Poor Ukrainian kids get a lift


A Ukrainian Jewish community initiated a program for needy children.

Children from poor families in Uzhgorod, on the border with Slovakia and Hungary, will receive regular care packages containing kosher food products and sweets, as well as new clothes and footwear.

Along with the Uzhgorod Jewish community, the Viktor Pinchuk Fund and the Keren Yedidut Friendship Foundation contributed to the program’s launch.

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Taichman, the Chabad Lubavitch emissary to the city and Transcarpathian region, heads the Uzhgorod community, which is a member of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine.

The community made news last year when still-unknown vandals broke into the Chabad center in Uzhgorod on Oct. 5, during the holiday of Simchat Torah, and set fire to the rabbi’s home.

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