By Sara Liss [COJECO Keystone Fellowship Cohort II graduation speech, Wednesday, December 13, 2017] I once met a Neo-Nazi on the line for a bathroom in a dive bar in the East Village. I realize this sounds like the opening to a borsht-belt comedy set, but sadly there’s no punchline here. Instead, what happened was that I was waiting for the restroom, turned to the person in front of me, and asked, “excuse me, is it the same line for both … [Read more...] about Should I be a Jew today?
Russian Speaking Jewry
EILAT, Israel, Dec.24 - Limmud FSU Israel marked a decade of educational work with young Russian-speaking Jews in the Holy Land with a three-day Jewish volunteer-driven festival of learning in Israel’s southernmost city, Eilat. The dynamic and pluralistic event gathered 2,000 participants and ran starting Thursday through Saturday night. The 10th Limmud FSU Israel festival featured hundreds of lectures, workshops, presentations and discussions … [Read more...] about 2,000 Participants attend 10th Anniversary of Limmud FSU Israel
The National Museum of American Jewish History presents Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews, a new exhibition exploring one of the most successful human rights campaigns to date. The panel exhibition showcases Americans' efforts in the late 1960s through 1990 to free refuseniks. It is on view at Philadelphia's NMAJH December 6, 2017 through January 15, 2018, and will then travel to a number of venues across the country. Power … [Read more...] about Soviet Jewry Movement Explored In New Exhibition
Some 800 people came together this past weekend (November 17-19) for the first ever Limmud FSU West Coast conference in the San Francisco Bay Area, the largest event geared towards the Russian-speaking community in the region. The participants - mostly the children, and grandchildren of Soviet-era Jews - included over 120 elementary school age children and teenagers. Most of those attending were previously unaffilaited with the Jewish … [Read more...] about Innovation and History: Key Focuses at 1st Limmud FSU San Francisco
The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and Genesis Philanthropy Group, are launching a series of events on Harvard's campus focused on Russian-speaking Jewry. The lecture series and symposia will feature innovative thinkers, practitioners, authors, journalists and historians, including: Roman Katsman, Associate Professor in the Department of Literature of the Jewish People at Bar-Ilan University in … [Read more...] about Harvard University’s Davis Center Partners with Genesis Philanthropy Group to Launch Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry