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Friday, August 23
 

15:00 SAST

Ancient Synagogues in the Land of Israel
In this slide-illustrated presentation, we discuss the development of ancient synagogues in Israel until the Muslim conquest in the early seventh century C.E. We examine various types of synagogues and devote special attention to the figured motifs that decorate the mosaic floors of some of these buildings

Presenters
avatar for Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness (JodiMagness.org) is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at UNC-Chapel Hill in North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 15:00 - 16:00 SAST
TBA

15:00 SAST

Why is There No Fast Day to Commemorate the Holocaust?
I don’t have a convincing answer to this question, especially given that the Jewish calendar has several fast days to commemorate past tragedies, particularly Tishah Be’av. But thinking about this raises interesting and complex issues about how in fact Jewish tradition deals with national catastrophes, including glossing over them.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Webber

Jonathan Webber

Jonathan is a British anthropologist and Jewish activist living in Kraków, Poland. Specializing in modern Jewish society, Holocaust studies, Polish–Jewish studies, and Jewish heritage, he taught at Oxford, Birmingham, and the Jagiellonian University, Kraków; he is now retired... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 15:00 - 16:00 SAST
TBA

15:00 SAST

Jewish and Muslim coexistence in Iran
Delve into an exploration of the political, social and cultural aspects of Jewish life in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Presenters
avatar for Arash Abaie

Arash Abaie

Arash is an activist in Iranian Jewish culture and community life, based in Tehran, a community which has had a presence in the region since 727 BCE.  He teaches Judaism at the University of Religions and Denominations and is a service leader at synagogues around Tehran. He has also... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 15:00 - 16:00 SAST
TBA

15:00 SAST

Jewish communal leadership: its challenges and rewards, drawing from British and South African experience
In a complex and often hostile world, where the Jewish people globally are becoming increasingly diverse and sometimes quite polarised, there are significant threats that face Jewish Communities and also opportunities to grasp. Leadership within our respective communities holds significant challenges and also brings many rewards. In this session we put the spotlight on issues that Jewish Community Leadership is grappling with and discuss the Challenges and Rewards within the British and South African context.

Presenters
avatar for Glen Heneck

Glen Heneck

Glen studied law at UCT and Cambridge and has, since 1989, been employed in the family trading business. Politically active through the 1980s, including a stint as chairman of the Open City Initiative, he now counts himself as “politically anguished”. Glen was elected a member... Read More →
avatar for Rael Kaimowitz

Rael Kaimowitz

Rael is the Chairman of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape Council) and its National Vice-Chairman. He also chaired CSO, is a fellow of the International Nahum Goldmann Fellowship, and sits on the Board of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Rael has a passion for Jewish... Read More →
avatar for Edwin Shuker

Edwin Shuker

Edwin is Vice President of the the Board of Deputies of British Jews and a member of the Limmud International Advisory Council. Activist and an international public speaker on Middle East issues especially on Jews from Arab counties, Edwin is a protagonist of the documentary “Remember... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 15:00 - 16:00 SAST
TBA

15:00 SAST

Body and Soul - The State of the Jewish Nation
As cited in The New York Times, this film is "a concise, skillful recounting of the story of the Jewish people and their connection to the land of Israel...the film is as cogent as it is inspiring." The film's commentators include Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Robert Wistrich, Einat Wilf, Yossi Klein Halevi, Ruth Wisse, Alan Dershowitz, Irwin Cotler, Benny Morris, and more. A discussion with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

Presenters
avatar for Gloria Greenfield

Gloria Greenfield

Gloria is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and president of Doc Emet Productions, a nonprofit organization that produces educational films that contribute to the strengthening of Jewish identity, Jewish nationhood, and the values of freedom and democracy. In January 1980, Ms... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 15:00 - 16:30 SAST
TBA

16:20 SAST

The Spy Next Door
The inside story of one of the most daring and successful intelligence operations in the history of the State of Israel. Collated and illustrated account of the capture of an intact warplane that helped Israel win the Six Day War in 1967. Sensational and unmissable.

Presenters
avatar for Edwin Shuker

Edwin Shuker

Edwin is Vice President of the the Board of Deputies of British Jews and a member of the Limmud International Advisory Council. Activist and an international public speaker on Middle East issues especially on Jews from Arab counties, Edwin is a protagonist of the documentary “Remember... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 16:20 - 17:20 SAST
TBA

16:20 SAST

The challenges of urban development in Jerusalem
Jerusalem is the largest city in Israel, the size of Tel Aviv, Haifa and Ramat Gan combined. It is both a holy city and the home of 800,000 people, from diverse communities. Avi Ben-Tzur gives a hands-on perspective of urban development in Jerusalem and the complexities of planning for the needs of the population in light of the city's topography, diversity and religious and historical significance.

Presenters
avatar for Avi Ben-Tzur

Avi Ben-Tzur

Avi is a native of Jerusalem and is Director of Planning at Israel's Ministry for Environmental Protection - Jerusalem District. He supervises the Ministry's planning department for the cities of Jerusalem, Mevasseret, Beit Shemesh and the surrounding rural communities, and sits on... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 16:20 - 17:20 SAST
TBA

16:20 SAST

Banking on housing: A pathway out of poverty:
The session explores SA’s democratic housing journey, focusing on the ‘affordable’ segment. It will be fairly dry for those uninterested in the intersection between markets and the state, urban development and transformation. It will also contain helpful tips for madams and bosses who want to help their own workers to become property owners.

Presenters
avatar for Illana Melzer

Illana Melzer

Illana is a career consultant who has never worked at McKinsey or KPMG. She runs a not only for profit consultancy called 71point4 (the current estimate of global life expectancy at birth). She works in potentially transformative, but commonly disappointing sectors including digital... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 16:20 - 17:20 SAST
TBA

16:20 SAST

Approaching troubling Torah texts: Amalek, Mamzerut and Rebellious Sons
How do we balance between our (subjective) feelings of what is right and the text in front of us? How far can we stretch the text while still remaining authentic to it? This session looks at three challenges in the Torah and analyses different models in which Jewish authorities have approached them.

Presenters
avatar for Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor is Director of Research at BICOM, an independent British research centre producing analysis on Israel and the Middle East, and Deputy Editor of the Fathom Journal. He has previously worked as an analyst in the Reut Institute and the Policy Planning Department of Israel's... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 16:20 - 17:20 SAST
TBA

16:20 SAST

Young Limmud (8-11) - A Little Bit of Magic
Learn about magic with master magician Greg Gelb!

Presenters
avatar for Greg Gelb

Greg Gelb

Greg Gelb Magic
Greg has been performing his blend of comedy and magic for nearly 15 years. He is the Productions Manager for Magic Africa Productions, which aims to grow the art of magic around Africa. He has had no formal magical training and learned his craft through reading books and practising... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 16:20 - 17:20 SAST
TBA

17:30 SAST

COMMUNAL CANDLE-LIGHTING
Friday August 23, 2019 17:30 - 18:15 SAST
Conference Centre - Foyer

18:00 SAST

Egalitarian Service
Friday August 23, 2019 18:00 - 19:30 SAST
TBA

18:00 SAST

Orthodox Service
Friday August 23, 2019 18:00 - 19:30 SAST
TBA

18:00 SAST

Progressive Service
Friday August 23, 2019 18:00 - 19:30 SAST
TBA

18:30 SAST

Samuel Gobat, the First Protestant Missionary in Ethiopia, and Jerusalem's Most Combative Bishop of the 19th Century
Join this session to learn why a Swiss Calvinist who became an Anglican missionary in Africa and was the Protestant Bishop of Jerusalem from 1846 until his death, became my academic interest and PhD dissertation.

Presenters
avatar for Mishy Harman

Mishy Harman

Mishy Harman is the host and co-founder of the  Israel Story podcast. He’s a curly-haired Jerusalemite who stumbled upon radio by chance. Mishy studied history at Harvard, archeology at Cambridge and wrote his PhD – a biography of the first Protestant missionary in Ethiopia... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 18:30 - 19:30 SAST
TBA

18:30 SAST

The Unique Status and Challenges of Jerusalem Palestinians
Much of the political and religious rhetoric about Jerusalem ignores the reality for the people living there. East Jerusalem is home to 200,000 Palestinians, who enjoy rights and benefits as residents of Israel, but are subject to various measures to maintain "the demographic balance" between Israelis and Palestinians in the city.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Montell

Jessica Montell

Jessica is executive director of HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, and has been a leading figure in Israeli civil society for two decades. Jessica served as executive director of B'Tselem from 2001-2014. She was founding director of the Israel-Diaspora partnership... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 18:30 - 19:30 SAST
TBA

19:30 SAST

COMMUNAL DINNER
Friday August 23, 2019 19:30 - 21:00 SAST
Dining Hall

21:00 SAST

Israel's Continued Control over the Palestinians: How it Affects Israelis and Diaspora Jews
We hear a lot about how Palestinians suffer under Israeli military control, yet the occupation is not only bad for Palestinians – it negatively affects Israeli society and Jewish communities globally and constitutes an existential threat to Israel's future as well.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Montell

Jessica Montell

Jessica is executive director of HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, and has been a leading figure in Israeli civil society for two decades. Jessica served as executive director of B'Tselem from 2001-2014. She was founding director of the Israel-Diaspora partnership... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 21:00 - 22:00 SAST
TBA

21:00 SAST

Being Jewish in Kraków Today
How many Jews are there in the Kraków Jewish community? Does it matter? Who is a Jew and what is a community? Why I feel comfortable telling Poles that I’m Jewish, and how they try to make my life easier as a Jew in Poland.

Presenters
avatar for Connie Webber

Connie Webber

Connie was born in Britain, educated in Britain and Israel, and lived and worked there and in many other countries. Since 1988 she has been involved in the field of Polish--Jewish relations; in 1998 the Polish government awarded her a Silver Cross of Merit, and since 2011 she has... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 21:00 - 22:00 SAST
TBA

21:00 SAST

Two Judges: Cameron and Davis in conversation
This conversation between legislators Dennis and Edwin will range from the start of their relationship when they met at university in the 1970s to their perspectives on the development of the SA constitution and the challenges it faces going forward.

Presenters
avatar for Dennis Davis

Dennis Davis

Dennis is the Judge President of the Competition Appeal Court and  has  been a Judge since 1998. A graduate of Herzlia, UCT and Cambridge, he has continued teaching at UCT Law School since his appointment to the Bench. He has also been a visiting Professor at  Harvard, NYU, Georgetown... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 21:00 - 22:00 SAST
TBA

21:00 SAST

PANEL: The Sacred and the Taboo: What happened with the Strange Fire and Aharon’s Sons?
When Aharon’s sons Nadav and Avihu offer ‘strange fire’ to God, they are swiftly and severely punished. We are also told in the text that Aharon was silent. With four esteemed text teachers, we shall explore interpretations of what Aharon’s sons did wrong and consider what might be Judaism’s ‘strange fires’ today.

