Monday, August 31, 2015

Our 7th annual community Calendar is ready!

Our 7th community Calendar has arrived off the press to the Jewish Center! Just in time for our grand celebration of 25 years of the Jewish Community of Ulyanovsk, which will be marked by a 1000 attendee concert September 1st!

This years calendar is unique and different the usuall.

Firstly the cover is a mosaic bearing hundreds of faces from memebers of our community.

Every month is dedicated to a different Mitzva, explaining various Mitzvot like: Tefilin, lighting candles etc in detail.

This years Calendar was printed simultaneously with our Brother congregation ''Chistaya Prudi'' in Moscow.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Chupa family Kontorovich!

This past week the Kantorovich family had a Jewish Wedding ceremony.

Although married for over 20 years with 5 children, they never had a proper Chupa, because it was not possible at that time, there was No Rabbi of Synagogue in Ulyanovsk.

The whole wedding including the banquet, was fully arranged and prepared by Rabbanit Sara.

The Kontorovich family is very active in the community, their older son is now learning in Yeshiva in St Petersburg.

The Jewish Community of Ulyanovsk wishes the Kontorovich family all the best wishes upon this momentous occasion.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Mitzvah Tank in Ulyanovsk!

For the first weekend in August our community hosted a crew of young Rabbi's on a - Mitzvah Tank (synagogue on wheels) , which are sent to our Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar .

They brought along Tefilin, Mezuzah's books, as well as a large number of spiritual literature.

The Mitzvah Tank drove around the city and made ​​stops at shopping centers. During stops any Jew could hop on to acquire religious literature, as well as speak to the rabbi's.

Parishioners of our community together with the rabbis of the ''mitzvah tank'' gathered for ''Kabalat Shabbat'' on Friday evening and services Saturday morning. In total, every prayer was attended by about 50 people.

On Sunday they drove to the city of Dmitovgrad (a city in Ulyanovsk region) to meet the Jews there!

Before the guests left out city, the gave a gift to our community a decorative map with the location of all the Jewish communities of Russia.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Yeshivah in Ulyanovsk, first time ever!

For the first time in history a Yeshivah opened in Ulyanovsk.

As a group of ten Yeshiva students from Yeshivah Tomchei Temimim of Moscow came to Ulyanovsk to spend some of their vocation days learning Torah in Ulyanovsk with the same schedule as in Yeshivah.

During their stay they Learned daily Torah with others, had evening farbreingen's and affixed Mezuzah's in 20 homes in Ulyanovsk. 

Their stay made a great impression in our community. Now we could finally say Ulyanovsk has truly had a real full time Yeshivah!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

5th annual Camp Gan Yisreol a success!

The Jewish Center of Ulyanovsk has successfully completed its 5th annual day camp Gan Yisroel!

Camp Gan Yisroel was established in Ulyanovsk June 2011, by Rabbanit Sara Marozov and continues to run every single June based on the idea it was founded on. 

Each day the children begin with exercise, breakfast, a lesson on a specific theme in Judaism given by Rabbi Yossi Marozov, the class is followed by memorizing session, where the children get fake money for memorizing the daily topic, they could use the money to buy prizes in the camp gift shop! 

Learning is followed by Arts and Crafts based on the learning theme of the day, the children eat lunch, enjoy a sport and a daily trip!

Trips were no Joke, horse back riding, bout trip, swimming, amusement park, ice cream factory, rope climbing and more.

The last day of camp the children orgnized a concert of the parents followed by a shabbat program! 

Keeping up to our annual tradition, the children are to all receive a camp booklet, filled with jokes, songs, and pictures, in edition this year we have a special donor from America who is willing to sponsor free picture albums to each camper!  

Grand Teenager Shabbaton!

This past Friday - Sunday a group of 20 Teenagers and Students joined into a special Shabbaton at the home of Rabbi Yossi and Suri Marozov.

Friday began with a lesson on the weekly Torah portion, followed by lessons in Challah baking and how to make Sushi by Rabbanit Suri Marozov!

Trips to adrenaline park, and bike riding followed by Swimming and Barbecues.

Friday night and Shabbos day all of the teens went to Synagogue followed by hours long shabbos meals, at each meal the teens and youth discussed Judaism and sang songs.

Shabbos day was celebrated with a football game, and contest. Towards evening all the participants joined in to a Talmud Class follows by havdalah and a grand barbecue!

Sunday the participants left home with excitement and encouragement for their Jewish identity!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


In honor of Shavuot, the Jewish community of Ulyanovsk brought down a famous lecturer from Israel, Rabbi Yehoshua Raskin.

On Thursday evening, Rabbi Raskin had a farbrengen with local businessmen for their monthly shiur/farbrengen.

On Sunday, we had our sixth annual Torahthon! Rabbi Raskin gave three lectures, each one for two hours. After each lecture, the participants were treated to an Italian buffet. The lectures were attended by a total of about 80 people.

At the completion of the lectures, our big Shavuot event began! Over 100 people came to hear the 10 Commandments and enjoy a delicious Italian buffet consisting of pizza, cheese blintzes, lasagna, pasta, cheese spinach quince, cheese cake, cheese danishes and many more dairy delicacies. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Lag B'omer Parade & 9th of May celebration!

For the first time ever, there was a Jewish parade in Ulyanovsk! Lag B'omer this year was two days before May 9th - Victory day. This year we celebrate 70 years since we won the Nazis.

In honor of Lag B'omer and Victory Day, the Jewish Center of Ulyanovsk arranged a parade and concert in "Park Pabeda" - Victory park.

The event started with a band playing live music, followed by speakers commemorating Lag B'omer and Victory Day. Next we had children reciting Torah psukim word for word and the crowd repeating after them. We had three singers, from our community, entertain the crowd with various popular songs.

When the concert finished, participants raised banners depicting famous mitzvot and proudly marched with them along the parks main walkway. Leading the way was a professional drum band.

The parade ended with a BBQ and competitive games.