Over 2,000 Jews to Gather at Largest-Ever Limmud FSU in Moscow Opening this Thursday

‘We are witnessing a new era of independent Russian Jews,’ say Limmud FSU founders

MOSCOW, April 13 – More than 2,000 participants have sold out Limmud FSU’s 10th conference in Moscow, the largest-ever gathering of Russian-speaking Jews in the former Soviet Union. The Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar will give the conference’s keynote address.

Limmud FSU Moscow, April 14-17, promises to be the largest and most significant Jewish event in Russia amid the organization’s growing popularity. Limmud FSU Moscow is a cultural, educational, communal, and social experience shaped by the Moscow Jewish community, with support and guidance from Limmud FSU leadership.

“The conference’s large number of participants is the best evidence that Jewish life is thriving in Russia,” said Limmud FSU Founder Chaim Chesler and Co-Founder Sandy Cahn. “We are witnessing a new era of Russian Jews that have become completely independent and have defined the framework of Jewish life on their own, and for themselves. Moscow’s Jewish community is proud and here to stay.”

The popular conference will debut the Michal Negrin Israel spring/summer collection and feature Russian stars such as Vladimir Pozner, a celebrated TV presenter and writer who often appeared as a guest on “The Phil Donahue Show”; Avdotia Smirnova, a playwright, journalist and writer; Gospel singer and African-American Jew Joshua Nelson; Lyudmila Ulitskaya, one of today’s most popular Russian writers; Israeli Member of KnessetHamad Amar,who will speak about the Druze community in Israel; Israel’s ambassador to Russia, Zvi Heifetz; Israel’s ambassador to Kazakhstan, Michael Brodsky, the first ambassador appointed from the ‘90s Aliyah wave; Middle East researcher Evgeny Satanovsky; Russian Jewish Congress President Yuri Kanner; United Jewish Communities of Russia Chairman Aleksandr Boroda; Holocaust survivor from Israel, Solomon Perel, who was orphaned as a child and will share the story of how he passed as a German boy and experienced WWII undercover as a member of the Hitler Youth; human rights activist Irina Yasina; and others.

This Limmud FSU couldn’t happen without the local leadership of Mikhail LibkinDmitry MaryasisTania PashaevaAlexander PyatigorskyAnna Adamskaya, and others.

About Limmud FSU:

Limmud FSU is a nonprofit founded 10 years ago by Chaim Chesler, former treasurer of the Jewish Agency, and Sandra Cahn, a philanthropist from New York. Since its inaugural conference in Moscow in 2006, Limmud FSU has created an independent educational and communal network of annual conferences and festivals, attracting more than 35,000 participants in Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russian Far East and the Volga-Ural region), Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Israel, North America (Greater New York, the West Coast, and Canada), and Australia. Limmud FSU engages young Russian-Jewish adults, empowering them to take ownership of their identity and to connect with their communities through pluralistic, egalitarian volunteer-driven conferences of Jewish learning and culture. In this way, Limmud FSU strives to foster the next generation of young Russian-speaking Jewish leadership and so revitalize Jewish communities in the countries of the former Soviet Union, and in countries with Russian-Jewish communities, wherever they may be. Key partners include the Claims Conference, JDC, philanthropist Matthew Bronfman, Aaron Frenkel, Ronald Lauder, Diane Wohl, the Jewish National Fund (KKL), UJA-Federation of New York, Israel Bonds, the Jewish Agency, and others.