Limmud Festival 2018 - Presenters

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Dan Mackenzie

Dan started dancing modern jive during his time at University and just kept going once he finished, the addiction quickly spiraled out of control. Dan now enjoys social dancing and competing in a variety of styles around the world so come join us for a taster class in this fun hobby

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

Jodi Magness

Jodi is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is an archaeologist specialising in the Roman and Byzantine periods in the Land of Israel.

Sunday 21:50 Ancient synagogues in the Land of Israel
Monday 10:40 More than just mosaics: the ancient synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee
Tuesday 14:40 Masada: last stronghold of the Jewish resistance against Rome
Wednesday 17:30 The archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Yochai Maital

Yochai is co-founder of the Israel Story podcast and radio show. His work is on the seam of journalism and art. Yochai spends his days combing Israel and the world for stories. In these sessions we will bring real tales and situations to the table, and together we will grapple with them through a Jewish lens.

Sunday 21:50 Milk, honey and sweet Mary Jane
Monday 17:30 Who does my body belong to?
Tuesday 16:00 How do you say Anne Frank in Tigrinya?
Wednesday 16:00 Pop-Up podcast!

Ghassan Manasra

As a peacemaker from the Holy Land, Ghassan believes that people of all religions are equal and must work together to build a world of peace, harmony, and humanity. For 20 years he has taught at conferences and events in the Holy Land and lectured internationally on peacemaking, interfaith, and multifaith.

Tuesday 12:00 Where the Jordan meets the Thames - interfaith encounter in Israel and Britain
Wednesday 16:00 Yerushalayim El-Kuds - from the heart of the conflict: dreaming the future of Jerusalem

Saar Maoz

Born in a Kibbutz, Saar moved to London in 1995."Who's Gonna Love me Now?" A film documenting his life published in 2016, The film was awarded prizes globally. In 2013 he returned to Israel to work at the Israel AIDS Task Force as Deputy CEO & gay Community Coordinator supporting people living with HIV.

Sunday 17:30 30 years of activism to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic
Wednesday 09:10 Israel AIDS Task Force - Bringing sexual health to the forefront of Israeli society
Wednesday 16:00 Who's Gonna Love me Now?

Ezra Margulies

Ezra completed an MPhil in Cambridge, writing about the concept of "Orthodox" Judaism. He was an editor for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization and the Louis Jacobs Project, and recently entered the private sector with Voxburner. Most importantly, he co-chaired the Programming team for Limmud Festival 2018 alongside Sarah and Elliot, and used the immense power thus bestowed upon him to submit a PIF longer than 300 characters. If you have any issues with the Limmud programme, please contact his co-chairs Elliot & Sarah.

Tuesday 17:30 Two Jewish philosophers walk into a bar
Wednesday 14:40 Orthodoxy, what's in the name?

Gabi Markham

Gabi grew up in YTL, is a fully indoctrinated Limmudaholic and co-chairing Shabbat at Festival this year. Gabi recently co-founded Laviot, a social group for queer Jewish women. When not at her laptop sending various Laviot and Limmud emails Gabi can be found traveling around London teaching yoga.

Saturday 20:15 Inclusion and Exclusion: Being LGBT+ on Shabbat
Sunday 23:00 Laviot Pub Quiz
Wednesday 16:00 One in every minyan: navigating intersectionality in the Jewish world

Josh Marks

Josh is in his second year on the Mazkirut (Movement Team) for FZY, having previously completed a BA in modern languages in Cambridge. He's interested in Judaeo-Spanish, Israeli literature and pottery-painting.

Sunday 23:00 Topless Men! The Jewish male body through Zionist art and writing.

Laura Marks

Laura is a serial entrepreneur (she likes setting things up) and a campaigner. She set up Mitzvah Day in 2018, Nisa-Nashim in 2015 and is Chair of HMDT. As past SVP of the BoD Laura knows (almost) everyone in the Jewish community and her favourite thing is to bring people together.

Monday 10:40 Jews and Muslims - can we really stand together?
Monday 12:00 Israel - by and for women

Itzchak Marmorstein (Even-Shayis)

Itzchak Evan-Shayis is a rabbi, a passionate student of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook TZ’L, he brings Rav Kook to the world through classes, writings and musical presentations. He is the gabbai of Jerusalem’s Beit HaRav Kook Synagogue. He is musmach (certified) by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach Z'L.

Monday 19:10 Orot HaRav Kook - the prophetic utopian lights of Rav Kook
Tuesday 12:00 Rav Kook's "New Guide to the Perplexed" - Selected Readings
Wednesday 21:50 "All existence whispers to me is secret": the poetry of Rav Kook
Thursday 12:00 HaRav HaNazir - The Mystic Sage of our Time

Josh Martin

Josh is Director of Informal Education at Reform Judaism where he supports youth programming, student work, Wellbeing and Inclusion. Before this, Josh taught Physics at JCoSS where his lessons often blurred the lines of informal and formal, and segued into Jewish Education whenever appropriate.

