Thousands Take Part in FSU’s High Holidays Celebrations

Last week hundreds of FJC communities across the former Soviet Union, opened their doors to welcome local Jews for Rosh Hashanah celebrations. Thousands partook in holiday meals, shofar listening and various programs planned around the holiday for kids, youth and grown-ups. This week the same communities were busy preparing for Yom Kippur – performing the […]

Famous Israeli Journalist Bonds with FSU Jewry in Odessa

At the beginning of the new learning year in Or Avner schools earlier this month, Sivan Rahav-Meir, a well-known Israeli journalist and popular Jewish educator, visited FJC’s Jewish community in Odessa, Ukraine and participated in several community events, including the First Bell traditional ceremony at the local Or Avner school. The journalist was invited to […]

Celebrating the Jewish New Year in the majority-Muslim Azerbaijan

BY MILIKH YEVDAYEV | Jewish Journal Photo: Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev meeting with members of the country’s Jewish community in Red Town, which is one of the largest Jewish towns outside of Israel Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – begins in two days, this Sunday evening. For us, the Jews in Azerbaijan, like for other […]

Putin: Jewish organizations are active in Russian life

Russian president releases message to Russian Jews ahead of new year, noting ‘contribution of Jewish communities in enhancing dialogue.’ Arutz 7 Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his well-wishes to Russian Jews ahead of Rosh Hashanah. “For followers of Judaism this holiday stands for moral purification and perfection. On these days, people sum up the outgoing […]

Putin meets Chief Rabbi of Russia

Russian President extends greetings to Russian Jews in honor of Rosh Hashanah.   By Ben Ariel | Arutz 7 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday met with the Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar and the President of the Federation of Jewish Communities Alexander Boroda. “Today, Jewish people are celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. […]

Jewish Awakening in Siberia Ahead of Rosh Hashanah

In the weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah, over a thousand mezuzot were distributed to Russian Jews in the Siberian cities of Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk by two rabbis traveling on a mission of Jewish revival in the region. The rabbis, brothers Yair and Nechemia Ledayov have been going on similar journeys for several years […]

Life for Jews in Russia today a ‘miracle’: Chief Rabbi

By Joel Goldenberg | The Suburban Life for Russia’s Jewish population is a “miracle” compared to what they experienced before the fall of Communism, Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar told a large and rapt audience at the Montreal Torah Center in Hampstead last week. Rabbi Lazar was introduced by the MTC’s Rabbi Moishe New, and […]


By Janice Arnold, Staff Reporter | CJN Jewish life in Russia is flourishing and that “rebirth” can be attributed largely to President Vladimir Putin, said Chabad-Lubavitch’s head emissary to the Russian Federation. “Today, it is very cool to be Jewish in Russia,” said Rabbi Berel Lazar. “Hundreds of thousands of Jews are reconnecting to their […]