Limmud LA '08 immerses American Jews in learning and celebration of culture with pride and joy


LimmudLA organizer Shep Rosenman and singer/songwriter Jill Sobule collaborate with participants in this Jewish songwriting workshop. (Photo by Scott)

Watch videos from the LimmudLA President's Day Eve concert. "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy," Debbie Friedman sings her inspiring "Mi shebayrach."



Debbie then breaks into an upbeat medly of "Turn the World Around,""Oseh Shalom," "Miriam," "Hallelu," and "David Melech Yisrael" to get the sold-out audience of LimmudLA participants dancing and rejoicing.


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The Moshav Band perform their inspirational anthem, "Come Back (to me now)" the soundtrack of the famous Nefesh b'Nefesh aliyah documentary.



JTA syndicates Sue Fishkoff's review of Limmud '08.
“I knew what I was getting into and I still wanted to come, because I love all Jews,” said Rabbi Moshe Shapoff, who traveled to Limmud LA from his Israeli home in the Jerusalem suburb of Givat Zeev, where he co-founded a vocational school for haredi youth.

“I was literally in tears seeing all those Jews dancing together. At the end of the day, it’s not what we wear, but that one soul touches another,” he said.

That’s a big part of what the British-based, volunteer-driven Limmud is about: Jews of all stripes and ages coming together to study, worship and learn from each other.
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LA's Jewish Journal publisher, Rob Eshman, claims that Limmud proves that LA has a significant Jewish community.

...That's the essence of Limmud -- not just Jews learning from other Jews but experiencing the breadth and depth of tradition, culture and spirituality in one place, in a weekend.

I was in another session, hearing four stand-up comedians, including a Chasid, a Palestinian and Aaron Freeman, a black convert to Judaism, joke about all the hilarious stuff that happens in the Mideast. That was after a full day spent dipping into one class on the teachings of Rabbi Joseph Solovetchik, another on the meaning behind the Hebrew calendar and innumerable hallway and, yes, barstool discussions and debates with everybody from the Russian scholars to Hollywood players to major philanthropists to street-level activists to post-denominational observant Israeli-American rock musicians (they were in the hot tub with me, along with a brilliant Reform aerospace engineer from Manhattan Beach -- go figure).

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