23. UKRAINIAN BORDER TOWN READY FOR CHANUKAH

The Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS (FJC) Moscow, New York,

Wednesday, December 21 2005

UZHGOROD, Ukraine – The Jewish community of Uzhgorod, has announced that a great Chanukah concert will take place for members of the Jewish community and invited guests. The gala celebration will feature a ceremony for lighting the candles of the Menorah.

The Head of the City Administration will be given the privilege of lighting the first candle. Rabbi Mendel Taichman, the Chief Rabbi of Uzhgorod and a Chabad Lubavitch emissary, will extend congratulations and speak about the history and meaning of the Holiday of Light.

The cultural program includes a film profiling the lighting of Chanukah candles in different cities of the world and several performances by children attending the Ohr Avner Chabad Day School and the Jewish kindergarten. Those attending will also enjoy traditional doughnuts and gifts presented by the local community.

The headliner of this concert, is a famous cantor from Brooklyn, Girsh Tsatskes. Having immigrated to the USA from Moscow more than 30 years ago, Girsh went on to become a renowned cantor, with songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian and English. Four years ago, he had toured a number of Ukrainian cities to perform for local audiences. Upon completing his tour in Budapest, he will be arriving in Uzhgorod.

Uzhgorod, a Ukrainian city located on the border with Slovakia, is home to an active Jewish community that is a member of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine. -30-

LINK: http://www.fjc.ru/news/newsArticle.asp?AID=339487

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