Registration to begin for Limmud Bay Area

Limmud Bay Area is set to open registration for its fifth annual grassroots Jewish learning confab. The nondenominational three-day event takes place June 24 to 26 at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.

The event is expected to draw upwards of 400 people. Jewish scholars, authors and community leaders will head workshops and discussions on myriad Jewish subjects. Organizers have booked several prominent figures, including scholar Rabbi Irving Greenberg, author Maggie Anton, retired judge Abraham Sofaer and scholar David Levin-Kruss from the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Discussion topics cover everything from Israeli politics to sacred text study to Jewish yoga.

“The theme this year is ‘building community,’ ” said Mila Wichter, board president of Limmud Bay Area. “Kosher food [including Shabbat dinner] and lodging are included. We have an eruv, so anybody can feel comfortable coming. We will be able to pull off a completely kosher event that will satisfy every member of our community.”

Lodging will be in Sauvignon Village, dorm units on the Sonoma State campus that are arranged in villages.

The popular Camp Limmud, which offers programs for five different age groups from toddlers to eighth-graders, is returning. This year’s theme is water, which will encompass everything from age-appropriate water activities to learning about water’s importance in the environment.

Organizers are urging early registration, as Limmud Bay Area has a set number of spaces available and they are expected to fill up quickly. For more information, visit or send an email to

J. Staff