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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 […]

Ukrainian Jews lose bid to regain Balta synagogue

(JTA) – The Jewish community of Balta in Ukraine lost its bid to gain possession of a former synagogue that it helped to build. The 100-year-old Savranskaya synagogue, which is now an abandoned building owned by the Ukrtelecom communications firm, will remain the firm’s property, the Odessa Administrative Court of Appeals ruled earlier this month. […]

Report: Ukrainian police tortured, urinated on Jewish man

ODESSA, Ukraine (JTA) – Investigators in Lviv are looking into claims that two policemen assaulted and urinated on a Jewish man as part of an anti-Semitic attack, Ukrainian media reported. The alleged victim, Dmitry Flekman, 28, told the Ukrainian newspaper Segondiya that two men, who identified themselves as police but did not give their names, […]

Synagogue revamped in late Lubavitcher rebbe’s Ukrainian hometown

(JTA) — The Jewish community of Nikolayev in southern Ukraine has renovated and rededicated its century-old synagogue. Hundreds of Jews attended the rededication ceremony earlier this month to celebrate the $100,000 renovation which gave the structure marble floors, Jerusalem-stone panels and air conditioning, the synagogue’s rabbi, Shalom Gotlieb, told JTA Wednesday. The synagogue is located […]

Ukraine plans to reopen old airport for Uman pilgrims

(JTA) — Ukraine is planning to open a decommissioned airport near Uman for Jewish pilgrims. The airport of Cherkasy Oblast, the central Ukrainian district where Uman is located, may be reopened as soon as next year, spokesperson Nicholas Sukhovoj told the Israeli Russian-language newspaper Vesti. The move would help alleviate traffic from the Odessa-Kiev highway that […]