President Putin Sends New Year Greetings

JP Updates Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday issued Rosh Hashanah greetings to the Jewish community in Russia and worldwide at a meeting with Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar. “I congratulate you on the occasion of the Jewish New Year,” Putin wrote. “This is an ancient festival and especially revered by Jews all over the world. It symbolizes spiritual […]

Hundreds of Jewish families remaining in eastern Ukraine for High Holidays

(JTA) — Hundreds of Jewish families are staying in the flashpoint eastern Ukraine cities of Donetsk and Mariupol and will spend Rosh Hashanah there. The families are hoping for an extended calm after the signing of a cease-fire agreement reached last week between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian militias, said the chief rabbi of Donetsk, Pichas […]

EnerJew coordinators convene in Vilna

Accompanied by their professional mentors, 45 coordinators from the ten branches of the rapidly growing EnerJew youth movement in the FSU convened last week on the outskirts of Vilna, Latvia, for an unforgettable three day International Seminar.   Throughout the seminar, consisting of classes, workshops, lectures and dynamic brainstorming sessions – the young coordinators learned how to create professional activity programs, […]

The miracle of Jewish education continues

Thousands of Jewish children from across the former Soviet Union rejoiced this week as the new school year opened successfully on the 1st of September at the FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ network of Jewish kindergartens and day schools in countries such as: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Azerbaijan. In a land where Jewish education and religion were […]

‘My City Is Being Shelled’

“I’ve dreamed a lot of dreams. I’ve dreamed about what I would do with my life, how my family would look, and how I’d develop the community. But what’s happening now wasn’t in the dreams. By Chana Gopin   |  Chabad.org “My Russian-language magazine, The World of the Jewish Woman, is celebrating its 150th edition. I remember the evening, 14 […]

Prominent Member of Jewish Community Shot and Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine

Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski and Garik Zylberbord had been close for years. Zylberbord was one of Vishedski’s earliest friends and supporters when the rabbi first arrived in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 1993. The two remained in close contact as the conflict in the eastern part of the country, which began back in February, burned into war and forced the […]

Tragedy: Ukrainian rebels kill Jewish man

A Jewish man was shot to death by pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Friday, community leaders told The Jerusalem Post. Gearik (Eliyahu) Zilberbord, 47, was shot when attempting to prevent rebels from robbing his neighbors’ house. He was buried in Kiev by Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski of Donetsk and members of the […]