Limmud Festival 2020

Limmud Festival 2020 – Tuesday 19:00

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A peek over the prison walls of 21st century England

Hannah Haddad  Danny Rich 

Hannah Haddad, a former Prison Officer at HMP Pentonville, and Prison Chaplain, Rabbi Danny Rich, will reflect upon their time working in the prison system. If, as the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky observed in 1915, “the degree of civilisation in a society can be judged by entering its prisons", what do our prisons tell us today?

Four Women Who Made Israel

Peta Pellach 

You have probably heard of Golda Meir but there are many other women who have been instrumental in creating the Israel of today, in almost every category of state-building, society and culture. You will learn the names of four of them and hear their inspiring stories, so that the history of Israel will also become the herstory of Israel.

The best of Limmud Buenos Aires: Inclusive language and diversity, a Jewish-Argentine perspective

A Spotlight on Limmud Buenos Aires  Diego Niemetz 

International Hub

Inclusive language and diversity: a Jewish-Argentine perspective.

Is sedan chair transport permitted on a Yom Tov (i.e. Sukkot, Pesach...) for men? For women?

Judith Hauptman 

We will analyse a section from the Talmud (Bavli Besah 25b) that opens by prohibiting festival transport for both men and women but then reverses itself and permits palanquin transport for women, Torah scholars, and anyone who serves the public. Anecdotes galore. Why the change? Texts will be screen-shared in both Hebrew and English.

 LimmudUK Dec 2020 bBesah 25b handout - Judith Hauptman.pdf

Oy! What a day... (3/3)

Limmud Social Programming 

Social Programming

Hosted by a long-time Limmudnik, this session is an opportunity to take some time out from the main programme, meet other participants, and reflect on the day that's been.

Part II: Performance and Protest

Neta Weiner 

Neta Weiner, musician, spoken word artist, social activist and linguist dazzled audiences at Limmud 2019 with live performances in Yiddish, Hebrew, Arabic, English and more. In this session he will perform live and talk about creating the music of protest in the midst of a pandemic – and why it’s not always up to the government to decide what constitutes essential work…

Tales (of the wagging shaggy doggy stories) from Chelm

Eddie Bass 

Hear Eddie’s own comical and some new “traditional” made-up stories. You are invited to complete a limerick, “There was a young man from Chell-em...” and bring it with you.

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

Shulamit Morris-Evans  Sergio Bergman  Jennie Rosenn  Jonathan Wittenberg  Tanya Sakhnovic 

An international panel of rabbis leading the fight against climate change confront the growing ethical challenges of the crisis: as Jews, how are we obliged to act? How do we truly relate with respect & love to God’s world? What responsibilities do we have to other species, future generations, and communities who are already suffering the impacts?

The future and present of Jewish education

Yechiel Hoffman  Nic Abery  Tzvi Hametz 

As Jewish learning has been upended by the Covid-19 pandemic, new ideas, technologies, and priorities for teaching and learning have taken their place on centre stage. Explore with Yechiel, Nic and Tzvi how students, teachers, and parents globally are thinking about how Jewish education will find new focus and shape in the coming future.

North by Northwest: A discussion with Christian Wakeford MP

Gillian Merron  Christian Wakeford 

In 2019, Christian Wakeford was elected MP for Bury South, the constituency with the largest Jewish community outside of London. Here in conversation with Gillian Merron, Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews (herself a former MP), he will discuss how it has felt adapting to life as a Parliamentary representative during a global health crisis, his close relationship with the communities in Prestwich and Whitefield and his positions on antisemitism, Israel and religious freedom.

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