NMAJH Event: Exploring Jewish Communities Around the World

by the staff of LimmudPhilly

Join us on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 PM at the National Museum of American Jewish History for an incredible night of Jewish learning and community! This Taste of Limmud event, which is called Jewish Geography: Exploring Jewish Communities Around the World, we’ll learn about a variety of Jewish communities from around the world through lectures, discussions, dance, music, food, and more. The event includes havdallah and a dessert buffet. Click here for tickets.

LimmudPhilly: Strong Participation, Maccabeats Ovation

“Outside the box and over the top interesting”, is how participant Ron Siegel, described his 2012 LimmudPhilly this past weekend. “National leaders and the best of local teachers came out and gave their best. We were like drinking it up.” Exclaimed 20 and 30-something Anna and Beth Silver. Sophie Mellon added: “Just today, I learned how to encounter a homeless person in one session, Jewish traditions about creating social change in another, and then I attended a Jewish theater event, a very hot Maccabeat concert, and the discussion at lunch about Jewish values and health insurance, I learned a ton.”

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Some 80 teachers and waves of participants made LimmudPhilly 2012 a profound success. Saturday night was described by many as when the Maccabeats brought everyone to their feet in the rare ecstasy of high quality concert passion that becomes great woven with soulful prayer.

Co-chairs Brian Cohen and Sara Levy and the rest of the winning leadership team ensured quality control from facilities to the incredible diversity of sessions and perspectives. From the presence of Ami Eden, head of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, to the Shabbat prayer lab given by Syd Schwartz, a senior fellow at CLAL, to Gail Twersky Riemer, founder of the Jewish Women’s Archive, into the innovations of 24/6 a Jewish Theater Company and art forms and scholarship of every form, we all saw PhillyLimmud continuing to evolve in healthy and holy ways. Plus, Helen Plotkin ran a beit midrash par excellence. Focused volunteers, a good many teens were helping everywhere one would look.

LimmudPhilly also drew participants who love Limmud from New York, Washington, DC and beyond. Chairs from other Limmud Conferences were present, as well, taking notes. Young Limmud for the youngsters is what we all wished Hebrew school could have been.

At the Philadelphia Jewish Voice table Ronit Treatment had brought the famously kosher insect locusts for viewing, and a poster with recipes and their history in our Biblical tradition. It was wonderful meeting so many creative, engaging, spiritual and intellectually active Philadelphians.

Something to be proud of: Limmud Philly. See you next year!  

Meetup with Philadelphia Jewish Voice Writers At LimmudPhilly

If you are planning on attending Limmud Philly this weekend, be sure to stop by the Philadelphia Jewish Voice’s table this Sunday, April 29 any time between 11am and 3pm. You’ll get a chance to meet our Living Judaism editor Rabbi Goldie Milgram, our Kosher Table editor Ronit Treatman, myself and other members of the Philadelphia Jewish Voice community. There will be free bumper stickers, books and mitzvah cards available for purchase, and you’ll be able to see what herbs Ronit has growing in her garden.

If you weren’t thinking of attending Limmud Philly 2012, please do. Click here for details about this year’s Limmud, and see our coverage of

Please come. We would love to meet you.

  • Location: Friends Select School, 17th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA
  • Time: Sunday, April 29, 2012, 11am-3pm.

Shabbat Afternoon Tisch at Limmud Philly

— Aviva Perlo


Peninnah Schram’s tisch on Shabbat afternoon at Limmud Philly was amazing.  She wove her own stories together while encouraging us to share as well.  Niggunim, or melodies, carried us in between each story.  The Schlibovitz front-and-center on the table reminded us that this is an age-old tradition of telling stories on Shabbat afternoon and it was time to exhale and enjoy.  At the end, she tried something that seemed artistically challenging but managed to pull it off quite well.  We were divided into three groups and each group represented a particular song and sentiment: love, peace, and faith, and the songs were woven into her story so that each of us contributed to the fullness of one story.  

I admire Peninnah’s storytelling skills and I wonder how many walls she must have knocked down in order to stand tall as a woman maggid years ago.  I look forward to learning more from her, and it was a pleasure to see her embody true talent at Limmud.

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Aviva Perlo lives in Philadelphia and is a social service project manager and improv artist.

Peninnah Schram, storyteller, is Professor of Speech/Drama at Yeshiva University’s Stern College. She is vibrantly elegant in telling Jewish stories of wisdom and wit. Her latest anthology is: The Hungry Clothes & Other Jewish Folktales and CD, The Minstrel & The Storyteller with singer Gerard Edery. Peninnah has received the Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator and the National Storytelling Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

LimmudPhilly: A Celebration of Jewish Life, Community and Learning

LimmudPhilly is a volunteer created learningfest for everyone in the Philadelphia Jewish world and this year is expanding to include a Shabbat component for the very first time.

In a weekend of learning, we bring together teachers of Yiddish, Jewish knitting, history and talmudic study and anything else you can think of, as well as learners from all backgrounds to exchange ideas in a vibrant and kinetic environment.

See our detailed coverage of LimmudPhilly in 2009 and 2010. If you were there before, you know what a success these events were. If you were not, don’t miss this opportunity.

For all information including how to register please visit the LimmudPhilly website.