First Prayer Room for Female Jewish Prisoners Opens in Russia

A refuge of sorts, where women can meet, pray and light Shabbat candles By Dovid Margolin | Maria has been a prisoner in Leningrad Region’s Kolonia No. 2 for the last eight years. Born to a poor Jewish family in St. Petersburg, Russia, for a time she attended the city’s Jewish school and other community […]

Jewish Pride: Unconceivable Knowledge Presented in Annual Quiz

After months of anticipation and preparation, the third annual Jewish heritage ‘Olympics’ quiz has reached its third and final stage. More than 2,000 pupils from 40 different educational Jewish schools in six different former soviet countries – all part of the FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ Jewish educational network across the former Soviet Union – entered the first stage of the quiz based on […]

Three in one day: ‘Darkeinu’ directors deliver regional seminars

Serving Ukraine’s large 350 thousand Jewish population, FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ network of Jewish educational institutes combines excellent general studies and a contemporary Jewish studies curriculum named ‘Darkeinu’. The ‘Darkeinu’ Jewish heritage-learning program provides Jewish heritage teachers with extensive materials from first to eleventh grade. Following the successful ‘Olympics’ quiz that took place in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine,  […]

Lugansk, East Ukraine: Hundreds of Clothing Packages Distributed

The inhabitants of Lugansk, a city in war-stricken Eastern Ukraine, continue to live in danger and under the threat of violence and hazards. The entire region has not yet recovered from the devastating destruction and the collapse of the economy. Many of the region’s population have dispersed across Ukraine and become refugees, yet thousands have no choice […]

EnerJew opens a new branch in Ufa, Russia

EnerJew, FJC’s Jewish youth movement across the FSU, announces the opening of a new branch in the city of Ufa, Russia. The youth movement, now already active in over 25 cities in five different countries, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Georgia and Azerbaijan, is excited by the opportunity to expand its activity to one of the most prominent Jewish communities in […]

EuroStars Launches Special Seminar

Dozens of carefully selected Jewish students from across Russia gathered recently in Moscow for a five-day seminar in preparation for EuroStars’ annual trip to Europe. This year, 600 students are expected to participate in the trip which will include visits to tourist attractions in Spain and holocaust and Jewish history sites in Poland. During the seminar, the […]

Russian President honors Head of FJC of Russia

Mr. Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, honored Rabbi Alexander Boroda, the President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia (FJCR), last Thursday, with a token of honor for his important achievements and efforts benefiting the Republic and its citizens. Rabbi Boroda also serves as the Rabbi of the Jewish community of Zhokuvka in Moscow, that recently inaugurated its new center. The token was awarded […]

Russian chief rabbi slams court ruling on organ harvesting

  Berel Lazar, a chief rabbi of Russia, has protested a recent high court ruling that by default allows medical authorities to harvest organs from cadavers. The March 9 ruling by Russia’s Constitutional Court was on a motion by relatives who opposed the harvesting without notice of organs from the bodies of their loved ones, […]

Rostov: Jewish Passenger Killed in Crash

At least 62 passengers and crew have died after a FlyDubai plane crashed during an attempted landing in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, Russian officials said. A Russian investigative committee confirmed in a statement that all the people on board the plane, travelling from Dubai, were killed in the crash on Saturday morning. “The aircraft […]

President of Israel Visits Jewish Museum in Moscow

On Thursday, the president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, visited the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center during his official state visit to Russia. In Moscow, Rivlin met with President Putin and other officials, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and visited both the Jewish Museum and the Russian State Library. At the Jewish Museum Alexander Boroda, general director of the museum and president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia, showed […]