Dnepropetrovsk, “The City of the King”, hosted a powerful Hakhel event, made possible by the “Keren Meromim” headed by Rabbi Benzion Lipsker, and the Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk.
Almost 2,000 people attended the event which took place in the grand banquet hall of the Menorah Center of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish Community, under the leadership of the shliach and Rabbi of the City, Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetzky.
The king of Chassidic music, singer Avraham Fried and his orchestra, who are scheduled to perform in various communities around Ukraine, gave an electrifying performance, the likes of which hasn’t been since for many years in Dnepropetrovsk.
The organizers of the event were amazed by the diversity of the participants, many of whom had never attended a Jewish event before but were swept away by the powerful and uplifting performance.
Five neighboring cities were also represented: Rabbis, shluchim and community members came from Zaparozha, Dneproderzhinsk, Krivoirog, Kirovograd and even from far away Mariopol.
During the course of the evening many people signed up for Hakhel tickets and there was a raffle with valuable prizes.
Rabbi Kaminetzky points out that this event was being held close to Rosh Chodesh Nisan, in proximity to the date and the place from which the saintly Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was taken away and incarcerated almost 80 years ago.
“The fact that so many Jews attended this historic event just goes to prove that the Jews have not been defeated and that Jewish life in Ukraine is thriving once again,” Rabbi Kaminetzky said.
This was part of a series of events currently taking place in Dnepropetrovsk.
As a gift to the Rebbe for his birthday on Yud Aleph Nisan, and with the help of our generous sponsors, 19 weddings will be taking place simultaneously among members of the community in the grand banquet hall of the Menorah Center.