Limmud news

New Limmud chief is on a learning curve to increase its impact

By Simon Rocker, April 22, 2016

When New Orleans held its Limmud conference last month, a number of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform synagogues closed for the weekend in order to focus on the event

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Organisers confirm Limmud will return to hotel venue in 2016

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2016

The organisers of this year’s Limmud conference have confirmed it will return to Birmingham after its new hotel venue proved a success last month.

The Hilton Metropole was the central location for the annual cross-communal education for the first time following many years previously at different universities.

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Next year in Birmingham

By Simon Rocker, December 31, 2015

An Israeli acquaintance, taking an early morning dip in the Hilton pool at Limmud, remarked that the water was so pleasantly warm that it was like swimming in chicken soup.

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From the other side of the mechitzah - one incredible journey

By Simon Rocker, December 30, 2015

There is a lot of talk about “Jewish journeys” at Limmud. But few have travelled a path as difficult and poignant as Yiscah Smith, a spiritual teacher from Jerusalem who lectured on Chasidic thought at the conference.

Born Jeffrey Smith in America, and outwardly a man, for 50 years she wrestled with the inner turmoil of feeling more a woman.

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David Schwimmer to appear at Limmud next year

By Simon Rocker, December 30, 2015

The American TV star David Schwimmer, best known for his role in the long-running sitcom Friends, is set to appear at a Limmud event next summer.

He is billed to be one of the speakers at Cambridge Limmud in June.

Julian Landy, who is co-chairing the one-day event with his wife Jo, explained that the actor’s appearance was the result of an outing the couple made earlier this year.

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Move from campus to hotel proves a success for Limmud

By Simon Rocker, December 30, 2015

The Limmud conference swapped its usual campus venue for the more upmarket setting of a hotel — and attracted record crowds.

While some die-hard delegates said they missed the university feel, most of the 2,750 insisted they enjoyed the improved facilities and more comfortable rooms.

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Woman who is breaking the Orthodox mould

By Simon Rocker, December 29, 2015

The first Orthodox woman in North America to take the title “rabbi” has been appointed to a congregational post, she revealed in an interview at Limmud this week.

Rabbi Lila Kagedan received semichah (ordination) from the women’s seminary Yeshivat Maharat in New York in the summer.

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Fresh from California, a new kind of Judaism

By Simon Rocker, December 29, 2015

When Jonathan Sacks published his book The Dignity of Difference, little could he have imagined that it would help inspire a dynamic new community in California led by a female rabbi.

Rabbi Sharon Brous launched Ikar in California with just four other people in 2004. Now it has some 600 affiliated households and welcomed 2,000 people to services over the last High Holy Days.

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Life at Hotel Limmud

By Simon Rocker, December 29, 2015

By the end of the first day of Limmud, it felt like a simchah without a function. I’d run into a cousin, cousins of my wife and some old acquaintances I had not seen for 20 years or so.

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Feng shui your shul for a more spiritual service

By Simon Rocker, December 28, 2015

Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufman is not happy with the orderly rows of chairs facing her before her session starts.

Instead, she suggests her audience come up with a better arrangement.

“Tune into yourselves,” she counsels.

“You do know that we are in England,” one of the participants remarks. “We like to follow orders.”

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