Through “Phoenix” Program Israeli Hillel Students Deepen Awareness of Holocaust Issues

by Odelia Sternberg A first-year Mathematics student who as a child was embarrassed to speak Russian in an Israeli school, a third-year Information Systems Engineer student who fell in love with Judaism through the NATIV course, and an MA student in Bio Medical Engineering who started discovering the greater Jewish community through his participation as an Israeli in Taglit-Birthright are some of the Israeli students who were selected to participate in the prestigious "Phoenix" program. Following a long selection process which included on-line applications, personal interviews and a social screening workshop, a group of ten students from Hillel at Ben Gurion University were selected to participate in the "Phoenix" year-long program, which among other activities includes a trip to Poland and … [Read more...]

Taglit-Birthright Israel and Genesis Philanthropy Host Russian-Speaking Training Seminar

RSJ_Taglit Seminar 2014

120 Russian speakers from around the world arrived in Israel this week to attend the Taglit Birthright-Israel tour educator seminar. The one week training seminar is a joint initiative of the Birthright Israel Foundation and Genesis Fund. The Russian speaking seminar was created to give Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni the necessary tools to guide groups arriving to Israel during the summer season and accompaniment upon return to their Jewish communities abroad. This is the 7th Russian speaking training seminar held in cooperation with the Genesis Fund. "The idea of the seminar was born out of the belief the guide is not only responsible for the administrative part of the trip, rather, that they can and should fulfill a leadership role and lead the group during the tour in Israel," said Sana … [Read more...]

Yad Vashem Hosts Conference on Judeo-Bolshevism

by Arik Elman On March 24, 2014, Yad Vashem hosted an international conference entitled "Judeo-Bolshevism": The Crystallization of an anti-Semitic Political Concept. The conference was made possible through the generous support of the Genesis Philanthropy Group and was dedicated to the exploration of roots and development of the one of most poisonous and pernicious myths that laid the ideological and psychological foundations of the Holocaust - the association of the Jewish people with Communist ideas and practices, as “proof” of their eternal enmity towards the “orderly” Christian society, based on traditional morals and property rights. Eight prominent scholars researching the issues of anti-Semitism and inter-ethnic relations from the US, the Netherlands, Poland, the UK and Israel took … [Read more...]

Asylum Arts International Jewish Artist Retreat Opens Today

Tirtzah Bassel, Airport In Security (detail), 10'x44', duct tape on wall, 2013

Unique retreat brings together top young Jewish Artists from around the world Garrison, New York, March 23, 2014 - Some 70 top young Jewish artists from around the world are gathering today in Garrison, NY for the second Asylum Arts International Jewish Artist Retreat. The unique networking and learning experience is intended to connect and empower Jewish artists around the world, ultimately to help cultivate an international community of Jewish artists. The retreat is organized by Asylum Arts, a global network of Jewish artists that has recently launched and aims to engage more people with Jewish ideas, identity and community through the vibrant Jewish and Israeli cultural landscapes. Asylum Arts supports contemporary Jewish culture worldwide, bringing greater exposure to artists and … [Read more...]

Brandeis University Launches Leadership Incubator for Russian-speaking Jewish Communal Professionals

The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry, in partnership with the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, has announced the launch of a professional development program for Russian-speaking Jewish communal professionals. With support from the Genesis Philanthropy Group and the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator (BJLI) will host a 12-month fellowship for Russian-speaking professionals who work at Jewish communal organizations in the United States and Canada. The program, designed for individuals with one to five years of professional experience, will help to develop the skill-set, knowledge, and strong network of peers that is critical for professional advancement within the North American Jewish community. “To date, Russian … [Read more...]

Russian Jewish Children Eligible for Camp Chi Scholarships

Russian Jewish children from 4th-11th grade, with at least one Jewish parent born in the former Soviet Union, can now receive scholarships to attend JCC Camp Chi, the Midwest’s premier Jewish overnight camp, thanks to a grant from Foundation for Jewish Camp with generous support from the Genesis Philanthropy Group. The grant’s purpose is to engage new campers and staff from Russian-speaking families in the summer of a lifetime at JCC Camp Chi. Campers gain increased self-confidence, pride in Jewish heritage, and life-long friendships. . JCC Camp Chi’s popular overnight program features an unmatched opportunity for youth to explore and develop new skills and enjoy unparalleled activities, in a safe, nurturing environment. Russian-speaking staff will receive training and ongoing support to create … [Read more...]

SEFER @ 21: FSU Jewish Studies Celebrated

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Twenty Years of SEFER
Victoria Mochalova, Rabbi Berl Lazar, and Mika Chlenov speak at the SEFER conference. Click to enlarge. Victoria Mochalova, Rabbi Berl Lazar, and Mika Chlenov speak at the SEFER conference; courtesy JDC.

As the world was readying for the Olympic games in Sochi, SEFER - the international conference on Judaic studies - celebrated its 21st year last week, a testament to the staying power and importance of the former Soviet Union’s Jewish revival. Held in Moscow, the event brought together more than 200 Jewish scholars from Russia and abroad and serves as a platform for study and knowledge exchange between established scholars and researchers and cultivates the younger generation of scholars who later become Jewish studies specialists in the FSU. Today SEFER is supported by the Russian Jewish Congress; the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, whose chairman Mikhail Chlenov was an official feature speaker; the Genesis Philanthropy Group; the Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund; and the American Jewish Joint … [Read more...]

FSU Birthright Participants Celebrate in Jerusalem

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800 Taglit-Birthright Israel young adults from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus celebrated yesterday at an Israeli Street Party designed by Taglit-Birthright Israel and the Genesis Philanthropy Group. As part of the event, the participants joined workshops on Israeli culture, listened to motivational speeches and attended a dance party in Jerusalem. Each participant attended one of the eight workshops offered: Israeli theater, dance, communication, song, improv and acting, cooking, art and design by leading Israeli cultural figures. photos by Ilanit Cohen … [Read more...]