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  • The City Where ‘Everything’ Began

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 10, 2011 | 10:35 am

    To sum up the exotic history of the Black Sea port of Odessa, Charles King, in “Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams” (Norton: $27.95), describes “a city that had been scouted by a Neapolitan mercenary, named by a Russian empress, governed by her one-eyed secret...

  • Jewish cultural center dedicated in Odessa

    June 7, 2010 | 12:59 pm

    A new Jewish cultural center was dedicated in Odessa.

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Odessa Jewish community on Monday formally dedicated the Beit Grand Jewish Cultural Center.

    The center was renovated and expanded with funds from the Conference on Jewish...

  • Cafe Hillel marks new tactic to reach out to young people—in Odessa

    By Matt Siegel

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ambling down one of the many picturesque side streets of crumbling copper and golden-colored slate that lend the old quarter of Odessa an aura of decaying grandeur, Kiril Alexandrovich was reminded of a famous Russian adage.

    "He who doesn't take risks," the 22-year-old Jewish...

  • Tough Guys

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Reading "The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel" (W. Norton & Co., 2002) in paperback, edited by Babel's daughter, Nathalie, got me thinking about Jewish gangsters and tough guys.

    Babel was born in Odessa in 1894. He wrote of Odessa's Jewish underworld and its gangsters in sparkling...

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