29,450 Jews in Uman for Rosh Hashanah


umanNearly 30,000 Jews flocked to the Ukrainian town of Uman for Rosh Hashanah. Every year, the influx of Yidden to the tiny Ukrainian town gives a huge boost to local businesses.

This year, a Jewish organization visiting Uman donated over $13,000 to the Ukrainian army, which is fighting a Russian-backed insurgency in east Ukraine.

Police officers from Israel and hundreds of Ukrainian law enforcement officers were on hand to provide security.

Interestingly, many of the local Uman shops on Pushkin Street take payment in shekels. Everywhere, there were signs and ads in Hebrew.

Uman, a town of 80,000 residents, is located about 130 miles south of Kiev. It is, of course, home to the kever of Rav Nachman of Breslov, who was niftar there in 1810.

According to a local official, this year, 29,450 visitors travelled to the city for Rosh Hashanah, including 3,000 children but just 64 women. Around 15 Israeli police and 500 local police kept order, guarding entrances to a two-block area of town that remained closed off to all locals except those who live there for the duration of the week.

In other news, there were reports that in the early hours of Monday morning at Babi Yar, the site of a Nazi massacre of more than 30,000 Jews during the Second World War near Kiev, a menorah monument was burned using petrol and tyres.

{Gavriel Sitrit-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. But nobody stops to consider that the two parts to to story are related, that this is still a country laced with hatred, and still a country soaked with the blood of 98% of the former Jewish population. Perhaps it is a Kitrug to support anything in this place