Thursday, April 24, 2014
Specifically for Passover, The Jewish Center of Ulyanovsk distributed food packages to 400 children and adults!
This was made possible by fund Or Avner, and fully sponsored by a fund "Keren Edidut" who regularly helps children of our community.
All products in the set are kosher for Passover. But most importantly - each received matzah and grape juice for the Passover seder at home!
For the first time ever, the Jews of Ulyanovsk experienced a five star Seder in the restaurant "Baku". Everyone was served hand made shmura matzah from Israel and four glasses of fine kosher wine. The grand meal included salmon, beef, lamb and chicken. Everybody followed along in their user friendly hagadda. The commentaries and lively songs made everyone feel part of the event.
Preparations began exactly four weeks before Pesach.
Calls were made to community members inviting them to our grand Seder and explaining the laws of Pesach. They were encouraged to come to the community center to buy Matzo and other products needed for Pesach. Each box of matzo contained a sticker with the minimum amount of matzo, wine and morar one must eat. In addition, people were given clear instructions on how to perform the Seder at home.
In the mail, everyone received instructions how to prepare their home for pesach and a Seder instruction sheet. All the prayers and instructions of how to do the passover seder was only on one paper!
Every year our ladies club gathers for a grand model seder.
This year we added two exciting additions to the program:
1) An intense crash course on "How to do Pesach" (brief history of Pesach, what may/may not be eaten, how to Kasher the Chometz dishes, clean the house etc).
2) A really fun contest! The women were split into four groups, given various kosher l'pesach products and had a contest to see which group made the tastiest dish. As it turned out, they all loved ALL the delicious new dishes and so everybody was a winner!
Friday, March 21, 2014
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
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!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
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.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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!
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.
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.