Choose your own Jewish adventure at Limmud AZ
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”
That is the spirit at Limmud AZ, where everyone is encouraged to be both teacher and student in the interactive day of Jewish learning and exploration. I have been to Limmud each year, and every year I find myself inspired by the teachers, many of whom are community leaders and local educators. And I love being able to learn with friends and colleagues and even those same community leaders and educators that were teaching the session before.
This year, Limmud AZ will take place on Sunday, February 10 from 9am- 4pm at ASU in the Conference Center at the Memorial Union. And their volunteer team has been working hard to put together this year’s diverse full day of programming. Your ticket includes access to more than 50 topics and classes, a delicious, kosher lunch and, new this year, a special presentation from keynote speaker Ed Asner.
This exciting addition of a keynote speaker was brought about through a partnership with Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs). The two organizations worked together to write grants to bring him in to speak at both the Gesher Disability Resources Community Luncheon on Friday, February 8 and, of course, at Limmud AZ on Sunday, February 10.
And whether you are interested in politics, Israel, art, music, Jewish pop culture, Torah study or literature, there are plenty of topics and presenters to choose between to make the day of learning truly meaningful and personal to you. In fact, you might even have trouble deciding between which topics you want to go to, so I would definitely suggest planning your day ahead of time by checking out the schedule here where you can search by topic and presenter.
If you have young kids who need a place to be while you are learning, Limmud offers babysitting services for children 0-3, and Limmud Kids for kids 3-11. Limmud Kids is a full day of activities that include art, music, sports, lunch and so much more. The camp is run by Rachel Wallach and parents must register in advance. The cost is just $15 per child for the whole day which includes a kosher lunch and snacks.
Want to get more involved with Limmud? The completely volunteer-driven team is composed of a planning and programming committee of about 20 volunteers that work all year. They also have an Ambassadors group of volunteers that go out during the year to talk about Limmud and even more “volunticipants,” a.k.a. volunteers who participate, that help with set up, tear down and room monitoring day-of the event. If you are interested in helping out, simply click here to find out how to get involved.
I know I am going to be busy deciding my schedule over the next few weeks before the event, and I look forward to seeing you there! Let me know what topics you are interested in attending by sending me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.