Limmud goes east
CAMBRIDGE IS to have its own Limmud conference on March 18. Local organisers claim the university’s reputation has enabled them to secure a line-up of academic, literary and arts heavyweights, many of whom would not turn out for a communal event.
The line-up includes writers David Baddiel, Howard Jacobson, Linda Grant and Lisa Appignanesi, top food writer Claudia Roden and arts specialists Alexander Knapp, a Soas-based expert on Jewish music, and Michael Kustow, former associate director of the National Theatre.
Academic heavyweights include Berkeley’s Professor Daniel Boyarin, the University of London’s Professor David Cesarani and Cambridge’s own Professor Stefan Reif.
Cambridge Professor Simon Goldhill, who put together the programme with London University’s Jewish studies lecturer Dr Diana Lipton, said the fact that several speakers were alumni had also helped secure a “stellar line-up”.
“This roster of speakers reflects the ideals of the university as well as those of Limmud,” he added.
The date was set for the end of term in case parents collecting students wished to attend, explained Prof Goldhill.