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Israeli ultra-Orthodox emissaries stick with Jewish communities in Ukraine

Israeli Chabad emissaries in Ukraine and neighboring countries feel responsible for the safety and well-being of their Jewish communities.
Chabad Moldova

Two weeks ago, we had a chance to speak with Rabbi Moshe Weber of Israel, who runs the Chabad Hassidic movement’s Menora Center in Dnipro, Ukraine. At the time, he told Al-Monitor that he was worried, but not because of the tense situation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “If anything, the problem that really worries me is how I will get matzos for Passover?” he wondered.

Much has changed in the last two weeks. Weber sounds very different now. We caught up with him on a train approaching the Romanian town of Iasi, near the border with Moldova. His plan is to fly back to Israel from there.

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