Limmud Festival 2018 - Presenters

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Anthony Warrens

Anthony is a practising renal physician. He is Dean for Education at Barts and The London School of Medicine. He is a past president of the British Transplantation Society. He is a former chair of LSJS and is currently co-chair of Immanuel College.

Monday 20:30 Organ donation for transplantation in Judaism
Tuesday 17:30 Buying kidneys from poor people is illegal, but is it moral?
Wednesday 10:40 Brain Death and Organ Donation in Halacha

Lewis Warshauer

Lewis has been coming to Limmud since the time of King Arthur and presenting since the Norman Conquest. He now teaches Jewish studies to adults on an independent basis in New York.

Sunday 16:00 Free Will, Free Choice: Do We Have It?

Gabriel Webber

Gabriel is a rabbi-in-training at Leo Baeck College and (very) attached to the York Liberal Jewish Community. He has a particular interest in the crossroads between Jewish law and civil law. He also crochets and writes shorthand - even though for some reason neither is taught on his rabbinic course.

Sunday 20:30 IHRA in the style of Talmud
Monday 13:20 Solomon and the baby: who WAS the mother?
Tuesday 23:00 Kapos arrive in Israel

Sandra Webber

Sandra is from South London (yes South). She has taught cheder for 23 years. She chairs the Borough of Kingston's Holocaust Memorial Day schools project. She studied Italian, German & public administration. She has retired twice and now has three jobs in miscellaneous corners of government.

Monday 12:00 Book-crashers : "The Periodic Table" by Primo Levi

Yehudah Webster

Community organiser Yehudah Webster works to ensure we remain committed to the fight for collective liberation. He's the director of B'nai Mitzvah Campaign, an innovative b'nai mitzvah tutoring company that provides meaningful learning experiences to students on their journey to Jewish adulthood.

Monday 16:00 Escaping the "Sunken Place"
Tuesday 17:30 Brave space not safe space
Wednesday 16:00 One in every minyan: navigating intersectionality in the Jewish world
Thursday 10:40 Brave Space Not Just Safe Space

Chaim Weiner

Chaim Weiner is one of the leading Masorti Rabbis in Europe. He founded and heads the European Masorti Bet Din and heads Masorti Europe, developing and supporting new communities. He is known for innovative work in Jewish education, and fascinating tours to Jewish destinations around the world.

Sunday 14:40 Revisiting halacha: public transport on Shabbat
Monday 09:10 Revisiting halacha: counting women in a minyan
Wednesday 10:40 Revisiting halacha: is vegetarian cheese kosher?

Mikhal Weiner

Mikhal is an Israeli-born alternative indie artist living and creating in Brooklyn, NY. She recently released her debut LP, Daughter of the Sea, in May 2017. She is currently co-producing events for Salomé ArtHaus, a community centered art-sharing venue in Brooklyn, as well as performing with her band.

Monday 21:50 Banot LIVE in concert!
Tuesday 12:00 Singing with Banot
Tuesday 14:40 Both sides now - Catholic and Jewish Music
Wednesday 17:30 Singing free

Hannah Weisfeld

Hannah is director and founder of Yachad, which mobilises British Jews in support of a political resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. She passionately believes that Diaspora Jews have a part to play in shaping Israel’s future and is committed to ensuring Yachad plays this role in our community.

Sunday 12:00 The West Bank
Monday 09:10 Who runs the country?
Monday 12:00 Israel - by and for women

Jonathan Weissbart

Jonathan has always had a passion for synagogue music and finds time among his professional, family and fitness commitments to sing and/or conduct synagogue choirs.

Wednesday 16:00 Which music came first - synagogue or church?

Jake Welford

Jake is an avid shul hopper, is somewhat of a maverick and is one half of the duo of... Jcal, the one stop shop for all Jewish events (online), launching late 2018. He is currently writing a book titled: "Thinking Backwards: The Untold Power of Contrarian and Counter-Intuitive Thinking".

Sunday 20:30 Syncing up the Jewish world with Jcal
Monday 18:40 Contrarian and counterintuitive thinking in secular society and Judaism

Jack Wertheimer

Jack is a professor of American Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He writes about the religious, communal and educational lives of American Jews since World War II. His most recent book is 'The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today.'

