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Tourette's is no joke but comedian uses humour to cope

By Sandy Rashty, December 31, 2015

Pamela Schuller once had the worst case of Tourette's syndrome in the United States.

As a teenager, she suffered from involuntary movements so severe that she once broke her neck.

She would make animal noises and swear uncontrollably.


Is that your final answer?

By Charlotte Oliver, December 31, 2015

Do you know your Hillel from your Hallel or your Mishnah from your Midrash?

If not, it might be worth asking your closest 10-year-old. After all, with more Jewish children in faith education than ever before, pupils today are growing up with far more textbook knowledge of their religion than their parents.


Holocaust survivors and Limmud founder recognised in New Year's honours list

By Josh Jackman and Naomi Firsht, December 30, 2015

Holocaust survivors turned educators, a founder of Limmud and a former chairman of Ajex have all been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

Clive Lawton was made an OBE for his services to the Jewish community, “particularly through Limmud UK.”


From the other side of the mechitzah - one incredible journey

By Simon Rocker, December 30, 2015

There is a lot of talk about “Jewish journeys” at Limmud. But few have travelled a path as difficult and poignant as Yiscah Smith, a spiritual teacher from Jerusalem who lectured on Chasidic thought at the conference.

Born Jeffrey Smith in America, and outwardly a man, for 50 years she wrestled with the inner turmoil of feeling more a woman.


Speaker angry over being 'disinvited' from Limmud panel

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2015

A writer says he has been prevented from taking his place on a panel at a Limmud session.

Tuvia Tenenbom was due to appear with other speakers at a discussion on "Jewish nightmares, exasperations and broiguses" on Wednesday afternoon.

But he was told the day before by fellow panel member Keith Kahn-Harris that he would not be required.


BBC to broadcast Holocaust Memorial Day

By Naomi Firsht, December 30, 2015

BBC Two will broadcast the Holocaust Memorial Day UK ceremony in January.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust announced that the public broadcaster would be showing the 2016 ceremony, which is held on January 27 each year.


Don’t abandon the Labour Party over Corbyn, pleads activist

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2015

Labour -supporting Jews should not leave the party in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, according to the vice chair of Labour Friends of Israel.

Rebecca Simon admitted that it was “hard not to feel bleak about the future” with Mr Corbyn in charge, but she urged Jews not to abandon the party.


Impressions of a Limmud rookie - turn up late and dance

By Simon Round, December 30, 2015

I’m a Limmud latecomer. For years, I’ve heard stories of stimulating sessions, of bands jamming in the bar and late-night discos at this Jewish educational extravaganza which attracted thousands to the windswept campus of Warwick University.


David Schwimmer to appear at Limmud next year

By Simon Rocker, December 30, 2015

The American TV star David Schwimmer, best known for his role in the long-running sitcom Friends, is set to appear at a Limmud event next summer.

He is billed to be one of the speakers at Cambridge Limmud in June.

Julian Landy, who is co-chairing the one-day event with his wife Jo, explained that the actor’s appearance was the result of an outing the couple made earlier this year.


Oliver Letwin apologises over remarks about black community made in 1980s

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2015

Cabinet member Oliver Letwin has apologised “unreservedly” for comments he made about black people in a memo after the 1985 Broadwater Farm riot.