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?
I’m worried about security at the event
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 (Premium Economy), 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?
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?
I’m coming with my children, what about my family’s needs?
And can I come for Shabbat?
What if I can’t come for the whole event?
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 2018, please contact the co-chairs of the volunteers team for this year, by emailing our volunteers team.