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Jewish Values in Tashkent

Moral priorities of Jewish people are different from others? I'm asking myself and this question turns in another one: what is the difference between Jews and other nationalities and religions? I think that every person should find his or her own answer to the question. Parents, friends or teachers can't just give you a ready answer. If you were born to Jewish parents no one can make you be a Jew. Our forefathers were dying for their right to be Jews. Some Jewish families today keep Jewish traditions, some – not. For me it is very important to know about my Jewish heritage, my traditions. I want my children to be aware of the Jewish history, culture and tradition. Read more...


In Their Own Words

Follow campers and counselors over the course of the summer as they share their personal experiences at our FSU Summer Camps.

Lena an Israeli Counselor @ the St. Petersburg Summer Camp
My name is Lena. I am an Israeli counselor at the Jewish Agency summer camp in St. Petesrburg. I was born in St. Petersburg, at that time, Leningrad. My family made aliya when I was six years old and I have been living in Israel since. I was always looking back and wondering how life turned out for those Jews who stayed. I am fascinated with the Russian Jewish experience. Read more.


Our Activities
For nearly two decades, our network of summer and winter camps in the former Soviet Union have reached tens of thousands of children, teens, university-age students and their families, connecting them to their heritage, Israel and the Jewish people. The week-long summer camps, which operate in over 14 cities and towns, immerse campers in a week of Jewish life, learning and culture.

Our Impact
Camp is a cultural lifeline for youth, especially in small peripheral cities and towns where it is often the only Jewish educational activity the entire year. It also encourages campers to further explore their heritage and become involved in youth clubs, Sunday schools, and Jewish holiday celebrations.  Nearly 50% of campers return to camp and many become community leaders.  Former campers are also prime candidates for short and long–term programs in Israel such as Taglit- Birthright Israel and MASA.

Our Partners
Camping in the FSU would not be possible without the critical partnership of:
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, The Associated-Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims (ICHEIC), International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, UJA– Federation of New York, Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County, Jewish Federation of Monmouth County, Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Syracuse Jewish Federation, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and The Genesis Philanthropy Group.

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