If you’re new to Limmud like I am, it’s easy to get interested about the idea, but hard to wrap your head around exactly what it is.
There’s learning, but it’s not like a conference or coursework. It’s social and vibrant, but it’s not a party. It will be playful, fun and energizing, but…
Limmud (which basically means “to learn”) has been called a happening, a festival, a learningfest, and a gathering (to name a few). By any name, it’s a celebration of Jewish life, learning and culture that started in England in 1980 and has expanded to 80+ communities in more than 40 countries around the world.
One of the unique and fabulous things about Limmud is that each event is designed by and for the Jews within the community in which it is held — and the event is best when people from all threads of Jewish life participate, whether they are affiliated or not, Jewishly active or inactive, Sephardic, Ashkenazi, religious, spiritual, cultural, repairers-of-the-world, secular, curious, of every age.
The goal is to create a space where people can come together and explore the diversity and richness of the Jewish experience. There are multiple sessions every hour so people (like you) can chart their own course as they examine their connection to Jewish ideas and tradition, meet people who are enthusiastic and interested, and discuss important (and sometimes sensitive) issues in a respectful environment.
Seattle has a vibrant and diverse Jewish community, and a small-ish (and quickly growing) group of volunteers are working to create the first ever Limmud Seattle Saturday night, Jan. 13, 2018 through Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.
Presenters will include local, national and international stars in the areas of arts and culture, food, literature, health, Jewish studies, environmental studies, social activism, and more. Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, who founded The Gefilteria and wrote the cookbook Gefilte Manifesto will be there, and so will Michael Rothbaum, a rabbi, teacher and social activist who has done extensive work with faith-based social justice organizations.
We hope you will be, too.
So give it some thought -- what would get you in Limmud?