Connecting a Community of Learners: The Limmud NY Experience, 2008

By Steven M. Cohen, Judith Veinstein

Limmud NY, September 4, 2008

This is a report of the 2008 Limmud NY conference. For the Limmud NY organizers, and more broadly, for Jewish communal policy-makers, the Limmud NY experience raises not only immediate curiosity, but a host of questions as to its meaning and significance for Jewish life. What is the true nature of its significance? Who does it affect and how? Central to any understanding of Limmud NY and its implications is an understanding of its several hundred participants. Who are these people? What are their socio-demographic characteristics, and what sorts of Jewish backgrounds do they encompass? Why do they come to Limmud NY? And how do they react to the experience?

To address these and related questions about Limmud NY 2008, the authors administered an on-line survey of participants in the 2008 event; we also invited those who participated in earlier Limmud NY events (which have taken place annually since 2005) to participate in the survey. They found that on the whole, Limmud NY participants are a demographically diverse group with respect to age, family status, and other characteristics. They are largely highly engaged in Jewish life, in one way or another, even as they come from varying levels of Jewish educational background and profess a wide variety of denominational identities. They report high levels of satisfaction with the other participants, the program and the overall experience. Limmud NY undoubtedly contributes to participants’ growth as Jews, feeds their motivation for further involvement, and knits together networks and relationships among New York-area Jewish educational, spiritual, and communal leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds and identities.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Survey, Meaning, Demography, Evaluation, Community Building, Jewish Literacy

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Genre: Report

Coverage: New York

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Steven M. Veinstein, Judith. Connecting a Community of Learners: The Limmud NY Experience, 2008. Limmud NY. 4 September 2008: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8166


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