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Adam Wagner

Website: ukhumanrightsblog.com

Adam is a barrister specialising in human rights and public law. He founded and edits the acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog and writes regularly for the 'New Statesman', 'The Times' and 'The Guardian'.

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Jean-Jacques Wahl

Jean-Jacques has been Director of the European Association of Jewish Community Centres, a Jerusalem Fellow, and Chief Executive of the Alliance Israélite Universelle. He is Secretary of the European Association for Jewish Culture, and has a BA in History of Art and Archaeology, and an MA in Modern Literature and Bible Studies.

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Barry Walfish

Organisation: University of Toronto

Barry is the Judaica Specialist at the University of Toronto Libraries. He does research in the history of biblical interpretation, Karaism, and biblical reception. Among his publications are 'Esther in Medieval Garb' (1993) and 'Bibliographia Karaitica' (2011). He is Judaism editor for the 'Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception' (2009-).

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Alison Walsh

Organisation: Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians
Website: www.parentsofjewishgaysandlesbians.co.uk

When her fifteen year old son came out as gay, Alison did not know who she could talk to. Alison is the convenor of Jewish Parents of Gays and Lesbians, which was set up in May 1996 to support parents when their child comes out as gay.

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David Walsh

Organisation: BICOM

David joined BICOM as press officer in May 2013. While interning at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel, his paper on Kurdish separatism in Turkey was published as part of the ICT’s Working Papers Series. David studied International Relations at De Montfort University and speaks fluent Turkish.

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Shoshana Waskow

Shoshana is a general paediatrician practising outside Chicago, Illinois. A past Co-Chair of Limmud Chicago Conference, she is Chair of the Limmud Chicago Board and serves on the Limmud International Steering Group. She loves exploring texts in depth and participating in volunteer-led communities.

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Garry Wayland

Organisation: Woodside Park United Synagogue
Website: rabbigarry.wordpress.com

Garry is the assistant rabbi at Woodside Park Synagogue. He was previously the Jewish chaplain for Scottish universities, has degrees in Maths and Counselling, and studied at yeshivot in New York and Jerusalem. He is married with three young children who keep him very busy!

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Gabriel Webber

Website: www.gabrielquotes.org.uk

Gabriel is a cheder teacher at Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue, a politics student at Sussex University and electoral returning officer for his students' union. He was also an Israel Tour madrich for LJY-Netzer in summer 2013. He is a big fan of Judaism, democracy, youth-work and blogging.

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Michael Wegier

Organisation: UJIA
Website: www.ujia.org

Michael is Chief Executive at UJIA, a role that combines his passion for Israel and the Jewish people. Trained as a Jewish Historian, Michael has worked in education in the UK, Israel and the USA. Michael has an MA from the Hebrew University and is a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow.

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Chaim Weiner

Organisation: European Masorti Bet Din

Chaim founded and heads the European Masorti Bet Din and is director of Masorti Europe. He was ordained at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. He is well known for innovative work in Jewish education, and for fascinating tours to destinations of Jewish interest in Europe and Africa.

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Michael Weingarten

Organisation: UJIA

Michael is Associate Dean for Medical Education at the Bar Ilan University Faculty of Medicine in Galilee. He is a family physician and a medical ethicist, qualified at Oxford and UCH, and has lived in Israel since 1973. He has published extensively on the health of Yemenite Jews.

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Susan Weingarten

Susan lives in Safed, Israel. She is a food historian specialising in food in the Talmudic literature.

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Hannah Weisfeld

Organisation: Yachad
Website: www.yachad.org.uk

Hannah is the director, and a founder of Yachad, the pro-Israel pro-peace movement of British Jews. Hannah has a background in campaigning on a wide range of issues including climate change and the conflict in Darfur. She writes regularly in the press in the UK and Israel.

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Malcolm Weisman

Organisation: University Chaplaincy

Malcolm is a visiting minister to small Jewish communities in the British Isles and Commonwealth, chaplain to outlying universities, the former senior chaplain to HM Forces, President of the NATO Air Forces Chief of Chaplains Committee, and a trustee of the Council of Christians and Jews and of the Jewish Music Institute.

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Arthur Weiss

Website: www.marketing-intelligence.co.uk

Arthur's Bar Mitzvah portion was Shelach Lecha featuring fourteen spies (count them)! A member of Stanmore shul, Arthur now works with companies helping them spy/gather intelligence on their competitors and markets through his company, AWARE. He is also membership development director for the Association of Independent Information Professionals.

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Rachel Weston

Website: www.rachelweston.net

Rachel is one of the UK’s leading performers of Yiddish song. She has researched, performed and taught workshops throughout North America, the UK and Israel, specialising in Yiddish folk and art song and chassidic niggunim. She holds an Ethnomusicology postgraduate degree from SOAS and is very excited to be presenting at Limmud!

