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Planning Underway for Limmud Chicago 2012

May 19th, 2011 Comments off


CHICAGO, IL May 8, 2011



Anita Silvert

Shoshana Waskow



Looking for Volunticipants!


The 2nd annual Limmud Chicago Conference was held several weeks ago, and planning is already underway for next year’s conference, to be held on February 19, 2012.  The day-long celebration of cross-communal, pan-denominational, multi-generational Jewish learning and culture is one of 50 such conferences on five continents reaching more than 35,000 Jews each year.

Limmud is run by Volunticipants – people who both volunteer and participate in the creation of engaging opportunities to experience and celebrate Jewish learning and culture.   The 2012 conference chairs, Anita Silvert and Shoshana Waskow, are looking forward to the challenge of topping this year’s conference, which was attended by more than 300 people ranging from 8-80 years old.  While most attendees were from the Chicago area, people from as far away as St. Louis, Detroit and New York came to see what Limmud Chicago had to offer.  The conference featured more than 80 sessions covering a wide range of topics like Jewish Text and Thought, Judaism and the Environment, Spiritual Writing, Jewish Cartoons, Intermarriage, Maimonides, Dancing, Art, Prayer, Meditation, The History of Israel Through Song,  and Jewish Tricksters.

Participants were impressed with both the variety of topics covered and the expertise of those leading the sessions.  One participant noted “I expected to go to a few classes, see some films and hear some speakers. I was not prepared for how wonderful the presentations would be.”  Another commented, “I found myself even more energized as the day progressed. Session variety was fantastic.”

Limmud (the Hebrew word for “learning”) began in the UK in 1980.  Based on the principal that we all have something to contribute and we all can learn from each other, the day is filled with lectures, discussion groups, workshops, films, exhibits and performances on a variety of Jewish topics.  Wherever you are on your Jewish journey, Limmud will take you one step further!

More information, including opportunities to volunticipate, can be found at

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