First Limmud FSU Canada is coming in October

First ever Limmud FSU Canada organizing committee 2013

I’ve mentioned this before, but now there’s a website, so it’s real – the first Limmud FSU Canada is coming in October. Of course you’ll be there, right?

The organizing committee went on a planning retreat in January (that’d be the one where I yakked about my bukvar and other awkward childhood moments), and I thought I’d share the little write-up I’d done on the retreat below. (This originally appeared in the Limmud FSU International newsletter). I’m excited to see something like this happening here, and only a tad weirded out to be planning an event partially in Russian.

“This coming out of the Russian-Jewish community and Limmud – it’s almost magical. B’sheret. Destiny.”
“It was a very authentic and genuine weekend.”

These were just some of the comments heard around the room as the planning retreat for the first ever Limmud FSU Canada wrapped up in early January. Ten months still to go until the conference, but the planning committee was already clear on one point – their sense of Russian-Jewish identity and community had undergone a profound transformation.

And that’s in large part because of the very process itself – a weekend retreat where gibbush and emotional connections were high on the agenda. Many of the 25-odd participants had never met before the two- night retreat at a resort just outside Toron to, Canada, but by the second night – at a Soviet artifacts and stories workshop, led by Project Okna out of New York – comments like, “It’s frightening how similar we are to each other. The same experiences. The same stories,” were getting emphatic nods from around the room.

It is a hopeful sign of things to come during the conference itself, which is set to take place In Deerhurst, also outside Toronto, from October 24-26, 2014.

As one participant put it in the retreat wrap- up, “Limmud is about the journey – the process – and not just the conference itself.” That journey is off to a fine start already.

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  1. Mr. Cool on April 2, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    toronto area?
    friday to sunday?
    family oriented? or for young people under 30? neither?
    very curious

    ???? ?!

    • Lea Zeltserman on April 2, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      It’ll be just outside Toronto, at Deerhurst. October 24-26, so similar Friday to Sunday set-up as the one in the US. Open to all, including families, and there will be children’s programming available too. You can check out the website, which just launched, at for more details.

  2. ilia on May 18, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I’m saddened to learn that it will be in Deerhurst rather than somewhere in the GTA accessible by public transit. I think many participants from the GTA would have liked to come for part of the weekend rather than the whole weekend.

    • Lea Zeltserman on May 20, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Hi Ilia,

      Thanks for your feedback. There will transportation from Toronto out to Deerhurst for all participants. However, registration is only available for the full weekend – the idea is that everyone participates in the full Limmud experience, which includes staying at the hotel, eating meals together, enjoying the evening entertainment together, etc.

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