Limmud Winnipeg’s Values & Principles

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Limmud Winnipeg’s values & principles are an important part of what guides us in our efforts to promote Jewish learning, thought and culture.

Core Value: Learning

  • Learning embraces personal development, knowledge and skills
  • Learning changes people, inspires action and opens new worlds
  • There are many inspirations that can offer opportunities for learning
  • Everyone can be a teacher and everyone should be a student
  • We encourage the creation of a learning environment in which people are able
    to reflect and grow

Core Value: Community & Mutual Responsibility

  • Limmud is a community of learning
  • We can achieve more together than we can individually
  • We both gain and should give something back to the Jewish and the wider community

Core Value: Expanding Jewish Horizons

  • Limmud strives to create collective and communal experiences, through which we strengthen and develop our Jewish identity

Core Value: Empowerment

  • We inspire people to be ambitious about their contribution
  • We challenge people and trust them to rise to that challenge
  • We see the potential of individuals and communities, and support their development
  • We empower people to make choices, and provide the information to make informed choices

Core Value: Participation

  • Volunteerism is a key feature of almost everything we do
  • We are all responsible for each other and for the communities we create, everyone has an important contribution to make
  • We encourage participants to take an active part in all we do

Core Value: Diversity

  • We value diversity in all that we do
  • We value choice in form, content and style
  • We believe in the richness of our diverse community and create cross-communal and cross-generational experiences
  • We value accessibility, and aim to be accessible to all
  • We encourage people not to stereotype others

Core Value: Enabling connections to be made

  • We aim to create opportunities for communities and individuals to connect
  • We recognize the strength of providing a space where spiritual, emotional and intellectual connections are made

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Limmud’s Principles: Commitment to Respect

  • Limmud expects all participants to be respectful of one another, and to recognise that all volunteers are also participants
  • Personal attacks are not acceptable within session material
  • To ensure that informed choices can be made, we ask presenters to provide biographies

Limmud’s Principles: Arguments for the Sake of Heaven

  • Limmud does not participate in legitimising or de-legitimising any religious or political position found in the worldwide Jewish community. Anyone who comes to Limmud events seeking opportunities for this will not find it
  • Limmud has no part to say in the debates between/across denominations. Limmud will programme its events in such a way as to avoid religious or political conflict. However we do recognise and appreciate that ‘arguments for the sake of heaven’ can make a positive contribution to furthering our education and understanding. Sessions should therefore be educational and not polemical

Limmud’s Principles: Religious Observance

  • Shabbat and kashrut are observed in all public areas. We recognise that in private areas people will behave as they wish
  • Should participants wish to hold a prayer group, they may do so providing they supply all resources and are responsible for the session or prayer group in its entirety