We were at one of the two only functioning synagogues in Odessa last night. Despite having a Jewish population of nearly 40% of the population of the city in the past and approximately 70 synagogues...there we were!
Needless to say we saw many people we had seen before. There a few incidental consultations there-a child that had just had a rather large seizure (the whole congregation seemed concerned for him) and another that was losing/pulling her hair.
There was a men's choir there from Zurich who sang on the beema for about forty minutes before the service started. Thank goodness for Valerie (our translator) for helping understand it all!
Nicokay (our security) luckily was there to take us home-safely.