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...]

Let My People Go!

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A look at some of the individuals embedded in the history of freeing Soviet Jewry. By Mordecai Haimovitch Twenty-five years after the gates opened for Jews in the Soviet Union, some of the leading figures of Operation Exodus - the effort that brought those Jews to Israel, the US and Canada during the 1990s - gather in the offices of the UJA-New York Federation. The atmosphere is low-key and marked by a feeling of polite warmth. Men in cool summer jackets sip white wine; women in modest, light summer dresses mingle among the crowd. What is deep here, however, are the pockets. The Jewish patrons in attendance raised $177 million to help liberate some one million of their brothers and sisters in the Soviet Union. But it was not only dollars that they contributed - it was also their … [Read more...]

Limmud FSU Debuts Commemorative Photo Exhibit “Opening the Gates”

Removing the Torah scrolls from a synagogue ark in Samarkand in order to bring them to Israel. (Robert A. Cumins)

By Maxine Dovere Limmud FSU commemorated the 25th Anniversary of The Struggle for Soviet Jewry with the opening of an exhibit of extraordinary photographs at the headquarters of UJA-Federation of New York June 9. The fifty image exhibit will be displayed in California, Washington, DC, Florida, Canada, and in cities throughout the world. Created by Limmud FSU in cooperation with The Jerusalem Post, the exhibit features works of Robert A. Cumins, prime photographer for the national United Jewish Appeal during the height of the "Struggle." Curator Asher Weil incorporated Cumins photos and pictures from the archives of The Jerusalem Post to create an exhibit that visualizes this volatile historic period. Ronit Hassin Hochman, The Jerusalem Post's Executive Director, told eJP, "We have made the … [Read more...]

Opening the Gates: Celebrating 25 Years Since the Exodus of Soviet Jewry

A traveling exhibit showcasing the last 25 years of post-Soviet Jewish life in the State of Israel opened today at the annual NYC Jerusalem Post Conference. The project - organized jointly by The Jerusalem 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 video includes a number of well-known individuals speaking about the exhibit: General "Gabi" Ashkenazi (ret), Sandra Cahn, Chaim Chesler, Meir Dagan, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Ronit Hasin-Hochman, MK Yair Lapid, Ronald Lauder, Steve Linde, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Natan Sharansky, MK Yuval Steinitz and Efi Stenzler. Video by Eli Mandelbaum … [Read more...]

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 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...]