Jewish Tomsk celebrates

More than 350 members of the Jewish community of Tomsk, Russia, celebrated last week a series of events that included a visit from the Chief Rabbi, a historic meeting with the Governor, the inauguration of a new Torah scroll and the ground breaking for a new Jewish educational campus. The events opened with a special […]

The Future of Jewish heritage convened in Odessa

More than forty Jewish heritage teachers from Ukraine and leading school directors from across the FSU, came together last week in Odessa to discuss new tactics and opportunities for the implementation of Jewish studies in the FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ school network. The three day convention was addressed by professional educators and counselors, members of the ‘Darkeinu’ new Jewish heritage […]

Chief Rabbi lays flowers at U.S. Embassy

Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar expressed condolences to the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, in connection with the terrorist attack in Boston and laid flowers at the embassy, where many brought flowers and candles in memory of those killed in the explosions. In his meeting with the Ambassador, Rabbi Lazarsaid, “today our hearts […]

Jewish youth marks Holocaust day

Rostov, Russia – teenagers and educators from the Jewish community of Rostov, gathered this week at the city’s Holocaust monument to commemorate the lives of the 6 million Jews who were brutally murdered by the Nazis during the Second World War. The touching ceremony included prayers, the reading of poems and speeches by leading educators. [nggallery […]

Thousands rejoiced with food packages

More than 5000 food packages were distributed on the eve of Passover to needy Jewish children from throughout the FSU in partnership with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.  Each child received a Package containing Matzah, grape juice, and a large range of different kosher for Passover foods.[nggallery id=211]

FSU: Thousands celebrate Passover

Hundreds of thousands of Jews, from more than 500 communities throughout the vast lands of the Former Soviet Union, proudly celebrated the festival of freedom ‘Passover’ in a wide series of events and traditional ‘Seder’ nights organized by the FJC. The events included special lectures and classes, Passover ‘Seder’ nights, concerts, gatherings, and children’s parties. In addition, hundreds […]

The KGB’s failure in Ukraine

Chernigov, Ukraine – March 8, 1939. The dreaded knock on the door was heard in the home of the beloved Rabbi of the Jewish Community, Rabbi Mendel Schneerson. As noted in the archives of the KGB: Citizen Mendel Levkovitch Schneerson, address: Chernigov, Chekova St., 7; arrested. His crime: A passion in tending his flock, in […]