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  • Limmud comes to L.A.

    August 6, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    LimmudLA will hold its second annual summer Fest — a celebration of Jewish culture and learning — Aug. 15- 17. The retreat, run entirely by volunteers, will be held at the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus in Simi Valley and is open to Jews of all ages and...

  • Chicken Little, chicken soup and the Reform moment

    by Roger Price

    January 9, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    Almost half a century ago, a cover story in Look Magazine described “The Vanishing American Jew.” Extrapolating from demographic trends on intermarriage, birth rates and generational assimilation, the author predicted that the Jewish community in America would blend in and...

  • The Limmud way: My journey to the future of Judaism

    By David Suissa

    January 8, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Two distinct visions of Judaism played in my head at the 33rd annual Limmud Conference in England, which I attended during Christmas week. The first vision was alive and kicking at the conference itself, where, under cold and gray skies, 2,600 Jews gathered on a university campus...

  • A Jewish wish list for 2014

    By David Suissa

    December 31, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    In no special order, here are 10 wishes for our community for the coming year:

    1. A sukkah for every Jew. Seriously, is there any Jewish holiday cooler than Sukkot? And yet, most non-Orthodox Jews don’t build a sukkah to commemorate the desert journey of our ancestors. In recent...

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  • Danish, Swedish Jews hold first joint Limmud conference

    March 14, 2013 | 8:06 am

    About 160 Swedes and Danes attended the first inter-Scandinavian Limmud Jewish learning event.

    The March 11 event was held at an adult education center in Lund, a Swedish city situated 23 miles north of Copenhagen.

    “Last year we held the first Lund Limmud and this is the first...

  • LimmudLA reboots — minus staff, 2013 conference

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 27, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    This year, for the first time since 2008, February came and went without a LimmudLA conference. 

    “That had been such a focal point of the calendar for me, so I was personally upset that I wasn’t going to have the experience,” said Esther Kustanowitz, a Jewish Federation staff...

  • Israeli settlements high on agenda at Limmud U.K. 2012

    December 24, 2012 | 11:29 am

    A group that encourages Jews to oppose the Israeli occupation sparked a lively debate at its debut session at the 2012 U.K. Limmud Conference on Jewish life and identity.

    Yachad, which was founded in 2010, “aims to discuss the occupation not with the outside world, but within...

  • Jewish life in Poland – Towards a sense of joy and wonder

    November 2, 2012 | 9:44 am

    “We were over 1000 this year” - said someone on the bus as soon as we left the venue of the fifth edition of Limmud Poland, which took place between October 26-28, 2012.

    Between the prophets and Bruno Schultz, Yiddish film and Jewish social media, feminism and the Holocaust,...

  • Limmud appoints new executive director, chair

    October 4, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Limmud, the international network of Jewish learning conferences, appointed a new director and a new chairman.

    Shelley Marsh, currently the director of informal education for the United Kingdom’s United Jewish Israel Appeal, will become Limmud’s executive director following...

  • LimmudLA honors founders

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 12, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    LimmudLA honored its founders, Linda Fife and Shep Rosenman, in an evening of dinner, music and study on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens.

    LimmudLA is the local outlet of an international model of interdisciplinary, interdenominational, no-boundaries...

  • Raymond Simonson resigns as head of Limmud

    August 6, 2012 | 10:52 am

    The executive director of Limmud, Raymond Simonson, has resigned to head the Jewish Community Center in London.

    Simonson announced last week that he would leave Limmud, which makes Jewish learning accessible to Jews around the world, after six years in his position. He was appointed...

  • Limmud Oz cancels speakers who support Israel boycott

    June 6, 2012 | 11:18 am

    Limmud Oz, an offshoot of the international festival of Jewish learning, cancelled a panel featuring several controversial Jewish speakers for its upcoming conference in Melbourne.

    The Jewish panelists no longer speaking, though they initially appeared on the Limmud Oz website,...

  • Limmud conference to launch in Moscow

    April 18, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    The first of six Limmud conferences for Russian-speaking Jews will open in Moscow.

    Limmud FSU Moscow will begin Thursday and run through April 22. Some 1,000 participants are registered for the conference, which is designed to bring young Russian-speaking Jews closer to Jewish...

