'We Must Stay': The Ukrainian Jews Sheltering in a Historic Synagogue

Jewish refugees fleeing the Russian army find sanctuary in a Lviv synagogue, but outside they're surrounded by war, instability and antisemitism that brings back memories from dark periods in history

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A scene at the synagogue in Lviv, western Ukraine, where Jews are sheltering during the war.
Inside the synagogue in Lviv where Jewish refugees have found shelter since the start of the war.Credit: David Saveliev
David Saveliev
Jesse Kireyev
Lviv, Ukraine
Lviv’s Beis Aharon V’Yisroel Synagogue, one of the oldest in western Ukraine.Credit: David Saveliev
A Jewish family sheltering in Lviv’s Beis Aharon V’Yisroel Synagogue.Credit: David Saveliev
A damaged tablet in Lviv’s Beis Aharon V’Yisroel Synagogue.Credit: David Saveliev
Jewish refugees sheltering at Lviv’s Beis Aharon V’Yisroel Synagogue.Credit: David Saveliev
The synagogue is one of the few in the area that survived World War II and the HolocaustCredit: David Saveliev

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