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Sunday, May 31

2:00pm SAST

Hasidic Dynasties: Then and Now - A Sequel
Marcin will discuss the origins of the dynastic leadership in Hasidism and the different forms it adopted from the late eighteenth century until today. Special emphasis will be put on spatial aspects of Hasidic dynasties and their rule over specific territories, competition and cooperation. It will also focus on differing ethos and differing models of leadership.

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Marcin Wodziński

Marcin Wodziński is professor of Jewish History and literature at the University of Wroclaw, Poland.  His special field of interest are Jewish material culture and the social history of Jews in nineteenth-century Eastern Europe, especially Hasidism and the Haskalah.  His publications... Read More →

Sunday May 31, 2020 2:00pm - 2:50pm SAST
Room 7

2:00pm SAST

Spies, Lies and the Search for Pink Rabbit
In 1972, Craig Williamson joined the anti-apartheid group NUSAS and, after being elected its vice-president, fled the country to continue his activism in exile. He was unmasked as a spy in 1980. Jonathan wrote a book about Williamson's double life. The question he is asked most often about the book is: “Why Craig Williamson?”. The answer is: “A pink rabbit”. This was a standout session at Limmud SA 2019 and is back by popular demand.

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Jonathan Ancer

Jonathan has been a journalist at The Star, editor of Grocott’s Mail and a crossword columnist for the Cape Times. He has won awards for hard-news journalism, feature and creative writing. His books include ‘The Victor Within’ (with Victor Vermeluen), ‘Spy: Uncovering Craig... Read More →

Sunday May 31, 2020 2:00pm - 2:50pm SAST
Room 4

4:00pm SAST

My Great (and Short) Great Grandfather, Eliezer Ben Yehuda, and the Revival of the Hebrew Language
Gil reveals the real story of the revival of the Hebrew language, from a personal point of view. Hebrew was practically dead for 2000 years. The man who revived it almost single-handedly was Eliezer Ben Yehuda, one of the founding fathers of Zionism. Gil Hovav, his great grandson, tells the story of this unprecedented miracle through the little secrets that were kept by his family for more than a hundred years.

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Gil Hovav

Gil Hovav is Israel’s leading culinary journalist and a popular television personality. He hails from one of the most respected lineages in the Jewish world: he is the great-grandson of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the reviver of the Hebrew language; the grandson of Itamar Ben-Avi, who began... Read More →

Sunday May 31, 2020 4:00pm - 4:50pm SAST
Room 6

4:00pm SAST

Power and Citizenship in the COVID-19 Pandemic
As well triggering a sudden health and economic emergency, the Covid-19 outbreak has placed huge stress on the relationship between governors and governed. The discussion explores what the emergency has revealed about the exercise of power and nature of citizenship in South Africa. How is South Africa being policed in the midst of the crisis? How are ministers using the wide powers suddenly at their disposal? It also explores the relationship between politics and science and the increasingly vexing question of socio-economic rights.

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Jonny Steinberg

Jonny is Professor of African Studies at Oxford University. He has written extensively on everyday life after apartheid. Among his books are The Number, A Man of Good Hope and One Day in Bethlehem. He has twice won the Sunday Times Alan Paton Prize and was an inaugural winner of the... Read More →
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Carol Steinberg

Carol is an advocate at the Johannesburg Bar, specialising in public and constitutional law. Before going to the Bar, she was a senior member of the Department of Arts and Culture and later advisor to the Minister. She is a published playwright who worked with Junction Avenue Theatre... Read More →

Sunday May 31, 2020 4:00pm - 4:50pm SAST
Room 2

5:00pm SAST

Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity
This session will consider how attention to neglected media, such as ancient graffiti, reveals rare and otherwise forgotten information about the daily lives of their Jewish creators. Graffiti embed information about how Jews once prayed, remembered the dead, and participated in civic life throughout Egypt, Arabia, Europe, Judea, and North Africa.

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Karen Stern

Karen uses archaeology to investigate the daily lives of ancient Jews. She is associate professor of History at Brooklyn College of City University of New York and author of Writing on the Wall: Graffiti and the Forgotten Jews of Antiquity.

Sunday May 31, 2020 5:00pm - 5:50pm SAST
Room 5