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Friday, August 16
 

3:00pm

Rhythms of Shabbat
Join us for a musical session filled with rhythm, beat, song and movement to play with the ideas of work and rest, fast and slow, loud and quiet, weekday and Shabbat. Family friendly.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Barnett

Steve Barnett

For 23 years, Steve has been engaging and animating audiences through comic and musical interaction, creating unique orchestras. The players are not musicians, there are no rehearsals, and every performance is a one-off. He has performed in over 50 countries but Limmud sessions are... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 6

3:00pm

Making Sense of the Jewish Experience in Poland: The Opportunity for New Narratives
The permanent photographic exhibition at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków (which I co-curated) presents the Jewish experience in Poland through five basic ideas or themes. No single approach would otherwise do justice to the central, multi-dimensional role of Poland in Jewish history and how it looks today. Illustrated with slides.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Webber

Jonathan Webber

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


Friday August 16, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 13

3:00pm

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.

Speakers
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 that 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 16, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 12

3:00pm

Encounters with Satan
In the Babylonian Talmud, Satan is a surprisingly sympathetic figure. He visits with the Rabbis, teaches important lessons, and displays an empathy that the human characters sometimes lack. We will study some of the narratives in which Satan appears and reflect on why the Rabbis choose to portray Satan in this manner.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem

A Rabba who teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, the first seminary to ordain Orthodox Women, Wendy also teaches at Pardes and Drisha. An alumnus of Harvard University, she received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She edits Maharat's Keren Journal and was a founding editor... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 11

4:10pm

Balkan Chronicles: Countries at War - Jewish Communities at Peace
The war in Yugoslavia led to the emigration of many Jews from Serbia, leaving behind today only 3,000 Jews in Serbia. This community is attacked each time an individual publicly shares their opinion that is not in the line with the government. We will examine the impact of geopolitics, regional politics, right wing governments, and a constant fight over the “truth” about WW2 between Croatia and Serbia, on the Jewish communities in this region.

Speakers
avatar for Sonja Viličić

Sonja Viličić

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


Friday August 16, 2019 4:10pm - 5:10pm
Room 10

4:10pm

929 : Rebranding the Tanach
Come hear why marathons, vegetarians and TED Talks are relevant to branding around the Tanach. What lessons can one glean from the Shvil Yisrael (Israel Trail) when trying to make psalms relevant to secular Israelis? Which wall in Israel can you find Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative Rabbis talking together, and what is the significance of the number 929  





Speakers
avatar for Zvika (Biko) Arran

Zvika (Biko) Arran

Zvika is a social entrepreneur, lawyer and advisor to philanthropists. He is the founding CEO of Rabbi Benny Lau's Tanach 929 and lectured in the Social Leadership MBA programme at Ben Gurion University. He is also a member of the Eliav secular-religious community in the Negev.


Friday August 16, 2019 4:10pm - 5:10pm
Room 13

4:10pm

More than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee
Since 2011, Jodi Magness has been directing excavations at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee. The excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman synagogue paved with stunning mosaics. In this slide-illustrated presentation, Magness describes these exciting finds, including the discoveries made in last summer's season.

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness

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


Friday August 16, 2019 4:10pm - 5:10pm
Room 12

4:10pm

Thunder and Silence: What does Revelation Sound LIke?
A performance/exploration of the Divine voice at Sinai, weaving midrashic storytelling and song.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community. Rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco who served for 4 years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City, she received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in 2014. She studies... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 4:10pm - 5:10pm
Room 6

5:10pm

Musical Candle Lighting
Candle Lighting at 5:30

Speakers
avatar for Avi Levy

Avi Levy

Avi is the Chief Operating Officer of the Excel Academy and plays in The Chupah Band. He is a long time Limmudnik.  
avatar for Leigh Nudelman Sussman

Leigh Nudelman Sussman

Leigh is a performance artist based in Johannesburg. Her project to revive Yiddish songs catapulted her into the world of Jewish heritage and culture; she has attended various Jewish leadership and arts conferences around the world in the past year. Leigh is also mother to life-time... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 5:10pm - 5:29pm
Foyer

5:40pm

From Soweto to the Wilderness
Ke-tu-rah will recount her personal story of fleeing into exile as a child, which she places in the wider political context of apartheid: "My introduction to life was apartheid, one of the children of the revolution of 1976, when our brothers and sisters had reached the threshold.  The winds of change threw a stone against The Goliath equipped with sophisticated ammunition! High, high on the mountain they stood, women and men, girls and boys upon the hills of Mother-Land that had become a strange land.  My story begins.."

Speakers
avatar for Ke-tu-rah Dlamini

Ke-tu-rah Dlamini

Ke-tu-rah is a member of Beit Emanuel synagogue and a long-time Limmudnik.


Friday August 16, 2019 5:40pm - 6:40pm
Room 6

5:40pm

Orthodox Service
Friday August 16, 2019 5:40pm - 6:40pm
Room 8

5:40pm

Partnership Minyan
Friday August 16, 2019 5:40pm - 6:40pm
Room 10

5:40pm

Progressive Service
Friday August 16, 2019 5:40pm - 6:40pm
Room 12

5:40pm

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.

Speakers
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. She served as Executive Director of B'Tselem from 2001-2014 and was founding director of the Israel-Diaspora partnership, SISO... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 5:40pm - 6:40pm
Room 13

5:40pm

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.

Speakers
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'.


Friday August 16, 2019 5:40pm - 6:40pm
Room 14

7:00pm

Shabbat Dinner
Friday August 16, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Kgotla

9:00pm

Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life
Our desires for love, happiness, truth, goodness, creativity, and self-awareness are never fully realized. 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?

Speakers
avatar for Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula

President of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership which works at the intersection of religion and innovation and the science of human flourishing, disruptive spiritual innovator, rogue thinker and author of the award-winning book, “Yearnings’, Irwin is... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 7

9:00pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Edwin Shuker

Edwin Shuker

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


Friday August 16, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 12

9:00pm

Why is this Diplomat Different from all Other Diplomats? Behind the Scenes at the Court of St. James
A behind the scenes look at Israeli diplomacy, including the unique and sometimes entertaining dilemmas that Israeli diplomats often face.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Taub

Daniel Taub

Israeli diplomat and international lawyer, Daniel served as the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 until 2015 and is currently Director of Strategy and Planning of the Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild) foundation. A former member of Israel's negotiation teams in the Israeli-Syrian... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 6

9:00pm

90 years of Habonim Dror Southern Africa
The Mazkirim (general-secretaries) of arguably the strongest youth movement in the Southern Hemisphere look back on crucial moments in Habonim Dror’s history. They explore how and why, almost 90 years later, Habonim Dror is a more fundamental part of our community than ever before.

Speakers
avatar for Eden Plein

Eden Plein

Eden is Deputy Secretary General, Habonim Dror. After matriculating from King David in 2014 and taking a gap year in Israel and the US, she returned to South Africa in 2016. She has held numerous leadership positions in the movement. She studied a PPE at Wits and is starting an Honours... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Sussman

Daniel Sussman

Daniel is Secretary General and Rosh Machaneh, Habonim Dror. He has held numerous leadership positions in the movement including Rosh Johannesburg and National Gizbar (Treasurer). He spent 2015 on a Habonim gap year, living, working and volunteering in Israel. He holds a BSc in Actuarial... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 11

9:00pm

The Sacred and 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.

Speakers
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 organisation which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community. Rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco who served for 4 years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City, she received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in 2014. She studies... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem

A Rabba who teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, the first seminary to ordain Orthodox Women, Wendy also teaches at Pardes and Drisha. An alumnus of Harvard University, she received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She edits Maharat's Keren Journal and was a founding editor... Read More →
avatar for Adina Roth

Adina Roth

Adina is a Jewish educator and clinical psychologist. She runs a cheder programme and a b'nei mitzvah course that takes tweens through a text-based, Jewish journey. She teaches Torah classes to adults using traditional commentaries, literature and psychoanalysis. Adina is a Melton... Read More →
avatar for Josh Hovsha

Josh Hovsha

Josh is a devout atheist with a love for the nuances of the Bible. He holds Masters Degrees in Political Science from Wits and International Law from Trinity College Dublin. He has worked in civil society for much of the last decade, serving as director of the Cape SAJBD from 2016... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Room 8

10:15pm

Walking Through Bodies of Work
Join Myer for a reflective conversation involving the body, embodied mapping, and conversation.

Speakers
avatar for Myer Taub

Myer Taub

Myer teaches in the Theatre and Performance Division in the Wits School of the Arts. His most recent theatre work has been writing the one-woman play, “Florence”, which premiered to critical acclaim at the Market Theatre.  Engaged in an ongoing performance project, he has been... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 10:15pm - 11:15pm
Room 7

10:15pm

40 Lifetimes of Therapy in 40 Hours!
Can psychedelics help you get a glimpse of your life purpose? Having recently completed an advanced course on altered states of consciousness (or “flow”) in the USA, I conducted a research study ... on myself! The research was radical, the results unexpected ... come find out why!

Speakers
avatar for Ronen Aires

Ronen Aires

He’s an entrepreneur, a youth specialist, global speaker and general lover of life. Ronen Aires is the founder and CEO of Student Village, a youth marketing & graduate specialist agency. Ronen chairs a global Accelerator programme for high growth entrepreneurs and on every other... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 10:15pm - 11:15pm
Room 12

10:15pm

Approaching Troubling Torah Texts: Amalek, Mamzerut & Rebellious Sons
How do we create 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 which Jewish authorities have used to approach them.

