Feminist campaigner claims child abuse is rampant in strictly Orthodox community

By Rosa Doherty, December 27, 2015

The Jewish community is experiencing a “rampant epidemic” of rabbis who sexually abuse, according to an American educator and activist.

Elana Sztokman said public cases such as the conviction of Todros Grynhaus, who was jailed for 13 years for abusing two teenage girls, were the tip of the iceberg.

“We have a epidemic of abuse and it is rampant in the Jewish community," she said.


Experts divided over settlement building

By Simon Rocker, December 27, 2015

Israel should be building more settlements – just not in the Occupied Territories.

That was the view of Oxford University Israel studies academic Sara Hirschhorn who opened a panel debate before a large audience at the Limmud conference on Sunday on the pros and cons of settlement construction.


Sorry Santa, there's no room for you here

By Sandy Rashty, December 27, 2015

Here I am, writing to you from Limmud's annual conference in Birmingham.

I have been sent to cover the conference for the JC - and it's my first visit to the event set to attract a record 2,700 participants this year.

First impressions?

This is the place where Christmas has come to die a sudden death.


Survey reveals Jewish women's attitudes to covering their hair

By Sandy Rashty, December 27, 2015

Women across the religious spectrum are now more likely to question their decision to cover their hair, according to an expert.

Cambridge-born researcher Tikva Blaukopf said that women had never really asked themselves before why such an act was necessary.

Ms Blaukopf, who now lives in Jerusalem, asked 200 Jewish women from the Reform to Charedi movements, aged 19-65, about the issue.


Thousands flock to opening of Limmud

By Simon Rocker, December 27, 2015

The largest Limmud UK conference opened today with around 2,700 people expected over the course of the five-day event at its new venue in Birmingham.


My Jewish Transgender Journey

By Isabella Segal, December 24, 2015

My name is Isabella Segal. I am 59 years old and live in North West London. I am a chartered accountant and a partner in a 17-partner firm where I head up the forensic accounting department.

But that’s not all there is to me.


Get texting - Limmud style

By Simon Rocker, December 24, 2015

War and peace may shortly be starting on BBC but Limmud has got there first.

After all the recent debate over military intervention in Syria, there could hardly be more apposite theme for the chavruta - one to one - study programme at Limmud conference than that of war and peace.


The friends heading the team at Limmud

By Simon Rocker, December 22, 2015

Jo Ish-Horowicz

The 29-year-old doctor has attended an incredible 25 conferences.

How did you get involved in Limmud?
I had no choice in the matter - my parents brought me when I was six months old. But I was soon hooked and couldn't wait to be a part of the team as soon as I was tall enough to see over the helpdesk.


Limmud's new venue should make this year the best conference yet, say organisers

By Simon Rocker, December 21, 2015

Limmud’s switch from a campus to a city hotel is the biggest change in the conference for many years.

But the new venue has not put off the punters. When the event opens in Birmingham on Sunday – after a pre-conference Shabbaton – organisers expect a record attendance of more than 2,600 over the course of five days.


Voice of open Orthodoxy is set to make his mark at Limmud

December 10, 2015

When Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis went to the Limmud conference two years ago, he opened the door for other United Synagogue rabbis who had hesitated over whether the cross-communal event was acceptable. The chief won't be attending this year; he is making a trip to India.