2020 LIMMUD FSU NY Registration

What is Limmud FSU?

Limmud – the volunteer-driven Jewish learning experience started in Great Britain 30 years ago. Since 1990, Limmud has spread to Jewish communities across the world.

The first Limmud Conference took place in the UK in 1980, awakening inspiration in hundreds of activists who returned home full of enthusiasm. This resulted in the idea of organizing local Limmud events. The Jerusalem Post reported in 2000 that “Every place that has Jews should have its own Limmud.”

Limmud is a dynamic, pluralistic gathering of Jewish learning. For 30 years, Limmud seminars and conferences around the globe, from Canada to Australia, Switzerland and Turkey, as well as Israel, have been attracting Jews of all ages and backgrounds, including those who have studied Jewish topics intensively and others who have very little practical knowledge.

Seminars, lectures, workshops, and discussions focus on an enormous range of topics, from social and political trends within Jewish communities and around the world, to Israeli politics; from Jewish cooking; from traditional texts, Yiddish theater, dance and music.

Among the lecturers are world renowned academics and journalists; others discuss their hobbies and inspire others with their enthusiasm. Presenters of one topic become participants in workshops on others. All participants are equal; all are free to choose topics that interest them and select the sessions they wish to attend or not. All organizers, lecturers, and presenters are volunteers.

The primary mission of Limmud International is to develop, support, and continue to sponsor programs throughout the world. We fully recognize our responsibility to support the spread of Limmud’s global success story, helping other communities benefit from the conference’s vast experience.

What is Limmud FSU?

We strive to use Limmud’s core goals to create, enrich and enhance our Jewish life.


Our conference is open to all who want to learn, from all backgrounds, ages, and levels of Jewish observance.

Free-for-all, all-for-free

The presenters, lecturers, artists and speakers all give their time as volunteers; none are paid.

Roam as you wish

Wherever you find yourself, LIMMUD FSU NY Conference will take you one step further on your Jewish journey. Sessions are not compulsory – attend as many or as few as you like.

Paying your own way

There is a special volunteer discount, but participants pay a conference participation fee.

Limmud FSU NY

LIMMUD FSU NY 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-speaking people, wherever they may be.

Built on the experience of an international group of Jewish leadership, working in close partnership with LIMMUD FSU NY volunteer leaders, Limmud provides a rich educational experience – for the community, to the community and by the community.

LIMMUD FSU NY shares in the core goals of diversity, learning, community and volunteerism with the other Limmud conferences throughout the world.

History of Limmud FSU NY

LIMMUD FSU NY was founded by Chaim Chesler (Israel), Sandra Cahn (USA) and Mikhail Chlenov (Russia) in 2006. Matthew Bronfman joined shortly afterwards as chairman of its International Steering Committee and Aaron Frenkel as its President in 2013. We are happy to have had the opportunity to develop and implement Limmud conferences in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus, as well as in Israel, the USA and Canada.

LIMMUD FSU NY seeks to restore the tradition of lifelong Jewish learning and to strengthen Jewish identity. We believe our educational model and continuing efforts will ensure a vibrant and sustainable Jewish future for young Russian-speaking adults in the FSU, in Israel, in America and throughout the world.

Your Passport To A Russian Jewish World Of Culture And Learning: Get Inspired!

A truly unique event, organized and run entirely by volunteers, LIMMUD FSU NY has revolutionized pluralistic Jewish engagement of Russian-speaking Jews by involving them in an array of interactive workshops, intellectually-stimulating discussions, a festive Shabbat celebration, controversial debates, film screenings, artistic performances, music, dancing and much more.

  • Choose from one of many interactive sessions on Israel and global politics, philosophy, art, Jewish traditions, literature and business presented by international group of writers, entertainers, political celebrities and more.
  • Participate in workshops, jam sessions, and controversial debates
  • Meet prominent journalists, politicians, inspirational speakers and make new connections
  • Enjoy great entertainment by talented musicians and actors, artists and writers.
  • Unique children’s and family programming
  • Languages heard throughout the Festival will include English, Russian and a sprinkle of Hebrew.
  • The energy and inspiration of more than 50 volunteers, organizing an incredible program for 2020 LIMMUD FSU NY is contagious!
  • Join us May 03-05, 2020 for an unforgettable weekend at the trendy Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in Parsipanny-Troy Hills, New Jersey!
  • If you have any questions please contact info@limmudfsuus.org

Meet some of our 2020 Presenters...

Over 60 accomplished, exciting and diverse presenters will be part of Limmud FSU San Francisco.
For the continuously updated roster of speakers, check Presenters page periodically.

Alex Yentin

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Lev Sandyuk
The Music Director of the Orchestra of Jewish and Odessa Music

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Ran Bar-Yoshafat
Deputy Director of the Kohelet Policy Forum

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Sveta Lior Model
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Group Facilitator

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Yehoshua November
Hasidic poet, author of contemporary Jewish poetry, finalist for L.A. Times Book Prize, National Jewish Book Award.

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Katya Katsman
Clinical social worker, family therapist and sexologist

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Asher Altshul
Rabbi, Jewish Educator

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Masha Faynberg
Interior designer

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Eric Goldman
Doctor and adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University

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Isroel Barenbaum
Judge from Rabbinical Court in Russia

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German Nudelman
PhD, Senior Bioinformatics Analyst

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Pinchas Polonsky
Russian-Israeli Jewish-religious philosopher, researcher, and educator active among the Russian-speaking Jewish community

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