EnerJew Inspires Coordinators at Baku Seminar

85 young coordinators of the EnerJew youth movement from eight FSU countries, came together last week in Baku, Azerbaijan for a five-day inspirational training seminar.  Filled with creative, educational and spiritual ideas, the seminar set to provide the youngsters with motivation, skills, and knowledge to successfully carry on the activity in EnerJew clubs back in […]

Jews of Krasnodar Celebrate New Torah Scroll

The Jewish community of Krasnodar, South-West of Russia, celebrated the inauguration of a new Torah Scroll yesterday, a public festivity attended by many high-profile guests and local Jews. Krasnodar, a city that grew out of a Kuban Cossacks military camp in the 18th century, has until recently been considered a stronghold of anti-semitism in the […]

7th Darkeinu Olympics Off to a Great Start

Over 2,000 Jewish school and kindergarten students from 8 countries competed in the first round of FSU’s Darkeinu’s Olympics contest that finished yesterday. Those who pass the round will proceed onward – two other rounds of the competition take place throughout the year and finish with a grand finale in Jerusalem for the older students.  […]

EnerJew Takes Part in Global Shabbat Project

Thousands of EnerJew teenage members in the FSU will participate in a global initiative this weekend that will connect them to Jewish communities worldwide.  The Shabbat Project is a grassroots movement that unites Jews internationally for an annual authentic Shabbat experience, and this year EnerJew is joining in with unique events, local atmosphere and genuine […]

Russia: New downloadable tourist guide to Jewish Kaliningrad

By: Jewish Heritage Europe  If you get to Kaliningrad, Russia — formerly Königsberg, East Prussia — you can now follow a Jewish heritage itinerary in the city. Just a year ago, exactly 80 years after the grandiose New Synagogue was destroyed on Kristallnacht, a newly constructed near replica of the great domed building was dedicated […]

Mariupol Opens New Educational Center

A new educational center was opened this year by the Jewish community of Mariupol, East Ukraine to serve the needs of the city’s Jewish children. In recent years, Mariupol has absorbed hundreds of East Ukraine Jewish refugees and therefore providing modern educational facilities is especially important to the community. The new center is a spacious […]

A Path Out of Poverty and Into Jewish Service

Jewish Odessa making a difference with orphans that will last a lifetime. Fifty students from Odessa and abroad currently attend Chabad’s Jewish University in Odessa. The Jewish University is the only institution of higher learning in the region where students can earn accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, law, and humanities while also engaging […]