Presenters
avatar for Adina Roth

Adina Roth

Adina is an educator and clinical psychologist. She runs B’tocham Education where she offers a programme for B’nei Mitzvah and teaches courses in Bible and Midrash to adults. She is also a Florence Melton Jewish educator. Adina has a Masters in Comparative Literature from NYU... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem

Wendy is a Rabba and teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, the first seminary to ordain Orthodox Women. She also teaches at Pardes and at Drisha. Wendy is an alumna of Harvard University and she received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She edits Maharat's Keren Journal... Read More →
avatar for Elie Holzer

Elie Holzer

Rabbi; professor of Jewish education at Bar Ilan University; teacher; expert on havruta text study and Hasidic Renewal and Post-critical Jewish religiosity; and founding president of Shma Koleinu (https://www.shma-koleinu.com), a non-profit organization which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community.  She is rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco, and served for four years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City.  She received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 21:00 - 22:00 SAST
TBA

22:15 SAST

Tisch
Presenters
avatar for Elie Holzer

Elie Holzer

Rabbi; professor of Jewish education at Bar Ilan University; teacher; expert on havruta text study and Hasidic Renewal and Post-critical Jewish religiosity; and founding president of Shma Koleinu (https://www.shma-koleinu.com), a non-profit organization which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community.  She is rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco, and served for four years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City.  She received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 22:15 - 23:15 SAST
The Communal Space

22:15 SAST

Lehava and the Israeli extreme right's war on intermarriage
Lehava is criticized by mainstream press and liberal Israelis as fascist and extreme. Ari will explain why the war on intermarriage was chosen as a central banner by the group's leader, what the demographics of the members and supporters are, and what we can learn from this about the extreme-right.

Presenters
avatar for Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg is a sociologist and anthropologist. His expertise is religion and Israeli society. He is an academic staff member at Hadassah Academic College and lectures at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities. His doctoral research focused on the phenomenon of prolonged singlehood in... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 22:15 - 23:15 SAST
TBA

22:15 SAST

Beruriah: finding your place
Beruriah is the only female scholar mentioned by name in the Talmud. We will study the texts in which she appears and consider the challenges faced by women Torah scholars – both in Beruriah’s time and today.

Presenters
avatar for Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem

Wendy is a Rabba and teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, the first seminary to ordain Orthodox Women. She also teaches at Pardes and at Drisha. Wendy is an alumna of Harvard University and she received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She edits Maharat's Keren Journal... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 22:15 - 23:15 SAST
TBA
 
Saturday, August 24
 

07:00 SAST

BREAKFAST
Saturday August 24, 2019 07:00 - 09:00 SAST
Dining Hall

08:00 SAST

Spies, Lies and the Search for Pink Rabbit
In 1972, Craig Williamson joined the anti-apartheid group NUSAS and, after being elected its vice-president, fled the country to continue his activism in exile. He was unmasked as a spy in 1980. Jonathan wrote a book about Williamson's double life. The question he is asked most often about the book is: “Why Craig Williamson?” The answer is: “A pink rabbit”.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Ancer

Jonathan Ancer

Jonathan has been a journalist at The Star, editor of Grocott’s Mail and a crossword columnist for the Cape Times. He has won awards for hard-news journalism, feature and creative writing. His books include ‘The Victor Within’ (with Victor Vermeluen), ‘Spy: Uncovering Craig... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 08:00 - 09:00 SAST
TBA

08:00 SAST

Shal-Om: finding Hashem through Yoga
Yoga is gentle enough that everyone can do it, but powerful enough to change your life - just like prayer. Join Lauren for an hour on the mat where you can put aside the distractions of work, kids, domestic chores, climate change and the global economy, to reconnect with your soul. No experience necessary!

Presenters
avatar for Lauren Shapiro

Lauren Shapiro

Lauren is a freelance journalist, author, reader, writer, amateur yogi, deep ponderer and Jew. Sometimes these overlap. She loves engaging with people and ideas, and does a pretty good downward dog! She lives in Durban with her husband and three children.


Saturday August 24, 2019 08:00 - 09:00 SAST
TBA

08:00 SAST

Young Limmud (8-11) & Limmud Youth (12-15) - Krav Maga: simple and effective self-defence
It may take years to become an effective fighter, but in only an hour you can gain the skills and mindset you need to be able to keep yourself and your loved ones safer. This session will cover simple and effective techniques that you will be able to apply and implement now. Krav Maga is a mindset, which is why it works. This workshop has been developed and refined over two decades and successfully taught to thousands.

Presenters
avatar for Nicholas Ingel

Nicholas Ingel

Nic is the founder and owner of Emet Gyms and Emet Academy, both internationally respected training facilities. As a survivor of childhood rape, he has made it his mission to empower as many people with the skills to keep themselves safer through effective and simple self defence... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 08:00 - 09:00 SAST
TBA

08:00 SAST

Orthodox Service
Saturday August 24, 2019 08:00 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

08:00 SAST

Partnership Minyan
Saturday August 24, 2019 08:00 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

08:00 SAST

Progressive Service
Saturday August 24, 2019 08:00 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

09:20 SAST

The Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls refer to approximately 1000 scrolls found in 11 caves surrounding Qumran. In this slide-illustrated presentation, we examine the meaning and significance of the scrolls, which were deposited in the caves by members of a Jewish sect that lived at Qumran.

Presenters
avatar for Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness (JodiMagness.org) is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at UNC-Chapel Hill in North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 09:20 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

09:20 SAST

Why I Am Still a Muslim
This is the story of my disillusionment with Islam, my interest in Catholicism, and what kept me Muslim. It's a story of bringing parts of ourselves together instead of keeping them apart.

Presenters
avatar for Haroon Moghul

Haroon Moghul

Haroon is the Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and the author of 'How to be a Muslim: An American Story'.


Saturday August 24, 2019 09:20 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

10:20 SAST

KIDDUSH
Saturday August 24, 2019 10:20 - 10:50 SAST
Dining Hall

10:50 SAST

A brief history of the Jews of Iran: from Persia to present
A short story of settlement of Jews in Iran (Persia) from the times of King Cyrus until now.

Presenters
avatar for Arash Abaie

Arash Abaie

Arash is an activist in Iranian Jewish culture and community life, based in Tehran, a community which has had a presence in the region since 727 BCE.  He teaches Judaism at the University of Religions and Denominations and is a service leader at synagogues around Tehran. He has also... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 10:50 - 11:50 SAST
TBA

10:50 SAST

How millenials form their religious identity: evidence from Israel
Based on interviews conducted with Israeli millennials who are religious seekers or formerly religious, this lecture will discuss the changing roles played by scientific challenges to the belief in Torah from Sinai, gender and racial equality, pluralism, and discussions with God in the religious identity formation process.

Presenters
avatar for Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg is a sociologist and anthropologist. His expertise is religion and Israeli society. He is an academic staff member at Hadassah Academic College and lectures at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities. His doctoral research focused on the phenomenon of prolonged singlehood in... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 10:50 - 11:50 SAST
TBA

10:50 SAST

My Journey into Jewish-Muslim Dialogue
I'll discuss how a college student who was hostile to any dialogue with Jewish student groups ends up working at a Jewish educational institution.

Presenters
avatar for Haroon Moghul

Haroon Moghul

Haroon is the Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and the author of 'How to be a Muslim: An American Story'.


Saturday August 24, 2019 10:50 - 11:50 SAST
TBA

10:50 SAST

PANEL: Is entrepreneurship still a viable option for young Jews in South Africa?
The Wharton School of Business' 2019 Best Countries List ranks SA as #35 in the world for entrepreneurship, in comparison to countries such as the US (#3), Australia (#9) and Israel (#25). With onerous compliance legislation and a risk averse investment landscape, is being a Jewish entrepreneur a viable option for young Jews in 2019?   Moderated by Dan Brotman

Presenters
avatar for Dan Brotman

Dan Brotman

Dan is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and has lived in South Africa for 9 years. He began his career as a Jewish professional, before establishing En-novate, an education experience company that takes leading SA businesspeople around the world to learn about the future... Read More →
avatar for Arthur Gillis

Arthur Gillis

Arthur is the CEO of Platinum Hospitality Holdings, a leading hotel ownership and asset management company with approximately 15 hotels in South Africa. He launched Protea Hotels in 1984 without a cent of capital and only four hotels. Under his leadership, the group grew to over 130... Read More →
avatar for Benji Meltzer

Benji Meltzer

Benji is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Aerobotics, a Cape Town based company which uses aerial imagery to help farmers detect problems early to optimise performance. He is responsible for running the product development areas of the business, designing and building... Read More →
avatar for Gidon Novick

Gidon Novick

Gidon is a qualified CA (SA) and has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He’s the well known founder of kulula.com. as well as Lucid Ventures. He spent 12 years in the tough airline industry, innovating and redefining the airline space, where he launched the SLOW Lounge Concept... Read More →
avatar for Adi Zuk

Adi Zuk

Adi has several entrepreneurial successes under her belt, most notably as Co-founder of JAG Method in Johannesburg, which she helped build into one of SA’s leading lead generation companies. From JAG Method, the JAG Group was born, in which she’s still heavily involved with strategic... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 10:50 - 11:50 SAST
TBA

10:50 SAST

Zuma and the law: his criminal trial and possible consequences
Jacob Zuma has made a massive contribution to the law of SA. He has done so both actively and passively. Whether that contribution has been positive or not is wholly independent of whether he was a good or bad president. In 50 years’ time, society will look back at the Zuma years and conclude that a principal contribution of his presidency was to empower the judicial branch, in particular its ability to intervene when it took the view that the president had acted irrationally.

Presenters

Saturday August 24, 2019 10:50 - 11:50 SAST
TBA

10:50 SAST

Mitzvot as a technology of human flourishing
Using Innovation Theory and Positive Psychology, how does Jewish practice work? What job(s) are Jewish practices designed to get done? Which practices work, and don't work? How do we know? How can we design Jewish practices to be accessible, usable, good enough to get the job done: help us flourish?

Presenters
avatar for Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula

Disruptive spiritual innovator, rogue thinker, seventh generation Rabbi and author of the award-winning book, Yearnings.  Irwin is president of Clal -the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership which works at the intersection of religion and innovation and the science... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 10:50 - 11:50 SAST
TBA

10:50 SAST

Limmud Youth (12-15) - Serbian Jewish Community
Presenters
avatar for Sonja Viličić

Sonja Viličić

Based in Belgrade, Serbia, Sonja worked for the Joint Distribution Committee in Budapest in various positions. She is also a graduate of the Melton Senior Educators Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Sonja is one of the founders and an Executive Director of NGO Haver Srbija... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 10:50 - 11:50 SAST
TBA

12:10 SAST

What Makes Jerusalem Special?
How did Jerusalem - a poor, isolated mountain city - come to be sacred to the three Abrahamic faiths? In this slide-illustrated presentation, we explore the reasons for Jerusalem's special status.

Presenters
avatar for Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness (JodiMagness.org) is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at UNC-Chapel Hill in North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 12:10 - 13:10 SAST
TBA

12:10 SAST

You Don't Look Bluish
Ringo says that line in Yellow Submarine. Is being Jewish a physical thing? How do Jews spot Jews? Brian Epstein, Mandela, and Brexit feature in this talk, which explains how World War 2 actually ended in Hamburg in 1960, and how the Jewish People’s future will unfold.

Presenters
avatar for Gilad Stern

Gilad Stern

Gilad has worked for the past 30 years as a Management Consultant at his own company. He has an interest in Linguistic Anthropology, especially the language of race and prejudice. Gilad lectures on Management at UCT’s Commerce Faculty. Besides being an active mountaineer and competitive... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 12:10 - 13:10 SAST
TBA

12:10 SAST

How We Make Change: Lessons from the Achievements of Israel's Human Rights Community
For those of us working for rights and justice for Palestinians, it can seem like a hopeless struggle. This session presents 14 concrete achievements of the human rights community and analyses the tools that are effective in making change.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Montell

Jessica Montell

Jessica is executive director of HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, and has been a leading figure in Israeli civil society for two decades. Jessica served as executive director of B'Tselem from 2001-2014. She was founding director of the Israel-Diaspora partnership... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 12:10 - 13:10 SAST
TBA

12:10 SAST

The road taken: from radical feminism to conservatism
A social movement to empower women to strive for civil and human rights is just and deserves support and respect. However, social movements do not always stay true to their founding visions. Gloria will discuss her experience in the radical feminist movement from the late 1960s into the mid-1980s, why she defiantly walked out, and how she views the contemporary women's movement as a reactionary and cancerous force in society.

