October 19, 2020
On October 16-18, Limmud FSU together with Hillel CASE, successfully mounted a series of three mini-Limmud conferences, each extending over three days and two nights, in Kiev, Odessa and Kharkiv, each attracting some 50 young Jewish participants, 150 people in total.
While carefully observing social distancing and according to the strict health regulations, the events were strongly reminiscent of Limmud FSU’s conventional festivals of Jewish learning. Together, there were 50 sessions and 20 speakers on such varied topics as Jewish leadership, Jewish attitudes towards relationships, famous Jews from Ukraine, the Beilis trial, Israeli dance, a master class in Jewish calligraphy, a virtual tour of Jewish Lviv and an actual tour of Kiev.
While making every effort to surmount but adhere to the lockdown, Limmud FSU continues to conduct online learning sessions and, whenever possible, hold face to face gatherings, in the hope of being able to have many more in 2021.
Limmud Hillel Ukraine 2020 was made possible thanks to the team of local leaders and volunteers, led by Limmud FSU Ukraine Chair and Director of Hillel CASE, Osik Akselrud, Limmud FSU acting director, Natasha Chechik, Project Manager, Galina Rybnikova, Valeria Kholodova, Yulia Pototskaya, Tanya Abovich, and Zhenya Khorzhevskiy.
The mini-conferences were made possible thanks to the generous support of Hillel International; Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG); Jewish Agency for Israel; Nativ – Israel Prime Minister’s Office; American Jewish Distribution Committee – The Joint; All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress headed by Vadim Rabinovich; Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund; Hillel CASE Board of Trustees; The Claims Conference for Material Claims Against Germany; Joel Passik and more.