Limmud Festival 2020 - Presenters

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Keith Kahn-Harris

Keith Kahn-Harris is a sociologist and writer. He is a senior lecturer at Leo Baeck College and runs the European Jewish Research Archive at the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. His sixth book, "Strange Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and the Limits of Diversity", was published in 2019.

Sunday 18:00
Sunday 18:00 Why I don't (usually) attend Limmud
Monday 13:00
Monday 13:00 One Step Further: The Impact of Limmud
Monday 17:00
Monday 17:00 How do we keep having 'arguments for the sake of heaven'?

Lior Kaminetsky

Lior Kaminetsky is a 7th generation Jerusalemite, born to a traditional and musical Jewish family. He occupies a unique niche, combining Judaism and music

Monday 16:00
Monday 16:00 What do you have in mind when you say Messiah / Mashiach?

Yael Kanarek

Since 2016, Yael Kanarek has been rewriting the Tanakh by reversing the genders of all characters to reveal the presence of Tehovah Elohin through a matriarchal lineage. In October, she launched with Rabbis Mira Rivera and Emily Cohen. Yael is a visual artist whose practice focuses on the relationship between language and form.

Sunday 20:00
Sunday 20:00 Toratah, The Regendered Bible

Gabriel Kanter-Webber

Gabriel is in his fourth year of rabbinic training at Leo Baeck College. He works with the York Liberal Jewish Community and makes increasingly niche jokes.

Sunday 12:00
Sunday 12:00 The 'Covid Rav' and a Rav-to-be talk lockdown laws

Eitan Kantor

Eitan Kantor uses Jewish music to build community, spark joy and inspire the pursuit of social justice. As a cantorial soloist, klezmer dance party stoker and spiritual song circle facilitator, Eitan raises up curiosity, playfulness and faith in the ability of each person to be an essential thread in the communal musical tapestry.

Monday 17:00
Monday 17:00 Intro to Ashkenazi musical modes

Noam Kantor

Noam Kantor is a TechCongress technology policy fellow in the US Senate. He is a sucker for folk music and recently graduated from Oxford with a maths doctorate -- so he spends most of his time dreaming about a time when he can come back to the UK and sit in a pub with the sounds of fiddle and rain in the background.

Tuesday 16:00
Tuesday 16:00 It's not you, it's meme

Agnes Kaposi

Agnes Kaposi FREng, Dipl.Ing, PhD, is a Holocaust survivor. She worked as research engineer and later as a technical and management consultant for major companies in the telecommunication and computer industries. She was head of Electrical/Electronic Engineering and a professional/academic advisor and auditor of engineering courses in the UK and abroad.

Tuesday 12:00
Tuesday 12:00 The Witness and the Historian – Parallel views on Hungary’s Holocaust and Stalinist tyranny

Gilad Kariv

Gilad Kariv is the president and chief executive officer of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ). For the last 17 years, Gilad has been an active and committed member in the IMPJ and previously served as the associate director of the Israel Religious Action Centre.

Sunday 19:00
Sunday 19:00 Religious pluralism in Israel - today’s situation and looking to the future

Elliott Karstadt

Elliott joined the clergy team at Alyth North Western Reform Synagogue as rabbi in August, having been ordained in Leo Baeck College's first Covid-secure ordination ceremony in July.

Monday 20:00
Monday 20:00 Joseph and His Brothers: When is it right to lie?

Emily Kasriel

Emily is practitioner-in-residence at LSE working on Deep Listening and an executive coach. She is head of Special Projects for the BBC World Service Group and has been a visiting Fellow at Saïd Business School, and a Skoll Foundation senior advisor. She is a trustee of the Wingate Foundation, writes for many publications and hosts panels globally.

Monday 11:00
Monday 11:00 Deep listening - a chance to learn and practice

Sarah Kass

Sarah is in her final year of university, studying Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Birmingham. She participated in the Chief Rabbi's Ben Azzai Programme in 2019, travelling to Ghana. Sarah has also interned for Tzedek and The Step Up, is a Step Up ambassador, and has completed a work experience placement at René Cassin.

Monday 19:00
Monday 19:00 As young British Jews, what are our responsibilities towards vulnerable global communities during the post COVID-19 era?

Alex Katz

Originally from the former Soviet Union, Alex came to Canada as a 17-year-old teenager to start a new life. While he grew up in a culturally Jewish family, he was raised without any Jewish Education or any connection to Judaism. Naturally, after arriving in Canada, Alex made no connection to its local Jewish community and would have most likely be assimilated into a melting pot of Canadian culture, losing his Jewish identity and heritage in the process, had it not been for a series of "coincidences" resulting in an encounter with some amazing members of the Toronto Jewish Community, who introduced him to Judaism and the community at large.

