Archive by Author

Bones unearthed during contested dig at former Jewish cemetery in Ukraine

LVIV, Ukraine (JTA) — City workers in a Ukraine city suspended their digging at a former Jewish cemetery amid controversy over the unearthing of human remains at the site. Pieces of skull and limbs were among the bones discovered last week at the Old Jewish Cemetery of Lviv, in western Ukraine, where diggers with heavy […]

Trump Shock: Some Thoughts from Tel Aviv

the evening of November 8th, I went to the Election Night Celebration in Tel Aviv hosted by American Ambassador Dan Shapiro and Ms. Julie Fisher, at the upscale Dan Panorama Hotel near Jaffa.  One of the topics of conversation was how long would the Ambassador stay until President Clinton would decide to appoint her own […]

Russia, a court will determine whether the New Testament is “extremist”

Nina Achmatova The case is related to the Gideons mission who wanted to import sacred texts, according to the law. Customs in Vyborg, however, blocked the shipment claiming they wanted to verify the presence of extremist literature. Moscow (AsiaNews) – On 16 November in Vyborg, near St. Petersburg, the city court will hold a hearing […]

Russia-Israel treaty will entitle olim to pension funds

by Tamara Zieve The treaty applies to every immigrant who worked for at least one year in Russia or Russian territory. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 21, 2016. (photo credit:REUTERS) Russia and Israel have signed a treaty that will enable immigrants from […]

American-style JCC opens in Kiev with help from JDC

November 1, 2016 JTA) — The Ukrainian capital of Kiev, where Jewish cultural life has largely revolved around the city’s synagogues, opened its first American-style Jewish community center. Hundreds of guests attended the opening ceremony Tuesday for the Halom JCC in central Kiev, where it is expected to serve thousands of community members every month, […]

Kiev Orthodox and Greek-Catholics excluded from the Inter-religious Council of Crimea

Nina Achmatova The decision of the Russian authorities on Black Sea peninsula sparks debate. The Crimea is adapting to Russian legislation, which recognizes only  ‘traditional’ Buddhism, Judaism, Orthodoxy and Islam. Moscow (AsiaNews) – After a year and a half of discussions, the Russian authorities in Crimea – Ukrainian peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014, following […]

Commentary: The stunning audacity of Putin’s cash demands

By William E. Pomeranz The standard policy prescription for Washington’s dealings with Russia is situational: Agree to disagree on certain issues, but try to find areas where cooperation is possible. The areas where the two nations can cooperate, however, have drastically diminished over the past week. The United States on October 7 demanded a war crimes […]

How Rabbi Nahman’s grave in Uman was saved from Soviet urban renewal.

by Ben Bresky October 25, ’16 (the article was published on the JPost’s pay site several weeks ago, and only made generally available today) While the Breslov movement is known for upholding the sanctity of the Land of Israel, the High Holy Days are times of judgment, when the faithful leave their familiar routine to […]

A Jewish celebration in Kazan

 A predominantly Muslim city, its residents are proud of their ability to coexist with their fellow Jews and Christians. Having fun at a pre-Shabbat gathering at the annual Limmud FSU Kazan Volga- Urals region conference. (photo credit:SARAH LEVI) Kazan, despite its relative global obscurity, is the capital city of Tatarstan, nestled on the Volga River […]