Limmud

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.

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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.

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Families refreshed after their Limmud break

By Simon Rocker, December 27, 2013

Limmud holds special memories for Ben Leon, till recently a Mitzvah Day trustee, and his wife Charlotte.

The London-based couple met at its winter conference 15 years ago.

This year they returned with children Raphael, 10, and Ariella, seven.

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Limmud 2013: Final Photo Highlights

By Daniel Easterman, December 27, 2013

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European Jewry alive and kicking

By Simon Rocker, December 27, 2013

There are some people in the Jewish world who have written off European Jewry as a lost cause. But not everyone regards us as basically only a pool for potential aliyah.

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Limmud 2013 Closing Ceremony

By Daniel Easterman, December 26, 2013

Conference sings "Salaam" (Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu) in closing ceremony.

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Same-sex weddings 'impossible' in Orthodoxy

By Simon Rocker, December 26, 2013

One of the UK’s most open-minded Orthodox rabbis said that the same-sex marriage was “impossible” in Jewish law and that “sometimes you have to say no”.

Reading Synagogue’s Rabbi Zvi Solomons was addressing the subject at a panel debate on the subject on the final day of the Limmud conference.

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"Flying on El Al is something of an acquired taste," Israeli Ambassador Taub tells Limmud

By Daniel Easterman, December 26, 2013

Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub gives a JDOV talk (the Jewish world's answer to the popular TED talk series), on the ten objects which represent Israel for him. One of these is a model El Al plane and hilarity for the knowing audience ensues.

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Anti-occupation group seeks higher UK profile

By Daniel Easterman, December 25, 2013

An organisation comprising former IDF soldiers opposed to Israeli occupation in the West Bank hopes to raise its profile in the UK.

Avner Gvaryahu, diaspora activities co-ordinator for Breaking the Silence, revealed its ambition for a stronger presence here after his appearance in a heated roundtable discussion on the Israeli settlements at the Limmud conference today.

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Mandela and me: journalist's insights into the anti-apartheid struggle

By Daniel Easterman, December 25, 2013

Benjamin Pogrund, the former deputy editor of the Rand Daily Mail during the apartheid era, has heavily criticised the Jewish community for honouring Percy Yutar, the first Jewish Attorney General in South Africa and the man responsible for prosecuting Nelson Mandela.

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