Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Food Packages Provide Critical Aid

The local currency is dropping, and prices are rising. In a place where people struggle regularly to put a simple meal on the table, the struggle just became much more difficult. Food packages were distributed to families, providing them with much needed staples.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pesach in Chernigov a Giant Success

This Pesach, the Jewish Community of Chernigov, Ukraine learned that freedom in possible under the most challenging conditions. Chernigov’s Jews really left their comfort zone and gathered in the newly renovated Restaurant Okeanya, located in Chernigov’s central square. At a time of real fear in the streets of Ukraine, the Jewish community nevertheless came out for the largest Pesach seder ever. Two public seders were held, with over a 150 in attendance. Many attendees experienced a seder for the first time in their lives.

Sasha, a middles aged businessman until recently refused to even hear about attending Jewish events, saying that he did not consider himself Jewish.

This year, Rabbi Silberstein relates, he was shocked to receive a phone call from Sasha “Rabbi, how can I be a part of the seder this year?” he wanted to know.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Children Thrilled to Learn about Pesach

40 children gathered to learn about Pesach. The children loved to games, crafts, and learned what a seder is all about. . One child promised that she will be coming back tomorrow, and each day after that!