Putin Refuses To Let the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Library Leave Moscow

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/143902/moscow-putin-lubavitcher-library?all=1 By Avital Chizhik There was something surprisingly calm about the tiny Brooklyn courtyard of 770 Eastern Parkway, the address of the international headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch. Groups of Hasidic men passed by talking, clutching cellphones, laughing, carrying boxes of books. One morning this past March, I knocked on a heavy wooden door; someone inside the building […]

Putin supporters nominate Russian leader for Nobel Peace Prize

Russian President Vladimir Putin, known for his extravagant animal adventures and standing up against the West, could be in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize. A group of his supporters have announced their nomination of the president for the prestigious prize. Why Putin? Beslan Kobakhia, vice president of the Academy of Spiritual Unity and […]

With eyes on neighbors, Azerbaijan and Israel intensify ties

BAKU, Azerbaijan (JTA) — With less than a month to go until presidential elections, the moustachioed smile of Ilham Aliyev stares down at his countrymen from giant posters scattered around this bustling metropolis on the Caspian Sea. The Azerbaijani president has been in office since 2003 and is widely expected to be re-elected, extending the […]

Alleged gunman in rabbi shooting killed in Russia

(JTA) — The alleged shooter of a rabbi in southern Russia was killed in a raid by Russian security forces. Sherif Akhmedov was one of five suspected extremists killed last week in Derbent, in the predominantly Muslim Republic of Dagestan near Chechnya, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee said in a statement issued Friday, according to international […]

A state of the art, $5m synagogue in Siberia

from http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/111738/a-state-art-5m-synagogue-siberia It takes a five-hour flight from Moscow over the empty expanses of Sibera to reach Novosibirsk, a city known to outsiders mainly as a curious stopover on the Trans-Siberian railway. But the city has a secret: a Jewish community centre to make shul-goers across the world green with envy. In late August, the Jews […]

Jewish ex-con defeats Putin’s man in local mayoral race

(JTA) — A Jewish anti-drugs campaigner defeated the party of Russian President Vladimir Putin with his election to mayor of Russia’s fourth-largest city. Yevgeny Roizman, 50, beat the ruling United Russia Party candidate in a mayoral election last week in Yekaterinburg, a city of 1.4 million people in the industrial belt of the Ural Mountains […]

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 […]

Rabbi’s shooting shakes Russian community’s confidence

(JTA) — Accustomed to the sound of gunfire at night, neighbors of Rabbi Ovadia Isakov were not particularly startled when a shot rang out on Pushkin Street on July 25. But unlike the volleys that partygoers often fire heavenward in this lawless corner of the Russian Caucasus, the shooters outside the rabbi’s door had a […]

Putin: Jewish teacher’s jail sentence ‘egregious’

(JTA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said a court in Tver may have acted “egregiously” in sentencing a Jewish rural teacher to seven years in jail for taking $13,000 in bribes. The case of the teacher, Ilya Farber, “is, of course, egregious,” Putin said during an interview with Russia’s Channel 1. It is Putin’s first […]

Russian Chief Rabbi Tells Jews To Back Off on Criticizing Vladimir Putin

From The Jewish Daily Forward by Paul Berger Read more: http://forward.com/articles/183459/russian-chief-rabbi-tells-jews-to-back-off-on-crit/?p=all#ixzz2eVhXyxfv When Vladimir Putin offers you a gift — you accept it. That’s according to Berel Lazar, Russia’s chief rabbi, who said he had to accept Putin’s offer to move a contested Jewish library to a new Jewish museum in Moscow controlled by Chabad in Russia. […]