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LIMMUD FSU ROCKS SYDNEY

LIMMUD FSU ROCKS SYDNEY

BORSCHT, vodka and a host of local and international presenters … just some of the items on the agenda at Sydney’s first-ever Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) conference, held last weekend.

July 2016

NURTURING JEWISH CULINARY TRADITIONS IN LITHUANIA

NURTURING JEWISH CULINARY TRADITIONS IN LITHUANIA

Todesaite currently runs two projects. The first is called Eat&Travel, a food and travel blog in English that encompasses the best of both spheres from Israel, Lithuania, and around the world. The other is something called #CookJewishBeJewish, which takes the form of masterclasses in Jewish cooking.

June 2016

May 2016

MINSK HOSTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE LIMMUD BELARUS

MINSK HOSTS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE LIMMUD BELARUS

Minsk hosts international conference Limmud Belarus dedicated to the year of Culture 16 May 2016 07:08 This is one of the world’s largest educational forums organized by Jewish community. In April Limmud was held in New York. More than 700 participants came to Minsk from Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Israel and the United States. Belarusian Limmud is(…)

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Limmud FSU, in partnership with the government of Belarus, the Belarus Jewish community and the Israeli Embassy of Belarus in Minsk, is convening the first Limmud FSU conference to be held in the capital this May 13-15

April 2016

LIMMUD FSU CELEBRATES ITS FIRST DECADE

LIMMUD FSU CELEBRATES ITS FIRST DECADE

The Moscow Limmud 2016 Conference assembled together an unprecedented 2000 participants for its tenth anniversary on 14-16 April. The number was so great that two hotels were one hundred percent booked with Limmud participants: this was the first time that Limmud FSU has attracted such an enormous number of people.

LIMMUD FSU NEW YORK 2016

LIMMUD FSU NEW YORK 2016

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.

2000 JEWS TO GATHER AT LARGEST EVER LIMMUD FSU IN MOSCOW

2000 JEWS TO GATHER AT LARGEST EVER LIMMUD FSU IN MOSCOW

“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.”

March 2016

THE LIMMUD FSU PHENOMENON

THE LIMMUD FSU PHENOMENON

Gidi Grinstein explains the power of the Limmud experience and how our perspective of an identical act when viewed differently ‘can carry radically different meanings’

February 2016

LIMMUD FSU EUROPE SITE IS ON AIR!

LIMMUD FSU EUROPE SITE IS ON AIR!

Europe is the final frontier for Limmud FSU. It is the only continent currently not on the Limmud FSU map, however from 2017 the situation will change! More than a quarter of a million Russian-speaking Jews live in Europe.

ORTHODOX SEX THERAPIST ADVISES COUPLES TO TAKE RISKS AT HER SESSION AT LIMMUD

ORTHODOX SEX THERAPIST ADVISES COUPLES TO TAKE RISKS AT HER SESSION AT LIMMUD

A clinical sex therapist and professor at UCLA, Seidler-Feller has been married to Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, the campus rabbi at the UCLA Hillel, for more than 40 years, and she’s been talking about sex for about that long. The two often host public talks about sex and Jewish tradition, as they did last month at the Limmud FSU West Coast conference in Pasadena.

A LETTER FROM LIMMUDNIK

A LETTER FROM LIMMUDNIK

One of the workshops I was “voluntold” to go to was “21st Century Tikkun Olam”. When I asked Mila Voihanski, the Director of Limmud FSU Canada, who by the way strongly suggested that I attend it, what is the meaning of Tikkun Olam, I realized that this was something very close to my heart and my vision of the future. What happened next, at the workshop, completely surprized and fascinated me in many ways.

January 2016

OSCAR-WINNER JON VOIT AT FIRST-EVER LIMMUD FSU WEST COAST CONFERENCE

OSCAR-WINNER JON VOIT AT FIRST-EVER LIMMUD FSU WEST COAST CONFERENCE

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 18 – Some 700 Russian-speaking Jews have sold out the first-ever Limmud FSU West Coast conference, which takes places this Jan. 29-31 at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena. A dynamic and pluralistic Jewish festival of learning, culture and creativity, Limmud FSU West Coast will feature an array of prominent speakers, including Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.

December 2015

CHANGING THE GUARD AT GLOBAL LIMMUD

CHANGING THE GUARD AT GLOBAL LIMMUD

PM John Mann head of All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, joined the nearly 2,800 gathered in Birmingham, two hours north of London last week, to celebrate the 35th birthday of Limmud Conference.

NETANYAHU TO LIMMUD FSU: YOU ARE DOING A HOLY WORK

NETANYAHU TO LIMMUD FSU: YOU ARE DOING A HOLY WORK

To mark the tenth anniversary of Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday with Limmud leaders, and heard their account of Limmud activities and the upcoming Limmud FSU Israel Festival that will take place this weekend at Kibbutz Ginosar.

November 2015

LIMMUD FSU COMES TO TORONTO FOR THE SECOND TIME

LIMMUD FSU COMES TO TORONTO FOR THE SECOND TIME

Last weekend, 20-22 November, over 450 (mostly) young Russian-speaking Jews gathered in the Blue Mountains Resort, not far from Toronto. The Jewish population of Canada numbers nearly 400,000 and some half of them live in Toronto. Moreover, about 70,000 of these were either born in the USSR themselves or their parents were.

LIMMUD FSU COMMEMORATES IZHAK RABIN IN UKRAINE

LIMMUD FSU COMMEMORATES IZHAK RABIN IN UKRAINE

In the Ukrainian village of Sydorovychi, where Rabin’s father, Nehamia, was born, are from left, head of Nativ in Ukraine Gennady Polishuk, Chairman of Beit Zvi Muli Dor, Rabin’s head of bureau and spokesman Eitan Haber, Limmud FSU founder Chaim Chesler, and Ivankovo district Gov. Anatoly Sveridenko.

October 2015

SOUTH AFRICAN JEWRY THROUGH THE PRISM OF LIMMUD FSU

SOUTH AFRICAN JEWRY THROUGH THE PRISM OF LIMMUD FSU

Obviously discounting the Muslim world, it is my impression that South Africa is one of the most anti-Israeli countries in the world today. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has managed to attract the support of high-profile members of the ANC ruling party and influential people in civil society

September 2015

KEEPING FAITH IN GULAG

KEEPING FAITH IN GULAG

“A man without faith soon loses his sense of reality in prison. No newspapers, no letters, no word from home. You are alone all the time, except when you are facing an interrogator… I have no prayer book, but I compose my own liturgy in my mind – prayers for the peace of the Jewish people, for my father, for my release from prison.”

THE JEWISH FESTIVAL LIMMUD VOLGA-URAL BEGUN

THE JEWISH FESTIVAL LIMMUD VOLGA-URAL BEGUN

The largest Jewish festival in the region, Limmud Volga-Urals will this year feature a series of exceptional events. The first of these is titled “Interfaith Dialogue – Islam, Judaism, Christianity”, a conversation between religious leaders in the region.

August 2015

July 2015

KAZAN IS AT LIMMUD FSU MAP!

