Chernivtsi exists twice in Ukraine: in Podolia and Bukovina. There is the mundane Bukovinian provincial capital and the traditional Podolian town. Both are worth to visit.
We stayed overnight in Mohyliv-Podilskyi, a substantial town at the border with Moldova. The Jewish cemetery is quite large and in good condition. The small synagogue is located in a busy market district. We talked a bit with an elderly lady, learned about the daily concerns and needs of the community. Especially the older people are in need of assistance.
We drove a few kilometers eastward, to Chernivtsi. Who has suspected the city west of Mohyliv-Podilskyi, is also right. There are two Chernivtsi – the capital of Bukovina and a pretty little town in Podolia. The Podolian Chernivtsi had a large Jewish community, the size of the cemetery is a surprise. In the center are a couple of abandoned houses – once the home of Jewish families.
In the afternoon we were back on the road. Vasyl brought us to Czernowitz (Chernivtsi) in Bukovina – leaving Transnistria behind. Sylvia and I were a bit sentimental when we said good by to Vasyl – our driver and friend did a great job. Now we still have a few days left for Czernowitz.
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