Russian speaking Jews – because of our experiences – we are the strongest supporters of the State of Israel in any country where we live.” These were the words Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said at the Limmud FSU dinner that received massive applause from the 800 Jews gathered in the ballroom of the Oakland(…)
The founder of Limmud FSU, the ground-breaking body aimed at re-establishing Russian Jewish identity, has complained directly to an Israeli government minister about lack of funding for the 11-year-old organisation. Chaim Chesler, who founded Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) with New York-based Sandra Cahn in 2006, told Israel’s Science and Technology Minister that he had(…)
One of the most prominent participants in the Limmud FSU conference in Eilat was a large and overwhelming presence called Aaron Frenkel. The Limmud FSU president, who was recently appointed to serve as chairman of the governing board of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, is convinced it is a phenomenal success, not just because of the number of participants in(…)
The port city of Odessa on the Black Sea was one of the main cities in which the Jews lived and flourished in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was the spiritual, literary and Zionist inspiration for generations of Jewish writers and thinkers, including Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Chaim Nachman Bialik, Ahad Ha’am and many There was an(…)
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) spoke on Wednesday morning at the Limmud FSU conference about the possibility that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu may be indicted. The event, held in Eilat, is the organization’s tenth in Israel. Netanyahu is currently being investigated on suspicion that he received cigars and champagne from wealthy supporters, including Israeli businessman and(…)
Some 950 people are expected to gather over this weekend for Limmud FSU Ukraine, the biggest event geared towards the Jewish community in the country. The event will take place in Odessa, one of the most important cities of Jewish and Zionist movement’s history in the former Soviet Union. Today there are about 400,000 Jews(…)
They came from as far away as Toronto. Just under 1000 strong, across multiple generations, they gathered in Odessa – “The Pearl of the Black Sea” this past Shabbat for Limmud FSU’s 11th Ukrainian festival of culture, creativity and learning. Many sessions focused on history but also the richness and diversity of Ukrainian Jewish life; others on(…)
SIGHETU MARMATIEI, Romania — Hundreds of people have marched in memory of the late Elie Wiesel in a northern Romanian town where thousands of Jews were deported to Nazi death camps. Romanians, Jews and some mainly young Hungarians who had traveled from neighboring Hungary took part in the Sunday evening procession in Sighetu Marmatiei, the(…)
SIGHET, Romania (JTA) — More than 70 years after fascists took Elie Wiesel to the train station of this sleepy city in Romania, hundreds of its residents retraced his steps in a march to protest against anti-Semitism. The march Sunday night, organized by local authorities and the Limmud FSU Jewish learning group and co-sponsored by(…)
‘The State of Israel is the answer to anti-Semitism’ Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel (Likud) spoke with Arutz Sheva about her participation in a parade in memory of the late Elie Wiesel in his Romanian hometown on the first anniversary of his death. “I came to Romania to take part in the torch relay in memory of(…)
BYTAMARA ZIEVE SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 10:55 “This was the will of Eli Wiesel and we had to see it through,” FSU Limmud Founder said about the Holocaust honor march. IGHET – Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel did not live to see his countrymen march in honor of the memory of the 14,000 Jews deported(…)
Senior Israeli, Romanian officials among those set to march from Wiesel’s former home in Sighet to train station where city’s Jewish population was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 • Local government confirms Sighet train station to be named after Wiesel. Dan Lavie Hundreds of Jews from Romania and Hungary, Jewish community leaders from around the(…)
SIGHET, Romania – In several hours, the street in front of Elie Wiesel’s childhood home would be filled by roughly 1,000 locals holding memorial candles and dressed in brightly colored peasant clothes. But for the moment, other than the occasional crowing of a rooster, the road was quiet. Sighet isn’t a particularly small city –(…)
More than 300 young Russian-speaking Jews have taken part in a one-day annual Limmud FSU event in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. It was the fourth such gathering in Moldova and the event has become one of the most eagerly anticipated for the country’s young people, many of whom are heavily involved in the renaissance(…)
They immigrated to Israel from the Soviet Union as part of the great immigration wave of the 1990s, full of hopes and dreams, but never completed the process of immigration and assimilation in Israel. The complex reality of Israeli life, the security situation, the complex language, the high cost of living and the immediate labeling(…)
At Limmud FSU conference in New York, youth connect to Jewish roots through cultural touchstones.
Limmud FSU Israel 2016 in Eilat begins tonight, and this year you will see LIVE the most interesting events of this year’s festival!
Limmud FSU Canada Annual Report 2016 – many reasons to feel really proud of their progress!
Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Limmud FSU held a special event yesterday in memory of Nobel Prize laureate and renowned Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in the Mendel Center.
Bundled in their warmest winter wear at a snow-covered, pine tree-lined hamlet some 60 km. outside St. Petersburg, Russia’s culture capital, hundreds of young Jewish professionals gathered at a hotel here to attend the region’s latest November Limmud FSU conference.
A special event was held yesterday (Thursday) in memory of Nobel Prize laureate and renowned Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. It took place at the Jewish Heritage Center at Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with Limmud FSU and Yad Vashem Museum
“Free and thriving Jewish community in Russia is a wonderful example of basic human rights that benefits the entire society”
At a lecture attended by more than half of the 650 people who attended the conference in Russia’s cultural capital, Keret said his selective publishing strategy began at the request of his son Lev when he was 7.
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
More than four decades have passed since the first waves of Russian-speaking Jews began arriving in some of Canada’s major citie
A meeting with Mayor of Lviv Andriy Sadoviy and Limmud FSU founder Chaim Chesler, Limmud FSU Director Roman Kogan, Director of Limmud FSU Ukraine Osik Akselrod, Head of Begin center Herzl Makov, Former MK Abu Vilan, and Head of the Settlement Division Gael Grinwald
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.
