Jews in Kiev say the protests were about democracy; others in Odessa believe the Maidan was full of Nazis. Now what?
Jews have lived in the area since ancient times, and leaders from Catherine the Great to Stalin encouraged their settlement there
Racist nationalists are not determining the direction of the Maidan movement
Russia has likened the protests to pogroms, but Jews have joined the movement because what’s at stake is an independent future
Plus Kerry says spring peace deal still attainable, and more in the news
The steel magnate—son-in-law of the former president and once a symbol of post-Soviet nepotism—now advocates for the rule of law
If you hate beets, you probably haven’t had them prepared properly. Here’s a dessert that’ll have you seeing red—in a good way.
Women from all over the world will travel to Ukraine to pray at the grave of Hasidic leader Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
International chess champions Anna Zatonskih and Irina Krush play the game of life to a draw
A large cross installed without permits at the site of a mass Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage was recently vandalized with Hebrew graffiti pledging vengeance
A visit to Lviv for my brother’s wedding showed that for some Jews with Eastern European roots, you can’t go home again
94-year-old Michael Karkoc has been in the United States since 1949
A visit with Arkady Gendler, the last link to the living roots of Yiddish culture, on the eve of a new album
Plus hundred of Jewish tombstones recovered in Greece after long search
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Living off of Jewish memory in old Chernowitz, once the Jerusalem of Ukraine
The skilled Israeli painter, a Holocaust survivor who died in 2010, has a major gallery show in New York. Plus: an interview with his daughter.
An entrepreneur opened a Jewish-themed restaurant in Lviv, Ukraine. Chopped liver is on the menu, but not its price—diners get to haggle over it.
A new English-language translation of the short stories of Soviet writer Der Nister, or The Hidden One, brings his enigmatic Yiddish work to light
The Ukrainian Black Sea port has lost most of its Jews, but not the vestiges of the muddled, criminal city Isaac Babel imagined
Plus when did *she* grow to be so tall? and more
Plus oh Shelley Berkley, the BBC, and more
Plus Palestinian engineer taken, the tsunami, and more in the news
Yeah, we said ‘Who?’ too
A one-of-a-kind character, yet consummately of his times
Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands contextualizes the story of Eastern European Jewry’s sad fate without relativizing it
Rodger Kamenetz’s new book connects Rabbi Nachman, Franz Kafka, a turkey, and a cockroach
World Without Nazism is a Kremlin-flavored Anti-Defamation League for the post-Soviet realm—but is it good for Jews?
Plus opponents go to court, Mavi Marmara goes home, and more in the news