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Tony Abrams

Tony recently chaired Limmud eFest NW and serves as Treasurer of Limmud NA having been twice Programming Co-Lead for Limmud Seattle. Inspired by his experience, Tony left his former job as a tax attorney to lead a community foundation at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. He is interested in voluntary simplicity and community building.

Sunday 18:00 Bringing Limmud programming online


Ali is from Iran and now lives in London. As well as studying, he is involved in many charities, including Our Second Home, Phosphorus Theatre, and the Red Cross.

Sunday 16:00 Refugees and COVID-19: where are we and what can we do?

Rosena Allin-Khan

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan is the Shadow Minister for Mental Health. She was elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Tooting in 2016, and stood for the Deputy Leadership of the Labour Party in 2020. She was previously Shadow Minister for Sport between October 2016 and January 2020 and continues to practice as an A&E doctor.

Sunday 13:00 Rosena Allin-Khan in conversation

Abier Ismail Almasri

Abier is the research assistant for the Gaza Strip at Human Rights Watch. She received a BA in English Language and Literature from al-Azhar University in 2009 and a diploma in Methodology in Education from al-Quds Open University in 2015. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, she worked as an interpreter for journalists and trainer at nonprofit organizations in Gaza.

Sunday 14:00 Gaza and the coronavirus

Eylon Aslan Levy

Eylon Levy is a news anchor, who has worked for IBA News and i24NEWS. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford and an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge. He is a translator of Hebrew non-fiction, including "Catch-67" and co-wrote the award-nominated "A Theory of Justice: The Musical!" He made aliyah in 2014.

Sunday 17:00 Mamash balagan! A panel of experts on 18 months of Israeli political chaos

Mohammed Azaiza

Mohammed is Gisha’s Gaza Field Coordinator. He completed his studies in occupational therapy at Bethlehem University. Prior to joining Gisha, he worked for the Palestine Red Crescent Society’s ambulance services, with the UN Development Programme, and with Mercy Corps.

Sunday 14:00 Gaza and the coronavirus

Ilan Baron

Professor Ilan Zvi Baron is co-director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics at Durham University. Originally from Canada, he has lived in the UK, Spain, and Israel. His interests include post-truth politics, Israeli cookbooks, violence, the Jewish Diaspora and Israel, dystopia, and political responsibility.

Sunday 10:00 Politics in a post-truth era: thinking through difficult times

Jeremy Borovitz

Originally from NJ, after finishing his BA in Public Policy Jeremy joined the Peace Corps and served in Ukraine. Since then he has worked for the JDC in Kiev, received a certificate in Experiential Education from Pardes, worked for Moishe House, and received Semicha from R’ Landes. Jeremy is currently the Director of Jewish Learning for Base Berlin.

Sunday 18:00 Bringing Limmud programming online

Daniel Cainer

Award-winning songwriter, storyteller, performer, broadcaster, procrastinator and composer of music for film, tv, theatre and synagogues. SoHo Playhouse NYC - Best of Edinburgh and NYC Fringes 2014/2015/2016/2019/2020. ‘A must see’ Daily Mirror. ‘Honest, edgy, touching and unpredictable; it will leave you longing for more’ The Jewish Week, NYC.

Sunday 19:00 Daniel Cainer: virtually in concert

Ruth Calderon

A renowned scholar and teacher of Jewish religious texts, Dr. Ruth Calderon’s personal mission is to create a “Jewish renewal” by encouraging and teaching Jews – in Israel and in the Diaspora – to turn to Jewish texts like the Talmud and Torah, interpret them with their own understanding, and see them as rich sources of guidance.

Sunday 15:00 True love is the love of truth

Challah Back Girls

Hailing from London and Melbourne, Challah Back Girls Libby and Shana are regulars both at Limmud and on the disco zoom scene. They have been DJ-ing together since 2014 and are looking forward to combining Limmud and zoom into one magnificent mash up.

Sunday 20:00 Who run the world?

Rachel Creeger

Multi-award winning stand up comedian, director and critically acclaimed playwright, Rachel Creeger, is currently the only practising orthodox Jewish woman on the UK comedy circuit. Right now she's meant to be on tour with her last EdFringe  show ‘Hinayni!' but, you know, Coronavirus. As heard on BBC Radio London (regular guest) BBC R2 and BBC Ouch

Sunday 18:00 Aren't we all a work in progress, in a way?

