My classmates tormented and bullied me for simply being Jewish.
I was called a Zhidovka which means Jewess in Ukrainian.
There are however many synagogues and Jewish communities throughout Ukraine in various cities such as Kiev and Zhitomir.
But the fact of the matter is that the observant Jews have to be extremely careful when practicing their faith.
Jewish people in Ukraine, and I am sure throughout the Eastern Europe, were viewed as a threat to the non-Jewish neighbors.
Jewish people in my town were doctors and successful business owners and for some apparent reason that success bothered the non-Jews.
In addition, many of our members are part of Messianic Ministries or Messianic Israel Ministries and are Jewish Christians and Hebrew Christians.
My parents would come to school to speak with the teachers but it would just make the situation worse. Children would chase me, throw fireworks at me and call me derogatory names.
I began to stutter out of fear of being hurt and cry daily.
Everything Jewish was pretty much kept as a secret.
The non-Jews in Ovruch were not fond of Jewish people and their traditions.