EnerJew Chanukah Shabbaton lights up the forest

On this past Shabbat Chanukah, the young members of the EnerJew youth movement from the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod enjoyed a special Seminar out in the woods surrounded by nature, fresh air, tranquility and endless snow… A special guest lecturer together with the movement’s professional mentors accompanied the three-day event that focused on the relevance of Jewish life and […]

Chanukah 2014: Hundreds of thousands celebrated; Millions followed on Facebook

The festive celebrations of Chanukah throughout the Former Soviet Union have become known worldwide for their uniqueness and beauty.  While hundreds of thousands of Jews across the land celebrated in over 500 communities, millions from across the world followed on Facebook. Amounting to thousands of events, attended by FSU Jews of all lifestyles and ages, Chanukah once again signified the victory of […]

East Ukraine: energetic Jewish youth unite

The Jewish youth of Donetsk and Mariupol, two of the main cities in the heart of the East Ukrainian conflict, enjoyed last week a special and professional Shabbaton Seminar in the capital city of Kiev in honor of the upcoming festival of lights. The seminar, organized by the new and innovative ‘EnerJew’ youth movement, already […]

In Lugansk, an icy Ukraine winter tests a war-torn community

By Cnaan Liphshiz – JTA LUGANSK, Ukraine (JTA) — In an unheated synagogue with no running water, a dozen Jews are trying to keep warm as temperatures here veer toward the single digits. Not moving too much helps keep the warmth under their thick coats, they say, a technique developed as the group gathered at least […]

Jewish FSU prepares for Chanukah

Fifty thousand sets of Chanukah Menorahs and candles produced by the FJC special holiday department, are now being distributed across the Jewish communities of the Former Soviet Union, as part of the last preparations towards the upcoming festival of lights, Chanukah. Warmly welcomed by the Jewish population, the Menorah sets aim to assist every single […]

Krasnoyarsk, Siberia honors FJC Rabbi

The Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia, Russia is celebrating 80 years to its establishment, and has decided to take the opportunity and honor 80 individuals, which have devoted themselves to the benefit of the region. One of them is Rabbi Benny Wagner that heads the local Jewish community. The region’s governor Mr. Viktor Tolokanski presented the […]