31,000 Jews in Uman for Rosh Hashanah 5777

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31,000 Jews flocked to the Ukrainian town of Uman for Rosh Hashanah 5777. Every year, the influx of Yidden to the tiny Ukrainian town gives a huge boost to local businesses.

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, 31,000 visitors traveled to the city for Rosh Hashanah, including about 3,000 children but just a few dozen women.

For comparison, last year, 29,450 Jews went to Uman for Rosh Hashanah.

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.

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{Gavriel Sitrit-Matzav.com Newscenter}

5 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting: I saw that 40,000 traveled from Eretz Yisrael on Thursday. That doesn’t include those who traveled on different days and from other locations. How did you get to 31,000?

  2. Philosophical nonsense! I am curious what mental process/gymnastics one justifies to one self to go to uman. If people want to leave thier children and wife home alone on such an important day like Rosh Hashana. Why did they get married?? Do they want their children to feel like orphans? And their wife to feel like an almana???

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