Matthew Bronfman, chairman of Limmud FSU International Steering Committee came this week to Israel in the framework of the advanced preparations for Limmud FSU Israel 2016 that will take place December 15-17 in Eilat
A predominantly Muslim city, its residents are proud of their ability to coexist with their fellow Jews and Christians
Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection Zeev Elkin told Limmud FSU Australia that the organization is playing a critical role in connecting the Russian-speaking Jewish community to the larger Australian Jewish community
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.
The festival, Sept. 17-18, at the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, is organized by Limmud FSU together with the support of our partners the Zionist Federation of Australia, Jewish National Fund (KKL), World Zionist Organization and our sponsor the Triguboff Foundation
A cocktail reception and presentation of the Limmud FSU Europe project for the Russian-speaking Jewish community took place in London yesterday, September 15
Hundreds gathered at the all-ages Limmud FSU event, hailed as the only event in Toronto that engages the Russian-Jewish and Israeli community together through education and the arts
The two events, which coincide with a third — the Sept. 4 European Day of Jewish Culture — kicked off Friday evening on a large stage that city authorities erected on a central pedestrian street in Kazan for concerts by Simcha, a local klezmer band, and Shouk, an Israeli ensemble that came for the Limmud FSU event
Ceremony for global terror victims to open Sept. 11 conference in Vaughan, Ontario
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.
More than 500 participants from this region are anticipated, stay tuned for the registration opening!
The families of Zionist leaders Berl Katznelson and Abba Ahimeir travel together to the hometown of their influential forefathers
A meeting took place today between the leadership of Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) and Rabbi Berl Lazar, the Chief Rabbi of Russia, in his office in Moscow.
Photo gallery by our talented photographer and passionate limmudnik Boris Bukhman
In April preparations got underway for the fifth Limmud FSU Conference in St. Petersburg, which will take place on 11-13 November, 2016, in one of the most beautiful cities in Russia and will, as before, be a central event in the life of the local Jewish community.
Leaders from the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Limmud FSU gathered at the Harvard Club of New York City Thursday night to honor the late Edgar M. Bronfman and pillars of the Soviet Jewry movement.
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(…)
Hundreds of Jews from across Belarus gathered in Minsk for the capital’s first Limmud conference, a festival of Jewish learning that also drew visitors from Israel.
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.
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 gave the conference’s keynote address.
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.
“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.”
Speaking at a panel on women political leaders at Limmud FSU Conference in Parsippany, NJ, Stern predicted that Clinton will foster an “atmosphere of trust” between the two countries and between the White House and the Israeli government. “
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.
If usually in the beginning people attend Limmud as participants, later becoming volunteers and only then joining the ranks of the organizing committees, here it happened the other way around.
The Limmud FSU photo exhibition, “Where are all the women leaders? A tribute to Golda Meir,” will celebrate Meir as history’s only woman Mideast leader and will be followed by a special panel discussing the scarcity of women political leaders and its impact.
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’
We are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed Limmud FSU Europe website now also in English!
We started preparations for the very first Limmud FSU Europe in London with our great team of volunteers!
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.
Leaders of Limmud FSU meet this week with Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Information Gilad Erdan to discuss joint efforts to combat the BDS campaign against Israel.
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.
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.
Yoav Krakovsky, Kol Israel, reports from Limmud FSU West Coast Conference at Pasadena, LA:
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.
Limmud FSU — a nonprofit that sets up Jewish learning conferences across the former Soviet Union — is coming to the West Coast later this month for the first time to offer a blend of study sessions, live music and worship for the area’s large Russian-speaking community.
IT may still be several months away but planning is already underway for Australia’s second Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) conference, which is scheduled to take place in Sydney in September.
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.
The grassroots volunteer-run organization for young Russian-speakers is an off-shoot of the Limmud international educational movement, which began 35 years ago in the United Kingdom and has now spread across the globe to more than 60 countries in a multitude of languages.
Opposition leader: Deal “must not give Erdogan a foothold in Gaza”; Yisrael Beytenu head says “damage has already been done.”
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog on Friday welcomed the emerging reconciliation deal with Turkey as a step in the right direction, albeit late in coming, while former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman slammed the move as “dangerous” for Israel.
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.
Short video about Limmud FSU conference in Lviv, Ukraine 2015
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.
Chaim Chesler explains what is Limmud FSU and why it’s growing so fast being so popular in many countries, includes Israel
Photo: Alexei Malakhov
More than 500 diplomats, politicians, senior journalists, business executives and invited guests from Israel and abroad attended the fourth Jerusalem Post Diplomatic conference, on 18 November, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem.
Jewish World: Revisiting Rabin’s ancestral home in Ukraine – 20 years after the assassination “Surrounded by a small group of rather bemused villagers in this rural and isolated hamlet, a group of Rabin family and friends gathered together in the local community center.” JPOST On November 4, on the 20th anniversary of the assassination of(…)
PHOTO: BORIS BUCHMAN
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.
Full video of the event in Knesset marking 25 years since “the opening of the gates” in the former USSR in presence of 350 people, many of them refusniks.
Knesset hosts special event to mark 25 years since ‘the opening of the gates.’
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
The Jewish festival Limmud Volga-Urals began on Friday in Kazan, capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan, with an inter-faith dialogue.
“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.”
Senator Ben Cardin at “Let My People Go” Photography Exhibit, honoring Shoshana Cardin with Limmud FSU
Of the ten thousand Jews living in Kazan, Russia, hundreds attend last weekend’s Limmud FSU festival, where the emphasis was placed on coexistence between different religions.
Of the ten thousand Jews living in Kazan, Russia, hundreds attend last weekend’s Limmud FSU festival, where the emphasis was placed on coexistence between different religions.
Part of the answer, it seems, is that, for Putin, homophobia holds the potential of serving as a consensus cause around which he can rally popular sentiment — including nationalistic fervor and hatred of the gay-tolerant West.
Three day conference expected to attract several hundred participants.
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.