Sarah Danby

Sarah is the Country Director of IsraAID Greece, overseeing IsraAID's ongoing operations: a school next to Moria camp on Lesvos for Afghan refugee children and a community centre for refugees close to the city of Thessaloniki. Both missions are focused on providing education and protection programmes for the communities they work with.

Sunday 16:00 Refugees and COVID-19: where are we and what can we do?

Aviva Dautch

Aviva Dautch is the new Executive Director of Jewish Renaissance, the UK's Jewish arts magazine. She is a published poet, has a PhD in literature and lectures on modern Jewish culture at the London School of Jewish Studies and JW3. She is a regular contributor to courses and programmes for the British Library, British Museum and BBC Radio 4.

Sunday 15:00 The Jewess who ruined the US


DAVAR creates immersive Jewish experiences based in London. Each event brings together individuals to encounter Jewish text and respond to it by creating art. Co-founders Joe Hyman, David Hochhauser and Jake Berger are excited to bring a taste of DAVAR online at Limmud Together UK. Find us on Facebook & follow us on Instagram: @davarimmersive

Sunday 19:00 Atzeret: a creative response to Shavuot

Oli Davidson

Oli is a scientist by training, currently working [from home] in data analytics at a fintech startup, but in her [increasingly] spare time, she co-directs Laviot which she co-founded in 2018. She was recently called 'very enterprising' by her uncle and was an honourable mention [not young enough!] of the Jewish News' 25 under 25.

Sunday 13:00 Breaking point? Trends and challenges in the Jewish communal future

Ruth Deech

Crossbench member of the House of Lords since 2005 and Jewish activist. Taught law at Oxford, former Principal of St Anne's College, chair of Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, Rhodes Scholarships Trustee, Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, chair Bar Standards Board. Trustee of the Roth Institute for the Study of Antisemitism.

Sunday 14:00 Being Jewish in the House of Lords

Joseph Dweck

As Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community UK, Joseph Dweck serves as spiritual head and oversees all ecclesiastical functions. He is also Deputy President of the LSJS; a President of The Council of Christians and Jews; Ecclesiastical Authority of The Board of Deputies; plus Member of the Standing Committee of the Conference of European Rabbis.

Sunday 12:00 Rupture and Reconstruction: a Sephardic perspective on Haym Soloveitchik's analysis of trends in 20th-century orthodoxy

Miri Eisin

Colonel Miri Eisin served in the Israeli intelligence community for twenty years and then served as the Israeli Prime Minister's international media advisor. Over the last fifteen years Miri has been one of Israel's main presenters, speaking on regional geo-politics and security related issues in the media worldwide.

Sunday 12:00 Middle East challenges in the COVID-19 era

Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein is the Director of the Wexner Heritage Program at the Wexner Foundation. She received Orthodox ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and has a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. Yaffa was the Director of Education N.A. for Pardes, and a member of the Talmud faculty. She has taught at Limmuds around the globe - including two eFests!

Sunday 14:00 The power of speech: how the rabbis understood what it means to be human

Ros Ereira

Ros runs Solidarity with Refugees, a grassroots organisation working to create a more welcoming environment for those fleeing war and persecution. Ros organised the huge Refugees Welcome Marches in 2015 and 2016 which influenced the Government commitment to resettling 20,000 Syrians. Before this, Ros worked in documentary film-making.

Sunday 16:00 Refugees and COVID-19: where are we and what can we do?

Leon Fenster

Leon is an artist from London, now based in Taiwan. His joyous art tells stories of cities, of individual families and, most recently, the Haggadah. His latest is a Beijing Haggadah, the first of many Haggadot based on specific cities. He also creates Wedding Ketubot and murals, as well as writing about and speculatively designing Jewish architecture.

Sunday 12:00 Jews of China: an artistic journey

David Filer

I am currently a European Leadership Fellow at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and learning torah lishma - for its own sake. Next year, B"H, I will be studying for a masters degree in behavioural science at the LSE. In my spare time I run goyishe memes for off the derech teens (a page on facebook that your kids might know).

