A Chabad emissary to Ukraine says that they are preparing synagogues with sandbags for protection so that the Jewish community has a place to shelter.
“At 5:00 a.m. we heard missiles and explosions and we got up and packed our things straight away. We did not believe that something like this could happen, but we are people of faith and we have a lot of responsibility,” Rabbi Mendel Moskovitz, who lives in the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, tells the Ynet news site.
“There are 20,000 Jews here who are calling us now. We are preparing the synagogue to protect the windows with sandbags. People have nowhere to go,” he says.