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Ukrainians erect monument to ‘national heroes’ who killed Uman’s Jews in 18th century

Residents of Uman earlier this month unveiled the statue to Ivan Gonta and Maxim Zheleznyakov, who carried out a pogrom, which killed between 20,000 and 30,000 Jews. Kiev, Ukraine. (photo credit:Wikimedia Commons) Ukrainian Jews are outraged over the erection of a monument to the perpetrators of an eighteenth century massacre that killed thousands of their […]

Revisiting Rabin’s ancestral home in Ukraine – 20 years after the assassination

Limmud FSU founder located the birthplace of late prime minister’s father, even though the Rabin family thought it impossible. A memorial tablet carrying the bronze image of Nechemia Rabin flanked by his two children, Yitzhak and Rachel. (photo credit:Courtesy) SYDOROVYCHI, Ukraine – Four days ago, on November 4, exactly on the 20th anniversary of the […]

Xenophobia and Hate Crimes in Ukraine

Human rights advocates on xenophobia in Ukraine: situation stable; some factors cause for concern The National Minority Rights Monitoring Group has published the quarterly midline report on manifestations of xenophobia in Ukraine in July-September 2015. According to the results of the Group’s monitoring of minority rights violations, xenophobia, and hate crimes, the situation in Ukraine […]

Top rebel leader accuses Jews of masterminding Ukrainian revolution

Ukraine’s Jews are responsible for the Euromaidan revolution that ousted their country’s pro-Russian president last year, a senior rebel leader told an audience at a Russian university last week. Ukraine’s Jews are responsible for the Euromaidan revolution that ousted their country’s pro-Russian president last year, a senior rebel leader told an audience at a Russian […]

Vandals paint swastika on Ukrainian Holocaust monument

(JTA) — A Holocaust monument in Ukraine was vandalized with a red swastika that the perpetrators painted over a Star of David symbol. The vandalism in Nikopol, an eastern Ukrainian city located 60 miles from Dnepropetrovsk, occurred on June 16, according to a report Tuesday by the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine.  {To see photo, click on http://www.fjc.org.ua/templates/blog/post.asp?aid=1165328&postid=55015&p=1 – […]

Ukrainian Jewish billionaire resigns as governor amid dispute with president

(JTA) — The Ukrainian Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky resigned as governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region amid a dispute with President Petro Poroshenko over control of two state-owned firms. Kolomoisky, who has poured millions of his own wealth into preparing Ukraine’s army to fight against Russia, sent Poroshenko his resignation letter late last week, the news […]

Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev

KIEV (JTA) — In a crowded room of the Tolkachov family’s tiny apartment here, a couch and twin bed sit kitty-corner from each other, sandwiching a small crib. In another corner, a wooden table is cluttered with a computer and some toys. Since October, three generations of the Tolkachov family — grandmother, parents and 22-month-old […]

Teacher at Chabad Preschool Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine; Rockets Land Near Synagogue Teacher at Chabad Preschool Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine; Rockets Land Near Synagogue

Irina Shelkayeba was cooking supper last night in her apartment in Donetsk when a rocket slammed into her apartment, instantly killing her. She was an active member of the Donetsk Jewish community and a teacher in their OhrAvner Preschool, according to Rabbi Aryeh Schvartz, assistant to the community’s chief rabbi. Shelkayeba—whose 30-year-old son lived with […]

Eastern Ukraine Jews to get $650,000 in emergency funding

(JTA) — The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews pledged $650,000 in emergency funding for Jews in the battle zones of eastern Ukraine. The emergency funding will provide Jews from cities such as Donetsk and Mariupol, who are caught in the crossfire between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists, with medicine, food, housing and security, Rabbi […]

Ukraine rebel leader uses anti-Semitic slur to describe country’s leaders

(JTA) — The leader of Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebels used an anti-Semitic insult to describe the country’s political leaders. Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, during a news conference on Monday called the country’s leaders “miserable representatives of the great Jewish people.” “I can’t remember a time when Cossacks were led by people […]