Limmud Hamptons set for Sunday 15 August

A packed one-day of Jewish learning, identity, socializing and entertainment for young Russian-speaking adults will take place at The Hampton Synagogue, 154 Sunset Avenue, Westhampton Beach, Long Island, New York, this coming Sunday, 15 August, from 11.00 am to 11.00 pm..

More than 50 presentations, workshops, seminars, panels and lectures will take place on subjects as diverse as tales of passion in the Talmud; How S.Y.Agnon won the Nobel prize for literature; the life and legacy of Menachem Begin; human sexuality in the Bible; Kosher “take-out;” Jewish spies in the Second World War; disputation in Jewish tradition; alternative medicine and “Jewish” cosmetics; Islamic fundamentalism; the Russian-American mass media and much more.

Panels of leading experts from the United States and Israel will discuss topics such as: Jewish philanthropy; immigrants – who needs them? The delegitimization of Israel; Russian- Jewish identity; Jews and Muslims in American – can they trust each other? The problem of Iran; Russian immigrant media in the US today, Israeli – American relations and etc. The presentations will take place in Russian or in English with Russian translation and will end up with a barbeque, artistic performances, music and dancing.

This is the second Limmud to be held in New York and follows on the huge success of the first last year. Limmud, founded in Britain 30 years ago, has travelled across the world, and in 2006, Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union) was founded to provide a unique non-formal learning experience for young Russian-speaking Jews to get together for inspiring events on a wide variety of topics – something for everyone. This year’s Limmud is being held under the central theme of the 26 Jewish Nobel prizewinners who originated in the Russian Empire, the USSR and in Israel. In addition to New York and Israel, Limmud FSU gatherings have been held in Jerusalem, Moscow, Odessa, Yalta, Birobidjan, Minsk, Lvov and more are planned for this and the coming years.

Among starred speakers are the Jewish NASA astronaut, Dr.Garrett Reisman, Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, Israel’s Minister of Science and Technology, Malcolm Hoenlein, Congressman Peter King, Daniel Mariaschin, Rabbi Mark Schneier, Dr Nona Kuchina, Dr Zvia Walden-Peres, Matthew Bronfman, Jerry Levin, Yuri Foreman, Dr. John Ruskay, Israeli top musicians Marina Maximilian Blumin and Leonid Ptashka and dozens of others.

During the day some of the key sessions and panels will be broadcast live on the Internet on the following three main channels (free feeds are available):

For further details and a timetable please call the project manager, Karina Polonskaya, at 19172935023 or Roman Kogan – Limmud FSU COO 12027252583