Become a Limmud Presenter

Limmud presenters are as diverse as Jewish Seattleites - experts in a variety of fields, rabbis and scholars, performers and knowledgeable enthusiasts passionate about a Jewish topic or how their job or hobby intersects with Judaism. We're excited to assemble a day of engaging Jewish learning for and by the community.

Part of the fun at Limmud is seeing yourself or a friend on the roster alongside world-renowned folks flying in to join our event. It’s just one of the things that makes Limmud events worldwide unique and empowering.

 
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1. Register for Limmud

In order to submit a proposal, you must first register. If your proposal involves multiple presenters, all presenters must be registered before your proposal will be considered.

At Limmuds around the world, presenters are volunteers just like the many people who give their time and energy to organizing and running the event, so all presenters pay the same registration fee and enjoy all that Limmud has to offer. This is in line with the Limmud value that “everyone should be a student and anyone can be a teacher.”

Early Bird Pricing is available for the first 200 people to register or until Sept. 24, whichever comes first. If you cannot afford the full registration amount, please contact support@limmudseattle.org. We want to ensure that cost is not a barrier to submitting a proposal.

 

2. Submit a Proposal

If you've got something to share with the Jewish community, we would love to receive your proposal. Due to space limitations, we, unfortunately, cannot accept every proposal. In making our selections, we emphasize selecting proposals that embody the following Limmud values:   

  • Diversity of the Jewish Community: We value the rich diversity among Jews, and so we seek to create cross-communal and inter-generational experiences.

  • Creative Approaches: We value choice in form, content, and style in our programs. A "session" can be almost anything, as long as there's Jewish content (which also leaves a lot of room for interpretation). That's the fun of Limmud: the sky's the limit.

  • Engagement: We recognize the strength of providing a space where spiritual, emotional, and intellectual connections are made. We invite prospective presenters to think creatively about engaging participants in many ways.

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3. Prepare your session!

In the months and weeks leading up to the Festival, we will work with presenters to ensure your session is a success, whether this is your first session or your 100th. Below are some final details about our sessions.

  • All sessions are 75 minutes in length.

  • BYOPS — Bring Your Own Printed Stuff.

  • Most rooms have projectors and sound systems. We will gather technical requirements in advance as part of your proposal.

  • In December, we will host an orientation for selected presenters and provide resources to help you plan your session.

Please contact us at programming@limmudseattle.org with any questions or concerns.

“We use the word ‘presenter’ rather than speaker, lecturer, performer, teacher, educator etc. to emphasise that we don’t define how exactly the presenter is going to deliver whatever it is. Clearly we want session leaders who might lead discussions or perform some comedy or help people through a craft workshop. They are not to be somehow allocated to a different category of person to other presenters who might lecture. ‘Presenter’ is the most value- and content-free word we can think of.”
— Clive A Lawton, a founder of Limmud
 

Presenter Frequently Asked Questions

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➤ What’s the most important thing I need to know about presenting at Limmud Seattle?

Thank you for your interest in presenting at Limmud Seattle, which will take place on January 18-19, 2020, at Bellevue College! Limmud is a volunteer-run Jewish festival of culture and learning where Jews can learn and share ideas, regardless of their affiliations or levels of Jewish knowledge. These values are at the core of what we do and unite Limmud gatherings around the world in 42 countries and 90 different communities.

We ask all to respect our inclusive Jewish environment and the Limmud Values, especially Respect, Diversity, Community, and Arguments for the Sake of Heaven (healthy debate intended to increase understanding vs. contentious disagreement intended for one side to prevail).

Our core value is “everyone should be a student, and anyone can be a teacher,” so if you have Jewish knowledge that you're burning to share, submit a proposal for Limmud Seattle by registering for Limmud and clicking the proposal link in your registration confirmation e-mail. If you’ve already registered, you can also access the proposal form through your confirmation email or contact programming@limmudseattle.org.

➤ How is Limmud a unique learning environment?

Multiple 75-minute sessions are offered simultaneously throughout the day. Participants do not sign up for sessions but rather choose which session speaks to them at that time of the festival. Presenters are also participants and want to (and do!) attend the event in order to take advantage of Limmud’s many unique learning opportunities. If you have more general questions about Limmud, start with our About page.

➤ When are proposals due?

Proposals will be considered in two phases.

Proposals submitted by September 24 will receive priority consideration for presenting at Limmud Seattle and a decision by October 15, and a greater likelihood of taking advantage of early bird registration pricing (for the first 200 people or Sep 24, whichever comes first).

Proposals submitted by the Phase 2 deadline on October 15 will be considered to complete our festival schedule and will receive a decision by November 14.

➤ I want to present a session at Limmud Seattle. What do I do?

After reading the information on this page, register for Limmud Seattle and then submit a proposal by clicking the link included in your registration confirmation e-mail. If you’ve already registered, you can also access the proposal form through our website here.

➤ Why do I have to pay to attend Limmud Seattle if I am presenting?

At Limmuds around the world, presenters are volunteers, just like the many people who give their time and energy to organizing and running the event. All presenters pay the registration fee and enjoy all that Limmud has to offer: this in line with the Limmud value that everyone should be a student and anyone can be a teacher. That’s the Limmud model, which has been successful in 42 countries around the globe. Together, we make it happen.

