Limmud



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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Tourette's is no joke but comedian uses humour to cope

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2015

Pamela Schuller once had the worst case of Tourette's syndrome in the United States.

As a teenager, she suffered from involuntary movements so severe that she once broke her neck.

She would make animal noises and swear uncontrollably.

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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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