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...]

“Inspire your Intellect” – the Sixth Limmud FSU US Festival Opens Today

Photo from Limmud FSU 2014 New Jersey (eJP archives)

Among the approximately 1.7 million Jews living in New York and the US East Coast are nearly 300,000 immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Reaching out to this Russian-speaking population, is Limmud FSU whose annual festival opens today in New Jersey. The event, like all Limmud FSU events, is organized, planned and managed entirely by volunteers and is a unique opportunity for young Russian speakers to connect or reconnect with their Jewish heritage and identity; to create their own educational and social program; and to meet up with hundreds of people like themselves who share the same interests and concerns. Limmud FSU, founded nearly ten years ago by Chaim Chesler, brings together young Jewish adults in all the countries of the former Soviet Union, as well as those with Russian-speaking … [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...]

The Algemeiner’s “Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life”

Donald Trump at The Algemeiner's 'Jewish 100' Gala. Photo by Sarah Rogers.

Earlier this week at their annual Gala Dinner, The Algemeiner, released their list of the "Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life." The Gala itself, very much a pro-Israel affair, also honored Donald Trump and the late Joan Rivers. Accepting his award, Trump told the assembled guests to much appaluse: “I want to thank my Jewish daughter. I have a Jewish daughter. This wasn’t in the plan but I’m very glad it happened.” Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, converted to Judaism in 2009 before marrying real estate developer Jared Kushner. As to the list itself, the paper had this to say: "Jewish sages, in particular, did not create such lists. Indeed, some actually dismissed the categorization of lists (even of the 13 Principles of Faith of Maimonides, let alone of a list of the … [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...]