Jewish Home to host online program about elderly Jews in Ukraine
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Jewish Home to host online program about elderly Jews in Ukraine

Jonathan Ornstein
Jonathan Ornstein

The Jewish Home Family will host a virtual meeting about elderly Jews living in Ukraine and will details some steps being taken to help them during the war. Jonathan Ornstein, who heads the JCC of Krakow and coordinates efforts on behalf of refugees, will speak; the program will include introductions by community rabbis who have been in Ukraine recently.

Mr. Ornstein has been the executive director of the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow since its April 2008, when it was opened officially by the Prince of Wales. The organization is devoted to rebuilding Jewish life in Krakow and has become one of Poland’s most visible signs of Jewish revival. For six year before he went to the JCC, Mr. Ornstein lectured in Jewish studies at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University and founded the Gesher Association for Polish-Israeli Dialogue. Mr. Orenstein, who is from New York City, moved to Israel in 1994, lived on a kibbutz in the Negev for seven years, and served in a combat unit in the IDF for two years. In 2001, he moved to Poland. He is a founding member and the vice president of Przymierze, the Krakow Association of Christians and Jews. He is also on the boards of the Krakow branch of the Child Survivors of the Holocaust organization and JCC Global. He was awarded the Cohon award for services benefitting the Jewish People and the Polish Foreign Ministry Bene Merito medal for his work promoting Poland.

The program is scheduled for June 7 at 4 p.m. To register, go to jewishhomefamily.org/Ukraine.

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