Ukrainian Jews win Torah scroll battle

http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Ukrainian-Jews-win-Torah-scroll-battle-329790 The Kiev Central Synagogue won a legal battle against the Ukrainian state archive last week, enabling it to keep 300 Torah scrolls which it had obtained from Russia in 2011 nearly a century after the their confiscation. The scrolls, which were taken by Soviet authorities in the 1920s, were demanded by the archive, leading […]

Ukrainian Jews lose bid to regain Balta synagogue

(JTA) – The Jewish community of Balta in Ukraine lost its bid to gain possession of a former synagogue that it helped to build. The 100-year-old Savranskaya synagogue, which is now an abandoned building owned by the Ukrtelecom communications firm, will remain the firm’s property, the Odessa Administrative Court of Appeals ruled earlier this month. […]

Ukraine Jews see alleged beating of Jewish man as symptom of mounting nationalism

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — The police station on Stefan Bandera Street in Lviv used to be just another government building to Dmitry Flekman. But that changed earlier this month following a nine-hour interrogation by two detectives, who were accused of torturing and humiliating the 29-year-old Jewish businessman. It’s an incident that some see as indicative […]

Putin’s party loses key city to tough Jew with checkered past

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (JTA) — Growing up in one of the Soviet Union’s richest cities, Elena Chudnovskaya never imagined that she would be raising her daughter in a place so full of drug addicts that “the flowerbeds became strewn with syringes.” But that is what became of her downtown apartment block after the collapse of communism, […]

UCSJ President Lawrence Lerner featured by Woman Around Town

Lawrence I. Lerner, A Jewish Activist Supporting Human Rights in Eurasia and Beyond Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by Marina P. Kennedy on Living Around Larry Lerner has never been one to avoid conflicts. In fact, two themes have run through his life and career as an attorney. As he built a preeminent intellectual property firm in New Jersey, […]

Shots fired at Yekaterinburg synagogue in Russia

(JTA) — Shots were fired at the synagogue of Yekaterinburg, the Russian Jewish Congress said, breaking windows but not injuring anyone. At least two bullets hit the building housing the synagogue on Monday, according to the Russian Jewish Congress team that monitors anti-Semitism. No one was hurt, Matvey Chlenov, deputy executive director of the Russian […]

Report: Ukrainian police tortured, urinated on Jewish man

ODESSA, Ukraine (JTA) – Investigators in Lviv are looking into claims that two policemen assaulted and urinated on a Jewish man as part of an anti-Semitic attack, Ukrainian media reported. The alleged victim, Dmitry Flekman, 28, told the Ukrainian newspaper Segondiya that two men, who identified themselves as police but did not give their names, […]

The Children of Refuseniks Report From the Frontlines of Putin’s Russia

http://www.tabletmag.com/podcasts/138356/the-children-of-refuseniks-report-from-the-frontlines-of-putin%E2%80%99s-russia July 19, 2013 Yesterday’s sentencing of Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, was just the latest in a steady stream of blows to the democracy that President Vladimir Putin has ruled with near-dictatorial authority for more than a decade.  Navalny, an anticorruption activist, was given a 5-year prison sentence for what most observers say […]

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 […]