Speakers
avatar for Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor

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, Calev previously worked as an analyst in the Reut Institute and the Policy Planning Department of Israel's Foreign Ministry... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 10:15pm - 11:15pm
Room 13

10:15pm

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.

Speakers
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, Cape Town. Sarit loves learning, adventures, (some misadventures), spending time with friends, family and pets, making... Read More →
avatar for Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg

Ari is a sociologist and anthropologist whose 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 the Religious... Read More →
avatar for Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula

President of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership which works at the intersection of religion and innovation and the science of human flourishing, disruptive spiritual innovator, rogue thinker and author of the award-winning book, “Yearnings’, Irwin is... Read More →
avatar for Leanne Stillerman Zabow

Leanne Stillerman Zabow

Longtime Limmudnik Leanne Stillerman Zabow is honoured to attend Limmud this year as a mother of young twins. Leanne has studied Jewish texts at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and has taught for the Academy of Jewish Thought & Learning in Johannesburg. Leanne... Read More →
avatar for Ilana Stein

Ilana Stein

Ilana combines her degrees in Nature Conservation and English in her work as a writer for Africa’s foremost ecotourism company, Wilderness Safaris. When not climbing sand dunes or hugging trees, she lectures on Tanach and environmental topics at the Academy of Jewish Thought and... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 10:15pm - 11:15pm
Room 6

11:30pm

Tisch
Join Elie for some  nigunim, storytelling, snacks and a l'chaim to end the night on a high.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community. Rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco who served for 4 years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City, she received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in 2014. She studies... 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 organisation which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →


Friday August 16, 2019 11:30pm - Saturday August 17, 2019 12:30am
Room 10
 
Saturday, August 17
 

7:00am

BREAKFAST
Saturday August 17, 2019 7:00am - 9:30am
Bishop's Court

8:00am

Orthodox Service
Saturday August 17, 2019 8:00am - 10:30am
Room 8

8:10am

Yoga Rise and “Shine”
Let’s wake up, stretch and expand ourselves with a Shabbat morning yoga practice. Please join me on the mat to connect with our bodies, our minds, our breath and our inner selves. We shall leave with a quiet centre, energised for the day ahead. P.S. It’s preferable not to eat before this session. Thanks.

Speakers
avatar for Tami Morris

Tami Morris

While studying architecture, Tami began practising yoga. After almost 20 years of exploration, her teaching has flowed with her life to include adults, preggie, mama-baba, and now more specifically, teaching children yoga. Tami is passionate about breath awareness as the tool to being... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 8:10am - 9:10am
Room 6

8:10am

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.

Speakers
avatar for Mishy Harman

Mishy Harman

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


Saturday August 17, 2019 8:10am - 9:10am
Room 11

9:00am

Progressive Service
Saturday August 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Room 12

9:20am

Here and Now: Mindfulness Meditation
In this half-hour session, Naami will introduce participants to the Mindfulness practice, and guide a meditation session for enhanced awareness of the workings of our minds and all that is happening in the present moment.

Speakers
avatar for Naami Gottlieb Lieberman

Naami Gottlieb Lieberman

Naami Gottlieb Lieberman is a flautist, singer, composer/arranger, music teacher, and Mindfulness facilitator for children. While living in Johannesburg for ten years she made music and performed with various ensembles and taught early childhood music. Now living in Israel, Naami... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 9:20am - 9:50am
Room 6

9:20am

The Rothschilds, Then and Now
This session will examine the origins of the Rothschild family and their rise from the Frankfurt ghetto to being the kings of international finance for almost a century, their role in Jewish emancipation, and the impact World War II had on them. It will then look at how they have adjusted to the post-war world and their continuing influence today, as well as the secret of their success.

Speakers
avatar for James Lomberg

James Lomberg

James’s lifelong interest in history from around the world culminated in his receiving an MA (Hons) in History from the University of St Andrews. This, combined with his love of Judaism, has given him a special interest in the Rothschilds. He lives in in Johannesburg with his cat... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 9:20am - 10:20am
Room 13

9:20am

What We Get Wrong about South African Jewish History, and Why it Matters
The stories we tell about the past have real implications. They shape what we regard as normal, guide what we assume is possible and push our thoughts in particular directions. By focusing on examples where community memory and historical reality depart, we will discuss why getting South African Jewish history right matters.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Mendelsohn

Adam Mendelsohn

Adam is Director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies at UCT and curator of exhibitions at the Princeton University Art Museum, New-York Historical Society and Center for Jewish History. His book ‘The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their Way to Success in America and the British Empire... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 9:20am - 10:20am
Room 11

9:20am

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.

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Greenfield

Gloria Greenfield

Gloria is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and president of Doc Emet Productions, a non-profit organisation 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 17, 2019 9:20am - 10:20am
Room 10

10:30am

Kiddush
Saturday August 17, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am
Bishop's Court

11:00am

Jewish Responses to Maladies of the Soul
In this session, we ask three spiritual seekers to share their Jewish journeys. We ask them how their spiritual paths have overlapped with and possibly veered away from Judaism. We also ask them what they regard to be contemporary maladies of the soul and to share what Jewish practices can be harnessed as responses to the ailments of our time.

Speakers
avatar for Zemach Mendelow

Zemach Mendelow

Zemach is an attorney in Johannesburg specialising in family mediation and dispute resolution. He studied English Literature at Wits, after which he studied at a Chassidic Yeshiva and developed a lifelong passion for the study of Chassidic and Kabbalistic texts. He has practised and... 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 organisation which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community. Rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco who served for 4 years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City, she received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in 2014. She studies... Read More →
avatar for Adina Roth

Adina Roth

Adina is a Jewish educator and clinical psychologist. She runs a cheder programme and a b'nei mitzvah course that takes tweens through a text-based, Jewish journey. She teaches Torah classes to adults using traditional commentaries, literature and psychoanalysis. Adina is a Melton... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 6

11:00am

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 Haggadah, Jonathan Sacks and others.

Speakers
avatar for Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor

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, Calev previously worked as an analyst in the Reut Institute and the Policy Planning Department of Israel's Foreign Ministry... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 12

11:00am

Complicity and Combat: Rabbis and Apartheid
Jews were disproportionately involved in anti-apartheid activities. But most were secular. Very few rabbis spoke out. Those who did got into trouble with the authorities, Jewish community leaders or their own congregants. Here are some examples of rabbis who spoke out - and suffered the consequences.

Speakers
avatar for Irwin Manoim

Irwin Manoim

Irwin is a former journalist and co-founder/editor of the Mail & Guardian. Currently, working through the Kaplan Centre at UCT, he researches forgotten aspects of Jewish South African history. He has spoken frequently at Limmud around the country and will be an international speaker... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 13

11:00am

Where Did the Caliphate Come From?
The word “caliph” has been much in the news these days, but few people, if any, ever explore the Qur'anic origins of this contentious term - which, it turns out, gets to the very heart of the Muslim story of what it means to be human.

Speakers
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 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 7

11:00am

How Millennials 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.

Speakers
avatar for Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg

Ari is a sociologist and anthropologist whose 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 the Religious... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 10

11:00am

Death of Debate - Discourse in Universities
Universities presumably champion free speech and open debate. Are we still able to have constructive conversations on campuses? Can one be Zionist, can one be conservative, can one be opposed to land reforms?

Speakers
avatar for Mighti Jamie

Mighti Jamie

Jamie is a political analyst, Africa analyst, debate coach and author. He has served as President of the South African Debating Council and Vice President of the Pan African Universities Debating Council.


Saturday August 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 11

11:00am

Letters Flying Upward: The Martyrdom of Rabbi Chaninah Ben Teradion
Rabbi Chaninah ben Teradion is a rabbinic martyr who was famously wrapped in a Torah scroll and burned to death by the Romans. While his story is familiar to many from the liturgy of Yom Kippur and Tisha B'Av, R. Chaninah's death nonetheless was the subject of several hundred years of dynamic rabbinic story-making. We will trace the development of his legend and analyse how it accrued details and shifted over time. By studying the specific story of Rabbi Chaninah ben Teradion's martyrdom, we will reflect on the creation of rabbinic narratives and their place within the rabbinic tradition.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem

A Rabba who teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, the first seminary to ordain Orthodox Women, Wendy also teaches at Pardes and Drisha. An alumnus of Harvard University, she received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She edits Maharat's Keren Journal and was a founding editor... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 8

12:10pm

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.

Speakers
avatar for Connie Webber

Connie Webber

Connie was born in Britain, educated in Britain and Israel and has 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... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Room 10

12:10pm

Time for a New God
We are undergoing 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?

Speakers
avatar for Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula

President of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership which works at the intersection of religion and innovation and the science of human flourishing, disruptive spiritual innovator, rogue thinker and author of the award-winning book, “Yearnings’, Irwin is... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Room 8

12:10pm

Shvil Yisrael - Tales from the Israel National Trail
After doing the Israel National Trail, I'd like to share some experiences of the breath-taking views and incredible people I met along the way, as well as talk about how we can connect to the land in modern times.

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avatar for Ayelet Taub

Ayelet Taub

Born in Los Angeles, Ayelet made Aliya with her family at the age of 12. After spending a year in Mechinat Yonatan, she served for four years in IDF's 8200 Intelligence Unit. She is currently a student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and volunteers for “Reservists on Duty... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Room 11

12:10pm

Conversations on Israel - Debates over Foreign Policy
Two events in Jewish history with contemporary significance took place within 65 years of each other. With help from the Talmud, Henry Kissinger, Isaiah Berlin and others, we'll investigate how these stories shed light on current discussions about politics, realism, values and our sovereignty in the 21st Century.

