During the winter, it was impossible to stand there for more than a few minutes
Nizhyn (PRWEB) July 15, 2009
Philanthropist Mouli Cohen and his wife Stacy Cohen have provided funding for and important Jewish cemetery in Nizhyn. The city of Nizhyn located in northern Ukraine was once a major center of Hasidic Judaism. Today, Jews who visit the Ukraine come to Nizhyn on a regular basis to see the local Jewish cemetery and to pray at the site of the tomb of the the Hasidic master, the second Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Dovber Schneuri who was buried in Nizhyn in 1827.
With the Cohen's assistance, the facilities and services received an extensive upgrade allowing the Jewish cemetery of Nizhyn to have guest services for the first time. Until recently the conditions were very poor and made it extremely difficult for guests and travelers to visit this sacred location. Electricity was not previously available at the site and the access was extremely limited, especially during the winter months.
The work done to renovate the site was significant and the site has been improved considerably. The newly refurbished site has been heralded by visitors. "During the winter, it was impossible to stand there for more than a few minutes", says Mendel Weiss, a visitor from New York, "but now, thanks to the generous help of Mouli Cohen and his wife Stacy Cohen, we can spend hours at the site at any time of day or any season of the year"
A new synagogue and study facility have been built in the cemetery recently and new lines of electricity have been installed to enable lights and electricity for the comfort who those who visit.
"I feel very lucky to be involved in such a valuable project and I am looking forward to more opportunities related to the preservation of ancient and important sites in the future" says Mr. Mouli Cohen.
Since the improvements, the number of visitors has increased and those that do visit are spending longer hours in prayer and meditation as they enjoy the modern services and facilities.
About Mouli Cohen
Mr. Cohen is a successful entrepreneur who has founded and developed successful ventures in the biotechnology, high technology, digital media and entertainment sectors. He has balanced his success in business with extensive philanthropic activities. Over the years he has supported children's charities, food programs, medical research, and the arts as well as education projects both in the US and abroad. He is married to author Stacy Cohen. Visit Mouli Cohen's Website for thoughts on business, technology, arts and philanthropy or learn more about his career at Mouli Cohen VisualCV. Make sure to follow him at the Mouli Cohen Twitter account
Nizhyn is a city located in the Chernihiv Oblast of northern Ukraine, along the Oster River, north-east of the nation's capital, Kiev. The city of Nizhyn is one of the ancient cities of Ukraine. Nizhyn was once a major center of Hasidic Judaism and is the site of the Ohel (tomb) of the Hasidic master, Rabbi Dovber Schneuri of Chabad-Lubavitch. The architectural complex of the city forms an expressive ensemble of an ancient trade city. The experts' estimates distinguish more that 300 ancient buildings, where 70 are of a great cultural and historical value