Limmud Festival 2020 - Presenters

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Rahima Mahmut

Rahima Mahmut is the Director of the World Uyghur Congress London office. Rahima is an Uyghur singer, human rights activist, and award-winning translator of the poignant prison memoir The Land Drenched in Tears by Soyungul Chanisheff.

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

Kim Maidment

Kim is Resource’s Professional Consultant, a role she undertakes within a portfolio of work as a freelance HR and Outplacement Consultant in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors.

Tuesday 11:00
Tuesday 11:00 You're hired: how to get a job in 2021

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi received his M.A in Arab Studies, Georgetown University, and B.A in Political Science, UC Berkeley. Makhzoomi conducted two comprehensive research, titled “ Iraqi Jews: Between Legal Policies of Exploitation and the Religious Authority 1948-1958” and " The History of Iraqi Jews under the New republic of Iraq 1958-1969".

Monday 16:00
Monday 16:00 Iraqi Jews: between legal policies of exploitation and today's future

Abigail Mann

Abigail Mann breaks down cultural barriers, engages with leaders of all faiths and encourages volunteers to join new causes whilst supporting refugees living in the UK. She set up Minutes for Miles to help refugees gain a UK driving licence which became a lifeline to some during lockdown. She’s a solicitor and member of St Albans Masorti Synagogue.

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

John Mann

John Mann is a British Independent politician who serves as an advisor to the Government on antisemitism, sitting as a Member of the House of Lords. Prior to being granted a peerage, he was the Labour Party Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw from the 2001 general election until 28 October 2019.

Monday 18:00
Monday 18:00 The IHRA working definition of antisemitism - what is it good for?

Natasha Mann

Natasha serves as a rabbi at New London Synagogue and Mosaic Masorti. Aside from rabbinic life and Jewish education, Natasha has worked as a mashgichah (a kashrut supervisor) and an educator in issues of human trafficking. She is currently working on a commentary on the Minor Prophets.

Tuesday 20:00
Tuesday 20:00 Live or Die: Make Your Choice (The Theology of Saw)

Harry Markham

Harry Saul Markham, aged 20, is an undergraduate student at UCL. He is also the National Director of Herut UK, the country's educational movement for unapologetic Zionism. He was previously youth director of Herut UK, as well as the founder of two organisations when he was 16 - Essex Friends of Israel & Zionist Future. In 2017, he was named in the Jewish News' 18 Under 18 list of Jewish leaders in the UK under the age of 18. He also received a prize at the 2016 Shalom Festival for initiative and example.

Tuesday 14:00
Tuesday 14:00 Israel and the Palestinians: what's the end game?

Laura Marks

Laura is a serial community cohesion entrepreneur, focussing on the common good. She chairs the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, founded Mitzvah Day, co-founded Nisa-Nashim and co-chairs the Alliance of Jewish Women. A Jewish Leadership Council trustee and past senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies, she is engaged with the Jewish and interfaith communities. Laura has 3 adult children, 2 dogs and 1 husband.

Monday 17:00
Monday 17:00 How do we keep having 'arguments for the sake of heaven'?

Michael Marmur

Michael Marmur is associate professor of Jewish theology at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. He has previously served as dean of the Jerusalem School and provost of the Hebrew Union College system. His most recent book, co-edited with David Ellenson, is 'American Jewish Thought Since 1934'.. He is the chair of Rabbis for Human Rights.

Monday 10:00
Monday 10:00 Alphabets and Judaism

Dalia Marx

Dalia Marx is the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at HUC-JIR's Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem, and teaches in various academic institutions in Israel and Europe. She is the co-editor of the new siddur of the Israeli Reform Movement.

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

David Mason

David Mason is the rabbi at Muswell Hill synagogue.

Tuesday 10:00
Tuesday 10:00 Inter Faith – Disagreements between Friends?

Cassie Matus

March of the Living is a 6-day experiential educational journey to Poland culminating with the unforgettable March of the Living international event that brings people from all over the world on Yom HaShoah, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau. We work across the entire Jewish community, focusing on bringing young adults and students.

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

Michael May

Michael was born in Jerusalem, and completed university in Freiburg, Germany and at London School of Economics. He served as Director of the Institute of Jewish Affairs and Executive Director of the European Council of Jewish Communities. In 2007 he established a boutique hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, and has now retired to Hove.

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

Avi Mayer

Avi Mayer is the Managing Director of Global Communications at the American Jewish Committee (AJC). He previously served as the international spokesman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, the largest Jewish nonprofit organization in the world, and of its then-Chairman, Natan Sharansky. He lives in Jerusalem.

