Family and friends were joined by community leaders in welcoming Shluchim Rabbi Levi Raices and Rabbi Chaim Levinson and their families, who are the Shluchim in Kharkov, Ukraine, as they landed at JFK Airport in New York on Sunday evening.
The large group of family and friends on hand to greet them burst into song, singing “Shluchei Adoneinu” and dancing.
The Shluchim had remained in Ukraine during the beginning days of the Russian attacks, assisting community members with shelter and food.
Finally, when it became too dangerous to remain in Kharkov, the Shluchim fled with their families to the Moldovan border, and after days of travel, arrived in New York.
Along with thankful family and friends, they were greeted at JFK Airport’s Terminal 7 by Community activist Rabbi Yaacov Behrman, Rabbi Lazer Avtzon, Senior Advisor to Mayor Eric Adams Joel Eisdorfer, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Fred Kreizman, and NYPD Community Affairs Commanding Officer Inspector Richie Taylor.