ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR LIMMUD SHALOM ALEICHEM CONTINUES PLANNING FOR AUGUST 9, 2009 EVENT IN WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NEW YORK
New York – June 17, 2009 – Meeting June 17th for the third time, members of the Organizing Committee for Limmud Shalom Aleichem continued to design a dynamic and engaging program and experience for the 200 attendees expected to attend the August 9th event in Westhampton Beach, New York.
Committee members delved into all aspects of the coming landmark event, including programming, logistics, recruitment, public relations and other issues.
Earlier in the month, they established five broad areas to be explored in a penetrating series of formal lectures, panel discussions and sessions: Russian-Jewish heritage; Israel; the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism; Jewish Culture; and “Schmoozes” on current affairs and other issues. Participants will also explore trends in philanthropy with a panel including some of the most prominent Jewish givers today.
Each of these broad topics will be explored through multiple and varied sessions, and participants will have a choice of which to attend. For example, Jewish cultural sessions will explore theatre, food, music, comedy and dance.
The Organizing Committee is made up of young Russian-speaking Jewish Americans from the New York area who are committed to creating an exciting and valuable one-day event that will enhance involvement and engagement in Jewish community by their peers.
Come August 9, participants will mark the 150th birthday of Shalom Aleichem by gathering at the Hampton Synagogue to gain a greater understanding of Jewish identity and community. Prominent philanthropists, scholars and educators, communal leaders, high-ranking Israeli ministers and Knesset members and entertainers will join them.
The valuable work of the Organizing Committee reflects the dedication of young Russian-speaking Jewish Americans to the growth and continuity of Jewish community.