Feb 4, 2016
Engaged Couple Arrested in Kiev

Funds are still desperately needed for the legal support of an engaged frum couple who were arrested in Ukraine on drug charges which family members say were planted. Update: Individuals have been arrested in Israel for allegedly planting drugs in the couple's suitcases.

Update, 3/28/2016:

While Pinchas and Chani are still facing charges in the Ukraine, and are still confined to the city of Kiev, where they presently remain, away from their family and children, the youngest of which is 2 years old, there has been a break in this case.

Israeli Police have announced the day before Purim, that after months of investigation both in Israel and in the Ukraine, several arrests have been made, (with more arrests expected to come) in connection with this case.

Click here for full information (in Hebrew).

These individuals who have been arrested are allegedly responsible for harassing, beating, and planting marijuana in the suitcases of Pinchas and Chani, Israeli Police said.

While this is certainly good news, with truth finally coming to light, and ensuring that these people cannot continue to cause harm, the plight of Pinchas and Chani remains that they still have to fight for their freedom, and need what ever help the can get, and whatever support you can give, is most appreciated, to redeem them from their captivity.

To assist the Pidyon Shvuyim fund Click here.

For serious inquiries and to offer additional support, email: FreeChaniandPinchas@gmail.com


Chani and Pinchas, frum Jews from Israel, are engaged to get married, looking forward to a lifetime of happiness together after Chani's bitter divorce.

They traveled to the Ukraine to explore a possible job opportunity after they get married. On their way back to the airport they stopped in Uman to pray at the gravesite of Rabbi Nachman of Breslav.

Unbeknownst to them, someone placed two pounds of marijuana in their suitcase, according to their family members.

They said a person, who they suspect is connected to inserting the drugs, had tipped off Ukrainian authorities who were waiting at the Boryspil International Airport near Kiev to arrest the man and woman at the airport.

"They were clearly framed and are in dire need of help and support for them and with their defense so that she can return to her children, the youngest of whom is 2 years old," a family member said.

Attorney Mordechai Tzivin is represented the couple, and funds are needed for the legal defense.

The trial has been set for February 25.

"Time is truly of the essence," said the woman's family member. "We are grateful to all who contributed towards the $12,000 we have raised thus far. We still need to reach our $100,000 goal to properly defend them and be prepared for their trial."

The family is well known to Rabbi Yitschak Belinow of Milan, Italy and Rabbi Sholom Ber Korf of Delray Beach, FL.

Please say Tehillim for Pinchas Menachem ben Miriam
Chana bas Sarah Rochel

To assist the Pidyon Shvuyim fund Click here.

For serious inquiries and to offer additional support, email: FreeChaniandPinchas@gmail.com

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Letter of support from Harav Asher Zelig Weiss, Yeshivas Darchei Torah, Yerushalayim
Letter of support from Harav Asher Zelig Weiss, Yeshivas Darchei Torah, Yerushalayim

Opinions and Comments
in ukraine any one can get bribed
(1/26/2016 4:55:11 PM)
(1/26/2016 5:29:48 PM)
To n1
That's exactly how they got in trouble
Some nasty mafia from gher paid off 2 officials
50$ to put this in their luggage!
(1/26/2016 5:40:19 PM)
I Donated
I hope everyone will donate to this cause. And, be aware: there are many ways to commit injustice and give a bad name to someone- just a little unverified gossip about a girl or boy who is looking for a shidduch can hold up their wedding just as much as this terrible situation is this engaged couple apart. Please think about it and check your facts thoroughly at the source before implicating the next innocent party. May we soon see the ultimate yeshua with Moshiach.
(1/26/2016 6:26:04 PM)
Look into
the ex-husband.
(1/26/2016 11:44:19 PM)
so sad
HaShem how long is moshiach come????!!!!!!
donate now!!!!!!
i donated 60$because they are 6 altogether
(1/27/2016 2:22:21 PM)
May only the truth be revealed
(1/27/2016 5:58:00 PM)
I donated
Please donate. Pidion Shevuim it's the biggest Mitzvah!
(1/27/2016 10:09:03 PM)
Something is Missing from this story
how did "someone" have access to their luggage? How did they not notice their luggage was 2 lbs. heavier? Israeli's are drilled not to let their luggage out of their sight. They are drilled not to carry any packages for anyone.
Marijuana has a VERY strong smell. How did they not notice the very pungent aroma of the marijuana? This couple was very naive in any case. It would have been far less obvious if someone planted a few grams of cocaine in their luggage. No smell, no noticeable weight and a much more serious crime.
I hope the truth comes out and the person or persons responsible for this are apprehended.
(1/28/2016 12:40:56 AM)
There is no bigger mitzvah
Then Pidyon Shvuyim
(1/28/2016 12:57:17 AM)
so sad
such an unfortunate world we live in!
(1/28/2016 5:26:16 AM)
The story
Someone clearly framed the lady. Her apartment in Israel was ransaked and everything taken, people came in saying that she was not going to need it anymore as she will be away for a long time.
(2/4/2016 12:11:51 PM)
To #9 something to think about
Before anyone takes to heart your attempt to accuse the couple without proof, I hope they will consider the following: It looks like the officers themselves may have placed it in their luggage and then it was 'found' before the couple got to open their suitcases and unpack. Therefore, no 'smell' was noticed. Also, it may be difficult to notice that your luggage is 2 pounds heavier than before. Everything seems to get heavier the more you shlep things around. Let's not be so quick to cast doubts and suspicions on the couple before the facts come out. There's no point in doing so and it doesn't help anyone.
(2/4/2016 12:16:23 PM)
Oy vey.....
I hope everything works out
(2/4/2016 6:42:50 PM)
Really #9?
Are u kidding? I travel around the world frequently and would never notice an extra 2 pounds weight on my suitcase. Furthermore I would never know the smell of M. unless it was being smoked, and I'm a pretty worldly guy with friends who smoke up on occasion. Consider that it was likely well wrapped in sealed plastic etc. As for it not adding up how it could get into their bags, you may want to watch a couple of movies. Usually they exaggerate what happens in real life, but with drug smuggling it's pretty accurate. How do I know? I've traveled many countries where I had to know what to look out for in these things. Rather than ppl trying to determine if/what/how it makes sense etc, just trust that anything is possible out there and all that REALLY doesn't make sense is that an innocent mother is away from her children. Let's open our hands and minds, not always our mouths.
(2/4/2016 8:47:27 PM)
to # 9
You wrote something is missing. Your thoughtfulness is glaringly missing. Two ppl already told you the OBVIOUS. Why don't you apologize! Shame on you for so easily insinuating guilt.
(2/5/2016 3:34:34 PM)
i agree with #4 (specially the shiduchim part)
i'm donating, please everyone donate, every dollar helps, may we hear that they are out and on their way to their wedding beH
(2/7/2016 1:55:43 PM)
Let's help this family, be united
We can help this family , we can do as much as we can . May HASHEM help this family very soon and may we all find Chessed, kindness in our hearts, Amen
(2/15/2016 2:48:57 PM)
exploring job opportunities in Ukraine?
I'm not saying anything just asking a simple question? Moving to the Ukraine for a job?
(2/17/2016 6:43:19 AM)
To #19
Feel the same
(2/28/2016 9:53:25 AM)
To 19 and 20
They have 16 kids to support between the two of them!! And got a lucrative offer. Can't blame them for looking into it.

Any updates about them?? So worried for them.
(2/28/2016 11:37:13 PM)
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