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Word from the Director of the Jewish community of Chernovtsy
– by Rabbi Menachem Glisnshtain

The city of Chernovtsy in Western Ukraine is situated on the upper course of the Prut River and is the main city of the Bukovina region. The city is regarded as the cultural center of Western Ukraine and has a rich Jewish history going back more than 600 years. During the 19th century under the Austro-Hungarian Empire and then as part of the Kingdom of Romania, the community flourished. Jews were well represented in academia and most of the city’s doctors and lawyers were Jewish. During this period Jews filled prominent positions including Mayor of the city.

All of this changed when Romania transferred its allegiance from Soviet Russia to Nazi Germany in 1941. Out of a population of 50,000 Jews, thousands were murdered on the first few days of the Nazi occupation. The Jews were concentrated into a Ghetto, Synagogues were destroyed and community infrastructure was neglected and fell apart. On 12 October, 1941, 28,391 Jews were expelled by the Romanian Dictator Ion Antonescu to Transistria, a Romanian administered territory at the time.

By the end of the war only 15,000 Jews from the city had survived. Life for the Jews did not improve much after the communist takeover. Jewish education and observance were declared illegal and Jews became disconnected from their roots and Jewish identity.

After the collapse of communism and the Iron Curtain, Jewish life could once again raise its head and be resurrected. In 2004, I arrived with my wife to the city and immediately set to reviving the community. We found the Synagogue in disrepair and there was no organized Jewish life whatsoever. We renovated and reopened the Synagogue and started gathering the children to teach them about their heritage. Before long we had established a kindergarten, educational facilities and programs for children and adults. Youth clubs, holiday services and programs and a humanitarian aid distribution center. In a few short years, Chernovtsy has become a proud center of Jewish life, with professional educational and social services that meet the needs of the growing community.

We place a special emphasis on responsible education and kindness to others. We believe firmly that when a child is taught gratitude, they give back generously to the community. We have seen that those we have helped the most have given the most back to the community.

We thank G-d for our success and we thank you for your part in it.

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