Limmud Festival 2018 - Presenters

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Ran Gabrieli

Ran is an Israeli educator, lecturer worldwide and founder of ELSE foundation in the US. He is the father of Ayala and Noga and partner for life to Naama. He has an M.A. in gender studies from Tel Aviv University and is author of the viral (18,000,000 views) TEDx Talk "Why I stopped Watching Porn".

Thursday 10:40
Thursday 10:40 Porn, moral clarity and ethical capitalism

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 can be found at Magen Avot and LSJS in Hendon, and occasionally at Yakar in Jerusalem.

Sunday 18:40
Sunday 18:40 Job inside out
Monday 09:20
Monday 09:20 Morning Seder (Advanced) - Transitions (1 of 4)
Tuesday 09:20
Tuesday 09:20 Morning Seder (Advanced) - Purim (2 of 4)
Tuesday 14:25
Tuesday 14:25 Just blood and guts (Daf Yomi - Chullin 28)
Wednesday 09:20
Wednesday 09:20 Morning Seder (Advanced) - Pesach (3 of 4)
Thursday 09:30
Thursday 09:30 Morning Seder (Advanced) - Clothing (4 of 4)

Philippa Gamse

Philippa is usually known as a digital marketing expert. However in her other life she has studied "Soul Memory Discovery" with her teacher Ellen Kaufman Dosick and others since 2005 and has recently been researching the topic of reincarnation from a Jewish perspective. Come and hear her gleanings!

Sunday 10:40
Sunday 10:40 Do Jews do karma? Reincarnation in Jewish thought (1 of 2)
Tuesday 16:00
Tuesday 16:00 Do Jews do karma? Reincarnation in Jewish thought (2 of 2)

Joshua Garroway

Joshua teaches at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. He was ordained at HUC-JIR and earned his PhD from Yale. He has written two books on Paul and many articles about Judaism and Christianity in antiquity. A native of New York, Josh currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their three boys.

Sunday 20:30
Sunday 20:30 Inside the mind of God: Plato and the rabbis
Tuesday 09:10
Tuesday 09:10 Making Meaning in Ancient Alexandria
Tuesday 13:20
Tuesday 13:20 The first (and forgotten) Messiah
Wednesday 14:40
Wednesday 14:40 Paul, the Torah, and Modern Judaism

Eli Gaventa

Eli is an Israel engagement educator at UJIA where he works with Jewish youth movements and other community partners. As an educator and activist, he has worked with many community groups as an education worker at Bnei Akiva and as community director at Muswell Hill Synagogue.

Wednesday 09:10
Wednesday 09:10 HaTikva and Jerusalem of Gold: A Two-National-Anthem Solution?

Hannah Gaventa

Hannah Gaventa is IsraAID’s country director for the island of Dominica, supporting the recovery of the Caribbean region after Hurricane Maria. In the past year, Hannah has led humanitarian work in Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Dominica, meeting many unique local Jewish communities along the way!

Monday 10:40
Monday 10:40 Paper towels in Puerto Rico: humanitarian aid in a US territory
Tuesday 13:20
Tuesday 13:20 The only Jew on the Caribbean island
Tuesday 21:50
Tuesday 21:50 Volcanoes, hurricanes, and some unique Jewish experiences
Wednesday 17:30
Wednesday 17:30 Around the world in 7 tales

Julia Gazdag

Julia Gazdag is a filmmaker, photographer, and feminist writer. Her work has appeared on HG, Huffington Post, and The Representation Project, and she has worked with the White House on women's issues. She performs comedy, such as stand-up at New York's UCB theatre and improv in London at The Miller.

Monday 16:00
Monday 16:00 The Bagel Podcast - LAUNCH

Jonah Geffen

Jonah Geffen is a rabbi and the spiritual leader of Congregation Shaare Zedek and Senior Jewish Educator at the Hunter College Hillel. He was the National Rabbinic Director for the J Street Education Fund and lives in Harlem with his beloved, Julia Mannes, and their two daughters.

Monday 12:00
Monday 12:00 Miracle? How do we celebrate Israel?
Wednesday 12:00
Wednesday 12:00 Arranging the coals and stoking the fire: whole hog barbecue and the true Jewish soul

Peter Geffen

Peter is Founder (1981) of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in NYC and of KIVUNIM (1999). This unique international gap-year program is based in Jerusalem, combining study and travel from Morocco to India. Students receive a nuanced appreciation of the Jewish historical experience. Peter's participation was made possible with generous support from The Covenant Foundation.

