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  • In Lugansk, an icy Ukraine winter tests a war-torn community

    1 day ago

    In an unheated synagogue with no running water, a dozen Jews are trying to keep warm as temperatures here veer toward the single digits.

    Not moving too much helps keep the warmth under their thick coats, they say, a technique developed as the group gathered at least once a week...

  • Where are the bodies, MH17 families ask

    November 11, 2014 | 9:57 am

    Daisy Oehlers and Bryce Fredriksz, a Dutch couple in their early 20s, were sitting near the left wing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on their way to a holiday in Bali, when "high energy objects" – as officials later called them – struck the plane over eastern Ukraine.

    Their...

  • Worst east Ukraine shelling for month; cease-fire looks in doubt

    November 10, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    East Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk was pummeled on Sunday by the heaviest shelling in a month, and the OSCE said it spotted an armored column of troops without insignia in rebel territory that Kiev said proved Moscow had sent reinforcements.

    A two-month-old ceasefire to end...

  • Survivor: Jack Nierob

    By Jane Ulman

    November 5, 2014 | 10:59 am

    It was a beautiful winter’s night in early 1944 when Jack (then Icek) Nierob, 19, left his night-shift job in the steam room of Skarzysko’s Camp C to use the latrine, an outdoor shack near the labor camp’s barbed-wire fence. On his way back, a Ukrainian guard shouted for him to...

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  • Giant Ukraine JCC provides shelter from the storm — in style

    October 3, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    Five months into the war that turned him into a refugee in his own country, Jacob Virin has already attended 20 Jewish weddings — including those of his son and two other relatives — at the $100 million JCC of Dnepropetrovsk.

    Towering over the skyline of this industrial...

  • Poland is the safest place in Europe for Jews today

    September 23, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    I survived the Holocaust in a sub-cellar in Tarnopol (Ternopil), a city now located in western Ukraine that once had a thriving Jewish as well as Polish population. Before coming to the U.S., I grew up after the war in France when philo-Semites like Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre...

  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    By tessc

    September 17, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

  • 5774: For Europe’s Jews, a year of upheaval and uncertainty

    September 16, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    A laconic man who abhors hysteria, the president of France’s CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities is not naturally inclined to emphasize his community’s fear in public, preferring to underscore French Jewry’s achievements and capacity to prosper despite recent hardships.

    But in a...

  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    September 16, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

  • Reading between the lines of, ‘Thank God it was the Americans’

    By Jared Sichel

    September 12, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    As reported by Bloomberg, five Black Hawk U.S. army helicopters and one Chinook chopper descended on a Polish farm in the town of Gruta on Wednesday in an emergency landing that was precipitated by thick fog. (Great photos available here.)

    Understandably, the residents freaked...

  • U.S. steps up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    September 12, 2014 | 9:51 am

    The United States hit Russia's largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for intervening in Ukraine.

    The sanctions target companies including Sberbank, the country's...

  • Hundreds of Jewish families remaining in eastern Ukraine for High Holidays

    By tessc

    September 10, 2014 | 12:35 pm

    Hundreds of Jewish families are staying in the flashpoint eastern Ukraine cities of Donetsk and Mariupol and will spend Rosh Hashanah there.

    The families are hoping for an extended calm after the signing of a cease-fire agreement reached last week between Ukrainian troops and...

  • Ceasefire in east Ukraine frays, woman killed by shelling

    September 7, 2014 | 10:52 am

    A woman died and at least four people were wounded when fighting flared again in eastern Ukraine overnight into Sunday, jeopardizing a cease-fire struck less than two days earlier between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists.

    The accord, brokered by envoys...

  • Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian soldiers back rebel thrust

    August 28, 2014 | 10:49 am

    Ukraine's president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war.

    Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs that the situation was...

  • The news summer from hell and the end of optimism

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 25, 2014 | 12:20 am

    By this point in the summer, a sane person could reasonably conclude that the world is going nuts.  Spiraling out of control, descending into darkness, making optimism a delusional last recourse – that kind of feeling. 

    “What fresh hell is this?” – the question Dorothy Parker...

