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.

Lag B'omer BBQ Farbrengen and upsherin

Lag B'omer BBQ Farbrengen and upsherin of Reuven Dmitreiov took place at the house of Rabbi Yossi Marozov, at the eve of Lag Bo'omer. 

Invited to this event were those who attend the weekly Wednesday course "the secrets of the Parsha". 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Summer clothes for 100 families!

On the eve of the holiday of Passover, our community members received gift certificates to "Gloria Jeans". Each gift certificate was worth 5,000 rubles! 100 families were delighted to receive this generous gift to buy summer clothing for their children!

Our community is lucky that these gift cards were given out twice a year (before the winter and before the summer) for the past few years. Especially now, with the financial crisis in Russia, these gift cards are really appreciated.

It is not surprising that our community is being helped in such a generous and kind way, because our Rabbi Yosef Marozov always sought to help those in need.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Passover celebration

On 14 Nisan (April 3), 300 members of the Ulyanovsk Jewish community celebrated Passover. The event took place at the restaurant "Ruslan and Ludmila", in two banquet halls, at the same time. One seder was a family seder and the other was a VIP seder. 

In the VIP room, the atmosphere was more traditional; it was quiet, all the prayers and rituals took place following the Pesach routine, keeping all the traditions and commandments. In this hall, there were about 100 people. Among them were several guests of honor. One of them, Olga Zheltov, Head of Family Policy of the Government of the Ulyanovsk region, gave a congratulatory speech and handed Rabbi Yosef Marozov a letter of thanks and a gift on the occasion of the birth of his fifth child.

The family Seder was attended by about 200 people. Half of them were children. The Seder lasted nearly three hours, during which each participant had to drink 4 glasses of wine or grape juice, eat matzah, and bitter greens. All participants were extremely glad to celebrate Pesach with the community.

Many people, who were not able to attend, received clear instructions on how to celebrate the Pesach Seder at home as well as the basic necessities like matzah and grape juice!

Seek and destroy!

On the night before Passover, in Ulyanovsk, our youth group "Euro stars" sang the blessing of one of the old traditions of this holiday - looking for hidden chometz.

The youth (as well as some children) ran throughout the community center to search for chametz. The search was noisy and fun!

The next morning, on the eve of Passover, many members of the community gathered to burn all the chametz.

400 families - four tons of food

In honor of Pesach, the Jewish Center of Ulyanovsk helped out 400 families with a total of 4 tons of food, including Maza and grape juice for the Seder.

Although nearly all members of our community work in professional fields, the recent financial crisis in Russia and the collapse of the ruble to the dollar has put many people well below the poverty line. As Ulyanovsk is already a very poor city, the current situation makes it even harder.

Many members of our community have volunteered to help pack the food parcels and distribute them. Being that so many people were coming to pick up food, Rabbi Yossi Marozov, chief Rabbi of Ulyanovsk, was available to answer Pesach questions and put tefilin on people who wished to say a special prayer.

We thank our donors: The Jewish-Christian fellowship foundation headed by Rabbi Yecheil Eckstein and fund Or-Avner headed by Rabbi Dovid Mondshaine and chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar.

We are very grateful to all the volunteers and staff from our community for their tremendous help!

Congratulations from the governor of the Ulyanovsk region.

To the surprise of parishioners entering the Ulyanovsk Synagogue for prayers for the first morning of Pesach, there was a special colored card with the words ''For the great holiday Pesach'', from the Governor of Ulyanovsk!

Inside was a detailed letter to the honorary Rabbi Yosef Marozov. It began, "On the very first day of Pesach, we want to wish you a happy Pesach and thank you for the work you have done for the Jews of Ulyanovsk..." The letter goes on thanking the Jewish community for their great contribution in Ulyanovsk.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pre Pesach guest speaker

Our community had the honor to host the esteemed Rabbi Heshke Raskin for a series of lectures and farbrengens on the topic of Pesach, 

Rabbi Raskin spoke to the children of our Pre Pesach Camp and Sunday school. He held a nice Friday night farbrengen/meal with our youth, that went on for many hours! On Shabbos day, Rabbi Raskin spoke about Pesach and related tales of his sacrifice to keep Judaism under communist Russia, especially various holidays like Pesach. 

Sunday evening, our board of trustees gathered at the home of Mr. Alexander Nikoleiovitch Loshenko. He hosted the board with a lavish Kosher meal and many hours of religious discussion and debate with Rabbi Heshke Raskin.

Our community felt inspired by these last few days with our dear guest.

A ton of food for Pesach

Many Jews of Ulyanovsk have been rushing through the doors of our center to buy matzo, wine, and other Pesach items.

Many are coming to sell their chometz or to ask Rabbi Marozov questions about observing Pesach properly. We wish everybody a happy and kosher Pesach!

New Siddurim

In honor of Pesach, our Synagogue has been updated with new, expensive and comprehensive Siddurim! These are the newest Russian translated Siddurim in the market, produced by F.R.E.E. publishers and printed by Kehos. They are incredibly detailed with explanations and important prayers are transliterated.

We thank our donor, Mr. Chaim Gengut, for his kind and generous donation!