Anastasia, 30, found out she was pregnant with her first child right when the conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine started, which made her and her husband, Kostiantyn, 35, nervous for their safety. Kostiantyn decided to move his family to the Zaporizhia region to leave the immediate fighting. "My wife was pregnant at the time; we moved because it was dangerous to give a birth to a child under conditions of constant shelling," he said. "We took only the things that were necessary, and we left."
The High Holy Days – which begin with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and conclude with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) – is the most sacred time on the Jewish calendar, marked by special services, prayers, and meals. But for those living in poverty, this 10-day holiday is more about survival than sacred celebration. This is why The Fellowship offers extra assistance to impoverished Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU) in the weeks leading up to the High Holy Days, ensuring that these needy children, families, and elderly are able to observe these days with dignity and undivided devotion.
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