Limmud Festival 2020

Limmud Festival 2020 – Tuesday 13:00

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

Judy Klitsner 

We will examine several sibling-centred stories in the book of Genesis, noting a recurring, dangerous tendency toward inattentive, one-sided conversation. We will draw a line from these narratives to the Jewish people today, noting the enduring nature of fractiousness among "siblings". We will seek signs of hope for repair.

 Brothers Crying Out from the Ground Limmud 2020.pdf

Do smaller Jewish communities have a future?

Limmud @40 Programming  Marion Kinshuck  Sarita Robinson  Sheila Gewolb  Shannon Kirshner  Simon Rocker 

There may be Jews everywhere in the UK, but more of them are centred in fewer large communities than in the past. Our panel representing a range of locations around the UK will discuss the challenges and delights of being part of smaller communities, as well as how these communities can survive and thrive against the demographic tides.

I am a Hungarian Jew

Zsuzsanna Fritz 

Zsuzsa is the coordinator of the Jewish Knowledge Center in Budapest. In this session she will discuss thechallenges of being a Hungarian Jew today, and put them into context by telling the story of her family and how her journey took her to where she am today. Be prepared to be involved and play a little.

Spotlight on Limmud FSU Volga-Urals: Russian Facebook, between fiction and non-fiction

A Spotlight on Limmud FSU Volga-Urals  Leah Bushkanets 

House Of...

Come along to hear and experience a top session by Limmud FSU Volga-Urals speaker from the city of Kazan: Prof. Leah Bushkanets, the Head of the Department of Foreign Languages in the Sphere of International Relations of Kazan Federal University will explore the world of the Russian social media world in the session 'Russian Facebook: between fiction and non-fiction'.

New Technology: Benefits? Harms? Ethical Values?

Charles Raab 

The benefits of new information, communication and analytic technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence, ‘smart’ everything) also entail harms and risks to individuals and societies through surveillance or other inroads. How can they be understood and mitigated? Glancing at the Talmud, this session looks at issues, ethical values and regulation.

The Joint Fight For Gender Equality: Palestinians and Jewish Israelis working to battle discrimination

_ Israel Women's Network and Women Against Violence 

Israel Women’s Network and Women Against Violence are two organisations fighting for women’s equality. WAV is Palestinian and IWN is Jewish. Learn about how they work together and separately to fight inequality, change cultural norms, protect vulnerable women and give shelter to those facing domestic abuse. Both organisations are recipients of this year’s New Israel Fund Human Rights Award. The session will be interspersed with film footage.

Rahima Mahmut in conversation with Mia Hasenson-Gross

Mia Hasenson-Gross  Rahima Mahmut 

Close to three million Muslim Uyghurs are being persecuted and their heritage, traditions and legacy are being eroded. Taking away one's language, culture and religion is equivalent to taking away one's soul. However, Rahima refuses to drown with despair and instead choses to find meaning in life by campaigning for the freedom of her people.

Reason To Believe - The Controversial Life of Rabbi Louis Jacobs

Ivor Jacobs  Harry Freedman  Miri Freud-Kandel 

'Reason to Believe', the first ever biography of Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs, was published recently. Written by Harry Freedman, the UK's foremost author of popular books of Jewish scholarship, has received exceptional reviews. Miri Freud-Kandel, whose new book 'Louis Jacobs and the Quest for a Contemporary Jewish Theology' will be published in 2021, will be discussing Rabbi Jacobs’s life and the lessons he can teach Jews today. This session is sponsored by Friends of from where books can be purchased and signed by Harry Freedman.

Resilience for Community Leadership

_ JAMI  _ Jewish Care  _ Jewish Women Aid  Judy Roth  Shuli Greenstein 

This will be a reflective session offering attendees the opportunity to share and listen on learning of professional resilience during the pandemic. This session is for community volunteers, educators, lay leaders and social care workers.

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