Programme

A Passion for a People

Avraham Infeld

Avraham Infeld

"A Passion for a People" is the title of Infeld’s recent book in which he grapples with the crises of Jewish Identity since the advent of Modernity. In his talk he will show how his own personal life experiences and involvement in major Jewish Educational undertakings have enhanced his commitment to Jewish Peoplehood as the only relevant understanding of Jewish life today.

A Seer and his 12 near deaths

Raymond O'Brien

Raymond O'Brien

Raymond O’Brien comes from a family of seers, but that wasn’t enough to set him out initially on a healthy lifestyle. Despite warnings from his clairvoyant mother, Raymond died ten times in one night and had multiple Near-Death Experiences that ultimately proved to be spiritually transformative to his life. Raymond is a natural-born medical intuitive. Even while suffering from the after-effects of his own NDEs, Raymond continued as a diagnostic seer, became trained as a counsellor, and now counsels medical professionals on how to help people who have had NDEs integrate them into their lives. Raymond is working with medical professionals in the UK and with IANDS. To reach Raymond, email him at rayob1@live.co.uk . If you’re an NDE experiencer living in the UK and want help, contact Raymond via email or at Raymond O’ Brien VNDE on Facebook.

Becoming Eve: my life from a Chasidic rabbi to transgender woman

Abby Stein

Abby Stein

When Abby came out as transgender, she was the first person who was raised Chasidic to come out. She is today the only (legally) Chasidic ordained woman. Her book "Becoming Eve", is the first of its kind. We will explore the Chasidic community, the Jewish transgender community, and the TRANSitions revolving them, through talk, text, and videos.

Brain techniques to improve cognitive functions and reduce hyperactivity

Rachel Langford

Rachel Langford

Have you ever wondered why your child: Can’t focus and concentrate? Needs to tbe told off or told what to do too often? Takes a long time to go to sleep? Sometimes worries a lot? Finds it hard to deal with frustration? And what techniques can be used to help their brain deal better with these issues?

Building Temples in Time: the Science of Synchrony and Social Bonding

Joshua Bamford

Joshua Bamford

Judaism provides a recipe for structuring time, creating opportunities for moments of synchrony with others. This talk will provide psychological and anthropological perspectives on the use of synchrony – through ritual song and dance – as a tool for promoting social bonds. We will explore how these general principles apply in a Jewish context.

Developing the 'Hyper Creative State'"

Jeremy Langford

Jeremy Langford

The internationally acclaimed glass artist, Jeremy Langford, will share some of his unconventional modes of accessing Creativity.

Education for Impact - New Beginnings in the Jewish Community

Panel discussion

Panel discussion

In this panel we discuss cooperation of the community and the Educating For Impact (EFI) - organization. The Jewish school In this panel we discuss cooperation of the community and EFI. The Jewish school of Helsinki and Community have both benefited from professional and economic support from EFI and now we start to see the changes in programs and events. Join us to discuss the changes and development that EFI has made possible.

Francesco Tirelli's Ice Cream Shop: From a Family Story of Holocaust Rescue to a Children's Book

Tamar Meir

Tamar Meir

Francesco Tirelli loved to eat gelato from his uncle’s cart. So when he moves from Italy to Hungary, Francesco decides to open his own ice cream store. There young Peter learns to love ice cream as much as Francesco did. But when the war comes and Francesco closes his shop for the winter, he uses the shop for a special purpose―to hide his Jewish friends and neighbors from danger. This heroic tale is based on true events.

God she’s hot: where’s the mechitza?

Abby Stein

Abby Stein

What is the relevance of gender segregation for LGBT+ individuals during prayer? How does the mechitzah relate to same gender attraction and gender non-conforming individuals? Is the concept of separation from objects of sexual desire relevant in today's society?

Hello Kitchen": a guide to the culinary novice

Mike Abery and  Benny Lemer

Mike Abery and Benny Lemer

Mike and Benny are 70 somethings who spent 3 months learning the basics of preparing and cooking a series of nutritious meals taught by their two daughters. This live cooking session and discussion. We will make hamantashen and English scones in the session. Ingredients will be sent out in advance so that the participants can cook alongside Mike and Benny.

Imagine That! (Workshop)

Yoad Mick
Maria Stalter

Yoad Mick & Maria Stalter

Throughout history, Jews and imagination went hand in hand - and it was a key factor in finding the light in challenging situations, helping them survive, invent creative solutions and constantly iterate and innovate. IMAGINE THAT! is an original concept workshop created by Yoad Mick and Maria Stalter that aims to help you to reconnect with your inherent imagination, open your mind on how to apply it to better your life, and give you tools to train your mind to reimagine any situation. All you need is some paper, a pen and an open and playful mind.

