Ukrainian Jewish cemetery finishes facelift


KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — A renovation project was completed at a historic Jewish cemetery in Ukraine.

A new synagogue, including a library and a kitchen, were built at the cemetery in the northern Ukrainian town of Nezhyn. New electric lines were strung, as well.

Mouli Cohen, an Israeli-born American businessman and philanthropist, and his wife, author Stacy Cohen, funded the work.

Nezhyn is located in the Chernigov region, northeast of the capital city Kiev. Once a major center of Chasidism, it is the site of the tomb of a Chasidic master, the second Lubavitcher rebbe, Rabbi Dov Ber Schneerson.

The renovations will make it easier for the thousands of travelers and guests who visit the sacred location each year.

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