More Than 20,000 Bratslav Hasidim to Fly to Uman for Rosh Hashanah

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This 2004 file photo shows Jewish pilgrims at the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in the Ukrainian city of Uman at Rosh Hashanah. Credit: Reuters

More than 20,000 Bratslav Hasidim are scheduled to fly to Uman, Ukraine, on about 100 flights for the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

The flights are scheduled to start departing Sunday, three days before Rosh Hashanah eve. The busiest day will be Monday, when 37 flights carrying 7,600 people are scheduled to depart.

The flights will mostly be departing from Ben-Gurion International Airport’s older terminal, Terminal 1.

The Jewish new year is a time when thousands of Bratslav Hasidim make a pilgrimage to the Uman grave of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. The pilgrimage is coordinated with Bratslav community leaders, the Ukrainian Embassy and the airport rabbi.

At the terminal, a hall will be set aside for prayers.

The plans are complicated by the fact that many of the passengers will be taking significant quantities of luggage, including kosher food. Some food is being flown over in advance.

The Israel Airports Authority called on travelers to Uman to arrive a full four hours before departure in order to ease the process, one hour longer than international passengers usually require.

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