FJC Camps Fill the Summer Void for FSU Jewish Kids

This summer FJC’s Gan Israel network ran 40 day-camps and 12 sleep-away camps across the FSU. Close to 4,500 Jewish children attended them and enjoyed a fun, restful and educational summer vacation they would not otherwise have. What’s more, another four hundred Jewish teenagers worked as Gan Israel camp counselors, junior counselors, and CITs, bringing continuity […]

FJC Communities Aim to Leave ‘No Jew Behind’ on High Holiday Celebrations

Hundreds of thousands of people in more than 380 Jewish communities across 10 FSU countries, took part in Rosh Hashanah celebrations, services, and meals last week. Many more will join them in other fall holiday celebrations over the coming weeks, including the holidays of Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simhat Torah. Also, ahead of the holidays, […]

President of Russia Sends Blessings to Russian Jews in Honor of Rosh Hashana

Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation met with the Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar on the eve of Rosh Hashana. In what has already become a yearly tradition, he sent special greetings to the Jews of Russia on the eve of Rosh Hashana. At the meeting, which was also attended by Rabbi […]

Veliky Novgorod Community Welcomes New Children’s Center

The Jewish community of Veliky Novgorod, Russia opened a new children’s center earlier this month, which became home to the city’s first Jewish kindergarten. The center, called “Aleph”, will also provide a spacious, clean and secure environment for other youth activities and become, what the organizers hope, a “second home” for the city’s youngsters. The […]

President Ilham Aliyev congratulates Jewish community

APA – Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyevhas congratulated the country’s Jewish community on the occasion of the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah. The president mentioned in his congratulatory message that Azerbaijan which is situated at the crossroads of civilizations is one of the rare places with well-preserved multicultural traditions and mutual respect between various religions and […]

750 Religious Leaders Attend Interfaith Congress in Moscow’s JCC

Last Thursday, FJC hosted an interfaith congress of religious leaders in Moscow’s Jewish community center. The congress was organized by Elijah Interfaith Institute, which has been active under the umbrella of Unesco for over 20 years. The congress was attended by over 750 religious leaders from 63 countries, including representatives of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and […]

Darkeinu “Mega” Contest Gets Students Involved for Rosh-Hashanah

Ahead of the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashana, FJC’s Darkeinu Jewish studies curriculum is jumping in to get the students involved as soon as the new school year starts.  Last week Darkeinu launched a “Mega Rosh Hashana 5778” contest – an activity that Darkeinu hopes will raise the student’s personal engagement with the holiday and […]

EnerJew Revolutionizes Jewish Summer Camp Experience

A unique summer camp welcomed Jewish teenagers from all over Ukraine in the hot days of August. Set up in the picturesque Karpaty mountain region, the EnerJew Gan Israel camp provided over 200  teenagers with a “Jewish experience of a lifetime”, giving them a charge of energy, fun, and inspiration to take back home for […]

Mobile Synagogues Promote ‘Peace and Understanding’ in Russia

This summer saw the sixth annual expedition of FJC’s rabbinical student enthusiasts on mobile synagogues, or “Mitzvah-mobiles” as they are called, across Russia. This year Jewish trailers visited over 30 cities in the heart of Russia, among them Tula, Lipetsk, Kursk, Orel, Briansk, Smolensk and many more. “It is very nice to see the growing […]

On-Line Jewish Education Now a Reality in Russia

A new online school program began operating throughout Russia this week. Utilizing technological advances, FJC’s Or Avner network launched the online school program called “Or Menachem” to make Jewish education accessible to thousands of Jewish children residing in remote corners of the country. Many new educational tools were especially developed for the program that brings a surge […]