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A weekend of ideas like no other

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


Program is subject to change

View the Limmud Oz 2017 schedule & directory.

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 – hands-on workshops, revealing interviews, moving performances, powerful talks and more – delivered by presenters from Australia and around the world. 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 in 80+ countries. Limmud-Oz takes place in Sydney every two years and in 2015 we had over 1,000 participants. This year promises to be just as enriching, exciting and unexpected!

So, how does it work?

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

We also have a dedicated team designing an exciting program for kids. Both the general and Young Limmud program will be released in the coming days, 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.

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

We’ve designed four great programs for kids and teens! Supervision, lunch and snacks are included for Year K and up. Preschool program includes morning tea.

Highlights include (and more to come!):

Preschool (accompanied by parent or guardian) – Sunday June 11th 9:30-12:30 & Monday June 12th 9:30-12:30
9.15 Registration
9.30 Let’s get creative! – activities at stations
10.30 Morning tea
1.45 Rainbow challah making
11.45 Can you put on a puppet show

9.15 Registration
9.30 You are what you eat!
10.30 Morning tea
10.45 Let’s get creative!
11.30 Israeli dancing


K-2 – Sunday June 11th 9:00-5:00 & Monday June 12th 9:00-5:00
9.15 Registration
9.30 Creating your own mezuzah
10.30 Let’s get creative!
11.30 Morning tea
11.45 On the Jewish Hunt
12.45 Rainbow challah making
1.30 Lunch
2.30 Junkyard Beats
3.30 Break
4.00 What’s this “Israel” everyone keeps talking about?

9.15 Registration
9.30 Let’s get creative!
10.30 Creating Jewish stories
11.30 Morning tea
11.45 Sports & games time!
12.45 Donation rotation
1.30 Lunch
2.30 Zorb Ball/Inflatable Dart Ball
3.30 Break
4 Kids-Parents’ painting


3-6 – Sunday June 11th 9:00-5:00 & Monday June 12th 9:00-5:00
9.15 Registration
9.30 Let’s get physical
10.30 Junkyard Beats
11.30 Morning tea
11.45 Yoga IS fun
12.45 Why be Jewish?
1.30 Lunch
2.30 Two of our favourite Jewish foods and how to make thm!
3.30 Break
4 Stand up!

9.15 Registration
9.30 Mezuzuah making
10.30 Donation Rotation
11.30 Morning tea
11.45 Israeli dancing
12.45 Arguing for Heaven’s Sake
1.30 Lunch
2.30 The Amazing Limmud Race!
3.30 Zorb Ball/Inflatable Dart Board


Teens – Sunday June 11th 9:00-5:00 & Monday June 12th 9:00-5:00
9.15 Registration
9.30 Yoga and Jewish spirituality
10.30 Why be Jewish?
11.30 Morning tea
11.45 Writing for the press!
12.45 The Arab-Israeli conflict – How did it start and where is it going to go?
1.30 Lunch
2.30 Stand up!
3.30 Break
4.00 Challah: More than just bread!

9.15 Registration
9.30 Fitness Phase
10.30 Science vs Torah: Competition or Cooperation?
11.30 Morning tea
11.45: Let’s move!
12.45 Lunch
1.30 Zorb Ball/Inflatable Dart Board
2.30 Get pro for Instagram
3.30 Break
4.00 Bring Jewish texts to life through drama!

Evening only tickets are available.


Food from Mila’s catering will be for sale throughout the festival.
Breakfast on Sunday and Monday available 9-11am in the foyer
Lunch on Sunday and Monday available 11:45 – 2pm in the Leighton hall
Dinner on Sunday only available 6-8:15pm in the Leighton hall.

All food is kosher and there are vegetarian and gluten free options available.

Coffee and Tea

Barista made coffee will be available at the festival as well as complimentary tea and coffee stations.

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


Supported by the JCA Millie Phillips Jewish Education Fund

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