Limmud Festival FAQs

Here are the answers to some of the questions about Limmud Festival that people have been asking, and more info on how you can get involved.

What is the Birmingham site like?

This year, the vast majority of  sessions will once again be under one roof in the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel, with additional programming for Families and Young Limmud in the Crowne Plaza.

I'm worried about security at the event

As in previous years, Limmud Festival will be supported by the Community Security Trust (CST) who will be providing security 24/7 throughout the event. The CST are working closely with West Midlands Police and the NEC security, who we have met with as part of our Festival planning. You can help the CST team to help us, by always wearing your Limmud ID badge, and by ensuring you do not leave any unattended items around the site.

Where will I be staying, and what facilities will be available?

Limmud will have exclusive use of two on-site hotels: the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel and the Crowne Plaza (Families). We will also be using the 5* Genting Hotel (Premium). These hotels surround Pendigo Lake and are within a five-minute walk of each other.

We will also be using the ibis Styles, a fifteen-minute walk from the Hilton; and Economy rooms in other local hotels.

Please see the accommodation information pages for further details.

How will I get around if I am staying off-site?

If you have driven to Festival, ample (free) parking space is available at the Hilton and by the NEC. We will provide free onsite shuttle buses stopping at all hotels throughout the day so that if you are staying hotels which are slightly further away (up to 25 min walk) you will not need to shlep!

I’m worried that I’ll get lost!

We will have clear signage and maps on site to enable easy navigation, which we review and update every year with our enhanced knowledge and experience of running Festival on this site.

What about the programme?

The programme is shaping up to be just as amazing and engaging as ever. We have a variety of programming and social spaces to meet different needs and styles of session. From lectures, panel debates and discussions, to workshops, classes and discos, there will be something for everyone. We will make frequent presenter announcements via on Facebook and Twitter every Sunday in our Spotlight Sunday feature. Follow us to keep up to date with the latest news.

Can I present a session?

It's a core Limmud value that "Everyone should be a student and anyone can be a teacher", and we encourage anyone who wants to present a session to do so - whether your interest is Talmud, Jewish History, Israeli Dance or 12th century marginalia, there will be people at Limmud who'll share your interest and passion.

Don't be worried if you've not presented before - feel free to be in touch with the programming team who can give advice and assistance. Just tick the "I would like to present a session" box on the application form and you'll get an email with more details.

If you are interested, make sure you sign up soon. The deadline for presenter applications is on 2 October!

I have additional needs, what about me?

Participant care is always central to our events - please complete the "medical, access, or other requirements" section of the application form and the Festival team will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Participants with additional needs will also be contacted before Festival to ensure their needs are met. More information is available here.

I’m coming with my children, what about my family’s needs?

We will have a designated families hotel, with a family dining room. There will also be an exciting Families Programme to cater for different age groups, which includes Young and Teen Limmud. Click here to find out more.

And can I come for Shabbat?

Yes! Shabbat Limmud will take place from 22-23 December and we'd be honoured if you'd join us. Shabbat at Limmud Festival is always a more intimate and relaxing affair, so there is a lot to be said for getting settled and familiar with the new site, 'ahead of the game' before the influx of other participants on Sunday. Find out more here.

What if I can’t come for the whole event?

This year we will be offering the option to attend Limmud Sunday-Tuesday and Tuesday-Thursday, as well as flexible non-residential day places. Please see the booking information page for all available options for this year.

What if I don’t know anyone...?

That won't last long! We always try to make it easy to meet people at Limmud events, and this year is no exception, so not knowing anyone shouldn't put you off. With a wide and varied range of social programming, you’ll soon get to know fellow like-minded participants. Another great way to meet people is to volunteer, so get in touch if you are interested. There is also a buddying scheme available - just mark that this is your first Limmud Festival or that you are coming on your own on the application form to receive more information.

Can I bring my pets?

As much as we believe that Limmud should be for everyone, unfortunately this does not yet extend to pets. Only registered guide dogs will be permitted on site so please make suitable arrangements for other pets to be cared for whilst you are away.

Sounds great, how can I get involved and help?

Limmud is run almost entirely by volunteers, and we’ll need lots of people to help with all aspects of the event. There are plenty of ways to get involved either before or during Festival. You can do everything from helping to direct people around the hotel on the first day of Festival, to coordinating all the plans for families, and everything in between - there are lots of ways you can get involved. Click here to check out our volunteering options.

If you would like to volunteer to help create Limmud Festival 2017, please contact the co-chairs of the volunteers team for this year, by emailing our volunteers team.