Limmud

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.

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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.

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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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