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

    6 hours 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...

  • Armed men put Putin on the air in eastern Ukraine

    10 hours 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

    10 hours 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

    10 hours 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...

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  • On Ukraine, Israel and Neocons not on same page

    1 day 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...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    6 days ago

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a beautiful initiative called Budo for Peace (BFP.) It is a registered Israeli educational NPO which uses traditional martial arts to connect and bring together children and youth from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

    ...

  • Postage gets its due in museum show

    1 week ago

    You really don’t want to go to a show where the artist is just mailing it in — unless the artist is Shirley Familian. 

    Her first solo show, “19,275 Stamps” — her count of the number of stamps it took to create the works now on display at the Craft and Folk Art Museum — not only...

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

    1 week 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...

  • Hunt for Nazi art shows museum failings, former minister says

    1 week ago

    A German pensioner's decision to let experts check his art trove for Nazi-looted treasures contrasts sharply with the approach of some museums that may hold works stolen from Holocaust victims, a former minister said on Tuesday.

    Over 2,000 German museums hold works created before...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    Geva Alon is an Israeli folk/rock musician who writes and sings in English. He was born in 33 years ago in Kibbutz Ma'abarot, and started playing guitar at the age of 12. In the year 2000, he became the founding member of the rock trio The Flying Baby, which released two albums:...

  • Polish home, about to be razed, found to have used Jewish gravestones

    2 weeks ago

    Seven Jewish gravestones were discovered to have been used in the construction of a home in Poland.

    The gravestones were used to build the ceiling of the basement of a home in Golina, TV Konin reported.

    It is believed that the headstones came from the destroyed Jewish cemetery...

  • Follow The DJ

    By Tera Greene

    2 weeks ago

    Short and sweet.

    I am launching my website, http://www.djnovajade.com, tomorrow, April 1, 2014. 

    DJing is my profession, though many of you know that I am also a speaker and writer (duh!), among other things.  So, as I take my career to the next level, I am using my gifts in...

  • 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

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • TV director’s charity reaches out to Ukrainian Holocaust survivors

    By Julie Bien

    3 weeks ago

    Zane Buzby’s day job is as a successful Hollywood television sitcom director, but her real passion lies in her charity organization, the Survivor Mitzvah Project (SMP), which helps provide continuous and direct financial aid to Holocaust survivors throughout Eastern Europe.

    Since...

  • The real threat to Ukraine’s Jewish community

    3 weeks ago

    After years of fighting against anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and later in an independent Ukraine, the Ukrainian Jewish community is now confronting a new threat. This threat comes from an unprecedented effort by the Russian government and others to paint a false impression of...

  • Jewish mogul Vadim Rabinovich running for Ukraine presidency

    3 weeks ago

    Ukrainian Jewish businessman Vadim Rabinovich announced his candidacy for president of Ukraine in the May elections.

    Rabinovich, 61, the owner and co-founder of Jewish News One and co-chair of the European Jewish Parliament, made the announcement during an interview Tuesday for...

  • G7 warns Russia of more sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates

    3 weeks ago

    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 urges tough decisions in quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace

    March 17, 2014 | 10:57 am

    President Barack Obama told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday that it will require tough decisions and risks to achieve peace with Israel and said now is the time for leaders on both sides to "embrace this opportunity."

    In White House talks overshadowed by...

  • 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...

  • Christian donors to give more than $1M in crisis aid to Ukraine Jews

    March 14, 2014 | 11:25 am

    A charity organization funded by Christians has pledged over $1 million in emergency funding for Ukrainian Jews.

    Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, made the announcement about the extra funding for Ukraine during a trip he...

  • Kiev rabbi assaulted in suspected anti-Semitic attack

    March 14, 2014 | 11:18 am

    Two unidentified men assaulted a rabbi in Kiev in a suspected anti-Semitic attack.

    The men assaulted Rabbi Hillel Cohen, who runs the Ukrainian branch of the Hatzalah emergency services organization, on Thursday on the street, his wife, Racheli Cohen, told JTA.

    “They struck him...

  • U.S. envoy Ira Forman: Russian claims on anti-Semitism in Ukraine baseless

    March 13, 2014 | 10:41 am

    Ira Forman, the Obama administration’s special envoy on anti-Semitism, disputed claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Ukrainian revolutionaries were spreading hatred of Jews.

    In an interview published Thursday in the Jewish Daily Forward, Forman said Putin’s assertions...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Petition in Poland seeks referendum to legalize ritual slaughter

    March 10, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    More than 130,000 Polish voters signed a petition calling for a public referendum on an amendment that would legalize Jewish ritual slaughter, or shechitah, in Poland.

    The petition, circulated by the National Council of Agricultural Chambers, or KRIR, was submitted last week to...

  • 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...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 7, 2014 | 11:52 am

    Renata Lefel is an upcoming Israeli artist, who entered the world of art in a rather unusual way. 


    Have you ever dreamed of leaving your old life behind and start anew as an artist in Europe? Because that is exactly what Lefel has done. To Israelife she says: “I was living in...

  • Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

    March 7, 2014 | 10:59 am

    President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.

    After an hour-long telephone call, Putin said in a statement...

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