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Why Tajikistan’s Last Jews Are Staying Put Despite Waves of Change

The secret synagogue of Tajikistan is not hard to find once you know where to look. Like much in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s small and humdrum capital, the building is on a street whose name no one uses and where few strangers venture. From the outside it could be just another upscale house with a lush courtyard, […]

Revisiting Rabin’s ancestral home in Ukraine – 20 years after the assassination

Limmud FSU founder located the birthplace of late prime minister’s father, even though the Rabin family thought it impossible. A memorial tablet carrying the bronze image of Nechemia Rabin flanked by his two children, Yitzhak and Rachel. (photo credit:Courtesy) SYDOROVYCHI, Ukraine – Four days ago, on November 4, exactly on the 20th anniversary of the […]

Mission Accomplished

Notwithstanding the old adage that behind every great man there stands a great woman, too many great men forget to acknowledge the women who walked with them in the wilderness and who shared the struggle in the days before the glory. Not so Isi Leibler, a former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, […]

Kosher Kingpin Launches Halel Meat Empire

He’s cornered the Jewish market. Now Pinhas Slobodnik is expanding his empire to Muslims — 11 percent of Russia’s populace BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ October 5, 2015 MOSCOW (JTA) — At Russia’s largest kosher food factory, owner Pinhas Slobodnik welcomes his Muslim workers with a greeting in Arabic that he pronounces in a thick Russian accent. Some 120 […]

Russian rabbi: Flagging of Jewish group adding to community’s insecurity

September 29, 2015 (JTA) — A senior Russian rabbi condemned the government’s listing of a Jewish welfare group as a foreign agent, calling it part of a policy which is making Jews insecure of their future in Russia. Boruch Gorin, a Chabad rabbi who acts as a senior aide to Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and as […]

Russia lists JDC-funded cultural group among ‘foreign agents’

(JTA) — Russia’s Justice Ministry placed a Jewish cultural association with ties to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee on its list of nongovernmental organizations defined as “foreign agents.” The Hesed-Tshuva group, which is based in the city of Ryazan located 120 miles south of Moscow, was placed on the list on Sept. 11, according to […]

Russia Fined $44 Million for Refusing to Hand Over Jewish Books

By GRAHAM BOWLEY In a decision likely to prolong a Russian ban on lending art to American museums, a federal judge on Thursdayordered Russia to pay a fine of $43.7 million for refusing to return a collection of Jewish books and documents to the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch group. The dispute, long a source of diplomatic tension between […]

Letter from Joel Sandberg

Friends:         Back from Belarus, Latvia, Estina with a report — our colleagues Joel & Adele Sandberg —         – Glenn Richter             Adele and I spent 5 days in Belarus guided by a fantastic couple, Frank and Galina Swartz.. They run 2 non-profits, Eastern European Jewish  Heritage Project assisting  Jewish communities and Voluntas which assists children with disabilities.Thanks to […]

Rights in Russia

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 19 June 2015 [see also as attachment] in English On the harassment of the Dynasty Foundation in Russia Lawyer Ivan Pavlov: military losses in peacetime cannot be state secret Committee Against Torture to renew work from former apartment of Natalya Estemirova General Prosecutor’s Office unable to inspect five organizations regarding ‘undesirable’ […]

Top rebel leader accuses Jews of masterminding Ukrainian revolution

Ukraine’s Jews are responsible for the Euromaidan revolution that ousted their country’s pro-Russian president last year, a senior rebel leader told an audience at a Russian university last week. Ukraine’s Jews are responsible for the Euromaidan revolution that ousted their country’s pro-Russian president last year, a senior rebel leader told an audience at a Russian […]