Lviv to stop using Jewish gravestones as paving

By Nissan Tzur, March 7, 2013

The municipality of Lviv, Ukraine, has announced that it will stop using Jewish headstones as construction material.

The Soviet Red Army used the tombstones in the years following the Second World War to pave the town’s streets and the central market, and to rebuild buildings that had been destroyed in the fighting.


Student group's ‘unforgettable experience’ at Ukraine orphanage

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Dozens of students travelled to Ukraine to volunteer on a mission to help Jewish orphans and abandoned children.

The Genesis Challenge weekend, run by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange, saw 56 Jewish students from across Britain visit Odessa to work with the Tikva charity. It provides care and homes for deprived youngsters.


Ukranian far-right party says ‘This is a safe place for Zhids’

By Nissan Tzur, January 18, 2013

Ask Yuri Syrotyuk, a senior member of Ukrainian far-right party Svoboda, about widespread allegations of antisemitism in his own party and among the country’s political classes, and he constructs an unfortunate defence.


World's largest Jewish centre opens in Ukraine

By Anna Sheinman, October 18, 2012

The world’s largest Jewish centre — with more floor space than Windsor Castle — opened this week in the unlikely location of Dnepropetrovsk in south-east Ukraine.

The chief rabbis of Ukraine, Russia and 400 other guests were present as the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Shlomo Amar, placed the mezuzah on the door of the 540,000 sq ft Menorah Centre.


You can't have a square named after you: you're not dead

By Nathan Jeffay, July 12, 2012

Jerusalem looks poised to un-dedicate a square named after a Ukrainian oligarch after it emerged that the naming application was only passed by the municipality because it falsely implied he was dead.


Son of Kafka, brother of Appelfeld

By Clive Sinclair, July 6, 2012

It’s Springtime for Norman Manea. Not only are Yale publishing his new novel, The Lair, but they are also reissuing two earlier works of fiction, and a collection of essays. In addition, he has recently been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a privilege granted to very few foreign writers.


I went all the way to ‘racist’ Kiev and all I got was love

By Jessica Elgot, June 21, 2012

In many ways, it was a typically Jewish weekend, watching the England match, synagogue on Saturday morning, with a late lunch of hummus and matzah and gefilte-fish. Not so unusual in North-West London. But this weekend, I was in Kiev.


Warning of serious antisemitism at European Championships in Kiev

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

There is a serious threat of antisemitic attacks increasing during this month’s European Football Championships in Poland and the Ukraine, the president of the World Forum of Russian Jewry has warned.

Alexander Levin wrote to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, highlighting the possibility of “many more” attacks when football fans travel to matches in the coming weeks.