Jewish Home to host online show about elderly Jews in Ukraine

The Jewish Home Family will hold a virtual meeting on elderly Jews living in Ukraine and detail some measures taken to help them during the war. Jonathan Ornstein, who leads the JCC in Krakow and coordinates refugee efforts, will speak; the program will include presentations by community rabbis who have recently visited Ukraine.

Mr. Ornstein has been executive director of the Jewish Community Center in Krakow since April 2008, when it was officially opened by the Prince of Wales. The organization is dedicated to rebuilding Jewish life in Krakow and has become one of the most visible signs of Jewish revival in Poland. For six years before joining the JCC, Mr. Ornstein taught Jewish studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow and founded the Gesher Association for Polish-Israeli Dialogue. Mr Orenstein, who is from New York, moved to Israel in 1994, lived on a kibbutz in the Negev for seven years and served in an IDF combat unit for two years. In 2001, he moved to Poland. He is a founding member and vice-president of Przymierze, the Association of Christians and Jews of Krakow. He also sits on the boards of the Krakow branch of Child Survivors of the Holocaust and JCC Global. He received the Cohon Award for Services to the Jewish People and the Bene Merito Medal from the Polish Foreign Ministry 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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Karen O. Fielding