Presenters
avatar for Gloria Greenfield

Gloria Greenfield

Gloria is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and president of Doc Emet Productions, a nonprofit organization that produces educational films that contribute to the strengthening of Jewish identity, Jewish nationhood, and the values of freedom and democracy. In January 1980, Ms... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 12:10 - 13:10 SAST
TBA

12:10 SAST

The Most Powerful Force in Nature: Teamwork
Lessons learned from four years in a special forces unit and establishing leadership programs in Israel and worldwide, we discuss the key elements of building a strong team that can accomplish any mission and withstand any crises along the way.

Presenters
avatar for Reuven Taub

Reuven Taub

Reuven is an advocate for Israel. He is currently a student at Hebrew University, and runs an organization that conducts leadership programmes in Israel and overseas.


Saturday August 24, 2019 12:10 - 13:10 SAST
TBA

12:10 SAST

PANEL: Love in the time of Tanach: love hacks and cautionary tales
In this lighthearted yet searching session, we ask four text teachers to share their insights about love from the Tanach, which may either inspire us or serve as cautionary tales for our 21st century amour habits. Moderated by Sarit Swisa

Presenters
avatar for Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem

Wendy is a Rabba and teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, the first seminary to ordain Orthodox Women. She also teaches at Pardes and at Drisha. Wendy is an alumna of Harvard University and she received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She edits Maharat's Keren Journal... Read More →
avatar for Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg is a sociologist and anthropologist. His expertise is religion and Israeli society. He is an academic staff member at Hadassah Academic College and lectures at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities. His doctoral research focused on the phenomenon of prolonged singlehood in... Read More →
avatar for Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula

Disruptive spiritual innovator, rogue thinker, seventh generation Rabbi and author of the award-winning book, Yearnings.  Irwin is president of Clal -the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership which works at the intersection of religion and innovation and the science... Read More →
avatar for Sarit Swisa

Sarit Swisa

Sarit is an avid Limmudnik, in her spare time a clinical psychologist who has delved into family therapy, addiction, DBT and recently started working at Nechama. Sarit loves learning, adventures, (some misadventures), spending time with friends, family and pets, making pottery and... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 12:10 - 13:10 SAST
TBA

12:10 SAST

Limmud Youth (12-15) - SA Democracy
Presenters
avatar for Ann Harris

Ann Harris

Ann comes from the UK, where she qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor, and practised for 25 years as a partner in her firm. She was married to the late Chief Rabbi CK Harris, and worked as part of a team of lawyers running the Campus Law Clinic at Wits University. Ann was a founder... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 12:10 - 13:10 SAST
TBA

13:10 SAST

COMMUNAL LUNCH
Saturday August 24, 2019 13:10 - 14:30 SAST

14:30 SAST

Antisemitism in the UK
How the organised Jewish community in the UK is fighting back against modern Antisemitism, a view presented by the vice president of the Board of Deputies for British Jews.  

Presenters
avatar for Edwin Shuker

Edwin Shuker

Edwin is Vice President of the the Board of Deputies of British Jews and a member of the Limmud International Advisory Council. Activist and an international public speaker on Middle East issues especially on Jews from Arab counties, Edwin is a protagonist of the documentary “Remember... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 14:30 - 15:30 SAST
TBA

14:30 SAST

Israel & Us: a community dialogue
In the last few years, Israel has become a topic that has polarised our community and has seen a breakdown in civil discourse. Limmud  Cape Town experienced this polarisation in the lead up to their 2018 Conference.  For some, any criticism of Israel is bad.  For others, the drawing of boundaries is seen as tantamount to shutting down free speech. While we don’t have to agree on this topic, is there a way where we can hold diverse opinions and still be a Jewish community? How do Limmud Values guide us? Facilitator Irwin Kula will help us to dialogue with each other  in a way that might become a model for our Limmud and wider community going forward.

Presenters
avatar for Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula

Disruptive spiritual innovator, rogue thinker, seventh generation Rabbi and author of the award-winning book, Yearnings.  Irwin is president of Clal -the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership which works at the intersection of religion and innovation and the science... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 14:30 - 15:30 SAST
TBA

14:30 SAST

The religious Zionist "singles problem"
The issue of prolonged singlehood has become prominent in Modern-Orthodoxy and Israeli Religious-Zionism in the current millennium. Issues to be discussed include: Why aren't singles just marrying? What are Religious Zionist dating norms and the effects of remaining single upon religious observance and community?

Presenters
avatar for Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg is a sociologist and anthropologist. His expertise is religion and Israeli society. He is an academic staff member at Hadassah Academic College and lectures at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities. His doctoral research focused on the phenomenon of prolonged singlehood in... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 14:30 - 15:30 SAST
TBA

14:30 SAST

PANEL: What does the future of work look like?
Jewish continuity in SA is dependent on an environment that provides economic opportunities. With rising unemployment, mass retrenchments and a struggling entrepreneurial ecosystem, SA has no choice but to reimagine what work looks like. As lawyers, entrepreneurs and executives, we will provide various perspectives on the changing labour market and the policies that need to be amended in order to stimulate job creation and global competitiveness.   Moderated by Dan Brotman

Presenters
avatar for Michael Bagraim

Michael Bagraim

Michael obtained a BA in Political Science and an LLB from Rhodes University. Besides being a practicing attorney with Bagraim's Attorneys, he is also a trustee at the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industries, SA Jewish Board of Deputies and MOSAIC Training and Healing Centre for Women... Read More →
avatar for Dan Brotman

Dan Brotman

Dan is originally from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and has lived in South Africa for 9 years. He began his career as a Jewish professional, before establishing En-novate, an education experience company that takes leading SA businesspeople around the world to learn about the future... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Janks

Joshua Janks

Joshua is a partner at Bowmans, which was recently awarded “African Law Firm of the Year.” He specialises in corporate mergers and acquisitions, with a focus on private equity and venture capital. He regularly advises international and local investors on SA technology businesses... Read More →
avatar for David Torr

David Torr

David is an experienced founder with a demonstrated history of working in the food and beverage space. His most notable success to date, UCOOK, has rapidly built gravitas as South Africa's fastest growing food e-tailer.
avatar for Senta Morley

Senta Morley

Senta is the Group Director responsible for Human Resources at The Foschini Group, an international fashion lifestyle retailer. She leads the people function and is responsible for the strategy and execution of all aspects of Human Capital within the organisation. Over the past 18... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 14:30 - 15:30 SAST
TBA

14:30 SAST

Who Shall Recite God’s Praises? Power, Shame and Forgiveness
Should knowledge be a prerequisite for community leadership? How can we set aside personal slights and focus on the public good? We will discuss a story in Masechet Horayot that details a falling-out among the leaders of the Beit Midrash and the various interventions required to set things right.

Presenters
avatar for Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem

Wendy is a Rabba and teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, the first seminary to ordain Orthodox Women. She also teaches at Pardes and at Drisha. Wendy is an alumna of Harvard University and she received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She edits Maharat's Keren Journal... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 14:30 - 15:30 SAST
TBA

14:30 SAST

When Rabbinic and Hasidic Texts Encounter 'The Little Prince'
How might such an encounter affect our efforts to inhabit Torah-life ethically and spiritually in a fast-changing and instrumentally driven culture?  In this session we focus on a few pages from the Little Prince's and a few rabbinic/hasidic texts. We explore what's at stake in growing as a religious Jew in such a culture. Prior acquaintance with "The Little Prince" isn't required but welcome.

Presenters
avatar for Elie Holzer

Elie Holzer

Rabbi; professor of Jewish education at Bar Ilan University; teacher; expert on havruta text study and Hasidic Renewal and Post-critical Jewish religiosity; and founding president of Shma Koleinu (https://www.shma-koleinu.com), a non-profit organization which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 14:30 - 16:30 SAST
TBA

15:45 SAST

Split Second Decisions
Analyzing the situations and dilemmas that have been happening on the Gaza border through the eyes of an Israeli reservist, we take a closer look at what characteristics and personality traits stand behind these split-second decisions that enable us to cope and operate in difficult and new situations.

Presenters
avatar for Reuven Taub

Reuven Taub

Reuven is an advocate for Israel. He is currently a student at Hebrew University, and runs an organization that conducts leadership programmes in Israel and overseas.


Saturday August 24, 2019 15:45 - 16:45 SAST
TBA

15:45 SAST

Haver Srbija: Why Jews and Non-Jews should learn Jewish Stuff Together
An interactive session which will explore the work of Haver Srbija and its impact both on Jewish community and general Serbian society. We will learn about the contemporary Serbian Jewish community and why creating spaces for diverse communities to learn “Jewish stuff” together is important for the continuation of our community and for overcoming prejudice, discrimination and anti-Semitism in our society.

Presenters
avatar for Sonja Viličić

Sonja Viličić

Based in Belgrade, Serbia, Sonja worked for the Joint Distribution Committee in Budapest in various positions. She is also a graduate of the Melton Senior Educators Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Sonja is one of the founders and an Executive Director of NGO Haver Srbija... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 15:45 - 16:45 SAST
TBA

15:45 SAST

Jews and Politics: what could go wrong?
Join Glynnis and Michael, both Members of Parliament, as they discuss the current political landscape and how this impacts the Jewish community. They promise to share anecdotes from their work at the highest level of government and, if there is time, to engage with your questions.  In conversation with Dennis Davis


Presenters
avatar for Michael Bagraim

Michael Bagraim

Michael obtained a BA in Political Science and an LLB from Rhodes University. Besides being a practicing attorney with Bagraim's Attorneys, he is also a trustee at the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industries, SA Jewish Board of Deputies and MOSAIC Training and Healing Centre for Women... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Davis

Dennis Davis

Dennis is the Judge President of the Competition Appeal Court and  has  been a Judge since 1998. A graduate of Herzlia, UCT and Cambridge, he has continued teaching at UCT Law School since his appointment to the Bench. He has also been a visiting Professor at  Harvard, NYU, Georgetown... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 15:45 - 16:45 SAST
TBA

15:45 SAST

Gesher Tzar Meod - 1994 - 2019 - How Afrika Tikkun helped to guide the Jewish community across the narrow bridge into South African democracy
How and why Afrika Tikkun began, its early struggles - finding its place in the Jewish Community, and its progress in the 21st Century.

Presenters
avatar for Ann Harris

Ann Harris

Ann comes from the UK, where she qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor, and practised for 25 years as a partner in her firm. She was married to the late Chief Rabbi CK Harris, and worked as part of a team of lawyers running the Campus Law Clinic at Wits University. Ann was a founder... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 15:45 - 16:45 SAST
TBA

17:00 SAST

Conversations on Israel: the sovereign State of Israel: dealing with imperfection
Amos Oz argues we will inevitably be disappointed by Israel because it was created from different contradictory dreams. But how should we respond when dreams hit reality? How should we approach the imperfection of the State of Israel? Come join a conversation including the Talmud, the Hagaddah, Jonathan Sacks and others.

