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 will Festival 2020 look like?
Limmud Festival 2020 is 5 days of digital programming that you will not want to miss!
This year has been different than we anticipated, to say the least, but we are pleased to be able to provide our normal incredible programming, just in a new format. And as we are in our 40th year, it feels fitting to be thinking about new ways to deliver Limmud Festival, and our team has been working on exciting, creative solutions to make sure this year is as special as ever.
Limmud Festival 2020 will be taking place virtually from Friday 25 – Tuesday 29 December, with Festival Shabbat programming taking place before Shabbat comes in on 25th and after Shabbat goes out on 26th. With all of the amazing sessions that we know you love at Festival, including Families and YTL programming.
How can I access Limmud festival 2020?
Our online platform will host all of our sessions, as well as our Families and Young & Teen Limmud programmes.
We are working to ensure the platform is accessible for all participants to use. We will share further details about the platform in due course.
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. Click here to keep an eye on our programme page for presenter announcements and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news.
Can I present a session?
Absolutely! It is a core Limmud value that all presenters are participants, and all participants can be presenters. We are committed to doing our best to include a session from every presenter who submits. However, due to the limitations of the format of this event we may be unable to accommodate every presenter. We will endeavour to include everyone who offers to present a session at Limmud Festival.
Book through our online application form and tick “offer a session”. Once your place is booked you will receive a confirmation email with a link to submit your Presenter Information Form (PIF) and your Session Information Form (SIF) through an online portal.
The deadline to offer to present and then submit your PIF & SIF is Monday 16 November. All submissions are this date may not be considered.
What is a PIF & a SIF?
The Presenter Information Form (PIF) will give you a chance to let Limmud Festival know who you are! Should you present a session, this information will go into the online programme, available for all Limmud participants to see. It is best to keep the information you provide short, informative, and light-hearted.
The Session Information Form (SIF) is the outline of your session submission itself.
Visit our programme information page for more details.
Families at 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.
Visit our Families page for more details.
Young & Teen Limmud at Festival
Our Young & Teen Limmud (YTL) is catering for children aged 8–11 (Young Limmud) and 12–17 (Teen Limmud). For those with children aged 7 and younger, we will also offer our interactive Families programme. The Peulot (activities) will be led by their Madrichim/ot (leaders) who have been specially trained for this role.
Find our more of our YTL page.
Shabbat at Festival
Although we can’t come together this year for Shabbat, we are excited for you to join our Shabbat programming for all ages.
Starting around midday on Friday 25th, and will include some Shabbat prep sessions (e.g. challah bake along), some pre shabbat study sessions and a communal Kabbalat Shabbatbefore Shabbat comes in.
Shabbat Programming will resume on Saturday evening with Havdallah, followed by evening entertainment programming.
I have additional needs, what about me?
Participant care is always central to our events and we are working with other organisations to ensure our online platform is accessible.
If you have any further questions, please contact our Limmud Office by clicking here to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I get involved and help?
One of Limmud’s core values is ‘participation,’ with volunteers playing key roles in almost everything Limmud does. Even for this year’s virtual Limmud Festival, we believe that we are all responsible for each other and for the communities we create, and we know that everyone has an important contribution to make.
We would welcome participants offering to volunteer even if it is just an hour over Festival. This can be done by ticking on the application form “I’d be happy to volunteer in some capacity at Limmud Festival.”
Is you would like to help more, join as a Yad (helping hand), committing to 4 hours per day to receive 50% discount on your fees. Visit our volunteers page for further information.