Limmud Festival 2020 - Presenters

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Sivan Gaides

Sivan Gaides was born in Armenia to a Jewish father and an Armenian mother, and made aliyah with her family in 1990. She holds a BA and MA in political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has been involved in Jewish education for two decades, including working as a Jewish Agency emissary in Germany and India. She lives in Tel Aviv.

Monday 10:00
Monday 10:00 A comparative perspective of the memorialization of Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust

Boris Gerson

Boris is a social anthropologist. He has worked on his dissertation on Proust and Joyce for over a year.

Tuesday 21:00
Tuesday 21:00 The best of Limmud Mexico! The Jewish question in modern literature: Marcel Proust and James Joyce

Mark Gerson

Mark Gerson is the co-founder of GLG, United Hatzalah, African Mission Healthcare and hosts "The Rabbi's Husband" podcast. Mark's newest book, "The Telling", shows how the haggadah is the great Jewish guidebook for life, ready to help us to ask and answer the eternal questions. Mark, Rabbi Erica Gerson and their children live in NYC.

Tuesday 21:00
Tuesday 21:00 The Telling: Explore the Greatest Hits of Jewish thought, and how they can enlighten and enliven all of our lives

Ellie Gerszt

Ellie is a relationship & partnerships manager, with a passion for neurodiversity and mental health activism. Finding herself unemployed during lockdown, she volunteered to help coordinate JW3’s Coronavirus Food Poverty Programme, which has delivered 75,000 meals since March. She also bakes, edits her novel and teaches her dog Teddy new tricks.

Sunday 11:00
Sunday 11:00 How do we keep this amazing year for volunteering ongoing?

Abigail Gewirtz

Abigail Greenwood Gewirtz is a mother of four, child psychologist and Professor at the University of MN, researcher on families under stress, and the author of When the World Feels Like a Scary Place (2020). Abi’s research spans the US, Israel, and Africa and she has authored over 100 publications.

Sunday 16:00
Sunday 16:00 When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Children

Sheila Gewolb

Sheila Gewolb is senior vice president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and has represented Cardiff United Synagogue on the Board since 2009. She chairs the International Division but in her previous role chaired the Communities and Education Division. She is passionate about outreach education and supporting small communities.

Sunday 13:00
Sunday 13:00 The Threat to Jewish Religious Freedom in Europe
Tuesday 13:00
Tuesday 13:00 Do smaller Jewish communities have a future?

Andrew Gilbert

Andrew Gilbert is co-chair of the London Jewish Forum. He was chair of Limmud from 1990-1997 and chair of Limmud International from 2004-2010.

Saturday 19:00
Saturday 19:00 A Limmud tribute to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l

Catherine Gladwell

Catherine Gladwell is the CEO of Refugee Support Network, a refugee education charity based in North West London. She regularly appears at conferences on the subject of refugee education, and has worked in a variety of education and child-protection related programmme and research roles within community organisations, INGO's and UN agencies.

Tuesday 18:00
Tuesday 18:00 What's education got to do with it? Understanding the role of education in refugee journeys

Alex Goldberg

Alex is dean and coordinating chaplain at Surrey University’s Centre for Religious Life and Belief. He’s the only rabbi in this role in Europe. He regularly appears on BBC television and BBC Radio 2's Pause For Thought. He chairs the Football Association's Faith Network, is a fellow at the Centre for Britain and Europe, an ambassador for the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) and founded René Cassin.

Tuesday 15:00
Tuesday 15:00 How does the Jewish community remain intact?

Netanel Goldberg

Netanel leads prayers and soul singing ceremonies in Israel, Europe, and the US. In 2005 he began to develop spaces for alternative prayer and chanting of the heart. In addition to concerts, Netanel leads workshops and accompanies ceremonies. Netanel works with centers of Judaism in Israel and the United States, and lives in Israel.

Monday 20:00
Monday 20:00 Soul singing ceremony

Shulamit Goldsmit

Shulamit is part of the Limmud Mexico committee. She holds a Ph.D. in Mexican History and Political Science. She is the founder of the first Jewish Studies Program at one of Mexico's best universities. She currently gives classes in literature and Yiddish literature. Her zoom classes have been a great success.

Monday 21:00
Monday 21:00 The best of Limmud Mexico! Mariachis and Klezmer: Musical expression of two cultures

Mark Goldsmith

Mark Goldsmith is rabbi at Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue. Before gaining his semicha at Leo Baeck College in 1996 he was an entrepreneur running a business in the food industry. He has taught on Jewish business and investment ethics over many years in the UK, USA and South Africa.

Tuesday 17:00
Tuesday 17:00 Jewish Business Ethics at a time of Crisis

Aaron Goldstein

Aaron is Chair of Liberal Judaism's Conference of Rabbis and Cantors and is rabbi of His motto is to ‘count Jews in, not out’ and he passionately supports Liberal Judaism’s inclusion policies and championed their Equal Marriage campaign. He is an avid cyclist and chills out on the allotment with UnOrthodox podcast and blues/jazz music.