KAZAN IS AT LIMMUD FSU MAP!

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.

LIMMUD VOLGA IS ON ITS WAY

LIMMUD VOLGA IS ON ITS WAY

Preparations are underway for an Interfaith Dialogue which will take place during the forthcoming Limmud FSU Volga Conference, in Kazan, capital of Tatarstan, in the Russian Federation in early September, 2015 with the participation of the Chief Rabbis of Russia and leading rabbis from Israel, together with Muslim, Catholic, Protestant and Russian Orthodox clergy.

June 2015

LET MY PEOPLE KNOW!

LET MY PEOPLE KNOW!

The 30,000 Russian-speaking Jews who have participated in Limmud FSU worldwide are evidence of the success of our mission to redress the consequences of 70 years of Communist repression.

MARKING 25 SINCE OPERATION EXODUS

MARKING 25 SINCE OPERATION EXODUS

In 1987, a quarter of a million people gathered at the March on Washington to call for freedom for Soviet Jews, and only a few years later, in 1990, Operation Exodus finished raising the funds that would help nearly 1 million Soviet Jews resettle in America and Israel.

LIMMUD FSU SARATOV SPECIAL EVENT (VIDEO)

LIMMUD FSU SARATOV SPECIAL EVENT (VIDEO)

Ceremony opening, Chaim Chesler and Roman Kogan Rabbi Michael Frumin of Saratov Yizkor (“remembrance”) prayers are recited by those that have lost either one or both of their parents; in some modern moderate Jewish congregations, one might say yizkor for any relative or close friend whose death is mourned. There is a custom that those(…)

LIMMUD FSU AND ‘POST’ LAUNCH EXHIBIT ON 25 OF SOVIET ALIYA

LIMMUD FSU AND ‘POST’ LAUNCH EXHIBIT ON 25 OF SOVIET ALIYA

Limmud FSU and ‘Post’ launch exhibit on 25 years of Soviet aliya Exhibit also tells story of worldwide campaigns, protests and demonstrations in the US, Israel and elsewhere in order to secure the release of the Jews from the former Soviet Union. Natan Sharansky (second left) is met upon arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport in November(…)

May 2015

April 2015

WATCH: HUNDREDS FLOCK TO MOSCOW FOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL LIMMUD FSU

WATCH: HUNDREDS FLOCK TO MOSCOW FOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL LIMMUD FSU

Watch: Hundreds flock to Moscow for international Jewish celebration     http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Moscow-has-worlds-second-largest-Limmud-399423 MOSCOW – Hundreds of Jews from around the world flocked to Moscow this weekend for the Limmud Jewish learning conference, making it the second-largest event of its kind. The three-day gig, which drew 1,500 participants to a resort just outside the Russian capital,(…)

March 2015

RUSSIAN SPEAKING LIMMUD AUSTRALIA BOUND

RUSSIAN SPEAKING LIMMUD AUSTRALIA BOUND

Russian speaking Limmud Australia bound An American Jewish astronaut who learned to speak Russian while training with cosmonauts walks into a lecture hall filled with Russian-American Jews. No, it’s not a priest-and-rabbi-style joke, but a real-life event that exemplifies the spirit of the Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) educational conferences. From: Alina Dain Sharon and Sean(…)

January 2015

December 2014

WILL RUSSIA’S ECONOMIC WOES BURST BUBBLE FOR JEWS?

WILL RUSSIA’S ECONOMIC WOES BURST BUBBLE FOR JEWS?

The crowd applauds enthusiastically as the 66-year-old funnyman, who gave his voice to Master Yoda in the Russian-language version of the “Star Wars” trilogy, sucks daintily on an electronic cigarette during a public interview about growing up Jewish and chasing stardom in communist Leningrad, as this city was called in Soviet times.

A JOURNEY TO SASKATCHEWAN’S JEWISH PAST

A JOURNEY TO SASKATCHEWAN’S JEWISH PAST

A journey to Saskatchewan’s Jewish past This was meant to be the answer to a Zionist Homeland, an alternative to Uganda. 652,000 square kilometers of frozen soil in the remote province of Saskatchewan, Canada, awaited the mass migration of Jews who wanted to flee from the pogroms of the last century – but only a(…)

MORE THAN 800 RUSSIAN-SPEAKING ISRAELIS GATHERED AT KIBBUTZ GINOSAR FOR LIMMUD FSU KINNERET

MORE THAN 800 RUSSIAN-SPEAKING ISRAELIS GATHERED AT KIBBUTZ GINOSAR FOR LIMMUD FSU KINNERET

Limmud FSU Kinneret featured a wide range of leading figures from Israel and beyond, including acclaimed author Amos Oz; Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein; Founder of Limmud FSU Chaim Chesler; Vice President of the Immigration and Absorption of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Eli Cohen; MK Elazar Stern; food writer Gil Hovav; linguist Avshalom Kor; Rabbi Menachem Hacohen; military historian and philosopher Uri Millstein; political strategist Yoram Dori; and author and historian Muki Tzur.

November 2014

LOVE AND DARKNESS

LOVE AND DARKNESS

Daughter of novelist Amos Oz, unveils memorial plaque in Rivne, Ukraine at the childhood home of her grandmother, whose life plays prominently in Oz’s novel ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness.’

October 2014

September 2014

LIMMUD FSU BELARUS ART-FESTIVAL SALUTES JDC’s RALPH GOLDMAN 100-TH BIRTDAY

LIMMUD FSU BELARUS ART-FESTIVAL SALUTES JDC’s RALPH GOLDMAN  100-TH BIRTDAY

At the opening gala of Limmud FSU’s Festival in Vitebsk (Belarus), the organization saluted Ralph Goldman on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Those in attendance responded with enthusiastic applause and the singing of happy birthday in 3 languages – English, Hebrew and Russian. The gala, held this afternoon at the National Theatre of Vitebsk,(…)

BACK TO THE ROOTS

BACK TO THE ROOTS

Gil Hovav, a celebrity food writer and television personality, will tomorrow, September 11, lead a tour of Limmud FSU Belarus participants to Luzhky, Belarus. This was the hometown of his great-grandfather Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the reviver of Hebrew as a spoken language.

August 2014

FOUR QUESTIONS FOR LIMMUD FSU ORGANIZERS

FOUR QUESTIONS FOR LIMMUD FSU ORGANIZERS

So this retreat weekend, which has now become an annual tradition, is the first step towards a successful conference. We spent a lot of time brainstorming as a group, sharing ideas and outlining a plan of action for the next several months.

July 2014

June 2014

AN EMOTIONAL ENCOUNTER WITH ELIE WIESEL

AN EMOTIONAL ENCOUNTER WITH ELIE WIESEL

Elie never forgets his origins nor his desire to preserve the rich Jewish culture he knew as a child. As he sees it, the work of Limmud FSU among young Russian speakers is among the most meaningful contributions to that cause.

