Limmud Festival 2018

Limmud Festival 2018 – Monday 18:40

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Contrarian and counterintuitive thinking in secular society and Judaism

Jake Welford 

Green 27

Learn how contrarians and people who go against the grain discover new inventions, change careers easier, and often, shape both the secular and Jewish world. Drawing from the past and present, learn how listening to your true self and intuition, will embolden and fortify you on your journey in life.

'Citizen of nowhere?' The Brexit fallout and (my) Jewish identity

Ruvi Ziegler 

Orange 10

Does Brexit force us to choose an (exclusive) identity? That's what the PM, in her October 2016 conference speech, seemed to imply, and in so doing strengthened my Jewish identity. The session challenges David Goodhart's somewheres v anywheres as a subtler reincarnation of 'rootless cosmopolitanism'.

Eight things we learned building the refugee youth movement

Amos Schonfield 

Red 4

Our Second Home is the youth movement for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Join its founder to hear how it grew from a conversation around the kitchen table to a summer camp with 25 boys from 8 countries, and all the pitfalls along the way.

Exploring the worldview of a radical Haredi thinker

Mark Gottlieb 

Orange 11

The Haredi world is often depicted as a mass culture of conformism and anti-individualism. By exploring the writings of Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe, one of the 20th century’s most influential Musar masters, we will arrive at a more complex conclusion on the place of individualism in Judaism.

LGBT+ and Jewish: a discussion around what an inclusive Jewish community looks like for you

Dalia Fleming  Rachael Fried 

Red 3

If you’re LGBT+ (including: lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, asexual, intersex & more) please join us to talk about your hopes & concerns for our community. Whether you’re from the UK or elsewhere- KeshetUK & JQY (USA charity) invite you to join this discussion about what our community should look like to ensure you and your family are included.

PJ Library Storytime (2 of 4)

Limmud Families Team 

Families Lounge

Come and join the Families team and PJ Library each evening in the Families Lounge for bedtime stories. Bring your own story or choose one from the PJ Lending Library at Limmud. Pyjamas and cuddly toys encouraged as we get ready for bed.

The halachah of psychiatric treatment

Daniel Allen 

Green 25

Daniel will examine the halachic references to treatment for mental illness and learning disability and consider how the rabbis conceived modern concepts such as coerced treatment and capacity. He will also look at the duties Jews have to look after their bodies and minds and the duties doctors have to treat the sick.

Videogame depictions of the Holocaust

Max Donen 

Blue 33

Jewish history's darkest chapter has been covered in music, art, drama, songwriting, literature and film-but not videogames...mostly. The session considers the few games that have taken the controversial step of including Holocaust elements. We dare to ask if videogames can ever be an appropriate tool for depicting the Shoah-and if so, how?

When ultra nationalists give all nationalism a bad name

Gil Troy 

Orange 15

A look at nationalism in the age of Trump and Brexit and Le Pen — using modern Americanism and Zionism to argue that nationalism is a neutral tool, liberal nationalism is a force for good, and we shouldn’t allow extremists to hijack the important movement we need to push back against postmodernism.

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