Over 900 participants to gather for conference in Ukrainian cultural capital, Nov. 3-6

Dnister Hotel – 6 Yana Mateika St.


LVIV, Ukraine, Nov. 2 – The sold-out four-day Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) conference in Ukraine will open at the Dnister Hotel in the historic city of Lviv on Thursday, Nov. 3, for a weekend of educational programs and activities. The dynamic and pluralistic Jewish festival of learning, culture and creativity in the city’s center will gather some 900 participants and will run through Sunday morning.

The conference – marking a decade of Limmud FSU activity in Lviv – includes lectures, workshops, presentations and discussions by leading figures including Israel’s Ambassador to Ukraine Eliav Belotserkovsky, who will discuss the Israeli political scene. Other discussions will include the relationship between Ukrainian Jews and Israel, modern Jewish theater and cinema, Ukrainian-Jewish history, Jewish fashion and art, Ukrainian Jews in Israeli politics, the culture of the Jewish-Christian dialogue, Lviv’s impact on Zionist youth organizations. The conference will also offer Orthodox and Reform prayer services.


Top presenters will include singer, composer and songwriter Vladimir Bystryakov; Ukrainian Catholic University professor and historian Yaroslav Gritzak; celebrated Russian poet Andrey Orlov Orlusha; writer and TV and radio host Viktor Shendereivich; Russian actor, writer and theater director Veniamin Smekhov; and writer, playwright and screenwriter Aleksander Volodarsky.


Other notable guests will include Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovoy, who will attend the closing ceremony, in which where Limmud FSU supporters will be recognized. The ceremony will feature a concert by the Tel Aviv-based band Los Caparos.


Key supporters of Limmud FSU Lviv include the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress; Nativ; Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter; the Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund and volunteers Osik Akselrod, Renata Sokolskaya and Vlad Zelikman.


“Lviv is so important to Jewish history as it was one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe until it was decimated by the Nazis in 1943,” said Chaim Chesler, founder of Limmud FSU. “It is such a privilege for us to have a conference in this historical city which has remained a home to Jews against all odds.”


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, Michal Grayevsky, Ronald Lauder, Diane Wohl, the Jewish National Fund (KKL), UJA-Federation of New York, Israel Bonds, the Jewish Agency, and others. For additional details: www.limmudfsu.org.


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