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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 […]

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 […]