|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
In Brief ...
Once, giving a lesson to my son who was 5 then, I told him one should think about what he says, otherwise he would have to bear a serious responsibility for them; not in vain do they say, "A word is not a bird...". My stubborn son proudly said, "And my word is a bird". I often recall this reading modern newspaper and Jewish editions, in particular.
On behalf of The Tzedaka Foundation, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each member of your community. Due to the community's generous contribution every Argentine Jewish family in need was able to have matzo during Passover this year.
Echo after the publication in the "Srolichniye novosti" on vandalism in Kurenyovka cemetery was getting stronger. Even the Israeli "Maariv" informed about profaned in Kiev graves. Nonetheless, all city organizations the editorial board applied to had no information...
In the period from the last decade of the XVI - till the beginning of the XVIII centuries waves of peasant-Cossack rebellions engulfed Ukraine. Rebels, as a Ukrainian historian M.Kostomarov noted, hated Jews "by far stronger and fiercer than their landowners (magnates and szlachta - A.N.). Each rebellion was abundant in similar ways to vent this hatred: synagogues and dwellings of Jews were devastated, their sacred places were profaned, they themselves, given an opportunity, were drowned and hanged.
We have another good news! A kosher Jewish restaurant "Kidush" has opened its doors in our city. As they say, "Mazl tov!". Bon voyage! Why, you may ask, should this restaurant not be opened if all others do this? A Ukrainian restaurant gets opened, the same goes with an Armenianan one, why not ours, a Jewish one?
Since November 1999 the Zhytomir synagogue is home to a club "La Yiddish" created under the leadership of community's Rabbi Yaakov Muzykant. During nearly three years every Monday and Wednesday club members gather to hold their meetings. There are 15 participants of different ages, professions and education in it.
The elder of Glukhov community Leya-Haya Pismennaya has become 92. This woman has seen much in her life: a pogrom of Jews in 1918, massacre and robberies by the Denikin "wild division" in 1919. She remembers how Iona Yakir together with Glukhov partisans and Red Guard soldiers was driving away this gang, how her father Aaron-Nison Samuilovich, risking his neck, buried 130 victims of pogroms after a Jewish ritual.