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 […]

‘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 […]

Keeping It Kosher: Jewish Food Festival and Exhibition Takes Off in Moscow’s Jewish Museum

Tastings, talks and demonstrations accompanied the opening of a new facility dedicated to Kashrut at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center on August 1. To make the conversation engaging and understandable, the multimedia installation in the shape of a restaurant table explains the Jewish laws of nutrition through interactive screens, videos, cards and images. Rabbi […]

FJC Russia Hosts Anti-Drug Training Workshop for Prison Psychologists

On July 22, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia held a special educational event within the framework of its anti-drug program. The workshop for correctional psychologists took place at the premises of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.  In cooperation with the Bridge of Life Foundation, FJC’s Department for Interaction with the Armed Forces, […]

Like Never Before: Unique Jewish Studies Center Opens at Kazan University

Kazan Federal University and the local Jewish community join forces in a new partnership. First of its kind Center for Jewish Studies will open this year at KFU, one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious Russian universities. This is a great gift for the Jewish community of Kazan and for the entire Republic of […]

Kaliningrad Community Honors WWI Jewish Soldiers

A touching memorial ceremony was held at the Old Jewish Cemetery of the Königsberg (now Kaliningrad) Synagogue community on Sunday. Once again, the widely known legend from the First World War was told. In a fierce combat, a Russian soldier was about to drive a bayonet through his enemy, when the German called out “Shema Yisrael…!”. […]