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avatar for Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor

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, Calev previously worked as an analyst in the Reut Institute and the Policy Planning Department of Israel's Foreign Ministry... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Room 12

12:10pm

The Law of the Land is Law
In March 2019, the Gauteng High Court scrapped the Dutch Reformed Church’s policy against gay marriage, stating it is discriminatory to exclude gay members of the church from having the right to wed. How ought courts and faith communities to determine which right prevails when the rights to equality and freedom of religion clash?

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avatar for Kathie Satchwell

Kathie Satchwell

A retired high court judge, Kathy was a prominent human rights attorney in the 1990s. Her groundbreaking victory in Satchwell vs President of RSA led the way for other LGBTI human rights wins. Brought up by a devoutly Catholic mother and Anglican father, she is an agnostic looking... Read More →
avatar for David Bilchitz

David Bilchitz

David is Professor of Fundamental Rights Law at the University of Johannesburg and Secretary-General of the International Association of Constitutional Law. He was a founder of Limmud SA and chair of Limmud International. He teaches on the Melton adult education programme and is a... Read More →
avatar for Simonne Horwitz

Simonne Horwitz

Simonne, a former Rhodes Scholar, is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research and teaching focus on Southern African History and the History of Medicine. A member of Congregation Agudas Israel, Saskatoon, she has served on the... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Room 6

12:10pm

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.

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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 17, 2019 12:10pm - 1:10pm
Room 7

1:10pm

Shabbat Lunch
Saturday August 17, 2019 1:10pm - 2:45pm
Kgotla

2:45pm

Israel and 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.  

Speakers
avatar for Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula

President of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership which works at the intersection of religion and innovation and the science of human flourishing, disruptive spiritual innovator, rogue thinker and author of the award-winning book, “Yearnings’, Irwin is... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 8

2:45pm

What is Jewish Culture? Jewish Religious Claustrophobia and Shifting Boundaries of Belonging
Anthropologists argue that cultural identity is never fixed, but, on the contrary, is fundamentally fluid and adaptable to changing circumstances, even if conservatives see it as totally unchangeable. In modern times, the Jewish world has moved substantially in its definitions of itself and its criteria for belonging.

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avatar for Jonathan Webber

Jonathan Webber

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


Saturday August 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 7

2:45pm

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”.

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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 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 6

2:45pm

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?

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avatar for Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg

Ari is a sociologist and anthropologist whose 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 the Religious... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 11

2:45pm

Animal Rights and Human Responsibilities in the Torah
When it comes to “animal rights”, we find ourselves having to navigate a minefield of how we treat our fellow creatures and yet are able to gain sustenance or other benefits from them. We'll examine how the Torah sees animals philosophically, halachically and even emotionally in order to tread the delicate balance of living morally on this planet.

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avatar for Ilana Stein

Ilana Stein

Ilana combines her degrees in Nature Conservation and English in her work as a writer for Africa’s foremost ecotourism company, Wilderness Safaris. When not climbing sand dunes or hugging trees, she lectures on Tanach and environmental topics at the Academy of Jewish Thought and... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 12

2:45pm

Pride and Prejudice in our Interpretations of Texts (Double session)
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.

Speakers
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 organisation which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 13

4:00pm

The Changing Image of Israel in English Literature
A literary look at the surprising way images of Israel have changed in English literature. We will look at the good, the bad and the ugly and consider what this says about Israel and the authors themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Taub

Daniel Taub

Israeli diplomat and international lawyer, Daniel served as the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 until 2015 and is currently Director of Strategy and Planning of the Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild) foundation. A former member of Israel's negotiation teams in the Israeli-Syrian... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 7

4:00pm

Finding Your Flow - Embodying Your Jewish Connection
In a city like Johannesburg, it is easy to become extremely busy and lose our foundation. This 1-hour Yoga set will encourage you, the participant, to tune back into your own body, enabling a sense of re-connection and possibility for more engagement and enjoyment in your life on all levels.

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avatar for Karen Turis

Karen Turis

Karen is a Kundalini yoga instructor, massage therapist, expressive movement teacher, mother and wife. She facilitates workshops on growing your own brand of powerful femininity and heads up the treatment & management team at Oxford Healthcare Retreat, a boutique wellness guesthouse... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 6

4:00pm

Living Together: Creating a Community which Reflects Israeli Society
Come hear Liat tell the remarkable story of a group of Israelis, representing every community in Israeli society - Ultra-Orthodox, Arab, Druze, Bedouin, Ashkenazi, Sephardi, secular and traditional who came together to try form a community which would reflect Israeli society. All of them are familiar with Israel’s challenges and its complex processes, yet they are all committed to one task: to develop a programme whereby they can instil the LivingTogether philosophy across Israeli society.

Speakers
avatar for Liat Amar Arran

Liat Amar Arran

Liat is a Jewish Agency For Israel emissary in South Africa, and the director of the Israel Centre SA. She has a PhD in Organisational and Social Psychology and has been director and facilitator of various social and professional organisations. She is a co-founder of the secular-religious... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 11

4:00pm

Brave New World
A state of flux has become a permanent feature of society, with a new economy powered by innovation and artificial intelligence. How do educators and leaders in the world of work respond to institutions and occupations that will become archaic or redundant? Hear about some innovative ways to address the challenges and opportunities that arise out of our moving into a new world.

Speakers
avatar for Ariellah Rosenberg

Ariellah Rosenberg

Ariellah is the CEO of ORT SA, an NGO in education, skills development and entrepreneurship that has impacted thousands of unemployed youth, businesses, learners and teachers. Her passion is driven by the belief that with the right attitude and equal opportunities, the sky's the... Read More →
avatar for Glenn Silverman

Glenn Silverman

CEO and founder of GS Investment Services, Glenn is a CA (SA), CFA and former CIO of Investment Solutions (Alexander Forbes). He consults to the financial services and investment industries (SA and Africa) and is a Trustee of the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre.
avatar for Brett Lockspeiser

Brett Lockspeiser

Brett is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Sefaria, a non-profit organisation 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... Read More →
avatar for Brett Morris

Brett Morris

Brett has worked with many of SA's iconic brands and under his leadership, FCB has won multiple awards, including SA's first Cannes Grand Prix. He has twice been voted most admired agency leader by his peers. His best works to date by far are his three children.
avatar for Shaun Matisson

Shaun Matisson

Shaun is Head of International Markets, Vitality Group, a division of Discovery Limited. He serves on the Board of South African Jewish Education, the South African Jewish Report and Aish HaTorah and is chair of the Academy of Jewish Thought and Learning. He enjoys triathlons, cycling... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 8

4:00pm

Thank You, Comrade Stalin: What Totalitarianism has Taught Me About Jewish Communal Conflict
Looking at the darkest regimes of the 20th century, we must ask ourselves: What drives us to choose absolute authority? Why do we, even now, have a tendency to hide dissent? As a student of politics and former communal leader, Josh will delve into the theories behind totalitarianism and analyse how they play out in our communal structures.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Hovsha

Josh Hovsha

Josh is a devout atheist with a love for the nuances of the Bible. He holds Masters Degrees in Political Science from Wits and International Law from Trinity College Dublin. He has worked in civil society for much of the last decade, serving as director of the Cape SAJBD from 2016... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 10

4:00pm

Pride and Prejudice in our Interpretations of Texts (Double session)
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.

Speakers
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 organisation which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 13

5:10pm

Mincha, Seudah Shlishit & Song with Elie Holzer
Speakers
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 organisation which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 5:10pm - 6:30pm
Room 8

5:15pm

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.

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avatar for Connie Webber

Connie Webber

Connie was born in Britain, educated in Britain and Israel and has 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... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 10

5:15pm

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

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avatar for Reuven Taub

Reuven Taub

Reuven was born and raised in Jerusalem. Reuven served in the IDF in Sayeret Matkal, and took part in a number of operational missions. In reserves, Reuven has been called to duty many times due to the recent incidents on the border with Gaza. Today, Reuven studies politics, philosophy... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 12

5:15pm

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.

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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. She served as Executive Director of B'Tselem from 2001-2014 and was founding director of the Israel-Diaspora partnership, SISO... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 11

5:15pm

Nigun Lab
"There are mansions in heaven which can be opened only through song," Zohar, Genesis: Chaye Sara.  Learn new nigunim (melodies), and marinate in familiar ones. And maybe, just maybe, we will open some heavenly gates. No musical prowess required.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community. Rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco who served for 4 years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City, she received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in 2014. She studies... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 6

5:15pm

The Matter of the Moon: The Creation and Possible Redemption of Inequality
In this session, we study a beautiful Midrash that explores the fourth day of creation when God makes the sun and the moon. With the birth of the illuminati comes a struggle for power and recognition. Through the Midrash we shall explore the inevitability of and suffering caused by inequality and inferiority in this world and consider what we can do about it.

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avatar for Adina Roth

Adina Roth

Adina is a Jewish educator and clinical psychologist. She runs a cheder programme and a b'nei mitzvah course that takes tweens through a text-based, Jewish journey. She teaches Torah classes to adults using traditional commentaries, literature and psychoanalysis. Adina is a Melton... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 14

6:21pm

Shabbat ends 18:21
Saturday August 17, 2019 6:21pm - 6:21pm
TBA

6:30pm

Havdalah
Saturday August 17, 2019 6:30pm - 6:50pm
Bishop's Court

7:00pm

King David vs Fat Boy Slim: The Mystical Tehillim
An interactive session that involves the exploration of different musical instruments used in Jewish Praise of God through an exploration of King David’s Psalm 150. Bring an instrument if you like, or just your voice and ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Friedman

Marc Friedman

Marc, a lawyer by profession, also works in the broadcasting field. With a keen interest in the use of music as a tool for spiritual growth and connection, Marc tries to mesh Judaism and Eastern Philosophy.


