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Limmud FSU goes back to Galicia, to build a Jewish future

LVIV, Ukraine — They were driven out of their homes, communities and traditional ways of life by a vicious war machine with genocidal ambitions. These Jews headed east and west, north and south, surviving that most terrible of tragedies. Then they rose from the ashes, their numbers greatly reduced, in a cultural renaissance that brought […]

Russian rabbi slams demand that Jews condemn Ukrainian oligarch

(JTA) — A senior Russian rabbi accused the country’s Communist Party of “vulgar and primitive anti-Semitism” after it demanded that Russian Jews condemn a Ukrainian Jewish oligarch. Rabbi Boruch Gorin, a spokesman for and adviser to Rabbi Berel Lazar, a chief rabbi of Russia, on Wednesday said the request in a letter from two Communist […]

Russians accuse Kiev of hiding crimes against Jews

Jewish leaders from Odessa have disputed the reports of anti-Semitic attacks, stating that no such incidents had occurred and that they had not experienced any rise in anti-Semitism. Pushing back against accusations that it is inflating the prevalence of anti-Semitism in Ukraine as part of the conflict between the two countries, Russia last week asserted […]

CRIMEA: “All our priests and nuns will have to leave by the 2014 year end”

Forum 18 Archive: CRIMEA: “All our priests and nuns will have to leave by the 2014 year end” – 3 November 2014 By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service Russia’s Federal Migration Service is not extending residence permits for foreign citizens who have been working for Crimean religious communities, leaving Simferopol’s Roman Catholic parish without […]

Crimea religious communities face persecution, legal restrictions

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March, religious groups there — aside from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) — are facing persecution, and restrictions on their ministries. Religious communities in Crimea face an uncertain legal framework and are unsure of what laws must be observed. Catholics, Muslims and Ukrainian Orthodox of the Kyiv Patriarchate […]

Study analyzing ethnicity of Russia’s wealthiest ripped for singling out Jews

(JTA) — A member of Russia’s Human Rights Council slammed a news website that said that nearly a quarter of Russia’s top billionaires are Jews. Nikolai Svanidze of the council, a Kremlin-affiliated body with no executive powers, made the condemnation last week against Lenta.ru, which analyzed according to faith and ethnicity the Forbes list for […]

Ukraine crisis deepens after rebel vote in east

(Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of his security chiefs for Tuesday to discuss new ways of dealing with the separatist challenge in the east after rebel elections that were denounced by Kiev and the West. The rogue votes, which Kiev says Russia encouraged, could create a new “frozen conflict” in […]

CRIMEA: Guns, weapons, drugs – and religious literature

By Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service Crimea’s acting Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov has ordered a moratorium on raids, searches and literature confiscations until 1 January 2015. Before it there were many raids on libraries, schools, political organisations, Muslim homes, mosques and madrassahs, and Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Halls, Forum 18 News Service notes. Fines for […]

Moscow Tear Gas Attack Shows Rise of Anti-Semitism in Putin Era

Moscow Tear Gas Attack Shows Rise of Anti-Semitism in Putin Era – Forward.com By David E. Fishman On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, a group of five or six men disrupted a Jewish concert in the Great Hall of Moscow’s International Music House with a tear gas attack. A half-hour into the program, the […]

Canada’s religious freedom ambassador accuses Russia of kidnapping Christians in Ukraine

Canada’s religious freedom ambassador is bound for Ukraine and says Russian President Vladimir Putin is orchestrating the persecution of Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Muslim Tatars. Andrew Bennett’s one-week, fact-finding mission begins Monday in Kyiv, where he meets religious leaders and government officials, among others. He is also expected to announce a package of Canadian government […]