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Ukraine Appoints Jewish Prime Minister

Volodymyr Groysman, Jewish Ukrainian PM (Photo: wikicommons/Steven13)

As the conflict and violence in Ukraine continue, IFCJ keeps caring for that nation's Jewish people, who are caught in the middle of the chaos. Now, The Times of Israel reports that a member of Ukraine's Jewish community is set to be the country's next leader:

Like many Ukrainian mayors, Vlodymir Groysman used to visit his local synagogue on Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah.

But unlike most of them, Groysman, the former mayor of Vinnytsia, did not visit the synagogue as a political gesture. He was going in his private capacity as a member of his central Ukraine city’s Jewish community.

Ukraine’s parliament Thursday confirmed the appointment of Groysman as premier in a bid to end months of political gridlock and unlock vital aid to the war torn-state.

Lawmakers voted by 257 to 50 to approve the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk — condemned by President Petro Poroshenko for losing the public’s trust — and select Groysman in the first cabinet overhaul since Ukraine’s 2014 pro-EU revolt. He is the first openly Jewish person to hold the country’s second highest post and, at 38, the youngest person to have the job...

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