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Two Russian Compounds, Caught Up in History’s Echoes

By MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT DEC. 29, 2016 The Long Island retreat called Killenworth that was once the home of George duPont Pratt. The estate is often nearly empty, according to law enforcement officials, inhabited year-round by just a few Russian caretakers. Credit Johnny Milano for The New York Times WASHINGTON — A […]

Vienna rabbis condemn Russia’s chief rabbi for meeting head of Austria’s Freedom Party

December 27, 2016 (JTA) — Rabbis in Vienna condemned the chief rabbi of Russia for meeting the head of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party. Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar met this week with Heinz-Christian Strache and his delegation at his office in Moscow, the UK Jewish News reported. The meeting came two weeks after the Freedom […]

Donbass refugees celebrate third Hanukka in Kiev

Members of scattered Jewish community remain strongly connected despite distance between them. {To see video, click on http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Donbass-refugees-celebrate-third-Hanukka-in-Kiev-476623 – G.R} (Jewish refugees of Ukraine’s Donbass region celebrate Hanukka at the Khreschatyk Hotel in Kiev on Dec. 25, 2016) KIEV – Dozens of Jewish refugees from the war in Donbass celebrated the second night of Hanukka on […]

Kiev summons Israeli envoy to protest cancellation of its PM’s visit

Netanyahu disinvited Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Groysman after his government voted for anti-settlement UN resolution By Raphael Ahren December 26, 2016 Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman (CC BY-SA 3.0, Steven13, via wikipedia) The Foreign Ministry in Kiev on Monday summoned Israel’s ambassador for a dressing-down to protest Jerusalem’s decision to cancel a visit to Israel this […]

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 […]