Limmud Festival 2018

Limmud Festival 2018 – Tuesday 17:30

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A Hungarian Experience - Living Under Fascism and Communism

Tomi Komoly 

Orange 11

The current growth of extreme left and right continues to hit the headlines. Illustrated with the significant events and his personal experience over 20 years of living under two totalitarian regimes, Tomi will comment on the present and future implications for the UK and elsewhere.

Brave space not safe space

Yehudah Webster 

Orange 12

Considering an 150-200 year arc of change, we will unpack and understand why a practice of courageous care "today" is critical to "tomorrow's" collective liberation from systematic and oppressive suffering.

 BraveSpace_Limmud.pdf  Universe of Obligation - worksheet.doc.pdf

Buying kidneys from poor people is illegal, but is it moral?

Anthony Warrens  Robby Berman 

Red 1

The conventional wisdom is that it is immoral to allow poor people to sell their kidneys. Join a fascinating, lively and sure to be heated debate between Robby Berman, founder of the Alliance of Organ Donor Incentives, and Anthony Warrens, a practising renal physician and past president of the British Transplantation Society.

 Arguments against kidney selling.xlsx

Djerba - Jewish life on the island of the Kohanim

Annika Hernroth-Rothstein 

Red 3

In the winter of 2017, Annika went to the small Tunisian island of Djerba to visit with one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. Hear her stories about how they got there, why these Jews survived and even thrived in Arab lands and how the Djerban Jews can serve as a larger example for a changing Jewish world.

Family concert with Ellen Allard and the Limmud House Band

Ellen Allard 

Yellow 24

Calling all families with young children! Join Ellen Allard & The Limmud House Band for a rocking good time. Ellen will share her interactive, high energy children's songs that will have everyone tapping toes and clapping hands!

Flamenco and the influence of Sephardic culture

Leilah Broukhim 

Red 6

Flamenco is a deeply-rooted, multi-faceted art form, historically influenced by diverse cultures. Iranian-American flamenco dancer Leilah Broukhim delves into the background of flamenco and the presence of Sephardic tradition through her ground-breaking show "Dejando Huellas," which poignantly traces her Sephardic roots through music and dance.

Hair covering not obligatory for married women: an answer by Rav Yosef Massas in Morocco (1954)

Angy Cohen 

Red 4

Rav Massas' halachic perspective towards the challenges of modernity was coherent with his time and context. Regarding hair covering for married women, he takes upon himself the endeavor to explain why and how it is not obligatory through an admirable deploy of rabbinic knowledge. This teshuva (responsum) exemplifies a Sephardic halachic methodology.

 Rav Messas-source sheet.pdf

Highs and lows of being a TCK - a Third Culture Kid

Belinda Copitch 

Green 25

A TCK is someone who grew up somewhere other than their passport culture. They no longer feel like they belong in their passport culture and will never fit in to their host culture. They belong in a THIRD culture - one made up of others like themselves. Come and learn, share your stories, and discuss whether being Jewish is akin to being a TCK.

Indian/Persian Miniature Painting Workshop

Siona Benjamin 

Purple 31

Siona will do a 20 min powerpoint on the technique and her background using Indian miniature and illuminated manuscripts. Participants will be supplied with photocopies of Indian miniature paintings to trace and copy from. They will be encouraged to take parts of the miniature paintings, transform them and incorporate into the final composition. The technique of miniature painting will be taught in the colour application. This project will teach the student to bridge old and new, taking inspiration from history to create a contemporary artwork.

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Israel70: Building Artistic Connections exhibition tour (1 of 3)

Nic Abery 

Hilton Lobby

Nic will take you on a guided tour of the Building Artistic Exhibition. This exhibition has already been viewed by thousands of visitors during it's showing at JW3 and most recently in Israel. Come and see how 6500 children interpreted Israeli history, ethnography and art.

Is Trump's foreign policy good for Israel?