Roosje Glaser would pose for photos with Nazi soldiers in occupied Holland. The defiant spirit that helped her survive Auschwitz is captured in a new film
The ‘Kimberley Plan,’ would give 20,000 kilometers to Jewish settlements in northwest Australia. The first stage of the plan was to absorb 100,000 Jews, mainly from Eastern Europe.
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.
Stay updated with our events and conferences all over the world
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.
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.
Limmud FSU commemorated the 25th Anniversary of The Struggle for Soviet Jewry with the opening of an exhibit of extraordinary photographs at the headquarters of UJA-Federation of New York June 9. The fifty image exhibit will be displayed in California, Washington, DC, Florida, Canada, and in cities throughout the world.
Matthew Bronfman, chairman of Limmud FSU International, lives his family’s legacy by empowering former Soviet Union Jewry and Israel.
A traveling exhibit celebrating 25 years since Jews were finally allowed out of the Soviet Union and documenting their achievements in Israel was launched on Sunday at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
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.
More than 300 Russian-Armenians attended a conference in Moscow inspired by the Limmud format for Jewish learning events.
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 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(…)
Vesty Moldova TV Item
Full album of our Moldova 2015 Conference pictured by talented Boris Buchman.
Matthew Bronfman:”After The Second Lebanon War, Israel Has Become In The Eyes Of The World, A Hostile Nation Which Mainly Only Knows How To Attack.
Business mogul and philanthropist matches donation from Matthew Bronfman following Moldova homecoming
How bad is it? It’s the question everyone asks when you return from Russia these days. Thirty years on from witnessing thousands of Refuseniks gathered on the steps of Moscow’s Choral Synagogue, that question might be all that hasn’t changed.
Some 400 young Jews from the length and breadth of Moldova, will be participating in a special cultural program for young Russian speakers in Chișinău
“What is Limmud for you?” “Limmud is my Judaism and my affiliation to Jewry”, says Polyna Berlin, a member of Limmud FSU USA West Coast team.
On the 15th of April the Limmud FSU organising committee was once again brought together; but this time it was a celebration! Together we celebrated the success of our very first Limmud FSU in Australia.
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,(…)
Some great expressions by Stepan Chizhov and his photo-team from the Moscow Limmud FSU Conference 2015.
Three-day event which attracted nearly 1,500 was the largest Limmud Jewish learning conference ever held outside Britain.
The very special event took place in Saratov: we dedicated our visit to this city to the 125-th birthday of the famous poetess Rachel.
The three-day event, which closed Sunday at a resort just outside the Russian capital, was the largest Limmud event ever held outside Britain, Limmud International confirmed.
Speaking last night at the opening of the annual Limmud FSU conference in Moscow, Alexander Boroda, Chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, said; “The Jews of Russia must realize the dangers inherent in the possible collapse of the Putin government to understand the rules of the game and to be aware of the limitations.”
The event takes place on 23-26 April and some 1,400 participants, most of them aged between 25-40 are expected, making this the second largest Limmud event in the world – only the “original” annual UK Limmud is bigger.
This year, Limmud FSU Moscow will honor the Jewish soldiers who served in the Red Army during WWII, in the defeat of Nazi Germany and the liberation of the death camps 70 years ago.
Our amazing event in USA – fully booked, very excited, really happy! That is what Limmud is about!
Our first-ever Limmud FSU Conference in Australia in pictures.
On an early spring weekend, over 900 Millennium generation “plus” Jews of Russian heritage gathered for the Sixth Annual Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union) New York Region Conference held in Parsippany, New Jersey.
Executive vice president of UJA – Jewish federation of New York Eric Goldstein in his own words
Anyone who is worried about the demographic future of the Jewish people would do well to attend a Limmud FSU Conference.
A record number of young Russian speakers took part this weekend in the Sixth Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) conference in New Jersey. Some 1.7 million Jews live in the New York area and it is estimated that some 300,000 of them are Russian-speaking immigrants from the FSU.
Limmud FSU, the educational network which aims to strengthen Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews worldwide, is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp with an art exhibit.
More than 800 Russian-speaking Jews will participate in the festival to be held in New Jersey on March 27-29.
400 participants, 2 cities, many young faces and a brand new start – that is how it looks like!
Both of us came to LimmudFSU 2013 (which was one week before our wedding) as part of a tradition we both have already established. Already three of us, came to LimmudFSU 2014 as a bigger family.
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(…)
LIMMUD FSU COMES TO LVOV, UKRAINE, TO MAKE IT HAPPEN BIG TIME
The incredible story of the man who survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald and reinvented himself as master tailor to the most important people in the world.
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 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(…)
Photo Gallery: Andrey Deveykin
Photo Gallery by Andrey Deveykin
Photo Gallery by Andrey Deveykin
Fania Oz-Saltzberger returns to family building in the city Rivne, Ukraine with her father’s book
Video from The Gala of the Limmud FSU program; performed by the Bait-Tzvi Art School, Kineret 2014
The festival celebrated the Zionist poet Rachel Bluwstein, known as Rachel the Poetess Rachel who was born in Russia.
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.
Acclaimed best-selling author Amoz Oz was visibly moved while attending a special screening of a new documentary chronicling the recent visit of his daughter to the Ukraine to retrace their family roots, in an event organized by Limmud FSU in Tel Aviv today.
Renowned ‘Prisoner of Zion’ Yosef Mendelevitch speaks at Russian conference 44 years after attempted hijacking of plane to Israel
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.’
Leopold Socha, the Polish sewer worker who helped a group of Jews survive 14 months underground during the Nazi occupation, has been honored by Yad Vashem; now he may get a plaque in Lviv, Ukraine.
Chaim Chesler doesn’t back down easily from a dispute — especially one involving a unique tale of Jewish survival in the Holocaust.
Once home to a thriving Jewish community, this border city experienced a renaissance of Jewish life over the weekend during Limmud Ukraine’s annual conference.