Sunday 20:00
Sunday 20:00 Antisemitism in America: the new numbers and the reality behind them

Hen Mazzig

Hen Mazzig is an Israeli writer, a columnist for the Jewish Journal, and a speaker who has inspired thousands around the world with his story. He is working as a Senior Fellow at the Tel Aviv Institute today. He is the son of Iraqi and North African Jewish refugees and works to promote LGBTQ rights in Israel.

Monday 13:00
Monday 13:00 Liberal, Progressive, Zionist: Reclaiming Intersectionality

Ephraim Meir

Ephraim Meir is Prof. em. of Modern Jewish Philosophy at Bar-Ilan University. For several years he was the Levinas guest professor at the Academy of World Religions in Hamburg. He is research fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton and author of 20 books. He is President of the International Rosenzweig Society.

Monday 15:00
Monday 15:00 “Translating the Bible into Greek”: Ethics and Wisdom in the thought of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt’l and Emmanuel Levinas

Ofek Meir

Ofek Meir is headmaster and managing director of Leo Baeck Education Center, Haifa. A teacher and educator, Ofek has an MA in Jewish Education, rabbinic certification from HUC-JIR and a musician’s degree in classical guitar from London’s Royal College of Music.

Sunday 16:00
Sunday 16:00 Does the world we live in still stand on three things?

Jair Melchior

Chief Rabbi Jair Melchior was born in Norway in 1982, grew up in Jerusalem, studied and lived in the urban-kibbutz Bet Israel, and did his rabbinical studies in Yeshivat Har Etzyon and received a B.Ed. from Herzog college. He has served as the chief Rabbi of Denmark since 2014. Rabbi Melchior comes from a family that have been the Chief Rabbi in Copenhagen for several generations. Jair is married to Tali and they have three children.

Sunday 13:00
Sunday 13:00 The Threat to Jewish Religious Freedom in Europe

Claudia Mendoza

Claudia is the interim co-CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council and has worked for the organisation since 2011. She has a BSc from University College London and an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is an alumna of the Adam Science Foundation Leadership Programme. She is a member of the S&P Sephardi Community in London.

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

Rivka Mennesson

Rivka Mennesson is an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist with an MA at the Tavistock and Portman and a PGdip at the WPF (Westminster Pastoral Foundation). Rivka specialises in depression, anxiety disorders and bereavement, Rivka practises in English, Italian and French. She works in a private practice and at the JMC (Jewish Marriage Council) and is currently training to become a supervisor.

Monday 17:30
Monday 17:30 Useful similarities in Jewish and psychological thinking in Covid times (short session)

Linda Menuhin

Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz consultant. Born in Iraq, has managed to reshape her future, rising from an Iraqi refugee who lost her father to building a successful career. Linda is an advocate of Jews from Arab countries. She is recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the Wexner foundation and 3 awards, one from The Next Century Foundation .

Monday 16:00
Monday 16:00 Iraqi Jews: between legal policies of exploitation and today's future

Gillian Merron

Experienced at the heart of Government, Gillian served as a Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, Cabinet Office, Transport, as Minister of State for Public Health and as a senior Government whip. She also worked in support of the Holocaust Education Trust and Labour Friends of Israel. Before being elected to Parliament, Gillian had careers in local government and as a senior trade union official in the East Midlands.

Tuesday 19:00
Tuesday 19:00 North by Northwest: A discussion with Christian Wakeford MP

Bennett Miller

Bennett is National Chair of ARZA-USA and a lecturer in Theology at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Bennett received ordination from HUC-JIR and is now Rabbi Emeritus at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick (after 44 years as Senior Rabbi). Bennett is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Religion, College of William and Mary.

Tuesday 17:00
Tuesday 17:00 Ten approaches to a post-Holocaust theology

Helena Miller

Helena Miller is director of Degrees and co-head of Teacher Training at the London School of Jewish Studies. She heads "Jewish Lives", a longitudinal study that has been exploring the Jewish lives of young people since 2011. She is the senior editor of the "Journal of Jewish Education", and co-chaired Limmud International 2010-12.

Saturday 19:00
Saturday 19:00 A Limmud tribute to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l
Monday 13:00
Monday 13:00 One Step Further: The Impact of Limmud

Steve Miller

Steve is a social entrepreneur; founder of Tzedek, Restore Community Projects, Jubilee Debt Campaign and others. Currently leading community response to Covid 19 through London Boroughs Faiths Network. Done almost all jobs in Limmud; learner & teacher, event & team chair, catering, site search, chavruta co-chair, Board member, mentor & trainer.

