Limmud

Limmud 2015 in pictures

December 31, 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.

The attendees descended on Birmingham’s Hilton Metropole from more than 40 countries.

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Holocaust survivors and Limmud founder recognised in New Year's honours list

By Josh Jackman and Naomi Firsht, December 30, 2015

Holocaust survivors turned educators, a founder of Limmud and a former chairman of Ajex have all been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

Clive Lawton was made an OBE for his services to the Jewish community, “particularly through Limmud UK.”

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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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Speaker angry over being 'disinvited' from Limmud panel

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2015

A writer says he has been prevented from taking his place on a panel at a Limmud session.

Tuvia Tenenbom was due to appear with other speakers at a discussion on "Jewish nightmares, exasperations and broiguses" on Wednesday afternoon.

But he was told the day before by fellow panel member Keith Kahn-Harris that he would not be required.

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Don’t abandon the Labour Party over Corbyn, pleads activist

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2015

Labour -supporting Jews should not leave the party in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, according to the vice chair of Labour Friends of Israel.

Rebecca Simon admitted that it was “hard not to feel bleak about the future” with Mr Corbyn in charge, but she urged Jews not to abandon the party.

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Impressions of a Limmud rookie - turn up late and dance

By Simon Round, December 30, 2015

I’m a Limmud latecomer. For years, I’ve heard stories of stimulating sessions, of bands jamming in the bar and late-night discos at this Jewish educational extravaganza which attracted thousands to the windswept campus of Warwick University.

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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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Secret of the Ashkenazi cocktail - dill, Martini and one mover and shaker

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2015

One subject guaranteed to fill a room at Limmud is that of food and drink. So it was no surprise when the small room booked out for the session on Ashkenazi cocktails was full to bursting.

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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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