Saturday August 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 10

7:00pm

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

A Rabba who teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, the first seminary to ordain Orthodox Women, Wendy also teaches at Pardes and Drisha. An alumnus of Harvard University, she received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She edits Maharat's Keren Journal and was a founding editor... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 6

7:00pm

Memory and Representation of the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide
How is the Holocaust remembered 80 years after the start of WWII? This year, Rwanda commemorates the 25th year since the Genocide. How is it remembered and represented in Rwanda and around the world? Tali will explore the development of memory and how these atrocities are represented in museums, memorials, education and policy.

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avatar for Tali Nates

Tali Nates

Founder and Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, Tali lectures internationally, including at the United Nations, on the Holocaust, genocide and human rights. She contributed to ‘God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 13

7:00pm

My Week as the Only American in North Korea
Following the mysterious death in 2017 of American-Jewish tourist, Otto Warmbier, the US State Department made it a criminal offence for American tourists to visit North Korea, which is visited by fewer than 5,000 Western tourists annually. Shortly after receiving South African citizenship, Dan travelled to the hermit kingdom to get a glimpse into life in one of the world's most isolated countries.

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avatar for Dan Brotman

Dan Brotman

US-born Dan is the CEO of En-novate, a company he co-founded with Investec that creates bespoke global exposure experiences for leading business professionals on the African continent. He is passionate about travel, having visited 60+ countries, and considers his mission in life to... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 12

7:00pm

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.

Speakers
avatar for Edwin Shuker

Edwin Shuker

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


Saturday August 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 8

7:00pm

When Israel’s Spies Betrayed their Allies: The Lavon Affair
The Lavon Affair was a disastrous Israeli covert operation whose failure became a huge scandal in the 1950s. Known in Israel as “the Bad Business”, it resulted in the collapse of the government in 1955 and the long-term decline of the ruling Mapai Party. More importantly, it had profound consequences for power relationships in the Middle East.

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avatar for Daniel Barnett

Daniel Barnett

Raised in Cape Town, Daniel holds two degrees from UCT. A former Habonim Rosh Machaneh, he worked in SA-Israel relations before joining his family's 100 year old business. A past Limmud chairman, he enjoys presenting on topics of Jewish interest that few Limmudniks know much about... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 11

7:00pm

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 highlight examples of planning in Jerusalem and the surrounding rural areas to illustrate the broader challenges facing Israel.

Speakers
avatar for Avi Ben-Tzur

Avi Ben-Tzur

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


Saturday August 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 14

7:00pm

The Shape of Torah, Past, Present and Future
Sefaria is a non-profit organisation 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.

Speakers
avatar for Brett Lockspeiser

Brett Lockspeiser

Brett is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Sefaria, a non-profit organisation 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... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 7

8:00pm

Dinner
Saturday August 17, 2019 8:00pm - 9:20pm
Kgotla

9:30pm

"Nothing with Gods, Nothing with Fate": The Judaism of Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim, the renowned composer and lyricist of musicals such as “West Side Story”, “Company” and “Sunday in the Park with George”, has always considered himself a Jew only in terms of ethnicity. Despite his limited exposure to yiddishkeit, I believe that he has subconsciously infused his work with Jewish values and sensibilities.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Levy

Kevin Levy

Kevin is an editor and educator with research interests in the works of Stephen Sondheim and Philip Roth. In his spare time, he enjoys baking and creating music.


Saturday August 17, 2019 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Room 13

9:30pm

Songs of Love and Longing
A performance of melodies of yearning from Jewish traditions around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community. Rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco who served for 4 years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City, she received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in 2014. She studies... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Room 8

9:30pm

"A Town Called Brzostek" - Film Screening and Discussion (Part 1 of 2, film 54 minutes)
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.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Webber

Jonathan Webber

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


Saturday August 17, 2019 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Room 11

9:30pm

Can Working with the Medical Clown Express Laughter from Within?
An imaginative workshop session filled with fun games. It will use a variety of tools to reach the group, creating an interaction with participants and allowing for a release of ourselves into a world of fantasy, finding a place to express laughter from within.

Speakers
avatar for Adi Shachar

Adi Shachar

HeartBeat Clowns NPC was founded by Adi Shachar, aka Dr HeartBeat. As the Chief Enthusiastic Officer, her training in the therapeutic art of play & humour enables her to utilise expressive therapy modalities such as magic, music & puppetry as part of the healing process.


Saturday August 17, 2019 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Room 12

9:30pm

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.

Speakers
avatar for Mishy Harman

Mishy Harman

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


Saturday August 17, 2019 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Room 7

9:30pm

Herodian Jerusalem
In this slide-illustrated presentation, we survey the history and archaeology of Jerusalem in the Late Second Temple period, ending with the city’s destruction by the Romans in 70 C.E. We focus especially on the reign of Herod the Great and his reconstruction of the Second Temple and Temple Mount.

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness

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


Saturday August 17, 2019 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Room 10

9:30pm

The Fight of Our Lives - Defeating the Ideological War Against the West (90 minute film and Q&A session)
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. (90 minute film and Q&A session)

Saturday August 17, 2019 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Room 6

10:40pm

9th Street Slash It ///
9th Street will host a performance/facilitated discussion/party. As the viewer/participant, you are not going to be a passive voyeur but will have to actively engage with us. In this way, we hope to tackle some of the burning issues that we all might be having as Jews currently living in Johannesburg.
9th Street is a Johannesburg community of Jewish artists with diverse political and/or religious affiliations. We meet regularly to nurture ourselves as artists and to trigger deep discussions.

Speakers
avatar for Caryn Katz

Caryn Katz

Caryn is a voice coach and Alexander technique teacher. With a long background in theatre and years of experience in corporate facilitation, Caryn uses her skills and insight to enliven and prepare any speaker for formal, workplace presentations as well as everyday interactions.
avatar for Farryl Roth

Farryl Roth

Farryl is a Joburg-based musician, producer and performer, who has collaborated with various bands and renowned artists such as Zwai Bala, Pops Mohamed and Roxy. He has released several albums and composed and performed music for radio and media. Farryl also plays Jewish soul music... Read More →
avatar for Myer Taub

Myer Taub

Myer teaches in the Theatre and Performance Division in the Wits School of the Arts. His most recent theatre work has been writing the one-woman play, “Florence”, which premiered to critical acclaim at the Market Theatre.  Engaged in an ongoing performance project, he has been... Read More →
avatar for Tal Gordon

Tal Gordon

Tal is a trumpeter who has had a love for music as an art form, since she can't remember. She is proud member of 9th Street.
avatar for Leigh Nudelman Sussman

Leigh Nudelman Sussman

Leigh is a performance artist based in Johannesburg. Her project to revive Yiddish songs catapulted her into the world of Jewish heritage and culture; she has attended various Jewish leadership and arts conferences around the world in the past year. Leigh is also mother to life-time... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 10:40pm - 11:40pm
Room 7

10:40pm

"A Town Called Brzostek" - Film Screening and Discussion (Part 2 0f 2, Q & A)
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.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Webber

Jonathan Webber

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


Saturday August 17, 2019 10:40pm - 11:40pm
Room 11

10:40pm

Get Your Shake On! Cocktail Making with Leor S
Limmudniks will get the chance to watch how different, contemporary cocktails and shooters are made, after which they will get the chance to make their own and taste them.

Speakers
avatar for Leor Seligman

Leor Seligman

Leor Seligman started On The Rocks in 2015. One of Leor's life missions is to show that there is more to a L'Chaim then just a single malt whisky. On The Rocks provides  mobile bar services to cater for a variety of functions and simchas. 


Saturday August 17, 2019 10:40pm - 11:40pm
Room 12

10:40pm

The Fight of Our Lives - Defeating the Ideological War Against the West (continuation)
Continuation of the hard-hitting documentary film examining 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. (90 minute film and Q&A session)

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Greenfield

Gloria Greenfield

Gloria is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and president of Doc Emet Productions, a non-profit organisation 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 17, 2019 10:40pm - 11:40pm
Room 6

10:40pm

Drishat Nigun on Motzei Shabbat: The Spiritual Art of Jewish Singing
Voice and singing dwell at the threshold of the visible and the invisible, of the world we carry within and of the world outside ourselves. In this workshop, we immerse ourselves in contemplative singing, Hasidic texts, words of prayer, and (some) movement at this unique threshold in time between Shabbat and the weekdays. No prior experience with singing required. Every attuned heart is welcome!

Speakers
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 organisation which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →


Saturday August 17, 2019 10:40pm - 11:40pm
Room 10

11:10pm

Silent Disco
Grab your headphones and dance the night away at Limmud Johannesburg's silent disco. Suitable for all ages.

Saturday August 17, 2019 11:10pm - Sunday August 18, 2019 12:40am
Room 7

11:10pm

Remember Baghdad (90 minutes)
A documentary on Jews of Iraq. (For trailer and details visit www.rememberbaghdad.com).The film is 65 minutes, followed by a presentation of 25 minutes

Speakers
avatar for Edwin Shuker

Edwin Shuker

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


Saturday August 17, 2019 11:10pm - Sunday August 18, 2019 12:40am
Room 11
 
Sunday, August 18
 

7:00am

Shacharit
Sunday August 18, 2019 7:00am - 7:40am
Room 8

7:00am

BREAKFAST
Sunday August 18, 2019 7:00am - 9:00am
Bishop's Court

8:00am

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. It 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 organisations played in helping people of all religions and nationalities during the siege of Sarajevo.

