Welcoming Families to Festival
Families are a vital part of Festival, and children are the future of Limmud. At this year’s virtual event we will work with your children to present a programme especially designed for those aged 7 and younger.
In addition to over 300 presenters in our main programme, we are offering you and your children a chance to experience a Family Festival together.
Family Limmud Programme
Friday 25 December, 12:00-13:00
Challah baking with the Limmud Festival Chair (for all ages)
Join Festival 2020 Chair Rob Simmons for a relaxing challah bake along. Not much baking experience? Don’t worry, neither has Rob. Get your ingredients ready and make some warm Challah for your Limmud Shabbat!
Friday 25 December, 13:00-14:00
Listen! Israel’s all around! Preparation (ideal for 3 and younger)
Take some time before Shabbat to read the story with your adult and try some of the fun ideas on our activity sheet. Bring your creations to our “Show and Tell” session at 9.30am on Sunday!
Friday 25 December, 14:00-15:00
Limmud Kabbalat Shabbat (for all ages)
Join the Limmud community for a virtual, cross-communal Kabbalat Shabbat experience.
Sunday 27 December, 09.30-10.00
Listen! Israel’s all around! Show and Tell (ideal for 3 and younger)
With Wendy, Alison and the Family Limmud Team. If you managed to create something , inspired by the book we sent to you, bring it along to our “Show and Tell” session at 9.30am on Sunday morning! Or bring an object related to the story for our Show and Tell. It could be a souvenir from Israel or from another journey you have been on.
Sunday 27 December, 11.00-11.20
Festival Bunting Show and Tell (for all ages)
With Jon Freedman. We hope you’ve enjoyed decorating and hanging up your Festival bunting. Come online and show us how you have turned your home into a Jewish Festival space. Please see page 4 of the Family Limmud booklet for more details.
Sunday 27 December, 16:00-16:30
“and there were….” (ideal for 3 and younger, all are welcome)
With Caroline Hagard. “….and there were…..what?” Come and join Caroline for a really fun session about Noah’s ark. Full of stories and songs this session will have you joining in and singing – or just listening if you prefer.
Sunday 27 December, 17:00-17:45
Zoom Screen Hat Party (ideal for ages 4-7, all are welcome)
With Ellen Alt and Mia Veissid. Transform yourself into a Jewish character from history, the Torah or popular culture. We will be creating hats out of simple materials and then wear them to the end of session party! Please see page 5 of the Family Limmud Booklet for more details and a list of art materials you will need for the session.
Sunday 27 December, 18:30-18:45
Bedtime Story (for all ages)
Join Philip Simon, comedian, actor, and the on-stage voice of Peppa Pig’s “Daddy Pig” for a bedtime story.
Monday 28 December, 11.00-11.30
Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel (ideal for ages 4-7, all are welcome)
With Wendy, Alison and the Family Limmud Team. Take some time before this session to read the story with your adult and try some of the fun ideas on our activity sheet, then join our Monday morning “Show and Tell” session. You could share some of your creations, or bring an object related to the story for our Show and Tell. It could be a souvenir from Israel or from another journey you have been on, or maybe even a medal from a race you have run!
Monday 28 December, 16.00-16.45
Warm-Hearted Soul-filled Wiggles, Giggles, Songs and Story for our very youngest and their grown ups (for all ages)
With Shira Kline. Please see page 6 of the Family Limmud Booklet for Shira’s song lyrics.
Monday 28 December, 18:30-18:45
Bedtime Story (for all ages) with Maureen Lipman
Tuesday 29 December, 09:30-10:00
The Jewish Year (ideal for 3 and younger)
Music and Action With Judith Ish-Horowicz.
Tuesday 29 December, 11:00-11:45
Eco Songs for Fun (ideal for ages 4-7)
Jess Gold‘s love of song and song-writing manifests as a singer and service leader as well as an environmental musician in schools. At Limmud this year both of these sides will come together in the family programme.
Tuesday 29 December, 16:00-16:45
“Singin’ With Susan” (ideal for 3 and younger, all are welcome)
With Susan Shane-Linder, Music Director, Congregation B’nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL USA. Come for a joyous sing along with Susan Shane-Linder. Together we’ll sing some new and old songs. Feel free to bring musical instruments and shakers. Please see page 12 of the Family Limmud Booklet for Susan’s song lyrics.
Tuesday 29 December, 17:00-17:45
How Do YOU Do Tikkun Olam?! Make a music video with Lisa Baydush!
(ideal for ages 4-7)
You might be small and still in school, but there’s lots of helping you can do! Channel your inner artist and come sing and draw with Jewish Music Specialist, Lisa Baydush, who will lead us in songs about Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. Have paper, crayons and markers ready to create illustrations of ways that YOU can help the world. These pictures will be used to make a MUSIC VIDEO with Lisa’s song, It’s Called Tikkun Olam!
Tuesday 29 December, 18:30-18:45
Bedtime Story (ideal for all ages)
Pete Tobias reads The £5 Etrog
Resource Kits Delivered to your Door
The first 40 families who book their places will also receive a special resource pack through your letterbox (UK applicants only) including:
- Story Book
- Activity Booklet
- A free album of Jewish music
- Other goodies to help transform your home into a real Festival space
This year it is so easy to dip in and out of your favourite presenters’ sessions from the comfort of your own homes, and once the kids are in bed, the adult programme will continue each night until 10pm.
If you have any questions about experiencing Festival as a family, please contact the Limmud Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.