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Debra Band

Debra Band’s Hebrew illuminated manuscripts express her love of the manuscript arts, Judaica and Western culture. Residing near Washington, DC, her works include illuminated books and commentaries on the Song of Songs, Psalms and the Deborah, Ruth and Hannah stories. Her current project is Kabbalat Shabbat: the Grand Unification.

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Avielah Barclay

Website: soferet.wordpress.com

Avielah Barclay earned a sofrut certification in Jerusalem in 2003 and wrote the first Megillat Esther written by a woman in over 250 years. She writes and repairs Sifrei Torah, Megillot, Mezuzot, creates ketubot and Judaica, teaches these to men and women, speaks at synagogues and works with interfaith groups

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Michelle Barnett

Organisation: GIFT
Website: www.jgift.org

Michelle Barnett is a founder and director of GIFT- a charity which educates and facilitates giving in the community. GIFT is best known as the only Jewish charity that rescues food from supermarkets and simchas, redistrubing to almost 2000 people weekly with the help of hundreds of volunteers.

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Lisa Barrett

Lisa Barrett teaches Jewish Education at JCoSS, and is the rabbi of North Herts Liberal Jewish Community. She loves creating meaningful spiritual practice and walking in green spaces. Lisa trained in Spiritual Direction at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Spiritual Retreat Centre in Connecticut, and at the London Centre for Spirituality.

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Calev Ben Dor

Organisation: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Calev Ben-Dor emigrated from England to Israel eight years ago and works as an analyst in the Policy Planning Division of the Foreign Ministry, which devisies long-term foreign policies for Israel. He speaks regularly on Jewish and Israeli topics in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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Simi Ben Hur

Organisation: Adam Science Alumni

Simi is an Adam Science Leadership Programme graduate and is Co-Chair of its Alumni Network (ASA). Simi works professionally for Shaare Zedek UK, fundraising for the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem. She also holds a number of charity leadership positions including BBYO Youth Commission and LEAD Advisory Board.

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Martin Ben Moreh

Organisation: Reut Institute
Website: www.reut-institute.org

Martin Ben-Moreh is programme director for Judaism, Renewed Zionism and Israeli society at the Reut Institute which provides long-term strategic decision-support to leaders, and influence decision-makers in Israel and the Jewish world. He has held leadership positions in the Kibbutz Movement and has degrees in History, Philosophy and Education

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Golan Ben-Chorin

Organisation: Israel Spiritual Initiatives
Website: www.kenestours.com/ISJ

Golan Ben-Chorin is spiritual leader of Rosh Pinah pluralistic congregation, Israel, and educational innovator. Consultant for Jewish communities worldwide. Employs a “midrashic” worldview, storytelling and music in experiential learning. He has a doctorate in Jewish pluralism, expertise in Tfilah development and teaching experience ranging from universities to new-age chavurot.

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Danny Ben-Moshe

Website: www.identity-films.com

Danny Ben-Moshe is an Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the film-maker of 'Rewriting History', which explores the banalisation of the Holocaust in Lithuanian today and its creeping effect on the EU, too.

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Miriam Benchetrit

Organisation: The Westbury Group
Website: www.westburyeurope.org

Miriam works as a consultant to charities and foundations. She runs the Westbury Group, a network of foundations that provides seed funding and skill building to grassroots organizations and supports the next generation of professionals and lay leaders in European Jewish communities.

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Jeff Berger

Website: www.rambam.org.uk

Jeff Berger is the rabbi at Rambam Sephardi Synagogue, in Borehamwood/ Elstree. Born in America, he has lived in either Israel, Japan or the UK for the past 20 years. With wife Michie and their two children, they warmly welcome visitors.

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Sally Berkovic

Sally Berkovic is the CEO of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, a grant-making body that preserves Jewish heritage and enhances communal life throughout Europe. She is the author of 'Under My Hat', which reflects on raising her daughters while straddling the tensions between Orthodoxy and modernity.

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Linda Berkowitz

Organisation: UK Jewish Film
Website: ukjewishfilm.org

Linda Berkowitz is a Board Member and Trustee of UK Jewish Film. She has enjoyed (immensely) attending Limmud conference with her family and representing the UKJF (with wonderful films and great discussions) for a number of years.

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Robby Berman

Organisation: Halachic Organ Donor Society
Website: www.hods.org

Robert Berman has an MPA from Harvard, an MBA from Baruch, and a BA from Yeshiva University. A graduate of Gruss Kollel and Yeshivat Hakotel. He is a journalist published in New York Magazine, Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Report, etc. He is founder and director of the Halachic Organ Donor Society.

