Overview 2015

Connections Conference


Limmud FSU Canada 2015 – Connections Conference

Conference Dates: 20 – 22 of November, 2015

What will be happening at the conference:

  • – During the weekend there will be over 80 sessions, multiple options to choose from at any given time
  • – Wonderful and interactive program for children 5 to 14 years of age
  • – Various Shabbat celebration options
  • – Shabbat-observant sessions on Shabbat
  • – Beautiful facility and breathtaking Canadian scenery

Interested in becoming a presenter at Limmud FSU Canada 2015 Connections Conference? We want to hear from you: our self-nomination application is now available!

We welcome members of the community who would like to present at this year’s event. Apply here.

Adults Program:

Since the word Limmud translates to learning from Hebrew, we believe that the most important feature of our conference is Limmud – learning. The learning that happens when you attend an interesting lecture, participate in a hands-on workshop, have an interesting talk over dinner, when you experience dancing to a live artist you’ve never heard before and when you learn something about yourself – something that was locked in you until you came here!

The Limmud FSU Canada 2015 Connections program features over 80 lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and interviews with over 30 speakers from all over the world. Each speaker brings to the conference their expertise, experience and passion.

We have broken down the program into 5 sub streams:

Art and Culture

A great way to appreciate the art and culture that surrounds us: Jewish humor, famous cultural icons, our languages, music, poetry, and sports.

Featured speakers: Ilia Akselrod

History and Heritage

The major historical events that affected us: our family stories, when put together become world events: the wars, revolutions and great stories of survival.

Features speakers: Gidi Grinstein

Jewish values, philosophy and social justice

From spiritual connections to current world events; the beliefs, interaction with other religious groups and global issues.

Featured speakers: Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore, Rabbi Hirsch Rabiski, Rabbi Dr. Samuel Lebens


From Innovation, to philanthropy and leadership development. Gain valuable skills, network and insight from prominent speakers in the field of entrepreneurship and business management.

Featured speakers: Dr. Marat Ressin, Sandra Cahn

Lifestyle & Self Development

Featured speakers: Brian Twohey, Menachem Kaiser

Kids Program:

Childrens’ program offers a variety of hands-on activities, workshops, sports and performances! The program will be broken down into different age groups: 5 -8, 9 – 11 and 12 – 16. In addition, parents are able to join our young limmudniks for special ‘family-sessions’ including cooking workshops and surprise performances!

Hotel Details:

Blue Mountain Resort, 156 Jozo Weider Blvd, Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 3Z2

Hotel website: http://www.bluemountain.ca/

Should you wish to arrive early or extend your stay at Blue Mountain resort, please contact YYZ Travel at 905-660-7000, Galina (ext. 215) or Luba at (ext. 409) for further details.

Conference Pricing:

Adult (19+): $325 (for a limited time $50 Early Bird discount will be available for those who register early. Stay tuned and Like us on Facebook to be notified about other discounts and promotions).

Child or Teen (5-18): $75 for the first two children, $50 for the third and on

Child (0-5): Free

Volunteers: Will received a refund of $50 upon completion of conference

Vendors: $TBA or $TBA fee on top of the participation fee if you are both a vendor and participant. (Vendors need to be approved prior to submitting vendor applications, please contact us at info@limmudfsucanada.org)

Transportation: $TBA to and from the conference.

All prices include 2 night accommodations, all meals, all seminars and sessions. Kindly note, all prices are based on a minimum double occupancy (if you do not have a roommate, one will be provided for you) and a special rate will be applied if you request a single occupancy.

Cancellation policy: Full refund of fees will be processed if cancelled before or on October 15, 2015, by emailing info@limmudfsucanada.org. There will be no refunds for cancellations after October 15, 2015. To purchase cancellation insurance, please contact Luba at YYZ Travel.

Buses and Transportation:

Limmud FSU Canada will be arranging for bus transportation from GTA:

Bus schedule:

There are three pick up points:

Stop 1: Miles Nadal, 750 Spadina Ave – Departing at 12:30pm
Stop 2: Prosserman JCC, 4588 Bathurst St – Departing at 1:10pm
Stop 3: Schwartz/Reisman Centre, 9600 Bathurst St – Departing at 1:45pm
Destination: Blue Mountain Village, 156 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains – Arriving at 3:30pm

The bus will depart back to Toronto on Sunday at approx. 2:15 PM

Stop 1: Schwartz/Reisman Centre, 9600 Bathurst St – Arriving at 4:00pm
Stop 2: Prosserman JCC, 4588 Bathurst St – Arriving at 4:30pm
Stop 3: Miles Nadal, 750 Spadina Ave – Arriving at 5:00pm


All meals are included in the conference fee. Limmud FSU Canada only provides Glatt Kosher food which will be catered by Meir Kosher Affair.

Events and Entertainment:

Both Friday and Saturday night will be filled with laughter, music, new friendship and great energy. On Friday night we will have various Shabbat services available.

On Saturday night, after a day and half filled with learning, workshops, meeting new friends, seeing old ones, learning something new and refreshing something old, all Limmudniks will be invited to attend our Gala evening, where we will all get a chance to eat, socialize, and celebrate all that we have learned and all the new friendships we have made. The Gala will of course include a three course Kosher dinner, engaging speakers, performances, and a great atmosphere filled with great people.

Following the Gala, JAM, a Limmud FSU Canada partner, will be hosting an after party.


Enjoy a lovely Israeli style Shuk (bazar) on Saturday (after Shabbat exits) and Sunday in the main corridor. The Shuk will feature books, jewelry, Judaica items, art and much more!

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