The Conference in Vitebsk was an intensive celebration of Jewish culture and identity. More than 100 presenters, panelists, and moderators included prominent journalists, artists, educators, and philanthropists from Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, and the United States. They participated in more than 100 sessions, movie screeenings, lectures, workshops, discussions, memorial ceremonies, special exhibitions, tours and performances. In typical Limmud style, formats and topics varied widely. The main topic of the Conference was the Arts. However, there also were lectures and discussions on Jewish History, the Holocaust, Israeli politics, Jewish social action, personal growth, and poetry.
Presenters included Israel Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubenstein; founder and Director of the Yiddishpiel theater company, Shmuel Atzmon; noted television and radio journalist and Israel Prize laureate Yaakov Achimeir; Israel television producer and Director Boris Maftzir; Israel singer and actor Sassi Keshet; and Professor Raphael Walden of Sheba Medical Center and his wife Dr. Tzvia Walden, daughter of President Shimon Peres.
The Conference included a number of special events, including the opening of a permanent photo exhibition to mark the 90th birthday of President Shimon Peres, who was born in Vishnyeva; and the unveiling of a plaque marking Shimon Peres’ birthplace.