Registration open for Limmud Fest

October 3, 2014 by Sam Sherry
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With the Limmud Fest program about to launch participant registration has now opened for Limmud Fest 2014.

Limmud Fest is a unique, community-wide festival of Jewish culture being held over the 28-30th November at Challenge Ranch in Somersby on the Central Coast of NSW.

Limmud-400Set in beautiful natural surrounds, Limmud Fest is a weekend retreat offering diverse and dynamic learning sessions combined with a festive and social atmosphere and a unique Shabbat experience. Like all Limmud events Limmud-Oz and Yom Limmud, Limmud Fest promises to take you one step further on your Jewish journey, no matter where you might find yourself.

With three or four sessions running concurrently throughout most of the weekend, there is also time for physical activity, relaxation, socialising, and enjoying the Shabbat experience. Activities on offer include bushwalking, soccer, dancing, theatresports, and platonic speed dating.

This is an all ages event and the program has been designed with the whole family in mind. Kids can enjoy supervised programing and fun activities, leaving parents free to attend the main program.

Due to overwhelming interest, presenter registrations have been oversubscribed. Full program details will be available by the end of September at

Highlights include:

  • An impressive line-up of over 40 local and international speakers and other presenters, including Middle East analyst Hagai Segal and Israel Studies lecturer from the Hebrew University David Mendelsson.
  • Back by popular demand, the Young Limmud program for children aged 4-14 with activities including arts and crafts, drama, board games, cooking, storytelling, sport and bushwalking, as well as a special Shabbat program.
  • There are also opportunities to connect spiritually with sessions on kabbalah meditation, halachic empathy or making your own midrash
  • For those who like to schmooze, why not come along to a platonic speed dating session where you will have the opportunity to converse with and debate your fellow Limmudniks on a range of topics. There will also be a Hebrew café for those who want to schmooze in Ivrit.
  • There is a Saturday night entertainment program lined up with live music, a bar and a DJ.
  • For the first time ever, glamping (glamorous camping) is available, consisting of a luxury bell tent set up for you, a double bed and a lantern for your comfort. If you prefer a more authentic camping experience, regular tents are available for hire, or feel free to bring along your own and pitch it. Shared rooms are also available.

For more information and to book, please go to Tickets start from $120 with a range of accommodation options available. Book before 31 October to secure your early bird discount!

Limmud Fest is organised by volunteers with the support of The Shalom Institute.

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