Bringing Jewish Communities to Life in Far-East Russia

The impact of our work spans the full breadth of our local community – and the Jewish world. We are the closest federated community to Jewish communities in the eastern most part of Russia, adjacent to Siberia. Our Jewish Federation plays a very active role in supporting this region. Like British Columbia, the region's geography encompasses vast distances, remote locations and frigid winter temperatures.

To reach Jews living in these remote locations, we partner with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a global organization that addresses critical rescue and relief needs in more than 60 countries, including in the FSU.

Through our partnership with JDC, we provide a lifeline to 27,000 Jewish children and their families and more than 165,000 frail, elderly Jews, all of whom are supported through 160 Hesed welfare centres and a network of JDC professionals throughout the region. We bring hope and warmth to thousands of seniors with humanitarian aid, including food packages, medicine, heating fuel, and homecare visits.

In August 2018 members of our Israel and Overseas Affairs Committee visited Khabarovsk and Birobidjan to better understand the needs and to see our work in action. They witnessed first-hand the tremendous impact we’re making. Committee chair Candace Kwinter, our Board chair at the time, Karen James, and our CEO Ezra Shanken were among those on the mission.

Our work is a lifeline for individuals and communities alike. Jewish communities that were once languishing are becoming vibrant. Where there are challenges, there are young adults who are rising to the challenge. Initiatives are in place to prepare these young adults with the strength and skills required to lead their communities.

Young Adults

We’re helping build Jewish community with programs like Metsuda, which builds capacity by supporting young adults’ development by engaging them in community-driven projects and leadership training.

Impoverished Children and their Families

We’re funding care for impoverished children from the neediest families, most of whom live in desperate conditions and receive a minimum level of government assistance. Along with this support, we contribute towards SOS funds for these families so they can pay for unanticipated one-time costs, such as essential household repairs or a hospital bill.

Children with Disabilities

We’re creating social connections for children with disabilities, who live in a culture that often shuns them. The Khabarovsk Jewish community provides social support to families, invites children with disabilities to community events, and provides scholarships to local Jewish programs and activities.

For these members of our extended family, there is no time to waste. Make a difference today with a gift to community through the Annual Campaign.