Presenters
avatar for Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor is Director of Research at BICOM, an independent British research centre producing analysis on Israel and the Middle East, and Deputy Editor of the Fathom Journal. He has previously worked as an analyst in the Reut Institute and the Policy Planning Department of Israel's... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 17:00 - 18:00 SAST
TBA

17:00 SAST

Being Jewish in Prison
When a good friend of mine---a single Jewish mother of 40 with an 11-year-old son--- found herself spending nine months in prison in the UK, I learned how easy it can be to end up in prison, how very challenging it can be, and how outside support makes a difference.

Presenters
avatar for Connie Webber

Connie Webber

Connie was born in Britain, educated in Britain and Israel, and lived and worked there and in many other countries. Since 1988 she has been involved in the field of Polish--Jewish relations; in 1998 the Polish government awarded her a Silver Cross of Merit, and since 2011 she has... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 17:00 - 18:00 SAST
TBA

17:00 SAST

PANEL: Stories of the Jewish People in Some Countries You Have Probably Never Been To
Join four presenters from diverse backgrounds and geographies as they speak about  the Jewish experience in different parts of the world: Iran; Iraq; Serbia; and the Middle East in general. Some of the events might be well known, some less so. How do these experiences impact on the present and how important is it for us as a Jewish community to remember these stories?
Panelists: Arash Abaie, Karen Kallman, Edwin Shuker, Sonja Viličić  and moderated by Ronnie Gotkin

Presenters
avatar for Arash Abaie

Arash Abaie

Arash is an activist in Iranian Jewish culture and community life, based in Tehran, a community which has had a presence in the region since 727 BCE.  He teaches Judaism at the University of Religions and Denominations and is a service leader at synagogues around Tehran. He has also... Read More →
avatar for Karen Kallmann

Karen Kallmann

Karen is a passionate Limmudnik, engaged Jew, adventurous world traveller, concerned environmentalist and feminist. Karen is the mother of 5 wonderful children.
avatar for Edwin Shuker

Edwin Shuker

Edwin is Vice President of the the Board of Deputies of British Jews and a member of the Limmud International Advisory Council. Activist and an international public speaker on Middle East issues especially on Jews from Arab counties, Edwin is a protagonist of the documentary “Remember... Read More →
avatar for Sonja Viličić

Sonja Viličić

Based in Belgrade, Serbia, Sonja worked for the Joint Distribution Committee in Budapest in various positions. She is also a graduate of the Melton Senior Educators Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Sonja is one of the founders and an Executive Director of NGO Haver Srbija... Read More →
avatar for Ronnie Gotkin

Ronnie Gotkin

A graduate of Herzlia, Ronnie holds a BA Hons, B Ed and M Ed degrees from UCT and an HDE from UNISA, all of which were awarded with distinction. After many years as principal of Herzlia Highlands Primary, Ronnie is currently Director of Hebrew Studies at Herzlia. Ronnie also lectures... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 17:00 - 18:00 SAST
TBA

17:00 SAST

Islam and Anti-Semitism: Was It Inevitable?
This session explores one of the most controversial chapters in the Prophet Muhammad's life: His war with Jewish tribes in Medina, which resulted in mass expulsions--and mass killings. Does this make Islam anti-Semitic?

Presenters
avatar for Haroon Moghul

Haroon Moghul

Haroon is the Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and the author of 'How to be a Muslim: An American Story'.


Saturday August 24, 2019 17:00 - 18:00 SAST
TBA

17:15 SAST

MINCHA
Presenters
avatar for Elie Holzer

Elie Holzer

Rabbi; professor of Jewish education at Bar Ilan University; teacher; expert on havruta text study and Hasidic Renewal and Post-critical Jewish religiosity; and founding president of Shma Koleinu (https://www.shma-koleinu.com), a non-profit organization which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community.  She is rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco, and served for four years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City.  She received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 17:15 - 17:45 SAST
Think Tank

17:45 SAST

SEUDAH SHLISHIT
Presenters
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community.  She is rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco, and served for four years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City.  She received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 17:45 - 18:00 SAST
Dining Hall

18:15 SAST

Boerejodin: intersectionality in the poetry of Olga Kirsch
Olga Kirsch is South Africa's only female, Afrikaans, Jewish poet. Yet her work is relatively understudied when compared to her contemporaries. This session explores her intersectionality through an analysis of her poetry. Despite the original work being written in Afrikaans, this session will be presented in English and translations will be made available.

Presenters
avatar for Claudia Harrison

Claudia Harrison

Claudia is a Journalism Masters student at Stellenbosch University, with an academic background in media studies and languages. She completed her conversion to Judaism last year and is proudly Progressive. She enjoys finding ways to bring Jewish elements into her academic work. She’s... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 18:15 - 19:15 SAST
TBA

18:15 SAST

From O'Okiep via the Joint and DP Camps: A frustrated romance.
What happened to Clare Schur and her fiance? A request to the Jewish Chronicle from the American Joint to find the owner of jewellery found as they closed down their Geneva office, resulted in the discovery of the amazing story of a remarkable woman who worked for the joint distribution committee travelling throughout Europe, working with DP camps and illegal aliyah before falling foul of the Communist regime in Budapest.

Presenters
avatar for Gwynne Yvonne Robins

Gwynne Yvonne Robins

Gwynne is the Deputy Director of the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies. She’s interested in local Jewish history, the Holocaust and family memoirs and has written, ghost written and edited twenty books and many articles on the latter topics. She was an interviewer for the Spielberg... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 18:15 - 19:15 SAST
TBA

18:15 SAST

Beyond the border: six days in June and a city reunited
In June 1967, the Six Day War broke out and one of its major consequences was the reunification of Jerusalem. In this joint Melton session, Ronnie Gotkin will examine the historical events leading up to the Six Day War and Aviva will approach this from a literary angle, presenting the way in which Israeli poets like Yehuda Amichai responded to the reunification of Jerusalem.

Presenters
avatar for Ronnie Gotkin

Ronnie Gotkin

A graduate of Herzlia, Ronnie holds a BA Hons, B Ed and M Ed degrees from UCT and an HDE from UNISA, all of which were awarded with distinction. After many years as principal of Herzlia Highlands Primary, Ronnie is currently Director of Hebrew Studies at Herzlia. Ronnie also lectures... Read More →
avatar for Aviva Laskov

Aviva Laskov

Aviva currently teaches Hebrew at UCT. She also teaches a course at the Melton Adult Education on Israeli Literature as a Window to Israeli Society. Educated at Tel Aviv University, Aviva specialised in Linguistics and teaching second and foreign languages. She taught Hebrew at Herzlia... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 18:15 - 19:15 SAST
TBA

18:15 SAST

Populists and Jews: a shidduch or a shande?
The world stage is increasingly peppered with populist leaders on both the right and the left. The political zeitgeist is shifting; intolerance and prejudice seem to be the order of the day. What does this mean for Jewish people? How might we interpret what is happening? How should we respond?

Presenters
avatar for Robbie Cowan

Robbie Cowan

Robbie is originally from Zimbabwe and spent his formative years in the UK and South Africa. Always involved within the Jewish Community, he was one of Habonim SA’s central leaders as a student. He studied at both UCT and Wits, qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist. After a period... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 18:15 - 19:15 SAST
TBA

18:15 SAST

Rabbinic misconceptions about women's sexuality
Our wise sages bestowed a beautiful, rich tradition. Some of them were ahead of their time on progressive approaches to educating and protecting women while others ruled from a place of fear and confusion. In this session, we will examine a diversity of texts demonstrating rabbinic perceptions of women's sexuality and if/how it affects us today.

Presenters
avatar for Emma Gottlieb

Emma Gottlieb

Emma is a proud Canadian. Having spent a decade in America at the start of her career, she is thrilled to now be serving as part of the incredible rabbinic team at Temple Israel CTPJC, having moved here in October with her dog, Manny. Ordained at the Hebrew Union College in New York... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 18:15 - 19:15 SAST
TBA

18:15 SAST

The meritorious villains of the Tanach
Judaism’s view of humanity is based on the premise that human beings are born righteous. Using biblical and Midrashic texts, this session will examine how the rabbis reconciled this understanding with the fact that the Bible records the stories of wicked people.

Presenters
avatar for Malcolm Matitiani

Malcolm Matitiani

Malcolm has an Honours in Linguistics from UNISA & an MA in Rabbinic Literature from UCT & the University of Potsdam, Germany. He received his Semicha from the Abraham Geiger Kolleg in Potsdam. Malcolm is one of the rabbis of Temple Israel and is married to Gillian, and is an ardent... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 18:15 - 19:15 SAST
TBA

18:57 SAST

SHABBAT ENDS
Saturday August 24, 2019 18:57 - 18:57 SAST

19:00 SAST

MA'ARIV
Presenters
avatar for Elie Holzer

Elie Holzer

Rabbi; professor of Jewish education at Bar Ilan University; teacher; expert on havruta text study and Hasidic Renewal and Post-critical Jewish religiosity; and founding president of Shma Koleinu (https://www.shma-koleinu.com), a non-profit organization which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community.  She is rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco, and served for four years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City.  She received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 19:00 - 19:15 SAST
TBA

19:15 SAST

HAVDALLAH
Saturday August 24, 2019 19:15 - 20:00 SAST
Dining Hall

20:00 SAST

My Israel Story: how a roadtrip with my dog led me into a surprising career as a podcaster
With the use of clips from the show, Mishy Harman, the host of Israel Story, will explain how setting out to tell Israel's 'story' taught him more than he could have ever imagined about his country, its people and its future. In this talk he will discuss the founding of the show, Israel's representation in the media, the creative process involved and more.

Presenters
avatar for Mishy Harman

Mishy Harman

Mishy Harman is the host and co-founder of the  Israel Story podcast. He’s a curly-haired Jerusalemite who stumbled upon radio by chance. Mishy studied history at Harvard, archeology at Cambridge and wrote his PhD – a biography of the first Protestant missionary in Ethiopia... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 20:00 - 21:00 SAST
TBA

20:00 SAST

Israel at 71 – Geostrategic Challenges
The IDF is the most powerful army in the region. Yet from Gaza and Sinai in the south, to Iran, Hezbollah and Shia militias in the north, Israel faces significant security challenges. This session will examine these challenges and present the current Israeli thinking on how to deal with them.

Presenters
avatar for Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor is Director of Research at BICOM, an independent British research centre producing analysis on Israel and the Middle East, and Deputy Editor of the Fathom Journal. He has previously worked as an analyst in the Reut Institute and the Policy Planning Department of Israel's... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 20:00 - 21:00 SAST
TBA

20:00 SAST

Adventures with the "Mountain Jews" of Azerbaijan & Dagestan
Welcome to one of the least known corners of the Jewish world. Visit Qırmızı Qəsəbə, the exclusively Jewish village of "Mountain Jews" (Juhuro) in Quba, Azerbaijan which will shatter your preconceptions. Encounter Jewish communities in notorious Dagestan, Russia's wildest and most dangerous region. Hear about Jewish life, as encountered in our independent backpacking adventure this year through the Caucuses regions: Azerbaijan, Russia (Dagestan, Chechnya, North Ossetia), Georgia and Armenia, Be surprised, we were.

