Limmud Fest's mystical quest

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2010

There is a mystical theme to this year's Limmud Fest, which takes place in Sussex at the end of next month: Pardes, meaning "orchard", a richly symbolic idea in Jewish tradition.

"The orchard is a mystical place for coming close to God, for finding connections and delving into multi-levels of meaning," explains artist Jacqueline Nicholls, who has jointly overseen the event's programme.


Interview: Keith Kahn-Harris and Ben Gidley

By Simon Round, July 28, 2010

Look at Britain's Jews from the outside and you will see a shining success story. An influx of poverty-stricken refugees a century ago has evolved into a middle-class community with superb educational facilities, vibrant cultural life and outstanding achievement in many fields.


Scotland's Limmud weekend

By Stephanie Brickman, February 18, 2010

Scotland was gripped by Limmud fever at the weekend with a range of educational and cultural events culminating in the main Scottish Limmud programme in Glasgow on Sunday.

Some 350 people had the choice of an increased number of sessions - up to 61 from 50 last year and made possible by skipping the lunch break.

One of the most popular presenters was culinary journalist and Israeli TV personality Gil Hovav, who rustled up an appetising tabouleh and a spicy pumkin paste.


Limmud: How unions strike out at Israel

By Leon Symons, January 7, 2010

The influence that activists in London have on the policies of Palestinians was highlighted during a session at Limmud 2009 on the delegitimisation of Israel.

Calev Ben-Dor, an analyst at the Tel Aviv-based Reut Institute in Israel, told his audience that there were very few Palestinians in London and that “the London narrative was taking over the Palestinians”.


Limmud: The JFS debate

By Leon Symons, December 30, 2009

The first public debate on the Supreme Court ruling that JFS broke the Race Relations Act has been held at the Limmud Conference and showed that the gulf dividing Anglo-Jewry over the issue might have closed a fraction.

Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism, declared that his organisation would be implacably opposed to any attempt by the Board of Deputies to try to engineer changes to the governments proposed Equality Bill that would return JFSs admissions policy to what it was before the court saga.


Top surgeon tells Limmud of campaign to have him struck off

By Leon Symons, December 30, 2009

One of Britain’s leading cancer surgeons has told a conference how his support for the Israel Medical Association sparked a campaign to have him struck off by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Professor Michael Baum told a packed session at the annual Limmud conference at Warwick University that colleagues — including Jews — in the medical profession had turned on him after he challenged the accusation made by some that the Israel Medical Association (IMA) was complicit in the torture of Palestinian prisoners.


Limmud — facts and figures

December 30, 2009

Limmud 2009 was the biggest conference ever and these statistics show why.

● It was the 29th Limmud.
● At any time on any day there were between 25 and 30 sessions on the campus.
● There were more than 2,500 participants attending 910 sessions given by 340 presenters.
● There were representatives from 48 cities which now host Limmud events around the world.
● Caterer Jason Millan and his team served 55,000 meals, including Shabbat, last week. That included:
● 90,000 hot drinks (tea and coffee)
● One ton of fish
● 7,000 yogurts
● 250kg of cheese


The biggest Limmud ever

December 30, 2009

At the biggest Limmud ever, a panel chaired by the Three Faiths Forum’s Stephen Shashoua examined the effects of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza on Muslim-Jewish relations in Britain and how the two minorities could work together to improve relations.

There were also two sessions looking at aspects of the Supreme Court decision on JFS, the second of which was a panel comprising Orthodox and non-Orthodox representatives.


Limmud to be biggest-ever

By Leon Symons, November 26, 2009

Limmud 2009 will be the biggest ever, with almost 2,500 people from all over Britain so far signed up for Anglo-Jewry’s largest single event.

Such is the demand for this year’s conference that all the accommodation at the University of Warwick, where Limmud has been held for the past two years, has been booked already.

The organisers have held talks with the university to try to find more rooms.

Co-chair Rebecca Lester said: “The increased demand is the result of better marketing of the conference. More people have heard about us and want to take part.”


Buzz day at Limmud

By Faga Speker, July 2, 2009

Local, national and international speakers attracted 100 people to the fourth Newcastle Limmud.

The 30 speakers included Evie Friedman from the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, David Jacobi who explored Israel’s environmental issues and local amateur art historian Kurt Shapira who spoke about the fate of Jewish art in Nazi Germany. There were also workshops on Jewish geneaology, Israeli dancing and wine-tasting.