Bratslav Hasidim from Israel, the USA, Canada, Western Europe, and other states come to Uman to celebrate the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah. This year the celebration is held on September 6-8.
A small town in the Cherkasy region attracts pilgrims because there is the grave of tzadik Nakhman - one of the founders of Bratslav Hasidism. Believers believe that each of them should visit this place at least once in their lives. It is believed that if you meet Rosh Hashanah at the grave of Nachman, the year will be happy and successful.
Pilgrims gather in sectors near synagogues, and canteens are also centrally equipped in the city. More tourists are expected this year, as tight restrictions have been in place in the past due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The streets are patrolled by police officers, both Ukrainian and Israeli. In 2021, public order is provided by more than 600 police officers and over 200 military personnel of the National Guard. On September 5, eleven law enforcement officers arrived from Israel to Uman to help their Ukrainian colleagues.
We will tell you about the celebration of the Jewish New Year in Uman, as well as collect the latest photos and videos.
Almost 30,000 Hasidim have already arrived in Uman
According to the latest data, as of the morning of September 6, 27,757 Hasidim from 10 countries of the world arrived in Uman. At the same time, planes with pilgrims, who will soon arrive in Uman, continue to arrive at the Boryspil airport.
On New Year's Eve, among the Hasidim, a special place is occupied by ritual immersion in open reservoirs. In Uman, such religious services are traditionally held in the local flooded quarry and on the Megommetr pond.
Divers of the State Emergencies Service and doctors are constantly on duty there, who are ready at any moment to professionally respond to danger and provide qualified assistance.
First cases of Covid-19 among Hasidim
The first cases of coronavirus among Hasidic pilgrims have been registered in Uman. According to the head of the Uman Directorate of the Main Directorate of the State Food and Consumer Service in the Cherkasy region. Larysa Kachanova, the epidemic situation is unstable.
She added that there is oversight to ensure that anti-epidemic requirements are met. This year's preparations included help from the Red Cross with antiseptics, special posters, and masks. It is compulsory to wear a mask in public places, they are issued free of charge.
There are also markings on the territory for a safe distance.
From 1 to 4 September, the police received 22 reports of events involving Hasidic pilgrims. The Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations contains information on the fact of illegal handling of weapons in the area of compact residence of pilgrims.
An Israeli citizen was also found who violated the terms of his stay in Ukraine. An administrative protocol was drawn up against the violator under Art. 203 Code of Administrative violations and a decision was made to forcibly return him to the country of his citizenship.
Another foreigner was limited in terms of stay on the territory of Ukraine due to violation of public order and petty hooliganism. He received two protocols under Art. 173 Code of Administrative violations and Art. 203 Code of Administrative Violations.
The police also recorded the fact of trafficking in prohibited items; investigators confiscated prohibited items from a 29-year-old resident of Uman: two stun guns in the form of lanterns, 12 - knives, 6 - wooden bats.
New Year's prayers began in the largest synagogue
In Uman, prayers have started in the largest synagogue in Ukraine (according to rough estimates, the synagogue can accommodate about 7,000 people), informs the United Jewish Community of Ukraine. The Bratslav Hasidim took their places in the premises of the synagogue and pray.
They also report that more than 10 thousand people gathered for a mass prayer in Uman. The event passed calmly.
What is happening on the streets (photo, video)
Now on the streets of Uman Rosh Hashanah celebrations are just beginning, "Suspilne Cherkasy" reports.