Geographic Focus

Across 9 Timezones in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and Israel.

THE NEED IN RUSSIA AND SURROUNDING AREAS

The Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, ending an era of institutionalized anti-Semitism and more than seventy years of repression of the Jewish community. Almost 30 years later, the emerging Jewish community continues to face many challenges. With an estimated 500,000 - 2 million Jews remaining in the region, building strong Jewish identity and developing communal leadership is essential to the future of Jewish life in the region. By working in partnership with Jews from other parts of the world, Jews in this region reclaim their Jewish identities. They are inspired to embrace the Jewish values necessary to surviving and thriving long-term.

 

WHY FOCUS ON WOMEN?

No other Jewish organization focuses exclusively on women and girls in the region. Project Kesher's highly sophisticated leadership training program provides skills development with Jewish content to this under-served sector. Our trained activists are often the only ones to focus attention on women’s issues, such as domestic violence and human trafficking.

Our efforts have helped to ensure a strong female Jewish voice on key issues in secular communities in the region and a strong women’s voice in the Jewish community.  

Women power our programs, and their families and communities benefit.


THE NEED IN ISRAEL

Our expansion into Israel was in response to the need for a Project Kesher-type program for that country’s Russian speaking population.

When 850,000 Russian-speaking immigrants, 300,000 of them women between the ages of 20 and 55, made aliyah in 1989, it was a cause for celebration in Israel.  But the reality of life in Israel for many did not live up to their expectations. Although often highly educated, they faced occupational, social and economic downgrading, were forced into menial service jobs and to the bottom of the social structure, and faced a humiliating loss of their personal identity.

It is estimated that one out of every six Jewish women in Israel today are Russian-speakers, many still struggling to assimilate into Israeli society, learn the language, earn a living and avoid feelings of social isolation.

 Project Kesher-Israel, with its cost-effective, grass-roots model, is uniquely positioned to effect change in Israel by empowering Russian-speaking women to be leaders and activists.  These women can reach deeply into the community, build Jewish identity, and influence change on key issues.


PROJECT KESHER IN THE UNITED STATES

Project Kesher in the US raises funds to support the work throughout our network and helps our sister organizations increase their own fundraising capacity.  Project Kesher offers trips to meet activists trained with our support, as well as educational programs in the US to encourage funders to include our work in their portfolios.  In addition, Project Kesher seeks US activists for our Board and with skills to advance our mission.

Project Kesher Cities

BELARUS

Bobruysk
Borisov
Brest
Gomel
Minsk
Mogilev
Mozyr
Orsha
Polotsk
Rechitsa
Vitebsk

GEORGIA

Batumi
Gori
Kutaisi
Rustavi
Tbilisi

ISRAEL

Arad
Ashdod
Bat Yam
Beer Sheva
Haifa
Jerusalem
Kfar Saba
Kiryat Malakhi
Lod
Lod
Maalot
Nazareth Ilit
Nataniya
Pardes Hanna
Petach Tikva
Rishon L'tzion
Shlomi

MOLDOVA

Kishinev

RUSSIA

Astrakhan
Balakovo
Belgorod
Birobidjan
Bryansk
Chelyabinsk
Derbent
Ekaterinburg
Elets
Ivanovo
Izhevsk
Kaluga
Kazan
Kineshma
Kislovodsk
Kostroma
Kursk
Lipetsk
Mahachkala
Mozdok
Mytischi
Nalchik
Nizhni Tagil
Nizhniy Novgorod
Novocherkassk
Novosibirsk
Novozybkovo
Orel

Pskov
Pyatigorsk
Rostov-on-Don
Ryazan
Rybinsk
Saratov
Smolensk
Tambov
Tiumen
Tula
Tver
Ulianovosk
Velikiy Novgorod
Vladimir
Vladikavkaz
Volgograd
Volzhsky
Voronezh
Yakutsk
Yaroslavl

Ukraine

Artemovsk
Belaya Cerkov
Cherkassy
Chernigov
Chernovtsy
Dneprodzerzhinsk
Dnepropetrovsk
Donetsk
Gnivan
Gorlovka
Ivano-Frankovsk
Izmail

Kamenets-Podolskiy
Kanev
Kharkov
Kherson
Khmelnitsky
Kiev
Kirovograd
Korsun-Shevchenkovskiy
Krivoy Rog
Lugansk
Lutsk
Lvov
Makeevka
Mariupol
Mirgorod
Nikolaev
Odessa
Poltava
Rovno
Shostka
Slaviansk
Starokonstantinov
Stryi
Sumy
Ternopol
Uzhgorod
Vinnitsa
Zaporozhie
Zhitomir