The Global Day of Jewish learning is powered by Limmud North America. Launched in 2009 as an effort to connect Jews around the world in mutual appreciation of Jewish wisdom, the Global Day was inspired by the vision and leadership of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz.
You can lead a Global Day of Jewish Learning event in your community by inviting people to study together on Sunday, November 8, 2020.
For questions or support, please email [email protected].
Torah is the shared inheritance of all the Jewish people.
—Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
2017: Beauty and Ugliness
2014: Heroes and Villains
2013: Creating Together
2012: Blessings and Gratitude
November 17, 2019 was the tenth annual Global Day of Jewish Learning. The theme of Speaking Volumes explored how and why words matter.
On November 11, 2018, the ninth annual Global Day of Jewish Learning took place. The theme of Extraordinary Passages: Texts and Travels explored the journeys that matter most to us.
On November 12, 2017, the eighth annual Global Day of Jewish Learning took place. The theme of Beauty and Ugliness explored our perceptions of the world around us.
The seventh annual Global Day of Jewish Learning was on Sunday, November 20, 2016. The theme was Under the Same Sky: The Earth is Full of Your Creations, which explored our world and nature.
The Global Day’s fifth year took place on Sunday Nov 15, 2015. The theme was Love: Devotion, Desire & Deception, exploring the many facets of love in our texts and our modern lives.
The Global Day’s fifth year took place on Sunday Nov 16, 2014. The theme was Heroes & Villains, Saints & Fools: The People in The Book, focusing on the lives and lessons of biblical characters.
The fourth annual Global Day of Jewish Learning was held on Sunday, Nov 17, 2013. The theme of the day and curriculum was Creating Together: Jewish Approaches to Creativity and Collaboration.
On Sunday November 18, 2012, 350 Jewish communities across the world joined together for the third annual Global Day of Jewish Learning. The theme of the Global Day and curriculum was Jewish concepts of blessing and gratitude.
Would you like to learn more? Click here to download the cumulative Global Day 2012 Report.
Global Day 2011 was an astounding success, uniting 250 Jewish communities across 40 countries in a day of Jewish learning. The theme of Global Day 2011 was the Unity of the Jewish people, as seen through the Shema prayer. In the words of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, “For the Jewish people, the Shema is a call, a slogan, a sign of identification and an expression of great emotions. It is a declaration of bond, principles and identity.”
The Global Day of Jewish Learning was conceived to mark the completion of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s monumental translation on the Talmud. Thanks to your astounding level of participation, the inaugural 2010 Global Day was a historic achievement. It reached every corner of the Jewish world and – perhaps, for the first time – brought Jews across the spectrum of beliefs and backgrounds together in a day of study and unity. You then truly went “a step ahead” by calling for an annual event.