Presenters
avatar for Karen Kallmann

Karen Kallmann

Karen is a passionate Limmudnik, engaged Jew, adventurous world traveller, concerned environmentalist and feminist. Karen is the mother of 5 wonderful children.
avatar for Evan Robins

Evan Robins

Evan is a full-time profession amateur backpacker when he gets leave from his office job. Having visited 90 countries he and his family have a special interest in connecting with the local Jewish communities. He travels inconspicuously with his Limmud-crazed wife Karen Kallmann, 5... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 20:00 - 21:00 SAST
TBA

20:00 SAST

From Paarl to Pikesville: Building a Kosher Wine Brand
Wayne will tell the developing story of how the only boutique kosher wine farm in SA rebranded itself and made a go of the export market. The session will include the ins and outs of kosher wine, the kosher wine market in the US, branding in the kosher wine industry, and of course the tasting of Unorthodox Wines.

Presenters
avatar for Wayne Sussman

Wayne Sussman

Wayne is a former chair of Limmud South Africa. He also loves wine, and runs Unorthodox Wines.


Saturday August 24, 2019 20:00 - 21:00 SAST
TBA

20:00 SAST

"A Town Called Brzostek" - Film Screening and Discussion
When I told my family that I wanted to restore the destroyed Jewish cemetery in the small Polish town where my grandfather was born, they thought I would be wasting my time. This beautiful documentary has won awards from both Jewish and Polish film festivals for its sensitive coverage of what actually happened.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Webber

Jonathan Webber

Jonathan is a British anthropologist and Jewish activist living in Kraków, Poland. Specializing in modern Jewish society, Holocaust studies, Polish–Jewish studies, and Jewish heritage, he taught at Oxford, Birmingham, and the Jagiellonian University, Kraków; he is now retired... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 20:00 - 21:30 SAST
TBA

21:20 SAST

Bacons Law, Barbara Streisand & The Blue Oyster Cult
‘Six degrees of separation’ is the theory that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person  through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. Using the same principle, what do Gene Simmon’s tongue, the Hells Angels, Califonia Dreamin, Barry Manilow, Unetaneh Tokef and Lonely Canadian men have in common? Don’t know? Come and find out as he takes you on a magical musical mystery tour…

Presenters
avatar for Benjy Blumenthal

Benjy Blumenthal

Benjy studied Zoology at UCT. Having graduated with webbed feet and gills in 2002, he went into the underwater photographic industry. After discovering his passion for teaching, he qualified as a teacher of Science and Biology and is currently an educator at Herzlia Middle School... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 21:20 - 22:20 SAST
TBA

21:20 SAST

Sarajevo Stage play: war becomes a magnet for every man attracted to violence
Bosnia, 1992. 2 lovers, Mirela, a Bosnian Muslim and Aleksander, a Bosnian Serb are due to be married. Slobo, their childhood friend, will be their best man. When civil war erupts, the lovers are suddenly thrust onto opposite sides of a bloody conflict. When Aleksander and Slobo are conscripted to the Serbian Army, the divide deepens. The story is told through the lens of an ambitious SA conflict journalist, Peter, who infiltrates their lives so deeply that he is no longer merely a voyeur. As the dream of Yugoslavia dies, so does the dream of Aleksander and Mirela’s marriage.
Actors in this show are Aimee Ntuli, Sam Hyde, Max  du Toit and Ivan Nedeljokovic.

Presenters
avatar for Samuel Hyde

Samuel Hyde

Samuel graduated from Oakfields College with a Diploma in Theatre. He spent 4 years in the theatre industry performing on international stages in productions such as Singin’ In The Rain, Priscilla Queen of The Desert, Call Me Lee and Spamalot. He then embarked on a new journey in... Read More →
avatar for Aimeé Mica Ntuli

Aimeé Mica Ntuli

Aimeé Mica Ntuli is a passionate writer, actress and director. Her play ‘Sarajevo’ (previously known as ‘Cheers to Sarajevo’) which she wrote and stars in has been performed around the world. She is the SA representative of UK organisation ‘Remembering Srebrenica’ and... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 21:20 - 22:20 SAST
TBA

21:20 SAST

The Rebbe of Montreal: Jewish Themes in the Songs of Leonard Cohen
Cohen was the grandson of a Rosh Yeshiva in Kovno and the grandson of the founder of the Shaar Shamayim Synagogue in Montreal. His music is full of stories from Tanah, prayer, and Jewish history. Even though Cohen claimed that his music is universal and not Jewish, he left it for us to discover the Jewish side of his art. If you are a fan of Cohen’s deep voice and text study, join me in discovering the Jewish themes in Cohen’s songs.

Presenters
avatar for Sonja Viličić

Sonja Viličić

Based in Belgrade, Serbia, Sonja worked for the Joint Distribution Committee in Budapest in various positions. She is also a graduate of the Melton Senior Educators Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Sonja is one of the founders and an Executive Director of NGO Haver Srbija... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 21:20 - 22:20 SAST
TBA

21:20 SAST

Blurred lines: connecting the dots between reality and imagination
Humans are comfortable living in reality, often too scared to venture into the unknown. Greg will take you on a journey where the lines weave together, encouraging the blurring between reality and imagination.

Presenters
avatar for Greg Gelb

Greg Gelb

Greg Gelb Magic
Greg has been performing his blend of comedy and magic for nearly 15 years. He is the Productions Manager for Magic Africa Productions, which aims to grow the art of magic around Africa. He has had no formal magical training and learned his craft through reading books and practising... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 21:20 - 22:20 SAST
TBA

21:20 SAST

Time for a new God
We are in an immense shift in consciousness in how we experience each other, the world, the cosmos, and God. This is captured in the fastest growing demographic: millions who define themselves as spiritual and not religious. How do we think, feel, and connect to God in the 21st century?

Presenters
avatar for Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula

Disruptive spiritual innovator, rogue thinker, seventh generation Rabbi and author of the award-winning book, Yearnings.  Irwin is president of Clal -the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership which works at the intersection of religion and innovation and the science... Read More →


Saturday August 24, 2019 21:20 - 22:20 SAST
TBA
 
Sunday, August 25
 

07:00 SAST

SHACHARIT
Sunday August 25, 2019 07:00 - 08:00 SAST
Think Tank

07:00 SAST

BREAKFAST
Sunday August 25, 2019 07:00 - 09:00 SAST
Dining Hall

08:00 SAST

What We Left Behind: Jewish Treasures in Arab Countries
Hear the story of how, in 2003, the American forces in Iraq came across almost 30,000 Jewish documents, and artefacts. They were immersed in 5 feet of dirty water and about to be lost forever. Fast forward to 2018, when Mosul was liberated from ISIS and the abandoned Jewish quarter revealed its secrets. Edwin will recount his connection to both and the dilemma of whether to restore or abandon. Edwin will screen previously unseen footage.

Presenters
avatar for Edwin Shuker

Edwin Shuker

Edwin is Vice President of the the Board of Deputies of British Jews and a member of the Limmud International Advisory Council. Activist and an international public speaker on Middle East issues especially on Jews from Arab counties, Edwin is a protagonist of the documentary “Remember... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 08:00 - 09:00 SAST
TBA

08:00 SAST

How politics in the West Balkans influenced the Jewish community: Collapse of Yugoslavia and its Jewish community
This session will include a short overview of the history of Jewish communities in the western Balkans and will mainly focus on the period of the Yugoslav wars, and the connection between the Jewish communities, despite these communities’ countries being at war with one another.  It will also look at the role the Jewish organizations played in helping people of all religions and nationalities during the siege of Sarajevo.

Presenters
avatar for Sonja Viličić

Sonja Viličić

Based in Belgrade, Serbia, Sonja worked for the Joint Distribution Committee in Budapest in various positions. She is also a graduate of the Melton Senior Educators Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Sonja is one of the founders and an Executive Director of NGO Haver Srbija... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 08:00 - 09:00 SAST
TBA

08:00 SAST

Israel and antisemitism: existential danger or historical anachronism?
Rodney describes the origins and upsurge of international antisemitism in the 20th and 21st centuries with particular reference to World War 2, the Holocaust and the effect on Jewish life of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Presenters
avatar for Rodney Mazinter

Rodney Mazinter

Rodney is a Cape Town based writer, poet and author, who is involved in media activism on behalf of Israel. Currently vice-chair of the SAZF Cape Council, he has held numerous leadership positions within a range of educational, sporting, secular and Jewish organisations. His novel... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 08:00 - 09:00 SAST
TBA

08:00 SAST

Krav Maga: simple and effective self-defence
It may take years to become an effective fighter, but in only an hour you can gain the skills and mindset you need to be able to keep yourself and your loved ones safer. This session will cover simple and effective techniques that you will be able to apply and implement now. Krav Maga is a mindset, which is why it works. This workshop has been developed and refined over two decades and successfully taught to thousands.

Presenters
avatar for Nicholas Ingel

Nicholas Ingel

Nic is the founder and owner of Emet Gyms and Emet Academy, both internationally respected training facilities. As a survivor of childhood rape, he has made it his mission to empower as many people with the skills to keep themselves safer through effective and simple self defence... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 08:00 - 09:00 SAST
TBA

08:00 SAST

Israeli Innovation Meets Tikun Olam
A look at a few key examples of organizations or non-profits that utilize Israeli innovation in order to do Tikkun Olam.

Presenters
avatar for Ayelet Taub

Ayelet Taub

A graduate of Bnei Akiva, Ayelet is a student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and volunteers with Reservists on Duty, an NGO which advocates for Israel and counter Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions organisations on college campuses.


Sunday August 25, 2019 08:00 - 09:00 SAST
TBA

08:00 SAST

Narcissistic, ethical & spiritual dimensions in havruta learning dynamics
This session offers an innovative reading of a foundational rabbinic narrative portraying learning relationships between Rabbi Yochanan and Resh Lakish. It suggests that havruta (paired) learning can be destructive when reduced to narrow considerations of effectiveness while ignoring its ethical/spiritual dimensions and helps us to think in more complex ways about relationships in learning.

Presenters
avatar for Elie Holzer

Elie Holzer

Rabbi; professor of Jewish education at Bar Ilan University; teacher; expert on havruta text study and Hasidic Renewal and Post-critical Jewish religiosity; and founding president of Shma Koleinu (https://www.shma-koleinu.com), a non-profit organization which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 08:00 - 09:00 SAST
TBA

08:00 SAST

Young Limmud (8-11) & Limmud Youth (12-15) - Yoga
Presenters
avatar for Lauren Shapiro

Lauren Shapiro

Lauren is a freelance journalist, author, reader, writer, amateur yogi, deep ponderer and Jew. Sometimes these overlap. She loves engaging with people and ideas, and does a pretty good downward dog! She lives in Durban with her husband and three children.


Sunday August 25, 2019 08:00 - 09:00 SAST
TBA

09:20 SAST

Making Sense of the Auschwitz Site Today
How far can visitors to the Auschwitz site understand the place? What (if anything) needs to be done to improve that? Make it more of a cemetery? Limit tourist numbers? I was a member of the Auschwitz museum’s international board for more than twenty years and would like to tell you about the problems.

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Webber

Jonathan Webber

Jonathan is a British anthropologist and Jewish activist living in Kraków, Poland. Specializing in modern Jewish society, Holocaust studies, Polish–Jewish studies, and Jewish heritage, he taught at Oxford, Birmingham, and the Jagiellonian University, Kraków; he is now retired... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 09:20 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

09:20 SAST

Israel & Us: a community dialogue
In the last few years, Israel has become a topic that has polarised our community and has seen a breakdown in civil discourse. Limmud  Cape Town experienced this polarisation in the lead up to their 2018 Conference.  For some, any criticism of Israel is bad.  For others, the drawing of boundaries is seen as tantamount to shutting down free speech. While we don’t have to agree on this topic, is there a way where we can hold diverse opinions and still be a Jewish community? How do Limmud Values guide us? Facilitator Irwin Kula will help us to dialogue with each other  in a way that might become a model for our Limmud and wider community going forward.