Monday 19:00
Monday 19:00 Spotlight on: Limmud FSU Canada! A unique Limmud for a unique Community

Jessica Katz

Jessica Katz spent 2019 as the Ralph I. Goldman Fellow with JDC Entwine traveling to 14 countries and living in Dubai, UAE. She has a professional background in HR and programme management, and very involved in her local Detroit Jewish community. Jessica is the Director of Regions and HR with the non-profit Kids Kicking Cancer.

Sunday 14:00
Sunday 14:00 Inside Jewish Dubai

Isla Kaufmann

Isla Kaufmann is a secondary school student, who is very interested in creative subjects like art and drama, and Japanese culture. She loves very much to ski. She has volunteered at the house of life, and enjoys talking about family history and ancestry. She has both sefardi and ashkenazi ancestors, and is eager to learn more about her family.

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

Martin Kaye

Martin has been a familiar face at Festival, having run Limmud's successful bookshop for over seventeen years. He has curated books for many major book-related events including Jewish Book Week, where he was responsible for not only selecting, but also selling, the largest amount of Jewish books gathered under one roof in the UK.

Monday 17:00
Monday 17:00 Twenty Jewish books that everyone should read (short session)

Andrew Keene

Andrew Keene is a Member of World Union for Progressive Judaism Management Committee, representative to the United Nations, and member of Jewish Agency For Israel Board of Governors. He is passionate about the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and Jewish life. He is based in Washington DC, USA.

Sunday 20:00
Sunday 20:00 Behind the Scenes of the 38th World Zionist Congress

Lauren Keiles

Lauren Keiles is a founding resident of Moishe House London Hackney. Professionally, she is the community engagement officer at the Board of Deputies of British Jews and is also a trustee for Rene Cassin. Lauren has been recognised as one the top 10 'movers and shapers' in the Jewish News and as 1 of 21 Faith Leaders for the 21st Century.

Monday 11:00
Monday 11:00 Connecting the commonwealth - through faith, friendship and feminism (short session)

Michael Kemerov

Michael is a member of LIMMUD FSU Belarus’ organizing committee and Executive Director of the Religious Union for Progressive Judaism in Belarus.

Monday 13:00
Monday 13:00 Spotlight on: Limmud FSU Belarus!

Etienne Kerber

Etienne Kerber is a French fifth-year rabbinic student at Leo Baeck College. Etienne has a huge interest in mystical Judaism. Etienne's rabbinic dissertation will deal with Hasidism and psychology. Etienne is also currently writing a book about the Baal Shem Tov that will be published in 2021.

Tuesday 15:00
Tuesday 15:00 Is Progressive Judaism a form of Mystical Judaism ?

Merilin Kernitzman

Merilin is a Limmud Labs Project initiator in Toronto, Canada. She was born in Israel and immigrated to Canada in 2006 with her family. Over the last 15 years, she has been extensively involved with her local Russian- speaking Jewish community.

Monday 17:00
Monday 17:00 Spotlight on: Limmud FSU Labs!

Arkadij Khaet

Arkadij Khaet was born in 1991 in the republic of Moldova. A few weeks after his birth his family immigrated to Germany. Since October 2016 Arkadij Khaet has been studying Film Directing at the prestigious Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. His films have been presented at more than 150 film festivals all over the world and won numerous awards.

Tuesday 12:00
Tuesday 12:00 Short Film: MASEL TOV COCKTAIL

Menashe Khaimov

Manashe was born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, where his ancestors lived for over 2000 years. Moved to NYC in 2001. Manashe is an Adjunct Professor in Jewish Studies, with a specialty in History and Culture of the Bukharian Jews at Queens College.

Monday 17:00
Monday 17:00 Spotlight on: Limmud FSU Labs!

Hamid Khan

Hamid Khan is an aspiring aeronautical engineer. He arrived in the UK as a refugee from Afghanistan at the age of 16 and studied at school and college before graduating from the University of Brighton. He is a regular public speaker and fundraiser for the Refugee Support Network's transformation of the old bank in Harlesden into an education centre for young refugees.

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

Nataliya Kharina

Nataliya Kharina is the artistic director at Unique Community Charity who run Brent Youth Theatre. Nataliya has over 10 years of experience working in inclusive participatory arts in the; UK, Russia, Italy, Australia and Hong Kong. She is an immigrant from Russia and is particularly interested in work that brings communities together.

