BEST-SELLING ISRAELI AUTHOR ETGAR KERET TO OPEN LIMMUD FSU ST. PETERSBURG THIS WEEKEND
Over 600 participants to gather for largest conference in cultural capital ofRussia, Nov. 11-13
Aquamarine Hotel – Zelenogorsk, Prinorskoe sh 692 N.
Gelios Hotel - Primorskoye Hwy., 593, Zelenogorsk
The three-day Jewish festival of learning and culture Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) St. Petersburg will open at the Aquamarine Hotel and the Gelios Hotel in the St. Petersburg area on Friday, Nov. 11. The dynamic, volunteers-driver and pluralistic event will gather some 600 participants, the largest St. Petersburg festival ever, and will run through Sunday noon.
This fifth Limmud FSU St. Petersburg will feature lectures, workshops, and discussions, and will include a special presentation by Etgar Keret, an internationally-renowned best-selling Israeli author, who will discuss his new book “The Seven Good Years,” which was translated to Russian with the help of Limmud FSU. Also speaking will be Consul General of Israel in St. Petersburg Michael Lotem, who will give his insider’s perspective on Russian affairs. The film “Operation Wedding,” which chronicles the Soviet Jewish operation to hi-jack a plane from then-Leningrad’s airport and escape to religious freedom in Israel, will also be screened. Other discussion topics will focus on Russia’s economy, Arab-Jewish relations, Israel’s right vs. left, and the life of Petrograd’s Jews in 1917.
Top presenters will include Alexander Tsypkin, publicist, writer and winner of the Proba-IPRA Golden World Awards Award; Israeli journalist and radio talk show host Judy Shalom Nir Mozes; Eugeny Kogan, president of Moscow Partners Investment Group; Yaakov Edri, mayor of Or Akiva and chairman of “Ofer Israeli,”; Viktor Amchislavsky, head of the archive at St. Petersburg Institute of Jewish Studies; informal Jewish educator and founderof the Apelsin School in St. Petersburg, Dima Zicer; former Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson Avi Benayahu; and Nechama Duek, journalist and political analyst at Israel’s Yedioth Ahronot daily newspaper.
Limmud FSU St Petersburg is made possible thanks to its devoted team of volunteers, led by Yulia Karasik, Natalia Emelyanova, Regina Pritula, and others. Conference supporters include Chabad St. Petersburg and its executive director, Rabbi Shaul Brook.
“St. Petersburg has one of the most vibrant and flourishing Jewish communities in Eastern Europe with a rich cultural life, and we are thrilled to be part of it,” said Chaim Chesler, founder of Limmud FSU. “This conference, like all other Limmud FSU conferences, contributes to the Jewish life in the city and leaves a significant impact on the Jewish community members while they are looking to strengthen their Jewish identity.”