Jewish Center of Ulyanovsk

For the second consecutive year, our teenagers club “J-teen” enjoyed an amazing travel camp! This year they spent a week in Moscow with Rabbi Yossi Marozov, Rabbi of Ulyanovsk.
This incredible trip was a combination of professional Torah classes and exploring Jewish institutions. 
The first day began by touring the Jewish Museum, Jewish community center, schools, kosher stores and restaurants. This was followed by a fun time at rollerskating, bowling, and laser tag – all in one day!
The remaining days included visiting the Red Square, zoo, aquarium, circus, dolphin show, sightseeing by train, bike, bus and boat. 
Thursday evening, Mr. Mikhail Amayev, owner of the prestigious kosher restaurant “Misada” in Moscow City (Russia’s largest mall, built by Mr. Levi Leviev) served a beautiful meal for the teens and spent time speaking with them. Mr. Levi Leviev was also present at the restaurant that evening! The teens expressed their shock at seeing Russia’s largest mall owned by a proud, Kipa wearing Jew! They were also amazed at the amount of people attending the many kosher restaurants and cafe’s in downtown Moscow. 
On Shabbos, the teens visited various synagogues and had the chance to meet and ask questions to various Rabbis. 
The main goal of this trip was, of course, educational. Every morning the teens had a class with Rabbi Yossi Marozov, and in the evenings by a special guest speaker.
Throughout the trip it became more and more obvious that the teens gained a strong feelings of Jewishness. This was especially noticeable shabbos afternoon when the boys decided to walk back from synagogue through the center of the city wearing their Kipas, and all of the teens spent the 40 minute walk singing Jewish songs! 
A number of teens have decided to come back September to Moscow to study in a Jewish school! The Federation of Jewish communities provides free 5 star dormitories for any girl or boy throughout Russia who wishes to learn at any of the many Jewish schools in Moscow 
Before returning home Mr. Avshalom Mikhailov of the fancy Kosher cafe “cafe Jerusalem” offered the teens a warm meal, and food for the way. 
The J-Teen travel camp is supported by Meromim foundations, The L.A. Pincus fund for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, Israel, Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters, and the Federation of Jewish communities, headed by Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Berel Lazal. 

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