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Report from Kharkiv: Shabbat in a war zone

rabbis at the Choral Synagogue in Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine didn’t have a problem getting a minyan for worship services on Saturday, Feb. 26 — 60 people are staying in the building. “They came as soon as this started . . . the same day the Russians came,” Rebbetzin Miriam Moskowitz said — she means the Russian soldiers who crossed the Russian border on Feb. 24 in an effort to occupy the country. The members of the Jewish community came to the shul because they thought they would be safer and saner than being isolated at home. They had nowhere else to go. “They’re streaming in today,” Mrs. Moskovitz said in a telephone interview with the IJN early this week. She and her husband Moshe […]

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