Limmud Festival 2018 - Presenters

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Caroline Hagard

Caroline has been teaching for many years in religion schools. A storyteller, songwriter and creator of children's services for the High Holy Days, Caroline is passionate about Judaism & her sessions are great fun. In her spare time she is a full-time medical secretary.

Saturday 11:45 A magical journey for Shabbat

Matthew Halfin

Matt is the founder of Unstoppable!, a coaching business that helps people be at their best mentally and emotionally at times of significant change or challenge. He is an accredited IHEART facilitator delivering emotional resilience programmes for students in schools and further education.

Tuesday 16:00 Student guide to being unstoppable!

Eve Harow

Eve is an Israeli tour guide, veteran radio personality and international speaker whose expertise is giving history a modern context. A longtime resident of Gush Etzion and mother of 7, she's passionate about her people, faith and land.

Monday 12:00 Israel - by and for women
Monday 16:00 Alternatives to a two-state solution
Tuesday 10:40 Tu B’Av- the Jewish woman's holiday of love
Tuesday 19:10 The Anatomy of De-Feet
Wednesday 12:00 Debate: This house believes that the Jewish left corrupts Judaism and endangers Israel
Wednesday 17:30 Is the Israeli government doing enough to promote peace with the Palestinians?

Laurence Harris

Laurence is a professional genealogist specialising in Jewish family history, tracing ancestors and living individuals around the globe. He has researched and presented on the BBC “Who Do You Think You Are?” TV series, and is a former Chairman of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain.

Monday 14:40 Building a family tree - how to trace your Jewish ancestors and living relatives
Wednesday 10:40 Genealogy Consultation Drop-in Session

Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko

Elizabeth is Director at the Council of Christians and Jews. She served as a Director at the New Israel Fund in Jerusalem and as Public Affairs Director at the Board of Deputies of British Jews. She is a trustee of Abraham Fund and holds an MA in Contemporary Jewry and MSc in Charity Management.

Monday 12:00 Jews and Christians: where are we going?

Lihi Haruvi

Lihi is an accomplished Israeli musician and performs around the world. She worked with many artists including UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Perez, “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” drummer Max Weinberg, and the multi-platinum Israeli artists David Broza, to name a few.

Monday 21:50 Banot LIVE in concert!
Tuesday 12:00 Singing with Banot

Fleur Hassan Nahoum

Fleur is a Jerusalem councilwoman, and the most senior British born political leader in Israel today. Widely known as Jerusalem's "Ambassador to the World" she is the leading voice for the advancement of women, economic development and pluralism in the City of Jerusalem.

Monday 13:20 Jerusalem uncovered: the challenges and opportunities for the capital of the Jewish nation
Tuesday 16:00 Can career mothers have it all? Can we really lean in?
Wednesday 10:40 Master your message, reach your goals
Wednesday 17:30 Is the Israeli government doing enough to promote peace with the Palestinians?
Wednesday 21:50 Hot off the press! New elections in Israel- what does it mean? Who are the players? What will the result be?

Holly Blue Hawkins

Natural Deathcare advocate, author, educator and Rosha of a Chevra Kadisha in Santa Cruz, California, Holly Blue provides training in a wide variety of end-of-life subjects in both Jewish and secular settings, including Kavod v'Nichum conferences, and studies with Gamliel Institute.

Saturday 21:45 Taharah – a journey of body and soul
Monday 16:00 Death Café: an open conversation around the end of life
Wednesday 16:00 What 20 years in a Chevra Kadisha has taught me about living

Shirah Hecht

Shirah Hecht, Ph.D., is a sociologist/evaluator, Jewish formal and informal educator for adults and children, and aspiring story-teller who loves text and meaning. She studied egalitarian minyanim for her thesis (Chicago) and about Israel (SIIS/Brandeis). She is 2018 Limmud Boston Program team lead.

Tuesday 16:00 Israel and Diaspora stories: can this marriage be saved?
Wednesday 17:30 Tales from the field: teaching, camping and the Torah of life
Thursday 10:40 What did you know and when did you know it? Spring awakenings from Purim to Shavuot

Stuart Hecht

Stuart teaches theatre at Boston College and is Editor of New England Theatre Journal. His book Transposing Broadway: Jews, Assimilation and the American Musical led to the Peabody Award winning documentary, “The Broadway Musical: a Jewish Legacy.”

Tuesday 13:20 Oscar Hammerstein III: Garnering American Acceptance Through Double-Couple Musicals
Wednesday 18:40 Jerome Robbins: Bridging Assimilation and Preserving an American Jewish Presence
Thursday 09:20 How Abie’s Irish Rose Gave Way to Awake and Sing and Why It Matters

Daniel Heller

Daniel works in NHS management, hails from South London, and was recently shocked to hear that some people have never heard of a Womble. Daniel has been an active Limmud volunteer, both in the UK and further afield, for over a decade and has presented on a range of topics.

Tuesday 14:40 Meet the Chairs!

Paul Heller

Paul is cantor at Belsize Square Synagogue, and member of the Cantors Assembly, European Cantors Association. He has held positions at the Great Synagogue in Stockholm, Sweden, and Quito, Ecuador. In his native Colombia combined with his dental practice, he studied at Yeshiva in Jerusalem and Jewish Theological Seminary N.Y.

Tuesday 10:40 The Magrepha in 2018, Bringing the Temple Organ to the Synagogue
Thursday 10:40 The Rebirth of the Marranos in Colombia

Charlotte Hempel

Charlotte is a professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism at University of Birmingham. She is currently working on a project supported by the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council on Ezra's Legacy and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Sunday 13:20 Ezra’s legacy in the 21st Century and in antiquity

Annika Hernroth-Rothstein

Annika is a political journalist who writes for the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Jerusalem Post and the Washington Examiner. Annika has just finished her first book, "Like Diamonds- stories from the Jewish diaspora", to be published by Bombardier Books in the fall of 2019.

