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.
Book by Nov 15th to Guarantee Your Place
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.
On Friday 27th, there will be refreshments available and schmoozing from 16:30, at which time candle lighting for shabbat will also begin for those that wish to. Limmud China will formally kick off at 7pm.
The event will end by 3pm on Sunday.
Limmud China will take place in the North East of Beijing. Both the event itself and accommodation will be in a hotel and its surrounding grounds. More details of this will be posted here shortly.
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.
We Need Volunteers
Young Limmud Needs Enthusiastic Leaders
Face painting? Flag football? Samari Sword workshop? What do these all have in common? Young Limmud, where we create and hold dynamic, exciting programs for the future leaders of our Jewish communities. We have the kids, and now we need the volunteers to help create fun programs and hang out with kids and teenagers. Please let us know if you are interested, have a special talent or have the ability to sing babies to sleep. All skills are needed to make our Limmud China a fun place for all. Find out more here
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 29th. All Limmud attendees are welcome to join and take part together with the wider Beijing community, including the opening night event on the Saturday 21st November.
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.
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 in a hotel at the Limmud China venue. 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.
After you sign up 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.
We need to receive these requests by November 15th
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.
We need to receive these requests by November 15th
If you're coming as a family, we'll find a rooming setup that works for you.
Extra extra beds or cots are available.
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.
Still Subject to Small Changes
Friday, November 27
2:00pm – Hotel Check-In Begins
3:45pm – Limmud Check-in Begins
From 4:15pm – Candle Lighting for anyone who would like to
7:00pm – Shabbat Services (Progressive, Orthodox and Alternative will be available)
7:45pm – Kiddush + Formal Welcome + Dinner
9:45-11:30pm – Evening Activities
Saturday, November 28
9:00-10:00am – Early Morning Session
9:00am – Morning services / Shacharit (Progressive
& Orthodox will be available)
10:30-11:30 – Morning Session
11:45-12:45 – Late Morning Session
1:00pm – Lunch
3:30-4:30pm – Early Afternoon Session
5:00pm – Havdallah
5:45-6:45 – Late Afternoon Session
8:45-9:45pm – Evening Session
10:00-11:30pm – Late Night Activities
Sunday, November 29
8:30-9:30am – Early Morning Session
9:45-10:45am – Early Morning Session
11:00-12:00 – Morning Session
12:15-1:15 – Late Morning Session
1:15pm – Lunch
2:15pm – Closing Ceremony
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+)
Child (age 6 - 11)
300 RMB (47 USD)
(age 12 - 17)
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.
Join the Young Limmud Team
If you would like to help run these activities please send an email to email@example.com or indicate this when you sign up.
Face painting? Flag football? Samari Sword workshop? What do these all have in common? Young Limmud, where we create and hold dynamic, exciting programs for the future leaders of our Jewish communities. We have the kids, and now we need the volunteers to help create fun programs and hang out with kids and teenagers. Please let us know if you are interested, have a special talent or have the ability to sing babies to sleep. All skills are needed to make our Limmud China a fun place for all
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
This year's Limmud China will be packed with a broad range of sessions - a diverse collection of presenters certain to pique your interest: Whether you want to learn, laugh, get active or relax.
What might you find? Here's a taste...
Jews under Islam: Golden Age or Ghetto?
with Vivian Wineman
Vivian is regular voice on TV and radio on Jewish topics, past president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the World Jewish Congress, Co-chair of the UK's Inter Faith Network Chair of the Council of European Jewish Congress, and director of the Conference for Jewish Material Claims Against Germany
Jews of the Silk Route: How the Bukaran community reinvents itself every hundred years
With Mark Ellison
Mark is a committee member of the Jewish Historical Society of Hong Kong and a financial consultant in Hong Kong
Israeli History Through Five Songs: Can Songs Define a Generation?
Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof: Jews in the Struggle Against Apartheid
with Wayne Sussman
Wayne was the last ever child to have his Bar Mitzvah in the North West province of South Africa. He is co-chair of Limmud South Africa and on the faculty of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Undercover Zionists: The Story of a Group of Refuseniks in Soviet Russia
with Osnat Ita Skoblinski
Osnat is a journalist whose features have appeared in all the major Israeli newspapers covering women's rights, Jewish-Russian Identity, human rights and the fate of the occupied territories. She is now working on an interactive documentary about a Palestinian village with B'Tselem.
Russian, Jewish, and Talented: The Effect of the Recent Russian Jewish Wave of Immigration on the US and Israel As Seen Through Film and Literature
with Olga Gershenson
Olga is Professor of Judaic and Near East Studies as well as film studies who curates film series and lectures around the world. Her books include Russian Theatre in Israel and The Phantom Holocaust
Translating Arabic literature for Jewish audiences
with Rahel Halabe
Rahel is a translator whose published titles include Palestinian, Lebanese, Egyptian and Sudanese literature, teaches Hebrew at Peking University
A Morning Yoga Experience
with Li Yutong
Yutong is one of the top yoga teachers in China. She has some 15 years’ experience teaching yoga. She often travel to India to study both yoga, Indian/Tibetan philosophy and breathing techniques
Jerusalem Heroes Club: Krav maga, Jew-Jitsu, and the globalization of Mixed Martial Arts - A Workshop
with Mike Khardas
Mike is the founder of the Jerusalem Heroes Club, a non-profit organisation providing free self defense training for at-risk youth
with Rebecca 'Rustigan' Ruskin
A long-time fierce competitor in the world of Irish Dancing
with Merav Cohen
Beijing's Israeli Dancing Guru
Asking The Most Difficult Question for Maltese Jews Around the World: Who Am I?
Aline P'nina Tayar
Aline is the author of the acclaimed memoir "How Shall We Sing?," and "Island of Dreams", in the process of being adapted for film
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.
Deadline: November 10th
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, and in keeping with Limmud tradition around the world, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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 email@example.com
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?
Limmud does not pay honoraria. 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 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.
You may want to be 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 evening of the 29th November.
If you arrive on friday, hotel check in will be available throughout the day. Limmud registration will take place from 3:30pm. At 4:15 there will be candle-lighting for shabbat and Limmud China will formally kick off with shabbat services for those that wish to attend them at 7pm. Dinner will begin at 7pm.
Limmud China will end in the early afternoon on Sunday November 29th, by 3pm. 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.
WHAT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE PRESENTING A SESSION
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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