Members of the Limmud Michigan Steering Committee
Members of the Limmud Michigan Steering Committee

An invigorating day of Jewish learning brought a diverse crowd together.

Nearly 450 people soaked up Jewish learning from a variety of educators during Limmud Michigan March 11 at the Student Center at Wayne State University.

Participants had 70 sessions to choose from during the full day, including topics such as arts and culture, current events, social justice, Israel, our community, text and thought, Jewish life and practice, history, identity, and body and soul. A new track was for teachers by teachers.

In between sessions, people stopped to chat, comparing thoughts about different speakers and topics.

Limmud, a Hebrew word meaning “learning,” started in the early 1980s in England, as an activity for Jews during the Christmas holiday week when not much else was going on. It has spread around the world, with 88 cities on six continents holding Limmud programs.

“Jewish learning continues to be important to me as I spent a gap year in Israel between high school and college with Young Judaea. I saw this day as a time to learn about Judaism with my grandmother, aunt and cousin and to continue my passion for Jewish learning and involvement.”
— Madelyne Soltz, 23, Royal Oak

“It has been a joy to learn with the women in my family. All the classes we attended sparked an interest in learning for my daughter that left her with the desire to learn even more.”
— Deborah Cymerint, Livonia