Chief Rabbi Mirvis's dignified silence

October 17, 2013

It is difficult to think of a more crass, ill-judged and ultimately self-defeating intervention in a communal issue than the statement issued last week by a group of seven strictly-Orthodox rabbis. The issue of the Chief Rabbi’s attendance at Limmud is long running. To the disappointment of many, Lord Sacks chose not to attend.


It's courage versus arrogance in the Mirvis Limmud row

By Daniel Finkelstein, October 17, 2013

Look, I hope you won’t mind what I have to say here. It’s just that, well, I think it needs to be said, however diffident I am about it.


Limmud backlash over visit by Chief

By Simon Rocker, October 17, 2013

The first major conflict of the new Chief Rabbi’s tenure erupted this week over his decision to attend the Limmud education conference in December.

More than 20 communal leaders have written to the JC attacking last week’s public condemnation of Chief Rabbi Mirvis by strictly Orthodox rabbis.


Mirvis shows good sense on Limmud

September 17, 2013

Widely expected it may have been, but the Chief Rabbi’s confirmation that he will be attending this year’s Limmud is no less welcome for that. Limmud is British Jewry at its best — and an export of which we can all be proud. It is inclusivity made real. So it was not merely wrong that Lord Sacks refused to have anything to do with it, it was plain bizarre.


Chief Rabbi Mirvis expected to attend Limmud

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2013

Incoming Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has been consulting with his rabbinate over whether he should attend the Limmud winter conference.

Rabbi Mirvis, who will be installed as Chief Rabbi on Sunday, held talks with his rabbis on Limmud and other issues last month, although he is keeping his decision close to his chest.


Limmud goes camping in the Woods

By Anna Sheinman, August 11, 2013

Get your tent pegs ready. Limmud is back — and this summer it’s going camping.

Since 2004, Limmud Fest has been the summer version of December’s Jewish learning extravaganza, Limmud Conference.


Hundreds flock to Harrow Limmud

March 11, 2013

There were more than 100 sessions for the 600 visitors to Sunday’s Harrow Limmud with a choice of speakers ranging from a Holocaust survivor to a senior researcher for anti-extremist think tank, the Quilliam Foundation.


Torah, truths, rap and rock: it’s Limmud

By Anna Sheinman, January 3, 2013

Two and a half thousand people attended Limmud 2012, the annual festival of Jewish learning, debate and culture.

Last week, Warwick University hosted seven days of lectures, discussions, exhibitions, concerts, films and a whole lot of Israeli dancing.


Limmud on women rabbis’ woes

By Anna Sheinman, December 27, 2012

“The stained-glass ceiling has not yet been broken”, declared Baroness Julia Neuberger at a panel debate of women rabbis at Limmud on Sunday.

In what was supposed to be a celebration of 40 years of women rabbis, instead the four rabbis, speaking to an almost entirely female audience, agreed that, after 40 years, they were “still in the desert”.


10 things that could only happen at Limmud

By Anna Sheinman, December 25, 2012

1. One 20-something girl goes up to a 20-something guy in the cafeteria: “Sorry to bother you, I think you lead me on tour?”

2. Matisyahu, a rabbi and an artist hold an in-depth conversation at 1am about God’s sphincter muscle and ask – is it different from ours?