Largest Russian Jewish Educational Center for Children Opens in Tomsk

A new Children’s Сultural and Educational Center under initiative of the Jewish community opened in Tomsk on September 12. The ceremony was timed to coincide with the 120th anniversary of the city’s Choral Synagogue. About 100 people attended the opening, including Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, leaders of FJC and city officials.  At the […]

Jewish Children Return to Upgraded Schools Across FSU

As the new academic year kicks off, dozens of improved, modernized Jewish schools throughout the former Soviet Union welcome students after many months of online learning. Thanks to the donors, FJC successfully carried out a major renovation project, transforming infrastructure, refurbishing facilities and equipping Jewish schools and kindergartens with cutting-edge technological tools. Larisa Bobakova, the […]

President Zelensky and Leaders of FJC Ukraine Meet with US Jewish Organisations Officials

As part of the official working visit to the United States, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and First Lady Olena Zelenska, accompanied by the Chairman of the FJC Ukraine Rabbi Meir Stambler and Vice Chairman Rabbi Rafael Rutman, held meeting with the leaders of American Jewish communities and organizations. During his visit to Washington, DC […]

Young Rabbis Complete Mitzvah Mobile Tour Across Ukraine

In the year of many challenges, presented to us by the global pandemic, Ukrainian Mitzvah Tanks continued to spread light and hope across the country. With the support of the FJC and other organizations, twelve rabbis drove over 7,000 km through 60 settlements and visited over 1,000 Jews. About half of those people had no […]

JSummer Universal Camp Season Ends on High Note

The final JSummer Universal camp of this year came to an end. This summer, about two thousand Jewish children aged 5 to 16 enjoyed JSummer Universal camps in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Latvia and Estonia. Part of the FJC’s SmartJ informal educational network, JSummer Universal gave kids in 56 cities an opportunity to immerse […]

‘Rimon’ Jewish Family Club Celebrates Its 15th Birthday

For 15 incredible years, Rimon Sunday family club, based in Moscow’s Jewish Community Center, has offered hundreds of Jewish children and their parents an immersive experience of Judaism through creativity, arts, cooking, games and sports. It was one of the first institutions in Russia’s capital to connect Jewish families, many of which knew nothing about […]

Hear and Help: FJC Russia Completes Annual Anti-Drug Educational Program

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia held a series of annual anti-drug educational seminars. It is is an effective wrap-up of the FJC’s 2020-2021 Hear and Help counter-drug education project, implemented within the framework of the presidential grant. Over 400 specialists took part in eight two-day seminars in Murmansk, Sochi, Petersburg and other Russian cities. […]

Rostov Pays Tribute to Thousands Holocaust Victims

Rostov’s Jewish community gathered on August 11 to commemorate the 79th anniversary of the mass shootings in Zmiyovskaya Balka. It is the largest mass murder site of Jews during the Holocaust in Russia and is often referred to as “Russian Babi Yar”. About 27,000 Jews and Soviet civilians were massacred and buried there in August 1942. Rostov-on-Don […]

Jewish Communities of Dnipro and Kamenskoye Welcome Young American Travellers

A group of 25 Jewish girls from New York visited the Beit Baruch Charity Center and the Beit Reuven synagogue in Kamenskoye on the first day of Elul, 9 August 2021. The trip is a part of the famous YTT (Swerdlov Summer Program) 8-day touring camp for Jewish girls in Ukraine. Miryam Swerdlov, the organizer […]

Ukrainian Jewish Schools and Kindergartens Get Massive Makeover 

As a part of the FJC’s large-scale renovation project, many Jewish schools and kindergartens across Ukraine are upgrading facilities and infrastructure, transforming worn out classrooms into ‘smart classes’. During Elul, the final month of the Jewish calendar, the schools are keen to show the results of their hard work.  The ‘Or Avner’ Chabad Lubavitch Jewish school in […]