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  • A deaf man spreads God’s word

    Religious doors were pried open in western Russia as soon as the curtain came down on communism, but Jewish life in a remote slice of Siberia is waking up only now thanks to Mark Kravetzs, an 80-year-old who lost his home, family and hearing, but never hi

  • Ukrainian Jew heads gulag museum

    While world Jewry has spent millions of dollars preserving Nazi camps across Eastern Europe, one Russian Jew has embarked on a grassroots journey to memorialize the crimes of Lenin and Stalin that, according to Russia’s Justice Ministry, affected virtuall

  • Yoga leader lectures on Judaism

    Omsk’s Hesed center is using yoga to attract the city’s highly assimilated senior citizens, who may never otherwise visit this community center to come closer to Jewish culture.

  • Remote village loses faith

    Jewish traditions are dying in the village of Iudino which is hardly surprising in rural Russia, where Soviet sympathies still run strong and Jewish populations rarely exceed a half dozen. But the fading of Jewish life in this town, known for its long and

  • Holocaust memorial dedicated in Latvia

    After weeks of discord over an inscription, a Holocaust memorial was unveiled in Latvia commemorating the 1941 murder of 27,000 residents of the Riga Ghetto in a nearby forest.

  • Reward program for Nazis runs new ads

    A reward for information on Nazi war criminals has led the Lithuanian government to investigate possible war crimes in two of the country’s villages. Similar ads are slated to run in Latvia and Estonia.

  • NATO aspirants focus on Jewish issues

    Later this month, seven nations will clear a crucial hurdle toward full membership in NATO, but will remain under close scrutiny to ensure they follow through on promises regarding “value issues,” including how they handle Jewish affairs.

  • Righteous Gentiles given thanks

    A dozen Righteous Gentiles in Minsk convene twice a month for dinner courtesy of the JDC, a small yet symbolic expression of gratitude to an aging group of Belarussians who shielded Jews in World War II.

  • Rewards for info on war criminals

    A program offering $10,000 rewards for information that leads to the conviction and punishment of any Nazi war criminal worldwide is an effort to turn up credible witnesses on Nazi crimes before it’s too late.

  • Lithuanian students in Jewish culture club

    Fifteen non-Jewish Lithuanian girls spend two afternoons a week in a bare, Communist-era classroom learning about a Jewish culture that is all but dead in this tiny Baltic nation.