Pesach Project in the Former Soviet Union

Monday, March 22, 2010
Fourteen Year-In-Israel HUC-JIR students will be traveling to Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus to conduct Passover seders and engage the renascent Jewish communities -- from early childhood to the elderly -- in Jewish learning, worship, and heritage.  Allison Tick and Molly Plotnick are the student coordinators of this effort, which has raised $31,000 in grants to underwrite the program, and is organized in partnership with the World Union for Progressive Judaism.  

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