Friday, March 21, 2014

JLI course: "The Art of Marriage"

20 people have completed the JLI course, "The Art of Marriage". It's a comprehensive course discussing the Torah point of view on how to be happy in ones relationship with their spouse, the do's and don'ts in marriage, and the timeless advice from the Torah. 

This course was prepared by the "Rohr Jewish Learning Institute" and given by Rabbi Yossi Marozov, in the conference hall in Hotel Volga. 

The Jewish Center of Ulyanovsk opened its branch of JLI in January 2012.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Purim in Ulyanovsk 2014!!!

This year Purim in Ulyanovsk was especially joyous! Our Purim event started with a carnival featuring competitive games, exciting booths and face painting. On the other side of the hall there was a food table which had a bar, hamantashen, a popcorn machine, a cotton candy machine and sandwiches. For the first time ever, we had a professional bubble show. 

For the second part of the event, the participants were seated in an adjacent hall. Rabbi Yossi Marozov read from the megillah while the crowd listened and enthusiastically made lots of noise by the name "haman". matanas lievyonim was collected and distributed to 20 poor families on Purim day. The participants were given mishoach manos which they exchanged with their friends. The event ended with a lively costume contest, with the audience cheering for the costumes they thought were best!

Purim in Dmitrovgrad!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Fourth annual "Great Winter Shabbaton"

We recently completed our fourth annual "Great Winter Shabbaton". Over 70 men, women and children enjoyed three days of learning, lectures, workshops, Farbreingens, and "ask the Rabbi" sessions. 

The theme of the Shabbaton was the deeper meaning of the Jewish holidays. This included a comprehensive course on the Kabbalistic meaning of every single Jewish holiday and some practical tips on how to keep these holidays. 

The attendees all enjoyed a full fledged shabbos program. For many this was their first or second shabbos in their lives. 

Leisure included: swimming, gym, snow sports, and a tour of the city of Talyatti. 

A special program was arranged for children with games, stories, and competitions. We also had a special program for our teenagers, together with teens from Penza and Talyatti.  

Like every year, this Shabbaton concluded with a large banquet. The banquet included competitions, dance, and karaoke. 

The Jewish Center of Ulyanovsk would like to thank our many donors. Without them, this would not be possible. 

To partner in our many programs and projects you can donate Here.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mazal Tov! Salim is now Sholom, Simon is now Shimon!

Simon is 67 years old. Nonetheless, that did not stop him from forming his covenant with God by going through a sugery not everybody is age would agree to do - circumcision! 

As is customary to take upon oneself a Jewish name after the circumcision, Simon has chosen Shimon! 

Salim had a circumcision when he was a young boy of five, by his Muslim father. Salim realized that although his father is Muslim, he is Jewish because his mother was a Jew. He began attending synagogue on a regular basis. Today Salim's new name is Sholom! 

New weekly Torah class in "New City"

A new weekly Torah class has been established, for Jews living in the Ulyanovsk neighborhood "New City", every Thursday night! 

This class is in addition to our weekly Wednesday class "Secrets of the Torah"  and Saturday class "Analyzing the Talmud", which take place in the Jewish community center. Throughout the year, we also have many professional courses, seminars and lectures.

"New City" is one of the largest neighborhoods in Ulyanovsk, with over 200,000 residents, yet it is the furthest neighborhood from our Jewish Center which is located in the City Center - Lenin's district. 

Michoel Yedvabni our guest lecturer!

Chazzan Michoel Yedvabni, from Moscow, has spend five days in Ulyanovsk. He gave lectures for various groups in the community and he had one-on-one Torah study sessions.

We would like to thank our donor, Mr. Alexander Kaminsky from Moscow, for giving our community the opportunity to grow in Torah learning.

Friday, December 6, 2013

One hundred food parcels in honor of Chanukah!



It has become a monthly tradition to help one hundred needy children in the Ulyanovsk Region with food parcels. This project is sponsored by the American fund "Keren Yedidut".

In honor of Chanukah, we gave out one hundred food parcels worth $100 each!

Thanks to Chief Rabbi of Ulyanovsk, Rabbi Yosef Marozov, this past year over $50,000 worth of food has been distributed to the needy children in our community.

This is in conjunction with the many other humanitarian programs that is carried out by the Jewish Center of Ulyanovsk. 

Chanukah at the pensioners club!


Members of our pensioners club enjoyed a grand Chanukah event, as they had a beautiful table with lot's of good foods and drinks!

At the event we lit the Menorah, played Driedle and discussed various interesting topics!

Each participant received a beautiful present to take home by Rabbi Yosef Marozov. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

50 Jews in Ulyanovsk own their own Tefilin!!!

With the purchase of lefty Tefilin by Mr. Dima Lutov, the number of Jews in Ulyanovsk who own their own pair of Tefilin has gone up to 50!

Over the past seven years, 50 pairs of Tefilin have been subsidized to the many Jews in Ulyanovsk who desire to don Tefilin but cannot afford it.

We thank all our donors, especially the donors for the last two pairs of Tefilin: Mr. Levi Israel and Mr. Shmuel Mendel.

J-Teen enjoys a trip to Kazan!