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  • Fear factor’ affects Ukraine census

    Ukraine’s first national census since independence, which many observers say severely undercounted the number of Jews, may not have taken account of respondents’ “fear factor.”

  • Ukrainian community marks coming of age

    A recent Bar Mitzvah in Kharkov represented a coming of age of the Jewish community in post-Soviet Ukraine, and of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in particular.

  • Ukrainian Holocaust programs get boost

    Ukrainian Jewish organizations are teaming up with the Anne Frank House of Amsterdam to help teach Ukrainians the lessons of the Holocaust and to increase tolerance in contemporary Ukraine.

  • Memorial to Ukraine massacre erected

    A new monument at Drobitsky Yar in Ukraine memorializes the Nazi massacre of 30,000 locals, most of them Jews, in World War II.

  • Teaching Chanukah in Ukraine

    Hillel is banking on a combination of education and outreach to make the number of Ukranians participating in Jewish communal events rise. Hillel is using a workshop that teaches students how to teach others about how to celebrate Chanukah to make inroad

  • Ukraine investigates beating of pilgrims

    The details of a clash between residents of the central Ukrainian city of Uman and a group of young Chasidic pilgrims from Israel, are still being investigated. One account of the conflict described three of the visitors as having been beaten up.

  • Compromise efforts over Babi Yar center

    Efforts are under way to broker a compromise over a proposed community center at the site of the Babi Yar killings in the Ukraine. The project, which has divided Kiev’s Jewish community, is a multimillion-dollar project financed by the American Jewi

  • Ukrainian instability and the Jews

    Despite the tumult of public demonstrations against Ukraine’s president, Leonid Kuchma, it’s business as usual for the Jewish community — or as usual as it can be in a country undergoing a painful political and economic transition.