Kangarusski and Kartoshka Night

May 23, 2019 by Hayley Hadassin
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Kangarusski celebrated Lag B’Omer with Kartoshka (potatoes) bringing together young adults in Sydney in a social, informative and creative atmosphere at Woodburn Creatives.

Kangarusski is the Russian Speaking Jewish Community department of the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) that works to engage the Russian Speaking members of our community with both Jewish and Israel content. It has been further developed by a dedicated volunteer base with the desire to celebrate their Jewish heritage and revive their Australian Jewish social epicentre.

It was an opportunity to learn about the Taglit-Birthright program and listen to an interactive presentation prepared by past Kangarusski Taglit-Birthright participants Sean Torban and Roderick Gadaev.

Taglit alumni were also able to hear about other opportunities in Israel through Masa and to then all come together and celebrate their Jewish heritage on Lag B’Omer around a bonfire with baked potatoes and marshmallows. They were entertained by DJ Mikey’z and Medani pizza added to the festive atmosphere.

Sarit Braver, ZFA Israel program coordinator said: – “It was such a wonderful opportunity for everyone to get together for Lag B’Omer and hear about the amazing Israel programs available to young adults through Masa Israel Journey. The Kangarusski attendees were blown away by life-changing internship opportunities at some of Israel’s top companies and organisations such as; Google, Pay Pal and Soda Stream or meaningful opportunities to volunteer, study or teach in Israel. We all had a chance to chat around the bonfire, strengthen old friendships and forge new ones. The Kangarusski community is very special.”

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