An unprecedented educational network for Hasidim has been established in Israel, integrating secular studies with the Jewish curriculum to secure an economic future previously not available for them. This school, spearheading a new direction, has social implications and a real cost in the Charedi community.
Does Judaism have a problem with religious fundamentalism? A look at some of the troubling features of the extreme parts of the ultra-orthodox community, and why this fundamentalism has become a perversion of Torah values. This session includes testimony from those who are trapped in this community and are unable to speak out.
They say that an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but sometimes parents and children find their paths radically diverging. With kabbalah, mythology, Talmud, and laws of conversion, the Tabicks tackle family pressures from four different perspectives. Come for the learning, stay for the family drama! Just joking, we mostly get along.
Tel-Hai College Social Work Department trains 25 BA students to be highly qualified first responders. The training contains theoretical and practical skills for the first responder. Part of the training is "Emotional Self-Defense" a set of tools for prevention of secondary traumatisation. The need for these tools will be discussed.
Over three sessions, we'll explore three issues of existential importance to Israel in the 21st Century. I'll frame the question, you bring the answers! In this session, we'll journey to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The refugee problem is where competing narratives, claims of "justice" and political realities collide. Is there a way out?
The Mimouna Association has held Days of Jewish Culture all over Morocco since 2007. What inspired us and our fellow students at Al Akhawayn University to set up Mimouna? Who participates and what reactions are we getting? We also discuss how Muslim attitudes towards Jews have evolved since the great migration of the 20th century until today.
Reform Judaism has undertaken a major shift in determining Jewish status, which can now go through either Jewish parent. Why should it be just the mother’s line when Judaism went through the father’s line in biblical times? What caused the changes then and now, and what will be the consequences?
Join this discussion as we ask panelists and the audience to consider how they would like to be remembered; what singular act, event or role they would like to be regarded as their legacy to the Jewish world.
A short film (30 mins) about challenging anti-Israel hate in Scotland and engaging the public on our city streets. Followed by a discussion.
At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. Our aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Come discuss this formerly taboo subject, in a setting where small groups of people join together to speak about their experiences, hopes and fears. Curious?
There are only three people the Talmud describes as being holy - Joshua, Judah and Joseph. Find out why this is the case and how we can follow in their footsteps.
Fifty years since the unification of Jerusalem and there is still much work to be done to secure the future of our holy city. Discussion of the role of the entire Jewish nation in making the dream a reality.
Identity is something that we as Jewish People take very seriously, and hold dear to our hearts. The same can be said about the people of the LGBT community. In this open discussion lecture forum we will learn and discover what drag is, go through the transformation process, and get an inside peak into the wild world of life as a Jewish Drag Queen!
This session (the first of two) will look at how the events of Reb Zalman's life shaped his thinking and teachings, including some personal thoughts about what is attractive in Reb Zalman's teachings and the Jewish Renewal movement.
In 1937, some 4,000 children fled worn-torn Spain for safe havens in Britain. A year later, the first of 9,300 Jewish children came on the Kindertransport. Drawing on recently discovered film footage and his own research, Mike tells the story of the two great escapes - one of which has been largely forgotten, the other often misunderstood.
Rav Kook was one of the spiritual giants of the 20th century. In these sessions we will explore his revolutionary approach to the nature of Israel, his thoughts on Divine service, and his goal of bringing redemption through the reconciliation of the particular and the universal.
Fans of the Elisha ben Abuyah story cycle love it because its questions are foundational: why do evil and suffering exist in the world? Whether you've looked at this tragic-beautiful story before or this is your first encounter, come learn the original sources in depth, in the Tosefta and Yerushalmi, and make meaning of it together.
Ever felt strained while speaking? Lost your voice after an hour? Come and learn from an experienced classical singer how to use your body to support your voice and use it with confidence. Useful for teachers, businessmen, singers and anyone who has a voice!
Introduced by Linda Berkowitz, these two fascinating films about women’s experiences will be followed by a panel discussion with invited speakers Abigail Morris and Laura Marks. Directed by Naomi Wise (26 mins, no English subtitles provided).
In August 1280, Abraham Abulafia, a self-proclaimed Messiah and Kabbalist, made his way to Rome to have an audience with the Pope. He had made his plans carefully and knew the exact date for the papal audience. Who he was, why he did this, whether he succeeded, and why Christianity is still a going concern will be the topics of this session.
There’s nothing better than hearing a good tale well told. Open your ears and your mind to hear Limmud presenters share their favourite Jewish stories; readings will be followed by a short discussion. Today, Jonathan Wittenberg will share extracts from ‘No Time for Tears’, a moving story about growing up in England in the 1930s and 40s.