Limmud Festival 2020 - Presenters

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Shani Lachmish

Sisters Shani and Yahala Lachmish, familiar faces and voices from the Ein Prat Fountainheads viral YouTube videos , together with Hillel Bloch (violin) and Ro’I Engel (guitar) form TANDU , a young vibrant Jerusalem-based ensemble with a repertoire of Jewish music from East and West, and original mashups of old and new, liturgical and secular, Hebrew and English. The band has performed for Natan Scharansky at Israel’s Knesset, the Tzfat Klezmer Festival, the Jerusalem Theatre and at official and private events around Israel. TANDU was the band chosen to sing a medley of Idan Raichel’s songs at an evening in his honour in Mishkenot Shaananim, Jerusalem’s artists’ colony. “These young, passionate musicians blend together different styles into a sum still greater than its component parts.” Jerusalem Post.

Monday 19:00
Monday 19:00 Tandu - A musical journey to the Jewish world - LIVE!

Harry Lampert

Harry Lampert has been at Limmud for so long that he’s forgotten what the outside world is like at that time of year. He has presented sessions for several years now and last time, attempted to run a cooking demo. An accident during prep prevented the demo taking place and this year, he is hoping to regain his honour and run a successful cookery session.

Monday 17:00
Monday 17:00 I Can't Believe It's Not Milchig

Juliet Landau-Pope

Juliet Landau-Pope is a certified coach and study skills expert with a background in teaching at the Open University. She now focuses on coaching to develop time management, organising and exam revision skills. Juliet has written 2 books: Being More Productive and Clearing Your Clutter. In 2020 she launched an Academy of Virtual Organising.

Monday 12:00
Monday 12:00 How to be less busy and get more done: 10 top tips to manage time more effectively

Isaac Landes

Isaac Landes directs and teaches in the Classic Talmud Program at YASHRUT, building civil discourse through a theology of integrity, justice and tolerance. He researches Victorian sexuality and infanticide at the graduate school of Hebrew University. Isaac has taught Torah (in person!) on five continents.

Tuesday 15:00
Tuesday 15:00 The complete rabbinic library in 60 minutes or less

Inna Lapidus-Kinbere

Inna Lapidus Kinbere is JCC Riga Director. Inna was born in Tallinn, Estonia in a jewish family. She has a BA degree in English Philology and Pedagogy and a MA degree in Teaching Methodology. Inna moved to Riga, Latvia in 2006. Activism and volunteersim in the Jewish World at some point has become her amazing life long professional journey.

Sunday 16:00
Sunday 16:00 JCC Riga - A Chance for Change

Benny Lau

Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau has been a pioneer in encouraging progress in many areas of Jewish life. A noted author, he has published scores of books on Jewish heritage. He currently heads ‘929’, an Israeli social initiative aimed at creating discourse amongst all sectors of society based on the revival and relevance of the 929 chapters of the Tanach.

Sunday 09:00
Sunday 09:00 929 - Liberating Torah study

Clive Lawton

One of the founders of Limmud and then its director and senior consultant, Clive has been involved in education, health, policing, broadcasting and writing. He is currently CEO of the Commonwealth Jewish Council, an Independent Review Chair for the NHS, a magistrate and a worldwide educational consultant.

Sunday 15:00
Sunday 15:00 The Jews and the first days of Islam
Monday 11:00
Monday 11:00 LE@F - Putting the Limmud values into Limmud
Monday 13:00
Monday 13:00 One Step Further: The Impact of Limmud
Monday 21:00
Monday 21:00 Reliving the origins of Limmud

The Leo Baeck Education Center Haifa

Leo Baeck Education Center, Haifa is considered of Israel’s premier educational institutions, providing quality educational programs for mainstream, gifted and special needs students of all racial, religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Monday 12:00
Monday 12:00 Points of view from Israeli teens - Leo Baeck Haifa

Joey Leskin

Joey is this year's Limmud Festival Programme Chair, having also taken on the role for Limmud Together Summer Edition. He is a Jew of Yemeni origin from London and works for KAHAL Abroad as Director of Abroad Experiences, along with providing lectures on remote work and community building for the Jolt Business School. He previously worked for the JDC in Turkey and most recently wrote the Modern Diaspora History curriculum for the Pluralistic Rabbinical Seminary in the USA.

Monday 17:00
Monday 17:00 Can antisemitism mean different things to different people?
Tuesday 15:00
Tuesday 15:00 Where in the world are all the Jews?


