The Dmitriy Salita Youth Center

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Ezra USA has been providing the Russian speaking Jewish youth with the opportunity to visit Israel for over a decade. The organization has been dedicated to helping youth connect to their roots and retain their culture through a variety of m2community activities and outreach events. There are hundreds of thousands of people in the Russian speaking Jewish community, and most are not connected to Jewish life. One of the common threads that tie the Russian Jewish community is being passionate about sports. Dmitriy Salita is a role model and hero for his generation. He is admired for his athletic achievements as well as his religious commitments. With Dmitriy’s help, Ezra is proud to introduce Dmitriy Salita Youth Center.

Dmitriy Salita is a Ukrainian born boxer from Brooklyn, New York. Dmitriy and his family immigrated to United States in 1991. After he moved to Brooklyn, he was exposed to Orthodox Judaism and became observant. He also joined the Starrett City Boxing Club. Dmitriy won the Golden Gloves, Sugar Ray Robinson award, and the U.S. Nationals as an amateur. As a professional boxer in the Junior Welterweight division, Dmitriy moved up in ranks winning 30 straight professional fights. He won the WBA and IBF international title, and was ranked number one in the world. Dmitriy’s athletic achievements are matched by his religious dedication. A pioneer in the world of boxing, Dmitriy has never fought on the Sabbath and Jewish Holidays. He remarkably climbed the professional ranks as an Orthodox Jew.

The opening of the Dmitriy Salita Youth Center will be a break through project in the Russian speaking Jewish community. Battling assimilation and complacency toward Jewish life and culture, the goal of this center is to provide fun programs and activities conducive to solving these issues. The youth center will have programs involving Jewish education, sports, and culture. It will also serve as a second home, a place to “hang out” and build friendships.

The Dmitriy Salita Youth Center has the support of many Jewish leaders, including Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman and his party, as well as Nathan Sharanskiy, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Both view the center as a great tool for Jewish education. We welcome you to be a partner in this Life changing project.

Top Israeli politicians in New York for grand opening of center for young Russian Jews
New York – May 18 Brooklyn's young Russian Jews are getting their own youth center. On Sunday, June 6th, Ezra USA is holding a celebratory opening for its Dmitriy Salita Youth Center in Brighton Beach. Guests of honor include Israel's Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, his deputy Danny Ayalon, and Member of Knesset Faina Kirshenbaum.
The Salita Center represents the tremendous success Ezra USA has had in creating a community of Russian speaking young Jews in America, who proudly identify as Jews and are reconnecting to their heritage.
Ezra USA focuses on leadership training to create a generation of young Russian Jews who take responsibility for their community's direction and values. The Salita Center will be the hub of cultural and social events run by Ezra leaders.
Ezra USA has had record success in creating a vibrant community of young Russian Jews. With its peer-led programming, Birthright tours to Israel, communal Shabbat meals, charity events, lectures, and parties, Ezra USA is a buzzing organization that has succeeded in making Judaism cool and its members proud to be part of it.
Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, his deputy Danny Ayalon and Member of Knesset Faina Kirshenbaum are flying to New York for the celebratory opening. Their political party, Yisrael Beiteinu, of which Faina Kirshenbaum is the secretary-general, has a special bond with Ezra USA. One of Ezra USA's goals is to strengthen its members' connection to Israel. For Ezra USA members, Yisrael Beiteinu, with its strong Russian support base, represents the important role Russian Jews play in Israel.
More importantly, this very senior Israeli delegation lets Ezra USA's members know that major Jewish leaders value them and want to foster a relationship with them.
The professional boxer, Dmitriy Salita sees Ezra USA as a vital organization for young Russian Jews and has dedicated much of his personal time and talent to its success. The Ukrainian-born Salita grew up in Brooklyn and is an observant Jew. He manages to combine his demanding career with an Orthodox Jewish lifestyle.
For more information please contact EZRA USA's director, David Roitman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-917-662- 4243