Zelensky to Meet Ukrainian Rabbis for First Time Since War

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky seen at his office in Kyiv. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is set to hold a meeting on Thursday with Ukrainian Rabbis, marking their first encounter since the outbreak of the war, in Feb. 2022.

Taking place in Kyiv, the meeting will facilitate discussions with Rabbis, leaders of the Jewish community, and Chabad shluchim. The event has been orchestrated by Rabbi Meir Stambler, a Chabad shaliach, and chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Ukraine (FJCU), in collaboration with his deputy, Rabbi Raphael Rothman.

In a statement, the FJCU emphasized their close relationship with the President. During the early stages of the war, they presented Zelensky with a book of Tehillim translated into Ukrainian, featuring his name on the cover. Additionally, the Federation sent matzah for Pesach to the President.

Rabbi Stambler expressed gratitude, stating, “We appreciate the President taking time to meet with us. We look forward to meeting with him before Rosh Hashanah to express our unwavering support from the Jewish community for his commitment to justice and truth during these challenging times of war.”

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