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Ballroom Dancing and Bat Mitzvah Blackout: A Conversation with Ilana Pavlotsky

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Director, Prozdor
February 27, 2014

Ilana Pavlotsky is a junior at Needham High School and recently returned from traveling to Ukraine on Havayah, a fellowship run by Prozdor for teens from Boston, Haifa, and Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, to run 10 days of programming for Jewish elementary school students there. Ilana, who comes from a Ukrainian family herself, is a passionate ballroom dancer […]

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Our last moments in Dnep

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Student, Prozdor
February 25, 2014

On our last day in Dnepropetrovsk we had lunch with Rabbi Kaminetsky and Zelig Brez at the Menorah Center. After such a whirlwind of a week the lunch was a fitting way to end our Havayah experience. I found many parts of this trip trying and difficult and along with everyone else, I had many […]

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Havayah: Wondering What Comes Next

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February 24, 2014

I begin this entry while in the Dnepropetrovsk airport waiting for our flight to Vienna. We bid a tearful goodbye to our Israeli counterparts last night, and today we are in tears again as “our Ukrainians” see us off. The past week has brought up a great range of emotions in every Havayah member, myself […]

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Shavua Tov

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Havayah Participant
February 22, 2014

Shavua tov from Dnep!! This morning, we slept in and woke up to a lovely, carb filled breakfast; complete with traditional Ukrainian cheese and blintzes. We then took the Shabbos elevator down to the ground floor to Shacharit services with the rest of the Jewish community. Three hours later, post services, we all ventured to […]

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Dnep Today

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Havayah Participant
February 21, 2014

Today was an emotional rollercoaster. We started the day with an incredible breakfast of pancakes and cinnamon buns. Then, we made our way to the Karavan mall, which was closed at the time, which resulted in some whining and discontent. It was only made better by an extremely fun and embarrassing kiddie train ride. Luckily, […]

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Shabbat Anecdote

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Havayah Participant
February 21, 2014

Tonight was a very special night for all of the Havayah participants. The Kabbalat Shabbat service was very powerful and helped me connect more with the kids from Haifa and Dnepropetrovsk. There was one moment that really stood out in my mind and I will take with me back to Boston. After saying the Amidah, […]

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Today in Dnep

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Student, Prozdor
February 20, 2014

We were woken up by the Israelis and enjoyed a very Ukrainian breakfast in the Menorah Center. Then we hopped on the bus and crossed the Dnep river in order to experience Beit Hanna, the women’s teaching college, and the ERC or the Educational Resource center for children with disabilities. When we arrived, the principal […]

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An Anecdote from Davida’s Day

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Student, Prozdor
February 20, 2014

Today in class one of the boys grabbed my hand from behind and gave me a big hug. I was very surprised, but happy, because we had found a way to communicate through the language barrier. He pulled me over to where the teacher had put out apples and pointed until I took one. Then […]

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Thoughts on “the Situation”

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Havayah Participant
February 19, 2014

Today was another busy, long, and educational day. We started the day with a tour around the Holocaust museum in the Menorah Center. Moving, is an understatement to describe our experience in the museum. Following the tour we met Rabbi Kaminetski, the head Rabbi of Dnepropetrovsk. His office is on the top floor, which is […]

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Hello from Michael!

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Visitors arrive at the newly opened Jewish Menorah Center in Dnipropetrovsk

Havayah Participant
February 19, 2014

Privyet from the old country! Today was quite a day. Upon waking up we made our way through the beautiful Menorah Center to eat a fancy, yet light, breakfast. As we reflected on the day at the end of the day we all agreed that breakfast was the best meal so far. We then got […]

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