Thursday, May 8, 2014


My colleague Oksana and I spoke the other day at the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex about the situation in Ukraine.

One thing really struck me - she made a comment about how long it took her to get here. "I crossed seven time zones to get here from Ukraine," she said.

"But from one end of the former Soviet Union to the other, it's eleven time zones. And we're working in both ends ... and in all the space in the middle. Even in the farthest reaches - we've reached deeper. Even if there's one Jew, alone, the last in his or her town or village. No one gets left alone."

It's not the first time we've talked about time in our work in the Joint.
Just one example: the timezone in Crimea has switched from Ukraine-time to (Moscow's) Russia-time (an hour different). But cellphones keep reverting back to Ukrainian time.

In the meantime, no matter what the timezone may be, the work continues.

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