The Place to Be for Jews from Across Asia
Limmud China brings together Jews of all ages and denominations from across East Asia and the world. It pushes the boundaries of Jewish learning, education and community. Together we will learn, laugh, teach and make new connections while sharing anything from klezmer music to how to jar pickles.
This year's Limmud China will be held in Beijing from late afternoon on Friday November 27th until Sunday November 29th. Beijing Jewish Film Week will run from November 21st to October 2nd and will be open to all Limmud attendees to enjoy.
The Rosedale Hotel in the North East of Beijing. Both the event itself and accommodation will be in the hotel and its surrounding grounds. The address is 8 Jiangtai West Road, Chaoyang, Beijing, China 100016 (中國北京市朝陽區將台西路8號). The venue is within easy reach of the airport and the city centre.
What is Limmud China?
Limmud China is a unique regional gathering of Jews in East Asia. With participants and speakers from across Greater China, Singapore, Japan, India, and the Philippines, this event serves to bring together Jews living across the region to meet and contribute to this joint learning experience. Limmud is exceptional in its ability to bring people together, across borders, ideologies and cultures. It welcomes everyone and gives a voice to different kinds of Jews, with diverse backgrounds and ideas.
Limmud China is part of a larger network of Limmud events around the world. Limmud is a global community which came to life 30 years ago in the UK, when a group of Jews got together for a retreat powered by learning through lectures, films, discussions, and workshops. it has now spread to over 40 countries.
Beijing Jewish Film Week
A whole 9 days of film and discussion to stretch your Limmud further
Beijing Jewish Film Week will run from November 21st to December 2nd. All Limmud attendees are welcome to join and take part together with the wider Beijing community.
Each evening a different film will be shown (except for the Friday and Saturday evenings of Limmud itself). Every screening will feature a film from a different part of the world, showcasing the diversity of Jewish experience and artistic work around the world.
Screenings will take place in different embassies and cultural institutes across the city. The festival's Gala Night will take place on November 21st.
This year's film selection will be announced shortly so do check back here for updates and a full schedule of screenings. We will also email this information to all Limmud attendees.
This Year's Accommodation Options
Accommodation is located at the Limmud China venue, the Rosedale Hotel. The hotel offers rooms with double beds and twin beds. In addition to the two nights of the weekend of Limmud China itself, you are welcome to stay at the hotel for a longer period if you are visiting Beijing.
When you sign up we will ask you for your accommodation preferences in order to reserve your room. Later we will send you instructions for how to pay for your stay, either in advance or at the venue. We'll make it as simple as possible. You are also welcome to arrange your own accommodation if you would prefer.
Wifi is available for free in all rooms of the hotel.
If you would like to share a room with a partner or friend, you will be able to indicate this on your application form.
If you are not coming to Conference with a partner or friend we would still encourage you to share your room. Our capable accommodation team will match you up with a suitable roommate, and it’s a great way to meet new people.
Home Stay and Hosting
If you live close to the venue, will not be staying in the hotel, and would be willing to host Limmud participants, please let us know. This would be hugely appreciated. There is an opportunity to note this on the registration form.
If you would prefer to be hosted rather than stay at the venue, similarly note this in your registration form. These places will be limited and offered on both a needs basis and first-come-first-served.
If you're coming as a family, we'll find a rooming setup that works for you.
A Limmud Feast
The cost of Limmud China includes meals.
We endeavour to cater for all dietary requirements - please indicate clearly your dietary needs on the application form and if necessary we will be in touch to discuss these with you further.
If you would like supervised kosher meals, provided by Chabad Beijing, please let us know. There is an opportunity to indicate this on your application form.
Limmud China can be easily paid for online. Once you sign up we will send you an email with instructions on how to reserve your accommodation, more details of the event and information on getting in and out of Beijing. Meals are included in the cost of Limmud.
Adult (age 18+)
The full cost for an adult booking before October 15th is 550 RMB (87 USD) plus accommodation. After this date the price will rise to 650 RMB.
Child (age 6 - 11)
Early Bird Price: 300 RMB (47 USD)
(age 12 - 17)
Early Bird Price: 400 RMB (63 USD)
In order to allow maximum flexibility for attendees, we are pricing accommodation and attendance as two separate costs, though we encourage everyone to stay at the venue or nearby to get the most out of your Limmud experience.
For details of accommodation prices, and how to pay for it, click 'Accommodation' in the menu to the left.
Families, Kids & Teens
Limmud is a wonderful family experience. Our aim is to create:
Our aim is for all ages to enjoy the best that Limmud has to offer with some unique opportunities along the way.
