For most students, summer is a break from their studies. As it is for educators - though we often use the time to reflect on our teaching that was and plan for our teaching to come.
But that doesn't mean great learning can't happen in the summer. Growing up, my most profound Jewish learning experiences occurred not during the school year, but at summer camp.
Next weekend, I'm going to a mini-Jewish summer camp for all ages - Limmud Bay Area. Now in its 3rd year, Limmud is a giant Jewish learning festival in a camp-like atmosphere. About 500 people of all ages gather and learn together (and teach one another). I think of it as sort of a Woodstock for Jewish learning.
Jewish LearningWorks is a proud and enthusiastic partner with Limmud. We help educators participate, some of us teach, and all of us learn. If you haven't yet registered and you are available Sunday-Monday, July 13-14 - perhaps you'll consider learning with us and several hundred other of your soon-to-be closest friends.
From early morning till late each night, choose from 8-10 simultaneous sessions in any given hour-on topics ranging from Talmud to psychology, from film to Bible, from "Food, Wine and other Sensual Delights" to Peoplehood and Israeli politics. Eat delicious food that's locally sourced and strictly kosher. Learn from renowned presenters, engage in discussion groups, express yourself in art, and make new friends.
Here's more info - including a list of presenters and sessions.
Limmud is close to sold out and has a small number of single rooms available (at $285 registration fee).
They are investigating obtaining more rooms from Sonoma State and will update their website as new last-minute rooms become available (last day of registration is July 9th). To be added to the double-room wait list or to purchase one of the singles, click here.