Over 160 people gathered earlier this month at Isabella Freedman Retreat Center, in upstate New York, for Kibbutznik - a weekend of Jewish learning, relaxing with family, and building community. The event is the mid-point of a year-long initiative to engage the growing Russian-speaking Jewish community in Brownstone Brooklyn and some other relatively new enclaves for the group. From a Friday night musical Shabbat welcome to the beautiful … [Read more...] about The Kibbutznik Weekend: Engaging Brooklyn’s Russian-Speaking Jewish Community
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by Alexander Shlimak Without a doubt, Taglit-Birthright Israel is one of the most important global Jewish projects of the 21st century; with enough resources and support that have demonstrated a positive impact on Jews living in the diaspora. The concept that every young Jew has the right to directly connect with our historic homeland makes so much sense, that it was no surprise that the North American initiative quickly spread to other … [Read more...] about Taglit-Birthright Israel: Getting it Right, the Russian Way
A unique delegation of IDF officers and commanders has visited the United States this month. They met local Jewish communities and organizations, exploring the Jewish history and their own identity. This visit was part of the “MAHUT” project framework which is being carried out in partnership between Genesis Philanthropy Group, Friends of the IDF, the Educational Corps of the IDF and Beit Morasha of Jerusalem: The Center for Advanced Judaic … [Read more...] about IDF Delegation Explores Jewish Identity in the U.S.
We need to move beyond offering just a gateway to the Jewish community and Judaism 101 experiences but also a way for young adults to continue growing Jewishly. by Yasha Moz Ten years ago I was a university student in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Studying international relations was good, but as a local Hillel activist at the time, my most memorable education came from my involvement in Jewish life. Working at Jewish camps, going on Birthright, … [Read more...] about Reflections from Moscow
by Sanford R. Cardin In 1994, in the wake of the collapse of the former Soviet Union, Charles and Lynn Schusterman seized upon what they determined was a window of opportunity to begin rebuilding a sense of community among those whose Jewish identities had been repressed by the twin forces of the Holocaust and state-supported persecution. The Schustermans had traveled to the region several times in the 1980’s to meet refuseniks, and they … [Read more...] about Reflections: 20 Years of Hillel in the FSU