New York – July 16, 2009 – Organizing Committee members – enthusiastic, energetic and full of creative ideas – met here today to continue designing an engaging and memorable program and experience for the hundreds of attendees who will attend “A Taste of Limmud: Celebrating 150 Years of Shalom Aleichem” on August 9th in Westhampton Beach, New York.
From reviewing and fine-tuning the program, to discussing logistics, entertainment and recruitment, dozens of Committee members – all of them volunteers – put their best ideas forward so that the event is informative, enjoyable and of immense value to the young, Russian-speaking Jewish community.
At an earlier meeting, Committee members had established five broad areas to be explored in a penetrating series of formal lectures, panel discussions and sessions: Russian-Jewish heritage; Israeli affairs; the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism; Jewish Culture; and “Schmoozes” on newsworthy events pulled from the headlines and other issues. Participants will also explore trends in philanthropy with a panel including that includes some of the most well-known givers in the Jewish community.
Each of these broad topics will be explored through multiple and varied sessions, and participants will have a choice of which to attend.
The Organizing Committee is made up of young Russian-speaking Jewish Americans from the New York CIty area and all are committed to creating a 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.
In true Limmud fashion, the valuable work of the Organizing Committee reflects the dedication of young Russian-speaking Jewish Americans to the growth and continuity of Jewish community and the development of its leaders.
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