Hundreds of Jewish Families Stuck in Ukraine War-Zone for High Holidays

JTA

Hundreds of Jewish families are staying in the flashpoint eastern Ukraine cities of Donetsk and Mariupol and will spend Rosh Hashanah there. The families are hoping for an extended calm after the signing of a cease-fire agreement reached last week between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian militias, said the chief rabbi of Donetsk, Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski.

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