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Jewish Journal

Yasha Levine

  • The Subbotniks: an Armenian community on the fringe of extinction

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A community of rural residents in the former Soviet Union, descended from Russian peasants who converted to Judaism two centuries ago, may soon be consigned to the dustbin of history.
     
    Mikhail Zharkov, the 76-year-old leader of Armenia's tiny Subbotnik community, said only 13 of...
  • L’Chaim to Kitsch!

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    On a dark spotlight-lit stage, a man in a long, black suit; yarmulke; and tallit slung over one shoulder fervently sings into a microphone, while a dance troupe in similar -- but sexier -- garb twirls behind him.

    He's not a cantor. He's not a rabbi. He's not even religious. He is...

  • Zoning Snafus Keep New JCC Empty

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Flashback to last fall, the opening ceremony of YESOD, a first-of-its-kind Jewish community center in the heart of St. Petersburg. This three-story modern stone-and-glass building -- built by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) with funds raised primarily from...

  • Russian City Gets New JCC

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At a time when Jewish Community Centers in the West frequently struggle to survive in prosperous communities with lots of Jews, the small Russian port city of Arkhangelsk near the Arctic Circle is on the verge of getting a brand-new JCC. A local businessman had pledged to build and...

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