This year’s presenters:
We are excited to share the full list of presenters and this year’s programme with you.
A selection of presenters
Each year we invite a number of distinguished scholars, intellectuals, educators, activists, artists and performers from around the world to come and present at Limmud Festival, giving participants the opportunity to see and hear speakers who they may not otherwise get the chance to.
Here are some of the amazing presenters attending Limmud Festival 2019:
- Idan Raichel, singer, musician and songwriter, is one of Israel’s most successful artists, having toured around the world and collaborated with stars such as Alicia Keys. As leader of The Idan Raichel project, Idan has become an ambassador for artistic collaboration which breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. His music has roots in Ethiopian folk music. Idan released his latest album, “And If You Will Come To Me” in January 2019.
- Amitai Landau-Pope is a British-Israeli playwright and theatre director. In 2017, he set up mealspiel, an ensemble theatre company with a Yiddish twang. Amitai is completing an English degree at Oxford.
- Kayla Feldman is an Anglo-American writer, director, producer, cultural Masorti Jew and lifelong Limmudnik, based in London. She is the Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Snapper Theatre and Associate Producer for Maiden Speech Festival.
- Elie Kraft and Katie Price, both comedians. Eli began performing comedy after becoming a finalist in the renowned Chortle Student Comedy Award. Katie is a fast-rising comedian and finalist of the LGBTQ Comedian of the Year Award. Unashamed to tackle important issues with tongue-in-cheek charm, Katie finds humour in personal and societal issues.
- Dan Daniel is a director/writer/ producer for both theatre and film. His work includes award-winning short films, The Face of Chance (2015) & Web (2018). His theatre work includes a stage-adaptation of Gogol’s Nevsky Prospekt (2017) and recently, The Knot (2019).
- Brett Lockspeiser, co-founder and chief technology officer of Sefaria, a non-profit organisation which makes Torah texts available online for free. Participants will be able to access learning content powered by the Sefaria learning platform from across Festival on the Limmud Sefaria group.
- Reyna Gina Roditi came fourth in Masterchef Mexico 2015 and participated in Masterchef Mexico All Stars. She can’t wait to come to Limmud Festival in the UK to share her love of Sephardic food and spices.
- Kfir Damari is the co-founder of SpaceIL, a cyber-security and a computer-networking expert. SpaceIL’s accomplishment of reaching the moon with the first privately funded spacecraft in the world has inspired children all around Israel to find interest in Space.
- Rena Singer, co-founder of the Instagram @Modern_Ritual, a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and a lover of feminism, justice, Torah and New York City. Follow Rena @Modern_Ritual.
- Ben Caplan, a songwriter, performer and entertainer in the most time-honoured sense of the word. Ben’s music explores themes of immigration, loss, darkness, love, sex, and God. He’ll be joining us fresh from touring Europe, Australia and North America with songs he composed for the award-winning musical play, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. Check out his music here.
- Arik Ascherman is the founder and director of the Israeli human rights organization “Torat Tzedek-Torah of Justice.” Previously, he led “Rabbis For Human Rights” for 21 years. Arik is a sought after lecturer, has received numerous prizes for his human rights work and has been featured in several documentary films, including the 2010 “Israel vs Israel.”
- Lisa Berman has been involved with Mayyim Hayyim since its opening in May 2004. She began her work in the first cohort of volunteer Mikveh Guides and in 2014, Lisa took on oversight of the Mikveh Center as well. She is responsible for all aspects of guests’ immersion experience as well as the cadre of volunteer Mikveh Guides.
- Adena Berkowitz co-founded Kol HaNeshamah: The Center for Jewish Life and Enrichment in 2008, an institute dedicated to reenergizing the spiritual life of both affiliated and unaffiliated Jews. Adena is the co-author of ‘Gates of JOY’, the first liturgical work in the modern era written by Orthodox women for use in the Jewish community.
- Zev Brenner serves as President & Executive Producer of Talkline Communications Network, America’s leading Jewish radio and television network, which he formed in 1981. For nearly forty years, Zev has devoted his creative energies toward expanding the vistas of the Jewish Community.
- Isaac Herzog, son of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog and grandson of Israel’s first Chief Rabbi, Yizhak Isaac Halevi Herzog was elected as chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency in June 2018. He had previously served as a member of Knesset (Israeli parliament) for over 15 years.
- MISTER G (Ben Gundersheimer) is a Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author, activist, and educator. PJ Library has distributed his two albums of original Jewish-themed children’s music (The Mitzvah Bus and Seeds of Shalom) to 10s of 1000s of families worldwide. His picture book Lilah Tov Good Night will be published by Penguin in early 2020. Ben tours internationally with his wife, Katherine Jamieson (MISSUS G), an award-winning author, educator and performer who leads the interactive component of the Mister G concerts. Their spirited bilingual performances aim to foster cross-cultural connections and help children see each other beyond borders. Learn more about Mister G here.
- Daniel Cainer is an award-winning songwriter, storyteller, performer, broadcaster and several other words ending in ‘er’. Currently touring his ever-evolving, Jewish themed, one man show of unique stories in song. See what he’s up to here.
- MaNishtana (Shais Rishon) is a writer, speaker, and rabbi whose work takes prejudice, bias, and ignorance head on, asking the questions about race, religion, and social injustice that we all have, with gut-punching insight and gut-busting sarcasm. Read more.
- Lynn Ruth Miller started doing comedy at 70 and was dubbed the new Joan Rivers of Comedy at The Edinburgh International Fringe. She has accumulated numerous awards and at 86, is the oldest performing female stand up comedian in the UK: http://lynnruthmiller.net.
- André Fremd was born in Paysandú, Uruguay, and settled in Montevideo at the age of 19. He currently works as the Director of Operations of Helpers, the ‘Uber of first aid’. In 2 years they have trained over 5000 people and responded to more than 140 emergencies. Find out more about André here.
- Guy Woolf is an actor, director, drag queen and composer based in London. His show, “The Chronicles of Electra” is a heart-warming and original one-woman drag show about a young Jewish girl struggling to reconcile conflicting elements of her identity: can she tell her queer friends she’s Jewish and her Jewish friends that she’s queer? Follow Guy on Twitter.
- Patricia Eszter Margit is a cultural manager, writer, journalist, PR expert and community organizer originally from Hungary. Eszter is an Advisory Board member of Jewish Art Salon. Under her leadership Art Kibbutz became a Slingshot grantee and an semi-finalist of the Lippman Kanfer Prize for Jewish Wisdom. Find out more about Patricia.
- Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist, born and raised in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent, now working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy. Follow Abby on Twitter.
- Kamila Dąbrowska received her PhD in social science from the University of Warsaw. Her academic interests include focus on post-war Jewish history in Poland, Polish-Jewish relations, Jewish diasporas, collective and individual memories, and anti-discrimination issues. Read Kamila’s profile here.
- Yiddishpiel is the only Yiddish theatre in Israel, with the mission of restoring the language with its charm, popularity, and glory. The theatre has won a great number of international prizes for its achievements. Watch them in action.
- Miriam Camerini, the first Italian woman to enroll in an Orthodox rabbinical studies program in Israel. In addition to being a seasoned educator, Miriam Camerini is a theater director, writer, singer and actress. Read more about Miriam.
- Jeffrey Saks, a rabbi who was ordained at Yeshiva University, is the founding director of ATID: The Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions in Jerusalem and its WebYeshiva.org program. He has recently completed a fifteen-volume English-language translation of Agnon’s complete works. Read more about Jeffrey here.