Introduction to NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)

Zvi Chandler

Zvi Chandler

The presentation is an introduction to the world of NLP. What it is, how can it be used to get maximum results out of most (if not all) situations, and why it is an important tool for everyone, whether you are a teenager in high school, a veteran business man, a parent or a clinician, you too can benefit from learning and mastering NLP, and with this presentation, you will understand why.

Israel and the Abraham Accords: New Beginning for the Middle East

Hagit Ben-Yaakov

Hagit Ben-Yaakov

The presentation will discuss Israel´s efforts during the last decades to reach normalization with Arab states, the achievement and implications of the “Abraham accords”, as well as their opportunities for the region.

Israeli elections and a new US administration: how will they form the Middle East?

Efraim Karsh

Efraim Karsh

Next month Israel will hold the fourth round of parliamentary elections in two years. The talk will frame the elections within their wider historical context while assessing their likely impact and implications: How has this all come to pass? What are the key issues at the heart of the elections? Will they mark the end of the Netanyahu era? And how will they affect Israel’s domestic and international situation, especially in view of the new US administration and its likely impact on Middle Eastern affairs?

Jews and Antisemitism in Hungarian Politics - a complex issue

Gábor Balázs

Gábor Balázs

The question "Is it good for the Jews?" is seemingly a simple one, but in reality very hard to answer it. After a short introduction to the topic, the session will discuss these general Jewish dilemmas using the Hungarian Jews only as a case study. The questions of the discussion will be relevant to any contemporary European Jewish community. Who are our foes and who are our friends in politics? Should the Jews build their communal and political strategies on moral and political values or on self-interest? Should the Jews make alliances in accordance with the facts of the present or according to the worries of future possibilities?

Judaism conveyed through memes

Kornél Salamon

Kornél Salamon

Learning about Judaism is mostly considered serious and time-consuming, this doesn't always need to be the case. Join me for a short session about memes and jokes about stories in the Bible, Israel and the Jewish culture. Everyone is welcome for a funny session filled with laughter, conversation and thoughts about the non-serious side of Judaism.

Qesher – Virtual Jewish journeys from around the world: Get a taste of Jewish Budapest

Qesher - Dóra Korányi and Sebastian Mizrahi

Qesher - Dorka and Sebastian

We will tell you about Qesher, an independent initiative introducing different Jewish communities from around the world. In our session you will get a taste of what we do by discovering and learning about the Jewish quarter of Budapest.

The Jews of Europe and the Black Death: Contending with Crises

Elisheva Baumgarten

Elisheva Baumgarten

The current COVID-19 pandemic recalls past epidemics, and most vividly the plague known as the Black Death in medieval Europe (1348-1350). Then, like today, the outbreak of disease had social, financial, and cultural implications alongside medical ones. For Jews in medieval Europe, the Black Death was a moment of persecution and expulsion, one in which existing local and religious tensions played out in a variety of ways. This talk explores the situation of medieval Jews, providing historical context and insight into current events.

The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

Roy Doliner

Roy Doliner

Five centuries ago, in a dark age of intolerance, corruption and religious warfare, one lonely artist risked his career and his very life by hiding dangerous subversive messages in the most famous chapel in Christendom: the Pope's Sistine Chapel. Roy Doliner is the man who decoded it all, and is the co-author of the international best-seller The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican. About 12 years from its initial USA release, The Sistine Secrets has become a perennial bestseller for art history and the Renaissance in over 26 countries and 15 languages. In Italy, the book is now a standard for teachers, students and tour guides in the Vatican. Roy's decoding of Michelangelo’s secret messages has been the subject of several television documentaries: the Discovery Channel, ABC/Nightline in the US, Enigma in Italy, and NipponTV in Japan.

Veganuary in February: Do we have a moral (and Jewish) duty to be vegan?

David Bilchitz

David Bilchitz

COVID-19 has highlighted the dangers to humanity attendant on our abuse of animals for food. In a world of factory farming and climate change, do we have moral obligations to avoid eating other sentient creatures? Does Judaism provide us with any ethical guidance about whether it is permissible to eat animals in such a world? Join this session to explore - through exciting (and surprising!) texts and arguments - whether only food from the plant kingdom should be considered kosher.