Meet the Speakers of Limud 2022
What You Need to Know About Resilience //
The Jewish secrets of happiness
Sherri Mandell won a National Jewish Book Award in 2004 for her spiritual memoir, The Blessing of a Broken Heart (Toby Press, 2003). Translated into three languages, the book was adapted into a stage play. Her book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press, 2015) details the spiritual stages of resilience. Her latest book is Looking for Comfort: What I Saw, What I Learned, And How I Blew It Training as a Pastoral Counselor.(Ben Yehuda Press, 2021). She is also the author of Writers of the Holocaust (Facts on File, 1997) and has written for numerous magazines and journals including USA Today, The Times of Israel, Hadassah Magazine, and the Jerusalem Post. She received Moment Magazine's prize for best short fiction in 2009 and a Simon Rockower prize for the personal essay in 2011. She is also the author of two children’s picture books: The Elephant in the Sukkah (Kar-Ben Copies 2019) and The Upside Down Boy and the Israeli Prime Minister (Kar-Ben Copies, 2021). She received the ADL Partners in Peace Award in 2004 as well as Jewish Women’s International Women to Watch Award. For the past eighteen years, she and her husband have directed the Koby Mandell Foundation in Israel whose flagship program is Camp Koby, a therapeutic sleepaway camp for bereaved children. Sherri is also a certified pastoral counselor. She lectures about grief and resilience around the world.
Is There Another Life After This Life? Does the Soul Live On?
Seth Mandell - Co-Founder and President: The Koby Mandell Foundation. Rabbi Mandell has been involved in Jewish education programs since 1982. Before moving to Israel in 1996 Rabbi Mandell served as Director of the Hillel Foundation at the University of Maryland. During that time, the Hillel program became one of the largest and most active Jewish college educational programs in North America. A seasoned orator, Rabbi Mandell has spoken to Jewish and Christian audiences on 4 continents about The Koby Mandell Foundation, current topics in Israel and Jewish spiritual philosophy. He founded the Koby Mandell Foundation in 2001 after his 13-year-old son Koby was brutally murdered by terrorists near his home in Israel. Today, The Koby Mandell Foundation is the largest provider of emotional support services for the thousands of bereaved children, mothers and siblings who have lost an immediate family member to terror or tragedy in Israel.
Rumkowskin syntipukki? Łódźin geton virkailijan Maks Szczęśliwyn kunniaoikeudenkäynti Helsingissä 1949-1953
Simo Muir on juutalaisen kulttuurin tutkimuksen dosentti Helsingin yliopistossa ja Honorary Senior Research Fellow University College Londonissa. Hänen viimeaikainen tutkimuksensa on käsitellyt Suomen juutalaisen yhteisön reaktioita holokaustiin sodan aikan ja kylmän sodan alkuvaiheessa. Muir toimii myös tutkijana “Boundaries of Jewish indentities in contemporary Finland” -tutkimushankkeessa Åbo Akademissa.
One community- several denominations // How helpful it is to come from the outside to work at a JC // Do we need Jewish knowledge when working at a JC
Timo R. Stewart
Liitonarkun metsästys Jerusalemissa
VTT Timo R. Stewart työskentelee vanhempana tutkijana Ulkopoliittisessa instituutissa. Hän tutkii Euroopan ja Lähi-idän suhteita, uskonnon ja nationalismin roolia politiikassa, konflikteissa ja konfliktinratkaisussa sekä 1900-luvun moderneja eurooppalaisia Lähi-itään liittyviä käsityksiä. Stewartin kirja 'Valter Juvelius ja kadonneen arkin metsästys' julkaistiin syksyllä 2020 ja hän sai teoksestaan Lauri Jäntin säätiön tietokirjapalkinnon 2021 ja oli ehdolla Tietokirjallisuuden Finlandia-palkinnon saajaksi vuonna 2020.
Kaj Tico Takolander
From Berlin to Greenfield
Kaj Takolander, better known among friends and colleagues by his nick name “Tico”, has an extensive experience of consumer marketing, with special knowledge of Travel Trade and the Duty Free and Travel Retail business. During his years with Red Bull he had the opportunity not only to observe, but to contribute, to sometimes pretty unorthodox marketing methods. Also a long carrier with more traditional brewery products and many years with the Naples based shipping company Grimaldi Group have added flavor to his thinking. Tico grew up in a family with lots of musical heritage and he is still an active voice choir singer.
