Limmud Oz 2016

Limmud Oz is Australia’s annual festival of Jewish ideas, culture and learning. It began in 1999 and is now hosted alternately by the Sydney and Melbourne Jewish communities. Limmud Oz is devoted to pluralist Jewish learning and culture.

Limmud Oz 2016 has come and gone, with almost 180 presenters and performers who conceived of, created and delivered 170 sessions, and travelled long and short distances to join us.

Limmud Oz opened on Saturday 25 June 2016 with an afternoon of discussion and debate at a packed Theodor Herzl Club, in Caulfield. It was followed by a communal havdalah and an evening of entertainment, produced by Adva Weinstein.

Two full days followed on Sunday 26 June and Monday 27 June.

Limmud Oz 2018

Limmud Oz will return to Melbourne on the Queen’s Birthday weekend in 2018, 9-11 June 2018. In 2017, it will be Sydney’s turn to host Limmud Oz.


The full program for 2016 is published online. A few printed programs are still available. Contact us if you would like a copy.

Photos from the Arava

We were fortunate to have a wonderful exhibition of photographs by Alex Levac, Gilad Livni and Danny Hadas. The exhibition was brought to Australia by Partnership2gether Australia Arava, which creates meaningful engagement between Israelis living in the Arava and Jews living in Australia. With their photos are photos by our own Emmanuel Santos.

Alex Levac, Gilad Livni and Orit Elkaya Cohen all presented at Limmud Oz,  and were guests of the Arava-Australia Partnership.

Thanks to Melinda Jones and Shaike Snir who coordinated the exhibition at Limmud Oz.

Shabbat at Limmud: our philosophy

Limmud is inclusive and pluralistic. Limmudniks have a wide variety of Shabbat observance and at Limmud we create a space in which we can all celebrate Shabbat according to our own custom.

Our approach to Shabbat includes asking that people refrain from using electronic devices and playing musical instruments.

Families at Limmud: our philosophy

Limmud welcomes the whole community to our three days of learning and sharing. This includes parents and other caregivers. We recognise that we have a responsibility to support those caring for the youngest members of our community and strive to do so. See our policy.

Limmud volunteers

If presenters are Limmud’s soul, volunteers are its body, doing everything necessary to deliver this complex and wonderful event, and we thank all the volunteers who made it happen. Thanks in particular to Naomi Dessauer for coordinating all the volunteers and to Brie Shroot for participant care. If you would like to get involved, contact us.

Limmud Oz Committee, 2016

Annette Charak (Co-Chair), Sue Fischer, Ellie Golvan, Amir Harel, Nathan Joel, Leah Justin, Mandi Katz (Co-Chair), Liora Miller, Alice Peer, Ruth Rosen, Pebby Wald