"Wherever you are going, Limmud will take you one step further along your Jewish journey"
A BRIEF HISTORY
For the past 30 years LIMMUD has brought Jewish education to communities all around the world. It brings together Jews of all strands, stripes and flavours, with a shared passion for learning.
LIMMUD was founded in New Zealand in 2008 and the national Jewish community has embraced the annual Jewish Learning Conferences. We realised that the community was hungry for more Jewish learning and we strive to reach more people and make the conference bigger and better every year.
We joined the international LIMMUD Federation in 2010 as LIMMUD NZ and we are very proud to be part of the global LIMMUD community and each year we curate an exciting line-up of presenters from near and far, delivering a diverse range of scintillating topics.
WHAT IS LIMMUD?
LIMMUD is an annual cross-communal ‘festival of learning’ which attracts over 25000 participants.
Held across five continents in almost forty countries, LIMMUD started in the UK thirty years ago. The annual five day event now attracts 2,500 people from across the religious spectrum and boasts 350 presenters offering some 900 sessions. LIMMUD aims to enable each participant to step further into their Jewish journey.
LIMMUD NZ is part of an exciting worldwide movement.
LIMMUD means learning and this movement is all about learning and being inspired in an informal setting. The festival is spread over a weekend, starting at 3.30pm on Shabbat with two sessions, and Seudat Shlichit. After Havdallah we have a cabaret evening where some of our presenters will share true stories, great music from rap to jazz, drinks and finger food. Sunday is more formatted with “pick and mix” hourly sessions within six different streams. It's a full day and you can choose what interests you from an array of topics including a discussion about the controversial changes to the Israeli Supreme Court with local and international experts, environmentalism, cutting edge technology, fine art, an intimate text study, a book group, or a new perspective on teen mental health. If you need a break, grab a coffee and schmooze. We also offer a vibrant kids’ programme for ages 5+ and presenters to appeal to teens, as well as a creche for under 5s.
One of our key principles is that we all have something to contribute and we can all learn from one another. Presenters are an important part of our community and they all volunteer their time, as do those who help organise the event and are rewarded with the gift of learning from each other. We curate international speakers for each conference and we welcome local presenters and encourage them to put themselves forward. LIMMUD's core principles reflect those of our community and our catch phrase "Every Jew should be a student and everyone can be a teacher” follows those principles. Expanding Jewish horizons, empowering individuals to contribute to their community and enabling connections across communities are important to the values behind LIMMUD International and LIMMUD NZ. It's important to us that all participants feel equally respected and comfortable no matter which shul they do or don’t go to. All events are strictly kosher with lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided.