Ukraine

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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