Limmud in the Woods: From Empty Field to Colourful Community
By Zoe Jacobs
Over the August bank holiday weekend (21-24 August), in a field in Oxfordshire, 250 Jews of all ages, backgrounds and denominations from across Britain, and as far away as the US, Israel and South Africa, gathered for Limmud in the Woods.
The event epitomized grassroots Judaism. Every participant played a role; be it cooking, schlepping, chopping fire wood, decorating the site, welcoming new participants – the list goes on. Thus, an empty field was transformed into a colourful community.
The programme included discussions on subjects ranging from the Labour leadership to organic kosher farming, as well as yoga, dance, live music, comedy and an array children’s activities.
Limmud in the Woods Co-Chairs Naomi Webber and Anna Lawton both grew up participating and volunteering in Limmud events, exemplifying how today’s children become tomorrow’s leaders.
Zoe Jacobs co-chaired the Shabbat programme at Limmud in the Woods.