Emily Thornberry to speak at Limmud Festival

Shadow foreign secretary is most senior Labour politician to be announced so far


Emily Thornberry, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, is to speak at this  year’s Limmud Festival in Birmingham next month.

It follows her attendance at the Board of Deputies annual dinner this week and at the Israel Embassy’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration earlier in the year.

The Labour frontbencher is the most senior political leader on the programme to be announced so far.

Jon Lansman, the Jewish chairman of the Momentum group which helped to propel Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour leadership, visited the Festival last year, his second appearance there.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis will also be returning as a presenter, as will the Senior Rabbi of the S & P Sephardi Community Rabbi Joseph Dweck, and Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich.

From Israel, Pnina Tamano-Shata, Yesh Atid MK and the first Ethiopian-born woman to enter the Knesset, will speak at the event.

Highlights of this year’s five-day festival also include a one-day Gefiltefest food programme and sessions devoted to Mizrachi culture.

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