Fire strikes the Synagogue of Grodno

The Great Synagogue of Grodno, Belarus, was tragically burned down last night by a fire caused by an electrical circuit. The praying hall and kitchen were completely ruined, leaving the community homeless without a place for services. The community, that only recently managed to restore the building’s front and had begun plans for reconstructing the inner hall, was shocked this […]

Petersburg prepares for historical event

The Jewish Community of Petersburg, Russia, is preparing for an exceptionally exciting and special event celebrating 120 years since the establishment of one of the most beautiful Synagogues in the world, the Grand Choral Synagogue. The Synagogue that was built on 1983, will be hosting the historical event expected to be attended by more than 2,000 people from the community and across Russia, […]

First candle lit by II world war veteran

Moscow, Russia – Mr. Rafael Roshavski, that fought the Nazis during the war while serving in the Red army, lit this evening the first candle of Chanukah at Moscow’s ‘Sharei Tzedek’ Chesed (charity) center that serves 15 thousands needy Jews throughout the year.  [nggallery id=250] 

Happy 135th Birthday Irkutsk!

The Jewish community of Irkutsk, Russia, gathered this last Tuesday to celebrate 135 years since the foundation of its Great Synagogue.  The synagogue that was built at the end of the 19th century unified the community that until then had been divided between merchants and soldiers. Since then the Synagogue has suffered three fires, survived  both the Czarist and Soviet regimes, and today 135 years later, […]

Prime Minister Netanyahu visits Jewish Museum

Moscow, Russia – The Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, dedicated part of his short day and a half visit to Moscow – during which he had met President Putin on the Iranian issue – to a historic visit to the new Jewish Museum and Tolerance center. “President Putin was correct yesterday when he told me that even […]

Russian youth in the footsteps of the Holocaust

‘The Eternal People’:  One hundred and fifty students from the 10th and 11th grades at the FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ Jewish high schools in Russia participated for the first time in their lives in an exciting and emotional journey to the death camps and Jewish Ghettos in Poland  “Tomorrow will never again be like yesterday” the […]

Perm: Israeli ambassador visits Jewish community

Accompanied by a delegation, Mrs. Dorit Golender, the Israeli ambassador to Russia, visited last week the thriving Jewish community of Perm, Russia. She became closely acquainted with the community, its JCC and its educational institutes. In a special dinner that took place in her honor, later on that day, Mrs. Golender gave the community greetings from the Governor of the Perm region, […]

Olympic Sochi greets new Torah

While the city of Sochi gets ready to host the Olympics, the Jewish community in the town last week proudly inaugurated a new Torah Scroll donated by one of its prominent activists in memory of his Mother. Three days later his father sadly also passed away. The new Torah, whose first letters were written at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, was inaugurated last Thursday […]

“Thank you for saving my life”

Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, the FJC’s representative to Derbent who miraculously recovered from his wounds after being shot by a Muslim terrorist, took the opportunity to personally thank the President of the FJC, Mr. Lev Leviev, at a special dinner that took place in New York. More than 80 representatives of Jewish Bukharin communities in the USA participated […]