Limmud

Limmud is a British-Jewish educational charity which produces a large annual winter conference and several other events around the year on the theme of Jewish learning. Limmud is not affiliated to any strand of Judaism and markets itself as open to "anyone interested in Jewish learning".

Conceptually the conference and organisation originally based itself on CAJE, the Conference on Alternatives in Jewish Education of North America, that had been formed 4 years earlier in 1976. From CAJE, it took a volunteer ethos, not paying presenters, and not using titles. CAJE was strictly aimed at those involved in education and as such Limmud was originally a conference for "educators". During the 1990s there was the significant change as Limmud reinvented itself as a community gathering, giving rise to a significant increase in the number of attendees and leading it to be described as "a youth camp for all ages", "a JCC without walls", "British Jewry's greatest export". One thing that sets Limmud apart from other similar organisations is that the events are organised by volunteers who participate as equals in the conference.

Today around the Jewish world there are thousands of volunteers creating Limmud conferences. Limmud's largest group of volunteers are in their 20s and 30s making it unique in the Jewish world where leadership and power are rarely invested in this age-group and hence they are rarely involved.

Around half of the UK "Forty under 40" (a community-wide initiative to identify the future leaders of British Jewry published by London Jewish News) volunteered for Limmud and the recently retired Chair of Limmud, Elliott Goldstein, topped the list.

Limmud comes from the Hebrew word meaning "learning," and is a name meant to reflect the goal of the organisation.

Read more about Limmud:  Volunteers / Professionals, Core Values and Principles That Define The Essence of Limmud, Limmuds Around The World, Relationships With Orthodoxy in Britain

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British Jews - Education - Limmud
... The annual Limmud winter conference is a high-profile educational event of the British Jewish community, attracting a wide range of international presenters ...
Limmud - Relationships With Orthodoxy in Britain
... Limmud has been seen as controversial by parts of the right wing of Centrist Orthodoxy ... London Beth Din's Head Dayan (Judge,) Hannoch Ehrentreu, advised Orthodox Rabbis not to attend Limmud Conference ... the London and Manchester and Federation Beth Dins (Rabbinic Courts.) have rejected attendance at Limmud Conference ...
South African Jews - Jewish Education in South Africa
... Limmud was introduced to the country in 2007 ... The Limmud South Africa conferences are held in August/September each year, with over 1000 attending ... rabbis do not participate, taking their lead from the UK Orthodox Rabbinate see Limmud Relationships with Centrist Orthodoxy in Britain ...