One of the cool things about entering a new year is looking forward to all the new year’s events such as fairs, festivals, classes, conferences and whatever the organizations want to call the get-together and/or festivities. As I’ve mentioned before, my goal is to try to bring upfront some of those events that may not be on your radar and that would also mean that it’s most likely not on mine either.
Here’s one I’ve learned about only a week ago called the Limmud Chicago 2013 4th Annual Conference. It’s held by Limmud Chicago which is an independent organization that pushes to create opportunities that would help to teach, celebrate and share Jewish learning and culture. It was inspired by the Limmud Conference in England and as you see has had a successful three year run going into its fourth.
The conference is being held from Saturday February 16th to Sunday February 17th with the programs beginning Saturday evening at 7PM. Registration is still open but they have quite a bit scheduled so far. It’s run by volunteers and it’s going to feature a wide range of Jewish interest. Chicago has a vibrant Jewish community and this would be an outstanding way to learn more about it. The themes they have chosen are The Jews Who Made Chicago and Jewish Love. Limmud says it has one goal “to take you one step further on your own Jewish journey.”
You may ask how was it that I’d come across this conference? Well it was by two ways. One is that I follow the band Stereo Sinai who is making a triumph return and will be performing opening night and the other was a book I’d been interested reading called Chicago Sketches by author Richard Reeder. Reeder will be speaking and reading from his book on the second day of events. See it was meant for me to tell you about this conference.