What is Limmud?

Limmud logoLimmud is a volunteer-driven Jewish learning experience. It began in the United Kingdom 34 years ago, awakening inspiration and enthusiasm for Jewish learning in the hundreds of activists who attended this first Limmud. By 1990, Limmud had spread to Jewish communities across the world. In 2000, The Jerusalem Post reported “Every place that has Jews should have its own Limmud.

Limmud is built on a unique model of seminars, lectures, workshops, and discussions, which focus on an enormous range of topics; from social and political trends within Jewish communities and around the world; Israeli politics to Jewish cooking; traditional texts to Yiddish theatre, dance and music.

“Every place that has Jews should have its own Limmud.”The Jerusalem Post

Some lecturers are world-renowned academics and journalists; others discuss personal hobbies and interests, and inspire with their enthusiasm. Presenters of one topic become participants in workshops led by others. All participants are equal; all are free to choose and select sessions and topics that interest them. Most importantly,  all organizers, lecturers, and presenters are volunteers.

Limmud is a dynamic, pluralistic gathering of Jewish learning. For 34 years, Limmud seminars and conferences have been held around the globe – from Canada to Australia, Switzerland and Turkey, as well as Israel,- attracting Jews of all ages and backgrounds, including those who have studied Jewish topics intensively and others who have very little exposure to Jewish learning.

The primary mission of Limmud International is to develop, support, and continue to sponsor Jewish learning programs throughout the world. We fully recognize our responsibility to support the spread of Limmud’s global success story, helping other communities benefit from the conference’s vast experience.


Principles of Limmud

We strive to use Limmud’s core goals to create, enrich and enhance our Jewish life.


Our conferences are open to all who want to learn, from all backgrounds, ages, and levels of Jewish observance.


Volunteerism is a key feature of almost everything we do. The presenters, lecturers, artists and speakers give their time as volunteers; none are paid.

Roam as You Wish

Wherever you find yourself, Limmud will take you one step further on your Jewish journey. Sessions are not compulsory —attend as many or as few as you like.

Pay Your Own Way

While there is a special discount for volunteers, all participants pay a conference participation fee.

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