Viva Limmud Latin America!

Challah baking at Limud Buenos Aires

[To celebrate Limmud’s 35th year, eJewishPhilanthropy is offering a look into Jewish communities around the world through the eyes of Limmud volunteers. Limmud, the global grassroots Jewish learning movement founded in the United Kingdom in 1980, is today in 80 communities and 40 countries on six continents. Limmud - or, more accurately in Spanish, Limud - is igniting Spanish-speaking communities across Latin America. Limud Chile launched in June; Uruguay is holding its second annual learning festival on September 6; and Limud Bogota, in Colombia, is set to debut in February 2016. In this article, we take an in-depth look at three Limud communities: Buenos Aires, Mexico and Peru.] ***** Limud Buenos Aires: The Trailblazer By Patricia Kahane In 2006, I went to my first Limmud in the … [Read more...]

Limmud Jerusalem Opens Today

The Solomon Brothers will be performing at Limmud Jerusalem (21:15 - 23:00) on Thursday evening followed by a Jlm Jam Session at 23:00.

Hundreds of Jerusalemites of all walks of life are converging today on Mt. Herzl to share and interact at Limmud Jerusalem (JLM). On offer among the 150 Hebrew and English sessions today and tomorrow are workshops, performances, and tours - even a sermon slam: “The Rabbi, the Teacher and the Vibrator,” and "Why Don't Israelis Stand in Line?!,” as well as "18 Jewish Foods: What Our Iconic Dishes Say About Our People," "The Devil Made Me Do It: Demons and Identity in the Dead Sea Scrolls," and "The Place of the Childless Man in Jewish Civilization." Additionally, several panels will take place, including: Jerusalem Culture? Not an Oxymoron, Not What You Think! Authority with Humility: The Use and Abuse of Power by Rabbis Religion as a Force for Peace Where the Political Peace Process has … [Read more...]

Applications for Limmud Conference 2015 are Now Open!

Limmud Conference will take place between Sunday 27 - Thursday 31 December, with Limmud Shabbat on 25 - 26 December. For 35 years Limmud has been taking you 'one step further on your Jewish journey.' Limmud Conference 2015 represents the next step in Limmud's journey as they move to their new site - the hotels surrounding Pendigo Lake, Birmingham, UK. For everything you need to know about this year's Limmud Conference, please visit limmud.org/conference/. Limmud Conference 2015 - an extravaganza of Jewish life and learning you will never forget. … [Read more...]

Limmud Displays Vitality of the Johannesburg Jewish Community

(l-r) David Bilchitz, Chair of Limmud Intl;  Chaim Chesler, Chair of  Limmud FSU; and a local Limmudnikit Keturah Dhlamini. Photo by Ilan Ossendryver.

Featuring presenters from Poland, Israel, the UK and Cape Town, Limmud Johannesburg comes to a successful conclusion. An exhibition on the liberation of Soviet Jewry was amongst the highlights of the Limmud conference held in Johannesburg between 31 July and 2 August. The exhibition was brought by Chaim Chesler, founder of Limmud FSU. He presented on his first-hand experience with the immigration of over 1 million Russians to Israel and the challenges this posed for Israeli society. Chesler was one of 16 international presenters at this year's Limmud Johannesburg. Others included Grammy-nominated musician Yair Dalal, who brought his unique fusion of classical European and Indian music to the Limmud stage and Dina Brawer who explored her journey from being the rebbetzin to a well-known … [Read more...]

Jewish Revival in Germany and Hungary

A pause to reflect and refuel at Limmud Germany 2015; photo by Yuri Sokolov.

[To celebrate Limmud’s 35th year, eJewishPhilanthropy is offering a look into Jewish communities around the world through the eyes of Limmud volunteers. Limmud, the global grassroots Jewish learning movement founded in the United Kingdom in 1980, is today in 80 communities and 40 countries on six continents. This installment focuses on Limmuds in the renascent central European Jewish communities of Germany and Hungary.] The Uniqueness of Limmud Germany By Méli Solomon Why is Limmud Germany different from all other Limmuds? Germany itself. Given our history, our community’s very existence is heartening to us and surprising to visitors. It is a wonderful testament to the ability of Jews to recover and grow anew. Limmud Germany reflects the complex history of central Europe and … [Read more...]

Limmud po Russki

Limmud FSU Moscow, 2007; courtesy Limmud FSU.

[To celebrate Limmud’s 35th year, eJewishPhilanthropy is offering a look into Jewish communities around the world through the eyes of Limmud volunteers. Limmud, the global grassroots Jewish learning movement which was founded in the United Kingdom in 1980, is today in 80 communities and 40 countries.] By Chaim Chesler and Sandra Cahn Limmud, the 35 year-young phenomenon which first saw the light of day in the United Kingdom in 1980, is well-known to all followers of eJewishPhilanthropy and is very deserving of all the superlatives that have been poured on its head as can be seen in previous articles in this series. It has indeed revitalized Jewish learning and culture in its broadest sense across the world in dozens of languages and on six continents. Nearly ten years ago, in 2006, a … [Read more...]

Limmud South Africa: Aye-Sayer to Jewish Diversity and Possibility

Participants pause to pose in the middle of great discussion; photo courtesy of Howard Sackstein.

Grassroots, bold and sassy, deep, integrative, and committed to Jewish text and the Jewish fringes, Limmud SA adds fire to the South African Jewish scene. [To celebrate Limmud’s 35th year, eJewishPhilanthropy is offering a look into Jewish communities around the world through the eyes of Limmud volunteers. Limmud, the global grassroots Jewish learning movement founded in the United Kingdom in 1980, is today in 80 communities and 40 countries on six continents.] By Adina Roth Limmud South Africa will celebrate its ninth year July 31-August 9, 2015. It all began when two student leaders from the South African Jewish community attended Limmud Conference in the United Kingdom in December 2005. Upon their return, eyes aglow and minds a-whir, they spoke about a Jewish festival like we had … [Read more...]

Bienvenido Limud Chile

Challah bake at Limud Chile

Nearly 500 people gathered on Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Instituto Hebreo Chaim Weitzman in Santiago for Limud Chile’s launch on the coldest day of the year to date. With the temperature hovering at -3 Centigrade outside, adults and children stayed warm expanding their Jewish horizons in one of 30+ sessions, panels, and workshops during the daylong Jewish learning festival. … [Read more...]