Oheb Shalom Congregation will celebrate the 25-year anniversary of helping in the local resettlement of immigrants from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s with a free performance by cellist Andrey Tchekmazov on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the synagogue in South Orange.
Tchekmazov, who as a child was among those whose resettlement was aided by Oheb Shalom, requested the opportunity to show his gratitude by giving a concert. Known for his versatility as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, Tchekmazov has performed on TV and radio in the United States, Europe, and South America.
Congregants assisted the immigrants with English lessons, finding and outfitting apartments, finding jobs, and transportation needs. Inna Gulberg, among the immigrants in the ’90s, is chair of the event. Ella Shmoys, another immigrant from that period, said, “When we came to U.S. we were so lost and scared — and suddenly Oheb Shalom invited Jewish refugees to the synagogue. They embraced us, encouraged us to be real American citizens and free Jews. ”
Call 973-762-7067 or visit OhebShalom.org.