Limmud Shabbat 20-21 & Limmud Festival 22-26 December 2019, Birmingham, UK

Seminar Image (Photo Credit: Lucas Espinosa, Limmud)


Yesod @Limmud Festival UK brings together European Jewish community professionals, educators and activists from a wide range of roles and Jewish organisations to take part in this diverse grassroots Jewish learning experience. Choose from over 1,000 sessions exploring the past, present and future through multiple Jewish lenses, including Jewish text, politics, culture, food, poetry, performance and more. 

Every day at Limmud Festival UK Yesod will provide dedicated sessions for Yesod participants to explore Jewish learning for today; skills development workshops; and guided reflection to support you in focusing your learning and experiences to bring this back to your community. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect, learn and share with a group of European participants as amazing as you are!

 Apply to be inspired by Yesod and Limmud Festival UK, you deserve it!

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When is Yesod @Limmud Festival UK taking place?

Sunday 22 – Thursday 26 December 2019

You may also join for the optional Limmud Shabbat taking place Friday 20– Shabbat 21 December 2019, for which Yesod will cover the cost. You may not join only for Limmud Shabbat.

Where is Limmud Festival UK?: Pendigo Lake, Marston Green, Birmingham, West Midlands B40 (Close to Birmingham International Airport).

What does Yesod @Limmud Festival UK cost?

The cost of participation is 100 Euros and we encourage your organisation to cover some or all of the fee as an investment in your development and the impact this will have on you, your organisation and community.

Yesod will fund the rest of your place, valued at over 500 Euros, including accommodation (shared twin rooms in the Hilton hotel where the main programming will be), meals and access to the Festival and Yesod programmes from either Friday 20 or Sunday 22 to Thursday 26 December 2019.

Organised Limmud transport is also included if you choose to use it from London to the conference. Participants may upgrade to a single room at their own expense, subject to availability, with direct payment made to Limmud.

You will need to pay for your flight, visa costs and local travel costs in your country of origin. You will also need to purchase your own travel and health insurance.

However, we want to ensure that cost does not prevent any successful applicants from participating. If you think that you and your organisation will struggle to cover these costs, please complete the relevant questions on the application form and Yesod will contact you to discuss a travel subsidy if you are selected to take part.

What about Brexit?! (AKA Deal or No Deal)

While no-one knows what will happen on 31 October, or any other possible leave date, the UK Government has stated that if you travel to the UK after Brexit in a no deal scenario from an EU or EEA country, you will not be required to hold a visa if your travel is for less than 3 months.


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Jewish community professionals, educators and activists working and living in Europe, for whom being at Limmud will be beneficial in their community work, may apply for this opportunity.

Priority will be given to those who have not been sponsored to participate in Yesod @Limmud Festival UK before and are not currently taking part in a Yesod programme.

A high level of English is required as all sessions will be delivered in English.

Applicants must be based in one of the following European countries: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey. Yesod sponsorship is not available to UK residents, who may apply directly to Limmud for financial assistance.

Please note that applicants intending to take part in Limmud Festival as European Limmud volunteers will only be eligible to receive sponsorship from either Yesod or Limmud, not both.

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In addition to the opening and closing Yesod @Limmud Festival UK sessions, participants are required to take part in at least one Yesod session every day from Sunday to Wednesday. Each day will have a session dedicated to i) Jewish learning for today; ii) skills development workshops; and iii) guided reflection to support you in focusing your learning and experiences to bring this back to your community. All of the sessions will provide an opportunity to connect with other participants in the Yesod group.

There will also be an opportunity to have a dedicated one-to-one conversation with Yesod staff, including Director (Dani Serlin), Director of Educational Programming (Daniel Rose) and Professional Development Manager (Colin Bulka).

If you choose to apply for Limmud Shabbat, you will also be expected to participate in 2 or 3 required Yesod sessions and have wider access to 2 or 3 optional Yesod sessions. Limmud Shabbat can also be a good way to ease into the main Festival, get a head start on how Limmud Festival works and meet some of the Yesod participants.

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Application is now closed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

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