Presenters
avatar for Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula

Disruptive spiritual innovator, rogue thinker, seventh generation Rabbi and author of the award-winning book, Yearnings.  Irwin is president of Clal -the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership which works at the intersection of religion and innovation and the science... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 09:20 - 10:20 SAST
Deck

09:20 SAST

Israel's Mission to the Moon: Space Mission Engineer fields questions from Herzlia Students
Space mission engineer Ilan Gadot fields questions from Herzlia students as they explore how the Beresheet programme worked to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Presenters
avatar for Ilan Gadot

Ilan Gadot

Ilan is the Electric Power System and Avionics Manager at SpaceIL (the first Israeli Spacecraft to the Moon). He has over 30 years experience in managing high-tech projects and has conducted a wide range of positions in the development of electronic systems, designed for extreme conditions... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 09:20 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

09:20 SAST

Why call it Occupation? A Political and Legal Analysis of the West Bank Map
What is the legal status of the West Bank and the people who live there? What are the implications of Israeli settlements, the separation barrier, and Areas A, B & C? Using maps, facts and figures, this presentation will make sense of the reality in the West Bank and the various terms used to discuss it.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Montell

Jessica Montell

Jessica is executive director of HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, and has been a leading figure in Israeli civil society for two decades. Jessica served as executive director of B'Tselem from 2001-2014. She was founding director of the Israel-Diaspora partnership... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 09:20 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

09:20 SAST

Panel: Social not so social?
Community is a core part of many people’s Jewish identity. But what happens when the very nature of community shifts in fundamental, radical ways? Drawing on the expertise of this diverse set of panelists, this session focuses on how to build an online community and how to manage the success - and potential challenges - of the social media space.

Presenters
avatar for Arthur Goldstuck

Arthur Goldstuck

Award-winning writer, analyst and technology commentator. Winner of SA’s Distinguished Service in ICT Award, author of 19 books and Editor-in-chief of South Africa’s longest-running online consumer technology magazine, Gadget.co.za. His weekly gadgets column is the most widely... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Raphaely

Vanessa Raphaely

Vanessa returned to South Africa in 1993 to edit Associated Magazine’s flagship title, Cosmopolitan, after launching her journalism career on London’s Fleet Street. She worked on a number of newspapers and magazines, including COSMO in the UK, before leaving to launch her brainchild... Read More →
avatar for Glenn Stein

Glenn Stein

Glenn is managing Director of Aweza, and winner of the International Netexplo Innovation Award (2016). AwezaMed seeks to bridge the language barriers that hinder communication in different social sectors.As a mobile software developer and product manager, Glenn has always been driven... Read More →
avatar for Dean Horwitz

Dean Horwitz

Dean is the creator of InstaEats, which searches for and shares the most delicious restaurants and tasty products in SA. He is acknowledged as an important influencer in CT and has built a significant community and following. His experience with Ina Paarman includes social media content... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 09:20 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

09:20 SAST

Writer’s block, writer's schlock: can Jews write non-Jewish?
A writer’s perspective of Jewish literature past, present and future: you can take the stories out of the Jew, but can you take the Jew out of the stories? Writers, non-writers, aspiring writers, published writers, unpublished writers, moonlight writers and erstwhile writers are all welcome!

Presenters
avatar for Lauren Shapiro

Lauren Shapiro

Lauren is a freelance journalist, author, reader, writer, amateur yogi, deep ponderer and Jew. Sometimes these overlap. She loves engaging with people and ideas, and does a pretty good downward dog! She lives in Durban with her husband and three children.


Sunday August 25, 2019 09:20 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

09:20 SAST

Who counts as a person? Disability after Esidimeni
In 2016, people living in Gauteng with intellectual disability and mental disorders were moved to unregistered facilities, and 141 died. How could this happen in a caring democracy? I discuss how discrimination, which has links to Nazi policies, allows us to deny personhood and ultimately the right to live, to marginal groups.

Presenters
avatar for Leslie Swartz

Leslie Swartz

Leslie Swartz trained as a Clinical Psychologist at UCT and is a distinguished Professor of Psychology at Stellenbosch University. He’s interested in mental health care in low-income contexts, and works actively on disability access and rights in Southern Africa. His memoir "Able... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 09:20 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

09:20 SAST

The Shape of Torah, past, present & future
Sefaria is a non-profit organization that has created the world's largest library of Torah texts. In this session you'll see a demo of what Sefaria has built so far and hear the story of how it came about from its co-founder Brett Lockspeiser.

Presenters
avatar for Brett Lockspeiser

Brett Lockspeiser

Brett is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Sefaria, a non-profit dedicated to creating the future of Torah. Sefaria makes Torah texts available to the world for free on its website and mobile apps in their original and in translation and creates tools and experiences... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 09:20 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

09:20 SAST

Limmud Youth (12-15) - Solving Problems the Israeli Way
Presenters
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Amichai Taub

Amichai was born in Jerusalem and is the youngest of six children in his family. Currently entering 11th grade, he spent four years with his parents on a diplomatic posting in  the United Kingdom, where he developed his keen interest in British football. His other interests include... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 09:20 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

09:20 SAST

Young Limmud (8-11) - Children in WWII
Presenters
avatar for Ann Harris

Ann Harris

Ann comes from the UK, where she qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor, and practised for 25 years as a partner in her firm. She was married to the late Chief Rabbi CK Harris, and worked as part of a team of lawyers running the Campus Law Clinic at Wits University. Ann was a founder... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 09:20 - 10:20 SAST
TBA

10:40 SAST

Gustav Mahler - The Isaiah of the 20th century
Gustav Mahler, the tortured Jewish musical genius, foresaw the tragedy that was to befall humankind in the 20th Century. Dennis will discuss and play musical extracts from Mahler’s 2nd and 9th symphonies, and will explore how this was reflected in his music. This will also facilitate a discussion of the Jewish conception of death and hope.

Presenters
avatar for Dennis Davis

Dennis Davis

Dennis is the Judge President of the Competition Appeal Court and  has  been a Judge since 1998. A graduate of Herzlia, UCT and Cambridge, he has continued teaching at UCT Law School since his appointment to the Bench. He has also been a visiting Professor at  Harvard, NYU, Georgetown... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 10:40 - 11:40 SAST
TBA

10:40 SAST

PANEL: Tali’s Wedding Diary
Tali's Wedding Diary is a comedy series which debuted on Showmax in December 2017. Created by Julia Anastasopoulos and Ari Kruger, the series is directed by Ari and produced by Sketchbook Studios. Julia stars as the irrepressible Tali and Glen Biderman-Pam plays the ever-optimistic Rael. In this interactive panel, Julia, Ari and Glen come together to discuss the show, its genesis, challenges and rewards and behind-the-scenes anecdotes - moderated by Nik Rabinowitz.

Presenters
avatar for Julia Anastasopoulos

Julia Anastasopoulos

Julia is best known across the country as the lovable comic SuzelleDIY and the self-obsessed Tali Babes. She has also illustrated children’s books, created large scale murals and built sets for notable theatrical productions. Together with her husband Ari Kruger, Julia is a Co-director... Read More →
avatar for Glen Biderman-Pam

Glen Biderman-Pam

Glen graduated from UCT with an honours degree in Theatre and Performance. Since making his professional debut in 2013, he has appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, SABC 2’s Late Nite Talk Show, Bantu Hour and Blacks Only. Glen starred in the smash-hit show Bad Jews in Cape... Read More →
avatar for Ari Kruger

Ari Kruger

Ari is the Co-creator and Director of the hugely popular web series SuzelleDIY and TV series Tali’s Wedding Diary, which earned a host of awards, nominations and broken viewership records between them. Both productions epitomise his impeccable comic timing and talent for creating... Read More →
avatar for Nik Rabinowitz

Nik Rabinowitz

Nik Rabinowitz was raised on the mean, green streets of Constantia, Cape Town, a world of ride-bys, piano lessons, and unrelenting love and financial support from family members.  After leaving University with a Business degree, he travelled Southern Africa with a theatre company... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 10:40 - 11:40 SAST
Auditorium

10:40 SAST

Hack me a Tshaynik
How safe is your computer, tablet or cellphone? Arthur unravels myth and reality, threats and bobba meises, about hackers, viruses and hijackers in the digital world, weaving in some family history and the story of the first cars."

Presenters
avatar for Arthur Goldstuck

Arthur Goldstuck

Award-winning writer, analyst and technology commentator. Winner of SA’s Distinguished Service in ICT Award, author of 19 books and Editor-in-chief of South Africa’s longest-running online consumer technology magazine, Gadget.co.za. His weekly gadgets column is the most widely... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 10:40 - 11:40 SAST
TBA

10:40 SAST

Understanding the state of the SA economy – what future does it hold for Jewish South Africans?
Brian will discuss how our economy has evolved, & how hopeful we can be about its prospects, given its importance to all who depend upon its stability, including the CT Jewish community. Some details about the current economic state of our community will be presented. He will refer to the recent bestselling book by leading Jewish US writer, Ben Shapiro, on what the US & SA  should do to prosper: The Right Side of History – How Reason and Moral Purpose made the West Great (Broadside Books 2019). The role played in the success of the West by Judeo-Christian values and the Greek born power of reason is demonstrated therein.

Presenters
avatar for Brian Kantor

Brian Kantor

Brian is Professor of Economics Emeritus, UCT. After a long and illustrious career in the School of Economics, where he served as Dean of Faculty of Commerce, Brian retired in 2001. He then joined Investec as an Economist and Strategist in the Securities division of the Bank, and... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 10:40 - 11:40 SAST
TBA

10:40 SAST

Ritual Prayground
What are the crucial elements of ritual?  In this hands-on workshop, participants will build their own rituals in a constructive, risk-taking  laboratory.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community.  She is rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco, and served for four years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City.  She received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 10:40 - 11:40 SAST
TBA

10:40 SAST

Jedi Tedi: a story of hope and healing
In 2016, Jed suffered from the rare CRPS disease. Since then, he and his mother, Shana, have been creating awareness of the disease. They are simply unwilling to accept the diagnosis that many children in other countries who are suffering from CRPS are given – that they will never walk again. In this session, they share their story and educate the public.

Presenters
avatar for Shana & Jed Kagan

Shana & Jed Kagan

Jedi Tedi is a nonprofit organisation that spreads awareness for children suffering from rare diseases. In particular, it provides information about complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), which Jed suffered from when he was 10. Jedi Tedi sells hand-sewn Jedi Tedis to raise funds for... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 10:40 - 11:40 SAST
TBA

10:40 SAST

#metoo: What Vashti and Esther can teach us about responding to abuses of power
Vashti and Esther both find themselves confronting men who wield absolute power over them. What lessons can we learn from how each woman tries to maintain her dignity and agency in fraught situations?