Values are at the heart of Limmud and Limmud Europe Values (LEV) is an exciting new collaborative project exploring those values. In times of rising populism, systemic racism and physical distances, LEV brings together Jewish communities across Europe. It is a series of 12 events dedicated to Limmud Values. Festival is LEV's 5th event.

Sunday 14:00
Sunday 14:00 LEV o'clock: Values throughout the Limmudiverse
Monday 14:00
Monday 14:00 LEV o'clock: Creating a Limmud Talmud page

Shulamit Levenberg

Shulamit Levenberg is the dean of the Biomedical Engineering Faculty at the Technion and also serves as the director of the Technion Center for 3D bioprinting. Levenberg conducts interdisciplinary research on stem cells, biomaterials and tissue engineering. She is co-founder of the start-up companies Aleph Farms, Nanosynex and NurExone.

Monday 10:00
Monday 10:00 Engineering vascularized tissue for medical and food applications

Yonatan Levi

Yonatan Levi is a PhD student at the London School of Economics, specialising in millennial politics and social movements in Israel and the US. Prior to his doctoral studies, Yonatan worked as a journalist for Israel’s leading daily newspaper and as a political campaigner. In 2016 he worked for a Labour MP in the British Parliament. In 2011 he was one of the leaders of Israel’s Social Protest movement.

Sunday 15:00
Sunday 15:00 How an independent journalist covering this year’s anti-Netanyahu protests has successfully challenged Israel’s mainstream media

Kevin Levin

Kevin Ary Levin is a sociologist and Jewish educator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has an MA in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies from Columbia University in New York. He is currently the academic director of Martin Buber High School in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tuesday 21:00
Tuesday 21:00 The best of Limmud Mar del Plata: Argentine Jewish film, a window into the soul of a community

David Levin-Kruss

"Judaism is technology that makes the world better," says David Levin-Kruss, Jewish education director for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)-Europe, which supports European Jews in finding their Jewish voice. David loves text-life interplay. Prior to JDC, David taught at Pardes and was community director of Stanmore Synagogue.

Tuesday 11:00
Tuesday 11:00 LE@F - Tzedakah vs. Charity: How Fundraisers Help Donors

Eyal Levinson

Eyal Levinson is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the ERC project, Beyond the Elite: Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe, directed by Prof. Elisheva Baumgarten. Eyal researches youth, men, fatherhood and masculinities in medieval Ashkenaz.

Tuesday 15:00
Tuesday 15:00 The plague and the Jews: an introduction to the Black Death

Gila Levitan

Gila Levitan is a licensed guide from the Ministry of Tourism who made Aliyah from Australia in 2005. Her engaging conversational style, immense knowledge of history, and photographic memory have led her customers to rate her as one of the top female tour guides in Israel on Tripadvisor.

Tuesday 10:00
Tuesday 10:00 Israel: A patchwork of people

Mike Levy

Mike Levy is a Holocaust educator, writer, playwright, historian and has given many sessions to national and regional Limmud. Based in Cambridge, he is currently writing a book on Kindertransport Rescuers - Beyond Winton. He is planning to create a new memorial sculpture in the port of Harwich.

Monday 13:00
Monday 13:00 Forgotten Heroes of the Kindertransport

Ben Lewis

Ben is a PhD student at Imperial College London, studying the presence of alternative DNA structures inside living cells, as well as working in communications for Reform Judaism. He is a long-time Limmud volunteer, chaired Limmud Festival 2019 and this year is chairing the programming track commemorating Limmud's 40th anniversary.

Sunday 14:00
Sunday 14:00 The Jewish woman who unravelled the secret of life (short session)

Jacqueline Lewis

Jackie Rose is a GP and Nutritional Therapist, and co-author of To Life! Healthy Jewish Food. An experienced public speaker on all aspects of how food can influence health, she also highlights how diet may improve our immunity to the Coronavirus. Jackie is also co-chair of Salford Healthy Communities and writes a monthly nutrition blog.

Monday 18:00
Monday 18:00 To life! New year, new you - an interactive cook-along, demo and Q&A

Dan Libenson

Dan Libenson is founder and president of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future and co-host of “Judaism Unbound,” one of the most-downloaded Jewish podcasts, which promotes creativity and innovation in Jewish life. He is co-host of “The Oral Talmud,” a live-streaming video series, and translator of The Orchard by Israeli novelist Yochi Brandes.

