Limmud 2014: Call to end discrimination against Israeli Arabs

By Josh Jackman, December 29, 2014

The negotiator who initiated the secret talks which freed Hamas prisoner Gilad Shalit has called for an end to discrimination against Israeli Arabs.

Gershon Baskin, who was behind the momentous release of the IDF soldier in 2011, told an audience of more than 100 people: “There is no area of life in Israel in which Arabs are not discriminated against.


Limmud 2014: Delicious! Diners give thumbs up to new menu

By Josh Jackman, December 29, 2014

Limmud’s new caterers are rising to the task of feeding thousands of people, with participants describing the fare on offer as “delicious”.

Manchester firm Celia Clyne Banqueting was handed the largest kosher catering contract in Europe to supply more than 30,000 meals throughout the week. Owner Celia Clyne said it has been “a steep learning curve”.


Limmud 2014: Football, and how to stay religiously onside

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2014

For many British Jews, Shabbat leads them not to their nearest synagogue but to their favoured football stadium. But what do historic Jewish texts say about playing the beautiful game on the holiest days of the year?

Plenty, according to Alex Goldberg, presenter of When Shabbat Comes, a Limmud session looking at halachic approaches to soccer.


Limmud 2014: Europe is failing to combat jihadists on its doorstep, says activist

By Josh Jackman, December 28, 2014

A former government official has warned that there is a “growing epidemic of young, European men going to fight jihad.”

Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, who was a Swedish government adviser, told an audience of around 80 people at Limmud that the “lack of political will” in Europe to combat extremism has driven her to move her family to Israel.


Limmud 2014: experts highlight concern over cost of Jewish life

By Marcus Dysch, December 28, 2014

The cost of Jewish life in Britain has become so prohibitive that people in some sections of the community cannot afford basic provisions and services, according to demographics experts.

A JC-hosted session at the Limmud conference debated issues relating to the growing cost of aspects of Jewish life, particularly in Orthodox and strictly Orthodox communities.


Thousands flock to Limmud as conference opens

By Marcus Dysch, December 28, 2014

The annual Limmud winter conference has opened at the University of Warwick, with thousands of participants expected to attend sessions over the next five days.

More than 500 presenters from around the world will lead Limmudniks through 1,200 lectures and discussions on topics including social action, history and politics, religion and philosophy, and arts and culture.


How JC will join in the fun

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

The JC will play a full role in this year’s conference, hosting four sessions including a live review of next week’s edition of the newspaper with editor Stephen Pollard.

Alongside our reporters he will critique the stories and news values of the paper with Limmud participants in a version of the regular JC editorial conferences.


Limmud is a jewel

December 23, 2014

In a few days’ time, two-and-a-half-thousand of us will gather for this year’s Limmud. It bears repeating that this is one of the jewels in our community’s crown — a diverse, thoughtprovoking, welcoming, warm and edgy triumph of mind, soul and matters deeply practical. It is one of the few genuine innovations that the rest of the world now copies.


Tel Aviv inspired to launch its own event

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2014

One guest from abroad will be taking a particular interest in events at Warwick this year.

Israeli Tal Grunspan is chairman of the inaugural Limmud Tel Aviv, which is scheduled to take place over two days at a college in Jaffa next May.


They keep Planet Limmud turning

By Josh Jackman, December 23, 2014

Limmud volunteers have spoken of the challenges they face in building a conference which meets the needs of 2,500 attendees.

Behind the scenes, Jews from all over the country give their time to take on the responsibility of creating what Ruth Finkel, a volunteer who helps those with learning disabilities, describes as “planet Limmud”.