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Netanyahu to Limmud FSU: Bringing young Russian Jews to Judaism Is Holy Work

Right to left: Aviad Hacohen, Matthew Bronfman,Benjamin Netanyahu, Aaron Frenkel, Chaim Chesler, Rina Zaslavsky, Sandra F. Cahn and Roman Kogan.
Right to left: Aviad Hacohen, Matthew Bronfman,Benjamin Netanyahu, Aaron Frenkel, Chaim Chesler, Rina Zaslavsky, Sandra F. Cahn and Roman Kogan.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Limmud FSU

To mark the tenth anniversary of Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday with Limmud leaders, and heard their account of Limmud activities and the upcoming Limmud FSU Israel Festival that will take place this weekend at Kibbutz Ginosar. The PM congratulated the educational organization on its work and said that the task of bringing young Russian speaking Jews closer to Judaism and to the State of Israel is holy work and should be continued.

The Limmud group met with an array of politicians from all sides of the political map including Minister of Education Naphtali Bennet, Minister of Immigrant Absorption Zev Elkin, Director-General of the Zionist Union Hilik Bar, and Roy Folkman, chair of the Kulanu Knesset faction.

Limmud FSU’s volunteer-run program is active all over the world where there are Russian speaking Jewish communities, in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, and also in the United States, Canada, Australia and Israel.

The Limmud FSU Israel festival kicks off Friday with a special musical performance devoted to singer and songwriter Naomi Shemer, presented by the Beit Zvi School of the Performing Arts, and attended by members of her family. Another key event of the festival will be live video interviews with Opposition Leader Itzhak Herzog(Zioist Camp-Labor), MK Avigdor Lieberman (Israel Beitenu), Transportation Minister Israel Katz (Likud) and MK Ksenia Svetlova (Zioist Camp-Labor).