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Preparing for Pesach in Ukraine’s last shtetl

CNAAN LIPHSIZ | JTA News & Features | Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 11:52 am

At first glance, the drab town of Bershad, Ukraine, 160 miles south of Kiev, seems nearly identical to the other settlements that dot the poverty-stricken district of Vinnitsa.

Shrouded in a seemingly permanent cloud of smoke from wood fires – still the standard means of heating here – Bershad, population 13,000, features two rickety bridges over the polluted (and presently frozen) Dokhna River, roads traversed by Soviet-era clunkers and an utter absence of street lights.

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