Limmud Festival 2018

Limmud Festival 2018 – Monday 16:00

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Alternatives to a two-state solution

Eve Harow 

Red 2

Since an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel will not lead to peace and coexistence, there are alternative plans that take a realistic view and clear assessment of the situation. Come hear ideas for how Jews, Muslims and Christians in the area can enjoy extensive legal, human and civil rights while their security is maximally ensured.


Linda Berkowitz  Lesley Trenner  UK Jewish Film Festival 

Orange 13

Introduced by Linda Berkowitz and followed by a Q&A with Lesley Trenner, this drama portrays an 84-year-old man declaring war against his neighbour for installing a cellular antenna on their shared roof. Sensitive and, at times, funny portrayal of family dynamics. (100 mins, English subtitles)

A short course in creativity - Kabbalah, colour and the creative soul (2 of 3)

Marvin Shaw 

Purple 29

This is an exciting, experiential three part course for anyone interested in the wonderful well-being benefits that creativity brings to our lives. Are you an artist, writer, poet, musician, educator, teacher or therapist? Or would you simply like to get involved in a creative endeavour or project for its own sake? If so, this course is just for you!

Dana International in conversation with Yigal Ravid

Dana International  Yigal Ravid 

Orange 15

Face to face meeting with an Israeli icon, turned worldwide LGBT symbol. Dana characterises the changes Israel has been going through in the last two decades. She will take questions about Israel, culture, taking a stand in current affairs, LGBT, social rights and being named one of the most influential LGBT icons in the world.

Death Café: an open conversation around the end of life

Holly Blue Hawkins 

Blue 32

At a Death Café people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. Our aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives. Come discuss this formerly taboo subject, in a setting where small groups of people join together to speak about their experiences, hopes and fears. Curious?

Donald Trump and the Jews

Dovid Efune 

Orange 14

Perhaps the most controversial figure in modern political history, discover how Donald Trump's presidency has impacted matters of Jewish concern around the world. Hear insights from an editor who has sat down with Trump one on one and who closely covers the nexus of the White House and the US Jewish community.

Escaping the "Sunken Place"

Yehudah Webster 

Blue 33

While most people of the world are certainly physically free, many of us find ourselves in a continuous state of mental slavery, subject to the oppressive socialisation of our surroundings. Through Torah text study of the Israelite journey from physical and mental captivity to freedom, we will grapple with what's needed of us today for liberation.

 Slave Mentality Text Study_Limmud.pdf

Everybody is talking about antisemitism; how should we discuss it with our youth? What about non-Jewish young people?

Nathan Servi 

Orange 11

This interactive session will explore the work of Streetwise and Stand Up!, two projects that educate young people on the causes and effects of antisemitism and discrimination. The session will be an opportunity to discuss priorities, the impact and experiences of young people and the importance of empowering youth to become Upstanders in society.

Funny for Five at Festival - the performance! (2 of 2)

Rachel Creeger 

Red 7

Come along and support your fellow Limmudniks as they venture into stand up comedy for the first time! Following a writing workshop under the guidance of professional comedian Rachel Creeger they have created their own original material for your enjoyment. Grab a drink, take your seat and have a good laugh with our potential stars of the future!

Gefiltefest: These are a few of my favourite Ottolenghi things

Gefiltefest at Limmud  Shana Boltin 

Purple 31

Ottolenghi has revolutionised our shabbat tables over the past ten years, bringing colour and Mediterranean flare. However, even he acknowledges that his cooking is elaborate and OTT with the release of his new book 'Simple'. Shana will demonstrate some of her favourite veggie Ottolenghi dishes from across the recipe books, which are, in fact, simple.

Happily ever after?

Zahavit Shalev  Avital Hochstein 

Red 5

The Talmud in Nedarim 66b tells a story about a couple: the husband is a Babylonian who moves to Eretz Yisrael and marries a local Jewish woman. Their lack of a common language results in frustration and misunderstanding - or does it? Help cousins Avital (a rabbi from Jerusalem) and Zahavit (a rabbi from London) study this text.

 Happily ever after? | Sefaria Source Sheet Builder.pdf  Happily ever after? | Sefaria Source Sheet Builder.pdf

Infidelity at Baal Peor – A taboo story (1 of 2)

Vered Hollander Goldfarb 

Red 3

What could be worse than the Golden Calf and the Spies? A story that appears in bits and fits, and the Tanach goes to great lengths not to tell it, might just have been too awful to fully tell. With some literary digging, we will try to uncover what happened in the story of Baal Peor.

 Baal Peor source sheet final.pdf

It's never too early to start aging wisely! (1 of 2)

Susie Kessler 

Red 8

Is aging a slow but steady decline or, as the sages say, can we use this time to "develop a heart of wisdom"? Using text study, discussion, journaling and more, we'll uncover some of the opportunities for growth and resilience that are hiding in plain sight. Based on the wonderful book by Rachel Cowan z'l and Linda Thal called "Wise Aging".

