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Omaha woman who helped resettle persecuted Soviet Jews dies at 94

Shirley Goldstein kept red licorice near the door for visitors. She decorated statues outside her home for the holidays, and called each of her grandchildren “Cookie.” And throughout the 1970s and ’80s, she thumbed her nose at the Soviet Union, smuggling contraband across its borders and helping to resettle Soviet Jews who weren’t allowed to […]

Holocaust cabaret in Kiev theater outrages Ukrainian Jews

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, a display sign was hung in front of a theater in the capital of Ukraine, in anticipation of a new play telling the story of John Demjanjuk, who was convicted of helping to murder Jews in Sobibor; following the harsh criticism, the theater’s managers removed the sign. Itamar Eichner April 25, […]

Holocaust memorial vandalized in western Ukraine

March 27, 2017 (JTA) — Nazi symbols were spray-painted on a monument to Holocaust victims in Ukraine that was erected near their mass graves. The letter X was painted on the Star of David emblazoned on the monument near the western city of Ternopil. A swastika was drawn on the Hebrew-language section of the monument […]

Russian-Jewish filmmakers immortalize murdered Putin critic as ‘Boris Nemtsov, Jew’

Assassinated outside the Kremlin, the dissenting politician has become something of a cult figure and is the subject of films, poetry and song By Julie Masis  April 8, 2017 Two years on, Russia hasn’t forgotten the tragic murder outside the Kremlin of Boris Nemtsov, the Jewish anti-Putin politician. He’s become something of a cult figure […]

US Chabad rabbi loses appeal against deportation from Russia

Local Lubavitch leader calls it a ‘dark day’ for Jews as emissary in Sochi deemed threat to national security By JTA March 29, 2017 Ari Edelkopf and wife Chana in 2009 in Sochi, Russia. (Courtesy of Federation of Jewish Communities) A Russian appeals court affirmed an expulsion order issued against an American rabbi working in […]

Thousands Of Russians Take To Streets In Biggest Anti-government Protests In Years

Thousands turned out in Moscow and other cities in protest, demanding the prime minister’s resignation. Police arrested organizer, anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny. LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Thousands of Russians have taken to the streets of Moscow and other cities in the biggest anti-government protests in years. The demonstrators were demanding the resignation of the country’s prime […]

Russia’s Protests Explained: Why Rubber Ducks, Sneakers Are at Demonstrations

by ALEXEY EREMENKO MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has not dipped below 80 percent in years. And yet police detained more than 1,000 people in Moscow on Sunday during an unexpected surge of street protests that spanned 82 Russian cities — with demonstrators carrying sneakers, rubber ducks and painting their faces green. […]

Preparing for Passover in Ukraine’s last shtetl

By Cnaan LiphshizMarch 21, 2017 Bronia Feldman visiting the synagogue of Bershad, Ukraine, March 9, 2017. (Cnaan Liphshiz) BERSHAD, Ukraine (JTA) — At first glance, this drab town 160 miles south of Kiev seems nearly identical to the settlements that dot the poverty-stricken district of Vinnitsa. Shrouded in a seemingly permanent cloud of smoke from wood fires […]

RUSSIA: Jehovah’s Witness activity largely halted

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 Russia has summarily suspended most Jehovah’s Witness activities. UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai told Forum 18: “The Russian government is claiming that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are an extremist group, but in fact it’s their move to ban them outright that appears to be extreme.” As Jehovah’s Witnesses await a Supreme […]

Lithuania: Take a stick and beat the Jew-thing

Lithuanian city holds end-of-winter festival, sends anti-Semitic invitations. The mayor of a Lithuanian city invited residents to a party in honor of a local holiday – and included anti-Semitism on the invitation. During the holiday, local residents “chase away” the winter, but Jewish residents of the town say the anti-Semitic undertones grow stronger every year, […]