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Grants in North America

JAFI LA Russian Young Adult Engagement Program

JAFI LA Russian Young Adult Engagement Program

For over 80 years, the Jewish Agency has served as the link between the Jewish people and Israel, working to ensure the future of a connected, committed, global Jewish People with a strong Israel at its center. JAFI’s Los Angeles RSJ Young Adult Engagement Program, funded by Genesis Philanthropy Group, was geared towards strengthening Russian-speaking young adults’ Jewish identities, connections with Israel, and overall sense of belonging to the Jewish community.

The program consisted of a local and a national component. The local program reached out to Russian Jewish young adults in Los Angeles by organizing six educational workshops featuring guest speakers, movie screenings and text readings. Exciting community celebrations were also held for religious and Israeli holidays. Participants in the program also attended Mitbachon, an annual all-American Shabbaton. Mitbachon provided a framework for socializing and networking between Russian-speaking Jewish young adults across America, inspiring them to become more deeply involved in their local Jewish communities as well as to develop connections and promote dialogue between their communities.

The success of the program paved the way for the September 2011 launch of the Los Angeles RSJ Young Adult Leadership Initiative, a partnership project of Genesis Philanthropy group, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Financial support for this project was provided by Genesis Philanthropy Group, along with Jewish Agency for Israel and other generous donors.

Goals and Objectives

  • Provide innovative entry points into Jewish life, thereby attracting individuals who might not be drawn to other programs.
  • Encourage a deeper understanding of Jewish customs, traditions and history in Los Angeles’ young Russian-speaking Jewish community.
  • Strengthen the Los Angeles Russian-speaking Jewish community and promote development of connections and dialogues between Russian-speaking Jewish communities across the US.

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