Presenters
avatar for Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem

Wendy is a Rabba and teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, the first seminary to ordain Orthodox Women. She also teaches at Pardes and at Drisha. Wendy is an alumna of Harvard University and she received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She edits Maharat's Keren Journal... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 10:40 - 11:40 SAST
TBA

10:40 SAST

Limmud Youth (12-15) Musica shel Yisrael
Presenters

Sunday August 25, 2019 10:40 - 11:40 SAST
TBA

10:40 SAST

Young Limmud (8-11) - Jewish History through Pictures
Presenters
avatar for Sonja Viličić

Sonja Viličić

Based in Belgrade, Serbia, Sonja worked for the Joint Distribution Committee in Budapest in various positions. She is also a graduate of the Melton Senior Educators Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Sonja is one of the founders and an Executive Director of NGO Haver Srbija... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 10:40 - 11:40 SAST
TBA

10:40 SAST

FILM: Remember Baghdad
A documentary on Jews of Iraq (For trailer and details visit www.rememberbaghdad.com 
The film is 65 minutes, followed by presentation of 25 minutes 

Presenters
avatar for Edwin Shuker

Edwin Shuker

Edwin is Vice President of the the Board of Deputies of British Jews and a member of the Limmud International Advisory Council. Activist and an international public speaker on Middle East issues especially on Jews from Arab counties, Edwin is a protagonist of the documentary “Remember... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 10:40 - 12:10 SAST
TBA

12:00 SAST

An infinity of Hallelujahs: unlocking the secret chords of Leonard Cohen's masterpiece
Since its low-key release in 1984, after its initial rejection by his record company, Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" has become one of the great anthems of popular music. Weaving in biblical themes and allusions, the song explores the spiritual and physical dimensions of love and life. Over the years it has been covered hundreds of times by a diversity of artists. But what is "Hallelujah" really about, and what are the secrets of its enduring hold on the global imagination? Tune in, listen, learn, and enjoy!

Presenters
avatar for Gus Silber

Gus Silber

Gus is an award-winning journalist, author, scriptwriter, speechwriter and media trainer. He has an extensive background in newspaper and magazine journalism as a reporter, columnist, feature writer and editor. He is the author of several commercially-published books, covering a diversity... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 SAST
TBA

12:00 SAST

PANEL: What will Israel Decide? Take Two
In the April elections, Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and centre-right wing coalition partners emerged after the elections with a clear majority, and all seemed on course for a centre-right government. Netanyahu was unable to form a government and Israelis will go back to the polls in September. Our esteemed panel will discuss what is likely to remain the same, and what could be different this time.  Moderated by Wayne Sussman

Presenters
avatar for Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor is Director of Research at BICOM, an independent British research centre producing analysis on Israel and the Middle East, and Deputy Editor of the Fathom Journal. He has previously worked as an analyst in the Reut Institute and the Policy Planning Department of Israel's... Read More →
avatar for Gloria Greenfield

Gloria Greenfield

Gloria is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and president of Doc Emet Productions, a nonprofit organization that produces educational films that contribute to the strengthening of Jewish identity, Jewish nationhood, and the values of freedom and democracy. In January 1980, Ms... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Montell

Jessica Montell

Jessica is executive director of HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, and has been a leading figure in Israeli civil society for two decades. Jessica served as executive director of B'Tselem from 2001-2014. She was founding director of the Israel-Diaspora partnership... Read More →
avatar for Wayne Sussman

Wayne Sussman

Wayne is a former chair of Limmud South Africa. He also loves wine, and runs Unorthodox Wines.


Sunday August 25, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 SAST
TBA

12:00 SAST

From Sinai to Seinfeld- Jewish Humour Through the Looking Glass
Jews like to laugh. We laugh at awkward situations, we laugh at ironic coincidences, and more often than not…we laugh at ourselves.  Our matriarch Sarah got berated a bit for her laughter…. honestly though, who could blame her for bursting into laughter at the suggestion that she was to yet give birth to a child at the age of 90! This session explores the world of Jewish Humour from a number of perspectives. It suggests a developmental narrative of Jewish life that lies just below the surface of the jokes Jews tell. At times, the laughter is less than politically correct, at other times it is downright bigoted. We can certainly see how some would think this humour to be quite inappropriate. And yet, like Sarah…we cannot help but laugh!

Presenters
avatar for Bryan Opert

Bryan Opert

Bryan has been in the Rabbinate for 18 years and runs personal, team and leadership development for disadvantaged communities. He holds an Honours in Educational Leadership and Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching from SACAP. Bryan has been on the faculty of The Florence Melton School... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 SAST
TBA

12:00 SAST

Fantastic voyage in Space
Space travel is hard and landing something from space is even harder. For the first time in history, a private non-profitable organisation, SpaceIL, tried to land on the moon. What started with three engineers determined to win the $20M Google Lunar XPRIZE, ultimately became a great milestone in private space exploration. Who wants to go to the moon? So many things can go wrong during launch, travel, lunar capture, landing and communication. In this session, he'll explore some of the space challenges confronted and the fantastic story of "Beresheet" (the first Israeli spacecraft to the moon).

Presenters
avatar for Ilan Gadot

Ilan Gadot

Ilan is the Electric Power System and Avionics Manager at SpaceIL (the first Israeli Spacecraft to the Moon). He has over 30 years experience in managing high-tech projects and has conducted a wide range of positions in the development of electronic systems, designed for extreme conditions... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 SAST
TBA

12:00 SAST

South Africa 2021: Pressure and Promise
Following a dramatic election, SA faces renewed pressures yet also the promise of reform. Can we recover?

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Silke

Daniel Silke

Daniel is an independent political analyst, author and keynote speaker specialising in SA and international politics. He has a specialist interest in political parties and elections and is a renowned Futurist, lecturing widely on issues surrounding global change, volatility and the... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 SAST
TBA

12:00 SAST

Yearnings: embracing the sacred messiness of life
Our desires for love, happiness, truth, goodness, creativity, and self-awareness are never fully realised. They disappoint us, push us, frustrate us, and inspire us. How can our yearnings become sources of wisdom to help us know ourselves better, live more fearlessly and joyfully, act more ethically, and love more passionately?

Presenters
avatar for Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula

Disruptive spiritual innovator, rogue thinker, seventh generation Rabbi and author of the award-winning book, Yearnings.  Irwin is president of Clal -the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership which works at the intersection of religion and innovation and the science... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 SAST
TBA

12:00 SAST

Project Bayit Launch: how you can help with South Africa’s housing crisis.
Do you know where your domestic worker/gardener/employee lives, and under what conditions? Most of us avoid these awkward conversations that reflect societal inequality and injustice. In this session, Gina and Andrea will introduce Mensch’s Project Bayit,  a co-financed housing programme. The aim is to help you to help a family close to yours to gain access to a structurally sound, fire- and flood-resistant home in a matter of days. This exciting session lays out the whole process including discussion, site inspection, loan credit assessment, construction and  co-financing. 

Presenters
avatar for Andrea Bolnick

Andrea Bolnick

Andrea, who is passionate about social justice and working together with the urban poor, is an innovator, lateral thinker and a designer of systems. She is the founder and director of iKhayalami, a nonprofit organisation whose primary aim is to develop and implement affordable technical... Read More →
avatar for Gina Flash

Gina Flash

Gina is the founder and Executive Director of Mensch, a Jewish South African community organisation and network, which works to engage SA Jews in the co-creation of positive change and transformation for all. Mensch facilitates the vibrant Mensch Network – a community of Jewish... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 SAST
TBA

12:00 SAST

Young Limmud (8-11) & Limmud Youth (12-15) - Shvil Yisrael
Presenters
avatar for Ayelet Taub

Ayelet Taub

A graduate of Bnei Akiva, Ayelet is a student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and volunteers with Reservists on Duty, an NGO which advocates for Israel and counter Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions organisations on college campuses.


Sunday August 25, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 SAST

13:20 SAST

Operation Hulda: in search of an Israeli symbol
Come hear Mishy Harman retell one of the greatest stories from his podcast Israel Story. This is a dazzling narrative that touches upon many of the most pertinent aspects of Israeli history and identity.

Presenters
avatar for Mishy Harman

Mishy Harman

Mishy Harman is the host and co-founder of the  Israel Story podcast. He’s a curly-haired Jerusalemite who stumbled upon radio by chance. Mishy studied history at Harvard, archeology at Cambridge and wrote his PhD – a biography of the first Protestant missionary in Ethiopia... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 13:20 - 14:20 SAST
TBA

13:20 SAST

Urban planning and environmental protection: lessons from the Jerusalem district
How can a small country accommodate the needs of a fast-growing population for housing and infrastructure while preserving green spaces and the natural environment? The presentation will bring examples of planning in Jerusalem and the surrounding rural areas to illustrate the broader challenges facing Israel.

Presenters
avatar for Avi Ben-Tzur

Avi Ben-Tzur

Avi is a native of Jerusalem and is Director of Planning at Israel's Ministry for Environmental Protection - Jerusalem District. He supervises the Ministry's planning department for the cities of Jerusalem, Mevasseret, Beit Shemesh and the surrounding rural communities, and sits on... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 13:20 - 14:20 SAST
TBA

13:20 SAST

A data-driven snapshot of Cape Town's Jews
The Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies has overseen a large study involving 800 face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of the Cape Town Jewish community. What does this data tell us about the present and future of Jewish life in our city?

Presenters
avatar for Adam Mendelsohn

Adam Mendelsohn

Adam is Director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of History at UCT. He is the author of The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed their Way to Success in America and the British Empire, and curator of exhibitions at the Princeton University Museum of Art, the New-York... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 13:20 - 14:20 SAST
TBA

13:20 SAST

Agudas Achim (Band of Brothers): rural Jewry in the town of Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch has been home to one of the most unique Jewish communities in South Africa. In the same streets that saw the architects of apartheid like Verwoerd and Malan formulate their ideas, Jews not only lived, but flourished, leaving their indelible marks on the history of this picturesque town. This session describes fascinating and humorous interactions between an Afrikaans town, the formidable institution of the Dutch Reformed Church, and a congregation of Lithuanian Jews.

Presenters
avatar for David Benjamin Gross

David Benjamin Gross

Channelling his inner ADHD, David matriculated in 2013 from King David Victory Park. Following that, he fled the urban scene and studied amongst the grapevines of beautiful Stellenbosch. There he completed a BA in International Studies, a BA(Hons) cum laude in History, and is currently... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 13:20 - 14:20 SAST
TBA

13:20 SAST

Jewish Pilgrimage in Iran
Learn about Jewish pilgrimages to tombs of prophets and rabbis in Iranian cities. Esther, Mordechai, Habakkuk and Daniel are some names you might know.

Presenters
avatar for Arash Abaie

Arash Abaie

Arash is an activist in Iranian Jewish culture and community life, based in Tehran, a community which has had a presence in the region since 727 BCE.  He teaches Judaism at the University of Religions and Denominations and is a service leader at synagogues around Tehran. He has also... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 13:20 - 14:20 SAST
TBA

13:20 SAST

Helen Zille and Michael Bagraim in conversation
This is Helen’s first public engagement since stepping down after two five year terms as the Premier of the Western Cape. She and Michael will talk about how her early career as a journalist provided the foundation for her significant role in national politics. They will also discuss the challenges for future leaders of SA and the way forward for a prosperous future.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Bagraim

Michael Bagraim

Michael obtained a BA in Political Science and an LLB from Rhodes University. Besides being a practicing attorney with Bagraim's Attorneys, he is also a trustee at the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industries, SA Jewish Board of Deputies and MOSAIC Training and Healing Centre for Women... Read More →
avatar for Helen Zille

Helen Zille

From 2009-2019, Helen was the Premier of the Western Cape and a member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament. She served as Mayor of CT from 2006-2009 and as leader of the DA from 2007-2015. Helen is a former journalist and anti-apartheid activist and was one of the journalists... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 13:20 - 14:20 SAST
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13:20 SAST

Breaking bones; Fracturing faith
Mickie tells the story of the physical and mental challenges of maintaining an extremely active life including climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking to Everest Base Camp, the March of the Living, riding multiple long distance cycle races and hiking in South Africa despite multiple fractures. The session includes some beautiful photos taken during her adventures.

