TORONTO, Israel’s Consul General in Toronto, Galit Baram, told the Limmud FSU Canada conference here yesterday that the Israeli government will help Canada’s Russian-speaking Jewish community “grow and flourish.”
“It's heartwarming to see so many motivated young Russian-speaking Jews getting together in the framework of this major Jewish event in the heart of Canada, and to witness the inspiring work being done,” Baram told Limmud FSU Canada participants. “We will do everything in our power to help it continue to grow and flourish.”
Baram added: “The work Limmud FSU is doing is extremely important and crucial -- taking care of the Russian-speaking Jewish community, which is a loyal community that supports Israel and fights the BDS movement.”
Over 700 people gathered this past weekend for the biggest event geared towards the Russian-speaking community in Canada. The event took place at the Blue Mountain Resort, an alpine ski resort just northwest of Collingwood. Limmud FSU Canada featured an array of world-class programs and speakers from around the world, including Israel’s Counsel General of Toronto and Western Canada, and a special ceremony opening an exhibition on Elie Wiesel’s life and accomplishments.
Limmud FSU Canada, a dynamic and pluralistic Jewish festival of culture, creativity and learning featured more than 50 inspiring speakers and 150 panels, workshops and discussions on subjects ranging from art, to Jewish culture and tradition, history, politics, academia, business and lifestyles. Currently, there are about 330,000 Jews living in Canada among which 137,500 are Russian speakers.
“The Canadian Russian-Jewish community is experiencing a remarkable renaissance and we’re thrilled that Limmud FSU Canada is a part of it,” said Limmud FSU Founder Chaim Chesler. “This successful weekend showcased the tremendous vitality of Russian-Jewish life in Canada.”
Limmud FSU Canada, sponsored by the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), explored a diverse array of topics including Jewish views of astrology and superstition, how to discuss Israel with Canadians, raising children in a diverse world, Israel in the era of Trump, demystifying Shabbat and religious Zionism. Adam Minsky, president and CEO of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and a great supporter of Limmud FSU Canada, addressed the conference at the opening ceremony and presented the Elie Wiesel “Where Are My Jews” exhibition.
Limmud FSU Canada was organized and driven by a team of some 40 volunteers, including members of the organizing committee, chaired by Boris Varshavsky, and Limmud FSU Canada Country Director Mila Voihanski.