"When I first came 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, but the lectures are also excellent. Everyone can find something for themselves, whether you are religious or not".
Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation. With a population of 1.2 million people, it is the eighth most populous city in Russia.The Jewish community of Kazan, numbering some 15,000 persons, is one of the largest and most active communities in Russia and boasts a number of organizations including the Jewish Center Charitable Foundation Hessed Moshe, several schools and the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Kazan.
The first ever Limmud FSU in 2015 was combined with the local festival of Jewish music, an opening of the newly restored city synagogue, and an Interfaith Dialogue with the participation of the Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, rabbis from Israel, together with Muslim, Catholic, Protestant and Russian Orthodox clergy. The second conference was held in September 2016 with 500 participants and more than 100 lectures.