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Artem (name changed for privacy) and his family are trying to flee Kyiv to Israel. Artem, a Reform cantor, converted to Judaism with his wife and daughter. The Russian invasion of Ukraine began before their Aliyah requests were fully processed. Under normal circumstances they would have been unable to make Aliyah or possibly even receive entry visas to Israel. The Progressive Movements Legal Aid Centre (LACO) helped Artem’s family acquire entrance visas.
Sarah Livschitz, a member of Temple Sinai in Wellington who is currently studying in the rabbinic program at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, wrote about her experience joining with Ukrainian refugees in Poland to celebrate Passover. Click on READ MORE to read Sarah's article.
Sefi Shalam, Progressive community and Netzer Shaliach VIC, co-produced and spoke last week on a Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut edition of The Israel Connexion on J-Air Radio. Orit Elkayam-Cohen (Jewish Agency Representative to Australia) and Motti Goodman (Bnei Akiva Shaliach) joined Sefi to share their personal reflections, as well as insights on the recent anti-Semitic resolution by the Melbourne Uni Student Union. CLICK HERE to listen to the recording.