Rare Photo Exhibition of Former PM Begin Opens in Toronto

Participants at exhibition opening ceremony; photo by Yossi Aloni, courtesy Limmud FSU.

Limmud FSU, in cooperation with the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, opened a remarkable photographic exhibition Monday at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre in Toronto, focusing on the life and Eastern European Jewish roots of a giant of modern Israel, Menachem Begin. The exhibition about Begin, who served as Israeli prime minister from 1977-1983, will be on display to the public through November. “Milestones - From Brest-Litovsk to the Prime Minister’s Office,” tells the story of Begin’s life and career as commander of the pre-state Irgun, as the sixth prime minister of the State of Israel, and as a Nobel Laureate. The exhibition was curated by Rami Shtivi. The opening of the exhibition was part of the Limmud FSU Canada festival, which took place this past weekend in Huntsville, ON in collaboration … [Read more...]

Canadian MP Cotler at Limmud FSU Canada: Protect Citizens but Preserve Democracy

Livnat + Toronto

Huntsville, Ontario, Oct. 27 - Canadian Member of Parliament Irwin Cotler said the country needs to toughen security measures against terrorism, while preserving the nation’s democratic freedoms. Cotler addressed the recent terror attacks in Canada in remarks to some 500 Russian-speaking Jews participating in the inaugural Limmud FSU Canada. Cotler, a Canadian-Jewish leader and human-rights activist served as the honorary chair of the weekend program. “Canada is a country that takes pride in its openness, freedom and democracy, but at this point, the Canadian government needs to take the right measures to ensure that it remains not only peaceful but also secured in a way that we combat the threats,” said Cotler. “Security has to be expanded, but not at the expense of freedom. We need to protect … [Read more...]

First-ever Limmud FSU Canada Opens Today

Some 400 Russian-speaking Jews will convene today at Ontario's Deerhurst Resort for the inaugural Limmud FSU conference in Canada. A dynamic and pluralistic Jewish festival of learning, culture and creativity, Limmud FSU Canada will feature such prominent speakers as conference Honorary Chair MP Irwin Cotler, a Canadian-Jewish leader and human rights activist; MP Mark Adler, the first Jewish elected representative from the Conservative Party; Limor Livnat, Israel’s Minister of Culture & Sport; Marat Ressin, a Canadian Russian-Jewish entrepreneur; Sophie Milman, the star jazz vocalist; Matthew Bronfman, Limmud FSU chair; and many others. Limmud FSU Canada is being held in collaboration with UJA-Federation of Greater Toronto. Limmud FSU Canada will offer a wide array of sessions, from “Not Just … [Read more...]

Second Limmud in Vitebsk Creates Dramatic Atmosphere

Belarusian dance group at opening program; photo by Yossi Aloni.

By Larisa Popovskaya Limmud does not stop. The world is anticipating every Limmud that happens all around the globe. I wouldn't be surprised that the first event that would take place on Mars or in space would be Limmud. But let's come back to the Earth. September time, year 2014, the Republic of Belarus, in the city of Vitebsk. These are the coordinates of the most recent Limmud FSU. More than 700 participants from Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Israel and the US came to the birthplace of the famous Jewish painter Marc Chagall to celebrate the best Jewish educational holiday ever. Moreover, in Belarus Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's grandparents and the founder of modern Hebrew Eliezer ben Yehuda were born. This year the son of Ariel Sharon - Gilad Sharon - and the grandson of Eliezer Ben … [Read more...]

Special Photo Exhibition on Late Israeli PM Ariel Sharon Unveiled in Minsk Today

Gilad Sharon at the exhibition opening; photo by Yossi Aloni.

Minsk, Belarus, Sept. 15 - 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. The event was held as part of the Limmud FSU Belarus festival, a festival of Jewish learning, held Sept. 12-14 in Vitebsk, which drew over 600 young Jews, mostly professionals 20-40 years old. The memorial for Israel’s eleventh prime minister was held in collaboration with the Government of Belarus, the Embassy of Israel, and the local Jewish community, with the participation of Sharon's son Gilad, and close aide Israel Maimon, who served as his Cabinet Secretary. Marit Danon, the head secretary in Prime Minister’s Sharon’s office, curated … [Read more...]

Limmud FSU Belarus – A First Look

Limmud FSU Belarus 2014 Gala

On Friday morning, 300 kilometers east of Minsk, Limmud FSU's 2nd Belarus Festival (ART Limmud) opened. 700 participants traveled to Vitebsk - the birthplace of Marc Chagall - from various cities around Belarus; they were joined by friends from Russia, Ukraine, Israel and the U.S. The opening gala Friday afternoon was held in the presence of Israel’s Ambassador to Belarus Yosef Shagal; Chair of the Union of Belarusian Jewish Public Organizations Boris Gersten; and Minister of Culture (Vitebsk) Larissa Olinsiya and featured a blend of Israeli and Belarusian entertainment. photos from ART Limmud 2014's Opening Gala by Yossi Aloni … [Read more...]

Limmud FSU Belarus Festival Salutes JDC’s Ralph Goldman’s 100th Birthday

Opening Gala Limmud FSU Belarus 2014

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. In remarks, Chaim Chesler - founder of Limmud FSU - thanked Goldman for his support of Limmud FSU since its founding nine years ago. At the time, Goldman stated, "Limmud FSU is the best way to attract young unaffiliated Russian-speaking Jews around the world." The gala, held this afternoon at the National Theatre of Vitebsk, was attended by 700 participants. Joining the celebration was Israel's Ambassador to Belarus Yosef Shagal; Chair of the Union of Belarusian Jewish Public Organizations Boris Gersten; and … [Read more...]

Limmud FSU Festival Opens Friday in Belarus

Limmud Belarus

Vitebsk, Belarus, Sept. 9 - Over 600 young Jews, mostly professionals 20-40 years old, will come together on Sept. 12-14 in Vitebsk for Limmud FSU, a festival of Jewish learning. There are currently about 70,000 Jews living in Belarus. Limmud FSU Belarus will take place in the hometown of Marc Chagall, at the Vitebsk National Museum of Fine Arts. Limmud FSU Belarus features a packed program of lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, music and a wide range of cultural events, including the opening of an exhibition by artist Alexander Okun. Among the main speakers will be Israeli Ambassador to Belarus Yosef Shagal, Chairman of Belarusian Jewish Organizations and Communities Boris Gersten, renowned Russian Jewish theater director Mark Rozovsky, Director of the Marc Chagall Museum Ludmila … [Read more...]