Limmud, Hebrew for "learning”, is a Festival of Jewish learning and culture, and one of the fastest growing phenomena in the Jewish world, transforming how Jewish communities learn by expanding horizons and creating experiences which strengthen Jewish identity. It is in 53 communities across the globe, After three successful one day festivals since 2004, Limmud Toronto wishes to upgrade to an annual event, initially as a two day program, then as a three day residential festival, hire a full time coordinator, train volunteers ,bring in quality presenters from other Limmud cities and subsidize participants, allowing greater accessibility and affordability for everyone.
Our big idea for moving Toronto’s vibrant Jewish community forward is to develop a permanent home for Shoresh’s Kavanah Garden where community members from across the Jewish spectrum can strengthen their Jewish identity by exploring the relationships between food, Jewish practice, and contemporary life in hands-on and meaningful ways.
In 2009, Shoresh opened the Kavanah Garden as its flagship programming space at UJA’s Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan. In just 2.5 seasons, we have transformed an empty meadow into a vibrant and engaging organic garden that models and inspires Jewish social and environmental responsibility. Since opening its gates in April 2009, Shoresh’s Kavanah Garden has welcomed over 3400 community members through our transformative educational programs, has produced over 1000 pounds of produce to feed community members in need, and has established itself as a vital feature of Toronto’s vibrant Jewish community.
When UJA generously allowed us to develop the Kavanah Garden as a pilot project, we knew that the current site would be temporary. Now, three years later, after enjoying incredible successes, we are eager to continue growing our partnership with the UJA and develop a permanent home for the Kavanah Garden on either the Lebovic Jewish Community Campus in Vaughan or the Sherman Jewish Community Campus in Toronto. We are ready to set down roots at a new and permanent site so that we can continue to strengthen Jewish life in Toronto.