Dedicated Bochurim Experience Uzbekistan’s Jewish Revival



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    Dedicated Bochurim Experience Uzbekistan’s Jewish Revival

    Uzbekistan. For most of us, the mere mention of the place would most likely generate a mental image of a Jewish community long gone. If one were asked about it, one might have ventured to say that there has not been a significant Jewish presence there for at least seventy years! Uzbekistan however, is far from desolate of burgeoning Jewish life. On Pesach 5781, two American bochurim traveled to the Central Asian country to spend the holiday with the local Jewish community and have since played an instrumental role in the community’s growth • Full Story, Photos

    Uzbekistan. For most of us, the mere mention of the place would most likely generate a mental image of a Jewish community long gone. If one were asked about it, one might have ventured to say that there has not been a significant Jewish presence there for at least seventy years!

    Uzbekistan however, is far from desolate of burgeoning Jewish life. On Pesach 5781, two American bochurim traveled to the Central Asian country to spend the holiday with the local Jewish community.

    “With the help of the Bucharian Congress, we had a Seder in Samarkand with over 50 Jews, and made 3 Bar Mitzvahs in Tashkent a few days after Pesach” said Levi Parnas, reflecting on that first trip.

    This past Chanukah, Parnas returned to Uzbekistan with an additional three bochurim. Two of them flew to the northern cities of Tashkent, Ferragana, and Kokond, while the other two ventured south to Samarkand, Buchara, and Jisach. The groups were wildly successful in their work in each place respectively.

    Tens of Chanukah parties were made for Jewish communities who hadn’t seen religious Jews  in decades! The excitement was palpable; as joyus songs and words of Torah were shared – and the Jews of Uzbekistan soaked it up like much needed water! Many homes were visited, and numerous mezuzos were placed in the doorways of these homes. The bochurim even made a few events especially for children!

    In summary, over 500 Jews were touched this past Chanukah in Uzbekistan! One of the highlights of this Chanukah mission was printing “Tanya” for the first time in the city of Ferragana.
    Uzbekistan is one of 15 former Soviet republics. Located in the middle of Central Asia, the country boasts a total population of 35 million people and a sparse Jewish population of only 3,000.

    The spark of Judaism in Uzbekistan is glowing, and steadily beginning to grow. With Hashem’s help it will become another robust flame of kedusha in another long-forgotten corner of the world.

























































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