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Bones unearthed during contested dig at former Jewish cemetery in Ukraine

LVIV, Ukraine (JTA) — City workers in a Ukraine city suspended their digging at a former Jewish cemetery amid controversy over the unearthing of human remains at the site. Pieces of skull and limbs were among the bones discovered last week at the Old Jewish Cemetery of Lviv, in western Ukraine, where diggers with heavy […]

Trump Shock: Some Thoughts from Tel Aviv

the evening of November 8th, I went to the Election Night Celebration in Tel Aviv hosted by American Ambassador Dan Shapiro and Ms. Julie Fisher, at the upscale Dan Panorama Hotel near Jaffa.  One of the topics of conversation was how long would the Ambassador stay until President Clinton would decide to appoint her own […]

Russia-Israel treaty will entitle olim to pension funds

by Tamara Zieve The treaty applies to every immigrant who worked for at least one year in Russia or Russian territory. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 21, 2016. (photo credit:REUTERS) Russia and Israel have signed a treaty that will enable immigrants from […]

American-style JCC opens in Kiev with help from JDC

November 1, 2016 JTA) — The Ukrainian capital of Kiev, where Jewish cultural life has largely revolved around the city’s synagogues, opened its first American-style Jewish community center. Hundreds of guests attended the opening ceremony Tuesday for the Halom JCC in central Kiev, where it is expected to serve thousands of community members every month, […]

How Rabbi Nahman’s grave in Uman was saved from Soviet urban renewal.

by Ben Bresky October 25, ’16 (the article was published on the JPost’s pay site several weeks ago, and only made generally available today) While the Breslov movement is known for upholding the sanctity of the Land of Israel, the High Holy Days are times of judgment, when the faithful leave their familiar routine to […]

A Jewish celebration in Kazan

 A predominantly Muslim city, its residents are proud of their ability to coexist with their fellow Jews and Christians. Having fun at a pre-Shabbat gathering at the annual Limmud FSU Kazan Volga- Urals region conference. (photo credit:SARAH LEVI) Kazan, despite its relative global obscurity, is the capital city of Tatarstan, nestled on the Volga River […]

4 arrested in beating of Chabad rabbi in Ukraine

October 19, 2016 (JTA) – Police in Ukraine arrested four suspects, including two teenagers, in the beating of a rabbi in the western city of Zhitomir earlier this month. The suspects in the Oct. 7 beating of Mendel Deitsch, 63, were apprehended Sunday at a bus station in the city, which they planned to flee […]

Dwindling at home, Central Asia’s Bukharian Jews thrive in Diaspora

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (JTA) — As a new immigrant with little savings and no guaranteed income, Mikhail Davidov had no hope of getting a mortgage to buy the $900,000 house in Queens, New York, he now calls home. Luckily for Davidov, a 42-year-old hairdresser who immigrated to New York six years ago from Uzbekistan, he never […]

Rabbi Brutally Beaten in Zhitomir, Ukraine

Jewish community asks for prayers; motive for the attack remains unknown By Chabad.org Staff   |   October 7, 2016 The central train station in Zhitomir, Ukraine, where a Chabad rabbi was attacked on Friday morning. (Google Photo) A rabbi was found badly beaten this morning in the western Ukrainian city of Zhitomir. With the onset of Shabbat there, Jewish community […]