Andrew Meet the Karaites: Like Us and Not Like Us // Unity and Diversity: A Closer Look at the Tower of Babel // The Bible in Aramaic: Exploring The Targums
Lindsey is a Research Fellow at London School of Jewish Studies, and at the Centre for Jewish Studies, Manchester University, where she is researching the history of Limmud. In 2021 she received Orthodox rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Maharat, and published her first book, Challenge and Conformity: The Religious Lives of Orthodox Jewish Women. She’s also lectured at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, & King's College London, founded the Pop-Up Beit Midrash in 2019, and is a co-founder of Azara, which offers Jewish text learning across the UK.
Shylock in Finland
Dr Karmela Bélinki, Ph.D., born 1947 in Helsinki. Educated in Finland and in England. International journalist in various media, from newspapers to electronic media for nearly 60 years. Founding director of the Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute. Academic research, guest professorships and guest lectures in different European countries, the US and Israel. Special expertise in Women’s History and Jewish subjects. Invited as expert to the EU, COE and the UN. Author of both fiction, non-fiction and academic works.
Moses Pergament and the Swedish music life 1920-1950 // Memory, music making and the Holocaust
Henrik Rosengren, Ph.D, is an associate professor at the Department of History at Lund University, Sweden and previously editor of the historical journal Scandia. His research topics includes anti-Semitism, biography writing, music history, music and politics and exile research. Selected writings: Från tysk höst till tysk vår. Fem musikpersonligheter i svensk exil i skuggan av nazismen och kalla kriget, (From German fall to German spring. Five Musical Personalities in Swedish Exile in the Shadow of Nazism and the Cold War, Nordic Academic Press: 2013. Fünf Musiker im Schwedischen Exil. Nazismus – Kalter Krieg – Demokratie, Von Bockel Verlag Neumünster: 2016, ‘Judarnas Wagner’. Moses Pergament och den kulturella identifikationens dilemma omkring 1920–1950 (’The Jew´s Wagner’. Moses Pergament and the Dilemma of Cultural Identification, Sekel: 2007); Med livet som insats. Biografin som humanistisk genre (ed. together with Johan Östling) (Life at stake. Biography as Scholarly Genre, Sekel: 2007)
Haskalah: Creating the Modern Jewish Novelist
I am a community member and study literature at the University of Helsinki.
"Pieces of Israeli sun" - Israelin auringon palasia - book presentation
Sanna Lönnfors (synt. 1979 Pyhtäällä) varttui Suomessa, mutta on asunut useita vuosia Berliinissä ja Tel Avivissa. Hänellä on Master of Science in Public Health -tutkinto Charité Universitätsmedizin-Berlin -yliopistosta Saksassa sekä Master of Arts -tutkinto Bar Ilan -yliopistosta Israelissa. Tällä hetkellä hän asuu Suomessa ja työskentelee freelance-kirjoittajana ja -kääntäjänä.
Israel beyond the Conflict - the start-up nation, modern miracles and more //
The Winds of Peace in the Middle East
Debunking the Apartheid Analogy // The ABC's of BDS
Rolene Marks is a freelance journalist and broadcaster and keynote speaker who appears on international radio, television and has been published in numerous global publications. Marks is the owner of Rolene Marks Consulting, specialising in Media, Public Relations, Consulting on Jewish and Israel related issues as well as Media Training with both local and international clients as varied as public relations companies, non-profits, security, strategic planning, hi-tech and commercial. Rolene can be heard everyday on Chai FM, a Johannesburg based radio station and is a regular correspondent on Channel News Asia and WINA Radio in the USA and has been invited to speak to international audiences including in Brazil, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Israel, USA, UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and others. In 2007 Rolene participated in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Young Jewish Diplomats Leadership course and the IUA Kesher Leadership Academy. Currently residing in Modiin, Israel, Rolene volunteers for WIZO and is a member of the World WIZO Executive holding the Public Diplomacy portfolio and previously represented the organisation on the World Zionist Congress. Rolene is a co-founder of Lay of the Land (www.layoftheland.online) host of the Israel Brief on YouTube and co-founder of the South Africa-Israel Policy Forum. Marks is Phd candidate in the field of political antisemitism at the University of Middlesex, London.
Reimagining How We Count Jews
// Increasing Orthodox Acceptance of Homosexuality
Tyson Herberger is an associate professor of religion and religious education at the University of Southeastern Norway. His two main research interests are Jewish Norway and queer issues in halachic Judaism. Tyson is also ordained as an orthodox rabbi, and previously served in various rabbinic capacities, including as the rabbi to Warsaw's Nozyk Synagogue and as Chief Rabbi of Wroclaw and Lower Silesia. He lives Oslo with his wife and their children. He enjoys hiking, reading, coffee, whisky, and relaxing with family on shabbat.
