550 Russian-speaking Jews Celebrate Jewish Learning at Limmud FSU Canada
TORONTO, November 11: 550 people gathered this weekend for Limmud FSU Canada, the biggest event geared towards the Russian-speaking community in the country. It took place at the Blue Mountain Resort, an alpine ski resort just northwest of Toronto, and featured an array of world-class programs and speakers from around the world.
Currently, there are about 550,000 Jews living in Canada among which 137,000 are Russian-speaking.
Among the featured presenters at the event: President and CEO of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Adam Minsky; entrepreneur and Limmud FSU’s Chairman of the Steering Committee Matthew Bronfman; Consul General of Israel to Toronto and Western Canada Galit Baram; Limmud FSU Canada Honorary Chair and the main sponsor Harry Rosenbaum; IDF Commando Officer and team member of Operation Entebbe Rami Sherman; Chief Executive of Limmud organization (UK) Eli Ovits; and many more.
“Limmud FSU Co-Founder Sandra Cahn told eJP: “Our team of Canadian volunteers has consistently grown the gathering year after year, we are so proud that Limmud FSU is now a permanent fixture on the Canadian-Jewish landscape.”
“Limmud FSU is a prime facilitator of rebuilding the world of Jewish involvement in your own community,” said Harry Rosenbaum, “It is a source of the expression and strengthening the connection to Jewish people and Jewish tradition, it is a model for finding paths to the hearts and souls of the participants.”
“UJA Federation is so proud to be a partner in what has become one of the most successful Limmud events anywhere in the world,” added Adam Minsky. “Limmud FSU genuinely helps strengthen Jewish identity and ensures that our heritage and our values are passed down from generation to generation.”
Limmud FSU Canada was made possible thanks to the team of local leaders and volunteers, led by Country Director Mila Voihansky and enjoyed the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), UJA – Federation of Greater Toronto, Claims Conference, UJE, BMO Wealth Management, Great Gulf Charitable Foundation – Harry and Malka Rosenbaum, The Binah Charitable Foundation – Julia and Henry Koschitzky, Nathan and Lily Silver Charitable Foundation – Shoel Silver, Miriam and Larry Robbins Foundation and others.
Photos courtesy of Alexei Malakhov