Limmud China took place via Zoom from 2-4 May, crossing many international and time zone boundaries, with around 200 participants taking part throughout the four rounds of sessions, kicked off with a musical Shabbat service and Havdalah ceremony led from across Asia.
The planning committee of young professionals included community leaders who are normally are based in Shanghai and Beijing, but were calling in from the USA, Israel, Thailand and Taipei. Participants spanned the globe beyond Asia as well, including those who joined from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, UK, USA, Canada, Israel and more! Our speakers included a diverse variety of community members, partners and friends who shared their expertise and interests with us. Highlights included a teen panel discussing Jewish childhood life in Asia in partnership with BBYO, an exploration of Chinese Comedy, multiple sessions regarding Jewish community and business-focused responses to the pandemic, and sessions about Israeli culture and Jewish community life. The organisers' hope was to highlight our community’s own and enjoy the opportunity to virtually connect to so many others who would otherwise not be able to attend in person.