• Shayna S.

Seders for Jewish Ukrainian Refugees in Poland

Updated: Apr 6

Rabbi Yonah and Rachel have been asked to help lead Seders for refugees and the community in Lublin, Poland.


This year many of us are fortunate enough to be able to gather again with our family and friends, and to celebrate Passover together as a community (as in years past, prior to the pandemic). Others however, are not so lucky.

Ukrainian refugees in Poland, while currently safe, may now be without housing, and many are separated from their families and all from their established communities. Rabbi Yonah and Rebbitzen Rachel Bookstein will be traveling to Poland for Passover, where they revitalized the Jewish community during their four-year residency there.

They will be helping to provide hundreds of refugees and the Jewish community with a Passover Seder and meal, in Lublin, Poland, under auspicious of the the Chief Rabbi of Poland Rabbi Michael Schudrich.

Connecting the present with the past: the seders will take place at the historic Hotel Ilan, which previously housed the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva (before WWII).


Support from the Pico Shul community will help the refugees to be with the Jewish community in Poland on Passover, so that they can celebrate this important holiday, while creating joy and unity at a time when it is desperately needed.




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