The Prime Minister of Italy and Chief Rabbi of Russia Unite Against Anti-Semitism

On Wednesday, January 23, in an impressive display against anti-semitism, the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte held a meeting with the Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar, at the 49th World Economic Forum which took place in Davos, Switzerland. They spoke in Italian, Lazar being an Italian native. “Italy is honored that one of […]

FSU Jewish Communities Commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On Sunday, January 27, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day was commemorated in hundreds of Jewish communities throughout the former Soviet Union. Memorial gatherings were held as well as visits to communal burial sites and educational activities in FJC’s schools and youth groups. Children gathered in school auditoriums to hear stories from survivors, to light memorial […]

Tu BiShvat Brings Winter Cheer to the FSU

In the middle of winter in the FSU, Jewish communities throughout the region celebrated Tu Bishvat, the New Year of the trees, in anticipation of the blossoming of spring. Tu BiShvat marks the time when the first blossoms on the almond trees begin to appear in Israel. It is symbolic of the cycle of the […]

Former Refusenik Inspires Young Adults as Part of YAHAD Lecture Series

Young adults living in Tomsk, Siberia gathered to hear a moving and motivational lecture given by the famous Rabbi Yosef Mendelevitch, a Jewish refusenik from the former Soviet Union, one of the ‘Prisoners of Zion’. This lecture is one in a series of 7 that Mendelevitch is giving across Russia, inspiring hundreds of young adults, […]

YAHAD Steps Up Volunteering, Community Focus

YAHAD, FJC’s youth programming platform, is changing paradigms and squarely focusing on volunteering, learning and community activism this year. To boost these efforts, they’ve launched several new initiatives recently, as well as shifted the focus of its leading program EuroStars in the new season.  Last month YAHAD ran “volunteering week” throughout Russia and the FSU, which […]

Emotional Triple Bar Mitzvah in the City of Vinitza

An emotional Bar Mitzvah Celebration was held for three students of FJC’s ‘Or Avner’ Jewish School in the city of Vinitza, Western Ukraine. The ceremony began with Tefillin wrapping at the central Synagogue and JCC by Vinitza’s Rabbi Shaul Horvitz. In attendance were special guests from the Holy Land, as well as Moscow, including the Tefillin […]

Amos Oz And The Rabbi of Rivne

by Baila Olidort – Rivne, Ukraine | JANUARY 2, 2019 Amos Oz, the Israeli writer, novelist and journalist who won numerous awards for his books which were translated into some 45 languages, died on December 28. In the last years of his life, he formed an unexpected friendship with a Chabad rabbi. Four years ago, Amos Oz struck up an […]