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Limmud Bay Area

Limmud Bay Area

Limmud Bay Area is a conference, a festival, a gathering of Jews from all parts of the Bay, from all walks of life, all Jewish backgrounds, all lifestyles, and all ages.

It is two plus days of lectures, workshops, text-study sessions, discussions, exhibits, performances and much more, in a retreat-like setting - all planned and produced by a network of "volunticipators." At the center of the Limmud experience is a key, but often overlooked, attribute of Jewish learning: that everyone can be a teacher and everyone must be a learner.

This Limmud is unique in that the conference was brought to the Bay Area by several very engaged Russian-speaking Jewish lay leaders and so in 2013, Genesis Philanthropy Group supported this annual volunteer-run event, which provided a high quality Jewish educational experience to 600 Bay Area Jews of all ages and backgrounds. The conference, which was held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, showcased the rich variety of Jewish learning and living experiences available in the Bay Area.

As part of the GPG grant, Limmud Bay Area was able to strengthen the Russian-speaking component of the conference by bringing three presenters to speak at the conference on topics related to the identity, unique culture, history, and future of Russian-speaking Jews. Also, in order to lower the financial barrier to participation, subsidies were made available to young Russian-speaking Jewish families and couples in their 20s and 30s.

Financial support for this program was provided by Genesis Philanthropy Group along with the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma, the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay, the Consul General of Israel, and the Koret Foundation.

Goals and Objectives

  • Increase the participation of young Russian-speaking Jewish families and couples in the Limmud conference and other Jewish programming.
  • Encourage peer interactions between parents and Jewish educators that will spark conversations and build relationships.
  • Introduce Russian-speaking Jews to the rich variety of Jewish institutional and social-entrepreneurial life in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Introduce Limmud attendees not from an RSJ background to the culture, history, and traditions of the Russian-speaking Jewish community.


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