An Evening Themed Around Honouring the Past and Building for the Future
(TORONTO, ON) June 25, 2014
Last night a group of Russian – speaking Canadian Jews introduced the Limmud FSU concept to Canada with their Inaugural Dinner featuring Matthew Bronfman, Chairman of Limmud FSU International Steering Committee, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist. The evening honoured the past and raised funds that will ensure that the first Canadian Limmud FSU Educational Conference in October 2014 at Deerhurst Resort will be inclusive of all the members of the Russian-speaking Jewish community.
“With less than four months away from the first Canadian Limmud FSU Conference, this was the perfect way to introduce the concept to our community and get everyone excited about the Limmud FSU Canada Kultura Conference in October,” said Mila Voihanski, Limmud FSU Canada, Country Director. “Canada has been one of the most active centres of Russian-speaking Jewish immigration over the past four decades, and 70 percent of them live in the GTA, making Ontario the ideal location for the first Canadian conference.”
The evening included speeches from Matthew Bronfman, Chairman of Limmud FSU International Steering Committee, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist, The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Member of the Canadian Parliament, Professor and Human Rights Activist, and Sandra F. Cahn, Co-Founder of Limmud FSU and Philanthropist. There was a photography exhibit by a local Jewish Vilna-born photographer Gregory Talas, and musical performances by Dina Shikman and Mendy Bisk. The evening was Mc’ed by Dahlia Levitin, Limmud FSU Canada Committee Member, who shared her story on the importance of this conference.
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, whose mission is to preserve & strengthen the quality of Jewish life in Greater Toronto, Canada, Israel and around the world through philanthropic, volunteer and professional leadership, is a strong supporter and believer in the Limmud FSU.
About Limmud FSU Canada
For the past two years, a representative group of more than 50 young Russian-speaking Canadian Jewish adults have participated in the Limmud FSU three-day conferences in the US. Now, these young people are eager to develop a Limmud FSU Canada conference in their own community. Limmud FSU is a growing force in the world of informal Jewish education, and each Limmud FSU conference is an expression of local interests, culture and strengths. With the support of Limmud FSU International and local Jewish community leaders, Limmud FSU Canada will be hosting the first Limmud FSU Canada Kultura Conference, October 24-26 2014 at the beautiful Deerhurst Resort, Ontario. For more information please visit our website http://www.limmudfsucanada.org/.