What do Stockholm, Sweden; Lviv, Ukraine; and the city of Deventer in the Netherlands have in common?
Together with Vienna, Liverpool, Sankt Petersburg and Barcelona, they are all hosting a Limmud conference during November!
Limmud, the UK initiative founded over 30 years ago, and the international volounteer-run chapters organised through Limmud International, offer the largest, coordinated set of events dedicated solely to Jewish learning. Take any Limmud anywhere around the globe, and regardless of it's length (the shortest last a day, while the flagship UK event takes five) there are always parallel sessions offering lectures, workshops, discussions and more.
Limmud's mission is simple, yet clear and implicitly inclusive:
Wherever you find yourself, Limmud will take you one step further on your Jewish journey.
This inclusivity is mirrored in their core values, including diversity and respect, and although Shabbat and Kashrut laws are observed (in public areas), respect for diversity of human experience and Jewish identity are cornerstones that allow for a truly communal learning experience.
Some of the special highlights of the Limmud's this month include the 10th anniversary of Limmud FSU Ukraine, celebrated with an awards night at the Lviv Opera.
Another FSU Limmud - the one in St. Petersburg, could possibly be one of the largest such gatherings in continental Europe attrackted some 650 participants. One notable complement to the study session was an appearance of famous Israeli author Etgar Keret who presented his latest work translated, and published in Russian language.
In a statement given to the Jewish News Service, Chaim Chesler, the founder of Limmud FSU praised the richness of the local Jewish community and its tradition:
“St. Petersburg has one of the most vibrant and flourishing Jewish communities in Eastern Europe with a rich cultural life, and we are thrilled to be part of it,”
“We are so proud to have held our fifth conference in St. Petersburg, bringing together the largest crowd we have seen.”
Limmud Stockholm 2016 pins pic.twitter.com/Ai6erikkA2— Limmud Stockholm (@limmudstockholm) November 10, 2016
Limmud Wien Festival 2016 pic.twitter.com/T66kyoAvWj— öge_frauenag (@exilforschung) November 2, 2016