Limmud for everyone
Programming and care for children and teenagers up to 16 years of age will be available. An enthusiastic and caring team are planning an exciting and packed programme. More details will be available soon.
Young Adult Volunteers
The Conference Maker scheme is aimed at students and young professionals who wish to volunteer their time to help make Conference happen.
In addition to meeting new people and contributing to the Conference experience, Conference Makers benefit from paying a reduced rate to attend Conference.
Conference Makers are expected to contribute around 3-4 hours to Limmud over the duration of the weekend. You will receive a 35% discount on the attendance fee.
You will also be required to attend a brief introductory session on Friday afternoon at Limmud China.
Please enter the discount code 'conferencemaker' when signing up. We will then be in touch to find out in which role you would most like to contribute.
A weekend packed with learning, music, laughter and discussion
We are hard at work assembling an exciting and diverse group of presenters for this year's event. Check back here regularly as we announce more and more names in the run up to Limmud China.
At Limmud we believe anyone can be a teacher, so if you have something to share with the Limmud community, please tick the box on the application form telling us that you want to present a session when you book your place.
Here is a taste of the types of sessions you can expect
A journey through Jewish comedy with Jesse Appell
An introduction to the Jews of Uzbekistan and their role in shaping the Silk Road with Mark Ellison
Exploring the long winding legal struggle that Jews expelled from Egypt in 1948 are fighting to get recognition and reparations with Dorit Chomer
Meeting the Jews who joined China's Communist party in the days of Mao with Roberta Lipson
Searching for a Jewish architecture with Leon Fenster
Morning yoga with Richard Hardiman
Exploring the experience of Israeli companies who are bringing Israel's Start-Up Nation to China with Meirav Cohen
A comparison of the philosophical elements of Buddhism and Judaism with Ben Lowson
You Too Can Present
Limmud is truly a place where everyone can learn and everyone can teach. If you would like to share your knowledge, insight, ideas or passions by leading a session, please tell us in the booking form. We will send you a followup email with useful advice and a request for a session title and blurb.
Limmud sessions can be on an incredibly wide range of subjects. Previous years' sessions have included topics as diverse as a The Jews of Nancheng, an improv theatre workshop, cooking workshops, musical performances, a history of the ten commandments, community building in Asia, Jewmba Zumba and the yiddish language.
Shabbat at Limmud
This year the majority of Limmud China will take place over shabbat - from sundown on Friday until late Saturday afternoon. This will give the event a relaxed, intimate feel.
In order to ensure that shabbat is inclusive for everyone and that people can celebrate shabbat as they wish, we respectfully ask that in public places everyone keeps shabbat.
If you are running a session during shabbat we will help you to find creative ways to run the session without using electricity or writing. For example, printing handouts in advance.
This will contribute to a very special, familial atmosphere.
Given that all accommodation and programming for Shabbat will be in one hotel we won’t need to build an Eruv (ritual boundary) outside.
If you have any questions, do send us an email.
The people who make Limmud happen
All Limmud events are conceived, led and made by volunteers. Limmud events are created by a community for a community. It means that each one is a unique reflection of the team that has put it together. We hope that, as a volunteer, you will feel empowered, and also supported by those who have done it before.
If you would like to volunteer to help at Limmud China, please send an email to email@example.com or indicate this on your application form.
There are a number of roles that are needed this year including:
What would you like to know about leading a session?
DECIDING TO COME
Who runs Limmud China?
Limmud China one of over 80 Limmud events held around the world by local communities. Limmud is an independent organisation, unattached to any denominational movement or Jewish institutional organisation, and is run almost entirely by volunteers.
If you wish to contact the Limmud China Team, you can email them on firstname.lastname@example.org
Who attends Limmud China?
Jews of all ages and religious orientations, from China, East Asia and other parts of the world. Only a small minority of participants work professionally for the Jewish community - most are simply interested in learning.
Does Limmud pay honoraria?
Unfortunately not. Limmud is dependent on the dedication of its volunteers, and a very small budget. The participatory ethos of Limmud means that a large number of participants will be giving sessions, and the vast majority of these will be paying their own way. Limmud China is only able to occasionally cover flight and registration costs for a small number of overseas presenters.
What if I want to bring my children?
Limmud Conference includes a full programme to cater for children and teenagers of all ages, run by a team of experienced and dedicated youth leaders.
What can you tell me about accommodation and food at Limmud China?
Accommodation is in a modern, comfortable hotel in the north east of Beijing. See here for details
Generous meals, drinks and snacks are provided. See here for details
What is the weather like in Beijing?
