Museums & exhibitions

“…they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.” (Winston Churchill) In a land where Communist rulers strove to extinguish every shred of Jewish life, museums play a special role in saving our heritage from extinction. The FJC co-sponsors the creation of large permanent collections, […]


“By a great miracle I survived the Holocaust … now I can enjoy the miracle of speaking my language with others in a public place. I will never feel lonely again.” After food and clothing, the greatest gift the Jewish community can offer its members is the chance to mingle, make new friends, and build […]


“To know a man’s library is to know his mind.” (Geraldine Brooks) For 73 years, the children of the book weren’t allowed to read! In spite of Jewish prominence during the golden and silver eras of Russian literature, under Soviet rule, Jewish publishing houses were banned, Jewish-themed books were banned – there was even a […]

Computer centers

“Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” (Pablo Picasso) Computer literacy is no longer the key to tomorrow – it is the prerequisite of today. FJC members and beneficiaries alike are joined throughout the world thanks to the digital umbilicus. They benefit from non-stop communication, research Jewish studies and develop skills that help them […]


“Seeking to forget makes exile all the longer; the secret of redemption lies in remembrance.” (Richard von Weizsaecker)   In a region where, for hundreds of years, Jews were forced to register as a separate nationality, it is important to remind the general population that we may be different, but we remain an integral and […]

Performing arts

“Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him” (Psalm 68:4)  From the Sephardic songs of pre-Medieval times to the 20th Century plays of Paddy Chayefsky, theater, song and dance are a vital and integral part of […]

Adult education

Rediscovering the meaning of experience… The 80 FJC-sponsored adult learning programs in the Former Soviet Union reacquaint senior citizens with their Jewish heritage while – at the same time – funneling aid to proud but needy seniors, by offering them modest stipends in exchange for attending classes and tutoring their peers. More than 7,000 elderly […]

Culture & Community Centers

Eisenstein, Pasternak, Mikhoels, Rostrapovich… The list of Soviet Jews who have made lasting contributions to world culture is too long to mention. And yet, the artistic and intellectual heritage that produced them has been lost and must now be rebuilt from its foundations. The FJC vigorously promotes the rebirth of Jewish culture by sponsoring programs and […]