Limmud date for hijack plot refusenik

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

One of the most famous Prisoners of Zion who defied the Soviet regime to be allowed to go to Israel is to speak at the Limmud education conference next month.

Yosef Mendelevich, now a rabbi, will share a platform with another refusenik, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky, who will be returning after his conference debut in 2013.

Rabbi Mendelevich was jailed for his part in a plot to hija


Bringing the eco-friendly into Limmud tent

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

"It's a fallacy that Jews don't camp and this proves it." So said Limmud in the Woods co-chair Jon Pam after more than 300 supporters spent a wet and windy Bank Holiday weekend in tents pitched in the Oxfordshire countryside engaging in panel discussions, prayer sessions and community-building activities.


Learning to love Limmud up north

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

Manchester's biggest ever Limmud event attracted around 600 people to a learning programme in Didsbury on Sunday.

Presenters included one Reform rabbi - Menorah Synagogue's Haim Shalom - while five Orthodox ministers participated.


Manchester gears up for its own Limmud

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 10, 2014

Leading figures in the Jewish and Christian communities will be heading to Manchester next month as the city holds its annual Limmud conference.

Jewish Leadership Council CEO Simon Johnson and the Board of Deputies’ Jonathan Arkush and Laura Marks are among a strong line-up of presenters, according to the programme which was released this week.


Limmud - what the international Jewish media said

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2014

Here's the views of some guests from abroad at the Limmud conference published over the past few days:

"The weather was awful, and the food not much better- but everything else about this annual British-Jewish mega-event was fabulous” “Judy Maltz of Ha’aretz


The Gateshead Rav on Limmud

By Simon Rocker, January 6, 2014

The Gateshead Rav, Rabbi Shraga Faivel Zimmerman, has returned to the question of Limmud, in an article in last week’s edition of the Orthodox weekly, the Jewish Tribune.


We’ll be there again next year, say US rabbis

By Simon Rocker, January 2, 2014

The United Synagogue rabbis who attended this year’s Lmmud have praised the conference and agreed that Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was correct in his controversial decision to attend it.

Nine US rabbis joined the chief rabbi in participating in the five-day cross-communal event, at Warwick University, defying criticism from right-wing sections of the Orthodox community.


Limmud: A festival of smiles for young and old

By Charlotte Oliver, January 2, 2014

At a glance, it could have been any other jam-packed bar. But looking closer, you would have seen Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis clinking glasses in the corner, the head of the Masorti movement letting rip on the dance floor, and a rebbetzin rounding up revellers for a late-night rave.

Such were the eye-opening moments that made Limmud 2013 unforgettable.


JC Video Diary: Getting in the groove at Limmud 2013

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

The JC team's video highlights from an action-packed and music-filled Limmud 2013.


The chief rabbi and partnership minyans

By Simon Rocker, December 27, 2013

It was hardly a shock when Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis wrote to his rabbis last week to rule out partnership minyans – Orthodox services where women can read from the Torah and lead certain prayers.

Whereas his recent decisions to go to Limmud or approve the election of women as trustees of the United Synagogue were welcome, they were not unexpected and hardly radical.