This article is part of a special series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia. It's a companion to the television series The Story of the Jews, airing March 25 and April 1 at 8 pm on West Virginia PBS.
Our focus on West Virginia's Jewish community continues as we meet Rabbi Victor Urecki. For almost 30 years Rabbi Urecki has lead the congregation at the B'Nai Jacob Synagogue on Virginia Street in Charleston. Born in Argentina in 1961, his family moved to New York for a little while, then across the country to Portland, Oregon. Urecki attended Yeshiva University in New York to study to be a rabbi, not he says from any spiritual calling, but because after his own Bar Mitzvah, be became fascinated by his religion.
In 1986, he received an invitation to visit Charleston to interview for the position. He picks up the story from there.