Commemorating Victory Day with the Russian Community

Even during this time of isolation, our team of staff and volunteers is here for the community!

Each year, the Russian community commemorates Victory Day on May 9, the date when the German army officially surrendered to the Russians in 1945.

In honor of Victory Day this year, the Federation's Community Social Worker, Michalah Hoffman, and Community Chaplain, Rabbi Hillel Baron, brought flowers and cupcakes to the Russian and Ukranian Jewish residents at Owen Brown Place in Columbia. Volunteers Robert (Bob) Hurwitz and Annie McCormick also joined. Although the group did not enter the building due to COVID-19 concerns, residents Yevgeniya Gronas and Sarra Khalimonskaya came outside to receive the gifts, which also included Love Mugs made by our volunteers this past Mitzvah Day.

Annie, who is fluent in Russian, brought beautiful pictures for the residents, and Bob brought his shofar and blew a blast in honor of the occasion. 

For their community, “It’s a sad day and a good day as well,” said Mrs. Gronas. “Many people died, were hungry, and lost family during the war, but in the end, we are free."

Federation is happy to join with the community in their celebration and looks forward to more personal visits with Owen Brown residents once the threat of COVID-19 has passed. 

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