Limmud FSU Jerusalem 2010, a festival of Jewish learning for Russian speakers on the theme of the Nobel Prize, was launched Wednesday at the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv.
The Jerusalem Limmud, which is set to take place in July, will be the third this year on the Nobel theme, after successful events in Ukraine and Moscow. The focus of this series is the 26 Nobel laureates from Israel and former Soviet Union Jewry.
Limmud FSU is an international movement for informal Jewish education based on the UK model founded in the 1970s. Chaim Chesler – who served, among other positions, as head of the Jewish Agency’s delegation to the Former Soviet Union and as treasurer of the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization – set up the Russian-speaking model in 2006. His aim was to create an educational-social-cultural framework for advancing pluralistic Jewish discourse for Russian-speakers in the Russian Federation, other countries of the former Soviet Union, the United States and Israel.
Speaking at Wednesday’s launch, Matthew Bronfman – one of the prominent
supporters of Limmud and chair of its steering committee – explained
the meaning of the program and what it represented.
Science and Technology Minister Daniel Herschkowitz told the
participants that Limmud connected to the Jewish story of each and
Dalia Rabin, daughter of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, noted the
long-term link between the Rabin Center and Limmud, and Chesler spoke
of the choice to hold the launch event at the there.
The two new co-chairs of Limmud FSU Jerusalem were also introduced:
veteran journalist Yaron Dekel, who has been exposed to the vibrant
resurgence of Jewish identity in events in Russia and Ukraine, and
acclaimed theater and screen actress Yevgeniya Dodina.