From Israeli hip-hop to Ashkenaizi cocktails – Limmud unveils programme for winter conference

By Simon Rocker, December 4, 2015

The first North American Orthodox woman to use the title “rabbi” is to be one of the speakers at this month’s Limmud winter conference.

Rabbi Lila Kadegan, who graduated in summer from Yeshivat Maharat, an Orthodox women’s seminary in New York, will be teaching several classes at the event including one on inclusion and Jewish law.


Lawyer David Hoffman appointed new chair of Limmud

By Simon Rocker, November 30, 2015

Manchester-based lawyer David Hoffman is to take over as chairman of Limmud at the beginning of next year.

The commercial barrister, who has chaired Limmud International and revived its regional events in his home city, was appointed by the organisation’s educational trustees to succeed Kevin Sefton, who has led it for the past three years.


Limmud is booking some star speakers

By Simon Rocker, September 10, 2015

A rabbi who blessed Barack Obama; a victim of child abuse; and a former PLO representative to the UK are among presenters booked for the Limmud educational conference in December.


Limmud will get 'refreshing' new look

By Simon Rocker, July 16, 2015

The Limmud conference's switch from a university campus to a Hilton hotel will not affect its essential character, its organisers say.

Bookings will shortly open for the cross-communal event, which starts at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham on December 27 after eight years at Warwick University.


How Limmud shines in the Russian dark

By Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, May 8, 2015

How bad is it? It's the question everyone asks when you return from Russia these days. Thirty years on from witnessing thousands of Refuseniks gathered on the steps of Moscow's Choral Synagogue, that question might be all that hasn't changed.


Limmud director steps down

By Rosa Doherty, March 25, 2015

Limmud director Shelley Marsh has left her post after two years at the educational organisation.

The senior figure of the annual conference dedicated to Jewish learning is expected to take another communal post shortly.

Mike Schindler has been appointed Limmud director of operations in the meantime.


Limmud fans beat the jams

By Simon Rocker, March 19, 2015

Harrow Limmud's ambition in moving to a larger venue paid off as it attracted double the number who came to its last staging two years ago.

A sell-out attendance of 1,000 enjoyed a choice of 134 sessions covering food, film, football and much more at JFS's Kenton premises on Sunday.

"We were thrilled at how the event went," said organising team co-ordinator Helen Levy.

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Loving the Limmud line-up

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

MP Ivan Lewis, Board of Deputies leaders Laura Marks and Alex Brummer and the UK's senior Sephardi rabbi, Joseph Dweck, were among the speakers who drew a crowd of 600 to Manchester Limmud on Sunday.

The programme at William Hulme's Grammar School covered subjects as diverse as antisemitism, meditation and circus skills.

Co-chair Rebecca Lewis said feedback had been overwhelmingly positive.


How was it for you? Limmudniks reflect

January 8, 2015

Anna Behrmann
Young Adult Development volunteer

● It was my second time as a volunteer, but I was just as befuddled, rushed-off my feet, and excited as the year before.


Limmud 2014: Dancers step up for Strictly contest

By Naomi Firsht, January 2, 2015

Limmud catering co-ordinator Josh Marting hora-ed his way to victory in the event's version of Strictly Come Dancing.

Josh Martin won the Nikki Millan Trophy after performing an energetic Israeli dance with partner Sophie Sumner, in the Strictly Limmud Dancing contest.

He earned the second highest score from the judges and the highest number of audience votes.