Ukrainian Christian Receives Tolerance Award for Saving a Rural Synagogue

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — A Ukrainian Christian who saved a dilapidated rural synagogue was honored at an interaith forum in Kiev. Boris Slobodnyuk of Satanov received the forum’s 2013 Crystal Noah Tolerance Award on Tuesday at the Kiev Interfaith Forum for guarding the 500-year-old Stanovskaya synagogue in western Ukraine and initiating renovation work there. For […]

UCSJ Accomplishment: Lviv Director Meylakh Sheykhet

On April 12, 2013 the Board of the Scientists and Methodists of the Minister of Culture of Ukraine approved “THE PROGRAM FOR THE REGENERATION OF THE FORMER JEWISH QUARTER IN L’VIV (FEDOROVA ST. – ARSENALSKA ST. – STAROYEVREYSKA ST. – BRATIV ROHATYNTSIV ST.)” developed by the State Enterprise “UKRZAKHIDPROEKTRESTAVRACIJA”. Ordered by the Representation to Ukraine […]

Limmud FSU Conference Celebrates Israel’s Independence and Jewish Pride in Russia

From the Jerusalem Post: MOSCOW – Just 40 km. outside the Russian capital at a hotel in a forested suburb, over 1,200 young Russian-Jewish professionals gathered Thursday to attend the latest Limmud FSU conference and learn more about their shared history and to socialize with fellow Jews. Limmud Jewish education conferences are a volunteer driven […]

Russia Bars 18 Americans from Entering, in Retaliation for Magnitsky

From The NY Times- By ELLEN BARRY Published: April 13, 2013 MOSCOW — A day after the United States imposed sanctions on Russians accused of rights violations, Moscow said Saturday that it could not “leave this open blackmail without response” and published a list of 18 current and former American officials who will now be barred […]

Ukraine: Make the police accountable and stamp out torture (Amnesty International Press Release)

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL   PRESS RELEASE   Embargoed until 0900 GMT, 11 April 2013 Ukraine: Make the police accountable and stamp out torture The Ukrainian authorities must  seize the current political opportunity  to stop the high level of torture and other ill treatment being carried out by its police force by creating a genuinely independent, impartial […]

UCSJ Letter to the Co-Chairs of the Helsinki Commission

April 15, 2013 U R G E N T Honorable Senator Benjamin Cardin Honorable Congressman Christopher Smith Co-chairs of the Helsinki Commission of the American Congress (Committee on Foreign Affairs) Dear co-chairs of the Helsinki Commission: Alarming information about the escalation of wide attacks on the Russian NGOs comes every day from Moscow. Almost all […]

Moscow’s New Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center Awarded Museum of the Year

JTA – Moscow’s new Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center was named Museum of the Year award by the Russia edition of the prestigious The Art newspaper. The award was presented to the museum’s chairman, Boruch Gorin, last week at a ceremony in the Russian capital. The monthly’s Russian edition, the most recent addition to an international […]

Anti-Semitic Protesters Injure Opposition

JTA – Several people were injured after protesters displayed anti-Semitic slogans at a political rally in Ukraine. The April 6 rally in Cherkasy, a city situated 100 miles southeast of Kiev, turned violent after six men took off their jackets to reveal T-shirts emblazoned with the words: “Beat the kikes” and “Svoboda,” the name of a Ukrainian […]

Lithuania’s Synagogues Are Falling Into Ruin Due to Lack of Funding

  AFP reports that Lithania’s wooden synagogues are falling into ruin due to a lack of funding and support. These rundown buildings are the remaining vestiges of the former Jewish presence that was wiped out in the Holocaust. Between 1941- 1944, the Nazis murdered approximately 90 percent of Lithuania’s 200,000 Jews. “Jews owned around 20 shops […]

Government of Belarus Plans to Renovate Old Synagogue, Turn It Into Jewish Museum

 JTA — The government of Belarus announced plans to renovate one of the country’s oldest synagogues and turn it into a Jewish museum. The museum will be housed this year inside the restored ruins of the main synagogue in Bykhaw, a town located some 150 miles east of Minsk, Belarus’ minister of culture, Boris Svetlov, […]