"When I came for the first time to Limmud it blew my mind. In the Soviet Union in the 90s, if you were a Jew, everyone paid for you to come to Jewish programs, and here people are paying Limmud. People want to come because it is a change of scene, and it's different than all the other Jewish programs -you can network, you can study, and it's in a fun atmosphere. Some people don't even go to any lectures and just come to meet people. Everyone can find something for themselves, whether you are religious or not".
The vast majority (approximately 200k) of the Russian-speaking Jews is concentrated in Germany and the Baltic states, but there is also a Russian-Jewish presence in Britain, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, the Benelux countries, the Czech Republic and Scandinavia. Limmud FSU Europe is the first extra-territorial Limmud in the history of the organization. It took place in February 2017 in United Kingdom, with more than 650 participants from 16 European countries, as well as Israel and the countries of the Former Soviet Union.
While the initial conference took place in London, the informal capital of the continent, in the future conferences can be hosted by any of the Russian-Jewish communities of Europe. The team has ambassadors in numerous European countries including Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden among many others.