Liver­pool joins Lim­mud club

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY SUE GREEN­BERG

MERSEY­SIDE’S FIRST Lim­mud day was a sell-out suc­cess, with 500 peo­ple at­tend­ing the event at Liver­pool’s Hope Univer­sity on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day.

Al­most 40 ses­sions cov­ered top­ics from ge­neal­ogy to Yid­dish swing and Rabbi Zvi Solomons of Princes Road Syn­a­gogue com­pli­mented or­gan­is­ers on “the amaz­ing mix of su­perb speak­ers”.

A ma­jor at­trac­tion was the ap­pear­ance of Got­tfried Wag­ner, great-grand­son of com­poser and Nazi favourite Richard Wag­ner, who talked about his fam­ily’s an­tisemitic legacy.

Other Lim­mud high­lights in­cluded Jonny Geller on Jewish hu­mour; Michael Sw­erd­low — di­rec­tor/pro­ducer of the Chicken Soup and Scouse doc­u­men­tary — on “From bimah to Broad­way”; and singer Ne­shama Car­lebach on the life and mu­sic of her fa­ther Shlomo.

Lo­cal Labour MP Louise Ell­man, Lim­mud founder Clive Law­ton, Eric Moon­man and Rabbi Norman Zalud were also among the speak­ers.

For the youngest par­tic­i­pants, a creative-writ­ing ses­sion for chil­dren was led by award-win­ning au­thor Alan Gib­bons, who helped them pen their own Jewish hor­ror story. Books, Is­raeli jew­ellery and Dead Sea prod­ucts were on sale at the “shuk”.

With many pop­u­lar ses­sions hap­pen­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously, Mr Law­ton ob­served: “You missed far more than you heard.”

Liver­pool Lim­mud chair Mal­colm Turner praised the “bril­liant” or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, “who will serve this com­mu­nity so well in the fu­ture”.

In a Sun­day night cur­tain-raiser at St Ge­orge’s Con­cert Hall, “Mu­sic and Maloney” fea­tured Yid­dish song, Ms Car­lebach and Peter Maloney, TV pre­sen­ter, “Scouse­ol­o­gist” and pop­u­lar af­ter-din­ner speaker.

PHOTO: MIKE SLADE

Lim­mud par­tic­i­pants So­nia Gran­tham, Diana Ralph, Lee Bracey and Susan Urd­ing with speaker Jonny Geller

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