Memorial Monument is being Erected in Destroyed Jewish Cemetery

The city of Irkutsk, which is located in Eastern Siberia, is steeped in Jewish history. In the 18th century, a Jewish cemetery called ‘the Mountain of Jerusalem’ was opened near the Catholic and Lutheran cemeteries. Over the next century, more than 120,000 Jews were buried there until its closing at the end of the 19th […]

EnerJew Runs Two Summer Camps: ‘a Smashing Sucess”

Over 260 teenagers from across the FSU came together for ten days of an unforgettable summer vacation at EnerJew camp sessions in Russia and Ukraine, which finished yesterday. The sessions – one for girls in Ukraine and one for boys in Russia – took place at seaside locations, providing participants with a much-needed boost of […]

Summer 2019: New Building Dedicated at Moscow’s ‘Gan Israel’ Camp

In a small yet impressive event, a newly renovated building was dedicated in Camp Gan Israel of Moscow’s Istra region. Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar was honored with affixing the mezuzah to the main shul’s entrance.  Throughout the year, the property is home to Moscow’s Yeshiva. During the summer months, the yeshiva students and staff […]

FJC ‘Gan Israel’ Camps Bring In Summer Fun to FSU Youth

For the 27th consecutive year, FJC is operating Jewish sleep-away and day camps in the FSU this summer. Overall there are more than 80 community camps running this season in seven countries as well as four teenage camps operated by the FJC’s EnerJew youth movement. Some camps are in progress, some have already been completed, […]

Jewish Irkutsk Mobilizing to Aid Siberia Flood Victims

15 dead as assistance is sought for thousands in Siberia Staff  At least 15 people have been killed and thousands more remain homeless after torrential rains caused severe flooding in the Irkutsk district of Siberia, Russia, near the border with Mongolia. Rabbi Aharon Wagner, Chief Rabbi and director of Chabad Lubavitch in Irkutsk, has mobilized Jewish communities in the […]

Urgent Humanitarian Aid for Flooding Disaster in Irkutsk

by Shaindle Fogelman Torrential rains hit the Russian region of Irkutsk this week, causing the area to declare an immediate state of emergency. Severe flooding forced 3,300 homes across 55 settlements underwater. Hundreds have been admitted to state hospitals and the death toll at 12 is rising. In response, volunteers in nearby Jewish communities mobilized to […]

Darkeinu Celebrates Another Year of Success and Growth

Students and teachers of FJC’s Darkeinu educational curriculum celebrated the completion of yet another successful school year earlier this month, making it the program’s ninth year of continuous expansion and development.  Darkeinu includes extensive formal and informal educational curriculums in Jewish studies disciplines; continuous teachers’ education and student contests. It is implemented in over 200 […]