Nov 8, 2018

Limmud Boca – A Diverse Day of Jewish Learning on December 9

For 38 years, Jewish people have been taking part in Limmud days of learning in 84 communities spanning 44 countries and six continents. Last year, over 35,000 were part of this entirely volunteer-operated international phenomenon. And now, Limmud, which means “study” or “learn” in Hebrew, is coming to Boca Raton on Sunday, December 9 with an expansive, day-long array of learning opportunities.

From across diverse Jewish South Palm Beach County and beyond, 600 adults of all ages will fill the classrooms and Beit Midrash of Katz Yeshiva High School’s new 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus in West Boca. Together, in the all-inclusive Limmud environment, unaffiliated with any particular branch of Judaism, they’ll explore Jewish culture, thought and identity in a powerful, upbeat and inspiring celebration of shared learning.

With offerings from storytelling to music and meditation, from history and health to Torah and Talmud, Limmud Boca will engage beginners and scholars alike. With 120 choices in ten categories, they’ll attend seven hour-long learning sessions from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The 80 presenters will include dynamic local Jewish educators, rabbis, performers and lay people highly regarded in their fields of expertise. The schedule is posted at: https://limmudboca2018.sched.com; click on a title for more details.

A reception, grand menorah lighting and concert will follow from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The day will also include a “shuk” vendor shopping area.

“Our incredible group of presenters hail from Chicago, New York, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Washington, Oregon and our own area,” said Sandra Lilienthal, who co-chairs Limmud Boca with Rona Trachtenberg and Peter Eckstein. “Limmud Boca gives the community a day to engage, share and connect with presenters from out of town, as well as with our diverse local rabbis and educators who have so much to offer.”

(L-R) Sandra Lilienthal, Limmud Boca Co-Chair; Helena Levine, Head of School, Donna Klein Jewish Academy; Rabbi Jonathan Kroll, Head of School, Katz Yeshiva High School (KYHS); and Rabbi Josh Broide, Director, Deborah & Larry Silvers Center for Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, planning use of the new KYHS West Boca facility to accommodate 600 Jewish adult learners at Limmud Boca on December 9.

“Boca Raton is known as a community where Jews from all walks of life regularly engage in learning, so bringing them all together for an entire day is thrilling,” continued Lilienthal. “We look forward to Limmud Boca becoming part of South Palm Beach County’s annual calendar.”

Lilienthal’s enthusiasm is shared by other Jewish community leaders.

“Limmud is one of the most significant attempts worldwide to unite the Jewish people in study,” said Rabbi David Steinhardt of the Conservative B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton. “For a Jew, learning is like breathing. It motivates us to proper action, it roots us and it is available to every one of us regardless of affiliation or background. What a great opportunity we are being offered at Limmud Boca!”

“We are so excited to welcome Limmud to Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida,” said Shimmie Kaminetsky, the Modern Orthodox school’s Executive Director. “Opening our doors to the broader Jewish community so that we can all learn from each other and bond over Jewish learning is an incredible privilege.”

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and its Deborah and Larry D. Silvers Center for Jewish Engagement (CJE) are proud Limmud Boca partners. “Our community is uniquely poised to host a Limmud like no other, with our shared commitment to Jewish diversity and inclusivity,” said Rabbi Josh Broide, CJE Director. “Both Limmud and Jewish South Palm Beach County understand how much more we can achieve together. The perfect follow-up to our community’s receipt of the Jerusalem Unity Prize last spring, Limmud has a tagline, ‘Wherever you find yourself, Limmud will take you one step further on your Jewish journey.’ As individuals and as a community we will take that step together on December 9.”

Limmud Boca registration is available online at limmudboca.org. The $54 registration fee includes attending the seven sessions, a choice of three kosher lunch options and snacks, parking, reception and admission to the concert. High school students are encouraged to attend at a discounted fee of $36. Updates are being made on facebook.com/LimmudBoca, and more information about Limmud is available at limmud.org/#inside-limmud.

Katz Yeshiva High School is located at 20900 Ruth and Baron Coleman Boulevard on the Federation campus. A government-issued picture ID will be required for entry at the Federation security gate.

The Florida Jewish Home is the Limmud Media Sponsor.