April 22, 2012 / 30 Nissan 5772
Sofa Landver, Israel’s Minister of Immigrant Absorption, addressed a capacity audience at the Jewish-Agency-supported-Limmud FSU conference for Russian-speaking young Jewish adults at the Klyasma Resort Center near Moscow, on Thursday 19 April. Minister Lander elaborated on international fears of a nuclear holocaust in the Middle East, by saying that the special character of Iranian nuclear ambitions threatens not only Israel, but people the world over. In attendance were Dorit Golander, Israel’s ambassador to the Russian Federation, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, chair of the Knesset Economics Committee and Alex Miller, chair of the Knesset Education and Culture Committee.
MK Miller said that Israel, in common with many other countries, is exerting pressure on Iran to stop developing nuclear weapons in the interest of world peace. MK Shama-Hacohen lauded the relationship between Russia and Israel and also emphasized the concern that the two countries share regarding the threat posed by Iran.
Ambassador Golender praised the relationship between Israel and Russia which has developed since the increase in flights between the two countries “We would like to see an increase in the number of Russian politicians visiting Israel. We are glad that the Mayor of Moscow will be visiting in May with a large delegation, and that the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta will be performing here in Moscow.”
More than 1,000 young Jewish adults from all over Russia – with other participants coming from Ukraine, France, USA and Israel – attended the three-day conference. Limmud FSU offered dozens of presentations, lectures and workshops on a wide variety of subjects, including the volatile political situation in the Russian Federation, science and technology, Jewish history, satire, literature, the arts, yoga, philosophy, and much more.
After her talk, Minister Landver spoke with several of the young adults attending the conference and noted that recently there has been a 50 percent jump in the number of those immigrating to Israel from the major cities of Russia, including St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Chaim Chesler, founder of Limmud FSU turned to Minister Landver and the two Knesset committee chairmen seeking their help in bringing some of the Russian gold medalists competing in the forthcoming Olympics in London to Upper Nazareth in September. Marking 40 years since the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972, a Limmud event in will take place on the theme of sports and the quality of life. “Moreover we also hope to bring to Nazareth the families of the victims as well as the survivors, including the noted runner Esther Roth-Shachamorov.
“My dream is also to be able to bring the American Jewish swimmer Mark Spitz who won seven gold medals in Munich. For Spitz, who was forced to leave Munich immediately after the murder, it would be a fitting closing of a circle and a tribute to the murdered Israeli sportsmen.”