A blog about life in the Jewish Community of Chernigov (Chernihiv), Ukraine.
On the eve of the Communist revolution, 30% of the population of Chernigov was Jewish. It was a thriving Jewish community with many synagogues, Jewish schools, yeshivas, and a mikvah. Both the 5th and the 6th Chabad Rebbes personally came to Chernigov to facilitate the community affairs. The chief rabbi of Chernigov was the famed goan R’ Dovid Tzvi Chein.
Chernigov has approximately 5000 Jews. Jewish life is lead by the devoted community president Semyon Belman and Rabbi Silberstein.
Rabbi Yisroel and Aliza Silberstein moved to Chernigov with their family in 2009. Their 3 children, Mendel, Baila and Chaya are dedicated to looking after the younger members of the community.
The Chernigov region is a strategic point between the capital of Ukraine and the borders of Belarus and Russia. Within the Chernigov region, just 90 kilometers from Chernigov, is the tzion of the 2nd Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Dovber. Many people have had wondrous blessings after praying at his kever, and we feel
that he is personally looking out for the Jewish community of Chernigov.