I was totally shocked today, talking with one of my Russian colleagues. He had absolutely no idea what Purim was about. Not Mordechai, not Ester, not Achashverosh, not Haman - he didn't even know the Jewish people had been in exile in Persia.

But now he's interested. So I've sent him a couple of links in Hebrew and English, but since I don't understand a word of Russian, I have no idea what good Russian kiruv resources are available.

Can you please recommend a few, especially ones that explain Purim for people who have absolutely zero knowledge to start with?


Russian Chabad.org

I can read, but not understand, Russian, but right there on the home page there's a picture of two masks with a link that says "Пурим" (which transliterates to "Purim").

Also, JudaisminRussian.com (a division of Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe (FREE)).

For print materials, I know Kehos has good outreach materials in Russian, they're in use in Chabad Houses the world over, especially Russia.

I'd say most, but not all, of the Russian books there are at an introductory level, so that's something to think about. But here's the Complete Story of Purim in Russian.

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You may want to check with Shvut Ami, an organization that exists to do and enable outreach in the Russian community. They operate outreach centers in Israel as well as a publishing house that publishes and curates Russian translations of Jewish classics.

I found one explicitly Purim-related offering in the publishing house: Megillat Esther - with transliteration:

Colorfully illustrated edition with Hebrew text and Russian translation. The laws and customs of Purim are also included.

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