Limmud Festival 2020

Limmud Festival 2020 – Tuesday 12:00

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Spotlight on: Jews in Asia!

A Spotlight on Limmud around Asia  Leon Fenster  Rabbi Nathan Alfred  Roberta Lipson  Anna Tooms-Yun  Josh Kurtzig 

International Hub

Asia is home to some exciting Fast-growing communities which are taking Judaism in new directions. An introduction to and Q&A about a few of the Jewish communities In Asia and an update on their current status!

Does Am Yisrael Chai?

Limmud @40 Programming  Zvika Klein  Anshel Pfeffer  Mandie Winston  Ben Crome 

Am Yisrael Chai - the people of Israel live! Is this still true, or are Jewish communities in Israel and the Diaspora drifting ever further apart? Our panel will discuss the current state of relations between Israeli Jews and Diaspora Jews and what the future holds for the ties which bind Jews everywhere together.

Domestic abuse & COVID19: a pandemic overview

Lee Wax  _ Jewish Women Aid 

COVID19 has been a disaster for all of us, but for women & children experiencing domestic abuse it creates an additional nightmare. Jewish Women's Aid has been facing unprecedented demand & our clients have been facing unprecedented levels of anxiety and danger. Discover what coercive control means in COVID19, what our clients face, & how to help.

The Witness and the Historian – Parallel views on Hungary’s Holocaust and Stalinist tyranny

Cassie Matus  László Csősz  Agnes Kaposi 

Nowadays Hungary’s populist regime is drawing attention to itself worldwide. The country’s 20th century history is less widely known but just as remarkable. Hungary established a law against Jews as early as 1920, joined the war on Hitler’s side, and sent its Jewish men to the front as expendables. The rest of the Jews survived until the summer of 1944, when most were deported, making up a third of the victims of Auschwitz. After the war, a Soviet-style regime followed, briefly interrupted by the suppressed 1956 revolution. Agnes immigrated to the UK in 1957. Breaking the glass ceiling in industry and academia, she was one of the first women elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In her book Yellow Star – Red Star, Dr Agnes Kaposi records how she and some of her family survived. Comments and illustrations by the historian Dr László Csősz lend authenticity to Agnes’ narrative. Their presentation describes how the book arose from their stormy but rewarding cooperation.

OTs Holiday Baking Fun!


Baking nourishes the mind and it encourages a sense of wellbeing. choosing your recipe, sifting flour, and kneading dough can allow you to enter a meditative state. Any physically repetitive activity allows us to escape negative thoughts and feelings. Smells and sounds stimulate the senses and get those happy hormones (endorphins) flowing!


Arkadij Khaet 

We are going to watch the German Short Film MASEL TOV COCKTAIL. Cocktail Ingredients: 1 Jew, 12 Germans, 50 ml Culture of Remembrance, 30 ml stereotypes, 2 teaspoons of patriotism, 1 teaspoon of Israel, 1 falafel, 5 Stumbling Stones, a dash of antisemitism. Directions: Put all ingredients into a film, bring to boil and shake vigorously.

The Temple Mount virtual experience

Josh Hartuv 

This virtual tour explores the intricate details of the Al Aqsa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock, places inaccessible to non-Muslims in person. Unpack the 3,000 year old puzzle to discover the many intertwining layers of the Temple Mount and how it became the launchpad for holiness for three great religions.

The mussar of Star Trek

Marcia Plumb 

Marcia has studied Mussar texts for many years, but her favourite Mussar source is Star Trek. In this session we will 'boldly go where no one has gone before', and explore the Mussar in this classic series using clips and texts. Captain Kirk will teach us about spiritual character development. All Trekkies, new and experienced Mussarniks welcome!

 Star Trek and Mussar _ Sefaria.pdf

Zoom and the philosophy of dialogue

Matt Plen 

Can you have a genuine relationship on Zoom? Philosopher Martin Buber explained the difference between true dialogue ('I-You') and transactional interactions with things (I-It). Vide-conferencing threatens to reduce us all to objects. By looking at Buber's work, we'll see whether digital dialogue can bring about authentic, meaningful relationships.

 Zoom and the philosophy of dialogue TEXTS Limmud 2020.pdf

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