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avatar for Mickie Jacobs

Mickie Jacobs

Mickie has run registration for Limmud Johannesburg for at least 10 years and the role has expanded as the organisation has grown. Besides being a LifeLine facilitator, counsellor, supervisor and mentor, she’s a lay reader at Beit Emanuel Shul and volunteer at the Johannebsurg Holocaust... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 13:20 - 14:20 SAST
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13:20 SAST

Your inside is like your outside: Bavli Brachot and the transgender experience
Rabban Gamliel declares that any student whose inside does not match their outside may not enter the Beit Midrash. What exactly is this criterion for admission? We will study a narrative that explores what is necessary for students to express their true selves and we will compare this Talmudic story to scenes from the Amazon show Transparent.

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avatar for Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem

Wendy is a Rabba and teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, the first seminary to ordain Orthodox Women. She also teaches at Pardes and at Drisha. Wendy is an alumna of Harvard University and she received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She edits Maharat's Keren Journal... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 13:20 - 14:20 SAST
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14:40 SAST

Laugh Jewish! Women stand-up comics: an instant vacation
Always find a reason to laugh. It adds years to your life and adds life to your years. Shirley’s visual presentation will have you crying with laughter.

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avatar for Shirley Kantor

Shirley Kantor

An artist and art historian, Shirley has an MA in Fine Art (UCT, 2002). She is a popular presenter at Limmud, has lectured at UCT, U3A and Highlands House, established the Arts Foundation, and has curated many exhibitions. She is presently enrolled in a creative writing course at... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 14:40 - 15:40 SAST
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14:40 SAST

Sarajevo Stage Play: War becomes a magnet for every man attracted to violence
Bosnia, 1992. 2 lovers, Mirela, a Bosnian Muslim and Aleksander, a Bosnian Serb are due to be married. Slobo, their childhood friend, will be their best man. When civil war erupts, the lovers are suddenly thrust onto opposite sides of a bloody conflict. When Aleksander and Slobo are conscripted to the Serbian Army, the divide deepens. The story is told through the lens of an ambitious SA conflict journalist, Peter, who infiltrates their lives so deeply that he is no longer merely a voyeur. As the dream of Yugoslavia dies, so does the dream of Aleksander and Mirela’s marriage.
Actors in this show are Aimee Ntuli, Sam Hyde, Max  du Toit and Ivan Nedeljokovic.

Presenters
avatar for Samuel Hyde

Samuel Hyde

Samuel graduated from Oakfields College with a Diploma in Theatre. He spent 4 years in the theatre industry performing on international stages in productions such as Singin’ In The Rain, Priscilla Queen of The Desert, Call Me Lee and Spamalot. He then embarked on a new journey in... Read More →
avatar for Aimeé Mica Ntuli

Aimeé Mica Ntuli

Aimeé Mica Ntuli is a passionate writer, actress and director. Her play ‘Sarajevo’ (previously known as ‘Cheers to Sarajevo’) which she wrote and stars in has been performed around the world. She is the SA representative of UK organisation ‘Remembering Srebrenica’ and... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 14:40 - 15:40 SAST
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14:40 SAST

Trump’s deal of the century: dead on arrival or opportunity for two state breakthrough
President Trump is expected to announce his much awaited ‘Deal of the Century’. This session will look into the chances for a two state solution, and discuss various options being raised in Israel.

Presenters
avatar for Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor is Director of Research at BICOM, an independent British research centre producing analysis on Israel and the Middle East, and Deputy Editor of the Fathom Journal. He has previously worked as an analyst in the Reut Institute and the Policy Planning Department of Israel's... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 14:40 - 15:40 SAST
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14:40 SAST

How Did Things Go So Horribly Wrong?
From the life of the Prophet Muhammad to the breakdown of the modern Muslim world, I'll discuss why Islam is so often associated with terrorism and extremism--and what to do about that.

Presenters
avatar for Haroon Moghul

Haroon Moghul

Haroon is the Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and the author of 'How to be a Muslim: An American Story'.


Sunday August 25, 2019 14:40 - 15:40 SAST
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14:40 SAST

Understanding why relationships are so difficult & what one can do about them
This session encompasses the latest in neuroscience research on the interdependency of the brain, mind and relationships. She will discuss what happens to the brain when triggered, why feelings are so complex, empathy and its pitfalls and the notion of integration. Finally, Ruth will explore tools for improving relationships, by looking at the neurophysiology of presence and reviewing a range of the literature on tools for well-being.

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Levin-Vorster

Ruth Levin-Vorster

Ruth Levin-Vorster is a PhD Candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Cape Town. She was a theatre director and educator in London and South Africa for 15 years, before taking adapted theatre processes into the corporate and public sector to develop self-awareness, empathy and... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 14:40 - 15:40 SAST
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14:40 SAST

Young Limmud (8-11) & Limmud Youth (12-15) - Jedi Tedi: a story of hope and healing
In 2016, Jed suffered from the rare CRPS disease. Since then, he and his mother, Shana, have been creating awareness of the disease. They are simply unwilling to accept the diagnosis that many children in other countries who are suffering from CRPS are given – that they will never walk again. In this session, they share their story and educate the public.

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avatar for Shana & Jed Kagan

Shana & Jed Kagan

Jedi Tedi is a nonprofit organisation that spreads awareness for children suffering from rare diseases. In particular, it provides information about complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), which Jed suffered from when he was 10. Jedi Tedi sells hand-sewn Jedi Tedis to raise funds for... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 14:40 - 15:40 SAST
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14:40 SAST

Screening of "THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES - DEFEATING THE IDEOLOGICAL WAR AGAINST THE WEST" (90 minutes)
This hard-hitting documentary film examines the internal and external threats facing Western culture and tradition. Distinguished scholars and experts (including Alan Dershowitz, Melanie Phillips, Gerald Steinberg, Brooke Goldstein, Ruth Wisse, Charles Small, and others) trace the penetration of anti-Western ideas and movements into academia, politics, and society. A discussion with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

Presenters
avatar for Gloria Greenfield

Gloria Greenfield

Gloria is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and president of Doc Emet Productions, a nonprofit organization that produces educational films that contribute to the strengthening of Jewish identity, Jewish nationhood, and the values of freedom and democracy. In January 1980, Ms... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 14:40 - 16:00 SAST
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14:40 SAST

FILM & DISCUSSION: My Dear Children
During the massacres of East European Jews that followed the 1917 Russian Revolution, Judy’s paternal grandmother, Feiga Shamis, was forced to abandon 2 of her children, who were sent as orphans to South Africa. Feiga’s 40-page letter to Judy’s father and aunt, given to her father 20 years later by his mother, inspired the first in-depth, scholarly documentary on the pogroms: My Dear Children by US film-maker LeeAnn Dance. Following the screening of the 75-minute documentary, Judy will share the story behind the letter and the film and reflect on the legacy of her father, Mannie Shamis.

Presenters
avatar for Judy Favish

Judy Favish

Judy holds an MA in Continuing Education from the University of Warwick. In 2016 she retired as Director of UCT’s Institutional Planning Department following a career that pursued social justice through different fields of education and in different types of institutions. After... Read More →
avatar for Veronica Belling

Veronica Belling

Veronica was the Jewish Studies Librarian at UCT Libraries and the Kaplan Centre from 1981-2012. She is currently an Honorary Research Associate, a bibliographer, and translator from Yiddish to English. She has written many articles and several books including a centennial history... Read More →
avatar for Richard Mendelsohn

Richard Mendelsohn

Richard, a retired member of the History Department at UCT and a former Deputy Dean of the university’s Humanities Faculty, currently teaches Jewish history in the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. He is the author of Sammy Marks: the Uncrowned King of the Transvaal... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Chait

Lisa Chait

Lisa is a filmmaker, broadcaster and content creator. She is the founder of the Life Stories Project, which over the past 7 years has created over 100 Life Story films, books and audio recordings for present and future generations. Lisa has been interviewing all sorts of people in... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 14:40 - 16:30 SAST
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14:40 SAST

Pride & prejudice in our interpretations of texts
Each reader comes to a text with implicit prejudices.  Meaning-making involves both the projection and the 'taking back' of these, as well as a readiness to have them altered. We explore the dynamics of this process and the opportunity for the ethical self-attunement it affords, by studying a Talmudic story while using an innovative reading method.

Presenters
avatar for Elie Holzer

Elie Holzer

Rabbi; professor of Jewish education at Bar Ilan University; teacher; expert on havruta text study and Hasidic Renewal and Post-critical Jewish religiosity; and founding president of Shma Koleinu (https://www.shma-koleinu.com), a non-profit organization which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 14:40 - 16:40 SAST
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16:00 SAST

Danny K and Eitan Stern in conversation
Join Danny K and Eitan Stern as they share experiences of the entertainment industry, along with insider stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. They will also talk about being Jewish on stage, including early influences and the ways in which Jewish social structures and a Jewish upbringing can impact a career in entertainment.

Presenters
avatar for Danny Koppel

Danny Koppel

Danny K is one of SA’s most versatile and accomplished recording artists, having produced chart-topping hits and award-winning albums. He was the first SA musician to perform on the Oprah Winfrey Show and has also toured and performed with some of the world’s biggest superstars... Read More →
avatar for Eitan Stern

Eitan Stern

Eitan Stern is the founder and director of Legalese. He is a practising attorney with a background in commercial and entertainment law and tech entrepreneurship. Eitan has worked with sectors across the board, from creative, advertising and media, to educational, non-profit and technology... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 16:00 - 17:00 SAST
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16:00 SAST

From the Pianist to The Pulpit
Stories from the set of the Pianist and how does an actor find her calling as a Rabbi?  By the grace of God.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community.  She is rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco, and served for four years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City.  She received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 16:00 - 17:00 SAST
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16:00 SAST

Orthodoxy, romantic Love and relationships
This session will follow evolving attitudes in the traditional, and later, Orthodox communities toward romantic love and relationships. It will focus on the new challenges and difficulties that come with changing expectations regarding marriage in late-modernity and on how Modern and Ultra-Orthodox establishments attempt to deal with these issues.

Presenters
avatar for Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg is a sociologist and anthropologist. His expertise is religion and Israeli society. He is an academic staff member at Hadassah Academic College and lectures at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities. His doctoral research focused on the phenomenon of prolonged singlehood in... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 16:00 - 17:00 SAST
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16:00 SAST

Hands on with Sefaria: making source sheets
A hands on training for how you can use Sefaria to create source sheets, including navigating the library, finding working with public sheets, and including images and videos. Even if you've used Sefaria before, you can still learn more about what it was to offer.

Presenters
avatar for Brett Lockspeiser

Brett Lockspeiser

Brett is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Sefaria, a non-profit dedicated to creating the future of Torah. Sefaria makes Torah texts available to the world for free on its website and mobile apps in their original and in translation and creates tools and experiences... Read More →


Sunday August 25, 2019 16:00 - 17:00 SAST
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16:00 SAST

Limmud Youth (12-15) - Navigation
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avatar for Reuven Taub

Reuven Taub

Reuven is an advocate for Israel. He is currently a student at Hebrew University, and runs an organization that conducts leadership programmes in Israel and overseas.


Sunday August 25, 2019 16:00 - 17:00 SAST
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