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Limmud: Festival of Jewish Learning is Back for an Encore!

Saturday February 25 and Sunday February 26

posted Feb 9, 2012

Limmud: Festival of Jewish Learning is Back for an Encore!
Saturday February 25 and Sunday February 26
Asper Jewish Community Campus | 123 Doncaster | Winnipeg | Manitoba | Canada
Where else can you encounter a Chassidic Rapper, Krav Maga martial arts, Jewish music, food & schmoozing, plus Winnipeg's most extensive selection of Jewish learning options?  
The festival of Limmud or “learning” in Hebrew will is back in Winnipeg after the resounding success of its 2011 debut. The Jewish community and Winnipeggers in general are invited to join the multi-organizational hosts for an incredible weekend of Jewish learning through music, food, yoga, text, culture, history and current issues. Participants of all ages and affiliations will be able to choose from 50+ sessions offered by leading local and international Jewish thinkers, artists and educators. Children’s programming will also be offered as well as unique teen sessions.
The Limmud concept was started in the UK in 1980 and is now being enjoyed by communities throughout the world. It is an ambitious and passionate organization with a global reputation for creating events with a lively approach to Jewish learning where Jews of all ages, backgrounds and experiences come together for thought provoking and engaging programs and activities.
The goal of Limmud is to enable each participant to go one step further on their own Jewish journey. Everyone is a student and everyone can be a teacher. Events feature all educational styles including lectures, workshops, text-study sessions, film, meditation, and discussions to ensure that there is always ‘something for everyone’. One of the key principles behind Limmud is that everyone has something to contribute and participants can learn from each other. Events are organized by teams made up of volunteers; presenters are treated as part of the community.
Confirmed International Presenters
Rabbi Barbara Aiello, Secret Jews of Sicily and Southern Italy
Barbara Aiello is the first woman rabbi in Italy and served the Jewish community in Milan as the country's first non-orthodox rabbi. As a winner of the Washingtonian of the Year Award for creating and directing the internationally acclaimed Kids on the Block educational puppet program, Rabbi Barbara has traveled internationally to present programs on accepting and appreciating children and adults with disabilities and differences. Currently Rabbi Aiello travels throughout Italy as a spokesperson for modern pluralistic Judaism. She is the founder and director of the Italian Jewish Cultural Center of Calabria and has helped many Italians, whose Jewish heritage was unknown to them, to embark upon a journey of discovery.
 Rabbi Saul Berman, Plural Judaism or Plural Jewry: Can We Remain One People?
A leader in Modern Orthodoxy and contributor to the Encyclopedia Judaica and numerous leading Jewish Journals will explore the Orthodox response to modern issues from Pluralism within Judaism to Organ Donation.
Brody, Live in Winnipeg- Chasidic Rapper
Brody is a rising Moroccan Israeli/American singer who bridges the worlds of soul, hip-hop, electronic and world music. Scheduled for a fall release, Brody’s debut record “Ad Matai” features his smooth voice singing and rapping in English and Hebrew of sustaining faith and hope while on the streets and in a violent Holy Land. Brody puts an authentically Sabra spin on soulful hip-hop that places him in a world all his own. Brody’s Limmud discussion and acoustic performance will focus on the deeper meaning of musical sounds ranging from Adam to Chassidic stories.
 Benyamin Cohen, My Jesus Year: A Rabbi’s Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith
Benyamin Cohen is the author of the memoir My Jesus Year: A Rabbi's Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith, named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and for which he received the Georgia Author of the Year Award. For his debut memoir published by Harper Collins, journalist Benyamin Cohen sought to find the cure to his religious apathy by going to the one place he was never allowed to venture -- the church across the street. In this session, Cohen will explain why churches are so crowded and what synagogues can learn from them to attract more members. He will also discuss how this spiritual sojourn actually made him appreciate his Judaism more.
Moy Covalin, Ethonfit Dance Workout ®
Moy Covalin is the former Artistic Director of Festival Aviv in Mexico City and Anachnu VeAtem Contemporary Folkdance Company and the creator of Ethnofit Dance Workout ®. The Jewish and Israeli folk dance movement in Mexico has been a key part of Moy’s personal growth and fulfillment and has been the impetus for his strong desire to transmit the heritage and joy of dance to others while actively promoting the values of coexistence and world peace.
