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Poet, translator Moses Fishbein needs help to conduct surgery abroad and further rehabilitation

Poet, translator, member of the Ukrainian PEN Moses Fishbein has been in the hospital in serious condition for the third week. He needs help to conduct surgery abroad and further rehabilitation. To this end, his colleagues at the Ukrainian PEN initiated the fundraising.

Vaad of Ukraine deeply mourns the victims of the terrorist attack at the synagogue of the German city of Halle

Свечи в городе Дессау в память погибших в результате теракта в Галле

The Vaad of Ukraine deeply mourns the victims of the terrorist attack at the synagogue of the German city of Halle in the land of Saxony-Anhalt. The vile attack took place on Yom Kippur, the most holy day for Jews around the world, when even not very observant members of the congregation gather in synagogues for prayer.

Vaad of Ukraine is now on Telegram!

In addition to Facebook, the newsletter and the Youtube channel, we have appeared on Telegram!

Master Program in Jewish Studies at the NaUKMA

The MA in Jewish Studies Program is the first degree in Jewish Studies program in Ukraine. It was launched by the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) together with the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine in 2012 in order to develop academic Jewish Studies in Ukraine. The program is under the management of the NaUKMA Department of History and the Ukrainian Association for Jewish Studies. The program aims to train highly skilled professionals in the study of Jewish History and Culture.

Virtual exhibition «Babyn Yar: Memory against History’s Background»

The project was implemented by the Kyiv History Museum and the Public Committee «Babyn Yar», with support from the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance and the Canadian Charity “Ukrainian Jewish Encounter Initiative”.

A Letter of Concern by Ukrainian Historians Regarding the Plans to Construct the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center

On September 28, 2016, during the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Babyn Yar tragedy in Kyiv a plan was announced to create Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center. The project was initiated by Russian billionaires of Ukrainian descent Pavlo Fuks, Mykhaylo Fridman, Herman Khan and a Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Pinchuk.

Charity campaign Hope4Hanukkah took place in Ukraine for the fifth time

Hanukkah is the festival of victory of light over darkness. The celebration of hope’s greatness in times of despair. Every year in UUJS and ACF 2U we strive to bring light and hope into the homes and hearts.   

Memorandum of the Coalitions “For Democratic Choice”

Aims and goals of the Coalitions: 

  • Unite various private and corporate factors of each country (citizens, NGOs, commercial entities, governmental bodies) to aid the peoples and countries that had selected the democratic way of development of their own free will and chose to join the Euro-American identity and civilization model;

Andrei Adamovsky. Security of the Jewish Community of Ukraine


Speech of the Vice President of the World Jewish Congress, co-President of the Association of Jewish Communities and Organizations (Vaad) Ukraine Andrei Adamovsky

Joint Statement of the Ukrainian World Congress, The World Congress of the Crimean Tatars and the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine on the first anniversary of the forceful annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation


The Ukrainian World Congress, The World Congress of the Crimean Tatars, and the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communites of Ukraine resolutely condemn the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and its aggressive acts against Ukraine which are a direct threat not only to Ukraine, but to peace and stability in Europe

Speech of Josef Zissels at parliamentary hearings titled “Role, Meaning, and Influence of Civil Society on the Creation of the Ethno-National Policy of Unity in Ukraine” Kyiv, 11.03.2015

So how can we, Ukraine’s ethnic communities, help Ukraine?

I am talking about us – about the leaders of ethnic communities. How can we and our communities help Ukraine?  And I can propose at least one direction that we can work in. Our ethnic minorities have their historical homelands and our global and international diasporas. These represent a wealth of potential aid that we can – and must – tap.

J. Zissels: It is important for me to live in a country where each year it becomes more and more clear that today’s citizens of Ukraine are mostly descendants of those righteous Ukrainians rather than of executioners

I am officially stating that author Will Stewart and the editors of MailOnline deceived their readers by attributing to me, without any grounds, the phrase about the ethnicity of the killers of the Jews in the context of the story of mass killing of the Jews in Western Ukraine. I have never, under any circumstances, made any statements to this effect. Neither have I made any other statements that could be interpreted this way in connection with the Ukrainian tragedy. I urge MailOnline to stop quoting the statements ascribed to me in this article and to never appeal to them in any public form.

EAJC Statement on Provocative Speeches of Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky

The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress is deeply outraged by the provocative anti-Semitism statements made by Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, at a press conference on February 2.

Ten thousand in Australia rally in support of Israel

Israel supporters rally in Australia
Ten thousand Australians rallied in support of Israel in Sydney on Sunday at a peaceful demonstration in one of the city’s suburbs. Participants at the rally waved signs saying “We stand with Israel!” and “Stop the rockets!” and chanted “Am Yisroel Chai”as they heard communal figures defend the Jewish State.

Ukrainian Jews Protest Statements by Russian MFA

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mikhail Bogdanov has attempted to find support among Russian Jewish organizations, claiming that Ukrainian Jews need the kind of support mentioned above. However, a resolution has been adopted at the session of the World Jewish Congress Executive Committee that took place two weeks ago in Paris, which read: “The WJC Executive Committee [...] recognizes the new Ukrainian government’s assurances and actions, that Jews and Jewish life in Ukraine will be protected,” and “urges all governments, media and non-governmental organizations and their representatives not to cause this complex situation to deteriorate by making unfounded accusations, or giving exaggerated accounts, of the situation of the Ukrainian Jewish population.” Representatives of Jewish communities around the world voted for this resolution, including the Russian delegation.

Ukrainian Jews Celebrate Passover Amid Crisis

Jews around the world are celebrating the beginning of Passover tonight. The holiday commemorates the exodus from slavery into freedom. For Jews in Ukraine, the holiday has an especially powerful meaning this year, coming on the heels of a secular revolution. NPR’s Ari Shapiro reports for Here & Now from Donetsk

To the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on behalf of the multi-national people of Ukraine, Ukraine's national minorities, and on behalf of the Jewish community

You have stated that Russia wants to protect the rights of the Russian-speaking citizens of the Crimea and all of Ukraine and that these rights have been flouted by the current Ukrainian government. Historically, Ukrainian Jews are also mostly Russian-speaking. Thus, our opinion on what is happening carries no less weight than the opinion of those who advise and inform you.

Ukrainian Jews have written a letter accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin

Josef Zisels, chairman of the Association of Jewish Communities and Organizations of Ukraine (VAAD), and several other prominent Ukrainian Jews have written a letter accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of exaggerating the plight of Russian-speaking citizens (including Jews) under the newly established Ukrainian government, as well as exaggerating the need to protect those citizens as an excuse for an armed incursion into Crimea.

NCSJ: Statement about situation in Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine today turned dire as Russian lawmakers unanimously approved a request by Russian President Vladimir Putin to send armed forces to Ukraine.
There are reports that Russian military forces are already in Crimea, and more are on their way to Ukraine.


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