NEW YORK (VINnews) — 600 Russian Jewish youths from numerous locations in Russia flew on special chartered flights to Dubai as part of a unique experience spearheaded by “YaHaD”, the largest Jewish youth organization in all of the FSU. The youths had all participated in weekly evening classes in Torah, halacha and chassidut taught by rabbis and Chabad emissaries throughout the year in over one hundred cities all over Russia.
After the students applied themselves assiduously to their studies during the year, they were rewarded with a unique trip and are making history as the largest Jewish group ever to visit Dubai.
The trip’s highlight is scheduled for Wednesday night, when two of the students will get married according to Jewish law under a chuppa canopy in the middle of the Dubai desert. For most of the guests, the hundreds of students who will be there, it will be their first time seeing a Jewish wedding, which will no doubt leave a lasting impression on the direction that their personal lives will take.
On Thursday night the students will have another uplifting experience as they are scheduled to visit the grand “Expo” hall in Dubai at a ceremony which will be attended by official government representatives of the UAE. During the event the participants will recite the Shema prayer and accept upon themselves the Yoke of Heaven..
The trailblazing project led by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Wilansky and his dedicated team aims to target the next generation of Russian Jews and rouse their Jewish consciousness. The YahaD organization offers a broad spectrum of classes and programs for Jewish students during the entire year.