Limmud Festival 2018 - Presenters

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Nic Abery

Nic Abery is the Director of LooktoLearn and an education consultant for EFI and PaJeS. Her most recent achievement was creating Israel70: Building Artistic Connections which is being showcased at Festival, having been previously on display at JW3 and Israel.

Tuesday 09:10 How 6500 children engaged with Israeli history, art and culture
Tuesday 17:30 Israel70: Building Artistic Connections exhibition tour (1 of 3)
Wednesday 17:30 Israel70: Building Artistic Connections exhibition tour (2 of 3)

Vanessa Abraham

Vanessa loves to laugh. Vanessa is a qualified Psychotherapist. She is passionate about her work and promoting wellbeing. Her enthusiasm has lead her to facilitate laughter wellbeing sessions and she takes this seriously and will be delighted to bring this to Limmud this year.

Sunday 14:40 Get out of your head and into your body
Tuesday 17:30 Laughter yoga wellbeing (1 of 2)
Wednesday 19:10 Why laughter is the best medicine? (2 of 2)

Robert Abrams

Rob is a co-founding member of the group 'Na'amod, British Jews against Occupation'. Previously involved with the All That's Left Collective and the Centre for Jewish Nonviolence, he completed an MA in Transitional Justice and Human Rights at the Hebrew U while living in Jerusalem.

Tuesday 13:20 British Jews opposing the occupation

Eli Abt

Apart from his work in architecture and music, Eli's interests include the often surprising meanings behind the striking images in medieval Hebrew manuscripts. He has spoken and written on this subject for many years in the UK and abroad and is currently working on a book on the Catalan Haggadah.

Friday 17:30 Passover protest: subversive images in the C14 Haggadah

Amira Aharonovich

Amira is the deputy director general and COO of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Amira holds an MA in Business Management and is a graduate of the Mandel Educational Leadership Institute in Jerusalem. Amira has been working for more than 22 years at The Jewish Agency for Israel in management positions

Monday 17:30 Why impact investing is inherently Jewish
Tuesday 13:20 Taking up the timbrel! Jewish women in the forefront of social organisations

Mohinder Ahluwalia

Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia is the chairman and visionary for the Nishkam Group of Charitable Organisations. One of top 100 most influential Sikhs in the world, he has received many awards for his service in propagating the Sikh faith and engagement in interfaith work.

Sunday 18:40 Make friends - Jewish and interfaith perspectives on friendship

Vivian Aisen

Vivian started her diplomatic career at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs more than 20 years ago. Prior to her current mission, she served at the Israeli Embassy in Brussels, in London, in Chile and in Kazakhstan. Born in Brazil, she moved to Israel 30 years ago. She is fluent in English, Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Wednesday 13:20 Mashav - The Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation
Wednesday 16:00 Save A Child’s Heart

Luke Akehurst

Luke has been director of We Believe in Israel since 2011. We Believe in Israel is a BICOM initiative and is a broad coalition of over 17,500 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.

Sunday 20:30 In conversation: Jon Lansman and Luke Akehurst
Monday 16:00 What do the British public really think about Israel?

Jamal Alkirnawi

Jamal is the founder and executive director of A New Dawn in the Negev. A passionate visionary, the now 10-year-old organization is a manifestation of his desire to raise the level of education for the Bedouin community in Israel’s Negev region.

Sunday 21:50 Empowering Israel's Bedouin Youth for a Better Shared Future
Monday 13:20 Creating inclusive shared societies in the face of seemingly vast divides
Tuesday 14:40 I just met Pope Francis. Here's why I'm excited about interfaith ecological cooperation
Wednesday 13:20 Inside out: my Israeli Bedouin identity

Ellen Allard

Ellen is a recording artist, music educator, composer, performer, has a BA in Music, Master’s in Education, is a health coach, teaches kid’s yoga/music and lives in Boston. She has 2 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 5 grandkids, 2 granddogs, and she extolls the virtues of eating dark chocolate daily.

Sunday 16:00 Rhythm 'n' Ruach: drumming and singing for kids and grownups
Tuesday 17:30 Family concert with Ellen Allard and the Limmud House Band
Wednesday 16:00 New Jewish Voices: Concert & Conversation

Daniel Allen

Danny is a consultant psychiatrist working for the NHS and privately. He has a special interest in Jewish medical ethics and his practice is also doing pioneering work with a new Israeli-developed treatment to help people suffering from Alzheimer's.