Sunday 13:00 Breaking point? Trends and challenges in the Jewish communal future

Jonathan Freedland

Jonathan Freedland is an award-winning journalist, novelist and broadcaster. Columnist for the Guardian since 1997, previously the paper's Washington correspondent. Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s, The Long View. 2014 winner of the Orwell Special Prize for journalism. Author of eleven books, nine of them bestselling thrillers under the name Sam Bourne.

Sunday 12:00 Is there such a thing as Jewish writing or the Jewish imagination?

Hadley Freeman

Hadley Freeman is a columnist and features writer for The Guardian newspaper. Born in New York, she has lived in the UK for 30 years and is fully bilingual in American and English. "House of Glass", her fourth book, was published in the US and UK in March 2020.

Sunday 11:00 Hadley Freeman on "House of Glass"

Nicole Freeman

Nicole Freeman is the founder of The Kids' Kitchen, a multi award-winning cooking school for kids based in London but also offering online classes. She is a passionate foodie who started the school because her son was a fussy eater. She now teaches kids how much fun cooking can be and encourages them to prepare and try new foods and textures.

Sunday 11:00 The Kids' Kitchen cookalong with your kids

Hadassah Fromson

Hadassah is a Rebbetzin at Golders Green United Synagogue, a Counselling Psychologist and mother of three. Her doctoral thesis explored sexual satisfaction in the Orthodox Jewish community. Her interests extend to bridging together the two worlds of Psychology and Torah to teach about and enhance spiritual growth and self-development.

Sunday 18:00 The sound of silence: exploring Shavuot through the eyes of Simon and Garfunkel

Jemima Gilbert

Jemma Gilbert is director of transformation at the Healthy London Partnership (HLP), implementing London's vision to make London the healthiest global city. She has overseen the delivery of city-wide transformation for childhood obesity, HIV, health and employment, and is currently leading London’s homeless health response to COVID-19.

Sunday 18:00 “All who are hungry, let them eat!”… and other challenges to supporting the vulnerable caused by COVID-19

Simon Goldhill

Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge and Foreign Secretary and Vice President of the British Academy. He has published widely including books on Jerusalem that have been translated into ten languages. He has lectured all over the world and is a regular talking head on radio and television in Britain and abroad.

Sunday 12:00 Time on your hands: Jewish time, then and now

Jeremy Gordon

Jeremy is rabbi of New London Synagogue (Masorti). He's recently served as Hebrew consultant for the Prince of Egypt musical that, until all this, was doing fabulously on the West End. Once upon a time he attended 12 Limmud Conferences in a row, but... times change. He's warmly looking forward to being back part of Limmud this year.

Sunday 17:00 The Prince of Egypt: from Torah to Hollywood and the West End

Emma Grant

Emma studied Applied Arts, specialising in ceramics. Emma usually works from her ceramics studio in Wood Green but is often found teaching children how to scribble to music. She believes in teaching children to think like an artist and developing a creative and artistic mind. Emma also masquerades as Alice Through The Chuppah Glass (Google it).

Sunday 12:00 There must be an angel (playing with my art)

Alon-Lee Green

National co-director of Standing Together, a Jewish-Arab grassroots movement for peace, equality and social justice. Organiser of Israel's first Waiters Union. One of the leaders of Israel's social protest movement In the summer of 2011. Worked in the Knesset as a political adviser. Owner of a second-hand bookshop together with his twin-brother.

Sunday 15:00 Why Jewish–Arab partnership matters

Joel Grishaver

Joel Lurie Grishaver is an American writer, educator, cartoonist and long time Limmud UK presenter. He is presently the creative chair of Torah Aura Productions and volunteers as a spiritual counselor at Beit ha-Tshuvah. He is famous for his work in family education.

Sunday 17:00 Family "You be the Judge"

Jonathan Halevy

Professor Jonathan Halevy is President of Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. From 1988 until 2019 he was the hospital’s Director General. Professor Halevy graduated from Tel Aviv University Medical School and was a fellow at Yale University. He is a former Chairman of the National Committee updating the National Basket of Health Services.

Sunday 13:00 How Israel is coping with Corona – medical, ethical and organisational aspects

Michael Harris

Michael J. Harris is rabbi of The Hampstead Synagogue, London and Research Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies. His most recent books are "Faith without Fear: Unresolved Issues in Modern Orthodoxy" (2016) and, with Daniel Rynhold, "Nietzsche, Soloveitchik and Contemporary Jewish Philosophy" (2018).

