Weekly News Update 
WASHINGTON, D.C. October 30, 2015
TO: NCSEJ Leadership and Interested Parties
FROM: Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman;
Alexander Smukler, NCSEJ President;
Mark B. Levin, NCSEJ Executive Director
Dear Friend,

I am writing to you from Kyiv, on the NCSEJ fall mission to Ukraine, as we prepare to celebrate Shabbat. It's been a remarkable trip so far and upon our return, I'll share a full report with you on our activities.

Among the highlights so far, I had the opportunity to speak at a rally organized by the Ukraine Jewish community on behalf of Israel. See the update for a report on the rally.

Ed Robin_ Amb. Eliab Byelotserkovski_ Mark Levin
NCSEJ Past Chairman Ed Robin, Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine Eliab Byelotserkovski, and Mark Levin

In the last few days, we have also had the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Speaker of the Parliament Volodymyr Groysman, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin, Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko, and many members of the Ukrainian Jewish community.

PM Yatsenyuk_ Daniel Rubin
Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk shakes hands with NCSEJ Executive Committee Member Daniel Rubin

Rada Speaker Volodymyr Groysman and NCSEJ President Alexander Smukler

In our conversations with government officials, we have discussed issues ranging from Ukraine's relationships with Israel and the United States, to their efforts to ensure adequate security for Jewish community institutions and memorials.

At the Ukrainian Parliament
NCSEJ and Ukraine Jewish community leaders at the Ukrainian Parliament

The next stop on our trip will be Dnipropetrovsk, where we will be hosted by Chief Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky and the Dnipropetrovsk Jewish community.

Mark B. Levin
Executive Director

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