Russian Jews win Rostov Holocaust commemoration fight

(JTA) — The Russian city of Rostov-on-Don has agreed to acknowledge the Jewish identity of Holocaust victims killed there by the Nazis. The municipality’s Memorial Council last week announced its decision to revise a memorial plaque at the Zmievskaya Balka mass grave to mention the Jewish identity of the majority of the approximately 27,000 bodies […]

As Pro-European Protests Seize Ukraine, Jewish Oligarch Victor Pinchuk Is a Bridge to the West

  http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/155976/ukraines-western-face?all=1 by Maria Danilova   One breezy evening last September, Viktor Pinchuk, Ukraine’s second-richest man, stepped onstage at the Livadia Palace in the Black Sea resort of Yalta to introduce the star speaker of the annual international conference he hosts to promote his country’s ties with the West: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Nearby, at […]

Baku gives land for Jewish cultural center, kosher restaurant

(JTA) — The city of Baku in Azerbaijan has allocated land for the construction of a Jewish cultural center and the Azeri capital’s first kosher restaurant. The municipality has given the Mountain Jews, one of the country’s three Jewish communities, approximately 600 square yards for the restaurant, which will be part of a three-story cultural […]

In Ukraine protests, young Jews are marching with ultranationalists

(JTA) — On the last evening in November, at least 31 protesters were taken into custody and dozens treated for injuries following a violent confrontation with Ukrainian police in Kiev’s Independence Square. But that wasn’t enough to intimidate the crowds who have occupied the  main square of the capital since Nov. 21. Thousands showed up […]

Conclusions of the 11th Israel-Russia Mixed Economic Committee

Both sides expressed satisfaction at the scope of trade between Israel and Russia, which in 2013 exceeded $3 billion, with the most significant rise in the area of aviation and tourism. It was agreed that the agreement on establishing a free trade zone between the two countries will be completed in 2014. On Monday, December 9, […]

Without Notice, Putin Dissolves a News Agency

By  Steven Lee Myers, New York Times   MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin exerted new control over Russia’s state news media on Monday, dissolving by decree one of Russia’s official news agencies, RIA Novosti, along with its international radio broadcaster as he continues a drive to strengthen the Kremlin’s influence at home and abroad. […]

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 […]

Subbotnik Jews make aliyah

Their forefathers, who were Christian peasants, embraced Judaism some 200 years ago, and they have stuck to it to this very day. Now, two of 500 members of Subbotnik community from village of Vysoky in southern Russia decide to immigrate to Promised Land. Ariel and Moriah Shishlenikov, residents of the southern Russian village of Vysoky, […]