The Institute for Jewish Studies in the C.I.S.
Ongoing Programs and Activities
Bayit LeMidrash in Siberia & the Far East
Program Description
Target group
Number of participants benefiting from the program
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Historical background
To strengthen Jewish activities in Siberia and the Far-East, the Institute has opened an office in Siberia.
The head of the Siberian office, located in the city of Irkutsk is a graduate of the Institute’s Moscow’s yeshiva, "Mekor Haim."
Jewish communities
in Siberia and Far-East.
About 30 communities with thousands of members. Leading our programs are 150 members of Lamed.
Focus on helping those regions with low standards of living. The Siberian Jewish community lacks the strong backing from Jewish organizations that is available in other regions in the F.S.U., and is in great need of aid for their Jewish teachers and community activists.
After two seminars in Siberia (Novosibirsk 1994 and Irkutsk 1999) and Rabbi Steinsaltz’s visits to local communities in 1999, David Dorokhov, a graduate of the Institute’s course for community leaders, has been appointed to the post of permanent representative of the Institute in Siberia.
To provide support to Siberia’s communities in the area of educational materials and to increase seminars for teachers and activists. The "Beit le Midrash" and "Limudim" have been initiated in Siberia, and contact is further increased by means of the internet.