Of the 45 synagogues, only three remained in the Dnieper. One is the massive new Golden Rose Synagogue in the Menorah Jewish Center, the largest such center in the world.
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“Our community is functioning, as you can see. We are here for a prayer meeting, called a minjan – at least ten Jews must meet. Every morning we have three such minjans,” says Torah teacher Jakov Siňakov in the local Jewish community, for Radiožurnál.
“A lot of women and children have left, but the men have stayed here. The synagogue is open and many of our Jews are working with Ukrainians for Ukraine and helping as much as they can.”
The synagogue recently became a center for helping refugees. “Every day refugees from Kharkov and other cities come to us, whom we then take to safe places. We will advise everyone on the easiest way to get to the historic homeland or to Poland, Austria or in other territories where there are many Jewish communities to help them,” says Siňakov.
“We mainly help Jews, but Ukrainians also turn to us. Anyone can warm up with us, have tea and coffee or a consultation,” he adds.
The Jews who do not want to leave stay in the Dnipro, as well as the older ones for whom the trip would not be the most suitable, adds Siňakov.
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“The municipality organized and paid for buses and trains for those who wanted or wanted to leave. They will definitely want to come back because we love Ukraine. It has become the homeland of several hundred thousand Jews. And there is also lots of mixed families where the woman is Jewish and the man is Ukrainian or vice versa. We love Ukraine and we want it to stay within its borders, including Crimea and Donbass. is why we are trying to help Ukraine.”
“For example, I work as a volunteer in the general staff to distribute aid to the army. We also help materially – we provide food, fuel, medicine or other humanitarian aid, ”lists he.
“I did not meet the fascists”
However, Russian propaganda claims that neo-Nazis rule Ukraine and Jews are persecuted.
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“I just noticed then that they were really sick in Russia. We have relatives in Moscow and we try to explain to them how it really is, but they don’t believe us. I travel all over Ukraine, I I dress traditionally, I wear a yarmulke and I’ve never met fascists or Nazis. These are kind of sick theories,” he thinks. Sinakov.
“I’m surprised that people in Russia don’t turn on their brains and try to figure out what’s going on around them. Instead, they ruthlessly accept all the lies that come to them from the media,” he’s angry.
“Of course, there are sages among Russian citizens, but I divide them into three groups. The first are those who have already left Russia. The second category is made up of those who have closed. And the third? They are the ones they killed – like (Boris) Nemtsov in the center of Moscow. »
On Wednesday evening, Jews begin to celebrate the holiday of Purim, commemorating the liberation of Persian Jews according to the biblical book of Esther. Synagogue administrator Mr. Josif says Purim this year will have a very topical charge.
“As we read the Book of Esther, we will trample, twist ratchets and curse King Xerxes of Persia. Sometimes we also curse Hitler, now another has joined them – Putin.”
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