Excitement filled the air as approximately 60 enthusiastic children, parents, grandparents and teachers celebrated the grand opening of the first Jewish childhood education center in Vladimir Lenin’s birthplace of Ulyanovsk, Russia.

Aptly named the “School of Dreams,” the Chabad-Lubavitch run institution is open three days a week for children between the ages of six and 15. Offerings include Jewish traditions, Jewish dance, choir, Hebrew, English, karate, computer science, arts and crafts, and theater. In addition, students will participate in a field trip each month.

The opening ceremony included a ribbon cutting by Jewish community president Igor Dabakarov, a comedy show by three teachers dressed as clowns, and a lesson about the Jewish holidays by Rabbi Yossi Marozov.


Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yossi Marozov gives students of the “School of Dreams” their first lesson in Jewish holidays during the institution’s grand opening celebration in Ulyanovsk, Russia.


The Chabad-Lubavitch “School of Dreams” in Ulyanovsk offers children between the ages of six and 15 classes in Jewish traditions, Jewish dance, choir, Hebrew, English, karate, computer science, arts and crafts, and theater, in addition to a monthly field trip.


Jewish children participate in an art project during the grand opening of Ulyanovsk, Russia’s “School of Dreams.”


The “School of Dreams” is the first Jewish childhood education center to open in Vladimir Lenin’s birthplace.


Jewish community president Igor Dabakarov cuts the ribbon.