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I remember coming home crying to my parents, saying, ‘We eat the same foods, watch the same things, why do they hate us just because we’re Jewish?’ They couldn’t answer me.”
"Everything here seems so Jewish, even the non-Jews have something Jewish about them here. Tell me, Senya, what's Jewish about you?" I ask innocently.
Comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky greets Ukraine’s Chabad rabbis
Ukraine’s President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky held what was called a “historic” meeting on May 6 in Kiev with the six leading representatives of the country’s Jewish community. The meeting with the chief rabbis of Ukraine’s six most populous regions—geogra...
Passover amid eastern Ukraine’s frozen war
News from the frontlines of eastern Ukraine’s five-year-old frozen war has long slipped from Western headlines, but for the people living in the region, daily reminders of the conflict’s existence abound. On the outskirts of Donetsk, a city of just under ...
Esther Wilhelm, who has called Zhitomir home since 1994, will speak at the annual women’s Kinus
On the Jewish landscape, Zhitomir, Ukraine, was once a big city. It had synagogues, Talmud Torahs, yeshivahs and the largest Jewish population in the heavily Jewish Volhynia region. From 1847-1862, Zhitomir’s Jewish printing press was one of only two allo...
A small local project snowballs into a growing effort abroad
Some very special gifts are making their way to Odessa, Ukraine, for children in Chabad’s Mishpacha orphanage, thanks to the efforts of a group of women in New Jersey. About 60 women gathered recently for an annual event hosted by community member Renata ...
Partnering with a local Jewish organization, Camp Gan Israel Yeka sees a bright future
ZHITOMIR, Ukraine—Eleven-year-old David Tesla sat on sun-speckled steps, fingering a gold sports medal draped around his neck. It was a year ago, July 2015, the last day of the summer session at Camp Gan Israel Yeka, Ukraine, and the boy was pensively wai...
Election of Volodymyr Groysman, grandson of a Holocaust survivor, is another sign of change
Volodymyr Groysman was appointed the new prime minister of Ukraine by President Petro Poroshenko, a move confirmed on April 14 by the embattled country’s Parliament. He replaces Arseny Yatsenyuk, and at age 38 will officially become the youngest prime min...
In good times and bad, Jews have visited the resting place of Chabad’s founder in Haditch, Ukraine
Eduard Zhak still remembers the day 12 years ago when he first visited the resting place of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad-Lubavitch, in the small town of Haditch, Ukraine. It was then, like today, the 24th of the Hebrew month of Tev...
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