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Following the success of the recent Limmud FSU conferences in Moscow and St. Petersburg, it is now the turn of Kazan.

Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union), the worldwide educational and cultural project for Russian-speaking Jews, has announced that a conference will be taking place for the first time in Kazan on 4-6 September 2015.

Limmud FSU first came to Moscow in 2006, after that to the Russian Far East, then to St. Petersburg and now it is the turn of Kazan. The main aim of the forthcoming festival will be to create a forum for dialogue and greater communication between the various Jewish communities in the region whose representatives are forming the core of the Organizing Committee. The Committee is chaired by Paulina Galitskaya and Vladimir Broyda, with help and logistical backing from the FSU Project Director in Russia, Tatiana Pashaeva in Moscow. This first Limmud FSU in Kazan was combined with the local festival of Jewish music, and the opening of the newly restored city synagogue.

Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation. With a population of 1.2 million people, it is the eighth most populous city in Russia. It is situated on the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers in European Russia.

The Jewish community of Kazan, numbering some 15,000 persons, is one of the largest and most active communities in Russia and boasts a number of organizations including the Jewish Center Charitable Foundation Hessed Moshe, several schools and the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Kazan.  The community runs several educational projects: a Sunday school, a Beit Midrash study center for adults, a family club, a women’s club and a Golden Age club. The community publishes the “Jewish Street” newspaper, and runs an art studio and the Freilachs Dance Ensemble. The JCC’s creative arts and dance groups have won awards at numerous festivals. In June 2012, Kazan had its first International Festival of Jewish Music.

In 1911, Kazan’s Jewish community obtained permission from the Czarist government to open a synagogue. But in 1928, the Communist authorities confiscated the building and turned it into a teacher’s club. In 1997, the struggle to regain ownership of the building, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, came to an end with the rededication of the synagogue in the historical center of the city. The reopening of Kazan’s only synagogue has helped to revive the Jewish community and the Limmud FSU event will mark the restoration of the 105 year old synagogue.

The Kazan Kremlin is a World Heritage Site. In 2005, the Medal “In Commemoration of the 1000th Anniversary of Kazan” was established by Russia to denote this landmark event. The multi-ethnic city is honored by UNESCO and famous for different ethnic groups living side-by-side in peace.

kazanThe Committee is chaired by Paulina Galitskaya and Vladimir Broyda

This first Limmud FSU in Kazan will be combined with the local festival of Jewish music, and the opening of the newly restored city synagogue.





Kazan and Volga region cities are getting ready for “Limmud Volga-Ural” - the first Limmud Conference in the region. Organisers planing to host participants from Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Perm, Nizhniy Novgorod, Samara, Saratov, Naberezhniye Chelny and Kazan itself.