Russian Jewish leaders meet Israeli Prime Minister as part of solidarity visit

Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, the founder and president of the FJC Mr. Lev Leviev, and other influential Jewish leaders, businessmen and philanthropists from Russia and the CIS met with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday. The meeting was part of the delegation’s week-long solidarity trip to Israel.   Speaking to the head […]

7th Bi-annual Clothing Project Carried Out in Over 50 Cities

The 7th bi-annual clothing project is well on its way in more than 50 cities throughout Russia and Ukraine, a joint initiative of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS (FJC) , the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) and Gloria Jeans clothing company.   Under the project, clothing gift card certificates will be […]

Russia Chief Rabbi Leads Solidarity Trip to Jerusalem

JTA Dozens of Russian Jewish community leaders and businessmen arrived in Israel for a solidarity visit led by Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar. The approximately 50 visitors from across the Russian Federation landed in Israel earlier this week and are scheduled to return next week, Lazar said. The group was scheduled to leave for Israel […]

Feeling the Revival

Over 300,000 people are estimated to have attended FJC’s 520 synagogue services and festive holiday meals across the FSU.  Regardless of different religious levels during the year, synagogue attendance during Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot triples. During these significant High Holidays Jews feel a part of something bigger than themselves, a part of great nation […]

The Grand Synagogue of Kaluga opens after a break of 90 years

The historical building of the Grand synagogue in Kaluga was opened after renovations on Tuesday, October 8th. The opening marks almost 90 years since the last time the synagogue welcomed Jewish worshippers at its doors. Chief rabbi of Russia, Berel Lazar participated in the opening ceremony along with the community rabbi of Bryansk, Mendy Zaklas, local community […]

Petersburg’s oldest historic synagogue reopens

The oldest prayer hall of Petersburg, Russia, the ‘Small Synagogue,’ opened its doors to the public after four years of renovations in the days following Rosh Hashanah. The synagogue is a beloved city landmark that has been the hub of Jewish life even under the most grueling conditions in the past century. The members of […]