Sunday 21:00
Sunday 21:00 What happens to Judaism after the synagogue?
Tuesday 18:00
Tuesday 18:00 Standing again under Sinai: understanding the Sages’ misreading of Torah, and planning our own

Daniel Lichman

Daniel is a rabbi and teaches at ‘Makor Hayim’, a community with a mission to develop ‘compassionate, loving and just human beings, who make an active contribution to the world.’ He is exploring the possibility of spiritual leadership inspired by the prophetic poetry of Leonard Cohen and guided by the anti-fascist political theory of Hannah Arendt.

Sunday 18:00
Sunday 18:00 Leonard Cohen: a prophet for our time

Simon Lichman

Simon Lichman, born in London (1951), lives in Jerusalem (since 1971). He ‎‎lectures in Folklore, Literature, Theatre, Education and Creative Writing and is the ‎‎Founding Director of the Centre for Creativity in Education and Cultural Heritage, ‎‎which brings together Jewish and Arab communities. His poetry appears in books and ‎journals.‎

Sunday 17:00
Sunday 17:00 Seeing Complexity in Conflict: Moving Beyond Stereotyping and Dehumanisation

Dov Lipman

Dov Lipman served in the 19th Knesset and chaired the Knesset taskforce for the integration of Haredim into Israeli society. The author of eight books about Judaism and Israel, Dov Lipman holds rabbinic ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College and a Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

Tuesday 15:00
Tuesday 15:00 A revolution in Israel's Haredi population and what it means for the future of Israeli and Diaspora Jewry

Roberta Lipson

Roberta Lipson is CEO and founder of United Family Healthcare (UFH) and the CEO of New Frontier Health. She has over 40 years of experience as a pioneer in the healthcare industry in China. She also chairs the Board of the United Foundation for China’s Health, and is a co- founder of Beijing’s Jewish Community - Kehillat Beijing.

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

Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt is Professor of Jewish Studies at Emory University, Atlanta, and the author of "Denial: Holocaust History on Trial", "The Eichmann Trial" and "Holocaust: An American Understanding". The movie "Denial" recounts her libel defence when she was sued by Holocaust denier David Irving.

Monday 19:00
Monday 19:00 Understanding antisemitism in theoretical and practical terms

Alona Lisitsa

Rabbi Alona Lisitsa, Ph.D, teaches at HUC-JIR, Jerusalem and is a co-editor of "Parashat haMayim: Immersion in Water as an Opportunity for Renewal and Spiritual Growth", "Drishat Shalom: Tora Commentaries by Israeli Reform Rabbis", and a new Israeli Reform siddur. She is currently editing the book "Dabri Torah: Torah Commentaries by Israeli Women".

Monday 10:00
Monday 10:00 The new siddur of the Israeli Reform Movement

Eryn London

Eryn London, received smicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She is a freelance Jewish educator and rabbi, living in London. She is the JOFA UK scholar in residence, volunteer hospice chaplain, and is involved with a number of projects within the UK and the global Jewish community. She has lectured in Israel, Australia, Colombia, Canada, the UK and the US.

Friday 13:00
Friday 13:00 Serach bat Asher: The immortal woman
Sunday 17:00
Sunday 17:00 Vicar of Dibley, Shmicar of Dibley: meet the ordained (and soon to be ordained) Orthodox women of the UK!

Miriam Lorie

Miriam is training to be a rabbi at Yeshivat Maharat, the first orthodox institution to ordain women. Her teaching, described as "expansive, open and a lot of fun" builds on an early career in leadership development and inter-faith dialogue, a degree in Theology at the University of Cambridge and study at Midreshet Harova and Pardes in Jerusalem.

Sunday 09:00
Sunday 09:00 How a Norman called Johannes changed Judaism
Sunday 17:00
Sunday 17:00 Vicar of Dibley, Shmicar of Dibley: meet the ordained (and soon to be ordained) Orthodox women of the UK!
Sunday 21:00
Sunday 21:00 What happens to Judaism after the synagogue?

Benji Lovitt

Since making aliyah in 2006, comedian Benji Lovitt has performed for audiences around the world and featured in outlets such as USA Today, Time Magazine, BBC Radio and the Times of Israel. During 2014's Operation Protective Edge, his humorous observations on the war led to his being called in Israel "the only reason to go on Facebook”.

Tuesday 20:00
Tuesday 20:00 What war zone?!: Standup comedy from Israel

Chana Luntz

Originally an Australian, Chana Luntz studied at Drisha, Nishmat and the Susi Bradfield Leadership Programme. She is particularly interested in providing access to the complexity of halachic literature, including to those with language barriers and unfamiliarity. When not learning, Chana works as a lawyer and is married with three children.

Sunday 14:00
Sunday 14:00 Methodology in psak – or the Corona related rulings regarding porch (or garden) minyanim

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