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  • Ukraine’s anti-Semitism: Real and not new

    2 days ago

    View more photos from Zhitomir, Ukraine below the article.

    Over the last few days there have been disturbing reports out of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, of leaflets being handed out by masked men to worshipers leaving Passover services at the Bet Menakhem-Mendel synagogue.  The...

  • Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm

    2 days ago

    Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.

    The agreement, brokered by the United States,...

  • Putin in Passover greeting: Russian Jews make huge contribution

    3 days ago

    Russian Jews are making an enormous contribution to strengthening Russian society’s cohesion, President Vladimir Putin wrote in a holiday greeting to the Jewish community.

    Putin sent the greeting on Monday, the news site shturem.net reported Thursday, after meeting Rabbi Berel...

  • Anti-Semitic fliers in Ukraine: Who is responsible?

    3 days ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry condemned as "grotesque" on Thursday the distribution of leaflets in eastern Ukraine that appeared to call on Jews to register with separatist, pro-Russian authorities.

    Though purported authors of the flier described it as a crude attempt to...

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  • Armed men put Putin on the air in eastern Ukraine

    3 days ago

    Armed men took over a television tower in eastern Ukraine on Thursday and switched it to Russian channels playing an almost non-stop stream of sound-bites from a marathon TV phone-in by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Employees at the tower said the men, who were armed with...

  • Fliers call on Ukrainian Jews to register religion, property

    3 days ago

    Pro-Russian separatists from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine denied any involvement in the circulation of fliers calling on Jews to register with separatists and pay special taxes.

    The fliers were distributed earlier this week in the city, where pro-Russian separatists led by Denis...

  • Obama, Merkel discuss Ukraine crisis in call

    3 days ago

    President Barack Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Thursday about the situation in Ukraine, the offices of both leaders said.

    Obama and Merkel agreed during the call that Russia should use its influence on armed groups in eastern Ukraine to calm the...

  • On Ukraine, Israel and Neocons not on same page

    4 days ago

    When it comes to Ukraine, Israel is parting ways with some of its staunchest American allies, namely neoconservatives — and it’s not the first time.

    Israel’s reluctance to side too closely with the United States in its bid to isolate Russia is typical of an Israeli realpolitik...

  • U.S. accuses Russian agents of stirring Eastern Ukraine unrest

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian agents and special forces on Tuesday of stirring separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow could be trying to prepare for military action as it had in Crimea.

    Armed pro-Moscow protesters were still occupying Ukrainian...

  • Kosher nightclub to open in Moscow

    3 weeks ago

    A Russian Jewish group is preparing to open a kosher nightclub in the center of Moscow.

    The opening of the Shachar Club is slated for Saturday, the Russian-language Israeli news site izrus.co.il reported Tuesday.

    “Jewish youth in Moscow should have somewhere with an easy,...

  • Russia and Ukraine at war — among the Jews anyway

    3 weeks ago

    The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has pitted Jewish leaders from both countries against each other, touching off a discordant exchange between prominent rabbis on opposite sides of the border.

    The discord had been brewing since the onset of the protests in Ukraine in...

  • In Crimea, a Karaite community carries on, and welcomes Russia

    March 26, 2014 | 5:41 pm

    Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the strategically critical peninsula that dangles from Ukraine into the Black Sea, has drawn international condemnation.

    But for the leader of the All-Ukrainian Organization of Crimean Karaites — a group with an unusual heritage that draws from...

  • Chief Russian rabbi slams Ukrainian Jews for criticizing Putin

    March 26, 2014 | 4:08 pm

    Berel Lazar, a chief rabbi of Russia, criticized Ukrainian Jewish leaders who condemned Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

    “The Jewish community should not be the one sending messages to President Barack Obama about his policy or to President Putin or to any other leader,” Lazar said...

  • When Putin met his high school German teacher in Jerusalem

    March 25, 2014 | 10:03 am

    In the late 1990s, Mina Yuditskaya Berliner recognized a familiar face on the screen of her television set in Israel.

    It was her former student Vladimir, now on television for becoming head of Russia’s FSB security apparatus.

    Before immigrating to Israel in 1973, Yuditskaya...

  • G7 warns Russia of more sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates

    March 24, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    President Barack Obama and major industrialized allies warned Russia on Monday it faced damaging economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin takes further action to destabilize Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea.

    Leaders of the Group of Seven summit, meeting without...

  • Obama hits closest Putin allies with sanctions over Crimea

    March 20, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    President Barack Obama raised the stakes in an East-West confrontation over Crimea on Thursday by targeting some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's closest long-time political and business allies with personal sanctions.

    The extension of visa bans and asset freezes into...

