Hun­dreds at­tend Bris­tol Lim­mud

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

PEO­PLE CAME from across the UK and United States to at­tend Bris­tol’s first Lim­mud.

Or­gan­is­ers were de­lighted that more than 240 peo­ple took part in the event, held at the Bris­tol Cathe­dral Choir School on Sunday.

Martin Ve­goda, one of the seven or­gan­is­ers of the fes­ti­val, said the large turnout was thanks to the va­ri­ety of the pro­gramme.

“De­spite be­ing a small com­mu­nity we had one of the best pro­grammes on of­fer and I am not just say­ing that. I went to a Lim­mud else­where that was ter­ri­ble.”

Ses­sions on of­fer in­cluded one look­ing at the his­tory of Jewry in Bris­tol and Bath, and a talk with pi­anist Al­lan Schiller, who spoke about his in­ter­na­tional con­cert ca­reer.

An­other ses­sion,“Were Jews in­volved in At­lantic slav­ery?” ex­plored Bris­tol’s com­mer­cial and ship­ping his­tory.

It was also the first time a dog had been part of a Lim­mud ses­sion, or­gan­is­ers claimed.

Rabbi Jonathan Wit­ten­berg de­liv­ered a ses­sion on how his dog, Mitz­pah, had helped him to be­come a bet­ter per­son.

A packed room heard Rabbi Wit­ten­berg re­it­er­ate how walk­ing his dog en­abled him to be­come an even bet­ter per­son, said Mr Ve­goda.

“The dog was well-be­haved dur­ing the ses­sion,” he added.

“Par­tic­i­pants were of­fered 30 en­tic­ing ses­sions and had to choose five.”

When those tak­ing part were asked for feed­back, “they told us how much they had en­joyed their day”.

Pro­gram­mer Yoav Ben-Shlomo in­tro­duc­ing pi­anist Al­lan Schiller

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