In order to invest in the next generation of both Limmud leadership and leadership in the wider UK Jewish community, Limmud has launched a Madrichim Training Program. The kick-off took place this past weekend during the Limmund Manchester event.

“Limmud is investing in the next generation to cultivate future communal leaders, instill a passion for Jewish learning and nurture a proud Jewish identity,” said Limmud Chair David Hoffman. “We are uniquely positioned to provide exceptional training by drawing on the experience of young yet seasoned Limmud volunteer leaders, veterans of Limmud Festival and Conference.

“Our passionate commitment to cross-communal inclusion and diversity enables us to reach highly-motivated team leaders and youth workers from across the communal range.”

Limmud Young and Teen Limmud veterans Zoe Jacobs and Miriam Katz, who are co-chairing the Madrichim Training Program, recruited participants from around the UK. The program is an essential building block for Limmud’s sustainability and the trainees previously have served at Limmud Festival, and in youth movements, synagogues, camps or other communal frameworks. Within the year, the program curriculum will be accredited by the independent AQA awarding body for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“We are devoting serious financial resources to this vital initiative,” said Limmud Board Madrichim Training Program Liaison Rebecca Lewis. “We want to show our young leaders we deeply value their contribution. Equally, we are also contributing to their professional growth by enhancing their leadership capabilities and skill set.”

Limmud seeks to partner with other youth organizations and funders to maximize the impact of the Madrichim Training Program, which will enhance entire communities. “Cultivating new, young leaders will strengthen Limmud and British Jewry,” said Limmud Chief Executive Eli Ovits. “As recognized year after year, Limmud activists go on to assume prominent leadership roles across the community spectrum as well as beyond the community. We extend our hands to others who can help us meet the five-figure budget to make this training a permanent feature – first for British Jewry, then for communities around the world.”