Far-right party founder from Ukraine welcomed in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, October 20, 2015

A leading British think-tank has defended its decision to invite a far-right party founder to speak at an event in London this week.


Ukrainian tour guide denied visa to go to shul

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

A Ukrainian tour guide has been refused a visa to visit a London synagogue, prompting a complaint to Prime Minister David Cameron.

Anna Grudinovker was told she could not enter the country after being invited by Hackney and East London synagogue to attend a special Shabbat event and give a talk on the Jewish community in her native Odessa.


Evolving into Ukraine aid

By Naomi Firsht, August 27, 2015

A north London couple have organised a summer camp in Ukraine after being inspired by their teenage daughter to set up a charity for former Soviet Union Jewish communities.

Around 30 children aged from four-to-13 attended the week-long day camp in Mukacheve, in the west of the country, joining in festival-themed programmes, sports and games.

Accountant Jason Bennett set up the charity, Evolv


Community urged to aid Ukrainians

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

The Chief Rabbi has called for the community to do more to help Jewish refugees in Ukraine in an open letter. signed by senior figures from across Jewish religious movements.


Chief Rabbi urges community to aid Ukrainian Jews

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

The Chief Rabbi has called for the community to do more to help Jewish refugees in Ukraine in a cross-communal open letter.


In Ukraine, thousands of Jews will spend Pesach as refugees - or under fire

By Josh Jackman, April 1, 2015

Pesach will have extra meaning this year for thousands of Jews forced to flee their homes by the fighting in Ukraine.

They will mark the festival as refugees, having gone through an exodus every bit as dangerous as the one undertaken by their biblical ancestors.


Raising festival funds for Ukraine

March 5, 2015

Masorti Judaism has launched an appeal to raise funds for Ukrainian Jews affected by war, poverty and homelessness.

The Emergency Purim Campaign - part of a worldwide Masorti Olami appeal - will generate cash towards food, medicine, clothing, education, security and scholarships to send children to camp.


In war-hit Ukraine, an apple is now a luxury

By Paul Anticoni, February 12, 2015

Ukraine feels like a country at war. There is extra security at the airport and military vehicles on the roads. People speak in hushed tones. There is doom and gloom all round — even from the optimists.

The situation is dire. More than a million people have been displaced from their homes, thousands of Jews among them.


To downgrade Arabic is to play with fire

By Tim Marshall, November 27, 2014

The first bill passed by the new Ukrainian parliament after the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych this year removed Russian as one of Ukraine's official languages. That was in February.


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.