13 December 2017

Berel Lazar Celebrates Hanukkah at MGIMO

December 13th, the Union of Israeli Students at MGIMO (Jewish Club) organized the celebration of Hanukkah at the University together with the Placement and Student Affairs Office.

Each year, students, faculty members and guests gather at MGIMO for festivities surrounding the ancient Jewish holiday. As has become a tradition, the Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar came to MGIMO for the occasion.

The event was kicked off by MGIMO’s Vice-Rector for Human Resources, Vladimir Morozov, who has worked as a diplomat in Israel and specializes in the Middle East. The Vice-Rector spoke about the importance of celebrating such traditions as Hanukkah within universities as it promotes a dialogue of cultures. Vladimir Morozov also remarked that MGIMO is a leader in Middle-Eastern Studies and that many languages of the region are taught at the University.

Berel Lazar conveyed his best wishes to the guests on this holiday and solemnly lit the candles of the Hanukkah lamp. The President of the Russian Union of Jewish Students Shota Mirilashvili and the Chairperson of MGIMO’s Jewish Club Lydia Gangan congratulated those present on this special occasion and wished them success in their studies.

The guests enjoyed a festive reception with Hanukkah donuts and engaged in lively discussions about the event.

— See the MGIMO web-site for more photos and russian version