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Tribute to Marillyn Tallman by Pam Cohen, former UCSJ President

A great light has gone out. None of us can or will be the same without Marillyn Tallman in this world. She left her mark on all of us. Her work for her people was unrelenting. After the Holocaust, she worked with Abe Sachar to bring in refugees from Europe on student visas…one of those […]

UCSJ Ukraine Bureau Director Promotes Jewish Cultural Preservation in Lviv, Officials Respond

Recently, officials in Lviv, Ukraine have announced that they will no longer use Jewish headstones as paving materials. In 1947, Soviet authorities built a local market using Jewish headstones as pavement for it. Meylakh Sheykhet, UCSJ’s Ukraine Bureau Director, was instrumental in lobbying for the headstones’ removal. The gravestones will be transferred to the only remaining […]

Chabad Rejects Proposal from Putin to Put Chabad Collection in Russian Jewish Museum

JTA– Chabad rejected a proposal by Russian President Vladimir Putin that a disputed collection of books and documents be kept at a Jewish museum in Moscow. The New York-based religious movement, responding Thursday to the suggestion floated by Putin earlier this week, insisted that Russian authorities immediately hand over the so-called Chabad Library. “The collection […]

Ukraine’s Three Most Generous Philanthropists are Jewish

(JTA) — Ukraine’s three most generous philanthropists are Jewish, according to a local business magazine. In ranking the country’s top 10 charitable donors for 2012, the Lviv-based Galytski Kontrakty weekly put 46-year-old businessman Rinat Akhmetov in the top slot for giving the equivalent of $19 million to build an oncology research center. Akhmetov, the son of a […]

Bishop Hopes to Build a Jewish Cultural Center in Armenia, Research 13th Century Jewish Roots

Public Radio of Armenia– Rebecca Miller, a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia, was skeptical when Bishop Abraham Mkrtchyan approached her about starting a Jewish culture center alongside a medieval Jewish cemetery in the village of Yeghegis. “I had… noted that there was not much in the way of diversity in the area and couldn’t imagine […]

Russia and U.S. Continue Dispute over Chabad-Lubavitch Texts

JPOST– Russia has criticized a US judge’s ruling in a longstanding dispute over a collection of Jewish writings, warning of potential retaliation in an irate statement that reflected strained ties with the United States. A judge in Washington on Wednesday ordered Russia to pay $50,000 a day in fines for failure to adhere to a […]

Ukrainian Officials Threaten Owner of Jewish International TV Channel

JTA – Vadim Rabinovich, the owner of the Jewish international TV channel JN1, charged that Ukrainian officials are trying to take over the station and have threatened him. The Kyiv Post weekly on Jan. 21 quoted a statement by the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress – an organization headed by Rabinovich – as reading, “A senior official […]

Masha Sergeeva: Using Art to Promote Modern Jewish Culture

JDC– Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia in the years after the fall of Communism, Masha Sergeeva, 21, grew up with limited understanding of—or pride in—her Jewish identity. That’s all changed now. “My uncle, my mom’s brother was a refusnik, and went to Israel in the first aliyah in the ‘80s,” explains Masha. “But my mom worked as an engineer at a […]

Bar Mitzvah Celebrated 70 Years Later in Ukrainian Town

From Israel National News– By David Lev For the first time since before World War II, the small Jewish community in the Ukrainian town of Netishin held prayer services – and celebrated the Bar-Mitzvah of the grandson of the community’s last rabbi, 70 years after it had been scheduled to take place. The religious revival […]

Moldovan Jewish Community Denied Right to Install Hanukkah Menorah in Capital

The JC– On the wall of an inconspicuous building in a side street in Chisinau, the capital of the former Soviet Republic of Moldova, a plaque reads: “Glaziers synagogue — middle of the 19th century.” This is the only remaining working synagogue in a city which boasted 77 synagogues before 1940. Chief Rabbi Zalman Abelsky, […]