FJC Communities Mourn in Solidarity with US Jewry in Light of Pittsburgh Attack

The Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS (FJC) expressed its grief and solidarity with the Jews of the United States in the light of the deadly anti-semitic attack in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Chief rabbis and community leaders of FJC’s member-countries issued statements of mourning and support on Sunday, the day after the tragedy. “Our hearts today […]

Jewish Irkutsk Celebrates 200 Years of Rich Community History

The Jewish community of Irkutsk celebrated its 200th anniversary earlier this week. Over 600 people attended the celebration events, which were symbolically divided into ‘the Past’, ‘the Present’, and ‘the Future’ categories and took place over two days. Located deep in Siberia, Irkutsk has a rich Jewish history dating back to the 18th century: some […]

Russia: Petersburg Synagogue Hosts Music Festival

The Grand Choral synagogue in Petersburg, Russia hosted hundreds of visitors last week for a Jewish klezmer concert, part of an ethnic music festival organized by the city council.  Local Shpil Klezmer Band ensemble performed an instrumental arrangement of Jewish holidays’ prayer melodies and the uplifting tunes of the Jewish wedding for city residents, while […]

Belarus Commemorates Minsk Ghetto Liquidation

FJC community leaders and members participated in the official memorial ceremonies in Minsk, Belarus this Monday that marked the 75th anniversary off the liquidation of Minsk ghetto in WWII. The commemorations, organized by the Belarus government together with Jewish organizations will span three days and include concerts, conferences, documentary screenings and more. The memorial ceremony […]

Moscow Children’s Home Opens New Educational Programs

The ‘Beit Chaya’ Jewish Children’s home and orphanage in Moscow, opened two special classrooms for its participants this September, in a local initiative to provide the children with a unique nurturing and educational environment suited to their needs. The 4-year framework offers the learning program of an elementary school but at a more personal and […]

Israeli Ambassador Bonds with Odessa’s Community

FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ school and the ‘Mishpacha’ Children’s home in Odessa, welcomed the ambassador of Israel in Ukraine Mr. Yoel Leon and the Israeli general council of the city, Mrs. Ilona Hilkovsky last Friday. The honorable guests visited school classes and took part in the traditional Shabbat-welcoming ceremony. They also attended a memorial service at […]

Most Northern Synagogue Opens in Arkhangelsk

The utmost northern synagogue in the Arctic region of Russia opened in Arkhangelsk on Thursday with the support of the FJCR, the first in the region for 100 years. The synagogue and community center, called “the Northern Star” make up a three-story building of modern architecture, and will serve to unite the Jewish community in […]

Israeli Chief Sephardic Rabbi Visits Moscow

Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Itzhak Yosef, met with the Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar in Moscow last week while on his way to a peace conference in Kazakhstan.   The meeting took place at FJC’s Moscow JCC, where Rabbi Yosef was introduced to the wide variety of the center’s educational and cultural […]

The Mystery of Stolen Tombstones in Chernivtsi Solved After 70 Years

Hundreds of tombstones missing for over 70 years from the Jewish cemetery in Chernivtsi, Ukraine were returned to the local Jewish community this week by a Ukrainian military base. The surprising development took place when a commanding officer of the local military base called the rabbi of Chernivtsi, Rabbi Menachem Glitsenstein, at the beginning of […]

Circle of Life: Melody and Memory

By Inna Rogatchi, Times of Israel— The ending of the High Holiday this year, 5779, was over-charged emotionally. It did reflect the shockwave of grief reverberating throughout the Jewish world caused by the vicious murder of Ari Fuld two days before Yom Kippur and two weeks before the culmination and the end of the High Holidays. […]