Limmud po Russki

Limmud FSU Moscow, 2007; courtesy Limmud FSU.

[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.] By Chaim Chesler and Sandra Cahn Limmud, the 35 year-young phenomenon which first saw the light of day in the United Kingdom in 1980, is well-known to all followers of eJewishPhilanthropy and is very deserving of all the superlatives that have been poured on its head as can be seen in previous articles in this series. It has indeed revitalized Jewish learning and culture in its broadest sense across the world in dozens of languages and on six continents. Nearly ten years ago, in 2006, a … [Read more...]

Limmud South Africa: Aye-Sayer to Jewish Diversity and Possibility

Participants pause to pose in the middle of great discussion; photo courtesy of Howard Sackstein.

Grassroots, bold and sassy, deep, integrative, and committed to Jewish text and the Jewish fringes, Limmud SA adds fire to the South African Jewish scene. [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 founded in the United Kingdom in 1980, is today in 80 communities and 40 countries on six continents.] By Adina Roth Limmud South Africa will celebrate its ninth year July 31-August 9, 2015. It all began when two student leaders from the South African Jewish community attended Limmud Conference in the United Kingdom in December 2005. Upon their return, eyes aglow and minds a-whir, they spoke about a Jewish festival like we had … [Read more...]

Bienvenido Limud Chile

Challah bake at Limud Chile

Nearly 500 people gathered on Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Instituto Hebreo Chaim Weitzman in Santiago for Limud Chile’s launch on the coldest day of the year to date. With the temperature hovering at -3 Centigrade outside, adults and children stayed warm expanding their Jewish horizons in one of 30+ sessions, panels, and workshops during the daylong Jewish learning festival. … [Read more...]

Limmud takes Tel Aviv – and Israel – by Storm

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[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.] By Jacob Dallal About half a year ago, I heard that there was going to be a Limmud in Tel Aviv - for the first time. It immediately drew my interest. I'd almost gone to Limmud a few times: in New York, in Jerusalem. But in these cities Limmud seemed so obvious. For Limmud to take place in Tel Aviv, however, represented to my mind a coming of age - or a coming to terms - for the city that prides itself for being an independent, secular entity within the State of Israel. I lived in Tel Aviv a … [Read more...]

Limmud is my Judaism and my Affiliation to Jewry

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By Larisa Popovskaya eJewishPhilanthropy.com This year’s Limmud FSU in Moscow gathered together a record 1,400 people, making it the biggest Jewish event of the year. This Limmud was different in several ways. First, there was a new project manager Tatiana Pashaeva, second, for the first time in Moscow Limmud history, people had to live in two hotels, because space in our loved Kliazma resort had run out. And thirdly, the program was a blast! Limmud started on Thursday in the evening with some participants coming in the afternoon, but mostly in the evening and the next day before Shabbat. The team of volunteers welcomed Limmud`s participants around the clock. Two pillars of Limmud FSU, the founder, Chaim Chesler, and Roman Kogan, Limmud FSU's Executive Director, were happy to see the … [Read more...]

Limmuds in the Land of the Maple Leaf

Peter & Lesley Sevitt, Limmud Toronto founders, at Limmud Toronto 2015. Photo courtesy Aaron Rotenberg.

[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.] … [Read more...]

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...]