Members of Knesset vow Jewish continuity at conference in Ukraine

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Ben Bresky

The Jerusalem Post, May 7, 2019

Three Members of Knesset and the Knesset director traveled to Kyiv to participate in a forum hosted by the Jewish confederation of Ukraine. Yoel Razbozov and Orly Fruman, both of Blue and White, Issawi Freij of Meretz and Knesset Director Albert Sakharovitz represented Israel at the conference.

MK Razbozov and the Knesset Director Sakharovitz praised the good inter-parliamentary relations between the Knesset and the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament.

Razbozov was born in the former Soviet Union and Freij, although not Jewish, participated in the conference as an Israeli member of Parliament as well.

The Israeli delegation also met with President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky, Speaker of the Parliament Andriy Parubiy and Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

Other forums at the conference focused on antisemitism and Israeli-diaspora relations. World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder also attended the conference and told The Jerusalem Post he was concerned over the rise of hard-right, ultranationalist and populist parties in Europe.

Ukraine has a rich Jewish history and is currently home to an estimated 360,000 – 400,000 Jews. Kyiv holds the largest Jewish population.

Tourism to Uman is strong, especially on Rosh Hashanah, the traditional time when the Breslov hasidic Jews visit the grave of the mystic sage Rabbi Nachman. The pilgrimage to Uman can attract up to 30,000, mostly Israeli, both secular and haredi.

The recent election of Zelensky, who is of Jewish heritage, adds another dimension to Jewish Ukrainian life. Prime Minister Groysman is also from a Jewish family, making Ukraine the only country other than Israel to have both a Jewish prime minister and President.

The two countries have been doing brisk economic trade over the past decade.

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  • barni | 17 August 2019, 20:22

    Та ні "Нінєль-міхуєль" я був неароджений простою УКРАЇНСЬКОЮ СЕЛЯНКОЮ, в простій українській хаті, з діда-прадіда правовослвній родині(на відміну від тебе). Електика в мене в хаті є. А

  • enzian | 17 August 2019, 16:18

    Мішка, пий зеленку і закусюй бинтом. Добре допомагає від москвославія головного мозку.

  • Михаил | 17 August 2019, 14:24

    Вам пора лечиться электричеством! Во всех ваших комментариях, вы постоянно говорите гадости про Католическую Церковь и даже про самого Папу. Вас что, в детстве уронили с третьего этажа или просто

  • barni | 15 August 2019, 19:37

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