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This study focuses on two groups of Birthright Israel participants: first, those from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus and second, Russian-speaking Jews (RSJ) in Germany. It is part of a larger program of research designed to understand the impact of Birthright Israel (known in the FSU and Germany as Taglit) on its participants. The study draws on pre- and post-trip surveys of the summer 2017 cohort from these countries, as well as on a long-term survey of participants from Russia and Ukraine who participated in the program during 2010-14.
Updated: Nov. 07, 2019
For many Jewish families in Russia, PJ Library is the only regular Jewish experience they have for their children. Though books delivered directly to homes throughout Russia, incorporating PJ Library into education and community programming has been instrumental to the program’s success. From classroom learning to workshops and activities, hundreds of Jewish teachers and educators across Russia are using PJ Library books to engage children.
Updated: Sep. 18, 2019
For eight days and seven nights, participants of Project MEGA from Belarus, the United States, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Poland travelled throughout Belarus learning about the country’s history and the history of its Jewish presence. In addition, MEGA participants worked on cleaning and restoring ancient Jewish cemeteries and decrypted names, dates, prayers and blessings, carved on the matzevot – Jewish tombstones, some of them more than 500 years old.
Updated: Aug. 06, 2019
PJ Library in Russia has swiftly become the predominant Jewish family engagement program in Russia, with more than 7,800 children and their families currently subscribed. Forty percent of subscribing families report that they have no other Jewish experience aside from PJ Library. PJ Library in Ukraine launched this month as a pilot program in Kyiv, Dnipro and Odessa.
Updated: Apr. 18, 2019
The critically acclaimed documentary trilogy “Russian Jews,” which intimately portrays the stories of Russian Jewry throughout the 20th century, is now available online on Youtube, courtesy of Genesis Philanthropy Group. Following a record-breaking theatrical release across Russia, a premiere at Israel’s Knesset, sold-out screenings across the United States, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Latvia and Georgia as well as Jewish film festivals in Moscow, Manchester, Atlanta and Australia, the series, which was created by famous Russian journalist/TV host Leonid Parfenov and produced by Genesis Philanthropy Group and Studio Namdeni, will now reach an even wider audience, providing much-needed context surrounding Russian-Jewish heritage and history.
Updated: May. 16, 2018
The Chabad-affiliated Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia is opening what it is calling Russia’s first Jewish university. Modeled after Yeshiva University in the United States, The Jewish University of Moscow is a private institution with a student body of 200 whose budget comes mostly from donors and the Federation, Dean Alexander Lebedev told JTA earlier this week. It will open next month.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2018
Jewish tradition teachers from over 40 schools in the FSU attended two educational seminars organized by FJC’s ‘Darkeinu’ Jewish studies curriculum and ‘Or Avner’ educational network in Dnieper, Ukraine, and Moscow, Russia. Both seminars took place at campuses of Jewish higher education Institutes – Beit Chana in Ukraine and Machon Chamesh in Moscow.
Updated: Feb. 28, 2018
A unique summer camp welcomed Jewish teenagers from all over Ukraine in the hot days of August. Set up in the picturesque Karpaty Mountain region, the EnerJew Gan Israel camp provided over 200 teenagers with a “Jewish experience of a lifetime”, giving them a charge of energy, fun, and inspiration to take back home for the upcoming school year. Most of those who participated said they will now include a lot more “EnerJew” in their lives, trying to foster personal development, learning and getting involved.
Updated: Sep. 24, 2017
More than a thousand Jewish students from all over the FSU are currently visiting places related to the history of Jewish communities in Europe. The trip, organized by YAHAD, Youth FJC’s programming platform, comes as a culmination of a year-long Jewish studies program EuroStars, which the students began in September. The group is visiting sites connected with the history of the Jews of Europe in the Middle Ages and Modernity. In total, more than 1,000 young people from 45 cities in 8 FSU countries – Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia and Russia are taking part in the trip.
Updated: May. 18, 2017
They came from Britain and Germany; and from Albania, France and the Netherlands. Israel, Russia, Ukraine and the U.S. too. In all, almost 700 participants (representing 18 countries!) from across the generational landscape disembarked – just a short drive from Windsor Castle – for the first-ever Pan-European Limmud FSU Conference. And like the 1st events held in Los Angeles, New York and Ontario over the past decade, it was a smashing success.
Updated: Feb. 15, 2017