Russian Religious Leaders Promote Interfaith Dialogue

The leaders of Russian Jewish community met with patriarch Kirill, the head of Russian Orthodox church on Friday to discuss interfaith dialogue in the country and oppose religious extremism in the Middle East. Chief rabbi of Russia, Berel Lazar and the president of FJC Russia Alexander Boroda attended the meeting, which took place at the […]

Israeli Science Minister Visits Moscow’s Jewish community

Israeli minister of science, technology and space, Mr. Ofir Akunis met with Russian chief rabbi Berel Lazar on Thursday and learned about the country’s Jewish history and its current progress in Jewish education and social support. As part of the meeting, Akunis visited Moscow’s Jewish community center, a charity center for the elderly and the […]

FSU Jewry Comes Together Over the Fall Holidays

Hundred of thousands of FSU Jews took part in FJC fall Jewish holidays celebrations of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. The participants, coming from 90 large communities and over 290 smaller towns and villages across 10 countries, made a meaningful impact on the growth of Jewish activity in the region, with thousands […]

Three New JCC Synagogues Open in Moscow Neighborhoods

“Yiddishkeit” in Moscow continues to grow, with three new synagogues and JCC’s opening just in time for the High Holy Days. Three beautiful Torah scrolls were also dedicated to these synagogues, joining the 30 already active Jewish community  centers throughout the capital city of Moscow. The new JCC’s initiated and developed by the Chief Rabbi of Russia, […]

FJC Orphanages Welcome the New Year

As the new school year started, so did it for a special part of FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ students that no one would distinguish from their brethren – those coming from FJC’s Children’s homes and orphanages. Every morning about 400 such children throughout the FSU attend ‘Or Avner’ schools, kindergartens and colleges. They attend regular classes. […]

Jewish Center Opens in a Historical Building in Petersburg

A new Jewish educational center opened Thursday in Petersburg, Russia, marking an exciting step in the city’s Jewish history – constructed on behalf of the Jewish community in 1896, the building was returned to them in 2005 and took another 10 years to restore. The new center, symbolically named ‘Sinai’, will host a kindergarten, a […]

“On Moskovsky” Synagogue Welcomes New Torah Scroll

Community members of a neighborhood synagogue in Petersburg rejoiced at the inauguration of a new Torah Scroll right before Rosh Hashanah. The new scroll, written specifically for the “On Moskovsky” local community, was welcomed in a colorful traditional celebration, rarely seen on the grey streets of Petersburg’s Moskovsky district. “The celebration was exceptionally fun and […]

Rostov Family Club Opens Its 2nd Year

The Jewish community in Rostov, Russia marked the beginning of the new 5777 Hebrew year with the season’s opening of its Jewish family-oriented club right before Rosh Hashanah this week. The club, named ‘Mishpaha’, conducts Jewish activities and events for the entire family and this year is the second year of its operations. The festive […]

President Putin Wishes Russian Jews a Happy New Year

President of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin, greeted the country’s Jews on the occasion of the Rosh Hashanah holiday. The official greetings letter, received by the office of chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar on Sunday, wished Russian Jews “happiness and prosperity in the new year.” “I full-heartedly congratulate you on one of the main holidays […]