My day at Limmud Conference

Every day at Limmud is different, no doubt I’ve included too much information in this blog post but I wanted to give a full picture of what this conference is actually about. It does miss out all the important little conversations in between sessions, over meals and to the people you are sitting next to, many of whom are complete strangers. Such is Limmud

Breakfast

11-12.10 – Sat in the AV room at the back of RAM 1 with Charles Darwish and Jonathan Hunter streaming the session on the internet – chatting to people online about the session and tweeting about it.

12.30-13:40 – Sat in the same AV room streaming and listening to John Ging of UNRWA in conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, fascinating.

14:00-15:10 – Sat on the panel of a discussion on “Long Term Prospects for Israel’s Democracy” – really enjoyed discussing the topic with Jpost journalist Yaakov Lapin, Acri (Israel Civil Rights Movement) worker Libby Lenkinski Friedlander and was a real pleasure have the session chaired by journalist and former editor of The Jewish Chronicle Ned Temko, who I’ve been a fan of for a long time. Questions from the floor were brilliantly thought out and very challenging. A great discussion I hope we didn’t disappoint people by not arguing too much!

15:30 – 16:40 – Listened to a discussion on new models for Jewish Communities for the 21st Century. Interesting though more focused on creating communities based around prayer than I had expected.

17:00 – took a coffee break for an hour and chatted to a Dane a Norwegian and two English francophiles!

18:00 – quick dinner, quite nice!

18:30-19:40 – Ran a networking session for Jewish teachers. Was lovely to arrive to an already formed chatty circle of teachers of all ages and areas of expertise, many trainees. There are so many Jewish people working in education and so many are keen to share experiences and resources. www.jewishteachers.org.uk

20:00 – Sat by a Christmas tree and watched football on my laptop, not very sociable of me, best not to say anymore

22:00-23:30 – Attended a very fun and funny session on cocktail making. The most patient presenter, a London bar manager, did a great job.

23:30 until late – sat in the open mic cafe (the acoustic cafe) and listened to some fantastic and a few bizarre performances finishing in a great jam session.

Today has already been very different…

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