immigrants seem well adjusted; typically they have found a job, own a house or
an apartment and speak English. But without a basic Jewish identity they feel
very foreign to America and to Jewish values.
mission is to help them find themselves by providing Jewish learning
opportunities, celebrating Jewish and
family Holidays together. Help to
arrange Bris, Bar/ Bat Mitzvah celebration and prepare Boys and Girls by giving
them basic Jewish Education.
“Istoki” teachers and our partnering
organizations have help Jews in Minneapolis who transcended their Russian secular culture
and learned and adopted the Jewish lifestyle, that help Jews in survive in
As an organization which serves as the unifying
thread to a wide range of cultural and political leanings, Istoki is uniquely
positioned to carry out its mission and reach unaffiliated Russian Jews. Istoki prides itself as a institution devoted
to creating educated, independent-minded Russian-speaking Jews with the
knowledge and the skills to reach about 10,000 Russian speaking Jews in
All the work
of Istoki must continue.