Saturday 07:30 Morning news and brews! Wall Street Journal's Annika Hernroth-Rothstein
Sunday 14:40 The rise of populism in Europe: How bad is it for Jews?
Sunday 19:10 Sister, brothers, settlers and others - Jewish life from Israel to Irkutsk
Monday 10:40 Sweden, the immigration crisis and the fall of a liberal kingdom
Monday 14:40 Is Israel alienating the Diaspora?
Tuesday 17:30 Djerba - Jewish life on the island of the Kohanim
Wednesday 16:00 The good hatred - how the political left became a hotbed of antisemitism
Wednesday 21:50 Hot off the press! New elections in Israel- what does it mean? Who are the players? What will the result be?

Michael Hilton

Michael is Scholar in Residence at Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, lectures at Leo Baeck College, and is an Hon Research Fellow at Manchester Uni. He is the author of “The Christian Effect on Jewish Life” and “Bar Mitzvah: A History.” He is trying hard to learn Arabic and Yiddish.

Sunday 16:00 Three faiths make the news
Sunday 17:30 The history and mystery behind B'Mitzvah
Tuesday 12:00 Where the Jordan meets the Thames - interfaith encounter in Israel and Britain

Sherre Hirsch

Sherre is a rabbi, author, speaker and media expert for the Today Show. As Hillel International’s senior rabbinic scholar she serves 550 campuses. She has published We Plan, God Laughs and Thresholds with Random House. She lives in LA, is married with four children, a foster son and dog, Latke.

Tuesday 09:10 Prayer in 90 seconds
Tuesday 21:50 Thresholds: Walking through the Hallways of our Lives
Wednesday 12:00 Modern loss

Avital Hochstein

Avital is President of Mechon Hadar in Israel and research fellow at the Hartman Institute. She is author of "Women out, women in: the place of women in midrash" along with the late Prof. Hana Safrai, and a graduate of the Rabbanut Yisraelit Hartman/Oranim program.

Monday 09:20 Morning Seder (Intermediate): the day and night identity of a rebel (1 of 4)
Monday 16:00 Happily ever after?
Tuesday 09:20 Morning Seder (Intermediate): the day and night identity of a rebel (2 of 4)
Tuesday 20:30 Catherine MacKinnon and Carol Gilligan Walk into the Beit Midrash
Wednesday 09:20 Morning Seder (Intermediate): the day and night versions of Talmudic marriage (3 of 4)

David Hoffman

David is a Jewish rock musician and songwriter, with several albums out, including ‘Blues for Jews’, ‘Kadosh’ and ‘Ancient Inspiration’, available online. He leads ‘Shir Chadash’ musical services based in Manchester. He is also a longstanding Limmud volunteer, currently chair of Limmud.

Saturday 21:45 Acoustic Cafe
Sunday 23:00 Blues for Jews
Tuesday 21:50 Volunteer drinks
Wednesday 13:20 Limmud leadership - is this for you?

Vered Hollander Goldfarb

Vered loves to learn and teach Tanach, which she does at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and at the Hartman Midrashiya. She asks the self-study questions (sometimes without knowing the answers) for the weekly Torah Sparks on the Parasha.

Saturday 18:30 Forty years of love in the desert
Sunday 12:00 Retirement at 120? It is still Difficult: Moshe’s last day.
Monday 16:00 Infidelity at Baal Peor – A taboo story (1 of 2)
Tuesday 17:30 Who is a Jew? The biblical version (2 of 2)

Noemi Holtz

Noemi Holtz is a Gestalt psychotherapist, educator, passionate reader and writes in Swiss German.

Sunday 12:00 'A Woman of Genius': the six lives of Anna Marie Jokl

Gil Hovav

Born in Jerusalem in 1962, Gil Hovav is an Israeli author, TV personality and restaurant critic. His memoir Candies from Heaven was recently published in English and Chinese.

Tuesday 10:40 Wartime Cooking in Jerusalem
Wednesday 12:00 Our sweetest war (a hummus demo)
Wednesday 21:50 My great (and short) great grandfather, Eliezer Ben Yehuda, and the revival of the Hebrew language

Ernie Hunter

Ernie is a volunteer Holocaust educator at the Manchester Jewish Museum and president of his Bnai Brith Lodge. He is invited annually by the Museum of Christians and Jews in Laupheim, Germany, to give talks on his family. He gives similar talks in the UK. He is also happy to be a working Grandpa!

Sunday 16:00 Two Roots - Two Routes: The Experiences and Perceptions of Two German Families (1902-1945)

Jonathan Hunter

Jonathan spends a large amount of his non-Limmud leisure time at various modern jive events around the country, and is very much looking forward to sharing the fun of dancing with all at Limmud Festival this year!

Sunday 17:30 An introduction to modern jive (1 of 2)
Wednesday 17:30 More modern jive (2 of 2)

Monawar Hussain

Monawar Hussain is an Imam and the Muslim tutor at Eton College, Windsor; Muslim Chaplain to the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; founder of The Oxford Foundation and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.

Sunday 16:00 Three faiths make the news

Joseph Hyman

Joe is an Orthodox LGBT activist working towards greater inclusion for LGBT Jews in our community. He grew up in an Orthodox community where he has grappled with issues of sexuality and religion his whole life.

Wednesday 12:00 How can you be LGBT+ and Jewish in an orthodox community?

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