Speakers
avatar for Sonja Viličić

Sonja Viličić

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


Sunday August 18, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Room 10

8:00am

Nia with Yda
Nia draws from disciplines of the martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Nia is for anybody who loves to move.

Speakers
avatar for Yda Walt

Yda Walt

Yda is a blue belt Nia Teacher, who is also a renowned artist and designer.


Sunday August 18, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Room 6

8:00am

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.

Speakers
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. She served as Executive Director of B'Tselem from 2001-2014 and was founding director of the Israel-Diaspora partnership, SISO... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Room 8

8:00am

SA Jewry and Apartheid - Revisiting a Very Old Controversy
South Africa's transition to democracy in 1994 occasioned much earnest, agonised and sometimes acrimonious soul-searching within SA Jewry concerning the community's response - or lack of it - to the moral challenges posed by apartheid. 25 years after the transition, historian and Jewish communal professional David Saks re-examines the issues.

Speakers
avatar for David Saks

David Saks

David is Associate Director of the SAJBD and editor of its journal, Jewish Affairs. He holds an MA in History from Rhodes University and has published extensively on aspects of South African Jewish, political and military history.


Sunday August 18, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Room 12

8:00am

The Doctors of the Warsaw Ghetto
Maria Ciesielska, a Polish general practitioner based in Warsaw, self-published a meticulously-researched book, “The Doctors of the Warsaw Ghetto”. Drawing from this, this session reveals the fate of about 1,000 Polish-Jewish doctors who lived and worked in the Warsaw Ghetto from its establishment in November 1940 until the crushing of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in May 1943.

Speakers
avatar for Luc Albinski

Luc Albinski

Luc, a fluent Polish speaker brought up in a Polish-Catholic home, is based in Johannesburg. His interest in Holocaust and genocide work springs from his personal history as well as from his on-the-ground involvement with a non-profit during the Bosnian conflict.


Sunday August 18, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Room 13

8:00am

Sephardi and Mizrahi DNA
This talk presents new insights into the history of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews based upon evidence from recent, large-scale DNA sequencing projects. These new results supplement, complement and, in some cases, challenge our existing understanding of history and the relations between Jewish populations, and between Jews and their neighbours.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hazelhurst

Scott Hazelhurst

Scott is a Professor of Bioinformatics at the Wits School of Electrical & Information Engineering and the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience. He is currently working on several Africa-wide collaborations using bioinformatics to investigate the history and diversity... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Room 7

8:00am

“If I Am Not For Myself, Who Will Be For Me? But If I Am For Myself Alone, What Am I?”
"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am for myself alone, what am I?” This famous adage of Hillel the Elder points to the tension between two imperatives: Self-interest vs Compassion for the other. Reeva will discuss this phenomenon and asks how we, as Jews, should be responding.

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avatar for Reeva Forman

Reeva Forman

Reeva has achieved many accolades, and held numerous communal positions in Johannesburg throughout her career. These include 1983 SA Business Woman of the Year; 1985 – 1987 SABC Board; 1994 – Chair Temple Israel Hillbrow; 2016 – Chair Temple Israel Heritage Center; 1997 - S... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Room 14

8:00am

The Book of Jonah and the Soul's Journey Through Life
The Gaon of Vilna treats the book of Jonah as an exploration of how the soul journeys through life. It is for this reason that it is read on Yom Kippur, emphasising the moral review required on this holy day. The presentation is text based, and it is advisable but not essential to have some familiarity with the Hebrew text.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Chiger

Adrian Chiger

Adrian has an MBA and worked in property and retail for nearly 30 years. After selling his business in 2014, he took a sabbatical and is currently completing an MA in Jewish Education online.


Sunday August 18, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Room 11

9:15am

The Historical, Political and Societal Relevance of Lace
Kim Lieberman has been making lace since 2006. The history of lace shows that it has been part of political, social, societal and economic environments. Lieberman has transposed these aspects into a more relevant context, looking at Africa and our world today - from framing the heads of Thuli Madonsela, Yvonne Makgoro and Albie Sachs in contemporary works, to making Ruth Bader Ginsberg a lace collar which RBG wears as a political, feminist statement.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Lieberman

Kim Lieberman

Kim, a conceptual artist, has had solo exhibitions at galleries including the Goodman Gallery, Gallery AoP and Esso Gallery (New York) and has been shown in group exhibitions nationally and internationally. In 2017, she installed two street-long public sculptures in Maboneng and in... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 11

9:15am

In “The Rebbe's Court" - What I Learned from Writing a Hasidic TV Series
"The Rebbe's Court" was Israel's first TV series to be set in the ultra-orthodox world. In this behind the screen session, we'll look at what I learned about the Hassidic world and about the Israeli television industry from this unusual adventure.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Taub

Daniel Taub

Israeli diplomat and international lawyer, Daniel served as the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 until 2015 and is currently Director of Strategy and Planning of the Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild) foundation. A former member of Israel's negotiation teams in the Israeli-Syrian... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 13

9:15am

7 Life Lessons from 7 Remarkable People
At every step of a journey, you meet someone who teaches you a life lesson that is worth repeating. From Dan Arieli to Nelson Mandela, Howard shares what he learnt form 7 people who have taught him some of the most remarkable lessons in life.

Speakers
avatar for Howard Sackstein

Howard Sackstein

Lawyer by training, entrepreneur by profession and director of a number of technology start-ups, Howard is the self-proclaimed king of social media and official photographer of life itself. An explosive political activist, he is the Honorary Life President of the South African Union... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Auditorium

9:15am

Love. Legacy. Dignity.
Love. Legacy. Dignity. focuses on a culture shift that talking about dying can be life affirming and bring more joy and less suffering: Love - the well-being of our relationships; Legacy - the state of our affairs that we leave behind; Dignity - that we secure this for ourselves and our family when we are specific about our wishes.

Speakers
avatar for Helena Dolny

Helena Dolny

Helena has lived much of her life with death in close proximity. Formerly an agricultural economist and banker, she is now an author, executive and life coach and co-founder of Love. Legacy. Dignity, a social enterprise based on the belief that talking about death as part of everyday... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 10

9:15am

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.

Speakers
avatar for Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor

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, Calev previously worked as an analyst in the Reut Institute and the Policy Planning Department of Israel's Foreign Ministry... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 7

9:15am

The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Dead Sea Scrolls refer to approximately 1,000 scrolls found in 11 caves surrounding Qumran. In this slide-illustrated presentation, we explore the archaeological remains of Qumran, which was inhabited by members of a Jewish sect who deposited the scrolls in the nearby caves, and examine the significance of the scrolls.

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness

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


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 8

9:15am

What's Up with Cape Town's Jews? A Data-Driven Snapshot of the Trends
Drawing on data from 800 face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of the Cape Town Jewish community, this presentation will explore several key trends within that community that bear on larger processes within South African Jewish life.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Mendelsohn

Adam Mendelsohn

Adam is Director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies at UCT and curator of exhibitions at the Princeton University Art Museum, New-York Historical Society and Center for Jewish History. His book ‘The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their Way to Success in America and the British Empire... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 6

9:15am

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.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community. Rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco who served for 4 years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City, she received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in 2014. She studies... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 12

9:15am

The Worst Rabbi Ever: An Exploration of the Aggadic Mind
We will grapple with one of the most disturbing pieces of Talmud, about a Rabbi who seems to stand for all that Judaism abhors, and explore why his story is recorded for posterity. This class is designed to give a taste of the genius that lies beneath the Aggadic mind.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Poyurs

Josh Poyurs

Josh is a young, dynamic Torah teacher and researcher who loves delving into the Torah from multiple perspectives. He is busy completing his Masters in Clinical and Research Psychology and is a qualified Lifeline counsellor. He has completed advanced Halachic studies in the laws of... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
Room 14

10:30am

Hit Makers: A Behind the Scenes Look at What Goes Into Making a Blockbuster TV Show
Nimrod and Harriet are the producers of this year’s hit TV show, "The Girl from St Agnes". Get an exclusive, behind the scenes look at what goes into producing a successful TV show.

Speakers
avatar for Harriet Gavshon

Harriet Gavshon

Harriet is one of South Africa's most experienced film and television producers. The company she heads, Quizzical Pictures, has produced some of the country’s most celebrated work, winning numerous local and international television awards over the years.
avatar for Nimrod Geva

Nimrod Geva

Nimrod has Master of Fine Arts in Film from Columbia University. He is Head of Development at Quizzical Pictures and an executive producer on a number of films and TV series, including iNumber Number, Doubt, and Taryn and Sharon. Before joining Quizzical, Nimrod was a commissioning... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 13

10:30am

Enhance Your Life with Music and Movement in Biodanza
Enhance your life with music and movement, easily, with no previous experience necessary, and so much enjoyment. Open to all.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Said

Jackie Said

Jackie has a BA in Psychology and intensive workshop experience in transactional analysis. A trained lifeline counsellor, she fell in love with freestyle dancing 15 years ago and went on to become a Biodanza facilitator. She now runs classes for Jewish women as well as classes at... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 6

10:30am

The Miracle Babies
Do you ever get the feeling that there is a greater power than just medical acumen protecting critically ill babies? Martin did not initially believe in this. However, in this session, he will present three stories of terminal newborns who, against all odds, survived and would go on to thrive.