Sunday 13:00 Responding to suffering: guidance from Nietzsche and Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Shai Held

Shai Held is President and Dean of Hadar. His first book, "Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence", was published in 2013; "The Heart of Torah", a collection of essays in two volumes, was published in 2017. He is currently at work on a book reclaiming the centrality of love in Jewish theology, spirituality, and ethics.

Sunday 13:00 The triumph of creation: what are the Book of Exodus – and revelation – really about?

Dan Heller

Dan Heller co-chaired Limmud Festival 2019 and has been volunteering on Limmud teams for over a decade. He is currently working on supporting the wider health and care system to respond to Covid-19 in London. He is also a somewhat lapsed volunteer for FEAST WITH US!

Sunday 18:00 “All who are hungry, let them eat!”… and other challenges to supporting the vulnerable caused by COVID-19

Sara Hirschhorn

Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn is Visiting Asst. Professor in Israel Studies at Northwestern University and author of the award-winning book "City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement" (Harvard, 2017). She is also a regular public speaker, media commentator, foreign policy consultant, and public educator on Jewish/Israel affairs.

Sunday 17:00 Mamash balagan! A panel of experts on 18 months of Israeli political chaos

Zöe Jacobs

A long time fan of Limmud, Cantor Zöe Jacobs was the first ordained cantor in the Reform Movement. She was ordained in 2009 from HUC-JIR and is a product of summer camp. Zoe is passionate about singing with others, so spends a lot of time online with her community, FRS, and is thrilled for any opportunity to collaborate with friends!

Sunday 14:00 Nachamu ami: songs of hope and healing

Howard Jacobson

Novelist, essayist and broadcaster. He has written 16 novels and 5 works of non-fiction. Man Booker Prize Winner for The Finkler Question. Columnist for Tablet Magazine, USA. Themes include: what it means to be Jewish today and challenging anti-Israel boycotts. Table tennis aficionado.

Sunday 12:00 Is there such a thing as Jewish writing or the Jewish imagination?

James Jacobson-Maisels

James Jacobson-Maisels is the founder of Or HaLev: Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation and founding Rosh Yeshiva of Romemu Yeshiva. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago, rabbinic ordination from Daniel Landes, and teaches Jewish thought, mysticism, spiritual practices and meditation around the world.

Sunday 11:00 Jewish mindfulness meditation: the quieting practice of the Piaseczner Rebbe

Laura Janner-Klausner

Laura Janner-Klausner is the Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism. She has taught in Britain, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. She is a regular national television and radio broadcaster. She is publishing her book “Bitesize Resilience. A Rabbi’s Crisis Survival Diary” this week, as a COVID-19 donation.

Sunday 12:00 Bitesize Resilience – a Rabbi’s Crisis Survival Diary

Oliver Joseph

Oliver Spike Joseph works as a rabbi for New North London Synagogue and the Havurah. In lockdown, Oliver launched 'Rabbi Cooks' a cooking channel. which tries to demystify new recipes from food in our store cupboards. Oliver has cooked for many years around the world. Alongside food he is passionate about Jewish learning, martial arts and bicycles.

Sunday 12:00 "Rabbi Cooks" with you

Ben Katz

Benjamin Katz is a psychologist and candidate in the Department of Psychology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ben has also served in a variety of capacities in the organisation Shoval: Education and Tolerance, undertaking LGBT diversity training in religious Orthodox education, mental health, and community institutions.

Sunday 17:00 From invisible to centre stage: a close reading of rabbinic approaches to homosexuality

Alexia Khadime

Alexia is a musical theatre actress. Her West End starring roles include Nala in The Lion King, Elphaba in Wicked, Eponine in Les Miserables, and Nabulungi in Book of Mormon. Her most recent role is Miriam in the Prince of Egypt.

Sunday 17:00 The Prince of Egypt: from Torah to Hollywood and the West End

Dov Laimon

Dov Laimon is a sofer sta”m and teacher living in Jerusalem. He teaches hands-on learning of the skill of writing the Hebrew letters in the Ashkenazi tradition, combined with text learning presenting halachic, midrashic and kabbalistic perspectives on the nature of the letters (‘otiot’).