May 2014

April 2014

THE JEWISH-RUSSIA ORIGINS OF THE GLOBAL HI-TECH CODE

THE JEWISH-RUSSIA ORIGINS OF THE GLOBAL HI-TECH CODE

My cousin Lou – a traditional Orthodox Jewish retiree from Parsippany, New Jersey – stood with his mouth wide open. Less than a mile from his suburban home a couple hours after Shabbat ended on a recent Saturday night, nearly 800 young Russian-Americans assembled at the Sheraton hotel resort were wildly dancing and singing along to the rousing Yiddish/Russian-punk strains of New York klezmer band Golem.

REACHING RUSSIAN SPEAKERS WHERE THEY ARE

REACHING RUSSIAN SPEAKERS WHERE THEY ARE

Gennadiy Elikman came with his family to Chicago from Moldova, formerly a part of the Soviet Union, as a teenager in 1999. He was immediately enrolled at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, a Modern Orthodox day school, knowing “nothing, zero” about Judaism, he says. But he has a vivid memory of being given a Torah to hold. “I didn’t know what it was but my hands began to shake — it was a powerful feeling.”

MAKE WAY FOR RUSSIAN-JEWISH MILLENNIALS

MAKE WAY FOR RUSSIAN-JEWISH MILLENNIALS Sandra F. Cahn In cultivating the next generation of Jewish volunteers and philanthropists, most communal organizations are challenged to attract millennials as they come of age and strive to assume leadership roles in their communities. Nonprofit organizations are exploring ways to include young people in governance, to involve them in(…)

RISING ISRAELI LITERARY STAR REFLECTS ON THE MODERN WOMAN’S BURDENS

RISING ISRAELI LITERARY STAR REFLECTS ON THE MODERN WOMAN’S BURDENS

She is on a mission to tell women it’s okay if they cannot do everything for themselves and everyone else. Yet she is an outspoken feminist, a newspaper columnist and novelist, and the mother of three — including a special-needs daughter — and she is prepared to be further drawn into the whirlwind of high-level Israeli politics as she sticks by her husband and his reformist vision of that country’s future.

March 2014

LIMMUD FSU FORGES AHEAD

LIMMUD FSU FORGES AHEAD

Limmud FSU is a stealth force in the world of informal Jewish education for the young Russian-speaking Jewish community. Today, we experience their passion and burgeoning interest in their Jewish heritage, reflecting their drive and desire to understand what it is to be Jewish. Entering its eighth year, volunteerism and participation in Limmud FSU events has grown exponentially.

FROM VILNA STREET, VISHNEYEVA, TO PRESIDENTS’ STREET, JERUSALEM

It was the 2nd August, 1923. A day of rejoicing in the homes of the Persky and Meltzer families in Vishneyeva. A first boy – Szymon – had been born to Getzel (Yitzhak) Persky and his wife Sarah, née Meltzer. Sarah’s father, Zvi Meltzer, a graduate of the famed Volozhin Yeshiva thanked the Lord for his grandson whom he could raise in the light of “The Torah, Wedding Canopy and Good Deeds,” according to the Talmudic precept.

EDGAR BRONFMAN: A LIFE FULFILLED

EDGAR BRONFMAN: A LIFE FULFILLED

Edgar Bronfman: A Life Fulfilled. That was the running theme of last night’s memorial service in Jerusalem for the late Jewish leader, recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Honor and longest running president of the World Jewish Congress. More than 300 invited guests from around the globe gathered at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem(…)

MEMORIAL SERVICE COMMEMORATING THE LIFE OF EDGAR M. BRONFMAN, Z”L, WILL TAKE PLACEAT THE ISRAEL MUSEUM IN JERUSALEM

MEMORIAL SERVICE COMMEMORATING THE LIFE OF EDGAR M. BRONFMAN, Z”L, WILL TAKE PLACEAT THE ISRAEL MUSEUM IN JERUSALEM

A special memorial event commemorating the life of Edgar M. Bronfman, z”l, one of the greatest leaders of the Jewish people, former President of the World Jewish Congress, and a philanthropist, who passed away last December, will take place tomorrow, Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6pm at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

REGISTRATION FOR THE LIMMUD FSU MOSCOW 2014 CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN!

The Conference will take place on 24-27 April at the Klyazma Resort. This is part of the Federal State Establishment Novye Gorki Vacation Center, situated in the Mytischi area of Moscow. To register, please follow this link: http://www.limmud.ru/page/1/regist/ The link will enable you to choose dates, payment options and to reserve a room. We strongly(…)

February 2014

LIMMUD FSU MOLDOVA 2014

A meeting of the Organizing Committee of the Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union) Conference, Moldova, took place in the capital, Chişinău (Kishinev,) this week. This will be the second Limmud conference in Moldova and it will take place in May 2014. The first, held in 2012, was an overwhelming success, capturing the hearts of the(…)

Chaim Chesler calls for closer ties between world Jewry and the Jews of the former Soviet Union

Chaim Chesler calls for closer ties between world Jewry and the Jews of the former Soviet Union

The chairman of the executive and founder of Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union), Chaim Chesler, congratulated the new president-elect of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, the British-Austrian businessman, Julius Meinl, on his appointment. Chesler called for a deepening of the relationship between the Jewish citizens in the countries of the Diaspora in general and in particular(…)

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

Grapevine: Honoring two great leaders

Grapevine: Honoring two great leaders

President Peres, escorted by Limmud FSU founder Chaim Chesler and senior adviser Yoram Dori, displayed keen interest in the photographs. President Shimon Peres and Limmud FSU founder Chaim Chesler Photo: Nathan Roi. Veterinarian Yoni Peres, the youngest of the three offspring of President Shimon Peres and his late wife, Sonia, is not as well-known to(…)

October 2013

Newcomers Enjoy Limmud FSU in St. Petersburg

Newcomers Enjoy Limmud FSU in St. Petersburg

Larisa Popovskaya On October 23 Limmud FSU came to St. Petersburg for the third time. Some 400 people attended the conference during three wonderful days packed with educational opportunities and entertainment of all sorts; all in the usual Limmud spirit of pluralism and volunteering, together with like-minded people who had come to celebrate the phenomenon(…)

Hundreds of young Jews to gather in St. Petersburg, Russia for the Limmud FSU Conference

Hundreds of young Jews to gather in St. Petersburg, Russia for the Limmud FSU Conference

During the three-day conference, participants coming primarily from St Petersburg, but also from many other neighboring countries and cities (like Moscow, Kaliningrad, Saratov, Belarus, Ukraine), will attend some 80 seminars, lectures, presentations, master-classes, round-table discussions and creative workshops on a wide variety of topics.

Limmud FSU celebrates it’s 7th anniversary

Sharing the podium, the noted Canadian minister of parliament, Irwin Cotler, spoke with those gathered about his admiration and respect for Limmud FSU. Cotler, an outspoken advocate for social justice and human rights, said he was pleased to serve as the honorary chair for the 2014 Limmud FSU Canada Conference in Toronto, a first for the Russian-speaking Canadian Jewish community.

