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The Diverse Culture of Chernivtsi, Ukraine and its ‘Cinegogue’

In Maria Danilova’s article “Journey Through Time in Ukraine’s Little Paris,” she describes the rich history that is still alive in the city of Chernivtsi, Ukraine today. Before WWII, this city had several dozen synagogues, and about one third of its population was Jewish. Today, Jewish residents make up only about 2 percent of the […]

Human Rights Groups in Russia Firmly Against New ‘Foreign Agent’ Law

Human rights groups in Russia are standing firmly against the new ‘Foreign Agent’ law as it goes into effect. This law requires nonprofit groups that receive any funding from outside Russia to label themselves as “foreign agents.” In addition, it expands the legal definition of treason to include “providing financial, technical, advisory or other assistance […]

Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky Discuss 1987 March on Washington for Soviet Jewry

At the this year’s General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky, former Soviet Refusenik, discussed the historical significance of the Sunday, December 6, 1987 march on Washington for Soviet Jewry. This 1987 march was the largest American Jewish demonstration in history, with over […]

Russian Activist Razvozzhayev’s Plea Denied

Russian activist Leonid Razvozzhayev’s plea to cancel a lower court’s decision to keep him in pre-trial custody was rejected last week, according to Voice of America. He is currently being held in Moscow. Razvozzhayev is a member of the radical leftist party Left Front that has taken part in anti-governmental protests since last year. He is […]

Visitors React to New Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow

The recently opened Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow has left many Russian Jewish visitors in awe at its touching detail, depth and honesty regarding the experience of Russian Jews throughout the centuries. Israeli President Shimon Peres, born in Belarus, said at the opening ceremony, “My mother sang to me in Russian, and at […]

Belarusian Political Prisoners

Yesterday, EU Commissioner Fule met with the wives of Belarusian political prisoners Mikalai Autukhovich and Alex Bialiatski to express the EU’s support for their husbands’ fight for democracy. Commissioner Fule stated,  “I fully understand the personal suffering of your husbands and your families. I call once more on the Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally […]

Israeli President on State Visit to Russia, Inaugurates Jewish Museum

Today, Israeli President Shimon Peres inaugurated the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as part of his state visit to the Russian Federation. It is one of the biggest Jewish museums in the world and has been partially financed by President Vladimir Putin and billionaire Viktor Vekselberg. At […]

United Russia Lawmaker Resigns After Stating He Wanted to Cut Benefits for Holocaust Survivors

Andrei Yershov, a Russian lawmaker and member of President Putin’s ruling United Russia party, has stepped down after making controversial comments regarding his outrage at continuing free public transportation in Russia for Holocaust survivors. In a heated October 16th council debate, he asked “why is it that we owe anything [to the prisoners]? continuing, “Why? […]

Please Help Valery Senderov Pay For Medical Treatment

Valery Senderov, a courageous human rights activist, mathematician, teacher and writer, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at 67. Senderov has three young children, and is unable to afford the medical treatment that he needs. In the 1970’s, Senderov monitored and exposed the systematic antisemitism that pervaded the Mathematics Department of Moscow University. Talented, qualified students consistently […]

European Jewish Association Calls for Protection of Jews after anti-Semitic Party Wins 12% of Seats in Ukraine Parliament

The anti-Semitic Ukrainian party Svoboda won 12.3 percent of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, making it clear that they will be well represented in Ukraine’s parliament. Several anti-Semitic attacks, such as the torching of synagogues, Jewish cultural centers and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, have been linked to party members of Svoboda. In addition […]