Limmud Festival 2018

Limmud Festival 2018 – Wednesday 17:30

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Tales from the field: teaching, camping and the Torah of life

Shirah Hecht 

Orange 12

When we teach we learn. Shirah will describe and contextualise teaching moments from her own experience, explore their meaning, and invite you to share your own. These are moments that stopped us in our tracks, when we saw through the veil to deep meaning, and stayed with us long after the kids were gone.

Jewish values and healthcare - can two walk together?

Tamar Elram 

Green 26

The beauty and complexity of decision making in healthcare: ethical, economical, personal and Jewish values to be taken into consideration. Can it be done? Case studies to prove the point or not.

Prayer for atheists

Tamra Wright 

Blue 33

Is prayer only for people who are confident in their religious beliefs? Drawing on Levinas’s philosophy and positive psychology, this session will explore the phenomenon of prayer in the absence of doctrinal beliefs about God, and consider practical strategies for making prayer more meaningful for everyone.

Elie Wiesel: An Extraordinary Life and Legacy Writings, Reflections, Photographs — Edited by Nadine Epstein, Foreword by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and Afterword by Ted Koppel.

Nadine Epstein 

Blue 34

Nadine will talk about her inspiring forthcoming book which includes a visual history of Wiesel's life and brings together 36 reflections from friends and colleagues—including Elisha Wiesel, Michael Berenbaum, Wolf Blitzer, Patrick Desbois, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Itzhak Perlman, Nathan Sharansky, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Oprah Winfrey and Ruth Wisse.

Israel70: Building Artistic Connections exhibition tour (2 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.

Who was Jesus the Jew?

Ann Conway-Jones  Danny Rich 

Orange 10

Jesus was Jewish – on that Jews and Christians can agree. But what sort of Jew was he? And what are the implications and ramifications of his Jewishness? Does it facilitate or complicate Jewish–Christian dialogue? Danny, a rabbi and Ann, a Christian scholar, toss some of the issues around.

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Unsolved problems

Clive Lawton 

Red 1

As a trailer for his upcoming course at JW3 in January, Clive will explore some of the issues that he thinks are hard to resolve for a sincere Jew in the 21st century. Find out what worries him and come prepared to try and stump him with what worries you...

“The Wellbeing of LGBT+ pupils: A Guide for Orthodox Jewish Schools” – how KeshetUK worked with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to create this guide and what is next?

Dalia Fleming  Alma Reisel  Benjamin Ellis 

Red 2

Join Dalia Fleming (Executive Director of KeshetUK) and Alma Reisel and Benjamin Ellis (Trustee's of KeshetUK and the individuals who worked on this from inception to being published) for a discussion on the process of how this ground-breaking guide with Chief Rabbi Mirvis came about, how KeshetUK works with Orthodox communities and what’s next.

The music and myths of Yom Tov Simkhah Ehrlich

Wojciech Tworek 

Green 27

Almost thirty years ago, Yom Tov Ehrlich, whose Yiddish songs have gained enormous popularity across the Hasidic world, passed away in Jerusalem. This session will explore facts and myths surrounding the life of Yom Tov Ehrlich, give a sample of his songs and spoken word, and discuss reception of his legacy in the contemporary Hasidic community.

The importance of storytelling

Marjorie Ingall 

Red 3

Storytelling has been essential to the collective identity of the Jewish people. Marjorie Ingall, author of the US bestseller Mamaleh Knows Best and columnist for Tablet Magazine, will discuss how and why to share stories (and not just written ones) to teach our children to be their best selves.

The archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Jodi Magness 

Orange 11

In 1946-1947, the first Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered near the site of Qumran. Eventually the remains of approximately 1000 scrolls were found in 11 caves surrounding Qumran. In this lecture, we explore the remains at Qumran and examine the meaning and significance of the scrolls.

Thanos, Noah and overpopulation: a Jewish reading of Marvel’s Infinity War

Raphael Zarum 

Orange 14

With a ten-year build up over multiple movies and grossing billions worldwide, this is one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. At its heart it poses a prescient ethical question that our planet is facing today. Is Thanos right? Or should we follow Cap.’s warning, “We don’t trade in lives”. Clips, Torah and Talmud will make the case.

Singing free

Mikhal Weiner  Ella Joy Meir 

Yellow 22

This workshop is for anyone who loves singing. It's about being in the moment, pushing your own boundaries, and active listening. Together we'll explore the art of Spontaneous Composition - creating music as a group, using techniques and exercises developed by notable improvisers such as Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon.

Radical inclusivity & religious diversity: is it possible?

Isaiah Rothstein 

Red 4

The overwhelming majority of American Jewry appeared to be made up of heterosexual, caucasian, European Jews who were largely committed to traditional Ashkenazi rabbinic Judaism. Today, we couldn't be more different. Whether we consider those who identify as LGBTQ, Jews of Color, Mizrachi, non-practicing/believing, let's discuss!

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.

More modern jive (2 of 2)

Jonathan Hunter  Dan Mackenzie 

Red 7

Come along for a fun lesson in this partner dance. Its simple timing and footwork structure means it can be danced to lots of different music types and is easy to learn the basics, whilst taking a lifetime to master. Get ready to show off at the disco later with a nice routine of some cool new moves.

Is the Israeli government doing enough to promote peace with the Palestinians?

Liat Collins  Eve Harow  Daphna Baram  Colin Shindler  Fleur Hassan Nahoum 

Orange 15

Four Israelis from across the political spectrum will discuss their views on the actions taken by the current Israeli government in their relations with the Palestinians. This is an opportunity to hear widely differing points of view in reasoned debate. There will be plenty of time allotted for questions from the audience.

Humour in Jewish texts

Zvi Solomons 

Green 25

have You ever tittered reading the Torah? Both the Bible and later Jewish texts are replete with humour. We review some of the highlights. Be prepared for some surprises.

Feldenkrais: finding better balance - freeing up the neck (4 of 4)

Emma Alter 

Red 5

Freedom of the neck is paramount for our ability to connect with our environment. As we get older we often find our necks taking the strain, and moving less easily. Neuroplasticity shows us we can learn and evolve our whole life. Come along and explore how you can rediscover your inner giraffe! Come to 1 or all sessions, suitable for all.

Around the world in 7 tales

Georgina Bye  Joey Leskin  Hannah Gaventa  Lauren Gross  Max Naar  Jake Berger 

Red 6

7 Jews, 7 countries, 7 unique experiences, 1 wholly unoriginal station-rotation format. Come and join us as we explore the challenges of being Jewish in a Muslim country, relief work in the Philippines, Jewish history in Azerbaijan and Georgia, our connection to a village in Rwanda and learn about the Jewish community in Finland!

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