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Thanks Limmud Chicago 2010

February 14th, 2010 No comments

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Thanks for a great Limmud Chicago 2010!

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Why All Good Things Start In The U.K.

November 6th, 2009 No comments

CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 30, 2009 The Beatles, Harry Potter and now Limmud, the latest U.K. export.  Limmud Chicago is an independent organization dedicated to creating engaging opportunities for experiencing and celebrating Jewish learning and culture.  Limmud (Learning) is at the heart of everything.  The aim is to provide a portal for participants to explore their connection to a rich heritage of Jewish ideas, traditions, culture and people.  In the process, a community is created which transcends diverse backgrounds and labels and allows the participants to deepen their understanding, of each other as individuals, and as a people.

The first Annual, Limmud Chicago Conference will take place on Sunday, February 14, 2010 at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines.  To whet the appetite, there will be several Taste of Limmud programs during 2009 and in January 2010, throughout the Chicagoland area.

Limmud Chicago is a pan-denominational, multi-generational organization of tireless volunteers from a wide variety of Jewish backgrounds, affiliations, denominations, circumstances and orientations.  This group comes together to explore all facets of Jewish life, identity and culture, following the Limmud model that everyone has something to learn, everyone has something to teach and the entire community has something to gain.

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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.