600 Russian-American Jews gather at Princeton for Limmud FSU
New York, May 14, 2012 -- Over 600 young Russian-American Jews from across the United States came together at Princeton University, May 11-13, for the first-ever three-day Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) Conference in America. An emphasis at the conference was also placed on the accomplishments of Prof. Albert Einstein, who lived and taught in Princeton.
“Limmud FSU has revolutionized pluralistic Jewish engagement of Russian-speaking Jews and is making a great impact in strengthening Jewish identity through a unique educational experience of Jewish history and culture,” said Limmud FSU co founder.
Alexander Levine, president of The World Forum of Russian Jewry (WFRJ), addressed Limmud dignitaries at the opening ceremony Friday night saying, “I call upon my American colleagues, the leaders of the mainstream Jewish communities in the United States, to join forces with our Russian-speaking Jewry in order to create one united Jewish force, based on the principles of true partnership, recognizing the importance of values, one of another in order to build the strong Jewish Diaspora with Israel at its center.”
In cultivating the next generation of Jewish volunteers and philanthropists, most communal organizations are challenged to attract millennials as they come of age and strive to assume leadership roles in their communities. Nonprofit organizations are exploring ways to include young people in governance, to involve them in a variety of special projects, and to provide hands-on volunteer opportunities. And, over time encourage their financial support. »