The JC at Limmud 2014
OVERHEARD AT LIMMUD
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Free drinks and late-night Talmud - what could be better than that?
MP Ivan Lewis, Board of Deputies leaders Laura Marks and Alex Brummer and the UK's senior Sephardi rabbi, Joseph Dweck, were among the speakers who drew a crowd of 600 to Manchester Limmud on Sunday.
The programme at William Hulme's Grammar School covered subjects as diverse as antisemitism, meditation and circus skills.
Co-chair Rebecca Lewis said feedback had been overwhelmingly positive.
Limmud catering co-ordinator Josh Marting hora-ed his way to victory in the event's version of Strictly Come Dancing.
Josh Martin won the Nikki Millan Trophy after performing an energetic Israeli dance with partner Sophie Sumner, in the Strictly Limmud Dancing contest.
He earned the second highest score from the judges and the highest number of audience votes.
Understanding the economic pressures and cultural differences of today’s Jewish youth are key to keeping the new generation involved in Judaism
That is the view of David Brown, executive director of the Union of Jewish Students.
“The challenges to being involved are harder today, such as economic pressures like paying off university fees," he noted in a session on Sunday.
The West Bank settlements are irrelevant to the peace process, according to four respected experts.
At a packed-out panel discussion, which attracted an audience of around 150 a lecturer, a rabbi, a writer and a lawyer all outlined the reasons for their view.
In a few days’ time, two-and-a-half-thousand of us will gather for this year’s Limmud.