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Some 800 Jews from across the former Soviet Union gathered for Limmud FSU, a three-day conference of Jewish learning and community building.

The conference, set to start Thursday night outside Moscow, is modeled after the original Limmud begun in Great Britain 25 years ago. A first for the former Soviet Union, it has garnered support from an array of international Jewish organizations and foundations. These include the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the World Jewish Congress and Taglit-birthright israel, whose alumnae are attending in large numbers.

The learning sessions are mostly run by local Russians, with participation from leaders and activists across the religious and political spectrum.

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