Limmud is a worldwide movement that started in Great Britain in 1980 and has grown to more than 84 Limmud communities in 44 countries around the world. Last year, over 33,000 people participated in Limmud events created by teams of 3,000 volunteers. In Hebrew, Limmud means “to learn.” While communities create Limmud events that are unique to them, all communities are asked to subscribe to the core Limmud values that highlight the organization’s mission and promise, “Wherever you find yourself, Limmud will take you one step further on your Jewish journey.”
A one-day celebration of Jewish life and learning presented by Limmud AZ will be held at Arizona State University Memorial Union Student Conference Center in Tempe on Feb. 12 from 9 am to 5 pm. The day will be divided into individual sessions where attendees can choose from multiple programs with different presenters. Topics covered is these sessions include: arts & culture, lifecycle, Israel, spirituality, Jewish experience and more. Most people are able to attend six sessions during the day. Last year more than 400 people attended the event.
“We’ve had great word-of-mouth because people who attend Limmud are often so enthusiastic about the experience that many more of their friends want to participate as well,” says Limmud AZ team leader Sandy Adler. “Limmud brings together Jews from across the spectrum of Judaism to learn and share as one community. It’s a real ripple effect.”
The event brings people from across the community who want to engage in this learning experience, further building their strength in the Jewish community and gaining respect and understanding for each other.
Highlights of the 2017 event will include presentations by:
- Rabbi Ben Kamin, author of 11 books on humanvalues, civil rights and spirituality
- Iris Krasnow, popular speaker and author of six books that chronicle the passages in our lives
- Ezra Glinter, award-winning journalist, critic, translator and biographer
- Julia Tarney, author of the memoir “My Son Wears Heels,” and a speaker, educator and advocate for LGBTQ youth
- Robert Watson, historian and author of more than 40 books on topics in history and politics.
What: Limmud AZ
Where: ASU Conference Center at Memorial Union,
301 E Orange Mall, Tempe
When: February 12, 9am-5pm
Cost: The cost for the day-long program, which includes lunch (dietary laws are observed), is $50 per adult. For adults under age 40, the cost is $25; college students are $18; students age 12-18 are $15; Camp Limmud for kids age 4-12 is $15. Free parking available in the visitor’s garage at Apache and Normal, south of the Conference Center.
Information, registration and complete programming available at limmudaz.org