Putin, Netanyahu Commemorate Holocaust Victims in Moscow’s Jewish Museum

Yesterday President of Russia, Mr. Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at FJC’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow. The two leaders participated in an inauguration of the memorial honoring resistance heroes at ghettos and concentration camps, to be built at the museum. A cornerstone […]

Volgograd Holocaust Picquet Draws Local Support

This Friday, ahead of the International Holocaust Remembrance day, over a dozen activists from the Volgograd Jewish Community organized a standing demonstration at one of the city center intersections. The event, called “Citizen Solidarity”, brought together Jewish teenagers and Holocaust survivors, carrying posters listing Jewish mass murder sites in the Soviet Union during WorldWar II. […]

Israeli Medics Train Rostov Community Activists

A group of 17 students and ‘Or Avner’ school staff from Rostov-on-Don, Russia spent a full week of their winter break this year studying first aid and CPR skills with representatives of Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency unit. The express course  – a joint initiative of the MDA and the Rostov Jewish community – provided […]

EnerJew School of Madrichim Develops Local Leadership

Over a hundred Jewish teenagers gathered in Minsk, Belarus last week to learn how to become informal education gurus and lead group activities, camp sessions and youth programs during a five-day learning seminar organized by the EnerJew youth movement. The seminar is part of a two-year training program called the School of Madrichim that EnerJew […]

YAHAD Yeshivacation Trip: a “Transformation”

Earlier this month a group of 40 young men from Russia and the FSU went on a learning trip to Israel organized by FJC’S YAHAD young adults programming platform. The trip, called Yeshivacation, combined a deeply serious learning part with an active excursions program to provide the group with a unique experience in exploring the […]

Chanukah Miracle Celebrated Widely Across the FSU * Special Gallery

Hundreds of Jewish communities across the former Soviet Union organized Chanukah celebrations during the 8 days of the festival of lights, with events and programs fitted for every age and taste. In Moscow, the festivities kicked off with candle lighting Tuesday night at the capital’s Revolution square, followed by fireworks and customary doughnut-eating. Similar ceremonies took […]

East Ukraine: First Ever EnerJew Seminar in Donetsk

A one-of-a-kind Shabbaton seminar for Jewish teenagers took place in Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine last month, organized by the EnerJew youth movement. This was the first mass Jewish event for the region’s youth in the last four years, and the first Shabbaton ever in Donetsk. Teenagers from the city of Lugansk and the surrounding region also […]

Finalists Chosen in Darkeinu’s Olympics Contest in the FSU

Over 1,300 kids from Jewish schools across the FSU participated recently in the first rounds of FJC’s Darkeinu Olympics contest. 109 students have made it to the finals that will take place in the spring, one in Moscow, Russia and one in Dnepr, Ukraine. This is the fourth year the Jewish Olympics contest is running and […]

Darkeinu’s Mega-Chanukah Connects FSU Jewish Kids

Over 1,000 responses from 35 cities across the FSU were sent to Darkeinu’s Chanukah trivia contest last month and over two dozen winners were picked. FJC’s Darkeinu educational curriculum ran an internet trivia contest called Mega Chanukah last month, poised to motivate Jewish school students to read and find out more about the holiday. In […]

Tragedy: Moscow Jewish University Student Killed in Driving Accident; Another Critical

In a serious driving accident this Friday on the road between Rostov and Sochi in Russia, a student of the Moscow Jewish University, Shalom Shapira was killed. Another student, Shimon Nisanov was injured and remains in serious condition. Both of them attended FJC’s Or Avner school in Rostov. Chief Rabbi of Rostov Chaim Danziger says […]