Limmud International Blog

Limmud International News from around the World!

We are delighted to be able to share with you some of the news from Limmud International groups round the world, and some insights and thoughts from some of our Limmud International volunteers. Please do send us your news and articles for consideration!



Training on Tour in Sydney September 2014

Completing the series of Limmud International Training on Tour development and networking seminars for 2014, 28 volunteer activists from 11 Limmud communities in Asia, Africa and Australasia came together for the first such seminar in this region.

Over a long weekend in Sydney, participants learnt together, shared their knowledge, experiences and challenges, and developed connections, building a strong network of support and shared resources going forward. Highlights included grappling with what it means to be a Limmud volunteer and balancing a diverse Limmud programme within a community context and the opportunity to spend time with other motivated and enthusiastic Limmud activists outside of their own community.

Our thanks to all those who planned and led the seminar, our funding partners whose support has been crucial, and to those who participated and made this such a successful experience for themselves and each other.

Watch this space for news of Training on Tour in 2015!

Dani Serlin

Limmud International Coordinator

Follow this link for a blog on this event by Limmud Oz Sydney volunteer Yvonne Selecki

 
Plans for LI Annual Review 2014

We are now also ready to ask for your help in preparing the Limmud International Annual Review 2014 - we are looking for your submissions so that the Review can be ready for Conference in December. This was a great success last year - a real opportunity to share what Limmud groups round the world are up to - and something that all groups can then use for publicity.

We need your help with this in two ways:

(1) The first is filling in a short online form for the LI 2014 online Survey - please follow the link here (and this year we also have the form available in Hebrew, Russian and Spanish). This is to collect some headline information for the Review - how many Limmud events there have been this year, how many people worldwide participated, how many volunteers run them, and so on. We are also using this to check we have up to date contact details for your team and to ask you for some general information to help us plan our support for Limmud teams next year.

(2) The second is to ask you for a short report about your Limmud. We have set up a form for this as well which you can find online here (and again it is also available in Hebrew, Russian and Spanish). All we need is a short paragraph from you - only 300 words - noting what events you have had this year and what you are planning. If you have an event between now and December, please send us something now anyway, and we will try to include updated text after your event if we can. Please do send us photos and other materials as well.

Please do write your report in your own language if that is not English, and we will arrange to add a translation (or you are welcome to provide an English summary yourself).

I do hope you can help with both of these - we do want to be able to tell the rest of the global Jewish community about all of our events, and we can't do it without you. Please fill in both online forms in the next few weeks if you can - the final deadline is 30 October, so we have time to compile and edit and then print the report before Limmud Conference - but you will get chasing emails well before then!

Thanks everyone - it is so inspiring to be able to share what all our groups are up to.

David Hoffman

Chair, Limmud International

September 2014

 
Training on Tour Latin America 2014

 Limmud International earlier this month held its first Training on Tour seminar for Latin America in Buenos Aires. The volunteer development and leadership seminar brought together volunteers from across Latin America – from Mexico, Peru and a new group in Uruguay, as well as from Buenos Aires.

For the first time, large parts of the seminar were conducted in Spanish, which was the common language, with translators, who very much became part of the seminar, even joining in the discussion! Sessions also included discussion of the Limmud values and how groups share issues and where they differ. And there was only a slight pause for the World Cup… The seminar concluded by everyone attending Limud Buenos Aires, which was a very successful event and great fun.

Our thanks to all those who helped lead the seminar and all those who came, as well as their groups for supporting them. 

Entre el 3 y el 6 de Julio se realizó el primer Training on Tour LATAM. Tuvimos el orgullo de haber sido elegidos como sede de este primer encuentro latinoamericano en el que los representantes de las distintas comunidades Limud compartieron ideas, enfoques y actividades. Limud Internacional tiene como visión contribuir a las comunidades judías del mundo a dar un paso adelante en su recorrido judío a través de una experiencia judía. La misión de Limud Internacional es facilitar el desarrollo de nuevas comunidades Limud, colaborando también con la sustentabilidad de las ya existentes. Y siguiendo esta línea es que permanentemente crea y fomenta espacios comunes entre los diferentes grupos Limud.

También el 13 y 14 de Julio, se realizó Limmud Bay Area, en la Universidad estatal de Sonoma, California, con variadas e interesantes propuestas. Como algo innovador, lanzaron un Pre Limmud para el 11 y 12 de Julio, con varias actividades alternativas previas al evento, desde la opción de hospedarse en el Campus de Sonoma State, hasta ser recibido en las casas de residentes que en forma voluntaria se ofrecieron para ese fin.
Compartieron diversas actividades de Shabat, en los servicios de la sinagoga local, y otras como yoga y meditación.

