Lim­mud’s early line-up

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY SI­MON ROCKER

THE AU­THOR of a highly ac­claimed book on Is­rael is one of the first speak­ers to be an­nounced for the Lim­mud con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

Haaretz colum­nist Ari Shavit’s The Promised Land: The Tri­umph and Tragedy of Is­rael, which came out in English ear­lier this year, is a per­sonal his­tory of the state.

Ben Crowne, pro­gram­ming co-chair for the con­fer­ence, said: “Ari Shavit is one of the most thought­ful and chal­leng­ing com­men­ta­tors on con­tem­po­rary Is­rael. We’re de­lighted that he’s com­ing to Lim­mud this year as part of the wide range of per­spec­tives and in­sights we aim to of­fer our par­tic­i­pants”.

Also on the bill is Is­rael-born and Texas-raised co­me­dian Avi Liber­man, who has ap­peared on shows such as NBC’s Fri­day Night. He does stand-up com­edy tours in Is­rael to raise money to help child vic­tims of ter­ror.

The ed­u­ca­tion fes­ti­val will un­usu­ally be­gin this year af­ter the Christ­mas holidays, on De­cem­ber 28.

In the mean­time, prospec­tive campers are gear­ing up for this week­end’s Lim­mud in the Woods in Ox­ford­shire.

Ac­claimed au­thor and TV comic will be among speak­ers

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