Partnering in Jewish Learning at US Limmuds

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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

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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 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...]

Former Prisoner of Zion Yosef Mendelevitch Makes Emotional Return to the City Where He Was Arrested

Photo by Roman Yanushevsky, ourtesy of Limmud FSU.

St. Petersburg, Russia, Nov. 30 - Former Prisoner of Zion Yosef Mendelevitch made an emotional return to the city where he was imprisoned in the 1970s to join hundreds of Jews from across Russia for the 4th Annual Limmud FSU program in St. Petersburg this weekend. The three-day Jewish learning festival featured a packed program of lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, music and a wide-range of cultural events. With about 100,000 Jewish residents, St. Petersburg claims the second largest Jewish community in Russia today. Mendelevitch was held in a Soviet prison after being arrested for leading the 1970 “Operation Wedding,” a Soviet Jewish operation to steal a plane from then-Leningrad’s airport and escape to Israel. After gaining his freedom, Mendelevitch made Aliyah to Israel. … [Read more...]

First Limmuds for Israel’s Red City and Uruguay

The first day of summer vacation and brilliant beach weather notwithstanding, 140 participants from secular to Chabad gathered in Montivideo for the first “Taste of Limud Uruguay.”
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By Martin Joseph Haifa, known as Israel’s Red City for its staunchly secular, socialist orientation, saw its first Limmud learning festival in mid-November. Over 200 participants, ranging in age from 12 to 85 and representing Haifa’s Jewish spectrum, chose from sessions on wine tasting and Israeli comedy, a Bible contest and chavruta dialogue, among others. "Limmud Haifa embodies this city’s spirit of Jewish renewal," Deputy Mayor Shay Blumenthal told the gathering as he thanked the volunteers. Haifa’s Department of Education has been promoting Jewish renewal within the school system for the last six years. “We reach the pupils in school, but Limmud brings the Jewish renewal experience to the general public,” Ilana Trock, Haifa education department director and chair of Jewish renewal … [Read more...]

Limmud FSU Lvov – 1st Look


A sold-out four-day conference of Limmud FSU Ukraine is taking place this weekend in Lviv (historically known as Lvov or Lemburg), the cultural capital of Ukraine. The conference opened with a moment of silence for Ukrainians who have fallen in the country’s ongoing civil conflict. Lvov’s Mayor, Andriy Sadovyi, a rising political persona, attended the opening ceremony in the city’s Center for Science and Technology. Other distinguished guests included Israel’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Eliav Belotserkovsky, and local Jewish communal leaders. The Israeli envoy, noting an exhibition about Ukrainian Jewish history on display during the conference, said the community can serve as a “human bridge” to help build ties between Israel and Ukraine. More than 600,000 Jews from Ukraine have … [Read more...]