Sunday 16:00 Hebrew calligraphy: an intimate meeting at the beginning

Philip LaZebnik

Philip Lazebnik's screenwriting credits include Disney’s Pocahontas and Mulan, and DreamWorks’ Prince of Egypt, as well as the TV series Wings and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He wrote the book for the theatrical version of Prince of Egypt with Stephen Schwartz, which opened in London’s West End at the Dominion Theatre on February 25, 2020.

Sunday 17:00 The Prince of Egypt: from Torah to Hollywood and the West End

Samuel Lebens

Samuel Lebens is a philosopher at the University of Haifa and, in addition to his academic work, is an Orthodox rabbi. He has taught at many Limmud events and in Jewish communities around the world. Born in England, he now lives with his wife and children in Haifa. He co-founded the Association for the Philosophy of Judaism, and his book "The Principles of Judaism" is published shortly.

Sunday 17:00 Nothing Else-ism

Jeremy Leigh

Jeremy Leigh is the director of Israel of Studies at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. Since moving to Israel from UK in 1992, he has worked in the field of Jewish educational travel: writing materials, guiding groups and training educators. He established Jewish Journeys in 2002, and author of the book "Jewish Journeys" (Haus, London, 2006).

Sunday 14:00 What can’t you see?!? Reflections of a Jewish travel educator in an age of lockdown

Amy-Jill Levine

University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies/Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies (Vanderbilt). First Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute. Author of The Misunderstood Jew, Short Stories by Jesus, The Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-editor M.Brettler), and four children’s books (with S.Sasso).

Sunday 16:00 The Sermon on the Mount for Jews

Eliana Light

Through meaningful music, powerful prayer, excellent education, and creative consulting, Eliana works with Jewish communities worldwide to unlock the wonders of our sacred heritage. Her latest album, "s*ngs ab-ut g?d", is out now. Eliana presented at Festival 2018 and is so excited to be back learning with such an amazing community!

Sunday 16:00 Let's sing (about Jewish things!)

Limmud Social(ly distanced) Programming

What do I do when my love is away? Does it worry you to be alone? How do I feel by the end of the day? Are you sad because you're on your own? No, I get by with a little help from my friends. Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends.

Sunday 19:00 The Limmud Lockdown Lock-In Pub Quiz

Miriam Lorie

Miriam is a freelance Jewish educator based in London. She learns Gemara daily on the Yeshivat Maharat Beit Midrash Programme and has also studied at Pardes and Midreshet Harova. She is co-founder and of Kehillat Nashira, the Borehamwood Partnership Minyan.

Sunday 13:00 Breaking point? Trends and challenges in the Jewish communal future

Gabi Markham

Gabi is a lifelong Limmudnick and self-described Limmudaholic! When not planning or attending Limmud events she can be found in London teaching yoga (although classes are currently filmed in her living room and streamed around the world). Gabi is also the co-director of Laviot – a community for LGBT+ Jewish women and non-binary people.

Sunday 13:00 Lashevet: sit down and do yoga!

Michael Marmot

Sir Michael Marmot has been Professor of Epidemiology at University College London since 1985. He is the author of "The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world" (Bloomsbury, 2015), and "Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health" (Bloomsbury, 2004).

Sunday 17:00 Social justice and health equity

Robin Moss

Robin Moss is Director of Strategy at UJIA, the UK Jewish community's largest Israel charity. He leads UJIA's Israel Engagement work, supporting thousands of British Jews to develop meaningful connections to Israel. A proud boger of LJY-Netzer, he is on the Board of National Officers of Liberal Judaism. He is also the Editor of Limmud On One Leg

Sunday 17:00 Mamash balagan! A panel of experts on 18 months of Israeli political chaos

Jeffrey Myers

Jeffrey Myers has served as the rabbi and cantor for Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh since the summer of 2017. After the horrific morning of October 27, 2018, when a heavily armed gunman began a murderous rampage in the Tree of Life synagogue, Myers - who survived the attack - became the face of the tragedy.

Sunday 15:00 Spiritual leadership in time of crisis

Sara Nathan

Sara was a BBC and Channel 4 News editor followed by a career in regulation and do-goodery. In 2015 she co-founded Refugees At Home arranging altruistic hosting for refugees/asylum-seekers. It has made 2,500 placements and hosted 165,000 nights. 95 people are still hosted through lockdown. Sara has had 21 guests and now hosts an Egyptian refugee.

