Limmud Conference 2014

A conversation in tribute to Michael Sherbourne

Joseph Mendelevich and Natan Sharansky

What important lessons can be learned today from the success of the struggle for the freedom of Soviet Jewry? Join two pioneering refuseniks who reflect upon their own lives and pay tribute to one of their most dedicated campaigners.

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Can democracy and peace go hand in hand?

Basem Eid, Charlotte Halle, Benjamin Pogrund and Natan Sharansky

In the wake of the Arab Spring, it seems only a strong, secular dictatorship can ensure stability. Is this true?

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Can Israel be Europe's future?

Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky discusses the relation between a national state and a democracy as the base of political life, both in Israel and in Europe.

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JDOV 2014 - Alma Reisel - Pride and Privilege

Alma Reisel

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give “the talk of their life” in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our fourth year. Join us as three inspiring speakers give the “Jewish talk of their life.”

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JDOV 2014 - Ari Shavit - The Israeli Condition

Ari Shavit

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give “the talk of their life” in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our fourth year. Join us as three inspiring speakers give the “Jewish talk of their life.”

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JDOV 2014 - Craig Taubman - It's a Small World After All

Craig Taubman

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give ‘the talk of their life’ in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our fourth year. Join us as three inspiring speakers give the ‘Jewish talk of their life’.

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JDOV 2014 - David Evans - The Downton Abbey Drosh

David Evans

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give ‘the talk of their life’ in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our fourth year. Join us as three inspiring speakers give the ‘Jewish talk of their life’.

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JDOV 2014 - Deborah Lipstadt - The Oys and Joys and Being Jewish in the 21st Century

Deborah Lipstadt

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give ‘the talk of their life’ in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our fourth year. Join us as three inspiring speakers give the ‘Jewish talk of their life’.

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JDOV 2014 - Joyce Klein - My Treif Years

Joyce Klein

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give ‘the talk of their life’ in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our fourth year. Join us as three inspiring speakers give the ‘Jewish talk of their life’.

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JDOV 2014 - Natan Sharansky - How Chess Helped the Jews Survive in the Soviet Union

Natan Sharansky

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give ‘the talk of their life’ in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our fourth year. Join us as three inspiring speakers give the ‘Jewish talk of their life’.

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JDOV 2014 - Patrick Moriarty - Are You Sure You're Not Jewish?

Patrick Moriarty

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give ‘the talk of their life’ in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our fourth year. Join us as three inspiring speakers give the ‘Jewish talk of their life’.

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Lessons from the Parsha: Vayechi

Ephraim Mirvis

This session will explore some of the keys the Portion of the Week provides for securing Jewish continuity in our times.

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My Father Wanted Me to be Secretary of State

Asher Lopatin

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud with TED (the popular conference where inspiring speakers give ‘the talk of their life’ in 18 minutes)? Launched at Limmud Conference 2011, JDOV is back for our fourth year. Join us as three inspiring speakers give the ‘Jewish talk of their life’

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My Promised Land

Ari Shavit

Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? And can Israel survive? Based on his recent best-selling book, Ari Shavit illuminates the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing and uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present through revealing stories of significant events and the lives of ordinary individuals

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Parliamentary Question Time

David Lammy, Gillian Meron, Matthew Offord and Monroe Palmer

The Board of Deputies recently published its 2015 General Election Jewish Manifesto, created to inform candidates of the community’s key concerns and enable community members to confidently raise issues. In the run up to the Election come and partake in a not to be missed Question Time panel with representatives from the three main political parties.

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The battle for Israel’s soul

Ari Shavit

At the end of a traumatic year: Is the Democratic Jewish state in jeopardy

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The war this summer - a discussion of the dilemmas facing Israelis and Jews

Gershon Baskin

The war this summer in Gaza - was this a war of no choice? Was Israel's fighting proportionate to the threats? How has the war affected the chances for peace? How has the war impacted on Jewish-Arab relations in Israel and between Israel and its neighbours? How has the war affected Jews around the world? A brief presentation and a discussion.

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This House Believes that the Jewish community focuses too much on the Holocaust

Rex Bloomstein, Amy Braier, Clive Lawton, Deborah Lipstadt and Olivia Marks-Woldman

Have we forgotten the joys of being Jewish? Do we dwell too much on the horrors of the past? A recent survey of the community discovered that a high proportion of us state that the Holocaust is integral to our identity as Jews. This session will explore the many questions that this raises.

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What is the most important verse in the Torah?

Ephraim Mirvis

This session will reveal five intriguing answers given by Talmudic sages to this question and will describe how they provide a blueprint for a meaningful life in our challenging times.

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