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LIMMUD FSU KICKS-OFF THE “YEAR OF SHALOM ALEICHEM”

150TH BIRTHDAY OF SHALOM ALEICHEM MARKED BY EVENTS IN UKRAINE, ISRAEL AND NEW YORK

Jerusalem, Israel, February 24, 2009: The “Year of Shalom Aleichem” will be officially launched next week by Limmud FSU, with events in outside of Kiev, in Tel Aviv, and in New York. Limmud FSU, which organizes events of Jewish learning in the Former Soviet Union and in Israel, has chosen Shalom Aleichem to be the central theme for all of its events during this year, which includes a Mega Conference in Jerusalem in July 2009.

On Monday March 2nd, Limmud FSU will bring a group of 50 young activists from the Jewish community of Kiev to Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky, the birthplace of Shalom Aleichem, in order to mark the 150th birthday of the writer who is considered the father of Jewish humor. The group will celebrate the event with a birthday cake with 150 candles and will visit the Shalom Aleichem museum there.

On Thursday March 5th, Limmud FSU will hold an event in Beit Shalom Aleichem in Tel Aviv in the presence of the Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai.. Here too the writer’s birthday will be celebrated with the attendance of over 200 Limmud FSU volunteers from all over Israel. Shmulik Atzmon, founder of the Yiddishshpiel Theater, accompanied by his daughter Anat Atzmon, will present selected pieces from Shalom Aleichem’s work.

In New York, Saturday, March 7th, there will be additional events celebrating Shalom Aleichem’s birthday with the participation of the author’s granddaughter Bel Kaufman, 97. Celebrating the “Jewish Mark Twain,” and life of his, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who represents New York’s Eighth Congressional District, will present Bel Kaufman, herself a noted writer, with a Proclamation honoring Sholem Aleichem. Accompanied by Yiddish songs and writings, Bel Kaufman will speak about her grandfather as part of a special Limmud FSU International Tribute celebrating the 150th Birthday of Sholem Aleichem at New York Synagogue at 11 am, 122 E. 58th St.

According to Chaim Chesler, founder of Limmud FSU, “Shalom Aleichem was an important figure in world literature and a central part of the Jewish literary heritage. As the ‘father of Jewish Humor’ he influenced many later writers and continues to be a source of inspiration for Jewish humorists today. That’s why we have decided to devote our educational events over the coming year to his works.” Chesler also said that through learning about the works of Shalom Aleichem Russian-speaking Jews in Israel and the FSU would be able to connect to the rich Jewish cultural tradition his works represent.

Limmud FSU organizes gatherings of Jewish pluralistic learning to empower young Jewish adults who are revitalizing the Jewish communities and culture in the former Soviet Union. In addition, Limmud FSU seeks to enable Russian-speaking Jews in Israel o reconnect with their Jewish heritage and traditions through events of Jewish learning. Limmud FSU relies on an active body of volunteers who are the leaders and participants in its activities in Israel and the FSU.

For further information contact: Sharon Gefen 972-54-4494494, or Marcia Neeley 1-347-216-0310.

(Seated from left) Sandra Cahn, co-founder, Limmud FSU holding New York City Mayor’s Proclamation; Bel Kaufman, 97, Sholem Aleichem’s granddaughter; Congressman Jerrold Nadler, holding Federal proclamation. (Standing) Chaim Chesler, founder, Limmud FSU; and Rabbi Marc Schneier, New York Synagogue. Sunday, March 8, 2009 Photo: David Karp

(Seated from left) Sandra Cahn, co-founder, Limmud FSU holding New York City Mayor’s Proclamation; Bel Kaufman, 97, Sholem Aleichem’s granddaughter; Congressman Jerrold Nadler, holding Federal proclamation. (Standing) Chaim Chesler, founder, Limmud FSU; and Rabbi Marc Schneier, New York Synagogue.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Photo: David Karp