It was therefore fitting that Cotler headlined the inaugural Canadian Limmud FSU last weekend in Huntsville, Ontario, where — on the heels of Wednesday’s jihadist-inspired Ottawa Parliament shooting — he emphasized the need for secure democracy in the peace-loving country.
400 Russian-speaking Jews are expected to convene in Ontario this month for the inaugural Limmud FSU conference in Canada, Oct. 24-26.
Once a city bustling with Jewish life, Vitebsk again witnessed the spirit and excitement of renewal at last month’s Limmud FSU gathering
Limmud FSU has just wound up its preliminary planning retreat in Melbourne for the first Limmud FSU Conference for Russian speakers taking place in Australia next year!
Limmud FSU Canada is coming closer – so have a look what is going to happen this October!
We wish all our friends, partners and volunteers Shana Tova!
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,(…)
The National History Museum of Belarus on Monday inaugurated an exhibition about the life of the late Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon.
A memorial event with a special photo exhibition honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took place today in Minsk at the National History Museum of Belarus, from where Sharon’s parents immigrated to the Jewish State.
VITEBSK, Belarus (JTA) – Jerusalem and Minsk are set to sign a visa-waiver program, Israel’s ambassador to the internationally ostracized former Soviet republic of Belarus said.
A ceremony honoring Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the father of modern Hebrew, was held in the presence of Israeli dignitaries in a Belarussian town connected to his past.
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.
Events include a memorial and photo exhibition honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
Exhibition of historic Israeli leader is sponsored by Limmud FSU and the Menachem Begin Heritage Center
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.
Here is the list of Limmud FSU events till the end of 2014. Please, don’t forget to make a registration – just to be sure that you are in:)
Hi, my name is Dina, I am from Canada, and I have been a limmudnik for the past 3 years.
Faces, activities, impressions and smiling participants everywhere! Enjoy!
My babushka speaks Russian! Our Canada team made a very touching promotional video. We love it!
Featuring a program jam-packed with lectures, workshops, roundtables, creative labs and cultural events, Limmud is built upon core values designed to enrich and enhance Jewish life.
Before the Holocaust, half of Chisinau’s 125,000 inhabitants were Jews. Many had stayed despite the pogrom and a second that followed in 1905, but the community was all but wiped out by Romanian troops who deported 300,000 Jews from the territory that is today Moldova.
80 young Limmud FSU’s leaders from different countries took part in Global Summit in Jerusalem, Israel.
Stepan Chizhov made a great video about “the making of” Limmud FSU Conference in Moscow, 2014
LIMMUD FSU CONFERENCE MOLDOVA 2012
LIMMUD FSU YALTA, CRIMEA, 2008
Limmud conference in Chisinau highlights tension between twin desires of rebuilding Jewish life and immigrating to Israel.
Over 800 young Russian-American Jews from across the country came together in Parsippany, NJ, this past weekend, March 28-30, for Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union), the biggest gathering of Russian Jews in North America.
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.
Over 300 Jews of all ages from Moldova, southern Ukraine, Belarus and Russia gathered in the city of Chisinau for a long weekend of Limmud FSU from May 23 to 25.
The Iranian born Israeli singer, Rita Jahan-Farouz, known throughout the whole world simply as “Rita,” has agreed to appear as a guest star at a forthcoming Limmud FSU eventֿ!
There are about 1 million Russian-speaking Jews in North America. At a special conference in New York they heard about Judaism and new Zionism that gives birth to apps instead of drying swamps.
The ninth annual Limmud FSU – a Jewish conference and social event – will kick off this year in the bucolic surroundings of Povedniki, about 40 kilometers north of Moscow.
The confab, which takes place from April 24 to 27, is considered the largest Jewish gathering in the former Soviet Union.
It was at 1:30 in the morning in one of the lecture rooms in the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in New Jersey when I made what was, for me, a fascinating discovery about the young Russian-speaking Jews who grew up in the former Soviet Union.
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.
Young Jews in the FSU have developed a dual identity, based on Jewish culture as well as national pride about their home country.
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.”
‘Jerusalem Post’ columnist Martin Sherman cautions that exclusively focusing on promoting country’s achievements can be problematic.
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(…)
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.
On the heels of an extraordinarily successful fifth Limmud FSU program in the New York area, the organization announced a new global multi-year collaboration designed to enhance and develop the activities of Limmud FSU and expand their worldwide footprint.
LIMMUD FSU CONFERENCE IN N.J. TO EXPLORE WHAT MAKES RUSSIAN-AMERICAN JEWS SUCCESSFUL HIGHT-TECH INNOVATORS
The festival officially kicked off yesterday with a special New York City event in the presence of Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein, a former Prisoner of Zion.
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.
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.
The hardest thing for most people is to admit that they’re wrong or that they made a mistake.
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(…)
Edgar M. Bronfman Photo: Courtesy By CHAIM CHESLER Edgar Bronfman was a giant among men in general and a giant in contemporary Jewish history in particular. His life work, to say nothing of his philanthropic activities, had an impact on many hundreds of thousands of Jews worldwide. I had the fortune of knowing him well(…)
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.
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(…)
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Galina Levina, Chair of Limmud Belarus, as well as to the entire Jewish community of Belarus on the death of Leonid Levin.
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(…)
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(…)
Former Soviet country produced nine Israeli presidents, numerous rabbinical dynasties and artists, including Begin, Peres and Chagall.
First Exhibition of Former Soviet Jewish Artists works on the Holocaust to be displayed in Jerusalem
The idea for the exhibit was born during the Limmud FSU Jerusalem festival, which took place last month with the support of the Israel-based Hashava Company and the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, which is hosting the exhibition.
FIRST EXHIBITION OF FORMER SOVIET JEWISH ARTISTS WORKS ON THE HOLOCAUST TO BE DISPLAYED IN JERUSALEM
The idea for the exhibit was born during the Limmud FSU Jerusalem festival, which took place last month with the support of the Israel-based Hashava Company and the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, which is hosting the exhibition.
