SILENT NO MORE

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - SI­MON ROCKER

SINCE its first event in Moscow in 2006, Limmud FSU has be­come an in­creas­ingly sig­nif­i­cant net­work for Rus­sian-speak­ing Jews around the world.

The Moscow con­fer­ence has be­come one of Limmud’s largest, with more than 2,000 par­tic­i­pants.

The three-day gath­er­ing at Wind­sor was the first for emi­gres in Europe, at­tract­ing peo­ple from 18 coun­tries in­clud­ing more than 200 from Bri­tain, 150 from Ger­many and even four from Al­ba­nia. Be­yond Europe, two vis­i­tors pitched up from Kaza­khstan.

A group of around 70 came from Rus­sia, in­clud­ing Anna Frolova, 26, who was one of the event’s nu­mer­ous vol­un­teers. “You have an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to meet old friends you haven’t seen in months,” she said.

Tel Aviv-based Ta­tiana Pashaeva, pro­ject man­ager for Limmud FSU, said: “When we first started talk­ing about Limmud FSU Europe a year and a half ago, we thought we might get 350.”

The mood of cel­e­bra­tion was such, she said, there were “peo­ple singing and danc­ing un­til six in the morn­ing”.

Be­fore they left the coun­try, Limmud FSU lead­ers trav­elled to Lon­don to open the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ex­hi­bi­tion on Elie Wiesel at the JW3 cen­tre.

Wiesel’s re­port in 1965, The Jews of Si­lence, was in­stru­men­tal in draw­ing at­ten­tion to the plight of Soviet Jewry be­hind the Iron Cur­tain.

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