Saturday 11:45
Saturday 11:45 Experiencing Jewish history beyond the pogrom: Kivunim's international education perspective
Saturday 19:00
Saturday 19:00 Morocco and her Jews: a story of grandeur and surprise
Monday 13:20
Monday 13:20 The spiritual humanism of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Tuesday 20:30
Tuesday 20:30 A young Jew in the American Civil Rights Movement: a personal story from 1965-66

Noa Gendler

Noa Gendler is a journalist by day and a yeshiva bocher by night. She is constantly looking for ways to combine these alter egos.

Sunday 18:40
Sunday 18:40 Shevet Dinah Podcast Launch

Merissa Nathan Gerson

Merissa Nathan Gerson's writing on sexuality, disability, Judaism, and the body appears in Tablet, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Playboy and beyond. She was the inherited trauma consultant to Amazon's Transparent, and founded Ken Means Yes, a Jewish sexual consent education initiative.

Sunday 13:20
Sunday 13:20 Inherited trauma 101
Tuesday 10:40
Tuesday 10:40 Consent is a Jewish value
Wednesday 12:00
Wednesday 12:00 Sex and Judaism 101

Liam Getreu

Liam has been been involved in the Australian Jewish community for many years including as president of AUJS, an executive member of the Zionist Federation of Australia and columnist at the Jewish News. He has been director of NIF Australia since 2013 and has presented at many Limmud Oz conferences.

Sunday 17:30
Sunday 17:30 “Let's call the whole thing off!" When Israel programming at Limmud descends into chaos (and how to avoid it)
Monday 14:40
Monday 14:40 Is Israel alienating the Diaspora?
Wednesday 18:40
Wednesday 18:40 Under attack: the defenders of Israel’s democracy

Sheila Gewolb

Sheila Gewolb DL was elected Senior Vice President in 2018. She now chairs the Board of Deputies International Division. Sheila has represented Cardiff United Synagogue as a Deputy since 2009. In 2015, she was elected Vice President and became chair of the Community and Education Division.

Wednesday 21:50
Wednesday 21:50 Strictly Limmud Dancing
Thursday 09:20
Thursday 09:20 Will we still be here?

Andrew Gilbert

Andrew is a trustee of London Jewish Forum and helps create interesting lists for Jewish News. A highlight of his wide communal involvement was his time as chair of Limmud from 1990-97 and as the first chair of Limmud International from 2004-10. Recent gigs include chairing the JLM conference.

Sunday 13:20
Sunday 13:20 Wes Streeting in conversation with Andrew Gilbert
Sunday 16:00
Sunday 16:00 Corbyn’s Labour and the American Democratic Party on Israel and the Jewish Community
Tuesday 20:30
Tuesday 20:30 The future of Holocaust Education? Finding out more of our own family experience of the Shoah.

Malcolm Ginsberg

Malcolm is a long-established UK specialist air and business travel journalist and successful public relations practitioner, publisher and writer. He is Editor in Chief of Business Travel News and writes on travel, motoring, cruising and aviation matters, appearing from time to time on TV.

Tuesday 12:00
Tuesday 12:00 Deep sea cruising

Paul Ginsberg

Involved with both IT and nonprofits since leaving school, Paul is impassioned about how IT can unlock potential. This year Paul won the first ever Netherlands "Golden Hoodie", an award from the largest CRM/database provider in the world (Salesforce), in recognition of his community work.

Thursday 12:00
Thursday 12:00 Achieving Tikkun Olam through technology

Talia Glantz

Talia is one of the movement workers for RSY-Netzer. She has recently graduated from the University of Leeds, with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. Her interest in genetics has grown since the completion of her dissertation on the genetics behind kidney disease.

Wednesday 12:00
Wednesday 12:00 Can we live in a world without genetic disorders? How they impact the Jewish community and what we can do about it

Nicky Gluch

Nicky Gluch is the 2018-19 Junior Conducting Fellow with the Zemel Choir, London. Hailing from Sydney, Nicky has worked for various organisations combining her passions for music and writing. She is a current PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, exploring leadership in conducting.

