On Sunday, October 25, 2015, Project Kesher women and men gathered at Civic Hall in NYC for our second annual Global Day Trip.
Project Kesher leaders Vlada Nedak of Krivoy Rog, Ukraine (Director of Programming), and Elena Feldman of Tula, Russia (Communication and Project Management Officer), participated in a panel discussion moderated by PK Board Chair Barbara Glickstein. The women provided a perspective on the current situation in the region and Project Kesher’s response.
Professor Janet Johnson of Brooklyn College offered an historical and political view on women’s activism in Russia and Ukraine.
Rabbi Eleanor Smith led an inspiring Torah Return ceremony, with PK sending its 28th and 29th Torah Scrolls to the region (one going to Kaluga, Russia, and one to Melitopol, Ukraine). Elena Feldman said, “A synagogue without a Torah is like a person without a soul or heart,” as she accepted the scroll she would bring to Kaluga.
The event featured lunch at Georgian restaurant Pepela with wine tasting led by renowned Georgian wine expert Alice Feiring.