The DNA of Limmud FSU

Havdalah at Limmud FSU Intellect 2015

By Walter Ruby Anyone who is worried about the demographic future of the Jewish people would do well to attend a Limmud FSU Conference. Back in 2010, when this reporter took part in a one day Limmud FSU Conference in Westhampton Beach, NY, there were some 500 attendees,the majority of them 20 and 30 somethings, but no children. This year, at the Limmud FSU Conference in Parsippany, NJ - the sixth Limmud FSU conference to be held in the United States and the largest-ever in terms of attendees, there were 850 adult participants and 120 children, from toddlers to teens, who were entertained in a variety of venues combining learning with play. Matthew Bronfman, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, who is chairman of the Limmud FSU International Steering Committee, remarked, “We are so proud and … [Read more...]

Limmud FSU Australia Kicks Off with More than 400 Participants

Limmud Australia 2015

By Sarah Bendetsky Over 400 participants attended the inaugural Limmud FSU events for Russian-speaking Jews in Sydney and Melbourne, run in partnership with the Zionist Federation of Australia. The opening gala event in Sydney was attended by 150 participants with another 250 arriving for a two-day festival of Jewish learning, dubbed “Kultura,” in the Lorne Mantra Resort, on the Great Ocean Road, near Melbourne. Bringing together Russian-speaking Jews from the length and breadth of Australia, the festival celebrated Jewish identity, history and culture, in an inclusive, pluralistic and egalitarian celebration of contemporary Jewish life. “Limmud FSU was established as part of the global Limmud initiative, founded in the UK 35 years ago, and known for its stimulating festivals of Jewish … [Read more...]

New Legacies in the Making – Vibrant Communities, Vibrant Limmuds

Young Leadership team at Limud Keszet Poland; photo courtesy  Piotr Kulisiewicz.

To celebrate Limmud’s 35th year, eJewishPhilanthropy is offering a look into Jewish communities around the world, through the eyes of Limmud volunteers. Limmud, the global grassroots Jewish learning movement which was founded in the United Kingdom in 1980, is today in 80 communities and 40 countries. This installment focuses on Limmuds in Jewish communities with ancient roots in central Europe which had been under Nazi occupation followed by Communist domination and are today seeing a renaissance - Bulgaria, the Czech and Slovak Republics and Poland. ******** Limmud Keshet Bulgaria Bulgaria’s roughly 5,000 Jews are part of a vibrant community with a long and fascinating history. Dr. Joseph Benatov, who teaches at University of Pennsylvania, lectures regularly on the fate of Bulgaria’s … [Read more...]

Partnering in Jewish Learning at US Limmuds

Kids at Camp Ramah at Limmud NY; http://limmudny.org/conference/families-at-limmud-ny/

To celebrate Limmud’s 35th year, eJewishPhilanthropy will be offering a look into Jewish communities around the world, through the eyes of Limmud volunteers. Limmud, the global grassroots Jewish learning movement which was founded in the United Kingdom in 1980 is today in 80 communities and 40 countries. To kick off the series, we will focus on three very different communities in the United States holding Limmud events in the coming weeks - New York, Miami and Phoenix. By Jenna Citron We’ve come a long way since Jews first arrived to Nieu Amsterdam from Recife, Brazil, in 1654. Today, New York City is home to 1.54 million Jews and, ostensibly, every Jewish iteration and wrinkle. Think synagogues, JCCs, museums and other Jewish cultural institutions. When you consider that the New York … [Read more...]

Limmud International and Limmud FSU Release Annual Reports

Limmud FSU logo 2015

The success of Limmud in the UK has inspired many other communities across the Jewish world to adopt the Limmud model. Activists in countries across six continents have discovered that Limmud is the ideal vehicle to reach all types of Jews and reflect the diversity of their own communities, creating cross-communal and cross-generational experiences, accessible to all. Limmud is proud of having inspired 80 different communities, in 41 countries!, around the world. Here is the 2014 Limmud International Annual Review, which you can download. ********** During 2014, Limmud FSU held nine events in seven different countries which were attended by over 5,000 Russian-speaking Jews. With their tenth anniversary in a year’s time, they continue to bring Jewish culture in its widest sense to a generation … [Read more...]

Generation Zzzz: Why I Can’t be Bothered About Apathy

By David Brown I went to my first Limmud Conference during winter break my last year at university eight years ago. Back then I was one of the potentially apathetic young adults many fear may be slipping away from commitment to Judaism and Israel. At each Limmud event I've attended since, there has been many a session on 'engaging young adults' or 'finding the lost generation.' I'm not sure how it happened, and I may still be in denial that I'm now out of that 18-30 bracket, but this past Limmud Conference I found myself chairing one panel on 'the missing generation' and presenting another session asking "Is apathy the biggest threat to the future of UK Jewry?" So much for being apathetic about apathy. Each generation - or, more accurately, those like me who enjoy commentary on each … [Read more...]

Historian Deborah Lipstadt, Best-Selling Author Ari Shavit and Hollywood Comic Avi Liberman to Join Thousands at Limmud Conference 2014

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London, December 28, 2014 - Thousands of Jews from 27 countries are converging at Limmud Conference 2014. Encompassing “Jew Year’s Eve,” the global movement’s flagship learning festival will take place at University of Warwick in Coventry, from today through Thursday, January 1st. Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt, best-selling author and Israeli political analyst Ari Shavit, and Hollywood comedian Avi Liberman will join former Prisoner of Zion Yosef Mendelevich, Jewish Agency Chair Natan Sharansky, and Palestinian human rights activists Aziz Abu Sarah and Bassem Eid. Also among the 514 presenters: Udi Lion, creator of award-winning Israeli TV series Me’orav Yerushalmi (“Jerusalem Brew”) and Avodah Aravit (“Arab Labor”), Jewish-Muslim slam poet team Hannah Halpern and Amina Iro, as well as … [Read more...]

Limmud TV is Back!

Described as “the world’s most influential Jewish event”, Limmud UK - aka Conference, has returned to the University of Warwick. For those not attending, livestreaming is available again this year right here on eJewishPhilanthropy.com. The live-streaming program (subject to change) is below: Please note: All times are GMT. Session title Description Presenter(s) Start time End time My Promised Land Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? And can Israel survive? Based on his recent best-selling book, Ari Shavit illuminates the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing and uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present through revealing stories of significant events and the lives of ordinary individuals. Ari Shavit Monday … [Read more...]