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  • Poland is the safest place in Europe for Jews today

    9 hours ago

    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

    6 days ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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...

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

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Obama condemns Russia over downed plane in Ukraine, gunmen hamper inquiry

    July 18, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    President Barack Obama demanded Russia stop supporting separatists in Ukraine after the downing of a Malaysian airliner by a surface-to-air missile he said was fired from rebel territory raised the prospect of more sanctions on Moscow.

    Calling the deaths of almost 300 people from...

  • Israeli among 298 fatalities aboard downed Malaysian plane

    July 18, 2014 | 8:57 am

    A 27-year-old Israeli was among the 298 victims who died when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine.

    Dov Avnon, Itamar Avnon’s father, announced his son’s death on Facebook, the Maariv daily reported Friday.

    “They say life is short — yes it is true,” wrote...

  • U.S. government believes Malaysia jet hit by surface-to-air missile

    July 17, 2014 | 2:09 pm

    A U.S. official said the United States believes a surface-to-air missile brought down the Malaysian airliner that crashed on Thursday in eastern Ukraine, killing all 295 people aboard.

    The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the origin of the missile was...

  • U.S., European agencies warned pilots about Ukraine airspace dangers in April

    July 17, 2014 | 10:51 am

    Aviation safety authorities in the United States and Europe warned pilots in April about potential risks flying in or near Ukraine airspace, where a Malaysian passenger airliner went down on Thursday.

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on April 23 issued a "special notice"...

  • Air France decides to avoid east Ukrainian air space

    July 17, 2014 | 10:21 am

    Air France on Thursday it had decided to avoid east Ukrainian air space after a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in a field in Ukraine near the Russian border.

    An adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry said all the 280 passengers and 15 crew members onboard died. The Boeing...

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