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reviving torah life

in the former soviet union

Vaad l’Hatzolas Nidchei Yisroel, a public not for profit organization, was founded in the late seventies for the purpose of restoring traditional Jewish life and culture in the countries formerly part of the Soviet Union.

Originally, the Vaad conducted clandestine missions all over the communist empire, which brought about the refusnik movement.

Today, the Vaad is committed to the establishment of an infrastructure in the Jewish communities of these lands, to revive Jewish life by operating schools, from kindergartens to advance learning, a kollel, synagogues,mikvaot, kosher food, senior citizen centers, recreational centers and summer camps.

To this end, the Vaad also conducts series of seminars and lectures on Jewish topics, delivered by international educators.

The Underground

Yaakov Astor with Rav Mordechai Neustadt
The Untold Story how a handful of Jews help spark a spiritual revolution in the Soviet Union.
They were instructed what to say and what not to say, where to go, how to act and react … They were spied on and followed constantly, threatened with punishment, harassed at border crossings..Yet they kept on coming. At first just a trickle, the shlichim of the Vaad L’Hatzolas Nidchei Yisroel ultimately numbered in the hundreds. Read More >>.
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