Limmud Festival 2018 - Presenters

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Yael Valier

Yael is the creative director of Theater & Theology Jerusalem, exploits the beauties and quirks of religion to produce meaningful shows + post-show discussions. Yael is a member of Rabbi Natan Cardozo's think tank, learns and loves Torah, acts, teaches drama, and voices characters for the Fox Network.

Friday 22:00 Mikva the Musical: Music and monologues from the deep – Excerpts and discussion
Sunday 18:40 Off the Derech Dolorosa: a (Very Jewish) comedy about a Catholic school teacher – excerpts and discussion from Theatre & Theology’s production
Monday 23:00 Mikva the Musical: Music and Monologues from the Deep – excerpts and discussion
Tuesday 12:00 Divine right: Nahmanides’ debate against the Church – excerpts and discussion from Theater & Theology’s production
Wednesday 10:40 When Jews Play Catholics for Jewish Audiences: Directing, Producing, and Theology

Marie van der Zyl

Marie is the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. She was elected in May of this year and is pleased to be the second female president since the Board of Deputies was founded in 1760. In her professional life she is a solicitor specialising in employment/equalities law.

Sunday 18:40 Wes Streeting of Ilford North - it used to be quite Jewish
Wednesday 18:40 Do Jews have a future in the UK?

Kath Vardi

Kath is the rabbi of North West Surrey Synagogue. A graduate of Leo Baeck College, she has a keen interest in feminist (re)readings and imaginings of text. A keen runner, Kath finds pounding the pavements a perfect antidote to the emotional and physical challenges of work and parenthood.

Sunday 21:50 Whose Hymen is it Anyway? Where Women’s “Shame” and Men’s “Honour “ Collide - A Feminist (Re)Reading of Deuteronomy 22:13-21

Ian Vellins

Ian is a retired lawyer and immigration judge and has MA degrees in Law, Holocaust Studies and Modern History at Oxford, Manchester and Leeds. He has taught the Melton Hebrew University courses and is a regular presenter at Limmuds, historical societies and arts societies.

Sunday 17:30 The life and death of Primo Levi

Naomi Verber

Naomi is a management consultant by day and art historian by night, Naomi studied History of Art at the Sotheby's Institute specialising in the art of the interwar period.

Tuesday 16:00 Otto Freundlich: The greatest artist you never heard of

Richard Verber

Richard is the United Synagogue's communications director. He is a Holocaust educator for March of the Living UK and is a former Limmud Conference chair. He is the former Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and previously worked for World Jewish Relief, the Union of Jewish Students and University Jewish Chaplaincy.

Sunday 20:30 Celebrating Maureen at Limmud
Monday 21:50 Gefiltefest: The secret Jewish history of vodka - with tastings
Tuesday 21:50 How to curse a witch: a practical guide
Wednesday 14:40 In conversation with Mala Tribich
Wednesday 16:00 Tea with Mala

Jacobo Viskin

Jack Viskin is winner of Mexico Chidon HaTanach youth contest, 1967. Has BSc at the Technion, Haifa. MSc at Victoria University of Manchester. Spent four years in the UK (Manchester, Edinburgh, London) before returning to Mexico. Thirty years experience at the local insurance market.

Sunday 23:00 Deciphering Genesis, Chapter 1: an in-credible reading

Yitzach von Schweitzer

Yitzach was born in Austria 1926. He saw German war service in 1944-45, and was then a POW in London until 1948. He studied at the LSE, worked for John Lewis in London and ITT in New York, before settling in Johannesburg. He is married with five children, and has been an Orthodox Jew since 1984.

Sunday 17:30 Three bestselling short histories of the world and humankind by three Jewish authors: Moses, Ernst Gombrich and Yuval Noah Harari

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