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Michael Whine

Organisation: Community Security Trust
Website: www.thecst.org.uk

Michael is Government and International Affairs Director at the Community Security Trust, and a member of the Crown Prosecution Service Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel and the Ministry of Justice Hate Crime Independent Advisors Group. He was recently appointed by the Council of Europe to be the UK Member of ECRI, its monitoring agency.

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Michael Widlanski

Organisation: Bar Ilan University

Michael mixes study and hands-on work in Arab politics, communications and terror. He has worked at the 'New York Times' and as a strategic advisor for Israel's Public Security Ministry. He wrote 'Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat', and is Schusterman Visiting Professor at the University of California, Irvine.

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Khayke Beruriah Wiegand

Organisation: Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Khayke Beruriah is the Woolf Corob Lector in Yiddish at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (University of Oxford). She is also a Yiddish poet, translator and Yiddish cultural activist, who runs a Yiddish cultural group (Yiddish Svive) and various Yiddish classes in London.

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Nancy Wiener

Organisation: Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, HUC-JIR

Nancy is the Clinical Director of the Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, where she holds the Steinberg Chair in Human Relations. She is the rabbi of a small chavurah, and has authored numerous books and articles.

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Jude Williams

Organisation: Tzedek
Website: www.tzedek.org.uk

Jude is chief executive of Tzedek, working to engage the Jewish community in the lives of the 2.4 billion people who manage to live on less than $2 a day. Jude has a background in Jewish education, having worked and lived in Israel and now the UK.

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Vivian Wineman

Organisation: Board of Deputies of British Jews
Website: www.bod.org.uk

Vivian was educated at Yavneh Rabbinical Academy and Cambridge University. Qualifying as a solicitor with honours he practised commercial law building a firm and his own financial group. Communally he is President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Co-chair of the UK Inter Faith Network and previously of the New Israel Fund

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Irene Wise

Organisation: University of Roehampton / British Library
Website: www.irenewise.com

Irene is an artist and educator. She is Senior Lecturer in Media and Culture at the University of Roehampton, and is also Holocaust Educator at the Imperial War Museum, London, and Creative Educator at the British Library. She has written and also illustrated a variety of articles and books.

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Jonathan Wittenberg

Rabbi of the New North London (Masorti) Synagogue for over 25 years, and Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK for six, Jonathan loves Judaism, literature, history, plants, animals and people. Inter-faith contacts and pastoral care interest him deeply. Nicky and he have three children, who've all been to Limmud.

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Darren Wogman

Organisation: Federation of Zionist Youth
Website: www.fzy.org.uk

Currently the Mazkir (National Director) of The Federation Of Zionist Youth, Last year Darren was the Tour Director for FZY. Darren studied at the University of Nottingham where he was Campaigns Officer in his first year and also sat on the Black, Minority and Ethnic (BME) Students' Network as Political Officer during his second year.

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Joe Wolfson

Organisation: UJIA
Website: www.joewolfson.com

Joe is a modern orthodox rabbi studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He holds the Aria Fellowship from the Office of the Chief Rabbi (UK) and has degrees from Cambridge and UCL. He is an LSJS faculty member and teaches online classes in London and Mumbai from his home in Israel.

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David Wolpe

Organisation: Sinai Temple, Los Angeles
Website: www.sinaitemple.org

Taking first place in Newsweek's list of America's Top 50 Rabbis for 2012, and named one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, David is the author of eight books, including a forthcoming biography of King David for Yale University Press, 'David: The Divided Heart'.

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Paul Wolpe

Website: ethics.emory.edu/people/Director.html

Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University, Paul is a professor in medicine, paediatrics, and sociology. He is the bioethicist for NASA, focusing on our relationship to our bodies and biotechnology. He thinks about ethics in the deepest sense, as an expression of our values in the world.

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Abigail Wood

Organisation: University of Haifa

Abigail teaches ethnomusicology at Haifa University; until December 2013 she also held the Joe Loss Lectureship in Jewish Music at SOAS in London. She researches sound in public spaces in Jerusalem's Old City and is interested in what sound and music can tell us about complex, conflicted spaces.

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Amy Woolfson

Amy has just completed her law degree with the Open University. She is working in Parliament while saving for the Bar course. The high point of her career to date was being mentioned on Twitter by the Attorney General. This winter she is drawing a legal map of London.

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Alexandra Wright

Website: www.ljs.org

Alexandra received rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College in 1986. She is the Senior Rabbi of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue and enjoys cycling, swimming and listening to classical music in her spare time.

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Tamra Wright

Organisation: London School of Jewish Studies
Website: www.lsjs.ac.uk

Tamra is Director of Academic Studies at LSJS and a visiting lecturer at King's College London. A specialist in Jewish philosophy, she is the author of 'The Twilight of Jewish Philosophy: Emmanuel Levinas's Ethical Hermeneutics' and co-editor of ‘Radical Responsibility: Celebrating the Thought of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’.

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