Toliati, Kamenskoye, Kremenchug, Bobruisk, and Chelyabinsk, became the new additions to EnerJew youth movement’s family in the FSU region. The new additions boost the Jewish youth movement’s presence to 49 FSU cities overall, with close to 3,000 teens in activities’ scope.
Out of the new cities, two – Kamenskoye and Kremenchug – opened EnerJew clubs and the other three became EJ satellite cities – a new EnerJew initiative under which towns with small Jewish population and limited community infrastructure can still send participate in EnerJew activities.
“Sometimes the few teens we have in such a town are the ones who really need the involvement and support that EnerJew brings – they are often some of the most enthusiastic participants, and so we had to make sure we can include them regardless of their community’s size,” said Konstantin Shulman, EnerJew project director.
Another 7-10 satellite towns are planned to be added throughout 2019. “Our goal is that no Jew will be left behind, and to achieve this we get cities that don’t have EnerJew yet involved – in summer camps, seminars, school of madrichim and other EJ activities,” Mr. Shulman said.
EnerJew is the largest Jewish youth movement in the former Soviet Union. It opened in 2014 and since then has become the Jewish activities and leadership powerhouse in the region.
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