Limmud news

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Limmud 2014: BBC agonises over its Mid East coverage, says correspondent Caroline Wyatt

By Marcus Dysch, December 30, 2014

The BBC constantly agonises over balance in its Middle East coverage, but does not always get it right, according to one of its leading correspondents.

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Limmud 2014: Faith schools 'warp our children', claims rabbi

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2014

Rabbi Jonathan Romain has condemned Jewish schools, saying they “warp our children against the outside world.”

Speaking on a panel of educators and activists, the rabbi of Maidenhead Synagogue accused the schools of “collective negative aspects which go against Jewish values.

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Limmud 2014: Chief says take pride in Judaism and reach out to others

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis arrived at his second Limmud with a message that Jews should take pride in their religion.

Rabbi Mirvis, the first UK chief rabbi to attend the cross-communal event last year, told a large audience that Judaism could be preserved by Jews helping others in a spirit of tikkun olam — healing the world.

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Limmud 2014: Call to end discrimination against Israeli Arabs

By Josh Jackman, December 29, 2014

The negotiator who initiated the secret talks which freed Hamas prisoner Gilad Shalit has called for an end to discrimination against Israeli Arabs.

Gershon Baskin, who was behind the momentous release of the IDF soldier in 2011, told an audience of more than 100 people: “There is no area of life in Israel in which Arabs are not discriminated against.

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