17th “Fiddler on the Roof” Awards Presented in Moscow

The 17th annual “Fiddler on the Roof” awards were hosted by the FJC of Russia earlier this month. The awards celebrate valuable efforts in Jewish life development by individuals in the spheres of art & culture, public discourse and social activism. FJC first introduced the awards in 2001 and since then they have became a […]

Russian Jews honor New York-born Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff

(JTA) — Russian Jews bestowed their community’s most prestigious award on Efraim Zuroff, a New York-born Israeli historian and hunter of Nazis. Zuroff, the Eastern Europe director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, earlier this month was awarded the Fiddler on the Roof award in Moscow for “service to the community,” specifically for his actions against Holocaust denial and […]

Winter Relief and End of Tax Year Campaign Launched by the FJC

“It’s simple. In order to save more of our brethren across the FSU from the cold, we must locate additional funds” says Daniel Gordon, FJC’s Resource Development and PR Coordinator, when speaking about the lifesaving programs in place to help needy Jewish children, families and elderly people get through the harsh winter in the former […]

Jewish Agency Chairman Visits Moscow, Petersburg Jewish Communities

Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog visited the Jewish communities of Moscow and Petersburg earlier this week, where he met with local leaders, toured community institutions and discussed plans for further cooperation. As part of the working visit, Mr. Herzog, who was elected Jewish Agency’s chairman over the summer, met with Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, […]

Moscow: Subsidized Jewish Pharmacy for the Needy and Elderly

In a modest yet impressive ceremony, a new pharmacy was opened under the approval of the Russian Ministry of Health. This pharmacy is unique in that it will provide subsidized medication to large families, senior citizens and the indigent. It constitutes a breakthrough in the special idea of benefitting the general public, by providing life-saving […]

The National Postal Service of Ukraine produces symbolic Chanukah stamps

On the holiday of Chanukah 2018, the UKRPOSHTA, the National Postal Service of Ukraine, dedicated nine stamps to the Odessa Jewish community. These stamps, which all have Chanukah  Menorahs as the central part of their design, are a testament to the great Jewish revival that is taking place in the Former Soviet Union. Less than […]

Chanukah in Ukraine’s Capital: Thousands Participated in Festive Events

Thousands participated in Chanukah activities in Ukraine’s capital Kiev, including a central Menorah lighting at the Israeli Embassy and a “Master Chef” event. Thousands of people participated in a host of Chanukah activities organized by the Jewish community and Chabad of Kiev. Menorah lightnings in shopping malls, visits to houses of community members, Chanukah parties […]

Chanukah in Russia’s Capital: Light to Hundreds of Thousands

Public Menorahs in squares and shopping malls * Holiday events in the many institutions * House visits each evening of Chanukah by Rabbis and students * “In those days in our times” The festival of Chanukah in Russia’s capital city of Moscow this year, swept up hundreds of thousands of Jews from all over the […]

Ukraine: Nikolayev Mayor Corrects Mistake

Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych of Nikolayev, Ukraine, told the crowd at a Chanukah event how he corrected a rookie’s “mistake.” By COLlive.com reporter A large Chanukah celebration was held on Tuesday in the Southern Ukrainian city of Nikolayev which brought together local members of the Jewish community and neighboring towns. The event also marked the 20th anniversary of […]

EnerJew Runs Chanukah Fundraiser; Steps Up Community Involvement

This Chanukah, FJC’s youth programs are running events that place a special emphasis on volunteering and community involvement. The region’s Jewish youth movement EnerJew has partnered up with human services project LifeChanger FSU in running a fundraising campaign for the project’s neediest children. This is the second year the cooperation takes place – last year […]