Monday 20:30 Social Media: dystopian future or current reality?

Arya Marvazy

A first-generation American born to Iranian parents, Arya has been trailblazing for LGBTQ+ equality within his community since 2015. Building on a decade-long career in the Jewish communal sector, Arya proudly serves as the Managing Director of LA based nonprofit JQ International (Jewish Queers).

Saturday 20:15 Inclusion and Exclusion: Being LGBT+ on Shabbat
Sunday 17:30 LGBTQ+ Inclusion training 101
Monday 14:40 LGBTQ+ Allyship in action
Tuesday 14:40 Sephardic-Mizrahi and LGBTQ+: a Jewish community on the margins
Wednesday 16:00 Letters Live at Limmud with Clive Lawton and friends

Peter Mason

As the national secretary of JLM and a member of the Labour Party’s highest disciplinary committee, Peter has had a front row seat to Labour’s longstanding antisemitism crisis. A councillor in Southall, West London, his other passion is urban planning and fixing London’s broken housing market.

Sunday 17:30 Prejudicial and grossly detrimental behaviour: Scratching beneath the surface of the Labour Party’s antisemitism nightmare

David Maxa

David grew up in Prague. He studied Religious and Jewish Studies at the Charles University and University of Bayreuth. Since 2014 he is enrolled as a rabbinical student at the Abraham Geiger College, University of Potsdam. David had internships in various congregations in Israel and all over Europe.

Sunday 14:40 Prague meets Middlesex

Monique Mayer

Monique trained as a facilitator through The Mussar Institute, and runs Mussar classes in her communities. She received rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College and a Master of Education from Harvard University. Monique serves the progressive congregations in Bristol and Cardiff.

Sunday 20:30 Introduction to mussar (1 of 3)
Monday 10:40 Intro to mussar - what does a patient person look like? (2 of 3)
Tuesday 13:20 Intro to mussar - developing an attitude (3 of 3)

Oded Mazor

Oded is an Israeli Reform Rabbi and Educator working at the Leo Baeck Education Centre in Haifa and teaches Judaism in different programs in the Galilee. Oded co-edited HaSimcha SheBaLev, the Israeli Reform Movement's Prayer-book for the three Pilgrim festivals. Member of Kibbutz Hannaton.

Friday 17:30 To witness our brothers' burdens, and our sisters' too
Sunday 10:40 Points of view from Israeli teens
Tuesday 21:50 Sources of inspiration for Israeli teens

Ella Joy Meir

An accomplished singer-songwriter based in NYC. She earned her B.A. from Berklee College of Music in Contemporary Writing and Electronic Production and Vocal Performance. Ella Joy is leader and songwriter of Indie Pop band, Iris Lune, and co-founder of Banot, an all-female Jewish band.

Monday 21:50 Banot LIVE in concert!
Tuesday 12:00 Singing with Banot
Wednesday 17:30 Singing free

Claudia Mendoza

Claudia Mendoza is director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Jewish Leadership Council. She has an MA in Israeli and Jewish Diaspora Studies from SOAS and a BSc in Biochemistry from UCL. She is an alumna of the Adam Science Foundation Leadership Programme

Monday 17:30 Antisemitism, Brexit, Corbyn: an ABC of UK Jewish public policy

David Michael

David develops co-housing communities, is a maths teacher, psychotherapist and under-5's worker. He loves and hates running, has been vegan for a year, stood for parliament and the EU. Loves drinking coffee, losing arguments so that he learns and being with his beautiful grandchildren and friends.

Monday 09:10 Co-housing Communities - What are they and how to start one?

Helena Miller

Helena is the Senior Lecturer in Jewish Education Studies at the London School of Jewish Studies and is senior editor of the Journal of Jewish Education. She has led many innovative education projects. Helena co-chaired Limmud International 2009-12.

Sunday 20:30 Celebrating Maureen at Limmud
Monday 17:30 From 11 to 18 - changing Jewish lives
Wednesday 16:00 Letters Live at Limmud with Clive Lawton and friends

Steve Miller

Steve is the founder of Tzedek, Restore Community Projects, and currently Senior Consultant to Faith Based Regeneration Network. He works with organisations who share a vision of a more just, creative, connected, inclusive and sustainable society. Steve teaches in Jewish communities across the UK and Europe.

Sunday 20:30 Celebrating Maureen at Limmud
Monday 09:10 The burglar, the carpenter, the aboriculturalist and the dustbinmen
Tuesday 13:20 Scandals, vandals and angels – the sculptor Jacob Epstein
Tuesday 21:50 Social justice – the basis of Jewish ethics
Wednesday 16:00 Wrestling with divine and human beings

Ephraim Mirvis

Ephraim Mirvis is the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and Associate President of the Conference of European Rabbis. He is well known as a principled leader, who has broken new ground in the areas of education, tolerance, interfaith and social responsibility.

