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4 synagogues open in former Soviet Union ahead of Rosh Hashanah

September 15, 2017 (JTA) — Ahead of the Jewish New Year, four Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union celebrated the opening of synagogues in an effort to boost cultural and spiritual activities for congregants or commemorate Jewish heritage. Of the synagogues that were opened in recent weeks in Russia, Ukraine and Lithuania, the most […]

UCSJ STATEMENT

The Deputy Ministry of Culture of Ukraine informed us that the Ministry did not do anything since 1994 US-Agreement for the cultural heritage protection and preservation since the 1994 Agreement  was signed.  Considering the all troubles we have faced for so many years because of refusing by the State Central and local administrations to carry […]

Jewish cemetery in Ukraine vandalized

Chabad says 20 headstones toppled or smashed in western Ukrainian city of Svaliava, calls on authorities to take action By Times of Israel staff  August 24, 2017 Some 20 headstones were recently overturned and smashed the Jewish cemetery of Svaliava, Ukraine. (Chabad.org) A Jewish cemetery in western Ukraine was vandalized, with some 20 headstones toppled or […]

On Birthright, Russians and Ukrainians bond over Jewish identity

ByTamara Zieve August 22, 2017 Of the 3,100 Russian-speaking Birthright participants who visited Israel this summer, 800 were Ukrainian and 1,800 were Russian.   UKRAINIAN JEWISH students, including some from Russian-occupied Crimea, enjoy themselves during a Birthright trip to Israel this week.. (photo credit:Courtesy) As the war in Donbass that began more than three years […]

UCSJ REPORT: 2017 UKRAINE ANTISEMITISM REPORT

Manifestations of Antisemitism in Ukraine Monitoring results from January-June 2017   Vyacheslav Likhachev   Violence   There were no known cases of violence on the grounds of antisemitism in January-June 2017. There was one physical confrontation on the grounds of antisemitism, which is described below; however, as it did not end in physical violence towards […]

Antisemitic graffiti targets WZO in Ukraine

ByTamara Zieve July 30, 2017 A monument to Holocaust victims was vandalized with slogans and symbols.   Graffiti targeting the World Zionist Organization (WZO) in north-Western Ukraine.. (photo credit:VLADIMIR MOZICHENKO) Vandals in northwestern Ukraine sprayed Nazi symbols and other antisemitic graffiti that targeted the World Zionist Organization, the organization learned on Sunday. According to the […]

UCSJ UPDATE

We had a great result on July 12th.  With much support of Deputy Y. Shuchevich, his assistance in the Ukrainian parliament (in Ukrainian, Verkhovna Rada), lawyers for UCSJ and I successfully brought to the parliament’s Committee of Culture and Conscience’s attention the illegal clauses inserted in the proposed chances to the Law of Cultural Heritage […]

Ukrainian officials post footage of vandals drawing swastikas on Holocaust memorial

June 28, 2017  (JTA) — City officials in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv published online security camera footage of vandals painting Nazi symbols on a Holocaust memorial in a bid to identify them. The municipality made the unusual move last week on its website, in which it showed an image of an individual wearing […]

How a female Jewish journalist alerted the world to Ukraine’s silent starvation

by Julie Masis 6/18/17 Clockwise, from left: Rhea Clyman’s photo in the 1933 Toronto Telegram; a ‘Red Train’ of carts taking first harvest of produce to Soviet government warehouses; starving children affected by the famine. (All photos public domain) While driving through the Ukrainian countryside in 1932, Rhea Clyman, a Jewish-Canadian journalist, stopped in a […]

Swastikas painted on synagogue, rabbi’s headstone smashed in Ukraine

May 19, 2017 (JTA) — Two swastikas were painted on the front door of a synagogue in western Ukraine and, in a separate incident, the headstone of a prominent rabbi’s grave was smashed. The incident involving the swastikas was discovered last week in Chernivtsi, a city located some 250 miles southwest of Kiev, according to […]