Limmud FSU Ukraine in HISTORIC Lviv OPENS

City’s mayor, Israel’s Ukraine envoy open conference with moment of silence for victims of current conflict

 

Lviv, Ukraine, Nov. 6 – A sold-out four-day conference of Limmud FSU Ukraine opened today in Lviv (historically known as Lvov or Lemburg), the cultural capital of Ukraine, with a moment of silence for Ukrainians who have fallen in the country’s ongoing civil conflict. Limmud FSU, the highly popular global educational and cultural conference for Russian-speaking Jews, is being held at the Hotel Dnister in the city center.

 

The historic city’s Mayor, Andriy Sadovyi, a rising political figure widely seen as a contender for the Russian presidency, attended the opening ceremony in the city’s Center for Science and Technology. Other distinguished guests included Israel’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Eliav Belotserkovsky, and local Jewish communal leaders. The Israeli envoy, noting an exhibition about Ukrainian Jewish history on display during the conference, said the community can serve as a “human bridge” to help build ties between Israel and Ukraine. More than 600,000 Jews from Ukraine have immigrated to Israel as well.

 

Meanwhile, Sadovyi said he hoped Limmud FSU Ukraine would become an annual local tradition, to help recognize the historical significance of the city’s Jewish community. Limmud FSU Ukraine was originally launched in 2008, and has been held in Yalta, Truskavets, three times in Odessa, in Vinnitsa and in Uzhgorod.

 

“The key to Limmud’s success, its longevity and popularity, is a successful combination of education, recreation and communication, which is harmoniously combined in the unique Limmud atmosphere,” said Limmud FSU Founder Chaim Chesler.

 

Limmud means study in Hebrew, so it is only fitting that this year’s celebration of learning and knowledge is held in ancient Lviv. The program includes some 120 sessions that will bring together more than 600 participants. Seven different sessions will take place simultaneously, so that participants can shape their Limmud FSU Ukraine experience around their own priorities. In addition to lectures and talks, Limmud FSU Ukraine will feature tours, workshops, master classes, concerts, exhibitions and round-table discussions.

 

Among other Limmud FSU Ukraine participants are presenters are Sasha Okun, a well-known Israeli artist; Yosef Chagal, Ambassador of Israel to Belarus; Roman Bronfman, former Knesset member, businessman and social activist; Igor Shchupak, Director of Tkuma, the Ukrainian Institute of Holocaust Studies and the Museum “Memory of the Jewish People and the Holocaust in Ukraine”; Myroslav Marynovych, a former political prisoner; Yuriy Vinnichuk, chief editor of “Post-Postup”; the writer Mariana Savka, chief editor of the “Vydavnytstvo Starogo Leva” publishing house, and many others.

 

Limmud FSU Ukraine also offers a variety of programs on music, literature, theater and the arts, with presentations by distinguished artists including Vladimir Bystryakov, “Honored Artist of Ukraine,” a celebrated pianist and composer; Alexander Volodarskiy; a writer, playwright and screenwriter; Victor Shenderovich, TV writer of “Dolls”, “Together” and “Free Cheese”; Valeriy Khait, a distinguished writer from Odessa and show host editor; Igor Irten’yev, a Russian-Israeli poet and one of the representatives of the so-called ironic trend in contemporary Russian poetry; Marina Maximilian, a popular and talented Israeli singer, pianist and composer; “The Klezmasters” band and “Pikkardijska Tertsiia” from Lviv, a popular group of Ukrainian singers.

 

Limmud FSU Ukraine has been sold out for two months, Chesler added, and will have to shift to a bigger venue next year.

 

Limmud Ukraine is sponsored by Limmud FSU and the Rothschild Foundation (UK), in cooperation with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

 

The Limmud Ukraine Conference partners include the general partner the All Ukrainian Jewish Charitable Foundation “Hessed Arieh”, the Embassy of Israel in Ukraine, “Nativ”, the Israel Cultural Center in Kyiv, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the International Jewish student organization “Hillel,” the Ukrainian Institute of Holocaust Studies “Tkuma” and the Museum “Memory of the Jewish People and the Holocaust in Ukraine,” The Jewish Agency, Emotions’ Holding ! FEST,” the “Vudavnytstvo Starogo Leva” Publishing House, the “DikArt Event Management Company,” and other Jewish organizations in Lviv.

 

Photo # 1 (from left to right): Limmud FSU founder, Chaim Chesler; Lviv Mayor; Andriy Sadovyi; Israel’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Eliav Belotserkovsky.

Photo # 2 – participants at the event.

Photo credit: Yossi Aloni.

 

About Limmud FSU:

Limmud FSU is a nonprofit founded eight years ago by Chaim Chesler, former treasurer of the Jewish Agency, and Sandra Cahn, philanthropist from New York, to serve young Russian-speaking Jews around the world. Limmud FSU brings together and empowers young Jewish adults who are revitalizing Jewish communities and culture in the countries of the Former Soviet Union, as well as in countries with Russian speakers around the world. The organization operates in Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, the U.S., Canada and Israel. Some 27,000 participants have taken part in its conferences, projects and festivals. Key partners include the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the Claims Conference, JDC, philanthropist Matthew Bronfman, Aaron Frankel, Diane Wohl, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, Jewish National Fund (KKL), the Jewish Agency,  and others. For additional details: www.limmudfsu.org.

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