Passover Programs to Reach 437 Communities in the FSU


April 12, 2005

As in years past, the the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS is implementing a comprehensive Passover campaign designed to facilitate observance of this festival among Jews in the Former Soviet Union. This year, the FJC will distribute some two million pounds of matzah and 250,000 bottles of wine to its 437 member communities, spanning the fifteen former Soviet republics. Coordinating the campaign is the Department of Purchasing and Logistics of the Ohr Avner Foundation's office in Moscow, headed by Natan Kozlovsky.

Other facets of the Passover campaign involve the distribution of kosher food products prepared especially for use in making Passover dishes, to Jewish communities of the CIS and Baltic countries. This includes four tons of salt, six tons of sugar, and 15,000 bottles of cooking oil. Jewish communities will also receive 10 tons of hand-made matzah shmura.

The FJC working in coordination with Lubavitch World Headquarters, has made it possible for some 200 rabbinical students from the U.S.A. and Israel to pair up with another 200 local yeshiva students to visit Jewish communities, many of which are not served by a resident Rabbi. The rabbinical students will organize and lead Passover Seders and aid in leading Passover training seminars for people who want to make their own family Seder. Such seminars are already taking place in many communities in the lead-up to the holiday.

Informational and educational Passover literature--in the form of 125,000 Passover guides–75,000 of which were printed in Russia and 50,000 in Ukraine – to be distributed across the FSU, and regional newspaper holiday features, are part of the FJC's holiday awareness program.

The FJC Passover campaign has been made possible thanks to the sponsorship of Mr. Lev and Olga Leviev, the Rohr Family Foundation of NY and Florida.

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