  • Sen. Boxer forcefully defends Israel, refutes divide amongst Democratic voters

    By Jared Sichel

    August 22, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    In a Friday press conference at Los Angeles City Hall, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.), when asked about a July poll by Pew Research that showed low support for Israel amongst Democratic voters in its current war with Hamas, said she has not “seen that poll” and that the “American...

  • Ukrainian court nixes controversial Jewish heritage projects in Lviv

    August 15, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    A Ukrainian supreme court forbade the Municipality of Lviv from going ahead with controversial plans for commemorating Jewish heritage sites.

    The Supreme Economic Court of Ukraine issued its ruling Wednesday against the city’s plans to design and build projects that would...

  • For ‘hardcore’ Jews displaced by Ukrainian fighting, Israel beckons

    August 12, 2014 | 11:48 am

    Each time he dispatches a car into Lugansk, Rabbi Shalom Gopin readies himself for hours of anxious anticipation.

    The scene of brutal urban warfare between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists, this eastern Ukrainian city now has no regular power supply, running water or...

  • Russia to hold war games in show of strength near Ukraine

    August 4, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Russia announced military exercises near the border with Ukraine on Monday in a show of strength as the Ukrainian army recaptured more territory from pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

    The Russian air force said more than 100 aircraft, including fighter jets and...

  • Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia

    July 29, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War.

    The United States and the European Union, in a carefully...

  • Could a Hamas-owned SA-11 Buk destroy Israeli air travel?

    By Jared Sichel

    July 28, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    At 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 28, 2002, two men in Kenya propped Russian-made SA-7 “Strela” missile launchers on their shoulders, took aim for a nearby midair Arkia Israel Airlines passenger jet and fired at its 250 passengers.

    Both shots missed.

    At about the same time, 15 miles away in...

  • Sole Israeli national on downed Malaysian airliner was son of evangelical Christian

    July 28, 2014 | 11:48 am

    A few hours before he departed Amsterdam for Australia on July 17, Ithamar Avnon was praying for peace with his parents at their home in the Netherlands.

    That evening, pro-Russian separatists shot down Avnon’s flight, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, over eastern Ukraine, killing all...

  • Ukraine claims more territory as fight intensifies with rebels

    July 28, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Ukraine said on Monday its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, which international investigators said they could not reach because of the fighting.

    Troops recaptured two rebel-held...

  • Interpol team begins identifying victims of flight MH17 crash

    July 22, 2014 | 11:01 am

    International police agency Interpol said on Tuesday one of its teams had started identifying victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH 17 flight that crashed over Ukraine last week.

    "The remains of victims recovered so far were labeled and numbered before being transported in...

  • Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site

    July 21, 2014 | 5:45 pm

    The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts.

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte...

  • Malaysia Airlines flight over Syria reflects war zone challenge

    July 21, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    Malaysia Airlines rerouted a flight over Syria on Sunday after its usual path over Ukraine was closed, reflecting the challenges airlines face in finding conflict-free routes between Asia and Europe.

    After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down Thursday by a ground-to-air...

  • Obama: Russia must press Ukraine rebels to allow plane probe

    July 21, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama piled pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to force pro-Russian separatists to stop blocking an international investigation into the shootdown of a passenger jet last week.

    Obama denounced the Russian role in eastern Ukraine in some...

  • Jewish mother and daughter killed in Ukraine shelling

    By tessc

    July 21, 2014 | 11:39 am

    A Jewish mother and daughter were killed in a shelling in the embattled eastern Ukraine city of Lugansk.

    The victims of Friday’s explosion were identified on the website of the Lugansk Jewish community as Svetlana and Anna Sitnikov.

    Svetlana Sitnikov, 57, and her daughter Anna...

  • Fleeing ‘place full of death,’ Jews from eastern Ukraine weep for homeland

    July 21, 2014 | 10:37 am

    DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine (JTA) — Anatoly Lazaurenko’s face betrays no emotion as he watches footage of an old woman he used to know lying in the rubble of what once was his home in the war-torn city of Slavyansk.

    Oblivious to her mangled face, Anatoly, 8, points to a corner of the...

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