The idyllic campus of Kiryat Moriah in Jerusalem was the setting this past weekend for a three-day Limmud FSU Festival.
A memorial service was held during the Limmud FSU Conference in Jerusalem on Thursday for Saul Kagan, founder and Director of the Claims Conference, who recently passed away.
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(…)
Nir Barkat is flanked by members of the Peres and Begin families at Limmud FSU event in Jerusalem.
I am tired of being told that Russian-speaking Israelis do not volunteer, that the phenomenon of volunteering is strange to them.
‘It’s a great honor for us to offer the public these two exhibitions commemorating the lives of Peres and Begin in the city of Jerusalem,’ says Limmud FSU founder Chaim Chesler.
LIMMUD FSU takes pleasure in welcoming the participants of the JFNA General Assembly and the JAFI Assembly and wishes them all success in their deliberations. We invite the participants to join us at three special exhibitions and at the opening of the Art Limmud FSU Jerusalem Festival.
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(…)
More than 600 people from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova paid good money in order to learn about Chaim Nachman Bialik.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The first official celebration of President Shimon Peres’ 90 birthday took place at his modest childhood home in Vishnyeva, on May 29, just outside of Minsk, in a ceremony organized by Limmud FSU. The plaque placed by the home’s front door read: “In this place, Shimon Peres, son of Yitzhak and Sarah Perski, the Nobel(…)
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(…)
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.
Limmud’s Festival in Vitebsk, Belarus, 2013
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(…)
We need to move beyond offering just a gateway to the Jewish community and Judaism 101 experiences but also a way for young adults to continue growing Jewishly.
Limmud FSU Moscow 2013 provided programs for participants of all ages, photo courtesy Limmud FSU.
MOSCOW – The great-grandson of Eliezir Ben-Yehuda, Gil Hovav, revealed fascinating personal facts about one of Zionism’s most prescient and revered leaders at the Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union) Conference in Moscow Friday.
LIMMUD FSU CONFERENCE CELEBRATES ISRAEL’S INDEPENDENCE AND JEWISH PRIDE IN RUSSIA; 1200 YOUNG RUSSIAN JEWS ATTEND.
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.
Last weekend, some 800 Russian-American Jews from across the country came together in Princeton for a conference of Jewish learning that spoke their language.
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(…)
At Limmud FSU’s annual Jewish learning conference in Princeton, New Jersey, second-generation Russian-Jewish immigrants find common ground and plenty of reasons to sing.
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(…)
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(…)
VITEBSK, Belarus –In Vitebsk, things fly. Or so at least Marc Chagall promises in his dreamlike, feverish images of his hometown.
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.
I received the invitation to attend the sixth conference of the Limmud FSU organization for Russian-speaking Jews in the western Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod with mixed emotions.
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(…)
The Limmud FSU Conference in the western Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod may very well be the intellectual Jewish Woodstock of the former Soviet Union.
The village of Raivola near Saint Petersburg in Russia is the last place one would expect to attend an early Shabat class with the local Rabbi – but it is in Raivola that such a class took part during the last weekend of September as part of Limmud FSU.
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.
The Limmud FSU project came into being to provide an answer to those many years of estrangement from Jewish values.
We are happy to announce that the next Limmud FSU in Ukraine will be held in Uzhgorod from Novemer 01-04, 2012. For more information and registration to the Uzhgorod Limmud 2012http://en.limmud.org.ua/index.php/registratsiya Limmud FSU Team
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
A project which addresses educational and cultural issues, seeks to strengthen the identity and the connection of its participants to Judaism.
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(…)
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(…)
On a recent Friday morning, as dawn broke, hundreds of young participants hit the pool, concluding a marathon all-day and White Night Limmud FSU program in Nazareth Illit.
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.
Sarit Hadad (center) sang at the closing ceremony of the Limmud FSU Olympics – an educational program for Russian-speakers – in Upper Nazareth on Friday.
On one of Israel’s sultry summer nights, shortly before my fifteen birthday, my parents went to the home of Yanek and Ruzsa Shpringer to wish bon voyage to Yanek (Ya’akov) on his way to participate in the Olympic Games in Munich.
A Jewish organization has teamed up with the Israel Olympic Committee and local sports legends Esther Roth-Shahamarov and Aleksandr Averbukh to highlight the achievements of Jewish athletes at the Olympics.
On the heels of the 2012 London Olympics, Russian speakers across Israel are gearing up for Limmud FSU’s “Olympics” Festival in Nazareth Illit (Upper Nazareth).
While Rabbi Menachem Hacohen, now a Claims Conference vice president, was serving as Romania’s Chief Rabbi, a friend told him of a lone elderly Jew in a Romanian village who, in memory of the 300 Jews killed in the Shoah, lit the lights in the synagogue every Friday night, put a siddur on every seat,(…)
Dear friends, We are happy to announce that the next Limmud FSU Conference will be held in St Petersburg from September 28-30, 2012. The Conference will be held in “Raivola” Hotel in the Karelian Isthmus between the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga to the north of the Neva river. For more information and registration(…)
They’ve moved beyond the chess games on Ocean Parkway and the Brighton Beach boardwalk strolls, those clichéd markers of the Russian immigration wave of the 1980s and ‘90s.
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(…)
The word Kishinev is infamous in Jewish history because of the horrific pogroms that took place there in 1903 and after, and which in turn, led to a heightened interest in Zionism and a home for the Jewish people.
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.
CHISINAU, Moldova (JTA) — To tour the largely empty Jewish communities of Moldova and its capital, Chisinau — once known by Jews the world over as Kishinev — is not to wonder where did all the Jews go but why there are any remaining.
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(…)
The four-day conference of Jewish learning included over 40 lectures, presentations, cultural performances, workshops, excursions and round-table discussions, as well as a meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat.
