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World Jewish Leaders Gather at Limmud FSU in UK

fA century after the UK declared its support for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Israel, Jewish leaders from around the world and some 700 Russian-speaking Jews from 18 European countries gathered in Windsor last weekend for the first-ever Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) Europe regional conference in the UK.

The Limmud FSU Europe conference featured a special centennial celebration of the Balfour Declaration. The declaration, dated Nov. 2, 1917, was sent from UK Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour to Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild, and expressed the UK’s support for the establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people in Israel.

Limmud FSU Europe marked the first time in its decade-long history that Limmud FSU was not geared toward Russian-speaking Jews of a specific city or country. More than 250,000 Russian-speaking Jews currently reside in Europe, making it one of the world’s largest Russian-speaking Jewish communities.

The U.K. conference featured more than 100 lectures, workshops, presentations and discussions by leading figures including British members of Parliament; Israeli members of Knesset; former Ambassador of Israel to the UN Ron Prosor; Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar; Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Executive Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein; Genesis Philanthropy Group President and CEO Ilia Salita; American businessman and philanthropist Matthew Bronfman, who is chairman of Limmud FSU’s international steering committee; and Limmud FSU President Aaron Frenkel.

“This unprecedented continental gathering brought together major Jewish leaders and the Russian-speaking Jewish communities of Europe to celebrate the Balfour Declaration, which paved the way for the formation of the modern State of Israel,” said Limmud FSU Founder Chaim Chesler and Co-Founder Sandy Cahn. “Our first extra-territorial Limmud FSU was also our first nomadic conference, convening Russian-speaking Jews from across Europe in the continent’s informal capital.”

Limmud FSU Europe was held in partnership with the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), a private foundation with the mission of developing and enhancing a sense of Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews around the world.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

4 Responses

  1. The “Limmud” workshops, lectures and presentations should be banned, as they are simply an outpost of the reform-liberal movement.
    They mislead, mislead, mislead.

  2. It’s a shame some if these outstanding rabbonim from out of the UK are joining. Limud in the UK is extremely contravertial as they have had masorti (read Reform) speaking and taking part apart from other Reform elements in the past. Not including the present chief Rabbi, his predecessors have always found an excuse to miss this event. It is far from authentic Judaism and you will find most orthodox will avoid it like the plague. Should not be advertised on ywn.

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