Rising Tensions in Ukraine Prompt Hundreds of Jews to Consider Immigration to Israel

Rising Tensions in Ukraine Prompt Hundreds of Jews to Consider Immigration to Israel August 16, 2016 Author: JNS.org Ukrainian Jews who arrived on a special Fellowship flight to Israel recently. Photo The Fellowship. JNS.org – The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, or The Fellowship, said that in the last two weeks they have been flooded with […]

Exploring the Jewish heartland of eastern Europe

Ukraine is where Jewish past and present merge in a kaleidoscope of feeling, sight and impression. A MOTORBOAT passes under a footbridge over the Dnieper River in Kiev, Ukraine.. (photo credit:REUTERS) Uman is on the bucket list of many people, and not only Breslov Hassidim. By the tens of thousands, from all points of the […]

A former Nazi concentration camp where up to 5,000 Jews died now hosts weddings, parties and kids’ treasure hunts in move slammed as ‘disgusting’ by campaigners

Kaunas’ Seventh Fort in Lithuania was a concentration camp in 1941 Up to 5,000 Jews were killed there, and many remain buried on-site Since 2009, it has become a popular venue for weddings and a kids’ camp  By Annabel Fenwick Elliott for MailOnline Published: 06:26 EST, 25 July 2016 | Updated: 09:36 EST, 26 July […]

Jitters In Ukraine As Politically Charged Religious Processions Approach Kyiv

KYIV — Two religious processions converging on Kyiv have Ukrainian authorities warning that provocations could spark violence in the capital. The All-Ukrainian Procession of the Cross for Peace, Love and Prayer for Ukraine includes thousands of believers from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate — an affiliate of the Russian Orthodox Church and […]

They Slaughtered Ukraine’s Jews and Now You Want to Name Streets After Them?

Imagine you’re going for a walk in your hometown and, rounding a corner, you encounter a street that has been newly renamed: Adolf Eichmann Road. You’re horrified, of course. Then you learn that your local Jewish leaders did not protest the name change. They supported it.   This is more or less what’s happening in […]

Ukraine Jews Come ‘Home’ Helped By Israel & IFCJ

A new group of 235 immigrants from Ukraine landed this week at Ben Gurion Internation Airport. Many of them arrived still badly traumatized from their experiences over the past two years in war-torn areas of the former Soviet satellite. Many have been homeless, wandering from town to town, ducking bullets and praying for safety. More […]

U.S. Diplomats Accuse Russia Of Undermining Ukraine Peace Plan

By Robert Coalson July 29, 2016 Two top U.S. diplomats working to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine have accused Russia of continuing to supply separatist fighters with fuel and weapons and creating a “deteriorating security situation” in the region that is as bad as it was a year ago. Ambassador Daniel Baer, head of […]

This Lithuanian concentration camp is now a wedding venue

KAUNAS, Lithuania (JTA) — In this drab city 55 miles west of Vilnius, there are few heritage sites as mysterious and lovely looking as the Seventh Fort. This 18-acre red-brick bunker complex, which dates to 1882, features massive underground passages that connect its halls and chambers. Above ground, the hilltop fortress is carpeted with lush […]

Holocaust monuments vandalized in Germany, Belarus

(JTA) — Unidentified individuals vandalized three World War II monuments in Germany and another Holocaust memorial in Belarus. All five cases were reported last week. The incident in Belarus was reported by tour guide Tamara Kurdadze on July 8, when she saw someone had doused yellow paint on a statue commemorating the mass murder of Jews at […]