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Limmud is coming to Chicago.

May 27th, 2009 No comments

taste12Limmud is coming to Chicago. And I’m blogging about it. What is Limmud, you ask? It is so many different things all at once, new words have been coined to describe it- a Jewish communiversity, a feastival of learning and many other clever such things.

Limmud is a global movement of volunteers who faciliate, participate in and are passionate about Jewish learning in all its forms. The common expression of this movement is Limmud Conference, an event which depending on the location may run from a full day to several days filled with hundreds of sessions on every aspect of Jewish life imaginable.

These sessions run the gamut from panel sessions on issues of the day to film screenings to performances to formal text-study. Several tracks of sessions can be followed or none at all- you can create your own Jewish learning experience- just expect to make friends along the way.

The only agenda at a Limmud Conference is to take you one step further on your Jewish journey. We don’t care what that means, so long as you learn something new, meet someone new or deepen your understanding of your jewish self. We like to describe the experiecnce as non-denominational, multi-generational and truly transformational.

At Limmud, there are no Teachers- only learners who present, then attend a session to learn from someone else. At Limmud, anyone has something to teach and something to learn. At Limmud there are no denominational squabbles because there are only ‘Jews’ (and sometimes non-Jews who simply like Jewish learning). There are no questions over who is a Rabbi and who can present with whom on which panel- there are no titles and hence no Rabbis, only people who learn, present and participate.

The Limmud Chicago team is working on creating a Limmud Conference here in Chicago. Among our core values is a spirit of volunteerism combined with participation- what we call volunticipation. We welcome your volunticipation.

Limmud is coming to Chicago. And I’ve just blogged about it.