Limmud FSU Australia kicks off with more than 400 participants

 

Limmud FSU is heading to Sydney

After an amazing Limmud FSU in Melbourne last year, we are heading up north to Sydney. Limmud FSU Australia 2016 will be held at Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, and is set to be bigger, better and even more amazing than ever before.

The audience enjoyed meeting 45 Australian and international presenters, including Gil Hovav, a well-known Israeli chef and great-grandson of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, reviver of Hebrew as a modern spoken language, the jazz virtuoso, Leon Ptashka, leading rabbis, scientists, academicians, journalists, artists and political figures.

The prominent Member of the Victorian Parliament, David Southwick opened the Melbourne festival by saying, “We are extremely proud of the very first Limmud FSU festival to take place in Australia, which will enrich the Jewish community of Victoria and will strengthen the ties between the Australian Jewish community and Israel.”

Roman Polonsky, Director of the Russian-Speaking Jewry Unit of the Jewish Agency said, “The engagement of the 30,000 Russian-speaking Jews in Australia is our top priority. And that is why we appointed a full-time representative in Australia, who has been working with this community for the last three years.”

A special event at the Limmud FSU festival was an exhibit of paintings by the distinguished Israeli artist, Yosl Bergner, “A Land for the Jews.” An exciting programme for the younger Limmudniks, concerts, recitals and delicious kosher meals rounded off a memorable experience for participants of all ages.

“Going to Limmud FSU was the best decision I made this year,” said participant Jemima Meltser. “It was great to spend time with so many like-minded people, meet new friends, learn about Judaism and celebrate being Jewish. Now all I want to know is when the next Limmud festival will be held!”

“The Zionist Federation of Australia is excited to be in partnership with Limmud FSU in this exceptional event,” said Danny Lamm, President of the ZFA. “We believe that it is essential to engage the Russian-speaking members of the Australian Jewish community members in the life of the broader Jewish community, just as the arrival of over one million Russian speakers to Israel has proved to be a vital element in the building of the State and its future.”

“We were delighted to host the initial opening function of Limmud FSU in Sydney and to see some 150 Russian speaking Jews come together to share in enjoying Russian style culture and entertainment followed by a traditional Shabbat dinner,” said Ron Weiser, President of the Zionist Federation of New South Wales. “To see such an amalgam of ages – young and not so young – attracted to this landmark event with the generous sponsorship of the Harry Triguboff Institute, made all of the lead up and planning worthwhile. We now need to build on this success into the future and are looking forward to hosting the next Limmud FSU festival in Sydney in a year from now.”

 

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For more information about Limmud FSU, visit www.limmudfsu.org