In Manhattan’s Only Russian Bilingual School, Jewish Parents Stand in Solidarity with Ukraine | JTA

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Jewish parents at PS 145, Manhattan’s only public school with a bilingual Russian curriculum, are speaking out against the war in Ukraine.

PTA co-chair Sasha Stashwick said it was important for the school to make it clear that its families do not support this war. “We all stand together as a Russian-speaking community,” Stashwick told New York Jewish Week. “What is happening in Ukraine is not acceptable.”

She added that while Ukrainians are the victims, it is important to recognize that Russian Americans should not be treated unfairly in New York. “Russians live in an autocratic country,” she said. “Nobody asked them if they wanted a senseless war. There is a generation of Russians who also see their future taken away. »

Located on West 105th St. on the Upper West Side, PS 145, also known as The Bloomingdale School, serves a wide range of students from kindergarten through fifth grade, including Jewish families from Ukraine , Belarus and Russia.

On Monday, students, parents, teachers and elected officials – many of whom were Jewish – held a rally at the school to show their support. Children and parents made gold and blue signs to show their support for Ukraine.

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Sylvester L. Goldfarb