Federation's Impact in St. Petersburg
In Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, where Jewish life was nearly wiped out, we are nurturing a resurgence of Jewish identity, rebuilding institutions and developing the next generation of passionate community leaders.
With our partners at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Federation has helped the St. Petersburg community rediscover its Jewish life.
A Resurgence of Jewish Life
• More than 300 children ages two to seven attend Federation-funded Jewish preschools in St. Petersburg.
• More than 3,500 children, youth and adults take part in programs designed to reestablish ties to Jewish traditions.
• In 2005, construction of the YESOD, St. Petersburg's Jewish community center, was completed. Funded in part by the Federation's Centennial Initiative, it was the first new Jewish building in St. Petersburg in 124 years, and has become a center for Jewish life.
• Now the flagship Jewish cultural center in Eastern Europe, more than 6,000 people attend Jewish and cultural programs at YESOD.
• St. Petersburg's Jewish Welfare Center supports 50 families and 70 children through an SOS fund.
• More than 850 college students participate in Jewish programming.
• Special needs children and their families receive health and welfare resources.
• A community-sponsored newspaper keeps Jewish people connected and informed about community issues.