LimmudBoston festival celebrates Jewish life


In Hebrew, the word “Limmud” means study. In New England, LimmudBoston is an all-day, volunteer-driven festival of everything Jewish. For eight years, LimmudBoston has educated and delighted beginners and scholars, young to young-at-heart, the not-very-attached and the very affiliated iin the Jewish world.

The 8th annual LimmudBoston conference will take place all day on Dec. 3. The festival kicks off on Dec. 2, with a havdalah service and a “Light up the Night Concert,” featuring Julie Silver and Friends.

Other musicians include Jeff Klepper, Sue Horowitz, Anthony Russell, Dave Rothberg and Arnie Davidson. EJ Cohen will provide sign language interpretation.

Both the concert and conference take place at Temple Reyim in Newton, Massachusetts near the intersection of Route 95 and the Mass Pike.

Steffi Aronson Karp, founder of LimmudBoston, fondly remembers her teen experiences in a youth group. She considers LimmudBoston a youth group for everyone, that is, a meaningful way to participate in Jewish life, from serious text study to food demonstrations, with storytelling, music, social justice and family programs thrown into the mix.” LimmudBoston is based on Limmud UK values and principles.

Among the activities: discover storyteller Judith Black, and the Jewish Storytelling Coalition; discuss health and nutrition and life issues and parenting, or engage with rabbis, like Leon Morris of Jerusalem’s Pardes Institute, Danny Lehmann of Hebrew College, Paul Golin from the Society for Humanistic Judaism and Jill Cameron of Interfaith Family. Learn to keep a dream journal, expand your Kosher repertoire, practice a bisl Yiddish. Hanan Harchol, an educator/videographer will talk about his process for creating the poignant and pointed Jewish Food for Thought video series that teaches mussar to teens.

There is a silent auction and exhibitors.

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Submitted by LimmudBoston

Limmud, Boston