About Us

Established in April 2015 by a group of  volunteers in Melbourne, Australia, the Subbotnik organisation aims to celebrate the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of Russian Jews around the world in the most inclusive way. Held at community centres and synagogues, the Subbotnik events unite families and singles, children and seniors, religious and secular people, and everyone else in between …

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Bringing the Joy of Shabbat to the Residents of Montefiore Homes

Bringing the Joy of Shabbat to the Residents of Montefiore Homes By Sarah Bendetsky On 11-12 November, the world marked the International Shabbat Project with thousands of Shabbat dinners, challah baking ...

What Matters Most at Russian Style Sukkot in Melbourne?

What Matters Most at Russian Style Sukkot in Melbourne? By Sarah Bendetsky On 23 October, a Russian-style Sukkot house party brought together over 60 people in Melbourne. Organised by Subbotnik’s volunteers ...

Shake It Like You Mean It at Subbotnik’s Sukkot BBQ

Shake It Like You Mean It at Subbotnik’s Sukkot BBQ Without too much wording, we are delighted to formally and informally invite you to our upcoming Sukkot BBQ!  Why we haven’t ...

Artistic Jewish Calendar Infused With Russian Memories

Artistic Jewish Calendar Infused With Russian Memories By Sarah Bendetsky Volunteers from Subbotnik, a grassroots organisation bringing together Russian Jews in Australia, recently surprised the community. The organisation published its first ...

4 Бар мицвы, 7 еврейских имен, десятки субботних свечей и сотни улыбок

4 Бар мицвы, 7 еврейских имен, десятки субботних свечей и сотни улыбок Сара Бендетская В преддверие еврейского Нового Года Рош Ашана, группа волонтеров из мельбурнской организации Субботник направилась в Сидней для ...

4 Bar Mitzvahs, 7 Naming Ceremonies, Dozens of Shabbat Lights and Hundreds of New Friendships

4 Bar Mitzvahs, 7 Naming Ceremonies, Dozens of Shabbat Lights and Hundreds of New Friendships  By Sarah Bendetsky In preparation for Rosh Hashana, a group of Subbotnik volunteers from Melbourne headed ...

Are You Ready for Our Purim Carnival?

It’s official! We are extremely happy to announce our Purim Carnival! Put on your costume and smile and celebrate Purim with us on Thu 24 March! Unbelievable fun for the entire ...

Поговорим о Хануке…

Поговорим о Хануке… Сара Бендетская Ханука – это один из самых радостных праздников еврейского календаря, прославляющий чудеса и знамения Всевышнего. Это время семейных встреч у горящих свечей, застолий с пончиками и оладушками ...
Leadership and Management

Avi Bendetsky

Co-Founder

Sarah Bendetsky

Co-Founder

Zamel-Well Family

Executive Contributor