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  • Jewish Reps in Former Soviet Union Look for Help from Western ‘relatives’

    When the tour buses filled with Reform Jewish leaders pulled up at the Mendelyeva seminar center on Moscow’s outskirts, Simon Kleiner of Gomel, Belarus, was waiting to greet them. “Hello, relatives,” he called out cheerfully, as the foreign visitors looked back, mildly bemused. It was the second day of the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s… More ▸

  • Across the Former Soviet Union Wealthy Businessman in Russia Wants to Revive a Jewish Group

    For several years, publicity-shy financier Arcadi Gaydamak has been relatively unknown compared to other donors to Russian Jewish causes. But after his election last month as president of the Congress of Jewish Religious Communities and Organizations of Russia, or KEROOR, Russia’s oldest religious Jewish umbrella group, that may change. In a recent interview with JTA,… More ▸

  • Across the Former Soviet Union Seems Like Old Times? Prosecutors Looking into Russian Jewish Group

    Russian prosecutors have launched a preliminary investigation into a Russian Jewish organization for publishing a 500-year-old Jewish text. Two weeks ago, Moscow prosecutors declined to open a criminal case against the authors of a letter calling on Russian authorities to ban Jewish religious organizations as extremist. Now, prosecutors have said they intend to investigate a… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko met with Jewish groups to explore setting up a process for the restitution of Jewish communal properties confiscated during the Soviet era. A formal process, either via a commission or law, will speed the return of properties more than case-by-case discussions, said Mark Levin, executive director of NCSJ: Advocates on Behalf… More ▸

  • Ujc Moves to Raise $160 Million for Falash Mura and Jews in FSU

    The Jewish federation system has launched a major fund-raising campaign to assist the Jews of Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union. At a meeting Sunday in New York, the board of trustees of the United Jewish Communities, the umbrella group for the North American federation system, approved a motion to raise $160 million for two… More ▸