York 1190: Jews and Others in the Wake of Massacre was organised by Sarah Rees Jones and Sethina Watson of the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of History.

The conference was supported by the British Academy, the Jewish Historical Society of England and the Royal Historical Society. The Borthwick Institute republished the essays of Barrie Dobson on anglo-jewish history for the occasion: The Jewish Communities of Medieval England . We are publishing a collection of essays relating to the theme of the conference and developing further related research projects.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Are you a Limmudnik?

Dear Limmudnik,


programme for the Leeds Day Limmud on 6 March is almost finalised

with over 40 sessions on an exciting range of topics. There is still

time to take advantage of the Early Bird prices which increase after 6th

February. Lunch and refreshments are provided, and

there is a Young Limmud programme for children and teenagers. A

pre-booked creche if available if booked by 6th February.


goodies do we have for you this time? Do you want to learn how Jews

in films are portrayed from one of our most popular Presenters,

Nathan Abrams? Or do you want to find the real links between Hitler

and Wagner from Margaret Brearley? Or how about the connection

between Jewish Tradition and Medicine from Monty Losowski?


Naftali Brawer and his son Asher will both be coming to Leeds this

year. Rabbi Brawer, the Senior Rabbi at Borehamwood & Elstree

United Synagogue, will be presenting a session on 'Angels &

Demons: Real or Imaginary: Do they really exist and what part do they

play in our lives?' Drawing on the writings and teaching of rabbis

and thinkers throughout the ages, he will try and discover what

angels and demons might mean for a 21st century Jew. High

School student Asher's session is entitled 'I need a Hero: from

Samson to Hercules', and will look at the concept of heroism as it

develops through the Bible as well as Greek poetic sagas.


Lawrence Goldman of St Peter's College, Oxford, editor of the

Dictionary of National Biography, will be highlighting some of the

1000 Anglo Jews featured in this directory. In his session 'Tinker

Tailor Soldier Gunef', he will examine the varied roles taken by Jews

in Britain from medieval times to the present. "Most were good

but some were bad, and a few were downright ugly" he comments.


Taylor-Guthartz, a regular at Limmud Conference, will be presenting

'A Tour of Tehillim (Psalms)'. She will look at the psalms in more

detail and try and answer key questions such as who wrote the psalms?

and how many are there?


professional magician Malcolm Yaffe makes a welcome return with a

presentation entitled 'Jews and Magical Entertainment: Houdini -

Before and After'. He will be exploring the influence of Jews in

magical entertainment from the 18th century to the present day

including what he summarises as "Victorian wizards and laid-back

modern-day necromancers".


have dancing, music, texts, Israel, politics, and history and a full

Young Limmud programme - something for everyone! This is one of the

flagship events of the Leeds Jewish community and we encourage people

of all ages and from the whole of the religious spectrum to attend.

This is our milestone 10th Day Limmud so come and join the



more details contact leeds@limmud.org, telephone 0113 345 3382 or check out the

website www.limmud.org/day/leeds

Best wishes

The Leeds Limmud Team

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