Smolensk celebrates historical inaugurations

The city of Smolensk, Russia experienced this week the historic inaugurations of its new JCC “‘Beit Malkin” and new Synagogue “Beit Menachem”. The new Synagogue is strategically located alongside the historic Kremlin wall which dates 400 years back. Many distinguished officials from the local government, including the governor of the Smolensk region, Mr. Alaxei Astrovsky […]

Mariupel celebrates new Torah Scroll

On the day commemorating the release of Mariupel, Ukraine from the Nazi conqueror and the rescue of the last of its Jews – a new Torah scroll was introduced into the community’s Synagogue and JCC. Hundreds attended the festive parade. Jews from the entire region celebrated together with the local community at the event that […]

Food and Clothing distributed to needy children

Thousands of food and clothing packages were distributed on the eve of the New Year to needy Jewish children in partnership with the IFCJ. The packages, that arrived just in time for Rosh Hashanah, included nutritious food and a card with a set amount of credit for the children to purchase clothing of their choice. [nggallery […]

Baku celebrates 10th Anniversary

The ‘Or Avner’ educational complex in Baku, Azerbaijan marks this September ten years since its historical founding in 2002. Ten years later, the complex now includes thriving Kindergartens, Primary and High schools, Sunday and afternoon school and a wide range of informal activities with over 250 pupils. The Jewish communities of Azerbaijan, famous for the […]

Azerbaijan’s President sends greetings

President Aliyev with the FJC's leadership, visiting in Baku's educational campus

In honor of the New Year, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan has sent his congratulations to the Jews of his land. * “…the Jewish community plays a special role in the great progress and development of our country.”   Dear fellow countrymen! I heartily congratulate you on the occasion of […]

President Putin sends greetings for New Year

In a letter addressed to the Chief Rabbi and the Jews of Russia, President Vladimir Putin sends his best wishes for the New Year’ “The values of Judaism… are based on eternal values of good and justice.” The letter arrived on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, and was read out at the opening services at […]

Rosh Hashanah celebrated throughout the FSU

The eve of Rosh Hashanah 5773 at Tomsk, Russia

The two days of Rosh Hashanah, were celebrated by thousands of Jews in more than 415 communities operated by the FJC throughout the FSU. Both young and elderly men and women participated in the special services, shofar blowing, festive meals and unique customs and traditions.  

Russian PM sends greetings for the New Year

In a letter addressed to the Chief Rabbi of Russia, Russia’s PM Dmitry Medvedev wishes the Jews of Russia all the best and good health.  “Jewish values… have become an inseparable part the culture and history of our country, Russia.”   To the Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar: Please accept my good wishes for the Jewish New Year. This day is […]

Regional Seminar brings Inspiration to youth

Over 50 Jewish youngsters and students from the cities of Voronezh, Volgograd, Sochi, Krasnodar, Taganrog, Armavir & Rostov, all from Russia – participated last week at a 3 day successful seminar that reintroduced Judaism in an inspirational and exciting manner. The Seminar combined from fun, trips and studying has become famous due to its success […]

New Torah Scroll inaugurated in Nikolayev

Hundreds of members from the Jewish community of Nikolayev and its surroundings gathered to celebrate the 18th of Elul with a new Torah Scroll donated to the thriving Ukrainian community. After finishing writing the last letters of the Torah Scroll, donated by Mr. Israel Alashwilli and Mr. Avraham Alashwilli, the entire community participated in a colorful […]