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  • Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?

    April 21, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Russia for fear it could provide Syria with a powerful anti-aircraft missile called the...

  • Josef Kreitenberg

    By Jane Ulman

    April 15, 2015 | 2:57 pm

    As the transport from Tacova, Czechoslovakia (then called Tecso, Hungary), pulled up to the Birkenau platform in late May 1944, the doors of the cattle cars slammed open. “Raus, raus,” the SS shouted, directing those fit for work into separate men’s and women’s lines. The others,...

  • Jewish-Christian charity helps Ukrainians move to Israel

    April 1, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    Tatyana Orul would have moved to Israel years ago if not for her job as a television journalist in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, which interested her too much to give up.

    But when bombs started falling next to her house last year, she reconsidered. The war between...

  • Ukrainian Jewish surgeon claims attackers shouted anti-Semitic epithets

    March 27, 2015 | 11:07 am

     A Jewish physician from Ukraine was severely beaten in what he said was an anti-Semitic assault.

    Oleksanr Dukhovskoi, a chief pediatric neurosurgeon in the east Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, told the television station 9 TV that he believed the assault Sunday was ordered by...

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  • In eastern Ukraine, a unique matzah factory puts food on Jewish tables

    March 23, 2015 | 11:49 am

    With one eye on a digital countdown timer, Binyamin Vestrikov jumps up and down while slamming a heavy rolling pin into a piece of dough.

    Aware of his comical appearance to the journalist watching, he exaggerates his movements to draw laughs from a dozen colleagues at the...

  • For Ukraine Jews, Purim holiday merely a respite

    March 5, 2015 | 11:00 am

    Jewish perseverance, and more than a bit of chutzpah, lies at the heart of the Purim holiday we celebrate this week. It is one of the reasons we are instructed to mark this raucous holiday with boundless joy and why thousands of Ukrainian Jews, despite the odds they face, will join...

  • Kerry: Russia is lying when it denies its troops are in Ukraine

    February 24, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Russia was lying when it said there are no Russian troops or equipment in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government troops.

    Fighting has abated in eastern Ukraine in recent days, raising hope that a ceasefire that...

  • Jewish woman killed by shelling in eastern Ukraine

    February 11, 2015 | 10:55 am

    A Jewish woman was killed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk when shells fired by pro-Russian insurgents hit her home.

    Irina Gregoryivna Shelkayeba, a retiree, was killed Tuesday night, Donetsk community chairman Yehuda Kelerman told JTA.

    She will be buried Thursday in the Jewish cemetery of Donetsk, Kelerman confirmed.

    The attack came less than a day after two rockets hit the nine-story building housing the Hesed social welfare center in the eastern Ukraine city of Kramatorsk. The rockets failed to explode and no one was hurt.

  • Kremlin says Putin, Obama urge swift end to bloodshed in Ukraine

    February 10, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama highlighted in a phone call on Tuesday the need for a political solution to the "internal" conflict in Ukraine to swiftly end the bloodshed there, the Kremlin said in a statement.

    The Kremlin also said the two...

  • EU official: Tensions with Russia must not muddle Holocaust record

    January 27, 2015 | 9:19 am

    Political tensions with Russia must not be allowed to obfuscate the historical record on the Holocaust, a senior European Union official said.

    Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission — the EU’s executive branch — made the plea Monday at an event in...

  • Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed ‘aggression’

    January 26, 2015 | 11:42 am

    Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago.

    U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington...

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

    December 16, 2014 | 9:26 am

    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...

  • 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

    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

    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...

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