In the shadow of hate

The issue of rising anti-Semitism dominates discussions at the 2013 Kiev Interfaith Forum.

Kiev Conference
Photo by: Sam Sokol
The Jewish money changer with the long, beaked nose is hunched over, his intense gaze aimed at the piles of coins on the table before him, his expression intent. Walking the streets of downtown Kiev one evening during the course of the 2013 Kiev Interfaith Forum, a recently established annual conference organized by one of the leaders of the local Jewish community, I stumbled upon this Jewish-themed restaurant. A large neon sign in the shape of a bearded hassid illuminates the storefront, while the aforementioned statue of a money changer graces the front. In the entry corridor, frescos of Jews, including a caricature of a confused-looking Orthodox man with long side-curls and a gigantic hook nose, grace the walls.

Welcome to Ukraine.

Read More..., the online edition of the Jerusalem Post Newspaper - the most read and best-selling English-language newspaper in Israel. For analysis and opinion from Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East. offers expert and in-depth reporting from Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East, including diplomacy and defense, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Arab Spring, the Mideast peace process, politics in Israel, life in Jerusalem, Israel's international affairs, Iran and its nuclear program, Syria and the Syrian civil war, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel's world of business and finance, and Jewish life in Israel and the Diaspora.

All rights reserved © The Jerusalem Post 1995 - 2014