Beijing gets cooler in October, and it is dry, with the average low and high temperatures 7 °C (45 °F) and 19 °C (66 °F). You may need a thick coat for the coolest weather; otherwise a sweater and a jacket are adequate. Unless you decide to go for a walk, you will rarely need to spend time outside during the Limmud China weekend itself, as all accommodation, sessions and activities are in the same building.
What do people wear at Limmud China?
Just as there is no typical age or religious orientation at Limmud, there's no dress code either. Most people dress casually. You will feel perfectly fine wearing whatever you usually wear.
How will I get to Limmud China?
W will provide detailed directions to the venue and details of how we can help. Additionally we will send you information about what to do in Beijing, how to get around, visa information and more. We are happy to discuss you travel plans with you and help wherever we can.
If needed we will help you with transport to and from the airport which is close to the Limmud venue.
When should I arrive and leave?
In order to get the full Limmud experience, we really recommend that you attend the whole of Limmud China. We do hope that you are able to go for this option, as much for your own enjoyment as for the benefit of Limmud.
We also suggest being here before Limmud China for Beijing Jewish Film Week. This will begin on the 21st November on which evening there will a gala opening night. Each evening after that until Limmud, a different film will be screened. There will also be screenings on the evenings of the 29th and 30th November.
If you arrive on friday, hotel check in will be available throughout the day. Limmud registration will take place from 2-3:30pm or before that if you would prefer. Limmud China itself will begin at 4:15 with candle-lighting for shabbat and shabbat services for those that wish to attend them. Dinner will begin at 6pm.
Limmud China will end in the early afternoon on Sunday November 29th. There will be a Beijing Jewish Film Week screening in the evening.
Now I've decided to come what do I do next?
First you will need to register for Limmud China here (it doesn't take long). You will then be sent a Session Form by email.
PREPARING TO TEACH
What type of sessions are given at Limmud Conference?
Sessions run all day, taking a wide variety of formats - from lectures to workshops, debates to exercise classes, performances to panels - and covering all areas of Jewish life. The Session Form gives some examples of the subjects covered, but this is by no means exhaustive.
How long should my session last?
Most sessions last 60 minutes.
How many sessions may I give?
This is entirely up to you, however if you want to run more than two sessions please send us an email before filling out the Session Form.
How many people will attend my session?
That is impossible to tell. The best way to encourage people to attend your sessions is to make sure that the titles and descriptions which you provide for the Programme Handbook are interesting and attractive to the prospective audience. There will usually be around three or four sessions happening concurrently for participants to chose from. Having said that, if you need to restrict the numbers attending for any reason reason, do indicate this on the Session Form.
If relevant, what knowledge of Hebrew/Talmud/Jewish/Historical knowledge should I expect from people attending my sessions?
Participants at Limmud Conference come from across the entire Jewish spectrum in terms of background, experience and knowledge. So as not to exclude anyone, we recommend that handouts be accessible to those with a limited knowledge of Hebrew and texts, and that you supply texts in translation wherever possible. If a particular session does require more advanced knowledge in a particular area, or proficiency in Hebrew, please indicate this clearly on the Session Form, so that the session can be identified as such in the Programme Handbook.
Can I give two linked sessions?
Yes, certainly. they can enable you to teach in greater depth. We refer to these series of sessions as 'Intensives.'
If you decide to offer a series of linked sessions, but each session in the series can also be attended on its own (ie without having attended the previous sessions), do make sure to make this clear in the session description.
What other types of sessions are there?
As well as straightforward lectures, there are a whole variety of types of sessions - workshops, panel debates, art classes, music jam sessions and so on. Think creatively.
LOGISTICS OF MY SESSION
How can I tell you about the resources and equipment I need for my sessions?
There is space on the Session Form to notify us of any resources you require. There are tick-boxes for those resources which are most commonly requested, and a space for you to write in any special resource requests.
Will you photocopy my handouts for me?
If you can bring your own copies with you that would be enormously helpful. If you are not able to make copies yourself, you can send them to us, and we will be able to produce copies for you. We will let you know nearer the time what the deadline is for requesting copies.
I am a musician - will there be sound technicians to help me set up?
Members of the Limmud China team will be able to help you set up and ensure you can connect to a sound system electronically if necessary. If you require live amplification (eg a PA system), let us know in the Session Form.
May I sell my books/CDs?
Yes, please let us know if you would like to bring any materials to be sold in the communal areas of Limmud China.
Can I distribute information about my organisation?
You are welcome to bring a small number of flyers and other printed matter to Limmud China, and these will be displayed along with those from other organisations on a table in a communal area. We request that you do not distribute these at sessions. If your organisation would like to have its own stand, please get in touch at email@example.com
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Limmud China
We will do our best to make it the best Limmud experience it can be for you