Emergency response: FJC launches ‘For Life’ Hotline for Ukrainian Jews

Corona relief: Even under normal circumstances, Ukraine’s health and welfare systems are in a difficult state. Most of the medical centers across the state are primitive and unable to provide advanced medical care. They operate without advanced equipment and adequate medical supplies and suffer from a constant shortage of beds and respirators. Similarly, the welfare […]

On eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day: Anti-Semites attempt to torch Kherson Synagogue

Last night, at 2:45 am, two unknown youngsters approached the Grand Synagogue and JCC of Kherson, Ukraine, and attempted to set it on fire with a couple of Molotov cocktails. These immediately ignited, but were quickly extinguished without harming the interior of the building. The community’s Rabbi Yosef Wolff informed the local police and security […]

Odessa’s Medal of Honor Awarded to City’s Chief Rabbi

Last week, during the festival of Passover, the Mayor of Odessa, Mr. Gennady Trukhanov, made a formal visit to the offices of the Chief Rabbi of Odessa and Southern Ukraine, Rabbi Avraham Wolff, and awarded him the city’s ‘Medal of Honor’ in recognition of the Rabbi’s significant contribution to the city.   Rabbi Wolff, who […]

World’s oldest Jew passes away at 106

Chaim Goldberg of Vladivostok, Russia, was a WW2 veteran Chaim Goldberg, who was the world’s oldest living Jew, passed away on Sunday night at the age of 106. He was a resident of Vladivostok, a city in eastern Russia. Goldberg was also one of the oldest living veterans of the Second World War, having driven […]

President of Ukraine sends greetings to the Jews of Ukraine for Passover

The President of Ukraine, Mr. Vladimir Zelensky, sent his greetings to the Jews of Ukraine in honor of the festival of Passover. Following is the text posted on the President’s official website:   Jews of Ukraine Please accept my sincere greetings on the occasion of Passover – the holy festival honoring the freedom of the […]

Putin congratulates Russia’s Jewish community on Passover

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated his country’s Jewish community on Thursday for the Passover holiday. “This ancient holiday reminds people of the Jewish faith of important and fateful events in biblical history: gaining their freedom and dignity,” said Putin. It is important that Russian Jews cherish their ancestors’ customs and traditions and carefully pass them […]

Lukashenko wishes Happy Passover to Jewish community

MINSK, 8 April (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has congratulated Jewish people on Passover, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader. The head of state noted that this is one of the oldest and most important Jewish holidays. For more than three thousand years, it has been the symbol of pursuance of freedom and the right of nations […]

Jewish FSU Prepares for a Very Different Passover

Hundreds of Jewish communities, in both large cities and small towns and villages across the former Soviet Union, are now in the final stages of preparation towards a very different Passover, unlike any they have ever experienced before. With traditional public Seders forbidden and an unprecedented global financial crisis due to the coronavirus epidemic, tens […]