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A weekend of ideas like no other

Inspirational talks? Awesome international presenters? Live music? Debates and arguments? Food? Exciting teen and children program? Local experts? Big Jewish ideas? You name it, and you’ll find it at Limmud-Oz.

Limmud-Oz is one of the largest, most diverse and dynamic events in the Sydney Jewish community. It’s an immersive weekend filled with numerous choices – dynamic sessions, hands-on workshops, revealing interviews, moving performances, powerful talks and more – delivered by presenters from around the world and Australia. Be part of interesting conversations, ideas, culture, diversity and meet people from varying backgrounds and affiliations. There’s a place for everyone at Limmud-Oz.

Limmud is a global network and has events on 80+ countries. Limmud-Oz takes place in Sydney every two years and in 2013 and 2015 we had over 1,000 participants. This year promises to be just as enriching, exciting and unexpected!

Join the Limmud advisory board

The Limmud Sydney community is looking for a creative, dedicated and engaging marketing professional to join our board. As our chief of engagement, storyteller aficionado and first-impressions director, you will help us create a Limmud marketing strategy that does our incredible offering justice.
We offer a fun, passionate and warm community of volunteers and professionals to work with, development opportunities and the opportunity to contribute to one of our community’s most inclusive programs.
See full position description here!
For more details and to express your interest please email: limmud@shalom.edu.au


So, how does it work?

We’re building a program which has multiple sessions taking place every hour. If you feel like a hearing a talk on the latest events taking place in the Middle East, or are more in the mood for a creative session with someone from the arts, there’s guaranteed to be something on for you. Sessions are run by educators, artists, academics, performers, experts, enthusiasts or all ages. Choose what you go to and when.

We also have a dedicated team designing an exciting children and teen program run by international and local facilitators. Both the general and Young Limmud program will be released over the next few months, so watch this space!

Who goes to Limmud-Oz?

Left, right, or somewhere in between. Religious, secular, traditional or Jewish by choice. Four year olds, uni students, families and great-grandparents. Regardless of your age, affiliation or Jewish background, Limmud-Oz is an inclusive, inter-generational, open and respectful community. Everyone is a student, and everyone can be a teacher. If you are presenting, we invite you to take part in the entire weekend, to attend other sessions and to mix with the other participants.

Read more about the Limmud Core Values, Presenter Guidelines and other Limmud events.

The program is designed around the following themes:

  • Jewish thought – mysticism, philosophy, prayer, spirituality, Talmud, Tanach & Torah, theology
  • Society today – community, cultural issues, education, environment, ethics, gender & sexuality, interfaith, languages, politics, social justice & action
  • Memory & history – ancient & modern history, archeology, biography, the Holocaust
  • Israel & the Middle East – Israel-Diaspora relations, history & current affairs, peace & conflict, politics
  • Arts and creativity – comedy, dance, drama, film, food, literature, music, performance, poetry, storytelling, theatre, visual arts

Apply to present at Limmud-Oz 2017! Applications close April 5. Click on this link and follow the application process

View the Limmud Oz 2017 mobile app

Apply to be involved with the Kids and Teen program at Limmud-Oz 2017!
In the past we have had hummus making, theatre sports, trivia, Hebrew sing-a-longs, yoga, Jewish arts and crafts, sports and more! If you have a fun and enjoyable proposal that kids or teens will love, then send it in!
Applications close April 5. Click on this link and follow the application process.

Limmud is run by a diverse group of local volunteers and supported by experienced Shalom staff. Everyone works tirelessly for months to pull off this fantastic event!

Why volunteer?
Volunteers are the life-blood of all Limmud events and are welcome to get involved in a wide variety of activities in the lead-up to the event as well as on the day.

The best way to enjoy a Limmud event is to be part of making it happen. If you want to get the most out of your Limmud experience, then come and volunteer – whatever your skills, whoever you are, and however much time you can spare. You’ll be helped and guided by the team, make great friends, and be rewarded by the fruits of your labour!

Volunteer at Limmud-Oz!
There are two ways to get involved:
1. Be part of the organising team which creates Limmud-Oz 2017.
2. Volunteer on the day.

Volunteering on the organising team

If you would like to be part of the organising team, there are opportunities to get involved with:

  • Logistics
  • Participant care/experience
  • Marketing
  • Young and Teen Limmud
  • Programming
  • Volunteer care/experience

Volunteer on the day

  • Registration
  • Photography
  • Session room monitors
  • Young Limmud supervision
  • Equipment and room set-up and schlepping
  • Setting up and setting down the venue
  • And more!

We’re always happy to have some new and friendly faces, so if you’d like to volunteer, please contact limmud@shalom.edu.au

What’s the venue like?

Limmud-Oz will be held at Scientia at UNSW, a modern, spacious and comfortable venue. Stay inside, or go for a stroll; take a break in one of our chill out spaces, or grab a coffee and have an interesting conversation with someone unexpected. Scientia is an accessible venue with parking and public transport nearby.

John Niland Scientia Building (G19)
Library Walk
Gate 11, Botany Street
Kensington, 2052


We would like to thank all our sponsors, supporters and partners, without whom Limmud-Oz 2017 would not be possible:


Ursula Wachendorfer

Gina and Sam Rosenberg


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Supported by the JCA Millie Phillips Jewish Education Fund

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Ticket sales will opening in the next few months.

Financial Assistance

We believe that no one should miss out on Limmud due to financial difficulties and will do our utmost to make your participation possible. Enquiries about assistance will be managed in a discreet and confidential manner. Please contact Limmud Director, Anna Stern.

The Peta Pellach Scholarship for Young Women

There are scholarships available for young women (under 40) seeking to participate in each Limmud event held in Sydney. Applicants should demonstrate a financial need and a commitment to the principles of Limmud. Please contact Limmud Director, Anna Stern, if you would like to apply.