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  • Russian Jews built this city on rock and roll (and klezmer)

    February 1, 2016 | 2:14 pm

    When the six members of the Simcha klezmer band hauled their instruments into a dilapidated rehearsal space, no one suspected they were about to hijack a government building in this large, clean city some 450 miles east of Moscow.

    But that’s exactly what happened in...

  • In an ultra-wealthy Moscow suburb, a luxurious JCC opens its doors

    December 15, 2015 | 2:29 pm

    On the only road connecting this affluent village on Moscow’s western outskirts, Russian secret service agents are blocking all inbound traffic. Drivers bound for Zhukovka pull over and step out to smoke while chatting with other motorists as a line of luxury cars grows on the...

  • Flagging of Jewish group adding to Russian community’s insecurity

    September 29, 2015 | 2:22 pm

    A senior Russian rabbi condemned the government’s listing of a Jewish welfare group as a foreign agent, calling it part of a policy which is making Jews insecure of their future in Russia.

    Boruch Gorin, a Chabad rabbi who acts as a senior aide to Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar...

  • Anton Yelchin explores extramarital love’s time slot in ‘5 to 7’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 2, 2015 | 1:58 pm

    In Victor Levin’s new romantic film, “5 to 7,” an aspiring author laments to a friend about his affair with a French diplomat’s wife who is in an open marriage.  “I was taught that there are no free lunches…the other shoe drops and you suffer 1,000-fold,” the character, named Brian...

  • Ancient Russian synagogues rededicated

    November 4, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Two ancient synagogues that Soviet authorities confiscated in rural Russia were rededicated as Jewish houses of worship.

    One rededication occurred this week in Voronezh, in southern Russia, at a 110-year-old synagogue that was nationalized and turned into a textile factory. The...

  • Russian Jews urge Netanyahu to ignore U.S. Jews’ call for ceding land

    April 9, 2013 | 7:37 am

    One hundred Russian Jewish notables urged Benjamin Netanyahu to ignore recent pleas by American Jews calling on the Israeli prime minister to cede land for peace.

    In an open letter from Russia published Tuesday, the Russian Jews wrote that their message was a reaction to the...

  • Israeli volunteers head to N.Y. to help in Sandy relief efforts

    November 14, 2012 | 11:00 am

    A delegation of Israeli volunteers is on its way to the New York area to assist the Jewish community in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

    The volunteers, young adult Russian speakers, will be in New York for 10 days to assist the Jewish community, with a focus on Russian speakers,...

  • After Russian exodus, Jews rebuild communities

    March 13, 2012 | 11:05 am

    While Saddam Hussein’s forces shelled Israel during the Gulf War, 12-year-old Alex Kalmikov arrived at Ben Gurion Airport from Soviet Georgia. “Three days later we had our first gas mask alarm,” he recalled.

    In what is considered by many to be the second major Jewish exodus...

  • In Putin’s return, Russian Jews see stability

    October 4, 2011 | 1:18 pm

    Was Vladimir Putin’s carefully choreographed plan to return to Russia’s presidency in 2012 a big blow to democracy or a victory for stability?

    It all depends on who you ask.

    Most Russian Jews, it seems, say that Putin’s return after a four-year stint as prime minister is good...

  • Kissinger: Gassing Jews would not be a U.S. problem

    December 12, 2010 | 10:55 pm

    Henry Kissinger is heard saying on newly released Nixon tapes that the genocide of Soviet Jews would not be an American concern.

    The tapes chronicle President Richard Nixon’s obsession with disparaging Jews and other minorities.

    Kissinger’s remarks come after a meeting he and Nixon...

  • Briefs: Rudy and Hillary lead, Jews for Putin, Russia needs Jews

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Clinton, Giuliani Lead Among Jews

    U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Rudy Giuliani come in first and second in approval ratings in a poll of American Jews.

    Clinton, the front-runner among Democrats, scored 53 percent in this year's American Jewish Committee poll. Giuliani, the...

  • Impact of Soviet Jewry drive still resonates in U.S. today

    By Sue Fishkoff

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Jacob Birnbaum began knocking on dormitory doors at Yeshiva University in the spring of 1964, he only half-believed anyone would answer.

    The young British activist had come to New York to mobilize a grass-roots campaign to draw attention to the plight of 3 million Jews trapped...

  • How Jewish is ‘Too Jewish’?

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm


    Eugene Yelchin painted his "Section Five" series using his fingers instead of brushes. In the earthy, orangy-brown tones and thick, rounded strokes of paint, the faces he painted emerge blurred somewhat with the background, as if the artist didn't want them to be seen clearly.

  • The new face of Russian Jewry

    By Lea Silverman

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Tatyana Sharfman applied to immigrate to the United States, she was not yet sure that she wanted to leave her native country of Russia. Her aunt, who had left Russia in 1992 and now lives in the San Fernando Valley, was determined to bring over the rest of the family, and so...

  • A Russian Pesach

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Cantor Svetlana Portnyansky, who left Russia in 1991, can relate to the celebration of freedom that the Passover holiday signifies. She remembers how difficult and dangerous it was to exercise religious freedom not so long ago.

    "Practically it was impossible because it was illegal,"...

  • Does the Jewish Vote Matter to Gore and Bush?

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Inside a ballroom at the Washington Hilton, Rabbi Leonid Feldman, the Soviet-raised spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach, captivates thousands of young Jews with his moving, heartwrenching account of the long, treacherous road that led him to discover the Judaism that so...
  • ‘They Should Leave as Soon as Possible’

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    What can be done to help Russian Jewry? Loads, according to Simon Frumkin. He should know.

    The road to liberating Russian Jews has been a long and tortured process, and few people know this more than Frumkin, who has spent decades battling to facilitate Jewish flight from Russia....