Up to 20 young educators and community activists are sponsored to participate in a specialised professional development programme at the Limmud Conference in the UK . Led by Sonja Vilicic and Steve Israel, Matara is designed to enhance Jewish knowledge, discuss contemporary issues in Jewish society and offer an insight into relevant aspects of informal education, theory and practice.
Matara is a self - contained training program where participants work as a group to gain knowledge and skills essential to educators and educationally - oriented activists within their Jewish community. Matara begins with a specially designed Shabbat program, allowing free time to enjoy Shabbat within the context of the larger Limmud Conference . From Sunday to Thursday , the group attends morning and afternoon Matara sessions and the rest of the time, they are encouraged to choose from any of the general Limmud lectures and activities. In addition, there are social evening programs for the group.
The goals of the program are:
- To provide Jewish - themed learning, community analysis and insights into informal educational practice and theory for youth and student leaders employed or active in centres of Jewish life across Europe.
- To give participants an opportunity to network and be part of the largest conference of Jewish learning and culture in Europe.
- To enhance the skills of participants to develop Jewish programming upon their return to their communities enriched by the Matara experience.
Matara sessions introduce contemporary issues facing the Jewish world today and explore the past and present history of Jewish communities. Other sessions present a comprehensive overview of Jewish text and history . Special focus will be given this year to informal education theory and practice . At all other times participants are encouraged to join in all the other opportunities offered by the Limmud Conference.
The program will begin on Friday, December 25. 2015, and will end at lunchtime on Thursday, December 31, 2015.
See the Matara web page for more information.