Limmud South Africa
Limmud South Africa is proud to announce its full line up of International presenters for 2019:
Jessica Kate Meyer – Sacred Sounds
Jessica Kate Meyer strives to build community through song, and to lift song through community. She is rabbi-hazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco, and served for 4 years as rabbi and musical leader at Romemu in New York City. She received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in 2014. Jessica studies sacred Jewish music with masters from Sephardic and Ashkenazi traditions, and has performed as a vocalist with ensembles in the US and Israel. In a previous life, Jessica pursued graduate theater training in London, and appeared in film, theater, and television projects in Europe and the United States: most notably, as a principal role in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist.
Internationally recognized as a spiritual activist, Elie Holzer designs and leads learning opportunities for spiritual and religious growth through prayer, song, and text study. Rabbi; Professor of Jewish education at Bar Ilan University; teacher, expert on Havruta text study and Hasidic Renewal and Post-Critical Jewish Religiosity and founding president of Shma Koleinu (https://www.shma-koleinu.com)
Wendy Amsellem is a rabba who teaches Talmud at Yeshivat Maharat and is the Editor of Yehivat Maharat’s Keren Journal. She is also a faculty member at Drisha Institute and Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and is an editor at The Lehrhaus. Wendy brings Torah texts alive.
Arash is an activist in Iranian Jewish culture and community life, based in Tehran, a community which has had a presence in the region since 727 BCE. He teaches Judaism at the University of Religions and Denominations and is a service leader at synagogues around Tehran. He is also served as the editor of the Tehran Jewish magazine-BINA.
Calev Ben-Dor is Director of Research at BICOM, an independent British research centre producing analysis on Israel and the Middle East, and Deputy Editor of the Fathom Journal. He has previously worked as an analyst in the Reut Institute and the Policy Planning Department of Israel’s Foreign Ministry. Based in Jerusalem, Calev is a member of the David Cardozo Think Tank, a forum of Jewish thinkers which explores a wide range of Jewish topics.
Avi Ben-Tzur – Mission Impossible? Urban Development in Jerusalem
Avi Ben-Tzur is Director of Planning at Israel’s Ministry for Environmental Protection – Jerusalem District. He supervises the Ministry’s planning department for the cities of Jerusalem, Mevasseret, Beit Shemesh and the surrounding rural communities, and sits on the District Planning Committee (based within the Ministry of the Interior) that approves all large-scale development projects for Jerusalem and the District. Avi is a native of Jerusalem and has a BA and MA from the Hebrew University.
Connie Webber – Being Jewish in Krakow Today
Connie Webber was born in Britain, educated in Britain and Israel, and lived and worked there and in many other countries. Since 1988 she has been involved in the field of Polish–Jewish relations; in 1998 the Polish government awarded her a Silver Cross of Merit, and since 2011 she has lived in Poland. Professionally she is a publisher of academic books in Jewish studies with the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization.
Reuven Taub – Split Second Decisions
Reuven studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and runs an organisation that conducts leadership programmes in Israel and overseas.
Ayelet Taub – Israeli Innovation meets Tikkun Olam
A graduate of Bnei Akiva, Ayelet is a student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and volunteers with Reservists on Duty, an NGO which advocates for Israel and counter Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions organisations on college campuses.