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Crimea unrest witnessed up close by Chabad rabbi

(JNS.org) While the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, Jews in the disputed region of Crimea have been caught in a battle over nationalism. Like many minority groups in the area, Ukrainian Jews fear for their safety and their future amid the heightened tension. Click photo to download. Caption: Rabbi Yitzchok Meyer Lipszyc, a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary […]

Edelstein to push for security aid to Ukrainian Jews

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein offered support to Ukrainian Jewry Tuesday, during a video chat with leaders of the Jewish community of Dnipropetrovsk. “There is tension in the air, but no Jew is hiding his Judaism,” Rabbi Meir Stembler said. “There is anti-Semitism, but not systematic anti-Semitism. We do not feel more threatened after the revolution.” […]

As tensions continue with Russia, Ukrainian Catholic leader meets pope

Pope Francis met privately at the Vatican with the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church March 17, the day after pro-Russian voters on the Crimean peninsula voted to secede from Ukraine in a referendum the United States and European Union called illegal. While Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, head of the Eastern-rite church in Ukraine, […]

Three Jews Among Those Killed in Ukraine Uprising

Balaclava-clad far-right paramilitaries fire into the air at the funeral in Ukraine of an anti-government protestor. This is not a tribute to a fellow right-wing nationalist, but to a Jewish construction worker, Alexander Scherbanyuk. Of the approximately 100 people killed during the protests in Kiev that swept Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich from power in February, three […]

Ukrainian Jewish leaders blame Russia for anti-Semitic ‘provocations’

by Sam Sokol An attack on a Ukrainian rabbi over the weekend was a provocation, intended as a “justification for the continuation of Russian aggression” in Crimea, one Ukrainian Jewish leader asserted on Saturday. Such violence serves to “discredit the new government of Ukraine,” Josef Zissels, chairman of the Vaad of Ukraine and a vice president of […]

Ukraine crisis: Moscow rally opposes Crimea intervention

Holding Russian and Ukrainian flags, they shouted: “The occupation of Crimea is Russia’s disgrace.” A smaller pro-Moscow rally was being held elsewhere. Moscow supports the vote, which Ukraine and the West have dismissed as illegal. Kiev says Russian “provocateurs” are behind clashes in eastern Ukraine. Three people have died in pro- and anti-Moscow rallies in […]

Ukrainian Catholics fear ‘new oppression’ after Russian takeover

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — A Ukrainian Catholic priest in Crimea said church members are alarmed and frightened by the Russian military occupation and fear their communities might be outlawed again if Russian rule becomes permanent. Father Mykhailo Milchakovskyi, a pastor in Kerch, Ukraine, described the atmosphere as tense because […]

Kiev rabbi assaulted in suspected anti-Semitic attack

Two unidentified men assaulted a rabbi in Kiev on Thursday in a suspected anti-Semitic attack. The men assaulted Rabbi Hillel Cohen, who runs the Ukrainian branch of the Hatzalah emergency services organization, on the street, his wife, Racheli Cohen, told JTA. “They struck him in the leg, shouting anti-Semitic slurs, calling him a ‘zyhd,’ she […]

Christian donors to give more than $1M in crisis aid to Ukraine Jews

(JTA) — A charity organization funded by Christians has pledged over $1 million in emergency funding for Ukrainian Jews. Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, made the announcement about the extra funding for Ukraine during a trip he concluded on Thursday to the Eastern European nation. “We’re pledging $10 […]