Feature - Ukraine: the Return of the Jews
Before the Second World War, Jews made 40% of the population in some Ukrainian cities. The Nazis, helped by local militia, wiped out Jewish life with mass execution or with transfer to concentration camps. Only those who ran away to Russia, did come back. Today a estimated 200.000 Jews thrive in Ukraine.
Nowhere is their presence more visible than in the city of Dnipropetrovk where a 20 storeys Menorah Jewish Center has been built by the Lubavitch Rabbi Samuel Kamenetsky with the help of two Ukrainian Jewish oligarchs.
Hassidic Judaism originated in Ukraine. Every Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year,...