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4 synagogues open in former Soviet Union ahead of Rosh Hashanah

September 15, 2017 (JTA) — Ahead of the Jewish New Year, four Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union celebrated the opening of synagogues in an effort to boost cultural and spiritual activities for congregants or commemorate Jewish heritage. Of the synagogues that were opened in recent weeks in Russia, Ukraine and Lithuania, the most […]

Firebomb hurled at Russian Jewish group’s Moscow offices

September 13, 2017  (JTA) — A firebombing at the Moscow offices of the largest Jewish organization in Russia caused minimal damage and no injuries. Footage from the incident Monday night at the offices of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia showed a person whose facial features are not clearly visible throwing the firebomb and […]

UCSJ STATEMENT

The Deputy Ministry of Culture of Ukraine informed us that the Ministry did not do anything since 1994 US-Agreement for the cultural heritage protection and preservation since the 1994 Agreement  was signed.  Considering the all troubles we have faced for so many years because of refusing by the State Central and local administrations to carry […]

Belarus: Local community approved construction atop former Jewish cemetery–Statement

September 4, 2017 (JTA) — Authorities in Belarus defended a court’s authorization of controversial construction atop what used to be a Jewish cemetery. The Belarus foreign ministry on Sunday said the local Jewish community of Gomel in southeastern Belarus approved of the plan because it is impossible to pinpoint where the bones are buried, in […]

Firebombs hit studio of Russian-Jewish film director reviled by nationalists

September 1, 2017 Director Alexei Uchitel at the St. Petersburg International Media Forum, Oct. 10, 2014. (Kristina Nikishina/Getty Images for SPIMF) (JTA) – Firebombs were hurled at the studio of a renowned Russian-Jewish film director who is reviled by some nationalists for his controversial depiction of the love affair between Russia’s last czar and a […]

Lithuanian troops train at former concentration camp where 5,000 Jews are buried

By Cnaan Liphshiz August 31, 2017 A film crew preparing to record at the former concentration camp known as the Seventh Fort in Kaunas, Lithuania, on July 12, 2016. (JTA/Cnaan Liphshiz) (JTA) — Lithuanian soldiers pitched tents on the grounds of a former concentration camp for Jews in Kaunas, where they are training to fight Russian […]

Soviet-Era Program Gives Even Unoppressed Immigrants an Edge

By MIRIAM JORDAN AUG. 26, 2017 From left, the brothers Pavlo, Ivor, Davyd and Peter Davydyuk packing up materials and props for a church camp where they are counselors in Vancouver, Wash. The Davydyuk family arrived from Ukraine in May. Credit Leah Nash for The New York Times VANCOUVER, Wash. — Growing up in the 1970s and ’80s […]

Jewish cemetery in Ukraine vandalized

Chabad says 20 headstones toppled or smashed in western Ukrainian city of Svaliava, calls on authorities to take action By Times of Israel staff  August 24, 2017 Some 20 headstones were recently overturned and smashed the Jewish cemetery of Svaliava, Ukraine. (Chabad.org) A Jewish cemetery in western Ukraine was vandalized, with some 20 headstones toppled or […]

On Birthright, Russians and Ukrainians bond over Jewish identity

ByTamara Zieve August 22, 2017 Of the 3,100 Russian-speaking Birthright participants who visited Israel this summer, 800 were Ukrainian and 1,800 were Russian.   UKRAINIAN JEWISH students, including some from Russian-occupied Crimea, enjoy themselves during a Birthright trip to Israel this week.. (photo credit:Courtesy) As the war in Donbass that began more than three years […]

Great Synagogue of Vilna’s Jewish Ritual Baths, Destroyed in Holocaust, Found by Archaeologists

The Nazis burned and looted the synagogue but it was the Russians who knocked it down as they set out to eradicate Jewish memories in Lithuania after WWII. by Ruth Schuster Aug 17, 2017 Tiled floor of a mikve in the Great Synagogue of Vilna Jon Seligman                 An international team of archaeologists has unearthed […]