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Hasidic Jews Celebrate New Year In Ukraine

Hasidic Jews from around the world gathered in the Ukrainian city of Uman to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Uman is a pilgrimage site and the burial place of Jewish spiritual leader Rebbe Nachman, a great grandson of the founder of Hasidism. (By RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)


An estimated 30,000 Hasidic Jews visited Uman. 
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An estimated 30,000 Hasidic Jews visited Uman. 

With the city's rental apartments full of pilgrims, some had to camp out in tents.
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With the city's rental apartments full of pilgrims, some had to camp out in tents.

Jews gather for prayers on Shabbat -- the Sabbath, the day when Jews refrain from work.
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Jews gather for prayers on Shabbat -- the Sabbath, the day when Jews refrain from work.

After the prayers Hasidic Jews take a stroll through the streets of Uman.
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After the prayers Hasidic Jews take a stroll through the streets of Uman.

Local residents sell trinkets to pilgrims.
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Local residents sell trinkets to pilgrims.

Young Hasidic Jews put a modern musical twist on traditional songs.
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Young Hasidic Jews put a modern musical twist on traditional songs.

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Street games in Uman.
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Street games in Uman.

Pilgrim gets a traditional trim.
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Pilgrim gets a traditional trim.

Nonstop dancing dominates the New Year celebrations.
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Nonstop dancing dominates the New Year celebrations.

Jewish children play games and take part in a gift lottery.
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Jewish children play games and take part in a gift lottery.

Hasidic DJs keep the New Year beats coming.
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Hasidic DJs keep the New Year beats coming.

Pushkin Street is the main place for pilgrims to gather.
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Pushkin Street is the main place for pilgrims to gather.

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