LIMMUD FSU LEADERS LIGHT MEMORIAL
TORCHES IN AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU
Taking part in the annual “International March of the Living”, two of the leaders of Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union), Matthew Bronfman and Aaron G. Frenkel, kindled torches at Auschwitz-Birkenau in memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust.
International businessman and Chair of the Limmud FSU Steering Committee, Matthew Bronfman, said that his late father, Edgar Bronfman, former President of the World Jewish Congress, had fought for years for the rights of Jewish people worldwide: "I light this torch on behalf of all the volunteers of Limmud FSU, and in the name of the Jewish people who suffered beyond the power of imagination in this very place. I stand here in the shadow of my father who fought long and hard to restore honor and dignity to each and every Jew around the world."
The entrepreneur, Aaron G. Frenkel, President of Limmud FSU, said: "I light this torch in memory of my family members - grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts and uncles, daughters and sons, and to my mother Fruma who was incarcerated here in this place."
Bronfman and Frenkel were speaking on behalf of 60 Limmud FSU activists and volunteers from the USA, Russia, Israel, Canada, Ukraine, Australia, Belarus, Western Europe and Moldova, who are meeting for the organization’s Global Leadership Summit, taking place this weekend in Warsaw.
The biannual Summit is sponsored by the UJA Federation of New York and Limmud FSU’s participation in the “March of the Living” was made possible thanks to its Chairman Shmuel Rosenman and Vice President, Aaron Tamir. Founder of Limmud FSU Chaim Chesler and co-founder Sandy Cahn : “The goals of the Summit is to enable activists and volunteers to meet colleagues and to share knowledge and experience in an atmosphere of joint learning and study with the aim of reinforcing identity, cultural, intellectual and spiritual engagement among the organization’s key personnel”.