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    EU official: No new sanctions against Israel in pipeline
    Feb12

    EU official: No new sanctions against Israel in pipeline

    (JTA) — The European Union and its member states do not envision passing any new sanctions against Israel, an EU official said in refuting reports to the contrary. The official spoke to JTA on Wednesday under condition of anonymity about a report that appeared the previous day on the Israeli news website Walla. The report quoted unnamed Israeli...

    Ukrainian Jews catiously optimistic on Russia-brokered ceasefire
    Feb12

    Ukrainian Jews catiously optimistic on Russia-brokered ceasefire

    (JTA) — Leaders of Ukrainian Jewry reacted with cautious optimism to news that Russia and Ukraine have worked out an agreement designed to bring about a ceasefire along their border. Yaakov Dov Bleich, a chief rabbi of Ukraine, said he was “hoping for the best while remaining prepared for the worst” following statements by Russian President...

    Jewish woman killed by shelling in eastern Ukraine
    Feb11

    Jewish woman killed by shelling in eastern Ukraine

    (JTA) — 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...

    Rockets hit Jewish welfare center in Ukraine without exploding
    Feb10

    Rockets hit Jewish welfare center in Ukraine without exploding

    (JTA) — Two rockets hit the building housing a Jewish social welfare center in the eastern Ukraine city of Kramatorsk but did not explode. The nine-story building housing the Hesed social welfare center was hit Tuesday, according to a statement by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, or JDC, which supports the Hesed center’s...

    East Ukraine Jews to get $650,000 in emergency funding
    Feb09

    East Ukraine Jews to get $650,000 in emergency funding

    (JTA) — The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews pledged $650,000 in emergency funding for Jews in the battle zones of eastern Ukraine. The emergency funding will provide Jews from cities such as Dontesk and Mariupol, who are caught in the crossfire between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists, with medicine, food, housing and...

    New project to help olim begin conversion process before aliyah
    Feb04

    New project to help olim begin conversion process before aliyah

    (JTA) — Several Israeli institutions are launching a project to ease the aliyah process for prospective immigrants from Ukraine and Russia before they depart for Israel. The project, announced on Wednesday by the Harry O. Triguboff Israel Institute of Conversion Policy, aims to assist Jews who immigrate to Israel under its Law of Return to...

    Ukraine rebel leader uses anti-Semitic slur to describe country’s leaders
    Feb03

    Ukraine rebel leader uses anti-Semitic slur to describe country’s leaders

    (JTA) — The leader of Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebels used an anti-Semitic insult to describe the country’s political leaders. Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, during a news conference on Monday called the country’s leaders “miserable representatives of the great Jewish people.” “I...

    Swastikas again deface Babi Yar memorial monument
    Feb03

    Swastikas again deface Babi Yar memorial monument

    (JTA) — For the third time in recent months, Nazi swastikas were discovered on the Babi Yar memorial monument for Holocaust victims in Kiev. The latest incident was discovered Jan. 30 by employees of the National Historical Memorial Site in Babi Yar, where Nazi troops killed more than 33,000 Jews in 1941. The swastikas were daubed on a monument...

    Facing extradition, Israeli ‘sex rabbi’ tells Dutch daily he survived Holocaust
    Jan30

    Facing extradition, Israeli ‘sex rabbi’ tells Dutch daily he survived Holocaust

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A rabbi born in pre-State Israel fighting extradition from Holland over alleged sex crimes told a Dutch daily that he is a Holocaust survivor. Eliezer Berland, a charismatic rabbi from Jerusalem who fled Israel after several women and one minor complained he sexually assaulted them, made the claim in an interview with the Dutch...

    Politics, Putin cast shadow over Auschwitz liberation anniversary
    Jan27

    Politics, Putin cast shadow over Auschwitz liberation anniversary

    Holocaust survivor Marek Halter, left, and performers at a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, which was held at the Terezin Memorial near Prague on Jan. 27, 2015. (Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA) PRAGUE (JTA) — When they announced the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Polish...

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