Presenter FAQ

What’s the most important thing I need to know about presenting at Limmud Seattle?


We ask all to respect our inclusive Jewish environment and the Limmud Values, especially Respect, Diversity, Community, and Arguments for the Sake of Heaven (healthy debate intended to increase understanding, vs. contentious disagreement intended for one side to prevail).

The core value is “Everyone should be a student, and anyone can be a teacher,” so if you've got Jewish knowledge you're burning to share, submit a session proposal for Limmud Seattle 2019 (January 19-20, 2019).

I want to present a session at Limmud Seattle. What do I do?


We are accepting proposals until October 15, 2018. We encourage you to register now and submit a proposal! Contact if you have any questions.

How does Limmud work?


Multiple 75-minute sessions are offered simultaneously throughout the day. Presenters are also participants and want to (and do!) attend the event to take advantage of Limmud’s many unique learning opportunities.

What topics can I cover?


Limmud sessions cover a very wide range of Jewish-related topics; you’ll find a list of general themes for Limmud Seattle on the proposal form. But overall, if presenters bring to the event the Jewish topic/arena/experience they are passionate about, taking into account our audience diversity - Jews of all ages and backgrounds - the outcomes will be tremendous.

Feel free to think freely. A "session" can be almost anything, as long as there's Jewish content (which also leaves a lot of room for interpretation). That's the fun of Limmud: the sky's the limit.

Please note: Any proposal for a session that clearly contradicts the Limmud Values will not be considered (for example, a session designed to legitimize or delegitimize any political viewpoint or Jewish denomination).

What do I need to provide on the session proposal form?


We’ll ask for basic info on you and your idea. The word limits are to make it easier for you to write your proposal and for us to carefully review all submitted proposals. The form will provide complete information, but these are the basics you’ll need:

  • Your biography (max 100 words), including info relevant to your session topic
  • Session title (max 15 words)
  • Brief session description (max 150 words)
  • Relevant links (if any) - videos, articles, etc. featuring you and your topic
  • Subject area (choose up to three from options like Arts & Culture; Justice, Ethics & Activism; History/Philosophy)
  • Type of Session (choose from Lecture, Discussion, Activity, Performance, Film, Other)
  • Equipment/Setup needs
  • Where/when you have presented this session before (as relevant)

Easy peasy.

Can I present more than one session?


Most of our local presenters lead only one session, in order to enable as many people as possible to speak. You may wish to submit more than one idea, in case your first topic is already being covered. It is possible that your session may not be approved for inclusion in this year’s conference due to our efforts to maintain diversity and balance in our topics, presenters, and the timing of our sessions. We will let you know if your session proposal has been accepted as soon as possible.

Can I propose a session with more than one presenter?


Sure. We welcome collaborations, panels, group performances and other ways to bring more knowledge and sharing to Limmud.

Who decides which sessions are selected?


The Programming Team, volunteers who help plan Limmud, will carefully review all proposals and make selections to maintain diversity and balance in topics, types of sessions and presenters, timing and other logistical considerations.

Want to help make these decisions? Volunteer to join the team!

Can I use PowerPoints, DVDs, etc.?


Yes. Our venue, the Shoreline Conference Center, is a fully equipped conference facility with WiFi throughout and we will have AV support on site. Of course, it’s always advisable to have a Plan B ready, and to download what you need in advance.

So, tell me again why I have to pay to attend Limmud Seattle if I am presenting?


Presenters are participants, too, who pay to come, attend sessions, meet people and get as much out of the festival as possible. Even volunteers who have given considerable amounts of time to organizing and running Limmud are participants who pay. That’s the Limmud model, which has been successful in 44 countries around the globe. Together, we make it happen. 

Special arrangements can be made for those needing financial assistance, and various subsidized tickets are available. Check out our registration page, and if you need more info please contact


I have a question that hasn’t been answered here. What do I do?


If you have questions about presenting, email If you have general questions about Limmud, try the FAQ. If your question isn’t answered there, email