Rabbi Nachman of Breslov Charitable Foundation urged President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to make a decision that meets the interests of the citizens who want to hold pilgrimage to Uman city, as the foundation reported.
“We thank Volodymyr Zelensky that he understands the importance for dozens of thousands of Hasidim of pilgrimage to Uman city during the celebration of Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year. At the same time, we urge to make the right decision, which would meet the interests of Ukrainian and foreign citizens from all over the world who want to visit Ukraine for pilgrimage in Uman city,” President of The Rabbi Nachman of Breslov Charitable Foundation Ben-Noon Natan said.
The foundation asks the president to pay attention to the representatives of Hasidism who influence the pilgrims, to hear the views and offers and come to a common decision.
On August 17, the Cabinet of Ministers and State Commission on human-generated environmental disasters and the emergency situations banned Hasidim pilgrims to visit Uman in 2020.
Earlier, Mayor of Uman Oleksandr Tsebriy stood against the arrival of Hasidim in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The government predicts that the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic might take place exactly in September. That is why I stand against the visit of our city by the pilgrims this year,” Tsebriy stated.
Uman Mayor specified that he was ready to block the roads not to allow the arrival of Hasidim pilgrims for the celebration of Rosh Hashanah due to the situation with coronavirus.
Besides, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine formed the view that the arrival of the dozens of thousand of Hasidim-pilgrims in Uman for the celebration of Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah in the traditional format this year is impossible.
Later, the United Jewish Community of Ukraine stated that there was no official ban from the Ukrainian authorities for the arrival of Hasidim pilgrims in Uman.