Hasidic Jews at the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman in Uman during a previous Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage
Hasidic Jews at the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman in Uman during a previous Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage
Photo: Israel Bardugo/Archive
Hasidic Jews at the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman in Uman during a previous Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage

Coronavirus sees off Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to Uman

Ukraine says this year it will not allow tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews from around the world to descend on the city, bans traditional three-day celebration at gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Edwards Doks |
Published: 08.18.20 , 17:20
KIEV - Ukraine announced on Monday that it had decided to ban the annual Hasidic pilgrimage to the city of Uman due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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  • The annual three-day-long celebration on the Jewish New Year brings tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews to the burial site of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, the founder of Breslov Hasidic movement who died in 1810.
    Hasidic Jews at the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman in Uman during a previous Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage Hasidic Jews at the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman in Uman during a previous Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage
    Hasidic Jews at the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman in Uman during a previous Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage
    (Photo: Israel Bardugo/Archive)
    "Such an event format amid the pandemic creates huge risks for the spread of the virus not only for the participants of the event but also for the local residents," Ukrainian Internal Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov said in a statement.
    “We treat the national traditions of different people and religious communities with respect and do everything each year to hold them according to the highest standards of safety," he said.
    "However," Avakov added, "in recent weeks, Ukraine has seen an increase in the coronavirus outbreak among the population."
    Mayor of Uman Oleksandr Tsebriy at the burial site of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov Mayor of Uman Oleksandr Tsebriy at the burial site of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
    Mayor of Uman Oleksandr Tsebriy at the burial site of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
    "We listened to the reports of the relevant government ministers and came to the conclusion that the epidemiological situation in the country and around the world rules out mass events, especially with the participation of the foreign nationals."
    Earlier, Mayor of Uman Oleksandr Tsebriy said that if necessary, he would set up roadblocks to ensure that "outsiders" not enter the city .
    He added that 94% of the city’s population oppose the entry of foreign nationals from “red" countries with a high level of coronavirus infection, of which Israel is one.
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