It is a core Limmud value that all presenters are participants and all participants can be presenters.
For this reason, any participant can choose to offer a session when booking their Festival place by simply checking a box on the booking form and submitting the follow-up forms that will be automatically sent out when booking is completed. We will do our best to ensure that everyone who offers to present a session at Limmud Festival will be included in the programme.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year we also 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 who attended Limmud Festival 2018. Watch this space for exciting announcements of our 2019 presenters over the coming weeks and months:
- Banot fuse of traditional Jewish music with modern Israeli tunes
- Siona Benjamin is a painter from Bombay, now living in the US. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a Hindu and Muslim India. She combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by illuminated manuscripts.
- Rahel Berkovits is a senior lecturer in Mishnah, Talmud and halakha at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies,
- Adele Berlin – Professor Emerita of Biblical Studies at the University of Maryland
- Bat-el Borenstein Bat-el is an actress, writer, producer, and lecturer. She is the sole creator and performer of the enormously successful and inspirational one-woman show I am Bat-El viewed by over one million people in Israel, with a TEDxRuppin talk about her life, in English.
- Ela Cenudioglu is a lawyer and an active member of the Turkish Jewish community. In 2015, Ela joined the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps flagship program, leading the group “Combatting Anti-Semitism and Hate Crimes”, the first of its kind in Turkey.
- Katharine Crew is Campus Leadership Manager at the Council of Christians and Jews.
- Dovid Efune is editor and CEO of The Algemeiner. He regularly appears on major TV channels including CBS, CNBC, Fox News and CNN and has met with both US President Donald Trump and Israeli PM Netanyahu. Efune is a popular public speaker and has been widely published.
- Joseph Dweck is the Senior Rabbi, S&P Sephardi Community
- Dance the night away with an exclusive set from EasternBeats: Disco Party Live
- Josh Garroway is a teacher at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles.
- Alon Goshen-Gottstein is Orthodox Rabbi, Scholar of Rabbinics, leading theoretician and interfaith activist
- Eve Harow is an Israeli tour guide, veteran radio personality and international speaker whose expertise is giving history a modern context.
- Fleur Hassan-Nahoum is a Jerusalem councilwoman, and the most senior British-born political leader in Israel today
- Shirah Hecht is a sociologist and evaluator in Jewish formal and informal educator for adults and children, and an aspiring story-teller.
- Annika Hernroth-Rothstein is political journalist for the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Jerusalem Post & Washington Examiner
- Monawar Hussain is an Imam and the Muslim tutor at Eton College, Windsor; Muslim Chaplain to the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; founder of The Oxford Foundation and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.
- Jacob Spike Kraus is a Boston based singer-songwriter
- Jewish and interfaith perspectives on Friendship– In 2017 over 100,000,000 people were exposed to a campaign of world religious leaders calling for making friends across religions.
- Sam Lebens is an Academic, Philosopher and Rabbi who has written about the foundations of Judaism
- Benji Lovitt is a leading Jewish comedian
- Saar Maoz work’s at the Israel AIDS Task Force as Deputy CEO & gay Community Coordinator Supporting people living with HIV. In 2016, a film documenting Saar life was published, “Who’s Gonna Love me Now?”
- Arya Marvazy is leading on LGBTQ Activist in California
- Ephraim Mirvis is the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
- Ibrahim Mogra is an Imam in Leicester and a member of the Muslim Council of Britain.
- Naftali Moses teaches and writes about Talmud, Bible, Jewish thought and medical ethics.
- Mike Moskowitz is a rabbi who is the Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. He is a deeply traditional and radically progressive advocate for trans rights and a vocal ally for LGBT inclusivity.
- A native of California, Yonatan Neril has spoken internationally on the confluence between religion and the environment, and organized three interfaith environmental conferences in Jerusalem
- Hear from Chloe Pourmorady, the Persian-American composer, violinist, and singer who has won two Independent Music Awards
- Alicia Rabins is a writer, musician and Torah teacher based in Oregon. An award-winning poet and performer, she is the creator of hybrid music projects Girls in Trouble and A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff and author of two poetry books, Divinity School and Fruit Geode. Supported by The Covenant Foundation.
- Anthony Reuben is Senior BBC journalist and leads on Reality Check, Real News: Based on a BBC course designed for teenagers, this session covers how to check if what you’re reading is true before you share it on social media.
- Danny Rich is the Senior Rabbi, Liberal Judaism
- Russ Roberts spends his time trying to make economics understandable to normal human beings. He is the host of the EconTalk podcast, the author of three economics novels, and co-creator of the Keynes-Hayek rap videos – watch it here – it’s really a thing!
- Daniel Roth is the director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution.
- Caroline Rothstein was called a “very inspiring woman” by Lady Gaga! From New York City, Caroline is a writer, poet, performer, and educator
- Baraa Shaiban wrote a Dummies Guide to Yemen A brief foray into the ancient history of Yemen, examining how Yemen’s history has informed its modern politics and the ongoing conflict.
- Moshe Szyf is a professor of pharmacology at McGill University Medical School, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and presented a TED talk which has garnered over one million views. Check out his TED talk here
- Jonathan Spyer is a journalist and analyst of Middle East affairs
- Jack Wertheimer is a professor of American Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary