This past week, Daniel and I participated in the FSU-Pesach Project. We were among 16 HUC students sent throughout Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine to celebrate Passover seders with Jewish communities. Daniel and I traveled to Moscow and Lipetsk in Russia. We attended one Passover seder and led another, taught two classes for a Jewish leadership training institute, led kabbalat Shabbat services and havdalah, met with two youth groups, and still had plenty of time for sight-seeing. We met some incredible people and made connections we hope we’ll continue to foster. The trip was a terrific opportunity to learn what progressive Jewish life looks like outside of the mainstream communities of the US and Israel, and to offer our knowledge and energy to communities that need support and encouragement. Thank you to everyone who supported us in this endeavor.
If you would like to see pictures, click here.
If you would like to read about the trip in greater detail, below I have typed out the journal that I kept while in Russia. You can also see each entry as its own page: