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Limmud Fest is a weekend retreat for the whole family, set in beautiful natural surrounds, combining dynamic and diverse learning sessions with a festival atmosphere and unique Shabbat experience.
Limmud Fest combines many of the elements of a regular Limmud-Oz event with a more outdoor experience and festival atmosphere.
With three to four sessions running concurrently throughout most of the day, there will also be time for physical activity, relaxation, socialising, and enjoying the Shabbat experience on offer.
Kids from ages 0-18 will have a wonderful time at Limmud Fest. Young and Teen Limmud will be run by youth leaders from across the youth movements. Teens aged 16 and over can attend on their own. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Please note the program is subject to change but highlights include:
Swimming, TED Talks and a session on conflicting identities.
Mini golf and bonfire, plus sessions on Healthy spirit & healthy body, Israel, altruism, multiculturalism, plus Discover your Core workshop with NY spoken word artist Caroline Rothstein.
Giant swing and Arts & Craft.
Swimming plus What is Judaism to me session.
Soccer, silent disco, mini-golf, meditation and games plus sessions on What is Israel to me? Plus Living from Strength with NY spoken word artist Caroline Rothstein.
Giant swing or kayaking plus swimming.
Icebreakers and What is Judaism to me session.
Kayaking pus Arts & Craft.
Shabbat sing-a-long with Rivkah Leah
PJ Library story time
Tefillah activity with Rivkah Leah
PJ Library story time
Yoga with Alla Melman
Swimming with parents
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.
Volunteering with Limmud Fest
There are two ways of volunteering with Limmud:
- Be part of the organising team which creates Limmud Fest.
- Every participant at Limmud Fest is required to do a short volunteer shift at the event itself.
Volunteering on the organising team
If you would like to be part of the organising team, there are opportunities to get involved with:
- Participant experience
- Young and Teen Limmud
Please email Sharon if you would like to find out more information or get involved.
Volunteering at the event
At Limmud Fest participants asked to help with some of the following tasks to ensure a successful weekend.
- Session room monitors
- Young Limmud supervision
- Equipment and room set-up and schlepping
- Setting up and setting down the venue
- Meal preparation
- Dining room set up and set down
We are very excited that Limmud Fest is being held at a new location this year at Myuna Bay.
There is a variety of accommodation options available including bunk, family, couple and single ensuite rooms, as well as camping.
All meals will be kosher and are included in the cover price.
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Limmud Fest Menu – 2016
Fresh fruit & drinks.
Early Kids Friday Night Dinner:
Challah, gefilte fish, vegetable platter & garden salad.
Main: Chicken, risoni pasta.
Dessert: Cake platters & drinks.
Friday Night Dinner:
Grape juice & wine, challah, gefilte fish, egg & tuna salad (gluten-free), assorted dips, fresh garden salad & quinoa salad.
Main: Honey-soy chicken,
Vegetarian option: Honey-soy tofu, basmati rice & baked vegetables.
Dessert: Cake platters (gluten-free: gluten free chocolate mint cookies) & drinks.
Herbal/fruit-infused Tea, coffee, cereal (& gluten-free cereal) milk & cookies, hard-boiled eggs & gluten-free crackers, bread (can be left over challah) & assorted spreads, fruit juices.
Grape juice & wine, crackers, assorted chips & dips, salsa, pretzels, lollies, gluten free nosh & soft drinks.
Challah, assorted dips, fried fish balls & fresh whole salmon
Vegetarian option: Vegetarian schnitzel, chickpea & lentil salad, gourmet salmon-pasta salad & Chinese cabbage salad.
Dessert: Fruit platters & jelly cups, drinks.
(Seuda Shlishit) Saturday Night Dinner (early dinner):
Challah, corn thins, egg salad, tuna salad, corn salad, smoked salmon platters & drinks.
(Melava Malka) Saturday Night Dinner (later dinner):
Pita Bar: Fresh pita & falafel balls, Israeli salad, coleslaw, sliced pickles, chillis, chumus & tehina dips & drinks.
Herbal/fruit-infused Tea, coffee, scrambled eggs & toast, hard boiled eggs, assorted cereals (including gluten free cereals) & milk, fresh whole fruit, fresh bread, assortment of spreads & fruit juices.
BBQ: Marinated drummets, hot dogs & burgers, (vegetarian burgers & hotdogs), fried onions & veggie platter: lettuce, pickles, pineapple rings, variety of sauces, fresh garden salad.
Note: there will always be fresh whole seasonal fruit readily available throughout the day & salads from Shabbat lunch will be served on Saturday night & Sunday lunch.
With Limmud Fest taking place a long way from your local Westfield, make sure you pack all that you might need for the weekend. Here are a few things we thought of which you won’t want to leave home without:
- Linen & bedding (towels, sheets, blanket or sleeping bag). No linen is provided.
- Swim suits and towels
- Soap, shampoo, etc
- Insect repellent
- Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc)
- Musical instruments (no grand pianos)
- Closed shoes for bushwalking
- Thongs for shower
- Water bottle
- Yoga mat (optional)
- Siddur & Chumash for Shabbat services, and other religious items (optional)
- Pen & paper (for taking notes – not on Shabbat, please)
- Shabbat candle sticks (optional)
- Tennis racquets (optional)
Limmud Fest and Shalom do not take any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged items. We suggest you leave valuables at home.
Limmud Fest offers a really special Shabbat atmosphere. Over Shabbat we’ll have the chance to eat and learn together, to sing, share stories, play, pray, take part in sports and activities, go for a walk or just enjoy the view and beautiful site.
Limmud Fest is a unique opportunity to share Shabbat delights with a whole new group of people. We’ll gather together to welcome Shabbat on Friday night and farewell it with havdalah on Saturday night but what you do in between is up to you.
Shabbat is observed in public places (we erect an eruv* over most of the site) and all of the sessions are ‘Shabbat-observant friendly’.
* An eruv is a barrier that transforms a ‘public domain’ into a ‘private domain’ and enables Orthodox Jews to carry on Shabbat. An eruv has to be physical and visible – typically wire or thick string, strung from, for example, lampposts.
Choose your Shabbat!
There will be several services taking place over Shabbat so you’re sure to find one to your taste and you’ll be most welcome to join in. Some services will involve musical instruments and some will be Orthodox in style. You’re free either to observe or not to observe in your personal space – we want everyone to feel comfortable.
And if Shabbat services aren’t your thing, feel free to enjoy the other things on offer.
If you have any other questions about Shabbat at Limmud Fest – or want to help – please contact us.
We would like to thank all our sponsors, supporters and partners, without whom Limmud Fest would not be possible:
Supported by the JCA Millie Phillips Jewish Education Fund
Ticket price includes full program and all meals. Accommodation is a separate amount but is booked with your ticket.
PLEASE NOTE: Pre-booking is essential. Bookings close at midnight on Monday 21 November. A $10 administration fee applies to phone bookings.
EARLY BIRD PRICES ends November 6.
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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, Sharon Berger.
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, Sharon Berger, if you would like to apply.
Program subject to change.