Ukraine

WJR launches emergency winter appeal for Ukraine Jews

By Naomi Firsht, October 15, 2014

World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal for Ukraine’s Jewish community to help them survive the sub-zero temperatures this winter.

Although the WJR Rosh Hashanah appeal raised £161,125 – almost 90 per cent of the targeted £181,380 – for the Ukraine community, the dire conditions still faced by many Jews have led to a second emergency appeal being launched this week.

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Oligarchs at war

By Simon Rocker, October 7, 2014

A business dispute involving three Ukrainian Jewish billionaires is heading for a showdown at the High Court in London.

Igor Kolomoisky, who has emerged as a significant political figure in Ukraine in recent months, and British-based Gennadiy Bogolyubov have been sued by the third man, Victor Pinchuk.

The case, which is unlikely to come to court until well into next year but has already cost

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Nazi truth that West refuses to recognise

By Michael Goldfarb, September 23, 2014

In an era of diminished news budgets, foreign reporting is skimpy at best. We know there is fighting in eastern Ukraine along the border with Russia. But we get few details about Ukraine's fiercest warriors, the 500-strong Azov Battalion.

Are they heroes fighting Russian aggression? Or antisemitic, neo-fascist nationalists on a glory hunt?

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War not halting huge Chasidic pilgrimage

By Nathan Jeffay, September 23, 2014

Ukraine is hardly a big draw for tourists at the moment. Unless, that is, they are Chasidim.

An estimated 25,000 Jews, most of them from the Orthodox Breslov sect, have made their way to the chaos-ridden country for Rosh Hashanah. It is their annual ritual to celebrate the New Year by the graveside of their rebbe, Nachman of Breslov, who died in 1810 and is buried in Uman, near Kiev.

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'As gunmen came in, we hid in the cellar'

By Simon Rocker, August 22, 2014

Decimated by the Nazis and repressed under Stalin, Jews in Ukraine have been rebuilding their communal life over the past two decades since the collapse of Communism.

But now many face an uncertain future as fighting continues in the east of the country between government forces and pro-Russia separatists.

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Let's make it good news soon

By Richard Verber, August 7, 2014

I've often thought that I should start a newspaper which prints only good news. Heartwarming stories of strangers returning lost wallets. The world's largest cupcake. Lottery winners donating their millions to charity. Oh, and pictures of cats. There must always be pictures of cats.

If ever there were an idea whose time had come, it's this one.

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Israeli among victims of Malaysian plane disaster

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

An Israeli man was among 298 people killed in the attack on a Malaysian Airlines plane yesterday afternoon.

Itamar Avnon was on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when the plane was shot down in eastern Ukraine in what has been described as an act of terrorism.

Mr Avnon, an IDF paratrooper who fought in Operation Cast Lead, was on his way to Australia.

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Jewish life in east will disappear, says Ukrainian leader

By Orlando Radice, July 11, 2014

The head of the Ukrainian Confederation of Jewish Organisations believes that in the long term, Jewish life in eastern Ukraine is doomed.

Mr Zissels, speaking ahead of a conference on Jewish life in the Ukraine at University College London last week, estimated that around one third of the Jewish population in the east had already left, with a large majority looking to escape.

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France and Ukraine push global aliyah to new highs

By Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency, June 23, 2014

Global aliyah is up 55 per cent, due largely to dramatic increases in immigration from France and Ukraine, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky announced yesterday.

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Jewish community was key to successful Ukraine poll

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2014

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Jewish leaders in Kiev have welcomed the election of Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine’s new president amid hopes that the establishment of a new government will bring stability back to the country. Jews in the east of the country were less hopeful, however.

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