Lim­mud Fest’s so­cial ac­tivism

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community -

UR­BAN KIB­BUTZIM, sus­tain­able tech­nol­ogy and so­cial jus­tice-in­spired soul mu­sic are some of the quirky in­clu­sions at Lim­mud Fest.

The muddy sis­ter of Lim­mud’s main De­cem­ber con­fer­ence ex­pects around 700 peo­ple over the Au­gust bank hol­i­day week­end at Sparsholt Col­lege in Hamp­shire. Lim­mud ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ray­mond Si­mon­son high­lights the “spe­cial fo­cus on so­cial ac­tion and tikkun olam ev­ery year. For ex­am­ple, we have Naomi Efrat, who’s lived on an Is­raeli ur­ban kib­butz for eight years.”

Other speak­ers in­clude Ivor Bad­diel dis­cussing his cam­paign to tackle an­ti­semitism in foot­ball, Amer­i­can Jewish World Ser­vice pres­i­dent Ruth Messinger and Tzedek founder Steve Miller.

The fes­ti­val will also be run­ning cam­paigns for World Jewish Re­lief and the An­thony Nolan Trust. “We are col­lect­ing school sta­tionery for chil­dren sup­ported by WJR,” Mr Si­mon­son ex­plained. “We are also pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to sign up to the bone mar­row reg­is­ter. The daugh­ter of a pa­tient will be telling her story of try­ing to find a match from within the Jewish com­mu­nity for her dad.”

Lim­mud Fest runs from Au­gust 25-29

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