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  • Elderly Russians rediscover their Jewish roots through JDC centers

    YEKATERINBURG, Russia, May 9 (JTA) — Lev Entin, a 90-year-old resident of St. Petersburg, has spent the past year relearning something he spent most of his life trying to forget: his Judaism. Entin”s father was a shochet, or ritual slaughterer, and until Entin was 12, he attended a cheder, or Jewish school. But after that,…

  • Jewish centers offer safety net for elderly in former Soviet Union

    YEKATERINBURG, Russia, May 9 (JTA) — Evgeniya Fridman pours into a glass jar some of the free soup she’s just received at a soup kitchen here. “These lunches give us life,” says Fridman, as she adds more food to the jar. The leftovers will serve as her dinner, she explains. “I will have it at…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD ADL publishes book to remind Bulgarians of their tolerant past

    SOFIA, Bulgaria, April 20 (JTA) — Renee Benjaminov of Terre Haute, Ind., begins each day with a prayer for the well-being of the Bulgarian people who saved her life — and the lives of thousands of other Bulgarian Jewish families during World War II — when she was a teen-ager in Bulgaria. A member of…

  • Russian court bans neo-Nazis as pressure on group intensifies

    MOSCOW, April 19 (JTA) — Russia’s largest and best-organized far-right organization has come under fire on several fronts. This week, a court in the Russian capital banned the Moscow branch of the neo-Nazi Russian National Unity movement, a group that may have been responsible for an attack last week on a synagogue in Minsk, the…

  • Ukraine’s Jews confront schism as two umbrella groups compete

    KIEV, Ukraine, April 18 (JTA) — In moves reflecting the turmoil in Ukraine’s organized Jewish community, two rival umbrella organizations have formed here in recent weeks. Last week, some of Ukraine’s leading Jewish groups summoned about 300 activists to Kiev to announce the founding of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine. The move took place one…

  • Orders to arrest Russian tycoons harken back to Soviet era, Jews say

    MOSCOW, April 12 (JTA) — A decision by Russian prosecutors to order the arrest of two business tycoons with Jewish roots does not signify a return to state-sponsored anti-Semitism, say Russian Jewish leaders. But the leaders are nonetheless concerned that the arrest warrants are reminiscent of Soviet-era political persecutions. The concerns were voiced after the…

  • Yeltsin backs Palestinian state, but urges more talks with Israel

    MOSCOW, April 6 (JTA) — Russia supports Palestinian statehood, but would like to see it emerge as a result of negotiations with Israel, President Boris Yeltsin told visiting Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat this week. Yeltsin said the negotiations should “meet the interests of all nations” in the Middle East, Sergei Prikhodko, a presidential aide,…

  • Yeltsin backs Palestinian state, but urges more talks with Israel

    MOSCOW, April 6 (JTA) — Russia supports Palestinian statehood, but would like to see it emerge as a result of negotiations with Israel, President Boris Yeltsin told visiting Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat this week. Yeltsin said the negotiations should “meet the interests of all nations” in the Middle East, Sergei Prikhodko, a presidential aide,…

  • Yeltsin backs Palestinian state, but urges more talks with Israel

    MOSCOW, April 6 (JTA) — Russia supports Palestinian statehood, but would like to see it emerge as a result of negotiations with Israel, President Boris Yeltsin told visiting Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat this week. Yeltsin said the negotiations should “meet the interests of all nations” in the Middle East, Sergei Prikhodko, a presidential aide,…

  • Primakov to Jewish officials: Anti-Semitism to be combated

    MOSCOW, March 23 (JTA) — Russia’s prime minister has condemned the recent rise in anti-Semitism in Russia and said he would press for new hate crimes legislation to combat the growing scourge. Yevgeny Primakov’s statements, which he told to officials with the Anti- Defamation League and the Russian Jewish Congress, came on the eve of…