Volunteering at Limmud Festival
This year, there are two ways to volunteer from Sunday to Thursday: the Yad scheme, for those aged 18-35; and volunteering as a Festival Maker, for those aged 35+. Both involve a 16 hour commitment.
Additionally, anyone aged 18+ can volunteer as a Shabbat Maker (involving a 6 hour commitment) for a further discount.
Limmud festival is run entirely by volunteers so if you have some spare time during the event and want to meet some new people, pop down to the volunteering desk to give us a hand, even if it’s just 20 minutes or so we’d love to see you there
As told by last years YAD and Volunteer Co-Chair Bruce Rothberg
I could tell you the story about the hotel concierge trolley. It’s a story I’ve told many times over the last couple of years and it still seems weird that it actually happened. Or I could reminisce about the time I served Deborah Lipstadt a coffee. Or I could even tell you the old story about the mystery of the disappearing mattress.
But whichever story I choose to tell, the point is that helping out as a Yad at Limmud Festival is sometimes strange, often hilarious and always a memorable experience.
Some people think that the most important thing to say is that contributing to the organisation of Limmud Festival allows you to get a discounted place at the event – this year Yad prices start at only £179. And for others, the selling point of the Yad scheme might be opportunities for personal and professional development – it’s definitely a useful case study in job interviews.
But while both of those are good reasons to be a Yad, but they don’t quite capture the unique nature of what it means to be involved.
Limmud Festival is an incredible event and it hardly seems believable that is created by people giving up their money, time and energy to make it happen. To put things in perspective, everything that you could possibly come into contact with was the result of someone volunteering. From the signs that tell you where to go and the spoons to stir your coffee, all the way to the long list of amazing presenters and the hotels and rooms themselves – it was all made possible by volunteers. Everyone from the person who gives you hand gel at dinner to the Chairs of the event are all volunteers, giving their time to make this amazing Festival happen.
Why? Because being involved isn’t about the money, not really.
It’s about the friends and the memories. The camaraderie, the brother/sisterhood and the crazy stories about bizarre situations… often involving mobile furniture. Nowhere else can you become such good friends, so quickly with people from all over the world. Creating memories, jokes and catchphrases. All made possible by the Yad scheme.
I know it may seem like I’m getting carried away here, but I’m really not exaggerating at all. Whether you want to recapture the magic of the last night of camp for four nights in a row or you want to discover a dynamic, diverse and delicious slice of the Jewish community – come help us run the event!
It truly is made by us, the Yads. And this year, it can be made by you too.
And who knows, maybe next year you’ll be telling a wacky story all of your own…