NEW ALBANY, Ohio – A rabbi from New Albany is leaving Friday to help Ukrainian refugees who have fled to other countries.

Rabbi Howard Apotaker joins other Jewish leaders from across the country on a mission to Poland.

Apothaker says it plans to take 2 tons of donated baby formulas, antibiotics and other essentials to help refugees. He added that the supplies he brings will help people stuck in Poland.

It is important for Apothaker to help those in need.

“When grandchildren 20 years later ask, ‘Well, what did you do?’ This is what I was trying to do. I do not want to be a spectator of the troubles and sufferings of people from afar, ”said Apothaker.

The rabbi said that when he returns, he plans to talk to local religious communities about accepting refugees when they arrive in Ohio.

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