Applications for funding and professional support to promote the development of Jewish communities in Russian-speaking countries are being invited in an initiative backed by the Israeli government.

The Russian-language Limmud FSU launched its Community Labs project this week, in collaboration with the Israel’s Ministry of the Diaspora and Genesis Philanthropy Group, with a view to supporting young Russian-speaking Jews to set up educational and communal initiatives.

The project is open to applicants from the eight core countries or regions involved in Limmud FSU activities, these being Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, plus Canada, Australia, the United States, and Western and Central Europe.

Organisers said the goal was “to foster a sense of participation among the Jewish people and to develop a spiritual connection with the state of Israel among young Russian-speaking Jews, by means of promoting the development of strong and dynamic Jewish communities in the diaspora”. The aim is to create regional ‘labs’ that support grassroots projects.

Would-be applicants – who must have some prior experience of organising events or projects in the field of Jewish education – now have until 2 August to tender.