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February 15, 2015



Saturday March 14 & Sunday March 15, 2015

Asper Jewish Community Campus | 123 Doncaster | Winnipeg | Manitoba | Canada


The festival of Limmud, or “learning” in Hebrew, is back in Winnipeg for its 5th year! We invite you to join us on the Asper Campus for an inspiring weekend of Jewish learning and community. Participants of all ages and affiliations will be able to choose from 30+ sessions offered by leading local and international Jewish thinkers, artists and educators. Children’s programming will also be offered in the form of Camp Limmud, sessions for kids and PJ Library1 fun.


 “Limmud is more than about things Jewish, it is knowledge delivered by professionals, scholars and experts on a wide range of topics. Limmud is definitely worth your time. I know you won't be disappointed” Judi Shuster, Limmud Co-Chair.


The Limmud concept was started in the UK in 1980 and is now a world wide movement intent on engaging communities in Jewish thought and learning. Limmud is an ambitious and passionate organization that has garnered a global reputation for creating dynamic events where Jews of all ages, backgrounds and experiences come together for thought provoking and engaging programs and activities. Events feature all educational styles including lectures, workshops, text-study, film, meditation, and discussions.


Introducing a new full day especially for kids:


Children’s Program: Sunday, March 15 9-5pm: Games, Art Projects, Cooking and more!

Lauren Tennenhouse: Stained Glass art Project – Chagall style

PJ Library Family Program: Lego at Limmud

Tiffany Reider: Israeli Dance for Children

Junior Chazzanim: Purim Puppet Play


International Presenters:

Avi Dolgin: Yonah ben Amitai & Co.

Avi Dolgin is now Chair of Limmud Vancouver and is a former student of Reb Zalman Schachter at the University of Manitoba, who always kept a hand in Jewish ritual and midrash. Marriage ceremonies, Bibliodrama, interfaith davening—the usual stuff! One year, hearing another boring haftara of Jonah, he said to himself, “There has to be a better way to convey this story!”


Zvi Hirschfield: The Dangers of Torah Study Gossip: Why is it wrong and why do we love it?

Zvi Hirschfield grew up in Chicago. He studied for a number of years at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel. After completing a B.A in history at Columbia University he did graduate work at Harvard University in Medieval and Modern Jewish Thought. Zvi received rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He comes to us from the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem where he teaches Talmud, Halacha, and Jewish thought.


Jason Marantz: The Only Jew at Hogwarts Keeping it real: The Future of Jewish Education

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Jason returns to Winnipeg as the Chief Executive of the prestigious London School of Jewish Studies. He has worked in both Jewish and non-Jewish schools in the UK and Canada, was the Headteacher of Wolfson Hillel Primary School until 2011, has an MA in Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties from the Institute of Education, University of London and holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship (United Kingdom).


Jason was recently one of the first graduates of the Cambridge Co-exist Leadership Programme for community leaders from different faiths, and currently serves as Chair of the Governing Body of Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School, a school which he helped establish in 2008. The school was recently praised by the Office for Standards in Education (England) for its outstanding leadership.

He is a member of the PJ Library UK content advisory committee. Jason is a sought after teacher trainer and consultant to Jewish community schools. He speaks widely on many aspects of Jewish Education.


Ira Robinson: Session Title Religious Life in Mainstream Israel From the Zohar to Madonna: Popularization of Jewish Mysticism

Ira Robinson is Chair in Quebec and Canadian Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion and Director of the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. He received his B.A. at Johns Hopkins University, his B.H.L. at Baltimore Hebrew College, his M.A. at Columbia University and his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. He has taught at Concordia University since 1979 and served as the Chair of the Department of Religion and is the 2013 winner of the Louis Rosenberg Canadian Jewish Studies Distinguished Service Award, Association for Canadian Jewish Studies.


Barry Shell: Making Scents of the Torah

Barry Shell is a freelance writer.

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