Four invited presenters confirmed for LimmudVan ’16

LimmudVan_137The deadline for the third annual festival of learning is quickly approaching.

LimmudVan ’16, a celebration of learning, creativity and community will be held on Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31. The cut-off for submission of proposals for presentation is Sunday, October 18.

Avoid last-minute pressure. Send in your ideas today.

Here’s the link:

So far, four invited presenters have been confirmed:

  • Eve Jochnowitz – a culinary ethnographer, chef, baker, and Yiddish instructor at the YIVO institute.  She co-hosts a cooking show in Yiddish. Don’t believe it? The website is
  • Naomi B. Sokoloff – a University of Washington professor and co-editor of Boundaries of Jewish Identity;, a book that grapples with the thorny question of who and what is a Jew. Here’s the link for her publisher’s website:
  • Kenneth Bob – national president of Ameinu and a member of the Jewish Agency for Israel board of governors, of the World Zionist Organization executive, the board of the J Street education fund and chair of the American Zionist Movement.  Read what he has to say on a variety of topics at
  • Rabbi Eliezer Ben-Yehuda – grandson of the author of the Ben-Yehuda dictionary of Modern Hebrew and an accomplished scholar, teacher, counsellor, writer and editor of the Rosetta Stone Hebrew computer program. Check out his web-page at for a comprehensive portrait of his incredible achievements.

A complete list of presenters will be available in November, after all proposals have been received, reviewed, sorted and selected.

Can you see your name on this list of presenters? Limmud especially values the notion that everyone has something to teach and much to learn from others.

What is your passion? Share your knowledge and expertise with eager learners. The sessions could be on any topic with a Jewish component and in any format.

DSC_8920LimmudVan ’15 included a diverse range of 40 thought-provoking topics that went from water in religious experience to Jewish themes in the music of Leonard Bernstein. Presenters gave sessions on the Messiah, how to maintain your Jewishness when no longer eating schmaltz and chopped liver, text study of psalms, the relevance of stamp collecting in the lives of Jews, techniques for aging well, opera with Jewish content and the story of Esther retold through mosaic art.

How do you like to learn? Some prefer a traditional lecture, a study group pouring over text, open discussion, storytelling, dance or maybe a stimulating demonstration of slam poetry or anything you would like to do.

Presenters at LimmudVan ’15 included specialists in diverse areas of interest as well as rabbis, scholars, artists, storytellers and performers.

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