KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — Jews in the western Ukrainian city of Lvov marked the 85th birthday of journalist Boris Komsky.
Leaders of Jewish organizations and other friends and colleagues gathered at the Leopolis Lvov B’nai B’rith lodge on Sunday for the celebration.
Komsky has served for 17 years as the editor-in-chief of Shofar, the leading Jewish publication for Lvov and the region. He is also an activist in the Lvov Jewish community, as well as B’nai B’rith Leopolis.
Komsky is a veteran of World War II. After the war he became a professional soldier and served in the Soviet Army as a military correspondent for a military publication until his retirement.
The author of several books, Komsky has been awarded with numerous awards and medals. He also has published many articles in the mainstream Western Ukrainian media and in Jewish publications.
The Jewish community of Ukraine and the Association of Jewish Media in Ukraine expressed gratitude to Komsky for his service to the Jewish people.
“We express our gratitude for his efforts to propagate Jewish culture and the strengthening of Jewish consciousness,” said Mikhail Frenkel, a president of the Association of Jewish Media in Ukraine.