Masorti Ukraine is made up of five communities in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernivtsi, Odessa and a new minyan in Dnipro. Masorti Olami together with their partners at The Schechter Institutions (Midreshet Schechter), continue to play a role in the revival by providing religious, financial, and operational support in the region. Since 2012, Masorti Olami and The Schechter Institutes have been working together as partners in building and advancing Masorti/Conservative Judaism in Ukraine, which started with the Shlichut of Rabbi Reuven and Lena (Mihal) Stamov as our first shlichim (emissaries) to Kyiv.
Masorti Ukraine has extensive and expanding youth (NOAM) activities. Each year, they host three to four camps for young people and their families. Apart from providing quality time in a Jewish atmosphere, these camps teach about the visions of the Masorti/Conservative movement and Jewish tradition that can be implemented at home.
Masorti Olami is proud of its role in the renaissance of Jewish life in the Former Soviet Union. Masorti Ukraine continues to be our fastest growing community, with communities in Kyiv, Kharkov, Chernivtsi, Odessa and a new minyan in Dnipro. The community in Kyiv hosts over 250 weekly participants, with added participants over the holidays. The center’s welcoming environment and approach – combining educational and cultural programs with a Masorti congregation – draw increasing numbers of young families to its programs. Each week, they hold Hebrew ulpan, NOAM gatherings, Kabbalat Shabbat, Jewish film club, Israeli dance class, Hebrew song workshops, and more. Masorti Ukraine has extensive and expanding youth activities. Each year, they host up to 3-4 camps for youth and/or families. Apart from providing quality time in a Jewish atmosphere, these camps teach about the vision(s) of the Masorti movement and Jewish traditions that can be implemented at home
Masorti Ukraine is collaborating with Rabbi Chaim Weiner and Rabbi Shlomo Zacharow to pioneer the first Conservative Hashgacha in Ukraine. At the moment there is a Masorti Schochet as well as six trained Kashrut supervisors (Mashgichim) in Ukraine. Masorti Ukraine continues to bring traditional Judaism back to Ukraine and connect Jews to their roots in a meaningful and modern way.
Read more about the Masorti/Conservative Movement in Russian here.
Rabbi Mauricio Balter, Rabbi David Golinkin and Rabbi Reuven Stamov meet with the community in Kyiv
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