Hundreds attend Bristol Limmud
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