A Year After: Jewish Mariupol is Thankful for the Miracles

Exactly a year after the horrific antisemitic attempt to break into the JCC and Synagogue of Mariupol, East Ukraine, and brutally murder its members during the morning prayers – the Jewish community gathered for a special festive online thanksgiving event to thank the Almighty for the wonderful miracles. Rabbi Nuginsky from Boston, who recently survived […]

FJC Russia Hosts Anti-Drug Training Workshop for Prison Psychologists

On July 22, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia held a special educational event within the framework of its anti-drug program. The workshop for correctional psychologists took place at the premises of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.  In cooperation with the Bridge of Life Foundation, FJC’s Department for Interaction with the Armed Forces, […]

Coming Soon: New Jewish Children’s Development Center to Open in Khmelnytskyi

The Jewish community of Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine, has announced the establishment of a new modern Children’s Development Center to open at the beginning of the upcoming academic year. It will serve the city and surrounding region’s Jewish community. Currently, renovations are taking place to accommodate the new center. “Our community has grown, thank G-d, and the […]

Fragments of glass in a pocket: Bukovyna remembers the past for the sake of the future

By UJE | Ukrainian Jewish Encounter On 6–9 July 2021, Chernivtsi was the site of events dedicated to the eightieth anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust in Bukovyna. Joel Lion, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Israel to Ukraine, participated in a commemoration that took place on 7 July on Theater Square, […]

Ukraine: Hundreds of Needy Jewish Children Receive New School Backpacks

‘Taste of Life’ and ‘LifeChanger FSU’ joined forces to distribute new school backpacks and supplies to over 200 needy Jewish children entering first-grade across Ukraine, towards the new academic year. Both organizations are run and supported by the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS, and treat thousands of Jewish children in the former Soviet […]

Like Never Before: Unique Jewish Studies Center Opens at Kazan University

Kazan Federal University and the local Jewish community join forces in a new partnership. First of its kind Center for Jewish Studies will open this year at KFU, one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious Russian universities. This is a great gift for the Jewish community of Kazan and for the entire Republic of […]

Kaliningrad Community Honors WWI Jewish Soldiers

A touching memorial ceremony was held at the Old Jewish Cemetery of the Königsberg (now Kaliningrad) Synagogue community on Sunday. Once again, the widely known legend from the First World War was told. In a fierce combat, a Russian soldier was about to drive a bayonet through his enemy, when the German called out “Shema Yisrael…!”. […]

“Restoring Historical Justice”: Memorial Marks Old Jewish Cemetery in Chop

A memorial stone was unveiled last week on the site of the old Jewish cemetery in Chop, a small Ukranian city in Transcarpathian Region. The ceremony was attended by the city Mayor Valery Samardak, Deputy Mayor Igor Gizhan, Chief Rabbi of Uzhhorod and Transcarpathian Region Menachem-Mendel Wilhelm and others. According to Chop Mayor Valery Samardak, for many […]

Moskovsky Jewish Community Purchases New JCC

Eleven years after its establishment, the Jewish community on Moskovsky prospect in Southern Petersburg, Russia, has signed a contract for the purchase of a new building that will serve as a Synagogue and Jewish Community Center. Based in the central location, the new JCC will serve more than 5,000 Jewish families living in the area. […]

Opinion – The Shul That Rose From the Ashes

A suburb outside Moscow is home to a rich Jewish history—and a future too. By Josh Nass | WSJ About 12 miles southeast of Moscow lies Malakhovka, a suburb surrounded by pine groves. This sleepy town holds some historic importance for Russian Jews, but what’s happening there today also says a lot about a long-persecuted […]