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The Simon Family JCC is proud to introduce

Tidewater Limmud

What is Limmud?

Limmud is a celebration of Jewish culture, creativity and learning like no other, based on the idea that everyone should be a student and anyone can be a teacher.

A truly unique event, Limmud has revolutionized pluralistic Jewish engagement of Jews around the globe by involving participants in an array of interactive workshops, intellectually-stimulating discussions, festive celebrations, controversial debates, film screenings, artistic performances, music, dancing and much more.

Who attends?

Limmud is committed to harnessing the energy of people from across the Jewish community – all ages, all backgrounds and all religious affiliations – creating events with a lively approach to Jewish learning. Click here to attend.

Who presents?

Based on the concept that everyone should be a student and that anyone can be a teacher, Tidewater Limmud offers an opportunity for community members near and far, to teach a workshop on any and all areas of Jewish content. Take part in this festival of Jewish culture through shared learning by teaching about a favorite Jewish topic such as Jewish art, texts, food, literature or Israeli politics, technology, culture, or any other Jewish or Israel-related topic. Click here to present.


Sunday, November 12
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lunch available for purchase at the Cardo Café starting 12:00 pm.


Simon Family JCC
5000 Corporate Woods Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

What to Expect

12:00-1:00       Simon Family JCC’s Cardo Café open for lunch, limited menu available for purchase

1:00-1:30         The Enduring Word: 500-year-old copy of the Later Prophets with Rabbi David Kimhi’s Commentary & Censorship  presented by Rabbi Michael Panitz, Temple Israel

1:30-2:00         Have I Got a Story for You:  More than a Century of Fiction from the Forward  presented by Ezra Glinter, award-winning journalist, critic, and author, sharing a collection of forty-two stories from America’s greatest Yiddish newspaper, brought together in English for the first time.

2:15-3:00         Breakout Session 1

3:15-4:00         Breakout Session 2

4:15-4:45         ‘The Past and Future of American Jewish Bible Translation’ in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Jewish Publication Society’s Tanach presented by its director, Rabbi Barry Schwartz.

4:45-5:00        Carrying the Books into Our Lives– Rabbi Arnowitz, Congregation Beth El, and President, Board of Rabbis and Cantors of Hampton Roads

Breakout Sessions (more to come, as they are confirmed):

500th anniversary of Nach with Bachya commentary- Printed in 1517, learn and discuss the traditions of the Nach with Rabbi Michael Panitz

What Makes a Jewish Hero - Spanning the worlds of sports, science, film, and politics, Jewish Heroes, Jewish Values introduces the Jewish heroes of yesterday and today to those of tomorrow.  – Rabbi Barry Schwartz

Judaism’s Great Debates – Ever since Abraham’s famous argument with God, Judaism has been full of debate. Moses and Korah, David and Nathan, Hillel and Shammai, the Vilna Gaon and the Ba’al Shem Tov, Spinoza and the Amsterdam Rabbis . . . the list goes on. Jews debate justice, authority, inclusion, spirituality, resistance, evolution, Zionism, and more. No wonder that Judaism cherishes the expression machloket l’shem shamayim, “an argument for the sake of heaven.” – Rabbi Barry Schwartz

Academic Boycotts of Israel– Addressing the major aspects of the international attacks on Jews and Israel on campus. – Dr. Rachel Fish

Teaching Israel – bringing academic content and best practices to the teaching of Israel Studies beyond Brandeis University for educators and parents – Dr. Rachel Fish

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