Limmud in Odessa Delights Participants for the Third Time

Limmud in Odessa Delights Participants for the Third Time

This Limmud event took place in Odessa for the third time. You may well ask “Why Odessa?” but the answer is clear. Odessa is one of the cradles of modern Israel with its contribution of so many ideas, future writers and statesmen to the future state. One of the classic homes of Eastern European Jewry, Odessa is the spirit of so many Jewish immigrants, so the question should actually be: where could be more suitable than Odessa?

June 2013

OUR PLANS FOR THE YEAR

Odessa is rich in Jewish history — all forms of Jewish worship, ritual and culture. The city, liberal and historically, is located on the Black Sea. Today, throughout the Ukraine, the revival of interest, especially in the younger generations, in Jewish learning is burgeoning.

RUSSIAN-AMERICAN JEWS TO GATHER FOR LIMMUD FSU SUMMIT TO TAKE PLACE IN PRINCETON, NJ, MARCH 15-17, 2013

Over 600 young Russian-American Jews from across the country will come together at Princeton Marriott Hotel, March 15-17, 2013 for the Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) Summit. Limmud FSU is a festival of Jewish learning featuring a packed program of lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, music and a wide-range of cultural events to be presented in(…)

REMEMBERING ED KOCH

Ed Koch, the late mayor of New York who died last week at the age of 88, was renowned for his individuality, his sharp tongue and above everything else, for his efforts on behalf of New York.

Begin’s 100th Birthday Events Kick Off Today in His Hometown of Brest, Belarus

Begin’s 100th Birthday Events Kick Off Today in His Hometown of Brest, Belarus

A ceremony took place today, June 4th, in Brest, Belarus, the hometown of Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, to officially launch a series of events around the world marking his 100th birthday. The commemoration, which was organized by Limmud FSU and the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, took place in front of the school he(…)

May 2013

April 2013

AMERICA’S SILENT JEWS

PRINCETON – Shortly before Passover, Jews from the former Soviet Union marked their own personal festival of freedom: Twenty-five years since the transition from slavery to freedom – the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain, which liberated more than two million Jews who until then had been living for decades in religious isolation.

March 2013

NEW SURVEY: MAJORITY OF RUSSIAN AMERICAN JEWS THINK NETANYAHU IS THE BEST PM FOR ISRAEL. 57% DON’T YET FEEL PART OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY

The survey was conducted by Limmud FSU especially for its conference held this past weekend in Princeton, NJ Princeton, NJ, March 18, 2013 – Limmud FSU, a festival of Jewish learning, has just released the results of a new survey on the views of Russian-speaking Jews living in North America. The 10-question survey was sent(…)

US Russian Jews don’t feel connected to community

US Russian Jews don’t feel connected to community

Fifty Seven percent of Russian Jews living in the United States do not feel that they are part of the American Jewish community. Russian-speaking Jew dances at Limmud confab Photo: Courtesy Limmud. Fifty-seven percent of Russian Jews living in the United States do not feel that they are part of the American Jewish community, according(…)

Hoenlein expects Obama to win over Israeli people

Hoenlein expects Obama to win over Israeli people

Executive chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations: “Obama eager to talk directly to people”. MALCOLM HOENLEIN Photo: Marc Israel Sellem PRINCETON, New Jersey – President Barack’s Obama intent on his visit to Israel this week is to establish a direct rapport with its people, the executive chairman of the Conference of(…)

January 2013

The Jewish Journey Called Limmud

The Jewish Journey Called Limmud

I was one of the four that started Limmud in 1980 in Britain. British Jewry in that time was neither a dynamic, educated nor exciting community. It was nearly impossible to find learning for adults and the community was deeply divided between the different denominations, between different age groups and even geographically.

December 2012

November 2012

EISENBUD’S ODYSSEY: FEAR, LOATHING (AND HOPE) IN UKRAINE

Despite flagrant anti-Semitism in Ukraine, exacerbated by a strong showing in the country’s recent election by a radical right-wing political party openly embracing Nazism, I recently attended a conference there defined by Jewish pride, renewal, and most importantly, hope. Photo: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich When I got off the plane that took me from Ben-Gurion International Airport to(…)

October 2012

IN RUSSIAN FOOTSTEPS

Limmud FSU has set itself a goal of intensifying the intellectual dialogue between Russian- speaking Jews throughout the world. With this aim in mind, a tour took place recently “In the Footsteps of the Russians” – those people of Russian origin who settled in the vicinity of Jerusalem’s Russian Compound and Haneviim Street (“Street of the Prophets”), from the second half of the 19th century and into the early 20th century.

NATHAN ROI ISRAEL AT LIMMUD

Israel is always present at Limmud FSU events. In accordance with Limmud’s policy, local organizing committees select all the topics of lectures at every conference or festival. That is what makes the project so successful. Among the lecturers at the recent Limmud FSU Festival in St. Petersburg was Gideon Meir, Deputy Director-General of the Israeli(…)

ASHER WEILL LETTER TO JERUSALEM POST

The article by Moria Dash (“Ups and Downs at Limmud FSU St. Petersburg”- Jerusalem Post, 5 October) shows a complete misunderstanding of the purpose of Limmud worldwide, and of Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union) in particular. Limmud was established in the UK nearly 35 years ago as a grassroots attempt to give Jews a closer(…)

NATHAN ROI LIMMUD FSU: IN SEARCH OF GOD

God is not a regular guest at Limmud FSU events for Russian-speakers. Since its foundation six years ago he steps in, from time to time, when the audience listens to lectures connected to theology and metaphysics. Chaim Chesler, the founder of Limmud FSU, himself the scion of an Orthodox Jewish family, says that most Jews(…)

JEWISH REVIVAL IN ST. PETERSBURG

Natan Roee If you stand at the entrance to the Manuscripts Department of the National Library in St. Petersburg, you probably do not know that it contains the biggest collection of medieval Oriental Hebrew manuscripts in the world. One of the oldest books written in the Hebrew language is housed there: the “Leningrad Codex” or(…)

LIMMUD IN ST.PETERSBURG, RUSSIA. SECOND. TO BE CONTINUED

Regina Pritula   On the 28th-30th of September about 300 people of various age and background interested either in Jewish knowledge or in Jewish hanging out, or both, went to “Raivola” – nice resort 70 kilometers away from St.Petersburg. The wide range of topics from deeply Talmudic discussion of dealing with property to the staff(…)

LIMMUD IN ST. PETERSBURG: THE PASSION TO LEARN

Yoram Dori   When I arrived to speak at the Limmud FSU conference in St. Petersburg, I thought there was nothing new I could learn about the Jews of the Former Soviet Union today. But as usual, I was mistaken and the St. Petersburg event shed light for me on a new aspect of the(…)

September 2012

LIMMUD FSU: A UNIQUE PHENOMENON

Limmud FSU, a branch of the the volunteer-driven worldwide Jewish learning experience aimed at revitalizing Jewish communities and culture in the countries of the former Soviet Union, is a unique phenomenon. Indeed, its seminars and activities sometimes has a greater impact on us lecturers and volunteers than they do on the young Jewish adult participants.

