Fleeing conflict, 100 residents set to move in next month; Kiev rabbi raises $6 million for first phase
(Rabbi Moshe Azman, left, and Ambassador Eliav Belotserkovsky on July 30, 2015, near Kiev. (R. Lenskiy/JTA)
A prominent Ukrainian rabbi and Israel’s ambassador to Kiev attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a village for Jewish refugees from the conflict raging in eastern Ukraine.
At the ceremony earlier this month near the village of Gnativka, which is located 15 miles from the country’s capital, Israeli Amb. Eliav Belotserkovsky watched as cement trucks poured the foundations for the village, where 100 new residents are expected to settle next month, the village’s initiator, Rabbi Moshe Azman, said Friday.
“We are set to accommodate the newcomers in time for the Jewish Holidays and the start of the school year,” said Azman, who has used his Kiev community’s resources for the past year to accommodate dozens of Jews who had to flee their homes in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions amid fighting between Russian-backed separatists and government troops.
Belotserkovsky, who assumed his post last year, said the project was proof of “the value of arvut hadadit — mutual responsibility, the responsibility of any Jewish person to care for another,” Azman said
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