Limmud Festival 2020 - Presenters

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Hannah Haddad

Hannah is a recent graduate of the "Unlocked Graduates" programme, where she worked for two years as a Prison Officer at HMP Pentonville. On the premise that an equal and thriving society is one where prisons are redundant, she now works more upstream to improve early-career opportunities for young adults, at Apprentice Nation.

Tuesday 19:00
Tuesday 19:00 A peek over the prison walls of 21st century England

Mark Halawa

Mark Halawa was born & raised in Kuwait to a Palestinian Muslim family. All along, Mark knew his maternal grandmother was Jewish, but never thought this would make him a Jew. Currently, Mark and his wife live in Jerusalem with their two daughters, and he works a business conduit between Israel and Middle Eastern countries.

Tuesday 16:00
Tuesday 16:00 Mark Halawa-The Jew from Kuwait

Tzvi Hametz

Tzvi Hametz is the Director of Creativity and Innovation at Gindi Maimonides Academy and a professor of Innovation and Technology at American Jewish University's Graduate School of Education, where he received his Masters in Education and Teaching. Tzvi's passion is playful learning and he is a LEGO Master Educator working with the LEGO group to train and teach teachers to celebrate the power of play.

Tuesday 19:00
Tuesday 19:00 The future and present of Jewish education

Laurence Harris

Laurence Harris is a professional genealogist who enjoys helping individuals to trace their family history. He has researched several famous personalities with Jewish ancestry for the “Who Do You Think You Are?” TV series. Laurence volunteers at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain and has been a past chairman of the society.

Sunday 19:00
Sunday 19:00 Tips for Researching Your Jewish Genealogy and Q&A Session

Michael Harris

Michael Harris has been the rabbi of Hampstead (United) Synagogue since 1995. He holds a PhD in philosophy and is currently senior research fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies. His most recent book, co-authored with Daniel Rynhold, is Nietzsche, Soloveitchik and Contemporary Jewish Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

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

Vicki Harris

Vicki Harris is a Londoner. After a civil service career, she now chairs regulatory tribunals for Health Care professionals and Social Workers. She sits on the Lay Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh. She represents HGS synagogue at the Board of Deputies and is on its Defence Division and the Constitution Committee.

Monday 11:00
Monday 11:00 "Invisible City" A landscape of sound at Willesden Jewish Cemetery

Josh Hartuv

Originally from Canada, Josh Hartuv moved to Israel in 2011. He is a licensed tour guide in Israel since 2017. The pandemic forced Josh to adapt to leading virtual Israel tours. He aims to utilise this technology to provide an immersive experience that allows you to experience Israel like you couldn't in person.

Tuesday 12:00
Tuesday 12:00 The Temple Mount virtual experience

Mia Hasenson-Gross

Mia Hasenson-Gross is a human rights activist with over 20 years of experience including as the current director of René Cassin, The Jewish voice for human rights. Mia has an MA in international law from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is a recent graduate of the first Dangoor Senior Leadership Programme for lay and professional leaders.

Tuesday 13:00
Tuesday 13:00 Rahima Mahmut in conversation with Mia Hasenson-Gross

Judith Hauptman

Judith Hauptman, a veteran LimmudUK presenter (first time in 2001), is the E. Billi Ivry Professor (emerita) of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at JTS in NYC. Her interests include teaching Talmud to all who are "in need," and teasing women's history out of Talmudic texts. She is the author of three books and many articles.

Tuesday 19:00
Tuesday 19:00 Is sedan chair transport permitted on a Yom Tov (i.e. Sukkot, Pesach...) for men? For women?

Holly Blue Hawkins

Holly Blue is a Natural Deathcare advocate, community organizer, author and poet. She provides training in Jewish and secular settings as Gamliel Institute faculty, head of Santa Cruz Community Burial Society, member of the Green Burial Council Speakers Bureau, and past trustee of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of California.

