excerpted from The strength to face each other by Natan Sharansky: There are two great Jewish communities on the face of this earth - Israeli Jewry and Diaspora Jewry. A bridge connects us - and however convenient it might seem to occasionally turn our back on this bridge, we must not do so. Each community must engage the other - and understand that our own, continued existence is bound up in the continued ability of the other community to … [Read more...] about Being “One People”
Grants Include Support for Hillel and Jewish Cemetery Restoration Projects in FSU, Toronto Federation Programs Aimed at the Local Russian Jewish Community, and Educational Trips for Russian-speaking IDF officers to FSU and North America Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG) has announced that it has approved an additional $1.2 million in grants to Jewish organizations in the former Soviet Union, Israel, and North America. The latest grants come … [Read more...] about Genesis Announces $1.2 Million in New Funding
Seven time-zones from Moscow, about as far east as one can travel in Russia, lies the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, or Region. Established in 1934 “for the Jewish population of the Soviet Union to receive a territory in which to pursue Yiddish cultural heritage within a socialist framework” this out-of-the-way region is today largely forgotten by world Jewry. But here, last week over 300 [mostly] young Russian Jews gathered in the capital city of … [Read more...] about From WestHampton, New York to Russia’s Far East, Limmud FSU Makes Inroads
An Op-Ed by Robert Singer More than 40 years ago, the late Rabbi Israel Miller attended services at Moscow’s Central Synagogue. Later he wrote in The New York Times, “There still echoes in my ears the whispered plea, ‘Do not forget us.’ ” That whisper grew into the roar of the Soviet Jewry movement, which mobilized hundreds of thousands of Jews in the West to demand freedom for their co-religionists suffering under the heel of … [Read more...] about Step Up to Help Imperiled FSU Jewish Community
The subject of religious pluralism is again making news in Israel. Just two weeks ago, JAFI head Natan Sharansky criticized Religious Affairs Minister Ya'acov Margi over funding comments. Now comes word of a new public opinion survey where a majority of Israelis were found to be against the status quo. Released yesterday by Hiddush, a new educational/advocacy organization dedicated to religious freedom and equality, the survey found that 83% … [Read more...] about Will Pluralism Be On the Jewish World’s Agenda in 5770?