Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Largest Limmud FSU in Canada to gather over 700 Russian-speaking Jews this weekend

Some 700 people are expected to gather the weekend of March 24 for Limmud FSU Canada, the biggest event geared towards the Russian-speaking community in Canada. The event will take place at the Blue Mountain Resort, an alpine ski resort just northwest of Collingwood. Limmud FSU Canada will feature an array of world-class programs and speakers from around the world, and a special ceremony opening an exhibition on Elie Wiesel’s life and accomplishments.

Limmud FSU Canada, a dynamic and pluralistic Jewish festival of culture, creativity and learning will feature more than 50 inspiring speakers and 80 panels, workshops and discussions on subjects ranging from art, to Jewish culture and tradition, history, politics, academia, business and lifestyles. Currently, there are about 330,000 Jews living in Canada among which 137,500 are Russian speakers.

Limmud FSU Canada, supported by the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), will explore a diverse array of topics including Jewish views of astrology and superstition, how to discuss Israel with Canadians, raising children in a diverse world, Israel in the era of Trump, demystifying Shabbat and religious Zionism. Adam Minsky, president and CEO of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and a great supporter of Limmud FSU Canada, will address the conference at the opening ceremony and present the Elie Wiesel “Where Are My Jews” exhibition.

Among the featured presenters will be Canadian TV host Adrienne Gold; Israel Bonds Canada CEO Raquel Benzacar Savatti; Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Immigrant Absorption Zeev Khanin; popular Russian writer Victor Shenderovich; President of York Entrepreneurship Development Institute Marat Ressin; Principal of Yeshivat Or Chaim Rabbi Yair Spiz; and many others.

“The Canadian Russian-Jewish community is experiencing a remarkable renaissance and we’re thrilled that Limmud FSU Canada can be a part of it,” said Limmud FSU Founder Chaim Chesler. “We look forward to an inspiring gathering that will contribute to the tremendous vitality of Russian-Jewish life in Canada.”

Limmud FSU Co-Founder Sandra Cahn added: “Our team of Canadian volunteers has consistently grown the gathering year after year, a testament to their dedication and the quality of the event. We are so proud that Limmud FSU is now a permanent fixture in the Canadian-Jewish landscape.”

This event could not have happened without the generous support from Honorary Chairman Harry Rosenbaum, Shaul Silver and Julia Koschitzky .

“Although this is only the fourth year of Limmud FSU in Canada, we have seen it grown tremendously. We are already sold out for the weekend, with a waiting list of more than 100! We are very proud of our team and volunteers who spent hours upon hours to make this weekend a success,” said Boris Varshavsky, the Limmud FSU Canada organizing committee chair.