Limmud learning festivals were held for the first time in Uruguay and Haifa, Israel. Over 200 participants, representing Haifa’s Jewish spectrum, chose from sessions on wine tasting and Israeli comedy, a Bible contest and chevruta dialogue, among others during last week’s program in the secular city where even public buses run on the Sabbath.
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“Limmud Haifa embodies the spirit of Jewish renewal of the city,” Deputy Mayor Shay Blumenthal told the gathering as he thanked the volunteers.
The six-and-a-half hour event, held at the Beit Rotenberg Center on the Carmel, featured Jewish study classes, lectures, musical performances, a film and Bible contest.
Some 140 participants took part last week in the Limmud program in Montevideo, Uruguay, ranging from secular to Chabad in their religious outlook.
Limmud, which means learning in Hebrew, has held events in over 40 countries on six continents since its founding in Britain in 1980.
Over the years, Limmud groups have been formed in Israel in the Galilee and Arava regions, in Be’er Sheva, Modi’in, and Jerusalem. There is also a special Israeli Limmud group that caters to immigrants from the Former Soviet Union.
A new Tel Aviv Limmud group is planning to host a big event in the country’s cultural and commercial capital this coming May.
Since its kick-off conference in the United Kingdom 34 years ago, Limmud has sponsored events in 40 countries on six different continents.