Kenneth Bob  Jonathan Neumann  Sarah Feuer  Dovid Efune  Liat Collins 

Orange 15

President Trump has rewritten US policy in the Middle East. He has moved the Embassy to Jerusalem, defunded UNRWA, pulled out of the Iran deal, intensified the bombing of ISIS, and taken military action against Assad. Among Israelis, he is more popular than Obama. But do his policies really benefit Israel? Panellists from the US and Israel discuss.

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

Susie Kessler 

Red 5

Dive deeper as we take time to reflect on our life stories. Is it possible to open to a new understanding of the narrative? Can we learn to accept the past without holding on to the desire for it to have been different? Also learn about tools that can help us cultivate qualities that can serve us well as we age like patience, equanimity, gratitude.

On being an avatar

Maureen Kendal 

Green 27

Reflections on telling stories in CyberSpace and spillage between the virtual dream and the real. What does it mean to be a storyteller and create an identity, history and culture in CyberSpace? What does it mean to be an individual or family that has survived Cyber attack?

Orthodox women and saying kaddish

Jenny Cohen 

Orange 10

Jenny will give a history of the origins of kaddish, which was not originally said by men! Using some texts, we will explore the purpose of kaddish; how the norms have changed over time; arguments used why women cannot/can say kaddish; conditions for it to be said; and how kaddish should be recited. No prior knowledge needed. Thanks to JOFA for info.

Oy what a day...

Participant Care Programming 

Blue 32

Fancy a break from intensive sessions or have lots to get off your chest after a thought-provoking discussion? Come and join us for an informal chat about the day's sessions over a hot drink.

Refuge Britain: Stories of Émigré Designers

Linda Berkowitz  UK Jewish Film Festival 

Orange 13

Introduced by Linda Berkowitz, this fascinating documentary celebrates the unique contribution of commercial artists Tibor Reich, Elisabeth Tomalin and Hans Schleger all of whom were refugees from Nazi Germany. (44 mins)

The dyslexic advantage

Jo Landy 

Green 26

It is estimated that about 10% of the population is dyslexic, a condition which, in the UK is, defined as a disability. The session will be a discussion for dyslexics and their friends and relatives on how the condition impacts on their lives, for better or for worse. And we will touch on what is going on in the dyslexic brain.

The prophetess Deborah on masculinity

David Cassuto 

Blue 33

We will explore the text of the story and of her song. We will look at the roles and actions of the women and the men and discuss what the Mother of Israel might teach us about the role of the ego in leadership.

Two Jewish philosophers walk into a bar

Miriam Feldmann Kaye  Samuel Lebens  Ezra Margulies 

Orange 14

What happens when two old friends embark on diametrically opposite philosophical ventures, become published authors, and get invited to Limmud? Join us and you'll see. Not much at stake, if only a showdown between postmodernism and analytical philosophy, and the best answers to the only questions that really matter.

When not to keep your mouth shut

Shira Solomons 

Yellow 22

When should you speak up? When should you bite your tongue? And what does this all have to do with loving your neighbour and not shedding blood? What does Judaism have to teach you? Together, we will look for some answers (if we can agree). For families with children aged 9-13.

 keep your mouth shut 2018.pdf

Who is a Jew? The biblical version (2 of 2)

Vered Hollander Goldfarb 

Blue 34

This is not a modern question and not a halachic one. It is raised already early on in the Tanach, with its roots stretching back to the Torah. Two related stories bring early echoes of this sensitive question, which is making a comeback. (This shiur is loosely connected to Infidelity at Baal Peor but attending just one of them works well.)

 Who is a Jew source sheet final.pdf

Xenophobia or national security? From Pharaoh and WWII to today - mahloket matters!

Daniel Roth 

Red 2

When is fearing minorities xenophobia, and when is it a question of national security? This question will be explored through a text study of Pharaoh’s speech about the Israelite minority (in this week's parsha!), historical case studies from WWII and a practical exercise designed to help us disagree more constructively on this issue today.

Laughter yoga wellbeing (1 of 2)

Vanessa Abraham 

Red 7

Rabbi Nachman teaches, it is a great mitzvah to be happy always! It is a natural human tendency to become discouraged and depressed because of the hardships of life: everyone has their full share of suffering. Use every possible way to bring yourself to joy, even by joking or acting a little crazy.

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