Polish rabbi joins in interfaith solidarity for the Ukrainian people
Weeks ago, Mayor Vitali Klitschko of Kyiv, Ukraine’s besieged capital, issued a call to the religious leaders to come to Kyiv to “take a stand and assume the moral function that is incumbent upon them, and to proudly assume the responsibility of their religions for peace.”
Finally, last week, religious leaders from around the world answered Klitschko’s plea. Seventeen leaders and people of faith from the major world religions, including Shavei emissary Rabbi Dawid Szychowski of Łódź, Poland, spent two full days in Kyiv to engage in prayer, pastoral accompaniment, and distribution of humanitarian aid, as well as having key encounters with peacebuilders, religious leaders, and political leaders.
Rabbi Szychowski was very moved by the joyful reaction of the local people to the delegation, and by the expressions of unity and support. “The whole visit was successful in my opinion,” the rabbi declared. “I am really glad I participated. The worst thing is to do nothing; when something happens to us, we want people to act. I’m just glad there was an opportunity to support the people who are suffering there.”