Rabbi Meir Stambler, Chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine (FJCU) has sent a letter to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to thank Hungary for providing shelter to Jewish refugees fleeing Ukraine.
Rabbi Stambler also expressed hope for the establishment of peace soon in Ukraine. “In times of instability and uncertainty, friends and mutual support are needed more than ever,” the rabbi wrote in his letter. He acknowledged Hungary’s quick response to assist Ukrainians, among them members of the Jewish community, as “an example to be followed”. Rabbi Stambler noted that the Hungarian government had made available a resort village on Lake Balaton to close to 500 Jews from Ukraine who keep kosher. The FJCU operates 162 communities, 36 synagogues, 29 Jewish schools, 33 kindergartens and four yeshivas and five secondary schools catering to 500,000 Jews.
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