Jewish Bloomsbury: salons and schmoozing (1 of 3)

Aviva Dautch 

Orange 10

A few streets away from Ottoline Morrell’s Bloomsbury Salon, a Jewish couple were schmoozing with an even starrier group of artists, musicians and literati. We’ll explore their patronage of T.S.Eliot and Wyndham Lewis, their familial connections to Oscar Wilde and Giacomo Puccini, and the evening in Paris when they introduced Proust to James Joyce.

Learn a Haftarah at Limmud (1 of 2)

Mark Creeger 

Yellow 22

If you have never sung a Haftarah before or not for many years, this is an opportunity to learn / be reminded how. Using old and new techniques and supported by fellow learners, we will work together and maybe perform some as a celebration. These skills could also be used to support and connect with children, grandchildren or others.

Let’s all sing (about Jewish things!)

Eliana Light 

Yellow 24

Join educator and musician Eliana Light for an interactive concert about all of the awesome “things” that Jews use! From tallit and kippah, to kiddush cups and havdalah candles, we’ll connect to ritual objects through bluegrass/country/rock jams for any and all ages. This family session is open to all!

Limmud Chavruta Project - Israel @ 70 - Freedom and Pilgrimage (1 of 3)

Limmud Chavruta Team 

Red 9

This year the Limmud Chavruta Project has created five accessible and thought-provoking resources to mark Israel @ 70. Come and study them with us! Everyone welcome with no experience or expertise needed. Come as a pair or we'll pair you up. Today we'll explore the resources from Pesach and Shavuot, which explore the themes of Freedom and Pilgrimage.

Selling values: how Israeli TV and online ads reflect what is really important for Israelis

Shelley Kedar 

Green 26

Mass media takes a large role in shaping our culture - however, it also reflect what we care about and how we’d like to see ourselves as individuals and as a society. This session will explore contemporary ads along ancient Jewish texts.

Shifts in American Support for Israel: Causes, Consequences, and Strategic Options for Jerusalem

Sarah Feuer 

Red 6

The U.S.-Israel relationship has for decades been anchored in overlapping geo-strategic interests, shared values, and support for Israel among a wide swath of the American public. Recent public opinion polls in the United States suggest the latter may be under serious strain. This session will examine the shifting views on Israel among key American constituencies, and consider implications for Jerusalem moving forward.

Start-up nation and the West: exploring cultural differences

Benji Lovitt 

Red 4

Do you interact with colleagues or customers abroad? Do you feel that even though you’re speaking the same language, you’re not speaking the same language? This fun and interactive session will examine values and expectations and help break down cultural differences to create better communication, teamwork, and success.

Telling Torah stories to children with spiritual intent

Michael Shire 

Green 25

Torah Godly Play is a method of telling Torah stories to children with the explicit aim of enhancing their spiritual growth including the dispositions of wonder, imagination, curiousity and imagination. Using simple artifacts and Torah stories, we create a story circle of meaning and wonder. I will share some stories and the underlying methodology.

The Bagel Podcast - LAUNCH

Marjorie Ingall  Julia Gazdag  Clive Lawton  Debbie Young-Somers  Ben Crowne  Hayden Cohen 

Blue 34

From the host of the Limmud Breakfast Show, join Hayden Cohen for the launch episode of The Bagel: A Jewish Magazine podcast. combining culture, Israel, politics, food and Torah learning, it's the podcast for those low on attention and high in Jewish interest. Featuring remote guests ex-Ha'aretz journalist Gilad Halpern.

Why do kids ask questions?

Hadassah Fromson  Sam Fromson 

Orange 12

Why, why, **why** do kids ask questions? Come and explore the psychology behind the questions kids ask, and how to help them find their way to the best answers. A great session for parents, people who think that one day they might be parents, grandparents et al.

The religious revolution - how the Catholic Church changes its teachings on the Jews

Martine Therese Andrevon Gottstein 

Red 1

Nostra Aetate is the biggest revolution in the history of human religious history. In this Church document, the Catholic Church completely reversed its teaching on the Jews. What are the processes that led to this change? Did the Shoah play a role in this change? Is it a political or theological change? Change opens the door to hope.

What do the British public really think about Israel?

Luke Akehurst 

Green 27

Luke Akehurst uses BICOM's annual polling on attitudes to Israel to explain what the British public think about Israel, the Palestinians and Zionism.

What is your brand essence? A workshop for nonprofit organisations

Elements @ Festival Limmud  Karen Radkowsky 

Yellow 21

In this interactive session, we will employ a variety of exercises to help you uncover your organisation’s brand essence (or purpose). We’ll use a storytelling chavruta process to capture what makes your Limmud or other organisation unique. You’ll learn to speak with passion about why you do the important work you do, in a way that engages and inspires others to take action: sign up, volunteer, advocate or donate.

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