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Some 2500 people came to the halls of residence at Warwick University, West Midlands, to participate in the week-long Limmud 2009 learnfest during the last days of December. The Limmud conference, the world's biggest Jewish educational get-together, offers the chance to sleep in university dorms and spend the day in lecture theaters listening to academics, rabbis and lay people presenting on just about every Jewish topic conceivable.
Updated: Dec. 31, 2009
A Polish-language guide to Chanukah will be distributed to hidden Jews in Poland. Shavei Israel, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to strengthen ties between the State of Israel and descendants of Jews around the world, will distribute the free books this week through its emissaries in Poland. Hidden Jews in Poland lost all contact with Judaism due to the extreme anti-Semitism they encountered after the Holocaust; some even converted. Others concealed their Jewishness from the Communist authorities and now feel free to resume their true identity.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2009
In a joint initiative between Hebrew University, the Knesset, and the Ministry of Education, Jewish studies experts from Hebrew Univesity will give courses to Israeli parliamentarians on the Jewish Bible. Professors Yair Zakovich (Department of Bible) and Avigdor Shinan (Department of Hebrew Literature) of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University will arrive at the Knesset building, to begin a series of meetings on 'Personalities in the Bible and Midrash'. The courses will also address issues of leadership.
Updated: Dec. 03, 2009
A new Hebrew University project called 'Scientists on the Trains,' promotes education on the rails as the institution sends out its professors to teach the Israeli public in transit. The idea kicked off this month, with the university's ultimate teacher, past President Emeritus Hanoch Gutfreund, who rode the morning train from Modi'in to Tel Aviv lecturing the public about the love letters written by Einstein and his wives.
Updated: Dec. 01, 2009
In this blog post, Philip Brodsky, Darim Online Intern, proposes a new way to help build community, engaging community members in Torah study and creativity by the intelligent use of social media. He suggests that Rabbis make use of digital social media to engage community members in discussion of aspects of the upcoming Torah Portion, utilizing the resulting communal discussion in developing his Shabbat sermon. By the time the rabbi delivers his Shabbat remarks, he or she could be drawing inspiration from, or even representing the discussion of hundreds of his congregants!
Updated: Nov. 23, 2009
Launched recently by Chabad's Jewish Learning Institute, Torahcafe.com presents a wealth of exclusive video lectures in 15 different categories. Many hundreds of videos discuss contemporary issues, Jewish history, mysticism, Talmud and Torah, psychology, ethics and character development. The lectures are presented by an impressive array of scholars and speakers.
Updated: Nov. 05, 2009
The Gandel Institute for Adult Jewish Learning, established by the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, offers study groups in Israel where adults can learn about Jewish culture. The Institute operates adult weekly group learning sessions all around Israel with an innovative sequential curriculum.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2009
The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School is a world pioneer in the field of adult Jewish education. With its international headquarters at the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School Institute of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, it forms an international network of community-based schools offering adults the opportunity to acquire Jewish literacy in an open, trans-denominational, intellectually stimulating learning environment.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2009
The application period for the 2010/2011 one-year Jewish Studies Program at Paideia - the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Stockholm, Sweden is now open. Qualified candidates will receive tuition free studies as well as a stipend meant to free them from work while attending the program.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2009
On the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish Autonomous Region, Limmud FSU gathered three hundred Jews in Birobidzhan to celebrate and learn about Jewish heritage, history, culture and community, and to move forward as stronger and more engaged Jews. The two-day conference included dozens of seminars, lectures and workshops, covering a wide range of topics designed to illuminate issues and educate Russian Jews in this region on their history, current affairs, the Jewish homeland, and Judaism.
Updated: Oct. 11, 2009