The Times of Israel: “100 years on, international conferences debate Jewish role in Russian Revolution”
ARTICLES / Russia / Ukraine / United States

The Times of Israel: “100 years on, international conferences debate Jewish role in Russian Revolution”

It is now 100 years since the revolution that brought down the Russian Tsar Nicholas II. For Jews, the fall of Tsarist Russia meant a new relative freedom: the end to the Pale of Settlement, which had prevented Jews from living in big cities, and the abolition of all other anti-Semitic laws, such as quotas … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “How a female Jewish journalist alerted the world to Ukraine’s silent starvation”
ARTICLES / Canada / Ukraine

The Times of Israel: “How a female Jewish journalist alerted the world to Ukraine’s silent starvation”

While driving through the Ukrainian countryside in 1932, Rhea Clyman, a Jewish-Canadian journalist, stopped in a village to ask where she could buy some milk and eggs. The villagers couldn’t understand her, but someone went off and came back with a crippled 14-year-old boy, who slowly made his way to her. “We are starving, we … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “Russian-speaking Jews seek matchmakers to find them a find”
ARTICLES / Ukraine

The Times of Israel: “Russian-speaking Jews seek matchmakers to find them a find”

ODESSA, Ukraine — When Vadim Epstein, a computer programmer from Ukraine, began looking for a wife five years ago, he turned to a Jewish matchmaker. But the matchmaker, he said, was disorganized. At first, she couldn’t find a girl’s photo in her computer. Then she had to look through her notebook for another girl’s phone … Continue reading

Global Post: “Why rabies and tetanus are back in Ukraine”
ARTICLES / Ukraine

Global Post: “Why rabies and tetanus are back in Ukraine”

When 5-year-old Nadia Savushkina cut her leg on a tree this summer, her Ukrainian doctors cleaned her wound with hydrogen peroxide — and didn’t mention anything about a tetanus vaccine. Three weeks later, the girl fell down and couldn’t get up again. She couldn’t eat, she couldn’t speak. Then the muscle spasms began. Her head … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “In Ukraine, Jews witness historic echoes in pogroms against the Roma”
ARTICLES / Ukraine

The Times of Israel: “In Ukraine, Jews witness historic echoes in pogroms against the Roma”

Pogroms have returned to Ukraine, but this time the violence is not directed at the Jews. At the end of August, about 10 Roma families numbering approximately 80 people were forced to flee from the village of Loshchynivka, about 250 kilometers from Odessa, in an incident which was described in the Ukrainian media as a … Continue reading

The Times of Israel: “Ukrainians dig for Jewish roots as means of escape from war-torn country”
ARTICLES / Ukraine

The Times of Israel: “Ukrainians dig for Jewish roots as means of escape from war-torn country”

When bombs began falling on Donetsk two years ago, local businessman Nikolay Liskov barely had time to pack up his car and drive away with his wife, who was seven months pregnant. He left behind his home and his business, and even his winter clothes. Earlier that day, he was almost executed at a military … Continue reading

The Forward: “Does Famed 1899 Painting Debunk ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Myth on Intermarriage?”
ARTICLES / Ukraine

The Forward: “Does Famed 1899 Painting Debunk ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Myth on Intermarriage?”

No Jewish visitor to Ukraine’s National Art Museum can pass this painting without stopping to look. A Jewish woman is being assaulted, not by anti-Semites but by a crowd of angry Jews. Pressed to the fence by the mob, her hair is undone, her blouse is ripped, her eyes horrified. The rabbi is shouting at … Continue reading