Karate and dancing in Zhitomir’s Jewish club

A new semester in Zhitomir’s ‘Derech Eretz’ Jewish children’s club opens with new attractions alongside fascinating heritage and Jewish history classes: Self-defense and Karate courses for the boys, and styling and dancing for girls. The club, operating free of charge in the FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ school in Zhitomir, West Ukraine in the afternoon hours, attracts […]

Russian Plenipotentiary meets FJC’s representative

Plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Ural Federal District, Mr. Igor Rurikovich Kholmanskikh, met with FJC’s representative and the Chief Rabbi of the Urals, Zelig Ashkenazi. They discussed different issues concerning the local Jewish community and decided on full cooperation between them.

“Anti-Magnitsky law” must not harm children

Moscow, December 27, Interfax – Russian orphans should not become the hostages of politics, Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar said in comment on the Dima Yakovlev law. “Domestic problems should be solved before taking any further actions. If we are not prepared to solve this problem inside the country, we should be very careful and […]

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs celebrated in Volgograd

After months of preparation, a small but special group of four boys and girls from the Jewish community in Volgograd, Russia gathered together on the last day of Chanukah to celebrate their great day. During the event, special speeches were delivered by each child, and unique gifts were presented to them by the community as […]

The Secret of good wine

What makes good wine, and how do you recognize it? And more importantly what does Judaism have to say about wine and its various effects? Last week, in a special event for the Jewish community of Volgograd, the answers were revealed. Over twenty members attended the successful evening which was part of a series of […]

Famous Russian MP dedicates new Torah

On the last day of Chanukah, a new Torah scroll was inaugurated at the central Synagogue of Moscow, Russia by courtesy of Mr. Yossef Kabzon, a member of the ‘Duma’ Russian Parliament, a famous singer, national hero and proud Jew. After the last letters were written, the new Torah scroll was led in a festive […]

Smolensk: First ever kosher food store

Following the grand opening of its new Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Community of Smolensk in Russia last week celebrated the opening of the city’s first ever kosher store on the premises of the new center. Mr. Gershom Gulitsky, the store manager said, “I have been receiving many phone calls from Jews and non-Jews alike, […]

Chanukah in Georgia: Historical events

More than 500 Georgian Jews from around the world attended a Special Chanukah concert that took place in Tbilisi during the second night of Chanukah. Dignitaries and rabbis, the Foreign Minister of Georgia and community members participated in the unique evening. For the first time in history, a public Menorah lighting was permitted in Georgia. […]

Baku: Ambassadors celebrate Chanukah

Ambassadors and dignitaries from the US and Israeli embassies in Azerbaijan attended the special series of events that took place in honor of Chanukah in the Jewish Community of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Adam Sterling, from the US embassy in Azerbaijan, was the guest of honor at the […]

Latvia’s President celebrates Chanukah

Yesterday, the President of Latvia, Mr. Berzins Piermdien, was the guest of honor at the Jewish Community of Riga’s Chanukah celebrations. It was his first ever visit to a Synagogue, and it occurred on his birthday.   Pictures by: https://www.president.lv