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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • How much is Jewish innovation worth?

    By Rob Eshman

    June 14, 2012 | 11:55 am

    On May 8, in a very cool space in Culver City, I listened to a hundred very cool people talk about their very cool vision for the Jewish future.

    The occasion was something called — OK, bear with me — “ALCHEMY: The Science & Art of Jewish Innovation: an evening of...

  • Heads of young innovative Jewish organizations debrief L.A. Jews on their work

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 15, 2012 | 8:28 pm

    As part of their visit to Los Angeles last week, the outgoing class of Joshua Venture Fellows, all leaders of innovative Jewish organizations that are less than five years old, spent a few hours one evening talking to a group of L.A. Jews.

    At an event co-presented by Jumpstart and...

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  • LimmudLA draws about 600, offers flavors of Judaism

    By Ryan Torok

    February 21, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    “Must I suffer the indignity of being the only pornographic lecturer?” said Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, kicking off the annual LimmudLA learning conference this year with a decidedly risqué bang.

    Enlightening as it was entertaining, the cross-denominational community...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Notes from LimmudLA 2011 [VIDEO]

    February 22, 2011 | 6:53 pm

    If it was a bit easier than usual to find a seat or a parking spot at your synagogue over Presidents’ Day weekend, you may be able to thank the organizers of the LimmudLA conference. More than 500 Jews from Los Angeles and beyond traveled to the Hilton in Costa Mesa for the fourth...

  • 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...

  • Post-election healing — kumbaya in class and at the beach

    By Julie G Fax

    November 12, 2008 | 1:48 am

    Alison Weinreb, a teacher at Maimonides Academy in West Hollywood, invited her sixth-grade social studies class to her home for an election-night viewing party.

    As the electoral map turned increasingly blue, she noticed that her scattered Obama supporters were keeping pretty quiet --...

  • Jewish Community Foundation announces $1.6 million in grants to ‘Cutting Edge’ orgs

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 12, 2008 | 11:53 pm

    The largest recipients of the Jewish Community Foundation's (JCF) Cutting Edge Grants, announced this week and totaling $1.6 million, were three programs promoting Jewish identity and connection with Israel through art, music and community leadership; another that prepares children...
  • The Nazi in the hot tub

    By Rob Eshman

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Seven-hundred Jews gathered at the Orange County Hilton in Costa Mesa two weekends ago for a three-day teach-in called LimmudLA, and at one point in the intense, round-the-clock learning and shmoozing, suffering from what Philip Roth once called, "Jew on the brain," I just needed a...
  • LimmudLA—by the numbers

    By Julie G Fax

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Participants:* 634
    Sponsors: 14
    Presenters 133
    Sessions: 262
    Films: 21
    Artists: 23
    On-site volunteers: 227
    Steering committee: 14
    Chairs: 2
    Executive director: 1
    *Participants for the entire conference. An additional 16 joined for Sunday only and...
  • LimmudLA: Chance encounters, many choices

    By Julie G Fax

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    LimmudLA - By the Numbers

    Participants:* 634
    Sponsors: 14
    Presenters 133
    Sessions: 262
    Films: 21
    Artists: 23
    On-site volunteers: 227
    Steering committee: 14
    Chairs: 2
    Executive director: 1
    *Participants for the entire conference. An additional 16...
  • The message

    By Rob Eshman

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Thank you.

    That's the profound message of this column: Thank you. The instigators, organizers and volunteers who brought Limmud to Los Angeles last weekend deserve our gratitude for challenging one of the long-held orthodoxies of the L.A. Jewish community: There is no Jewish...

  • 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...
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