By COLlive reporter
Photos by Levi Lazarov
The 14th annual Melave Malka for the free loan society Keren Chaya Mushka in Moscow was held recently, celebrating the financial assistance it provides to Jews from across the former Soviet Union.
Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar founded the charity in memory of his daughter Chaya Mushka Lazar OBM who passed away on 16 Adar 5757 at the age of 7.
Held in a social hall overlooking the Moscow River, speakers highlighted the importance of chessed and how the organization provides loans and financial assistance to large families in need, weddings, Passover provisions and more.
Attending the event were community members, supporters, Rabbi Yitzchak Kogan of the Bolshoy Bronnaya Synagogue in Moscow, Dayan Rabbi Yisroel Birenbaum, Israel’s consul in Russian Yaakov Rosh and the Director of the JDC of Russia Alec Naden.
Entertaining the evening, which included a lavish meal and dancing, was the orchestra of Shlomo Niaz’in.
The highlight was a silent video produced by Avraham Vitkin showing the ripple effect of being kind to another person. The video, filmed at the Chabad institutions in the city, was deeply moving.