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Jessica Jacobs recently returned from Israel where she was privileged to be accompanying her students on The Jewish Federation’s Tel Aviv-Los Angeles-Vilnius School Twinning program. A total of thirty 8th grade students from Kehillat Israel Religious School in Pacific Palisades, Shalom Aleichem School in Vilnius, Lithuania and Shevach Mofet School in Tel Aviv, traveled, studied and came together for 10 amazing days.
Updated: Jan. 30, 2013
In the course of the past seven years, the central focus of AVI CHAI’s work in the FSU has turned to reaching out to the widest and most diverse Jewish audience, which represents the overwhelming majority of post-Soviet Jewry. By extending beyond conventional Jewish establishment activities, we have identified what may be a golden opportunity to reach those young, well-educated Jews who rarely, if ever, participate in organized Jewish activity, and for whom the term “hidden Jews” is perhaps most applicable. These programs, all led by local Jewish leadership, are unique in Russia, paving the path to what we hope will be a model that can be strengthened and expanded in years to come.
Updated: Dec. 25, 2012
The JDC writes about the bubbling activity taking place at Yesod Jewish Community Center, the first-rate, central hub of Jewish life in the cosmopolitan city of St. Petersburg, Russia. Masha Aryeva, 39, the director of Yesod JCC for the last two years, tells about the inclusive atmosphere at Yesod where anyone of any age, background, or socioeconomic level is completely welcome—and that there is always something for everyone going on.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2012
Close to 300 Russian speaking teens from around the world gathered in Israel for a two-week summer camp organized by the Jewish Agency and the Genesis Fund. The camp, part of an ongoing effort called Project Rimon, is focused on a commitment to instill Jewish identity within the campers and use Israel as the common denominator that unites Jews of Russian origin from diverse locales around the globe.
Updated: Oct. 14, 2012
The recent UJA-Federation of NY communal study provided some very surprising findings about the Russian Jews living in the eight county New York area. They experienced an unprecedented decrease in intermarriage, from 17% in 2002 to 13% in 2011, an almost 25% drop. Mordechai Tokarsky offers an explanation of this phenomenon, a unique experience called the RAJE Fellowship program.
Updated: Jul. 15, 2012
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has provided emergency funding of $400,000 to assist World ORT’s network of 17 schools in the FSU region cope with students’ basic needs in the face of continued underfunding of the Heftsiba system. The money is earmarked for essential needs, such as school buses and hot lunches – critical services for schools serving Jewish communities scattered across large urban sprawls and teaching a curriculum that demands long days – and security.
Updated: Apr. 01, 2012
World ORT has held the inaugural Naomi Prawer Kadar International Seminar for Digital Technology in Jewish Education in Moscow. Nearly 30 Hebrew teachers from Belarus, Bulgaria, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine and Estonia were brought together for the four-day Seminar at Moscow ORT Technology School. They were joined by guest speakers Professor Igor Zyskin, of the Maimonides Academy in Moscow, and Dr Arye Olman of the Levinsky College of Education in Tel Aviv.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2011
The most recent Limmud FSU Festival for young Russian-speaking Jews took place in Odessa, Ukraine, at the beginning of November, 2012. More than 600 young adults from 14 countries, including Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, USA and Israel, participated. Additionally, Limmud FSU successfully collaborated with the European Jewish Union bringing young adults from Germany, France, Belgium, Britain and even Gibraltar, to Odessa.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2011
Understanding the Jewish Identity and Experiences of Russian-Speaking Young Adults: A Study of the Taglit-Birthright Israel
This report examines the socio - demographic characteristics, backgrounds and current Jewish and Russian identities and engagement of Taglit participants with roots in the FSU. It then examines their Taglit experience and the impact of the trip. Finally, the report explores potential avenues to engage this group’s unique Russian-Jewish cultural and linguistic heritage and draw them into American Jewish life.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2011
eJewish Philanthropy is giving coverage to Jewish camping activities across Europe, Israel and the countries of the Former Soviet Union. This piece tells of more than 130 family and youth retreats and Shabbat weekends across 20 countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union that provide summer excursions focused on Jewish learning and outdoor adventures for nearly 15,000 Jewish children and their families provided with the help of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC).
Updated: Sep. 06, 2011