Sunday 16:00 Refugees and COVID-19: where are we and what can we do?

Julia Neuberger

Julia Neuberger is Chair of University College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust. She was Senior Rabbi of the West London Synagogue from 2011 until March 2020 and is now Rabbi Emerita. She is a House of Lords peer. Her book on Antisemitism was published in May 2019.

Sunday 10:00 Are we learning anything from the COVID-19 pandemic?

David Newman

David Newman is professor of Geopolitics at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, where he founded the Dept of Politics and Government and served as Dean from 2010-2016. He is currently researching the role of Lithuanian rabbis in twentieth century Britain. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE for promoting scientific cooperation between Israel and the UK.

Sunday 10:00 The changing dynamics of ultra-Orthodoxy in world Jewry

Beth Oppenheim

Beth is Director of International Relations at Gisha, an Israeli human rights NGO, which works to protect the freedom of movement of Gaza residents. Before joining Gisha, Beth was a Middle East research fellow and podcast host at the Centre for European Reform in London. Beth has also worked as a senior researcher for the historian Anthony Seldon.

Sunday 14:00 Gaza and the coronavirus

Dan Patterson

TV producer Dan Patterson was a member of Habonim where he learned lead a Shira. He produces TV comedy - but that's not relevant... He loves the idea of Ruach dripping off the computer.

Sunday 17:00 Singalong with Dan: a virtually nice experience

Hilary Pomeroy

Dr. Pomeroy created and taught Sephardi culture and history in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London. Her research field is oral literature. She has published numerous articles and lectured at universities and institutions throughout Europe. She chaired the British Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies for 25 years.

Sunday 10:00 "A son is gold, a daughter trouble": Sephardi birth and marriage customs

Anna Posner

Anna Posner is a 5th-year rabbinical student at Leo Baeck College. She grew up as an active member of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue and LJY-Netzer. Anna has been placed as a student rabbi at Beit Klal Yisrael Jewish community and will continue as the rabbi there after ordination.

Sunday 18:00 Sing along

Yael Roberts

Yael Roberts is Director of Community & Education at Westminster Synagogue. She has worked at Reform Judaism as Young Adults Community Organiser and at Alyth as Lead Educator. She co-founded the Willesden Minyan in 2015 after studying at Pardes and Nishmat. She holds an MA in Printmaking from Camberwell College and a BA from Yeshiva University.

Sunday 13:00 Breaking point? Trends and challenges in the Jewish communal future

Ella Rose

Ella finds it hard to say no to Jewish communal volunteering and has therefore ended up on the team for Limmud Together UK and running a session.

Sunday 13:00 Rosena Allin-Khan in conversation

Michael Rosenfeld-Schueler

Michael Rosenfeld-Schueler is the Jewish Chaplain for Oxford University. He recently completed an MSc in Organisational Psychology specialising in the management of Jewish identity and antisemitism in the workplace. Michael is a graduate of the Senior Faith in Leadership Programme at Windsor Castle and a regular on BBC Oxford radio.

Sunday 14:00 Horrible histories: Infamous Israelites

Sophie Ross

Sophie is a British diplomat in Delhi where she eats too much Indian food and runs a group called Jew Delhi with her husband. Sophie was previously a civil servant in London, co-chaired the Civil Service Jewish Network and co-founded the Jewish chamber choir Minim. She studied Classics and Theology at Oxford and launched its student egalitarian minyan.

Sunday 16:00 The cabinet minister’s silk underwear and the Jews: adventures and misadventures in diplomacy

Merav Roth

Merav Roth (PhD) is a clinical psychologist and a training psychoanalyst at the Israeli psychoanalytic society. Chair of the psychotherapy program, Sackler school of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, a researcher and a writer. Among her recent publications is: “A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Reading Literature: Reading the Reader” (Routledge, 2020).

Sunday 15:00 True love is the love of truth

Daniel Rothberg

Danny is HM Deputy Consul General to South West China. Prior to this he ran the Saudi Arabia team and other roles included working on Yemen, Afghanistan and Russia. Danny has also served in Brussels at the EC and on Capitol Hill for a US Congressman. Danny has been a dedicated Limmudnik since Conference 1992 when he saw a pirated copy of Aladdin.