  • Longtime Washington power broker Robert Strauss dies at 95

    March 19, 2014 | 7:26 pm

    Robert Strauss, who once headed the Democratic National Committee, served as U.S. trade representative and ambassador to Moscow, and advised presidents from both parties, died in Washington on Wednesday at age 95.

    "We can confirm that Robert Strauss passed away peacefully on...

  • U.S., EU set sanctions as Putin recognizes Crimea ‘sovereignty’

    March 17, 2014 | 12:43 pm

    The United States and European Union imposed personal sanctions on Monday on Russian and Crimean officials involved in the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the region as a sovereign state.

    The moves heightened the most...

  • U.S. hopes Ukraine crisis won’t harm work with Russia on Iran

    March 14, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    The United States hopes the escalating crisis in Ukraine will not undermine cooperation with Russia to curb Iran's nuclear program, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday.

    Senior officials from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are due to...

  • Russia, NATO discuss Ukraine as tension mounts over Crimea

    March 13, 2014 | 10:33 am

    Russia's top general discussed the situation in Ukraine with the chairman of NATO's Military Committee by telephone on Thursday, the Interfax news agency cited the Russian Defense Ministry as saying.

    The chief of general staff of the Russian armed forces, General Valery Gerasimov, discussed "the state of Russia-NATO relations and the current situation in Ukraine" with NATO General Knud Bartels, the report said.

    Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

  • Putin’s Jewish embrace: Is it love or politics?

    March 11, 2014 | 4:13 pm

    When even Russian policemen had to pass security checks to enter the Sochi Winter Olympics, Rabbi Berel Lazar was waved in without ever showing his ID.

    Lazar, a Chabad-affiliated chief rabbi of Russia, was invited to the opening ceremony of the games last month by President...

  • For Noah Emmerich, era’s tension in ‘The Americans’ hits home

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 2014 | 2:50 pm

    Noah Emmerich has earned critical kudos for his portrayal of Stan Beeman, a troubled FBI counterintelligence agent who remains unaware that his archenemies — married KGB spooks posing as typical Americans — live just across the street from his suburban Washington, D.C., home in...

  • Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia

    March 11, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Ukraine's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days.

    With their own troops in Crimea effectively prisoners in...

  • Will Ukraine crisis have fallout for Iran nuclear talks?

    March 11, 2014 | 9:53 am

    With a new round of nuclear talks with Iran starting next week, the world powers arrayed on the other side of the negotiating table are divided by another issue of geopolitical importance: the crisis in Ukraine.

    Tensions between Russia and the West are mounting over the Russian...

  • Jewish Russian was aboard missing Malaysian Airlines plane

    March 11, 2014 | 9:21 am

    One of the passengers aboard the Malaysian Airlines plane that vanished is a Jewish Russian national.

    Nikolai Brodskii, 43, of the Siberian city of Irkutsk, appears on the missing plane’s passenger manifest. He is a husband and father of sons aged 17 and 11.

    Rabbi Aharon...

  • Shots fired in air during raid at Crimea naval base

    March 10, 2014 | 10:38 am

    Unidentified armed men fired in the air as they moved into a Ukrainian naval post in Crimea on Monday in the latest confrontation since Russian military groups seized control of the Black Sea peninsula.

    With diplomacy at a standstill, Russia said the United States had spurned an...

  • Jewish Federations establishes fund for Ukrainian Jews

    March 6, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    The Jewish Federations of North America has launched a Ukraine Assistance Fund.

    The money raised by the umbrella group will be used to provide security for Jewish institutions and offer assistance to individuals as the country faces turmoil sparked by its recent revolution and...

  • Netanyahu’s parting remark to LA: ‘Cannot be tolerant to the intolerant’

    By Jared Sichel

    March 6, 2014 | 10:53 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed the final leg of his three-day trip to California on Thursday, March 6, with a message for Iran and its proxy terrorist groups: “We will expose, and we shall fight them. And I’ll tell you the other thing: We shall beat them.”

    His...

  • Israeli scientists shoot for the moon with dishwasher-sized spacecraft

    March 6, 2014 | 10:15 am

    It's only the size of a dishwasher and weighs as much as giant panda, but its inventors are hoping this spacecraft will go where no other Israeli vessel has gone before – to the moon.

    Working on a shoestring budget, the Israeli scientists and engineers building the shuttle -...

  • Kiev Jewish volunteers undergo disaster training

    March 5, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    Jewish volunteers in Kiev underwent training on how to respond to multiple emergencies.

    The training was given to about 15 volunteers this week by United Hatzalah and ZAKA — two emergency response organizations from Israel.

    “The participants have been trained to provide first...

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