Wednesday 14:40
Wednesday 14:40 The original 10-point plan: Kabbalah as a pedagogical model of leadership

Leah Golan

Leah is The Jewish Agency’s Executive Director Head of Delegation, UK. She held various senior positions in JAFI including Deputy Director General of Programs and more. Leah was the CEO of the "Orr Shalom" association for children and youth at risk - Israel’s largest non-profit organization.

Monday 21:50
Monday 21:50 How do you recruit and maintain volunteer leadership?
Tuesday 13:20
Tuesday 13:20 Taking up the timbrel! Jewish women in the forefront of social organisations

Ian Gold

Ian is the baal tefilla at Moseley Minyan, Birmingham. Just for fun he is a police court hack in Midlands Magistrates’ & Crown Courts.

Monday 23:00
Monday 23:00 Sing along with the Rubens

Micah Gold

Micah is a consultant specialising in public services, housing, social enterprise & charities. He has previously been a Limmud chair and Board member.

Sunday 16:00
Sunday 16:00 Housing need in the Jewish community? Really?
Tuesday 10:40
Tuesday 10:40 My Yiddishe Momma gets lonely at home sometimes...

Sasha Gold

Sasha made aliyah six years ago from London, and now lives in South Tel Aviv where she works as the Director of Education and Leadership in the international department of BINA - a non-profit dedicated to bringing together the worlds of Jewish learning, social action and community.

Monday 09:10
Monday 09:10 Tikkun olam - is it really our place to repair the world?
Wednesday 16:00
Wednesday 16:00 Social judaism - what's that?
Thursday 12:00
Thursday 12:00 Our Promised Land - a dialogue with early Zionist texts

Daniel Goldfarb

Daniel is 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 parashah weekly. He continues to teach Torah in Jerusalem and at Limmuds and synagogues around the world.

Saturday 20:15
Saturday 20:15 Alenu L’Shabeach and Imagine – In Memory of Maureen
Tuesday 09:10
Tuesday 09:10 Family Matters, in Torah and in Life – The First Couple
Wednesday 16:00
Wednesday 16:00 Water in Israel: source of life and conflict, from then to now

Mark Goldfarb

Mark is the CEO of a Jerusalem tech startup. He was an early pioneer of the application of technology into businesses and education. Mark has managed companies in both the US and Israel. He brings experience of dealing with governmental institutions, investor relations, and team management.

Sunday 13:20
Sunday 13:20 The Entrepreneur's Dance: Giving and Taking
Tuesday 20:30
Tuesday 20:30 Jerusalem Startups: The Wave on the Horizon is Growing
Wednesday 12:00
Wednesday 12:00 Startup Nation creates startups... but what does it get back?

Eric Goldman

Eric is an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University. He co-hosted, on Turner Classic Movies TV, “The Jewish Experience on Film” and currently hosts “Jewish Cinematheque” on JBS-TV. Author of “The American Jewish Story through Cinema,” Eric is currently writing a book on Israeli society through cinema.

Monday 20:30
Monday 20:30 The American Jewish experience through cinema (to 1947) (1 of 2)
Tuesday 12:00
Tuesday 12:00 The American Jewish experience through cinema (1947 - present) (2 of 2)
Wednesday 19:10
Wednesday 19:10 Israeli society through the lens of cinema

Naomi Goldman

Naomi is the rabbi of Kol Chai Hatch End Reform Jewish Community. Her first career was as a journalist for BBC News. For the last 30 years she has been a member of the Ruach Chavurah, a Jewish Renewal community. She has two sons, aged 9 and 13 who teach her a lot.

Monday 09:10
Monday 09:10 Do you believe in God?
Tuesday 16:00
Tuesday 16:00 When two worlds meet: the impact of neo-Hasidism on Progressive Judaism
Wednesday 09:10
Wednesday 09:10 The weekday amidah as a guided meditation

Aviva Goldschmidt Kaufmann

Aviva set up one of the first women's megilla readings in the UK and works hard to increase women's engagement in orthodox Judaism. She is on her shul board and teaches maths to young adults who need an extra helping hand. She started dating at Limmud and now have four children.

Monday 21:50
Monday 21:50 "For not making me a woman": should I be offended that men are thanking God for not being a woman?

Mark Goldsmith

Mark is rabbi at Alyth-North Western Reform Synagogue. He teaches Jewish Life Cycle and Homiletics at Leo Baeck College and has written and taught extensively on Judaism and business ethics. He is fascinated by new ways of discovering Jewish spirituality and loves teaching and studying Talmud.

