A Weekend Like No Other

November 15, 2012 by J-Wire Staff
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Limmud-Oz has been enriching the Jewish community for over ten years, but it is Limmud Fest – Limmud-Oz’s younger cousin – that is now beginning to make its mark with a spirited and outdoorsy approach to Jewish learning.
Limmud Fest is a weekend-long experience taking place from 23-25 November on the Central Coast of NSW. It offers diverse and dynamic learning sessions, a festival atmosphere, unique Shabbat experience and beautiful natural surrounds.

“Limmud Fest is an exciting and enriching weekend away to energise your mind and invigorate your soul”, co-chair Nomi Blum said. “It’s an experience which brings together people from across the community and across the generations to be part of something amazing. Nowhere else in the community would you find such a diverse and engaged group of people sharing learning and socialising together.”

This will be the second Limmud Fest event in Sydney since it began in 2010 and is set to be another tremendous success.

“Limmud Fest is distinctive because it offers an all-round experience, but the program is certainly one the biggest highlights”, co-chair Ben Berger said. “We have a great line-up of presenters and sessions to stimulate thought, provoke discussion and challenge people’s views.”

International presenters include Gershom Gorenberg, acclaimed Israeli journalist, historian and author, and US-based musician and experiential educator, Naomi Less. They will join dozens of interesting presenters from the local community, including Biblical Studies lecturer Simon Holloway, AIJAC researcher and commentator Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz, and performance poet and comedian Tami Sussman.

Talking to past participants, they cannot stop raving about the delicious food as well as the opportunity to create one’s own Shabbat experience. There are multiple Shabbat services to cater to different religious affiliations, plus lots of interesting sessions or a bushwalk, yoga or massage circle for those who simply want to relax.

Limmud Fest is a project of Encounters@Shalom, the education department of The Shalom Institute, but is run by volunteers.

“Limmud is all about volunteer empowerment and getting involved so it’s wonderful how such a  fantastic group of committed volunteers have come together to make Limmud Fest happen”, Education Director Michael Misrachi explained.

More information is available at www.limmud-oz.com.au. Bookings close on Monday 19 November.

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