Moscow’s Jewish community gathered this past weekend for the annual festival for Russian-speaking Jews. About 2,000 participants attended Limmud FSU’s 12th conference in Moscow, April 19-22, 2018.

 

The program included more than 250 sessions on a broad range of topics, and also – for the first time – a complete program for children, with multiple activities each hour, for 2 different age groups. In total, the conference included more than 350 different lectures, sessions, panels and performances.

 

Keynote speakers at the conference included Russia’s chief rabbi, Berel Lazar; Israel’s Minister of Aliyah and Integration Sofa Landver; Limmud FSU President Aaron G. Frenkel; Israeli Ambassador to Russia Gary Koren; former Israeli Ambassador to Russia and vice president of Genesis Philanthropy Group Dorit Golender; Head of Nativ Netta Briskin-Peleg; acclaimed composer Sergey Nikitin; TV journalist Nikolay Svanidze and many more.

 

Speaking at the event, Limmud FSU’s founder, Chaim Chesler said: “We’re extremely happy to be here, right after Israel’s 70 anniversary, to celebrate with more than 2,000 youngsters at our flagships event for the 12th year.” Sandy Cahn, Limmud FSU co-founder added, “we hope to continue to grow and strengthen our amazing community here in Moscow; it’s truly inspiring.”

 

This Limmud FSU Moscow was made possible by its team of local leaders and volunteers, including Limmud FSU Moscow Project Manager Galina Murakhovskaya, Mikhail Libkin, Alexandra Livergant, Alexander Piatigorskiy, and others.

 

Daria (25) from Moscow told eJP: “It’s my first time at Limmud FSU. I was told by friend that it’s an amazing event that I have to experience, and after these 3 days I feel so lucky that I decided to come. This is the most powerful Jewish event I’ve ever been to here in Russia.”

Limmud FSU Moscow was generously supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), Nativ, Claims Conference, Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and others.