Sunday 17:30
Sunday 17:30 Big in Property in Babylonia
Monday 10:40
Monday 10:40 The Prophet and the Griot
Monday 21:50
Monday 21:50 Family therapy for the Abrahamsons

Aaron Goldstein

Aaron is senior rabbi of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue and chair of Liberal Judaism's Conference of Rabbis and Cantors. He ‘Counts Jews In, Not Out’ and championed the Equal Marriage campaign for LJ. He loves cycling and digging on the allotment.

Sunday 14:40
Sunday 14:40 Prague meets Middlesex
Monday 13:20
Monday 13:20 Marrying in not out

Harry Goldstein

Harry is founder of North London Friends of Israel and a longstanding advocate for Israel. An early career in far left politics has given him some insights both into left-wing anti-Zionism and the need for supporters of Israel to match the anti-Zionists in local presence and organisation.

Sunday 17:30
Sunday 17:30 How to talk about Israel - Advocacy in your local community

Jonathan Goldstein

Jonathan is the Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council, the umbrella body of Anglo Jewry’s central organisations and charities. He was elected to this position in May 2017.

Sunday 14:40
Sunday 14:40 The future of the Jewish community
Sunday 16:00
Sunday 16:00 Corbyn’s Labour and the American Democratic Party on Israel and the Jewish Community
Sunday 18:40
Sunday 18:40 Wes Streeting of Ilford North - it used to be quite Jewish

Yoni Goldstein

Yoni is the editor of the Canadian Jewish News, Canada's national Jewish newsweekly. His work has also appeared in Ha'aretz, the Jerusalem Report, and the Wall Street Journal.

Saturday 18:30
Saturday 18:30 The challenge of Jewish media
Wednesday 08:00
Wednesday 08:00 Morning news and brews! With Canadian Jewish News' Yoni Goldstein

Andres Gomberoff

Andrés is a theoretical physicist. He obtained is PhD at Chile in 1996. Currently a professor at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, his research work is focused on gravitational theory and black hole physics. He has published various books for the general public.

Wednesday 14:40
Wednesday 14:40 Einstein for the perplexed

Marian Gomez Villota

Originally from Madrid, Spain, Marian is a Latin Grammy-nominated studio and live sound engineer, producer and guitar player based in Brooklyn, New York. Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music, she is currently working with many emerging and established artists in the US.

Monday 21:50
Monday 21:50 Banot LIVE in concert!
Tuesday 12:00
Tuesday 12:00 Singing with Banot
Tuesday 14:40
Tuesday 14:40 Both sides now - Catholic and Jewish Music

Jenny Goodman

Jenny Goodman qualified as a doctor back in 1982, and for the past 20 years has been specialising in Ecological Medicine, looking at how nutritional and environmental factors affect our health. She also has a master's degree in psychotherapy. Her first Limmud was in 1987.

Tuesday 16:00
Tuesday 16:00 What's got into you?

Simon Gordon

Simon Gordon served as speechwriter to Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub and Douglas Carswell MP. Previously, he was the assistant editor of Mosaic Magazine in New York. He represents Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue on the Board of Deputies. He chaired the History & Politics track for Limmud Festival.

Sunday 14:40
Sunday 14:40 The rise of populism in Europe: How bad is it for Jews?
Wednesday 12:00
Wednesday 12:00 Debate: This house believes that the Jewish left corrupts Judaism and endangers Israel

Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Alon is an orthodox rabbi, scholar of Rabbinics and a leading theoretician and activist in the field of interfaith relations, He has spent the past 20 years convening the world's premier religious leaders in thinking together, cultivating friendship and deepening understanding between religions.

Sunday 18:40
Sunday 18:40 Make friends - Jewish and interfaith perspectives on friendship
Monday 13:20
Monday 13:20 Being inspired by the religious geniuses of other faiths
Tuesday 13:20
Tuesday 13:20 Is Hinduism avoda zara (idolatry)?
Tuesday 21:50
Tuesday 21:50 Meditating with Breslav nigunim
Wednesday 10:40
Wednesday 10:40 Luther was an antisemite - What does that mean for us?

