LIMMUD FSU CONFERENCES 2014 – ENJOY THEM ALL!
Here is the list of Limmud FSU events till the end of 2014. Please, don’t forget to make a registration – just to be sure that you are in:)
Limmud FSU Belarus Conference, 12-14 September, 2014
Belarus is the most recent country in the former Soviet Union in which we have launched a Limmud FSU project which we did in 2013. The founding Conference took place in the city of Vitebsk at the end of May-early June and incorporated two public events mounted in close cooperation with the Israel Embassy in Belarus, the government of Belarus and the local Jewish community. The first marked the centennial of the birth of Menachem Begin and the second, the 90th birthday of President Shimon Peres – both of whom were born in Belarus – and the events took place in the towns in which they were born. Both events received a great deal of public and press interest. This year we are planning a second conference, again in Vitebsk the cultural capital of Belarus and the birthplace of the celebrated artist, Marc Chagall. We anticipate some 600 participants from Belarus and the neighboring countries.
Limmud FSU Conference Toronto, Canada, 24-26 October
This will be the founding Limmud FSU event in Canada, in the city which has a large Jewish population, including some 70,000 people of Russian-speaking origin. The Conference is expected to attract some 500 Jews from across Canada. The Organizing Committee, under the chairmanship of Prof. Irwin Cotler, former Canadian Minister of Justice, has already begun planning the program. A conference for some 30 volunteer activists will meet for a preparatory seminar in Toronto in January, 2014.
Limmud FSU Conference Lvov, Ukraine, 6-9 November
Limmud FSU events in Ukraine are somewhat different from those in other parts of the former Soviet Union. In Moscow and St. Petersburg (as well as New York and some other places,) the events are directed primarily at the local Jewish population. In the case of Ukraine – similar to that of Israel – the events are planned for the whole country and therefore the locations are not always the same. So far, seven major events have been held in Ukraine: in Yalta, Truskovets, Vinnitza, Uzhgorod and three times in Odessa. More than 4,000 people have participated in Limmud FSU Festivals since 2008 and they have become the most significant, important and eagerly-awaited events in Jewish life throughout Ukraine. We are planning the eighth Limmud FSU Ukraine in the city of Lvov and we anticipate some 600 participants.
Limmud FSU Conference St. Petersburg, 28-30 November
St. Petersburg is the cultural capital of the Russian Federation and is home to one of the largest and most important Jewish populations in the former Soviet Union. In post-Communist Russia it holds the third largest Jewish population (after Moscow and Kiev) – over 100,000 people. A successful three-day pilot event took place in the city in September, 2011 and met with great success which was repeated at a second event in 2012, and a third in 2013. The fourth event is expected to attract some 400 people from North West Russia and the neighboring Baltic countries.
Limmud FSU Conference Israel, 11-13 December
Israel has nearly one million immigrants from Russian-speaking countries who began arriving in large numbers with the collapse of Communism in the early 1980s. Limmud FSU for Russian speakers living in Israel began in 2008. Since then, six festivals have taken place attracting more than 7,000 people from all over Israel and overseas. The most recent festival took place in Jerusalem in November, 2013 with 830 participants. In 2014 we intend to continue we plan holding the 3-days festival in Galilee area, dedicated to the famous Russia-born poet Rachel.