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Boris Lozhkin
President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine and Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress

Celebrating famous Jews from Ukraine: Ben Stiller

Arrival of the world-famous stars such as Hollywood actor Ben Stiller is not advertised in advance during the war for security reasons. As well as their departure back, therefore, it is not known whether the hero of the “Night at the Museum” and “Meet the Parents” is still in Ukraine. However, back on June 20, Stiller willingly took pictures with passers-by on Khreshchatyk after visiting the destroyed by the Russians towns of Irpin and Makariv, and meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky.
At the same time it is unknown, whether he will visit the homeland of his great-grandfather Sam in Khodoriv, Lviv region. He might talk about this later.
Stiller began to combine his career as a successful comedian with work at the UN Refugee Agency back in 2016, when Zoolander 2 was released and few viewers suspected such an unusual combination in his activities.
He has been a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador since 2018 and has since been on missions to Jordan, Guatemala, Lebanon and many other countries where the humanitarian crisis is felt most acutely.
What he saw in the liberated from the russian troops towns of the Kyiv region really shocked him, and he told Volodymyr Zelensky about this, catching him during yet another meeting.
His words “You are my hero” addressed to the President of Ukraine got into the leading media of the world, but only words are unlikely to be the end of it for Stiller. His previous activism to draw attention to refugee issues has already resulted in reports to the UN and in the production of films that have raised more than $3 million for humanitarian purposes.

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About the Author
Boris Lozhkin is a Ukrainian entrepreneur, philanthropist and author. He is President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine and Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress.
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