Darkeinu Competition Finals Round Up in Dnieper

The final round of the Darkeinu Olympic quiz for participants from Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia and Azerbaijan took place Wednesday in Dnieper, Ukraine. 42 students from 17 cities participated in the finals competition, and by the end of the day a winner was announced in each of the three age groups. Over 1,700 students began the […]

EnerJew Adds 4 cities, Expands to Latvia

Four new cities opened branches of the EnerJew youth movement in April, making the movement’s total a whooping 35 cities and seven countries – one of the new clubs is in Riga, Latvia, a country which has not been a part of the movement previously. The three others are Novosibirsk, Russia, Kharkov and Krivoy Rog, […]

EuroStars Trip to Bring a Thousand Jewish Students to Europe

More than a thousand Jewish students from all over the FSU will be visiting places related to the history of Jewish communities in Europe next week. The trip, organized by YAHAD, Youth FJC’s programming platform, comes as a culmination of a year-long Jewish studies program EuroStars, which the students began in September. The group will […]

FSU Sees a Peak of Interest in Heritage over Passover

Thousands of Passover events took place over the last two weeks in Jewish communities across the FSU. Close to 1,000 Seder nights were held, complimented with Passover food package deliveries, holiday activities for all ages, celebrations and learning. “Passover is one of the most important Jewish holidays, and as such, the FJC applies tremendous effort […]

Israeli Justice Minister Visits Moscow, Praises FJC Activity

The Justice Minister of Israel, Ms. Ayelet Shaked visited Moscow on Friday, where she met with FJC leaders and chief rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar. The meeting was also attended by the Israeli ambassador to Moscow Mr. Gary Koren, the president of FJC Russia Mr. Alexander Boroda and the CEO of the Federation of Jewish […]

AJA Students Take Mitzvah to Central Asia

Despite ethnic differences, Judaism spiritually connected students BY SARAH MOOSAZADEH  | The Jewish Times “There is a difference between learning in the classroom and using one’s knowledge to create an impact in the world,” Devorah Chasen told the AJT about her recent trip to Baku, Azerbaijan, with fellow Atlanta Jewish Academy Upper School junior Esther […]

President, PM wish happy Passover to Georgia’s Jewish community

Agenda.ge | Tbilisi,Georgia Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili have wished a happy Passover to Georgia’s Jewish community and all those celebrating the holiday. Kvirikashvili said Passover is a symbol of freedom for Jewish people from all over the world. “I join in the joy and happiness of our Jewish citizens and […]

Putin congratulates Russia’s Jewish community on Passover

Moscow, April 10, Interfax – Russian President Vladimir Putin had congratulated Russia’s Jewish community on the Passover holiday, the Kremlin press service said on Monday. “This holiday is a reminder of the landmark event in the history of the Jewish people, their liberation from centuries of enslavement. Its ancient traditions are cherished and passed from […]

“We Need Your Prayers” – Donetsk’s Jews Three Years Later, In Limbo, In Exile

by Baila Olidort – Donetsk, Ukraine | Lubavitch.com Assya Knischevitskaya rarely leaves her apartment. These days before Passover, the 67- year-old grandmother looks forward to the delivery of a jumbo package that will tide her over the holiday with food and goodies she could not possibly buy in Donetsk, a Ukrainian city now held by […]

Kostroma Synagogue Celebrated 110th Birthday

The Jewish community of Kostroma, a historic Russian city, celebrated the 110th birthday of the city’s synagogue last week. The building is the only active wooden synagogue in Europe, its construction completed in 1907. The occasion was festively celebrated by community members, city administration and residents as well as many guests. “In fact, there were so […]