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Mariupol Was Home to Great Yeshiva
By Micah Halpern
By now, almost everyone has heard of the city of Mariupol.
But did you know that the great yeshivah of Ponevezh (Ponevitch) relocated to Mariupol in 1914 and tried to remain safe in that city during the inter-war years.
Originally located in Lithuania, during World War I, the Ponevezh Yeshiva was forced to shut its doors by the Germans. They looked for a safer place to re-open and Mariupol was the perfect spot. At the time it was about 20% Jewish – that was about 5,000 Jews.
And located on the Black Sea, it was far from the fighting.
After the War the Yeshiva went back to Ponevezh, but in 1939 it was caught between both Germany and Russia who were both squeezing it.
The Rosh Yeshiva, the head of the yeshiva, was able to save the prestigious school and reestablish it once again. In 1944 the Yeshiva of Ponovezh opened its doors in Bnei Brak, Israel
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30 April 2022 09:54 PM in Thoughts
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