Sunday 16:00 The cabinet minister’s silk underwear and the Jews: adventures and misadventures in diplomacy

Simcha Rothman

Founder and legal adviser of The Movement for Governability and Democracy (Meshilut). His book "The Ruling Party of Bagatz - How Israel Became a Legalocracy" has become a bestseller and reshaped the debate in Israel on judicial over-reach. A founding partner at Rothman-Lev Law. L.L.M. in Public Law: Northwestern and Tel Aviv. L.L.B. Bar Ilan.

Sunday 17:00 Mamash balagan! A panel of experts on 18 months of Israeli political chaos

Mich Sampson

Mich Sampson is Director of Music at Finchley Reform Synagogue, where she conducts the choirs and co-leads services. She also works with various Liberal and Reform communities, from Edinburgh to Wessex, to develop their confidence in using music to support and create prayer. She especially delights in working with new and nervous singers.

Sunday 14:00 Nachamu ami: songs of hope and healing

Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands QC is Professor of Law at University College London and a practising barrister. He appears as counsel before international courts and tribunals. He is the author of legal books and the prizewinning East West Street. He will be speaking about his new book "The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive".

Sunday 14:00 Why I wrote "The Ratline"

David Saperstein

David Saperstein is the President of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. For decades, he directed the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and later served as U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom from 2015 to 2017. He also taught seminars on church-state law and Jewish law for 35 years at Georgetown University.

Sunday 16:00 Religious persecution and religious freedom around the world

Florence Schechter

Florence's background is in science communication and is the founder and director of the Vagina Museum. She came highly commended in the Women of the Future Awards 2017 in the arts and culture category for her work. She also sits on the Trajectory, Ideas and Ambassadors Board of Cheltenham Science Festival.

Sunday 19:00 Secret vaginas of Judaism

Dahlia Scheindlin

Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin is an international public opinion expert and political consultant and has advised eight campaigns in Israel. Dahlia conducts research on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other regions, foreign policy, democracy, and Israeli politics. She is a fellow at The Century Foundation and co-host of The Tel Aviv Review podcast.

Sunday 17:00 Mamash balagan! A panel of experts on 18 months of Israeli political chaos

Amos Schonfield

Amos is the founder and director of Our Second Home, a youth movement for refugees and migrants. He is involved in a number of communal organisations (including Limmud Together UK) and a board member of Yachad. Amos recently completed an MSc in Migration Studies, focusing on ideas of diaspora and transnationalism in the Jewish community.

Sunday 13:00 Breaking point? Trends and challenges in the Jewish communal future

Moses Seitler

Moses works in the refugee education sector with Refugee Support Network, and within the Jewish community for René Cassin - the Jewish voice for Human Rights. He is an alumnus of the Chief Rabbi's Ben Azzai Programme and the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford, where he wrote his thesis on the spiritual welfare of refugees from Nazism.

Sunday 16:00 Refugees and COVID-19: where are we and what can we do?

Carole Shaw

Carole started performing aged 6 entertaining local children with her sister and has been doing solo comedy shows for 28 years. She appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe 2006, Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes 2019, debuted in Oz at the Perth and Adelaide Fringes 2020 and will be at Boulder Fringe USA this August. Carole is a teacher/translator/interpreter.

Sunday 15:00 Keep Kalm & Kvetch

Edwin Shuker

Edwin Shuker is an international businessman and philanthropist with a wide range of educational, communal and charitable involvement, and is Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Sunday 17:00 Buying a house in Iraq

Judith Silver

Judith is a familiar face and voice at Limmud, as a composer and performer, holding space facilitating the singing of others, sometimes solo and sometimes with dear friends and colleagues. She's always especially delighted to have the opportunity to co-present with Mich Sampson and Cantor Zöe Jacobs.

Sunday 14:00 Nachamu ami: songs of hope and healing

Hannah Style

Hannah is an enthusiastic NHS Dietitian specialising in learning disabilities in clinical settings, and is the founder and chair of FEAST! in the public health realm. She cycles to greet her NHS and private patients, and smiles when asked 'What is the perfect diet?'

Sunday 18:00 “All who are hungry, let them eat!”… and other challenges to supporting the vulnerable caused by COVID-19

Ilai Szpiezak

Ilai Szpiezak is an award winning Creative Producer, Choreographer and Master of Ceremonies, with more than 15 years experience in the entertainment industry. He also works for the Israeli Dance Institute ( a charity promoting Jewish education and cohesion between faiths through music and dance.

