Limmud values & principles

We promise:

Wherever you find yourself, Limmud will take you one step further on your Jewish journey.

Learning:

  • Learning embraces personal development, knowledge and skills
  • Learning changes people, inspires action and opens new worlds
  • There are many inspirations that can offer opportunities for learning
  • Everyone can be a teacher and everyone should be a student
  • We encourage the creation of a learning environment in which people are able to reflect and grow

Community and mutual responsibility:

  • Limmud is a community of learning
  • We can achieve more together than we can individually
  • We both gain and should give something back to the Jewish and the wider community

Expanding Jewish horizons:

  • Limmud strives to create collective and communal experiences, through which we strengthen and develop our Jewish identity

Enabling personal connections:

  • We aim to create opportunities for communities and individuals to connect
  • We recognise the strength of providing a space for spiritual, emotional and intellectual exchange

Participation:

  • Volunteerism is a key feature of almost everything we do
  • We are all responsible for each other and for the communities we create – everyone has an important contribution to make
  • We encourage participants to take an active part in all we do

Empowerment:

  • We inspire people to be ambitious about their contribution to Limmud
  • We challenge people and trust them to rise to that challenge
  • We see the potential of individuals and communities, and support their development
  • We empower people to make choices, and provide the information to make informed choices
  • The strength of Limmud lies with its participants

Diversity

  • We value diversity in all that we do:
  • We value choice in form, content and style
  • We believe in the richness of our diverse community and create cross-communal and cross generational experiences
  • We value accessibility, and aim to be accessible to all
  • We recognise the strength of providing a space where spiritual, emotional and intellectual connections are made
  • We encourage people not to stereotype others

Respect

  • Limmud expects all participants to be respectful of one another, and to recognise that all volunteers are also participants. Personal attacks are not acceptable within session material

Arguments for the sake of heaven

  • Limmud does not participate in legitimising or delegitimising any religious or political position found in the worldwide Jewish community. Anyone who comes to Limmud seeking opportunities for this will not find it
  • Limmud has no part to say in the debates between/across denominations. Limmud will programme its events in such a way as to avoid religious or political conflict. However we do recognise and appreciate that ‘arguments for the sake of heaven’ can make a positive contribution to furthering our education and understanding

Religious observance

  • Shabbat and kashrut are observed in all public areas. We recognise that in private areas people will behave as they wish.
  • Should participants wish to hold a prayer group, they may do so providing they supply all resources and are responsible for the session or prayer group in its entirety.