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  • Behind the Headlines: Belarus Jews Express Concern over New Powers for President

    A controversial referendum giving Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko virtually unlimited powers has heightened the feeling of uncertainty among many of the country’s Jews. “The situation is very unclear,” said Boris Ozersky, director of the Belarus Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities. For now, many in the community are taking a wait-and-see approach. “Jewish history has… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World: Belarus Jews Fear Country Headed Toward Dictatorship

    The Jews of Belarus, like many others here, are fearful that they will have a dictatorship by the end of the year. A crisis broke out in the spring, when this former Soviet republic’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, unveiled a plan to hold a national referendum on expanding his powers and extending his term into the… More ▸

  • Belarus Assures Jewish Heads: Anti-semitism is Unacceptable

    The government of Belarus has assured visiting Jewish leaders that the country would not tolerate anti-Semitism. In a series of historic meetings, President Alyadsandr Lukashenka and Prime Minister Mikhail Chigir also said that previously Jewish-owned properties would be returned to the Jewish community. If a specific site cannot be returned, an alternative site will be… More ▸

  • Representatives of Belarus and Jews Mark Destruction of Minsk Ghetto

    Representatives of Jewish organizations and officials of the government of Belarus met last week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Nazi liquidation of the Jewish ghetto of Minsk. Pyotr Kravchanka, the foreign minister of Belarus, formerly known as Byelorussia, served as host for a series of government-sponsored ceremonies that included the unveiling of a… More ▸

  • Peres Pays a Nostalgic Visit to His Birthplace in Belarus

    Shimon Peres made a nostalgic trip back to his birthplace here this week, a town of 450 souls about 55 miles from Minsk. Obviously touched and excited, the Israeli foreign minister told the villagers that he could still remember the smell of the nearby woods and the sight of the river bank near the town… More ▸

  • Latest Diplomatic Relations Tie Israel to Belarus, Sierra Leone

    Israel has rapidly emerged from diplomatic limbo in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the past 18 months, it has established full diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union –which soon became defunct — with China and India, formerly hostile to the Jewish state, and with all the countries of Eastern Europe…. More ▸

  • Jews in Byelorussia to Have No Matzoh; No Baking Even in Minsk

    No matzoh is being baked anywhere in the Byelorussian Soviet Republic, not even in the capital city of Minsk, authentic information received here from the Soviet Union revealed today. The Jewish population of Byelorussia is 250,000. In addition to Minsk, one of the foremost centers of Jewish religion and culture in modern Russia, both under… More ▸

  • Cache of Ancient Hebrew Books Discovered in Byelorussian Church

    A cache of centuries-old Hebrew books has been discovered in a Greek Orthodox church in Byelorussia, it was reported here today in the Communist Yiddish daily Naye Presse. The Hebrew volumes, some of them dating back to the 16th Century, are all printed. They include a Hebrew Bible published in Leipzig in 1567. Parts of… More ▸