Source: Jerusalem Post
The Limmud International Jewish learning organization held one of its renowned conventions over two days on Thursday and Friday, August 27-28, 2015 at the Herzl Center on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem with 600 participants. Limmud Jerusalem included a plethora of panel discussions, presentations and workshops from a diverse list of speakers on subjects ranging from Jewish food and culture to female Jewish spiritual leadership, and peace building, to rabbinical power. Among just some of the speakers and presenters were MK Aliza Lavie of the Yesh Atid party; Mutassim Ali, a refugee from Darfur leading the struggle for political asylum; Iris Yaniv, a secular humanist rabbi; Ephraim Tziyon-Lavai, a keis (Ethiopian Jewish religious leader); comedians Yisrael Campbell and Benji Lovitt; and The Jerusalem Post’s Lahav Harkov who presented a model Knesset workshop.
Another of most pertinent sessions was a multi-faith panel discussion between several religious leaders and inter-faith activists addressing the concept that religion could be a force for peace within the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Also included in the 150 Hebrew and English sessions, workshops, performances and tours were a sermon slam, a session titled “The Rabbi, the Teacher and the Vibrator,” and “Why Don’t Israelis Stand in Line?!”
Limmud, the global grassroots Jewish learning movement which was founded in the United Kingdom in 1980, is today in 80 communities and 40 countries. Limmud JLM is part of the Israeli Limmud community, with events in Arava, Beersheva, FSU Israel, Galil, Haifa, Modiin, Tel Aviv and Yerucham.