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Donbass refugees celebrate third Hanukka in Kiev

Members of scattered Jewish community remain strongly connected despite distance between them. {To see video, click on http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Donbass-refugees-celebrate-third-Hanukka-in-Kiev-476623 – G.R} (Jewish refugees of Ukraine’s Donbass region celebrate Hanukka at the Khreschatyk Hotel in Kiev on Dec. 25, 2016) KIEV – Dozens of Jewish refugees from the war in Donbass celebrated the second night of Hanukka on […]

Kiev summons Israeli envoy to protest cancellation of its PM’s visit

Netanyahu disinvited Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Groysman after his government voted for anti-settlement UN resolution By Raphael Ahren December 26, 2016 Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman (CC BY-SA 3.0, Steven13, via wikipedia) The Foreign Ministry in Kiev on Monday summoned Israel’s ambassador for a dressing-down to protest Jerusalem’s decision to cancel a visit to Israel this […]

Bones unearthed during contested dig at former Jewish cemetery in Ukraine

LVIV, Ukraine (JTA) — City workers in a Ukraine city suspended their digging at a former Jewish cemetery amid controversy over the unearthing of human remains at the site. Pieces of skull and limbs were among the bones discovered last week at the Old Jewish Cemetery of Lviv, in western Ukraine, where diggers with heavy […]

American-style JCC opens in Kiev with help from JDC

November 1, 2016 JTA) — The Ukrainian capital of Kiev, where Jewish cultural life has largely revolved around the city’s synagogues, opened its first American-style Jewish community center. Hundreds of guests attended the opening ceremony Tuesday for the Halom JCC in central Kiev, where it is expected to serve thousands of community members every month, […]

Kiev Orthodox and Greek-Catholics excluded from the Inter-religious Council of Crimea

Nina Achmatova The decision of the Russian authorities on Black Sea peninsula sparks debate. The Crimea is adapting to Russian legislation, which recognizes only  ‘traditional’ Buddhism, Judaism, Orthodoxy and Islam. Moscow (AsiaNews) – After a year and a half of discussions, the Russian authorities in Crimea – Ukrainian peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014, following […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rabbi Attacked in Ukraine Airlifted to Israel in Serious but Stable Condition

Rabbi Mendel Deitsch is undergoing treatment at Tel Hashomer Hospital in Ramat Gan By Chabad.org Staff   |   October 8, 2016 Rabbi Mendel Deitsch JERUSALEM—A Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi who was found badly beaten in the central train station in Zhitomir, Ukraine, on Friday was airlifted to Israel by emergency medical transport, and remains in serious but stable condition at […]

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 […]

At Babi Yar Memorial, a Tenor of Somber Acknowledgement

As ceremonies in Kiev commemorating the victims of the Babi Yar massacre draw to a close, a number of speeches by Ukrainian dignitaries have brought the atrocity into a clear, historical focus By Vladislav Davidzon September 30, 2016 Though the Babi Yar 75th anniversary commemoration events in Kiev are slated to continue for at least […]