Speakers
avatar for Martin Davis

Martin Davis

A paediatric pulmonologist in private practice and a Fellow of the College of Physicians and the College of Chest Physicians, Martin works in the field of paediatric asthma and allergy and respiratory illnesses in children. He is an avid classic movie collector, amateur photographer... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 11

10:30am

Behind Every Great Woman is Herself - An Interview with Dawn Nathan-Jones
Dawn Nathan-Jones is a dynamic entrepreneur, accomplished businesswoman and former CEO of Europcar, which she built from a 5 car rental agency to a fleet of 20,000 vehicles by 2015. She has won numerous awards and is a vocal advocate for the empowerment of women and young entrepreneurs. Join journalist Sasha Star as she interviews Dawn to find out more about this remarkable woman.

Speakers
avatar for Sasha Star

Sasha Star

Despite being in a wheelchair, Sasha is often too busy to sit down. She has worked throughout the media industry as a radio personality, television producer, content writer, social media manager and motivational speaker. She believes in sharing positivity wherever she goes and not... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Nathan-Jones

Dawn Nathan-Jones

Dawn is a dynamic entrepreneur and accomplished businesswoman. The former CEO of Europcar, which she built from a 5 car rental agency to a fleet of 20,000 vehicles by 2015, she has won numerous awards and is a vocal advocate for the empowerment of women and young entrepreneurs.


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 14

10:30am

What will Israel decide? Take 2
In the April elections, Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and centre-right wing coalition partners emerged with a clear majority, and all seemed on course for a centre-right government. However, 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.

Speakers
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. She served as Executive Director of B'Tselem from 2001-2014 and was founding director of the Israel-Diaspora partnership, SISO... Read More →
avatar for Gloria Greenfield

Gloria Greenfield

Gloria is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and president of Doc Emet Productions, a non-profit organisation 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 Calev Ben-Dor

Calev Ben-Dor

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, Calev previously worked as an analyst in the Reut Institute and the Policy Planning Department of Israel's Foreign Ministry... Read More →
avatar for Zvika (Biko) Arran

Zvika (Biko) Arran

Zvika is a social entrepreneur, lawyer and advisor to philanthropists. He is the founding CEO of Rabbi Benny Lau's Tanach 929 and lectured in the Social Leadership MBA programme at Ben Gurion University. He is also a member of the Eliav secular-religious community in the Negev.
avatar for Eli Ovits

Eli Ovits

Eli is Chief Executive of Limmud. Representing Limmud in 42 countries, he supports the development of Limmud and its volunteers. He has lectured widely, working to combat extremism and strengthen our global Jewish community.


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 8

10:30am

Social Justice and South African Jewry
The South African Jewish community has helped advance social justice in SA. Has it also hindered it, and does it matter?

Speakers
avatar for Bonita Meyersfeld

Bonita Meyersfeld

Renowned human rights lawyer and academic, Bonita was the Director of the Wits Centre for Applied Legal Studies and is editor of the SA Journal on Human Rights. Author of ‘Domestic Violence and International Law’, she founded Lawyers Against Abuse and was made a Knight of the... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 10

10:30am

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. A collated and illustrated account of the capture of an intact warplane that helped Israel win the Six Day War in 1967. Sensational and unmissable!

Speakers
avatar for Edwin Shuker

Edwin Shuker

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


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 7

10:30am

Global Peace: If Not Now, When? And If Not You, Who?
In this session, I shall share my personal story in order to explore changing the world for good and working towards peace. We shall explore the importance of peace and consider how each individual can be a harbinger of peace for our world.

Speakers
avatar for Najma Khota

Najma Khota

Najma became a household name after pioneering women's' voices on radio. She has withstood much criticism and many challenges as an activist for social justice. Currently, Najma is practicing as a trauma counselling therapist and navigator for a cancer institute. Her passion for social... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 12

10:30am

Beyond the Tribe: Judaism as a Path of Human Flourishing
We’re experiencing the beginnings of demographic, sociological and technological transformations that are dramatically altering the ways people create identities, form communities, make meaning. Every domain is affected – health, education, entertainment, retail, hotels, etc. What are the implications for re-imagining the products, services and delivery systems for Judaism and Jewish life?

Speakers
avatar for Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula

President of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership which works at the intersection of religion and innovation and the science of human flourishing, disruptive spiritual innovator, rogue thinker and author of the award-winning book, “Yearnings’, Irwin is... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Auditorium

11:45am

For Amos Oz: Recalling the Love – and the Darkness
Oz’s autobiography, “A Tale of Love and Darkness”, serves as a memorial to a leading Israeli author. It interweaves the development of Israel (from its uncertain beginnings) with the writer’s imaginative development and sometimes anguished growth to maturity, showing that the love and the darkness are inseparable. We will explore Oz’s history through key passages.

Speakers
avatar for Merle Williams

Merle Williams

Merle is a Professor of English at Wits. She has published on Romantic poetry, the novel in English and the relations between literature and philosophy. Through the Melton School, she has facilitated courses on Israeli literature, Jewish collective memory and Jewish humour. Merle... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 12

11:45am

The Art of Storytelling
Danya will discuss her experience writing her first book and the manner in which her approach to storytelling has since changed as a result of the impact of digital media on the industry. Using a theoretical framework comprising various philosophies, she will argue which takes precedence: the artist, the medium, or the artwork?

Speakers
avatar for Danya Raquel

Danya Raquel

Danya matriculated from King David Linksfield in 2015 and proceeded to study a BA in Performing and Visual Arts at Wits. She launched her publishing company, BEP Publishing, a year later. Her debut novel, Escapist Techniques, was published in 2017. She is now working for a Yale-based... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 14

11:45am

From “The Pianist” to The Pulpit
Stories from the set of “The Pianist”. And how does an actor finds her calling as a rabbi? By the grace of God.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community. Rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco who served for 4 years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City, she received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in 2014. She studies... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 10

11:45am

Krav Maga: Simple and Effective. One Hour to Learn to Keep Yourself Safer
Keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe is a critical skill. Learning to be a great fighter takes years, which we don't have. This workshop has been developed over two decades to teach the most important elements of self defence. Learn to develop awareness, use space and, if attacked, how to escape to safety using simple effective techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Ingel

Nicholas Ingel

What started as fun at age 6 became a passion. As a child rape survivor Nic felt the terrifying powerlessness of being unable to protect himself. His mission is to empower others to protect themselves. From multinational corporations to township kids and foreign victims of xenophobia... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 6

11:45am

Power Pitch: Limmud's Premier Business Game
Join business mavens, Howard Sackstein, Gil Sperling, Alon Apteker, Donna Rachelson and Dawn Nathan-Jones as they evaluate business concepts of young entrepreneurs in this exciting session. Will any contenders produce a powerful enough pitch to impress them?




Speakers
avatar for Howard Sackstein

Howard Sackstein

Lawyer by training, entrepreneur by profession and director of a number of technology start-ups, Howard is the self-proclaimed king of social media and official photographer of life itself. An explosive political activist, he is the Honorary Life President of the South African Union... Read More →
avatar for Gil Sperling

Gil Sperling

Gil is the CEO of Flow, a proptech platform which is revolutionising how people rent and live. Sperling started his career as an engineer, and was one three founding partners of Popimedia, one of Africa’s biggest ad-tech and performance marketing companies.
avatar for Alon Apteker

Alon Apteker

Alon is an active investor in growth companies across a number of sectors. He co-founded, managed and later sold Internet Solutions, South Africa's largest internet service provider. Akeso Clinics, SA's largest private psychiatric hospital group, was also co-founded and later sold... Read More →
avatar for Donna Rachelson

Donna Rachelson

Founder of Branding & Marketing YOU and author of the best-sellers ‘Branding & Marketing YOU’ and ‘Play to Win’, Donna is a driven entrepreneur with a passion for helping women, entrepreneurs and corporate go-getters make their mark. She is an active advocate for diversity... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Nathan-Jones

Dawn Nathan-Jones

Dawn is a dynamic entrepreneur and accomplished businesswoman. The former CEO of Europcar, which she built from a 5 car rental agency to a fleet of 20,000 vehicles by 2015, she has won numerous awards and is a vocal advocate for the empowerment of women and young entrepreneurs.


Sunday August 18, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Auditorium

11:45am

Germany: 80 Years After the Start of World War II
In this session, the Ambassador will reflect on Germany 80 years after World War II, with special reference to Jews in Germany, Israel, Holocaust memory and anti-Semitism. He will also talk about immigration and the rise of the right wing.

Speakers
avatar for Martin Schäfer

Martin Schäfer

Martin is the German Ambassador to South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini. He joined the German Foreign Office in 1996 after completing a PhD at the University of Münster. Before his posting to South Africa in 2017, he served in German embassies in Kiev and Santiago Chile, and as the... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 7

11:45am

Living as a Jew in a Post #MeToo World
A look at the #MeToo movement with specific reference to Jewish culture and observance.

Speakers
avatar for Howard Feldman

Howard Feldman

Howard is the author of the books ‘Smile, Dammit!’, ‘Carry On Baggage’, and ‘Tightrope’. As well as a weekly columnist on News24 and contributor to various publications around the world, he is the daily Morning Mayhem talk show host on Chai FM, where more often than not... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 11

11:45am

Lehava and the Israeli Extreme Right's War on Intermarriage
Lehava is criticised by the mainstream press and liberal Israelis as being 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.