Pity Viktor, the Limmud volunteer who collected me in his car from Moscow airport. He wanted to smoke and I asked him not to. The journey was long and it must have been a real deprivation. But he took it well. Russians are used to disappointment.
It was a surreal start to what was shaping up to be a surreal occasion: the son of one of America’s most powerful and wealthiest Jewish families returning to his ancestral village in a remote border region of Eastern Europe’s poorest nation.
LIMMUD FSU, UZHGOROD, UKRAINE 2012
An emotional event took place this weekend when Matthew Bronfman, of New York, visited the town of Ataki, Moldova, where his family legacy began.
Prime Minister Vlad Filat today met a group of participants in the Limmud FSU conference, held for the first time ever in Chisinau, the government’s communication and press relations department has reported.
CHISINAU, Moldova — Some 400 Jews have gathered in the former Soviet republic of Moldova for a festival to celebrate the Jewish heritage of the former Soviet countries.
‘Did anyone here see the movie, In Darkness?” Holocaust survivor Marian Keren, 76, asks a small audience at a Limmud FSU conference in Princeton, New Jersey, on May 13.
The prominent philanthropist talks about his famous father, his investing ally and connecting Soviet Jews to Judaism.
The Israeli government unanimously approved yesterday, May 20, the establishment of the Albert Einstein museum in Jerusalem that will reveal items from the legacy of the father of the theory of relativity. The idea for the museum, which will be built on the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University, was originallyinitiated by President Shimon(…)
LIMMUD FSU PRINCETON WAS AN ESPECIALLY UNIQUE EVENT FOR ME. AS USUAL, I LEARNED MORE THAN I TAUGHT.
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(…)
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.
MORE THAN 500 MEMBERS OF THE US RUSSIAN JEWISH COMMUNITY SOLD OUT THE EVENT AT PRINCETON
DIRECTOR OF THE FOREIGN MINISTRY’S EURASIA DEPARTMENT TELLS LIMMUD FSU CONFERENCE RUSSIA WORRIED ABOUT IRANIAN NUKE.
Singer-songwriter Mira Stroika performing at Limmud FSU Princeton, New Jersey, on motzei Shabbat; photo courtesy Nathan Roi.
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(…)
Just two months ago, readers of The Jerusalem Post voted a story published in the paper by Gil Shefler on Limmud FSU’s St. Petersburg Conference as the “Leading Story of the Jewish World in 2011.”
Just a few days ago at the highly successful Jerusalem Post Conference in New York, Matthew Bronfman, Dr Nona Kuchina & Moshe Shneerson on behalf of Limmud FSU were honored to receive the Post’s award for their contribution to strengthening Jewish identity from the paper’s editor Steve Linde. Apparently the success of Limmud(…)
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(…)
According to Sofa Landver, Israel’s Minister of Immigrant Absorption, addressing a packed audience at the Limmud FSU conference for Russian-speaking young Jewish adults at the Klyasma Resort Center near Moscow, on Thursday 19 April
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.
Limmud FSU Moscow will begin Thursday and run through April 22. Some 1,000 participants are registered for the conference, which is designed to bring young Russian-speaking Jews closer to Jewish history and culture.
With the goal of helping to bridge their disconnect from the American Jewish community, over 500 Russian-Jewish-American young adults will gather at Princeton University.
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.
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
The results are in: Over 65 percent of readers voted Limmud FSU’s successful outreach to the Russian Jewish community as the biggest Jewish World story of 2011. In second place was Efraim Zuroff’s claims that Lithuania needs to acknowledge its role in the Holocaust, with almost 15% of the vote.
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,(…)
More than 40 Russian-speaking leaders of Limmud FSU coming from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S., Belarus, Moldova and Israel participated in an intensive four-day conference here in Jerusalem this past week.
In Israel for Limmud FSU leadership summit, Sergeant Ilya Bratman recalls Rosh Hashana in Saddam’s palace and brushes with death.
I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you on behalf of myself and my wife for allowing us to play an active role in the Limmud FSU conference that took place in St. Petersburg last September. As a Vice Chairman of the Conference for Material Claims against Germany I appreciated the chance to(…)
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(…)
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(…)
Limmud FSU Global Summit for the most actively involved Limmud FSU leaders from Israel, Russia, USA, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova will take place in Jerusalem.
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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.(…)
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.
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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.(…)
(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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
The Holocaust researcher, DrAharon Weiss, told the audience that the adults were taken separately to the execution site in the city, and then the small children
Ukraine and, soon, Moldova, Limmud FSU may have achieved the impossible: a way of making Jewishness attractive to young Russian-speaking Jews around the world.
Today, in the small village of Sidorovichi in Western Ukraine, not far from Chernobyl, history came full circle. Yuval Rabin, son of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, unveiled a sculptured stone bas-relief plaque in the village where his grandfather Nehemia Rubichov was born in 1886 and emigrated from in 1905. The memorial is situated(…)
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.
Limmud FSU Festival features history-making cosmonaut and solidarity message for Israel’s Russian speakers.
In the heart of Beersheva, capital of the Negev, the Limmud FSU Festival opened on 26 May, and hundreds of young adults came to hear lectures on space, science and technology and more, and listen to the words of the first man to walk in space, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov.
