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INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT TAKES HOLD IN CHICAGO

December 26th, 2010 Comments off

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHICAGO, IL December 27, 2010

INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT TAKES HOLD IN CHICAGO
Adult Jewish Education with a Twist

The 2nd annual Limmud Chicago Conference will take place March 27, 2011, at  Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. 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 (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. What makes Limmud different is that all of the sessions are led by volunteers who choose their own subject and format.

Stuart Rosenberg, a Skokie resident and local musician who facilitated a session on Music, Spirit and Meaning at the 1st annual Limmud Chicago Conference in 2010, calls Limmud “a brilliant and beautiful concept. It offers a new way to understand our community, valuing diversity over conformity and inclusion over exclusivity.” More than 350 participants attended 80 sessions over the course of last year’s conference, which included a Camp Limmud for children ages three through 12.

According to Glenview resident Shelley Riskin, who attended Limmud last year, “The workshops were impressive. It’s a unique experience for Chicago, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s going to be offered this year.”

Registration for this year’s Limmud is now open for participants and for those volunteering to lead a session. Standard registration is $65 for adults and $55 for children under age 12. Full-time students can earn a reduced fee by volunteering for two hours on the day of the conference. Limited scholarships are available for those with financial need.

Lunch and snacks are included, and all food is certified kosher according to Chicago Rabbinical Council standards.

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