LimmudFest 2020
The Festival of All Things Jewish


Sunday November 15, 2020

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Sunday, November 15
from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

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Menachem Creditor
Menachem Creditor
Rachel Korazim
Rachel Korazim


This year's online program begins with an All-Festival Welcome Gathering featuring Rachel Korazim who will speak on "One Jerusalem - Multiple Images." Singer-songwriter Menachem Creditor will also help open the festival with some glorious uplifting music.

Ma Nishtana
Ma Nishtana

We are excited to announce that, through a grant from Limmud North America, eFest 2020 will have several sessions that celebrate the racial diversity within Judaism and explore issues of identity, justice, and acceptance here, and in Israel. We are honored to have some of the pre-eminent Black Jewish thinkers, leaders and activists join us at this pivotal time in America.

Howard Trachtman
Howard Trachtman

Jewish culture can make it difficult for people to accept help due to stigma. Today there is a cornucopia of resources both by and for people living with mental health conditions and resources by and for family members. Hear from an expert who has been there and will share these vast resources with you. Learn about peer-run recovery learning communities, support groups, family support groups and opportunities to socialize with others.

Howard Trachtman will help us through these difficult times as we face pandemic burn-out, election stress, and more.

Molly Kazin
Molly Kazin

Outside of the Orthodox community, 70% of Jews marry someone who wasn’t raised Jewish. If your child brings home a partner who isn’t Jewish, how can you make them feel welcome? What are some of the best ways to introduce Jewish practice without alienating the partner? Join 18Doors to learn tips and tricks on how to get your relationship with your child's partner of a different faith background on the right track.

Molly Kazin will help you make that entry into your family.

Marc Gopin
Marc Gopin

In addition we will explore the complicated relations in this country, before and following the election, with Marc Gopin, originally from Brookline, who has written Healing the Heart of Conflict, and is a world renowned conflict resolution consultant. Pre-pandemic, Marc worked several times a year in Israel and Syria and has consulted in much of the Middle East and beyond. He has turned his expertise homeward as he helps us navigate the difficulties of our divided political landscape.

Susan Barocas
Susan Barocas

Do you love cooking? Susan Barocas will also join us for a hand’s on cooking session . She was the guest chef in the White House during the Obama administration and cooked for the three Seders the President hosted. Her Sephardic recipes will make us all hungry.

We have much more to offer, so please join us from the comfort
of your own home, safe and warm in sweats and slippers!

Bring your favorite beverage and come learn at our
Limmud Boston eFestival 11/15/20!

Poets as Prophets
October Sneak Preview Kicks Off 5781

An enthusiastic and appreciative audience attended “Windows to Israeli Society through Literature and Life,” a lively online conversation between Rachel Korazim and Laura Mandel, JArtsBoston Executive Director.

A maven of Israeli poetry and literature, and a delightfully engaging teacher, Rachel Korazim is LimmudBoston’s special guest at its November 15th eFestival. The October gathering was a special preview, a chance to learn more about Rachel’s own story, and hear about her experiences teaching during the time of coronavirus.

As part of the conversation, Rachel Korazim shared several slides to highlight her teachings on November 15th, including the image posted here entitled “Poets as Prophets.” Also pictured are Laura Mandel, who adeptly interviewed Korazim; Alan Teperow, former Director and LimmudBoston board chair, and Terri Swartz Russell, the event’s moderator and a LimmudBoston past board chair.

Whether or not you were in attendance, we are pleased to share some resources based on the October 18th conversation. Rachel Korazim has been very gracious in offering to respond to any and all questions, so please feel free to reach her at

For more information about classes she is offering, or has taught in the past, check out her Facebook page or website.

Finally, in response to requests for her sister's poetry, her mother's recipe for baked almas pite, and the poetry of Nathan Alterman, see links below.

Poems by Sister -

Apple Pie Recipe -

Poetry of Nathan Alterman -

LimmudBoston's May 3rd eFestival Exceeds Expectations!

Limmud brings people together to take them one step further on their Jewish journeys. During the days when the world was quarantined, LimmudBoston put forth the notion that while we are in isolation, we need not be alone. BE A PART, NOT APART captured that essence in our first-ever eFestival taught by two rabbis and a rabbinical student from the LimmudBoston board, exploring the overall theme of “Finding your path: Jewish Responses to life in Unsettling Times.” Click here for presentations, resources and more.

What people had to say about eFestival May 3, 2020

"Thanks, Naomi (Gurt Lind), for a beautiful session. I understand why this is your calling!"

"Thank you Marcia (Plumb)! Lovely session. Seder/order is a more complicated topic than meets the eye."

"Terrific, informative presentation, Julie (Wolkoff). Thank you!"

"I am a physician and have had experience taking care of patients at the end of life but, until today, I had no education about the Jewish viewpoint! This was helpful and gave me a lot to think about."

"Joining from London, UK - thanks for making this happen! So far today, I’ve been at Limmuds in China, UK, Bulgaria, Mallorca and now Boston - amazing!"

"Thank you for today LimmudBoston! Greetings from Ukraine"

"So good to be together! Thank you, everyone!"

More than 500 Attend LimmudFest 2019!

LimmudFest 2019 brought more than 500 people together last November at our beautiful new venue, filling the 384 Harvard Campus in Brookline with a community of eager students along their Jewish journeys. Great learning, performances and panels formed the foundation of LimmudFest 2019's exciting program. To mark LimmudBoston’s 10th anniversary and celebrate our founder Steffi Aronson Karp's devotion and accomplishments, the community came together in a gathering with uplifting music, joyous celebration, and a rabbinic panel about the landscape and future of Jewish learning.

See you at LimmudFest 2020!

Steffi and Emma at the cake at LimmudFest 2019
Dana Klein at Registration LimmudFest 2019

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