Looking back and looking forward – save the date for Limmud ’23

Kelsey Buchalter – From first-time Limmud speaker to TEDxYouth storyteller in six months.

LIMMUD Cape Town will take place over the weekend of 18-20 AUGUST this year in a brand new format: On Friday and Saturday our international presenters will be integrated into our community in a range of events and programmes enabling more meaningful engagement and opportunity to explore topics in more depth. And then on the Sunday we will have a jam-packed Festival of local and international presenters with the usual Limmud head-spinning range of topic choices from A to Z… Artificial Intelligence to Zionism!

The Friday and Saturday programme will take place at various venues in and around our community, and the Sunday programme will be at the Hatfield Street Campus. Details regarding the presenters, programme of events, and ticket sales will be available soon.

Limmud provides great opportunities for people with something to say! Last year, Kelsey Buchalter spoke at Limmud for the first time. Due to the warm response from Limmudniks she then adapted her talk for TEDxYouth, held earlier this year, and was a highlight on the programme. This is testament to the calibre of presenter at Limmud and the developmental role Limmud can play in profiling our local talent.

We are also bringing back some “greatest hits” from Limmuds past: Power couple, Adam and Naomi Ferzinger, will be returning to South Africa this year. Adam’s research focuses on the history of Jewish responses to modern and contemporary life, including feminism in religious spaces, and the Israelisation of Judiasm. While, Naomi, an occupational therapist who holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, uses sensory experience, facial recognition, as well as sensory limitations and disability in her analysis of texts. Her unique perspective adds a multi-dimensional layer to Torah study, beyond the cerebral. That is a mere taste of what is to come.

If, by any chance, you have never heard of Limmud, here is what it is about in a nutshell: An inclusive festival of Jewish learning which aims to take you one step further on your Jewish journey, no matter where you currently find yourself. Topics range from current affairs, business, Israel, arts and culture, Jewish life, social justice, Torah, and philosophy.

There is a choice and something for everyone! Limmud’s holistic Jewish experience is seen through multiple lenses, with nuance, research, lived personal experience and testimony. There are also workshops, social events, wine tastings and food demos, and spaces to mingle.

For more information on our values visit our website www.limmud.org.za. However, one of our most important tenets is that we are completely driven by volunteers. If you’d like to ‘volunticipate’ in planning and executing our festival this year, please email capetown@limmud.org.za.

18-20 August – Put it in your diary!

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