When my husband read an early draft of this essay, he asked, "Why doesn't her partner have to support our daughter? After all, they agreed to raise children as Jews." What does it mean to raise a Jewish child?
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
A catalogue of countless simultaneous sessions offers a range of topics from early in the morning until late each night. Some sessions are hands-on art workshops; some involve dance or yoga; others are lectures or traditional bet midrash style text study. Some sessions are tiny; others involve the entire Limmud community.
The possibilities are as broad as Jewish life itself; Biblical poetry to Jewish motifs in science fiction; from variant manuscripts of ancient texts to Israeli film; from Bibliodrama to Jewish hip-hop. Texts are studied intensively, songs are learned, languages and history explored, politics debated, courses of social action plotted. There are many ‘tracks’ one can follow throughout the conference or none at all. A Limmud experience lets you choose what to learn.