New Mikvah Emerging in Jewish Kropyvnytskyi

After a few years of delay, a new state-of-the-art mikvah is emerging in the Ukrainian city of Kropyvnytskyi, formerly known as Krivograd, under the leadership of the city’s Chief Rabbi Dan Zakuta. The new mikvah will serve the needs of the city’s growing Jewish community, and will give an additional boost to its remarkable revival. […]

Mariupol Mayor Holds Holocaust Exhibition in Ancient Choral Synagogue

A unique exhibition, commemorating 80 years since the Holocaust in Ukraine, was displayed in the remnants of the ancient Choral Synagogue of the East Ukrainian city of Mariupol by its local municipality and Mayor, Mr. Boichenko Vadym. Hundreds of residents visited the exhibits, and learned of the Mayor’s historic plans to reconstruct the brick synagogue […]

Historic Trip to Dubai Impacts the Lives of 600 FSU Students

600 young Jewish students from cities across Russia and additional FSU countries, concluded a memorable trip to the United Arab Emirates which included a Jewish wedding in the heart of the desert and a strong commitment to more learning and strengthening their Jewish identity. Last Monday, 600 young Jews arrived in Dubai from cities all […]

Dnipro Commemorates 1941 Mass Execution of Jews by Nazis

Dnipro’s Chief Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky, city officials and members of the Jewish community marked the 80th anniversary of the first mass execution in the city by the Nazis in 1941. The project of the memorial “Victims of Holocaust” was presented. The main event of the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the first mass execution […]

Jewish Women Leaders from Remote Russian Cities Gather for Convention

Rebbitzins and Jewish women leaders in Russia’s smaller and remote cities gathered for a unique convention in the city of Kazan, the capital of Russia’s Muslim Republic of Tatarstan, hosted by the local Cheif Rabbi and his wife there, Rabbi Yitzchak and Chani Gorelik. The Spiritual Jewish leaders in Russia’s smaller cities face unique challenges […]

Surrounded by 600 Friends, Russian Couple Ties Knot in UAE’s Biggest Jewish Wedding

Wedding came during the yearly FSU-wide Yachad Torah-study program trip By Chabad.org  They came on chartered flights from five former Soviet countries, celebrating a year of Torah study with their rabbis and rebbetzins in more than 100 cities. The group was headed to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for a week of inspiration, celebration […]

Jewish Sochi Hosts PM Bennet for Shabbat

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was forced to remain in Sochi, Russia for Shabbat after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin continued longer than expected. The Jewish community was on hand to provide for all their Shabbat needs. During the Shabbat meal for the Israeli delegation, Prime Minister Naftali expressed his appreciation and shared […]

Sochi’s Chief Rabbi Welcomes Prime Minister Bennett

Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Naftali Bennett, arrived on Friday morning at the Russian city of Sochi for a formal meeting with Russia’s President Mr. Vladimir Putin. At the airport, he was welcomed by Rabbi Shalom Lazar, the city’s Chief Rabbi, who blessed him with success on behalf of the country’s entire Jewish population. The Israeli […]

Travelers Hold ‘Largest Jewish Wedding in United Arab Emirates’

A historic Jewish wedding took place in the heart of the Desert in Dubai on Wednesday night, with the participation of 600 young Jews and officiated by Russia’s Cheif Rabbi Berel Lazar. Photos: Eli Itkin | By: Collive The Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berle Lazar, officiated at a Jewish wedding in the heart of […]

‘Taste of Life’ Russia Expands to Six New Cities

The FJC’s humanitarian aid program, serving thousands of needy Jewish children across the FSU, has established new branches in six major cities across Russia: Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Novokuznetsk, Ufa, Lipetsk, and Novosibirsk. The ‘Taste of Life’ humanitarian project – serving thousands of Jewish children suffering from poverty, hunger, and difficult living conditions by providing them […]