UNIQUE LEADERSHIP EVENT ON LONG ISLAND JOINS YOUNG RUSSIAN JEWS WITH MAJOR FIGURES FROM PHILANTHROPY, EDUCATION, JEWISH ORGANIZATIONAL LIFE AND ISRAEL
Westhampton Beach, NY – June 17, 2009 – Nearly 200 young Russian-speaking Jewish Americans will gather on Long Island’s East End on Aug. 9 for Limmud Shalom Aleichem, a unique and historic day of education, community-building, networking and entertainment designed to enhance and strengthen Jewish identity, involvement and leadership.
Prominent philanthropists, scholars and educators, communal leaders and high-ranking Russian-Israeli ministers and Knesset members will join participants at formal panels and informal gatherings as attendees explore their background and future as engaged and active members and leaders in the Jewish community.
“The day marks an important milestone for young Russian Jews in particular, and for the entire Jewish community more broadly,” said Matthew Bronfman, Limmud FSU International Steering Committee Chairman. “By participating in an intense day of wide-ranging programming, by engaging with prominent leaders across fields, and by being in a communal environment, participants will learn, absorb and strengthen their ties to each other and to Jewish community, helping to ensure a strong and vibrant Jewish future. This is just one example of what Limmud FSU seeks to do around the world.”
The event, during the 150th anniversary year of the birth of famed Yiddish author Shalom Aleichem, takes place 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9, on the grounds of the Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, New York. Registration is now available online at www.limmudfsu.org.
Expected presenters include some of the most well-known and accomplished figures from the fields of philanthropy, business, education, media, government, public policy and Jewish life.
In addition to Bronfman, these include: Ze’ev Elkin, member of the Israeli Knesset; Feliks Frenkel, chairman of the Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations (COJECO) and honorary co-chair of the event; Zvi Gitelman, professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan; David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee and expert on international affairs; Bel Kaufman, noted author and granddaughter of Shalom Aleichem; Fania Kirshenbaum, member of the Israeli Knesset; David Kislin, president of COJECO; Jerry Levin, chair of the board of UJA-Federation of New York and honorary co-chair of the event; Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University; Sofa Landver, Israeli Minister of Immigrant Absorption; Leon Litinetsky, former Israeli Knesset member; journalist Walter Ruby; Rabbi Marc Schneier, head of the Hampton Synagogue and founder and president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding; and, Dima Zicer, an Israeli-based motivational speaker.
A programming committee for Limmud Shalom Aleichem, comprised of 40 young adult Jewish volunteers from the Russian-American community, is designing the program, which will include sessions on Russian-Jewish heritage, Jewish culture, current affairs, Israeli affairs and the future of the Jewish homeland, and the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. Also, prominent philanthropists will speak on a panel on the current state of philanthropy and giving.
Limmud Shalom Aleichem will bring young Russian-speaking Jewish Americans, many of them leaders or potential leaders in the community, together to connect and explore potent, relevant issues in a pluralistic, welcoming environment, officials said. In a spirit of open dialogue, the Limmud model encourages participants, volunteers, and presenters to engage in an active journey that combines Jewish learning, thought, and practice in many forms and venues.
The official program for Limmud Shalom Aleichem will be posted soon at www.limmudfsu.org.
Limmud FSU brings together and empowers young Russian-speaking Jewish adults who are reviving and revitalizing Jewish community and culture and restoring and maintaining the tradition of lifelong Jewish learning and a strong Jewish identity. Dynamic events, seminars, lectures, workshops and discussions focus on an enormous range of topics from social and political trends within Jewish communities and around the world to Israeli politics; from dilemmas to Jewish cooking; from traditional texts to Jewish theatre. This successful and unique model of informal Jewish learning in a pluralistic setting, combined with volunteerism, networking, empowerment and leadership development, is ensuring a vibrant and sustainable Jewish future.
The Hampton Synagogue, a major Jewish religious and education center in Westhampton Beach, NY, will host Limmud Shalom Aleichem in the Hamptons on August 9, 2009.
Westhampton Beach, NY, a summer community on Long Island’s beautiful East End, is the site of Limmud Shalom Aleichem in the Hamptons on August 9, 2009. Participants will end the day of learning, networking and community-building with a sunset barbecue.