Limmud Festival 2017

Limmud Festival 2017 – Monday 20:10

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Being a Lone Soldier in the IDF

Rachel Rosenzweig 

Yellow 22

A Lone Soldier is a soldier in the IDF who does not have financial support from their family or is a new immigrant. Rachel will discuss her experience as a lone soldier, of others' experiences as lone soldiers, and about the organization she has been a central part of: The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin.

"Ben-Gurion, Epilogue" followed by Q&A with Director, Yariv Mozer

Michael Wegier  Yariv Mozer 

Orange 13

Revealing excerpts from a previously unseen interview with Israel's founder, "Ben-Gurion, Epilogue" considered by Hollywood Reporter, as "An invaluable historical document." Israel's Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary will be followed by a Q&A with Director, Yariv Mozer, hosted by Michael Wegier, chief executive of UJIA. (90 min. in total)

Building successful programmes

Liat Cohen Raviv 

Green 27

For the past 20 years, Diller Teen Fellows has developed over 3,400 young leaders who are committed to the Jewish people and making the world a better place. In this sessions, the secrets to our work and the lessons learned over the past 20 years will be shared!

Elisheva; the forgotten midwife

Raphael Zarum 

Orange 12

To my mind, Elisheva is surely one of the most important people in the Torah. She witnesses exile, exodus, Revelation and final redemption. She knows everyone and had a huge impact on the birth of the Jewish people. So come and learn about the forgotten heroine of the bible.

God save us from your opinion or a Beit Midrash of the internet age?

Isabel Bard 

Orange 10

We will explore how a group of 17,000 Jews (and non-Jews!) of all streams discussing Judaism began, what it means to have a community in the internet age, and how it functions at all given that it holds a minimum 17,001 opinions.

Israeli dance party (2 of 4)

Sheila Eizensharf 

Red 7

Let your hair down and have fun at our late night Israeli dance party - a mixture of old and new, circle, line and partner dances. A lot of fun for lots of people! We start with easy dances so everyone can be included. So save your energy and join our circle!

Judaism is important, but is G-d optional?

Harold Zwier 

Red 5

A wise old man with a white beard sitting on a throne, might provide a child with an introduction to concepts of the divine, but it doesn't provide the basis for an adult conversation. Here are three Jewish stories, one from the Talmud, that might start a conversation about what on earth we are to understand about G-d and the transcendent.

#MeToo: sexual assault in the Tanach

Sarah Bronzite 

Orange 11

One simple hashtag revealed levels of sexual harassment and assault so high that it's hard to take it in. This session will catalogue biblical sexual assault, together with some contemporary cases of harassment. What are our reactions to these examples? Why do so many men continue to harass? And what action can be taken to address the problem?

On the Kindertransports. Four boys from hell to Hull.

Ian Vellins 

Yellow 21

The small Jewish community of Hull amazingly sponsored 54 Jewish children to come to Hull on the Kindertransports in 1938/39. These are the stories of four of these boys, how they adapted to life in England and made a success of their careers.

Orthodox Judaism - a concept and its history

Ezra Margulies 

Green 26

How and when did "Orthodoxy", a Christian concept, first enter the Jewish lexicon? And what does it actually mean? We'll explore in this session the term's history, and the different meanings it acquired over the past 200 years.

Passion Killer

Hadar Galron 

Red 6

Satirical Cabaret on Women's weaknesses and strengths from the days of the bible until today. With monologues of different female characters including: Eve, Tamar, Esther and Rahab.

Evening chavruta – Peoplehood (1 of 2)

Limmud Chavruta Team 

Red 4

Chavruta (study in pairs) is a great Limmud tradition. No experience and expertise required, everyone is welcome and we guarantee you will have a fascinating, meaningful experience! Today, we'll explore Jewish peoplehood. What, if anything, binds Jews together and what implications might this have?

Rogues, thugs and ‘The King’: the Jewish heroes of Soviet literature

Shoshi Ish-Horowicz 

Blue 34

Russia has a large presence in Jewish literature, but is there a Jewish presence in traditional Russian literature? We’ll be looking at how and where Jews appear in stories written by Russians for Russians, focusing on the fictionalised anti-heroes of the 1920s short stories by ‘The Jewish Hemingway’, Isaac Babel.

The Donald and the Jews

Ellen Flax  Richard Landes  Gary Rosenblatt  Steven Windmueller  Mark Oppenheimer 

Orange 15

Immigration, justices, the environment, healthcare, regulations, taxes, North Korea, Iran - in substance as well as style, President Trump has left the past eight years behind. But will American Jewry keep up? If not, why?

The Fish Position: feminist Hebrew poems

Atira Winchester 

Red 2

From Agi Mishol through to Yona Wallach, contemporary Israeli Feminist poetry is fiery, offbeat and explosive. This session is your chance to explore some of the strongest and most provocative Feminist poems emerging from Israel today. Not for the faint-hearted.

The story of the five year-long campaign to free Gilad Shalit

Noam Shalit 

Red 1

In June 2006 Gilad, serving in the IDF, was captured inside Israel by Hamas and taken as a captive to Gaza. What followed was five years of uncertainty. This session, led by his father Noam, will look at the intelligence failures, the window of opportunity, the campaign and eventually the deal that brought Gilad back home to Israel in October 2011.

Yerushalayim shel zahav

Yuval Keren 

Green 25

This song, written in pre-war 1967 and modified after the war, represents more than any the atmosphere of Israel at the time. We will explore the history of the song and it impact on the Israeli society and beyond.

Josh Nelson in Concert

Josh Nelson 

Yellow 24

Join American multi-instrumentalist and composer, Josh Nelson, and Limmud’s House Band for an hour of groove, God, and good vibes (in no particular order).

Funny for Five at Festival: the performance!

Rachel Creeger 

Blue 32

Come along and support your fellow Limmudniks as they foray into stand up comedy under the guidance of professional stand up comedian Rachel Creeger. Grab a drink, take your seat and laugh away the night.

Mah nomar lefanecha - in the face of terror and tragedy can we still speak to G-d?

Neil Janes 

Red 3

Join us in study and conversation as we explore Jewish Philosophical and Theological responses to the age of terrorism and tragedy and help us find ways to continue to talk to God.

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