Tuesday 10:40 Five Jewish texts that inspire leadership
Tuesday 13:20 Study an eye-opening passage of Talmud with the Chief Rabbi

Michael Mocatta

Michael holds a degree in Hebrew from Cambridge University, and an MA in Jewish Studies from Kings College London. He also has an MBA which he leveraged into a career in marketing and entrepreneurship. He says the score remains 1-1 after a bruising 90 minutes. He blogs on mental health and recovery.

Sunday 14:40 What Jews talk about when Jews talk about love

Ibrahim Mogra

Ibrahim is an imam in Leicester and a member of the Muslim Council of Britain. He has been a representative for Jewish-Muslim relations for many years. In 2016, he was awarded the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation by the Archbishop of Canterbury "for his sustained contribution to understanding between the Abrahamic faiths".

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

Gary Mond

Former Conservative Party Parliamentary candidate (1987, 1992) and councillor (1996 - 2002), Gary has been a board member of Conservative Friends of Israel since 2007. He has been the director and trustee, JNF, since 2011 and is the Board of Deputies Defence division vice chairman (2018-).

Sunday 14:40 The rise of populism in Europe: How bad is it for Jews?

Abigail Morris

Abigail is chief executive of the Jewish Museum in London. She is passionate about the museum representing the entire Jewish community whilst also facing out to the wider world, engaging with urgent questions of identity and heritage and exploring Jewish art and culture. She is a keen runner.

Sunday 20:30 Celebrating Maureen at Limmud
Monday 08:00 V'yarutz v'yomer: and he ran and he talked, or "run and chat" (1 of 4)
Tuesday 08:00 V'yarutz v'yomer: and he ran and he talked, or "run and chat" (2 of 4)
Tuesday 16:00 Jews and Money - The Ultimate Taboo?
Wednesday 08:00 V'yarutz v'yomer: and he ran and he talked, or "run and chat" (3 of 4)
Wednesday 14:40 Roman Vishniac rediscovered
Thursday 08:00 V'yarutz v'yomer: and he ran and he talked, or "run and chat" (4 of 4)

Nina Morris-Evans

Nina is a keen Reform Jew from London who spent her gap year studying the conflict in Israel. Now somewhat of a political activist, Nina sometimes writes for Jewish news outlets. When she is not involved in informal political debate, she studies it formally as her part of her PPE degree at Oxford.

Sunday 19:10 The Jewish Quarterly presents: Are progressive voices being crowded out in the Jewish community?
Tuesday 13:20 British Jews opposing the occupation

Adam Moscoe

Adam Moscoe is a public servant committed to advancing peace and human rights. He is a singer and actor specialising in musical theatre, frequently performing with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Previously, he served as Policy Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Sunday 17:30 Leonard Bernstein at 100: the man, the music, and his Judaism
Monday 21:50 Get inspired: Lightning talks by ROI
Wednesday 21:50 Reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples: Jewish engagement and response

Naftali Moses

Naftali Moses, PhD, moved to Israel over 30 years ago. He has also written and taught on Talmud, Bible, Jewish thought and medical ethics. The author of Mourning Under Glass and Really Dead?, Naftali lives in Tekoa where he is currently writing his next book: a reading of Rebbi Nachman's tales.

Sunday 20:30 Mirror, Mirror… Rebbe Nachman and the aesthetics of the real
Monday 17:30 Moving past happiness
Tuesday 16:00 When Rebbe Nachman met Gal Gadot: From proto-to post-Feminism
Wednesday 13:30 Prayer laboratory

Mike Moskowitz

Mike Moskowitz is a rabbi who is the Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. He is a deeply traditional and radically progressive advocate for trans rights and a vocal ally for LGBT inclusivity.

Saturday 20:15 Inclusion and Exclusion: Being LGBT+ on Shabbat
Monday 13:30 Balancing solo and communal spiritual practice
Wednesday 12:00 How can you be LGBT+ and Jewish in an orthodox community?
Wednesday 14:25 Gender and clothing: concealing of expressing identity?
Wednesday 21:50 Ally-Ship as Spiritual Practice

Robin Moss

Robin Moss is UJIA Director of Strategy, leading UJIA's work engaging young British Jews with Israel. He grew up in LJY-Netzer and is a member of the Board of National Officers of Liberal Judaism. A long-time Limmud volunticipator, he is the Co-Chair of Publications and edits Limmud On One Leg

Sunday 17:30 The Israeli Constitution and the Nation-State Basic Law – a beginner’s guide: 1948-1992 (1 of 3)
Sunday 20:30 Celebrating Maureen at Limmud
Monday 09:10 The Israeli constitution and the Nation-State Basic Law – a beginner’s guide: 1992-2011 (2 of 3)
Tuesday 13:20 The Israeli constitution and the Nation-State Basic Law – a beginner’s guide: 2011-2018 (3 of 3)
Wednesday 21:50 Hot off the press! New elections in Israel- what does it mean? Who are the players? What will the result be?

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