Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist Gennady Bogoliubov discusses his upbringing that led him to become one of today’s most well-known and generous supporters of shluchim in the world (International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries 2010).
I was 11 years old in 1989 when Rabbi Kamenetsky and his wife arrived to our city of Dnepropetrovsk. What he has done to the city and its Jewish life is beyond comprehension. The city now hosts the biggest Jewish Community Center in Europe, biggest Jewish secular school in Ukraine, kosher restaurants, synagogues, education centers etc. Summer camps Gan Isroel organized and run from 1989 were something unique of its kind and made a deep impression on my life and lives of thousands of kids. I left Dnepropetrovsk in 1991, came back a few times and each time I came back it was amazing to see the progress that has been done to Jewish life in the city. No wonder that such business people as mr Bogoliubov and other influential businessmen have been supporters of r. Kamenetsky. Yeshir koah and great to see the fruits of his hard work.