Jewish learning for Russian speakers to be held in N.Y.


(JTA) — A day of Jewish learning, socializing and entertainment for Russian-speaking adults will be held in New York.

The Limmud program scheduled for Aug. 15 is set to include more than 50 presentations, workshops, seminars, panels and lectures. The subjects include "Tales of Passion in the Talmud"; "How S.Y. Agnon won the Nobel Prize for Literature"; "The Life and Legacy of Menachem Begin"; "Human Sexuality in the Bible"; "Jewish Spies in the Second World War"; "Alternative Medicine and ‘Jewish’ Cosmetics"; Islamic fundamentalism; and the Russian-American mass media.

Presentations will be delivered in Russian or in English with Russian translation.

The event, the second Limmud to be held in New York, will end with a barbecue, artistic performances, music and dancing. The Jewish Agency for Israel is organizing the program.

In addition to New York and Israel, Limmud FSU gatherings for Russian-speaking young adults have been held in Jerusalem, Moscow, Odessa, Yalta, Birobidjan, Minsk and Lvov.

More than 1,200 Russian speakers participated in 150 educational sessions at Limmud FSU Jerusalem 2010 last month.

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