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Limmud is back to Belarus

Over 600 young Jews, mostly professionals 20-40 years old, will come together on Sept. 12-14 in Vitebsk for Limmud FSU, a festival of Jewish learning. There are currently about 70,000 Jews living in Belarus.

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Limmud FSU Belarus will take place in the hometown of renowned artist Marc Chagall, at the Vitebsk National Museum of Fine Arts. Limmud FSU Belarus features a packed program of lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, music and a wide range of cultural events, including the opening of an exhibition by artist Alexander Okun. Among the main speakers will be Israeli Ambassador to Belarus Yosef Shagal. The opening and closing events will take place in the Vitebsk National Theater.
Surrounding the conference will be two special events as part of a full Limmud FSU Festival. A Sept. 11 tour in Luzhky will explore the hometown of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, who founded modern Hebrew. The tour will be guided by Ben-Yehuda’s great-grandson, the leading Israeli TV anchor Gil Hovav. A special memorial plaque at the site of Ben-Yehuda’s childhood home will be unveiled as well.

Additionally, a memorial and special photo exhibition honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will be held Sept. 15 in the National History Museum of Belarus, in the capital city of Minsk, from where Sharon’s parents immigrated to the Jewish State. The memorial for Israel’s eleventh prime minister will be held in collaboration with the Government of Belarus, Embassy of Israel, and the local Jewish community, with the participation of Sharon’s son Gilad, and close aide Israel Maimon, who served as his Cabinet Secretary. Marit Danon, the head secretary in Prime Minister’s Sharon’s office, is curating the Sharon photo exhibition, which will include photos from the Israel Defense Forces, the Israeli government archives and his personal collections. A press conference and meeting with local officials with will also be held.

Please find attached Limmud FSU Belarus 2014 Schedule .

Also we’ve got some great video from the last Limmud FSU Belarus 2013: