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These songs can uplift the soul to profound heights.
I remember coming home crying to my parents, saying, ‘We eat the same foods, watch the same things, why do they hate us just because we’re Jewish?’ They couldn’t answer me.”
"Everything here seems so Jewish, even the non-Jews have something Jewish about them here. Tell me, Senya, what's Jewish about you?" I ask innocently.
Dear Friend, Our brothers and sisters in Ukraine are facing all-out war, with missiles, bombs and artillery fire landing all around them. Innocent people are dying. Are we powerless to help? As we enter the season of Purim, when a draconian decree was res...
A sample of local peasant culture can be found in certain phrases, often punchlines of poignant tales told by the Rebbes and chassidim, which have become part of everyday parlance.
Comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky greets Ukraine’s Chabad rabbis
Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky held what was called a “historic” meeting on May 6 in Kiev with the six leading representatives of the country’s Jewish community. The meeting with the chief rabbis of Ukraine’s six most populous regions—geogra...
Passover amid eastern Ukraine’s frozen war
News from the frontlines of eastern Ukraine’s five-year-old frozen war has long slipped from Western headlines, but for the people living in the region, daily reminders of the conflict’s existence abound. On the outskirts of Donetsk, a city of just under ...
Esther Wilhelm, who has called Zhitomir home since 1994, will speak at the annual women’s Kinus
On the Jewish landscape, Zhitomir, Ukraine, was once a big city. It had synagogues, Talmud Torahs, yeshivahs and the largest Jewish population in the heavily Jewish Volhynia region. From 1847-1862, Zhitomir’s Jewish printing press was one of only two allo...
A small local project snowballs into a growing effort abroad
Some very special gifts are making their way to Odessa, Ukraine, for children in Chabad’s Mishpacha orphanage, thanks to the efforts of a group of women in New Jersey. About 60 women gathered recently for an annual event hosted by community member Renata ...
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