Lim­mud draws big crowd — but not the young

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JOHN FISHER

PAR­TIC­I­PANTS IN Sun­day’s Leeds Lim­mud en­joyed lec­tures on sub­jects as di­verse as teach­ing the Holo­caust to Mus­lim pupils and salsa danc­ing at Buenos Aires bar­mitz­vahs.

The 50 top­ics also in­cluded dis­crim­i­na­tion to­wards Ethiopian Jews in Is­rael and how hu­mour aided Jewish sur­vival. Jonathan Arkush, Jon Sil­ver­man, Clarissa Hyman, Dina Brawer and Clive Law­ton were among the speak­ers.

“It was a jug­gling act to get the cor­rect bal­ance at each time-slot that would ap­peal to vis­i­tors,” said co- chair Linda Rosen. “I cer­tainly think we’ve achieved that.”

The one crit­i­cism was a marked ab­sence of youth among the 300 turnout, but Ms Rosen said or­gan­is­ers “were look­ing into that for next year. We have tried to bring young­sters on board in the past. The prob­lem was know­ing which age group to tar­get. We are build­ing up a good re­la­tion­ship with The Zone youth cen­tre and it is im­por­tant to plan for the fu­ture.”

Ms Rosen re­called that Leeds was the first city to stage a one-day Lim­mud. “Ev­i­dence shows we were the in­spi­ra­tion for other towns and ci­ties to stage a sim­i­lar event.”

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