Novosibirsk Rabbi Honored for City Life Contributions

As part of the festivities marking this week the 125th birthday of the city of Novosibirsk in Siberia, Russia, the city’s Mayor visited the local synagogue, where he awarded an honorary medal to Rabbi Zalman Zaklas and his spouse for their contribution in developing the city’s community life. The event became an emotional occasion for […]

World’s northernmost JCC opens in Russian Arctic city

By Cnaan Liphshiz | JTA The Russian city of Arkhangelsk saw the opening of a synagogue inside what may be the world’s northernmost Jewish community center. The three-story building that was opened Monday took four years to construct and cost nearly $3 million raised from private donors, Anatoly Obermeister, the chairman of the local Jewish community, told the Regnum […]

They Came for the World Cup and Stayed for Shabbat

Thousands from around the globe came to Russia and are learning that Judaism there isn’t just history By Dovid Margolin | Until two weeks ago, Alberto Galante had never been to Russia. The 2018 FIFA World Cupdrew him to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Rostov-on-Don, where he cheered on Mexico’s national soccer team as they advanced through […]

‘Or Avner’ Teachers Share Expertise at Darkeinu Jerusalem Seminar

Vacations are in full swing in the FSU region, and while the students are having fun in camps and summer programs, teachers at FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ Jewish education network continue to learn and grow in order to implement new skills and techniques in their classes come September.  As part of its continuous education course, Darkeinu Jewish […]

Khabarovsk Hosts “Night at the Synagogue” Event

Recently an FJC synagogue in Khabarovsk, Russia’s Far-East, opened its doors to city locals welcoming them for a night of culture and ethnic education. The “Night at the Synagogue” event organized by the community with the help of the city council drew crowds of Khabarovsk residents to the synagogue, which most of them have never […]

EnerJew Leaders Analyse Year Results at Intensive Staff Seminar

The leaders of FSU’s EnerJew youth movement came together recently for a year-end staff seminar in Minsk, Belarus. The seminar program focused on the results of the closing 2017-2018 season and was attended by EnerJew’s entire leadership team – mentors, educators, heads of departments, the project’s board and curator – 21 participants overall. “EnerJew is […]

Rabbis in Russia offer kosher meals, free internet to Jewish World Cup fans

Special facilities also set up in cities hosting soccer tournament for thousands of Israelis JTA Rabbis from around the world urged soccer fans attending World Cup tournaments in Russia to visit Jewish community facilities that were set up especially near stadiums. Ami Feikovsky, a former professional soccer player for the Beitar Tel Aviv team and […]

JewGlue: New Leadership Project Launched for Ukraine’s Jewish Youth

Last month STARS Ukraine launched a new project aimed at fostering local leadership among Jewish youth in the country’s communities. Fittingly called “JewGlue” the project has already hosted two seminars since its launch for a group of over 20 students from 11 cities.  “Jew Glue is a series of informal education and leadership training for […]

Jewish Students Celebrate End of School Year in the FSU

Over 7,000 students in FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ Jewish education institutions across the FSU celebrated the end of the school year last week. From kindergartens to colleges and schools in cities such as Odessa, Kiev, Minsk, Rostov, Moscow, Baku, and Tallinn – in seven countries overall – students young and old rejoiced in another year of learning […]

Jewish Communities Across Russia Open Doors to World Cup Jewish Visitors

Chabad preps for thousands of fans, including a large contingent from South America By Yehuda Sugar | If Rostov-on-Don Rabbi Chaim Danzinger has his way, thousands of Jewish soccer fans who will descend on his storied town and 10 other historic cities for the upcoming World Cup games in Russia will leave inspired not only […]