Limmud is a global movement of independent, volunteer-run Jewish learning events.
Started in the UK in 1980, there are now 90 Limmud groups in 42 countries! While each Limmud group is independent, we are all connected by common values, training and community, shared across the globe.
From Mallorca to Atlanta, from Bulgaria to Haifa, and from Shanghai to Seattle, Limmud brings Jewish communities together. Limmud Seattle is fortunate to be a part of the greater Limmud family and to draw on other Limmud groups' experience.
Once upon a time in Seattle…
A group of passionate Jewish Seattleites ventured up north to participate in Limmud Vancouver. In a short amount of time, they attended sessions, learned, drew, sang, schmoozed, connected, and left inspired. They talked with the founders of Limmud Vancouver and learned that Limmud was actually a global movement.
The founding volunteers returned home inspired to bring this grassroots volunteer-led movement to Seattle, forming Limmud Seattle, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community of volunteers. They worked with community partners to articulate a vision of celebrating Jewish life and learning in all of its diversity, bringing together people of every background and observance to take the next step on their Jewish journey.
Led by an initial Steering Committee composed of volunteers from hipsters to chasids, the inaugural Festival was held at Shoreline Community Center on January 13-14, 2018. Our goal was 450 participants but the festival drew over 525 humans! After feedback from many volunteers, participants, presenters, community partners, and donors, it was clear that Limmud Seattle 2018 enabled connections between countless individuals, rekindling old friendships and igniting new relationships.
We learned that Limmud Seattle is a powerful platform for our growing greater Seattle Jewish community—allowing for bridges between communities, providing on-ramps to Jewish community through learning, and creating a tight-knit community of Limmud volunteers committed to the Limmud mission and values.
Energized by the feedback from the first Festival, this growing group of volunteers geared up to plan their second Festival. After a year of dreaming, planning, researching, collaborating, problem-solving, celebrating together in times of joy, supporting one another in times of sadness, and many, many reflections on the values, another all-volunteer-run Festival was planned and executed successfully. The second Festival was held at Bellevue College on January 19-20, 2019, and drew over 750 participants, again exceeding the goal by over 100! The second Festival comprised 100 sessions and over 110 presenters and included a Parenting and Grandparenting track and a Youth track with sessions for kids ages 7-12.
The Limmud Seattle community invites you to get involved in planning the 2020 Festival which will be held at Bellevue College on January 18-19, 2020.