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Faces of The Fellowship: Boris

Boris and his wife, Dina, are a rarity in Minsk – Orthodox Jews who are firmly committed to tradition. Unfortunately that means there isn’t much of a Jewish community in their area, and that the few kosher products they are able to find are expensive.Boris and Dina have considered moving to Israel but feel they have a responsibility to revive Jewish tradition in Belarus, despite the hardships involved for them and their children, four-year-old Levi and one-year-old Hadassa. “I first connected to Jewish life at my grandmother’s funeral,” explains Boris. “It was then that I made a commitment both to observance and to reviving Belarus’ Jewish life.”Unfortunately, the family struggles. Dina, a linguist by profession, is on extended maternity leave, as she needs to care for her young children. Boris works as a religious instructor, but he barely scrapes by. Unable to afford kosher milk or chicken, the family’s diet consists mostly of produce.This is especially difficult for Levi, who suffers from severe anemia. He takes iron supplements, but they do not seem to have any affect. In desperation, the family turned to The Fellowship, which now provides food cards that help supplement the family’s diet. The Fellowship also subsidizes Levi and Hadassa’s participation in local children’s activities. Boris and Dina are grateful for the support of their observant lifestyle while they seek to revive Minsk’s Jewish community. 


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