Ronn Torossian :Pray For Quiet For The Ukranian Jews

My wife, Zhanna was born and raised in Kharkiv, the Ukranian city where President Viktor Yanukovych is believed to be, after he fled Kiev amidst violence and riots.  That city is where a pro-Yanukovich forum was held today, and we have spent the week worried about, and speaking to her family there. Last Shabbat, we spent the weekend at the largest Shabbaton ever for Russian speaking American Jews, where I was the keynote speaker for the National Russian Jewish Shabbaton, by Chamah International.

We are very involved in the Russian-speaking community, and hope that this situation passes safely for the Jewish community. Those helping the community of 200,000 Jews should be commended, as there are many strong institutions in the region. Speaking to numerous Rabbis and Jewish leaders in the region regularly, it is important that the Jewish community stands as one. The 750,000 Russian-American Jews constitute great Jewish souls, and the Jews of the former Soviet Union have made Israel a much stronger nation.

The Ukranian crisis is not likely to pass quietly or quickly – let us hope and pray that the Jews of the region remain safe.

Ronn Torossian is a PR executive, and longtime board-member of the largest Russian-American Jewish organization, RAJE (Russian-American Jewish Experience.)

About the Author
Ronn Torossian is the Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of 5WPR. Headquartered in New York City, the firm is one of the 25 largest independent public relations firms in the United States. 5WPR has been named “PR Agency of the Year” by the American Business Awards; and Ronn Torossian is the winner of the Silver Stevie Communications, Investor Relations, and PR Executive of the Year of the Year Award by the American Business Awards. Ronn’s book, “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” received rave reviews. He is a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is an active board member of a number of non-profit organizations. Ronn Torossian is a frequently sought after communications expert, often appearing on FOX News, CNBC, Huffington Post, Time Magazine, and other major media outlets. He resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his family. Email: Facebook: Ronn's Facebook Twitter: Ronn's Twitter Page