IFCJ president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein said the opportunity for the olim to begin a new life in Israel, “living in a strong and independent country, constitutes a rescue for them. “The holiday of freedom that we will all celebrate soon is a significant expression of the concept of freedom… I call on the all of the people of Israel to remember the olim and invite them to their homes for the seder meal and to celebrate their freedom with them.”
Patriarch Sviatoslav is engaged in a pastoral visit to Ukrainian Greek Catholic Churches in Argentina and Paraguay beginning with services in the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin in Buenos Aires.
Aleksandr Boroda (in photo): Unfortunately, this is “a quite complicated and slow process,” despite the clear intention of the Russian law on this point.
About 8,000 Jews have moved from Donbas to Israel since 2014 with a considerable number now in other parts of Ukraine while a very small number chose to move to Russia.
“Visitors were encouraged to take part in a free health check-up which tried to determine, among several health metrics, their risk of suffering atherosclerosis.”
2017 marks 100 years since the beginning of the rise of the church-national movement for the revival of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.