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…

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…

In the footsteps of the Cantonists

By ROBERT HERSOWITZ July 28, 2016 Those who had survived the 25 years of forced conscription in the tsar’s army were brought to be reintegrated into Jewish life. Most knew nothing about their heritage or religion. Two Jewish boys conscripted into the tsar’s Army, in Lithuania in the late 19th…
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