Sunday 15:00 Israeli dance under lockdown

Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz

Lindsey studied Archaeology & Anthropology at Cambridge, Prehistory at Hebrew University, and completed a PhD at UCL on the Orthodox women's religious lives, to be published in 2020. She is a Teaching Fellow at LSJS, has lectured at Cambridge and Oxford, edits for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, and recently founded the Pop-Up Beit Midrash.

Sunday 10:00 Fakes, frauds, and fanatics: the seamy side of biblical archaeology

Rebecca Viney

Rebecca is a British diplomat serving at the UK’s Mission to the UN in New York. Rebecca previously worked on Israeli-Palestinian peace at the Foreign Office in London, and co-chaired the Civil Service Jewish Network. She studied Social and Political Sciences at York and the University of California, Davis, and spent her gap year in Israel.

Sunday 16:00 The cabinet minister’s silk underwear and the Jews: adventures and misadventures in diplomacy

Hettie Virchis

Hi my name is Hettie Virchis... I am 17 years old and I am currently studying for my A-levels. Since around the age of 12 I took an interest in henna and mandala artwork. At first I wasn’t very good and I would practice on paper. I kept on practicing and my progress over the years has proved to me that practice does make perfect.

Sunday 13:00 Mandala drawing tutorial

Adam Wagner

Adam Wagner is a human rights barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and a Visiting Professor of Law at Goldsmiths University. He is currently Special Advisor to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into the Government response to Covid-19.

Sunday 11:00 COVID-19 and human rights

Lee Wax

Lee Wax is a rabbi and Jewish educator. She works part-time as training coordinator for Jewish Women's Aid, the only specialist UK agency supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. She is passionate about training in the Jewish community on violence against women, how to prevent it and how to support those experiencing it

Sunday 15:00 Domestic abuse and lockdown: a dangerous cocktail

Jonathan Wittenberg

Being a child of German-Jewish refugees profoundly influenced his life. He likes trying to understand and build relationships, between us, our Judaism and our spirituality; between different faiths; between refugees and hope; between humans, plants and animals. He has just published "Things My Dog Has Taught Me".

Sunday 10:00 That blackbird woke me up
Sunday 15:00 Spiritual leadership in time of crisis

Tamara Wolfson

Tamara is Cantor of Alyth Synagogue in London. Prior to her appointment at Alyth, she was Cantor at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue and Spiritual Leader of Kehillah North London following her move to London in May 2018. Tamara was born and raised in New York.

Sunday 18:00 Sing along

Sara Wolkenfeld

Sara Wolkenfeld is the Chief Learning Officer at Sefaria, where she pursues her passion of expanding Jewish textual knowledge for all. She is also a David Hartman Center fellow at the Hartman Institute of North America. Sara studied at various institutions of higher Jewish learning in American and Israel, and currently lives in Chicago, IL.

Sunday 16:00 Navigating the sea of Torah: a traditional approach for the digital age

David Yarus

@DavidYarus is the founder of mllnnl, a social / creative agency that helps global brands and Jewish non-profits engage the millennial audience. David is also the founder of JSwipe, the world’s largest & fastest-growing Jewish dating app. David is passionate about human connection, actualizing dreams, and sheffa (abundance)!

Sunday 15:00 Why millenials aren't giving a flip (and the story of JSwipe)

Sandra Yerushalmi

Sandra Yerushalmi is coordinator of cultural projects, today at the Alliance Israelite Universelle. She is a Jewish activist in Paris, resident at the Moishe House Paris, and organises orthodox Torah readings by women. She funded Henna Judaica to strengthen Jewish identity through the renewed tradition of Jewish Henna.

Sunday 11:00 Henna Judaica... or how to create new traditions

Raphael Zarum

Dean of London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS), the UK’s centre for training, teaching and scholarship. Lectures in Jewish Education and Classical Texts. Trains teachers and rabbis. Semicha from Montefiore Kollel and Jonathan Sacks, PhD Theoretical Physics, MA Adult Education, graduate of Mandel School in Jerusalem. Teaches across the Jewish world.

Sunday 11:00 Five approaches to making the Omer count

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