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Where Synagogues Were Once Bustling, Only a Few Jews Live

August 13, 2007
Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical students traveled to historic Baltic cities to bolster local Jews.
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Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical students Yosef Lewis and Shmuel Hecht, traveled to once Jewishly thriving towns in the Baltics where few Jews reside today. The pair served for some locals as their only connection of the year to Jewish life, in the wake of the destruction of Jewish life by the Soviets and the Nazis a half century ago. The pair is among hundreds that were dispatched across the globe by Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch to serve their brethren in smaller cities. Pictured here: The exterior of the once bustling synagogue in Kaunas, Lithuania, which once boasted the famed Slabodka Yeshiva. Photos: Yosef Lewis
Chabad-Lubavitch rabbinical students Yosef Lewis and Shmuel Hecht, traveled to once Jewishly thriving towns in the Baltics where few Jews reside today. The pair served for some locals as their only connection of the year to Jewish life, in the wake of the destruction of Jewish life by the Soviets and the Nazis a half century ago. The pair is among hundreds that were dispatched across the globe by Merkos L'Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch to serve their brethren in smaller cities. Pictured here: The exterior of the once bustling synagogue in Kaunas, Lithuania, which once boasted the famed Slabodka Yeshiva. Photos: Yosef Lewis

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