Uman Fines Jewish Community For Pilgrims’ Unlicensed Tent City

09/23/2014 - 20:00

Representatives of the Uman Jewish community in Ukraine paid the city approximately $15,000 in fines for erecting an unlicensed tent city for holiday pilgrims.

Chasidim Return To Israel From A Chaotic Pilgrimage To Uman

09/08/2013 - 20:00

Thousands of Jewish pilgrims are leaving Ukraine, where their weeklong stay in Uman resulted in a fire, power shortages, a sewage flood and several arrests.

In one incident, three Israeli police officers who were sent to Uman to help police there reportedly scuffled last week with locals while off duty. An estimated 26,000 Jewish pilgrims congregate every year ahead of the Jewish New Year near the gravesite of Rabbi Nachman, founder of the Breslov hasidic movement.

Chasidim pray in Uman during 2010 pilgrimage. Getty Images

The Long Road To Forgiveness

A pilgrimage to Uman, a family secret and a father-son reconciliation.
09/10/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For Rosh HaShanah, 5771, two years ago, I had dragged my father, a rabbi, and my younger brother to Uman, a blighted Ukrainian city halfway between Kiev and Odessa. We were ostensibly there for the purposes of a book I was working on: the book was about pilgrimage, more or less.

Gideon Lewis-Kraus’ book takes him from Santiago de Compostela to Rabbi Nachman’s grave in Ukraine.

Blood Libel: The Passover After Beilis

Today in history: 

Jan. 18, 1943 saw the first shots of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The Nazis intended to deport 8,000 Jews but the resistance forceed the Nazis to retreat after 5,000 were deported, saving 3,000 lives. The uprising resumed on erev Pesach, three months later.

And in 1914, 29 years prior:

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