Please note that if your proposal will include additional presenters or panelists, everyone listed in the proposal will need to have registered before your proposal will be considered.

If you cannot afford the full registration amount, please contact support@limmudseattle.org. We want to ensure that cost is not a barrier to submitting a proposal.

➤ What topics can I cover?

Limmud sessions cover a very wide range of Jewish-related topics; you’ll find a list of general themes for Limmud Seattle on the proposal form. But overall, if presenters bring to the event the Jewish topic/arena/experience they are passionate about, taking into account our audience diversity - Jews of all ages and backgrounds - the outcomes will be tremendous.

Feel free to think freely. A "session" can be almost anything, as long as there's Jewish content (which also leaves a lot of room for interpretation). That's the fun of Limmud: the sky's the limit. Creativity in format and content is encouraged.

Please note: Any proposal for a session that clearly contradicts the Limmud Values will not be considered (for example, a session designed to legitimize or delegitimize any political viewpoint or Jewish denomination).

➤ What do I need to provide on the session proposal form?

We’ll ask for basic info on you and your idea. The word limits are to make it easier for you to write your proposal and for us to carefully review all submitted proposals. The form will provide complete information, but these are the basics you’ll need:

  • Your biography (max 100 words), including info relevant to your session topic
  • Session title (max 20 words)
  • Brief session description (max 150 words)
  • Relevant links (if any) - videos, articles, etc. featuring you and your topic
  • Subject area (choose up to 3 from options including Arts & Culture; Torah & Text Study; Social Justice & Ethics)
  • Type of Session (choose from options like Lecture, Discussion, Hands-on Activity, Performance, etc.)
  • Equipment/Setup needs
  • Where/when you have presented this session before (as relevant)

Easy peasy!

➤ Can I present more than one session?

Most of our local presenters lead only one session, in order to enable as many people as possible to participate as Limmud presenters. You may wish to submit more than one idea, in case your first topic is already being covered. It is possible that your session may not be approved for inclusion in this year’s festival due to our efforts to maintain diversity and balance in our topics, presenters, and the timing of our sessions. We will let you know if your session proposal has been accepted as soon as possible.

➤ Can I propose a session with more than one presenter?

Sure! We welcome collaborations, panels, group performances and other ways to bring more knowledge and sharing to Limmud. As discussed above, all persons listed in a session proposal must have registered for Limmud before the proposal will be considered.

➤ Who decides which sessions are selected?

The Programming Team, volunteers who help plan Limmud, will carefully review all proposals and make selections to maintain diversity and balance in topics, types of sessions and presenters, timing and other logistical considerations.

Because of the work involved in making these decisions, we thank you for committing to present if you are selected.

Specifically, we are looking for session proposals that embody the following Limmud Values:

  • Diversity of the Jewish Community: We value the rich diversity among Jews, and so we seek to create cross-communal and inter-generational experiences.
  • Creative Approaches: We value choice in form, content, and style in our programs. A "session" can be almost anything, as long as there's Jewish content (which also leaves a lot of room for interpretation). That's the fun of Limmud: the sky's the limit.
  • Engagement: We recognize the strength of providing a space where spiritual, emotional, and intellectual connections are made. We invite prospective presenters to think creatively about engaging participants in many ways and with creative approaches to presentation.

Want to help make these decisions? Volunteer to join the Programming Team!

➤ Can I choose when I present?

Sorry, no. We try very hard to maintain diversity and balance in our topics, presenters and the timing of our sessions, so we cannot guarantee a time slot to anyone in advance. However, if you have real constraints please e-mail programming@limmudseattle.org, and we will do our best to accommodate them. As soon as the schedule is finalized, we will let you know when your presentation is scheduled.

➤ When will I know if my proposal has been selected?

We will notify applicants by the deadlines listed below. Because of the work involved in making these decisions, we thank you for committing to present if you are selected.

Phase 1 deadline on September 24 - Decision by October 15.

Phase 2 deadline on October 15 - Decision by November 14.

➤ Can I use PowerPoint, DVD, etc.?

Yes. Our venue, Bellevue College, is a fully equipped conference facility with Wi-Fi throughout and we will have AV support on site. Of course, it’s always advisable to have a Plan B ready, and to download what you need in advance. We look forward to supporting your needs once your proposal has been accepted and will contact accepted presenters regarding technology information.

➤ Can I bring printed materials?

Yes. All materials are BYOPS – bring your own printed stuff.

➤ I have a question that hasn’t been answered here. What do I do?

If you have questions about presenting, email programming@limmudseattle.org. If you have general questions about Limmud, start here. If your question isn’t answered there, email info@limmudseattle.org.

➤ Do I have to be Jewish to present at Limmud Seattle?

No! Anyone who is interested in sharing Jewish-related content is welcome at Limmud Seattle.

➤ What should I include in my session proposal?

The same language you use in the Proposal Form forms the basis for our session descriptions. Check out last year's online schedule to inspire you: https://limmudseattle2019.sched.com.