Mariupol's Jewish Community Near the Front Lines

Collection with 34 media items created by Jonathan Alpeyrie

Ukraine 28 Apr 2015 00:00

Only a few thousand Jews have remained in the port city of Mariupol. A mere 12 kilometers east of the city, fighting rages between pro-Russian separatists and volunteer battalions struggling to keep the town of Shirokino. The Chabad Lubavitch organization tries to keep track of its members still within the city while providing aim to the numerous Jewish families in need. Volunteers gather each day at the local Chabad center in central Mariupol helping to pack foodstuffs in plastic bags for local Jewish families who have decided to remain in the port city.

Natasha Ralko's windows were blown out while she was sitting in the living room of her apartment with her daughter and 8-month-old infant. Her kitchen is now heavily damaged. Ralko believes the death toll in eastern Ukraine is much higher than reported. Mariupol’s Jewish community is spread out, and some members, like Natalia Lavushko and her husband, Grigory, live on the city’s outskirts—areas that would be early targets in the event of a new offensive. The Lavushkos have stopped renovating their modest house because Ukraine’s currency devaluation has eaten into their meager income.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 01
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2014

Only a few thousand Jews have remained in the port city of Mariupol. A mere 12 Kilometers East of the city fighting rages between pro-Russian separatists and volunteer battalions struggling to keep the town of Shirokino. The Chabad Lubavitch organization tries to keep track of its members still within the city while providing help to these various Jewish families in need.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 02
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2014

Only a few thousand Jews have remained in the port city of Mariupol. A mere 12 Kilometers East of the city fighting rages between pro-Russian separatists and volunteer battalions struggling to keep the town of Shirokino. The Chabad Lubavitch organization tries to keep track of its members still within the city while providing help to these various Jewish families in need.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 03
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2014

Mariupol Jewish community member Natasha Ralko, whose windows were blown out while she was sitting in the living room of her apartment with her daughter and 8-month-old infant, and whose kitchen is now heavily damaged, believes the death toll in eastern Ukraine is much higher than reported.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 04
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Apr 2015

Local Jewish volunteers are preparing food packages for other members of their community still in Mariupol. These packages are filled with various foods necessary for the survival of these families who have decided to remain in the war zone.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 05
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Apr 2015

Volunteers gather each day at the local Chabad center in central Mariupol helping to pack foods in plastic bags for local Jewish families who have decided to remain in the port city, though the fighting is a mere 10 miles away.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 06
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Apr 2015

A young member of the Jewish community is checking his cell phone from inside the only Jewish center left in the city of Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 07
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Apr 2015

A local Jewish woman is inspecting the progress made by her peers inside the only Jewish center left, which are provided food packages to families who have remained in the port city.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 08
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Apr 2015

Local members of the Jewish community of Mariupol are gathering food packages from inside the only Jewish center left within the port city.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 09
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Apr 2015

The Chabad center of Mariupol is the only one left of its kind within the port city. Jewish members can go there at anytime to get help, or seek advise.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 10
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Members of the Chabad community are taking a break from packing food produce.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 11
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

A view of a Jewish calendar which shows old photos of the thriving Jewish community before WWI.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Members of the Jewish community are taking a rest inside the Chabad center of Mariupol.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

A member of the Chabad community reads from the Tora inside the only Jewish center left in the port city.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

A local member is writing a note inside the Chabad center of Mariupol.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

The Rabbi Cohen, and his wife are helping all Jews still living in Mariupol seeking help and council. Though many thousands have fled to safer areas, a mere three thousand are said to have remained within the city.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Rabbi Cohen describes the day massive artillery strikes hit the Northern parts of Mariupol, killing dozens in the process.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 17
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Mariupol Jewish community member Natasha Ralko, whose windows were blown out while she was sitting in the living room of her apartment with her daughter and 8-month-old infant, and whose kitchen is now heavily damaged, believes the death toll in eastern Ukraine is much higher than reported.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 18
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Mariupol Jewish community member Natasha Ralko, whose windows were blown out while she was sitting in the living room of her apartment with her daughter and 8-month-old infant, and whose kitchen is now heavily damaged, believes the death toll in eastern Ukraine is much higher than reported

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 19
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Mariupol Jewish community member Natasha Ralko, whose windows were blown out while she was sitting in the living room of her apartment with her daughter and 8-month-old infant, and whose kitchen is now heavily damaged, believes the death toll in eastern Ukraine is much higher than reported.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Mariupol Jewish community member Natasha Ralko, whose windows were blown out while she was sitting in the living room of her apartment with her daughter and 8-month-old infant, and whose kitchen is now heavily damaged, believes the death toll in eastern Ukraine is much higher than reported.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 21
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Mariupol’s Jewish community is spread out, and some members, like Natalia Lavushko and her husband, Grigory, live on the city’s outskirts—areas that would be early targets in the event of a new offensive. The Lavushkos have stopped renovating their modest house because Ukraine’s currency devaluation has eaten into their meager income.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 22
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
28 Apr 2015

Mariupol’s Jewish community is spread out, and some members, like Natalia Lavushko and her husband, Grigory, live on the city’s outskirts—areas that would be early targets in the event of a new offensive. The Lavushkos have stopped renovating their modest house because Ukraine’s currency devaluation has eaten into their meager income. Their young daughter is playing in her room which was partly destroyed during an artillery strike.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 23
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Jun 2015

A local Jewish mother is teaching her young daughter how to enter a bomb shelter in their garden in case of an artillery strike.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 24
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Jun 2015

Mariupol’s Jewish community is spread out, and some members, like Natalia Lavushko and her husband, Grigory, live on the city’s outskirts—areas that would be early targets in the event of a new offensive. The Lavushkos have stopped renovating their modest house because Ukraine’s currency devaluation has eaten into their meager income.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 25
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Jun 2015

A young Jewish girl from the Mariupol community is writing on a board during classes inside the Chabad center.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 26
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

Young members of the Jewish community are learning how to use a computer in a basement inside the Chabad center of Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 27
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

A few remaining Jewish families still present in the port city of Mariupol allow their children to be taught at the only Chabad center left in the town.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 28
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

Teachers from the Chabad center of Mariupol are teaching young ones how to use a computer.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 29
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

A group of teenagers are taking some time off by inspecting the near by destroyed original Synagogue of Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 30
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

A group of Jewish teenagers have gathered, as they do each day, in the Chabad center to play piano, and interact.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 31
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

A pair of Jewish girls are having fun inside the remains of the destroyed Synagogue of Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 32
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

Rabbi Cohen is reflecting on the idea to one day rebuilt the once proud and only Synagogue of Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 33
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

Rabbi Cohen is playing with a tree branch inside the remains of the only Synagogue in Mariupol.

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Mariupol's Jewish Community 34
Mariupol, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
29 Apr 2015

Rabbi Cohen and two teenagers of the community are walking back to the Chabad center.