Sunday 18:40 What is the role of religion in the lives of American Jews?
Monday 14:40 Is Israel alienating the Diaspora?
Tuesday 20:30 Are Synagogues Yesterday’s Institutions?
Wednesday 13:20 How big givers are transforming American Jewish philanthropy

Steven Wilson

Steven has spent much of his career working in communities – in the environmental research community at home and abroad and now as Chief Executive of the United Synagogue. He believes ‘It’s all about people, and both groups love a good argument but are deeply committed to their ideals’.

Monday 13:20 Festivals, seasons in Judaism and climate change

Eli Wimpfheimer

Eli was born in Jerusalem and lives in Tel Aviv. Eli served as VP Development for the Israeli Volunteer Association. Eli served as The CEO of Brit Olam International Development. In 2018 Eli established a new organization that works in international social development through culture and art.

Tuesday 21:50 What I Discovered in Uganda: Judaism, Identity and Ethics

Vivian Wineman

Educated at Yavneh Rabbinical academy and Cambridge, Vivian is a former President of the Board of Deputies, Chairman Council European Jewish congress and of Inter Faith Network for the UK. Vivian practised as a commercial Lawyer now doing doctoral research at UCL on Jewish Muslim relations.

Tuesday 18:40 Did the Jews pray for Hitler?
Wednesday 10:40 Muslim Jewish relations in history: golden age or ghetto?

Benjamin Winton

Ben is a qualified teacher in secondary-school maths and primary-school philosophy. He pursued his interest in Jewish Studies by attending Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, Pardes and Hadar. Other than thinking about the future of the Jewish people, Ben enjoys climbing, meditating and a good book.

Saturday 11:45 Young Philosophers (ages 8-12)
Sunday 14:40 What are we doing when we pray? A (more) rational interpretation of liturgy

Irene Wise

Irene is an artist and senior lecturer in Media and Culture at the University of Roehampton. She is creative educator at the British Library and an Imperial War Museum Fellow in Holocaust Education. Irene exhibits artwork and publishes illustration, and writes on a variety of cultural subjects.

Saturday 19:00 Neil Simon – A Celebration of his life and work
Saturday 20:15 Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), Introduced by Irene Wise
Sunday 19:10 The Art of Maurice Sendak: an American in Limboland
Tuesday 09:10 The Art of Cynthia Pell – A Jewish Expressionist?
Tuesday 21:50 Goodbye Columbus
Wednesday 13:20 Charlotte Salomon: art and death, life or theatre?

Michael Wise

Michael Wise is the founder and Co-CEO of Honeymoon Israel. Prior to Founding HMI he was CEO of Buffalo Jewish Federation. He was CEO of the JCC's of Atlanta. He spent 22 years in Akron Ohio as CEO of the Jewish Community Board. He is married to Rhonda Wise and they have two sons, Eric and Daniel.

Monday 21:50 Welcoming those on the fringes of Jewish Life
Wednesday 10:40 Intermarriage - good, bad or simply a reality?

Tirhas Woldai

Terri is a loving mum of three kids and grew up in Holland with Eritrean background. She worked for the NHS for the last 4 years. Despite growing up in a Kaptishe Christian home, she decided to send her kids to an Orthodox Jewish school for many reasons.

Sunday 13:20 Is there any point in having a Jewish school without Jews?

Suzanne Wolfe

Suzanne is chief executive of the Industrial Dwellings Society, set up by Lord Rothschild in 1885 to address acute housing need among Jews and others in London. Suzanne has over 30 years experience of managing homes and encouraging communities to prosper. She lives in North London.

Sunday 16:00 Housing need in the Jewish community? Really?

Tamra Wright

Tamra Wright is director of Academic Studies at LSJS and a visiting lecturer at King’s College London. She is the author of “The Twilight of Jewish Philosophy: Emmanuel Levinas's Ethical Hermeneutics”, as well as articles on Buber, Levinas and post-Holocaust Jewish thought.

Sunday 14:40 From the Oval Office to Cicely, Alaska: Jewish themes in ‘The West Wing’ and ‘Northern Exposure’
Sunday 20:30 Celebrating Maureen at Limmud
Monday 14:40 Spirituality and positive psychology (1 of 2)
Tuesday 14:40 Spirituality and positive psychology (2 of 2)
Wednesday 17:30 Prayer for atheists

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