New On-Campus Jewish Center Opens in Moscow

A new Jewish community center opened in Moscow yesterday, targeting students of the prestigious International Relations Institute situated next door. This is the first “on-campus” Jewish center in the FSU, where most JCCs are family-oriented and located in residential areas. The new center hosts a synagogue, a library and study hall and a kosher cafe. […]

The World Mourns the Death of Shimon Peres, Friend of FJC

Today the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS, together with Jews worldwide, remembers the former President and Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Shimon Peres, may his memory be a blessing, who has passed away last night. During his time in public office and as a private figure, Mr. Peres was a great supporter of […]

Women’s seminar in Medzhibozh – “A Welcomed Retreat”

About 500 women from dozens of Jewish communities across Western and Central Ukraine, gathered recently for an uplifting seminar , ahead of the High Holiday season. The seminar took place in Medzhybizh (Medzhibozh), a town significant for Jewry worldwide as the the home and burial site of the Ba’al Shem Tov, the founder of the […]

Eurostars’ New Season Buzzing FSU-Wide

From Bobruisk in Belarus to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and everywhere in-between in the FSU, the new 2017 EuroStars season officially opened last week. Over 1,800 applicants signed up for the program ahead of the new year, with clubs opening in 44 cities and 9 FSU countries. Over its 4 years of activity, EuroStars has become […]

Mitzvah Tanks Conclude Summer Heritage Road Trip

FJC’s 5th annual Mitzvah Tank expedition concluded its voyage across Russia last week. This year, the unusual summer road-trip brought three “Mitzvah tanks” or mobile synagogues-on-wheels to over 35 remote cities and towns on the country’s vast plane. The expeditions teams reported that they met with close to 3,000 visitors – local Jewish residents curious […]

The Art and Healing of Rabbi Ovadia Isakov of Derbent

Three years after his near assassination attempt, Dagestan’s rabbi is back working—and painting By Dovid Margolin   | It was after midnight when the rabbi of Derbent, Dagestan, drove up to the gates of his apartment building. It wasn’t strange for Rabbi Ovadia Isakov to be coming home at that time, especially in the summer months […]

EnerJew Opens 2017 Season; Adds 6 New Cities

EnerJew, FSU’s Jewish youth movement, is starting off the new 2016-2017 season with a bang – six new cities are joining the active EnerJew family at the season’s opening, expanding the movement’s regional grasp. As for the new season’s plans and programs they are also running far and wide, aiming to connect, move, educate and create. […]

Darkeinu Grows in Depth and Scope in the FSU

As the new school year is getting underway, thousands of students across the FSU are braving the waters of Jewish tradition and heritage studies through FJC’s “Darkeinu” curriculum. And this September, Darkeinu, now in its 8th year, is increasing its scope even further with a pioneer program in kindergartens and new study materials for teachers […]

FJC Offers Yizkor Prayers at the Kotel

This upcoming Yom Kippur, the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS, will provide all our friends, followers and supporters who wish to have their loved ones commemorated at the Western Wall the opportunity to do so.  A prominent rabbi affiliated with the FJC will recite the prayer for those names submitted through the FJC’s Internet site […]

New Synagogue Dedicated in Moscow Airport

In a simple, yet impressive ceremony last week, a beautiful new synagogue was dedicated in Moscow’s international Domodedovo airport for the benefit of the many Jewish travelers arriving in Russia or just passing through. Present at the synagogue ’s dedication ceremony were the Chief Rabbi of Russia, Berl Lazar, his friends the Bareli family who sponsored the […]