August 2012

July 2012

“LIMMUD OLYMPICS” GETS UNDER WAY IN NAZARETH ILLIT

Former European pole vault champion, Alex Averbuch, chairperson of Limmud FSU Nazareth Illit, presented a recent planning meeting of volunteers with the program for the forthcoming Limmud Olympics Festival which will be taking place in this small Lower Galilee development town (pop.42,000) this coming August, 30-31. Hundreds of young people are expected to participate in(…)

June 2012

TRANSNISTRIA

On the eve of the Second World War, Ion Antonescu, the Nazi dictator and leader of Romania, declared that the land on the east side of the Dniester river would be known at Transnistria.

“NEXT YEAR IN KISHINEV, BABY”

Zvika Klein, Makor Rishon, Kishinev A Limmud FSU festival celebrating Jewish identity came this week to Kishinev. They came; they participated, they were hooked. Jews from the once glorious but now pitifully thin Moldovan community; enthusiastic Limmud groupies from other parts of the former Soviet Union, and from Israel; the philanthropist Matthew Bronfman whose family(…)

May 2012

NATHAN ROI – LIMMUD FSU PRINCETON: PRICELESS

by Nathan Roi Princeton University is considered one of the leading universities not only in the United States but throughout the world. And, for the more than 600 young Russian-speakers who descended there this past Friday to participate in the Limmud FSU conference, it was a priceless opportunity to visit the campus where so many(…)

STUDY FESTIVAL ENERGIZES JEWS WITH ROOTS IN FSU

For many of the 650 people from across the United States and Canada who came to Princeton the weekend of May 11-13, the Limmud FSU conference was an opportunity to explore their Jewish roots, strengthen their Jewish identities, and just have a good time with other Jews from the former Soviet Union.

THE SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT!

Chaim Chesler Professor Albert Einstein is the focal point of this Limmud FSU for Russsian speakers  that is taking place at Princeton University, New Jersey, the place that gave the great scientist (and many others like him) a home and a refuge after he decided not to return to Germany from a visit to the United(…)

NATAN ROEE-SOME THOUGHTS FROM LIMMUD FSU IN MOSCOW

An all-female musical ensemble calling themselves “Maidelach” (girls in Yiddish,) sung at the opening of Limmud FSU for Russian speakers which took place recently in Moscow. Dressed in a range of eclectic gear typical of young Russians today, they sung in Russian, Hebrew, English and Italian. This sense of informality is typical of Limmud FSU(…)

April 2012

1000 GATHER IN MOSCOW FOR LIMMUD FSU

Moscow’s seventh Limmud FSU conference for Russian-speaking Jews opens today at the Klyazma retreat center near Moscow. One of the central themes will focus on Russia as a society undergoing change, both in general and in particular for its Jewish citizens. Limmud FSU conferences are considered to be the most prestigious of Jewish cultural events in the former Soviet Union and one thousand participants have registered to attend, both the largest ever Limmud FSU event in Moscow and, the flagship event on the Limmud FSU calendar.

March 2012

LIMMUD FSU IN PRINCETON!

The upcoming Limmud FSU conference in North America will be held in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs of Israel, Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Princeton University, and will take place between May 11-13, 2012 in Princeton, New Jersey.

February 2012

LIMMUD FSU ISRAEL HONORARY CHAIRMAN APPOINTED IDF RADIO COMMANDER

Yaron Deckel, political reporter for “Kol Yisrael” and Limmud FSU Israel Honorary Chairman, winner of the IDF Radio Commanders Award as well as the Sokolov Award for journalism was appointed by the Defense Minister as the new commander of the IDF radio station. http://www.israeldefense.com/?CategoryID=486&ArticleID=896 We wish Yaron the very best of luck and a lot(…)

NATHAN ROI- LIMMUD FSU GLOBAL SUMMIT

More than 40 Russian-speaking leaders of Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union) from Russia, Ukraine, USA, Belarus, Moldova, and Israel participated in a four-day conference which took place in Jerusalem from 14-18 December, 2011. The international Limmud movement, founded in Great Britain 32 years ago, has become one of the most successful and important educational enterprises(…)

LIMMUD FSU NEW YEAR 2011 LETTER

  Dear Friends, Many of you saw that Limmud FSU won the “Top Jewish World Story” in December 2011 in the Jerusalem Post. Though we are SO proud of this achievement and that the Newspaper gave us the opportunity to compete and get the most votes in terms of popularity, we are EVEN more excited(…)

January 2012

December 2011

GLOBAL SUMMIT OF LIMMUD FSU LEADERS IN JERUSALEM

More than 40 Russian-speaking leaders of Limmud FSU coming from Russia, Ukraine, USA, Belarus, Moldova, and Israel participated in a four-day conference which finished a few days ago. The international Limmud movement, founded in Great Britain 32 years ago, has become one of the most successful and important educational enterprises in the Jewish world. Pluralistic,(…)

GREG SCHNIEDER REPORTS ON LIMMUD ODESSA

Eva Lopatinskaya is a 93-year-old widow living alone in a two-room apartment in Odessa. Bed-ridden and suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, and poor vision, Eva is surviving only with the help of Odessa’s Hesed Shaarey Tzion, funded by the Claims Conference. I met Eva recently along with board members Baruch Shub and Rabbi(…)

November 2011

MY LIMMUD ODESSA

My participation in the recent Limmud FSU Conference for Russian speakers that took place in Odessa this last November, allows me to bear first-hand witness, in the dual role of participant and avid listener, to this event which has already gained a wide reputation, and rightly so in my opinion. I participated as a Vice(…)

VER IS DI MEZUZAH?

by Yoram Dori Ver is di mezuzah? (“Where is the mezuzah?”) was the question at the heart of our tour of various Jewish sites in Ukraine, preceding the recent Limmud FSU festival in Odessa. After landing in Kiev, our first destination was Berdichev or in the language of Shalom Aleichem, Yehupetz, and we also found(…)

LIMMUD FSU ODESSA

Yoram Dori Every time I participate in a Limmud event for young Russian-speaking adults, it is a new experience. Although Limmud FSU in Odessa, which took place this November, was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Israel, it did not mean that the entire festival was built(…)

LIMMUD EXPANDS DRAMATICALLY IN FORMER SOVIET STATES

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/11/07/3090169/limmud-expands-dramatically-in-former-soviet-states By Alex Weisler · November 7, 2011 ODESSA, Ukraine (JTA) — Six years ago, Chaim Chesler’s plan to bring the Limmud educational model to the former Soviet Union was met with a chorus of naysayers. “Everyone said I was nuts, they’re not ready for it,” Chesler recalls. Today, Chesler, the founder of Limmud FSU(…)

DESPITE LANGUAGE BARRIER, ODESSA LIMMUD EVENT HAS PALPABLE ENERGY

http://blogs.jta.org/transatlantic/article/2011/10/31/3090035/despite-language-barrier-odessa-limmud-event-has-palpable-energy By Alex Weisler · October 31, 2011     Moscow cantor Dmitry Karpenko discusses the American Jewish musical tradition at Limmud FSU, held in Odessa, Ukraine. (Alex Weisler) I only speak English and bad high-school Italian, so covering a conference held almost entirely in Russian isn’t the easiest for me.   Luckily, Limmud doesn’t make it too(…)

October 2011

ABOUT LIMMUD FSU

Dear Chaim, It was again my great pleasure to take part in another Limmud FSU Festival – this time in St Petersburg last month. It was yet another opportunity to share in the ambiance of positive energy, meet the charismatic and excited participants, and to attend fascinating lectures, all in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.(…)

September 2011

ARAB SPRING, ISRAELI SUMMER

Matthew Bronfman first arrived in Israel under his own steam decades ago without his father, Edgar, and not knowing a soul. Today he is a co-owner of the Israel Discount Bank, a partner in the Supersol food retail group, and local licensee of the Swedish giant, Ikea, among other business interests.

