Bar & Bat Mitzvahs celebrated in Siberia

After months of exciting preparation, a group of three boys and two girls from the Jewish community in Tomsk, Russia gathered together to celebrate their great day. During the event following, special speeches were delivered by each child, and unique gifts were presented to them by the community.[nggallery id=208]

New clothing distributed to thousands of kids

Happening now – more than 5,000 clothing packages are now being distributed by the FJC to needy Jewish children throughout the entire FSU, in partnership with the IFCJ, and the Gloria-Jeans franchise. Each child is receiving a card with a set amount of credit to purchase clothing of their own choice, color and style, and […]

Azerbaijan honors FJC’s representative

In honor of the national spring holiday, ‘Novroz Bayram’, the government of Azerbaijan in commemoration of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Armenian war, held a series of memorial events, and distributed humanitarian aid to their families. The FJC’s representative to Sumgait, Rabbi Menachem Leichter, was honored to attend the commemoration as the […]

FSU: Matzah distributed by the ton

Passover 2013 – hundreds of tons of Matzah, the tradition unleavened bread symbolizing the right to freedom, have been distributed by the FJC throughout the entire vast lands of the Former Soviet Union before the upcoming festival of Passover. Provided at nominal cost to all and free of charge to needy families and children, the […]

90 year old celebrates ‘Bar Mitzvah’

The Jewish community of Khmelnitsky, Ukraine, was surprised this morning when an unknown elderly Jew, more than ninety years of age, entered the local Synagogue during the morning services just as the congregation was seeking a tenth Jew in order to begin the services. Despite the freezing weather outside, the elderly Jew and his wife […]

Swastika sprayed on memorial monument

Nikolayev, Ukraine – Yesterday, the Jewish community of Nikolayev was shocked to discover the Nazi symbol covering a Jewish memorial monument, commemorating the birthplace of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The police have opened an investigation.

Lugansk: learning the value of freedom

The FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ Jewish day school in Lugansk, Ukraine – dedicated a special day of activity to teaching their pupils all about the value of freedom, from the times of the exodus from Egypt until the present time. Lectures, competitions & videos accompanied the event. [nggallery id=203]

New Torah inaugurated in Perm, Russia

Hundreds of community members, guests and dignitaries, participated last Sunday in the festive inauguration of a new Torah scroll that was donated by Mr. Reuben Yedgarov, and introduced into the grand Synagogue and JCC of Perm. The last letters of the Torah scroll were written in a special ceremony that took place in the local […]

‘Bat Mitzvah’ dance created in Odessa

In honor of their ‘Bat Mitzvah’ celebrations, a group of 12 year old girls from the Jewish community of Odessa, Ukraine created a series of special dances that they later performed at a joyous ceremony attended by friend, family and dignitaries. [nggallery id=201]

Children’s Matzah bakery opens in Zhitomir

Hands-on Matzah baking, at the FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ day school in Zhitomir, Ukraine, has turned into an annual tradition. On the first day of the month of Nissan, the pupils gather to experience the fast and exciting process involved in baking the special Passover unleavened bread. [nggallery id=200]