Diaspora teens run Ukrainian summer camp during war

For a month this summer the sounds of laughter, hareidi pop tunes and classic Jewish camp chants could be heard coming from an obscure campground in the Zhytomyr Oblast in Western Ukraine.

In the region mired by war and conflict, Camp Yeka, short for Yekatrinoslav (as Dnepropetrovsk the city where the camp was originally located was formerly known) provided a fun respite to Jewish children living in the embattled Eastern European country.

A group of Chabad Hasidic boys in their late teens and early 20s, came to Ukraine to run the camp for local children this summer. They hosted over 100 boys between the ages of six and 17 from 15 cities across Ukraine and the Crimea.

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