Limmud Values


Limmud emphasizes learning, diversity, community, empowerment, and a commitment to respect. These values are at the core of what we do and unite Limmud gatherings around the world. Each conference is guided by these values and we actively work to ensure that the values remain at the forefront of our efforts.

We invite you to explore the Limmud values and see which ones you connect with most.


Everyone should be a student and anyone can be a teacher.

Learning embraces personal development, knowledge and skills.

Learning changes people, inspires action and opens new worlds.

We encourage the creation of a learning environment
in which people are able to reflect and grow.

Expanding Jewish Horizons

We strive to create individual, collective and communal experiences,
through which we strengthen and develop our Jewish identity.

Enabling Connections

We aim to create opportunities for communities and individuals to connect.

We recognize the strength of providing a space where spiritual,
emotional, and intellectual connections are made.


Volunteerism is a key feature of almost everything we do.

We are all responsible for each other and for the communities we create –
everyone has an important contribution to make.

We encourage participants to take an active part in all we do.


We inspire people to be ambitious about their contribution.

We challenge people, and trust them to rise to that challenge.

We see the potential of individuals and communities, and support their development.

We empower people to make choices and provide the information they need to inform those choices (including in the biographies which we ask presenters to provide).


We value the rich diversity among Jews, and so we seek to create
cross-communal and inter-generational experiences.

We value accessibility, and aim to be accessible to all.

We value choice in form, content and style in our programs.

We encourage people not to stereotype others.

Community and Mutual Responsibility

Limmud is a community of learning.

We can achieve more together than we can individually.

We gain from, and should give something back to, the Jewish and wider community.


No-one is more important than anyone else.

We expect all participants to be respectful of one another,
and to recognize that all volunteers are also participants.

Personal attacks are not acceptable in any Limmud context,
especially within sessions at events.

Arguments for the Sake of Heaven

We recognize and appreciate that ‘arguments for the sake of heaven’ can make a positive contribution to furthering our education and understanding.

We do not participate in legitimizing or de-legitimizing any religious or political position found in the worldwide Jewish community. Anyone coming to Limmud seeking opportunities for this will not find them. We have no part to play in the debates between/across denominations.

Sessions which encourage vigorous debate are entirely acceptable but we will seek to avoid religious or political conflict. Sessions should be educational, and not polemical.

Religious Observance

We seek to create an inclusive environment for all participants
whatever their religious observance practices.

We believe in the importance of enabling Shabbat and kashrut to be kept in all public areas as far as possible, so that Jews do not have to separate themselves one from another.

We recognize that in private areas, people will behave as they wish.

We ask that in matters of Shabbat and kashrut all participants behave
in a way which is respectful of the religious observance of others.