people sit smiling in a crowd as they take in a learning session
Listening to a session at Limmud Bay Area, June 2015 at Sonoma State University (Courtesy/Limmud Bay Area)

Limmud Bay Area returns this summer with revamped format

Limmud Bay Area is returning this summer, with registration now open for the weekend-long Limmud Bay Area Festival 2018, to take place June 29-July 1 at Sonoma State University.

This event marks a change from last year’s Limmud, which was a one-day, three-city “sampler” instead of the usual weekend retreat. “We moved from a conference concept to a festival,” said Mila Wichter, founder and president of Limmud Bay Area. “The experience is going to shift somewhat.”

That means even more of the diverse, intriguing programs Limmud is known for, as well as partnerships with other organizations. Options will include a conversation with the press and media about trust, a look at the past and future of Israel, and a conversation on identity and memory.

Last year’s “Taste of Limmud” was a one-day session of Jewish learning workshops at three locations: Berkeley for breakfast, San Francisco for lunch and Palo Alto for dinner. Though it was short, it showed the signature breadth of topic that is typical of Limmud. This year, the program will run from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Wichter expects around 500 attendees.

Limmud Bay Area Festival 2018 will be held June 29-July 1 at Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, with a wide range of prices.