Limmud Festival 2020 - Presenters

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Adam Wagner

Adam is well-known in the community and beyond for his human rights advocacy work. He founded both the multi-award winning human rights charity EachOther and the acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog. He is a sought after legal commentator on social media, television and radio. He set up and hosts the Better Human Podcast.

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

Julia Wagner

Julia Wagner is a lecturer and writer specialising in film and television. She holds a PhD in Film Studies from UCL and an MA in Italian Studies from University of Edinburgh. She lectures widely and regularly presents her research at cultural centres and international conferences. Julia is passionate about media education and public engagement.

Sunday 17:00
Sunday 17:00 The Making of RBG
 
Tuesday 20:00
Tuesday 20:00 Zooming In: Lockdown and the Screen
 

Christian Wakeford

Christian Wakeford is the Conservative MP for Bury South, which has one of the largest Jewish communities in the country. He is co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews as well as an officer of Conservative Friends of Israel.

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

Yair Wallach

Yair Wallach is senior lecturer in Israeli Studies at SOAS, University of London, where he is also the head of the Centre for Jewish Studies. His book on Jerusalem street texts, "A City in Fragments", was published by Stanford University Press in 2020. His articles appeared in the Guardian, Haaretz, 972+ magazine, JewThink! and other publications.

Tuesday 18:00
Tuesday 18:00 The street texts of British-ruled Jerusalem
 

Jacqueline Waltz

Jacqueline Waltz, Dance Movement Therapist, ADMP, UK and ADTA (US). She has many years experience working as a creative arts therapist and dance educator, presenting at international conferences, universities and facilitating community arts projects. As dance therapist she has worked extensively with clients with special needs, dementia and the frail elderly, families and early years, in private practice and in the charity sector.

Monday 09:00
Monday 09:00 In my enemy's tent: Dance Midrash
 

Dawn Waterman

Dawn is the Archives and Heritage Manager at the Board of Deputies where she leads Hidden Treasures; celebrating Jewish archives in Britain.

Sunday 17:00
Sunday 17:00 Hidden Treasures: celebrating Jewish archives in Britain (short session)
 

Lee Wax

Lee Wax is an educator and freelance rabbi. She also works part-time for Jewish Women's Aid, as their training coordinator, giving talks and trainings about ending domestic abuse and sexual violence within the Jewish community.

Tuesday 12:00
Tuesday 12:00 Domestic abuse & COVID19: a pandemic overview
 

Howard Webber

After a career in central government, in areas including police complaints and supporting the arts, Howard decided to live down the disgrace of a poor History 'A' Level from the 1970s. He now has an MA and PhD in modern British history from King's College London. His book "Before the Arts Council" will be published by Bloomsbury in February 2021.

Monday 09:00
Monday 09:00 Upper-class antisemitism in Britain 1917-21
 

Michael Wegier

Michael is an educator, strategic planner, policy planner and fundraising consultant who has worked in executive management in Israel, the US and the UK. He has attended Limmud's for many years in many countries and even helped set up a few of them in Israel (Go Limmud Modi'in). Michael was chief executive of UJIA from 2012-19

Sunday 13:00
Sunday 13:00 Fundraising for Israel - pointers, pitfalls and paradoxes
 
Monday 17:00
Monday 17:00 How do we keep having 'arguments for the sake of heaven'?
 

Joshua Weinberg

Josh Weinberg is the vice-president of the URJ for Israel and Reform Zionism and is the director of ARZA. Ordained from the HUC-JIR Israeli Rabbinic Program, he lives in New York. Josh is a reserve officer in the IDF spokesperson’s unit and came on Aliyah to Israel in 2003.

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

Josh Weiner

Josh is a rabbi, social worker, tour guide and Jewish educator. He grew up in London and Jerusalem, and eventually moved to Berlin. Josh works on educational initiatives in Berlin, including at the Fraenkelufer Synagogue, visiting schools and mosques, one-on-one chavrutot, the Kreuzberg Kollel and the home-based empowerment project "Berlin Tisch".

Monday 19:00
Monday 19:00 Directed being and Jewish time
 

Neta Weiner

Neta Weiner is an Israeli artist and social activist. A lead singer for the multilingual Jewish-Palestinian hip-hop ensemble System Ali, Neta is also artistic director of Beit System Ali Culture Centre in the Jessi Cohen neighbourhood in Holon. He performed to crowds at Limmud 2019, and now we have him back for a little more!

