Leeds loves Limmud experience

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Leeds Limmud attracted a record 400 crowd on Sunday for a roster of speakers including MPs Denis MacShane and Louise Ellman and Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, head of London cross-communal secondary school JCoSS.

The turnout - double the total for the last local Limmud - included people from Newcastle and Manchester.


Sad farewell to Limmud singer Debbie Friedman

By Simon Rocker, January 13, 2011

Tributes have been paid to Debbie Friedman, the influential American Jewish songwriter who died suddenly on Sunday.

Aged 59, she had been admitted to hospital in California just a few days after returning from her last appearances at the Limmud conference in Coventry.

Her melodies, setting traditional Jewish liturgy to folk tunes, left their mark on synagogue music, particulary among Progressive communities, in the course of a career covering 35 years and more than 20 albums.


Debbie Friedman performs 'Mi Shebeirach'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2011
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Debbie Friedman, composer of the healing prayer "Mi Shebeirach", has died of pneumonia.


A 'Jewish visionary': singer Debbie Friedman mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2011

An influential American singer-songwriter who led a guitar session at Limmud last month has died after being hospitalised with pneumonia.

Debbie Friedman, who was in her late 50s, was considered a key figure in the revival of music within prayer and credited with "reminding Jewish people how to sing”.

In a career spanning more than three decades, Ms Friedman released more than 20 albums, a host of awards and played to vast audiences at venues around the world, including at several Limmud conferences in Britain.


Call for Jewish day school curbs

By Simon Rocker, January 6, 2011

One of British Jewry's top educators has said it is too preoccupied with Jewish day schools at the expense of other types of learning.

Clive Lawton, senior consultant of Limmud and a former head of King David High School, Liverpool, called for greater investment in youth movements and adult education.


UN chief attacks 'alienating' BDS

By Paul Berger, December 29, 2010

The head of the UN's relief agency in Gaza has criticised the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and called for the release of Gilad Shalit.

UNRWA head John Ging was interviewed in front of a packed audience on Monday during the week-long Limmud conference, held at Warwick University.

Though he reserved particular criticism for Israel's "counterproductive" blockade of Gaza, Mr Ging struck
a conciliatory tone, acknowledging the low opinion of UNRWA in Israel and in the diaspora.


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December 29, 2010

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'Special' Limmud to roll out next year

By Jessica Elgot, December 23, 2010

A special Limmud for people with learning disabilities is planned for 2011.

This year, two Norwood residents, believed to be the first learning disabled presenters to speak at Limmud Conference, will lead a brainstorming session on how to improve access to Jewish life.

Rachelle Adler and Naomi Mushin, who live in Norwood accommodation in Hendon, hope to chair next year's Limmud for people with learning difficulties. Norwood service users will play a vital role in planning the programme for the event.


The rise and rise of the 'Jewish Edinburgh Fringe'

By Alex Kasriel, December 2, 2010

It began in 1980 when a group of 70 British Jews who did not have much on over the Christmas period decided they wanted to inject some excitement into the ailing world of Jewish adult education. Thirty years on, Limmud attracts more than 35,000 people per year across 55 communities around the Jewish world.


Hackney councillors to support local Limmud

By Simon Rocker, November 4, 2010

Two strictly Orthodox Hackney councillors are due to speak at the mini-Limmud in the borough on Sunday.

Liberal Democrat Ian Sharer and Conservative Simche Steinberger will be part of a panel discussion on how their Jewish values led them into politics.

Also joining them are two other local Jewish councillors, Linda Kelly and Barry Buitekant of Labour.

Mr Sharer said: "I have never done this before. But I am pleased to be invited and happy to go along to speak about my role as a councillor.