Limmud news

Limmud is booking some star speakers

By Simon Rocker, September 10, 2015

A rabbi who blessed Barack Obama; a victim of child abuse; and a former PLO representative to the UK are among presenters booked for the Limmud educational conference in December.


Limmud will get 'refreshing' new look

By Simon Rocker, July 16, 2015

The Limmud conference's switch from a university campus to a Hilton hotel will not affect its essential character, its organisers say.

Bookings will shortly open for the cross-communal event, which starts at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham on December 27 after eight years at Warwick University.


Limmud fans beat the jams

By Simon Rocker, March 19, 2015

Harrow Limmud's ambition in moving to a larger venue paid off as it attracted double the number who came to its last staging two years ago.

A sell-out attendance of 1,000 enjoyed a choice of 134 sessions covering food, film, football and much more at JFS's Kenton premises on Sunday.

"We were thrilled at how the event went," said organising team co-ordinator Helen Levy.

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Loving the Limmud line-up

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

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 2014: Dancers step up for Strictly contest

By Naomi Firsht, January 2, 2015

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.


Limmud 2014: Youth facing tough challenges to maintain Jewish life

By Naomi Firsht, December 31, 2014

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.


Limmud 2014: Experts agree that settlements are irrelevant in search for peace

By Josh Jackman, December 31, 2014

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.


Limmud 2014: Sharansky reveals 'romance' in Soviet jail

By Naomi Firsht, December 31, 2014

Two prominent former refuseniks paid tribute to Soviet Jewry activist Michael Sherbourne and told Limmudniks of their prison “romance” communicating only in morse code through pipes.


Limmud 2014: Yachad founder warns over Israel's future

By Josh Jackman, December 31, 2014

A prominent British activist has said Israel has no future if it carries on down its current path.

Hannah Weisfeld, founder and director of Yachad, said: “The conflict is becoming worse and more entrenched, and if we can’t find a way to create a different Zionist future entrenched in tolerance and a belief in the humanity of others, I don’t think there’s a future for Israel.”


Orthodox 'missing a trick over women', argues feminist

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2014

A feminist activist has said that Orthodox Judaism is damaging itself by not inviting women to play an equal role in its synagogues.