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(…)
Photo gallery – Limmud FSU Beer Sheva, Israel 2011
Limmud FSU New York 2011 photo gallery
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(…)
First Man to Walk in Space to Appear at Limmud Beersheba Fom left to right: MK Anastasia Michaeli, Chaim Chesler, the founder and chair of Limmud FSU, and Deputy Mayor of Beer Sheva, Igal Ovshievich. May 16, 2011 / 12 Iyar 5771 Limmud FSU Beer Sheva, the educational and cultural festival for Russian speakers, will(…)
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(…)
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:(…)
“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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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,(…)
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/
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
When the first mayor of Tel Aviv, Meir Dizengoff, heard the news that a young Winston Churchill, then secretary of the ministry of colonies of the British Empire, was planning a visit he worried that the ramshackle settlement wasn’t up to muster to receive such a distinguished guest. So the mayor from Odessa had trees(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
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(…)
Over 800 Jewish Americans from Russian descent travelled down to the southern-most tip of Long island Sunday to participate in a special project called “Limmud FSU” aimed at educating them about their unique Jewish heritage and strengthen their ties to Israel. A house in the Hamptons A house in the Hamptons Photo by: Bloomberg The(…)
Westhampton Beach, N.Y. — “Immigration is a very big and a difficult process,” said Yan Klats, sitting at the back of a classroom at the Hampton Synagogue surrounded by other young, Russian-speaking Jews. “Our parents came here in their 40s and 50s, and they had to deal with rejection and with learning a new language.(…)
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(…)
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(…)
A packed one-day of Jewish learning, identity, socializing and entertainment for young Russian-speaking adults will take place at The Hampton Synagogue, 154 Sunset Avenue, Westhampton Beach, Long Island, New York, this coming Sunday, 15 August, from 11.00 am to 11.00 pm..
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(…)
Astronaut Garret Reisman to speak at the Limmud FSU Festival It was announced today that Dr Garret Reisman, the NASA astronaut and flight engineer will be a keynote guest speaker during the Limmud FSU festival in the Hampton Synagogue, Long Island, New York on Sunday 15 August, 2010. This festival, the second of its kind,(…)
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,(…)
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(…)
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 President of Israel, Shimon Peres in addressing the opening session of Limmud FSU in Jerusalem last night said “Anyone involved in the delegitimization of Israel is, to all intents and purposes, legitimizing terror and murder.” Peres went on to say that Sweden cannot be the mentor of the Jewish people. “Our people had never(…)
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.
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.
When Chaim Chesler left his job as treasurer of the Jewish Agency five years ago following a power-struggle in which he was on the losing side, it brought his 28 years with the organization to an abrupt end.
This year’s Limmud FSU is being held on the general theme of Nobel prizewinners born in the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and in Israel. There are 26 such people among the 180 who have won the Nobel Prize.
A unique event for Russian-speaking Israelis will take place from 21-23 July in Jerusalem at the Kiryat Moriah Campus, the Menachem Begin Heritage Center and the Shai Agnon House. Limmud FSU brings together young Jewish adults.
Do you enjoy holidays and celebrations? Do you like the festive atmosphere and spiritual enrichment? In case your answer is “yes”, it is my pleasure to share with you my thoughts.
Limmud FSU celebrates 5 years of learning and Jewish tradition celebration – 2010
LIMMUD FSU MOSCOW 2010
Statistically the facts speak for themselves. Among the 804 Nobel prizewinners up till today, 176 are Jews – 100 times larger than their proportion in the world’s population.
On Monday evening at the festive annual reception of COJECO – the Central Council for Jewish Émigré Organizations, in Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage, Sandy Cahn of New York .
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.(…)
Slowly, changes are a-foot on the American Jewish philanthropic landscape. The federation system – like several other organizations – has experienced a decreasing donor base even though an older core demographic is often giving more.
In a festive event at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv this evening, Limmud FSU 2010 on the theme of Jewish Nobel prize winners was launched.
Limmud FSU is a unique international movement for informal Jewish education that was set up in 2006 by Chaim Chesler in order to create an educational-social-cultural framework to advance pluralistic Jewish discourse for Russian-speakers in the Russian Federation.
Once again, I’m on my way to give a lecture at Limmud FSU. The afternoon flight to Moscow. The departure procedures go faster than unusual. A veritable motorway.
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Every year hundreds of young Jewish Russians gather together for four days – not just to enjoy themselves, not to pray, but to consider questions concerning their Jewish identity.
The conversation, on the eve of Limmud Nobel Moscow, focused on how to enhance Jewish identity among young adult Russian speaking Jews around the world.
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.
DALIA RABIN AND TZVIA WALDEN-PERES ARE ARRIVING IN MOSCOW TO HONOR THE ISRAELI NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNERS
Tomorrow, !5 April, a Limmud FSU Conference will begin in Moscow with the central theme being Jewish Nobel prize winners, including Israel’s three peace laureates, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.
Over the last twenty years, the Jewish community of Russia, which plays a significant role in the socio-political life of the country, has come a long way from underground existence to the most dynamically developing Jewish communities of the world.
Ninety miles from Lvov, in what is today western Ukraine, sits the town of Buczacz. Sometimes a part of Poland, at others a part of the Austrian province of Galicia, the pre-war population consisted of Ukrainia.
A light snow fell over-night and, in a way, was a fitting backdrop. For on this cold, blustery March morning, we were traveling to Sidorvichi in Western Ukraine.
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(…)
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(…)
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.
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 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(…)
Seven time-zones from Moscow, about as far east as one can travel in Russia, lies the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, or Region. Established in 1934 “for the Jewish population of the Soviet Union to receive a territory in which to pursue Yiddish cultural heritage within a socialist framework” this out-of-the-way region is today largely forgotten by world Jewry.
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(…)
ON THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE JEWISH AUTONOMOUS REGION, LIMMUD FSU GATHERS HUNDREDS OF JEWS IN BIROBIDZHAN
“Russian-speaking Jews live all over the world, from former Soviet republics to North America to Israel, where they make up a significant percentage of the population. As a group they have been successful in their new homes, yet many are disconnected from Jewish life.”
By SANDRA CAHN and CHAIM CHESLER
They sing the American national anthem first. Then “Hatikvah.” They forgo the Russian national song for obvious reasons. The 98-year-old granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem, Bel Kaufman, goes on stage and tells the audience how she held her grandfather’s hand and he told her this helped him to write better.
I didn’t know much about Limmud FSU. About Matthew Bronfman I knew a bit more. I knew he was involved with Israeli banks. Banks annoy me.