Tuesday 10:00
Tuesday 10:00 Marriage under a Chuppah for a Mixed Faith Couple

Andrés Gomberoff

Andrés Gomberoff is a theoretical physicist. He obtained his Ph.D. from Universidad de Chile in Santiago in 1996. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Syracuse University, and at CECs (Centro de Estudios Científicos) in Valdivia, Chile. His research interests are in gravitation and quantum field theory.

Sunday 20:00
Sunday 20:00 The best of Limmud Chile: The music of the cosmos: variations on scientific themes from Pythagoras to Neutron Stars

Sally Goodis

Sally Goodis has been involved in Jewish Education most of her professional life. Sally has always looked for innovative and creative ways to help children and their families bring Jewish practice to their lives.

Monday 21:00
Monday 21:00 Reliving the origins of Limmud

Joshua Goodkin

After attending Limmud Festival for the first time last year, Joshua decided he wanted to present this year. The results of the 23andMe DNA test he took provided inspiration for the subject matter of his lecture. Joshua is a civil servant, and he holds a BSc in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Sunday 14:00
Sunday 14:00 It’s schlepped in the genes: an introduction to Ashkenazi Jewish genetics

Kobi Goodwin

Kobi studied Jewish Mysticism and South Asia at Columbia University. Originally from Boston, he has performed with Pizmon, Columbia’s co-ed Jewish a cappella group. He is a singer-songwriter, High Holiday prayer leader and real estate agent based in NYC. A competitive marathoner, in his free time Kobi can often be found running laps around Central Park.

Sunday 19:00
Sunday 19:00 MoveMeant-Embodying Sacred Texts

Jeremy Gordon

Jeremy Gordon is the rabbi of New London Synagogue and a graduate of JTS, the Conservative Yeshiva and Cambridge University. Jeremy's serious journey of Jewish learning started at Limmud over 20 years ago and he is delighted to be back. Having been looking, for years for great materials for pre- Bnei Mitzvah students, Jeremy has recently co-written and published An Angel Called Truth.

Sunday 15:00
Sunday 15:00 An Angel Called Truth - Telling Our Stories for the Next Generation

Nimrod Goren

Nimrod Goren is the founder and head of Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, and is a teaching fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Monday 16:00
Monday 16:00 2020: the year that changed the Middle East?

Gershom Gorenberg

Gershom Gorenberg is the author of War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East. His previous books include The Unmaking of Israel and The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977. He is a columnist for the Washington Post. He lives in Jerusalem.

Sunday 17:00
Sunday 17:00 The hidden Holocaust: the Nazis in the Middle East

Joanne Greenaway

Jo is CEO of the London School of Jewish Studies, delivering inspiring, rigorous and accessible education programmes and training teachers for the community. Previously she led on Get refusal cases at the London Beth Din. She studied languages at Cambridge and worked for 12 years in international disputes. She is a graduate of the Ma'ayan, Gamechangers and Bradfield programmes

Tuesday 16:00
Tuesday 16:00 Are the kids alright?

Shuli Greenstein

Shuli Greenstein has worked for Jewish Care since 2018 having worked in statutory children’s services for 15 years previously. Shuli worked as a senior social worker triaging cases coming into Jewish Care around the care and support needs of the community. In January 2020 she moved into her current role managing Jewish Care’s helpline, which serves as the front door to accessing all Jewish Care services. Shuli started her role just before the pandemic started and had to adapt quickly on how to lead in the face of crisis. The biggest challenge being building resilience within the frontline workforce.

Tuesday 13:00
Tuesday 13:00 Resilience for Community Leadership

Jo Grose

Currently Director of Communities and Strategy at the United Synagogue, Jo led the reopening of shuls post-lockdown. She has a passion for community building and has been lucky enough to support the development of Jewish communities of all sizes in both a lay and professional capacity.

Tuesday 14:00
Tuesday 14:00 Decision making to secure a Jewish future

Rachel Grunwald

Rachel Grunwald is the Director of Programming at JW3, London's Jewish Community Centre. She is a trained theatre director and a Fellow of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme. Rachel lives in London with her husband and her three small children.

Tuesday 18:00
Tuesday 18:00 Is 2020 a turning point in how Jewish communities function?

Refoel Guggenheim

Refoel Guggenheim MD works as a paediatrician, in Zurich, Switzerland. He has organised four conferences on Jewish Medical Ethics in Switzerland and lectures on questions about the beginning and end of life. He is coeditor of the book 'The Value of Human Life' (Feldheim Publishers, 2010). He lives in Zurich and London, is married and is the father of four children.

Tuesday 10:00
Tuesday 10:00 Extreme preterm babies - to treat or not to treat

Oded Gvaram

Oded Gvaram, is the Europe Coordinator for the Israel Fellows Worldwide, based in London. Oded holds a B.A in Community Social Work from The Hebrew University and an M.A in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University. He was the Jewish Agency and the Redbridge Jewish Community Shaliach, and worked as a community organizer in Jerusalem and Jaffa. Oded was a board member and guide at "15 minutes": the public transport consumers, an organization that leads sustainable transportation in Israel.

Tuesday 09:00
Tuesday 09:00 Go green - ecological innovations in Israel

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