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

Marion Kinshuck

Marion is originally from North West London where she grew up. She has lived in Birmingham for the last thirty years and has been a member of the teams that delivered Limmud Birmingham WM and Limmud Midlands. Earlier this year, she was part of the team that created the virtual Limmud Tour of Britain.

Tuesday 13:00
Tuesday 13:00 Do smaller Jewish communities have a future?

Shannon Kirshner

Originally from the US, Shannon Kirshner and family moved to York 6 years ago. The nascent York Liberal Jewish Community, founded in 2014, helped her to settle into York. Currently chair, Shannon has initiated the Rabbi for York fund and advocated locally for increasing knowledge around York's Jewish history.

Tuesday 13:00
Tuesday 13:00 Do smaller Jewish communities have a future?

Zvika Klein

Zvika Klein is an award-winning journalist for Israeli Makor Rishon newspaper covering Jewish Diaspora Affairs and co-host "Am Israel LIVE" podcast on GLZ radio. He served as an advisor to Israel's president. Klein's video showing a walk in Paris wearing a kippah received millions of views. He was born in Chicago, is married and father of three.

Tuesday 12:00
Tuesday 12:00 Does Am Yisrael Chai?

Judy Klitsner

Judy Klitsner is a senior educator at Jerusalem’s Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. An international lecturer and author of the award-winning book "Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other", Judy is founding board chair of Sacred Spaces, an organization that seeks to address abuse in Jewish institutions.

Tuesday 13:00
Tuesday 13:00 Brothers crying out from the ground: The Biblical roots of our divided society

Shaan Knan

Shaan Knan is Liberal Judaism's Heritage project manager, currently runs the Lily's Legacy Project: The Radical History & Heritage of Liberal Judaism in Britain, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. He has created many community oral histories, including Rainbow Jews, Twilight People and Rainbow Pilgrims.

Monday 15:00
Monday 15:00 The Lily's Legacy Project: Exploring the voices and visions of Liberal Judaism

Albert Kohn

Albert Kohn is a member of Beyond the Elite, a research group at the Hebrew University. He holds degrees from Cambridge University, Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. His research explores the ideas, rituals and realities that animated Jewish and Christian domestic life in Europe during the High Middle Ages (1200-1400).

Tuesday 16:00
Tuesday 16:00 Jews on the Move: Responses to the Plague in Medieval Europe

Rachel Kolsky

Engaging and entertaining, Rachel is passionate about exploring London's Jewish heritage and her walks and talks always focus on the 'human stories behind the buildings'. She has published five books including Jewish London (2012), Whitechapel in 50 Buildings (2016) and Women's London (2018) and has been a guest lecturer on cruise ships since 2009.

Monday 17:00
Monday 17:00 Neve Tzedek to Nightingale, Beit Cholim to Bearsted: care and medicine in Jewish London

Beth G Kopin

Beth is an interior designer, living and working in Chicago and Jerusalem. She blogs in The Times of Israel contrasting and comparing ways of Jewish life in Israel and the US through the lens of a film producer and interior designer.

Monday 16:00
Monday 16:00 "The Tattooed Torah" screening with Q&A

Brett Kopin

Brett Kopin is graduating from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles in May. His work on "The Tattooed Torah" earned him his first award and he is currently working on his second film. He loves road trips, uncovering the hidden structures of Torah and playing with his nieces. He lives in Los Angeles with his fiancée, Sofia.

Monday 16:00
Monday 16:00 "The Tattooed Torah" screening with Q&A

Charlotte Korchak

Charlotte Korchak is the Senior Educator and Director of International Student Programs at StandWithUs Israel. In her current roles, Charlotte works with over 10,000 students a year educating them about Israel and training them to be effective activists in their high schools, universities, and communities worldwide.

Monday 09:00
Monday 09:00 Concepts & Misconceptions about Israel, Zionism, and Jews

Ross Kriel

Originally from Johannesburg, Ross has lived in Dubai since 2013. He works for French energy giant ENGIE as a transactional lawyer and has worked on large energy projects throughout the GCC, Africa and South Asia since 2008. Ross is also a committed and observant Jew and was appointed President of the Jewish Community of the Emirates (JCE) in February 2019.

Sunday 14:00
Sunday 14:00 Inside Jewish Dubai

Josh Kurtzig

President of Kehilat Shanghai, the city’s progressive Jewish community. By day, he is Managing Director of Tangram Health, an Asia-focused healthcare company. He holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business, as well as degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Virginia.

Tuesday 12:00
Tuesday 12:00 Spotlight on: Jews in Asia!

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