This year, Passover takes a deeper meaning for those Jews who fled Ukraine due to its ongoing war with the invading Russian troops.
One of the largest Hasidic Jewish organizations globally, Chabad revealed tens of thousands of Ukrainian Jews have fled while about 80% remain in Ukraine.
Chabad told the media that inside and outside Ukraine, a nation steeped in Jewish history and heritage, people are preparing to celebrate Passover, which begins at sundown on April 15.
Passover is special for Jews worldwide because this holiday marks the liberation of Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt and their exodus under the leadership of Moses.
Sources said because of the current situation in Ukraine, Chabad, which has deep roots and a vast network in Ukraine, and other groups such as the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and the Jewish Federations of North America have mobilized to help Ukrainian Jews celebrate Passover wherever they have sought refuge.
Chabad alone hopes to have 52 public Seders welcoming about 9,000 people.
Meanwhile, the Jewish Federations of North America has set up a volunteer hub to support refugees fleeing Ukraine; it’s a partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel, the JDC, and IsraAID.
It was learned that Russian-speaking volunteers, such as Alina Spaulding, will also help organize a Seder for 100 refugees at a hotel in Budapest.