Ukraine is under siege. The current conflict has generated over 500,000 refugees in just over a week with the promise of many times that to come. Thousands of people have been hiding in underground bunkers, subways and basements to avoid the bombs and missiles that have devastated neighborhood and cities. Hundreds of civilians have died and massive damage has been inflicted on every major urban center by an adversary bent on domination at any cost.
We want to send a message of peace and solidarity to the people of Ukraine, Jews and non-Jews alike, to let them know that they are not alone. We invite you to join us for a livestream broadcast this coming Sunday, March 6 at 8 PM ET to support the people of Ukraine called, “Ruach Ukraine: Music for Peace and Solidarity.”
Created by the hosts of the Cantors Assembly’s popular and long-running SongSwap and Shir Chadash programs–Hazzanim Laurie Akers, Wendi Fried, Jeremy Stein and Abbie Strauss–Ruach Ukraine will bring together a uniquely gifted selection of the CA’s Ukrainian members who have been directly touched by the conflict and will feature Cantors Pavel Roytman, Natasha Hirschhorn, and Itzhak Zhrebker with special appearances by Neshama Carlebach, Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Cantor Azi Schwartz, Rabbi Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak, Ilya Aizenshtat, and Nazar Dzhuryn, cellist.
We cannot solve this conflict with music alone, but we can help.
In addition to beautiful music, we will hear from Ukrainians on the ground as well as find out what the average Russian on the street really thinks about this conflict. Integral to the program will be opportunities for viewers to give to a selection of humanitarian relief efforts of various charities dedicated to providing food, shelter, medical care and other critical resources to refugees and others affected by this deepening conflict.
We hope that you will join us in this important effort as we seek to share a musical message of hope, peace and solidarity for the people of Ukraine. Please help us spread the word among your social networks and organizations that you are a part of.
Together, we will send a message of hope to the people of Ukraine.