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Rabbi Daniel Friedman
March 2, 2022
Kyiv’s puppet theater cuts its strings
Russian bombs damage Kyiv’s Babi Yar Holocaust memorial site
March 1, 2022
“It is symbolic that [Russian President Vladimir Putin] starts attacking Kyiv by bombing the site of the Babyn Yar, the biggest of Nazi massacres,” said Natan Sharansky, chair of the advisory board of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center.
Kyiv’s Jewish community watches with apprehension as Russia attacks Ukraine
February 24, 2022
“There are no bomb shelters, organized information or help from the government like we are used to in Israel,” said Inna Markovitch, wife of Kyiv’s chief rabbi. “People are being advised to go to metro stations which are deep underground, but we live 20 minutes away from the closest metro station.”
Ukraine’s Jewish community on edge as Russia invades country
February 22, 2022
Chief Rabbi Yaakov Bleich told JNS that the Jews “are part of the general community. What’s good for Ukraine is good for the Jews of Ukraine. What’s bad for Ukraine is bad for the Jews of Ukraine.”
As war looms in Ukraine, Israel relocates Kiev embassy to Lviv
February 22, 2022
Embassy officials are working to make sure that Israelis in the country will be able to flee to Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Moldova and Hungary.
Ukraine’s Jewish community in danger as Russian troops, supplies mass at border
January 31, 2022
Due to the sensitivity of the issue and Israel's good working relationship with the two countries, officials are treading carefully to avoid appearance that they’re taking sides.
Leaders at Kyiv Jewish Forum warn against rising anti-Semitism, explore new ways to combat it
December 21, 2021
“We know what it means to defend one’s own state and land with weapons in hand at the cost of our own lives,” said Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. “Both Ukrainians and Jews value freedom, and they work equally for the future of our states to become to our liking and not the future others want for us. Israel is often an example for Ukraine.”
Blinken discusses anti-Semitism, Babi Yar with Sharansky and Lieberman
July 23, 2021
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken highlighted the global challenges for democracy, the plight of political prisoners around the world and the importance of combating anti-Semitism in all of its forms.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Kyiv chief rabbi, Western diplomats plant trees as part of ceremony at Babi Yar
January 27, 2021
“We are planting the trees in order to commemorate the Jews of Kyiv massacred at Babi Yar. These saplings will grow tall to memorialize the lives lost, yet we won’t be able to enjoy their fruits when they ripen,” said Chabad Rabbi Jonathan Benyamin Markovitch.
Ukrainian president honors victims of Babi Yar
September 29, 2020
“We have no right to forget these terrible crimes. Never again,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Babi Yar at 79 … and its future
Judy Lash Balint
September 29, 2020
Since the establishment of independent Ukraine, Jews have been acknowledged; however, attempts to create an official memorial that honors all victims and provides a framework to impart the message of the Holocaust—of “Never Again”—have repeatedly stalled.
Ukrainian government honors longtime rabbi of Kiev
September 8, 2020
Rabbi Jonathan Markowitz has overseen two decades of extensive educational and social activity in the Ukrainian city, which only grew once coronavirus hit.
Ukrainian legislators observe lighting of Hanukkah candles in Kiev parliament
December 22, 2019
Main festivities, with thousands of Jews expected to attend, are to take place in Kiev, Odessa, Dnepr, Lviv and Kharkov.
Hundreds gather in Kiev for JDC’s Active Jewish Teens sixth annual conference
November 7, 2019
“I was a teenager when I first found out I was Jewish,” said b’nai mitzvah participant Ilia Buzunov. “From that moment, my life was completely changed, and today, six years later, I am a proud Jew, doing what I love—working to make my community better every day.”
Ukraine to open innovation center in Jerusalem
October 25, 2019
“The office will be equivalent of a diplomatic office and be a part of the Ukrainian embassy in Israel,” said Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz.
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