IMPORTANT UPDATE at the bottom.
You should go to Limmud NY. It’s a long weekend of pluralistic Jewish learning, friends and fun over MLK weekend in January. If I sound like a brochure, that’s probably because I’m their intern. But I’d be posting about this anyway even if I weren’t. I went last year and had absolutely the best time I’ve ever had a Jewish conference.
It’s a very down-to-earth event in that even though there are some really big name presenters there, none of their badges or their program listings tell you “Rabbi so and such” or “Dr. blah blah blah.” People are just people, first and last name.
To give you an idea of the type of people that go to Limmud, let me list for you, the options on the “denomination” drop-down menu on the registration page: Conservadox, Conservative, Culturally Jewish, Hassidic, Just Jewish, Multi-Denominational, Non-Denominational, Orthodox, Post-Denominational, Reconstructionist, Reform, Renewal, Secular, Secular Humanist, and Not Jewish. And it’s that crazy mix of people that makes the event so good!
So you should go, if you live in the NY area. Cost should not be an issue. Limmud NY has a lot of scholarship money to give out. If you’re a student, you can get a student fellowship, which means the whole shabang is practically free in exchange for a couple hours of volunteering during the conference. If you’re and adult from the greater NY area and you need scholarship money, you can probably get that too. And if you work part-time for Camp Limmud, their program for all the registrants’ children, you can go for free!
So there’s really no reason not to go register for Limmud NY.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The scholarship application deadline is November 2 and the student fellowship application deadline is November 14.