Changes at Limmud

By Ben Jaglom, February 19, 2009

A reshuffled Limmud Scotland leadership is working on a major event for early in 2010.

The new chair is Fiona Brodie, whose community involvements have included the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, the Scottish Jewish Archives and the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities.

She replaces Evelyn Tiefenbrun, who has taken up the post of regional Limmud co-ordinator.


Why Limmud is now the festival of festivals

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2009

At the closing gala of the recent Limmud conference in Coventry, the historian Deborah Lipstadt recalled an earlier conversation with some young people who were struggling to think of any contemporary Jewish heroes. But instead of suggesting a few examples herself, she did something else. She asked members of the audience to stand if they had been part of the Limmud organising team; next she asked anyone who had presented one of the 900-plus conference sessions; and so on, through to visitors from abroad; or anyone who had supported a Limmud event .


Limmud: ex-defence chief assesses Gaza

By Simon Rocker, December 31, 2008

The idea that armies should use proportionate force was dismissed by a former director of military intelligence for the Israel Defence Forces at a special session on Gaza at the Limmud conference.

General Yaacov Amidror said: “The advantage Israel has, is only because it can react disproportionately.”

From a military perspective, he added: “The only way to deal with such a situation is to react without taking into consideration proportionality… otherwise you will lose before you begin.”


Top speakers’ pullout fails to dent Limmud

By Simon Rocker, December 30, 2008

The crisis in Gaza forced the withdrawal of Mark Regev, international media adviser to the Prime Minister of Israel, from the Limmud winter conference which opened at Warwick University near Coventry on Sunday.

Along with Mr Regev, Kadima MK Menachem Ben-Sasson also pulled out at the last minute because of the latest events at home.

Elliott Goldstein, chair of Limmud, said: “Obviously, we are sorry they can’t join us. But we still have nearly 100 presenters at the conference from Israel speaking on a huge range of topics, including the unfolding situation.”


Bereaved families urge peace at conference

By Simon Rocker, December 30, 2008

A group of Israelis and Palestinians brought their joint call for peace to the Limmud conference.

Ayelet and Zvika Shahak’s daughter Bat-Chen was killed on her 15th birthday on Purim by a suicide bomber in Tel Aviv in 1994.

Ali Abu Awwad (also pictured above) and his brother, Khaled, from Beit Ommer in the West Bank, lost their other brother, Yousef, who was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier after an argument broke out at a checkpoint four years ago, leaving two young children.


Levy: ‘Miliband has no chance’

By Leon Symons and Candice Krieger, September 17, 2008

Former Labour fundraiser and Middle East envoy Lord Levy this week dismissed Foreign Secretary David Miliband as a possible Labour leader.

Lord Levy told an audience on Sunday that Mr Miliband "doesn't have the gravitas or the stature to be a great leader of the Labour Party. But talk to me in five or 10 years' time and it might be different."

Lord Levy was in conversation with journalist, author and JC columnist Jonathan Freedland at the first Hackney Limmud event.


Liverpool joins Limmud club

By Sue Greenberg, May 9, 2008

Merseyside’s first Limmud day was a sell-out success, with 500 people attending the event at Liverpool’s Hope University on Bank Holiday Monday. Almost 40 sessions covered topics from genealogy to Yiddish swing and Rabbi Zvi Solomons of Princes Road Synagogue complimented organisers on “the amazing mix of superb speakers”.

More space sought for Liverpool's first Limmud Day

May 2, 2008

With nearly 500 people registered to attend this weekend’s first Liverpool Limmud Day, negotiations have taken place with the venue of the sell-out event, Liverpool Hope University, to provide more space. Under the chairmanship of Malcolm turner, the committee is to present 36 sessions and a concert on Sunday night at St George’s Concert Hall. For concert tickets, phone 0151 722 2153 or email


Limmud a big draw

By Corinne Rein, April 4, 2008

Topics ranging from the Jewish contribution to photography to the joys of Bibliyoga — accessing spirituality through the body — were covered at this week’s Wessex Regional Limmud in Bournemouth. Co-chaired by Janet Gee and Jonathan Kay, the 30-speaker programme drew more than 340 participants, including Londoners and Liverpudlians.