Speakers
avatar for Ari Engelberg

Ari Engelberg

Ari is a sociologist and anthropologist whose 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 the Religious... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 8

11:45am

Psychiatry and Spirituality: Does Medical Science have Room for Both?
In this session, Danella and Anele will explore controversies in psychiatry and consider how holistic therapies and spirituality, especially African traditional spiritual healing, fit in alongside the medical model of psychiatry.  

Speakers
avatar for Danella Eliasov

Danella Eliasov

Danella is a psychiatrist in private practice at Akeso Parktown. A retired professional Mixed Martial Arts athlete, she is now involved in developing programmes to treat emotional and behavioural problems in children and adolescents using boxing as a therapeutic modality.
avatar for Anele Siswana

Anele Siswana

Anele lectures in psychology at UJ. In 2017 he featured among the Mail & Guardian's top 200 South Africans in health. Anele is involved in faith-based organisations focused on activism for the LGBTIA+ community. In his part-time private practice, Anele works holistically using different... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Room 13

1:00pm

Presence and the Alexander Technique
What would it feel like to be totally comfortable in your body? To feel light and easy in movement? To be able to negotiate stress and the vagaries of everyday life with conscious control of yourself? Alexander Technique is a way to learn how to do whatever you are doing, whether in stillness or in movement, with thoughtful ease and grace.

Speakers
avatar for Caryn Katz

Caryn Katz

Caryn is a voice coach and Alexander technique teacher. With a long background in theatre and years of experience in corporate facilitation, Caryn uses her skills and insight to enliven and prepare any speaker for formal, workplace presentations as well as everyday interactions.


Sunday August 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 6

1:00pm

The Story of Rachel: A Medical Fairytale
Jonathan was with his wife, Jean, who was on the phone to Rachel's doctor. Rachel, their 6-year-old daughter, hadn't been well. He hadn't been paying attention to the conversation until Jean said "oncologist”. The word grabs you by the scruff of the neck! It was the start of a journey of fear, hope and a miracle.

Speakers
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 →


Sunday August 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 12

1:00pm

The Three Battles for Israel's Survival: Security, Legitimacy, Identity
Drawing from experience as an officer in the Israel Defence Force, as a diplomat and negotiator in the international arena, and as the strategic director of a foundation committed to addressing social challenges in Israel, we will look at some of the core issues that will face Israel over the next decade and ways to address them.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Taub

Daniel Taub

Israeli diplomat and international lawyer, Daniel served as the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 until 2015 and is currently Director of Strategy and Planning of the Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild) foundation. A former member of Israel's negotiation teams in the Israeli-Syrian... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Auditorium

1:00pm

Rabbi Moses Weiler: From Triumph to Tragedy
Rabbi Moses Weiler arrived in South Africa in August 1933 and immediately shook up the Jewish community by launching a Progressive movement - against intense opposition. Charismatic and driven, he proved unexpectedly successful for some 25 years. Then he made aliyah and encountered tragedy: the death of two sons in Israel's wars.

Speakers
avatar for Irwin Manoim

Irwin Manoim

Irwin is a former journalist and co-founder/editor of the Mail & Guardian. Currently, working through the Kaplan Centre at UCT, he researches forgotten aspects of Jewish South African history. He has spoken frequently at Limmud around the country and will be an international speaker... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 11

1:00pm

Politics of the Absurd: Anti-Semitism in Our New World
Anti-Semitism sprouts in some usual and some unexpected places. Unusual bedfellows may enable anti-Semitism, yet have good relations with Israel. Hear about mutations of anti-Semitism – the left, the right, in the Arab and Muslim world, internationally and at home. Are we looking at an old foe, or something quite different?

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Webber

Jonathan Webber

Jonathan is a British anthropologist and Jewish activist living in Kraków, Poland. Specialising in modern Jewish society, Holocaust studies, Polish–Jewish studies and Jewish heritage, he taught at Oxford, Birmingham, and the Jagiellonian University, Kraków. Now retired, he has... Read More →
avatar for Edwin Shuker

Edwin Shuker

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

Karen Milner

Karen is a Professor of Psychology at Wits and Deputy Chair of the SABJD, where she is committed to fighting racism and anti-Semitism. After attending an Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy Summer school at Oxford on critical anti-Semitism studies, she is developing... Read More →
avatar for Tali Nates

Tali Nates

Founder and Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, Tali lectures internationally, including at the United Nations, on the Holocaust, genocide and human rights. She contributed to ‘God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 7

1:00pm

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.

Speakers
avatar for Avi Ben-Tzur

Avi Ben-Tzur

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


Sunday August 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 13

1:00pm

Climate Change in Southern Africa
The session looks at the projected impact of climate change on the Southern African communities and possible actions to mitigate and adapt to the expected changes.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Collins

Steve Collins

Steve, a rural community development consultant is currently Executive Director of The African Safari Foundation and Livelihood & Adaptation Advisor for USAID Southern Africa's Resilient Waters Programme. He was previously Biodiversity Activities Manager, Resilience for the Limpopo... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 10

1:00pm

#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?

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem

A Rabba who teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, the first seminary to ordain Orthodox Women, Wendy also teaches at Pardes and Drisha. An alumnus of Harvard University, she received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She edits Maharat's Keren Journal and was a founding editor... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 8

2:15pm

The Multicultural Jew in Modern American Cinema
Depictions of Jewishness in the movies have always involved stereotypes. The most recent trend is that of the "multicultural Jew" that emerged in the 1990s. This session explores what the movies of an extended coterie of contemporary Jewish directors, actors and characters say about modern Jewish identity in America and around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Greenblatt

Sam Greenblatt

Sam holds Masters' degrees in Computer Science and History & Film. He is a faculty member of the Academy of Jewish Thought and Learning. A lifelong musician, he has a Performance Certificate in Classical Guitar. He has worked at Discovery for the past 25 years.


Sunday August 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 13

2:15pm

Jewish and Queer? The Intertwining of Religious and Sexual Identities in ‘“Call Me by Your Name”
In the beautiful novel and movie “Call Me By Your Name”, Elio is attracted to Oliver partly because of his carefree identification as a Jew. Yet, why is awakening to Jewish identity linked to an awakening of Elio’s sexuality? David will explore how this novel helps illuminate the nature of global identities today. No prior reading necessary.

Speakers
avatar for David Bilchitz

David Bilchitz

David is Professor of Fundamental Rights Law at the University of Johannesburg and Secretary-General of the International Association of Constitutional Law. He was a founder of Limmud SA and chair of Limmud International. He teaches on the Melton adult education programme and is a... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 6

2:15pm

Diplomom: How to Use Diplomatic Skills in Your Everyday Motherhood
Diplomacy and parenting are more similar than you think! As a diplomat and mother of two, I was amazed how handy diplomatic skills are at home. Come explore how to use diplomacy in our everyday lives, parenting, marriage and more.

Speakers
avatar for Ayellet Black

Ayellet Black

Ayellet is the Deputy Ambassador of Israel to South Africa. Before joining the Foreign Service, she worked as an informal educator at an Israeli girls' high school. She studied Political Science, Communications and Judaism and has an MA in International Relations. She is married to... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 11

2:15pm

Jews Schmooze on the Beautiful Game
Join our soccer experts and enthusiasts for an informative, entertaining and anecdotal look at the Jewish influence on and attitude to soccer over the last couple of decades.

Speakers
avatar for Martin Cohen

Martin Cohen

Martin played soccer for Highlands Park during the apartheid era. In 1974, he played for the White XI against their Black counterparts in a racially charged match at Rand Stadium. He went on to play for South Africa's first non-racial team and subsequently played for the Los Angeles... Read More →
avatar for Barry Shmeizer

Barry Shmeizer

Barry is a top gastroenterologist, renowned for his passion for Manchester United. His extensive collection of photographs and soccer memorabilia cover his office walls. He is well known for commentary on his Facebook page and has had the privilege of meeting many of the players... Read More →
avatar for Stanley Matthews

Stanley Matthews

Stanley has been CEO of Supersport United Football Club for the past 19 years. He has also served on the Professional Soccer League's Executive Committee since 2006. Stanley is married and has 5 children with his wife Shardi. He is President of the Linksfield Senderwood Hebrew Co... Read More →
avatar for Raymond Hack

Raymond Hack

Raymond is a well-known soccer personality who has been involved in various capacities with FIFA. A practicing lawyer specialising in sports law, he has received numerous awards. He is currently chairman of FIFA Players Status Committee and a member of the Court of Arbitration for... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 10

2:15pm

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.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Webber

Jonathan Webber

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


Sunday August 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 7

2:15pm

The Contemporary State of Judeophobia: A View from the Battlefield
At a time when protest voices around the world call for human rights and embracing of "the other," how does one account for the escalation of global Jew-hatred? This session will examine how Jew-hatred today differs from the classic anti-Semitism of yesterday, as well as identify the central engines driving this escalation.

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Greenfield

Gloria Greenfield

Gloria is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and president of Doc Emet Productions, a non-profit organisation 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 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 8

2:15pm

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.

