Russian Federation

Map of Russian Federation Moldova, 2008 by Karen Sandvick

Even before the recent global economic crisis, Russia had been experiencing dramatic changes, with a continuously growing gap between rich and poor and increasing migration of people moving from the country’s periphery to its urban centers in search of new opportunity.

From Moscow to Siberia to the Far East region, JDC supports Jews in 600-plus locations, aiding elderly and impoverished families who live in each of Russia’s nine time zones. More than two decades after the fall of Communism—which hindered the development of Jewish life in this vast country for over 70 years—JDC continues to create opportunities for Jews to reconnect to their tradition and to develop Jewish communities that are capable of responding effectively to the needs of their members.

Today, in collaboration with the local Jewish community, JDC:

Learn more about how JDC’s pioneering programs are connecting young Russian Jews to their roots and inspiring them to lead their communities.

For an in-depth look at the vibrancy of Jewish life and JDC’s work in St. Petersburg and Moscow, check out our city profile PDFs.


JDC’s presence in Russia dates back to 1924 when it established the Agro-Joint in cooperation with the Soviet authorities (but was forced by those same authorities to leave in 1938). Fifty years later, JDC was again invited to operate freely in the country and bring its expertise and commitment to the aid of Russia’s Jewish communities.