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World leaders demand answers after airliner downed over Ukraine with 298 dead

by Anton Zverev (Reuters) – World leaders called for a rapid investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine and justice for nearly 300 deaths that could mark a pivotal moment in deteriorating relations between Russia and the West. As Ukraine sought to rally international support against Russia, two U.S. officials […]

Shaken by Ukraine’s turmoil, Kiev Jews form self-defense force

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — At an empty Chabad school near the banks of the Dnieper River here in Ukraine’s capital city, six uniformed Jews with handguns and bulletproof vests are practicing urban warfare. Leading the May 21 training is a brawny man who at irregular intervals barks Hebrew-language commands at the men to test their […]

UCSJ: “Building up Tolerance”

The project “Building up Tolerance: A Grassroots Approach to Strengthening the U.S.-Russian Dialogue By Fostering the Relationship Between American and Russian NGOs” has been designed by peer organizations from the USA and Russia, Union of Councils for Jews form the Former Soviet Union (UCSJ)[1] and Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG)[2]. Both share a long history of […]

UCSJ President Lawrence Lerner featured by Woman Around Town

Lawrence I. Lerner, A Jewish Activist Supporting Human Rights in Eurasia and Beyond Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by Marina P. Kennedy on Living Around Larry Lerner has never been one to avoid conflicts. In fact, two themes have run through his life and career as an attorney. As he built a preeminent intellectual property firm in New Jersey, […]

Pilgrims leave Uman amid reports of heavy damage to property

(JTA) — Thousands of Jewish pilgrims are leaving Ukraine, where their weeklong stay in Uman resulted in a fire, power shortages, a sewage flood and several arrests. In one incident, three Israeli police officers who were sent to Uman to help police the estimated 26,000 Jewish pilgrims who congregate every year ahead of the Jewish New […]

Largest Jewish Community Center to Open in Siberia

JTA - An open-air concert by Israeli musicians will be featured at the opening ceremony of what is being called the largest Jewish community center in Siberia, Russia. Hundreds are expected to attend Wednesday’s opening in Novosibirsk of the Beit Machem Center. According to Rabbi Zalman Zaklas, the city’s chief rabbi and emissary for the Chabad-Lubavitch […]

The Extremism and Xenophobia of Ukraine’s Svoboda (Freedom) Party

by Leonid Stonov, International Director August 2013 More than half a year has passed since the nationalist, right-wing, extremist party “Svoboda” (“Freedom”) became one of the main Ukrainian parties that crossed the parliamentary barrier and had a representative in a high position – vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament). What has happened to Ukraine? […]

Cross Defaced Opposite Grave of Rabbi Nachman in Uman, Ukraine

(JTA) — A cross near the gravesite of a Jewish sage in Uman, Ukraine, was defaced with a Hebrew inscription. Hebrew graffiti was discovered Aug. 12 on a cross opposite the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the 18th century founder of the Breslov hasidic movement, the Ukrainian news site allday.in.ua reported “To exact vengeance on the […]

Russian Human Rights Council Reviewing Jewish Teacher’s Sentence

Ilya Farber, a Jewish schoolteacher, recently was sentenced to seven years in labor camp and fined a large sum after being convicted of corruption. Many believe his trial was unfair and that he was persecuted for his Jewish background. The prosecutor in Farber’s initial trial said to the jury “Is it possible for a person […]

Rabbi Shot In Russia Discharged from Israeli Hospital

JTA reports that shot Chabad rabbi has been released from Rabin Medical Center in Petach Tivkah after having surgery to repair his liver. Rabbi Artur Ovadia Isakov, 40, was shot on July 24th while heading home in Derbent. Authorities believe it was an antisemitic attack by Muslim extremists. Isakov intends to return to Derbent as […]