Jerusalem, Monday, January 13, 2014 - Chaim Chesler and Sandra Cahn, Co-founders of Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union), announced today that the upcoming Limmud FSU conference in Belarus, taking place this summer, will feature a special event in memory of the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon whose parents were born in Belarus. The event is expected to take place in Sharon’s father’s hometown city of Brest. Sharon’s sons, Omri and Gilad, are expected to be invited to the event.
The event, which is expected to attract some 700 Russian-speaking young adults from across Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and the Baltic states, is also expected to have an official representative from both the Belarus and Israeli governments.
Sharon’s parents were Shmuel Scheinerman (1896–1956) from Brest-Litovsk and Vera Scheinerman (1900–1988) from Mogilev; both towns are in what was then Belorussia and is now Belarus. The family immigrated to mandatory Palestine in 1922 in the wake of the growing persecution of Jews in the region by the local Communist authorities and settled in the agricultural village of Kfar Malal in the Sharon plain.
Limmud FSU is operational in eight countries and this will be the second Limmud FSU conference to be held in Belarus. The first was held in Vitebsk, the birth place of Marc Chagall, and honored the memory of two other prominent Israeli leaders, both of whom were also born in Belorussia. Prime Minister Menachem Begin was born in Brest-Litovsk one hundred years ago, and President Shimon Peres, in the small town of Vishneyeva, 90 years ago.
About Limmud FSU:
Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union) for Russian-speaking Jews was founded in 2006 by Chaim Chesler, former head of JAFI’s delegation in the FSU, and Sandra Cahn, a philanthropist from New York, supports and reinforces Jewish education and identity to Jews from the FSU, the U.S. and Israel. Since then Limmud FSU events have taken place in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Israel and the United States – wherever there are communities of young Russian-speaking adults hungry for Jewish knowledge and culture. All Limmud events are organized and run entirely by volunteers. For more information please visit: www.limmudfsu.org