Daniel Bögre Udell
Lexicons of Peoplehood: A linguistic history of the Jewish people // How to save your language from extinction
Daniel Bögre Udell is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Wikitongues, which supports language revitalization projects on every continent. He has an MA in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research and a BFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design in New York City. He speaks English, Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese, and is learning Hebrew.
The Talmud: the most monumental creation of the Jewish people
Yehiel Wasserman is Associate President of World Mizrachi. In the past he served as Head of the Center for Religious Affairs in the Diaspora in the World Zionist Organization (WZO). Prior to that, Rabbi Wasserman served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Givatayim and fulfilled various educational positions in Israel and abroad within The Jewish Agency and other organizations. His publications include educational and guidance booklets in Judaism, articles on education and society published in daily newspapers, as well as periodicals and book reviews. Rabbi Wasserman has been a member of The Jewish Agency Board of Governors since 2003. on June 2021 he was elected Associate Member.
Duo "Ma-s-Ka" is a creative and friendly duet of singers from Estonia – Marika Guralnik and Jekaterina Er, who create their own fascinating and unique world of vocal. In their work, Yekaterina and Marika focus on the rich Jewish heritage, highlighting the Ashkenazi culture – the space of the Yiddish language. However, spirituality and sincerity of melodies in Hebrew are an indispensable part of the repertoire of two voices.
The duo started in 2014 and its name “Ma-s-Ka”
stands for “Marika with Katya” (short name for Yekaterina) in Russian language.
Marika and Yekaterina are active members of Jewish Community of Estonia, performing at different cultural events. In addition to multiple Estonian concerts the duo have performed in Sofia (Bulgaria) and at Limmud events in Berlin (Germany), Helsinki (Finland) and Jurmala (Latvia).
Mark Kovnatskiy is a widely traveled and highly acclaimed violinist, composer, lecturer and expert in Yiddish dances based in Hamburg, Germany.Mark is at the head of a generation that has saved the sensitive playing style of the old Klezmorim for the present and developed it further. He has performed and taught at many music festivals around the world from the USA and Canada to Japan. In addition to his projects such as the Semer Ensemble, Engel Ensemble, Torah Images and Hamburg Klezmer Band, Mark has performed as a guest musician with Socalled, Dobranotch and Efim Chorny, among others. He teaches Yiddish music and dance internationally.
A Design Thinking Approach to Remember Together
Tamas currently works for CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, a Brussels based organization that promotes social cohesion through training, education, dialogue and advocacy. Originally from Hungary, he served previousSocial entrepreneur, cultural producer, co-founder of FestivALT, Jewish art & activism collective, investigating complexities of the contemporary Jewish Poland. Magda deals with the issues of Jewish memory, Polish-Jewish dialogue, informal Jewish education. Magda works as Limmud’s European Coordinator.ly as the program director of the Israeli Cultural Institute in Budapest. Before that, he worked for the Jewish Agency’s Global Leadership Institute, as the director of a network of young community activists from Europe. He holds an M.A. in Law and undertook teacher training in Jewish studies. In the last couple of years he worked with global Jewish organizations, such as the Jewish Agency, MASA, Limmud, the Schusterman Foundation and Rene Cassin.
From Moses to Einstein to you - Discover the Unimaginable Powers of Imagination
Yoad is an Imagination Jedi and an alchemist of the imagination arts. Born in Israel and growing up in California, Yoad's journey to discover the power imagination holds, started at an early age, though he didn't know it yet... it was present in different ways that shared the same principles at each stage of his life. Whether as an officer in the IDF, a photographer, a stage actor, or his career as a creative Ad-Man in global agencies, and a marketing executive.
Majoring in Psychology gave academic context to origins of this power and it's mental and physiological aspects, and moving to Helsinki in 2018, set in motion the unleashing of his art side by side with developing his personal philosophy on the untapped power of imagination. Yoad is married to Alisa and father to 3 super girls, who all posess great imagination powers far beyond his own, and teach him about it everyday.
Magda Rubenfeld Koralewska
Are Jews Lucky?
Social entrepreneur, cultural producer, co-founder of FestivALT, Jewish art & activism collective, investigating complexities of the contemporary Jewish Poland. Magda deals with the issues of Jewish memory, Polish-Jewish dialogue, informal Jewish education. Magda works as Limmud’s European Coordinator.