Kosher food is available, including meat, wine, and matzot, and religiously observant Jews have all the facilities they need to practice Judaism.
The majority of Russian Jewry, however, is not observant and sees its Jewish identity in terms of ethno-national status.
The Reform and Conservative movements have introduced these denominations of Judaism to the Russian scene.
In recent years, over ten Reform congregations have been established, and the first native Russian Reform rabbis have recently taken up their pulpits.
The bulk of "Russian Jewry" was confined to the pale-the territory consisting of present-day Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, and Poland.
Many Jews from Belarus and Ukraine settled in what is now Russia during the Soviet period.
Jewish newspapers in the Russian language appear in Moscow, St.Today, in large part due to the efforts of foreign Jewish organizations, an impressive network of Jewish educational institutions has been established.These include four Jewish universities (in Moscow and St.In addition to the two main cities, Moscow (200,000) and St.Petersburg (100,000), there are several dozen communities with more than 1,000 Jews.