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David Bernheim

Website: marchedelamemoire.wordpress.com

David Bernheim moved with his family from London to St Martin Vésubie in the French Alps, 11 years ago. He is a management and IT consultant, and runs the Nice branch of the Cercle de Génealogie Juive. He was the first editor of Second Generation Voices.

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Elizabeth Bernheim

Website: marchedelamemoire.wordpress.com

Elizabeth Bernheim moved to St Martin Vésubie in south eastern France in 2002 with her husband and children. She is the English guide to the village and active with the local history society. As Elizabeth Gabay she is a Master of Wine and writes and teaches about wine.

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Susan Berrin

Organisation: Sh'ma Journal
Website: www.shma.com

Susan Berrin is editor of the journal Sh’ma, which creates “conversations” in print, digital, and online forms on a single theme, and editor of two Jewish anthologies, 'Celebrating the New Moon: A Rosh Chodesh Anthology' and 'A Heart of Wisdom: Making the Jewish Journey from Midlife through the Elder Years'.

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David Bilchitz

Organisation: Limmud International

David Bilchitz is a Professor at the University of Johannnesburg in Human Rights Law. David is a founder of Limmud South Africa and on the Limmud International Steering Group. He is vice-chairperson of Beit Emanuel, co-chairperson of the SA Jewish LGBTI Alliance and loves diverse Jewish learning.

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Daniel Biro

Website: www.danielbiro.com

Daniel Biro is a composer/musician, who grew up in Italy and France before moving to London in 1985. He founded the Sargasso label of contemporary experimental music and works with jazz/experimental bands and has written for TV, film, theatre, contemporary dance and art installations. He has released several acclaimed CDs.

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Joseph Black

Website: www.rabbijoeblack.com

Joe Black is a pulpit rabbi in Denver, Colorado. An internationally renowned guitarist, singer/ songwriter and performer of Jewish contemporary music for adults and children, Joe has released several CDs of music and published two children’s books. His music has been recorded by many other artists.

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Gabriel Blauer

Organisation: Meir Panim UK
Website: www.meirpanim.org.uk

Gabriel Blauer is originally from Jerusalem. He worked with the Jewish Distribution Committee in Israel for 12 years, followed by several charities in London. In 2008, Gaby founded the UK Branch of Meir Panim and now works on the front line against poverty in Israel.

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Deborah Blausten

Organisation: Jeneration
Website: www.jeneration.org

Deborah Blausten is an informal Jewish educator and co-chair of this year's Limmud ethos team. She studied at UCL and The Conservative Yeshiva before taking up her role at the Movement for Reform Judaism's Jeneration initiative where community building and Jewish education are at the core of her work.

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Shoshana Bloom

Organisation: Norwood
Website: www.norwood.org.uk

Shoshana Bloom challenges concepts of disability in the Jewish community, specifically empowering people with developmental/learning disabilities to become proud, active, innovative and contributing members of British Jewry. A passionate Limmudnik and ROIer, she’s co-chaired Conference twice, is on the Limmud UK Executive, and created Limmud L'Am now taking place around the world.

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Samuel Bodansky

Organisation: The Grammar School at Leeds

Samuel Bodansky goes to the Grammar School at Leeds and a member of the Leeds Jewish community and joint Rosh of the Leeds branch of Bnei Akiva. He is also a seasoned Ba'al Koreh at the Etz Chaim Synagogue.

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Janine Bothwell

Organisation: From Yesterday For Tomorrow
Website: www.fyft.co.uk

Janine is Deputy Director of From Yesterday For Tomorrow and also our resident wordsmith. A writer with a passion for social change and an understanding of young people from her background in childcare. She met Ben at university, in a rousing debate over tea and cake, and they have been arguing gently ever since.

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Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Website: www.jhub.org.uk

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand, currently Director of JHub, first discovered her passion for all things British at Limmud Conference 2001. Previously, she received her rabbinic ordination in 1993 from JTS. Shoshana presents regularly on BBC Radio 2 “Pause for Thought” and is author of 'The Barefoot Book of Jewish Folk Tales'.

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Jonathan Boyd

Organisation: Institute for Jewish Policy Research
Website: www.jpr.org.uk

Jonathan Boyd is Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, which specialises in the study of contemporary British and European Jewish life to help support community planning. A former Mandel Jerusalem Fellow with a doctorate in educational philosophy, his work spans sociology, demography and Jewish education.

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Roland Brandman

Roland Brandman has a degree in Classical literature and philosophy, and has pursued meditative practice and the study of mystical and mediaeval philosophy. By day (and oft by night), he practises as a solicitor.

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Alexis Brassey

Organisation: University of Cambridge
Website: www.clglaw.co.uk

Alexis Brassey is at the University of Cambridge, researching constitutional law. He is Managing Partner of Cavendish Legal Group, a teacher, solicitor, notary and fund manager. He worked in senior management at Lehman, Citibank, BarCap and Sumitomo. He is a passionate feminist with an interest in legitimate progression within Orthodoxy.

