Limmud Festival 2018

Limmud Festival 2018 – Wednesday 13:20

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Better Know a Jewish Charity - Zionism!

Ben Crowne 

Red 1

"Better Know a Jewish Charity" takes a forensic look at the UK Jewish community, from A-Z. What do UK Jewish really think about Israel? Where does the money come from, and go? Does public advocacy really matter? Join us for the final instalment in the series for a look at the community's Zionist organisations, history and future.

Brave new world: are alternative communities reshaping the Jewish landscape?

Frederick Powell  Elie Kaunfer  Gabriela Pomeroy 

Orange 11

From their origins in rented basements and borrowed gardens, four founder-organisers discuss the progress and challenges of creating new communities and building institutions outside of the established mainstream.

But apart from Mel Brooks, Bette Midler, Larry David, Joan Rivers, Jerry Seinfeld, David Baddiel, Sarah Silverman, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jackie Mason and Mrs Maisel….what have the Jews ever Done For Comedy

Benji Lovitt  Daphna Baram  Rachel Creeger  Raymond Simonson 

Red 7

Like the Jewish people, Jewish comedy is as old as Abraham, has wandered over the world, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, and still retained its own distinctive identity. So what is distinct about Jewish humour? Join the founder of JW3’s UK Jewish Comedy Festival and delve into kosher komedy, Hebraic humour and Jewish jocularity!

Charlotte Salomon: art and death, life or theatre?

Irene Wise 

Red 4

Charlotte Salomon’s pictorial autobiography was created in France during the Nazi occupation. Hundreds of watercolours are placed with written memories that record personal and political events, sometimes set to music. We shall discuss the drama of Charlotte’s life and work, now in the light of a recent extraordinary and shocking family discovery.

Crying and dying

Zahavit Shalev 

Yellow 22

We will work through a section from the Talmud (Shabbat 151b-152a) looking at how the themes of crying, ageing and dying intertwine.

 Crying and Dying | Sefaria Source Sheet Builder.pdf

D’Fina: Jewish Treasures of Southern Morocco

Jason Guberman 

Blue 33

Jewish heritage tours of Morocco typically cycle through Casablanca, Tangiers, Fez, and Marrakesh. But the Jewish Moroccan heartland lies in the south, where Jewish life punctuated the landscape, legendary rabbis & "saints" helped sustain rural communities, and a distinctive Judeo-Amazigh (Berber) culture developed over the course of two millennia.

DIY choir: the joy of homemade music!

Zöe Jacobs 

Blue 34

Have you ever got goosebumps from singing with other people? Using simple rounds and easy harmonies we’ll use our Jewish musical and textual traditions to create music that inspires and engages. This session is open to all; especially if someone once told you that you couldn’t sing!

Does religion spoil your sex life?

Hadassah Fromson 

Red 3

Come along to hear Hadassah share what she learned whilst completing her PhD research in religion, sexual education and sexual satisfaction. 515 people from across the spectrum of the Jewish community filled in a series of anonymous online questionnaires and the results were fascinating! [No under 16s please!]

From pride to protest: reflections on Israel at 70

David Bilchitz 

Green 25

Tel Aviv's hipster and dynamic vibe is infectious. This session will utilise David's own journey – living for two months there – to explore facets of Israeli society today: from a colourful Purim, to vegan cuisine, from protests against the deportation of African migrants to living in a city that often seems indifferent to what is happening around it.

How big givers are transforming American Jewish philanthropy

Jack Wertheimer 

Orange 10

Jewish institutions are increasingly dependent upon a shrinking pool of big donors, and raising less from 'average' Jews. This shift represents a revolution in Jewish giving with enormous implications for the way Jewish life is sustained, who influences policy and how average Jews relate to communal life. Attention must be paid.

Inside out: my Israeli Bedouin identity

Jamal Alkirnawi 

Red 2

The complexity of identity is both challenging and fun. We will look back at a mutual history of wandering in the desert and explore what it means to be an Israeli Muslim Bedouin and why these identities don't have to conflict. We will also explore how identities develop and how our relatives probably wandered the desert together in the past.

Limmud Book Club: The Dark Circle by Linda Grant (4 of 4)

Shoshi Ish-Horowicz  Aviva Dautch 

Red 9

This stand-alone session is a chance for book lovers to share insights. We will discuss our favourite extracts, characters and theories - for those who've already read the book and those who haven't but want to find out more. Today's choice is Linda Grant’s novel about the treatment of Jews in postwar England and the early years of the NHS.

Limmud leadership - is this for you?

David Hoffman  Elements @ Festival Limmud 

Yellow 21

So, you’re a Limmud volunteer (we all are!) - but the big question is, what's next? Would chairing an event be for you? And then what? Join Limmud chair, David Hoffman, and a panel of Limmud event chairs in exploring being a Limmud chair and what could happen next on your Limmud journey.

Mashav - The Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation

Christine Owinyi  Vivian Aisen 

Red 6

A presentation about the incredible work the Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (Mashav) has been doing around the world during its 60 years of existence in order to empower those living in poverty and to improve their own lives. Co-presented with Christine Owinyi, born in Kenya, joined the “Mashav” programme and has implemented her training in sustainability in her native country.

Progressive Zionism in 2018: where do we go from here?

Kenneth Bob 

Orange 15

Once the basis for the establishment of Israel, years of right wing governments and recent legislation have eroded progressives’ stature. At the same time, Israel's very legitimacy has been challenged by elements on campuses and in communities. We will discuss the role progressive Zionism can play in Israel and the Diaspora going forward.

The closing of the progressive mind: Jeremy Corbyn and Zionism

Colin Shindler 

Orange 12

While much has been written about antisemitism in Labour, Corbyn's ideological anti-Zionism has received limited attention. Colin Shindler's Israel and the European Left in 2011 was one of the first books on the subject. Examining Corbyn's odyssey over 40 years, his selective endorsement of causes, the gap between the British and Jewish Lefts.

The Talmud in poetry and art (Daf Yomi - Chullin 29)

Jacqueline Nicholls  Ilana Kurshan 

Red 5

In the 1500 years since the Talmud's inception, many generations of commentators have continued to add their own notes in the margins. In this session, we will share some of our artistic and poetic responses to daf yomi, exploring how this practice has fuelled our creativity and inspired us to find new ways to make the text our own.

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