The annual day-long event of Jewish learning featuring presenters from all walks of Jewish life who speak on a wide range of topics will return again this year in a virtual format. Last year, due to the pandemic, the event was held virtually instead of in person at Arizona State University, and it was very successful. This year’s event will take place on Feb. 6 from 9:45 am to 2 pm.
Limmud means “to learn” and is an international movement that began in Great Britain in 1980. Today, there are Limmud communities in 40 countries, including Israel, and more than 20 cities in North America. The various communities create Limmud events that are unique to their community, but all are asked to subscribe to the core Limmud values. The day of learning is divided into individual sessions with a wide variety of subjects.
Last year, Limmud North America was created to offer support to the United States and Canada groups that had to rely on Limmud.org out of London to start their chapters and for support in the past.
Because the event is online, there are speakers from other cities (and countries) who people in Arizona may not usually get a chance to hear speak.
“We have a partnership with the Jewish Book Council, so we are featuring speakers from the council. We’re also part of Limmud North America now and we have a speaker (representing that organization),” says Limmud AZ Co-chairperson Meghan Dorn Jalowiec. “We also have a number of local clergy as well as local lay people presenting.”
Here is an example of just a few of the presenters:
Rabbi Elana Kanter
Opening keynote speaker
Rabbi Elana Kanter, Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute and founding co-chair of Limmud AZ, is a graduate of Barnard College and a member of the first class of women rabbis of the Jewish Theological Seminary. She was ordained in 1989. In 1998, Rabbi Kanter received the Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators for her work in Adult Jewish Learning.
Rabbi Herschel “Brodie” Aberson
Throwing Sheyd – Lessons from the Jewish Supernatural
Rabbi Herschel “Brodie” Aberson currently serves as Rabbi at Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley. When he is not leading services or teaching, Rabbi Brodie enjoys spending time with his cats Genevieve and Tanith or finding new board and role-playing games to learn and play with friends and congregants.
The True Story of the Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort
Raffi Berg is the Middle East editor of the BBC News website. A journalist for nearly 30 years, he has a particular interest in events in Israel, from where he has reported extensively in times of war and peace. He graduated in modern and medieval history from the London School of Economics and was a student of Jewish and Israel studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Raffi’s book Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort is his literary debut, written in collaboration with the Mossad commander behind the epic operation to spirit Ethiopian Jews to Israel. The book inspired the Netflix movie The Red Sea Diving Resort, starring “Captain America” Chris Evans. Here Raffi Berg lifts the lid on the true story of how Israeli secret agents set up a hotel in Sudan in the early 1980s, acting as staff by day and people smugglers by night – all under the noses of the Sudanese authorities and guests.
Limmud AZ Online
When: Feb. 6, 2022, from 9:45 am-2 pm
Cost: $18 for everyone through Feb. 5; $36 on Feb. 6
Information: Visit limmudaz.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that after purchasing a ticket, you will receive an invitation from Emamo so you can preregister for individual Limmud AZ sessions. This will allow you to get a unique link for each session.