Limmud

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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Scenes from Limmud 2014

December 30, 2014

Photos by Zoe Paskett

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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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Limmud 2014: Delicious! Diners give thumbs up to new menu

By Josh Jackman, December 29, 2014

Limmud’s new caterers are rising to the task of feeding thousands of people, with participants describing the fare on offer as “delicious”.

Manchester firm Celia Clyne Banqueting was handed the largest kosher catering contract in Europe to supply more than 30,000 meals throughout the week. Owner Celia Clyne said it has been “a steep learning curve”.

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Limmud 2014: Football, and how to stay religiously onside

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2014

For many British Jews, Shabbat leads them not to their nearest synagogue but to their favoured football stadium. But what do historic Jewish texts say about playing the beautiful game on the holiest days of the year?

Plenty, according to Alex Goldberg, presenter of When Shabbat Comes, a Limmud session looking at halachic approaches to soccer.

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Limmud 2014: Europe is failing to combat jihadists on its doorstep, says activist

By Josh Jackman, December 28, 2014

A former government official has warned that there is a “growing epidemic of young, European men going to fight jihad.”

Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, who was a Swedish government adviser, told an audience of around 80 people at Limmud that the “lack of political will” in Europe to combat extremism has driven her to move her family to Israel.

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Limmud 2014: experts highlight concern over cost of Jewish life

By Marcus Dysch, December 28, 2014

The cost of Jewish life in Britain has become so prohibitive that people in some sections of the community cannot afford basic provisions and services, according to demographics experts.

A JC-hosted session at the Limmud conference debated issues relating to the growing cost of aspects of Jewish life, particularly in Orthodox and strictly Orthodox communities.

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Thousands flock to Limmud as conference opens

By Marcus Dysch, December 28, 2014

The annual Limmud winter conference has opened at the University of Warwick, with thousands of participants expected to attend sessions over the next five days.

More than 500 presenters from around the world will lead Limmudniks through 1,200 lectures and discussions on topics including social action, history and politics, religion and philosophy, and arts and culture.

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How JC will join in the fun

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

The JC will play a full role in this year’s conference, hosting four sessions including a live review of next week’s edition of the newspaper with editor Stephen Pollard.

Alongside our reporters he will critique the stories and news values of the paper with Limmud participants in a version of the regular JC editorial conferences.

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