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Limmud Toronto 2009 Festival of Jewish Learning
Sunday, February 15, 2009 from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM (EST)
- Download the Limmud "At-a-Glance" 2009 Program Schedule
- Download the Limmud "Full" 2009 Program Book
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Limmud celebrates breadth and diversity in Jewish education. Choose your own adventure from over 45 sessions led by some of the city’s most exciting educators, performers and lay-people. Presenters include Judy Feld Carr, The Washington Post's Warren Bass, Consul-General to Israel Amir Gissin, chef Rose Reisman, Rabbis Harvey Meirovich and Karen Thomashow and more than 40 others.
This year, you can study Torah and liturgy, go green with a panel on eco-Judaism, learn to write your family memoir, sing along with an instant choir, join a drum circle, improvise and analyze scenes from Tanakh, speak your Jewish experience in poetry, and more!
After Limmud, kick back and enjoy some cool Jew culture! The Koffler Centre of the Arts brings the 2nd Cool Jew Cabaret to Limmud ($8 for Limmudniks). For more information, download the "Full" 2009 Program Book, above.
Our goal is to make Limmud Toronto affordable to anyone who would like to
participate. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (647) 838-7004 for more information.
Leave your jacket in the car! Registration includes free on-site underground parking. For a map to our parking and pedestrian entrances, click here.
Food and Kashrut
Registration includes a kosher lunch as well as refreshments throughout the day. Catering by Dairy Treats, COR.
Volunteering with Limmud
When & Where
Festival of Jewish Learning is Coming to Toronto
By Doris Strub - Epstein
Limmud. It’s happening in Istanbul, Australia, Latvia, Moscow, Berlin, in two places in Israel... in almost every corner of the earth where Jews gather together.
Exciting, innovative, it is best described as an extraordinary festival of Jewish learning and culture. Limmud is coming to Toronto, Sunday, February 15 at the University of Toronto’s Bahen Centre on St. George, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a kosher lunch included.
With over 45 presenters including rabbis, politicos, novelists, academics and artists, this multi-faceted, multi-denominational, experien-tial program em-braces the spec-trum of Judaism, orthodox to secu-lar, right and left, and everybody in between.
There is even a young Limmud program which welcomes five to 12 year olds for a day of fun, while their parents at-tend the main sessions.
Limmud originated in Britain 20 years ago. It is now a week long program that attracts 2300 participants. Sharoni Sibony, Chair of Limmud Toronto who just returned from there said “It was amazing – an incredible experience. They call it the crown jewel of British Jewish educa-tion. It is now in 46 countries around the world. “
“In Toronto we are the first in Canada to do Limmud, and we’re hoping to see it spread nationwide.”
“Limmud really achieves a pluralistic inclusive community. They get people excited about Jewish learning and it meets the needs of people who are at various stages of familiarity with Jewish subjects, texts, culture and history.” `
Limmud was launched in 2004 in Toronto and has become an annual event that many people look forward to. Partially funded by UJA, ev-eryone involved in this independent, grass roots organization is a volunteer, even the presenters. In recent years, Limmud’s events have been recognized for enriching Jewish life and have spread across the global Jewish community.
Limmud, the Hebrew word for learning, has caught the imagination of Jews worldwide be-cause it offers a broader, more open experience of Jewish community, rather than one bound by hierarchy and convention.
Festival organizers are guaranteeing a stimu-lating day featuring some of the city’s leading Jewish presenters, including Judy Feld Carr, Consul General Amir Gissin, Elliott Malamet, Harvey Meirovich and Rose Reisman. International pre-senters include The Washington Post’s Warren Bass, David Levin-Kruss from the Jerusalem’s Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and Rachel Adelman of MaTaN.
“Limmud really achieves a pluralistic inclusive communi-ty. They get people excited about Jewish learning and it meets the needs of people who are at various stages of fa-miliarity with Jewish subjects, texts, culture and history,” said Sibony.
“This is not about just one day of Jewish learning; it’s about getting people excited to keep learning.”
To register or volunteer for the event, or for more information about the 2009 Limmud Festival, including a comprehensive list of pre-senters, please visit www.limmud.ca or con-tact Project Coordinator Jonathan Moneta at: 647 838 7004.
Epi on Education
Canadian Jewish News
Having just returned from the Limmud Conference in England, I would be remiss in not reporting on that exhilarating experience.
For many years now, British Jews have accustomed themselves to the fact that during the winter break thousands of their lot assemble at a university campus outside of London for four-five days of Jewish immersion. This year there were well over two thousand at the University of Warwick in Coventry.
Each day is filled with lectures, chevruta study, workshops, panel discussions, and concerts from early in the morning until very late at night. The topics range across a virtual rainbow of ideologies, interests, passions, and lifestyles. This is true pluralistic Jewish learning and culture in that nothing stays pareve, and every possible Jewish position of the 21st century is both represented and given full respect. Limmud is a celebration of all the Jewish possibilities for growth and development in the time and place we currently inhabit. www.limmud.org will give you all the information you need, but like Coca Cola or Shabbat, a description is insufficient to give you the real taste.
Fortunately, Toronto Jews can get that taste at Limmud Toronto 2009 on February 15/09 at University of Toronto’s Bahen Centre, and www.limmud.ca will inform you on that event.
One of the fascinating aspects of Limmud is the age range of participants. There were youthful singles, young families with lots of children (for whom there was constant planned activity), everyone in the middle, and many senior citizens. All of them came to broaden their Jewish experience and to deepen their Jewish knowledge. Limmud exists in twenty-five different countries and forty-five communities. Limmud conferences in places such as Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey are a testament to the flourishing of Jewish life in the strangest places. What excites me most about this phenomenon is that it illustrates once again how Jewish continuity is not an adequate goal for Jewish education. Rather, Jewish creativity through literacy are the correct objectives for a better Jewish future.