Cada Limud es parte de una red de comunidades que tratan de apoyarse unas a otras en el aprendizaje, y que sin importar donde se encuentren,forman parte de una gran familia.

 

David Hoffman

July 2014

This is from Limud Buenos Aires' report on the event in their newsletter:

Entre el 3 y el 6 de Julio se realizó el primer Training on Tour LATAM. Tuvimos el orgullo de haber sido elegidos como sede de este primer encuentro latinoamericano en el que los representantes de las distintas comunidades Limud compartieron ideas, enfoques y actividades. Limud Internacional tiene como visión contribuir a las comunidades judías del mundo a dar un paso adelante en su recorrido judío a través de una experiencia judía. La misión de Limud Internacional es facilitar el desarrollo de nuevas comunidades Limud, colaborando también con la sustentabilidad de las ya existentes. Y siguiendo esta línea es que permanentemente crea y fomenta espacios comunes entre los diferentes grupos Limud.

Nos alojamos en el Hotel Masliah y allí realizamos diferentes talleres y actividades donde intercambiamos experiencias y creamos lazos entre los participantes. "Qué es ser Voluntario Limud", "Fortalezas y debilidades", "Tips del Voluntariado", y otros interesantes temas nos recorrieron durante los cuatro días del evento. El Training on Tour culminó en la Séptima Edición de nuestro Evento Central. Gracias a la colaboración y apoyo de todos nuestros voluntarios pudimos disfrutar de un excelente evento y de una muy gratificante jornada..

 

 

 

Plus you can check out a short video about the Limmud values from some of our participants here: 

 
Training on Tour Europe 2014

Limmud International's first Training on Tour seminar of the year was in Berlin at the start of May. The volunteer development and leadership seminar brought 33 Limmud team members together in Berlin from 14 Limmud communities from all across Europe. For the first time, the seminar was conducted in several languages, and there were more languages than there were Limmud groups!

Through a weekend-long series of sessions and discussions, participants were able to discuss and share their experiences about growing and developing Limmud communities and events. Sessions included discussion of the Limmud values and the volunteer experience as well as a range of issues which face any Limmud group. Shabbat included our own Kabbalat Shabbat or a chance to attend a range of local synagogues, or chavruta learning. Participants closed the seminar by offering and requesting Limmud gifts from each other in the form of knowledge, skills and experience to share with their teams back home. 

Our thanks to all those who helped lead the seminar and all those who came, as well as their groups for supporting them. 

David Hoffman

Chair, Limmud International

Training on Tour participants summarise Limmud in one word...

Reflections on the Limmud values

   

 
Limmud Arava - February 2014

Limmud Arava Conference 2014 - A Jewish-Israeli Experience in the Heart of the Desert!

The weekend of 13-14 February 2014 saw 400 participants gathered in Mercaz Sapir in the Central Arava for a two-day Limmud experience which included study sessions, workshops, chevruta learning ,a moderated  panel discussion, performances and guided desert excursions- all in the special atmosphere which only the Arava region can offer.

The sixth annual Conference’s success is due largely to the leadership of the Limmud volunteers, who bring the Arava spirit to the event, and building a unique program enabling an interchange of ideas revolving around a wide range of views of Jewish and Israeli life: identity, culture, society and evolving traditions. This year’s Conference included 100 young participants—members of the Arava Leadership Academy and the “Hebrew Labour” program. They took an active part in the Conference sessions and in leading the “chevruta” study groups.

In keeping with the international Limmud values, all of the presenters volunteered their time and expertise, ensuring the Conference’s success. This year’s Conference presenters were Natan Sharansky, Avigdor Shinan, Rikva Carmi, Orit Kamir, Zohar Raviv, Ariel Picard, Elkana Sharlo, Yair Garbuz, Efraim Sidon, Danny Kerman, Gideon Levy, Ehud Banai, Ron Ben Yishai, Benny Lau, Giora Eiland, Yosef Yitzhak Lifshitz, Rivki Ofir, Sarit Ashkenani-Polivoda, Esteban Gottfried, Guy Tal, Orna Asaf-Malka, Tzipora Neeman and Tanya Zion Waldoks. The evening’s entertainment starred a moving performance by pianist and singer Shlomi Shaban with the singer-psalmist Rabbi David Menahem.

One of this year’s innovations was the cooperation with the Israeli “Walla!” internet news site, which promoted Limmud Arava to thousands of viewers, and broadcasted live webcasts of conference sessions. Also featured in the Conference program were field excursions to observe the unique lifestyle of the Arabian babbler, as well as a taste of the Arava’s agriculture offerings.

Limmud Arava thanks the Jewish Agency’s Arava-Australia Partnership Together, Matnas Arava and the Central-Arava Regional Council for their generous support

 

Gila Raz

Limmud Arava co-chair

 

                

 
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