  • The uncontested challenge and opportunity of Limmud

    February 8, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    I am a child of a mixed marriage.  I was raised in a completely secular environment. My discovery of Judaism has been an ongoing revelation over many decades. I studied for more than 12 years in yeshivot and spent many years studying secular philosophy.  The more I study, the more I...

  • Russian Limmud gathering marks ‘Siege of Leningrad’

    September 14, 2011 | 5:45 pm

    Participants in the first St. Petersburg Limmud gathered to remember the 70th anniversary of the Nazi massacre known as the “Siege of Leningrad.”

    The commemoration in Pushkin, Russia, a city on the outskirts of St. Petersburg, featured a group of conference participants, dignitaries...

  • Less is more for LimmudLA

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 31, 2011 | 6:56 pm

    Organizers are hoping to attract more people to an annual festival of Jewish learning and culture by shortening the conference and lowering the price.

    LimmudLA, which debuted on Presidents Day weekend 2008 with a 600-person conference at the Costa Mesa Hilton, will shift its...

  • Limmud Australia bars speakers who advocate Israel boycott

    May 19, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    Limmud-Oz, the Australian arm of the global festival of Jewish learning, has barred presenters who advocate a boycott of Israel.

    Less than a month before the popular two-day festival opens in Sydney, Limmud-Oz’s program director, Michael Misrachi, issued a statement this week...

  • LimmudLA 2011: A European Answer to the Jewish Question

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 20, 2011 | 6:59 pm

    It’s the fourth year of LimmudLA, but our local multi-denominational conference of Jewish learning—which originated in the United Kingdom in 1980—still has a distinctly British accent.

    Left to their own devices, the American Jews at LimmudLA this weekend might mistakenly use long...

  • Limmud becomes a Jewish networking nexus

    January 19, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    Journalist and author Lisa Alcalay Klug flew across the country this month to present at the annual New York version of Limmud, one of the Jewish learning gatherings that occur worldwide. She’ll fly in the other direction next month to attend the fourth annual LimmudLA, Feb. 18-21...

  • Limmud becoming new favored networking tool for Jewish authors, artists, groups

    January 13, 2011 | 3:19 pm

    Journalist and author Lisa Alcalay Klug flew across the country this month to present at Limmud NY, the annual New York version of the worldwide Jewish learning extravaganza.

    The Jan. 14-17 conference in upstate New York will be Klug’s seventh Limmud gathering in 12 months. Like...

  • LimmudLA gears up for second conference

    By Julie G Fax

    January 8, 2009 | 5:40 pm

    Caroline Kelly spent a weekend last February in a whirlwind of Jewish texts, culture, politics, arts and community at the inaugural LimmudLA conference, a nondenominational, noninstitutional, volunteer-run festival of everything Jewish. When it was over, one thing was clear to her:...
  • L.A. woman

    By David Suissa

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Ruthie Rotenberg couldn't make up her mind. She had to choose between two amazing jobs. One was connected to the future of Jewish education in America; the other could potentially re-energize the Los Angeles Jewish community.

    In the past, Ruthie would always seek the advice of her...

  • A different taste

    By Susan Freudenheim

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Last Saturday night, my husband and I were invited, along with many others -- most of whom didn't know each other -- to the home of Lorin and Linda Fife. The occasion was not a party, but rather a "Taste of Limmud," a precursor to something called LimmudLA. The Presidents' Day...
  • Volunteers drive eclectic learning at LimmudLA

    By Julie G Fax

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    You can feel the ruach in this Limmud UK video
    At the Limmud conference in England three years ago, Angeleno Judy Aronson attended a session on the Jews and the Beatles, where she sat next to the former neighbor of Beatle's manager Brian Epstein. She tried to keep up with Romanians...
  • Love among many splendored things at Baltics Limmud

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Inna Lapidus and Boris Kinber have been etched in the lore of Baltic Jewry.

    Activists are pointing to them not only as prime examples of Jewish revival, but of efforts to unify the small ex-Soviet communities of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

    It was two years ago that Lapidus,...

  • Limmud L.A. in the Works

    By Julie G Fax

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When attorney Shep Rosenman attended the interdenominational, interdisciplinary, cultural/experiential/academic Limmud conference in New York, what surprised him most was how much he was able to step out of his comfort zone.

    "I would normally not take a class called 'Do Jews...

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