Moscow Jewish University: FJC President Leviev Honors Hall Inauguration

Businessman and philanthropist, Mr. Lev Leviev, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS (FJC) paid a special visit to the Boys’ Campus at Moscow’s Jewish University in honor of the festive inauguration of two new lecture and event halls. The 64 Jewish students from across Russia and the FSU, who study at […]

Odessa: Municipal Council Visits Jewish Educational Campus Under Construction.

Along with his deputies, Mr. Gennady Trukhanov, the Mayor of Odessa, led a formal municipal delegation to visit the construction site of the city’s long-awaited Jewish educational complex that will serve thousands of students and provide them with both an excellent general education and Jewish values and heritage. A new era is set to rise […]

Estonian President visits Tallinn Jewish Community

On the seventh light of Chanukah, Mr. Alar Karis, the President of Estonia, along with the Israeli Ambassador Ms. Hagit Ben-Yaakov, made a formal visit to the Jewish Community and Grand Synagogue in the capital city of Tallinn and participated in the public Menorah lighting attended by hundreds. In a Facebook post, the President described […]

Across the FSU: Special Chanukah Kits Distributed in the Thousands

In a unique project, led by the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS, tens of thousands of special Chanukah Kits were distributed to Jewish families in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and additional former Soviet Union countries. The kits were warmly welcomed, and brought the joy, delight and traditions of Chanukah to the most […]

Once Again: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Awards for 2021 Presented in Moscow

The annual ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ award ceremony, traditionally held by the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia during the festival of Chanukah, took place in the ‘Barvikha Luxury Village’ and included a spectacular concert by Alexey Agranovic, Andrey Burkovsky, Gennady Khazanov, Petr Nalych and Yevgeny Grishkovets who performed in front of the audience. “The […]

Menorah’s Light Shines On in the ‘Valley of Death’ | Video

The Jewish flame can never be extinguished: 95-year-old Isaac Abramovich’s grandfather was murdered by the Nazis in the Valley of Death in Rostov, Russia; today, Rabbi Chaim Danzinger lit a Menorah in his memory at the very same place. Rabbi Chaim Danzinger, Chief Rabbi of Rostov, Russia, recently met 95-year-old Isaac Abramovich. Abramovich emotionally related […]

A 19th Dreidel found in archeological excavations near Kremlin

A 19th – century lead spinning top (dreidel) was found in archeological excavations in Moscow near the Kremlin The Observatorial The capital’s restorers managed to clear a lead toy (top of the 19th century), which was found on Sretenka last summer. Hebrew letters are applied on its edge. The toy is a dreidel (sevivon) – […]

Chanukah Lights at the Kremlin

At the foot of the Kremlin walls in central Moscow, the first candle of Chanukah was lit as every year by the Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar, after receiving special permission for the annual event. Tens of thousands witnessed the event on television and Livestream. This year, with Covid restrictions in Russia in […]

Kislev 19th Celebrated in the Cradle of Chassidism

Hundreds of festive events and Chassidic gatherings in honor of Kislev 19 – the ‘New Year’ of Chassidism and the day the founder of the Chabad dynasty, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, was released from prison in Czarist Russia – were celebrated across the former Soviet Union, in the very same countries where the Chassidic […]

EnerJew ‘School of Madrichim’ Secures Future Young Leadership

Forty-six Jewish teenagers from twenty-six different cities in Russia, handpicked for their special social and leadership skills, participated earlier this month in a four-day seminar aimed at turning them into the next generation of vibrant ‘Madrichim’, youth counselors, in EnerJew’s network of clubs across the land. During the content-packed days of the seminar, which took […]