ISRAEL’S UN ENVOY SAYS LIMMUD FSU’S IMPACT IS ‘EXTREMELY IMPORTANT’
Amb. Danny Danon, other VIPs attend exhibition on Zeev Jabotinsky at Limmud FSU
PARSIPANNY, N.J., April 2 – Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon and other dignitaries gathered here last night with more than 1,000 Russian-speaking Jews to open the Limmud FSU New York conference, which featured the first-ever exhibition in the U.S. about Zionist leader Zeev Jabotinsky.
The sold-out Limmud FSU New York, taking place at the Sheraton Parsippany April 1-3, is a dynamic, volunteer-driven and pluralistic Jewish festival of culture, creativity and learning. Danon praised Limmud FSU for the impact it has made on more than 35,000 Russian-speaking Jews around the world since launching in 2006.
“What Limmud FSU is doing to bring Russian-speaking Jews closer to Israel and the Jewish people is extremely important,” Danon said.
Though Israel faces daily challenges at the UN, he told Limmud FSU participants they should also look to the Jewish state’s role on the world stage for inspiration. “There are many flags with crosses, and many flags with crescents, but there is only one flag with the Magen David (Star of David), and we should be very proud,” he said.
Other prominent figures attending Limmud FSU’s opening events included Zeev Jabotinsky, grandson of the late Zionist leader; Dr. Joel Rappel, curator of the Jabotinsky exhibition; Member of Knesset Oded Forer; Member of Knesset Hilik Bar; Collette Avital, chair of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel; Izzy Tapoohi, president and CEO of Israel Bonds; and JCS Group LTD President and Limmud FSU Board Member Michal Grayevsky.
There are an estimated 350,000 Russian-speaking Jews living in New York and New Jersey, with large Russian-speaking Jewish communities in Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, and in Bergen County, N.J. There are some 700,000 Russian-speaking Jews in the U.S. altogether.
To learn more about the conference and see the full program and roster of presenters, please visit: http://www.limmudfsuus.org/.
Attached please find a photo of the opening Limmud FSU events and Zeev Jabotinsky exhibition. Photo Credit: Limmud FSU.
Caption: Attending a new Zeev Jabotinsky exhibit at the opening of Limmud FSU New York Friday night are, from left to right: Israel Bonds President and CEO Izzy Tapoohi; Zeev Jabotinsky, grandson of Zionist leader Zeev Jabotinsky; JCS Group LTD President and Limmud FSU Board Member Michal Grayevsky; Collette Avital, chair of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel; Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN; Dr. Joel Rappel, curator of the Jabotinsky exhibition; and Sandra Cahn, co-founder of Limmud FSU.