Ukraine’s Jews praise easing of Israeli immigration policy

Jewish community leaders from eastern Ukraine on Thursday praised Israel’s decision to ease immigration requirements for refugees fleeing their country’s ongoing civil war, painting the move as a much needed humanitarian gesture. Last week, the Interior Ministry’s Population, Immigration and Borders Authority issued an internal directive relaxing rules requiring certain…

Ukrainian Chief Rabbi skeptical of government aliyah plan

Ukrainian Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich on Monday expressed skepticism over Jerusalem’s new plan to encourage immigration from Europe. Speaking with The Jerusalem Post by phone from Kiev, Bleich questioned the necessity for the program, asserting that he feels it would be ineffective in increasing aliya from his country.According to reports in…

Visiting Kiev’s wounded in Jerusalem

by Jeremy Borovitz (JTA)- Artem Zaptotski, from Lutsk, in western Ukraine, sits in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, sharing his room with a French Hasid. Seeing that I speak Hebrew and wear a kippah, the Hasid asks if he should encourage Zaptotski to put on tefillin. No, I tell him. Zaptotski…

Here come the Subbotnik Jews

by Michael Freund Just in time for Purim, when we celebrate the ancient deliverance of the Jewish people, a long-suffering Jewish community has received some remarkably good tidings. After nearly a decade of bureaucratic torment and agony, the remaining Subbotnik Jews of the former Soviet Union will at last be…

Israel, Georgia Sign Economic Cooperation Agreement

by Joshua Levitt Israel and the Caucasus Mountains nation of Georgia that is on-track to deepen its economic integration into the European Union signed a bilateral economic cooperation agreement on Tuesday, creating a commission to expand commercial relations and lower trade barriers. At the start of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin…