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Grants in the Former Soviet Union

Jewish Student Organizations in the FSU – Hillel Russia and Hillel Case

Jewish Student Organizations in the FSU – Hillel Russia and Hillel Case

Since 2009, Genesis Philanthropy Group has provided financial support for two leading Jewish student organizations that work in the FSU: Hillel Russia and Hillel CASE.

Both organizations work under the auspices of Hillel, the largest international Jewish student organization, established in 1923 in Chicago. There are more than 500 Hillel centers around the world, in the United States, Canada, Israel, Latin America, Australia and Europe. Hillel first established a presence in the FSU in 1994.

Hillel Russia supports regional offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Khabarovsk, Penza and Novosibirsk.

Hillel CASE unites one program center with 13 regional organizations, working in different cities of Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Belarus.

The main goals of Hillel Russia and Hillel CASE are to involve young adults in the life of Jewish communities, to introduce Jewish students to the history, culture and traditions of the Jewish people and to implement programs that support cultural and educational growth of young adults. These programs attract thousands of students and their family members. In addition, a number of new programs seek to identify students who are not already involved in Jewish communal activities and engage them in Jewish life.

Since Hillel programs are not subject to any political or religious interests, they afford students complete freedom of self-expression and facilitate the resurrection of Jewish communal life of young adults in Russia and throughout the FSU.

Hillel Russia and Hillel CASE perform the important work of shaping the Jewish identity of young people, raising a new generation of Jewish leaders, and increasing the number of socially active members of Jewish communities in the FSU.

Appreciating the importance of these tasks, Genesis Philanthropy Group provides financial and organizational support for both Hillel Russia and Hillel CASE. GPG aims to strengthen Hillel Russia and Hillel CASE by improving their governance and management structure, as well as by developing their programming.

Genesis Philanthropy Group supports Hillel Russia and Hillel CASE in partnership with Hillel International, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the UJA-Federation of New York, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and a number of other generous donors.

Goals and Objectives 

  • Strengthen Hillel Russia and Hillel CASE as the leading Jewish student organizations in the FSU.
  • Improve the organizations' structure and management.
  • Provide professional development for the staff of Hillel Russia and Hillel CASE.
  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of Hillel educational programs and increase the number of participants.
  • Develop Hillel’s local fundraising capacity.

Current Grants

Past Grants