Uzhgorod Jewish Community Confronted by Antisemitism

The Jewish community of Uzhgorod in West Ukraine became increasingly worried of anti-Semitic attacks this week, with anti-Semitic graffiti proclaiming, “Death to the Jews” and calling for “revenge” appearing on the wall of city’s Jewish charity center on Saturday night and on the fence of the synagogue Sunday night. Responding immediately to the threat, Rabbi […]

7,000 Visitors Welcomed at Petersburg Synagogue’s Open House

This Sunday the Grand Choral Synagogue in Petersburg, Russia opened its doors for the annual Open House it hosts every fall for the last nine years. Last year 6,500 visitors came to learn more about the synagogue, and this year the numbers were even higher. “A lot of city residents use the Open House as […]

Two Memorials Opened In Russian Villages, Sites of Mass Murders

About 70 Volgograd Jews, from school children to Holocaust survivors, took part in a memorial trip organized by city’s Jewish community to two villages, whose Jewish residents were murdered in 1942. Volgograd is a city in southwest Russia, where the Battle of Stalingrad took place in 1942-1943, which changed the course of the war. Memorials […]

Moscow Jewish College Opens Doors to New Students

Machon Chomesh in Moscow, FJC’s Jewish Institute for women, hosted an open house seminar last week, welcoming potential students from all over Russia, from Birobidjan to Yekaterinburg. The Institute holds a unique place among the country’s higher education institutions offering high-quality professional education together with a homey Jewish atmosphere of spiritual growth and personal attention. […]

FJC’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center Celebrates 5th Anniversary

FJC’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow celebrated its 5th birthday this week. Opened in 2012 with the initiative of FJC of Russia’s leadership, today the museum is an important part of cultural life in the Russian capital. During its five years of operation, the museum hosted close to a million visitors, about 9,000 […]

YAHAD Leadership School Begins New Season

YAHAD’s 5th School of Leaders seminar opened this Sunday, gathering representatives from 50 cities across the FSU, including Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and the Baltic states. Almost 100 young Jewish adults, aged 18 to 30, came together in Moscow to learn informal education skills from the leading regional professionals. YAHAD is FJC’s young adults’ programming platform, […]

Beit Chana Institute Welcomes New Students

A new studies semester is underway at Ukraine’s Jewish Pedagogical Institute “Beit Chana.” Just last week the group of distance-learning students joined the rest of their peers in the fall semester. The Beit Chana Institute prepares some of the top educational professionals in Ukraine, who go on to teach in Jewish schools and kindergartens. “We […]

First Yeshiva In Muslim Republic of Russia Opens with Impressive Ceremony

Chief Rabbi of Russia Rabbi Berel Lazar and the President of Tatarstan who headed a government delegation, in attendance * The President, presented the city’s Rabbi with a tribute * Judaism makes headlines in Russia In an impressive and heart-warming ceremony, The “Center for Torah Study”, a first of its kind, opened its doors in […]

Darkeinu Mentors Visit Russian Schools

Last week, Darkeinu mentors from Israel visited four FJC ‘Or Avner’ Jewish schools in Russian cities of Omsk, Moscow, Ufa and Yekaterinburg to see how the studies progress in the new academic year. They sat in on lessons in different classes and also met with the school’s pedagogical staff and discussed on-going initiatives. “We were […]

Yeshiva to Open in Russian Muslim City

History in the Muslim Republic in Russia: Grand Opening of New Yeshiva of Religious Studies for Jewish Youth in the Muslim Republic of Tatarstan There is great excitement in the Jewish community in the city of Kazan, as preparations are underway for the grand historical event that will take place this Wednesday. Kazan is the capital […]