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‘Shlichut’ under fire: Jewish Agency emissary to Ukraine expects aliya to rise

BySteve Linde 14 January 2017 Roman Polonsky, director of the Jewish Agency’s Department for Russian-speaking Jewry, says aliya from Ukraine has actually tripled in the last three years. UKRAINIAN OLIM prepare to fly to Israel.. (photo credit:SVETLANA MIKHALCHENKO) Although it is hardly reported in the media, two or three and sometimes up to 10 people […]

Lithuania Is Building a Convention Center Over Vilna’s Jewish Cemetery. Here’s How You Can Protest

Locals and top Jewish historians are fighting to prevent the bulldozing of the burial site of one of Europe’s most historic Jewish communities By Yair Rosenberg For centuries, the city of Vilna (today Vilnius) was the center of Jewish life in what was then known as Polish-Lithuania. By the turn of the 20th century, the Lithuanian capital boasted […]

Wiesenthal Center pans Svoboda march but many Ukrainian Jews aren’t worried

While Ukrainian leaders have condemned anti-Semitism, some charge that the government has turned a blind eye to the ascension of racist figures due to their role in combating separatists. JEWS ATTEND the morning prayer at a synagogue in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, earlier this year. (photo credit:REUTERS) A new year’s torchlight march through downtown Ukraine in […]

UCSJ RESPONSE

Our colleague Meylakh Sheykhet in Lvov responds strongly to the article, below, which I posted yesterday.         The article shows that the authorities in Ukraine do not care about preserving the fate of ethnic groups.  The cross in Uman was erected especially to hurt Jews, since the place was chosen exactly next to the bank of […]

Vienna rabbis condemn Russia’s chief rabbi for meeting head of Austria’s Freedom Party

December 27, 2016 (JTA) — Rabbis in Vienna condemned the chief rabbi of Russia for meeting the head of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party. Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar met this week with Heinz-Christian Strache and his delegation at his office in Moscow, the UK Jewish News reported. The meeting came two weeks after the Freedom […]

Donbass refugees celebrate third Hanukka in Kiev

Members of scattered Jewish community remain strongly connected despite distance between them. {To see video, click on http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Donbass-refugees-celebrate-third-Hanukka-in-Kiev-476623 – G.R} (Jewish refugees of Ukraine’s Donbass region celebrate Hanukka at the Khreschatyk Hotel in Kiev on Dec. 25, 2016) KIEV – Dozens of Jewish refugees from the war in Donbass celebrated the second night of Hanukka on […]

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, […]