Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mitzvah Tank conquers Ulyanovsk






For the Third consecutive year Ulyanovsk had the honor to be visited by a Mitzvah Tank sent out throughout Russia  by Chief Rabbi of Russia Rabbi Berel Lazar to warm up the souls of the Many Jews throughout the country. Thank  you Chezy Lazar, Sholom Ber Pewsner, and Nochum Roitman for spending 3 days with us in Ulyanovsk. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Jteen summer Shabbaton








For the second consecutive year, our J-teen teenagers club celebrate a 3 day Shabbaton!  

Friday the teens traveled to Tolyatti to enjoy a museum park and mountain biking, followed by classes and Kabbalat Shabbat.

Shabbat the teens experienced a real Shabbus with prayer, Torah reading, numerous interactive classes , games, competitions and a walk through the nearby forest. Saturday night the teens enjoyed an outside bonfire with songs and stories. 

Sunday the teens went to paintball shooting, for most it was their first time in their lives! 

This shabbaton was jointly sponsored by Meromim foundation, and the L.A. Pincus fund for Jewish education in the diaspora, Israel.

Special thanks to Rabbi Meir and Devora Fischer for once again hosting us! 

Friday, August 1, 2014

J-Teen Travel Camp to Moscow


















For the second consecutive year, our teenagers club "J-teen" enjoyed an amazing travel camp! This year they spent a week in Moscow with Rabbi Yossi Marozov, Rabbi of Ulyanovsk.

This incredible trip was a combination of professional Torah classes and exploring Jewish institutions. 

The first day began by touring the Jewish Museum, Jewish community center, schools, kosher stores and restaurants. This was followed by a fun time at rollerskating, bowling, and laser tag - all in one day!

The remaining days included visiting the Red Square, zoo, aquarium, circus, dolphin show, sightseeing by train, bike, bus and boat. 

Thursday evening, Mr. Mikhail Amayev, owner of the prestigious kosher restaurant "Misada" in Moscow City (Russia's largest mall, built by Mr. Levi Leviev) served a beautiful meal for the teens and spent time speaking with them. Mr. Levi Leviev was also present at the restaurant that evening! The teens expressed their shock at seeing Russia's largest mall owned by a proud, Kipa wearing Jew! They were also amazed at the amount of people attending the many kosher restaurants and cafe's in downtown Moscow. 

On Shabbos, the teens visited various synagogues and had the chance to meet and ask questions to various Rabbis. 

The main goal of this trip was, of course, educational. Every morning the teens had a class with Rabbi Yossi Marozov, and in the evenings by a special guest speaker.

Throughout the trip it became more and more obvious that the teens gained a strong feelings of Jewishness. This was especially noticeable shabbos afternoon when the boys decided to walk back from synagogue through the center of the city wearing their Kipas, and all of the teens spent the 40 minute walk singing Jewish songs! 

A number of teens have decided to come back September to Moscow to study in a Jewish school! The Federation of Jewish communities provides free 5 star dormitories for any girl or boy throughout Russia who wishes to learn at any of the many Jewish schools in Moscow 

Before returning home Mr. Avshalom Mikhailov of the fancy Kosher cafe "cafe Jerusalem" offered the teens a warm meal, and food for the way. 

The J-Teen travel camp is supported by Meromim foundations, The L.A. Pincus fund for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, Israel, Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters, and the Federation of Jewish communities, headed by Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Berel Lazal. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Camp Gan Israel Ulyanovsk 2014!!!
















The children of our community have spent a memorable time at "Gan Yisroel" day camp. 

The schedule of the day included learning Jewish tradition and history, doing crafts, activities, baking and playing fun games. The children went on various exciting excursions such as; go-karting, extreme park "Adrenaline", amusement park, boat riding, paint-ball and much more! 

This year, Rabbi Yosef himself spent every morning teaching the children. 

JJ Hecht, everyone's favorite counselor, came all the way from America to join the camp. Incidentally, all the counselors this year, were  from the Ulyanovsk teenagers club "J-teen". 

Camp was lots of fun! Every day was filled with excitement, singing, and cheering. The only complaint that the campers had was that camp was too short.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Incredible 3 Tammuz farbrengen in Ulyanovsk!








Over 60 people paritcipated in a special 3rd of Tammuz Farbreingen. We were honored to have Rabbi Gorelic from Kazan and Rabbi Dan Savinov from Penza joined us for this special occasion. The stories, heartfelt songs and video presentations inspired the crowd.