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The LIMMUD Season 2018 is well underway and we are eagerly awaiting the big weekend at the end of August.

Taste of LIMMUD was held in Auckland on 6 June at Dio and in Wellington on 7 June at the Holocaust Centre.  As always, we had a top class line-up and feedback was very positive.

Allison Kaplan Sommer, award winning journalist at Haaretz, was on a panel and led a session about Israel.  She had this to say about her experience:

“ The Limmud events were well-organized and the participants eager to learn and discuss current events in Israel as well as the relationship between the Jewish State and the Diaspora…. I think the most thrilling aspects of travel are the things you don’t anticipate. And so the invitation I accepted so casually turned out to be a truly special gift and pleasure. My only ‘problem’ – now that I’ve tasted what New Zealand and its unique Kiwi Jewish community have to offer, I want a bigger bite! ”

Yair Rosenberg, also a top journalist from New York, gave a fascinating talk about dealing with antisemitism in the social media, where he has had some success in turning the tables on “trolls” who target Jewish journalists.

Viv Josephs, our programme director, gave a presentation of what to expect at LIMMUD itself and it promises to be an event not to be missed.

Once more, we have some impressive speakers coming from overseas.  These include: – Kinneret Shiryon who was the first woman rabbi to practice in Israel, where she established the Yozma congregation in Modi’in;

– Manny Waks, who covered the sexual abuse scandal in Melbourne, will be dealing with difficult issues in the Jewish community.  He will also be speaking about his movie, Code of Silence and will be giving a talk on travelling the religious spectrum; 

– Rabbi Steven Greenberg is described as the first openly gay Orthodox Jewish rabbi;

– Jessica Deutsch is a New York based artist who explores the intersection of Jewish tradition and contemporary culture in a unique and creative way;  and

– Hagai Segal, a leading authority on geo-political issues, strategic risks in the Middle East and counter terrorism.

As always, there will also be a feast of interesting talks from national speakers and this year, we are offering opportunities for presenters to provide short, pithy, “Ted talks”.   If you have a talk, story or ideas that you would like to share, please contact Christopher Dempsey, LIMMUD Administrator, by email at [email protected].

Register now to catch the early bird discount at www.limmud.org.nz.  

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