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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 […]

4 arrested in beating of Chabad rabbi in Ukraine

October 19, 2016 (JTA) – Police in Ukraine arrested four suspects, including two teenagers, in the beating of a rabbi in the western city of Zhitomir earlier this month. The suspects in the Oct. 7 beating of Mendel Deitsch, 63, were apprehended Sunday at a bus station in the city, which they planned to flee […]

Gorbachev Says Tensions Between U.S., Russia At ‘Dangerous Point’

October 11, 2016 – RFE/RL Former Soviet leader and Nobel laureate Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that the world has reached a “dangerous point” as tensions between Russia and the United States have soared over the Syria conflict. Relations between Moscow and Washington — already at a post-Cold War low over the Ukraine conflict — have […]

Dwindling at home, Central Asia’s Bukharian Jews thrive in Diaspora

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (JTA) — As a new immigrant with little savings and no guaranteed income, Mikhail Davidov had no hope of getting a mortgage to buy the $900,000 house in Queens, New York, he now calls home. Luckily for Davidov, a 42-year-old hairdresser who immigrated to New York six years ago from Uzbekistan, he never […]

Rabbi Attacked in Ukraine Airlifted to Israel in Serious but Stable Condition

Rabbi Mendel Deitsch is undergoing treatment at Tel Hashomer Hospital in Ramat Gan By Chabad.org Staff   |   October 8, 2016 Rabbi Mendel Deitsch JERUSALEM—A Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi who was found badly beaten in the central train station in Zhitomir, Ukraine, on Friday was airlifted to Israel by emergency medical transport, and remains in serious but stable condition at […]

American pastor’s ministry facing closure under Russia’s new anti-evangelism law

Lorraine Caballero      05 October, 2016 12:10 PM An American pastor’s ministry in Russia is facing its end after he was charged with violating the country’s anti-evangelism law under its new anti-terror legislation. Donald Ossewaarde, 55, is the first American who has been charged under Russia’s new anti-terror laws. The “Yarovaya” legislation has a […]

Rabbi Brutally Beaten in Zhitomir, Ukraine

Jewish community asks for prayers; motive for the attack remains unknown By Chabad.org Staff   |   October 7, 2016 The central train station in Zhitomir, Ukraine, where a Chabad rabbi was attacked on Friday morning. (Google Photo) A rabbi was found badly beaten this morning in the western Ukrainian city of Zhitomir. With the onset of Shabbat there, Jewish community […]

At Babi Yar Memorial, a Tenor of Somber Acknowledgement

As ceremonies in Kiev commemorating the victims of the Babi Yar massacre draw to a close, a number of speeches by Ukrainian dignitaries have brought the atrocity into a clear, historical focus By Vladislav Davidzon September 30, 2016 Though the Babi Yar 75th anniversary commemoration events in Kiev are slated to continue for at least […]