A CULTURAL TREAT FOR THE JEWS OF ST. PETERSBURG

SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 BY EJP LIMMUD FSU ST. PETERSBURG CONCLUDES AFTER AN INTENSIVE THREE DAYS OF JEWISH CULTURE, STUDY AND EXCITEMENT BY NATHAN ROI Misha Libkin, who works in high-tech in Russia, is a regular participant in Limmud FSU events since the first one six years ago. He listens to as many of the lectures(…)

HESSED IN ACTION

September 19, 2011 by eJP by Nathan Roi Galina Mikhailovna had not realized that in her little room on the outskirts of St. Petersburg she would be hosting Sofa Landver, the Israeli Minister of Immigrant Absorption, Ben Helfgott, a Holocaust survivor and Vice President of the Conference for Material Claims against Germany, Steven Schwager, Chief(…)

70 YEARS SINCE THE SIEGE OF LENINGRAD

by Nathan Roi Limmud FSU, the educational movement for young Russian-speaking Jews, marks the 70th anniversary of the Siege at a moving ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial in Pushkin, near St. Petersburg. The Siege of Leningrad was a prolonged military operation resulting from the failure of the German army to capture the city (now known(…)

ATTENDING LIMMUD FSU

September 13, 2011 Steve Schwager I like knowing that people are paying close attention to what I write in my column. Some of you have recently emailed me, noting that in the last year I have rarely written while sitting in one of my favorite locations—cruising in an airplane at an altitude of 35,000 feet.(…)

RUSSIAN LIMMUD GATHERING MARKS SIEGE OF LENINGRAD

(JTA) — Participants in the first St. Petersburg Limmud gathered to remember the 70th anniversary of the Siege of Leningrad. The commemoration in Pushkin, Russia, a city on the outskirts of St. Petersburg, featured a group of conference participants, dignitaries and survivors speaking on the implications of the battle today. The 872-day offensive by the(…)

CLOSING ANOTHER CIRCLE

by Yoram Dori This week I participated in a Limmud FSU conference in St. Petersburg, the very special Jewish itinerant festival for Russian-speaking Jews – most of them young – that I had previously attended in Moscow, Truskovets and Odessa in Ukraine, and in Jerusalem, Beersheba and even New York – where there are thousands of(…)

THE NEW JEWS

Ben-Dror Yemini There is no end to those naysayers who argue with the concept that the Jewish people is indeed a people. For them that concept is an invention. Of course they would not dare to suggest that the Palestinian people is an invention. But they evidently belong to “the forces of progress” so they(…)

LIMMUD BRINGS YOUNG FSU JEWS CLOSER TO ISRAEL

By GIL SHEFLER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT 09/11/2011 Global network has managed to bring many thousands of young participants around the world to its conferences touching on Jewish themes and issues. ST. PETERSBURG – The combination of the words “Jewish” and “education” is likely to send more than one young Jew running for the hills. But over(…)

August 2011

LIMMUD FSU IN NY – FOR THE THIRD TIME!

A team of 35 Limmud FSU volunteers – veterans and newcomers among them – recently spent an intensive three-day retreat at the Stamford Hilton Hotel, led by Yigal Kotler, chair of Limmud FSU NY, Karina Polonskaya, the project manager, together with Roman Kogan, the chief operating officer of Limmud FSU. Bearing in mind the experiences(…)

July 2011

June 2011

LIMMUD FSU TO HOLD CONFAB IN VINNITSA

Limmud FSU will hold its next confab in the Ukrainian city of Vinnitsa this weekend, a site chosen for its rich Jewish history and symbolism. The Jewish educational outfit said at least 300 participants are expected to take part in the event including MKs Yossi Peled and Alex Miller.

THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF LIMMUD FSU BE’ER SHEVA

http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/the-sights-and-sounds-of-limmud-fsu-beer-sheva/ At any Limmud FSU event, be it in Israel, Russia, Ukraine or the U.S., one thing you can be certain of is a potpourri of sessions focused around Jewish culture, Jewish education and Jewish knowledge. You can also count on a memorable opening evening program. Last week’s Limmud FSU in Be’er Sheva didn’t disappoint(…)

May 2011

FIRST MAN TO WALK IN SPACE MEETS PERES

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=222168 By GREER FAY CASHMAN The president receives Russian cosmonauts MikhailKorniyenko, Alexei Leonov, Jewish-American astronaut Garret Reisman at Beit Hanassi. President Shimon Peres on Wednesday met with Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who in 1965 was the first man to walk in space. Accompanying Leonov was Mikhail Korniyenko, another Russian cosmonaut who has lived and worked(…)

ASTRONAUTS TO VISIT NEGEV FOR JEWISH EDUCATION EVENT

By GIL SHEFLER 05/17/2011 12:01 A group of astronauts will take part in a Jewish educational gathering set to take place in Be’er Sheva next week. Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, the first man to conduct a spacewalk; cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko and Jewish-American astronaut Garrett Reisman will speak at the eventorganized by Limmud FSU whicj is expected(…)

April 2011

December 2010

AJC HEAD ON THE JEWISH LOBBY’S SUCCESS

AJC Head on the Jewish Lobby’s Success Not afraid to be service-y, a Chinese newspaper wants to know: what can its country learn from the amazing success the American Jewish community had had lobbying the U.S. government on its issues? Jack Rosen, the head of the American Jewish Congress, reveals the trick of the trade:(…)

ONE TRIP, ONE LASTING IMPRESSION ON IDENTITY

“But I have tickets to Paul McCartney’s concert,” I responded to a friend imploring me to attend Limmud FSU, which recently drew hundreds of Russian Jews to the Hamptons. Then, when he told me that the elite of the Russian Jewish community would be there, curiosity took over. Paul McCartney would have to wait. So(…)

November 2010

ADULT ED THAWS MOSCOW’S DEEP FREEZE

The catch phrase on the colorful posters hanging in Jewish institutions across Moscow – “The entire Jewish world in 12 hours!” – was only a slight exaggeration. The organizers of Limmud FSU, an educational daylong marathon, clearly attempted to draw from a variety of Jewish life: “From a rabbi to a rock star,” another slogan(…)

JEWISH RENAISSANCE IN ODESSA

Written and photographed by Natan Roi There are cities that just being in them gives the visitor a title of nobility. And that is certainly the case if one was born in them. Never mind their mountain air on their coasts, and in particular the jokes attributed to them, the anecdotal stories about them, and(…)

