Values and Principles of Limmud International
Learning – we are all students and we can all be teachers
Expanding Jewish Horizons – grow our individual, collective and communal Jewish identity experiences
Enabling Connections – connect people and communities, and connect with your own self in learning
Participation – everyone volunteers, everyone is an active participant
Empowerment – think big and go long!
Diversity – embrace the diversity of the Jewish community
Community and Mutual Responsibility – communities of learning and of giving
Respect – with respect for all voices and equal status as volunteer-participants
Arguments for the Sake of Heaven – education and vigorous debate
Religious Observance – LimmudBoston food is kosher
- Learning embraces personal development, knowledge and skills
- Learning changes people, inspires action and opens new worlds
- There are many inspirations that can offer opportunities for learning
- Everyone can be a teacher and everyone should be a student
- We encourage the creation of a learning environment in which people are able to reflect and grow
Community & Mutual Responsibility
- Limmud is a community of learning
- We can achieve more together than we can individually
- We both gain and should give something back to the Jewish and the wider community
Expanding Jewish Horizons
- Limmud strives to create collective and communal experiences, through which we strengthen and develop our Jewish identity
- We inspire people to be ambitious about their contribution
- We challenge people and trust them to rise to that challenge
- We see the potential of individuals and communities, and support their development
- We empower people to make choices, and provide the information to make informed choices
- Volunteerism is a key feature of almost everything we do
- We are all responsible for each other and for the communities we create, everyone has an important contribution to make
- We encourage participants to take an active part in all we do
- We value diversity in all that we do
- We value choice in form, content and style
- We believe in the richness of our diverse community and create cross-communal and cross-generational experiences
- We value accessibility, and aim to be accessible to all
- We encourage people not to stereotype others
Enabling connections to be made
- We aim to create opportunities for communities and individuals to connect
- We recognise the strength of providing a space where spiritual, emotional and intellectual connections are made
Commitment to Respect
- Limmud expects all participants to be respectful of one another, and to recognise that all volunteers are also participants.
- Personal attacks are not acceptable within session material
- To ensure that informed choices can be made, we ask presenters to provide biographies
Arguments for the Sake of Heaven
- Limmud does not participate in legitimizing or delegitimizing any religious or political position found in the worldwide Jewish community. Anyone who comes to Limmud events seeking opportunities for this will not find it.
- Limmud has no part to say in the debates between/across denominations. Limmud will programme its events in such a way as to avoid religious or political conflict. However we do recognize and appreciate that ‘arguments for the sake of heaven’ can make a positive contribution to furthering our education and understanding. Sessions should therefore be educational and not polemical.
- Shabbat and kashrut are observed in all public areas. We recognise that in private areas people will behave as they wish.
- Should participants wish to hold a prayer group, they may do so providing they supply all resources and are responsible for the session or prayer group in its entirety.
Adapted from http://limmud.org/home/mission/
LimmudFest is a happening, a volunteer-driven celebration of Jewish culture and identity. From storytelling, music and meditation to Torah and Talmud, LimmudBoston offers inspiration and education – engaging beginners and scholars alike.