Speakers
avatar for Mishy Harman

Mishy Harman

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


Sunday August 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Auditorium

2:15pm

After the School Bubble - Choices, Challenges and Breaking Barriers
This is an interactive session with 6 Young Adults (20 something and young 30s). Join this dynamic group as they talk about life after school - their choices and challenges, their failures and successes, where they are today after much hard work, and their secret of fulfilment. Bring your questions and your own stories.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Stillerman

Dan Stillerman

Dan believes in working smarter instead of harder. That’s why, in 2014, he founded Excel Academy which trains and inspires people to become more productive, successful and in-control of their work through a series of fun, “gamified blended” Excel workshops. The team has impacted... Read More →
avatar for Eden Plein

Eden Plein

Eden is Deputy Secretary General, Habonim Dror. After matriculating from King David in 2014 and taking a gap year in Israel and the US, she returned to South Africa in 2016. She has held numerous leadership positions in the movement. She studied a PPE at Wits and is starting an Honours... Read More →
avatar for Danya Raquel

Danya Raquel

Danya matriculated from King David Linksfield in 2015 and proceeded to study a BA in Performing and Visual Arts at Wits. She launched her publishing company, BEP Publishing, a year later. Her debut novel, Escapist Techniques, was published in 2017. She is now working for a Yale-based... Read More →
avatar for Adam Blumenthal

Adam Blumenthal

Adam matriculated in 2017 and is studying Biomedical Engineering at Wits. He is currently the Rosh Ken for Johannesburg for Habonim.
avatar for Ryan Gordon

Ryan Gordon

Ryan is a recently qualified CA (SA). He studied at Wits University and obtained a Bachelor of Accounting Science and a Higher Diploma in Accounting, completing his articles at Grant Thornton. He has since taken some time off to understand how different industries work, learning from... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Hertz

Danielle Hertz

After attaining a PPE undergraduate degree, Dani worked in the financial sector in marketing and business development. She completed a teaching degree in Speech and Drama and then decided to pursue a career in law. She participated in two international moot competitions representing... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 14

2:15pm

Narcissistic, Ethical and 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.

Speakers
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 organisation which aims to inspire individuals... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room 12

3:30pm

I Love You I Hate You
A fast paced, image driven presentation that describes Johannesburg through the quirky lens of Love Jozi. It explores Bradley's connection to the city through his roots. The talk accompanies his book, ”I love you I hate you” which visually narrates a decade of Love Jozi's t-shirt ranges.

Speakers
avatar for Bradley Kirshenbaum

Bradley Kirshenbaum

Bradley, a Johannesburg based creative professional and business owner, graduated in 1993 from the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. After establishing his career in the advertising and marketing industries, he developed his own brands... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 10

3:30pm

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.

Speakers
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. She served as Executive Director of B'Tselem from 2001-2014 and was founding director of the Israel-Diaspora partnership, SISO... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 7

3:30pm

5 Habits of Highly Effective Freelancers
In this practical talk, Tiffany Markman shares the secrets, techniques and tricks behind her “5 Habits of Highly Effective Freelancers”. Ideal for current solopreneurs, wannabe freelancers and veteran consultants, these habits have helped Tiffany to work with 350+ clients since beginning her freelance career in '05. This is a must-attend session.

Speakers
avatar for Tiffany Markman

Tiffany Markman

Tiffany is a freelance copywriter, trainer, and speaker.


Sunday August 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 14

3:30pm

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.

Speakers
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 that 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 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 11

3:30pm

Masada: Last Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance Against Rome
In the first century B.C.E., Herod the Great built a fortified palace atop the mountain of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. Seventy years after Herod's death, Jewish rebels holding out against Rome reportedly committed mass suicide at Masada. In this slide-illustrated presentation, we review this dramatic episode in Jewish history.

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness

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


Sunday August 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Auditorium

3:30pm

Your Children Are Not Your Children : Thinking About Sexuality, Gender and Identity
This talk will aim to help parents, schools, and communities in navigating the challenges and opportunities posed by the realities of gender, sexuality and identity.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Ancer

Judith Ancer

Judith is a clinical psychologist in private practice. She trains and supervises mental health professionals, give talks for schools and organisations and is working on a book on Mental Health in the Workplace. She has a 17-year-old son and 6-year-old Labrador.


Sunday August 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 6

3:30pm

Climate Change or Climate Catastrophe?
Are the wild weather occurrences that we are experiencing across the globe the first super-extreme examples of the changes in climate that the scientists have been warning us about? Is this even a debate any longer? And what’s next: mitigation or apocalypse? This panel will draw on several formidable minds who understand the science and the solutions as well as potential fallout if humanity doesn’t act quickly and purposefully to turn the tide.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bloom

Kevin Bloom

Kevin, a writer and journalist, co-founded the Daily Maverick’s 'OurBurning Planet' platform, focusing on climate and ecosystem collapse. He is the co-author of 'Continental Shift: A Journey into Africa’s Changing Fortunes'. His first book, 'Ways of Staying', won the 2010 South... Read More →
avatar for Steve Collins

Steve Collins

Steve, a rural community development consultant is currently Executive Director of The African Safari Foundation and Livelihood & Adaptation Advisor for USAID Southern Africa's Resilient Waters Programme. He was previously Biodiversity Activities Manager, Resilience for the Limpopo... Read More →
avatar for Leonie Joubert

Leonie Joubert

Science writer Leonie uses storytelling to grapple with many of today's tough issues: climate and environmental collapse, energy policy, why cities leave us hungry, heavy, and sick (the hunger-obesity poverty-paradox). Her more work delves into the realm of public mental health.
avatar for Joel Assaizky

Joel Assaizky

Joel is an award-winning music composer who has become increasingly concerned with climate and ecological collapse. He has started producing a new podcast, 'Our Burning Planet', dedicated to exploring these issues before the Internet stops working.
avatar for Guy Lieberman

Guy Lieberman

Guy is a social entrepreneur and environmental activist. He launched the Giant Flag, a 66 hectare South African flag made of millions of coloured succulents, agricultural tunnels and a 5 megawatt solar field. Climate mitigation meets land art, named as one of the CNN 10 Ideas to Change... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 8

3:30pm

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.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem

A Rabba who teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, the first seminary to ordain Orthodox Women, Wendy also teaches at Pardes and Drisha. An alumnus of Harvard University, she received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She edits Maharat's Keren Journal and was a founding editor... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 7

3:30pm

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 has to offer.

Speakers
avatar for Brett Lockspeiser

Brett Lockspeiser

Brett is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Sefaria, a non-profit organisation 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... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 12

4:45pm

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.

Speakers
avatar for Sonja Viličić

Sonja Viličić

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


Sunday August 18, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 13

4:45pm

Ancient Torah Wisdom Meets Neuroscience and Positive Psychology
Recent years have seen an explosion of research in neuroscience, with disruptive implications for unlocking personal mastery, optimal leadership and peak performance. Psychology too has felt these reverberations through the emergence of "positive psychology". Core insights from this research show striking parallels with basic teachings and practices of Torah Judaism. Join us for an experiential journey and uncover some of the most powerful technologies of psycho-spiritual evolution that lie in our back garden.

Speakers
avatar for Yochi Ress

Yochi Ress

Yochi is a clinical psychologist, specialist leadership/group facilitator and musician with a passion for Kabbalah, Chassidut and consciousness. He has designed and led mindfulness workshops for large corporations, pioneering a methodology using the science of sound to bypass the... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 11

4:45pm

One Giant Leap: What’s the Next Disruptor?
Whether it was the writing down of the Mishnah around 200 CE or the emergence of Hasidism in the 17th century, Judaism has experienced landmark moments which have irrevocably transformed the Jewish people.  In our 21st century dystopia, what aspects of Jewish life are ripe for disruption and  what might that next, big disruptor be?

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem

A Rabba who teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Yeshivat Maharat, the first seminary to ordain Orthodox Women, Wendy also teaches at Pardes and Drisha. An alumnus of Harvard University, she received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat. She edits Maharat's Keren Journal and was a founding editor... Read More →
avatar for Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula

President of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership which works at the intersection of religion and innovation and the science of human flourishing, disruptive spiritual innovator, rogue thinker and author of the award-winning book, “Yearnings’, Irwin is... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Taub

Daniel Taub

Israeli diplomat and international lawyer, Daniel served as the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 until 2015 and is currently Director of Strategy and Planning of the Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild) foundation. A former member of Israel's negotiation teams in the Israeli-Syrian... Read More →
avatar for Brett Lockspeiser

Brett Lockspeiser

Brett is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Sefaria, a non-profit organisation 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... Read More →
avatar for Eli Ovits

Eli Ovits

Eli is Chief Executive of Limmud. Representing Limmud in 42 countries, he supports the development of Limmud and its volunteers. He has lectured widely, working to combat extremism and strengthen our global Jewish community.


Sunday August 18, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 8

4:45pm

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.

Speakers
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 that 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 18, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 10

4:45pm

The Changing Role of Media and its Impact in the Modern World
New forms of media have revolutionised traditional reporting and journalism. In this session, we explore the role, challenges, ethical quandaries and obligations the media faces in South Africa, in the Jewish community and around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Peta Krost Maunder

Peta Krost Maunder

Currently editor of the SA Jewish Report, Peta previously edited The Media Magazine and Wits Business School Journal. She was managing editor of M-Net's Carte Blanche for 7 years and has worked as a journalist on the Sunday Times, Saturday Star and Sunday Independent, as well as Jerusalem... Read More →
avatar for Anton Harber

Anton Harber

Anton is the Caxton Professor of Journalism (Adjunct) at Wits University. He was a co-founder and editor of the anti-apartheid newspaper, the Weekly Mail (now the Mail & Guardian), editor-in-chief of South Africa’s leading television news channel, eNCA, and chief executive of Kagiso... Read More →
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 →
avatar for Carol Steinberg

Carol Steinberg

Carol is an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar, specialising in public and constitutional law. Before going to the Bar, she was a senior member of the Department of Arts and Culture and later advisor to the Minister. She is a published playwright who worked with Junction Avenue Theatre... Read More →


Sunday August 18, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 12

4:45pm

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.

Speakers
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 18, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Room 7