Ruach Ukraine: Music for Peace and Solidarity

Watch the Cantor’s Assembly program, which was co-sponsored by MERCAZ USA, and presented live on Facebook and YouTube on Sunday, March 6, 2022, below. To make a donation to any of the organizations highlighted in this program, go to and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Ukraine is under siege. The current conflict has generated over 1,500,000 refugees in less than two weeks with the promise of many times that to come. Thousands of people have been hiding in underground bunkers, subways and basements to avoid the bombs and missiles that have devastated neighborhood and cities. Hundreds of civilians have died and massive damage has been inflicted on every major urban center by an adversary bent on domination at any cost.

We wanted to send a message of peace and solidarity to the people of Ukraine, Jews and non-Jews alike, to let them know that they are not alone: This was the inspiration behind our program on Sunday, March 6 to support the people of Ukraine called, “Ruach Ukraine: Music for Peace and Solidarity.”

Created by the hosts (Hazzanim Laurie Akers, Wendi Fried, Jeremy Stein and Abbie Strauss) of the Cantors Assembly’s popular and long-running SongSwap and Shir Chadash programs, Ruach Ukraine brought together a uniquely gifted selection of the Cantors Assembly’s Ukrainian members who have been directly touched by the conflict, and featured Cantors: Pavel Roytman, Natasha Hirschhorn, and Itzhak Zhrebker, with special appearances by: Neshama Carlebach, Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Cantor Azi Schwartz, Rabbi Cantor Inna Serebro-Litvak, Ilya Aizenshtadt, and Nazar Dzhuryn, cellist.

We cannot solve this conflict with music alone, but we can help.

In addition to beautiful music, we heard from Ukrainians on the ground, and learned what the average Russian on the street really thinks about this conflict.

Integral to the program were, and are, opportunities for viewers to give to a selection of humanitarian relief efforts of various charities dedicated to providing food, shelter, medical care and other critical resources to refugees and others affected by this deepening conflict.

We hope that you will join us in this important effort as we seek to share a musical message of hope, peace and solidarity for the people of Ukraine. Please help us spread the word among your social networks and organizations that you are a part of to watch and share this presentation, and take action by contributing to the worthy organizations that were highlighted.

Together, we will send a message of hope to the people of Ukraine.

To make a donation to any of the organizations highlighted in this program, go to and scroll to the bottom of the page.