We hope to engage the widest number of Russian-speaking Jews and their family members in the Jewish communities where they live, inspiring their Jewish journeys and giving them tools to continue to the next step as active, informed members of the Jewish people.
We believe our educational model and continuing efforts will ensure a vibrant and sustainable Jewish future for young Russian-speaking adults in the FSU, in Israel and throughout the world.
Everyone should be a student and a teacher.
Learning can change and inspire action.
We encourage the creation of a learning environment in which participants will be able to reflect and grow.
We strive to create individual, collective and communal experiences, through which we strengthen and develop our Jewish identity.
We aim to create opportunities for communities and individuals to connect.
Volunteerism is a key feature of what we do.
We are responsible for each other and for our communities– where everyone has an important contribution.
We encourage participants to take an active part in all we do.
We inspire people to be ambitious about their contribution.
We see the potential of individuals and communities, and support their development.
We can achieve more together than individually.
We gain from, and should give back to the community.
We value rich diversity and so we seek to create cross-communal and intergenerational experiences.
We value choice in form, content and style in our programs.
We encourage people not to stereotype others.
All are equal and no-one is more important than anyone else.
We expect all participants to be respectful, and to recognize that all volunteers are also participants.
Personal attacks are not acceptable in any context.
We appreciate that ‘arguments for the sake of heaven’ can make a positive contribution to furthering our education and understanding.
We do not participate in legitimizing or de-legitimizing any position.
Sessions which encourage vigorous debate are acceptable but we will seek to avoid religious or political conflict. Sessions should be educational, and not polemical.
We seek to create an inclusive environment for all participants.
We believe in the importance of enabling Shabbat and Kashrut to be kept in all public areas as far as possible, so that participants do not have to separate themselves one from another.
We recognize that in private areas, people will behave as they wish.