First Limmud Mumbai Event Draws Jews from Across the Subcontinent

November 5, 2013

Source: eJewish Philanthropy


The first Limmud India on November 3, 2013, drew about 150 Jews from across India including Israel’s Consul General in Mumbai, Jonathan Miller, to a daylong festival of Jewish learning and living. Organized by a corps of young volunteers, with guidance and support from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and Limmud International, participants ranged in age from four to 80.


For 300 rupees (about $5), attendees were able to choose from eight different 45-minute workshops covering a variety of topics — everything from Krav Maga and Israeli Cooking to “Successful Jews in Business” and a panel discussion on the future of the Indian Jewish community. Young Limmud participants learned about Jewish heroes, took a mini-Hebrew ulpan, produced an art mascot and, like their adult counterparts, enjoyed Israeli dancing. Leading restaurateur Isaac Varsulkar – who recently opened the first kosher restaurant in the neighbourhood of Thane – was in attendance and provided catering for the event. So was chef Moshe Shek, owner of Moshe’s, a popular chain of eateries in Mumbai, who taught local Jews how to make foods they might be less familiar with like tabbouleh, a Middle-Eastern salad.


Limmud India was run as a test event, and given its success, organizers say they’re hopeful it’ll soon become an annual event.


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Updated: Nov. 27, 2013