Tuesday 19:00
Tuesday 19:00 Part II: Performance and Protest
 

Hannah Weisfeld

Hannah is the director & founder of Yachad, the pro-Israel and pro-peace movement of British Jewry. For almost 10 years, Yachad has been at the forefront of shaping the debate on Israel within the community and this year took the lead in giving a voice to the significant opposition within the community to potential annexation of the West Bank.

Monday 20:00
Monday 20:00 What does a Biden Presidency mean for US foreign policy and Israel?
 
Tuesday 17:00
Tuesday 17:00 Friendly Fire: how Israel became its own worst enemy
 

Tanya White

Tanya White is an international lecturer, writer and educator with a focus on Tanach and contemporary Jewish thought. Lecturing in Israel and abroad, she is driven by a passion to exchange insights on pressing topics facing the modern Jewish world. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Jewish thought at Bar Ilan University.

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
 

Dovi Wieder

Dovi Wieder, is the Jewish Agency Shaliach of the UJS, covering the Greater London area. He was born and raised in Bnei Brak and studied in an ultra-Orthodox yeshiva. He holds a degree from the Hebrew University in International relations and Geography, and was a marketing manager and guide at the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem.

Sunday 09:00
Sunday 09:00 General Allenby in Jerusalem
 

Mandie Winston

Mandie Winston is the Chief Executive of UJIA. She grew up in the UK community’s Jewish institutions and after making Aliya served as JDC’s regional director for Africa and Asia, leading global disaster responses. She currently serves on the board of the NALA Foundation.

Tuesday 12:00
Tuesday 12:00 Does Am Yisrael Chai?
 
Tuesday 14:00
Tuesday 14:00 Decision making to secure a Jewish future
 

Jonathan Wittenberg

Jonathan loves his family, his Judaism, animals, plants and people (not necessarily in that order), interfaith work, literature, walking, gardening and the privilege of being a rabbi. He was born in Glasgow to parents from German Jewish rabbinic backgrounds; it all caught up with him and shaped his life

Sunday 13:00
Sunday 13:00 Shema means ‘Listen!’ But how do we do it?
 
Tuesday 19:00
Tuesday 19:00 The Task is Urgent: Confronting the Moral Demands of the Climate Crisis
 

Alon Wolf

Alon Wolf is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion in Israel. He is the inventor and founder of Medrobotics Corporation. He won numerous research awards, was elected to the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society Distinguished Lecturer Program. He is also the director of the Israeli Olympic Sport Research Centre.

Monday 12:00
Monday 12:00 Medical Robotics, Smart Devices, IoT- Are We Ready For That Next Revolution
 

Ron Wolfson

Ron is the Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California. He is the author of Relational Judaism and The Relational Judaism Handbook, and visiting scholar for synagogues and communities world-wide. In February, Ron donated a kidney on behalf of his wife Susie; both she and he are doing well, thank you.

Sunday 21:00
Sunday 21:00 What happens to Judaism after the synagogue?
 

Sara Wolkenfeld

Sara Tillinger Wolkenfeld is the Chief Learning Officer at Sefaria, an online database and interface for Jewish texts. She is passionate about expanding Jewish textual knowledge for all. Sara is also a fellow at the David Hartman Center at the Hartman Institute of North America.

Tuesday 14:00
Tuesday 14:00 Old Wine, New Jugs: Ancient Text and Modern Media
 

Paul Wolpe

Paul is the Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Professor of Jewish Bioethics and the director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. He has recently met with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, received an honorary degree from American Jewish University, and welcomed a second granddaughter. He is the son, brother, and father of rabbis.

Monday 16:00
Monday 16:00 Building Better Brains: A Jewish View of the Emergence of Neuroethics
 
Tuesday 21:00
Tuesday 21:00 What will change our world in the next 40 years?
 

Alexandra Wright

Alexandra Wright is the senior Rabbi at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John's Wood, London. From 1990-2003 she was rabbi at Radlett Reform Synagogue. She has worked as part of the multi-faith volunteer chaplaincy team at the North London Hospice for eight years and teaches classical Hebrew and practical rabbinics at Leo Baeck College.

Monday 13:00
Monday 13:00 Spiritual Care of the Dying
 

Tamra Wright

Tamra is a proud veteran of many Limmuds. A specialist in Jewish thought, she enjoys bringing philosophical ideas to wider audiences. She is Curriculum Development Adviser at Faith in Leadership and a Visiting Research Fellow at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, as well as a Senior Research Fellow at LSJS.

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
 
Tuesday 11:00
Tuesday 11:00 Television and teshuva - three great excuses for watching lots of Netflix (and DVDs)
 

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