Chanukah Celebrations Warm Up the FSU

Over a thousand festive events took place in the FSU during Chanukah this year, with every FJC community organizing many holiday celebrations. From Siberia to the Black Sea, Jews are participating in public Menorah lightings, coming to concerts and parties, enjoying tasty treats and bonding over shared heritage and traditions. Besides general community events many […]

Jews Celebrate Hanukkah in Moscow. Some Still Can’t Believe It

For the 30th year running, Jews gathered just steps from the Kremlin to light a ceremonial menorah. The Moscow Times  Early Sunday evening, several hundred Jews gathered on Ploshchad Revolyutsii, a central square in Moscow, for the 30th straight year to celebrate the start of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Behind the back of a large statue […]

100 Year Old Nazi Fighter Lights Menorah for the First Time

It’s never too late! A special facebook post, by Rabbi Chaim Danziger from the Jewish community of Rostov, Russia: This Chanukah we visited Yefim Isaakovich Kravchik and lit the fourth candle with him. This was his first time lighting the menorah ever. Today also happens to be his 100th birthday. Efim Isaakovich endured a lot […]

Majestic ice menorah ready for Hanukkah in freezing Siberia

The menorah is expected to stand outside the synagogue in Tomsk until it warms up around Pesach.   By ROSSELLA TERCATIN | The Jerusalem Post A majestic ice menorah is ready to warm up the freezing city of Tomsk, Siberia, where it’s going to be lit every night of the festival of Hanukkah.  Hanukkah, known as […]

For the Thirtieth Time: The Miracles in Those Days in These Times

First Chanuka candle lit by Chief Rabbi of Russia* Center of Moscow brightly lit up* Modern Day Pirsumei Nisa His voice echoed throughout the Red Square as Rabbi Berel Lazar, Chief Rabbi of Russia recited the three blessings while standing in a forklift over the statue of Karl Marx at the Kremlin gates. The large […]

Zelensky congratulates Jews of Ukraine with Hanukkah

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated the Jewish community on Hanukkah. The corresponding message is published on the website of the head of state. “I heartily congratulate the Jewish community on Hanukkah – a holiday that is filled with the joy of communication in the family circle, good deeds and sincere hopes for the merciful love of […]

FJCR Presents ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Awards

Last Wednesday FJC of Russia held the annual ceremony for its Fiddler on the Roof awards, which recognizes contributions made to the country’s social and cultural life by individuals and organizations regardless of their nationality and beliefs.   This year the winners included Mr. German Zacharyaev in Social Projects category; Rabbi Elyahu Riss of Birobidjan […]

Ukrainian parliament hosts Hanukkah candle lighting

Chief Rabbi of Ukraine: I am proud to stand here today on behalf of the Ukrainian Jewish community. By: Orli Harari | Arutz Sheva The Ukrainian parliament hosted a Hanukkah candle lighting ceremony, for the first time since the elections in Ukraine and the victory of President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is Jewish. The ceremony was led […]

Memorials Erected at Jewish Mass Grave Sites in Ukraine

Four memorials were unveiled last week in different regions of Ukraine at sites of Jewish mass murders during the Holocaust. These sites have not been previously recognized and are part of a multitude of other mass burials that remain to be officially marked. The openings have been made possible through a joint initiative of FJC […]

Russian TV Features FJCR Rabbi Interviews

The Federation of the Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and in honor of the occasion Russian prime-time TV channel, Russia 24 aired a series of eight interviews with FJCR rabbis filmed at the Jewish  Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow. Featuring rabbis of various Russian regions, from Siberia […]