 The brilliance of ‘Cabaret’... followed by screening!
Sunday 10:40 Film titles and the animated art of Saul Bass
Monday 16:00 The Frisco Kid
Wednesday 13:20 The (Jewish) art of design

Jonathan Wittenberg

Being a child of German-Jewish refugees profoundly influenced his life. He likes trying to understand & build relationships, between us, our Judaism & our spirituality; between different faiths; between refugees & hope; between humans, plants & animals. Just published "Things My Dog Has Taught Me".

Sunday 14:40 Things my dog has taught me - about being a better human
Sunday 17:30 Spiritual resilience (1 of 3)
Monday 13:20 Words worth hearing: ‘No Time for Tears: Childhood in a Rabbi’s Family’ by Sidney Bloch
Monday 17:30 Spiritual Resilience (2 of 3)
Tuesday 16:00 Spiritual Resilience (3 of 3)

Gabriel Wolff

Gabriel Wolff is a Jewish tattoo artist. He supplies Jews all over the world with Hebrew calligraphy designs for their tattoos. He has talked about identity with thousands of his clients worldwide about their tattoos and thus managed to gain an insight to an evolving avant-garde of Jewish identity.

Sunday 16:00 “That’s no job for a nice Jewish…”: Jews in creative industries
Tuesday 18:50 What does a Jew look like?
Wednesday 13:20 Can a purely 'cultural Jew' exist? The possible horizons of secular Jewish identity.
Thursday 09:20 New Jewish visibilities/visual Jewish outing

Rhea Wolfson

Rhea grew up in Glasgow Reform Synagogue. She was previously Mazkira of RSY-Netzer before working for New Israel Fund. Rhea is now a GMB Trade Union Organiser and in 2016 was elected to the Labour Party's National Executive Committee. She stood for parliament in 2017 and is a member of Momentum.

Wednesday 12:10 Can Labour win back the Jewish community?

Tamra Wright

Tamra Wright is Director of Academic Studies at LSJS and a visiting lecturer at King’s College London. She teaches modules on Jewish philosophy as part of the LSJS/King’s MA in Jewish Studies, and is programme leader for the LSJS MA in Jewish Education validated by Middlesex University.

Monday 09:20 “Like a rising moon on a starry night”: Martin Buber’s philosophy of religion
Tuesday 12:10 “Now we’re talking pedagogy!”: Levinasian ethics and Jewish education
Wednesday 12:10 Is Judaism a religion? A very brief introduction to modern Jewish thought

Eyal Yashfe

Eyal is an an associate in Tmura institute, studying to be a secular Jewish rabi. He Guides youth and adult delegations in Poland for more then 10 years. In the last 3 years he leads a Secular Jewish Humanistic congregation in Modiin Macabim Reut, Israel, named "Reim".

Sunday 12:10 Good-hearted murderers and antisemitic righteous among the nations – a humanistic journey to Poland
Monday 12:10 The development of the concept of secular Judaism in the last century

Gill Yentis

Gill has worked for Jewish Care for over twenty years as an in house trainer. Her specialty is to educate about living with dementia. She is a trained Alzheimer’s Society "Dementia Friends" champion. Gill would love to create loads of "Dementia Friends" for the Jewish community.

Wednesday 13:20 Become a Dementia Friend for the Jewish Community

Rob Young

Robbie is Vice President (Society and Citizenship) of the National Union of Students, former NUS LGBT+ Officer and a proud member of Labour Students and Unison. He is a Post Grad at Plymouth University, hails from Coventry and is campaigning to implement the findings of the Jewish student research.

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

Roderick Young

Roderick Young studied English at Oxford, Jewish Studies at JTS and was ordained by HUC. He has been rabbi to: CBST in New York, Leicester Progressive Jewish Community, West London Synagogue and Finchley Reform Synagogue. He is now a freelance rabbi, living and writing in the UK and Italy.