THE GA: WHEN THE JEWS CAME MARCHING IN

NEW ORLEANS – “There are Jews in New Orleans?” I was often asked when I told people I was going to the Big Easy for the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. The question came not only from Israelis but from friends and family in the US, who are a little bit more familiar(…)

LIMMUD FSU: CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS

On Sunday 7 November in New Orleans, Limmud FSU celebrated five years of intensive educational activity among young Russian-speaking Jews in countries of the Former Soviet Union, the United States and Israel. The event was celebrated by a festive reception and celebration for delegates to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America(…)

WHERE (ALMOST) NO JEW HAS GONE BEFORE

NEW ORLEANS – Garrett Reisman is a Jewish pioneer. No, he doesn’t grow cucumbers on a kibbutz in the Negev. His frontier is space and his mission is to boldly go where no Jew has gone before, or at least very few. “I’m the first Jew to have been on the International Space Station,” Reisman,(…)

CELEBRATE AT THE GA WITH LIMMUD FSU

Will you be at the GA tonight? Come meet American astronaut Dr. Garrett Reisman while enjoying the music of the New Orleans Limmud FSU Jazz Ensemble – all at a celebration in honor or 5 years of Limmud FSU. http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/celebrate-at-the-ga-with-limmud-fsu/

SWIMMING AGAINST THE CURRENT

It is said that only dead fish flow with the current. On the other hand, living fish can swim against the current and in so doing can overcome obstacles, break through barriers, discover new frontiers. This is the way I feel about a project that has been created thanks to the work of hundreds of(…)

REFLECTIONS ON LIMMUD FSU ODESSA

Having been to a great many Limmud events in the UK, Israel and Argentina, I was delighted to attend Limmud Odessa earlier this month both for the event itself and also to be in this city rich with Jewish history and culture. I was not disappointed by either. In fact I can honestly say that(…)

October 2010

ODESSA AND TEL AVIV. TWO CITIES; ONE HEART

This week the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel is meeting in order to discuss and ratify the vision of the new chairman, Natan Sharansky, who has issued a call for the strengthening of the connection of the Jews of the Diaspora with Judaism and Zionism. Sharansky’s vision meshes perfectly with that(…)

MORE THAN 500 PARTICIPANTS IN LIMMUD ODESSA

An intensive three-day Limmud FSU recently concluded in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa. Over 500 young Russian-speaking adults from all over Ukraine and some from Russia, Moldova and Belarus, together with 50 presenters from Ukraine, Russia, Israel and the US, conducted workshops, seminars, discussions, round table panels and literary and cultural offerings on(…)

BACK TO BIROBIDJAN

By REBECCA BASKIN BIROBIDJAN, Russia source: jpost.com A sign in Yiddish at the entrance to the Russian city of Birobidjan, a main street named after Sholem Aleichem, a statue of the Fiddler on the Roof in front of the opera hall, a market called Shalom and kosher vodka called “Jewish Happiness” are all signs of(…)

LIMMUD FSU CAPS OFF 2010 IN ODESSA

In just a few short hours, Limmud FSU opens its first ever event in Odessa, in southern Ukraine. For this vibrant organization, with a core goal of building Russian-Jewish identity, this is their second event of 2010 in Ukraine, and the concluding event in what has been a busy, and highly successful, year. Located on(…)

LIMMUD ODESSA OPENS ITS DOORS

More than 550 young Russian-speaking Jews from throughout Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Belarus and elsewhere, will be descending on the Black Sea port city of Odessa, Ukraine, on Monday 11 October for a three-day experience of Jewish learning, culture, social interaction, Jewish identity and peoplehood.   Odessa is famous in the Jewish world as the home(…)

August 2010

LIMMUD FSU HAMPTONS, NEW YORK

One hundred lecturers and guests participated in the Limmud FSU convention on August 15th at the Hamptons in New York, offering and attending 60 lectures and events over the course of an entire day. The event was attended by Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz – Minister of Science and Technology; Israel’s Deputy Consul General Shlomi Kofman; Jewish-American(…)

THE LIMMUD PHENOMENON

There is a great deal of talk about Jewish Peoplehood these days, some of it abstract, some of it philosophical. But one of the most practical and hopeful examples of Jewish Peoplehood in action today is Limmud, a loose network of grassroots, non-denominational, multi-generational and volunteer-driven, informal Jewish learning experiences that has become one of(…)

800 YOUNG RUSSIAN-SPEAKING JEWISH AMERICANS CONVENE FOR LIMMUD FSU NEW YORK

A Record Number of Attendees Explore and Connect to Jewish Identity Figures from Philanthropy, Education, Science, Jewish Organizations and Government Join Attendees in Second Limmud FSU in New York Westhampton Beach, NY – Aug. 15, 2010 – Roman Sidler, a young Ukrainian native living in Brighton Beach, came to the East End of Long Island(…)

LIMMUD FSU: FACILITATING IDENTITY AROUND THE RUSSIAN-JEWISH WORLD

They came from twenty-three towns and cities around Israel and from five additional countries. 98 volunteers worked tirelessly for months; 250 presenters led 200 sessions, including 15 round-table discussions. There was clearly glitz and glitter; and there was serious discussion. There was learning around the theme of Jewish Noble Prize laureates. And there was ceremony(…)

A MODEL FOR INFORMAL JEWISH EDUCATION

From Russia’s Far East to Los Angeles; from the UK to Australia; Limmud has exploded across the global Jewish landscape. Now 30 years old, this hugely successful initiative in informal Jewish education shows no signs of age. This summer alone brings events around the world, including Limmud Fest in the UK, Limmud in Cape Town,(…)

July 2010

LIMMUD FSU JERUSALEM WINDS DOWN

Limmud FSU Jerusalem Winds Down Asher Weill Three frenetic days of activity have finally finished at Kiryat Moriah in Jerusalem, as Limmud FSU Jerusalem 2010 came to an end. The opening ceremony, was held in the presence of President Shimon Peres, and many of the highlights of the festival were broadcast live on three media(…)

LIMMUD FSU JERSUALEM OPENS TO HUGE ACCLAIM

If there were any nay-sayers remaining about the vitality, and viability, of Limmud FSU, they would have been dispelled last night. For here in Jerusalem, at the opening program for Limmud Nobel, it was more who wasn’t here. Featuring an on-stage conversation with Israel’s popular President, and Nobel Prize winner, Shimon Peres, there was clear(…)

THE POWER OF LIMMUD

In the third century CE, there was a Limmud gathering in Tiberias which, at its close, led to the codification of the Mishna, under the imprimatur of R. Yehuda Hanassi. In the fifth century the Babylon Talmud was compiled in more than 2711 pages in 20 volumes, printed many years later in Vilna.

