Recognized by The Federation of Jewish communities of Russia (FJCR)
Next year will mark the 20-year anniversary of the establishment of the FJCR. To mark this occasion, the FJCR are planning on a number of events during the coming year celebrating important milestones achieved during these past two decades.
As part of this effort, a special recognition has been issued this week to Mr. Roman Abramovich recognizing his contributions of over 500 million dollars over the past 20 years to Jewish causes in Israel, Russia and elsewhere.
The award is signed by Rabbi Alexander Boroda, President of the FJCR and the Chief Rabbi of Russia, Berel Lazar.
Rabbi Boroda: “With the upcoming 20-year anniversary, we wanted to specially recognize those who have been vital to our work and to the Jewish community. Much of the work we do has been made possible thanks to Mr. Abramovich, and we are deeply thankful for his continues support.”
Today, the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia is a leading Jewish organization and connects 160 communities across 144 cities. In addition, they operate a higher education institution, 30 schools, 29 pre-schools and 94 Sunday schools.
Rabbi Lazar: We have experienced a strong reappearance of Jewish communities in Russia over these past 20 years, and much of it has been made possible thanks to generous contributions like the one of Mr. Abramovich. This has allowed us to carry out educational and cultural work helping Jewish communities across the country.
In addition to education, the FJCR are also managing the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, which attracts over 350 000 visitors per year. They also support distribution of Jewish literature and have printed 1 500 000 copies of various books via their publishing house “Knizhniki”. The Federation also run humanitarian programs that today reach more than 120 000 people in Russia and include work such as charity lunch delivery; medical assistance for people in need and assistance to families with many children.
Edited by: JV Staff