Westchester—Some 1,000 people are expected to gather the weekend of May 12 for Limmud FSU New York, the biggest event geared towards the Russian-speaking community in the area, which will include a ceremony opening an exhibition on Leonard Cohen’s life and Jewish roots.
Currently, there are an estimated 200,000 Russian Jews in the tri-state area and 700,000 nationally. Limmud FSU New York will take place at the Hilton Westchester and will feature an array of world-class programs and speakers from around the world, including Israel’s minister of tourism, Yariv Levin; Rep. Nita Lowey, D-New York, will be speaking at the opening ceremony on Friday.
Limmud FSU New York is a dynamic and pluralistic Jewish festival of culture, creativity and learning featuring more than 80 inspiring speakers and 120 panels, workshops and discussions on subjects ranging from art to Jewish culture and tradition, history, politics, academics, business and lifestyles.
Sponsored by the Koret Foundation and Blavatnik Family Foundation, Limmud FSU New York will explore a diverse array of topics including Israel in the era of Trump, Jewish views of astrology and superstition, raising children in a diverse world, demystifying Shabbat and religious Zionism. Top Israeli singer Ninet Tayeb will give a special performance during the tribute to Leonard Cohen.
Among the featured presenters will be acclaimed Russian animator Oleg Kuvaev; Consul General of Israel in New York Dani Dayan; stand-up comedians Dmitry Romanov and Igor Meerson; UJA-Federation of New York Director of Learning and Development and Jewish Parent Co-Founder Yelena Kutikova; American rabbi and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin; Muslim interfaith activist Nadiya Al-Noor; Founder and Director of the “Eralash” TV show Boris Grachevskii; Abby Stein, the first openly transgender woman raised in the Chasidic community; and many others.
“The New York Russian-speaking Jewish community is thriving and going from strength to strength and Limmud FSU New York has become an integral part of this exciting growth,” said Limmud FSU founder Chaim Chesler. “We look forward to an inspiring gathering that will contribute to the incredible vitality of Russian-Jewish life in New York,” said Limmud FSU co-founder Sandy Cahn.
Limmud FSU New York was made possible by the generous support of UJA-Jewish Federation of New York and the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), and the help of local volunteers, including Ilya Bratman, Valerie Khmelnitsky and Roman Sidler.
“Limmud FSU New York grows by leaps and bounds each year. We are already sold out for the weekend and have a waiting list,” said Limmud FSU US Project Manager Noam Shumakh-Khaimov.