Limmud FSU to kick off festival of Jewish learning

Nonprofit helps young Russian-speaking Jews all over the world find their religious roots.

Limmud FSU Belarus conference  (photo credit: COURTESY OF LIMMUD FSU)
Limmud FSU Belarus conference
(photo credit: COURTESY OF LIMMUD FSU)
VITEBSK, Belarus -- This week marks the beginning of the second annual Limmud FSU festival in Vitebsk, the birthplace of legendary artist Marc Chagall.
More than 600 of Belarus's young Jewish professionals ages 20 to 60 are slated to come together at the Vitebsk National Museum of Fine Arts from September 12-14.
Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union) is a nonprofit organization was founded by Chaim Chesler, former treasurer of the Jewish Agency, and Sandra Cahn, a philanthropist from New York, to serve young Russian-speaking Jews around the world and help them find their religious roots.
The conference features a packed program of lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, music and a wide range of cultural events.
Leading up to the much-anticipated festival will be the September 11 tour in Luzhky, exploring the hometown of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the founder of modern Hebrew, and guided by Ben-Yehuda’s great-grandson, leading Israeli TV anchor Gil Hovav.
A memorial and photo exhibition honoring the late prime minister Ariel Sharon will be held on September 15 in the National History Museum of Belarus, in the capital city of Minsk – from where Sharon’s parents immigrated to the Jewish State.
The memorial is being held in collaboration with the Belarusian government, the Israeli embassy and the local Jewish community, with the participation of Sharon's son Gilad, and close aide Israel Maimon, who served as his cabinet secretary.
Marit Danon, the head secretary in Sharon's Prime Minister’s Office at the time, is curating the photo exhibition, which includes photos from the IDF, Israeli government archives and personal collections.