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Emma Breger

Emma loves learning about different cultures and societies. She has a BA in African Studies and an MSc in Social Anthropology. Currently she works for an emerging health education charity. This year Emma is Co-chair of Shabbat Limmud.

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Or Brenner

Organisation: Jewish Agency for Israel

Or Brenner was born and raised in Israel. After serving in as an education officer in the army, she started working for the scouts .Her last position was Director of “Hagshama” Department. She has a BA in psychology, and is currently doing an MA in Organisational Behaviour.

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Neil Brill

Organisation: Limmud Chicago

Neil Brill served for 25 years as a Jewish Educator and Principal within the Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago. He is currently employed at the Jewish Child & Family Services Therapeutic Day School Yeshiva Program as the Rabbi/Jewish Studies Teacher, with additional duties related to secular studies.

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Rick Brody

Website: kidmoot.wordpress.com

Rick Brody is a Reconstructionist rabbi in Austin, Texas. An alumnus of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel and Yale, he has worked in congregations, day schools, and other settings. Rick is an actor, a social activist, and a vegan. He and his wife, Rabbi Rachel Kobrin, have two children.

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Robert Brody

Website: dr-robert-brody.co.uk/outside-of-dentistry

Robert Brody, ARCM LRAM, besides being a dental surgeon, has an interest in traditional synagogue music and has conducted services, performed in concerts and broadcasts in many countries. He has recorded with choirs including the Jewish Male Choir, Zemel Choir and BBC Singers.

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Mekella Broomberg

Organisation: JW3

Mekella Broomberg is Head of Arts and Culture at JW3, London's new Jewish cultural centre. She has a degree in film, worked as a cinema usherette for years and occasionally makes a pop-up cinema on her roof. The Misogynist Film Club is her favourite bit about the JW3 cinema.

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Miriam Brosseau

Organisation: The Jewish Education Project / Darim Online
Website: mjbrosseau.tumblr.com

Miriam Brosseau's day job is to be Jewish communal professional helping organisations become more networked, inside and out, through smart use of social media. By night, she is half of the 'biblegum pop' duo Stereo Sinai.

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Jeremy Bruce

Jeremy Bruce is the Deputy Headteacher of King Solomon High School. In Ilford, Essex. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat. He has an MA from King's College London in Education Management.

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Joanna Bruce

Jo Bruce is Head of women's programmes and special events at the London School of Jewish Studies. She graduated from the Susi Bradfield Women educators' programme and the UJIA Ashdown Fellowship. She has a degree in Economics and Politics and studied Jewish texts in Israel for five years.

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David Bryfman

Organisation: The Jewish Education Project
Website: www.bryfy.net

David Bryfman is the Chief Learning Officer at The Jewish Education Project (formerly the Board of Jewish Education in New York). He completed his doctorate in education and Jewish Studies focusing on adolescent identity and experiential Jewish education. David has worked in informal and formal Jewish education around the world.

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Sara Bucciarelli Zanardo

Organisation: Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue

Sara Bucciarelli Zanardo is teacher and Jewish educator since 2003 both abroad and in the UK. She lives in Hove, where she loves her family, mizrachi music and doing lots of educational stuff at Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue.

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Tamas Buchler

Tamás Buchler is from Budapest, Hungary. He studied Law and Peace and Conflict Studies. He works with several Hungarian organisations - Israeli Cultural Institute, the Jewish Agency, the Haver Foundation and Limmud Hungary. He is the director of MiNYanim, a network of young community activists from Central-Eastern Europe.

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Colin Bulka

Organisation: JW3
Website: www.jw3.org.uk/

Colin Bulka is the newly appointed Programme Director at JW3. He recently returned from Israel especially for the role, having made aliyah in 1992 where he was involved in youth movement leadership programmes and was most recently Director of Machon. He is a Jerusalem Fellows graduate and a Chelsea supporter.

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Libby Burkeman

Organisation: Movement for Reform Judaism
Website: www.reformjudaism.org.uk

Libby Burkeman is Informal Education Director at the Movement for Reform Judaism, working with RSY-Netzer and Jeneration (youth, students and young adults). Libby has carved out a career in informal education, including working at the Science Museum and Tzedek

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Timna Burston

Organisation: Jewish Eyes on the Arts
Website: www.jewisheyesonthearts.com

Timna Burston is an Israeli visual artist and arts educator based in New York and co-founder of Jewish Eyes on the Arts, an organisation devoted to viewing the arts through Jewish ideas. In her work in Jewish schools and summer programmes, she seeks out an intersection between art and Judaism.

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