Monday 16:00 Kidnapped! The mysterious case of the captive baby
Thursday 09:20 Messianic Judaism - where is our border?

Adam Zagoria-Moffet

Adam Zagoria-Moffet was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2017 and simultaneously received an MA in Jewish Thought, focusing on the intellectual history of modern kabbalah. His interests are in Sephardi halachah and culture, human rights, ethics, and mysticism.

Monday 21:50 Hakhamemes - Sephardic Hashkafah through quotable sages
Wednesday 09:20 Intermarriage - the state of the debate

Erin Zaikis

Erin Zaikis is the CEO of IsraAID-US, Israel's largest humanitarian relief organisation. Erin is also the founder of Sundara, a nonprofit that creates soap recycling enterprises across India, Uganda and Myanmar. She has been recognised by the Huffington Post, CNN, BBC, and Global Citizen.

Wednesday 18:50 Write letters to refugees

Andrea Zanardo

Tired of lecturing on Jewish history he is currently working for the Jewish future. Rabbi in Hove (actually). Loves mate tea.

Monday 17:30 Remembering the Romani genocide: how and when

Raphael Zarum

Raphael is Dean of LSJS where he lectures in Jewish Education and New Readings of Classical Texts; as well as training teachers, rabbis and educators. He has Semicha (Montefiore Kollel), a PhD (Theoretical Physics KCL), an MA (Adult Education, UCL), and is a Jerusalem Fellow (Mandel School).

Monday 10:40 Nimrod – the first dictator
Monday 20:10 Elisheva; the forgotten midwife
Tuesday 14:40 The Last Jedi – Luke leads from the Garden of Eden
Tuesday 21:50 Confucius, Ezra and Socrates – how to rebuild…
Wednesday 13:20 Seven metaphors for God

Mordechai Zeller

Mordechai Zeller is the Jewish chaplain at University of Cambridge. Before coming to the UK, Mordechai served as a rabbi and spiritual guide at Yeshivat Maaleh Gilboa, teaching Jewish Mysticism and hassidic thought. He is also a clinical and educational psychologist.

Sunday 20:10 Overcoming moral dissonance through Midrashic interpretation: the disturbing case of the captive woman.
Monday 09:20 Dybbuks and Maggids: subversive female voices in 16th Century Safed
Tuesday 14:40 The secret journey of the high priest: Narnia and the Hekhalot

Simone Zimmerman

Simone Zimmerman is an organiser and activist from Los Angeles. She is one of the founders of IfNotNow, a movement to end the American Jewish community’s support for the occupation and for freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians.

Monday 12:10 Human rights under fire: maintaining our commitments under hostile governments
Tuesday 13:20 What I wish my Jewish day school had taught me about the Occupation.
Wednesday 17:30 Which side are you on, my people? Why polarisation is good for the Jews

Sadi Zinger

Sadi Zinger lives in Kibbutz Kabri in the Galilee. He works in financial management and enjoys participating in and coaching sports.

Sunday 10:40 Kibbutz - freedom for or freedom from?

Vital Zinger

Vital is a social activist, lawyer, motivational speaker, and a world medalist in Para DanceSport. Although paralysed since childhood, that never stopped Vital from fighting for accessibility, serving in the IDF, running for the Knesset, and changing the world for the better, all on 4 wheels.

Sunday 20:10 Rock and ROLL – dancing on wheels
Monday 12:10 Fighting for your rights
Tuesday 18:50 Social leadership and activism
Wednesday 12:10 Think positive, feel capable

Harold Zwier

Harold Zwier has a longstanding interest in civil debate and constructive dialogue. Although he works in the IT industry as a software engineer, his real interests are in ideas, politics, the Jewish community and writing. He is married, has 2 children and lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Saturday 11:30 Ben Pekuah - Kosher meat from animals that don't need shechita (ritual slaughter)
Monday 20:10 Judaism is important, but is G-d optional?

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