Jewish 100, 2014: Chaim Chesler – Community
Co-founder of Limmud FSU
Chaim Chesler, a long-time advocate for Soviet Jewry, is a founder of Limmud FSU, created to give young Russian-Jewish adults the chance to revitalize and restore Jewish learning and to strengthen Jewish identity in their communities. Limmud FSU will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2016; its educational conferences, have attracted more than 27,000 participants worldwide. Chesler has a long professional background in connection with Soviet Jewry. He previously served as executive director of the Israel Public Council for Soviet Jewry; headed the Jewish Agency’s delegation to the former Soviet Union and the United States; and served as the Jewish Agency’s treasurer.