On May 7, a new Beit Shmuel Community Rehabilitation Center was opened in Anatevka, a small Jewish town for refugees 30 km west of Kyiv. The center was established with the support of the Kyiv Jewish Forum partner – the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (EAJC) and its president Mikhael Mirilashvili, as well as Alexander Levin, Chairman of the Kyiv Jewish Community and EAJC Vice-President.
The center is named after Shmuel Levin, who started this project several years ago. Shmuel tragically died, but the project was completed and dedicated to his memory by his brother Alexander Levin.
The new Center is located on an area of 1,800 square meters and occupies three floors. The center will serve the various needs of the community, and a multidisciplinary medical and rehabilitation center will also function there.
4 years ago, Rabbi Moshe Azman purchased this plot of land along with the village Anatevka located on it, known as the scene of Sholom Aleichem’s story and the Hollywood’s musical “Fiddler on the Roof”.
The opening ceremony was attended by several hundred guests, including President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine Borys Lozhkin, First Vice President of the EAJC and President of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress (AUJC) Vadym Rabynovych, as well as by the rabbis and dignitaries from various regions of Ukraine, guests from Israel and the United States.
The EAJC President Mikhael Mirilashvili, who personally supported many of the projects of Rabbi Azman, notes that every time he visits Anatevka, he sees successful completion of the next project, becomes a witness to another little miracle.
A museum of Hasidism, a Heder (Jewish school for boys aged 5 to 13 years old), and a unique wooden synagogue are located in Anatevka.
The tomb of Rabbi Motl of Chernobyl (the Chernobyl Rebbe) is also located here.