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New chief rabbis appointed for Vilna and Lithuania

Rabbi Kalev Krelin and Rabbi Shimshon Daniel Isaacson appointed by unanimous vote of European Council for Rabbis. By Yoni Kempinski First Publish: 1/31/2016 In an unanimous vote by the European Council of Rabbis, Rabbi Kalev Krelin and Rabbi Shimshon Daniel Isaacson have been selected as the new chief rabbis of Lithuania and Vilna. Following the appointment, Rabbi Pinchas […]

Ukrainian legislator toasts Adolf Hitler

A video of a Ukrainian opposition lawmaker saluting Adolf Hitler made its way online this weekend, only days after his country’s president apologized for Ukrainian collaborators’ role in the Holocaust during a state visit to Israel. In the video, Artyom Vitko, the former commander of the government backed Luhansk-1 Battalion and now a member of […]

PM Netanyahu to Ukrainian President Poroshenko during special Knesset session: ”We appreciate your efforts to protect the rights of your country`s Jews in the face of anti-Semitism”

During Wednesday`s special Knesset session in honor of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said ”Like you, we are an ancient nation, but our country is young, and we want to experience the future together while cooperating in [the fields of] culture, technology and medicine.” Netanyahu mentioned that at the end of next […]

SPONSORED: Meet the Jewish woman who’s reinventing the Museum of the Jewish People

This article is kicking off a series on Jewish migration that is being sponsored by the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, the sole institution anywhere in the world devoted to sharing the complete story of the Jewish people with millions of visitors from all walks of life. To learn more about the musem, click […]

Syria: Russia’s shameful failure to acknowledge civilian killings

Russian air strikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas, striking homes, a mosque and a busy market, as well as medical facilities, in a pattern of attacks that show evidence of violations of international humanitarian law, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. ‘Civilian objects […]

Ukrainian president to ‘Post’: We do not allow Russia to affect our ties with Israel

Petro Poroshenko declines to comment on a statement by his Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, asserting that vandalism against Jewish sites were meant to “destabilize” Ukraine. Both Jerusalem and Kiev face similar existential challenges from their neighbors, visiting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asserted Tuesday during an official state visit. Although Israel and Ukraine have different histories, […]

Review of new book on Soviet Jewry movement, “Let My People Go”

         It’s easier to say what “Let My People Go” is not than exactly what it is.  It’s not a page-turning narrative of the Soviet Jewry movement from both within the USSR and in the West, such as Gal Beckerman’s “When They Come For US We’ll Be Gone” or Phil Spiegel’s “Triumph Over […]

Ukrainian government returns Torahs confiscated by Communists

“This is a real miracle of Hanukka,” says Brodsky Choral Synagogue’s Rabbi Moshe Azman. UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS return the Torah scrolls to the Brodsky Choral Synagogue in Kiev on Thursday.. (photo credit:ROMAN VILENSKI) They came dancing into the Brodsky Choral Synagogue, a giant Romanesque building in downtown Kiev, tallit-covered Torah scrolls in their arms. Some 80 […]

In Azerbaijan, Muslims and Jews Are Allies

JNS.org – No country in Eurasia has closer or warmer ties with Israel than Azerbaijan. The relationship between the two countries is particularly surprising because Azerbaijan is a majority-Muslim country. But the reasons for this close relationship lie in the longstanding friendship between Azerbaijanis and Jews living in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan, a predominantly Shi’a Muslim country, is also […]