From Russia’s Far East to Los Angeles; from the UK to Australia; Limmud has exploded across the global Jewish landscape.
Now 30 years old, this hugely successful initiative in informal Jewish education shows no signs of age. This summer alone brought events around the world, including Limmud Fest in the UK, Limmud in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, Buenos Aires and New Zealand along with Limmud FSU programs in Jerusalem and WestHampton, New York.
Established in 1980 as a small conference by, and for, Jewish educators, Limmud has become, according to Sir Jonathan Sacks, “British Jewry’s greatest export.”
Exported first to Australia in 1999, Limmud has now spread to 54 separate locations on six continents, directly impacting 40,000 individuals in the past year alone; bringing together religious and secular, affiliated and not, traditional and alternative, to celebrate, create and to provide a catalyst for individuals to further their own Jewish learning in an inclusive, respectful, atmosphere. It embraces everyone who wants to come. In the words of Torah educator Esther Lapian, “It has become an international movement that is effecting Jews all over the world.”
At the core of Limmud is Conference – held annually in the U.K. during the last week of December. These days it attracts well over two thousand participants, consists of close to a thousand sessions over a five day period and offers the opportunity to learn in the company of an enormous variety of presenters – from well-known names in the Jewish world to individuals who simply have something engaging to say.
There are sessions to delight and engage, whether you want to study Torah, meet writers, argue with politicians or stay up into the small hours in the company of some of the best performers in the Jewish world.
This year Limmud celebrates 30 and the volunteers who craft Conference are going all out with exciting programs for all – from children to seniors and all ages between – who want to continue their own Jewish journey, wherever it may lead.
So, check it out – register – and “be there or be square!”