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Dovid Margolin is a senior editor at Chabad.org, writing on social policy, Jewish life and Jewish history, with a particular interest in Russian Jewry. He has reported from around the world and his work has appeared in Mosaic, Tablet and The Weekly Standard.
‘I want the world to hear our stories’
On April 19, Chabad.org first shared with the world the horrific story of Vanda Semyonovna Obiedkova, a 91-year-old Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust hiding in a basement in her hometown of Mariupol, only to perish 80 years later in another Mariupol...
Eighty years after evading Nazis, Vanda Semyonovna Obiedkova died in war
As she lay dying in a Mariupol basement, freezing and pleading for water, Holocaust survivor Vanda Semyonovna Obiedkova wanted to know only one thing: “Why is this happening?” Ill and emaciated, during the last two weeks of her life the 91-year-old could ...
‘I asked the rabbi: Why will Passover be so different this year?!?’
The people of Mariupol understood they were living on a powder keg. On the Ukraine side of the makeshift border with the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, Mariupol has been a flashpoint since 2014. That’s why, when Russia invaded Ukraine six weeks ago...
Reading the Megillah amid air-raid sirens and adjacent to Europe’s largest nuclear plant
Air-raid sirens in Ukraine are not very loud for the same reason there are so few bomb shelters—no one ever expected to need them. In most parts of the country, the most reliable way to stay abreast of deadly bombing raids is via Google alerts, which is w...
Helped by Chabad at every step
Alona Dedovsky considers herself lucky. For nine days she, her husband, young son, elderly parents and even older great-aunt lived deep underground in Kharkov’s Prospekt Gagarina subway station. “We came there early and got space in the metro cars where i...
Group reaches Dnipro safely; relief for those still there continues
A few dozen members of the Jewish community of Kharkov (Kharkiv), Ukraine in the nation’s east, made a last-minute break out of the decimated city this morning and have arrived safely in Dnipro. The Jewish community convoy included local Chabad-Lubavitch ...
Jews take shelter in synagogue; Russian troops make incursion to city; heavy aerial bombardment
In the last 72 hours, Kharkov, Ukraine’s second city, has been rocked by increasingly heavy aerial bombardment and shelling. Earlier today, artillery slammed into a residential neighborhood, with reports of dozens of civilians killed and hundreds injured....
350,000 Jews are served by 200 Chabad couples in 35 cities and towns
Ukraine has been under attack since the early morning of Feb. 24, and the country’s entire population is in danger, including the 350,000 Jews who call it home. For many Jews around the world, the name Ukraine conjures images of the place their grandparen...
Chabad rabbis are providing material aid and spiritual comfort wherever possible
Despite weeks of buildup, the all-out war that broke out in Ukraine in the early hours of Feb. 24, has brought shock and worry to the entire country, including its 350,000 Jews. “One second, they’re bombing now!” Miriam Moskovitz exclaimed in a telephone ...
International intrigue does not stand in the way of a community’s joyous celebration
As anyone preparing to host a wedding for 500 might expect, the last week has been a blur for Rabbi Moshe and Miriam Moskovitz, the rabbi and rebbetzin of Kharkov, Ukraine. There were the food deliveries, some last-minute shopping and late-night airport r...
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