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Erev Shabbat Services with Guest Speakers Sofiya Penek Klein and Matt Klein (In-Person and Zoom)
Friday, May 20 at 6:00pm

Join us next Friday, March 20 as we welcome Guest Speaker, Sofiya Penek Klein and Matt Klein. Sofiya Penek Klein and her family are originally from Berdichev Ukraine and moved to Boston in 1997. Since 2014, her brother, Rostislav Penek, has been working with a group of Ukrainians across many different countries to support the front line troops fighting against the Russian invasion in Eastern Ukraine. Leveraging this incredible close network of folks, they have been able to source medical/first aid supplies and ship them to many different areas across Ukraine based on where their contacts have needs. Over the last 2 months, they've raised over $25,000, sent seven direct shipments, and partnered with a medical supplier to send 17 pallets of medical and surgical supplies to Ukraine. Their current focus is to continue raising awareness and purchase and ship medical supplies through outreach across our communities, partnerships with small businesses, direct fundraising, and direct purchases and donations from their Amazon List. Stay connected via Instagram with their latest campaigns, partnerships and progress.


Background on Our Family's Connection To Ukraine: Vladimir, Victoria, Rosti and Sofiya Penek emigrated from Ukraine to Boston in 1997. Many places across Ukraine - including our family’s hometowns of Berdichev and Chernyakhiv - have been bombed, raided and destroyed by this war.  Although many members of our family now live outside of Ukraine, we have extended family and friends who remain in Ukraine and have been significantly impacted by the War.

Who do we support through our efforts? Our efforts support the troops, medics and civilians on the front lines in Ukraine located across some of the hardest hit cities and regions. The folks we support come from all walks of life, from IT professionals, engineers, cooks and farmers to accountants, doctors, historians and fashion designers. Many have left their homes, their businesses, and their families to defend our country, our people and our culture.

How are we coordinating and distributing the supplies? We partner with a network of volunteers across Ukraine, US, and several European countries to source, ship and distribute first aid and medical supplies. This tireless group has been working together since the 2014 Russian invasion in Eastern Ukraine. Many initially juggled their full time jobs with their volunteer efforts, but most now dedicate their full time to supporting the front lines. Each individual has brought their talent to creatively solve for critical needs every single day. The mission is clear: Defend Ukraine. Save a life. 

Links & Ways to Take Action

  • Support shipments of medical supplies to front line troops, first responders and civilians: Order medical and first aid supplies from our Amazon List
  • Attend Our Next In Person Event: May 23 5:30 PM: Glory to Our Heroes Fundraising Event at Castle Island Brewing in Boston. Buy your ticket here and help us get the word out to as many people in Boston as possible. We have great speakers, food, and a raffle planned for the event!
  • Stay connected to what we and our community is doing: Follow Sofiya on Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn
Wed, September 28 2022 3 Tishrei 5783