Inna Gorn, a 23-year-old who immigrated to Riverdale from the Siberian city of Tomsk at the age of 6, doesn’t normally hang out in synagogues.
With the Russian-Jewish community making up 25% of New York’s Jewish community, the time has come to make serious efforts to weave the young adult demographic of this community into the fabric of American Jewish life.
WE ARE PLEASED TO PRESENT YOU WITH SOME FINAL DETAILS IN ANTICIPATION OF YOUR ATTENDING “A TASTE OF LIMMUD”.
YOUNG RUSSIAN-SPEAKING JEWISH AMERICANS, MORE THAN 400 STRONG, JOIN FORCES FOR “A TASTE OF LIMMUD”.
Please note that on Sunday the bus from Queens will now depart at:
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YOUNG RUSSIAN-SPEAKING JEWISH AMERICANS SET TO GATHER AUGUST 9 FOR “A TASTE OF LIMMUD” IN WESTHAMPTON BEACH
Hundreds of young Russian-speaking Jewish Americans will gather here on Sunday for A Taste of Limmud: 150 Years of Shalom Aleichem, a unique day of education.
Organizing Committee members – enthusiastic, energetic and full of creative ideas – met here today to continue designing an engaging and memorable program.
A provocative series of panels and sessions, examining in-depth some of the most pressing and compelling issues of interest to the Russian-Jewish community, will be offered at Limmud Shalom Aleichem in the Hamptons on August 9th.
The Limmud FSU Jerusalem 2009 conference and festival at Beit Avi Chai began Wednesday with 750 Russian-Israeli young adults.
Most immigrants from the former Soviet Union prefer life in Israel to that in their country of origin, but see maintaining ties to Russian culture as a priority, a new survey shows.
The Limmud FSU Jerusalem 2009 conference and festival began with a burst of excitement and energy yesterday, as 750 Russian-Israeli young adults and others gathered in the heart of the Jewish capital for three days of educational sessions.
Limmud FSU Jerusalem 2009 unfurled with full force today, as 750 Russian-Israeli participants spent early morning to late night engaging with instructors, panelists and each other in more than 60 educational sessions examining topics as varied as Jewish humor, anti-Semitism, Russian-Israeli media and Israeli films.
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.
The Limmud FSU Jerusalem 2009 conference and festival began with a burst of excitement and energy here today, as 750 Russian-Israeli young adults and others gathered in the heart of the Jewish.
As nearly 700 Russian-Israeli young adults begin to gather here for a major Limmud FSU conference, a new, independent survey finds that 64 percent of immigrants from the countries of the former Soviet Union prefer life in Israel to that in their country of origin.
YOUNG RUSSIAN-SPEAKING JEWISH AMERICANS TO GATHER FOR LIMMUD SHALOM ALEICHEM, AUGUST 9 IN THE HAMPTONS
UNIQUE LEADERSHIP EVENT ON LONG ISLAND JOINS YOUNG RUSSIAN JEWS WITH MAJOR FIGURES FROM PHILANTHROPY, EDUCATION, JEWISH ORGANIZATIONAL LIFE AND ISRAEL
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR LIMMUD SHALOM ALEICHEM CONTINUES PLANNING FOR AUGUST 9, 2009 EVENT IN WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NEW YORK
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR LIMMUD SHALOM ALEICHEM CONTINUES PLANNING FOR AUGUST 9, 2009 EVENT IN WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NEW YORK
On 30-31st of May the meeting of Organizing Committee of Limmud Far East took place in Khabrovsk, Far East of Russia.
On 15-16th of May the meeting of Organizing Committee of Limmud Ukraine has taken place in Kiev.
LIMMUD FSU MOSCOVA 2009: WHERE FUTURE JEWISH LEADERS OF RUSSIA STRIVE TO OVERCOME “THE MADOFF CRISIS”
The program, Limmud Shalom Aleichem in the Hamptons, will take place August 9 in Westhampton Beach, New York, and will focus on current and emerging leaders from the New York community.
THE NAME of Ahmed Ould Teguedi, the ambassador of Mauritania, has already been removed from the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic list.
150TH BIRTHDAY OF SHALOM ALEICHEM MARKED BY EVENTS IN UKRAINE, ISRAEL AND NEW YORK
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Limmud FSU will kick off the “Year of Sholem Aleichem” in Israel at a center devoted to the Yiddish writer and Yiddish culture.
“He adored us,” Bel Kaufman says of her grandfather, Sholom Aleichem, right. As the two would walk together holding hands, he would say, “The harder you hold my hand, the better I write!”
Carrying a cake and translations of Sholem Aleichem’s works, about 50 young activists from the Jewish community of Kiev, Ukraine celebrated the famous Yiddish writer’s 150th birthday in his hometown of Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky on Monday.
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.
YALTA, Ukraine — The view of this seaside tourist town twinkling precariously in a narrow gulf between black mountains and a black sea would have been enough to halt any attempt at conversation.
The organizers of the biggest informal educational conference in the former Soviet Union states, which wrapped up on Thursday, are amazed with the success and scale of an operation that has seen more than 1,000 people from across the FSU learn about a broad range of subjects of Jewish interest.
The largest ever informal Jewish education event in Eastern Europe kicked off in Ukraine on Monday afternoon with over 1,000 participants from former Soviet Union states.
The learning adventure continues – Limmud FSU first timers have found their rhythm, made new friends, begun to express themselves with more confidence, and reflect inward, too.
Arriving full of anticipation, over 1,000 Russian-speaking Jews from the 13 countries of the former Soviet Union, international Jewish leaders and guests, and presenters were ready to experience the 2nd mega-Limmud FSU Conference in Yalta
ASHKELON, Israel (JTA) — In the 1840s, Shmeylin Valentin’s great-great-great-grandfather was a student of the Vilna Gaon.