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Updates from Hillel CASE (Central Asia Southeastern Europe)

by Hillel International | Sep 23, 2022 |

Taglit 2022 participants from Baku gathered together

We are excited to share regular updates on this page from the students and staff of Hillel CASE (Central Asia Southeastern Europe). 

  • Hillel Kharkiv Rebuilds

    • After many months of rebuilding and healing, Hillel Kharkiv was able to spend Shabbat together in their restored building. It was a powerful experience that inspired students with the sense of how strong and resilient their community is and a true moment of celebration and togetherness. 

  • Jewish Atlantis (a ten-day journey through the forgotten shtetls of Ukraine) 

    • This summer Hillel Kharkiv’s students traveled to Jewish communities in Ukraine and throughout Eastern Europe. While plans had to be changed several times due to the war, students were able to visit important Jewish historical sites such as the Krakow Ghetto Square, the Alt Shul, and Schindler’s factory. Students filmed video essays as part of the trip and are excited to share those with their community this fall. 

  • Taglit group from Baku

    • In August, 22 students traveled from Baku to Israel through Taglit. In preparation for the trip, the students spent time together learning about each other and about what to expect from the trip. They were also able to speak with a Taglit alum who shared his experience with traveling to Israel and how it has impacted his Jewish identity. 

  • Madrich School

    • 17 students graduated recently from the Madrich program which trains young Jewish leaders in Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova. These students will go on to run programs in summer camps, Hillels, and staff trips with Taglit. They had a blast!

  • Service Projects

    • From the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Hillel Lviv’s students have been working hard to serve the vulnerable members of their communities in this difficult and unsettled time. Students work with children to make sure they have food and school supplies and spend time with older adults to connect with them and alleviate loneliness.

*Photo provided by Hillel Baku




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