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LimmudNY: Next Year in Somewhere Warm

Last year, I wasn’t very silent about my unhappiness with the way that the LimmudNY event in upstate New York was handled. The Nevele Grand Resort, where the conference was held, had a long record of inadequate or nonexistent heating … Read More

By / July 2, 2009

Last year, I wasn’t very silent about my unhappiness with the way that the LimmudNY event in upstate New York was handled. The Nevele Grand Resort, where the conference was held, had a long record of inadequate or nonexistent heating during the winter months. True to form, their boiler broke down just before LimmudNY was scheduled to begin, and the freezing hotel set off a chain of events that led to the conference being less than a huge success.

Luckily, Limmud seems to have learned from last year’s error and has chosen a new location for the 2010 conference. Not only that, but they’re taking the Nevele to court. Here’s an email that went out to last year’s participants:

Dear Limmud NY 2009 Conference Registrants: We are almost at the halfway point between our 2009 and 2010 Conferences, and wanted to take this opportunity to update you on an important development at Limmud NY.

Although we have been working diligently since January to try to resolve these issues without resorting to legal action, we ultimately found it necessary to do so. Limmud NY has recently filed a lawsuit against the Nevele and one of its owner-managers for their failure to provide adequate heat and habitable facilities at our 2009 conference. While we will not know the outcome of the lawsuit for some time, we wanted to make you aware that we have undertaken this important step.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you once again for standing with us. We are deeply disappointed that the Nevele’s failure to live up to its commitments led to a compromised 2009 conference experience, and promise that we will do everything in our power to make Conference 2010 the best Limmud NY ever.

In that regard, we are excited that we have secured a new, improved location for our 2010 conference, and planning is well underway. We will be returning to The Hudson Valley Resort, home of Limmud NY’s first conference in 2005, which has been fully renovated. It offers both comfortable surroundings and modern conveniences.

We appreciate your continued support and patience. We look forward to seeing you at Limmud NY events during the months ahead, as well as at our sixth annual conference – January 15-18, 2010 at the Hudson Valley Resort.

B’shalom, The Limmud NY Board, 2009 Steering Committee, and staff

I really hope that Limmud wins their lawsuit.

Especially if it means I finally get that refund.

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