Limmud Festival 2017

Limmud Festival 2017 – Monday 13:20

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A new educational model – Torah academy for Hasidim

Menachem Bombach 

Green 27

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.

Authentic Judaism?

Eve Sacks 

Purple 31

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.

Does the apple fall far from the tree? Parents vs. Children

Jeremy Tabick  Larry Tabick  Jacqueline Tabick  Roni Tabick 

Yellow 23

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.

Emotional self-defence tools for first responders

Moshe Farchi 

Green 26

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.

Israel - three big questions: is the Palestinian refugee problem soluble? (2 of 3)

Robin Moss 

Red 4

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?

Celebrating Jewish culture in Morocco

Janet Levin 

Red 1

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.

The revolution in Jewish status: equilineality

Jonathan Romain 

Red 5

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?

What will be your legacy?

Eli Ovits  Dan Brown  Clive Lawton  Harvey Bratt  Melissa Rosen 

Orange 15

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.

From Hate to Shalom

Nigel Goodrich  Judy Weleminsky 

Blue 34

A short film (30 mins) about challenging anti-Israel hate in Scotland and engaging the public on our city streets. Followed by a discussion.

Death Cafe

Holly Blue Hawkins 

Red 6

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?

Hallowed & holy

Sam Taylor 

Red 2

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.

Jerusalem, united capital?

Arieh King 

Yellow 24

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.

Life's a Drag, Queen!

Moshiel Newman Daphna 

Orange 10

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!

Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Jewish Renewal & the Jewish spiritual path (1 of 2)

Danny Newman 

Blue 33

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.

Rescuing the children: Basques and Jews.

Mike Levy 

Green 25

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.

See the Divine through the eyes of Rav Kook (2 of 2)

Michael Feuer 

Red 9

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.

The other (acher): Elisha ben Abuyah & heresy (2 of 2)

Leah Jordan 

Red 9

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.

Vocal projection workshop

Yoav Oved 

Red 7

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!

Wall and Rhoda

Linda Berkowitz  Abigail Morris  UK Jewish Film Festival  Laura Marks 

Orange 13

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).

Why did the Pope die? What happened in Rome in 1280?

Chaim Hames 

Orange 12

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.

Words worth hearing: ‘No Time for Tears: Childhood in a Rabbi’s Family’ by Sidney Bloch

Jonathan Wittenberg 

Red 3

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.

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