School is out for summer in the countries of the former Soviet Union, and teenagers from 34 EnerJew clubs across the region also took a break from weekly meetings and activities. However, a large part of them enrolled as staff in the region’s FJC Jewish Summer camps, connecting to younger campers and bringing to them the special “EnerJew vibe”, as they say.
FJC’s Jewish community of Mariupol, a city on the forefront of the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine, went on a much-needed break last week to a family camp in a forest-and-lakes Svyatogorsk in Donetsk region.
As Jewish kindergartens and schools across the FSU take their summer vacation break, FJC’s Darkeinu Jewish heritage learning program uses the time to review year-end results and develop new initiatives for the upcoming September.
About 1,000 young Russians who attend Jewish studies in Chabad clubs were rewarded with a week-long European tour. As well as visiting tourist sites and learning more about Judaism, several even came back engaged
Speaker of the Israeli Knesset Yuli Edelstein visited Moscow last week, where he spoke at the Russian Parliament and later met with the heads of the country’s Jewish communities and participated in FJC’s YAHAD youth forum.