What is Limmud FSU?

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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, it’s 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 stands for Former Soviet Union.

An international movement, Limmud FSU gatherings have been hosted for a decade in Russian speaking Jewish communities around the world: Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, USA, Canada, Australia and Europe. In 2016, Limmud FSU West Coast premiered in Los Angeles. On November 17-19, 2017, join us for another unforgettable Limmud FSU weekend, for the first time in San Francisco Bay Area!

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Our story

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Limmud is an educational conference for people of all ages and interests that is dedicated to Jewish life. The first Limmud conference took place in December 1980, in Britain. Since its inception 35 years ago, Limmud has become one of the most successful Jewish cultural events in the world.

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 that year. One decade later, Limmud FSU gatherings have attracted over 30,000 participants.

On November 17-19, 2017, Limmud FSU West Coast will arrive for the first time to San Francisco Bay Area.

Presenters

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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.

Evgenia Dodina

Evgenia Dodina

Film and Theater Actress

Jonathan Medved

Jonathan Medved

Investor, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Yelena Khanga

Yelena Khanga

Journalist

Pinchas Polonsky

Pinchas Polonsky

Philosopher, Researcher, Educator

Yulia Patrakova

Yulia Patrakova

Art and Literature Historian

Ami Horowitz

Ami Horowitz

Documentary Filmmaker

Nathan Sharansky

Nathan Sharansky

Human Rights Activist, Politician, Author

Yonatan Winetraub

Yonatan Winetraub

Co-founder, CTO of SpaceIL

Lori Palatnik

Lori Palatnik

Writer and Educator

Your name could be here

Your name could be here

You have something to say? Say it at Limmud FSU!

Program

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Arts and Culture

Technology

Global Politics

History and Tradition

Sport

Business and Economy

Science

Concerts

Israel

Relationships

Media

and much more…

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Why Participate?

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Limmud is all about people: participants, volunteers and presenters are the core of each conference. Participating in Limmud FSU, one has a chance to deepen existing connections, build new ones, explore new subject areas and discover something new in favorite topics, mix intellectual endeavors with fun and entertainment.

Network.

Forget 3 hour networking happy hours. At Limmud FSU, you have 3 days and 2 nights to network or better yet become friends with all kinds of interesting and even famous people you’ve never met before or get to know your own friends better. Lots of exciting things tend to come out of the connections made in the fun atmosphere of Limmud – career and business developments, creative and community projects, professional and life-altering relationships.

Network.

Forget 3 hour networking happy hours. At Limmud FSU, you have 3 days and 2 nights to network or better yet become friends with all kinds of interesting and even famous people you’ve never met before or get to know your own friends better. Lots of exciting things tend to come out of the connections made in the fun atmosphere of Limmud – career and business developments, creative and community projects, professional and life-altering relationships.

Learn.

Limmud is a Jewish cultural and educational event designed for all of those who want to actively learn and take part in intense and exciting sessions. We learn from expert speakers as well as from each other, not only within the constraints of the sessions but in the free time as well. You will come out of Limmud more thirsty for knowledge and community bonding than you have been in a while, guaranteed.

Learn.

Limmud is a Jewish cultural and educational event designed for all of those who want to actively learn and take part in intense and exciting sessions. We learn from expert speakers as well as from each other, not only within the constraints of the sessions but in the free time as well. You will come out of Limmud more thirsty for knowledge and community bonding than you have been in a while, guaranteed.

Socialize.

Limmud is an educational conference, but intellectual and social enrichment takes different shapes and forms at Limmud FSU. It is a rare opportunity to socialize with such diverse collective of people belonging to the same tribe: students and their parents, secular and religious, singles and family people, left-wing and right-wing and those who are neither. A welcoming, fun yet intellectually stimulating atmosphere makes social connections at Limmud effortless and enjoyable.

Socialize.

Limmud is an educational conference, but intellectual and social enrichment takes different shapes and forms at Limmud FSU. It is a rare opportunity to socialize with such diverse collective of people belonging to the same tribe: students and their
parents, secular and religious, singles and family people, left-wing and right-wing and those who are neither. A welcoming, fun yet intellectually stimulating atmosphere makes social connections at Limmud effortless and enjoyable.

Educate.

In addition to the adult program, there are separate innovative programs dedicated to children and teenagers. They will engage kids of different age groups throughout the conference with trained counselors and teachers. Parents can plunge into Limmud’s vibrant atmosphere without worrying about their little Limmudniks!

Educate.

In addition to the adult program, there are separate innovative programs dedicated to children and teenagers. They will engage kids of different age groups throughout the conference with trained counselors and teachers. Parents can plunge into Limmud’s vibrant atmosphere without worrying about their little Limmudniks!

Join Limmud volunteer army

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The experience will pay off in more ways than one.

Before applying, explore Volunteer page for more information.