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The ex-Israeli soldier who led a Kiev fighting unit

He calls his troops “the Blue Helmets of Maidan,” but brown is the color of the headgear worn by Delta — the nom de guerre of the commander of a Jewish-led militia force that participated in the Ukrainian revolution. Under his helmet, he also wears a kippah. Delta, a Ukraine-born former soldier in the Israel Defense […]

Ukraine’s religious communities ask Russia to pull out troops

(JTA) — Religious communities in Ukraine, including the Jewish community, called on Russia to “stop its aggression against Ukraine” and pull out its troops. The religious communities also appealed to the international community, including the United States, Great Britain, the European Union, the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, to […]

UCSJ Statement on Ukraine

Union of Councils for Jews from the Former Soviet Union, oldest grass-root human rights NGO in the United States, strongly protests against Russian aggression towards Ukraine, as a  violation of the Helsinki Final Act and presents a  threat to all agreements and treaties in Europe, and to bi-lateral U.S.-Russian balance of armor agreements… We ask […]

Jewish agency to extend emergency aid to Ukraine’s Jewish community

JERUSALEM – Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky announced this evening (Saturday, February 22) that The Jewish Agency will extend immediate emergency assistance to the Jewish community of Ukraine and will help secure Jewish institutions in the country. “The Jewish community of Ukraine, which counts some 200,000 members, is […]

Jewish community center, synagogue firebombed in Ukraine

A Jewish community center and synagogue were firebombed in Ukraine late Monday, according to the Chabad Lubavitch organization. Fears that the tumult in Ukraine would place the Jewish community in harm’s way appeared to be realized late Monday, when Chabad, the religious outreach program which has managed to create a global presence, said that Molotov cocktails were hurled […]

Jewish groups ‘deeply concerned’ over Ukraine

by Sam Sokol, Jerusalem Post Several Jewish organizations expressed concern on Wednesday that increasing violence in Kiev could spill over into anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community. The groups, both within the Ukraine and abroad, issued statements in the wake of this week’s violence between riot police and antigovernment protesters who have occupied the city’s […]

Seven Reasons Why Russia Wants to Keep Ukraine All to Itself

by Allison Jackson, Global Post The protests sweeping across Ukraine began last November when the government ditched a promised trade and political deal with the European Union in favor of closer ties with its old Soviet master. Critics say Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych chose his allegiances under considerable pressure from Russia. EU officials have accused […]

‘I know tomorrow will be my last day': Uncovering Soviet Jewry’s Holocaust experience

by Smadar Shir For years the Soviet Jewry’s Holocaust was a forbidden secret. Now, through letters found in archives, Yad Vashem is working to make the voices silenced behind the Iron Curtain heard   “To my dear brother, our city Priluki was taken over quite suddenly and very quickly by the German occupiers. My brother […]