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Putting aside historical slogans, protesting for a better Ukraine

By Jeremy Borovitz KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — As I stood as one of the few Americans among the masses of protesters at Kiev’s Independence Square, the frigid cold reminded me that this was my fourth year trying to survive a harsh Ukrainian winter. The crowd seemed to be warming up thanks to the incessant chants — […]

Avoid anti-Semitism in hot EU debate, Senate urges Ukraine pols

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A call on political parties in Ukraine to refrain from anti-Semitism was part of a resolution proposed in the Senate expressing its support for Ukrainians seeking a closer alignment with the European Union. The resolution, introduced Dec. 13 by a bipartisan slate of senators — Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jeanne […]

As Pro-European Protests Seize Ukraine, Jewish Oligarch Victor Pinchuk Is a Bridge to the West

  http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/155976/ukraines-western-face?all=1 by Maria Danilova   One breezy evening last September, Viktor Pinchuk, Ukraine’s second-richest man, stepped onstage at the Livadia Palace in the Black Sea resort of Yalta to introduce the star speaker of the annual international conference he hosts to promote his country’s ties with the West: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Nearby, at […]

In Ukraine protests, young Jews are marching with ultranationalists

(JTA) — On the last evening in November, at least 31 protesters were taken into custody and dozens treated for injuries following a violent confrontation with Ukrainian police in Kiev’s Independence Square. But that wasn’t enough to intimidate the crowds who have occupied the  main square of the capital since Nov. 21. Thousands showed up […]

Ukraine announces plans for Jewish tourist routes

(JTA) — Ukrainian authorities announced plans to improve travel to Jewish pilgrimage sites. “The route will include about 10 places of worship in the Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Poltava and Khmelnitsky regions,” the cabinet of the governor of the Cherkasy region, Sergei Tulub, said in a statement last month to daily Vesti. Ukraine has hundreds of graves […]

Ukrainian Jewish leader: Protests put community ‘on high alert’

(JTA) — Widespread protests in Ukraine have prompted the country’s Jewish communities to up security arrangements, a community leader from Kiev has said. “Now that streets across Ukraine are full of civilians, the community’s safety is becoming our primary concern,” Oleksandr Feldman, a Ukrainian lawmaker and president of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, wrote in statement […]

Shrugging off assassination attempt and critics, Vadim Rabinovich claims mantle of Jewish leader

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — The explosion that ripped through Vadim Rabinovich’s luxury SUV in central Kiev was strong enough to send a shock wave from the parking lot up to his third-floor office in the heart of the Ukrainian capital. “It was a shock for a day or two,” Rabinovich said, “and then I moved […]

Pig’s head found at Ukraine synagogue under construction

(JTA) — A pig’s head was left on the doorstep of a synagogue being built in Sevastopol, the Ukrainian city’s Jewish community said. Amid intensifying opposition to the synagogue’s construction, the news site zarusskiy.org reported Wednesday that the head was discovered Monday by members of the Jewish community. The Chabad movement began building last year […]

Ukrainian Jews win Torah scroll battle

http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Ukrainian-Jews-win-Torah-scroll-battle-329790 The Kiev Central Synagogue won a legal battle against the Ukrainian state archive last week, enabling it to keep 300 Torah scrolls which it had obtained from Russia in 2011 nearly a century after the their confiscation. The scrolls, which were taken by Soviet authorities in the 1920s, were demanded by the archive, leading […]