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Rabbi Brutally Beaten in Zhitomir, Ukraine

Jewish community asks for prayers; motive for the attack remains unknown By 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 […]

IFCJ, JDC to distribute $52 million in humanitarian aid to Jews in former Soviet Union

September 26, 2016 (JTA) — The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has pledged $52 million to provide food and medicine to elderly Jews living in the former Soviet Union through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The Food and Medicine Lifeline, a four-year, $13 million per year commitment, was announced Monday by the IFCJ. […]

Holocaust victims included in Belarus-US pact preserving cultural heritage of ethnic groups

September 22, 2016 (JTA) — Belarus and the United States signed an agreement to preserve and protect the cultural properties of all ethnic groups, including those of Holocaust victims. Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makai and the chair of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, Lesley Weiss, signed the agreement Wednesday at the World […]

Why Uzbekistan’s Jews miss the iron fist of their late ruler

Jews of Uzbekistan insist that late President Islam Karimov’s ruthless and often brutal policies were necessary to keep out radical Islam. Cnaan Liphshiz, 13/09/16 21:54 JTA Yossif Tilayev, the caretaker of the Bukharian synagogue in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, explain Photo: Cnaan Liphshiz Driving through this dusty desert city of many ornate and ancient mosques, Shirin Yakubov […]

Lviv opens Jewish memorial on former historic synagogue

By Cnaan Liphshiz September 5, 2016 MOSCOW (JTA) — The city of Lviv in western Ukraine inaugurated a controversial memorial monument on part of what used to be the Golden Rose Synagogue complex. The inauguration on Sunday, designated the European Day of Jewish Culture, of the Synagogue Space in Lviv was led by Mayor Andriy Sadovy […]

Hope for change in Lithuania

by Efraim Zuroff Let us all hope that the new spirit on display in Moletai will mark the beginning of a new era in Lithuania. Lithuania skyline. (photo credit:REUTERS) MOLETAI, LITHUANIA – If anyone had told me prior to this week’s Holocaust memorial event here that numerous people from all over the country, the majority […]

Jewish Past and Present in Moldova’s Green Capital

Jewish Past and Present in Moldova’s Green Capital A fragile Jewish presence is part of Chisinau’s post-Soviet rebirth Hilary Danailova Travel Writer   Verdant central Chișinău is split at the core by Stefan The Great Boulevard and Stefan the Great Central Park and the Public Whenever we find ourselves someplace my husband regards as particularly […]

Rising Tensions in Ukraine Prompt Hundreds of Jews to Consider Immigration to Israel

Rising Tensions in Ukraine Prompt Hundreds of Jews to Consider Immigration to Israel August 16, 2016 Author: Ukrainian Jews who arrived on a special Fellowship flight to Israel recently. Photo The Fellowship. – The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, or The Fellowship, said that in the last two weeks they have been flooded with […]

Exploring the Jewish heartland of eastern Europe

Ukraine is where Jewish past and present merge in a kaleidoscope of feeling, sight and impression. A MOTORBOAT passes under a footbridge over the Dnieper River in Kiev, Ukraine.. (photo credit:REUTERS) Uman is on the bucket list of many people, and not only Breslov Hassidim. By the tens of thousands, from all points of the […]