Rabbi Moshe Edelman, Women’s Role Models in Text
Rabbi Moshe Edelman, a popular teacher and lecturer, is a life long New Yorker and a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He will explore the lessons to be learnt from biblical heroines such as Queen Esther and Ruth and other women of power, prominence and passion. Rabbi Edelman will take us on a journey to discover the secrets of Jewish survival and vitality.
David Epstein, The Jews of Uganda in Putti Village: A Story of Perseverance, Music and Love
David Epstein a teacher for twelve years to students from all over the world created Putti Village Assistance Organization (PVAO) and has been working with Putti Village and the Abayudaya for over ten years to build a sustainable village with the Jews of Uganda in Putti village including an interfaith school in Putti that would host both the students from the Jewish village as well as their Christian and Muslim neighbours.
Eli Rubenstein, Jewish Folktales to Heal a Broken World
A celebrated Jewish storyteller, Eli Rubenstein is one of the key people behind "Because God Loves Stories" part of the Annual Toronto Festival of Storytelling. Mr. Rubenstein is also the National Director of the “March of the Living”, an annual educational program that gathers thousands of youth in Poland and Israel to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day and Israel’s Independence Day.
 Michael Soberman, Jewish Stories from Seven Continents
Through several stories from some of the most remote and unlikely places on earth, Michael Soberman, currently the Director of National Initiatives for the Next Generation at UIA Federations Canada, unlocks and describes the essence of being Jewish and what techniques can be used to make Jewish communities relevant and attractive to the next generation.
 Ramón Tasat, Sephardic Music from around the World
Born in Buenos Aires, Ramón trained in five different countries and received a doctorate in voice performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He learned Ladino, the language of the Sephardic people, at his grandmother’s knee. His style reflects the rich history of this extraordinary culture. Come to taste some of the most extraordinary ballads covering all aspects of life and sung in Ladino, the language of the Sephardic Jews.
Jackie Stromer, Someone Save My Life Tonight
A certified Emergency Medical Technician in New YorkState and “Hatzala” (life-saving) volunteer will provide personal insight and stories from his experience as a long-time Jewish Emergency response team member.
 Sampling of Local Presenters
Alan Levy                                  Conflict? What conflict? Resolution.... Jewish   Style
Anibal Maas                              Jewish Issues in Opera
Ari   Millo                                   IDF Soldiers Panel
Ariel Lee                                   The Meaning of Angels and the Shekinah in Judaism
Shimshon Elazar                       Israel's Oil Boom, Jerusalem & The Anti-Terrorism Barrier
Cindy Bass                               Music Therapy   from a Jewish Perspective           
Dr. Rena Elbaze                        Managing Israel's Image in the French Media.
Howard Morry & Ahmad Khalil   An Introduction to the Arab Jewish Peace through Dialogue
Jon Ngindiru Jr.                         Growing up Jewish in Kenya
Josh Winestock                        The Israeli Jazz Wave Session Description
 Karel Skripal                             Winnipeg Krav Maga, Takedown and Control   Techniques
Rabbi   Karen Soria                   We Are All  Reform Jews (with a small "r")
Karlee Sapoznik                         Holocaust by Bullets: A Case Study of My Shtetele Berezne
Marty Gold and Friends              Goldberg to Greenberg: Jewish Athletes Then and Now
Rabbi Alan Green                        From Ageing to   Sage-ing: Basic Training in Becoming A  Spiritual Elder  
Rabbi Moshe Smierc                   Inside Tefillin   – a Sofer(Scribe) Explains His Work
Sharon Delbridge                         Zumba Israeli Style
Shifra Tobiach                              Belly Dancing
Teens Panel                                 Teens Talk   “Tachlis” about Living Jewishly
Tzafi Weinberg                             Thankfulness   through Art
Rabbi Larry Pinsker                      Small Moments of Grace: Jewish Spirituality from the "Ordinary" Stuff of Life
Saturday February 25 Doors Open at 7:00 pm
Sunday February 26: Registration & Breakfast 8:00 am
Sessions: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Limmud is presentedby Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, Rady Jewish Community Centre, Chesed Shel Emet, Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education, Congregation Etz Chayim, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, Winnipeg Chapter.
Asper Jewish Community Campus
123 Doncaster Street
Interviews and publicity photos can be arranged upon request.
Contact: Tamar Barr
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