Tuesday 20:00
Tuesday 20:00 21st Century Chevra Kadisha In The Age of COVID19

Reuven Hazan

Reuven Hazan is a professor in and former chair of the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the first to hold the newly established Chair in Israeli Democracy and Politics. He has written and edited several books and dozens of articles on Israeli politics.

Sunday 18:00
Sunday 18:00 The uncertain state of politics in Israel

Nathaniel Helfgot

Nathaniel Helfgot is rabbi of Congregation Netivot Shalom, a vibrant Modern Orthodox shul in Teaneck , New Jersey. He serves as chair of the Department of Torah She Baal Peh at SAR High School in New York City. He has authored many essays and edited a number of volumes in areas of Bible, Talmud, Jewish Thought , and Zionism.

Sunday 21:00
Sunday 21:00 When halachah and ethics collide, what should we do?: case studies

Margaret Hodge

Margaret became the Labour MP for Barking in June 1994 and has held portfolios across education, work and pensions, business and culture. Margaret was the first elected Chair of the Public Accounts Committee and was also its first female chair. Since the last election Margaret has served as the Parliamentary Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement.

Monday 12:00
Monday 12:00 Women of valour: Dame Margaret Hodge and Dame Louise Ellman, on Antisemitism, Labour and Israel

Anat Hoffman

Anat Hoffman has been the executive director of The Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) since 2002. As executive director of IRAC, Anat has fought for (and won) recognition of Reform and Conservative conversions by the state and led the struggle against gender segregation in the public domain.

Tuesday 16:00
Tuesday 16:00 From the back of the bus to the top of the agenda

Shaun Hoffman

Shaun Hoffman is the deputy director of JDC Entwine, the young adult initiative of the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Shaun is also a Schusterman Senior Fellow. Through his work at JDC, Shaun advances the value of global Jewish responsibility among rising Jewish leaders. Shaun is an avid traveller, preferring those lesser-known destinations.

Sunday 14:00
Sunday 14:00 Inside Jewish Dubai

Yechiel Hoffman

Yechiel is the US Director of Jewish Interactive, providing digital Jewish learning anywhere to Jewish schools and families. Yechiel's service to the Jewish community has been deeply influenced by his participation and volunteering in Limmud, and time served as LimmudLA’s Executive Director, and as the Experiential Educator at Milken High School.

Tuesday 19:00
Tuesday 19:00 The future and present of Jewish education

Simon Holloway

Simon Holloway is an education officer at the Sydney Jewish Museum, where he runs seminars on the Holocaust. He has a PhD in Classical Hebrew, but spends most of his time studying the rabbinic literature. He also has two children, whom he subjects to the Talmud on a daily basis.

Tuesday 09:00
Tuesday 09:00 Spotlight on Limmud Sydney: The Transmission of Oral Torah

Ed Horwich

Ed is the director of the Jewish Small Communities Network (JSCN). Raised in the large Jewish community of Southport, when he returned it had diminished by 90%. After a career as a photographer, business mentor, internet services provider, EU projects director, and broadcaster, he was sucked in to community life and has championed Jewish small communities for most of the twenty-first century.

Sunday 12:00
Sunday 12:00 The rich footprint of Jewish life across the UK

Tzipi Hotovely

Tzipi Hotovely became Israel’s Ambassador to the UK this year, making her the first woman to be appointed to the position. As a Member of Knesset from 2009-20, she served in various roles in the Israeli Government, including as deputy foreign minister, and previously as chair of the Women and Gender Equality Committee. A qualified lawyer, she completed her national service as a Jewish Agency emissary in Atlanta.

Tuesday 11:00
Tuesday 11:00 Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s ambassador to the UK, in conversation with Colin Shindler

Ilana Hutchinson

Ilana is the education manager at Jewish Women’s Aid. She educates young people about healthy relationships and consent. Having been a primary school teacher, she knows how everyday sexism is prevalent from such a young age and is determined to work towards ending this normalised culture within our schools and youth organisations.

Sunday 11:00
Sunday 11:00 The Masks we live in: Tackling Toxic Masculinity and Sexism in Youth Culture

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