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Fliers circulated near a Donetsk synagogue in eastern Ukraine, ordering Jews to register with the People’s Republic of Donetsk or face loss of citizenship and expulsion, have been denounced and determined to be forgeries.
“It is beyond unacceptable, and any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities -- from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of -- there is no place for that,” Kerry said.
News of this development spread quickly following publication in USA Today. JUF’s partner agency, NCSJ (which advocates on behalf of Jews in the republics of the former Soviet Union), has been in constant communication with Ukrainian Jewish leaders separating myth from fact in this troubling episode.
Julia Ioffe of New Republic notes the role that accusations of fascism and anti-Semitism have played in the conflict between the Russian government and the new Ukrainian government, and suggests it might have been a play to make one side look more fascist than the other.
JUF, through its partner agencies, is providing increased assistance to Ukraine’s Jewish community and is monitoring all acts of anti-Semitism and other local developments.
The day before Passover, shootings at a JCC and a Jewish assisted-living facility in suburban Kansas City shook the nation. Jews across the country and the world voiced their prayers and support for the Overland Park and Leawood communities, and gave condolences to the families of the three victims, who were allegedly killed by a known, active white supremacist.
Now, a piece of the national dialogue has turned to addressing issues of safety for synagogues and Jewish institutions. JUF Executive Vice President Jay Tcath, in interviews with both CBS 2 Chicago and WBEZ’s Morning Shift stressed the need to accomplish two sometimes conflicting goals: proviidng secure facilities that remain open, inviting and welcoming.
On Tuesday, May 6, celebrate Israel’s Independence Day right in the heart of Chicago.
Bring your Israeli flags, wear blue and white, and join JUF from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., for an afternoon featuring Israeli food, a performance by Israeli singing sensation Mika Karni, a flag-raising ceremony, and exhibits highlighting Israeli technical innovation and tourism.
The Yom Ha’atzmaut festivities kick off Israfest, a month-long celebration of Israel’s 66th anniversary benefiting Israel Children’s Zone, a JUF initiative working to transform the educational system in our partner region of Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir. Support Israel Children’s Zone today.
When Stephanie Goldfarb, senior associate of JUF's teen initiatives, isn't getting teens excited about philanthropy and making the world better, she loves to cook. And according to the Food Network, when it comes to cooking, she's one of the best.
This past Sunday, Goldfarb debuted as one of 16 home chefs competing on Food Network's new series, “America’s Best Cook.” Contestants, each representing a geographic region of the United States (North, South, East and West), compete for the distinction of the show’s title. Each team is mentored by a famous Food Network chef.
For many young American Jews, a trip to Israel – whether via youth group, study abroad, or Taglit-Birthright Israel – has become nearly as much a rite of passage as a bar or bat mitzvah.
But as 19 Israeli high school students learned last week during a 12-day visit to Chicago through JUF’s Diller Teen Fellows program, cultural exchange doesn’t go in just one direction.
“America is so different than Israel in so many ways,” said Israeli Nur Lev, age 15. “Being here, and hearing new opinions… it opens your mind.”
These Israeli students are the peer counterparts to a cohort of 17 Chicago-area Jewish teens participating in the 15-month Diller program, which will send the American teens to Israel this summer for an additional joint seminar.
Calls to free Alan Gross, a U.S. prisoner in Cuba since 2009, ratcheted up this week when Gross announced he had gone on a hunger strike. Gross has been trying to get the attention of President Obama in hopes the U.S. will negotiate to release him from his 15-year sentence.
A professor at a Palestinian university took 27 Palestinian college students on a trip to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Upon his return, the university disowned the trip and fellow Palestinians have called the professor a traitor.
Spider-Man is Jewish – at least according to actor Andrew Garfield, the actor who portrays Peter Parker in Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man” series. Garfield, who was raised Jewish and whose father is Jewish, told Time Out, “he hems and haws about his future because he’s neurotic. He’s Jewish."
The Center for Jewish Genetics and the Newberger Hillel at the University of Chicago present a free morning of lectures on Jewish genetics and medical ethics at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 27 at UChicago Hillel, 5715 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Dr. Robert Neimeyer, author, professor and expert on death, grief, loss and suicide prevention, will be the featured speaker at two events next month sponsored by Jewish Child & Family Services, the Jewish Healing Network of Chicago and the Lauri S. Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss. Register here.
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