Sunday 09:00
Sunday 09:00 40 years of stories - what has Limmud meant to you?

Adam Mintz

Adam Mintz is the rabbi of Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim in New York City and the Director of 929 English. He is also a member of the Talmud faculty of Maharat.

Monday 15:00
Monday 15:00 Ideology and ritual: An Exploration of the tefillot of Shabbat

Chava Mirel

Chava Mirel is an internationally acclaimed singer, musician, composer, recording artist, prayer leader and activist known for her rich, luxurious vocals and rhythmic phrasing. She has toured and recorded with a spectrum of artists from Reggie Watts to punk icon Ari Up. She is currently musician in residence at Temple de Hirsch Sinai in Seattle.

Saturday 20:00
Saturday 20:00 Chava Mirel in concert with Daniel Cainer

Ephraim Mirvis

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. He is well known as a principled leader, who has broken new ground in the areas of education, tolerance, Interfaith and Social Responsibility.

Sunday 11:00
Sunday 11:00 A Torah recipe for resilience in challenging times

Charlie Morgan

Charlie set up The BRCA Project in July 2020 after she found few diverse stories in the media about BRCA. She was diagnosed with a BRCA2 gene mutation in 2018 and underwent a preventative mastectomy at age 22 due to her increased breast cancer risk. She hopes this new platform for carriers will increase public understanding and encourage testing.

Sunday 18:00
Sunday 18:00 BRCA and Me

Daniel Morgan-Thomas

Daniel Morgan-Thomas is vice-chair of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB) and has researched his family history for over a decade. He has served on the Society's Library and Programme Committees, led workshops at the Jewish Museum London and given papers at International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conferences.

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

Leon Morris

Leon Morris is the President of Pardes. He formally served as the rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, NY, founded the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center in Manhattan, served as VP for Israel Programs at the Shalom Hartman Institute and was a faculty member at Hebrew Union College.

Monday 17:00
Monday 17:00 How do we keep having 'arguments for the sake of heaven'?

Shulamit Morris-Evans

Shulamit Morris-Evans has been a Limmudnik ever since she can remember and has been a member of Extinction Rebellion (XR) since 2018. In spring 2019 she co-founded XR Jews to bring Jews to Extinction Rebellion and Extinction Rebellion to Jews, and she would love to see more and more communities engaged with both Judaism and the ecological crisis.

Tuesday 19:00
Tuesday 19:00 The Task is Urgent: Confronting the Moral Demands of the Climate Crisis

Robin Moss

Robin Moss is Director of Strategy at UJIA, the UK Jewish community's leading Israel charity. He grew up in LJY-Netzer and has worked in informal Jewish and Israel education professionally for over a decade. He first came to a Limmud event in 2009 and has been a volunticipant ever since. He is currently the editor of Limmud On One Leg

Sunday 16:00
Sunday 16:00 Me v We in Israel's Troubled 2020
Tuesday 16:00
Tuesday 16:00 Are the kids alright?

Nefesh Mountain

Nefesh Mountain is the place where Bluegrass, Old-Time, and American Roots music meet with Jewish heritage and tradition. Creators and husband and wife Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg are pioneering this new cross-cultural world of American music, seamlessly blending their love of Western musical forms with their own cultural backgrounds as Jewish Americans. The result of this unexpected and beautiful mix is staggering, combing musical virtuosity and gorgeous arrangements with songs of the heart, for the first time bringing Jewish heritage and culture into the limelight of secular Americana music.

Saturday 21:00
Saturday 21:00 Nefesh Mountain live in concert!

Lea Muhlstein

Lea Mühlstein is senior rabbi at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue and the international chair of arzenu - the political voice of Reform, Progressive and Liberal Religious Zionists. She is passionate both about her congregational work as well as her activism to see liberal Jewish values reflected in our society and in Israel.

Monday 18:00
Monday 18:00 Is there still space for progressive Jews in the Zionist Movement?

Svetlana Muller

Chairman of NPO PANDA e.V. - a cultural platform in Berlin. She was born in St. Petersburg, worked in the first underground Russian club "tAmTaM" and continued her career as a music manager in Berlin, where she moved in 1993. Since 1996, she has organized tours for bands from Eastern Europe in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, France, Poland.

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

Jessica Munk Shepherd

Jessica Shepherd, a former national newspaper journalist, founded Castaway Stories several years ago. Think BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, but for anyone, not just celebrities. Almost all of Jessica's Castaways have been from the Jewish community. She loves capturing the life stories - and music - of our community for future generations.

Monday 16:00
Monday 16:00 Castaway Stories: A Desert Island Discs for the Jewish community

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