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Preparing for Passover in Ukraine’s last shtetl

By Cnaan LiphshizMarch 21, 2017 Bronia Feldman visiting the synagogue of Bershad, Ukraine, March 9, 2017. (Cnaan Liphshiz) BERSHAD, Ukraine (JTA) — At first glance, this drab town 160 miles south of Kiev seems nearly identical to the settlements that dot the poverty-stricken district of Vinnitsa. Shrouded in a seemingly permanent cloud of smoke from wood fires […]

Ukraine’s leader in the fight against Jew-hate bends Holocaust history

Borys Zakharchuk has been appointed by Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry as its first Special Representative for preventing and combating antisemitism, racism and xenophobia. Babyn Yar Memorial Complex in Kyiv. (Photo by Sergii Kharchenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Last week, a statue went up in Kiev. Such an occurrence would not normally be worth noting but, in this […]

Students and spectators coopted and paid to celebrate annexation of the Crimea

For the students it was a “obligated holiday.” Flyers promised 400 rubles “for three hours of work”, actually to participate in the “Anniversary celebrations.” Several representatives of political parties and nationalist movements have repeated the proposal to make March 18 an official holiday, and – to the glory of the Crimean referendum – a fixed […]

Fan of Nazi collaborator to represent Ukraine at Paris Holocaust symposium

March 6, 2017 (JTA) — Ukrainian Jews protested the attendance at an international symposium on the Holocaust by a state historian who praised a Nazi collaborator whose troops killed Jews. Eduard Dolinsky, director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, last week condemned the planned attendance of Volodymyr Vyatrovych, director of Ukrainian National Memory Institute, at a conference […]

Graves of Holocaust victims looted, desecrated across Ukraine

Looters dig up mass graves of Holocaust victims, desecrate remains in search for gold teeth and jewelry.   Arutz Sheva Staff   Marker of Jewish grave desecrated by looters Press release The remains of Jews murdered during the Holocaust have become the target of grave robbers across the Ukraine, say local Jews, who claim the […]

Ukrainian Jewish leader says community in danger of extinction

ByTamara Zieve In time of crisis, the country’s Jews appeal to Israel for support. The future of Ukraine’s Jewish community “doesn’t look very bright” and is in danger of disappearing altogether, according to one of its leaders, who ended a four-day visit to Israel on Thursday. Eduard Dolinsky, executive director of the Kiev-based Ukrainian Jewish […]

Antisemitic author given top award by Ukrainian president

by Sam Sokol Last week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shocked the Jewish community by honouring a man who has falsely accused Jews of perpetrating the worst crimes of the Soviet state.   Mr Poroshenko’s office announced it was awarding author Vasyl Kvasnovsky the prestigious Order of Freedom. Mr Kvasnovsky has blamed the Jews for Soviet […]

Cardin Statement on Escalation of Violence in Ukraine

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday amid escalating violence in Ukraine: “In recent days, there has been a sharp spike in violence in Ukraine, and I mourn the loss of eight Ukrainian servicemembers who have been killed in the fighting.  The […]

‘Shlichut’ under fire: Jewish Agency emissary to Ukraine expects aliya to rise

BySteve Linde 14 January 2017 Roman Polonsky, director of the Jewish Agency’s Department for Russian-speaking Jewry, says aliya from Ukraine has actually tripled in the last three years. UKRAINIAN OLIM prepare to fly to Israel.. (photo credit:SVETLANA MIKHALCHENKO) Although it is hardly reported in the media, two or three and sometimes up to 10 people […]

Wiesenthal Center pans Svoboda march but many Ukrainian Jews aren’t worried

While Ukrainian leaders have condemned anti-Semitism, some charge that the government has turned a blind eye to the ascension of racist figures due to their role in combating separatists. JEWS ATTEND the morning prayer at a synagogue in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, earlier this year. (photo credit:REUTERS) A new year’s torchlight march through downtown Ukraine in […]