Abakan celebrates the opening of new JCC

The Jewish community of Abakan, Russia – celebrates the opening of their first  Jewish Community Center and Synagogue. The inauguration ceremony was held earlier this month and was attended by Chief Rabbi Lazar, the local Governor Mr. Gregory Pichotnik, local politicians, and hundreds of community members. The new JCC and Synagogue of Abakan was built thanks […]

Five ‘Mobile Synagogues’ aim to cross Russia

This summer expedition has already become a tradition. A group of 15 young and ambitious rabbis assembles for a 3-week journey – in mobile synagogues – across the vast lands of Russia, aiming to reach out to every small and even the most remote Jewish community. A special press conference, headed by Chief Rabbi Lazar, […]

Moscow Bar Mitzvah Project Reaches 50 Pupils

With the aim of reconnecting teenage boys with the Jewish education of their youth, Moscow’s  Bar Mitzvah project has already prepared 50 young men for their Bar Mitzvah over the past two years. Rabbi Aba Abdo works with the boys every Monday and Thursday for 6 months to prepare them for their bar mitzvah service, consisting […]

Getting the basics down- Easy Jewish Learning Series Launched

Over the past year, a new and unique Jewish learning book and video series was launched by the FJC and LeDorot Publishing. ”Yahaduton” is aimed at teaching basic Jewish concepts such as prayer, kosher laws, Shabbat, business ethics and how to treat your fellow man.  The first four books have been a huge success, enabling Jews across the […]

Jews with synagogues on wheels to visit over 70 cities of Russia

Interfax – The 4h Jewish ethnographic expedition begins at the building of the Jewish Museum and the Tolerance Center in Moscow on July 27. Synagogues on wheels (“mitzvah mobiles”) will visit over seventy cities this year. Participants in this expedition – young rabbies, students of yeshivas from Russia, Israel and the CIC countries – study Jewish […]

From across the FSU: ‘Darkeinu’ teachers gather in Jerusalem

Forty-five Jewish heritage teachers at the FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ Jewish school network in the Former Soviet Union participated last month in ‘Darkeinu’s’ annual teachers’ seminar that took place in the heart of Jerusalem, Israel. The teachers, who teach Jewish heritage using the innovative ‘Darkeinu’ learning program –  developed and designed especially for the mentality and language of today’s Russian […]