Ukraine

Kerry condemns leaflet ordering Ukrainian Jews to register with authorities

By Charlotte Oliver, April 18, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has described reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine were being told to register with local authorities as “not just intolerable” but “grotesque”.

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INTERVIEW: Vadim Rabinovich

By Orlando Radice, April 14, 2014

Vadim Rabinovich, the multi-millionaire Jewish businessman running for president in Ukraine’s first post-revolution election in May, has said that he is willing to work with the far-right party Pravy Sektor if he takes up office.

The nationalist party played a major role in the ouster of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, but has been criticised for harbouring violent fascists.

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WJR seeks extra help for Ukrainian clients

April 11, 2014

World Jewish Relief's Pesach appeal will support around three dozen programmes helping impoverished Ukrainian Jews.

The charity currently assists 16,000 people in Ukraine. Its food cards programme enables clients to purchase essentials.

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Huge rise in Ukrainian aliyah

By JC Reporter, April 7, 2014

The unrest in Ukraine has prompted a huge increase in Jewish emigration to Israel.

According to Jewish Agency figures, 375 news immigrants arrived between January and the end of March, compared with 221 in the same period last year, a rise of 70 per cent.

More than 100 of the immigrants have arrived from Odessa, the Ukrainian Black Sea city where nearly 30,000 Jews live.

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Shaken, and stirring: Ukrainians pack bags

By Orlando Radice, April 4, 2014

By day, the Maidan, Kiev’s revolutionary square, is a jumble of tents, flags and half-demolished barricades. The anti-government groups who led the resistance are selling hot tea to passers-by, their burning rubber tyres having given way to makeshift stoves. Stalls display martyr badges and scarves in Ukrainian colours: the revolution is already being commodified.

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Back from the dead: a Ukrainian model for world Jewry

By Orlando Radice, April 4, 2014

Dnepropetrovsk's 600,000 sq ft Menorah Centre, approached by night, looks for all the world like the lurid, self-aggrandising dream of an eastern oligarch.

Rising out of largely neglected city streets, it is, literally, a vast menorah, with the glass outhouses that crown each of its seven towers illuminated each day of the week to represent the lighting of the candles.

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WJR Ukraine Crisis Briefing

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2014

World Jewish Relief hosted a Ukraine Crisis Briefing at JW3 in north London.

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Ukraine community ready to fight Russian invasion

By Orlando Radice, March 27, 2014

Ukraine’s Jewish leaders are preparing to lead the fight if the country is invaded.

Gennadiy Korban, a multi-millionaire businessman and the deputy head of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine’s second largest city, this week gathered national commanders to prepare a defensive plan, including how and where military resources should be deployed.

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Age a factor in Ukrainian Jews' loyalties

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

The Ukrainian Jewish community is split along generational lines, with older people supporting Russia and younger members backing the government in Kiev.

That is the verdict of Rabbi Nachum Ehrentrau, from Zaporozhye in the south-east of the country.

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Charities in row over Ukraine trip

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Two UK charities that were forced to postpone a visit to Jewish orphans in Ukraine are facing a loss of £17,500 in a dispute with Polish airline, Lot.

A group of 30 university students were due to take part in the Genesis trip, an annual visit to the Tikva orphanage in Odessa co-organised by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange.

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