Limmud FSU is an experience! It is a fun, dynamic and pluralistic gathering of Russian speaking Jewish adults, and young families, for a weekend learning retreat.
Organized entirely by volunteers, Limmud FSU is a conference-style “staycation retreat” designed to re-energize and empower our community, to connect with each other, and to explore our common culture, heritage and identity.
Limmud comes from Hebrew and means "to learn". FSU is the abbreviation for Former Soviet Union.
An international movement, Limmud FSU gatherings have been hosted in Russian speaking Jewish communities around the world for nearly a decade. In 2016 Limmud FSU comes to the West Coast for the first time with a premiere event in Los Angeles.
Join us January 29-31, 2016 for an unforgettable weekend at the trendy Westin Hotel in Pasadena!
Limmud is a Jewish grassroots cultural initiative, driven entirely by volunteers. It started more than 30 years ago in the U.K. when a small group of friends wanted to get together in a relaxed setting to share ideas, discuss important Jewish issues, learn and connect with each other. Limmud gatherings were an opportunity to disconnect from the daily grind, and plug into something meaningful.
This simple concept quickly grew into an international movement. Annual Limmud retreats sprung up in countries around the world. Hundreds of participants returned home full of enthusiasm and desire to introduce it within their own local Jewish community.
In 2006, Chaim Chesler (Israel) and Sandy Cahn (USA) partnered with Mikhail Chlenov (Russia) to initiate Limmud gatherings in Russian speaking countries. Their goal was to give Jewish communities across the Former Soviet Union an opportunity to come together, learn and express their Judaism on their own terms. With generous funding from the Bronfman family, the pilot project was successfully launched in Moscow later than year.
"Every place that has Jews should have its own Limmud"
The Jerusalem Post.
Nearly one decade later, Limmud FSU gatherings have attracted over 30,000 participants across Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Israel, Canada, Australia, and the U.S. East Coast.
In 2016, Limmud FSU will premiere for the first time on the West Coast.
The West Coast Organizing Committee will host the first annual Limmud FSU West Coast at the stylish Westin Hotel in Pasadena, California (191 N. Robles Ave., Pasadena CA 91101).
Join guests from across the United States, Canada, Israel, Russia and Ukraine for an unforgettable Limmud FSU weekend January 29-31, 2016.Reserve your seat!
Choice is what makes each Limmud FSU a unique experience. Culture, pluralism and fun are the foundation of every retreat.
Dozens of learning sessions are available concurrently throughout the weekend on a range of topics including: art, politics, society, literature, personal growth and family life, Jewish humor and culture, identity, and even Kosher sex. As a participant you are free to design your own schedule and choose as many (or few) as you want to attend.
Limmud FSU West Coast is your forum to explore, express and experience our common Russian Jewish heritage.
More than 60 sessions including workshops, discussions, masterclasses, film screenings, lectures, and a full teenage and children programs. Did we also mention stand-up comedy, music, dancing, spirited Shabbat celebration, Saturday Night Awards Gala and concert, and late night jam sessions.
Wherever you are on your Jewish journey, you'll find yourself at home at Limmud FSU!
1) It's a cool and meaningful 'staycation' weekend, for young adults, the young at heart, and families.
2) A special time to (re)connect with your Jewish identity, in a fun and humorous way.
3) Saturday nigh dinner, wine and dessert reception, live entertainment and concert L.O.V.E. with Andrey Makarevich -- and so much more!
Join your new and old friends for Limmud FSU on January 29-31, 2016 at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena (191 N. Robles Ave., Pasadena CA 91101).
Whether you are a young professional, student, child, parent or grandparent; involved or just curious about Judaism - you'll find yourself at home at Limmud FSU!
Limmud FSU is my chance to, against all odds, be uniquely Russian-Jewish and American in a space that is designed uniquely for our experiences. It's a place to defy all cultural limitations, learn about (y)our past/present/future, and come [read more]
Limmud is a good "what else" place. It is a good place to get out of the everyday stuff and to think about "what else" and to see people you otherwise woudn't see, hear things you otherwise wouldn't hear and do things you otherwise wouldn't [read more]
Limmud is my passion. I do Limmud because I want to make a difference to our Russian Jewish Community on the West Coast. The best part about Limmud is that it is a life experience, which connects Russian Jewish Community all over the world; [read more]
At Limmud I really enjoy the connection to the Russian Jewish part of my identity. I don't have a lot of it in my everyday life and spending a weekend with people who share same culture, come from similar background and enjoy things I enjoy is an [read more]