Limmud FSU and ‘JPost’ launch Exhibit on 25 Years of Soviet Aliya

Natan Sharansky (second left) is met upon arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport in November 1986 by his wife, Avital, then-prime minister Yitzhak Shamir (right) and then-deputy prime minister Shimon Peres. Photo courtesy GPO.

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. By Sam Sokol A new traveling exhibit showcasing the last 25 years of post-Soviet Jewish life in the State of Israel is set to open at the annual Jerusalem Post Conference at the Marriott Marquis in New York City this June. The project - organized jointly by the Post and Limmud FSU - traces the journeys of contemporary Russian Jews: from life in the Soviet Union to their release, their arrival in Israel and finally setting down new-old roots in the country. The exhibit also tells the story of the worldwide campaigns, protests and demonstrations in the US, Israel and elsewhere in order to secure their … [Read more...]

Ronald Lauder joins with Mathew Bronfman in supporting Limmud FSU

Matthew Bronfman with Michal Grayevsky at Limmud FSU Moldova; photo courtesy Boris Bukhman.

Amongst the 400 participants who attended the Limmud FSU Conference this weekend (May 15-17) was Michal Graybvsky, president of JCS Inc and representative of philanthropist Ronald Lauder in his businesses. She was invited by Matthew Bronfman, Chair of the International Steering Committee of Limmud FSU, to experience the Moldova event and attend the “roots” trip to Mr. Bronfman's family's home town, Atacki, along with his daughter Sasha. The last time Bronfman and Lauder coordinated their work was under the World Jewish Congress banner several years ago. Recently, these two leaders decided to support each other and do everything they can to help and commit to the needs of young Russian Jews all over the world. Mr. Lauder understands how dire the situation is in Ukraine and its neighboring … [Read more...]

Limmud FSU Moldova Attracts Hundreds of Young Jews

Matthew Bronfman oresenting: "The Bronfman Family - from Ataki to New York.

By Daniel K. Eisenbud and eJP staff Over 400 mostly young Jews from Moldova have registered for a three-day conference in the country this weekend, sponsored by Limmud FSU, to reconnect to their once severed roots via renowned Jewish experts representing a spectrum of disciplines. The program, which begins today, will include lectures, debates, workshops, round-table discussions, music and cultural discourse in Russian, English, and Hebrew - all run by international volunteers in coordination with the country’s local Jewish community. According to Chaim Chesler, founder of Limmud FSU, a primary focus of the program will be recognition of the poet Natan Alterman and the painter Nachum Gutman, whose family members will also participate in the conference. “The Jewish community of … [Read more...]

Limmud is my Judaism and my Affiliation to Jewry

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By Larisa Popovskaya 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...]

The Dangers in Russia are Great, says Senior Russian Rabbi

Limmud FSU Moscow, the flagship event of Limmud FSU, is currently taking place in the Moscow countryside. Some 1,400 participants, most between 25-40 are participating.

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.” Boroda elaborated, “The government bears a similarity to that of the period of the Tsars, inasmuch as the personality of the president plays a far more important role than that of the president of the United States. All the Jews in Russia, and especially those who might be considering actions against the Putin administration, must understand the grave dangers that they take upon themselves and the potential consequences for themselves and for others. If they … [Read more...]

World’s Second Largest Limmud Opens Tomorrow in Moscow

Participants from Limmud FSC Moscow, 2014. Photo courtesy Limmud FSU.

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. By Daniel K. Eisenbud Seventy years after helping to liberate Auschwitz as a captain in the Russian Army, 91-year old Moisey Malkis said that, as global anti-Semitism resurfaces with uncommon force, the lessons of that time are more critical than ever. As he sat in the living room of his Hadera apartment proudly donning a blazer displaying the 50 medals he earned during his World War II service, Malkis said [on Wednesday afternoon] that he fears another Holocaust is possible if Jews do not protect Israel. “Yes, I think it’s possible, unfortunately,” he said. “That’s why we need to always be in control … [Read more...]

A Clear and Present Danger

Abe Foxman with an IDF delegation at Auschwitz; photo courtesy IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

Anti-Semitism today is a global phenomenon and the worst it has been since World War II, says outgoing ADL director Abe Foxman. By Ilan Evyatar When Abe Foxman joined the Anti-Defamation League exactly 50 years ago this summer, there were three predictions he recalls that were prevalent among sociologists regarding the future of American and world Jewry: One was that there would be no American Jewish life 25-50 years hence; the second was that Israel would be accepted as a normal member of the community of nations and the third that anti-Semitism would disappear and become a historical fact. Almost 50 years on, and after having been director of the ADL for the past 28 years, Foxman, who steps down from his position this summer, can look back and say that they got it all … [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...]