Mark Gottlieb

Mark is Senior Director of the Tikvah Fund. Previously, he led two historic institutions in the US: the Maimonides School and Yeshiva University HS for Boys. His writing has appeared in First Things, Jewish Review of Books, and Public Discourse. Mark lives in NJ with his wife and family.

Monday 18:40
Monday 18:40 Exploring the worldview of a radical Haredi thinker
Tuesday 19:10
Tuesday 19:10 Old Wine in New Bottles
Wednesday 10:40
Wednesday 10:40 The Piaseczna Rebbe’s Progressive Educational Vision
Thursday 09:20
Thursday 09:20 Pioneer of Postmodern Orthodoxy? Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik revisited

Celia Gould

A Christian within the Anglican tradition, Celia Gould was a Student Leader for the Council of Christians and Jews for 2017-2018, based at the University of Birmingham. In this role, Celia organised interfaith activities on campus and also participated in branch and national events organised by CCJ.

Monday 14:40
Monday 14:40 Out of the bubble: interfaith at university

Alan Grabinsky

Alan is a writer based in Mexico City covering travel, cities, and Jews. His work has appeared in Tablet, Haaretz, The Guardian and many more. Alan currently works as a copywriter in the humanitarian agency CADENA.

Sunday 10:40
Sunday 10:40 Tikun olam, Latin American style
Monday 14:40
Monday 14:40 Mexico City and it's Jews: a gastronomical history
Tuesday 09:10
Tuesday 09:10 The cultural impact of Jews in Mexico

Louis Graham

Louis is a movement worker for RSY-Netzer. He studied philosophy at the University of Liverpool and has a passion for music within prayer.

Tuesday 21:50
Tuesday 21:50 RSY-Netzer Shira

Michael Green

Michael is an environmental consultant during office hours and a forager at most other times. He leads guided wild food walks and is passionate about how wild edibles connect us with nature and Jewish traditions, as well as the role fungi play in sustaining the health of people and planet.

Tuesday 16:00
Tuesday 16:00 Jesus was a magic mushroom

Joanne Greenaway

Jo is excited to be incoming CEO of LSJS and looks forward to seeing you there! She started life as a lawyer in the City before moving to the London Beth Din as Get Case Director. She is one of the Chief Rabbi's first Ma'ayan cohort and graduate of the Bradfield and Gamechangers leadership programmes.

Monday 17:30
Monday 17:30 Hair covering and the Jewish woman today
Tuesday 14:40
Tuesday 14:40 Be fruitful and multiply: The contraception question
Wednesday 09:10
Wednesday 09:10 Dealing with a difficult case of Get refusal

Lauren Gross

Lauren Gross is a non-profit strategic adviser. She has spent the last four years in communications roles in the Middle East and East Africa, and is focused on growing philanthropy. She is a fellow with Jews United for Justice, manages Flames of Giving, and serves on the Development Team for ASYV.

Monday 09:10
Monday 09:10 How a mother-daughter duo is changing the concept of giving from their kitchen table
Tuesday 21:50
Tuesday 21:50 What does a village in Rwanda have to do with me?
Wednesday 17:30
Wednesday 17:30 Around the world in 7 tales

Jason Guberman

Jason is a summa cum laude graduate of Sacred Heart University, co-founder of the Diarna Geo-Museum of MENA Jewish Life, & alumnus of Tikvah & Core18. Jason is a social entrepreneur who specializes in building broad coalitions & melding intellectual & technical innovation.

Saturday 21:45
Saturday 21:45 Rescue Mission: Inside the race to save Jewish heritage in the Middle East and North Africa
Sunday 12:00
Sunday 12:00 Passport to Jewish History: An Interactive Tour of the Diarna Geo-Museum
Monday 20:30
Monday 20:30 Hidden in plain sight: forgotten Jewish architects and their famous creations
Tuesday 10:40
Tuesday 10:40 The need of the hour: revitalizing classic sephardic judaism
Wednesday 13:20
Wednesday 13:20 D’Fina: Jewish Treasures of Southern Morocco

Oded Gvaram

Oded is the Jewish Agency Shlicha for the community of Redbridge (JCC) Previously Oded was a Community Organizer in Jaffa and Jerusalem, and a Social Entrepreneur. He has also served as an Israel Fellow at Hillel at Davis and Sacramento CA

Monday 20:30
Monday 20:30 L'chaim santé! Cheers! 100 years of alcohol in Israel

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