Rank & File: David Hoffman Named Chairman of Global Limmud

Crossroads to celebrate Hanukkah with 5K run and Beit Uri Residence raises over $15,500 for charity.

Choirmaster Elina Durian, host Jean Murphy holding a microphone as she addresses the crowd, Beit Uri resident Hezi and Beit Uri's Jeanette Koll at the Beit Uri event in Herzliya last Friday.
Mary Knight

LIMMUD GETS NEW CHAIR: David Hoffman has been appointed to replace Kevin Sefton as chairman of the global Limmud network and organization at the end of this year. Hoffman, a commercial barrister and author on human rights law, has held many Limmud leadership positions since 2005, reviving Limmud Manchester and serving on the board of directors, according to the organization dedicated to Jewish learning, and helping it expand into the Far East and Latin America. “The Jewish world recognizes Limmud as a leader in engaging Jews across generations, affiliations – and non-affiliation – and international borders,” said Hoffman. “My goal is to build upon and expand Limmud’s unique strengths in training young leaders, convening Jews of all stripes, and fostering discussion and debate.” He added that Sefton “set the bar high” during “three growth-filled years” as chairman.

RUN OFF THOSE SUFGANIYOT: Crossroads, the center for at-risk English-speaking teens, is celebrating Hanukkah next week with a 5K night run at The First Station in Jerusalem. “This year, we made it a little more special by connecting it with Hanukkah and turning it into a festival of family activities, so one can go run and the other can enjoy doing other things,” Bronx-native Robbie Sassoon told Haaretz on Wednesday, noting that about 200 people attended the center’s first night run last January. Sassoon explained that the event’s main goal is to engage the community and spread awareness of Crossroads services, be it educational or emotional, or related army or immigration issues. “For the most part, our social workers do outreach on the street,” he noted. To register, visit go.janglo.net.

HELPERS' BAZAAR: The Beit Uri Residence for the Mentally Challenged raised over 60,000 shekels ($15,500) at its annual holiday bazaar at the residence of EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen and his wife Jean Murphy last Friday. Beit Uri residents designed and produced the items on sale, including crafts, foods and artistic creations. “The feeling you get from the residents and staff is a sincere nurturing, living environment that they have between themselves,” Murphy, a former New Yorker, told Haaretz on Wednesday, noting that some 250-300 people attended. “When they expose us to that, we see that as a reciprocal gift to us,” added Murphy who co-organized the event with diplomatic spouses Maria Kuglitsch (Austria, recently left), Ane Vahr (Denmark), Kaori Matusomi (Japan) and Mary Knight (U.S. deputy ambassador).

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