RUSSIAN SPEAKERS TO TAKE IN JERUSALEM LIMMUD JULY 19, 2010

RUSSIAN SPEAKERS TO TAKE IN JERUSALEM LIMMUD JULY 19, 2010

The three-day program in Jerusalem, set to begin Wednesday, will feature events, workshops, panels, interviews, lectures, cultural presentations, seminars and round-table discussions on an array of topics presented in Russian or Hebrew with Russian translation. Prominent Israeli academics, journalists, public figures and politicians will serve as presenters.

June 2010

May 2010

MOSCOW NIGHTS AND DAYS

By Asher Weill If anyone was in doubt that there is a resurgence of Jewish life in the Former Soviet Union, they would certainly have thought otherwise had they spent a few hours in the occasionally exhausting but often exhilarating atmosphere of the Limmud FSU Conference in Moscow that came to a triumphant conclusion recently.(…)

April 2010

March 2010

REMOTE UKRAINE VILLAGE HONORS MEMORY OF YITZCHAK RABIN

A tiny village in a remote section of western Ukraine was the setting this week for a ceremony to honor the memories of Israel’s late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and his father, who was born in the hamlet. Rabin’s father’s original family name was Rabichov. The family was headed by Menachem, father of Nehemia (Yitzchak’s(…)

February 2010

BUCZACZ, WESTERN UKRAINE

Yesterday morning in the bleak, snow-covered small town of Buczacz, in the Western Ukraine, in front of a large audience of townspeople, Yael Blau, the granddaughter of the Nobel Laureate for Literature, Shai Agnon (born Shmuel Czachkes), laid a wreath in honor of her grandfather at the memorial plaque attached to the house where the(…)

October 2009

LIMMUD FSU 2008 CONFERENCE YALTA: DAILY DIARY – DAY TWO

Starting the day with a jog on the edge of the Black Sea, it was on to serious sessions, i.e., discussions about Modern Zionism, the Medical Aspects of Jewish Philosophy and Psychology, or Torah – many choices for Limmudniks. Young Jews across the FSU want to know about their Jewish identity, and attending this Conference in Yalta represents a way back to their Jewish roots.

LIMMUD FSU YALTA FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

Download Limmud FSU Yalta Festival Programme TABLE OF CONTENTS – LIMMUD FSU IN YALTA Letters of Welcome Matthew Bronfman, Chairman Limmud FSU International Steering Committee Vadim Rabinovich Honorary Chair, Limmud FSU 2008 Yalta Osik Akselrud Chairman, Organizing Committee Limmud FSU 2008 Yalta Chaim Chesler, Founder, Limmud FSU Sandra F. Cahn, Co-founder and Michael Chlenov, Co-founder(…)

LIMMUD FSU 2008 MEGA – CONFERENCE IN YALTA THE STARS AND HIGHLIGHTS

LIMMUD FSU 2008 MEGA – CONFERENCE IN YALTA THE STARS AND HIGHLIGHTS Major Philanthropists Talk – Why do they give? – A Panel Discussion Matthew Bronfman, Chair, Limmud FSU Vadim Rabinovich, President, All – Ukraine Jewish Congress & Honorary Chair, Limmud FSU in Yalta Alexander Maschevitz, President, Eurasian Jewish Congress Mark Chais, Honorary Chair, Limmud(…)

September 2009

AT LIMMUD IN SIBERIA, SOME UNIQUE CHALLENGES

By Grant Slater source: JTA BIROBIDZHAN, Russia (JTA) — As the maroon bus trundled its way past the collective farms where Yiddish-speaking communists once struggled to tame the muddy earth, a commotion arose from a row of seats in the rear. “Moooo-shiach!” shouted four teens in the back of the bus. Their cheers for the(…)

August 2009

July 2009

WHY AM I HERE?

It is the best Jewish event because it allows people to choose to do whatever they want. I can chill out here, I can meet new people, and I can meet fascinating professionals and experts from every field.

June 2009

May 2009

April 2009

March 2009

February 2009

STRONG REFORM PRESENCE NOTED AT LIMMUD IN UKRAINE

In a sign of the growing strength of Reform Judaism within the former Soviet Union, several regional rabbis and leaders of the movement led Shacharit services, gave lectures and participated in the round tables that took place at the attendance record-setting Limmud conference in Yalta last month.

November 2008

October 2008

September 2008

MASSIVE LIMMUD EVENT PLANNED FOR RUSSIAN-SPEAKERS IN ISRAEL

09.09.2008 By Raphael Ahren A massive two-day Limmud conference for Russian-born Israelis will take place for the first time later this month in Ashkelon, Haaretz has learned. About 1,200 Russian-speakers from all over the country are expected to attend the event, which will take place on September 25 and 26. “We will discuss everything from(…)

August 2008

June 2008

MINI-LIMMUD FSU IN ASHKELON, ISRAEL, JUNE 13-14, 2008 – AN OUTSTANDING GATHERING!

Preparations for the Limmud FSU Conference in Ashkelon, September 24-25 are under way, which is expected to attract 1,200 Russian-speaking Israelis. But, first, a serious mini-Limmud FSU was held in Ashleklon, June 13-14, 2008 to discuss important societal concerns, programming, outreach and recruitment, and frame the important pilot initiative of Russian-speaking Jewish Israelis to be held in September.

May 2008

GLOBAL LIMMUD FSU LEADERSHIP DELEGATION IN THE UNITED STATES

Following sessions in Washington, D.C., Limmud FSU leadership met with senior Jewish leadership in New York for in-depth briefings about American Jewish life and its relevance to their concerns in developing local Jewish community organizations. Broadening their horizons, these young Russian-speaking activists and volunteers talked with major Jewish leaders and to understand critical Jewish issues from a global perspective so important as they develop their own local communities of meaning and purpose.

April 2008

WELCOME TO THE NEW LIMMUD FSU WEB SITE!

Friends, Welcome to the new Limmud FSU web site in English. Russian and Hebrew versions are under construction and will be available to you shortly. This site represents the global Limmud FSU activities and events of Russian-speaking Jewish activists and volunteers who are striving to strengthen local Russian-speaking Jewish communities through informal Jewish learning. Briefly,(…)

DO-IT-YOURSELF JEWISH LEARNING

The Israeli and American Jewish establishments have passed the Limmud torch to a new generation of Russian Jews. At the second annual conference of Limmud-Moscow, held last week at a utilitarian hotel in a wooded setting outside the Russian capital, many of the nearly 300 participants in the event, mostly young urban Jewish professionals between the ages of 23 and 40, spoke glowingly of this international movement of informal Jewish education that began in England 26 years ago.

October 2007

LIVE FROM LIMMUD

“If you ask me what I personally believe,” says the leader of one of the major Jewish organizations at Limmud, “of course I think that what happened ninety years ago in Armenia was a genocide, but I’m never going to say that on record.”

January 2007

JEWISH STUDY FLOURISHES IN MOSCOW

Some 30 local FSU Jewish organizations and community leaders worked with Chesler and co-founder, Sandra Cahn, a New York philanthropist, to create a unique Jewish learning experience, adapting the Limmud International paradigm — a dynamic, pluralistic model of Jewish education — to meet the needs of the Russian Jewish community. Limmud (Hebrew for “learning”) began 26 years ago in London and has spread around the world.

June 2006