Archive | April, 2014

Jews in Russia balance Jewish culture and Russia’s place in the world

MOSCOW – More than 1,000, mostly young, Russian Jews gathered over the weekend at the Limmud FSU Moscow conference to listen to around 160 sessions highlighting Jewish culture, business and history. The energetic and talkative crowds had come from Moscow and the surrounding area, with a few flying from as far away as Australia and […]

A satirical neologism becomes a weapon in the fight over Ukrainian Jewry

At first glance, the red menorah symbol adorning the black T-shirt worn by Igor Kolomoysky doesn’t seem too strange for a casually dressed Ukrainian Jewish billionaire who has poured millions into Jewish causes and also happens to be a newly appointed regional governor in eastern Ukraine. However, a closer inspection of the menorah reveals that […]

Khodorkovsky’s Speech to the Ukraine-Russia Dialogue Forum

The following speech text was prepared by Mikhail Khodorkovsky for delivery at the Ukraine-Russia Dialogue Forum. Dear friends, colleagues, Over the last month the most frequent question I’ve been asked was: Why hold this conference? How will it help Ukraine that seems to be facing its toughest challenge since becoming an independent nation? What will […]

Ukraine prime minister blasts anti-Jewish leaflets

Ukraine’s prime minister voiced outrage at reports that masked men in east Ukraine’s main city handed out leaflets demanding Jews register or be expelled, demanding “these bastards” be brought to justice. Members of the Jewish community in the pro-Russian protest hub of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were left shaken by the […]

Ukraine Holocaust monument vandalized with swastikas

Nazi symbols were drawn on a Holocaust monument in Odessa, Ukraine. The symbols — swastikas and the SS Wolfsangel sign — were painted Tuesday on the memorial site, police sources from the southern Ukrainian city told the Unian news agency. There are no suspects. Swastikas were also painted on a wall surrounding a Jewish cemetery […]

Back from the dead: a Ukrainian model for world Jewry

Dnepropetrovsk’s 600,000 sq ft Menorah Centre, approached by night, looks for all the world like the lurid, self-aggrandising dream of an eastern oligarch. Rising out of largely neglected city streets, it is, literally, a vast menorah, with the glass outhouses that crown each of its seven towers illuminated each day of the week to represent […]

Shaken, and stirring: Ukrainians pack bags

By day, the Maidan, Kiev’s revolutionary square, is a jumble of tents, flags and half-demolished barricades. The anti-government groups who led the resistance are selling hot tea to passers-by, their burning rubber tyres having given way to makeshift stoves. Stalls display martyr badges and scarves in Ukrainian colours: the revolution is already being commodified. By […]

Meylakh Sheykhet – A fight for the Jewish heritage in Lviv

Meylakh Sheykhet is the person that cannot be ignored in Lviv concerning the Jewish life. As the representative of the Union of Councils for the Jews of the Former Soviet Union in Ukraine, he acts to the promotion of the democracy in the country. His action stretches on various fields as the defense of the […]