The Blog is a space to get a behind-the-scenes view of this year's preparations.

Conference is now Festival

Ben Lewis, Marketing and Communications Co-Chair

It’s finally here! Limmud Festival 2017 bookings are open and the countdown to December has begun!

Yes, you heard that right, we’re excited to share with you that Limmud Conference is now Limmud Festival - a new name for one of the biggest celebrations of Jewish learning and culture in the world. We can’t wait for you to join us and continue to make this such a vibrant and exciting event. Limmud Festival is made so special because of the unique experiences, viewpoints and opinions every participant brings - it’s made by you.

Registration for Festival 2017 is now open and it’s definitely worth securing your place as quickly as possible. In previous years some of our most popular accommodation options have sold out - getting in early will make sure you can choose from any of our great choices. Need more incentive? The early-bird prices will save you at least £40 off each place at Festival as long as you book by September 24.

This year, as in every year, Limmud Festival is not only made by your contribution, it is made possible by the time and effort of our amazing community of volunteers. As part of the registration process, you will have the different options to become one of those volunteers and leave your mark on this unique event. We really encourage you to say yes, become a member of this remarkable group of people and become an integral part of something truly special.

In addition, the Yad scheme participants are the “helping hands” at Limmud Festival, previously known as Conference Makers. You can sign up to help out for 10 or 20 hours during Festival in return for a discounted place - £100 discount for offering 10 hours and £200 for offering 20 hours. It’s not only a great way to come to Festival for a lower price, it also enables you to meet and work with a great team of other Yads in one of a huge range of roles across the event.

If you have any questions about volunteering or the Yad scheme, head to our page on volunteering at Festival to find our more or contact the Volunteers Team.

There’s full information on booking your place on the website. With Yad discounts, financial assistance and payment by instalments all available, Limmud Festival really is for everyone - take a look and do contact the Limmud Office if you have any questions.

It’s only 110 days until the first Limmud Festival Participants will be arriving at Pendigo Lake. We can’t wait for you to be one of them!

Published on 3rd September 2017

2017: Made by You

Ben Lewis, Marketing and Communications Co-Chair

December celebrations seem to start earlier every year and our annual celebration of Limmud is no exception.

It may seem like some time until December rolls around, but preparations for this year's festivities are already well underway. The team has been in place and working since January. A whole range of dedicated volunteers have already put many hours into building what will no doubt be a memorable event. By the time we finally make it to December 24th, both the number of volunteers and the number of hours put in will have multiplied several times over. By then, all of us and all of you will be volunteers or contributing in some way.

It is all made by you.

This year we want to shine an even greater light than ever onto how the whole event is planned, prepared and delivered by a simply enormous number of people giving their time and effort. It may have always been called a "conference", but it is much more a community built by the combined efforts of every participant who attends.

It's impossible to spend even the shortest time at any Limmud event without having your experience shaped by a volunteer. Been to a session? A presenter has given their time to enlighten and entertain you. Had anything to eat at mealtime or drink at the bar? It's volunteers helping to make sure you get your food and serving you your drinks. Even if you're just managing to walk in the right direction - the signs, the maps, even clearing some litter out of the way was all done by volunteers.

There are those people with titles, those with pre-defined roles. There are those who register as volunteers in advance and ingrain themselves more in the fabric of the whole event. But there is equally everyone else, those with no role, who never signed up for anything, but who also make the magic happen by living out the spirit of Limmud and helping in small ways that few people will notice. In the theatre, they say there is no such thing as a small part; at Limmud, there is no such thing as a small part to play.

Because if Limmud wasn't made by you, it would never have become the vibrant celebration of Jewish life it has now become. With almost 3,000 participants per year, coming from countries all over the world and attending over 1,000 sessions making up the programme, there truly is nothing like it.

This blog will be filled over the coming weeks and months with updates from some of our volunteers on how preparations are going, with exciting announcements, reveals and surprises about what this year will hold. If you've ever thought about offering to volunteer in these preparations then, to quote Rabbi Hillel: if not now, when? Be in touch with our volunteers team who will have plenty of ways you can be part of it all.

Joining the Limmud community each December is always the biggest opportunity of the year to make your own vibrant Jewish experience. In 2017, we’re all sure it is going to be bigger and better than ever.

If you are interested in volunteering to make Festival 2017 happen, get in touch with the Volunteers Team. Email

Published on 19th July 2017