London mayoral race kicks off at Limmud

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2012

Ken Livingstone's running mate in this year's London elections has tried to reassure Jewish voters over the prospect of him becoming mayor again.

Mindful of his run-ins with the Jewish community last time, Labour London Assembly member Valerie Shawcross - who would become his deputy mayor - promised that the next administration would be "different".

Mr Livingstone caused widespread outrage o


Summer comes early to Limmud

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2011

Compared to last year's snow and ice, the weather at Limmud was much more clement this year. New arrivals were greeted in the bar by a band of young Limmudniks playing a jazzy version of "Sunshine of Your Love"- the 1967 Cream classic.


Limmud's wonder

December 29, 2011

As it is not the British way to boast, we tend to hide our light under a bushel. Indeed, sometimes we behave as all is doom and gloom. But if ever there was something to smile - and, yes, boast - about it is Limmud, which this week saw another astonishing five days of learning, conversation, activity and sheer fun.
Limmud is like nothing else. And it is a thoroughly British invention.


Limmud attempts to spin fail

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2011

The miracle of Chanucah did not quite make its way to Coventry. Limmudniks, organised by the Union of Jewish Students, attempted to break the world record for dreidel spinning, trying to get 1,000 tops to twirl together. Our Limmud correspondent joined the fray, even going so far as to practice his spinning in the Limmud canteen pre-world record attempt.


The Orthodox rabbi who loves Limmud

By Rabbi Dr Nathan Cardozo, December 8, 2011

Judaism is the most astonishing and daring religion the world has been blessed with. It defies all definitions and stands heads and shoulders above anything else I know. It is not just a faith, a sentiment or a ritual, but above all an intricate and immense exploration of what we might call the holy dimension of existence.


Limmud's Cambridge education finds a highly receptive audience

By Bernard Josephs, November 10, 2011

"A Cambridge education on a single day" was offered to a crowd of more than 700 at the Limmud held in the city on Sunday.

They heard eminent speakers and engaged in discussions on weighty topics such as the future of Israel. There were also lighter sessions and, for the younger family members, fun activities - for example, the messy business of making hummus.


Turkish date with Limmud

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2011

An eye-catching name on the guest list at this year's Limmud conference is Turkish Ambassador to the UK Ünal Çeviköz.

Two years ago such a visit would have been unremarkable but Turkey's spectacular fallout with Israel since the Gaza flotilla incident last year gives it added currency now.


Eastern Europe splits ' destroy Jewry'

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2011

The fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communism gave a new lease to Jewish life in eastern Europe.


People power needs people

By Keith Kahn-Harris, July 4, 2011

Never has the term "people power" seemed more relevant than today. In the past few months, mass demonstrations in the Middle East and North Africa, together with sit-ins in Spain and Greece, have shown that mass protests can challenge apparently immovable power structures.


Boycott row batters Australian Limmud

By Dan Goldberg, June 2, 2011

Limmud-Oz, the Australian arm of the global festival of Jewish learning, is at the centre of controversy after organisers banned two presenters who "publicly advocate a total boycott against Israel" and a major donor threatened to withdraw funding.