Sippur 2015

December 7, 2015 | See UJIA, Watch UJIA

Listen to the stories…

Over two hundred members of the community joined the conversation about ‘New ideas on the Jewish story, Israel and us’ at ‘Sippur’, UJIA’s second convention, in association with JDOV. Guests heard 10-12 minute TED-style talks at JW3 from UJS President Hannah Brady, former Knesset Member Dr Ruth Calderon, Senior Sephardi Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Israeli psychotrauma specialist Professor Mooli Lahad, and Honey & Co restauranteurs Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich. In contrast with the usual call for mobile phones to be turned off, guests were actively encouraged to get involved in the online conversation throughout the live event, using #sippur and tagging @UJIAcharity.

Hannah Brady

UJS President, who has campaigned for increased Holocaust education and against BDS motions. “Blanks in our lives and in our society are powerful but please never forget the way you fill them in has the most power of all”

Rabbi Joseph Dweck

Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community and former leader of the Congregation Shaarei Shalom in New York. “What would be the name that you would deeply identify with? I don’t think it would be Jew. I would suggest something else. I would suggest it’s Yisrael, Israel.”  

Honey & Co – Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich

Restauranteurs at Honey & Co in central London, and authors of the award-winning cookbook ‘Honey & Co: Food from the Middle East’. “This is our chopped salad, this is our little taste of home and its great for us to see how in recent years everyone talks about Israeli food, which was not a thing 5/6 years ago.”

Professor Mooli Lahad

Israeli psychologist and psychotrauma specialist, who has been particularly involved in helping communities who have been under rocket attack. “We survived as a result of the fact that we can tell stories”

Dr Ruth Calderon PhD

Former Knesset Member and cultural revivalist, spearheading efforts to revive Hebrew Culture and a pluralistic Israeli-Jewish identity. “If the time will come in the Middle East that we can all read and understand this language, but really understand, there will be some light”