Trips to the regions are an integral part of the work of the managers of the Khmelnytsky Charitable Foundation "Hesed Besht". They allow you to export new projects and ideas to remote offices, deliver help to clients and also carry out live and active communication with our people. This time Slavuta pleased the visitors not only with good weather, but also the sincere smiles of children and adults, new areas of work to preserve the history of the region.
Slavuta used to be a major Jewish center, known widely outside the Khmelnytsky region. Among many other interesting facts, can not be ignored, that matzo was baked here, which was supplied to the synagogues of Podillya and beyond. Many extraordinary Jews lived here, which have left their mark on history and spirituality, science and culture. Unfortunately, the tragic events of the Second World War almost burned the former glory to the background. They are followed by new monuments of Jewish history - memorials and mass graves.
The history from the first settler to the present day will be reflected in the museum exposition, which is located in the Slavutych office of HBF "Hesed Besht" under the leadership of Natalia Tynkevych. It is located in the building of the former synagogue, which is now maintained by the Foundation. The exhibition part is ready now. During the visit, she was staffed by Public Relations Manager Lyudmila Schwartzman and Regional Development Manager Halyna Atamanchuk.. Now you can see objects of Jewish life and objects of worship, exhibits, associated with the Holocaust in Slavutych. Modernity is represented by the publishing products of Hesed Besht.. And from the stand part, after discussion, it was decided to reformat to a modern style using a new design. The final opening of the museum is scheduled for the 15th anniversary of Hesed Besht. 16 September 2014 year.
In the meantime, the story is carefully placed in printed sheets, modernity is booming and flourishing with new strength. An event was held for children and their parents within the framework of the children's summer camp "Lilmod Ve Noah" by the managers of the Foundation Olga Nikitina and Svetlana Snoz. The latter, by the way, originally from Slavuta, therefore to come to native lands in a qualitatively new role of a madrich for the girl is twice more pleasant. An extensive program was presented for children and adults. It includes classes within the project "Swallows of Kindness", which is implemented by the Hesed Besht Foundation in all offices. The audience was touched by the story of Victoria Polisyuk, to whom all were written warm wishes of good health. Creative workshops taught Slavutych residents something new, interesting and, simultaneously, simple ways to make a real fairy-tale composition out of paper or cardboard. The moving Israeli dances cheered and moved, instead of charging.
A real gift for children was a trip to the local children's institution "Bathyscaphe", where the kid was already waiting for a delicious lunch. It was also not without surprises, however, they were shown to adults by the children themselves. In a few minutes, impressed by the program of the camp day, they came up with a new needlework class. It was called "tubulecraft" (by analogy with "papercraft" – the art of creating images from paper): the children made strange compositions from colored tubes right at the dinner table. Nobody encouraged them to do so, so all adults were impressed with the children's ability to work in a team, which can not help but rejoice.
Given the situation in Slavuta today, it is possible to tell with confidence, that the local community is developing rapidly and productively. To the former level, Of course, long away, but eventually here, to a region where they remember the past and care about the future, will definitely return to its former glory.
Finally, I want to give an interview, recorded by Shalom Aleichem editor Vyacheslav Nagnybida, with Svitlana Danylivna Sokolova, a client of Hesed Besht, who came to the west with her grandson. She was happy to share her thoughts on the work of the mission today.