Monday 18:40 The halachah of psychiatric treatment
Wednesday 09:10 The UK experience of rTMS-COG in Alzheimer's disease

Emma Alter

Emma is a professional musician and Feldenkrais teacher. She has twenty years experience of both world-class performance and teaching, specialising in working with performers. Her clients come from all walks of life and share a desire to improve their quality of life, through how they move.

Sunday 14:40 Feldenkrais: finding better balance - the feet (1 of 4)
Monday 12:00 Feldenkrais: finding better balance - the hips (2 of 4)
Tuesday 14:40 Feldenkrais: finding better balance - a flexible chest (3 of 4)
Wednesday 14:40 Klezmer tunes learning session
Wednesday 17:30 Feldenkrais: finding better balance - freeing up the neck (4 of 4)

Shulamit Ambalu

Shulamit Ambalu recently joined Sha'arei Tsedek, North London Reform Synagogue, as it's new Principal Rabbi. She has taught rabbinic literature as well as vocational skills at Leo Baeck College for some years, and sees teaching and learning as the heart of her Jewish life.

Sunday 20:30 Progressive Jews and women: loving the texts that hate us
Monday 09:10 Becoming the parents/adults we want to be

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 North London. A former Limmud Programming Chair, in another life Daniel is Deputy Leader on Enfield Council.

Sunday 14:40 Can the market ever be moral?
Sunday 21:50 What is Torah and what does it mean to you?
Tuesday 09:10 Ashkenazi Jews – Who do we think we are?

Martine Therese Andrevon Gottstein

Therese Martine is a scholar of Jewish-Christian relations. She has studied changes in Christian theology of Judaism and the formation of the landmark declaration Nostra Aetate, in which the Catholic Church made the most dramatic theological about-face, with reference to its teaching in Judaism.

Monday 16:00 The religious revolution - how the Catholic Church changes its teachings on the Jews
Tuesday 14:40 A Christmas special - Are Catholics our Friends or Enemies?
Wednesday 09:10 Jews telling Christians what to believe - then and now

Jane Ansell

Jane founded Sleep Scotland, supporting families of children and young people with additional support needs and sleep problems, and TEENS+ post-school special needs education programme. She co-founded the Edinburgh Jewish Dialogue and Cultural Centre, and delivers various Jewish learning programmes.

Sunday 16:00 Sleep: how do we achieve it & what does the Torah have to say about it?

Itai Arik

Having worked for various Jewish organizations in the UK, Israel and Canada, Itai decided to make a twist in his career and pursue his culinary passion. After founding Jaffa Mama back in Israel, a social enterprise connecting people through food, he created Lev&Tine and a co-founded Market Polo Group.

Monday 14:40 Gefiltefest: Itai Arik of Lev&Tine

Yakov Ashkenazi

Yakov is Israeli in origin and has lived in the UK for seven years. He studied economics at Kings College London and is currently working at Bloomberg LP

Sunday 16:00 A journey out of ultra-orthodoxy and into the modern world - how can mentors help?

Gefiltefest at Limmud

Gefiltefest is the biggest Jewish food event in Europe and brings people together to experience the connection between Judaism and food. Education, enthusiasm and exploration are at the heart of this proud, cross-communal celebration of Jewish food. These values make a perfect fit for Limmud Festival.

Monday 10:40 Gefiltefest: Is Bamba the only real Israeli food?
Monday 12:00 Gefiltefest: Making bread shouldn't be a PITA
Monday 12:00 Gefiltefest: Humous War - food at the frontier of conflict
Monday 13:20 Gefiltefest: How to have your kugel and eat it
Monday 14:40 Gefiltefest: Itai Arik of Lev&Tine
Monday 16:00 Gefiltefest: These are a few of my favourite Ottolenghi things
Monday 17:30 Gefiltefest: Pickle and sauerkraut making: fun with (lacto)fermentation
Monday 17:30 Gefiltefest: All hail the Kosher cheeseburger?
Monday 20:30 Gefiltefest: The Jewish roots of Spaghetti Bolognese
Monday 21:50 Gefiltefest: The secret Jewish history of vodka - with tastings
Monday 21:50 Gefiltefest: Sadeh Farm
Monday 23:00 Gefiltefest: Cocktail Making

Joely Axelrod

Joey is a history teacher. In her final year studying History, she came across one sentence in an article on suffragettes that just said 'the Jewish League for Women's Suffrage existed'. This sparked her interest and so she turned one sentence into a 9000 word dissertation. The rest is history.

Sunday 10:40 Who were the Jewish suffragettes?

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