Jews of Ivanovo, Russia, Celebrate a Place of Their Own

Lubavitch.com | by Staff Writer – Ivanovo, Russia Earlier this week, the Jewish community of Ivanovo, Russia, now on the rebound after years of stagnant activity, celebrated the opening of a new synagogue and Jewish community center. Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar presided over the dedication of the new center, well attended by the local […]

Jewish life in Azerbaijan embodies Muslim-majority nation’s culture of tolerance

By Peter Rothholz/JNS.org At a time when, due to rampant anti-Semitism, thousands of Jews are leaving France, the United Kingdom, and other countries in Europe, there is one country where “it’s becoming attractive even for some people to come back” from Israel and other countries to which they had previously emigrated. According to Rabbi Shneor […]

Studies Begin for 1000 EuroStars participants

The EuroStars young adults program launched last week in 32 cities throughout Russia. About 1000 young people in the age between 18-28 will participate in the program this year,  doubling last year’s numbers and making it the program’s most demanded year yet. The momentum for the youth program is on the rise following its success […]

EnerJew Seminar ‘Changes Lives’ for Teenagers from the FSU

Two hundred teenagers from the FSU participate in a motivational seminar in Jerusalem, bringing their life-changing experiences back to their hometowns for a new year of EnerJew youth movement engagement. By: Sveta Raskin  Last week some 200 Jewish youths from Russia and the CIS gathered in Jerusalem to embark on a week-long journey that connected […]

EnerJew Activists Strive for Drive

Jewish radio station, an arts and crafts charity fair and a community photo exhibition were among the projects presented by EnerJew activists at the social projects competition, a part of EnerJew’s motivational seminar happening this week in Jerusalem and around the country. Teams from the youth movement’s 20 cities across Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia and […]

EnerJew seminar opens in Jerusalem

A 5-day seminar for activists of the EnerJew youth movement opened in Jerusalem early this week. About 200 youngsters from 20 cities across the former Soviet Union have gathered in the capital of Israel to experience the country, learn, connect to peers and further discover their shared Jewish heritage. What they learn here, the participants […]

Latvia: An unlikely escape

By ORIT ARFA | Travel Story, Jerusalem Post Magazine One word described Latvia when I visited during the sticky September sandstorm: placid. That’s not meant to be pejorative, especially considering the respite it gave from the dust. Latvia is like the Daugava River running through the capital, Riga: indifferent, serene and crisp. With a population of […]

“Russia’s Jewish community develops most rapidly in diaspora”

Moscow, November 2, Interfax – Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar speaks about dynamic development of Jewish life in the country. “It is by right considered the most dynamically developing Jewish community in diaspora. It is a true miracle,” Lazar said at his meeting with the head of the charitable organization Samaritan’s Purse and the […]