“Fiddler on the Roof” Awards Hosted by FJC Russia

During the days of Chanukah, last week, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia hosted its 16th annual awards ceremony “Fiddler on the Roof”. The awards recognize individuals, who have made a lasting impact on the social and cultural life of the country. “It is a good tradition that during Chanukah we come together not […]

EnerJew Charity Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations

EnerJew youth movement participants raised over six thousand dollars this Chanukah to help a little girl from Nikolayev, Ukraine. 6,404 candles were lit by EnerJew members and their families, translating each candle into charity money under the fundraiser setup. The fundraiser exemplified EnerJew’s overall shift from consuming to giving this year. “We moved on from […]

‘I dedicate the award to the Jews who gave their lives’

Former Prisoner of Zion Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch receives “Jewish Heroism Award” from the Kremlin. ArutzSheva7   Former Prisoner of Zion Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch received this week the “Jewish Heroism Award” from the Kremlin. He was handed the award by the Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar, who gave him the award under the auspices […]

Third Chanukah Candle with Jewish Prisoners in World’s Oldest Prison

The Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berl Lazar made a very unusual visit. He went to the Butirsky Prison in the center of Moscow in order to strengthen and encourage the Jewish prisoners who are serving time there amongst the three thousand prisoners of various degrees. The prison warden greeted him respectfully and escorted him […]

#JustOneGift Fundraiser for Needy FSU Jews, Leaves “No Jew Behind”

Over the Chanukah holiday this year, the Federation of Jewish Communities of the FSU is running a fundraiser aimed at reaching all the needy Jews across the region and providing them with humanitarian services. The #JustOneGift campaign focuses on helping specific people with identified needs, all of which could be found in campaign description. “Some […]

Chanukah Miracle Celebrated Widely Across the FSU

Hundreds of Jewish communities across the FSU are preparing for Chanukah celebrations that will start this week Tuesday, with events and programs fitted for every age and taste. In Moscow, the festivities will kick-off with candle lighting Tuesday night at the capital’s Revolution square, followed by fireworks and customary doughnut-eating. Similar ceremonies will take place […]

Chief Rabbi of Russia Meets with Israeli Foreign Affairs Chairman

Last Wednesday, Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, met with the Chairman of Israel’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee Mr. Avi Dichter.  The meeting was also joined by other Israeli diplomats, including political party representatives and the Israeli ambassador to Russia. During the meeting, Rabbi Lazar and Mr. Dichter discussed cooperation between Israel and the […]

EnerJew Coordinators’ ‘Family’ Gathers in Jerusalem

A hundred young Jewish adults from Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan, Estonia and four more FSU countries came together as one large family in Jerusalem this weekend for an inspirational EnerJew Coordinators seminar. This seminar was organized specifically for the youth movement’s coordinators, who lead EnerJew city club activity and are responsible for programming and local development. […]