Ukraine

Ukraine protesters call on Jewish oligarchs to give president ‘a gun’

By Daniel Easterman, February 21, 2014

A member of Ukraine’s opposition movement has called on Jewish and Muslim billionaire businessmen to force the president, Victor Yanukovich, to step down.

In a speech in Kiev’s Independence Square, the unnamed protester, who said he was Muslim, urged Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Victor Pinchuk and David Zhvania - oligarchs with links to the protest movement - to talk to the president.

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Ukrainian Jews voice fears over safety

By Simon Round, February 21, 2014

Ukrainian Jews have voiced concern for their country’s future in the wake of the protests sweeping the country.

Journalist and photographer Alexander Shulman told the JC that the instability has already prompted antisemitism in Ukraine. “There have been attacks near yeshivas and synagogues. These have been provocations on both sides of the conflict in order to attract attention abroad.”

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Rabbi trying to heal Ukraine

By Daniel Easterman, December 19, 2013

How did an American-born Chasidic rabbi end up on the team seeking to solve the political crisis in the Ukraine?

Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, who was asked to join a committee that is engaged in talks with anti-government protesters, explained that people have far more trust in their religious leaders than politicians.

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Ukrainian community: boycott us

By Anna Sheinman, March 21, 2013

Leaders of the Ukrainian Jewish community have asked the Jewish Agency (Jafi) to boycott the Ukraine by cancelling its board of governors meeting due to be held in Kiev this June.

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TV founder escapes bomb attack in Kiev

By Nissan Tzur, March 7, 2013

Vadim Rabinovich, a businessman, philanthropist and president of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress, narrowly avoided an attempt on his life in Kiev on Monday.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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