Unlike most Hillels in North America, Hillel Russia is affiliated with cities rather than colleges. Through a variety of activities and programs, Hillel Russia connects with the larger community of Russian-speaking Jews. A metropolitan mindset has strengthened efforts to encourage Jewish young adults to congregate, celebrate, and so much more. 

For many participants, widespread antisemitism in the former Soviet Union led their families to conceal their Jewish identities. As a result, many Jewish young adults are just discovering and embracing their heritage. Hillel Russia is there to help each of them navigate their Jewish journey — every step of the way.

I wasn’t religious before and I’m not religious now. But I know I want Judaism and Israel to play a significant role in my life and my family’s life.

Nikita Rotin, Hillel Russia

Launched in 1994, Hillel Russia spans eight cities:

Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Khabarovsk, Penza, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok, and Saratov.

Saying the blessing over challah at Hillel Russia.
Saying the blessing over challah at Hillel Russia.

Out and About

Students and young adults are hiking up Masada, celebrating Shabbat, learning Hebrew, volunteering with children, and so much more. Follow them on social media to keep tabs on their experiences with Hillel Russia.